Cwtch Up Catch Up 2017

2017 Cwtch Up

Hello Cwtchers!

After taking a bit of a blogging break, I’m back to share an end of year Cwtch Up Catch Up post on the lovely books I’ve cwtched up with in 2017. Despite the hiatus I managed to read quite a few books this year so I’ve gone with one sentence reviews to make it a tiny bit more manageable. (I’ve found this discipline really challenging as we know I do love to go on…and on….and on….)

Huge thanks to all the lovely publishers and authors who have really kindly worked with me this year. Apologies for the blog tours I missed due to being poorly, I’m now back on track and super-excited for all the new releases in 2018.

Big cwtches, Kate xx

Here we go, in no particular order…

Braving the Wilderness – Brené Brown

I’d highly recommend getting the audiobook version so that you can pretend that Brené is your best friend calling you to chat some southern-accented sense into you.

Need to Know – Karen Cleveland

A CIA analyst discovers she is married to a deep-cover agent in the Russian sleeper cell she’s tasked with investigating and you might seriously need a reminder to breathe.

Mad Girl – Bryony Gordon

I cried so much with painful recognition that my paperback copy looks like I dropped it in the bath and that’s the official story I will tell people.

Broken Branches – Lee M Jonathan

A big old tree has never been so creepy.

Every Last Lie – Mary Kubica

Grief and deceit get in the way of the desperate search for the truth about a fatal car crash and someone always knows more than you think.

Her Last Secret – Barbara Copperthwaite

A dark diary cleverly works backwards from a family tragedy to reveal the unexpected story behind a grisly un-festive Christmas Day.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne

Huge thwack on the table, epic Irish storytelling in stunning seven year updates.

The Confession – Jo Spain

You already know he did it, but you won’t stop turning the pages until you find out why.

How To Be A Grown Up – Daisy Buchanan

I made such hefty notes in this book I started to realise that if there was such a thing as a grown-up license I should probably have mine taken away from me.

Friend Request – Laura Marshall

Social media messages from beyond the grave confirm that school reunions are never a good idea.

The Postcard – Fern Britton

This sweet story will make you want to pack up and move to Cornwall & have scones with Fern.

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

Essential and lifechanging bitesize reading for anyone with a mind, healthy or otherwise.

Anything You Do Say – Gillian McAllister

Cleverly written thriller about a split-second decision which brilliantly alternates between the sliding doors consequences for both the truth and the lie.

Best Day Ever – Kaira Rouda

Chillingly creepy husband plans a perfect day for his wife which will give you all the holiday cabin envy as well as the shivers.

Ice Cream for Breakfast – Laura Jane Williams

Stunning rainbow sprinkled cover with even more stunning words inside which will make you stop, play and know that you’ve made a good decision to do so.

The Hygge Holiday – Rosie Blake

Grab a blanket, light a candle and prepare to be word-hugged by the cosiest book I read this year.

I Found You – Lisa Jewell

You will smugly think you know the connection between the two narratives and you may be very wrong.

Puzzle Girl – Rachael Featherstone

When you leave little love notes for a mystery man on a crossword book in your GP surgery.

The Little Shop of Hopes & Dreams – Fiona Harper

If your fledgling business is helping to stage grand gesture marriage proposals, falling in love for yourself isn’t always straightforward.

Copycat – Alex Lake

Sinister thriller which will make you consider deleting your facebook account.

You Do You – Sarah Knight

The third straightforward advice book from Sarah who is gorgeous, hilarious and perfectly balances ballsy no-nonsense profanity with delicate sentiment.

It Started With A Tweet – Anna Bell

When social media obsession goes bad, a countryside digital detox is the cure.

Yesterday – Felicia Yap

Fascinating concept where everyone can remember only the past 24 or 48 hours and there is a murder to solve.

Safe With Me – K.L Slater

A compelling tale of revenge, manipulation, loneliness, confusion and mistrust.

Kind Hearts & Coriander – April Hardy

Family saga in a country house hotel with a grumpy but gorgeous restaurant manager.

The Story of Our Life – Shari Low

Heartbreaking, bittersweet, emotional tale of love and loss.

Don’t Close Your Eyes – Holly Seddon

Estranged twin sisters’ paths cross again in an unsettling and powerful story.

The Honeymoon – Tina Seskis

A missing newly married man with a stomach-churning conclusion.

Hot Mess – Lucy Vine

Hilariously relatable and scarily accurate single girl freshness.

Follow You – Richard Parker

Whatever you do, don’t tweet #BeMyKiller.

Her Last Breath – Tracy Buchanan

Finding the twisted connections between a missing teenager and a soon-to-be-published food writer.

36 Questions that changed my mind about you – Vicki Grant

I definitely fell in love with this YA romance and I didn’t even need all 36 questions to confirm it.

Just For The Rush – Jane Lark

Significantly more substance than the usual steamy thrills.

