~ What’s On Your Bookshelf ~ February 2023

What have I been reading this month? Not a lot, so it’s a combined post of January and February! I seem to have lost my BOJO (not Boris Johnson) but my Book Joy, so I’m looking forward to reading all the other posts linking to this challenge. The challenge is hosted by Deb, Jo, Sue and Donna and being considerable readers themselves will always have plenty of options to choose from.

As usual I’ll start with a Lisa Jewell. The Making of Us (clicking on the photo will take you to Goodreads). I enjoyed this book and it was very different from her other books. Lydia, Dean, and Robyn have lives that are poles apart but each of them, independently, has always felt that something was missing. What they don’t know is that a letter is about to arrive that will turn their lives upside down. It is a letter containing a secret—one that will bind them together and show them what love and family and friendship really mean. 4/5

A Town Called Solace – This story starts with a missing teenage girl. Told from three perspectives, Clara the younger sister, Mrs. Orchard the neighbour who is now in hospital and a stranger Liam who moves into Mrs. Orchard’s house. Such a feel good story, sad moments interspersed with happier ones, of people coming together. I will definitely be reading more of Mary Lawson’s books. 5/5

The Way It is Now – Set in Melbourne, featuring a burnt out police officer, Charlie Deravin, who has been trying to find out for many years what happened to his mother who disappeared many years ago. Quite gripping and a few twists and I was surprised how the ending happened so quickly. 4/5

The Innocent One – When I started reading this I didn’t realise it was a sequel of sorts but set ten years after the first book. Sebastian Croll is back and once again being accused of murder and he reaches out for his old lawyer, Daniel Hunter. Daniel helped prove Sebastian’s innocence before, can he do it again? An intriguing read with many twists and turns, had me gripped to the end. 4/5

Someone Else’s Shoes – I absolutely love Jojo Moyes’ books and this one was no exception. I would say it’s about four women, Sam, Nisha, Jasmine and Andrea who don’t all know each other in the beginning but will eventually meet. It’s also a tale of revenge against the gaslighting men in their lives. Who doesn’t like a story about revenge? A fun easy read. 4/5


  1. Hi, Alison – Thank you for joining us for What’s On Your Bookshelf. For someone who believes that they have recently lost their BOJO, you have listed some terrific books here. My reading patterns ebb and flow with what else is happepning in my life. I know that I’ve said this before, but I TRULY plan to take a short break from reading sometime soon!

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  2. Hi Ali, these all look like books I’d enjoy so I’ve taken notes (again). I’ve not read any by Gary Disher but his name keeps popping up so maybe that’s a sign. A Town Called Solace also appeals! Thanks for joining us for #WOYBS, it'[s great to have your suggestions.

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  3. I think I am the only person who has not read a single Jojo Moyes’ book. I think it’s because I already have such a large TBR pile. A revenge story sure sounds like lots of fun!

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