#MiniReviewMonday | #BookReviews | September 2nd 2019

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Never has a quote been so relevant to EVERY book worm around the globe (and further!). SO many books, but so little time! The same can also be said for book bloggers. We read that many books so we can share them with our audience, but we find ourselves short of time to write all our thoughts down in a comprehensive review.

This brings us nicely to ‘Mini Review Monday’. A place where, to compliment our current content, we can share with you some of our initial thoughts on books we have been reading over the last week.

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen


Unceremoniously uprooted from her humble family home, intelligent young Fanny Price is dropped into the bustling, aristocratic household of her uncle, where she finds herself buffeted from one crisis to the next. Still, she remains constant in her love for Edmund Bertram. But will this love be her salvation, or will she be forced to marry for connections and wealth?


This was read as part of the Ardently Austen Book Club being held on Instagram

With Mansfield Park, compared to Austen’s previous novels this is
based on one location and the comings and goings of the characters
rather than following certain characters around like in previous
books, which I found was a clever alternative way to tell the story.

I am not sure if I read this at the best time for myself as I found
this to be a slower paced story and quite wordy at times which made it
harder for me to absorb myself into Austen’s world as I had done

That said it was very interesting to read how both the upper and lower
classes lived in the early 1800s and how different it was. Along with
the different lives there was, the social etiquette that was expected
of people and how actions that barely bat an eyelid today were rather
scandalous then.

I also did enjoy the characters, which covered from the outspoken,
headstrong and selfish, to the timid, shy and thoughtful. I found
there to be a very varied cast and not many bouts of histrionics. (I
am not a fan of multiple hysterics) Once I got into the flow of the
book I found myself rooting for certain characters and hoping for the
story to flow in a certain way to read that there was a twist and the
story had gone off on an alternative route.

Another story to add to the Jane Austen film day I will be having soon!


Armadillos by P K Lynch


Aggie is fifteen, a ‘sub’ from a ‘sub’ family, one of Texas’ downtrodden. Her father and brother enact that ‘sub’-ness on her, week in, week out. She has only the vaguest notion that there is something wrong with the abuse she endures and instead dreams of the outside world.

And then one day, Aggie walks out. But, like the armadillos that flourish in Texas’ barren landscape, she is a survivor.

In her escape, she gravitates to those who are just as maltreated as her. They offer Aggie the sense of family, albeit a thoroughly dysfunctional one, that she’s been searching for. But when she gets embroiled in a crisis involving stolen money, Aggie soon realises there are some problems you can’t run away from. 


I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway in return for an honest review

The author has reviewed her chosen plot subject well, and I found this to be a sometimes harrowing page turner. Whilst the plot subject wasn’t something I would normally have read, the novel was paced well, with a good attention to detail, drawing me into Aggie’s world and hoping that she gets her happy ending.

Definitely one deserving to be on your ‘to read’ list


Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 

Have you read any of the books above? Let us know your thoughts! 

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