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Friday, 30 September 2016

Review: Ward Zero: The dead ward

Ward Zero: The dead ward Ward Zero: The dead ward by Linda Huber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am a big fan of this author have been since the first book I ever read by her.
I love her style as she is the most varied author I know that comes up with some unique plots.

The plot of this is very realistic, can, and may even happen or happened, who knows.

Sarah returns to her home town and ends up staying for all kinds of reasons.
(I am trying not to give the plot away)

I whet my husband's interest with this one last night and he can't wait to start reading it just after he finishes the book hes reading now.

What stood out for me was the fact the the person concerned who was the 'baddie' I was at times shouting at myself because I was actually feeling sorry for him come on, wake up Sue I said to myself, hes a nasty man.
You will see what I mean when you read this.

There's this little child inside and it takes away from the badness he is doing if you are not careful!!

Linda Huber brings out a side to the villain that not only makes you at times feel sorry for him, you then hear his excuses and his reasoning on why he had to do what he did but he really didn't want to, he was scared, but not in the manner you may think! [I am shutting up here]

Although we get to know early on whose who and what is what the plot is paced fast, the characters are real in your minds eye and you can even visual them.

One of the old ladies was described so well I could even imagine her sat there in her chair.

Very cleverly written, and very cleverly done.

Full 5 * from me.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased review. I am not affiliated with the author.

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Review: The Devil's Work

The Devil's Work The Devil's Work by Mark Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mind blowing, riveting intriguing, many what I can "aha" moments only to find out I was wrong!

I am always so eager when another book comes out from this authors desk to us readers. I cannot wait to get my hands on it, devour it, because I know from my past experiences reading this authors books I have had so much enjoyment I can forget everything around me and just be in the moment.

This book was of no exception.

The book comes alive. For many of us avid readers we can read an excellently driven book just like someone who is watching a movie.

Sophie Greenwood is the main character in this lead. However, she becomes embroiled with others along the way. Shes started a job in Jackdaw books, its an ace of a job for her, something she always wanted to do.

However things just aren't all what they seem with Cassie, the attractive aloof one in the office.

And what happened to one of the girls who used to work there who mysteriously upped and left with what seems a plausable explanation.

I am trying hard not to reveal things and spoil peoples enjoyment of this book.

There are good books, there are average books and there are books that stand out in the crowd [and lets face it, the book world now a days is very crowded] but Mark Edwards books shine out like a beacon.

They are not just middle of the road books that we can say, OH yes, that was a good book...
Its more like, OH YES I remember that book it was .....da da da.......Its one that stays with you for a very, very long time.
Its one of my 'unputdownable' books until I finished it.

I loved it so much I just had to congratulate the author by email.

My thanks to [the author of course] and to his PA for sending me this to read. And Thomas & Mercer via Net Galley

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Review: Before I Let You In

Before I Let You In Before I Let You In by Jenny Blackhurst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG Jenny Blackhurst. She's has climbed right to the top 10 of my personal charts for reading thrillers. After her last book I thought that was brilliant, and it was. This one was a topic of something else and it just bulldozed along.

Have you ever thought you were loosing your mind? Then put yourself into one of the three women who are the main characters in this book.
New baby, young child to take to school. Tired Mom.

Then there is Eleanor and Bea.

Karen is the one that fixes everything, except can she fix this problem?
Karen is a psychiatrist so she knows what's what.......doesn't she?

a new patient arrives in her office needing to sort out her constant headaches, but its Karen who is given the headache because this new patient knows more about her than Karen will learn about her!

Its a really good 'pull me in and lock me away' kind of read, where you don't want to surface until you finish this book.

Its powerful story will keep your lunging from page to page, eager to flick to more and more of its secrets behind the pages.

I really loved this book so much.
I want to say more but don't want to give away the story so I am going to say.....

This year has been an AWESOME revelation for some brilliant debut novels, and this authors debut novel had me reeling, now this one really has put me eager for her next book.

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Review: The Bad Girl

The Bad Girl The Bad Girl by L. Donsky-Levine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This has been a review I needed to sit on for a while.

This is full on raw emotions, it could happen to anyone.
This is the 1970's and Riley's way of making a living is in the sex trade.

She has some experiences that you could only gulp at. She has to work in the most oldest profession known to man to keep her head above water.

Then she gets sick. The money she relied on is now no longer and she finds herself homeless.

