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The Ghost of Crow Cavern by John Wedlake and Norman Mounter

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Ghost of Crow Cavern by John Wedlake and Norman Mounter for son2 to review.

The Ghost of Crow Cavern by John Wedlake and Norman Mounter

Here is the book blurb.

A wave of delight and anticipation sweeps through a small community of red squirrels as they behold a vast fleet of boats carrying their distant cousins towards them. They will no doubt bring incredible wealth, wisdom and joy to the humble squirrels of Nutshaven. However, the dream soon becomes a nightmare. Their distant cousins soon turn out to be enormous and brutish bullies of an ever-expanding Grey Empire. Shadowtail – the brilliant but intensely evil Grey leader – announces that their lives are about to radically change: Your colony is now ours, and we shall endeavour to use you and your resources to enrichen the imperial spoils of conquest and world domination. With their entire way of life now under threat, will the wisdom of old Normsk, the wits of young Cheswick and the might of Brutenuts the Brave be enough to counter such a dark and dominant force?

This is what son2 had to say about the book.

I liked the Start, However, as it went on it got a bit boring, However, the End was alright.
I liked the concept of it Starring Squirrels. 🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿🐿

I also read this book and was quite surprised how dark the storyline is for a children’s book. Amazon indicates it to be aimed at children age 6-10, but no way would I read this to a 6 year old. I would suggest this is much more suited to children age 10-13. Even the blurb hints at how ruthless the grey squirrels are. And the cute cover red squirrel looks quite scared indeed. However son2 seemed oblivious to the dark undertones.

Red squirrels used to be the only squirrels here in the UK up until the late 1800s. Grey squirrels were originally native to North America. I myself have never seen a wild red squirrel, although probably see grey squirrels in my garden most days. Take this theme and make it darker, then you have the measure of this tale.

The Ghost of Crow Cavern is available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.78 in paperback and is also available in kindle and hardback formats. A rather dark storyline for children. Son2 rates this chapter book 3star. He is usually an avid reader but this didn’t really hit the spot for him.

The Ghost of Crow Cavern by John Wedlake and Norman Mounter

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AntiAmerica by T K Falco

I have received a free e-copy of the book AntiAmerica by T K Falco to review. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

AntiAmerica by T K Falco

Here is the book blurb.

AntiAmerica stands at the center of the largest US anarchist uprising in 100 years.

When hacktivist group AntiAmerica hacks the nation’s largest banks, the financial industry is left teetering on the brink of collapse. Hacker and teen runaway Alanna Blake is forcefully recruited by the government to track down the only link to AntiAmerica, her missing ex-boyfriend Javier. She relies on every bit of her social engineering cunning to navigate a conspiracy of lies and deceit, which imperils both the lives of everyone closest to her and the secrets to a past she longs to remain locked away forever.

This book contains content surrounding drug abuse, mental illness, physical abuse, and suicide.

Although I love thrillers, I have to admit that I am not really into the cyber crime genre, but I was willing to give this book a go.

This book is set in Miami with the main characters being young hackers. Alanna’s ex-boyfriend Javier is missing and the story starts with Alanna going to check out Javier’s flat, having received a text saying “Alanna, I’m in trouble. Come find me”. Alanna is mainly into identity theft, but she turns her hand to picking the lock and finds the place ransacked but no sign of Javier. As she leaves, the FCCU (Federal Cyber Crimes Unit) arrive. She runs but they catch her. The Secret Service are also involved.

Turns out they have also searched her apartment and discovered evidence of her phishing attacks on her laptop. But it is Javier they are really after as they believe he has links to AntiAmerica, an anarchist group, who are hacking into banks. They offer Alanna a deal as an informant. She reluctantly agrees, but she has another plan up her sleeve.

The story continues with plenty of twists and turns, some of which I would never have guessed. A good psychological thrilling book, but just not one for me, mainly because I’m not particularly interested in cyber crime, but also I found it somewhat confusing. Perhaps it would appeal more to those who enjoy the YA genre too.

AntiAmerica by T K Falco is available on Amazon, currently priced at £1.99 in Kindle format and is also available in paperback and audiobook formats. A good cyber crime book for those who like that sort of thing.

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Anna and Evan meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel

We have received a free e-copy of the book Anna and Evan meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel for son2 to review.

