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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Some Lucky Day (Beach View Boarding House 7)Some Lucky Day by Ellie Dean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Some Lucky Day


This book takes me back to the kind of books I read years ago, they were the only sort of books I read years ago, and now and again its nice to come back to them. They are solid, reliable, and you know you are in for a good read because you have been reading their books for years. Ellie Dean is such an author.


I love how she brings real feeling into her characters and this one is no exception.

This is back in 2nd world war time. Kitty Pargeter is a pilot.

She has to crashland and inflicts terrible injuries where she has to come to terms with she may never fly again.

Added to this, she has been told her brother has been shot.


Its a family at war, its a struggle and with emotional pain and then recovery.

Great read


I would like to thank Random House UK, Cornerstone for my copy to read and review


The gripping new Second World War novel from Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of All My Tomorrows.


May 1942. Kitty Pargeter loves the life she's leading as a talented young pilot, serving her country.


But tragedy strikes when she is forced to crashland and is taken to a specialist hospital in Cliffehaven, badly injured.


Devastated and feeling very alone she must come to terms with her disabling injury that threatens her career. Then comes the shattering news that her beloved brother has been shot down and presumed dead. And she wonders if she'll able to find the courage and fortitude to carry on.


As Kitty slowly recovers - with the help of Peggy Reilly and her family at Beach View boarding house - she is more determined than ever to return to the job she loves, whatever it takes.







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Celestial Blue Skies by Maggie Collins

Celestial Blue SkiesCelestial Blue Skies by Maggie Collins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Maymay is a great character in this read.

Its quite a quick read, read this in one sitting. Its family based and stems around Creole woman and family life that I tried to get into. I have no knowledge of what kind of life with sugar canes and Zydeco music music, but I learnt a little bit through reading this.

I thought the author did a good job. I enjoyed it, it was an OK read.

If you are looking for a nice easy read, this is the one.


In Belle Place, Louisiana, where the sugarcane grows a mile high to the bright blue sky, Celeste struggles with her mentally ill mother, Tut, and works with her grandmother Maymay to hold the Creole Bastille family together. Celeste has bigger dreams for her life, and is falling for the handsome and wealthy Vashan. But, when Tut runs away to live with the man she met working in the sugarcane to escape her reputation as the town whore, Maymay fears that Celeste will end up like her mother. And just as things are finally looking up for Tut, her past returns with violent, tragic results. Will Celeste end up like her mother, or will she redeem her family from the hoodoo curse that haunts them? And will she find love with someone from a culture just as exotic as her own?




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Missing by Jenni Boyd

MissingMissing by Jenni Boyd
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



When I was approached by the author Jenni Boyd to see if this was a book I would be interested in reading and reviewing for her, I took a look, then looked closely on Amazon to see a bit inside the book. I agreed to read it because it seemed like something I would enjoy.

Not know of this author, I went in blind. But this is the whole fun for me as I discover new authors and now and again I get one that works for me.

THIS IS ONE THAT WORKS FOR ME!

I have to really seriously have a word with this author, I blame her for keeping me up late at night reading this. TWICE! I couldn't manage to read much in the day, so it took me a couple of evenings and late mornings to finish it. Its definitely [for me] and UNPUTDOWNABLE read.


Blake lives and runs a cattle station in a remote place in the center of Australia. We learn how remote, because he has his own chopper [helicopter] to reach places and we also learn how far he has to travel by not only miles but hours and fuel consumption to reach anywhere. Even when visiting his sister.

Blake has a son, his son is only young, but bringing him up on the cattle station he has learnt a lot of things early in life. 

Blake needs a housekeeper.

This is where Terry Johnson comes in, she arrives with her young son. When Blake sees someone in the airport dressed to the nines, high heels on, this couldn't be her, could it?

Yep it was.

She had so much luggage that he couldn't board it all. The weight of it was excessive for his chopper so she had to decide what to take and what to leave for another time to fetch.
Blake really didn't think that Terry would last the distance and so didn't worry about returning for her other luggage, thinking that she would see what it was about and she would hate it, turn tail and want to leave.

It didn't happen.

Terry is harboring some secrets. Her son Dale is only allowed to say certain things.

Something happens where upon she gets attacked from someone from her past. She now knows Dales life is in danger let alone her own.

