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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Review: Watching Edie

Watching Edie Watching Edie by Camilla Way
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I don't know why I didn't get to this book sooner. I certainly wish I had of done. It's a great premise, fabulous plot and twists that kept me spinning.

The thing is, the author drips enough that you need to keep reading and sniffing where the final trail leads you. It's a guessing game what "happened" so you're shouting " come on, what was it".

Edie is new in the area. Happy in her own skin. A social kind of person, fits in with anyone, pretty too and attracts attention although she's not aware of this and neither does she use it to her advantage.

Opposites attract.

Heather is the first friend she makes.
Not very social, doesn't mix easy. Over weight and she has some background.

Edie is happy with her new friend.
Heather is too.

It's a dark complex read for many reasons. It certainly kept me awake reading into the early hours when I should have been asleep.

I'm trying very hard to not give spoilers away. Once you have read this you will understand why.

The last book I read by this author I loved. I wondered if she could at least nail it again for me.
Yes! She did.
She can't write fast enough for me. I just loved it.

My thanks to the Harper Collins UK via Net Galley for my copy and also to Goodreads for my paperback copy which I shall treasure.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Review: What Goes Around

What Goes Around What Goes Around by Julie Corbin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is told in two fold.
One by the betrayed.
The other, by the betrayer which makes for fantastic writing.

It's dark, its obsessive, it's compelling.

There's a secret that hangs in the air throughout this book that once revealed made me think twice about this particular female. It altered my perception and brought a lot of what I thought, into question.

As per, this author really knows how to work her audience "us readers" giving us enough tit bits we beg for more salivating.

My sincere thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for my copy.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

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Review: Come Sundown

Come Sundown Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have read Nora Roberts books before and enjoyed them.
I never find them too demanding but with the best concoction of spices to get your mouth watering to read more.

This one was with no exception.

We have back and forward events which are not difficult to keep abreast of.

Nora Roberts once again shows us the ability of human nature.
Love, patience and healing despite the hurt, pain and sadistic happenings.

This is told over four generations so quite an expanse of time.

It's a wonderfully captivating read.

Thank you to Little brown book group via Net Galley

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Review: Secrets of Southern Girls

Secrets of Southern Girls Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a very powerful story that captivates you with every page you turn.

Ten years ago Julie accidentally kills her best friend. There was no punishment by law for her, she's punished herself.

She left her hometown determined that nothing and no one would bring her back.

She was wrong.

Her marriage falls apart, she just surviving with her daughter Beck.
Reb is always breaking through the surface of her mind although at times she's been busy and distracted but things have a way of surfacing. Resurfacing. And people.

August who was Rebs fella came to seek Julie out as he believes she has a diary left from Reb.
She doesn't.

Of course now she wonders what's in this diary and what will be revealed.

Augusts words play on Julie's mind.

"if you don't have it, who in the hell does"

I was really eager by that time to find out myself!!

So carrying on reading I was hastily turning pages.

This is a knockout of a read. I so thoroughly enjoyed it.

My thanks to SOURCEBOOKS landmark via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Cutaway

The Cutaway The Cutaway by Christina Kovac
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Power, greed and unethical filthy dirty politics.

At first I wasn't so sure of this book, it took me a few chapters to get into it as it's told by the first person, who I don't always find easy to follow. It's like someone sitting by me telling me a story.
Nothing wrong in that, especially in this book The Cutaway.

It's lead by a strong journalist woman who knows what she wants and gets it. A very powerful influential female who would stand her ground and stand up for what she believes in.
Which she proves many times over and over in her role.

When a story of a woman going missing goes acrosss her desk, she is struck by something she remembers.

As the plot thickens and she investigates further she finds walls going up, doors being closed and excuses being made.

Something is going on, but what is it?

As with the hustle and bustle of a newsroom you get caught up with it all.

This is a superb debut novel from this new author. Writing on a theme of what she knows well.
I can't wait for her next book.

My thanks to the author.

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Review: When I Wake Up

When I Wake Up When I Wake Up by Jessica Jarlvi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a book that I would encourage everyone who knows me about my love for books, should read. It's had me glued. When I had to put it down I couldn't stop thinking about what I was reading.

