Archive | July 2014

Where Love Lies – Julie Cohen

Back of the book :

Lately Felicity just can’t shake a shadow of uncertainty. Her husband Quinn is the kindest person she knows and loves peculiarities more than Felicity feels she deserves. But suddenly it’s as if she doesn’t quite belong.

Then Felicity experiences something extraordinary : a scent of perfume in the air which evokes memories that have been settled in her for a long time, untouched and undisturbed. As it happens again and again, the memories of a man Felicity hasn’t seen for ten years also flutter to the surface. And so do the feelings of being deeply, exquisitely in love …

Overwhelmed and bewildered by her emotion, Felicity tries to resist sinking blissfully into the past. But what if something isn’t as it should be ? What if her mind is playing tricks on her heart  

 

What I think :

Felicity is married to Finn, they’ve only been married for a year. He’s the editor of the local news paper and she is a cartoonist / author, but she hasn’t been able to write or draw anything for a long time. Felicity thinks Finn is probably the kindest person she’s ever met, however she feels that she’s not quite good enough for him.

Felicity was close to her mother, Esther bloom, who was a artist too. But sadly her mother died of cancer just before she met and married Finn.

One day she’s hurrying to meet Finn when she smells a scent that reminds her of her mum. Then a few days later she smells it again and realises it also reminds her of Ewan, a boyfriend that broke her heart ten years ago.

Felicity know she loves Finn but wants to be 100% sure that she doesn’t still love Ewan, so she goes to London, where Ewan lives to find out if she still loves him.

This book has some beautiful characters that you really cant help but like. you find yourself really caring about what happens to them. Julie writes so well that they really jump off the page and become very real.

In the last third of the book there is a bit of a twist that makes everything become clear and you just have to keep on reading to find out what happens.

This isn’t a ordinary story about love, there is so much more to it than that, It goes so much deeper, I feel that my review just couldn’t do it justice, so all I’m going to say is you really need to read this book.
Not only that, but this book has such a gorgeous cover too!

I’m going to be thinking about this book and its lovely characters for a long time to come.

I’ve found my ‘Book of The Year’

I give it 10/10.

Published by Bantam Press on 31 July 2014

Thank you to The Publishers Bantam Press and NetGalley for the digital copy of the book to read and review.51+H9P5c9bL._AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-52,22_AA300_SH20_OU02_

Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Back of the book :

Jane hasn’t lived anywhere longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. she keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic seaside town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane finally feels like she belongs. She has friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste – two women with seemly perfect lives … And their own secrets behind closed doors.

But then a small incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground causing a rift between them and the other parents of the school. Minor at first but escalating fast, until whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful. It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder …..

 

What I think :

The story is set in a small town in Australia, Pirriwee Peninsula. Its about a school and the parents of the children that go there.

The story centres on three women, Jane, Madeline and Celeste.

Jane has just arrived in the town she moves about a lot, she doesn’t seem to be able to settle in a place for very long. She has a little boy called Ziggy, he’s starting Kindergarten at the same time as Madeline and Celeste’s children.

Madeline is married to Ed, they have two children together and one teenage daughter that Madeline has from a previous marriage. Her ex husband has remarried and is living in the same town, which is causing problems.

Celeste is married to Perry, a banker, they have twin boys. They are very well off and live in a lovely home. There is one problem, Celeste is a victim of domestic abuse, Perry hits her.

Jane meets Madeline and Celeste on the First day of Kindergarten and they form a close friendship. On that first day of kindergarten, Jane’s son Ziggy is accused of hurting one of the the other children and from that day onwards the parent of the child makes Jane’s life pretty uncomfortable.

This is a really well written book, it starts on the night of a school function when ‘something’ bad happens and then goes back six months to tell the story and how things got to that point. Throughout the book there are small ‘statements’ from all the other parents telling of how things happened. Everyone seems to be telling ‘Little Lies’ as everyone, it seems, has something to hide.

The characters are expertly written and very believable. It covers some difficult issues including domestic abuse. This takes playground politics to a whole new level and its not just the kids that are being bullied.

I really enjoyed this book, another that I didn’t want to put down.

A well deserved 9/10

Published on 31 July 2014 by Penguin.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers Penguin for the digital copy of the book to read and review.

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This is the water – Yannick Murphy

Back of the book :

This is a novel about a woman.

About a mother. About a marriage.

This is a novel about a murder.

In the brightly lit pool the killer swims and watches. Amongst the mothers cheering on their swim team daughters is Annie. Watching her two girls race, she’s thinking of other things. Her husbands emotional distance. Her lost brother. The man she is drawn to.

Then she learns a terrible secret. Now her everyday cares and concerns seem meaningless. 

Annie knows she has to act. Above all, she must protect her children….

 

What I think :

I don’t really know what to say about this book. I was really pleased when it was sent to me, and really wanted to like it, but however I really couldn’t get into this book. Right from the start I didn’t like the writing style. I couldn’t get used to the second person story telling. 

If this book had been written in a normal narrative I’m sure it would have been a pretty good story. 

I’m sorry to say that I couldn’t finish this book which is a shame. 

I didn’t give this book a rating as I didn’t finish it.

Thank you to Bookbridgr and the publishers Headline for the copy of the book to read and review.

 

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Weekly Round – Up. 27/07/14.

Happy Sunday !

Welcome to my Weekly – Round Up 🙂

I Haven’t been too well this week, so I haven’t really done much reading. Although the book I did manage to read was really good !

Anyway here’s my Round-up for this week 🙂

 

Books I’ve been sent this week :

That Dark Remembered Day – Tom Vowler – ( Bookbridgr)

 

Books I’ve been accepted to read : 

None this week, as I’ve been good and not requested any.