I'm not saying more than this, its a fast paced book this.....
There are so many developments its so hard to choose a chapter to put it down until you want to read it next because you REALLY should be getting some sleep! I even went to bed thinking about it, only to pick the Kindle up again and read a bit more.

When you get an awesome read like this, it shows the talent out there in the Indie world that is not discovered yet.

When Terri was attacked on Blakes cattle station and left for dead but keeping Dale safe and taking all the hits, all the knocks whilst he escapes, I was right there with her.

Trouble is, that's when Dale goes missing!

What follows then is so GREAT. I really don't know how this author came up with this story, its just fab. I mean FAB!

I never got BORED not ONCE, I was entertained and kept on tenderhooks throughout the entire book. 

I really cannot praise this book enough.
The author has done a fantastic job with it, the writing is brilliant.


If I had ONE suggestion, it would be, I see the cover of the book and it has everything appertaining to the story, BUT, it needs a bit of class. 
I don't mean that in any disrespect, its just that the INSIDE of the book is GREAT, FAB and merits a better eye catching cover. 

In other words, the book inside is on level par to any best seller, its professional, but the cover lets it down as not professional [forgive me for saying that Jenni ]

Just don't judge a book by its cover.

A brilliant 4 stars plus from me, almost a 5 but for the cover, for me, its important in as much as the inside of a book. 

I have recommended this to many of my book buddies



Blake Stanley is the owner of a large cattle station in the remote centre of Australia. Struggling to run the large property while also raising his young son alone, he decides to enlist the help of a housekeeper.
From the first moment he saw Terry Johnson and her young son, he knew they would not last long in the outback and had serious doubts she had ever worked on a cattle station before. Against his better judgement he agrees to give her a chance.
While out mustering cattle he receives a desperate plea for help over the helicopter radio, but the call is cut short; it was from Terry’s young son Dale.
On arriving back at the homestead he finds Terry lying face down in a pool of blood and Dale is nowhere to be found; sparking a Nation Wide search for not only the young boy, but a mystery shooter.
As the search continues all hope of finding the boy alive begin to fade; but also disturbing facts begin to unfold about Terry.
Late one night Blake receives a strange phone call, setting him off on his own search for answers “Who is Terry Johnson and what part did the young boy play?”
He soon discovers a sinister plot; one which raises the stakes even higher, in the race to find the young boy alive!






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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Fall of Knight by Steven Cross

Fall of KnightFall of Knight by Steven Cross
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I have to say honestly, that I have been knocked to pillar to post with this one, confusion.com.

The reason?
I will add at the bottom of my review.

Steven Cross did an excellent job with the storyline though. Fall of Knight is someone struggling with bullying, along with his mental health problem. This is aimed at the youth, however, I am 56 and I thought it an excellent agenda to read. I sympathized and I ranted at the bullies. I really wanted to come to his protection, so that in itself was a good thing as it evoked emotions from me.

Now here is the bit I found hard, because I live day to day with someone with Bi Polar and have done for over 30 years, I am well aware of a lot of aspects surrounding that illness and some of the behaviour just was hard to swallow.

I realize that not everyone's country is like my own, we have a NHS here that we can at least rely on to keep the vulnerable medicated and looked after, however, as I say, not all resources are there in other countries, but I did think there was some safety net for those that cannot afford important vital managing medication.

So I did wonder if there was some 'means tested' avenue they could have gone down so that the medication could have still be administered?

The secound thing, most loose a perspective on life, day to day living, reality takes a back seat, I know this does happen in the plot, but, he still have some 'insight' so wasn't completely UP or DOWN.


Although the Monsters in his head took over, he was still able to relate to others around him on a level, which I found odd.


Like I say, being so closely involved with mental health, I just saw a few flaws in that area.

BUT the book itself was very addictive. Hence my 4 stars



For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell

A normal teenager Dean Knight is not.

With a mental illness that threatens to take over his sanity; a sister who’s deep in her own problems; and a wasted mother who couldn’t care less about it all, Dean is left to battle real life on his own. School, bullies and medications are his realities.

Then there are also the ghosts, the hallucinations and of course – the monster.

In the middle of it all, when everything seems to lose purpose, hope comes shining down on Dean’s miserable life. Her name is Ella and for one reason or another, she actually wants to be close to Dean. With Ella’s help, the lost teenage boy decides that he could finally win a battle or two – both in real life and in his writing.
But hope is a tricky thing. And the monster seems to know that.

