Thursday, 29 July 2021

Book Review ~ Legacy by Nora Roberts


TITLE - Legacy

AUTHOR - Nora Roberts

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SYNOPSIS

The first time Adrian met her father was the day he tried to kill her..Adrian Rizzo didn't have the easiest childhood, to put it mildly, but she's worked hard to put it behind her and to the outside world she is a beautiful young woman with a successful, high-profile career and a wonderful family and friends.

When, out of the blue, she receives a death threat in the post, she is shocked but puts it down to someone's jealousy of her success and tries to forget about it. But Adrian doesn't realise that it's more than just spite. Someone is very, very angry about her happy life and will stop at nothing to bring it all crashing down.

If there is one thing you can say about a Nora Roberts book ,it's that they are never predictable. Ms Roberts writes several different genres of books. 

This book, Legacy, is the style of book I prefer from the Author. It is a mixture of family drama, romantic novel and thriller. What more could you want from a book? 

The characters are very well written and the main protagonist, Adrian, is very likeable, and luckily hasn't inherited any of her Mothers "Cold" traits. The relationships between various characters are developed extremely well, and you end up feeling immersed into their lives. 

The Author leads you on many twists and turns. Who is sending Adrian Death Threats on an annual basis? She knows the threats are going to arrive in the mail, but doesn't know who is sending them and why. You are kept guessing until the very end. 

Another great read from Ms Roberts and I will certainly read more of her books in this style.

Book Review - The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan #FeelGood


 TITLE - The Summer Seekers

AUTHOR - Sarah Morgan

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SYNOPSIS -

Kathleen is eighty years old. After a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. She's not having any of it. What she craves - needs - is adventure.

Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza dream of a solo break of her own.

Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can't get her life together. But she knows something has to change.

When Martha sees Kathleen's advert for a driver and companion to take an epic road trip across America, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. Travelling with a stranger? No problem. She's not the world's best driver, but it couldn't be worse than living with her parents again. And anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?

As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it's never too late for adventure...

I've always liked Sarah Morgan's books and this one was no exception. I loved it. The Author has thrown together two of the most unlikely travelling partners ever, and made this such a fun read, and I wished I was one of their travelling companions. 

The characters are extremely likeable, and well written. The storyline is also well written and descriptive and makes you feel like you are riding along with them on their journey. The descriptions of the destinations makes you feel as if you have actually been there yourself.

It is a tale of so many different emotions. There are tears, much laughter, and some annoyance along the way. This was just the book I needed to read in these current climes and put a smile on my face for quite some time. I'm even smiling as I'm writing this.



Book Review ~ Blood Brothers ~ Colleen Nelson #YoungTeens #DundurnGroup


 TITLE - Blood Brothers

AUTHOR - Colleen Nelson

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SYNOPSIS

A Winnipeg Free Press Bestseller! * In the Margins Book Award, Top Ten Selection * CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2017) Selection
Close as brothers, Jakub's and Lincoln's lives diverge when Jakub gets a private school scholarship and Lincoln is lured into a gang.

Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar.

When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school, he knows it's his chance for a better life. But it means leaving Lincoln and the neighbourhood he calls home.

While Jakub's future is looking bright, Lincoln's gets shady as he is lured into his brother's gang. Jakub watches helplessly as Lincoln gets pulled deeper into the violent world of the Red Bloodz. The Red Bloodz find out Jakub knows more than he should about a murder and want him silenced - for good. Lincoln has to either save his friend, or embrace life as one of the Red Bloodz.

Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
ISBN: 9781459737464
Number of pages: 240


This is a book, I believe, that is aimed at young teens. Having read it, it's a good read as an adult too and to me, very current in the subject matter. The two main characters are Jakub (Koob) and Lincoln (Linc). They are best Friends and it's a well written relationship. 

It shows how two youngsters, both on the right path, can all of a sudden be separated by one taking the wrong path. 

