‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name is Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

The Shock of the Fall is the debut novel by Nathan Filer. It has won the Costa book award for best first book 2013 and that kinda tells you how brilliant this book is going to be!

The book is written from the view point of Matthew Homes, who after losing his brother Simon in a tragic accident, is diagnosed with schizophrenia. The story is set out and told in a series of flashbacks and incomplete fragments of memory coupled with occasional drawings and official letters.

I loved the fact that although Simon is killed off pretty early on in the book, the circumstances of his death are not apparent straight away and Nathan Filer has done an excellent job in teasing us with little snippets until **BOOM**, there it is!

There are some truly wonderful characters throughout the book and my favourite has to be Nanny Noo, she has her own secrets but is 100% supportive of Matt, popping round once a week to see how he’s getting on, cook and clean for him and smoking one of her illicit menthol cigarettes in the kitchen. She never lets Matt’s illness faze her, and their relationship is beautifully portrayed throughout.

Don’t worry the book isn’t all doom and gloom, there are some lovely laugh out loud moments despite the fact that it focuses on the spiral Matt faces into mental illness.

It’s hard to believe that this is the authors first novel and I for one cannot wait for his next one!

My rating:   – definitely not one to miss!!

The Shock of the Fall is available here

the storyteller

Sage Singer is a baker, a loner, until she befriends an old man who’s particularly beloved in her community. Josef Weber is everyone’s favorite retired teacher and Little League coach. One day he asks Sage for a favor: to kill him. Shocked, Sage refuses—and then he confesses his darkest secret – he deserves to die because he had been a Nazi SS guard. And Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. How do you react to evil living next door? Can someone who’s committed truly heinous acts ever atone with subsequent good behavior? Should you offer forgiveness to someone if you aren’t the party who was wronged? And, if Sage even considers the request, is it revenge…or justice?

Right from the first page this book grabbed me, sucked me in and held me captive until the very end! It truly was THAT good!

The book follows the two main characters, Sage Singer, and Josef Weber, with a cleverly interwoven story of Ania.

Sage doesn’t describe herself as a Jew, although she comes from a Jewish family. She doesn’t have things easy, her mother has passed away and she’s struggling with her confidence due to a recent accident, which left her scarred, both mentally and physically. Becoming a bit of a recluse, she avoids the outside world and submerges herself in her baking, working through the night and sleeping through the day, emerging only to see her married lover and to attend her Grief group, where she meets Josef.

Josef Weber is your typically friendly old neighbour. A retired teacher and Little League coach, what’s not to love about him? Except Josef has a little secret of his own, he was a Nazi SS guard and Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

The book is harrowingly, and yet beautifully written with the descriptions of the camps and the people making you almost feel as if you were there, staying with you long after the book has ended.

Jodi Picoult has never been one to shy away from taboo subjects and this book does not disappoint. It’s a story of survival and heroism, unimaginable evil and the search for redemption, but for who?

If you only read one book this year, make it this one!

The Storyteller is available in both physical and digital copies  here

A chilling, haunting ghost story that delves into the dark past of the 16th century Essex witch trials.

Sadie Asquith has been fascinated by the dark past of Essex’s witch hunts for as long as she can remember. And for good reason: between 1560 and 1680, over 500 women were tried for witchcraft in the county of Essex. But as she researches a book on the subject, Sadie experiences strange, ghostly visions. She hears noises at night, a sobbing sound that follows her, and black moths appear from nowhere. It’s as if, by digging up the truth about the witch hunts, she has opened an unearthly connection to the women treated so cruelly and killed centuries before.

And something else in the modern world is after her too: Sadie is sure she’s being followed, her flat is burgled and she finds clues that reveal her own past isn’t all that she believed. Can she find peace for the witches of Essex’s history and can she find a safe path for herself?

Sadie Asquith is a freelance journalist who decides she is going to write a book about the Essex Witch Hunts, in which 500 women were tried and many of whom lost their lives.

Throughout the book we learn the appalling ways in which women were treated by power hungry men who lorded it over young girls, exploiting them in the most horrific ways in order to get them to confess to witchcraft, sometimes against themselves and in some cases against their loved ones. Once they had confessed to this ‘crime’, they were either hung in front of a heckling crowd, or ‘swum’.

