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The Other Child
The Other Child
by Lucy Atkins
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.85

3.0 out of 5 stars Well developed characters, an unpredictable storyline but a little drawn out. xXx, 28 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Other Child (Paperback)
The Other Child is the first book I have read by Lucy Atkins. The synopsis sounded promising and mysterious so I was looking forward to reading this book.

Tess and her son Joe are taking a big step and moving to the States after Greg who is Tess’s new husband gets offered his dream job back in his home town. Things are difficult for Tess, she is trying to make a new life in a country that is completely new to her and with Greg working so much she seems to be facing the challenges alone whilst carrying his unborn baby and trying to settle son Joe into a new school. With a lot of extra time on her hands Tess begins to notice things that seem rather odd and unsettling but can she get to the bottom of the mystery as things just do not add up.

It did take me a while to settle into this book as it flows at a slow pace but as the book progressed I could see that the slow pace was to create tension and suspense and it did work although I did find myself flying through the pages just to try and uncover more clues to figure out what the big mystery was. I loved that the book managed to keep me guessing through the majority of the book.

Each of the characters were developed really well, Tess was instantly lovable as was son Joe but I did find straight from meeting Greg that something just wasn’t right about him so I had my guard up all the way through just waiting for something to unravel and show his true colours.

The book did have the potential to be a 4 star but the reason this book lost a star for me was although I know this was a whirlwind romance between Tess and Greg, I just didn’t find the relationship between them believable. There didn’t seem to be a romantic connection to each other they were more like housemates ( on the rare time Greg came home) than Husband and Wife especially considering Tess had given everything up to follow Greg around the world. Greg wasn’t a loving or supportive character. I also found that the storyline did feel rather drawn out.

I loved the way the author wrapped the book up, the ending was realistic rather than sugar coated and I was pleased with the outcome.

I would still pick up another book by Lucy Atkins as she manages to create a storyline with mystery and suspense. She also manages to give great depth to her characters so after hearing great things about her book The Missing One I will be picking this one up next.

You, Me and Other People
You, Me and Other People
by Fionnuala Kearney
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

4.0 out of 5 stars A Praiseworthy Debut xXx, 22 Jun. 2015
You Me and Other People is Fionnuala Kearney’s debut book and after reading this one I am looking forward to what this author will present us with next time around as this really was a well crafted debut.

When the book begins we meet Adam and Beth who have just split up after Beth found out that Adam has been unfaithful and as the book progresses it soon becomes clear that this is not the only secret that Adam has been hiding. The book alternates between Adam and Beth’s points of view which worked perfectly for this book as it gave us a chance to see the thoughts and emotions of both characters which gave us an unbiased view on the situations that arose in the book.

The did struggle at the start of this book and I have to admit to giving up on it and trying again a few weeks later and I am so glad that I did try again as it really is such a deep and well thought out storyline. I think the reason I struggled was because I didn’t like either of the main characters at the start of this book but as the book progressed and the characters developed and they reached different emotional stages of separation I soon became to like each of them. I actually felt guilty for liking Adam’s character as he well and truly screwed up and yet by the end of the book I loved him as much as Beth.

I loved how unpredictable the book was, I was not expecting the bombshell that was dropped and I love it when an author can spring something on me that shocks me to the core!

This book deals with so many issues on top of the infidelity and heartbreak. The author takes our characters through each step of separation from the hurt to the anger to the process of trying to move forward and build a new life but the one thing we are never quite sure of all the way through is if it is finally over for good or if there was a chance to work through it and start again. The storyline also shows the effect separation has on family and friends too and this part was told well.

I thought this was a praiseworthy debut and I will definitely be looking for future releases by this author.

Summer by the Sea
Summer by the Sea
by Jenny Hale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Pure escapism, perfect holiday read xXx, 18 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Summer by the Sea (Paperback)
Jenny Hale is fast becoming my “go to” author when I am looking for a perfect holiday read and that is exactly what Summer by the Sea was to me.