It is something we read about in the papers weekly; gang life and lives being taken. It's very well written and I'd like to think that if a teenager read this it would give them some incite into what happens if you take the wrong path and how lives, yours included, can change. There were some strong characters in this book, and some vulnerable and easily influenced. It's heartbreaking in places.

I found the story very believable, and would like people to share this book with their teens. 



Thursday, 22 July 2021

Publication Day - Book Review ~ The Art of Loving you ~ Amelia Henley


TITLE - The Art of Loving you

AUTHOR - Amelia Henley

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SYNOPSIS

They were so in love . . .
And then life changed forever . . .
Will they find happiness again?


Libby and Jack are the happiest they've ever been. Thanks to their dear friend, eighty-year-old Sid, they've just bought their first house together, and it's the beginning of the life they've always dreamed of.

But the universe has other plans for Libby and Jack and a devastating twist of fate shatters their world.

All of a sudden life is looking very different, and unlikely though it seems, might Sid be the one person who can help Libby and Jack move forward when what they loved the most has been lost?



I loved Amelia Henley's debut novel, so I couldn't wait to read this. It was every bit as good as I expected. 

It's very rare I shed a tear reading a book, but I did with this one, many times. 

The way the author develops her characters is wonderful. She has the knack of bringing them to life so you feel that you know them. 

My heart broke at the loss suffered, but then I was uplifted again with the building of relationships between generations. 

This book was a roller cost of emotions, and an enthralling read. I didn't want it to end. Bring on the next book Ms Henley. 




Saturday, 17 July 2021

Book Review ~ The Snark ~ Justin Davis #BlueFalconPublishing ~ Childrens book

 

TITLE - The Snark

AUTHOR - Justin Davis

ILLUSTRATOR - Stephanie Jayne

PUBLISHER - Blue Falcon Publishing

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SYNOPSIS

"What's a Snark?" I hear you cry.

Night-time can be scary and this delightfully illustrated story shows us how natural those fears are. Once children can identify and understand their fears, they can begin to overcome them, and we can all have a good night's sleep!

This story reveals that when we are brave and face our fears, they are often not as scary as we first thought!

Told in lyrical prose and with a dash of humour, this light-hearted story will help you and your child deal with night-time anxieties in a safe and reassuring way.



The first thing that draws you to this wonderful book is the very well illustrated cover.

I loved the dedication at the star of the book "For all the parents, the unsung heroes that scare away the monsters"

What an absolutely delightful read this was. It's a rhyming story, with great illustrations and on top of that it is so funny!

At the back there is space for your little one to draw.

What's a snark? Well you'll have to buy the book to find out. It's a marvellous read. One you will love to read to your little person.


Book Review ~ Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell ~ Psychological Thriller #Bookouture


 TITLE - Sleep Tight

AUTHOR - Caroline Mitchell

PUBLISHER - Bookouture

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SYNOPSIS
A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into disturbing recreations of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down the murderer who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

A terrifying, addictive, serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.


I had never read anything by Caroline Mitchell but was recommended to her due to my love of psychological thrillers. I was not disappointed. 

DS Ruby Preston is the main protagonist. I liked her character from the start. She is a good cop who doesn't always follow the rules, but does the best in order to capture the serial killer, who is murdering women and dressing them up as fairytale characters. Ruby has to find out who is doing this and why. 

I like how the author portrayed the relationships between Ruby and her colleagues, and also Ruby and naughty boy Nathan, part of the local crime family. 

The Plot is gripping and keeps you on the edge of the seat. The authors research around traumatic incidents has been well written too. 

With all these factors, I found the book hard to put down and will definitely add this authors books to my list of must reads. 



Thursday, 8 July 2021

Publication Day - Book Review ~ Under a Greek Moon ~ Carol Kirwood

 


TITLE - Under A Greek Moon

AUTHOR - Carol Kirkwood

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SYNOPSIS

Running from a scandal, Shauna must return to the place that changed her life twenty years ago, the idyllic Greek island of Ithos.

