Monday, 14 November 2016

My Hearts Desire by Andrea Kane - Historical Romance

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My Heart’s Desire by Andrea Kane 

  My Heart’s Desire by Andrea Kane
Book DetailsGenre: Historical Romance
Published by: Bonnie Meadow Publishing LLC Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Number of Pages: ~ 402 Series: Book 1 in "Barrett Family Series
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Synopsis:

Lady Alexandria Cassel scorned London's frivolous social whirl, seeking adventure as a stowaway aboard a merchant ship. Drake Barrett was the vessel's powerful captain—and a cynical duke who disdained a noble's shallow life. At sea he revealed neither his origins nor his wealth, and to Alexandria he was simply a man who made her cool reserve fly with the winds… whose desire for her was as wild as the ocean they sailed.
Caught in the crossfire of war, they were shipwrecked on an idyllic island, where they tasted perfect passion… and tenderness. But Drake dreaded the day of their rescue—when his love would discover that the virile man she adored was at the pinnacle of the aristocracy she despised. Hardly did they suspect the base treachery that would soon threaten them… and the dangers each would brave to join forever their hearts and lives!

Read an excerpt:

"WHAT DID YOU DO WITH MY CLOTHES?"
No storm could be as fierce as the one that raged in Alexandria’s flashing eyes as she faced Drake across the cabin. Her expression was murderous, her small hands clenched at her sides, her tone lethal.
Drake closed the door behind him with a firm click. “By ‘your clothes’ I presume you mean that dusty gown and shredded chemise you discarded on my cabin floor?” He leaned nonchalantly against the wall, regarding her with amusement.
Alex was too angry to be shocked at his casual mention of her undergarment. “You know damned well what clothes I mean!”
“Now, now … such language, my lady. I am truly shocked.”
She looked as though she might strike him.
“I demand that you return my things at once!”
His brows went up. “You demand? Careful, princess, your snobbish airs are showing. Remember, on this ship the only one who demands is me.” He crossed the room, ignoring her as if she were no more than an annoying child.
She stepped in front of him, blocking his way.
“Did you want something, my lady?” He paused, studying her livid expression. She was as transparent as glass, her anger and exasperation clearly evident on her beautiful face.
Drake grinned. “Your clothes are no longer with us.”
The color in her face deepened. “What?”
“They were torn from your adventure.”
“Liar!” she shot back. “There was no reason for you to discard them … at least not for the reason you just gave.”
Her accusing tone made him chuckle. “You are quite correct, princess. The real reason is that I cannot have you parading around in your finery. My men are already lusting after you quite openly. We wouldn’t want to further intoxicate their senses, now would we?”
“The only one on this ship who has treated me with any disrespect is you!” she retorted.
“Then be grateful that I have limited you to men’s attire. Perhaps you will be safe from my lecherous advances.”
Drake moved away, and Alex turned her back as he took off his shirt and tossed it carelessly onto the chair. Tossing his breeches next to his shirt, he put an end to her torment by climbing into his berth.
The cabin was silent. Drake could sense Alex’s presence nearby, and he knew instinctively that she was not in bed.
“Princess?”
He heard her jump. “What is it?”
He cleared his throat. “Is there some problem?”
“No … yes …” She paused. “May I use your basin and some water to wash the dirt from my face?”
Drake smiled in the darkness. “Go right ahead. And, princess … if you can find your way around in the dark, help yourself to one of my shirts. They are clean and more than large enough to protect your modesty.”
Again, silence. Then, “Thank you, Captain.”
Her bare feet padded across the room. Drake listened to her opening the heavy chest, taking out one of his shirts, and slipping it on. Splashing sounds told him she was washing, followed by her soft footsteps as she returned to her cot. Then a thud and a cry of pain.
Drake was out of bed in an instant, moving toward the sound of her choked cry.
“Alexandria? What is it?”
“I walked into the cot,” she whimpered.
“Are you badly hurt?”
In truth she was not. It had been a sudden painful blow, yet already the pain was subsiding to a dull throb. But it was more than she could withstand after her emotionally taxing day. Hot tears filled her eyes, spilled down her cheeks. Try though she would, she could not control the sobs that shook her.
“I’m sorry,” she gasped. “I never cry … and it is not that bad a bruise … I just can’t …” She shook her head helplessly, covering her eyes with trembling hands.
There was no forethought. Drake reacted instantly, pulling her into his arms.
“Shhh,” he soothed, pressing her head against his chest. He felt her tears drenching his bare skin, her narrow shoulders shaking. “It’s all right, sweetheart … don’t cry,” he murmured, raising her chin with his forefinger, wishing he could see her face. He stroked his other hand down her back, pressing her closer to him.
They became aware of each other at the same moment. He was totally naked. She was clad only in a thin white shirt. She needed comfort. He needed more.
 