Faith and her family are returning to the Outer Banks where they spent many years together for their family holidays. Faith and her sister Casey have not been in contact for some time but their Nan has booked this trip for her birthday to try and bring the family together again but Faith is unsure how she will cope being around her sister again without mentioning the elephant in the room. Will the help of the familiar, calming surroundings and the gorgeous Jake be able to bring the sisters back together again?

Faith was a wonderful main character she had a loving and soft side to her but she was also determined and strong in her beliefs, I could really feel her adoration and passion for the quaint seaside town and she really tries to encourage to see the beauty of the traditional town. Being the younger sister I have often felt like I am in my sisters shadow so I did feel that I could to relate to Faith on some level as like Faith I am the less confident one and we couldn’t be more different. Her sister Casey was a character I was wary of at the start and I found it took a while for me to take to her character because of her actions but towards the end of the book I did warm to her character.

I loved watching the relationship between Faith and Jake grow, never quite knowing what would happen as both of these characters don’t find romance comes easily and yet they both seemed to glow in each other’s company so I constantly felt myself wanting to push them together! Jake was my favourite character I felt from the start that there was something a little mysterious about him and yet he was charming and welcoming and he seemed to have a soft side to him especially when looking at the family and being in awe of what they had.

The storyline pulled me in straight from the start and I loved the mix of emotion, romance and summery feel to this book it was pure escapism which I love in a holiday read, Jenny Hale manages to transport us to an idyllic setting in which she describes so well. Make sure this one is ready on your kindle for your holidays.

Frank Derrick's Holiday of A Lifetime
Frank Derrick's Holiday of A Lifetime
Price: £4.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read and now I am off to buy the first one! x, 15 Jun. 2015
I didn’t realise when I started reading this book that this is the second book about Frank Derrick with the first being The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81. I still managed to read this as a standalone book but I did feel like something was missing and I think that had I may be read the first book I would have known a bit more about our lovely Frank and his back ground.

Frank is now 82 and after a phone call from his daughter in LA he longs to be there by her side to see her and he would do anything to be there for her even if it meant he had to lose his home. We follow his journey over to LA and watch him discover all of the must see places thanks to the itinerary his quirky granddaughter Laura has arranged for him but this isn’t the only thing she has planned!

Frank is instantly lovable gentleman and it is quite admirable and yet comical at the thought of this adventurous 82 year old jetting off alone to see the iconic settings from various movies I am in awe of Frank! I love how although it is quite clear how lonely Frank is he still has it in him to decide to grab life with both hands and really make the most of the life he has left. At times I had great sympathy for Frank but he also gave me some great witty moments. His love for Bill the cat is on another level! The storyline was exciting and adventurous but there were also some emotive challenges too not just with Frank but also with his daughter Beth who was a strong and loving character.

All the way through I was sure I knew how this book was going to end but I hold my hands up and say I got it wrong! This was a light fun read that also was at times emotive too, I have rated this a 4 star because I just felt like I was missing something but to be fair I do feel that if I had read the first book then I would have enjoyed this book more. Off I go now to buy the first book!

Lose Weight: 60+ Amazing Yet Practical Tips And Habits To Lose Weight, Burn Fat, And Feel Great! (Dieting Tips, Lose Weight Fast, Quick Weight Loss Book 1)
Lose Weight: 60+ Amazing Yet Practical Tips And Habits To Lose Weight, Burn Fat, And Feel Great! (Dieting Tips, Lose Weight Fast, Quick Weight Loss Book 1)
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars To the point and takes us back to basics., 13 Jun. 2015
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There are no surprises in this guide, I have been on a rollercoaster of diets over the past few years and this guide just cleanses our mind and gets us straight back to basics. the book is structured in a great way in clear easy points which makes this a quick easy read and is to the point no waffling. It has given me the little bit of willpower that I need and has shown that it is about small steps and little changes rather than a hard to reach big diet.

The Silent Hours
The Silent Hours
by Cesca Major
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well researched and beautifully crafted storyline xXx, 5 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Silent Hours (Paperback)
Silent Hours is not my kind of read at all and I have to say when I first started reading the book I didn’t think I was going to be able to read it because it took me a long time to settle into the structure of the book as we are introduced to many lead characters in quick succession and I felt like I was going to lose my way but I am so pleased that I carried on reading because I would have missed out on such a remarkable, thought provoking read.

