Book review: Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
★★★★★
Publisher: Fig Tree – Penguin General
Expected publication: 15 October 2020

2020 hasn’t been an easy year. God, I don’t think it has been easy for anyone! My mood goes up and down and fluctuates when I hear the news of what is happening around the world. However, I’ve been finding pleasure in the little things that surround me.

It’s true that I am a bit behind my reading challenge but I recently had the opportunity to read the upcoming novel by Dolly Alderton. If you’ve read my previous entries. you’d know how much I enjoyed her memoir , Everything I Know About Love, so I was incredibly excited about reading this one. And believe me, it didn’t disappoint!

Ghosts tells us the story of Nina Dean, who has arrived at her early thirties as a successful food writer with loving friends and family, plus a new home and neighbourhood. So, when she meets Max – who tells her on date one that he’s going to marry her – it feels like all is going to plan.

Her new relationship couldn’t have come at a better time, given that some friendships are fading away, her ex-boyfriend Joe is moving on and, even worse, everyone has decided to move to the suburbs. There’s no solace to be found in her family, with a mum who’s caught in a mid-life makeover and a beloved dad who is vanishing slowly into dementia.


Magnificent. This is what I can say about this novel: it is absolutely magnificent.

I of course enjoyed the way in which Alderton writes, pulling the reader into the story and making them part of Nina’s life. I found myself laughing with Nina and her best friend at some point and really mad at our protagonist on another occasion. I walked the streets of London with her and understood what she was going through.

The chapters went quickly and I found myself looking forward to reading in bed at the end of my day, just to I could see what would happen to Nina and Max. As I mentioned before, I felt close to Nina and I had a hard time when she realised that her dad is slowly leaving her side due to dementia. It was sad, raw and completely real.

The novel explores love relationships, family, memory and the importance of friendship. It was incredibly funny and tender and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I highly recommend this book, honestly. It is like life itself and I liked that it left me with a very rewarding feeling afterwards.

For more information about the book you can check it our on Waterstones and Amazon.

Book review: Saving Missy by Beth Morrey

Saving Missy by Beth Morrey
★★★★★

Publisher: HarperCollins
Available now

I’ve been reading a lot lately, and who hasn’t? It’s been a week since the Swiss government announced that we should remain at home and avoid socialising. All shops and cinemas are closed and I have been working from home since Monday. It’s not been ideal, not at all, but I am lucky.

I have decided that I want to write a new blog post every Sunday (just because it’s a very easy day to sit down and update the website) so here’s my review of one of the most beautiful books I’ve read this year – Saving Missy by Beth Morrey.

The book tell the story of Missy Carmichael. Living in her old London house, she grieves for a family she has lost touch with and is haunted by the echoes of her past.

She’s completely alone but that is exactly what she deserves – after what she did, there can be nothing else ahead of her. Right? However, an encounter in the nearby park with two neighbours will change her way of life and will open the door to something new.

Another life is waiting for Missy – would she brave enough to take it? Well, seventy-nine is too late for a second chance, isn’t it?


Saving Missy by Beth Morrey is one of those books that fills you with joy. It’s like a hot cup of coffee on a rainy morning and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Our protagonist, Missy, is terribly British. She is terribly lonely too and does not believe in second chances, thank you very much. Memories of her life come back to her constantly and her days pass uneventfully until one day she meets two women in a nearby park: Sylvie and her younger friend Angela, single mum to Otis.

Sylvie and Angela take an interest in Missy and they develop a lovely friendship that will make Missy’s life take a turn for the better.

The book is narrated in the first person and it is full of flashbacks in which the reader will learn more about Missy’s younger years: her university days, how she met the man that became her husband and life as a young mum. There’re plenty of things to discover about Missy and the events that made her who she is today.

Heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time, this novel includes a great mix of characters, a believable plot and a very lovely dog named Bobby.

There’s humour and sadness and a sense of community – and lots of cake too.

To be honest, I didn’t expect this to happen but I gave Missy a chance and she filled my days with joy!

For more information about the book you can visit the Amazon page here.

Book review: After the End by Clare Mackintosh

After the End
By Clare Mackintosh
★★★★★
Pub date: 25th June 2019
Publisher: Sphere

I have been reading a lot of non-fiction recently. I have truly enjoyed reading biographies and self-help titles so I am not sure why I picked After the End by Clare Mackintosh and decided to give it a go but I can tell you that I was hooked from the very first line.

After the End is a beautiful and heartbreaking novel that revolves around Max and Pip, the strongest couple you’d ever know. They’re best friends, lovers – and unshakable. But then their little son gets sick and the doctors put the question of his survival into their hands. For the first time in their lives, Max and Pip can’t agree. They each want a different future for their son.

As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again and anything can happen after the end . . .

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This was a truly gripping read. As I said before, I was hooked from the very beginning because both the story and the characters were compelling and real. I have read many books by the author and they are all filled with mystery, questions and suspense. This one was the same. Each chapter was different and unique and even though I had read about difficult decisions in books such as Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, I didn’t think this story would turn out to be so memorable.

I loved every minute of it and Mackintosh made me face different aspects of my own personality. What would I do if I were in Max and Pip’s shoes? Can love and marriage survive something so brutal and big? What is the moral thing to do? Do people really face this kind of situations? Of course they do but then again, how can they possibly function normally?

Mackintosh’s book is an exploration of marriage, parenthood, love and regrettable decisions, as well as those ones we’re completely certain about. It’s a story of loss and makes the reader face alternative endings as the characters find their own fates. People have been saying that this book touched their souls. It certainly touched mine and left me struggling to go back to my own life once I turned the very last page.

With emotional power and her amazing writing, the author helps readers to see that sometimes the end is just another beginning – even if it’s difficult for us to realise it.

Read more about the author here.
After the End will be published next month, don’t forget to pre-order your copy!