BOOK REVIEW THE QUEEN OF WISHFUL THINKING BY MILLY JOHNSON

Bonnie brookland is trapped in a mundane, loveless marriage, but when she finds a new job in an antiques shop called the pot of gold,she realises the time has come to break away from her husband Stephen and find some happiness for herself. Even though leaving him could very possibly destroy her in the process because Stephen has an ace card up his sleeve to stop her going and he’s determined to play it.

Two years after a near fatal illness, Lewis Harley has swapped the fast lane to live his dream running the pot of gold. He has a big house, a flash car,a beautiful wife,wealth, but the things that will make Lewis truly happy are not up for sale.

When things get tough, the pot of gold provides a safe haven for Lew and Bonnie ,and with every day that passes they find they have more in common with each other than just a passion for treasures. Will Bonnie find her inner strength and become the true queen of wishful thinking that her mother always hoped she would be? 


Firstly a huge heartfelt thank you to the books and the city team for sending me a proof copy . I couldn’t wait to get stuck in .

 Wow what a book !!

This is a emotional and powerful read. Uplifting with a strong message but also dealing with some quite tough issues.

As a dog owner and lover I could relate to Milly’s loss and pain that is entwined within the pages.  

Any reference to a dog within the  book pulled my heartstrings  .

I couldn’t put this down once started.

A story of courage and living life !!

I have been where Bonnie has and I was cheering her on to find her inner strength and believe in herself.

This is a story about self worth and not settling for anything less than you deserve . Also a reminder that we only get one life, go for those dreams and be happy.

I loved everything about it and is going to be a huge success but you may need a tissue if your as soppy as me!

Published in hardback 9th march 

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BOOK REVIEW INTO THE WATER BY PAULA HAWKINS 

In the last days before her death, Nel Abbott called her sister. 

Jules didn’t pick up the phone,ignoring her plea for help. 

Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped . And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind.

But Jules is afraid.  So afraid.  Of her long buried memories,  of the old Mill house, of knowing that nel would never have jumped. 

And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the drowning pool. …..

Firstly a big thank you to alison at transworld for My copy to review.

So unless you have been living under a stone I imagine you have at least heard of The girl on the train?? Read it? Watched the movie?

Well I’ve done both and I was one of the lucky ones who got to read a proof copy. I loved it and  I’m glad I read it before the hype .

So with such success for a debut book it’s bound to be a nervous experience fof the author as they send their second book baby into the world ..and fans of the girl on the trains like myself are so excited and full of anticipation to see what wonder she creates next …

Well I’m over the moon to say in my opinion  as a a reader and a huge bookworm thar this is all the fantastic . 

There is no need to worry that you will have Rachel voice in your head reading .

No this is fresh and new charactars all with a lot to say . 

A chilling thriller that will leave a haunting mark .

With twists and turns and shocking r elevations as the story unravels. You have no idea what’s coming next and that to me is what makes a amazing book.

Paula is a writing genius who creates world’s you can lose yourself to . 

Cleverly styled in a way that leaves you quite bereft as you reveal the truth …or is it?

Just like her debut this will have you hooked straight away and questioning who is the one to blame?? 

Who isn’t telling the truth?

Who risks losing everything they have ?

An all round belted of a book.

Published 2nd may 
 

BOOK REVIEW THIS LOVE BY DANI ATKINS 

Sophie Winters lives in a self imposed cocoon-shes a single ,thirty year old translator who works from home in her one bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of , but then Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a very long time ago ,when she was fifteen years old and tragedy struck her family . Her Grief has left her scared of commitment and completely risk averse. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.

Until one night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers,leaving her trapped. Her cocoon must be shattered-but what will be the consequences of this second life changing event?




Firstly a huge thank you to sj at books and the city for my proof.

I adore this authors books so much ..you always know your in for a tearjerker when you turn that first page.

Our song destroyed me last year so I don’t think it was possible to match that but it still is a very emotional storyline .

Beautiful love story that transpires from a tragedy.

Shows how the unexpected can happen at any time.

Life and love is so precious and Dani’s books have the ability to make us forget all of life’s woes and be whisked away .

I adored this story and the characters especially  Sophie as I could relate to her approach to life and love.. But will she be cracked and start to believe in not only herself but others around her.

Beautifully written full of romance with the essence of hope in dark times.

Published 23rd march  it is a perfect match for mother’s day.

BOOK REVIEW THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR BY MEL SHERRATT

One warm spring evening , five teenagers meet in a local park . Only four will come out alive. 

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen year old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community.  Revenge for Deanna? Or something more? 

Detective eden berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford goes missing, the case gets personal. 

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter ?

I picked this up at my library after seeing so much blogger love for this authors books . This was my first of hers to read and needless to say it won’t be my last.

I whizzed through this gritty fresh fast paced crime thriller.

The cover is striking and I felt so tense reading this. As a mum myself you just don’t even want to imagine being In these situations . It certainly for my mind racing and kept me on the edge of my seat .

