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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Review: A Redwall Winter's Tale

A Redwall Winter's Tale A Redwall Winter's Tale by Brian Jacques
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a few years old now. 2013 maybe?

But I picked this up in a pound store. The cover caught my eye. I only flicked through it quickly because I recognised the cover.
Thought no more of it until I was unpacking my purchases then I sat to look at this more closely.
The illustrations in this edition are awesome.

They say “ a picture tells a thousand words” it’s definitely true in this instance.

I’m glad I picked it up for only £1

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Review: Knitting Scarves: The Easy Way (Scarf Knitting Patterns)

Knitting Scarves: The Easy Way (Scarf Knitting Patterns) Knitting Scarves: The Easy Way (Scarf Knitting Patterns) by Chloe Thompson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wouldn’t aim this as a beginner type pattern book although scarves are fairly easy to knit.
It would be complicated if you didn’t already know the basics.

But it’s pretty basic and gives you most of the help to get started.

Not the best book I’ve found for beginners though.

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Review: The Elegant Knitter: Simple Techniques for Beautiful Results

The Elegant Knitter: Simple Techniques for Beautiful Results The Elegant Knitter: Simple Techniques for Beautiful Results by Gina Macris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Great book.
Great patterns.

But there are only 2 I’d personally need.
The 2 dog patterns.

I could however adapt the learnt patterns to other projects.

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Review: Get Knitting!: From Casting On to Binding Off

Get Knitting!: From Casting On to Binding Off Get Knitting!: From Casting On to Binding Off by Gina Macris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am not a beginner knitter but if I was I find this hard to follow.
With You Tube having so many excellent knitting channels as a beginner you can do no wrong by using visual aides secondary to an actual person sat beside you teaching you.

I didn’t think this was a good guide at all

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Review: Get Knitting!: From Casting On to Binding Off

Get Knitting!: From Casting On to Binding Off Get Knitting!: From Casting On to Binding Off by Gina Macris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars



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Review: A Woollyful Christmas

A Woollyful Christmas A Woollyful Christmas by Kerry Lucas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Knitting up characters is fun. But so much fun with patterns.

This lady knows how to make things easy and it’s that easy you can adapt the colours in each section to allow for the knitters tastes in colour and style.

This is the first book I’ve followed knitting characters. I found it so simple to follow and the results were fab

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Review: Knitted Baby Mitts

Knitted Baby Mitts Knitted Baby Mitts by Sian Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are 20 different mittens in this guide.
The patterns are easy laid out and extremely easy to follow.

They age range from 0-12months.
I find them lovely gifts to knit up for new moms and also for baby hospitals.

Highly recommended

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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Review: The End of Lies

The End of Lies The End of Lies by Andrew Barrett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a brilliant thought out plot that keeps getting stronger as you read.
It really kept my attention.

It’s got a super start to it that immediately grabs you.

There’s something dodgy and dangerous that Beckys husband Chris wants to get involved in that would make tons of money but he’s half in half about the deal. Then Becky has thoughts on it. But Chris says it’s better if she doesn’t know things.

She arrives home one day only to find her husband Chris laying dead on the floor.who did this? Her grief is apparently clear.

But tables turn where Chris has unbeknown left her a terrible legacy and she’s only seven days to solve it.

She has to take his place.

It’s count down.
The timers on.
Tick

Anxiety
Tension
Cold sweats
Edge of seat
Biting your nails

And that’s only the reader!

Very cleverly done

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Other Mother




Book Description:


Three troubled women. One deadly secret.

Lissy and her daughter, Rosie, live a quiet life in Yorkshire, however when events at Rosie’s school come to light, their peaceful existence is shattered.

Meanwhile, middle-aged women Erica and Beverley appear to have perfect lives but behind closed doors things are not as they seem.

All three women are tied together by a dark past that goes back to their school days. A child was murdered and one of the women is to blame.

But is the person responsible for the child’s death the same person who was blamed for it all those years ago?

As secrets from their past begin to surface it becomes clear that someone has revenge in their sights...


We have three remarkable women in this story that sure stand out, and all for different reasons, good or bad.