Anna and Evan meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel

Here is the book blurb.

Join Anna and Evan on a magical adventure to the Galapagos Islands where they meet Charles Darwin, discover unusual animals and learn some interesting scientific facts.

This engaging and educational book is ideal for young children to encourage curiosity and interest in the natural world and science.

Anna and Evan meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel

I liked that the book 📚 featured science,🔬 although the story was a bit dodgy, I liked the book 📚 overall.

The comment above is what son2 has written for his review. I quizzed him on what he meant about the story being a bit dodgy, as he had been very pleased to see his favourite penguins on the first page. Apparently it is because he didn’t think the magic was spectacular enough and that Charles Darwin wasn’t at all surprised when 2 children just arrive. You can tell he is older than the target age for the book, looking beyond what he actually sees on the page.

Son2 has already learnt who Charles Darwin is at school but the book is written in a style so that the story flows easily for younger children who haven’t heard of Darwin yet, with a biography about him at back.

The story starts at the zoo where Anna and Evan are curious about the differences between some species. They then whisper the magical words that send them off on their adventure to the Galapagos Islands where they meet Charles Darwin. He does eventually answer their original question but not before sharing lots of other nature facts. I even found out things I didn’t know!

This short picture book has been beautifully illustrated by Karin Eklund and includes helpful labels against the creatures. And there is also a dictionary at the end explaining words used in the book like camouflage.

Anna and Evan meet Charles Darwin is available on Amazon, currently priced at £9.99 in paperback and is also available in kindle format. Suitable for a wide age range. A fascinating book to read out loud to your child or for them to read themselves, which gives a great introduction for children to nature and science.

Writing of this book was supported by the L’Oréal UK and Ireland For Women In Science Fellowship. More details about the book are available here https://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/outreach/anna-evan-meet-charles-darwin

About the authors

As a young girl, Dr. Tanya Hutter couldn’t imagine that she would end up being a leading scientist in nanotechnology and chemical sensing, and a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Currently, she lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two curious children that inspired the book.

Lina Daniel has been always interested in science and medicine, eventually becoming a chemist and a pharmacist, and currently working in the pharmaceutical industry. With her husband, she is raising three enthusiastic boys. They all share a passion for scientific experiences, engineering novelties, fun historical facts, travels and adventures.

Tanya and Lina have been close friends for over two decades. The fact that they are both raising young children enhanced their desire to encourage kids to learn about science, and finally, drew them to write their first illustration book for small children. Hopefully, this will be the first one in a series of books about notable scientists and engineers.


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Anna and Evan meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel

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The Secret Life of Moles by Liz Burgess

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Secret Life of Moles (and their friends) by Liz Burgess for son2 to review.

The Secret Live of Moles by Liz Burgess

Here is the book blurb.

Liz Burgess has always held a keen interest in nature, especially small furry mammals!

Long fascinated by their secret activities at home in her own back garden, and the fields surrounding it, she decided to explore this special underground world, and find out more about moles and their other little friends. Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire and The Secret Life of Moles is her first book for children.

The Secret Live of Moles by Liz Burgess

I liked this book because at first I thought it would be a non-fiction book, but it was actually a story about moles that had facts in. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

The above sentence is what son2 has written for his review. I’ve also read the book, so let me give you a bit more insight into the book. It is a short 40 page chapter book with some very nice illustrations drawn by the author.

The expanding mole family are running out of space in their field, so young Ragwort decides to tunnel under a wall into unknown territory. He emerges in a much smaller tidier “field” with beautiful flowers, waterfall and pond which he decides will be the ideal place to move to. But things don’t go according to plan due to a rather cross Hbean, as moles refer to us humans.  He asks for advice from wise Hogknows, the hedgehog, who in turn asks the Wingthings (birds) and Climbing Fox (squirrel). All the animals get involved and vote on a plan.

A lovely tale from the viewpoint of the creatures involved. And the naming of everyone is just great.

The Secret Life of Moles is available on Amazon, currently priced at £5.99 in paperback and is also available in kindle format. Suitable for a wide age range. A delightful book to read out loud to your child or for them to read themselves.

