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Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Blog Tour Review - Service Model by Adrian Tchaikovsky To fix the world they first must break it further. Humanity is a dying breed, utterly reliant on artificial labor and service. When a domesticated robot gets a nasty little idea downloaded into their core programming, they murder their owner. The robot then discovers they can also do something else they never did before: run away. After fleeing the household, they enter a wider world they never knew existed, where the age-old hierarchy of humans at the top is disintegrating, and a robot ecosystem devoted to human wellbeing is finding a new purpose. There is so much to love in Service Model, but one of the things I most love about it is the peculiar blend of charming innocence and insightful cynicism. Uncharles the domestic robot is such a simple soul (though he would state that he has no soul and this is an inaccurate description). He approaches the end of the world with optimism and hope, or whatever equivalent to these emotions h

Review - The Lighthouse Bookshop by Sharon Gosling

Review - The Lighthouse Bookshop by Sharon Gosling

At the heart of a tiny community in a remote village just inland from the Aberdeenshire coast stands an unexpected lighthouse. Built two centuries ago by an eccentric landowner, it has become home to the only bookshop for miles around.

 Rachel is an incomer to the village. She arrived five years ago and found a place she could call home. So when the owner of the Lighthouse Bookshop dies suddenly, she steps in to take care of the place, trying to help it survive the next stage of its life.

 But when she discovers a secret in the lighthouse, long kept hidden, she realises there is more to the history of the place than she could ever imagine. Can she uncover the truth about the lighthouse’s first owner? And can she protect the secret history of the place?

The Lighthouse Bookshop is absolutely gorgeous!

I quickly fell in love with the lighthouse as a building. It just sounds like the most perfect place and I soon found myself wishing I could visit and just spend days there, a wish that grew as I got to know the wonderful cast of characters. It has such a lovely sense of community and togetherness and I adored that so much.

Cosy bookshops aside though, The Lighthouse Bookshop is a story about buried secrets and new beginnings. Many of the characters are running away from something, secret traumas haunt them, but it's about starting again, putting the past behind you and becoming somebody new, and that really meant a lot to me. There's a sensitivity and understanding in the way it deals with people's hidden pasts and what happens when those secrets are revealed. 

This theme is reflected in the lighthouse itself, and there's something almost gothic about the centring of such an unusual building, a lighthouse so far from the sea, and the secrets it conceals and reveals. The uncovering of the mysteries hidden in the lighthouse formed a fascinating subplot that tied into so many other things happening in the novel.

It's an emotional book too, with losses and regrets mixed in with the seizing of new futures, though it never dwells too much on regret, because this is an optimistic book. Despite your loss, your grief, your fears and concerns, and all of the pain of your past, it says, there is hope for the future. 


The Lighthouse Bookshop by Sharon Gosling is published on 18 August by Simon and Schuster.

I was given a review copy via Netgalley in return for an honest review.


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