Something happened years ago when Lissy was younger, much younger. She now has a daughter of her own, Rosie.

Lissy has moved around a bit and Rosie is now at at new school.
But Rosie keeps getting into trouble. 
Money going missing.
Bullying
Lissy can’t believe this of her daughter.

Then there is Erica. She seems to have the ideal life.

Beverley who seems to be getting on nicely with her life.

But the plot thickens. Something ties these three women together. Their past.
Murder.

I have to say that at the beginning I was working my brain in overdrive trying to keep up with the dates and times on each chapter. I managed it, and at 30% of my way through my brain clicked into place.

I found this to be a fab thriller, trying to work out what was what then the penny dropped and I was “aha”
You know when you get that light bulb moment and all the lights come on? That was me.

Great read. 

I would definitely recommend this if you love a good thriller/crime.

Thank you to Bloodhounds who provided me with a copy.

Author Bio:

Born in Middlesbrough too many years ago to mention, J. A. Baker developed a deep appreciation of literature and reading from a young age after being introduced to it by her parents. Weekly visits to the library were the norm and after being handed a collection of Edgar Allen Poe stories by her father, her love for the darker side of fiction slowly grew. She is an avid reader of all books but is drawn in particular, to psychological thrillers.
After many rejections (too many to mention!) her debut novel, Undercurrent, was published by Bloodhound Books in March 2017 and made it into the top 100 Amazon chart in both the UK and Canada. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her third novel and working on her fourth one.
J. A. Baker has four grown up children and lives in a village on the outskirts of Darlington with her husband Richard, and Theo, their barking mad dog.

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Sunday, 3 December 2017

Review: The Shock: A disturbing thriller for fans of Jeffery Deaver

The Shock: A disturbing thriller for fans of Jeffery Deaver The Shock: A disturbing thriller for fans of Jeffery Deaver by Marc Raabe
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I hate this when this happens. I really wanted to love this book, I think its only the 2nd book this year that has a low rating from me, I don't like it, its not something I take pleasure in at all.

The story was fairly slow moving but I stuck through it, I read it until the end even though I had to read other books in between. Its taken me an entire month to get through.

The plot was a good plot, but it lost its directive in many places which frustrated the hell out of me and got me tearing my hair out to find some positives within this story.

I thank the publishers Bonnier Zaffre and the author who I will give another try in the future.

The book cover was fab.


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Beginnings
Beginnings is a romantic thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. Eleanor Chapman is 16. She has no idea her father is employed in a world of organised crime until the day he is forced to go on the run, leaving her at the mercy of dangerous people.
Her life is spiralling out of control yet on the night she plans to escape, she stumbles across a mysterious prisoner. His name is Jake, a rock musician from Holland and he has a contract on his life.
Their daring escape across London eventually draws them into a place of hiding before Jake’s chilling story begins to unfold. He was the one vital witness to a sinister scene leading up to the death of a British MP and now those responsible want him silenced. As two young people, thrown together by fate they develop intense feelings for each other. It does not take long for Eleanor to realise that she will do anything possible to keep Jake alive.
Their tender love bond keeps you turning the pages as they live on a knife edge, desperate to escape London. Will they outrun the deadly enemies who stalk them? Or are the people at the top more powerful than they think?
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Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast of Sussex with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she started her decade spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011. Her first book 'Beginnings,' set in 1970s London, combines romantic suspense with a hard-hitting conspiracy thriller. Writing is something she juggles around family and social life. Helen is self employed and enjoys running the web design company, she and her husband set up from home. They have no children but enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a fluffy white cat. Helen confesses to have got most of her ideas for writing, whilst walking Barney along the beach.
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Will tragedy tear them apart – once and for all?


It’s 1966 and in Liverpool two sisters are about to have their lives turned upside down…

Sisters Carol and Jackie haven’t had the easiest of childhoods, but as they grow up and begin their own lives both hope for happier times ahead. Stylish Carol works in Lewis’s department store, while Jackie dreams of drama school, and a career on the stage.

But the sisters are heartbroken when they discover they have been dating the same man, and an unexpected pregnancy causes a rift between them. Parents Dora and Joe must overcome their past hurts and help their daughters, despite the meddling of Joe’s second wife Ivy.