This authors writing shares with the reader the darkest pits of human life. When times are so hard you can't find your way out, when life like this seems 'normal'.

I loved how at the beginning, it started out with Riley's cat doing all the talking. You wonder for a moment where you are.
Animals pick up on moods and sensitive to they're surroundings, the cat was what kept Riley from total isolation.

This is a journey. Its a unique start to a story and a brilliant one.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Review: What the Heart Wants

What the Heart Wants What the Heart Wants by Layla Stevens
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a short story, doesn't take long to read, however, its packed with emotions.

Anthony has a beautiful woman for his wife, but he doesn't love her.
He is smitten with someone else.

He makes up his mind he is going to tell her.
He has inner desires that only one person can fulfill.

We read and watch things like this happening and never stop to think of the impact it makes.

We have one person going off happier.
Another one left with a broken heart.

I thought as a short read goes, this was a good one to read on a short train/bus/car ride journey or a few minutes sit down before cooking tea.
Or even bed time reading.

My thanks to Maxine Groves for supplying me with a copy to review

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Review: If The Dress Fits: A heartwarming romantic comedy guaranteed to sweep you off your feet!

If The Dress Fits: A heartwarming romantic comedy guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! If The Dress Fits: A heartwarming romantic comedy guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! by Daisy James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought I would do a bit of light reading and give my brain a moment to mellow.

The previous book by this author "The runaway bridesmaid" made for excellent reading. That one thoroughly entertained me and so did this one.

There were some laugh out loud moments, you know, when you are sat there and people stare at you like you are going nuts.....well, that was me.

This definitely is a feel good romance, light, airy and full of fun.

Callie is a respected wedding designer in her own right.

She is shortlisted for or Yorkshires wedding of the year but tragedy comes and it seems everything is going wrong.

Its a beautiful love story with cupcakes and everything.

Loved it.

My thanks to Carina UK via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Our Fragile Hearts

Our Fragile Hearts Our Fragile Hearts by Buffy Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought I had put this review up, just found my copy of it in my email.


This is a really emotional read and you will need some tissue.
Its either a 'lump in your throat' type of read or a full on 'tears down your cheeks snotty nose' the lot!

We have Rachel
She's just found out she had a 5 year old sister....what?!
And not only that, her Mother has just died.

Piper is the 5 year old sister. She is so immersed in grief over the loss of her Mother she doesn't appreciate hearing she has a long lost sister, but then, she realizes this could be a good thing.

Rachel didn't have the same upbringing, she was brought up in a foster home.
Now Rachel finds she will need to look after Piper to stop her from having the same experiences she had when going into a foster home.

This is about family
And long lost times

Because the two sisters had different upbringings you can see this and understand this as you read along.
The author really did get to the heart of things whilst writing this book.

Thoroughly enjoyed it.

My thanks to Carina UK via Net galley for my copy

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Review: The Secret

The Secret The Secret by Kathryn Hughes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I haven't read this authors previous book, but, after reading this one I will surely be setting aside to read it.

I so thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was filled with all kinds of mystery, family secrets, characters that really stood out, written so well you can imagine them in your minds eye.

This takes me back to the books I first was interested in over 30 years ago now.
This one is based around the 1970's so you need to reflect back on what like was like back them.
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All the way through in my head I kept repeating:

Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive. - Sir Walter Scott (Marmion, 1808)

and the other one:

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. -- Charles Dickens (A Tale of Two Cities, 1859)

There are many reasons I thought of these quotes.

The top one because of the many decisions that were made the affected life of others in the following generation.

The secound quote because of a huge big even happening from a lovely day out but ending in more than one tragedy.
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The women among the book were strong characters as they were back then.

Daisy who is a person in this book stands out so well as the "Motherly" type who I pictured in latter years with her tartan type slippers on, grey hair up in a bun doing her knitting.
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In absolute astonishing read. I wasn't expecting that.

My thanks to Bookbridg and the PA for allowing me an advanced copy.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Review: The Truth She Knew

The Truth She Knew The Truth She Knew by J.A. Owenby
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read some really outstanding books recently and this one surprised me so much.

It got my attention via the blurb.

This book shows how a mental health illness can impact on others. However, it also shows how one cannot see what is not 'normal' in one family compared to another.

Lacey is a young girl, she goes to college, she has a job, she lives with her Mother and her Mother's 'helper'.