 

Books I’ve purchased this week : 

Will you Remember me ? – Amanda Prowse – (Amazon – 99p )

The Beekeeper’s Daughter – Santa Montefiore – (WHSmith – £6:49 )

The Killer Next Door – Alex Marwood (Tesco – £3:85)

 

Books I’ve read this week :

Where love lies – Julie Cohen – 10/10, A excellent book that everyone should read.

Little Lies – Liane Moriarty – Currently reading.

 

That’s all for this week folks ..

Happy Reading 🙂 xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where Love Lies – Julie Cohen. A Quick Update ….

I have just finished this excellent book ! you really need to read it !

My review of this book will be posted on 31st July 2014 (publication date).

Julie very kindly invited me to the book launch of  ‘Where Love Lies’, Which takes place tonight, But sadly I’m not able to go due to Illness 😦  

I hope she has a excellent time 🙂 

Happy Reading Folks 

xxx

 

Liberty Silk – Kate Beaufoy.

Back of the book : 

One beautiful dress is the key to three brave women’s destinies.

France 1919 : Jessie is celebrating the last heady days of her honeymoon. But when her husband suddenly disappears she finds herself bereft. Until a chance encounter thrusts her into the centre of the intoxicating world of Parisian high life.

Hollywood 1945 : Lisa has come a long way from her quiet, unassuming life in London and is taking Hollywood by storm. But all that glitters is not gold, and as the smoke and mirrors of the lifestyle she so longed for shatter around her there are some secrets that can never escape.

London 1965 : Cat, headstrong and independent, drawn to danger and injustice, has no idea of the legacy that precedes her. Once past secrets are unveiled, she has the chance to find out what liberty really means …

What I think :

The book tells of three women’s lives in different generations. First is Jessie, who is in Paris, the year is 1919.  She has just got married to a painter called ‘Scotch’ and is on her honeymoon. she’s just found out that she is pregnant but hasn’t told her husband yet. On the last day of their honeymoon her husband leaves her. She is the owner of a Liberty silk dress, an engagement ring and a small devil charm, all three things become very important to the story.

Next is Baba, who lives in London her year is 1939. she moves to Hollywood and it’s not long before becomes a big star of the silver screen, mixing with some of the ‘Hollywood’ greats at pool party’s and glittering ‘get-togethers’ She changes her name to  Lisa LaTouche. She becomes the next owner of the ring and the charm.

Then, finally at almost the end of the book we meet Cat. Her chapters start when she is small and are in the form of letters to’ Auntie’ Lisa. She becomes a ‘War zone’ Photographer. She is given the ‘Devil’ charm to keep her safe.

The story is based on Kate’s Grandmothers letters, who also lived in France and who’s husband was also a painter. She also owned a Liberty Silk dress, charm and ring like in the book.This is such an interesting story. Even more so, as some of it was based on real life.

I really loved the way that the story went from one era to the next, it was like opening a photo album and seeing their lives there in front of you.

My favourite character has got to be Baba/Lisa, I would have really liked to have lived in the 30’s/40’s, So glamorous and glitzy.

The book was so well researched with lots of well known big names, such as David Niven, Deborah Kerr and Viven Leigh. It was very interesting to see how all the characters  were linked together, although it wasn’t a complete surprise as to how they were. 

This book has such a wonderful quality to it, even more so with the conversation piece at the very end of the book.

This is a gem of a book that’s really well worth a read .

I give it 10/10 

Published on 03 July 2014. By Transworld Ireland.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers Transworld Ireland for the digital copy of the book to read and review 

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Weekly Round-up. 20/07/14

Welcome to this weeks round-up 🙂

I haven’t read much this week because I’ve had some family days and a book that seemed to go on forever ! I must say though it was a really good book, just very long !!

I also announced the winners of my birthday comp and I’ll be posting out their prizes this week.

Anyway here’s my round-up 🙂

 

Books I’ve been sent :

This is the Water – Yannick Murphy (Bookbridgr)

 

Books I’ve been accepted to read :

Love me or leave me – Claudia Carroll ( NetGalley)

 

Books I’ve Purchased this week :

Power Games – Victoria Fox – ( Kindle – £3:32)

The Life you left – Carmel Harrington – ( kindle – £1:99)

 

Books I’ve read this week : 

Liberty Silk – Kate Beaufoy – ( NetGalley ) Excellent read – 10/10.

Season to Taste – Natalie Young – (Bookbridgr)  Not my sort of book – Not rated.

Where love lies – Julie Cohen – (Netgalley) – Currently reading.

 

That’s all for this week folks

Happy Reading 🙂 xxx

 

 

Season to Taste – Natalie Young

Back of the book :

Meet Lizzie Prain.

Ordinary housewife. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours.

Runs a little business making cakes.

No one has seen Lizzie’s husband, Jacob, for a few days.

That’s because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. Now she needs to dispose of the body and her method is not for the faint-hearted.

 

What I think :

Lizzie is a normal housewife in her fifties. However one morning she kills her husband, chops him up into 16 pieces and puts him in the freezer.

I have got to say this wasn’t my type of book at all. I found it really gruesome and quite odd. I couldn’t finish it because it made me feel quite sick in places. Reading about cooked hands and ‘cracking’ the finger bones, isn’t really my thing.

I found the character of Lizzie very strange, who didn’t seem at all sorry about dispatching her hubby.

I’m sorry, but this one isn’t for me.

I haven’t given it a rating because I didn’t finish the book.

 

Published on 03 July 2014  by Tinder press

Thank you to the publisher Tinder press and Bookbridgr for the copy of the book to read and review.images