When secrets buried down for almost a decade come out in the open, what do you do?







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Saturday, 28 March 2015

Ugly Young Thing by Jennifer Jaynes

Ugly Young ThingUgly Young Thing by Jennifer Jaynes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



I read Jennifer Jaynes first book Never Smile At Strangers. I absolutely LOVED it! When I saw she had another book out in a matter of months I was wondering if she could pull off yet another stunner, yet another twist, yet another fantastic plot with her awesome style of writing that holds your attention from beginning to end, and someone else I need to 'tell off' for keeping me AWAKE at night because I can't put the blinking book down!!!

Yes
Yes
OH YES

She has done it again.

The subject matter kept me glued. I wanted to know what would happen to Allie. After being around such HORROR what would happen to her. Was the families madness part of their genetic makeup? Would she too start on that same course of road....eventually?

When she is cared for by Miss Bitty. I NEEDED to know what made her so nice, so understanding, what was her flaming secret!!!!!! What in the hell was it! I NEEDED to know...

My giddy aunt, when I finally got to the ending, I put my Kindle on my lap and said "O>>>>M>>>>>G....what a bloody fantastic read!

If love a good thriller, if you love something to get your teeth into......
YOU need to buy this.

This author cannot write books fast enough for me now....


Jennifer Jaynes if you are reading this, get pen to paper, I need another fantastic read that keeps me awake, keeps me focused and forgets the world around me! YOU did this, so I am stalking you [In a nice way :)]


Sometimes an author can get a fab book out there, and the 2nd is a bit.......??
BUT this was not, definitely NOT a disappointment, in fact, I wants more. I NEED more.

Certainly up with my top 10 for Thrillers/Psychological, this year.

My thanks go to Jennifer Jaynes for telling me when it was up on Net Galley and to Thomas & Mercer Publishers for allowing me freedom to choose this

This can be read as a stand alone book




Sixteen-year-old Allie has already experienced a lifetime of horror, having lost her mother and serial killer brother to mental illness.

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana, Allie ends up in foster care and is placed with Miss Bitty, an eccentric but kindly older woman who shows her a new direction and brighter future.

But Allie’s new life takes a devastating turn when young women in the area start turning up dead, and she begins to see shadowy figures outside her bedroom. As Miss Bitty grows inexplicably distant, a nagging voice makes Allie wonder if death has found her yet again…or if it never really left her at all.
 




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Thursday, 26 March 2015

A Time for Hope: A contemporary romantic suspense by Anna Jacobs

A Time for Hope: A contemporary romantic suspenseA Time for Hope: A contemporary romantic suspense by Anna Jacobs
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Severn House via Net Galley for my copy.



I love Anna Jacobs, but this book felt a little lacking to me. Its a story that I have read similar before and similar events, nothing new in it really. Its a gentle book that you can curl up with and not have to really 'get into' so if you are looking for an easy kind of read, I would say, yep, this is your book.

I have loved every other book from this author I have read so far from over the years even before actively reviewing seriously, but this one, for me.....ran a little on the edge of me wanting to finish it instead of hanging on its pages.




When Gabrielle Newman throws her cheating husband out, Stu cares more about the money than the break-up, getting more than his fair share from their house sale. An unexpected bequest offers Gabrielle a new start and she tries to leave the past behind, heading north with Dan Monahan, the private investigator sent to find her.

Meanwhile, Stu has got entangled with organized crime in Eastern Europe and is desperate to pay his gambling debts. Gabrielle needs Dan's help to protect herself and her inheritance. She's very attracted to Dan - but dare she trust any man again?

Then Stu tracks down his ex-wife and Gabrielle discovers just what the man she once loved is capable of, as her life is threatened. Can she and Dan find a way to stop Stu and his ruthless new friends?





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When We Were Sisters by Beth Miller

When We Were SistersWhen We Were Sisters by Beth Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Well, great introduction to reading one of Beth Millers books, I haven't had the pleasure before, so a nice experience for me.

We can see how lies, affairs can break up families but, we can see strongly how the effects domino on the children.


Its a shame to have the two girls lost touch, and then had to meet up over 20 years later. No one knew what would happen or how receptive each other would be.