Author Bio:

Andrea KaneAndrea Kane is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including thirteen psychological thrillers and fourteen historical romantic suspense titles.
With her signature style, Kane creates unforgettable characters and confronts them with life-threatening danger. As a master of suspense, she weaves them into exciting, carefully-researched stories, pushing them to the edge—and keeping her readers up all night.
Kane’s beloved historical romantic suspense novels include My Heart’s Desire, Samantha, The Last Duke, and Wishes in the Wind.
With a worldwide following of passionate readers, her books have been published in more than twenty languages.
Kane lives in New Jersey with her husband and family. She’s an avid crossword puzzle solver and a diehard Yankees fan. Otherwise, she’s either writing or playing with her Pomeranian, Mischief, who does his best to keep her from writing.

Connect With Ms. Kane on Facebook, Twitter, or her website.

 

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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Book Review ~ Detached by Christina Kilbourne



TITLE - Detached

AUTHOR - Christina Kilbourne

GENRE - Young Adult, Teenager

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Book Blurb from Amazon
Anna has never felt like she belongs, but now she feels detached. The only solution she sees is taking her own life. Through the perspectives of Anna, her best friend, and her mother, her story shows how depression taints even the simplest human interactions, and how different people can interpret the same scenario in vastly different ways.


BOOK REVIEW


I personally think this book should come with a note of caution due to the subject matter. For anyone who has been at the front of a family member attempting or committing suicide or for anyone who has felt suicidal, this book could be quite upsetting.

This is a hard hitting and emotional read and I am quite surprised that it's a YA book.
Anna is very well like; much loved by her parents, Brother and School Friends. She's attractive to boys. The problem is she can't see any of this. She doesn't like herself; she doesn't want to be here; she wants to be dead like her beloved Grandparents, who died in an accident.

I liked Anna instantly. She was a caring person and very thoughtful towards others. She even thought about the impact her suicide would have on others and wanted it to be as painless as possible. I hated how she was feeling and I was really routing for her.

The book was written with each of the chapters written from the perspective of each of the different characters. All of the characters were instantly likeable. This was a good way of getting to know them and I enjoyed the way the author portrayed them.

I thought the way Anna's thoughts and plans had been written, on how best to commit suicide was eloquent and very deep. A lot of emotional research had gone into this.

I won't include any spoilers, but this was hard to put down, and very easy to immerse yourself in. It's a very hard hitting and thought provocative read.
Thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book
 


Friday, 4 November 2016

Book Review ~ One Christmas in Paris by Mandy Baggot



TITLE - One Christmas in Paris

AUTHOR - Mandy Baggot

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BOOK BLURB from Goodreads
They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Ava and her best friend Debs arrive in Paris just as the snow starts to fall. The Eiffel Tower glitters gold and the scent of spiced wine is all around, but all Ava can think about is Leo, her no-good, cheating ex.

Debs is on a mission to make Ava smile again, and as they tour the Christmas markets, watch lamplight glittering on the river Seine, and eat their body weight in pain-au-chocolat, Ava remembers there’s more to life than men ... Until they cross paths with handsome, mysterious photographer Julien with his French accent and hazelnut eyes that seem to see right inside her.

Ava can’t ignore the intense chemistry between them, but her fingers have been burned before and she can’t forget it, especially when her ex, Leo, starts texting again. Can Ava really trust Julien – and what exactly is his secret?

Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?

Join Ava and Julien in the most romantic city in the world this Christmas, as they discover the importance of being true to themselves, and learn how to follow their hearts.

BOOK REVIEW


For those that have come to know me (I suppose you can also tell by my blog name), I love to travel. My favourite City so far, in Europe, is Paris. So to come across one of my favourite chic lit authors, Mandy Baggot, writing a new book based in Paris, this made me a very happy reader.

When an author writes about a place I love, it brings wonderful memories alive. One Christmas in Paris was no exception thanks to the main characters Ava and Julien.