As the sisters’ troubles spiral and difficult decisions must be made, can the family pull together – or will Jackie and Carol’s sisterly bond be destroyed forever?

The Liverpool Girls is a heart-breaking and compelling story of family, loss and love. Perfect for fans of Annie Groves, Anne Baker and Kitty Neale.




It’s 1966 and Dora’s and joes girls have grown up.

It’s book 3 in the series. Joe and Dora’s lives moved on.

Carol has grown into a stylish modern young woman who works for the big department store Lewis’s.
She still lives with her father, who is now married to Ivy while Jackie lives with her mom. 

Carol wants a life on the stage and is focusing on getting into drama school.


Things in this book turn ugly for the sisters when Carol is dating Alex and Jackie is dating Sandy.

One day on a sisters meet up where Jackie wants to introduce her fella, Carol is shocked and astounded (to say the least) when “Alex” her man turns out to Sandy!

Yes both were unbeknown dating the same man. 
No wonder Carol found him distant and stand offish lately.

But Carol is pregnant and Joe soon finds out he needs to marry Carol to “make an honest woman” of her.

Remember this is in 1950s and 1960s so very ostracising for women back then. People frowned and looked down on unwed moms and their families.

Joe doesn’t love Carol.
They never live together.

The emotional upheaval, the heart wrenching decisions would tear anyone’s eyes up. So reach for your tissues.

It’s a heartbreakingly fab read.


My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy



About the author: 

Pam Howes was born in Cheshire. She is a retired Interior Designer who began writing seriously in the mid nineties. The idea for her first novel, set in the sixties, was inspired by her time as a teenager, working in a local record store and hanging around with musicians who frequented the business. That first novel evolved into a series set in the fictional town of Pickford, based on her home town of Stockport. Three Steps to Heaven; 'Til I Kissed You; Always On My Mind; Not Fade Away, and That'll Be The Day, follow the lives and loves through the decades of fictional Rock'n'Roll band The Raiders. Pam is a big fan of sixties music and it's this love that compelled her to write the series. A stand-alone true-life romance, Fast Movin' Train, set in the nineties, was published in early 2012. A new series of Fairground Romances, set in the sixties, begins with Cathy's Clown, to be followed by Ruby Tuesday early 2016. Pam is mum to three adult daughters, grandma to seven assorted grandchildren, and roadie to one musician partner. She still lives in Cheshire and is currently involved in raising awareness of her home-town's musical heritage with campaigns to have Blue Plaques erected on the walls of local clubs, The Manor Lounge and The Sinking Ship, where the likes of The Walker Brother's, The Who and Jimi Hendrix played; now closed, but still firmly in the hearts of Stockport's recycled teenagers.  
Pam recently signed a contract with the award winning publisher Bookouture and the first novel in her new trilogy, The Lost Daughter of Liverpool, will be on sale in February 2017
All books are available in Kindle format, paperback, and Fast Movin' Train is also available as an audio book. 
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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Review: No Shame

No Shame No Shame by Anne Cassidy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The second book in this series has been just, if not more, poignant than the first.

Since Stacey’s rape she has now decided to go forward and report it. She’s held back from all kinds of mixed up feelings and emotional. Without telling you too much, we can see Stacey maturing so much from this dreadful attack.
She’s had to rethink things about herself and her decisions that only she can learn to understand and forgive herself for her naivety but she was young, she is young.

And we can all be sucked in by others so easily sometimes no matter what age and make wrong decisions.

The case goes to court where Stacey has support around her, but she still needs to come to grips herself.

It’s not going to be easy in that courtroom.
Stacey gets ripped apart.

There’s a good turnaround in this story that will bring a tear to your eye.

I’ve sat and read book 1 and book 2 today.

My thanks to Bonnier Zaffre via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: No Virgin

No Virgin No Virgin by Anne Cassidy
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a fairly short read with a lot jammed into it.

I reminded myself this was a YA book and to think like a young person. I found that helped me enormously to relate to Stacey and her mindset.

