Book Review: Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well

image– Nancy Atherton

Upon receiving this book, and looking at it on goodreads, I realised that it was sort of part of a big series. Number 19, in fact, of the ‘Aunt Dimity’ series. I was a little worried about whether I would be lost in all the characters, but I think I managed quite well as the story got going! When given a sequel to review I would usually read the earlier books, but with 18 before this one, I figured that would take too long… This series seems to be the sort of one where each storyline is completely different, with just small points that may be mentioned from a previous one. It doesn’t seem that important to have read them all!

When a strapping young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle’s affairs, heads turn in the sleepy English village. But when Lori volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle’s overgrown garden, they discover something even more shocking than a stranger turning up in Finch.

After Lori laughingly tosses a coin into the garden’s old well and makes a wish, she is baffled to find that the wish seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But as they soon learn, one person’s wish is another person’s worst nightmare and the village is thrown into chaos.

As more and more wishes come true, Lori resolves to find out what’s really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbors? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity’s otherworldly help, Lori discovers that the truth is even more marvelous than a magical wishing well.

When I realised who Aunt Dimity was, it did make me a bit wary. I thought the whole story was just going to be a bit daft to be honest! If, like me, you hadn’t delved into this series before, all you need to know is that Aunt Dimity was a friend of Lori’s mother. Her ghost lives on through a journal, and this is how Lori communicates with her. However, it wasn’t actually that crazy – I was surprised!

This book has a good mystery – though not the kind I’m used to reading – as well as a view into the lovely English village life. Instead of hunting for a killer, Lori is trying to figure out why wishes are coming true. It can’t be magic, right?

Everyone knows everything about each other in Finch, you can’t keep anything a secret, so when Jack turns up, the villagers don’t know what to think.

I for one enjoyed reading about the characters. They all had their own little story, and although we only get glimpses the majority in this book, I imagine each book in the series will delve into each person at one point! They all seemed pretty likeable.

This mystery won’t appeal to all, and if you’re looking for something juicy then keep looking! Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well is an easy read, with a small mystery going on. Maybe not as action-packed as the mystery books I would usually read, but enjoyable nevertheless! I may have to read through some more in the Aunt Dimity series!

Book Review: Precious Thing*

image– Colette McBeth

I don’t know whether it shows in the books I read, as I do read a mixture, but I really love a good crime story! Precious Thing tells us the story of Rachel and Clara, best friends who do everything together as young girls. They’re 14/15 when they first meet and become inseparable until Clara is hospitalised in a psychiatric institution.

Seven years later, Rachel is a successful tv reporter and is working when she discovers that Clara has gone missing.
Despite previously going their separate ways, the friendship was still there – a close bond like theirs couldn’t just disappear.

It is written as though Rachel is writing to Clara – almost like a diary. Throughout the narrative, she slowly reveals what happened during their friendship. I think this book was very clever in that I never really could get a grip on what actually was happening. I sort of figured out one thing, but I did have some crazy scenario in my head which wasn’t actually right… And I thought it could be a big possibility. All the way through I was trying to figure out whether everything Rachel was remembering was the truth, or whether she had sort of remembered Clara in a really bad light to make her feel better. I’m trying not to spoil it for you, so I can’t go into too much detail!

I will say though that the end confused me when I had finished, but I’ve also just realised that the very beginning showed that Rachel was beginning a letter to Clara in the present, before it jumping into the actual story. If I had been less dim and put that together, it would have been okay! Oh and another thing – the character, Jake, wasn’t really developed enough for me personally, but then it doesn’t really hinder the storyline. I’m just one of those who likes to know a person’s backstory!

This story is definitely suspenseful and a mystery, you will be guessing right up to the end.

This book will be published on April 10th!
* I received this book from BookBridgr in exchange for a review.


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