We first think that her Mother is slightly over bearing, over protective and then we see the extremes. But is it Lacey that needs to be curbed in life growing up or is it her Mother with the problem? And why didn't the 'helper' get involved.
I can only assume she was frightened of her because of her outrages.

Its by far a normal life for Lacey.

Then she meets Walker. Walker has a grown up years emotionally, knowingly and an awareness that any young person his age wouldn't have, his maturity shines out of the book.
We know that a lot of kids have to grow up fast when they have ill parents and have to take on responsibilities beyond their years and I see this very much so in Walker.
Although I could ring his bloody neck at the end.

This is so well written I read this yesterday in one sitting, I was glued to this book.
Maybe its the subject matter, no.....its the way it was written.

I could see so well how Lacey would question herself.

Did I say I thoroughly enjoyed reading this? Well, I'm saying it again.
Not having read any of this authors books or knowing even if she has any others, has thoroughly surprised me.

My thanks to the host Debra for my copy.

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“A bittersweet story of young love, independence, and soul-crushing manipulation. J.A. Owenby shines a light on the impact that mental illness can have on a family.” —Dr. Sheri Kaye Hoff, PhD, Professional Life Coach

Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.

For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.
Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.

The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.

J.A. Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.

She's a published author of six short stories, and she is currently working on her second full-length novel. She also runs her own business as a professional resume writer and interview coach—she helps people find jobs they love.

J.A. is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult, and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and good wine. And call her crazy, but she loves the rainy Pacific Northwest; she gets her best story ideas while listening to the rain pattering against the windows in front of the fireplace.

You can follow the progress of her upcoming novel on Facebook at Author J.A. Owenby and on Twitter @jaowenby.



Excerpt 1:
Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me. She reminded me of this on a consistent basis, and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t change her mind. Finally, I had to make a choice: her or me.
My heels clicked against the cold tile floor of the hospital and my heart fluttered as I searched the room numbers.
I rubbed my clammy hands against my jeans as I saw the ladies’ restroom and hurried toward it. I needed a minute before I reached her room. I pushed the door open and scanned the bathroom for anyone else. It was empty.
My purse landed with a thud on the bathroom counter. I turned the cold water on, splashed it on my cheeks, and wiped my face with a paper towel.
“Breathe,” I muttered. “She can’t hurt you anymore. You’re grown.”
My pep talk wasn’t working. Fear was gnawing at my stomach.
I reached into my bag, grabbed my powder compact, and touched up my makeup. My green eyes shone brighter against the redness left from my tears. I ran a brush through my long, blond hair and dabbed a hint of gloss on my lips, more out of habit than need.
“Let’s do this, Lacey. Suck it up,” I said to my reflection. I released a slow, deep breath and headed out of the restroom and down the hall toward the ICU.
Excerpt 2:
We followed her to the couch; Linda sat in the chair on the other side of the coffee table and folded her hands in her lap. Walker took my hand as an uneasy gnawing tugged at me. I had plenty of experience with sensing uncomfortable situations, and I didn’t like this one. I was confused as to why Linda was staring at me, too.
“It’s okay,” he whispered and rubbed his thumb across the back of my hand.
“I can tell by the surprise on your face that you’re confused about why Walker brought you here other than to say hello,” she said. “I’m a mental health therapist, Lacey.”
“What?” I jumped off the couch. “Walker? How could you? You brought me here to lock me up?” I tried to step around his feet to leave, but he was too fast. He grabbed me and pulled me into his lap.
“Lace, wait, it’s not you. Aunt Linda isn’t here to diagnose you or anything close to it—please give her a minute to explain . . . for me.”
“I’m sorry, Lacey,” Linda said, “I didn’t mean to scare you. You’re in no way being diagnosed with anything. It’s the opposite, actually. Walker told me a little bit about your mother.”
“Walker!” The humiliation crushed my chest. “How could you? I told you that in confidence. I trusted you.” I tilted my head back and closed my eyes. If I squeezed them hard enough maybe this would all disappear.

