Poolside reading!

I am going on holiday tomorrow so the blog will not have any new reviews for at least a week . When I get back I’m sure I will have a few reviews to post as I have plenty of books to read on my travels. Even my poor husband has realised he might get a tad bored so he has learnt how to download e books. Considering he says he is allergic to books and doesn’t know how to read I think this is an achievement!!

How to read and influence people!
Happy holiday reading!


Man vs. Child – Dominic Knight

Man vs Child

Dominic Knight

Random House Australia Pty Ltd

Published 1/8/2013

Love and baby wipes is definitely something that Dan wasn’t ready for! This romantic comedy brings the reader to Dan, a thirty something single radio DJ/ Comedian and his thoughts on life. This creates great material for his new stand-up comedy show Man vs. Child as a previous relationship made him decide between comedy and kids. The story starts with understanding Dan and how he fits in around his family and friends whist he is trying to become a successful stand-up comedian and working the early shift as a breakfast radio producer. Dan begins to think that his time to settle down and have kids is something everyone else has done and passed him by, but little did he know that a woman is going to walk back into his life that might change his new material for his show completely.

Man vs. Child is a witty comedy, very well written romantic comedy. The way the author makes the reader feel like they are at an open mic night at a comedy gig is a great way to bring this story to life. It made me laugh out loud, yet understand the sensitive nature of what the main character was going through. The light and shade of the comedy and romance is well-balanced making it an easy read. It is not your usual sloppy romance read. I couldn’t put it down.

Thank you to Random House Australia for letting me review this book.

Summer reads

Well summer is definitely here! I have one week left until I go on holiday! I cannot wait to get on the plane!
I have downloaded a few books ready to read by the pool. A kindle is much better to take on holiday. Less weight to carry in the suitcase, allowing for more shoes.
Fingers crossed more books reviews shall be posted on the blog very soon.

Hope you are having a great summer.


Fortunate – Andrew JH Sharp


Andrew JH Sharp


Fortunate brings adventure, intrigue and love to life. It is a story following a locum GP who is stuck in her current life, not knowing what her future brings. The description of Beth’s thoughts is excellent, making the reader want to know more. The storyline allows the reader to follow the adventure to Zimbabwe, away from her current life as a locum GP with a family life, of which in her opinion, fate has given her little hope.  The idea of running away to get away from it all brings danger tied within a deed of land.

The book is well written and has a lot packed into it, however the continuous introduction of new characters took me away from the plot more than I would have liked and sometimes became a distraction from the main storyline. However, this is not a reason to not give this book a read. It is not a simple read to keep up with, but I did enjoy the book. The more I read, the more I didn’t want to put it down.

Many thanks to Matador for letting me review this book.

Wanted – books to review

If you would like me to review a book please do let me know! I want to review all different genres of books. I’m still learning what I like to read.
The book club I have been going to over the past 3 years has opened my eyes away from the usual “chic lit” I would normally pick up to read.
If you have a book that you would like me to review please email me: francesmcross@yahoo.co.uk.


The Letter – Kathryn Hughes

the letter

The Letter. Kathryn Hughes.

Troubador Publishing Ltd
Who would have thought a letter could link so many people in so many ways.

Kathryn Hughes allows the reader to understand the lives of two very different women from two very different places in time, yet combines them together to create a beautiful story.

The story follows Tina, and abused wife from the 1970’s and Chrissie, a doctors daughter from 1939.

Kathryn allows the story to unfold with great ease for the reader. The descriptions of the relationship between Tina and her husband drew me into the book desperate to find out how she would escape. The character of Chrissie is very well written. The emotions of each character were very much brought to life with the story line without too much description. The continuous way of which the reader was told how the letter pieced together each character was very clever and not predictable. The emotions of the characters were brought to life, making the reader want to know what happens next.

Sometimes the ending of books similar to The Letter do not end completely, with every “shoe tied”, however Kathryn has done a great job ensuring the reader had each character concluded.

A great, quick easy read. I would recommend it to those who would like to read a book that isn’t complicated to understand the storyline, and not bogged down in too much description despite the nature of the emotions the storyline required. Once I started this book I didn’t want to put it down.

Many thanks to Troubador Publishing Ltd to allow me to review this book.

Reviewed By Frances Cross

Welcome to my new blog!!

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Reviews by Fran. It my new blog for my new adventure – book reviews!

I’m an avid reader. I want to share what I think of books with the world.

I’m pretty new to this “blogging” so you may have to bare with me

I’m currently reviewing for a website called netgalley. The book I am reading is “The Letter”, by Kathryn Hughes and Published by Troubador Publishing Ltd.

I am also reviewing ” Fortunate” by Andrew JH Sharp and published by Troubador Publishing Ltd.

Once I have reviewed books, I shall post the review on this blog for the world to see 🙂

I hope you enjoy my blog and reviews.

Let me know what you think!!

Frances 🙂