Stacey has a sister who got pregnant at a very young age, life isn’t always easy at home with her sister, her child and her mother.

One day things get tense and Stacey decides she needs some time out. Her plan of where she was heading was to her Fathers Home. She knew her father and stepmother wouldn’t be there, they were away on holiday. She could chill out.

The author gave us some good background and insight to Stacey which was good.

When Harry came into her day he presented a filler, a filler of gaps that Stacey needed at that time.

I’m not going to give away more, however, when Harry was making tentative moves to still remain friends with her, my adult mind was saying WHAT is wrong with you child in even contemplating it. Are you a fool.

But slipping into my young mind I could see how she was confused between him and his brother.
After all, she could possibly make excuses for Harry maybe?

That’s the bit I wish that the author cultivated more to help the reader understand more of what was going on inside Stacey’s Head. She did with her solid friend Patrice and the other characters but not the main one.


That doesn’t mean I won’t read book 2. I’m off to read it now.




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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Review: Mother

Mother Mother by S.E. Lynes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading Valentina by this author I was eager to jump into this.

It covers adoptions and struggling to find your identity. I’m not sure how I’d feel or react to be sat down at an older age over a cuppa to be told I’d been adopted.

It’s also based around the time of Jack the Ripper where women are scared.

I need to say, the first half of this Read was extremely difficult to get my mind into. I really struggled, I put it down several times today. I did preserve with it though because I enjoyed Valentina so much. Plus I hate giving up on a book. I might miss something! And I certainly would have here.

The second part of the book was well worth waiting for. Hence a 3 star becoming 4.

Thank you Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy.

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Review: The Liverpool Girls: A heartbreaking family saga with a tragic romance

The Liverpool Girls: A heartbreaking family saga with a tragic romance The Liverpool Girls: A heartbreaking family saga with a tragic romance by Pam Howes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s 1966 and Dora’s and joes girls have grown up.

It’s book 3 in the series. Joe and Dora’s lives moved on.

Carol has grown into a stylish modern young woman who works for the big department store Lewis’s.
She still lives with her father, who is now married to Ivy while Jackie lives with her mom.

Carol wants a life on the stage and is focusing on getting into drama school.


Things in this book turn ugly for the sisters when Carol is dating Alex and Jackie is dating Sandy.

One day on a sisters meet up where Jackie wants to introduce her fella, Carol is shocked and astounded (to say the least) when “Alex” her man turns out to Sandy!

Yes both were unbeknown dating the same man.
No wonder Carol found him distant and stand offish lately.

But Carol is pregnant and Joe soon finds out he needs to marry Carol to “make an honest woman” of her.

Remember this is in 1950s and 1960s so very ostracising for women back then. People frowned and looked down on unwed moms and their families.

Joe doesn’t love Carol.
They never live together.

The emotional upheaval, the heart wrenching decisions would tear anyone’s eyes up. So reach for your tissues.

It’s a heartbreakingly fab read.


My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: The Forgotten Family of Liverpool: A gritty postwar family saga novel that will break your heart

The Forgotten Family of Liverpool: A gritty postwar family saga novel that will break your heart The Forgotten Family of Liverpool: A gritty postwar family saga novel that will break your heart by Pam Howes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading and thoroughly enjoying book one in the series I couldn’t wait for book 2 and book 3.

I know it’s naughty of me as a reviewer but I wanted to read one after the other. I wanted to savour them. They are so good.

It’s not a straight forward drama/saga, it’s very much more than that. And some.

In book 2 we go through the emotional stresses of Dora and indeed of Joe.
When Dora had found out that Joe had an affair she knew she could never forgive him.

Dora is now adjusting to life as a single parent to Carl and Jackie although Joe is still on the scene for his children and supports them.

Dora finds a home to rent in not such a savoury area but with the help and support of friends she manages.

But then one day a knock comes on the door. It’s the Welfare coming to take one of her daughters. Carol. Whose complained about her? She’s a good mother.

The arrangement is that Carol goes to live with her dad, Joe and until things change she’s not allowed to be with her mother.

I saw how this brought in a resentment as Carol thought her mother didn’t want her anymore. And it was awful to see how Carol shunned her mother at times and wanted to “go home”.