Captivated once more by her island escape, bittersweet memories resurface of one summer, one unforgettable man, and a long-hidden secret.

Can Shauna take the chance to confront her past?



Sometimes, when you think about reading a debut novel, you have apprehensions, thinking "are they jumping on the bandwagon". Well I can honestly say that this is a wonderful debut read, and I absolutely loved this book.

It is I suppose, a typical love story, that's set in a stunning location, but it is full of tension and drama.

I loved Shauna, the main protagonist and felt that she had many great qualities, as a person, a friend and a lover. She had it all.

Escaping her life to travel with her friend Roxy, ending up working on a yacht for a Greek family, sounded idyllic. I loved the relationship between Roxy and Shauna, and how it developed. Then throw a gorgeous Greek man into the mix and you have it all.

I couldn't put it down and hope that the Author writes another novel in this genre.




Thursday, 1 July 2021

Book Review ~ Hush Little Girl ~ Lisa Regan #bookouture

 


TITLE - Hush Little Girl

AUTHOR - Lisa Regan

SERIES - Detective Josie Quinn Book 11 (ok as a standalone)

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SYNOPSIS
Dressed in pyjamas covered with stars, the little girl’s body is perfectly still, her arms folded neatly over her chest. The wildflowers decorating her hair scatter across the grass in the sharp breeze. Her lips are parted slightly, as if to whisper goodnight for the very last time…

When twelve-year-old Holly Mitchell’s fragile little body is found on the steps of a mountainside church in the small town of Denton, a doll made from pine cones clasped tightly to her chest, Detective Josie Quinn rushes to attend the scene. She knows this little girl’s angelic face, her mother had offered Josie help when she’d needed it most.

Searching the girl’s house, Josie is devastated to find that Holly’s mother is dead too, and her little sister is missing. But why has this family home been stripped of all sharp objects? Re-tracing her steps, Josie finally finds a secret hiding place with Holly’s sister inside, terrified, but alive. Moments later, another doll made of twigs turns up.

Certain the killer is close by, Josie holds the little girl tight and tries to coax answers from her, but it’s clear the pile of burnt photographs and letters found in the greenhouse is her only lead. No one is safe until Josie can figure out the dangerous secret that has escaped this remote family home.

Just when Josie is finally closing in on the killer, the unthinkable happens, a tragedy that shakes her to her very core. And on the windshield of her car: a third wooden doll. Could stopping this twisted monster from taking more innocent lives come at the ultimate price for Josie?


Detective Lisa Quinn was due to get married. In the gardens of the church, the body of a young girl was discovered. So Quinn leaves her wedding before it had even started, to head off to the crime scene. When I read this it made me think that this book is not really going to be very believable. What Cop would do that? 

Firstly I found this very bizarre and couldn't believe that any copy would abandon their own wedding to deal with a murder. They would leave it to their colleagues. 

The character of Lisa Quinn irritated me a lot. Though the storyline was interesting and well thought out, it didn't grip me like I hoped it would. I think the reason for this was that there were several chapters which related to a family and their in house secrets and fighting, which, although pertinent to the story, it just seemed to lose the excitement of the case. 

Having said that, all the elements together made it a fairly good read, but I was just hoping for more.



Friday, 21 May 2021

Book Review & Blog Tour - Perfect on Paper by Gillian Harvey ~ #OrionFiction

 

TITLE - Perfect on Paper

AUTHOR - Gillian Harvey

PUBLICATION DAY - 13th May 2021

PUBLISHER - Orion Fiction

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SYNOPSIS -
Clare's life might look 'perfect on paper', but she's ready to shake things up and put herself first for once... A fun and uplifting novel from Gillian Harvey, author of Everything is Fine.

It's time to shake things up a little...

