Books – Where’d you go Bernadette?



Bernadette Fox is notorious.

To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she’s his 

hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. 

To fellow mothers at the school gate, she’s a menace. 

To design experts, she’s a revolutionary architect. 

And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend 

and, quite simply, mum.

Then Bernadette disappears.

And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.


I’ll admit I’m more of a visual person so as I was scanning the rows of books in Waterstones this is the cover that got my attention; I love the fresh, modern, arty look about it and the mix of soft and bold colours that bring it together. Then I read the blurb and knew I had to buy it!!

I love a book that isn’t written in the conventional way and that’s something that separates this book from the rest. Where’d you go Bernadette is a story told by an array of different characters from different perspectives. The story is told through letters, emails and reports; its a book thats engaging, exciting to read and thrilling which is what makes it a hard to put down!! The story infuses all sorts of relationships with sarcasm and wit throughout, I like a book that can be serious but also be quite comical in its approach and this is a book that does just that.

Bernadette is going through a little mid life crisis I think we could call it. Once a women making her mark in the architecture industry (that at the time seems to be a male dominated role), Bernadette is making plans for the future only to be hit with a hard dose of unfortunate life circumstances. Bernadette soon forgets about the women she once was who was driven, passionate and had a vision, she becomes a recluse!! So whats next for Bernadette?

Overall I really enjoyed the read, that was until near the end of the book. The storyline towards the end of the book for me was a little bit predictable in some ways and a little unrealistic in others, I also felt like the ending was a little rushed, the way it ended left me feeling bit disappointed (although I am a hard one to please with books). For anyone who wants a less serious read (less serious than say a crime novel) you might just enjoy reading this.



  1. Donna Ashworth February 24, 2017 / 10:52 am

    This looks like an ideal book for me I will definitely get it – thank you!!! Right up my street x

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 10:55 am

      Great let me know what you think if you give it a go!!

  2. Dannii February 24, 2017 / 11:20 am

    This sounds like a good holiday read. I am going to add it to my wish list.

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      Ooo yes it would be perfect for a holiday read actually!

  3. From Evija with Love February 24, 2017 / 11:42 am

    Sounds like a little light holiday read! I love reading books, but unfortunately I don’t get much time to read nowadays with house renovations, full time job and a blog! 🙂 Will keep this in mind when I next go on holiday! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Yeah reading takes a lot of free time doesn’t it!? Wish I read more than I do but its tough being a mum and having a blog!!

  4. Stephanie Merry February 24, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    Sounds like my kind of book! I’m looking for some new books to read so I’ll have to add this to my reading list x

  5. Jessica February 24, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    This is a pretty book, I can see why it grabbed your attention. I’ve just recently got back into reading an have piles upon piles of books to read but this Defo sounds like something I must read! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Jessica |

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      You are most welcome 😀 Its a good read overall!

  6. Sarah Bailey February 24, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    I can see where the cover art would have grabbed your attention! This book sounds like it might be something I would enjoy, but it’s too bad you were disappointed in the ending. I’m going to add it to my list and keep an eye out for it x

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Oh fab do let me know if you give this one a go! to be honest I often feel a bit let down with the way books end but this one really disappointed me however it could be okay for someone else!

  7. Healthy and Psyched February 24, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    I’m not sure I could read this book. I get confused when a book flips between different characters perspectives too often.
    Great cover though!

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      Oh its pretty clear in this book when it does change which makes it really easy to read. But I do love when a book is written from more than one perspective anyway!

  8. Mellissa Williams February 24, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Interesting way in which the narrative is told. It sounds like the end is a bit disappointing though

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 5:34 pm

      Yes it was for me anyway but still an enjoyable read!

  9. countryheartdeb February 24, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    not sure i could read it with it flipping but the cover would have made me buy it anyway lol That will teach me to read reviews first lol

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Haha I need to read more reviews too!!

  10. Claire February 24, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I am terrible for judging a book by its cover too. This one interests me.

    • cheskaaanels February 24, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Hahaha I’m drawn to covers and then I read the blurbs and if it interests me enough I’ll give it a bash!

  11. Beth Owen February 24, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I really need to get back into reading books. I haven’t read one for a good few years!

    • cheskaaanels February 25, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Oh I love a good read! It is hard to find time though with everything else!

  12. fashionandstylepolice February 25, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    I enjoy reading so adding this to my to read books. Will check it out on my kindle.

  13. Rachel February 26, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    The cover of the book would most definitely have caught my attention too x

  14. Stephanie Cummings February 26, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I’ve wanted to read this for ages. I took a picture of an advert for it ages and ages ago and this post has just reminded me of it.

    • February 27, 2017 / 8:46 am

      Oh awesome!! Let me know if you do read it and what you think!

  15. Rachel February 26, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    I think I’ve seen this book before, it looks interesting and I think i might have to check it out further! xo

    • February 27, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Let me know if you do!

  16. Emily Leary February 27, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Ooh I need a good holiday read and this sounds just the ticket.

    • February 27, 2017 / 10:30 am

      Its defo a holiday book for sure!

  17. MELANIE EDJOURIAN February 27, 2017 / 10:57 am

    It dos sound like an interesting read and I also like comical books with a bit of wit. It’s a shame that the end was a bit too predictable and left you feeling disappointed x

  18. fashionmommy February 27, 2017 / 11:24 am

    I’d go for that cover too, so it’s a shame the ending wasn’t great.

    • February 27, 2017 / 2:11 pm

      Yeah It was a little disappointing but all in all was a good read!

  19. Megan at Lush to Blush February 27, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    This sounds like an interesting book! I’m always looking for new reads; thanks for sharing 🙂

    • February 27, 2017 / 2:12 pm

      Its a good read all in all and the cover makes it a little more exciting I guess!

  20. Anosa February 28, 2017 / 11:25 am

    Another one of a must read for my upcoming trip! I’ll have to search for it!

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  21. Lubka Henry February 28, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Oh this looks like a nice easy read to chill out with. Shame about the ending of the book.

    • February 28, 2017 / 2:02 pm

      Yeah shame about the ending but overall a good read!

  22. Sally Akins March 2, 2017 / 9:45 am

    Sounds like an interesting read, but it’s a real shame when a book’s ending feels rushed.

    • March 2, 2017 / 9:55 am

      Yes thats what I find with a lot of books so I’m often disappointed but all in all it was a worth it read!

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