About the author

Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire has enjoyed a varied career, including working for a UK Environmental Charity, the latter 10 years as a Director. She had always had a keen interest in nature especially small mammals, activities in her own back garden and the surrounding fields inspired her to write the Secret Life of Moles. Any reference to a moles natural behaviour in The Secret Life of Moles is correct according to Liz’s small amount of research. All the drawings were been done by Liz in pencil and ink.
At the age of 68, Liz enjoys hiking, birdwatching anything to do with wildlife. She has done quite a bit of foreign travel, including rain forests, jungles and was fortunate to see a ‘tiger’ in the wild. Liz retired at 60, previous to this she worked for an environmental charity for 28 years. Mainly involved with operational developments but she does have a background in Human Resources and Employment Law.


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The Secret Live of Moles by Liz Burgess

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Armour Piercing by Peter Aengenheister plus giveaway

I have received a free e-copy of the book Armour Piercing by Peter Aengenheister to review. This is Peter’s debut novel.

Armour Piercing by Peter Aengenheister

Here is the book blurb.

A defecting Russian space scientist, awaiting debrief, is in a Warwickshire safe house that comes under attack by an assassination squad. He escapes with plans for a conspiracy involving key members of secret services across the Western world. The only person he knows in the UK, or could possibly trust, is Pete Armour, the man who was to be his de-briefer. Killed before he can reach safety, he has hidden the secret papers where only Armour could ever find them. Armour becomes the target when he and a female newspaper reporter find themselves thrust together and on the run from at least two secret service agencies and British Intelligence, who seem more hell bent on killing him than helping him. And there is a price to pay. There’s always a price to pay. This is the first of the Armour trilogy. A gripping read. Fast-paced, a thriller packed with action, twists and turns.

It is set in 1978 when Vasilli, a scientist defecting from Russia has just arrived at the safe house in Warwickshire. The only person he knows in the UK is Pete Armour, who has remained a good friend since Vasilli came on a cultural exchange to Oxford back in 1961 in their university days. And by coincidence, Pete is going to be his debriefer and has advised Vasilli of an emergency backup plan.

He is looking forward to seeing Pete again, when things go wrong as a KGB hitman enters the room. Vasilli suffers a bullet shoulder injury before the secret service agents manage to take the hitman down. Whilst gunfire continues, he hides in another room, where he finds secret documents abandoned on the table. He grabs them and escapes after reading of a major conspiracy. He needs to get to Pete, as now MI5 will be after him too.

Indeed they are. Several different secret service teams and I did get confused as to who was working for who. Every so often, I had to go back and re-read parts of the story. And less than a quarter of the way through the book, Vasilli is killed, but he had succeeded in hiding the papers first. Now Pete along with Clare, a newspaper reporter, whom Vasilli had dropped a cryptic message for Pete in her bag, become the lead characters. Suddenly they find they are now the targets. Can Pete decipher the message and keep one step ahead?

After a slightly slow start, this turns into a real page-turner with loads of twists and turns, although some of it is rather far-fetched.

This book will be published tomorrow and is available for pre-order on Amazon currently priced at £9.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A gripping read. Highly recommended. I’m certainly looking forward to book two.

About the author

Peter Aengenheister was born in Amersham, Bucks. At the age of 18, Peter became a trainee reporter at weekly The Bucks Herald in Aylesbury and the Buckingham Advertiser. Over the next three decades, Peter worked as a reporter, News Editor, Sub Editor and Editor. He worked at The Chronicle and Echo for nine years, and edited the Daventry Express and Rugby Advertiser for nine years a piece.
He then left journalism to work as a fully trained clinical hypno-therapist. Since then, with one of his colleagues, he set up a business selling LED lighting to the industrial and commercial sector. Despite writing stories on a daily basis during his 36 years in journalism, ARMOUR PIERCING is his debut novel.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PeterAengenheis

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Armour Piercing by Peter Aengenheister

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My Wicked Earl by Tammy Andresen

I have received a free e-copy of the book My Wicked Earl by Tammy Andresen to review.

My Wicked Earl by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Lord Rex Abelman, Earl of Casterly, has no intention of marrying. His life is that of an adventurer. But he cannot deny that Lady Daffodil is as sweet and funny as she is beautiful. Nor can help but wonder what life might be like if he were a better man.

Rex is a rake and a rogue who has sworn off marriage. He is the last man Daffodil should give her attention. So why do her eyes drift to him at every opportunity?