Anna is a teacher, she's a committed teacher who goes that extra mile for her pupils.
There is one pupil who has "issues" that Anna gets involved in. But this pupil has other ideas.
He wants more than Anna can give, but, does she know that?

The other couple in this story has an unconventional lifestyle. Sooner or later they get tangled up and interwoven in each other.

I found this a compulsive read, an eerie read. I also didn't have a hunge who was the culprit although some seemed a little too obvious. The author took me on a guessing game, a thrill of a ride that I thoroughly enjoyed and was reluctant to get off.

I can't wait for more.

My thanks to Aria for the chance to read this.
And via Net Galley.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Review: Baby dear

Baby dear Baby dear by Linda Huber
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I took just two days to read this. Picking it up with every free available chance I got.
It's compulsive reading at its best. A topic that is clear and defined here when a couple tests come back who are trying for a baby and it's not happening.

Caro and Jeff.
Caro is aching for a baby of her own to love.
Jeff finds out his sperm count is almost non existent.

We oftentimes think of the women's Point of view, emotions and longings but hardly ever think of the mans.
This made me think.

It was a very unusual take on a man taking a child because of his shock into not being able to fulfil his 'duty' for his wife to become pregnant.

My take was how he become quite mentally unstable with his emotional justified thoughts only to himself.

Of course parenting and producing babies do not just lay with the woman and this portrays how a man could actually feel as unbalanced as any female finding she could not become a mother naturally

How I loved max
And Julie was the sweetest person while Caro.,,, well.., love or money vs life style. Caro was her own worst enemy.

I loved this book SO much
And have been your constant stalker since reading The cold cold sea.

I'm looking forward to my part in the blog tour

My thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy and to Linda Huber giving me such an outstanding read again.

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Review: Allie and Bea

Allie and Bea Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Catherine Ryan Hydes books, I find morals behind most of her stories or they leave me with something to think about once I've read the last page.

Bea is an older woman, she's kind of lead a sheltered life in some respects. Her husband dies and she's found herself very short of money. Her husband didn't plan for the future.

The little bit of money she had in the bank is no longer there. She's been caught up in a telephone scam.

Bea has no option but to take some precious belongings to a friends house, keep some for her needs and give up her home. Traveling as a homeless person in a van.

There begins an unusual relationship with Allie.
Bea is forced to stop for this 15 year old who is hitch hiking.

Allie herself has a story.

I just loved this story a great deal.
What kept going through my mind was " you can't teach an old dog new tricks" .....oh yes you can!

I would highly recommend this book if you love this authors previous books, you are going to be heartwarned by this one.

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Net Galley for my copy.

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Review: One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization

One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization One Mother's Journey: Creating My Family through In Vitro Fertilization by Jennifer Prudenti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful aide to anyone going through, thinking of starting or friends and family who want to support a couple going through IVF treatment.

The minute details from the glossary that this couple learnt and researched that the hospitals don't inform you about.

The emotional stress and damage when you pay and it fails only for your need of paying for yet another round of treatment to reach your desire. Your need.

It's told openly and honestly.

There is nothing worse for a couple who want a baby to be told there is something wrong with the anatomy of one of the partners.

We sometimes fail to see that the urge to have a family is something males feel too. Focusing mostly on the female.

I saw a friend go through IVF so when I read the chapter on The Wait. The words I remembered echoed what this lady Prudenti started to explain.

Retrieving the nine eggs does not promise that all will be able to be fertilized. This is AFTER the numerous injections she had to go through even leading up to the retrieval.
Prudenti thought it was, so, she went to the beach with her friend feeling quite composed and hopeful. Whilst there she receives a call. They informed her of how many of the eggs had been fertilized. Only four.
Having assumed that all the eggs would fertilize it came as a huge eye opener to her.
Then she was told that there was no guarantee that they would make it to the transitional stage.

In writing the honest and informative account with no stone unturned makes this a vital asset to anyone considering IVF.
The hopes, the realities, the pitfalls the burdens.
And your relationship needs to survive the journey as do your strength, finance and commitment.

I was glad to receive this book in my post mail.

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Review: Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery

Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery Pearls of Daily Life - Short Stories and Poems on Self-discovery by Antonia Löschner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was asked if I would read these short stories and poems about self discovery. I was apprehensive as I usual read fiction apart from the odd books based on true stories and the odd autobiography.