Excerpt 3
I took my seat belt off and turned to face him. His blue eyes captivated me. I could lose myself in them forever and never care. A soft patch of hair shadowed his upper lip. My gaze lingered as I wondered what his lips would feel like against mine.
“What are you thinking?” he asked and trailed his finger lightly across my cheek.
I blushed and silently cursed my pale skin as I reached for his hand. His fingers intertwined with mine. They were strong, rough, and soft all at the same time.
“I’m not good for you, Walker.” I glanced down, embarrassed that those words had slipped out of my mouth. No way had I intended to say anything like that, but my mouth had a mind of its own. My plan had included ending the night with a thank-you and letting Walker go, but instead, it was turning into a tug-of-war between my heart and my brain.
“Lacey, I highly doubt that,” he replied and squeezed my hand.
“How would you know? We just met.” I dared to glance at him. If he knew what I meant he would kick me out of his car right then, leave, and never look back.
Walker leaned his head against his seat as he ran his free hand through his hair. His eyes settled on my face.
“If we date, you’re going to hear things about me and my ex-girlfriend. You and I share some mutual friends and enemies.”


  • Who has been your favorite character to write thus far?

I’m not sure I have a favorite, but the most complex and challenging character I’ve written so far is Mama. She first appeared in my short story “Tears in the Sun”, and after several people had nudged me to write a novel, I did. Writing about a character that is mentally ill was an emotional ride. I spoke with therapists and read several books concerning mental disorders. There were times I actually cried while writing a scene because imagining that people live through those situations is heartbreaking.

  • What was the hardest story for you to write and why?
I’ve had several short stories traditionally published, and now my first novel is here. However, the second book in this series has been the most difficult to write. It deals with abuse and how it’s a cycle that must be broken. For those affected, this means reaching out for and receiving help.

  • If you could no longer write, what would your profession/interest of choice be?

If I no longer wrote fiction, I would continue to operate my careers business. I work with people who are looking for their next job. I help them identify the value they bring to a prospective employer and create marketing documents including resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters. I also coach clients to be effective during the interview process.

  • Do you have any advice for authors?

Yes, work with a professional. You will learn to write well much quicker than attending workshops, reading books, and classes. I support and do all of those things, but when I had the opportunity to work with my editor who previously edited for Harper Collins and Routledge Publishing I saw my writing grow exponentially. In my opinion, you can’t beat one-on-one, hands-on training.

  • What are you currently working on?

The Truth She Knew is book one in the series. I’ve completed book two, which is currently with my editor for developmental editing. I’m now writing the opening of the third book.

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Review: Dark Water

Dark Water Dark Water by Sara Bailey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a debut novel? You have got to be kidding me right!

Like a lot of regular reviewers we read a lot of books, so when we get a debut novel we realize that is may not yet reach a standard of someone with more experience.

I am getting more and more debut novels that 'knock my socks off', 'really blow me away' because the talent is so experienced and so polished.
This book was such and all and more of the above.

As a reviewer I tend to study the book covers. I take the book at an entirety [right or wrong] but, me personally, the whole package has to make me dribble with longing to devour it.
Sometimes the cover doesn't do that, but the blurb does.

This book made me salivate to read it from not only the attractive inquisitive cover but the blurb too.
The cover stands a woman, blackened out like a silhouette almost facing toward to ocean. The sky is not overcast its looking like not too bad a day.
But look at the waters movement.

Now the blurb is short and to the point. So how could that attract me? Because its short, because its to the point and leaves you wondering......what happened to Anastasia? I'm so nosy, I needed to know.

There seems to be some ties with the title, the cover and the blurb that taken as a whole pulls you into its web and deviousness.

This is so well written you really will not be able to put it down, and, if you really need to, then you will want to get back to reading it as soon as possible.

Helena has to return home because her Father is ill. He is now married to his second wife.
She has a part to play too I found out later.

No matter what she does, no matter where she goes, she is faced with the memories of Anastasia.

It spans back sometimes so we can see how close Helena and Anastasia are, doing all the girly girl stuff, getting into mischief that sort of thing, boys etc. They were more like close sisters.

Its so different before the teen years, play, play play. However, then boys come on the scene, that is when things can drive a wedge between the closest of friends.

I loved the tingling surprises that lurked between the pages unexpectedly that made the hairs on my neck come up. Not shocking, just....oh my, type of moments.

There was a part in the book that I don't think I am giving away spoilers its just one of the sections that I recall so well:

There was Helena's Father, her step mother and a "neighbor" who had moved into the home Anastasia used to live, they wanted Helena to join them for an evening there for a meal.
It must have been one of the hardest moments she had.

I read "shall we tell her?"

By then we still didn't know what had happened to Anastasia. I was pleading that when she came back from her walk they would tell her, alas, no.

I loved, loved loved this debut novel and if this is anything to go by, I cannot wait for another to read from her.

My thanks to her PA for the copy of my book.