This is the fifth book in the Wicked Lords of London series, a set that I have been enjoying. This one continues where the previous title My Duke’s Desire ended, but would also work well as a stand-alone read.

It begins with Lady Daffodil trying to cook a meal for herself and her 15 year old brother Jacob, as the only servant left, their housekeeper Mrs Fields is now bedridden due to a fall. Their family is in a financial crisis due to her late father’s debts. They are alone as their mother and sister Violette have left to meet several potential suitors. But all Daffodil has succeeded in, is burning the meat and filling the kitchen with smoke, when a strange handsome man enters and carries her upstairs with Jacob following. Who is this rogue taking liberties?

It is Rex, the Earl of Casterly who has been sent by his best friend Theo, the Duke of Waverly to escort Daffodil and Jacob to attend their sister Violette’s marriage to Theo, since their mother has now fallen ill and cannot travel. But they can’t go yet, as who will look after Mrs Fields?

It will take a few days to put a plan into place, so having been thrown together by circumstances, each learns about the other. You can sense the attraction buzzing. What will ensue?

My Wicked Earl is available on Amazon, currently priced at £2.27 in Kindle format. As usual, Tammy has delivered another nice short romantic story.

Here are the links to my reviews of the previous four titles.
My Duke’s Seduction
My Duke’s Deception
My Earl’s Entrapment
My Duke’s Desire


About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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Dark Inheritance by P B Lawson – book review and giveaway

I have received a free e-copy of the book Dark Inheritance by P B Lawson to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Dark Inheritance by P B Lawson

Here is the book blurb.

A serial killer is on the loose and a prominent doctor discovers she is not the person she grew up believing herself to be. These seemingly unrelated characters find themselves drawn together by an ancient lineage.

Detective Doug McKenna is baffled by a series of bizarre killings that have shocked the city of Toronto. All the victims have had their throats brutally slashed, yet there is little blood at any of the crime scenes.

Dark Inheritance questions the concept of good and evil and looks at how an ancient predisposition for evil might be genetically passed from generation to generation.

This story, mainly set in Toronto starts with a few short chapters introducing the mysterious killer and detective Doug McKenna. The killer has murdered a prostitute on a path between 2 houses in a residential area. We are then introduced to journalist Jodie Sommers, who is after a scoop, and the residents, who are now suspects.

We then seem to go off at a tangent, as we meet Doctor Stephanie Salkind who has just discovered via paperwork in an old suitcase that she is adopted. From this point onwards, I realised there were several stories entwining with more main characters yet to be introduced. Plus it includes narrative from the fourteenth century, which blends in surprisingly well.

Lots more twists and turns to come in this tale including further deaths.

Dark Inheritance is available on Amazon, currently priced at £7.93 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. A gripping thrilling plot.

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Her Deceptive Duke by Scarlett Scott

I have received a free e-copy of the book Her Deceptive Duke by Scarlett Scott to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.

Her Deceptive Duke by Scarlett Scott

Here is the book blurb.

Georgiana, Duchess of Leeds, hasn’t seen her husband since he left her on their wedding day for an extended hunting expedition and never returned. But she isn’t the sort to wait around pining for an arrogant oaf who can’t bother to recall he has a wife, no matter how sinfully handsome he may be.

She finds all the fulfillment she requires in caring for the stray cats and dogs of London’s streets. Until, that is, the duke returns, and she uncovers the truth about where he’s been…

Kit, Duke of Leeds, never wanted to be duke. He was content with his life as one of Her Majesty’s most dedicated spies until his brother’s unexpected demise left him forced to marry an American heiress to save the family estate from ruin. The day he married her, he left for a secret assignment in America, with no intention of returning.

Seriously wounded and his cover ruined, Kit’s forced back to London where he finds a townhouse brimming with creatures and a wife who can’t bear the sight of him.

With husband and wife beneath the same roof at last, their marriage of convenience sparks into a passion that’s as undeniable as it is unexpected. But is desire enough to bring two wary hearts together? And once Kit’s wounds are healed, will Georgiana’s love be enough to make him stay?

Her Deceptive Duke is the fourth book in the Wicked Husbands series and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel or read as part of the series.

If you love steamy Regency and Victorian romance and second chance love stories, don’t miss the Wicked Husbands.