Sadie’s research brings some shocking details to light and she knows that she’s on to something highly explosive! Will Sadie live to tell the tale?

This book had me hooked from the very beginning, so much so I was unable to put it down and finished it in just over 2 days! I loved how the characters literally came to life throughout the book. Any horror fans out there will LOVE this book!

Love ghost stories? Then this is definitely the book for you! The PERFECT Halloween read.

Witch Hunt is available here and a bargain at only 99p for the Kindle edition!

There are some things in life you can always rely on. Living in the shadow of your ‘perfect’ brother Joey, getting the flu over Christmas, and your Mother showing you up in the supermarket. Then there are some things you really don’t count on happening: a good dose of fame, getting completely trashed at an awards ceremony, and catching your fella doing something unmentionable on your wedding day. This is my story, it’s dead tragic. You have been warned… Jodie Xx

All She Wants is the first book I have read by Jonathan Harvey and I have to tell you I was not disappointed! This book is literally filled with laugh out loud moments so beware of people giving you strange looks if reading this in public!!

The book follows the life of the main character Jodie McGee, a normal girl from a ‘normal’ family. When her mother takes her and her brother on a ‘trip’ during the school holidays, to camp outside the studios where Acacia Avenue is filmed Jodie is far from pleased, after all the studios are a mere bus ride away and whilst her class mates go on holiday her mother takes her there! However when she is met at the gates by a famous actress in Acacia Avenue, she is hooked and soon declares that when she grows up she will join the cast of Acacia Avenue.

In the meantime life doesn’t exactly go as planned for Jodie. She meets the love of her life at school and they go on to get married, but all is not well and I was literally shocked at the following events that took place!

There are many twists and turns in Jodie’s life before her eventual rise to fame and some of the scenarios are quite cringey, but equally hilarious! I couldn’t help but feel for this character and I did feel myself really wanting things to finally go her way and for her to be happy.

This book was brilliantly written with comedy in all the right places. I have never laughed so much when reading a book!!

If you are looking for a book to cheer you up and totally lift your spirits then this is definitely the book for you!

All She wants is available both in digital and physical copies here

For Lauren Tate, a high-powered TV producer, sex, lies, and scandal make for a great movie-of-the-week, but when she becomes the target of a smear campaign, even the most salacious of Hollywood’s tales can’t compare to her real life drama. With her soon-to-be-ex-husband leading the effort to sully her reputation, and her former assistant threatening to snatch her hard-earned position at Timeless Television out of her hands, Lauren’s perfectly planned life quickly begins to unravel at the seams. Clawing her way back to the top of the TV food chain is no easy task, especially in an industry where backstabbing is a sport and gossip is a full time business. But Lauren learns just how cutthroat showbiz can truly be when the hottest scandal in Tinsel Town turns deadly and the Hollywood hunk who’s stolen her heart is missing in action. Can she salvage her career, her reputation, and her love life? Or will Hollywood be the death of her?

I was casually browsing Facebook, as you do, and came across this author who was talking about her book Picture Perfect. First of all I have to say the cover of the book blew me away, it’s sooooo pink! That itself was enough reason for me to request to review the book!

The book focuses on Lauren Tate, a TV producer in Hollywood. She’s married, soon to be divorced, to a husband who quite frankly doesn’t deserve her. His jealousy of her earning more money than him really grated on me, and I was glad when he made the decision to leave her – although it wasn’t very nice for Lauren! I couldn’t help but warm to Lauren, she’s funny, sassy and smart, she certainly isn’t about to roll over crying (well not for long) because her husband is leaving her!

Events begin to spiral and this book takes you on a rollercoaster of a ride from fast paced Hollywood, to a more muted occasion in a New York Bookstore, throw a murder into the mix and you’re in for a fun night and a fabulous whodunit that will certainly keep you on your toes!

I love how Lucie has written the book, it’s fast paced, sexy and fun! What more could a girl want, right?

Picture Perfect is available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Picture-Perfect-Lucie-Simone/dp/0985352043/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348833084&sr=1-7

Journalist Kitty Logan’s career is being destroyed by scandal – and now she faces losing the woman who guided and taught her everything she knew. At her terminally ill friend’s bedside, Kitty asks – what is the one story she always wanted to write?

