Quick Reviews – Quick Reads 2020

Today I’m taking a quick moment of your time to share my thoughts on two of the 2020 Quick Reads titles, The Donor by Clare Mackintosh and A Fresh Start, a collection of ten short stories all about new beginnings. These are, as the titles suggests, just very quick reads, about one hundred pages long each, and a perfect introduction to some very talented authors for people who are a little intimidated by a full length novel. And at just £1.00 per book, they are also budget friendly too!

About the Book

About: The Donor

She gave you everything. But what does she want in return?

When Lizzie’s daughter Meg is given a life-saving heart transplant, Lizzie feels hugely grateful to the nameless donor. Then she receives a letter from the donor’s mother, Karen, asking to meet, and it seems like the least she can do.

But as soon as Karen is welcomed into their lives, Lizzie feels something isn’t right. And before long, she can’t help but worry that by inviting Karen in, she might have put Meg in danger . . .

Available from: Amazon

About: A Fresh Start

From wronged wives to nosy neighbours, from distant dads to new-found family, from secrets to lies, fresh starts to false endings – and everything in between…

A collection of brilliant short stories from the best writers around.

This collections contains original stories from Fanny Blake, Louise Candlish, Mike Gayle, Mari Hannah, Sophie Kinsella, Jojo Moyes, Adele Parks, Ian Rankin, Mahsuda Snaith and Keith Stuart.

Available from: Amazon

My Thoughts

Quick reads is a brilliant initiative, largely aimed at bringing adults back to reading, or maybe even to reading books for the first time, and they never fail to produce books which span a variety of genres and have the ability to make readers smile, chuckle or sit back in surprise. They are a great way to fill in a small space in your day.

With The Donor, Clare Mackintosh broaches the subject of organ donation and the very moral dilemma over whether or not it is ever a good idea to meet the family of people whose loss saved the life of your loved one. Organ donation is a very emotive topic, and Clare Mackintosh handles it with sensitivity, capturing the emotions of mum, Lizzie, and of Karen, the woman who has lost everything. But this isn’t a simple tale and, true to form, the author has you on the edge of your seat to the end of the book in a quickly escalating, always ominous read. Top stuff.

With A Fresh Start readers are treated to a series of short stories, all centred around the general theme of new beginnings. From divorces, to cheating spouses, to serial abusers, all of the characters in this book are seeking to start afresh or are right at the start of a new career, the stories developing in varying and sometimes surprising ways. How can make up make a woman realise her self worth, or midnight gardening really help the vegetables to grow stronger? I loved all of the stories.

About Quick Reads

Launched in 2006, Quick Reads has distributed over 4.8 million copies of more than 100 titles! The books have been loaned more than five million times through libraries and have established a reputation for publishing diverse works by top quality and popular authors, including Andy McNab, Jojo Moyes, Anne Cleeves, Ian Rankin and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Each year, we work with bestselling authors to produce 6 short and engaging books for adult readers. You can read reviews on Find A Read. Quick Reads are available to purchase from online retailers such as Hive, from bookshops across the country and can be borrowed from your local library.

We work with public libraries, prisons, colleges, hospitals and adult learning organisations to ensure these books are accessed by those who may find reading difficult as they are a perfect entry point to reading for pleasure.

To find out more about Quick Reads, visit the Website

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