Will this family ever get a break, so much emotional drama.

It’s an emotional journey you take with this family. You will need your tissues.
You get so involved with this family you can’t help but root for them.

My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Review: The Other Mother

The Other Mother The Other Mother by J.A. Baker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We have three remarkable women in this story that sure stand out, and all for different reasons, good or bad.

Something happened years ago when Lissy was younger, much younger. She now has a daughter of her own, Rosie.

Lissy has moved around a bit and Rosie is now at at new school.
But Rosie keeps getting into trouble.
Money going missing.
Bullying
Lissy can’t believe this of her daughter.

Then there is Erica. She seems to have the ideal life.

Beverley who seems to be getting on nicely with her life.

But the plot thickens. Something ties these three women together. Their past.
Murder.

I have to say that at the beginning I was working my brain in overdrive trying to keep up with the dates and times on each chapter. I managed it, and at 30% of my way through my brain clicked into place.

I found this to be a fab thriller, trying to work out what was what then the penny dropped and I was “aha”
You know when you get that light bulb moment and all the lights come on? That was me.

Great read.

I would definitely recommend this if you love a good thriller/crime.

Thank you to Bloodhounds who provided me with a copy.


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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Review: The Silent Children: A serial killer thriller with a twist

The Silent Children: A serial killer thriller with a twist The Silent Children: A serial killer thriller with a twist by Carol E. Wyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading the others in the series, I’ve been waiting to see if the series gets diluted, but it’s as thick and palatable as ever, in fact, it’s getting stronger.
I’m so into this series I don’t want it to end.

By all accounts there is another due out some time in March 2018 (I think) so mark your calendar for that exciting release.

I’ve learnt so much more about what kind of woman Detective Robyn Carter is, not only in her job.

I loved how the questioning of a child to bring out any informative information sometimes in a fun way to get to know what the child may or may not know. Very well done.

There’s a secret that needs to be broken, this may hold the key to open the door to the investigation.

Clever plot.
Great story.
Kept me on my toes.

My thanks to Bookoutour via Net Galley for my copy.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Review: The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers The Newsmakers by Lis Wiehl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Erica Sparks is a journalist. She’s trying to impress her boss.
She’s known to be a beautiful woman and power focused.
Her life has been tough, she’s experienced tragedy and she’s just beginning to get her life back on track.


Within this though, the past comes back to haunt her.
All that she hold dear could be in jeopardy.

Great news stories seem to be falling at her feet, in the place at the right time.
Is this Co-incidents?

She’s soon finding herself as one of the Top Reporters at the GNN Global News Network.

It’s a fast paced thriller which goes from one crisis to another.it doesn’t give you much time to breath which isn’t a bad thing, however it lead me to gasp and humf sometimes at it’s believableness.

This is sold as a Christian Read, so don’t be mistaken it’s a clean living book, it’s much more modern than that.

My tanks to Thomas Nelson-fiction via Net Galley for my copy

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Review: Secrets of the Dead

Secrets of the Dead Secrets of the Dead by Carol E. Wyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading book 1 I was anxious to get to this one, its great I have them all lined up to read, one after the other :)

Three murders.

There are victims piling up in this book and we done't know how they are connected,.just one thing in common, a debt to be paid, but did these know each other?

Detective Robyn Carter doesn't find this case at all easy, her leads are drying up, but just as they do, something comes out of the blue. A serial killer?

If I was reeling from reading book 1 and immediantley into this one, I was totally in a spin.

This author truly knows how to weave a story to keep the reader on their toes.

My thanks to bookoutour via net galley for my copy

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Review: Little Girl Lost

Little Girl Lost Little Girl Lost by Carol E. Wyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I discovered a new author when I read book 3, I hadn't realised there were prior ones, so the last couple of days I went back on them

So this is book 1
I absolutely loved it.

Lots going on in this book, not confusing, but so much is going on in my mind that I don't know where to start, its all good.

Alice is the little girl in this story, shes worried because her mother is getting ready to go out, she feels something is not right, she asks again, are you going out.
Her dad has only been gone for a year, but her mom wants happiness for them all and it is going to marry Paul.