The answer lies in a file buried in Constance’s office: a list of one hundred names. There is no synopsis, nothing to explain what the story is or who these people are. The list is simply a mystery. But before Kitty can talk to her friend, it is too late.

With everything to prove, Kitty is assigned the most important task of her life: to write the story her mentor never had the opportunity to. Kitty not only has to track down and meet the people on the list, but find out what connects them. And, in the process of hearing ordinary people’s stories, she starts to understand her own.

When I was given the opportunity to review this book, I jumped – no leaped at the chance! Cecelia Ahern is one of my all time favourite authors and I can honestly say I have LOVED every single one of her books, although my favourite P.S I Love You has to be one of my all time favourites!

This book focuses on the main character Kitty Logan, a journalist who has just committed career suicide and ruined the life of Colin McGuire and his family. To make matters worse, one of Kitty’s best friends, who truly believes in her both personally and professionally, who taught her everything she knows, is losing her battle with a terminal illness.

I have to say I felt really sorry for Kitty throughout the book, she’s made a terrible mistake, one that will surely kill her career, and she’s at a loss at how to figure out the solution to put things right.

When Constance guides Kitty to a list of one hundred names hidden in her office, Kitty is determined to discover who these people are, what their story is and how they are all linked together. Kitty needs to prove she can do this, not only for her own piece of mind, but to try and save her flailing career. Unable to speak to Constance further about the names of these people, Kitty embarks on a journey of a life time – to write the story of all stories.

The journey Kitty embarks on had me hooked! I, as much as Kitty wanted to track these people down and hear their stories. Although only six characters are used of the one hundred names I thought this was more than enough to keep the book flowing at an exciting pace, any more and the plot would have become lost. The six characters we meet are brilliant, their stories have a broad range from sipping brandy laced tea in a nursing home, to trying to break a world record! And of course there is the journey and story of Kitty, who faces some pretty tough times along the way. These characters, and their shenanigans, will have you hooting with laughter (especially the marriage proposals!)

Will these one hundred names lead Kitty to redemption? There’s only one way to find out and that is to read this beautifully written, heart warming book!

One Hundred Names is released on the 11th October 2012. Pre-order your copy now!

One Hundred Names is available here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Hundred-Names-Cecelia-Ahern/dp/0007350465/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348831083&sr=1-1-fkmr0

Just how badly do you want to find paradise?

When Tom Finn is almost jailed for confronting two burglars in his own home, this taxi driver takes his young family to live on the tropical island of Phuket, Thailand.

Phuket is all the Finn family dreamed of – a tropical paradise where the children swim with elephants, the gibbons sing love songs in the jungle, the Andaman Sea is like turquoise glass and this young family is free to grow.

But both man-made disaster and the unleashed forces of nature shatter this tropical idyll for Tom Finn’s family.

CATCHING THE SUN is a gripping, moving story of a family who go in search of Paradise – and end up discovering themselves.

When I was asked to review this book I jumped at the chance. My grandad lives in Thailand and so I don’t get to see him often, in fact I can’t remember the last time I saw him (thank God for Skype!). I wanted to review/read this book as I felt it would help me feel just that little bit closer to my grandad.

Catching the sun centres on the Finn family who haven’t had the easiest of times in the UK. Tom Finn will do anything to protect his young family and when two burglars choose his house to target, he doesn’t think twice in taking matters into his own hands and protecting his family.

A lot of people will have different views on this matter, but I for one found myself applauding and sympathising with Tom when faced with the two burglars. I didn’t think he was a bad person for his actions and felt he was further penalised for his actions when convicted at Court, he loses his job and only source of income for his family.

However before he is forced to quit his job of driving wealthy clients to and from their many destinations, he is propositioned by one of his clients who offers him and his family the chance of a lifetime, to move to Thailand and start again.

However Tom’s new life comes at a cost, which almost tears his family apart.

I have to say that I did feel a bit sorry for Tom, his choice to move to Thailand was an amazing opportunity for him and his family, however nothing in life is free as he soon finds out.