Clare Bailey's life is perfect. Successful career, loving husband, two kids and a gorgeous townhouse. At least, that's how it looks like from the outside.

In fact, she's never felt more invisible. Her boss barely remembers her name, her husband is distracted by his new TV job and her daughter has never found her more embarrassing!

But when she's given a chance to turn her life upside-down she wonders whether she should risk everything she loves for a life that's more than just 'perfect on paper'...?

PRAISE FOR GILLIAN HARVEY:

‘Just the escapism we need right now' EVENING STANDARD

'A perfect weekend read' GRAZIA

'Funny and uplifting' BELLA

‘Hilarious and relatable’ WOMAN

'Made me laugh out loud so many times!' LUCY VINE

'Feel-good, funny, and very relatable' ANNA BELL

'Funny and honest' ELIZABETH BUCHAN



Every now and again you need to read a book which has a feel good factor and this book was one of those. 

This is the story of Clare. She sounds like so many women of today who you hear talk about how they are not appreciated by their family and employers, and feel like they are going through the motions. This was a plausible and also a funny read with a few laugh out loud moments. 

She encounters an opportunity, albeit a bit of a bizarre opportunity, and although hesitant at first, she grasps it with both hands. You keep willing her on throughout the book. 

I laughed a lot reading this book and it was almost as if it was someone's autobiography, as it was so believable. It was a lovely easy read. 

The writer has created some great characters in this book and has given them all really distinct personalities. So much so that you are able to connect really easily with them. Maybe some of us can see ourselves in Clare a little bit and that's what makes her so easy to connect to. 

So if you are looking for a nice cosy read to curl up to then this is the one for you. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gillian Harvey always dreamed of being a writer, but it took a while for that dream to come true. She started her career as an English teacher, before moving to France in 2009 with her husband Ray.

In 2012, she started freelance writing for magazines and newspapers, and in 2018 she signed a book deal with Orion for her first novel 'Everything is Fine,' which was published in May 2020.
'Everything is Fine' was longlisted for the Guardian's 'Not the Booker' prize in 2020.
Gillian's second novel 'Perfect on Paper' was released on the 13th May 2021.

Gillian lives in France with husband Ray and their five children.

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Thursday, 13 May 2021

Publication Day ~ Book Review ~ Under The Italian Sun by Sue Moorcroft ~ #AvonBooks

 


TITLE - Under The Italian Sun

AUTHOR - Sue Moorcroft

GENRE - Family drama, Female Fiction

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SYNOPSIS

The #1 bestseller is back with an uplifting, escapist read that will brighten the gloomiest day!

A sun-baked terrace. The rustle of vines. And the clink of wine glasses as the first cork of the evening is popped...

Welcome to Italy. A place that holds the answer to Zia-Lucia Costa Chalmers' many questions. Not least, how she ended up with such a mouthful of a name.

When revelations close to home turn Zia's world upside down, she realises the time has come to search out the Italian family she's never known.

But as she looks for answers, she can't help but notice Piero, the vineyard owner next door - a distraction who may prove difficult to ignore...

This summer, join Zia as she sets out to uncover her past. But can she find the future she's always dreamed of along the way?

The perfect summer read for fans of Katie Fforde and Carole Matthews.


Well I just knew I wasn't going to be disappointed in this book, right from the first few pages. I was hooked and read it in 2 days, which is good for me as I'm a slow reader.

I loved all the characters and their differing personalities. Even controlling Gabriella. Piero just sounded like your ideal man and Zia, the main character was like someone you'd have as a best friend. It was wonderful to travel on Zia's journey with her to find her Italian Family, who she had never met before. She was to discover many family secrets. 

Sue Moorcroft has based her many books in various countries, including France Malta and Switzerland. The wonderful descriptive writing of the areas, especially in this book with its vineyards, makes you feel you have personally been there before. Ms Moorcroft really brings the areas to life.

A wonderful read, albeit with some traumas included; a feelgood book, full of love and friendships.