Archive | April 7, 2016

The Second Love of my Life – Victoria Walters.

Victoria Walters

 

Back of the book :

In the small Cornish town of Talting, everyone is known for something ..

Up until recently, artist Rose walker was known for lots of things : her infectious positivity; her unique artist talent ; her second-to-none cookery skills; and of course, her devotion to childhood sweetheart and husband Lucas.

But, two years ago, all of that changed in one, unthinkable moment.

Now Rose is known for being a young woman who became a widow aged just twenty-four.

Rose knows life must – should – go on. But the prospect of trying to carve out a future for herself is one she can still barely entertain. Until newcomer, Robert Green, arrives in Talting for the summer …

Can Rosie allow herself to love again ? 

 

What I think : 

Rose and Lucas were childhood sweethearts, they’d always been together and got married as soon as they could. Sadly however Rose lost Lucas one night in such an awful way she doesn’t know if she can cope without him.  Two years later she’s managed to get herself together and get on with life, sort of …

Then a newcomer arrives in the small seaside town to view her art. He not only shows an interest in her pictures but also Rose herself, is she ready to move on or is it still too soon … ?

This is a gorgeously written debut novel, I really enjoyed reading it. The characters are so wonderfully written and real that I really felt for poor Rose and what she had to go through. There also are some lovely bittersweet moments that caught me shedding a tear or two, it has many ups and downs it really is a bit of a fairground ride of a book.

I really could write so much more about it but i would have to put a spoiler warning at the top of the page. What I will say is though, you really need this lovely book in your life.

This is such a great feel-good novel, just what you need after a hard day at work, something to loose yourself in.

I really look forward to the next novel and give it 4 stars. (which equals a well earned 8/10)

 

4 stars

 

Published by Headline review on 07/04/16.

A very big Thankyou to Frances Gough at Headline for the review copy of the book.

The Missing – C.L.Taylor.

C.L.Taylor

 

Back of the Book : 

You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you …. ? 

When fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night, his mother, Claire blames herself. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of the Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinson’s are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface. Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance. A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it ? Sometimes those closest to us are the ones with the most to hide ….

 

What I think :

Claire and Mark Wilkinson’s fifteen year old son Billy, has been missing for six months. He went out one night and never returned. Everybody, his brother Jake and Jakes girlfriend, Kira are all really worried.

Claire and Marks marriage has become rocky and Jake has turned to drink, so when Jake turns up to the appeal drunk, its the last straw for Claire. She has started to have black outs, she wakes up in places and she has no idea how she got there, or what she has done. Is she just stressed or is it something else ?

Billy had been getting into a lot of trouble at school before he disappeared and was hanging around with older boys, do they know what happened to him ?

And then there is Mark’s Stepbrother Stephen, who Claire works for,  why is he so upset with his Brother Mark and why is he acting so jumpy all the time … ?

At the start of the book and throughout, there are text messages from JackDaw44 to ICE9, we don’t find out who they are right up until the end, which I think really adds to the suspense.

I really can’t begin to understand what it must be like to have a child go missing, however  the story is written so well that I really believed what I was reading and I got quite upset in places thinking about what it would be like if one of my children went missing.

At first, you don’t know what happened to Billy on that night, then little things start to come to light,and then wham ! there are so many twists and everything is turned on its head you really start to suspect everybody ! I really enjoyed this book it really held me from page one right up until the end.

This is the third novel from the lovely C.L.Taylor, and in my opinion her story-telling just gets better and better.

I give this brilliant book 10/10.

Published on 07/04/16 by Avon Books.

A very big Thank you to Avon Books and Netgalley for the digital copy of the book to read and review