My favourite characters throughout the book have to be Tess, Tom’s adoring wife. She is a teacher desperate for her children to have the kind of life she never had growing up. I loved her genteel nature and her ability to never let a tough situation overcome her. She is a tough cookie and balances out Tom perfectly. I also loved Tom and Tess’ neighbours, Mr and Mrs Botan. Mrs Botan welcomes her neighbours with open arms, helping out with food and the like, whilst Mr Botan reserves judgement until he has fully assessed the young family. He does come around and the two families start to bond and when tragedy strikes at Mr and Mrs Botan’s family business down on the beach, Tom doesn’t hesitate before lending a helping hand to the old couple.

Like any book this has its fair share of dark and evil people with funny, serious, tender and honest moments.

This book is definitely one to read and I don’t want to give too much detail away, you will have to find out for yourself how Tom’s story unfolds. Will he and his family survive on the island or will his family be torn apart?!

Tony Parsons has an amazing ability to set the scenes perfectly within the pages and I soon found myself lost within the story, desperate to find out what happens next and reluctant to leave the searingly hot sands of Hat Nai Yang beach! Grab your copy and be prepared to be catapulted into paradise!

Catching the sun is available both in digital and physical copies here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Catching-the-Sun-ebook/dp/product-description/B005WKGMBO/ref=dp_proddesc_0?ie=UTF8&n=341677031&s=digital-text

Having grown up on the quiet island of Guernsey, Betty Dean can’t wait to start her new life in London. On a mission to find Clara Pickle – the mysterious beneficiary in her grandmother’s will – she arrives in grungy, 1990s Soho, ready for whatever life has to throw at her. Or so she thinks…

In 1920s bohemian London, Arlette – Betty’s grandmother – is starting her new life in a time of post-war change. Beautiful and charismatic, Arlette is soon drawn into the hedonistic world of the Bright Young People. But less than two years later, tragedy strikes and she flees back to Guernsey for the rest of her life.

As Betty searches for Clara, she is taken on a journey through Arlette’s extraordinary time in London, uncovering a tale of love, loss and heartbreak. Will the secrets of Arlette’s past help Betty on her path to happiness?

I was given this book to review by Lisa Jewell’s publisher, having reviewed ‘The Truth About Melody Browne’ and I have to say that it is a brilliant, unputdownable read.

The story is set both in the past, the 1920’s and the present, the 1990’s and follows the lives of Arlette and her step granddaughter Betty.

Arlette’s story is set in the 1920’s. She comes from a little island called Guernsey but decides to go London to stay with a friend of her mother. Whilst there Arlette embarks on a colourful adventure and meets plenty of colourful characters, my favourite being the exotic Godfrey Pickle! He and Arlette embark upon a relationship, but as Betty soon discovers, it is a journey where heartbreak and tradegy are never far away.

Betty’s story is set in Soho, in the 1990’s. She also comes from Guernsey, having nursed her step grandmother Arlette throughout her last years. Betty is quite a quirky little character and very likeable. Having decided that she wishes to find the mystery beneficiary of Arlette’s will, her journey to find Miss Pickle, is not without drama which includes a world famous cocksure pop star and gentle market trader!

I have to say that this book had me hooked from the first page. I love how Lisa manages to effortlessly incorporate both periods within the book, switching between the two seamlessly. I just had to finish this book and find out who Miss Pickle was, did Arlette marry the man of her dreams, what was the terrible tragedy and did Betty solve the mystery in the end!

I really loved the narratives of both Arlette and Betty, which were both intriguing and moving. both periods in the book were brought to life and you felt the characters, their lives and their settings jump right off the page and place you in the thick of it!

This is by far the best book of 2012 that I have read so far and highly recommend that you all add this to your ‘to be read’ pile!

Physical and digital copies of Before I Met You are available from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Before-Met-You-Lisa-Jewell/dp/1846059232/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1343310941&sr=1-1

When 37-year-old psychologist, Alexandra Blake, leaves her comfortable suburban existence to give a series of lectures , she meets up with Dr Jeremy Quinn, the man who opened her eyes and body to the world in ways she never thought possible.

After a few glasses of champagne in his luxurious hotel penthouse, he presents her with an extraordinary proposition. Alexandra knows that they never promise each other something they can’t commit to and that he will challenge her every inhibition.