Fiercely independent, dazzlingly beautiful, and married to handsome scoundrels, these American heiresses are ready to turn the tables on the insufferable English lords they’ve wed.

What happens when their wicked husbands start falling for the wives they never thought they wanted?

Corsets come off, bed chambers ignite, the passion sizzles,and more than one stubborn English rake gets reformed by love.

This is the fourth book in the Wicked Husbands series. I haven’t read any of the previous titles, but I did find that this worked well as a stand-alone read. It is set in 1880/81.

It starts with a prologue where American heiress Georgiana and impoverished Kit, Duke of Leeds have just married. But it is a marriage of convenience. Kit needs her dowry and Georgiana’s father wants into the aristocracy. Kit is leaving the country straight after the ceremony, supposedly on a hunting expedition. Georgiana can’t persuade him otherwise, so she tells him not to bother returning.

But 6 months later Kit is back in London, severely injured from a gunshot wound, double-crossed, his cover as a spy ruined, and the new butler Ludlow tries to deny him entrance. The house is now full of animals as Georgiana is caring for all the stray cats and dogs she finds, even mice and a squirrel too. He collapses unconscious into Georgiana’s arms. The doctor’s treatment does not seem to be helping, so Georgiana summons the vet instead. She wants him better before she plans to demand a divorce.

Meanwhile Ludlow does not seem like a typical butler. And then the Duke of Carlisle turns up demanding an audience with Kit, even though he is still on his sick bed. What is going on? As Kit convalesces, a spark of attraction is flaring between him and Georgiana, even though he alternates between being very rude to her, or formally addressing her as Duchess. Will he stay or go?

Warning there is very strong explicit language throughout this book, plus steamy sex scenes.

Her Deceptive Duke is available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.10 in Kindle format and is also available in paperback. The fourth book in the Wicked Husbands series. Plenty of danger and intrigue in this romantic story.


About the author

Amazon bestselling author Scarlett Scott writes steamy Victorian and Regency historical romances with strong, intelligent heroines and sexy alpha heroes. She lives in Pennsylvania with her Canadian husband, their adorable identical twins, and one TV-loving dog.

A self-professed literary junkie and nerd, she loves reading anything but especially romance novels, poetry, and Middle English verse. When she’s not reading, writing, wrangling toddlers, or camping, you can catch up with her on her website. Hearing from readers never fails to make her day.


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Indian Paintbrush by John A Heldt

When you’re really enjoying a book series and eagerly awaiting the next title to be written, it is always a delight to discover that the new book is ready. One series that this applies to for me, is The Carson Chronicles by John Heldt. So I was very happy when John emailed me to say that the next story Indian Paintbrush had been published and would I like to review it. Of course I said yes please. To find out more about the author you may visit his website.

Indian Paintbrush by John A Heldt

Here is the book blurb.

Arizona, December 1943. After surviving perilous six-month journeys to 1889 and 1918, the Carsons, five siblings from the present day, seek a respite in their home state. While Adam and Greg settle down with their Progressive Era brides, Natalie and Caitlin start romances with wartime aviators and Cody befriends a Japanese family in an internment camp. The time travelers regroup, bury some ghosts, and continue their search for their missing parents. Then old problems return, new ones emerge, and a peaceful hiatus becomes a race for survival. In INDIAN PAINTBRUSH, the sequel to RIVER RISING and THE MEMORY TREE, several young adults find love and adventure as they navigate the home front during the height of World War II.

Indian Paintbrush is the third book in the series – The Carson Chronicles. You may see my reviews of the first two titles River Rising and The Memory Tree here and here. Both fantastic books so I had high expectations for this one too.

The story begins as the time-travelling Carson family step through a portal in Arizona in 1918 on the December solstice. These portals only open on the solstices and they had to get their timing correct to the minute to end up at the planned December 1943 in the same location destination. Get it wrong and they might emerge through a different portal like the one in Pennsylvania or even worse on a different date.

They are trying to reunite with their missing time-travelling parents, Tim and Caroline and then return safely back to modern day. Tim and Caroline left behind a travel itinerary which features December 1943 as the third destination. Can they get lucky this time, having failed to find them in 1889 and 1918 in the previous two books?