Alice has suffered at the hand of a sexual abuser, and through Alice POV we learn of revenge.

D I Robyn Carter is recovering from things that have happened in her life, her loss.
She has just returned to work again after a leave of absence.

There is Abigail, we don't know how she fits in until later.

Two dead men, not connected.

I was not confused, I read it fine, a very busy book but easy to follow and so addictive.

I felt I was on a rollercoaster, I didn't know who to believe, what to believe but all I knew was, I was lost inside these pages and couldn't come out for air any time soon until I got to the end,
and boy, what an end,.

My thanks to Bookoutour for my copy via Net Galley, one of my fav publishers

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Review: The Liar's Promise

The Liar's Promise The Liar's Promise by Mark Tilbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author, I was struck by the cover then the blurb.
It was overtaken by the unusual story line

To all intense and purposes this seemed like any other family at first until we learn of a tragedy that happened with one of their babies.

A couple that seemed to be plodding along in life, as any couple or family until one night Mel takes her daughter Chloe to the theatre, but on entering Chloe kicks up a fuss and wants to go home, no way does she want to stay, resisting against all her mother says about it being OK, she couldn't accept any assurance from her mother and kept saying that the Tall Man wanted to get them.

This was a very fast paced book, so fast that I was flipping the pages in momentum to the pace of this thrilling read.
It so intrigued me, the story line kept me thinking whether I agreed with the subject matter or not, I just got lost within its pages.

These two guys that were in the book both kind of based around a theatrical element within the confines of Shakespeare was so astoundingly addictive, the dialogue was superb, I got lost within they're conversations in the way you do when listening to something interesting and being totally unaware of your surroundings.

I was like WHAT, and the deeper I was drawn in by the author the more gruesome the destination I travelled with them.

Sometimes the dialogue between the two men made me chuckle, not that is was a witty book, it was serious, but remember the theatrical element? This came through quite a lot in their speaking to each other.

Mel had a hard life and at times very difficult and with what she found out about her relationship with her husband, his secret, then coping with Chloe who really didn't seem 'herself' it was beyond belief how she managed. But us moms do, right.

Getting over the life events that carried her down to an abyss was inspiring, she coped with Chloe very well, but what was wrong with her daughter, she really needed her husbands support, but he wasn't really 'getting it', he had a logical mind, there's an answer to everything, if you look for it [kind of man] is how he came across to me.

The support seemed to come from someone at work.

What was wrong with her child?
What deviousness, WHAT bad deeds hide between these pages.

You need to read this to find out, its captivating.

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Review: NOT AGAIN

NOT AGAIN NOT AGAIN by Rene D. Schultz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Moment of Impact is book 1 in this series, be sure to read that first, check out my review.

NOT AGAIN is the follow on book which I have been eagerly anticipating.
Rene Schultz came to my attention a few years ago with her fabulous first book named BISHOP STREET followed by the secound book to that series called HOUSE OF STONE which took my breath away, so I have followed her writing ever since

Not to mention DONE DEAL which was one of my favourites.

NOT AGAIN reflects back on Austin and his grief for Harper which we take up from the previous book.

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We still find Austin very much grieving for Harper, his fiance who met with a fatal accident.
Just ONE MOMENT OF IMPACT that changed many peoples lives including Austin's. Just a fraction away from marrying the love of his life.

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His family are worried about Austin as time has moved on but Austin cannot, he is encouraged to go to a Grief Counselling meeting where others are there who have lost someone and he can relate to, not feeling he is alone in his grief.

It was so sad, some had lost entire family members and it broke me when I listened to their stories.

One young girl was there named Kelzi.
Kelzi is stiff looking, doesn't seem to give much to the group, we find her reasons for coming are just as sad and moving as the others in the group, she also has to come to the meeting or she will loose her place at the homeless centre which she shares with her young son she is bringing up alone.

Most weeks she rushes out the door.

When Kelzi does put some import we learn a little more about her, and she has taken Austins attention, he wants to help.