But she soon finds herself seduced into a level of surrender – and danger – she could never have imagined.

Destined to Play is the first book in the Avalon trilogy exploring the intricate relationships between trust and betrayal, desire and love, risk … and reward. 

I recently asked to review a copy of this book and was more than excited to get stuck in, given the hype of the 50 Shades of Grey (as this is said to be a winner if you liked those books).

The postman came and delivered the book and I physically restrained myself from snatching the parcel from his grip, tearing open the envelope and getting stuck in!

On reading the first few chapters the book had me intrigued, Alexandra has a family in Australia. Her marriage is somewhat of an unhappy one and I think it’s fair to say that she has only stayed married to Robert for the sake of their children.

Robert takes the children away on a camping trip and that is when the fun really starts for Alexandra. She takes this opportunity to throw herself back into her work, which she feels has somewhat been neglected due to the rearing of her children, and so off she goes.

However she meets up with her best friend, and one time lover, Dr Jeremy Quinn. I have to say on reading the book and reflecting on the story – this character gave me the creeps. He had so many different sides to his character but the really sleazy side of him just outshone the caring nature and love he has towards Alexandra.

Jeremy treats Alexandra to a luxurious hotel, expensive champagne and exotic foods, but this all comes at a cost! Alexandra therefore promises Dr Quinn 48 hours and no questions asked!

I wont divulge further into the story as I don’t want to give away the plot. For me this book was an OK read, I’d be interested to read parts two and three, if only to get a better picture of the whole story. The book doesn’t focus on romance between the characters, which is a good thing, but is an erotically charged read that leaves you hanging on the edge to find out what happens to Alexandra next…!

If you loved 50 Shades of Grey then give this book a go.

This book is available for immediate download for your Kindle, or you can pre-order your paperback copy at Amazon.

When she was nine years old, Melody Browne’s house burned down, taking every toy, every photograph, every item of clothing and old Christmas card with it. But not only did the fire destroy all her possessions, it took with it all her memories – Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday.

 Now in her early thirties, Melody lives in a council flat in the middle of London with her seventeen-year-old son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at fifteen, but Melody doesn’t mind, she’s better off on her own. She’s made a good life for herself and her son and she likes it that way.

 Until one night something extraordinary happens. Whilst attending a hypnotist show with her first date in years she faints – and when she comes round she starts to remember. At first her memories mean nothing to her but then slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. Her journey takes her to the seaside town of Broadstairs, to oddly familiar houses in London backstreets and to meetings with strangers who love her like their own. But with every mystery she solves another one materialises, with every question she answers another appears. And Melody begins to wonder if she’ll ever know the truth about her past…

This was one of the first books I bought for my Kindle and started to read it two days ago. The story features on a woman called Melody who lives with her son Ed. Without going into too much detail and giving away the story, she doesn’t remember anything about her life before she was nine years old.

I thought the twists in this book were fantastic and kept me hooked! I was desperate to read about this intriguing young woman and find about about her past.

After Melody goes on a date with Ben she is hypnotised and suddenly her life as she knows it, is turned on it’s head and spun round. She learns the people she thought were her parents, weren’t really her parents – but long lost relatives of her mother’s.

The story outlines the tragedy Melody’s mother faced when she was just five years old, having given birth to Melody’s sister Romany who tragically passes away, Melody’s mother goes into melt down and her whole life is destroyed.

I really admire how well thought out the characters of the book were, how all their pasts interlinked and flowed across the pages. Melody’s mother does a dreadful thing but Lisa has written the character out in such a way that you can’t hate her for what she has done, and in fact feel nothing but sympathy for her.

Throughout the book my heart melted for poor Melody. There is a character by the name of Ken and at first I did have reservations about him, but in fact at the end I just wanted to give him a big hug!

Lisa Jewell has managed to tackle some rather taboo subjects throughout the book, but did so with consummate ease. The plot was believable as were the characters and I would definately recommend that those of you who have yet to read a book by Lisa Jewell, do so and start with this one.

Fantastic read which had me hooked to the end!