Really nice little story I though.

I would like to thank Random House UK, Ebury Publishing via Net Galley for the chance to read and review this





I never think of Laura as my step-sister, but that’s what she is.’





Once they were the best of friends, inseparable as only teenage girls can be.





That is until Miffy’s Jewish father runs off with Laura’s Catholic mother and both of their families imploded – as well as Laura’s intense relationship with Miffy’s brother...





Twenty years on, they’re all about to meet again...







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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

To the Edge of Shadows by Joanne Graham

To the Edge of ShadowsTo the Edge of Shadows by Joanne Graham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Sarah Phillips was injured in a car crash, she has no memory of what happened or who everyone is let alone where she is. Her Father and her sister died in the crash. The only relative she has is Leah. Her Aunt.
She continues to have headaches, and is suffering from amnesia. She is not in a happy place as you can imagine.

Her Nightmares become part of her daily/night life.

Feeling that her aunt wants to see her Independent in life she decides to moved out, in the block she is living in is another young lady named Ellie.

Ellie has come from parents that abused her, she has memories she wants to forget while Sarah has things to remember.

Things become quite obssessive between the girls and very confusing for Sarah.



Its a good complex story, you need to set some time aside when you first start reading so that you can follow the book OK but once you get started its all good.

Mental health and emotions go hand in hand in this book, and the insight this author had was brilliantly portrayed within its pages.


I would like to thank Legend Press via Net Galley for my copy to read and review

I would definitely recommend this.




Sarah Phillips longs for the simple life - a job to fill her days, a home to return to and a small amount of steps to count between the two. Seriously injured in a car crash when she was thirteen, Sarah has no memory of her childhood or the family she lost.

Ellie Wilson remembers her own past only too well, the cruelty she suffered at the hands of a mother that abused her and a father who couldn’t protect her. She finds Sarah fascinating, a mirror to the life she never had.

But as curiosity spills over into obsession, and as Sarah’s world begins to unravel, Ellie moves ever closer.
 






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Simon's Fel by P. R. Page

Simon's FelSimon's Fel by P. R. Page
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Troubador Publishing Ltd via Net Galley for the copy of this book for me to read and review.

Its been on my list of TBR books for a while.

Its an interesting concept.

For two years Lissy has been locked in an abusive marriage, when her husband died, it was two years later when she woke up one morning and decided to 'live her life' get out of her home and sell it, a town house, so she goes to the Estate Agents and talks to them, the wants to sell it lock stock and barrel with furnishing, and low and behold he has just the right buyer. The person? He works there, out he comes and they do a deal.

Convenient.


She decides to go to Devon where the cottage she wants is still empty although run down she has always seen herself living there.

Fair enough

I did find the story line too predictable, fairytale [ish] and totally astounding that everything Lissy wants, everything Lissy decides all fall into place.


Its a lot of narration, not much dialogue at all and for me the story fell flat a lot of the time.

I could see this book doing well if it had some difficulties in it, some spanners and obstacles thrown in the works she had to get herself out of.
That there was more chatting with each characters and that the village she lives in starts to open up with characters coming into her life maybe and seeing her alter a bit. I just felt EVERYTHING seemed a little too far fetched.


That is my honest viewpoint the this story and no reflection directly to the authors writing or attack intended, just my opinion.


For two years she had been locked in a prison of unhappiness, then guilt and remorse, but now she was free of all that.

Two years after the death of her abusive husband, Lissy wakes up one morning, finally realising that her life can be her own once again. The guilt and recriminations of the last two years have finally faded away. The memories of cruel mental bullying and brutal physical treatment from her late husband and the constant haranguing from her mother have become insignificant. She decides to sell her London townhouse and buy her dream home in Devon.

She knew with absolute certainty that she had to get out of London and head west to start her new life.

Lissy unearths the magazine in which she had first seen the advert of the cottage for sale; this is where she should be; this is where she will live her new life. She cannot envisage, at this point, that anything could stop her. She arrives in Devon, having discovered the cottage was still for sale, although derelict. She excitedly explores it, imagining how it will look once renovated. But Lissy has no inclination of the heartache that will result from the white shadow that fleetingly passes across the kitchen window. It is a moment that will irrevocably change her life...

Simon’s Fel is a gripping work of adult fiction that will appeal mainly to female readers.
 







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