Ava joins her best friend Debs in Paris. Ava has an over-bearing Mother who seems to want to control Ava's life. She also has an ex, Leo, who cheated on her. As a last minute decision, she jumps on the train to Paris with Debs who has a work assignment there, without telling anyone she was going. Debs wants to cheer her friend up in the beautiful and romantic city, and who knows, Ava may even find love again.


Summing it up in one sentence " I loved this book!". I had read a lot of thrillers lately and was needing a break from mayhem and murder and this was just the book I needed. Paris came alive with the descriptive writing of the sights and sounds of the City. It shows that the author did some great research. I have been there several times and I'm very familiar with the tourist areas of the city. My memories of Paris came flooding back, except this time I was seeing it through Ava's eyes.

This was a beautiful and heart warming story with beautiful characters that kept me up reading until 3.30am! It is the perfect book to curl up with in front of the Christmas tree, with a nice mug of hot chocolate. It's just that kind of novel. A must read and not just for chic lit lovers.


What others are saying about Mandy Baggot's  books.

I adored every single second … goes straight to the "My Favourites" shelf and is going to stay there FOR EVER … 10 stars out of 5.’ On My Bookshelf

I LOVED THIS BOOK … it's warm, sweet, romantic, likeable, cosy - just the perfect book to curl up on the couch in front of an open fire with. Gorgeous.’ Behind Green Eyes

If you love Christmas, and are looking for a book that will fit with absolute perfection, this is the book for you. I really loved it … so many laugh-out-loud moments … will have you laughing at the memory long after you've put the book down.’ Being Anne Reading

Leaves you with a lovely warm glow in your heart and a tear in your eye.’ Sincerely Book Angels

If I had to pick five Christmas themed novels to give to my friends this year I have to tell you that One Wish in Manhattan would be in that bundle. What an amazing, Christmas magical story this is … I simply adored One Wish in Manhattan.’ Keeper Bookshelf


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Mandy Baggot is an award-winning romantic fiction author, writing hot heroes and emotional
reads. She is represented by Kate Nash of The Kate Nash Literary Agency.

In 2012 she won the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK's Festival of Romance and has since scooped Top Ten Reads/Book of the Year places from a number of UK book bloggers.

Traditionally published by US publisher Sapphire Star, Harper Collins' digital first romance imprint, Harper Impulse, and most recently, digital fiction specialists, Bookouture, a great story is never far from her fingertips!

A contributor to writing blogs and short story anthologies, Mandy is also a regular speaker at literary festivals, events and women’s networking groups.

Mandy loves mashed potato, white wine, country music, World's Strongest Man, travel and handbags. She has appeared on ITV1's Who Dares Sings and auditioned for The X-Factor.

Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband, two daughters and cats, Kravitz and Springsteen.

Visit her website at http://www.mandybaggot.com/

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Guest Blog, Giveaway & Book Review ~ The Christmas Promise - Sue Moorcroft

 
I'd like to welcome Author Sue Moorcroft to my blog today. Sue has her new book out The Christmas Promise, so I invited her to come a long and be a guest on my blog. I've also read and reviewed the book and have shared it below. Her blog post is an interesting one about something that happens just twice a year. Please read on .....................

TITLE - The Christmas Promise

AUTHOR - Sue Moorcroft

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BOOK BLURB from Amazon

‘I love all of Sue Moorcroft’s books!’ KATIE FFORDE

Countdown to Christmas with your new must-have author, as you step into the wonderful world of bespoke hat-maker Ava Bliss…

For Ava Bliss, it’s going to be a Christmas to remember…

On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.

Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.

So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…

Curl up with this gorgeous, festive read – the perfect treat for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley.





MY REVIEW

I'm not a big Christmas lover. I hate the commercialism of it all. I do however love the Family closeness of the day itself (when I'm not working). One thing I do love though is a cosy Christmas novel, and this book was no exception. 

This book centres around Ava Bliss, who I instantly warmed to. She lives with her best friend Izz, who has a successful job, whereas life isn't going too well for Ava. Ava is trying unsuccessfully to have her couture Millinery business taken seriously, and is struggling financially. 

This book has several different aspects to it. There is the modern day crime of Sextortion, which to me was well researched; then there is the subject of terminal illness (several tears shed here); then there is the world of the couture milliner. I learnt a lot about millinery from the book, and again it shows a lot of research must have gone into this book.;

So many different emotions were packed into this book and I couldn't put it down, reading it until the early hours.

I won't say what the Christmas Promise was for fear of spoiling the story, so you'll have to find out for yourself, however it's a promise you'll want to be a part of.






GUEST BLOG by Sue Moorcroft. 