Harrowing and very dark this book has all the makings of a bestseller.

Twists and turns along the way  and very unpredictable .

Excellent book and really recommend !

BOOK REVIEW LIE IN WAIT BY G.J . MINETT 

A man is dead. A woman is missing . And the police have already found their suspect. …

Owen Hall drives into a petrol station to let his passenger use the facilities.  She never comes back -and what’s more, it seems she never even made it inside. 

When he raises a fuss,  the police are called ,and soon identify Owen himself as a possible culprit – not least because they  already have him in the frame for a more sinister crime. 

Owen’s always been a little different, and before long others in the community are baying  for his blood. But this is a case where nothing is as it seems -least of all Owen Hall .
Firstly thank you to emily at Bonnier Zaffre books for my review copy.

The book looks striking and I guarantee will be catching lots of readers attention on the shelves . I haven’t read his debut book The hidden legacy but can see there’s a lot of praise for it .

As a mum to two children on the spectrum I could see many similarities in Owen.  Was he capable of committing a terrible crime?

Admittly I was a bit confused with the ending …as there was a lot going on at once with a variety of characters.

However well written and enjoyed reading the different narratives as they each bring a unique voice to the story.

Published 9th March 







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BLOG TOUR IF EVER I FALL BY S.D ROBERTSON 

Today is my turn on the blog tour.

And I’ll be sharing a extract from the book for you to enjoy.

Do check out the other fantastic blogs on the tour 

Blurb

Dan life has fallen apart at the seams . Hes lost his house ,his job is on the line ,and now he’s going to lose his family too.  All he’s ever wanted is to keep them together ,but is everything beyond repair ?

Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered . Nights are spent trying to hols terrible memories at bay, to escape the pain that threatens to engulf her.

Jack wakes up confused and alone . He doesn’t know who he is ,how he got there, or why he finds himself on a deserted clifftop, bit will piecing together the past leave him a broken man?

In the face of real tragedy ,can these three people find a way to reconcile their past with a new future? And is lobe enough to carry them through ?

Extract 

Dear Sam ,

Here we ate letter number two . I really wanted to write this yesterday ,believe me but it didn’t happen.  Things got hectic . There were a couple of incidents ,as il explain layer . There just wasn’t  time.  Getting going with that first letter was hard ,but once I got into the process,it felt good. By the end I had a real sense of achievement.  You probably think that’s silly : to be patting myself on the back about something as simple as writing a letter.  But it wasn’t simple . Not for me . Nothings been simple for a whole . Not since ,well you know what . I said I wasn’t going to dwell on the past ,so I’m not. Writing to you is supposed to be way of moving forward.  But in order for me to properly confide in you ,I need you to be able to understand where I’m coming from . I’m not the same person I used to be . I’ve changed a lot since you last saw me . You could say I’ve had a breakdown . There, I’ve said it . It wasn’t as hard as I expected.  It’s been my big secret ,you see. It’s not been a breakdown in the traditional sense. I’ve done it quietly, behind closed doors, keeping up a front in public;  looking strong on the outside when I’m going to pieces inside . You hear about functional alcoholics; people who maintain their jobs ,homes and families despite a huge dependence on drink . I’m a bit like that.  A functional fruitcake,you might say . I don’t have my job anymore – I’m not that functional -but most people  I know haven’t got a clue how messed up I am inside . The official reason I stopped working was to be a full time mum to ruby . No one questioned that after what we’d been through.  But actually I couldn’t hack it anymore.  I true going back for a few days after the dust had settled and realised that if I’d stayed I’d end up having a very public meltdown.  At that point I could barely handle the commute to and from the City, never mind the job itself . So I handed in my notice . Thankfully they let me go straight away. The rest was manageable.  I had enough time to make it look that way ,at least . I fell apart in private and stood tall in public  . Mainly for ruby , if I’m honest . She needed me to be okay . Without her , I’d have probably been sectioned.  I never sought any help. Not until recently . That’s what led to these letters . But il save that story for another day . I’m worried that learning about this will make you feel bad , which is definitely not my intention.  I don’t blame you what happened , nor for the repercussions.  It’s important you know that . But if I don’t give you the full picture you’ll never understand.  You won’t grasp how a basic task like writing a letter could be difficult for someone like me . It’s safe to say that I’m not the high flyer I used to be. Far from it . Simple tasks have tye power to confound me nowadays.  My overactive brain , once the key to my success has become my achilles heel. Anyway Sam on to other topics . I bet your wondering what happened with rick my new friend from ruby’s school. That was what I promised last time . Things went well to start with.  We bumped into each other at the parking spot that had sparked our first conversation.  He was looking every bit as handsome as I remembered, dressed In a navy suit , and an open collar sky blue shirt. He said he’d come straight from work,  but you’d never have guessed it. He looked as fresh and unruffled as if he’d dressed moments earlier . I’d only settled on an outfit ten nines before leaving the house , black slim leg trousers with a cream tunic top ; smart casual with my hair tied back and a dash of make up. I wanted to look like I’d made an effort ,but not as though I’d spent ages in front of the mirror. I had done but that wasn’t something he needed to know . The conversation flowed as we walked together to the schoolyard. He wasn’t one of those guys who rabbit on about themselves.  He seemed genuinely interested in me and my opinions , but  without being intrusive . I know what your thinking , Sam :too good to be true . What’s the catch? Well I was wondering the same. But every time he smiled at me with yhst perfect grin , daring me not to  imagine his lips on mine , my wariness fizzled away . And yes it felt great to see the queen bs eyes on us again . We’re they green with envy as I imagined or was I too busy enjoying the unique situation  of getting one up on them ? It’s hard to say. It’s not that unusual for a dad to be at the school gates. You see quite a few but they’re not normally as good looking as rick . He also  happens to be new to the school and potentially single , which makes him hot property.  Certainly not the kind of person the queen bs would expect to talk to a pariah like me. Seeing them sneering at me while muttering to one another was nothing new , but this time I felt like sticking my tongue out at  them. Hardly a sure fire way to impress rick though , so I settled for a smug grin ot two in their direction , particularly towards horsey and WAG . Then the girls came out of school and we all headed off together.  I must stop there although there’s plenty still to tell you , believe me . I’ve not even got to the incidents incidents mentioned at the start yet.  I’ll write again later today . That wah I’ll make up for not writing yesterday and slow myself enough time to tell you when happened .love as always m x