Do not miss this one

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Review: Forgotten Promises

Forgotten Promises Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well well well well well....
This is a book that has indeed surprised me.

I am trying to catch up on some past books I missed that had fallen down my Kindle and this is one of them.
I probably wouldn't have selected this one to read from Net Galley due to the cover. I always think that these guys are about sex, sex and more erotica sex. Nothing wrong in that! But its not the kind I want to personally keep reading, so I tend to vary my reading material to make each genre new again, if you know what I mean? Its like being a wine taster, they will all merge into one.

So, with fresh eyes this has definitely surprised me. I ENJOYED IT. The actually style of the writing is very good, the flow is excellent and the story is ACE

This is not one to missed [although I am late getting to the table]

Morgan has it all. Perfect upbringing all is going right with her life then.....BANG

Then we have Tucker,

This kept me reading and I read this in one sitting, is there any other way?

My thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Case of Lisandra P.

The Case of Lisandra P. The Case of Lisandra P. by Hélène Grémillon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Why oh why oh why is this book being compared to The girl on the train & The silent wife?!
Its nothing like it.

Its very good though within its own rights.

A young woman the wife of a psychoanalyst is found at the foot of a six story building and her husband is accused of the murder.

His carer as psychoanalyst is interesting as it deals with the mind. Its a kind of combination of psychotherapy to cognetic therapy which seems to embrace a lot of the mental health therapy units in one. It was brought about by Sigmund Freud who was trying to use this to release the inner deep parts of the brain that tend to shut off in tragic shocking events. Use for depression. To help release what a patient has supressed due to an event that the brain doesn't want to remember or recall.

Understanding that bit of information helped me determined a lot of things along the way as regards her husband.

I found it quite fascinating.

Of course the husband says he is innocent and brings Eva into the equation for assistance. However, this is where it gets deeper. Eva has to face her demons, her inner sanctuary of thoughts, feelings and emotions.

We also learn a bit about Argentina. The political history. There are some horrific facts based in this book that you cringe at, awful, but it makes for compulsive reading.

It is said to be based upon a true story but its not filled in at the end or given anymore facts on that so a person can only assume.

I am very late reading this book due to an overflow or review material, but if you haven't taken a look at this yet, I hope I have whet your interest.

I provided this book by PENGUIN GROUP Penguin via Net galley

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Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Review: The Evil Inside

The Evil Inside The Evil Inside by Philip Taffs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This all starts on 31st of December, New Years Eve [and my birthday!]
A great time for a brand new start for them leaving behind some sad times and moving to Manhattan from Melbourne Australia.

His wife is very fragile and this author brings this to our attention early on in the book, you can feel the unease as it relays.

Guy gets life to some reasonable order to move on with life and his family and better themselves when others things start to happen which slowly takes in his son Callum.

I am not a particular fan of strong horror, so for this to be classed as such I would most definitely land it into the thriller/mild horror area.
There are certainly some chilling moments.

The author nudges us along whilst reading this story with a firm hand on your back knowing that something sooner or later is going to make you gasp, but not in the horror sense of things.

Its certainly not a fast paced book, so be surprised you may be more laid back reading this but on the flip side, Philip Taffs adds a sense of 'just one more chapter', not because its nail biting but more because its a slow paced easy read that just pulls you along nicely.

I don't think I am giving anything away when I say that they had lost a baby. Surrounding this comes a lot of emotions and unexpected events.

Like I say, I had some surprises within the pages of this book, and because of this, I give it 4 stars for holding my attention.

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Review: The Missing Hours

The Missing Hours The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Its not my week this week. Yet another author I love and get so engrossed in her stories and I had a hard job keeping up. I thought it was my painkillers affecting my brain being whoozy until I read a few other peoples reviews.

It took me half the book to really grow into this one. It was worth it in the end, but boy oh boy I had to plough. There were so many things in this material that really waffled on and didn't really need to be there.

THIS AUTHOR IS A FANTASTIC author, I look forward to each of her books, but whether she rushed this one or had a deadline to meet, who knows, but something shows that something wasn't up to speed.

I have given it 4 stars and the reason for this is, I stayed with it. If it were someone else, they may have given up and missed the best bits towards the end, but, because I read to review I feel that its my 'duty' [if you like] to finish a book.

That doesn't mean I won't look out for her next one.

Thanks to Random House UK, Cornerstone via Net Galley for my copy [sorry I am late with my review]

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Review: Truly Madly Guilty

Truly Madly Guilty Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had high hopes for this book because I oh so love this author.

