Monday, 5 September 2016

Richard and Judy book club Autumn 2016

Richard and Judy book club Autumn 2016 in WHSmith

Last week I received a lovely surprise, a delivery from WHSmith containing the wonderful set of Richard and Judy Autumn book club reads. Not only did it include that but a box of Thorntons, a glittery notebook, sharpies and 2 wonderful storage boxes.

I didn't know these were going to be arriving so I was very excited to see the set. There are great reads in this Autumn's book club. I have already read some of these, so I will leave the link for you.

Here are the titles: 

Image result for orphan xOrphan X - As a boy Evan Smoak was chosen, then taken from the orphanage he called home. Raised and trained as part of a top secret programme he was sent to the worst places in the world to do the things his government denied any knowledge of. Then he broke with the programme, using everything he'd learned to disappear. He wanted to help the desperate and deserving. But now someone's on his tail. Someone who has issues with his past. Someone who knows he was once known simply as Orphan X.

I have not read this book, nor had I heard of it before it arrived for me so I am looking forward to discovering it. It doesn't sound like my type of read so I would never of picked it up. Saying that it may turn out to be a great read. Richard and Judy have given it 5* and compared to it Jack Reacher novels. 

The Widow - Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming. Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil. But now Glen is dead and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms. Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

I have read this book, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a proof early this year. Wow what a book? I can easily see why and how this has made it into the book club. Richard and Judy have rated this book 4*, I also had rated it 4*. You can read my review here.

Missing, Presumed (DS Manon, Book 1) by [Steiner, Susie]

Missing, Presumed - Edith Hind is gone, leaving just her coat, a smear of blood and a half-open door. Each of her friends and relatives has a version of the truth. But none quite adds up. The press grows hungrier by the day. Can DS Manon Bradshaw fend them off, before a missing persons case becomes a murder investigation?

This is another book I was lucky enough to read and review early. Unfortunately I didn't think this was a brilliant book rating it only 3 stars. Richard and Judy however think this is a 5 star read so I would definitely give this one a go to see what your thoughts are on it. You can read my review here.  

Circling the Sun by [McLain, Paula]

Circling the Sun -  She was a daughter of Edwardian England, transplanted to Kenya as a young girl by parents who dreamed of life on an African farm. But by the time Beryl Markham was sixteen, that dream had fallen apart. Catapulted into a disastrous marriage, she emerged from its wreckage with one idea: to take charge of her own destiny.
This is another 5* read from Richard and Judy who have said it is absorbing and compelling. Again this would not have been a book I would have picked up but I am grateful for the chance to give this one a go. 

The Forgetting Time by [Guskin, Sharon]

The Forgetting Time - Noah is four and wants to go home. The only trouble is he's already there. Janie's son is her world, and it breaks her heart that he has nightmares. That he's terrified of water. That he sometimes pushes her away and screams that he wants his real mother. That it's getting worse and worse and no one seems to be able to help. In desperation, she turns to someone who might have an answer - but it may not be one she's ready to hear. It may also mean losing the one thing she loves more than anything. Noah

This is a book that I have seen around for some time and just look at that cover, how beautiful is it?? I have not got round to reading this but I have heard so many good things about it so I am very excited to now have a copy. I can't wait to get stuck into this one!

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by [Bivald, Katarina]
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend - Sara has never left Sweden but at the age of 28 she decides it's time. She cashes in her savings, packs a suitcase full of books and sets off for Broken Wheel, Iowa, a town where she knows nobody. Sara quickly realises that Broken Wheel is in desperate need of some adventure, a dose of self-help and perhaps a little romance, too. In short, this is a town in need of a bookshop. With a little help from the locals, Sara sets up Broken Wheel's first bookstore. The shop might be a little quirky but then again, so is Sara. And as Broken Wheel's story begins to take shape, there are some surprises in store for Sara too. 

This is a book that I had never heard of before it arrived in my box, I don't know anything about it apart from the synopsis and haven't heard anyone who has read it. Richard and Judy have given this one 3*, which to be honest doesn't make me want to pick it up straight away. I will get to it and I maybe pleasantly surprised. I hope I am right!

The Loving Husband by [Kent, Christobel]

The Loving Husband - Fran Hall and her husband Nathan have moved with their two children to a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens - a chance to get away from London and have a fresh start. But when Fran wakes one night to find Nathan gone, she makes a devastating discovery. As questions about her husband and her relationships start to mount, Fran's life begins to spiral out of control. What is she hiding from the police about her marriage, and does she really know the man she shared her bed with?

I think I had seen this book around, it does really intrigue me and I am looking forward to starting this. Richard and Judy have given it 4* and have said it will keep you up into the small hours so I am very excited about this. 

The Ballroom by [Hope, Anna]

The Ballroom - Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet it is a dance that will change two lives forever. Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, The Ballroom is a historical love story.

The Ballroom is another book that I was lucky enough to receive and early copy of and although it didn't initially sound like my type of book it was very enjoyable. I can see why it has made the Autumn book club, Richard and Judy have given this 4*. I thought it deserved 5*,you can read my review here.

So that is all 8 of the books in this Autumns book club. Those books that I have not read yet I will be reviewing them so watch out for those. I would love to know if you have read any of the Richard and Judy Autumn book club books and what you thought of them. Also if you are intending to participate in the book club, which one you are most anticipating. I love the book club and have done for as long as I can remember.

 I am so proud to have the chance to promote it, I would like to thank WHSmith again for sending me the box and the goodies. I will be using the stationary from today when I am back at school! 


  1. What s lovely surprise package. The books look great. I admit I haven't read many out of the Richard and just club.

    1. I know I just couldn't believe it! You really should, they are really good!