The Truth About Melody Brown is available here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Truth-About-Melody-Browne/dp/1846055725/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1342186987&sr=1-2-catcorr


The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

A fight to the death – on live TV. The game show where you kill or die, and where the winner’s prize is survival. In District 12, where Katniss Everdeen lives, life is harsh and brutal, ruled from afar by the all-powerful leaders of the Capitol. The climax of each year is the savage Hunger Games – where twelve boys and twelve girls from each District face each other in a murderous showdown. When sixteen-year-old Katniss is chosen to represent her district in the Games, everyone thinks it’s a death sentence. Only one person can survive the horrors of the arena. But plucky Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

I have to say that when I first saw these books I was a little dubious as I thought they were aimed at teenagers (which isn’t the case). It all seemed a little far fetched and so I held off buying the books until I had gone to see the film at the cinema.

The film absolutely blew me away! The plot is brilliantly thought out and I immediately downloaded the trilogy as soon as my Kindle arrived!

I started to read the book in the evening and 24 hours later I had completely devoured it!  The book is set in the future and centres around the Hunger Games, whereby two children between the ages of 12 and 18, one male and one female are chosen from each of the Twelve Districts, to participate in these games. Each district are unique to their own industry, i.e mining, farming and the like.

The participants are then trained before being placed in an artificial environment whereby they fight to the death. There can only be one winner.

The main character, Katniss wasn’t initially picked to participate in The Hunger Games, it was her sister Prim. On hearing Prim’s name being called out Katniss immediately begs to take her place, she will do anything to protect her family. Peeta was also picked from District 12 to participate in The Hunger Games, and as the plot unravels we learn that he is very fond of Katniss and has in fact saved her life once before.

Katniss hasn’t had an easy life, her father died in a mining disaster and so she became the family’s sole provider, breaking laws to put food on their table, whilst her mother fell to pieces.

My favourite character within the book was Haymitch, he was a previous winner of the Hunger Games. He also came from District 12 and is enlisted to help train Katniss and Peeta.

Although the book is set around people being killed, I didn’t find the book to be morbid and thought it to be very well written. It wasn’t a bloodbath as I had expected it to be. The book will have you gripped from the start of the Hunger Games. Will Katniss conquer?!

I don’t want to give too much away but I have to say that this is one of the best books I have read this year. I cannot wait until the second instalment is released in the cinemas next year!

The Hunger Games is available here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Hunger-Games-Suzanne-Collins/dp/1407109081/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341500764&sr=1-1

TAKEN – Jacqui Rose

‘All she wanted to do was get out of there. Get on a train and head for London, the place she’d been avoiding for so many years. But it was finally time.’

Casey Edwards has demons to put to rest. Since she had to give away her baby at 15, she’s been lost in booze and bad company. But now she wants to find her child and put things right. Heading to Soho, Casey meets former gangster Vince Sadler, an old-school hard man who can still handle himself – and anyone else. There’s a spark between Vince and Casey but she can’t let herself get hurt, not again.

To find the truth, Casey must enter the dark world of London’s gangland: hard drugs, vice, even people trafficking. Soon she discovers that mob boss Alfie Jennings and sadistic psycho Oscar Hardings are plotting something dangerous, something brutal. Something that puts Casey – and her child – in serious trouble . . .

Full of strong women, devious gangsters and compelling twists, Taken is compulsive read perfect for fans of Jessie Keane and Roberta Kray.

I was looking through my recent Kindle purchases and fancied a bit of a change from Chick Lit and so decided I would give this a try.

This is Jacui Rose’s debut novel and I have to say I was gripped from the start! The book focuses on Casey who as youngster was forced to put her baby up for adoption by her parents. The book centres around her journey of self discovery and also around Casey’s attempt to find the baby she put up for adoption.

Vince was an extremely likeable character, although he was a gangster – he had a heart and really cared for those around him, including Casey. While he came across as a big softy, but not someone I would want to double cross as Oscar Harding soon finds out!

I don’t want to give to much away but fans of authors such as Martina Cole will LOVE this book!

It was an easy read but had me hooked from the get go! I found myself really racing through the book as I was desperate to know if Casey did found her baby, was the baby alive, did the baby want to get to know Casey.

I couldn’t help feel sorry for Casey throughout the book, she was a little misunderstood and very mistrusting of people, but flashbacks of her past explain the her reasons behind this!

