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Mailbox Monday
New On My Shelf

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I have these lovely new books to be added to my virtual shelf this week.

I am still trying to be good and schedule all the books I receive, so as not to increase my toppling TBR pile, and so far it is working, although it’s quite a close call!

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This book caught my eye and I managed to grab a copy as a ‘Read Now’ offer from publisher John Murray Press, via NetGalley.


Cover image of the book 'Misplaced Persons' by author Susan BealeThe Yardley family is fracturing.

Eighteen years since their move to Brussels and the future is clouded with uncertainty for Neil, a Brit, American Marcy and their three Belgian-born children.

Wrapped up in their own worries, Neil and Marcy fail to see how much their middle child, Alec, is struggling.

When Marcy offers shelter to a young Syrian refugee, it triggers an explosive train of events that affects every member of the family.

Against a backdrop of growing terror threats and Europe’s worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, Misplaced Persons astutely explores miscues and misunderstandings, the strength of family bonds and the meaning of home. 

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I received a PDF copy of this great sounding YA story direct from author Stewart Lewis, who I have had the pleasure of working with previously.


Cover image of the book 'One Stupid Thing' by author Stewart LewisOne Stupid Thing follows four teens as they navigate the mystery surrounding a tragic, deadly accident that leaves them wondering: who is really to blame?

It was just one stupid thing that happened…

When a group of high school students spend a summer night drinking warm beer on the beach and playing pranks on passing cars, they get a lot more than they bargained for when a seemingly innocent game takes a sinister turn.

From award-winning author Stewart Lewis, comes an island mystery told from the perspective of four teens who get involved in a tragic accident that may be a murder. Described as WE WERE LIARS with a hint of I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. One Stupid Thing follows Jamie, Sophia, Trevor and Violet as they contend with the consequences of their choices, navigate the drama in their individual lives and search for answers to the mystery of what really happened that fateful night that changed their lives forever.

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This book caught my eye and I managed to grab a copy as a ‘Read Now’ offer from publisher Two Roads Books via NetGalley.


Cover Image of the book 'The Lip' by author Charlie CarrollThis unsparing debut novel portrays the unromantic side of Cornwall few visitors see and which so many novelists choose to overlook. 

Away from the hotels and holiday lets, there is an unseen side of Cornwall, where the shifting uncertainties of the future breed resentment and mistrust.

Melody Janie is hidden. She lives alone in a caravan in Bones Break: a small cliff-top on Cornwall’s north coast. She spends her time roaming her territory, spying on passing tourists and ramblers, and remembering. She sees everything and yet remains unseen.

However, when a stranger enters her life, she is forced to confront not only him but the terrible tragedies of her past.

The Lip is a novel about childhood, isolation and mental health, told in the unique and unforgettable voice of Melody Janie.

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Mailbox Monday’ is a gathering place for readers to share links to the books that came into their house during the last week.

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well, after all you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • All good books judging from the descriptions but The Lip sounds like something a bit different. I’ll watch for your thoughts when you get around to reading it. Have a good week, Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      I don’t generally read YA books, however I have worked with author Stewart Lewis before, so I know what his writing style is like and how much I enjoy his adult storylines, so I decided to give ‘One Stupid thing’ a try.

      Both of the others caught my eye because they sounded a bit out of the ordinary and quirky, again not necessarily something I would purchase for myself, however as they came up on NetGalley with a ‘read now’ option, I though they might be worth a punt!

      ‘The Lip’ is also set in Cornwall, one of my favourite places, so that’s a good enough reason for me!

      I’ll let you know what I think of them and thanks for taking the time to stop by 🙂

  • Three very different stories and perhaps all a bit out of your normal reading. They all sound good to me, so I look forward to hearing what you think of them.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I generally start off a Mailbox Monday post with one book and then add to it as the new books arrive. It wasn’t until I stopped, closed down this week’s post and read it through to check links etc., that I realised just how diverse and ‘different’ all the book were on the one page.

      They are all spread out through my reading schedule, between the books which already have definite Blog Tour Review dates, so I shan’t be reading or reviewing them all together.