I felt so sorry for Kelzi, one parent family, homeless, living hand to mouth and trying to make a living the best way she could to provide for her son.

It was a great experience for me as a reader to see the relationship grow between them in a platonic way.
I thought that Austin had a lot of patience when it came to talking with Kelzi, sometimes a fun way and not so serious, I also loved how he put her at ease when he knew she couldn't afford things like food from the drive thru'.

As Kelzi unfolded layer by layer wrapped at tightly around her as petal around a rosebud, as she loosened we could see the inner beauty of her. Her personality came shinning through, especially the love for her son.

The reader will get a yearning to carry on eagerly reading as Kelzi is hiding something, the shock of something that happens within this story left me with my mouth wide open, draw dropping moment.

THE MOMENT OF IMPACT.

This book brought out a lot of emotion within me and left me gasping NOT AGAIN.

What a great story, highly recommended.



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Saturday, 18 November 2017

Review: Maggie

Maggie Maggie by Netta Newbound
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this authors latest book fully absorbing.

Right from the beginning to end it was a book I was flicking through the pages eager to read more and more.

Maggie has lost her mother recently to cancer, we attend the funeral, on that very same evening her awful step father , Kenny, want 'comfort' and has been abusing Maggie since his wife was diagnosed with cancer.

But Maggie wants it to stop.
She needs it to stop.
How can she stop this?

In self defence she stabs him, fatally killing him, she rings the police and 'owns up' but Maggie is sure in a state.

Maggie gets off with self defence, but in the police force there is someone who doesn't believe her, why? Because he was a friend of Kenny her step father and finds this impossible to comprehend, he also came across to me as a 'dirty' policeman, would my mind be convinced of this at the end of the book?

She goes through hell for such a young girl, awful life she has and so much to cope with.
Her best friend makes an appearance which helps, they have had a difficult relationship.

The twist in this plot is amazing, its very rounded as are the characters.

I guessed part way through who may have been involved but that didn't spoil it as I didn't know why.

I am looking forward to her next book and what she plots for us readers.

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Review: When The Phoenix Rises

When The Phoenix Rises When The Phoenix Rises by Nesly Clerge
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third and final instalment I am so sad.
Upon reading book one in 2015 I was hesitant as this was a new author to me and always worry in case the book isn't to my taste, but it was, more than to my taste.

Book two which I read in 2016, was another 5 * for me.

Book three made its way to me, I was so anticipating this final instalment but knowing its the final part was also saddening. And when I got to the last page, this was it.

Frderick's story was no more.

Read the book in sequence its a MUST to do it that way to follow through in the right order.

International book award winner -Gold medal.
What can I say!

Readers favourite 2017 best general fiction.

Frederick wants out of prison. Who wouldn't. Prison changed people. They also come into contact with other criminals harder than themselves.
How to survive?

APPEAL DENIED.

Frederick not only want to get out of prison, he NEEDS to get out. He has serious reasons and concerns.
His wife is dying, he has three children that need him home.

Even though new evidence was presented at the appeal the judge said 'no'.
Frederick's lawyer give up.

Frederick Stark [known as STARK] made a crew up in prison, hes lived hard in there and had to take some control and now has a kind of 'respect' that is only granted in prison from others in there, but, who is trustworthy?
Hes the captain of his crew, but are they true.

But Stark has to be careful he uses bribes on guards to protect him and on inmate, but can any of then be trusted, would you trust them?

Stark is wary, he is oh so careful.

It was tragic for me to read that his son Kane committed a crime only for him to be sent to prison to be near his Father, but someone beat Kane to death with a metal pipe to get back at Stark, who was it.

Stark is out for revenge.

The trouble is, who did it, who knows who did it, whose brave enough to leak it out.

Who does Stark trust, and can he trust even if someone tells him things, could it be lies.

What conspiracy is going on?
What is the new war that is breaking out?

Just when this is all going on, it comes to his attention that the judge who denied his release is now dead, will Stark ever get out of prison.
Could he re-appeal?

There is violence, there is anarchy and brutality.
Where will your compassion lie, if any.
Who is worthy of your time and emotion, hate, love, twisted and the best trilogy I have read.