In our busy lives nowadays and the hustle and bustle stressful lives we lead there is never enough time in a day to think about our own needs and we might get "lost" along the way.

The author is a DR. In sociology-cultural anthropology and a certified mediator who also works as a life coach for people who face difficulties in life changing transitions of any kind. She sure knows what she's talking about.

I loved the short stories the best.

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Review: Should You Ask Me

Should You Ask Me Should You Ask Me by Marianne Kavanagh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Although this is a slow moving story, it has to be this way due to the lovely Mary Holmes tale. A powerfully well written book that needs to be savoured.

It's 1944 on the Isle of Purbeck.
Human remains were found nearby which Mary has information of.

She wanders into the Police Station to tell her tale and to inform them of what she know.

The Officer left to write down her information is William.
William is suffering from his injuries that ended his army career.

This is not just about the mystery of the remains, although there is a huge story behind this of lies, deception and betrayal.
It's also about how Mary's revelations draw out Williams past.

At the end of it all, William needs to decide something vitally important. And Mary's past secrets are revealed.

This is such an evocative read I had to finish this in one sitting.

Mary's past and Williams present.
History and future.
What will William do.

My thanks to the publishers Hodder & Stoughton plus Rebecca Mundy for my copy.

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Review: Leopard at the Door

Leopard at the Door Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rachel is returning home to Kenya after being away for six years.
Her Mother died and she was sent to England.
She is 21 now.

Returning to Kenya was going to be exciting for Rachel, but, she soon learns that things have changed.
Kenya is now not a safe place.

We learn plenty about Rachel, her past, her present.
And we learn about Kenya.

There were many animal scenes that were quite graphic which I had to skip over as they were a little stomach churning for me.

A well told story.

My thanks to Penguin books UK via Net Galley for m copy and PA

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Review: The Girl Who Was Taken

The Girl Who Was Taken The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is written from the Medical POV within the Police force which makes this read outstanding.

From this authors book last year which I thoroughly enjoyed I made a note to watch for any subsequent books he may write this year of 2017.

This book has simply ingrained in me that I need to follow this author. The writing is superb.
It made me turn page after page working along to discover more and more about this plot.

I'm going to hold back rigidly in not portraying to anyone any more than what other reviewers have written or what's in the blurb because, quite simply, this is a book you need to pick up and devour yourself.

The fast pace this takes never dips. For me there was always something new being discovered.

For those who love this genre (and maybe for those that just enjoy a " good book") will love this authors style.

It wasn't until the very last chapter a light bulb went on in my head as to who the villain was, the one responsible.

I got to know Megan well, at first she was a complete stranger, but, when she started to recall things I endeared to her maturity in coping with what she learnt through hypnosis and at one time I thought the therapist wouldn't be able to bring her back to the preset time. That was unnerving.

I was so in a slump of reading before reading this book, it's really been a turning point for me.

An author to keep your eye on for sure.

My thanks to Kensington books via Net Galley for my copy

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Review: The Other Side

The Other Side The Other Side by Kaylor Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This deep and powerful story is told from two sides.

This couple have been married before. Both have hangups and baggage plus scars from their previous relationships.

One of the partners husband had an affair. This has left trust, emotional damage on the person left who was the victim, not to mention damage to someone's esteem.

The other partner was ate up over the not seeing his kids from his previous relationship.

Now these two unite and are a unite themselves. Will cracks appear?

They begin to live and start a new life. Nice quaint little place neighbours move in then this plot speeds up no end.

The climax of this well written story sure is the apex. I was excited and startled at the end with m jaw dropping.

I can't wait to read more from this new author.

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Review: The Lies Within

The Lies Within The Lies Within by Jane Isaac
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this series. And I love Will Jackman.
He's not your usual run of the mill hard cop. I've got to know him quite well.

He's trying to solve this particular case when there are 9 years separating this particular case that seems to have a connection with the past one.

It's a snappy fast paced read which I thoroughly took to heart and enjoyed.

I would like to thank Lucy PA for sending me an advanced copy as a gift. She knows I'm a huge fan of this authors books.

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