August book wrap up

Here is my list of books ive read this month.i took part in a readathon middle of august where I read 8 books in a week.for some reason wordpress on my laptop isnt workinh sk im doing thid on my phone so cant add review links next to the books.
Anyway heres my list

1 . power games by victoria fox …reviewed for mira

2 . pandemonium by lauren oliver…own book

3.paper swans by jessica thompson..reviewed for bookbridgr

4 . thirteen weddings by paige toon..library book

5.what a girl wants by lindsey kelk…library book

6.two for joy by helen chandler…library book

7.picture perfect..geek girl 3 by holly smale…estelles book

8.the unfinished symphony of you and me by lucy robinson…own book

9.where love lies by julie cohen…competition win

10.when fraser met billy by louise booth. …reviewed for bookbridgr

11.beautiful day by elin hilderbrand …reviewed for bookbridgr

12.this is a love story by jessica thompson …own book

13.before we met by lucie Whitehouse ….own book

14.three little words by jessica thompson …own book

15.maybe someday by colleen hoover…own book

16.panic by lauren oliver ….reviewed for bookbridgr

17.all fall down by Jennifer weiner …reviewed for simon  and schuster

18.if I stay by gayle forman…estelles book

19. The story of us by dani atkins…own book

20 .waiting for doggo by mark b mills …reviewed for headline

21.uglies by scott Westerfield …estelles book

22.daughter by jane shemlit …own book

23.the marriage mender by jane green ….reviewed for quercus

24.the honeymoon hotel by hester browne …reviwed for quercus

25.finding cinderella by colleen hoover a novella ..own book



Alison is a marriage mender. Her job is to help couples who fear they have reached the end of the line. But the trouble with spending your time sorting out other people’s problems is that you tend to take your eye off your own.

Even when her husband’s ex Lydia arrives on the doorstep demanding to see her son, Alison thinks she can handle it.

But what Alison doesn’t realise is that Lydia is the one person who has the ability to destroy their happy family. And sometimes the cracks can run so deep that even a marriage mender can’t repair them.


Firstly a huge thanks to The book bar/Quercus  for sending me this ,this beauty is the first book from them so I was very excited to receive it. The cover is beautiful!

I stayed up till silly o clock reading this as couldn’t put it down once started .Always a sign of a good book .

I loved loved this book, the characters ,the storyline even having funny extracts between chapters which I believe are comments from married couples…some are very funny.

This book just unravelled int such a fantastic emotive story involving family ,lies ,love, loss and secrets .Even right towards the end there was a new twist which worked so well .

I was adopted so this book touched me at a personal level which always makes my connection with a book even deeper.

Alison is such a strong character and she dealt with things far better than I probably would .

I could really relate to her husband and her step son and how they question their identity .

Matilda is  a little gem of a character and she brings light to some dark days for this family.

As well as the family we meet Alisons clients who all have their own stories to tell and marriages to mend.

I would have liked to have known more at the end …wont say more than that !

A thoroughly enjoyable book .




When a teenage girl goes missing her mother discovers she doesn’t know her daughter as well as she thought in Jane Shemilt’s haunting debut novel, Daughter.



She used to tell me everything.

They have a picture. It’ll help.



But it doesn’t show the way her hair shines so brightly it looks like sheets of gold.

She has a tiny mole, just beneath her left eyebrow.

She smells very faintly of lemons.

She bites her nails.

She never cries.

She loves autumn, I wanted to tell them. She collects leaves, like a child does. She is just a child.





Naomi is still missing. Jenny is a mother on the brink of obsession. The Malcolm family is in pieces.

Is finding the truth about Naomi the only way to put them back together?

Or is the truth the thing that will finally tear them apart?


Daughter by Jane Shemilt is an emotional and compelling story about how well you really know those you love most.

 I picked this up yesterday after seeing a few bloggers talk about it,also the cover is really eerie and haunted me !

You would not think this is a debut novel, its written in a very clever style and after finishing this afternoon it has in fact haunted me .In a  good and bad way ,good in that the author has managed to create a story that could happen to anyone and it gets under your skin ,bad because I have a daughter and made me question things.

