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Mr Maybe
Mr Maybe
by Jane Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Love a Jane Green Book, 3 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Mr Maybe (Paperback)
I love Jane Green's books as they are light and very easy to read. Mr. Maybe was a little different in that her main female protagonist was unmarried and searching for her Mr. Right. After a series of disastrous relationships Libby decides that a casual not strings attached relationship is just what she needs. And while it starts out that way, this guy is perfect. Except he doesn't want to commit to a relationship let along marriage. Yep sounds familiar. Ok, so whilst on the rebound she meets another guy - mega rich and seemingly the perfect husband material. Libby has finally met the man of her dreams, or has she. No spoilers here you have to read the book.

Well written, believable characters and a really good read. I'm a big fan of this author so I loved it.


Widow Walk: Volume 1 (Widow Walk Saga)
Widow Walk: Volume 1 (Widow Walk Saga)
by Gerard LaSalle
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favour, 3 Aug. 2015
I was provided with a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. Widow Walk tells the tale of a family of settlers in the Northwest during the time when Northern Indian tribes routinely sent raiding parties south. Being Australian, I am not familiar with this historical period but I am aware that the author was meticulous in his seamless blending of fictional and factual characters and events to create this story. The story and characters are so well written it prompted some research of my own.

The heroin, Emmy is strong, intelligent and a bit of a rebel in a time where women were suppressed and oppressed. When her husband is killed and her son taken prisoner by Indians she sets of to broker a deal to buy him back. Needless to say that things don’t always go as planned, but Emmy is a resourceful woman in a period of history that was often violent and harsh. Great read.


Isthmus: A Novel (Widow Walk Saga Book 2)
Isthmus: A Novel (Widow Walk Saga Book 2)
Price: £2.28

5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down, 3 Aug. 2015
I was provided with a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. I settled down on a long haul flight to read and was unable to put Isthmus down.

Isthmus is the second novel in the Widow Walk series. This story tells of the widowed Emmy Evers and her children after they the Pacific Northwest. They plan to travel to Boston via train from Panama (Isthmus) but as all good saga’s go, Emmy and her children face a number of difficulties during their journey – Dengue Fever and other illnesses, unscrupulous merchants, sociopathic men who preyed on the travellers to name a few. The plot is rich and complex and will at times leave you wondering how she will survive, but of course she does.

LaSalle weaves historical fact beautifully through this story. A country on the brink of change from the days of slavery; yet many still fought to keep the old way of life. The brutality of the times will shock and appall at times. Each chapter is written about a specific character, and narrated through their eyes. His characters are well thought out and totally believable. Some likeable others not, but either way they will enthrall you.


Remember Me Like This
Remember Me Like This
Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking, 6 July 2014
Remember Me Like This is thought provoking. You will sit and think long after you have finished reading this book, particularly if you are a parent. This book is not dissimilar to "Room" but the perspective is more from the family of the missing then returned child. The impact of the loss of a child is profound. Whilst the child is deemed missing the torment is endless. When found deceased the child's family is sentenced to a lifetime of grief. But to have that child suddenly found - returned. Therein lies the difference in this book. The author takes you on a very difficult and painful journey as a family try to rebuild, to reconnect, and to understand their changed relationship with their son. This book is sad and poignant, and well written. It's not a feel good story but it is well and truly worthy of reading.

* I was provided with a free copy of this book to review and give my honest opinion.


The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra
by Helen Rappaport
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written historical account, 1 July 2014
The book is a well researched stunning account of the family life of the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II. Whilst the focus is on the girls, the Tsar, his wife and only son, Alexy are not left out. I did not know a lot about the Romanov girls so I found this book intriguing and enlightening. Each of the sisters has their own story that allows you to understand their lives lived in seclusion and fear. The saddest part of all is that this is a tragic and true story. There is no happy ever after or knight in shining armour arriving at the last minute to save them. Having said that, you still read it, hoping that somehow they survive. Thank you Helen Rappaport for providing a very real and poignant account of this tragic family.


iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up
iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know about Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up
by Janell Burley Hofmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.53

4.0 out of 5 stars Tech Healthy, 1 July 2014
In the age of technology where the kids are far more savvy than their parents a book like this is a must read. There are some common sense rules for online social interaction as well guidelines for children to protect themselves. More importantly, the book sets the tone for encouraging parents to be observant and aware as well as empowering them to understand how this generation interact.

**** I was provided with a copy of this book for my honest opinion ****


Why Men REALLY Cheat: The Psychological Secrets of Male Infidelity
Why Men REALLY Cheat: The Psychological Secrets of Male Infidelity
by Martyn Stewart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, 1 July 2014
I was given a copy of this book to review. The book is a story of dating women inter-dispursed with tomes of wisdom. But it is sadly disjointed and becomes boring at times. There are some interestingly described character types and some common sense advice.


Toxic Staple, How Gluten May Be Wrecking Your Health - And What You Can Do about It!
Toxic Staple, How Gluten May Be Wrecking Your Health - And What You Can Do about It!
Price: £6.54

5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a winner, 1 July 2014
There are many books on the market about gluten intolerance now, but this one is a winner. You don't need a degree to understand this book is well-written and easy to follow. But it is no light weight either. Ms. Sarkisian provides a plethora of evidence to support the impact of gluten on both the body and the brain. There is also growing body of research linking gluten to neurological disorders such as Autism and in terms of a range of life threatening diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. But there is a another consideration; gluten has a negative impact on children's attention and behaviour. This book is a go to manual for anyone wanting to know more, to manage the eating habits, and wanting to know how to get well again.


Blueloon
Blueloon
by Julia Cook
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming, 1 July 2014
This review is from: Blueloon (Paperback)
I am a lover of Julia Cook's books, but this one left me a little underwhelmed. Blueloon is a balloon who is feeling down. He sees a rock (therapist) who refers him to a doctor and together they help him to understand why he feels the way he does.


When the Siren Cries (Siren Series Book 2)
When the Siren Cries (Siren Series Book 2)
Price: £2.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Four and A Half Really, 1 July 2014
Having read the first in the series (When the Siren Calls) I was excited to find out that the sequel had been released. I quickly downloaded it to my Kindle and snuggled up for a cold winter weekends read. And I wasn't disappointed. Like the first, the book is full of sex, intrigue, sex, exotic locations, sex, oh and Isobel. In this book, Isobel has relocated to San Diego to heal after her affair with Jay and the subsequent break down of her marriage to Peter. The descriptives of well know (and some lesser known) locales added an enticing touch. Once again Isobel finds herself with two men to choose from. Ryan the hot L.A. young gun or Lance the cultured man about town. Wish I was as spoiled for choice as Isobel. There is a great underlying story about the seedy underworld and a couple of really interesting back characters also. Another great read from Tom Barry.


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