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 Friends of Bookends is our brilliant new reviewer panel, created exclusively from and for Bookends readers.

We know that Bookends readers love to share their thoughts on the books they’re reading. We also know that the Bookends community loves to get recommendations from readers like them.

We created Friends of Bookends to bring you more reviews of exciting upcoming books – and to help you find your next great read!

Friends of Bookends | Coming Home to Winter Island by Jo Thomas

Wrap up warm and explore the breath-taking beauty of a remote Scottish island and an old house waiting to unlock enchanting family secrets. Francine Jo Thomas writes for an audience who wants a cosy comfortable read with a few hiccups along the way but with a reassuring satisfactory ending. I found Ruby, the main character...

Friends of Bookends review Last Christmas

Halloween is officially over so we’ve got one thing on our minds – CHRISTMAS! Cue us mulling all drinks in a 3 mile radius, bedecking everything in sight with tinsel and fairy lights and spending every weekend practicing true winter cosiness with hot chocolate in hand and book on lap. To accompany this dose of...

Thursday Nights at the Bluebell Inn by Kit Fielding | Friends of Bookends Reviews

Each week, six women of different ages and backgrounds come together at their local pub. There they form an unlikely darts team, but it is their hidden stories of love and loss that in the end binds them… Find out what the Friends of Bookends thought of Kit Fielding’s raw, funny and devastating debut… Linda...

See what our Friends of Bookends reviewers had to say about The First Time I Saw You by Emma Cooper!

Francine This is a gem of a novel. The theme is of love and loss, is explored brilliantly. Emma Cooper encapsulates the raw emotions of grief and  pure joy in her main characters, and her supporting characters add warmth and humour. Alternating between Sophie and Samuel viewpoints, the author reveals how misconceptions lead to missed...

Friend of Bookends Angela recommends The Paper Wasp…

The summer is hotting up and if you’re searching for your summer reading recommendations look no further! The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora is an electrifying debut novel of two women’s friendship, a haunting obsession and twisted ambition, set against the feverish backdrop of contemporary Hollywood. A book that you’re guaranteed to get wrapped up...

Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson | Friends of Bookends Reviews

“Personally, my favoured books always have strongly defined characters. Having read several Dorothy Koomson novels before, I was eager to read Tell Me Your Secret and experience the deeply thought-out characters I have come to know this author for. I was not disappointed. Pieta has survived a harrowing experience with ‘The Blindfolder,’ a psychopath who...

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary | Friends of Bookends reviews

The Flatshare
We asked the Friends of Bookends panel what they think of Beth O’Leary’s debut novel, The Flatshare. Here’s what they said… Jen I really enjoyed this book! Basically it is about Tiffy and Leon who share a flat, but one does the night shift and one the day and weekends are sorted so that they...

When You Read This by Mary Adkins | Friends of Bookends Reviews

Iris Massey is gone. But she’s left something behind. Funny and moving in equal measures, When You Read This is a sparkling novel about love, life, and all the emails you really wish you’d never sent. Find out what the Friends of Bookends thought about Mary Adkins’ warm and funny debut… Angela ‘Death. It’s pretty...

The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis | Friends of Bookends Reviews

A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved. 1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave. Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she...

The Six Loves of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden | Friends of Bookends Reviews

We asked our Friends of Bookends panel what they thought of The Six Loves of Billy Binns, the debut novel by Richard Lumsden. This is what they said . . . Linda H. I’m going to get one negative out of the way in my review of The Six Loves of Billy Binns. I found some...