My thanks to Nesly Clerge for this great read.

Highly recommended.

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Review: Liar Liar

Liar Liar Liar Liar by Sarah Flint
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book 3 in the series.
I think you can read these as standalones as these are different cased solved by the same DC. However there were some reference to previous books.

DC Charotte Stafford and her team [or DC Charlie as she is known]. Charlie is almost coming to the end of her nightshift, she gets a call from her boss DI Hunter, there is a murder and it needs her attention.

A man had been brutality attacked with acid and stabbed. It came as a shock that this body belonged to a serving officer.
Then another officer is fatally attacked, they soon see that they are dealing with a serial killer targeting Police Officers.

Although the plot was excellently thought out, research and writing superb, there is only so many like minded serial plots you can read which has similarity to them.
There isn't anything that stood out from the crowd for me. It was kinda 'here we go again'.

The pages turn snappy enough as I was also investigating who would want to kill off these officers and why, so it did keep me busy. I kind of guess part way through. I did enjoy it, its writing and happy to give 4 stars because of this, its well researched, but, there was nothing in here that made it stand out from other books with the same themes.

Good plot
Great characters
A satisfying read.

Negative
Just a bit slow in parts, wasn't on the edge of my seat with this and I guessed the ending.

My thanks to Aria via Net Galley for my copy

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Review: East End Angels

East End Angels East End Angels by Rosie Hendry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first in a series. We meet the East End Angels who are members of Station Seventy Five Ambulance Crew..
We meet Winnie.
She comes across very strong willed, knows her own mind and where she is going with her life.

She loves being part of the ambulance crew, one of the Angels.

Winnie's parents are not happy that she is doing this job and would much prefer her to join the WRENS.

Bella, a former housemaid had to leave her job due to a [no spoilers] and is pretty down in the mouth about this.
She loved her housemaid job.

Based around the 1940's its a very thoughtful read that makes you think about life back then.

Frankie is the third female in this story, this crew member.
Shes an East End girl and her loyalties lie at home. Its very difficult for her to stay focused on her job.

Each one of these East End Angels come from different backgrounds, different emotions and hope for the future. But can they bond they're relationship.
Can each one help each other to cope.
Can their families cope together as the ultimate happens.

There are some really tragic moments, and one day when the air raids start, what then?
Each women's background knit together to make a beautiful and satisfying read.

It made me reflect on what people had to go through back then. Life is very precious, sometimes we take that for granted.

My thanks to Little Brown book group UK for my copy

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Review: The Girl I Used To Know

The Girl I Used To Know The Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is based around a four storey Georgian house in a lovely Dublin square.
The women I meet very soon become part of my “life” as the author makes them 3D almost immediately and you cannot help but feel connected to all of them.

Amanda and Richard King purchase this house but it has a sitting tenant named Tess. They think they can eventually get her to move on. But it’s not the case.

Amanda and Richard being owners occupy the top three storeys with they’re children.

Amanda seems to have it all, if you were looking on, you would feel that way too.

Tess who lives in the basement is a lonely lady, but in some ways she’s brought this upon herself, but I did fully understand how and why.
Tess trips over Amanda’s cat one day and ends up at the hospital.
It’s her wake up call on her health.

Amanda is a 45 year old woman who appears down trodden by Richard her husband.
They have everything. Money, comfortable style and she’s in with a coffee morning with the elite husbands.

A wake up call comes to Amanda one day in the detail of a flavoured condom.

Both women separately start to take stock of their lives.
Amanda and Tess roads cross at times but in opposite directions.

A cat has a hand in bringing these two women together where they find they have lots in common.

I love how the chapters went back in time so we could see and get a rounded picture on the past.
What was Tess life like when she was younger.
What was her home life like.
Did she have a family.
Why is she alone.
Did or can she ever find happiness.

The chapters had date headings so it was easy to follow.
They were short and crisp so I found myself flipping through this read faster than I thought.

Carlos.......hmmmmmm lush.

It’s a fab “curl up book” that takes the reader on several surprises.

This read was much more than I expected, it was full bodied and had hidden gems.


My thanks to Aria for my copy via Net Galley



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