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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Chasing Hope by Amy Daws

Chasing Hope (Chasing, #1)Chasing Hope by Amy Daws
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, I didn't know how I would get on reading this book as its a wee bit close for comfort. I lost a baby after 3 days of it being born, OK this was miscarriages, however, a baby is a baby and the emotions are the same.

I felt for every baby she lost. It must have been awful, the descriptive details in this book was horrendous and on occasion I had tears in my eyes for her and her husband.

I did think her husband was very supportive. And the emotions that were going through this authors head and heart were heartbreaking, but at the same time, uplifting.

A friend of mine years ago found it hard to get pregnant and when she did, she miscarried. I at the time was newly pregnant and I didn't know how to tell her.

Things like that come out in this book, however, people don't mean to be insensitive. There were many comments in this book that Amy Daws thought were awful and not well thought through so appeared to her to be insensitive. I learnt when my baby died, people just didn't connect their tongues to their brains, but, they meant well. Of course, we who have loss, we are more sensitive to others commments and reactions, but looking back, I knew that I would have been exactly the same. I still am. No one means any malice from comments at a persons misfortune or hurt.

I can't say I "enjoyed" reading this book as that would be the wrong word to use as its a subject matter that is close to many women's [and men's] hearts. I can say that it is well written, well documented, you can see the strength that both husband and wife pull on throughout these five [yes five] miscarriages. At the end knowing that there were reasons and help for her to carry a baby to full term.

I would recommend this book, but know that its a sensitive subject.

At 33 weeks pregnant, Amy is certain something bad will soon happen, it had too many times before. Deep down she fears it’s only a matter of time before the baby she’s carrying will die. Despite the fact that Amy had been repeatedly slapped in the face with multiple miscarriages, she still can’t seem to quiet that tiny voice in the back of her head that’s screaming at her to not give up hope. 
Follow Amy’s true story as she stumbles through her journey with humor and warmth, all while dealing with the neuroses that came along with getting her hopes shattered time and time again. All she has to do is close her eyes and she’s lurched back to the memories of her losses; on the floor in her bathroom, in the hospital, and even at her place of work. No one knows what the internal mind of a woman who’d lost five babies and suffered so many let downs goes through. 
Can Hope ever truly survive memories such as these?

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Friday, 30 May 2014

Before You Die by Samantha Hayes

Before You DieBefore You Die by Samantha Hayes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No matter how hard I try, I can never fault Samantha Hayes writing, not one bit, yet again she has blown me away with her story. I've been glued to this book from beginning to end.

I love it when things never go to plan, you think you have it all worked out in your head, even being clever and picking someone who is the most unlikely suspect then WHAM, you are confused again.

What I especially loved about this thriller was the fact its based around ordinary people with ordinary lives.

We have young people, we have Mothers, Fathers, Aunts and Uncles, we have someone with a disability. Its all made up into a parcel of events that occur and make it look like suicides. We learn earlier on that its not, but we are left with, how? why? and who? and if not, why not?

Theft, lies, cover ups and all for the best of intentions.

I loved it. I hang on every word that this authors writes.

In my reading material, she cannot write fast enough to quench my thirst, I love this authors work.

I was honored to be granted a complimentary book from Random House UK, Cornerstone Via Net Galley.

Would I recommend this? Yes most definitely. Would I encourage friends to read this? Oh yes!

The gripping new psychological suspense novel from the author of Until You're Mine

Oh God, please don't let me die.

It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.

Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.

Is history about to repeat itself?

DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.

Are the recent deaths suicide - or murder?

And is the nightmare beginning again?

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Return To Newport by A.L. Parks

Return To Newport (Return to Me, #2)Return To Newport by A.L. Parks
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book 2!

I much preferred this one, simply because I got to the bottom of why she had to move away. It was more rounded with information the left me with questions about why was she being so drastic, she would be regretting this I am sure. But I fully understood why the drastic action had to take place.

Sometimes I felt quite frustrated at the both of them, I felt like shouting at them saying "C'mon, listen to each other, you are wasting so much time" but of course, that is all part of it.

I understand there is going to be a book 3, I hope its soon and doesn't take ages. I hate waiting!!