I will definitely read another of Jacqui Rose’s books! Brilliant!

For a short period only this book is available for your Kindle at a limited low price of £1.99. Physical copies are also available.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/TAKEN-ebook/dp/B006FH2WFS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1340886719&sr=8-3

Rumours – Freya North

Everybody’s talking – but what’s really going on?

Rumour has it that Stella Hutton landed her new job thanks to family connections. She’s guarded about her past and private about her new life.

Over in Long Dansbury, there’s always a rumour circulating about Xander – but the eligible bachelor shrugs off village gossip.

Then a rumour starts that Longbridge Hall is up for sale. Home to the eccentric Fortescues, it has dominated Long Dansbury lives for centuries.

Stella is summoned to sell the estate. But Xander grew up there. His secrets and memories are not for sale. He’ll do anything to stand in Stella’s way. Anything but fall in love.

I was lucky enough to review a copy of this book and I have to say it was all that I expected – and more! Rumours is set around two main characters – Stella Hutton and Lady Lydia Fortescue. Stella has a young son, Will who is utterly adorable with a head far older than his years on his shoulders. Stella has escaped a painful, loveless marriage and after a recession hits she is forced to leave behind her beloved art gallery and goes down the line of selling properties for her uncle, in a bid to secure a better future for herself and her son with a regular income.

Lady Lydia Fortescue owns Longbridge which has been in her family for many generations. She is now the only remaining family member that lives there and after letting go of the reins and upbringing of the house she realises its time to move to pastures new. This does not come as an easy decision to be made, shes lived her whole life there and shares both good and emotionally heartbreaking memories within its grounds.

Lady Lydia Fortescue and Stella are thrust together as Stella is given a mammoth task of selling Longsbridge – to the highest bidder.

In comes Xander, he’s passionate about everything that Longbridge stands for and the people that live there. He holds Lady Lydia close to his heart and is determined at first that Stella will not get her claws into Longbridge.

As in all small villages – rumours are rife, but will all end well and will everyone get their very own happy ending?

Mix this all together and you have yourself a pretty little love story. All is not smooth sailing and this book will have you laughing along the way. This book is written in such a way that you feel that the characters within the pages are long lost friends with whom you’re long overdue a visit!

A brilliant summer read!

Rumours is released today and available at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rumours-Freya-North/dp/000732670X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340269475&sr=8-1

Inside Out – Mary O’Sullivan
A defiant son, a missing daughter and a workaholic husband turn Meg Enright’s comfortable life into a waking nightmare. Failing to find the support she needs from John, her husband of twenty years, Meg turns to her oldest friend and business partner Lynn Rooney for advice and help. But Lynn has problems of her own. She has harboured a secret love for a long time and now, it would seem, she can no longer keep her secret. When Francine Keyes, receptionist at the company John manages, accuses him of sexual harassment, John thinks things can get no worse. He is wrong. They do. How will Meg, so sensitive and gentle, cope with the family upheaval? Will John pay the price the blackmailing receptionist is demanding for her silence? And just who is it that Lynn Rooney has loved so silently for more than half her life?
This was the second book I have read, written by Mary O’Sullivan and I have to say it was FANTASTIC! The book focuses on the lives of the main characters – the Enright family. Meg’s husband is often absent dealing with his business ESAF and so has become neglectful in his role as husband and father, Tommy (the youngest son) struggles with fitting in both at school and at home. His choice of friends leave a lot to be desired but I couldn’t help feeling really sorry for him – he seems to be in the middle of things and acts as a buffer between Meg and John at home. Carrie (the oldest daughter) has left school and is on a break from college. The book follows her on her journey in the US where she embarks on a new adventure, and finds a new love – but is Garth all he seems to be? Meg has played the part of dutiful wife and mother, and now her children are all grown up she’s at a loss – can art save her? Will Francine (John’s secretary) get whats coming to her or will she manage to snake her way into Patrick’s affections and steal the company both he and John have worked so hard to build? The book is beautifully written and the descriptions throughout the book make you feel that you have been there and know it well. The twists and turns throughout the book keep you hooked to the very end!
I rate this book 4 out of 5 and would definately reccomend you all read it!

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