Keep Me Safe – Daniela Sacerdoti

A brilliantly atmospheric novel, with just enough spookiness to keep you intrigued but not so much to scare your pants off.

The Picture House by The Sea – Holly Hepburn

Vintage dress-ups and really smart movie nostalgia make this a beachy dream.

Lies – T.M. Logan

A thrilling, twisty social media tale with a satisfying ending that you’ll race to get to.

The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake – Pippa James

Sumptuous cakes, vintage lingerie and French passion.

The Summer House – Jenny Hale

Jenny never fails to create the most attractive leading men to swoon over, this summer love is no exception.

True Love at the Lonely Hearts Bookshop – Annie Darling

A romance-only bookshop is the greatest idea in the world.

The Last Piece of My Heart – Paige Toon

If every relationship takes a little piece of your heart, this stunning story of stepping into someone else’s life is what happens when you reach the final piece.

Sweetpea – C.J. Skuse

A psycho serial killer has never made me laugh out loud so much.

The Ludlow Ladies Society – Ann O’Loughlin

Classic out-of-towner becomes charming community champion.

The Big Little Wedding in Carlton Square – Lilly Bartlett

Warm wedding feels with class issues and bunting.

The Break – Marian Keyes

Classic Keyes’ heartfelt lesson in when he asks for a relationship break, let him have it.

Mixing It Up – Tracie Banister

If TV chefs are the food of love, this is a feast.

Nineteen Letters – Jodi Perry

A strong contender for the most romantic book I’ve ever read.

The Dangers of Family Secrets – Debby Holt

Secrets, lies and mistrust.

The Beachside Sweet Shop – Karen Clarke

A lovely, gentle, feelgood read which will make you smile & crave a quarter of rosy apples.

To Have and To Hold – M.L.Roberts

Ended too soon, I really wanted more.

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo

The epic power of first love and serendipity.

Roadie: My Life on the Road with Coldplay – Matt McGinn

Interesting behind the scenes insight into stadium tours and being a rockstar sidekick.

The One That Got Away – Annabel Kantaria

A cautionary fidelity tale which reminds us that if someone is in our past, they’re usually behind us for a good reason.

Liar – K.L. Slater

A modern lesson to always listen to your Mum, her instincts are rarely mistaken.

The One – John Marrs

The obsessively intriguing dark side of love, science and DNA matchmaking.

The Cows – Dawn O’Porter

A sassy, smart & witty story which brilliantly captures a moment in our social media obsessed society.

The Choir on Hope Street – Annie Lyons

Uplifting community spirit still exists and it’s mostly found in song.

Rome is Where the Heart Is – Tilly Tennant

A perfect romantic holiday read, whether you’re actually leaving the house or just eating ice cream on your sofa.

The Idea of You – Amanda Prowse

An emotionally difficult but sensitively written story of miscarriage and motherhood.

The Kicking The Bucket List – Cathy Hopkins

Totally relatable bickering sisters are forced to strengthen their relationships through a series of challenges set by their departed mother.

The Escape – C.L. Taylor

The cliff scenes are some of the most exciting, pacey and exhilarating writing I’ve been totally immersed in for quite a while.

The People at Number Nine – Felicity Everett

A modern, dark suburban story about envy, new friendships and keeping up with the Jones’.

Everything But The Truth – Gillian McAllister

One late night email notification starts to unravel everything and you might want to start some low-key background checks on your loved one just as a precaution.

How To Mend a Broken Heart – Anna Mansell

If you’re a fan of a weepy with a soft side of gentle mystery then you’ll love this as much as I did.

Me, You & Tiramisu – Charlotte Butterfield

This will make you hungry for love and/or deli snacks but certainly not Youtube fame.

The Fifth Letter – Nicola Moriarty

A really interesting picture of toxic female friendships and frenemies.

The Breakdown – B.A. Paris

Sharp and smart domestic noir with a really clever title.

If ever I Fall – S.D. Robertson

Smarter than your average sad tale.

The Girl Before – J.P. Delaney

Alternating voices and repetition make a pacey, exciting thriller you’ll want to tell people about.

Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes

A tidy little collection of lovely short stories.

How To Win Back Your Husband – Vivien Hampshire

A 30 day divorce deadline and a fight, fight, fight, fight, fight for this love (if it’s worth having it’s worth fighting for)

Good Me, Bad Me – Ali Land

Unnerving, uncomfortable & undeniably beautifully written.

Three Men and a Maybe – Katey Lovell

Include the word “cwtch” in your cute New Year novella and I’m guaranteed to love it.

The One Memory of Flora Banks – Emily Barr

For everyone who loves adventure and who believes that first kisses are unforgettable.

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

Such a beautiful story, again I’d recommend the audio version so that you can cry without worrying about word blurring.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

A quirky tale of habit, loneliness and human kindness.

Phew….if you made it this far, well done! And thank you, big cwtches for 2018 xxxx

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