The Changing of the Clocks

Did you have an extra hour in bed on Saturday night? Or add an extra hour to your day on Sunday?
In the UK, as in many parts of the world, twice a year ‘our clocks are changed’. Now it will be lighter earlier in the mornings but darkness will come sooner in the evenings. To celebrate this official beginning to wintertime I thought I’d share a few facts:

The UK has just left British Summertime and we’re now on Greenwich Mean Time.

The other name for British Summertime is Daylight Saving Time.

As if to celebrate the onset of Winter along with the clocks, The Christmas Promise entered the Kindle Top 100 on Sunday morning!

We’ll get British Summertime back at 1am on March 26th 2017. (I’m looking forward to this already. I’m a summertime person).


Changing the clocks was first suggested by William Willett in 1907 and he campaigned for his scheme to be implemented until his death in 1915. Germany went first, in April 1916, and we followed suit in May after passing The Summertime Act 1916. WWI was underway, of course, and making use of daylight helped the economy.

The first short story I sold was to The People’s Friend in 1996 and concerned the clocks going forward in spring. It just took one person to forget to change his watch and I had a plot! Luckily, mobile phones that change automatically were not in every pocket at that time.


 
 
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Sunday, 30 October 2016

Book Review - Wonder Cruise by Ursula Bloom


TITLE - Wonder Cruise

AUTHOR - Ursula Bloom


GENRE - Romantic Fiction 


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Synopsis from Goodreads.


Ann Clements is thirty-five and single, and believes nothing exciting will ever happen to her. Then, she wins a large sum of money in a sweepstake and suddenly can dare to dream of a more adventurous life. She buys a ticket for a Mediterranean cruise, against the wishes of her stern brother, the Rev. Cuthbert, who has other ideas about how she should spend her windfall. Ann steps out of the shadows of her mundane life into the heat of the Mediterranean sun. Travelling to Gibraltar, Marseilles, Naples, Malta and Venice, Ann’s eyes are opened to people and experiences far removed from her sheltered existence in the offices at Henrietta Street, and Mrs. Puddock’s lodging house. As Ann blossoms, discovering love and passion for the very first time, the biggest question is, can there be any going back?


MY REVIEW 


Ann comes across a lot older than her years and a bit prim and proper. It doesn't help that her Brother Cuthbert wants her to remain a singleton; a spinster, so his Daughter will inherit everything she owns. He and his wife are so old fashioned. Ann's life was very structured and routine. She goes to work as a typist, goes home to her rented room and then repeats it all over again. 

Ann just had one dream; to travel; see the world; see the churches, cathedrals and cities that were featured in Mr Thomas Cooks holiday brochures. Imagine her delight when this became a possibility.

I initially found the book a bit slow and just couldn't see where it was heading. Too much of it focused on her mundane life. There seemed to be some naivety to the writing. However not to be one to give up, I continued reading. I enjoyed how the author had made Ann a naive 30 something, unsure of the ways of the world, and then allowed her to bloom and become the young woman she still was, in the prime of her life.

There was a comedic element to the book too, especially within the description of her fellow travellers. the pictures you form in your mind make you smile. Some of the story-line I found a bit unbelievable for the time period it was written in, however it was a fairly fun read.

The book was building up to the climax and the much anticipated ending, and then........ it was all over. I feel it needed to have a more structured and lengthy ending and some parts of the story needed to be elaborated on more. I was left disappointed. It did make me smile in parts but it just needed more substance.

Thank you to the author for the chance to read and review her book.




Saturday, 29 October 2016

Book Review - Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas


TITLE - Local Girl Missing

AUTHOR - Claire Douglas


PUBLISHER - Penguin UK


Synopsis from Amazon


Twenty years ago
21-year-old Sophie Collier vanishes one night.
She leaves nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier -
and a hole in the heart of her best friend Francesca.

Now
A body's been found.
And Francesca's drawn back to the seaside town she's tried to forget.
Perhaps the truth of what happened to Sophie will finally come out. Yet Francesca is beginning to wish she hadn't returned.

Everywhere she turns are ghosts from her past.
The same old faces and familiar haunts of her youth.
But if someone knows what really happened to Sophie that night then now's the time to find out - isn't it? 

Except sometimes discovering the truth can cost you everything you hold dear - your family, your sanity and even your life . . .


MY REVIEW

Oh I loved this one!