Equally Tim and Caroline know from clues that their family are on their trail but luck hasn’t been on their side previously. And things seem to get off to a shaky start this time when Tim and Caroline end up at September 1943 instead of December, on a different timeline. Oops. Can they travel again to March 1944 to get onto the correct timeline?

Meanwhile can their sons avoid being drafted into the army during WW2 and will there be repercussions from events back in 1889 and 1918? We meet up with characters who have aged 25 years since the last book whilst the Carsons are only a year older since the series began. Although they have gained two brides along the way. And in this book, their numbers are swelled by a new baby. Of course, there are more romantic relationships forged for those still single. How will those pan out?

Once again John has delivered a brilliant story in this series, which also works well as a stand-alone read. He continues to weave fact into the tales, having researched his subject matter excellently, even throwing a few celebrities into the mix. And the title is integral to the story too. For those of us like me from the UK who haven’t heard of an Indian Paintbrush, it is a flower native to America.

Indian Paintbrush is available on Amazon, currently priced at £3.85 in Kindle format. I loved this book and of course, it had some fantastic twists. A brilliant read which once again lived up to my high expectations of a John Heldt novel, And as always, I highly recommend this author. Once again I have to begin another long wait, this time for book 4 in this series.

And you may be interested to see my reviews of some of John Heldt’s other titles.
The Mine
Indiana Belle
Hannah’s Moon

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Grief Day by Day by Jan Warner

I have received a free  paperback copy of the book Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living with Loss by Jan Warner to review. You may find out more about the author on her blog.

Grief Day by Day by Jan Warner

Here is the book blurb.

Grief Day by Day offers supportive readings and exercises to help you move through life after loss, one day at a time.

Grief is complex. It is ever changing and may come to us differently on any given day. Grief Day by Day offers reflections and practices that address the day-to-day feelings that accompany the ever changing process of grief.

In Grief Day by Day, Jan Warner draws on her own extensive experience and the experiences of the 2 million followers on her Grief Speaks Out Facebook page to offer hope in its most practical form. This book does not look to offer a solution to grief. Rather, it provides supportive, useful guidance to help you create a life in which peace, and even gratitude, can coexist with your grief.

Inside the pages of Grief Day by Day you’ll find:

  • 365 Daily Reflections that include quotes, meditations, and other musings on grief
  • Weekly Themes that capture common feelings and experiences such as: Loneliness, Things Left Unsaid, Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms, Guilt, and Intimacy
  • 52 Healing Exercises that help you process your feelings at the end of each week and develop skills for coping with grief as it arises

There is no “right way” to grieve, and there is no right way to use this book. Whether you follow it page by page, or select that which seems most relevant to you at the moment, how you use this book is less important than why you are using it. You’re using this book because you have chosen to honor your experience, to make a home for your grief, and to find a new way of living on the bridge between loss and life.

Bereavement is something that sadly we all have to deal with at some stage. So when I was asked if I would like to review this book, only a few months after one of my relatives had died in tragic circumstances, I agreed to give it a read.

The book is set out in a chronological order from week 1 to week 52, but right at the start, it says there is not right or wrong way to use it. I chose to read it from start to end, but you may prefer to dip in and out, or skip parts entirely. It is up to the reader, as this book is designed to help you  with simple practices and daily guidance for living with loss. We are all affected differently and grieve in our own way.

It includes reflective quotations for each day along with a “Becoming a Grief Whisperer” healing exercise each week. The weeks are on themes. I only chose to do a few of the exercises, because as I say, it is up to each individual. I found it to be sensitively written in a supportive manner.

Grief Day by Day is available on Amazon, currently priced at £13.99 in paperback and is also available in Kindle and audiobook format. A helpful book for those grieving.


About the author – Jan Warner

When my husband died, I thought I would sadly miss him. Instead I was devastated. After the first chaotic year I began to rebuild my life by honoring him. I became available to grieving people the way he, as a recovering alcoholic, was available to alcoholics and addicts. I wrote a blog. Five years ago, I started a FB page, Grief Speaks Out. It is a loving, supportive international community of 2.4 million people. My book, Grief Day By Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living With Loss has been called a soothing balm for a wound and an outstretched hand in friendship. I have a Master’s in Counseling Degree and have studied NLP, and hypnotherapy. In becoming fully alive with grief I have produced documentary films and an off-Broadway play. I’m a vagabond who has been to all seven continents. I love being a grandmother.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.