Silent Hours is told from five characters points of view, our main character is Adeline who opens the book for us in 1952 in the south-west of France she is staying at a nunnery and Sister Marguerite is trying to get her to open up but Adeline is mute and cannot remember when, what or why she lost her ability to speak. As the book progresses she begins to remember snippets of her past. I had no idea where her story was going to lead so I was eager to find out her story as it came to her.

As well as Adeline we also have her children Paul and Isabelle and it was these characters part of the book that I enjoyed the most, their part of the story is mainly told through letters to one another it was great to see them both grow through their letters. Sebastian and Tristan also have their story told in this book but each of the stories weave together so they all have a connection to the main storyline.
I was so moved by this book and when I read the Historical note it broke my heart to think that this was actually based around real events. I never dreamed at the start of this book that it would have such an impact on me. Cesca has a beautiful way with words and she really made the characters in this book come to life.

Books set around the Second World War have never managed to grab my attention, not because it doesn’t interest me but because it is not usually told in a way in which I can appreciate it and easily follow but this book pulled me in and really sparked my interest, I was in utter shock and was devastated about events that took place and the fact that this book is based on real events just makes it even more heart breaking.

This was such a well-researched and perfectly crafted book and as a debut it shows this authors pure talent and I am excited to see what books are to follow from Cesca Major.

The Turning Point
The Turning Point
by Freya North
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £7.00

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A POIGNANT READ WITH A HEARTBREAKING TWIST xXx, 4 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Turning Point (Hardcover)
I was so eager to start reading The Turning Point by Freya North that I didn’t even read the synopsis, I love this authors books so much that I have so much faith in her writing that it didn’t matter what the synopsis was going to say I was going to immerse myself in the storyline anyway so it was quite refreshing to read this book having no idea what it was going to be about.

Frankie Shaw who is a single mum and a children’s author meets musician Scott Emerson quite by chance when she was in London. The pair soon feel themselves quickly falling for each other but there is one big problem, Frankie and her two children live in Norfolk whilst Scott lives in British Columbia! Fate had brought the two together but will their relationship manage to go the distance?

I was really taken by Frankie and I think this was because she was a very normal believable character but also because of her job as an author. I loved the way we hear about problems authors face with their characters and also with writers block. Scott was a true gem, he was such a loving, thoughtful and caring guy I loved him from the moment I met him.

The storyline is quite simple and flows at a slow pace, we get to know each of the characters at the same time they are getting to know each other. There was a twist in this book that I really couldn’t see coming and it really shocked me and it was a turning point of the book. What has always drawn me to Freya North books is her beautiful descriptions, from Norfolk’s glorious beaches and friendly locals to British Columbia’s breath taking mountains and their culture.

I really found myself routing for both of the characters not just for their love for each other but also for those around them, you could see the impact that having found each other had on their families. Fate plays a big part in this book and it does make you think that you should always grab an opportunity with both hands.

This was an emotional, romantic, gentle read that I thoroughly enjoyed, this authors skilled writing style manages to pull me into the storyline each and every time.

Without a Trace
Without a Trace
Price: £8.55

5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping and unpredictable read xXx, 2 Jun. 2015
This review is from: Without a Trace (Kindle Edition)
Without a Trace is set in the 1950’s and actually opens on Coronation Day, as the village of Sawbridge is buzzing with excitement and getting ready to celebrate but Molly soon realises that her friend Cassie and daughter Petal are not to be seen. As Molly dashes to Cassie’s home to see what has kept her, nothing could have prepared her for what she would find, Cassie is lying in a pool of her own blood and her daughter Petal is nowhere to be found.

As time moves on and the police have not found Petal and seem to have given up, Molly is still grieving for her friend and she is determined to find Petal and with the only thing to go on is a letter addressed to Cassie from a friend in London, Molly decides to follow the trail and also start living a life she wants to live at the same time.