BOOK  REVIEW CLOSE YOUR EYES BY NICCI CLOKE 

It could have happened anywhere. …

Southfield high school is nothing special.  With its good teachers ,the bad,and the cliques. 

It could have happened to anyone. …

Aisha and her friends are just like any group of mates. They never thought that someone would come to school with a gun.

It could have been stopped…

But now it’s too late. 

Firstly thank you hot key books /Bonnier Zaffre for my copy to review.

I haven’t read anything from this author and I was intrigued by the premise of it. Despite being 33 and a mum I do enjoy reading ya and feel quite envious of today’s young that they have such phenomal books.

This book is written in a variety of formats which makes the text really stand out and fresh .

We know from the start something bad has happened and its like peeling a onion where we reveal the truth as we read more.

Cleverly written full of suspense and tension .

How would you feel if this happened to you ?

What would you do?

These are questions being asked throughout the book.

Published 23rd February 

BOOK  REVIEW THE  SECOND  BRIDE BY KATHARINE SWARTZ 

Ellen Tyson is living the perfect village life in Boswells.  But when her stepdaughter moves in ,her fragile idyll is fractured . At seventeen,  anna bell is surly,withdrawn ,and adamant that she isn’t and never will be part of her fathers second family . As Ellen battles with anna bell ,new tensions arise with her husband Alex, shattering the happiness she’d once so carelessly enjoyed. 

Then Ellen finds a death certificate from the 1870s hidden under the floorboards ,and its few stark lined awaken a curiosity in her. Ellen tries to involve anna bell in her search for answers.  But as they dig deeper into the circumstances of Sarah mills untimely death,truths both poignant and shocking come to light -about the present as well as the past. 

Firstly thank you to lion Hudson for my review copy. 

This is a real gem of a book .

I enjoyed everything about it. From the alternative chapters of past and present to the family in turmoil. 

This deals with real issues that are on going in modern society. 

Touching on issues that are important and relevant to me made me really warm to this authors writing. 

A story of family ,love and strength .

An excellent read .

Published 17th February 


BOOK REVIEW  THE RUN AWAY BY CLAIRE WONG

Every teenager threatens to run away. Slamming her  aunts door , Rhiannon assumes someone from the village will spot her,will call her back. But no one comes.

Having reached dyrys wood,hurt drives her not to return . The woods will be her home . But how will she survive?                            

 Struggling in isolation against harsh conditions, Rhiannon’s imagination takes flight .she lives in a world of stories-stories that Maebh ,the village storyteller has  been telling Rhiannon since the death of her mother. 

Back in the small welsh village the fragile balance of community life begins to crack under the strain of Rhiannon’s disappearance. A dark truth,suppressed for a generation,starts to surface. Maybe Maebhs stories are not just stories after all.

Firstly thank you to lion fiction for my copy to review.

A almost fairy world tale of 2 separate communities 

This is the tale of a frustated teenager lashing out to be heard and respected .

What lengths will she go to ,to makes  a stand ?who will she hurt and what truths will be revealed? About who she is but also those around her.

For me this didn’t quite hook my attention enough to enjoy fully.

Maybe it was the language and style in certain parts. Often felt very unbelievable especially as a mum.

However there were parts in Rhiannon I cud relate to , she has questions that need answered .she is determined and strong.

A story of courage determation and self belief .

Published 17th February