I found this not up to her usual standard though, it was really hard going in the beginning, halfway through it started to pick up, but I had lost my mojo on it by then. But I stuck with it.
I hate giving up on books.

Chapter 1

That was an excellent start.
What happened to the neighbor at the BBQ....

Then the next chapters were kind of long and drawn out for me.

It had some exciting moments in it, I have to give it that.

I would place this as 3 stars, which for me means that its an OK read, worth reading if you like this author, but bear in mind its a bit yawny in places.
And I don't mean to be horrible, just saying it was hard going in some spots.

I was granted this book by Penguin UK - Michael Joseph via Net Galley which I am grateful for.

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Monday, 5 September 2016

Review: The Riviera

The Riviera The Riviera by Karen Aldous
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is not just any old love story, this is an indepth and meaningful story. Its not flighty and the usual chic lit kind of reads I remember this is a well trodden story that has been finely and lovingly told by this author Karen Aldous.

The Vineyard is the first time we met Lizzie and in this book it seems that everything is carrying on normal and Okay dokey for Lizzie. In the last book in the series we had some real upsets and turn arounds for poor Lizzie but she is now settled with her son Thierry and Cal.

The author made me aware of Lizzie's past with regard to men, and of course with her past you cannot help but see how Lizzie is affected by this soon as things come out to play as time goes on in the flicking of these pages.

I found this book easy to read, nice one to get my teeth into and feel all the emotions a fellow woman would feel for Lizzie if she were your friend.

I loved this book, no, in fact I adored this read and the humps and bumps in life that came with it

My thanks to Carina UK via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Dead Man's Thoughts

Dead Man's Thoughts Dead Man's Thoughts by Carolyn Wheat
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am trying to catch up on some books I missed out on whilst my back is bad.

I thought I would select this one, it went down my Kindle and I forgot about it. I can only say in full honesty that I am glad I picked this up now. It would have been taking up space on my Kindle and me forever wondering when I would read it.

Its a mystery suspense. Its an OK read but it didn't really do anything for me, its not gripping, its not a book I could say I didn't want to put down, I was aching for it to end in fact.

I realize this sounds harsh but it needs some brushing up for a reader to sustain being able to read this in its full glory.

I received this from Open Road Integrated Media via Net Galley.
I am sorry I couldn't be more positive

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Sunday, 4 September 2016

Review: Saving Phoebe Murrow

Saving Phoebe Murrow Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off I would like to say about the book cover. I did wonder how that might tie in with the story as it seemed an unusual cover although attractive, who could not like a butterfly.

I see now at the ending why the butterfly was there. Once you read or, or if you have already read it, think in terms of 'holding a butterfly too tight' you may crush it, also, if you let a butterfly go, it may come back to you. Do not kill its spirit of freedom. Balance between caring about it and letting it fly is important to this story.

Although this story was primarily based around Phoebe and her Mother it has other interesting characters within it. One in particular was Sandy, showing how the past can damage the future.

Pheobe's Mother Isabel was balancing her carer as a Lawyer and rearing her teenage daughter along with her husband.
I felt her husband had a balance at times on certain situations however, her Mother was quite black and white about certain areas in life and her emotions of how she looked at certain things didn't come to the fore as some Mums would. I felt that was more to do with her carer choice than as a human being.
When you have certain carers or jobs you have to remain impartial and it seemed that sometimes her Mother's 'warmth and understanding' did not come across in the ways that it should.

Black, white, no grey areas.

Do it, don't do it, take the consequences of your punishment.

The dad was a bit more relaxed towards certain situations appertaining to his daughter but I felt Isabel was the driving force and a force to be reckoned with at times.
Her Lawyer job overtook her 'reality' of life situations and 'duties' and she superseded those with reporting and interfering causes more undue problems for her daughter.

We have all heard of cyber bullying.
I have been cyber bullied by two authors in my early days of writing reviews. It was a horrible experience which made me think of giving up reviewing books altogether. But a friend and some authors talked with me and I carried on. and I am an adult this affected me more than I said.

What would it be like for a child, for a teen?

With Phoebe's emotional unbalance of 'cutting and causing harm to herself' just made matters worse.