      I am quite looking forward to the Stewart Lewis book, even though I don’t generally read YA fiction. I so enjoyed his last book and liked his writing style and that cover is a bit dramatic too! probably pretty much like his YA audience 🙂

      I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      As you say, all of the titles this week are really diverse and definitely not mainstream. However I have read a few slightly out of the ordinary books recently and have enjoyed them much more that I thought I would, so whilst I am on a roll I want to keep going for a while longer. When it stops being fun I’ll revert back to my usual genres of choice.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to stop and I hope you have a good week 🙂

  • Misplaced Persons is the book that appeals to me the most. I’ve read non-fiction books on immigration and refugees and maybe this is why this book appeals to me. I tried to read a well known book on refugees, the Beekeeper of Aleppo, but I didn’t like the writing style, ended up being a DNF for me. I would pick Misplaced Persons from the library, if they have it. As you can imagine, I am looking forward to your review.

    The second one is not something I would be inclined to read, but the last one is again interesting. I loved my time in Cornwall, in a holiday before the pandemic, so I would enjoy reading a book taking place there.

    PS. I know that you are going to love my next post, it’s going live tomorrow. 🙂

    • Hi Anca,

      I can’t wait to see what your post is going to be about, I’m intrigued now!

      There have only been a couple of reviews for ‘Misplaced Persons’ and they have been rather mixed to say the least, although I am generally not too influenced by what other people write!

      I don’t personally know of anyone who has taken in a refugee child, so I can only imagine the potential havoc that could cause with the children of the family, particularly if one of them is feeing vulnerable or challenged in some way.

      I do know of a family who took in two teenage orphans from abroad and it nearly destroyed them, as the girls grew to hate the family, deliberately only conversed with each other in their own language, and then became quite violent to the family. It was a terrible time for everyone!

      I too, really like Cornwall, although it does get rather crowded, so I can’t see us going anywhere like that this year, even if we are able to. We can do Cornwall for a day trip at a push, if we set off really early, so getting there before everyone else is up and about would probably be the only option. It sounds as though ‘The Lip’ is going to happen in and around the less salubrious parts of Cornwall though, but I really do wish the author had chosen a ‘real’ location, rather than a fictitious one, as I enjoy researching the places I travel to in my reading!

      Thanks for stopping by and I’ll catch you later in the week 🙂

      • That must have been very hard for both the family and the girls. I imagine the family wanted to help and a bit of recognition for their efforts, while the girls were blaming the family for “taking them away”. On top of that, there were, obviously, huge cultural differences. Dealing with teenagers is hard anyway, so dealing with teenagers that have such emotional baggage and who went through trauma must have been even more challenging.

        • Definitely not something I could contemplate doing, particularly not with teenagers, as their emotions and beliefs are already so firmly installed! 🙂

    • Hi Kay,

      I must admit that the cover and the simplicity of the title, first drew my eye to ‘The Lip’ when it became available as a NetGalley ‘Read Now’ option. As well as the fact it is set in Cornwall, one of my favourite places to visit for the stunning coastline.

      I knew nothing about the book’s author Charlie Carroll, apart from the fact that this was his debut novel, so after I read a little of his personal history and the several non-fiction/memoirs he has written, the choice of storyline didn’t appear quite so random.


      I am looking forward to trying something a little different!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a good week 🙂

    • I read a new release of Stewart’s last year ( a rom-com called ‘Happily Whatever After’), which is not one of my usual reading genres, however I really enjoyed it. YA fiction is not one of my usual favourites either, however as I enjoyed Stewart’s writing so much and he obviously isn’t frightened to branch out and try writing something new, then I didn’t hesitate to add ‘One Stupid Thing’ to my review schedule. Plus that cover is really mind-blowing!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that February is a good month for you! 🙂

    • ‘The Lip’ does sound a bit different, doesn’t it? Although given the author’s past life experiences, I don’t think it is going to make for easy reading, regardless of the fact it is fictional.

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • As you say, Martha,

      All quite deep and disturbing, yet all in totally different ways. Luckily my schedule has meant that I have been able to space out my read/review spots for them, so that they don’t all need to be read consecutively and I can read something more light-hearted in between!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • I’m sure I shall, although as they all sound quite intense, I shan’t be reading them back to back, I shall need a break in between!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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