This book got off to a quick and shocking start and the pace of the book continued right the way through. Molly was a kind, determined and selfless character who also has a vulnerable and naive side to her too, I am sure every reader will connect with her character from the opening chapter. I loved seeing her grow as a character as the storyline progressed. The secondary characters in this book were all well developed and I enjoyed getting to know each of them.

Cassie’s background was unpredictable I had no idea what her secrets could be, we only see Cassie through other characters eyes so we can only see their opinion on her but I didn’t feel like she was a down and out but I still couldn’t work out why she was hiding in Sawbridge.

I loved the romance in this book it was very believable, I had a strong feeling I knew who was going to end up with Molly’s heart and I am pleased with the outcome.

This was a gripping and unpredictable read that had such engaging characters, a beautiful and addictive storyline and a perfectly tied up ending. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, this sure is another winner by Lesley Pearse.

The Rose Girls
The Rose Girls
by Victoria Connelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A charming read xXx, 1 Jun. 2015
This review is from: The Rose Girls (Paperback)
I have just finished reading The Rose Girls by Victoria Connelly and having previously read this author’s books before I was eager to see what this author had in store for us this time around. This book shows a different side to the authors writing it was a deeper, emotional read this time and reminded me a little of Lisa Jewell’s kind of books which I also enjoy.

The story is set around the three Rose sisters, after their mother dies they are left to make some big decisions and some drastic changes, the family Rose business needs to bring in more money but it can’t come quick enough for the girls as their manor house is in desperate need of repairs. With mixed opinions all thoughts turn to the family paintings, the only thing that can bring them the money they need but can they stand to part with them?

One thing that I always loved in previous books by this author is her Incredibly descriptive writing style and this is taken to another level in this book it felt as though I was walking alongside the various roses and smelling their scent, the author has clearly has a great deal of knowledge when it comes to roses and she has obviously done a lot of research into paints and restoration.

The three sisters are each very different and they all bring something different to the storyline. They are each developed well and they felt like very down to earth women and grew to love them all as the storyline developed. The romance was also very believable and wasn't rushed it was great to sit back and watch things slowly blossom.

This was a charming, gentle read that involves an emotional and difficult topic which was weaved into the storyline with such grace. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend.

Evil Games: Volume 2 (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series)
Evil Games: Volume 2 (Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series)
by Angela Marsons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Twisted and disturbing second book in a must read series xXx, 29 May 2015
Earlier this year I read Silent Scream by Angela Marsons and it was an outstanding read, part of me couldn't wait to read the sequel Evil Games to see what the author has in store for Kim this time around but as I often find I was also very wary about reading Evil Games as when a book has been exceptionally good I can't help but worry if a second book can be as good or better than book one, but luckily for me Evil Games was such an addictive read that didn't disappoint.

Kim has a very disturbing case to solve with the help of Bryant, a father has been arrested after abuse on his own daughter but nothing is ever straight forward for Kim and so when a number of murders are committed with one main link to Doctor Alexandra Thorne who is a psychologist Kim is determined to solve this case but at what cost?

It was great to be back in the company of Kim again, she is such a strong, courageous character and her background and lack of emotion gives her an intriguing edge she is such a great character. This book is very twisted and disturbing which does make it a dark and gritty read but the amazing friendship between Kim and Bryant brings a little light to the storyline, Bryant is the only one who can get Kim to engage in a little light hearted banter even if it is just taking the mickey out of each other!

Angela Marsons has created such a foul, twisted, evil character in Alex as each chapter went by I loathed her more, I don't remember having read a book with such a vulgar villain character so praise to the author here and I hope she managed to sleep at night after writing from this twisted women's point of view!

The book was set at a great pace and my interest was piqued all the way through. The author managed to pull the wool over my eyes I didn't guess who we were looking for in the end so it was a shock when all was revealed.

This is the second book in the series and although you could read this as a stand alone, I do personally feel that you would benefit more from reading Silent Scream first so you really get to know about Kim and why she is the way she is, not only that it is a fabulous read so you wouldn't want to miss out!

This gets a massive thumbs up from me and I can't wait for book three, please tell me there is a book three!

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