BOOK REVIEW PERFECT REMAINS BY HELEN FIELDS

On a remote highland mountain ,the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that Will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of cloithing .

In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness….

Firstly a huge thank you to the fabulous avon team for sending me a Copy to review. I’ve been dying to read this since getting the first email about it!

This is huge and gory and twisted and dark but above  all its addictive reading 

I had the absolute pleasure of reading  this over Christmas! My present to myself .

Within the first few chapters I was hooked and knew this was going to be a excellent read 

The chapters are short so you are speeding through the book before you know it dying to know which way we are being taken.

Excellent charactars ,gory with twists and turns .

The book is told in alternate narratives and i always feel this adds excietment abd a fresh feel to the storyline.

We are able to get a glance into a very dark mind and I often gasped out loud and felt disgusted !


I couldn’t put it down and I guarantee this to be one of the best in its genre of 2017!! 

I can’t wait to read more in this series and from this author.

Really enjoyed it and I wish Helen every success withh it.

Published 26th January 2017…


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BOOK REVIEW THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS BY LAURIE FRANKEL

This is how a family keeps a secret…and how that secret ends up Keeping  them.

This is how a family lives happily ever after.. Until happily ever after becomes complicated.

This is how children  change .  and then change the world.

Thus is Claude. Hes five years old,the youngest of five brothers,and loves peanut butter  sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress and dreams of being a princess.

When he grows up claude says he wants to be a girl.

Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be.they’re just not sure they’re ready to share that with the world.soon the entire family is keeping clauses secret .

Until one day it explodes.

Firstly thank you to headline for sending me a gorgeous Copy to review .

As a avid reader I think its important to push our boundaries and read book’s that we maybe wouldn’t normally .Being a book blogger I am given this opportunity very often .

This was one of those books that fit that category.

This intrigued me because it is a subject I am confused by and not in a judgemental way. And through reading books like this I am able to get a glimpse into this area. 

Also knowing this is written by a mum who had been through it added to the authenticity and depth of the book.

This first and foremost is a story about family and the dynamics involved . dealing with complex issues surrounding their son and the knock on effect on everyone.

The strength amd love the parents have for their children is so clear and is what helps them survive these turbulent times. 

It’s a fun quirky read with great characters but it also deals with a huge area in a sensitive but real attitude.

Published 9 the February

BOOK REVIEW THE SECRET BY KATHRYN HUGHES

Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago she made a choice that would change her world for ever , and alter the path of someone she holds dear  .

Beth I’s searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage,but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother’s things ,she resalises the key to her sons future lies in her own path. 

Firstly thank you to Frances for sending me a copy to review. I absolutely adored the letter so was eager to start this.

This is a beautiful story which captivates your heart as we delve into the past to find hope for the future.

This is a emotive read and one I could really relate to due to being adopted myself and having unanswered questions??

We all as humans long to know who we are and where we come from and this only increases as we become parents. We all want to belong and have an identity.

This is a story about the beauty of love courage friendship and family.

I adore this authors writing and can’t recommend her enough.

BOOK REVIEW THE LOVE OF A LIFETIME BY MELISSA HILL

Hollywood movies are Beth’s passion .

She hopes her life will always be filled with ‘movie moments ‘ ,where things like serendipity and fate happen every day . Her boyfriend Danny has always been the embodiment of her perfect Hollywood hero -though after seven years together the initial silver screen romance has lost some sparkle .

And then one morning at work Beth receives an anonymous delivery of s take out coffee cup with a cryptic message . From there ,she is given a series of clues directing her to some of NYCS most popular landmarks – a treasure hunt using unique rom com related prompts perfect for a movie lover like Beth to decipher . And Beth is forced to wonder : has Danny realised their relationship needs a boost – or could it be that charming new work colleague Ryan ,with his intense gaze , flirtatious smile and almostencyclopaedic movie  knowledge ,wants to sweep her off her feet ? 

Firstly a big thank you to the Books and the city team for putting this beauty in the goody bags . We received these at a amazing night of celebrations for all things booky and it was an honour to have been on the guest list .

I devoured this in the bath which recently seems to have become a favourite past time .Escape reality with a good book !

This ticked all the boxes for me and was a magical read .

Romance , mystery and friendship all make a excellent story which can be enjoyed at Christmas or any time .

I enjoyed learning about the films and different parts of New York City .

It’s unpredictable but at same time you know and hope the story won’t go the way it’s suggesting .

Melissa’s books always guarantee warming your heart and making you smile .




BOOK REVIEW ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE BY JULIA WILLIAMS

A gorgeous, heart-warming read which is perfect for Christmas,’ PORTOBELLO BOOK BLOG

Christmas with the family. Cosy, relaxing…and a total nightmare?

Driving home for Christmas, Beth has everything she wants. The kids and the house, the career and the husband. So why is it that when the New Year comes, she can’t stop thinking about her old college boyfriend?

Her husband Daniel is tasked with bringing a struggling school up to scratch, but when family life catches up to him, can he be a good father and a good teacher at the same time?

Beth’s sister Lou has just been dumped…again. Single and childless, she can’t help but be jealous of her sibling’s success. But is the grass really always greener?

It’s a Wonderful Life is a heart-warming novel about the lives that could have been, and what happens when you start to question the choices you made…

Firstly a big thank you to the Avon team for sending me this beautiful festive book .

I loved everything about it and it completely exceeded my expectations for it.

Yes its a Christmas book but i believe this could be enjoyed at any season .

The characters are all very different and each bring their  own complex stories !

From reading the separate narratives it kept the story fresh and fun .

One of the main themes in this book is about thinking the grass is greener and maybe wondering what if ? At times in life we are all going to experience these feelings and the question is what do you do ?

This is a warm fun read and i will certainly look forward to reading more from this author.

One of my favorite parts features a Labrador …..heaven knows why when mine drives me mad lol .

The book starts at Christmas and finishes the following Christmas…will things remain the same ??? Is it  a wonderful life ?? 

Really recommend this uplifting read especially to finish 2016 with .

BLOG TOUR WHAT ALICE KNEW BY T.A. COTTERELL

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Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.

 

Firstly thank you to Becky for sending me a exclusive bloggers edition of this and having me on the blog tour.

This is a book that will leave you with more questions than answers when you finish.

I admittedly had to contact the author as i was left feeling perplexed …the ending is quite a ending that will leave you thinking …what happened ??

 

This is a book about a normal family ,a normal marriage and what happens as a result of a mistake .

This questions morality and what would you do in the same situation ?

Sometimes we think we have it all sussed and know exactly what we would do and things are very black and white .

However for Alice who on the surface has the perfect life she soon realizes things are never that easy.

Despite it being her husbands actions that are under the spotlight and threatening to destroy what they have worked so hard for ,this book is ultimately about Alice . 

What will she do?

How does she feel ?

Does she know her husband really?

What will happen to her kids ? Her family …her life 

This is written really well especially for a debut and certainly pulls you in . This is unpredictable and fast paced and you do not know which way it will go .

As said before the ending was a shock but once you have allowed it to settle you can see it makes sense with the theme of the book . 

Published in e book 1st December and paperback April 2017