Frankie and Sophie were Childhood Friends. Friends that appear to have secrets. When Sophie was 21 yrs old, she suddenly disappeared on a night out. Her trainer was found on the pier so there was the assumption that she had an unfortunate accident. But was it? Rumours abound in this seaside town.

Many years later, Sophies Brother Daniel, who carried a torch for Frankie, made contact with Frankie to say that remains have turned up, and they are possibly Sophie's. He needs Frankie's help as he believes his Sister was murdered.

The book then becomes a completely compelling read and I couldn't put it down. Suspects kept turning up in the form of ex-boyfriends; friends and even their siblings. It is a real modern day whodunnit!

There are so many twists and turns in the book. You think you've worked out who did it, if it was indeed a murder, only to realise you're wrong, again, questioning if it was indeed an accident. The book is engrossing and unpredictable. I just don't understand the 1 and 2 star reviews as to me this was one of the best crime novels I've read this year. Intriguing storyline and numerous interesting characters. I shall certainly be adding this author to my list of favourites if all her books are as good as this.

Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to read this.




Book Review - The Fire Child by SK Tremayne


Title - The Fire Child

Author - S.K. Tremayne

Publisher - Harper Collins

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Synopsis from Goodreads -

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’

My Review
 
I was so keen to read this book as I'd heard so much about the Authors other book "The Ice Twins".

The main characters in the book are Rachel, her new Husband and her young Stepson Jamie. Rachel, who comes from a dysfunctional and fairly poor background, marries rich widower David and moves into this family mansion in Cornwall. It's by the coast and on the edge of the mines, which have been in David's family for years. These mines hold many bad memories.
 
The house is enormous and David's Widowed Mother lives in one wing of the house. The description the author gave of the house was very vivid and I could picture it in my mind as the author took you through it. This was a great strength of the author; the descriptions not just of the house but of the area, the mines and the coastline.
 
There were some very strange "going's on" in the house and the book does have a slight dark side to it. Who is Jamie talking to? Sometimes the threads to the story were left hanging.
 
The relationship between Jamie and Rachel was well written; sometimes trying; sometimes moving. I didn't feel any connection with any of the other characters in the book though and sometimes felt them lacking a little substance.
 
The plot to me, was a little slow going and I found it hard to get into sometimes as it didn't grip me liked I hoped it would. There was a twist at the end of the book as you would expect but I felt a little let down with where the book went after that, right at the end. I was left wanting more and was disappointed. It's just that this book to me, seemed to be missing something but I can't quite put my finger on what. Sadly just not gripping enough a read.
 
It doesn't put me off though, and as several people have recommended it to me, I will still read the Ice Twins.
 
 
 


Saturday, 2 July 2016

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW - My Girl by Jack Jordan - Thriller

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TITLE - My Girl

AUTHOR - Jack Jordan

GENRE - Crime/Thriller

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Synopsis -

Paige Dawson: the mother of a murdered child and wife to a dead man.

She has nothing left to live for… until she finds her husband’s handgun hidden in their house.

Why did Ryan need a gun? What did he know about their daughter’s death?

Desperate for the truth, Paige begins to unearth her husband’s secrets.

But she has no idea who she is up against, or that her life isn’t hers to gamble – she belongs to me.

From the bestselling author of Anything for Her, Jack Jordan's My Girl is the new chilling thriller that you won't want to miss.
MY REVIEW






I had read Anything for her by Jack Jordan and when the opportunity came up to read this book, I jumped at the chance! I've always been one for a good Thriller and Crime novel, and until a few years ago I have to admit I wouldn't read a book by an author I hadn't heard of. I'm glad I don't make that mistake now, or I would be missing out on a really talented author like Jack Jordan. His books have more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. This book is one rollercoaster of a ride!

Paige lost her Daughter in the most awful way imaginable. All that was recovered from her body were her fingers, found in a river. As if this was not bad enough, her Husband then committed suicide. Her life then took a bad turn and she turned to substance abuse to try and deaden the pain. It was heartbreaking to read, and heartbreaking for those who cared for her, including her Father and her Brother Maxim.
Jack Jordan

Then she started uncovering things that left her confused but determined to find out. This gets her into serious trouble and it seems as if there is no way out.

I can't say much more as it would give too many spoilers away and I don't want to do that as it would seriously ruin this edge of the seat thriller. What I will say though is if you like a book that you can't put down and makes you sit on the edge of the seat, then this one is for you. I will say there are some very upsetting and graphic moments in this book, so be aware of that. I would say if you read one Thriller this year, make it this one!