The story at the start was quite slow, then it picked up a bit, then in some parts I was eager for the book to finish, I yawned a little in parts, time went on it did pick up for me when I got inside the emotions of being a Mum, trying to do the right thing for your daughter [which inadvertently may be the worse you could do although morally its right but not for the domino effect it would have on your daughter], then I saw Phoebe as a 'good' girl. I don't think it was her at all with the problem it was her release in dealing with the problems that sometimes her Mother didn't deal too sensitively with.

Which then when I had finished the book I sat and thought.
Sometimes as parents we are all too quick to mete out a punishment to teach our kids a lesson in life. Because we "care" and because we want to steer them in the right direction.
But part of that 'right direction' is listening to them. Allowing them to talk and if they don't talk, then its up to us to encourage that and keep the line of communication open.

Maybe I am reading too deep into this but because at the end of the book, although this is fiction, the author was inspired to write this on an actual event of cyber bullying which ended up fatal I for one remember that and read that in the newspaper and saw it on TV.
So it impacted on me.

My children are grown. I don't have this cyber bullying to worry about. But its out there. Be aware of it.

For those in the UK who watch Coronation street, there is a storyline going on at the moment about bullying.

I HATE bully's of any description and their low level little lives.

As you can see, this book evoked quite a lot of emotions in me.

As a Mother.
As a working Mother whose children are growing up and had a job that dealt with 'doing the right thing' [black or white]
Lack of time in focusing on what was essential.

I need to mention that this entire story was one I won't forget in a hurry although it did make me yawn in some parts.
The emphasis on the relationship with Isabel and her daughter just had to be written like this to make an impact on the reader I feel. It came in at different sides of the coin.

Sandy who was one of Phoebe's friends Mother came across as a relaxed uncaring 'let the kids get on with it' kind of Mom, she just saw the kids as 'enjoying themselves'.
But later we see that Sandy had problems of her own.

This also taught me that we can't judge other parents to live up to the same standards we set in our family life. Each one has their own set of 'reasonable conduct' Of course we are going to see parents that just let their kids get on with is no matter what, and we won't agree.

Some parents won't even care about cyber bullying and expect the 'victim' to just 'take it on the chin' its only kids growing up.
Until we can change the attitudes it will continue.

Yes I have gone in too deep with the book but it impacted on me A LOT.

The only critic I have is the ending, I didn't like the ending, it was too abrupt.

My thanks to Upper Hand Press via Net Galley and of course the author for my early addition to this book and I am looking forward to the blog tour.

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Review: Deceptive Measures

Deceptive Measures Deceptive Measures by Traci Hohenstein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am trying to make some dent in my read for reviews whilst my back is bad, so as per normal for me I am way behind.

This was an OK book, its a suspense mystery that has all the elements of a good read.

Rachel Scott's daughter Mallory was kidnapped 6 years ago, there has been a lead that seems to appertain to an illegal adoption ring. Stacey is Rachel's friend, the one who uncovered this 'ring' of illegal adoptions, so working together [and they need to work fast] brings them into all kinds of dangers.

I enjoyed what I read, it flowed well and although its not an outstanding book for me it was a good enjoyable 'lets sit down and have a read' book.

Its really well written.

My thanks to Amazon Publishing via Net Galley and of course to the author.

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Review: Tell Tale

Tell Tale Tell Tale by Mark Sennen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A remarkable read.

I haven't read any of this authors books and didn't realize that its book 4. I don't think it matters, well, it didn't with me, it seems just as good as a stand alone.

The author has a way of twisting the tale, twisting the readers mind and really keeping you on your toes.
I felt quite alert and on the ball reading this, gasping and ooohhhing and awwing throughout, it a good way.

I love strong women and that is what we have in this story, women can be a strong feature in many a good read [not that I am a feminist or anything] emotionally we can be just as strong as a man.
And get the job done.

This is a mystery, an addictive mystery. So beware if you stay up all night reading it.

My thanks to the author and to HarperCollins UK, Avon via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: Bitter Fruits

Bitter Fruits Bitter Fruits by Alice Clark-Platts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know this book has been out a while now and I am trying to go backwards in my line of read to reviews.

This is a great debut novel, I notice a lot of debut novels that are coming out recently have been of a high standard and have really captured my attention, this one being of the same mind. Its haunting.

Emily the girl who was murdered is a very complicated girl, I found her character very interesting.

The Investigation into her death and the minds of those surrounding it were awesome.

A little more about the detective would be have been good, a bit surrounding him.

But this just a minor thing for me, doesn't spoil the book, just something I would prefer personally.

My thanks to Penguin UK - Michael Joseph via Net Galley for my copy

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