I did get confused at times because it constantly flipped form 2 different time zones ,but once I got my head round that it was fine and added to the tension of the book.

There were twists and turns and right at the end everything you thought you knew …wrong! I did feel on edge after reading and confused with the ending with so many questions unanswered .But I think it made a refreshing change to not be predictable with a ending . This book has also been chosen to be part of Richard and Judys autumn book club so congratulations and I think a worthy choice.      A gripping  chilling realistic read .                                                                                                                              







No-one ever called Dan a pushover. But then no-one ever called him fast-track either. He likes driving slowly, playing Sudoku on his iPhone, swapping one scruffy jumper for another. He’s been with Clara for four years and he’s been perfectly happy; but now she’s left him, leaving nothing but a long letter filled with incriminations and a small, white, almost hairless dog, named Doggo. So now Dan is single, a man without any kind of partner whether working or in love. He’s just one reluctant dog owner. Find a new home for him, that’s the plan. Come on…everyone knows the old adage about the best laid plans and besides, Doggo is one special kind of a four legged friend…and an inspiration


Thank you to Frances at Headline for kindly sending me a copy to review.I was doing a readathon when this arrived so was really happy to add this to my pile. I wasn’t sure what to expect in all honesty as haven’t read any of this authors other books ..

This is a little gem of  a book with some genuine funny moments whilst dealing with what life is throwing at Dan .I really liked this character he was honest witty and  needed healing.

This is a real book ,no airs and graces no pretending to be something it isn’t.

Its a story of hope love friendship and how you pick yourself up  when your not quite feeling yourself .

Me and kids are in progress of looking for a dog to join our family and this book clearly and sensitively shows how fulfilling and loving dogs are .

It does touch on serious matters too and I feel that through each chapter dan finds himself a little more .

This is due to be published on 20th November 2014

A great read and will there be more adventures in sore for this unlikely duo ?





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I finished waiting for doggo by Mark B Mills to follow 187 pages

I started The story of us by Dani Atkins 127 pages


I planned on reading 5 books this week

1.before we met by Lucie Whitehouse
2.three little words by jessica thompson
3.panic by lauren oliver
4.maybe someday by colleen hoover
5.the story of us by dani atkinson reading 5 books

I managed to read 7 and a bit books

1.before we met by Lucie whitehouse

2.Three little words b Jessica Thompson

3.panic by lauren oliver

4.maybe someday by colleen hoover

5.All fall down by Jennifer weiner

6.if I stay by Gayle forman

7.waiting for doggo by Mark b Mills

and 128 pages of the story of us by Dani atkins

I love reading so to me a readathon is just a fun way of saying lets read more !!


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Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, ageing parents, a demanding daughter and a marriage. But when the website she develops becomes a huge success, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. As she struggles to hold her life together and meet the needs of all the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort – they make her feel calm and get her through the increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it’s not like she’s some Hollywood starlet partying all night. It’s not as if she has an actual problem. Until she ends up in a world she never thought she’d experience outside of a movie theatre: rehab. And as Allison struggles to get her life back on track, she learns a few life lessons along the way. With a sparkling comedic touch and tender, true-to-life characterizations, All Fall Down is a tale of empowerment and redemption and Jennifer Weiner’s richest, most absorbing and timely story yet.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy to review.

This will be published on 28th August .

I adore  the cover ,its very striking .I don’t think I have read any of this authors books before which is always exciting to read and discover different authors .

This is a very tense edgy book and you can really feel and sense Allisons pain and struggle.

Allsion is in denial and doesn’t compare herself to the stereotypical drug addict …she has everything so why and how has she become a addict ??

This book gives a insight into answering that question .It is very cleverly written on a sensitive yet common topic .

People do assume a certain type of person and a certain type of drugs when the word addict Is used …this book I think will open peoples minds up .

You can see how Clearly things in her life were getting too much and how her world was becoming muggy and blurred due to her ever increasing use of these tablets.

A very interesting honest and insightful book .