Tuesday, 14 June 2016

BOOK REVIEW ~ Keeping Sam by Joanne Phillips ~ Family Saga



Title - Keeping Sam

Author - Joanne Phillips

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Synopsis 

When Kate wakes up from a year-long coma, the first person she asks for is her son, Sam. Recovering from a head injury and getting back on her feet takes all of Kate’s energy, but toddler Sam has left a hole in her heart – a hole that isn’t healed by the knowledge that Sam is being cared for by Kate’s mother. Estranged from her parents since she was eighteen, Kate discovers they took Sam home to Cornwall with them months ago, convinced Kate would never wake up. By the time Kate is well enough to travel to reclaim him, she is frantic with worry. Why hasn’t her mother brought Sam to see her? Why haven’t they replied to any of her letters? And why will no one talk to her about the circumstances around her injuries?


My Review

Kate has been in hospital in a coma for a long time. The question is, how did it happen and who or what put her there. The intrigue of this carries on until the end of the book is almost upon you.

From the outset this was a heart wrenching tale of a single Mum, estranged from her parents, and having to fight a custody battle for her young Son Sam. You could feel sorry for her, but she has been portrayed as a fighter and you can imagine that if she was your friend in the real and not fictional world, she wouldn't want your pity.

She gets herself set up in a room in a house, with a landlady and a lodger for company and there her fight begins to get herself back to health; get her son back and work out what happened to her.

I loved Kate's character and really warmed to her with her fight, determination and passion.

This family drama had me hooked and I didn't want to put it down. I could see it as a saga which could be unfolding right now, anywhere in our Country.

This was an enjoyable read, with a lot of drama and content, packed into a fairly quick read. A thoroughly recommended read.


Author bio:

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Joanne Phillips lives in rural Shropshire with her husband and young daughter. She’s the author of romantic comedies Can’t Live Without, The Family Trap, and Cupid’s Way, and the Flora Lively series of contemporary mysteries. Can’t Live Without was an Amazon top 20 bestseller in 2012 and her books regularly appear on category bestseller lists. Before becoming a writer, Joanne had jobs as diverse as hairdresser, air hostess and librarian, but now divides her time between writing and finding creative ways to avoid housework. She’s a fan of super-dark chocolate, iced coffee and Masterchef.

Joanne can be found at www.joannephillips.co.uk where she blogs about writing and publishing and all things books.








Monday, 30 May 2016

BOOK REVIEW - Dear Dad by Giselle Green



TITLE - Dear Dad

AUTHOR - Giselle Green


Handsome, 28-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.


9 year-old Adam Boxley who lives alone with his ageing nan, also has big problems. Neglected at home and bullied at school, he’s desperate to reach out to his dad – and that’s when he sends his first letter to Nate. Only Nate’s not who he thinks he is. Will he help? More importantly – can he?


Across town meanwhile, caring but impulsive teacher Jenna Tierney really wants to help Adam - except the feisty redhead has already had enough of teaching. Recently hurt by yet another cheating boyfriend, Jenna’s now set her sights on pursuing a dream career abroad ... only she’s about to meet Nate - her dream man who’ll make her re-think everything. 


The big question is; can three people desperate to find love, ever find happiness when they’re only connected by one big lie?  

MY REVIEW

I was looking for a light hearted, heartwarming read for a change. I'm usually a crime thriller type of girl. I was assured this book would tick all the boxes and from the blurb I thought it may well do. 

 I instantly warmed to Nate Hardman, feeling sorry for him and the situation he had been put in. When the letter turned up I was intrigued and this is how the book kept me all the way through.

I wanted to pick up little Adam and give him a big hug and tell him everything was going to be alright. I really connected with this little guy and I think it's down to the way the author really draws you into the story  and makes you connect with all the characters in the book.

The book did make you wish that Social Services would be as efficient as they were made out to be in this book and that things relating to child welfare would run so smoothly.  I won't say more because of spoiling the story.

There are many heart wrenching aspects to this story but you are really pulled in and it's hard to put the book down.  You may shed a tear if you're an old softy like me.

It is as I thought a great heart warming read. A great feel good book.







About the Author
Giselle Green was born in the UK but grew up in Gibraltar, where she has extensive family. Her debut novel, Pandora's Box, won the Romantic Novelists' Association New Writer's Award in 2008. Her third novel, A Sister's Gift, went to number one on the Amazon Kindle chart in 2012. She lives in Kent with her husband and their six sons.