I was given this book as a complimentary book to read, review and offer my opinion.

Eve is ready for a clean slate. She nearly lost the love of her life in The Return. Now Eve must confront the people refusing to let her go quietly into her happily ever after with Jake. Returning to Newport to tie up loose ends may be the biggest mistake of her life.

Jake wants one thing – and one thing only – Eve. He is ready to build a life with her, and spend the rest of his days loving only her. But his surprise visit to Newport makes him question everything he thought he knew about her, including her love.

At the center of the turmoil is Eve’s ex-husband. Intrigued by the changes he sees in her, Brad is determined to sabotage Jake and Eve’s relationship – and take Eve back.

Jake and Eve must face their demons, and battle the outside forces that seek to destroy their future. Can their love survive the Return to Newport?

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Little sneak at what I shall be reading soon.

I wanted to show you a little taster of what I'll soon be reading, and I honestly can't wait.

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The Telling Error by Sophie Hannah

The Telling ErrorThe Telling Error by Sophie Hannah
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again Sophie Hannah has woven a tale that has kept me on the edge of my seat and unable to move until I finished this read. I had to get up in between to feed the family but couldn't wait to get back to reading it.

The beginning of the book is so entrancing to me, as she is returning to the school to take her son's forgotten gym kit she is stuck in traffic, then seeing a Police Officer that somehow figures into this equation [of what, I had not idea yet] but she had to avoid him at all costs. The tension surrounding just that little bit was tummy rolling.

As I got deeper into this story, I was engrossed.

Superb thriller at its best, as only Sophie Hannah can relate.

I was lucky to receive a complimentary copy from Hodder & Stoughton via Net Galley.

Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a new literary mystery and a puzzle that's impossible to solve...

Stuck in a traffic jam, Nicki Clements sees a face she hoped never to see again. It's definitely him, the same police officer, stopping each car on Elmhirst Road. Keen to avoid him, Nicki does a U-turn and makes a panicky escape.

Or so she thinks. The next day, Nicki is pulled in for questioning in connection with the murder of Damon Blundy, controversial newspaper columnist and resident of Elmhirst Road.

Nicki can't answer any of the questions detectives fire at her. She has no idea why the killer used a knife in a way that involved no spilling of blood, or why 'HE IS NO LESS DEAD' was painted across Blundy's study. And she can't explain why she avoided Elmhirst Road that day without revealing the secret that could ruin her life.

Because although Nicki is not guilty of murder, she is far from innocent . 

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Test of Faith by Christa Allan

Test of FaithTest of Faith by Christa Allan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As I've never read anything by Christa Allan before I wasn't sure what to expect. It was also Christian based too, which I don't mind as long as authors don't keep bashing it down your throat and use it as an excused to 'preach'.

This was NOT like that. I really, thoroughly enjoyed this book.

I found it a bit slow to take off at the beginning, but as time went on and you stick with it, then it opens up a brilliant crafted read.

This is a woman who has a good life, good home and a husband with a high powered career, in the Political limelight and of course, that means she is too.

When they married, they sort of agreed not to have any children, her husband, later in the story tells us why. However, she gets a bit maternal and would like to pursue that avenue but of course, its a dead end.

Later comes a 'blast from the past' that could really rock her and Logan's world.

There is a lot more to this story, but to tell you would spoil your read.

I was granted a complimentary book by Abingdon Press via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. This does not reflect on my opinion or viewpoint of what I read.

I would highly recommend this to you, as I said, its a bit slow in the beginning but its well worth it.

Without warning, Elle Butler s 15-year-old secret named Faith shows up on her doorstep. Abandoned by her adoptive mother, Faith sets off a chain reaction that threatens to destroy the fragile balance of Elle s life with her husband, Langdon, who is campaigning for State Representative. Already damaged by the stress of his campaign, their marriage is fractured even more when Elle reveals that not only did she give up a baby for adoption, but that the child is Langdon s. Faith is the daughter he never knew he had. As the three battle the gauntlet of challenges brought on by their unplanned reunion, they carefully navigate the watchful eyes of an unforgiving political public.

