Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The Year In Books - March

It is time to choose my reading for March and join in with the Year In Books hosted by Laura at Circle of Pine Trees.

My selection for March are the following:-

Now for the reviews of the books I read during February:

My first read was this one which was originally one of my January reads that I didn't manage to complete in that month.

This was the first book I have read by Freya North and it certainly won't be the last. It features Frankie who is a single parent who has recently escaped London and moved to Norfolk with her children. On a trip to London she meets Scott, a musician and single parent from Canada and immediately there is chemistry between the two of them. Can they make their long distance relationship work? There is an unexpected twist towards the end of the book - The Turning Point of the title.

My next read was The Trouble With Goats and Sheep. 

If I am honest I am still not sure about this one, it certainly wasn't the worst book I have ever read but neither was it the best. The start was promising and there were parts I really enjoyed with touches of humour and some good descriptive writing but I felt it didn't really go anywhere - the 'mystery' was not really much of a mystery and I found the ending disappointing, it didn't really tie up any of the loose ends. I just feel this book didn't live up to all the hype but as I seem to be in the minority with this view, perhaps the fact that my reading time was limited to a quick read before going to sleep each night could be the reason that it just didn't flow for me.

It was then time to pick up Amy Snow by Tracy Rees and this was one that kept me engrossed from start to finish and reading way past the time when I should have settled down to sleep.

This is a debut novel and began when a baby was found lying abandoned in the snow. The book was full of interesting and well-developed characters with an engaging and intriguing plot although perhaps in places it was a little drawn out. Never the less this book is beautifully written and I will definitely look out for more books by this author in the future.

My last choice for February is one that I have only just started so will continue with that one before starting on my March reads and I will review it with this months books.

The Year in Books, hosted by Circle of Pine Trees, is now in its third year and is a project aimed at ensuring we make time for reading in our busy lives. It's open to everyone and you can join in at any time via your blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or Goodreads. For more information, visit 


  1. I seem to be getting out of the habit of reading at the moment, crafting instead.

  2. I wrote the same sort of the thing about Goats and Sheep, I didn't rate it too highly either. I enjoyed Amy Snow a little while ago but agree about it being a bit drawn out at times.

    Did you read The Turning Point on a kindle? I've been eagerly awaiting the paperback which I thought was out later in March. I picked up a cheap set of Freya North's first 3 books about 15 years ago and really enjoyed them so I've read her books in order ever since and always look forward to the new ones now! As I type, I'm realising I think I said all this before on your blog so I'll stop there.. was initially thinking I talked Freya Notth recently on another blog, but just recalled advising starting with Polly and reading in order on your lay YIB post, didn't I?!

  3. I like the look of the first one and Amy Snow and have added them to my wishlist on Amazon, thank you for the reviews Jan. :)

  4. Thanks for the reviews, I'm not making much progress on my books :-( x

  5. I always enjoy seeing what people are reading, Jan. My mom just finished The Lake House and really enjoyed it so that one is on my list, too :)

  6. Great book selection. I borrowed The Lake House from the library recently and really enjoyed it. Just catching up on your posts - so glad that you got to see the Welford snowdrops; they are quite breathtaking aren't they. Have a lovely week. xx