Trying to forge her way back to her husband, Elle runs into the God she thought had abandoned her. And when Faith s adoptive father returns, Elle and Langdon learn true selflessness in helping Faith finally find her way home.

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Saturday, 24 May 2014

Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa

Where Life Takes You (Life #1)Where Life Takes You by Claudia Y. Burgoa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was an amazing read!

I am so glad that sometimes I help out on blog tours, otherwise I would have missed out on this amazing story.

This is the first part of the story, Claudia Y Burgoa has written a brilliant piece of work.

Just read the blurb, it will pull you in. I am not going to say anymore than it was FAB

BECCA TRENT LIVED HER CHILDHOOD NEXT TO A CRUEL WOMAN—her mom—who lived to torment and neglect her. During her high school years, her mother married; bringing home not only a new husband, but a step sister her same age. The latter took over her Mom's role—making Becca's life miserable. Including stealing Ian—Becca's best friend and boyfriend—Lisa treated her worse than her mother had for the previous fifteen years. A couple years later, thing ended up in tragedy. 

Becca buried that part of her life in the deep corners of her psyche, caught between sanity and nightmares. Between therapy, work and her constantly looming past she can't seem to find room to breathe. The memories of her late step-sister, Lisa, are her closest company. 

Her best friend, Dan gives her that family love she always lacked. Everything was close to perfect, until everything and everyone from her past came back. Now she's trying to figure out how to survive and keep that bond which seems now to be held together by a thread. 

Note: This is the first part of a two book novel

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The Disappeared Girl by Martin J. Smith

The Disappeared GirlThe Disappeared Girl by Martin J. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was right up my street for capturing my attention, I love stories like this.

Melissa was adopted, at 5 years of age. When she in turn had a baby herself she needed to find out her medical history.
In the turn of events though, she kept getting flashbacks of certain things that she could remember.

The thing is, the adoptive parents were so happy to find themselves able to have Melissa they asked no questions, and things were not straight forward.

I can tell you this much.....this book is not all what it seems and it had me captured between its pages from start to finish, I gasped aloud at the end of this book.

You HAVE to read it.
I was granted this book to read by Diversion Books via Net Galley

Nothing stays buried forever, especially not the past. 

Two men stand out in a crowd overlooking the Ohio River. A plane is being taken from the water where it crashed decades before. Both men helped put it there. 

Jim Christensen’s daughter, Melissa, has been troubled of late. She has dreams that feel like memories, unsettling images percolate to the surface. She remembers a terrifying past, possibly her own, from a time before she was adopted by her father. Christensen’s work as an expert in memory makes him the ideal person to help unlock his daughter’s fragile grasp on her own history. But will he want to learn the truth of where Melissa came from? Who she was before? Who might still be looking for her?

This dizzying novel of suspense takes the reader back into a dirty war and its human costs, into the fevered mind of one of its survivors, and through the crosshairs of a man desperate to keep his own history vanished. 

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To Have and to Hold by Helen Chandler

To Have and to HoldTo Have and to Hold by Helen Chandler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a satisfying read. I would say a family based read.

Married, happily [or so it seems] children come along, life gets in the way, feelings get lost. Hubby gets distracted [but by what or whom?] married wife full time job of housekeeper.

Things are not all what they seem. I don't want to say much more as this does have an event in this book that could alter the course of this family, their life, their future, but if I tell you, it will spoil your read so I won't!

I was given a complimentary book from Hodder & Stoughton Via Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.

I loved it!

From the outside, Ella has the happy marriage, the cute kids and the comfortable home - inside, she craves something more. But giving in to temptation will stir up a whole heap of trouble . . .

Imogen's relationship with Pete was once fun and carefree but since they've become parents, everything is different. Then an accident provides the catalyst for a life-changing decision.

Fifteen-year-old Phoebe is miserable at home and at school. And now her dad, who was always her ally, seems completely distracted by something - or someone. Maybe it's time Phoebe took a stand, and took control of her own life.

As Ella, Imogen and Phoebe contemplate taking the biggest risk of their lives, marriages, families and friendships hang in the balance. Should they take the leap, or will they risk losing everything?

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