Archive | May 2016

The One We Fell in Love With – Paige Toon.

Paige Toon

 

Back of the book : 

PHOEBE is caught between a rock and a hard place. Settle down and get married or return to the French Alps to pursue her passion ?

ELIZA is in love with someone who is no longer hers. In fact, he probably never was .. And her dream of becoming a successful musician seems to be vanishing before her eyes.

ROSE is out of a job and out of a boyfriend. To make matters worse, she’s been forced to move back in with her mother.

But these very different girls have one thing in common. ANGUS. The one they fell in love with …

 

What I Think : 

Triplets, Rose, Phoebe and Eliza all secretly fell in love with Angus when he moved in next door ten years ago. Middle twin Phoebe staked her claim and all these years later they’re getting married. However she doesn’t want to move to Manchester, she’d much rather move to back to France to rock climb and work the cable cars as she did in her gap year before she went to Uni to study as a translator. Is she really ready to get married ? 

Rose didn’t hang round either, she went to London to pursue a career in nursing, just like her mother did. However whilst she enjoys her job, her love life isn’t too good, her boyfriend is still married and it doesn’t look like there is a divorce on the horizon.

So that just leaves Eliza, who stayed at home. She’s always loved music, so she became a singer/busker in a pub. She’s also the one that really ‘fell in love with the one she shouldn’t have fallen in love with’ and now he’s getting married there doesn’t seem to be any hope at all.

And lastly what about handsome Angus ? The-boy-next-door. He’s always had really good relationships with Rose and Eliza, is it just friendship or something else … ?  

Are the these the lives that the girls are meant to be living or should they a make the change for something else ? 

This is another wonderfuly written book from the pen of Paige Toon. Its full of lovely characters that you can really relate to. It tells a lovely tale of family, relationships and the highs and lows of life. I don’t think I have a favourite triplet as they are all equally as good in as each other in their own ways. With so many heartfelt moments, which, lets face it, is what Paige does best, it really is a book you can settle down with after a hard day at work. 

I always really look forward to a new Paige Toon book, and this time I was lucky enough to win a copy ! It had me gripped from the first page to very last.

 There are lots of funny moments and a few sad moments too, which had me reaching for the tissues a couple of times, I must admit ! And not forgetting ‘That bit – The Twist’ OMG ! I wasn’t expecting that !! 

 I really enjoyed this book and it just may have found its way to the top of my top ten of Paige Toon books, which is a tall order as I adore all the ‘Johnny’ books.

I would heartily recommend this book to all of my friends. Such an excellent choice to read by the pool (or anywhere else for that matter ! )

5 gold stars

I really loved this fabulous book and give it a very well earned 10/10.

Published by Simon and Schuster on 17/05/16.

A very big Thank you to Sara-Jade (@BookminxSJV ) from BooksandtheCity for the copy of the book.

This Must Be the Place – Maggie O’Farrell.

Maggie O'farrell

 

Back of the book : 

Meet Daniel Sullivan,  a man with a complicated life.

A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, he has children he never sees in California, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is given to shooting anyone who ventures up their driveway.

He is also about to find out a woman he lost touch with twenty years ago, and this will send him off-course, far away from his wife and home. Will his love for Claudette be enough to bring him back … ?

 

What I think : 

Daniel is an American, living in the rural Ireland. He is married to Claudette, who is slightly batty in my opinion, who used to be a very famous film star. However one day she just “disappeared” from the public eye and was never seen again. They have two children together and also Claudette has an older son from a previous relationship. Daniel also has children from a previous marriage, a son and a daughter who live in america. He hasn’t seen them since they were very young.

When Daniel returns home to America after a long time of being absent, to visit his father, who he doesn’t really get on with, for his birthday party, he is very much reminded of someone he used to date when he was at younger. He decides there and then to go on a bit of a journey of discovery to find out exactly what happened to this person.

Where will his journey take him and will he still have a marriage left when he reaches his journeys end ?

The book is divided into many different chapters, with many different characters that all fit together to make up the book. some are in the present and some go back to the past. I must admit I did get slightly confused when I first started reading as it weaves back and forth with all the different characters but, as I continued to read it sort of seemed to fall into place and it became clear.

As usual Maggie has excelled herself with fabulous characters and a wonderfully woven story about life, love and families. I really couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book and when I did, I wasn’t disappointed at all, it was really worth the wait. I just couldn’t put the thing down ! I must have read the whole thing in just over two days.

Yes, this one is on my top ten of this years books so far ..

I give this one a brilliant 10/10 (5 stars)

5 gold stars

 

Published by Tinder press on 17/05/16.

I purchased my copy at WHSmith £15.99.

The Butterfly Summer – Harriet Evans.

 

harriet evans

Back of the book : 

What Magic is this ? 

You follow the hidden creek towards the long forgotten house.

They Call it Keepsake, a place full of wonder … and danger.

Locked inside the crumbling elegance of its walls lies the story of the Butterfly Summer, a story you’ve been waiting all your life to hear.

This house is Nina Parr’s birthright. It holds the truth about her family – and the chance to put everything right at last ….

 

What I think : 

Nina lives with her mum and step-dad in a ‘long, thin house’ by the canal in London. When Nina was six months old, Nina’s real dad, an explorer who studied butterflies, went to the jungle and never came back. Everybody presumed him dead, even the natural History museum, who he was working for at the time. Her mum really didn’t cope very well with ‘The love of her life’ dying and being left on her own with a baby that seemed to cry all the time. So when Mrs Poll moved in upstairs she seemed heaven sent. Nina spent a lot of her childhood years upstairs with Mrs Poll, until sadly when Nina was in her teens Mrs Poll went on holiday and never came back.

Over the years Nina went to Uni, met, married and divorced the very lovely Sebastian, who she is still friends with today. Although his mother really doesn’t like Nina very much ! She now works in a office, which she finds quite boring, and spends quite a lot of her time reading. Nina spends her lunchtimes in the library, where she has a lifetime membership that her father got for her before he disappeared. Its whilst she’s there that she meets a old lady who tells her that she knows her and her family and that her father isn’t dead and that “keepsake” belongs to her. Its then that Nina decides to go on a journey to discover what “Keepsake” is and if her father is still alive. Along the way however she discovers a few things about herself ….

The book is written in the form of Nina’s Memoirs when she is a much older lady. It basically outlines her life and that of her family before her, a family of, in my opinion, strong women. They all had very interesting and eventful lives, but none of them were happy.

Right from the very beginning this is an utterly irresistible and beautifully written story, with such strong and very likeable main characters. They jump out of the page and seem very real.

I have read all of Harriet’s books and really do love them all. She is one of the very few  authors that I just buy, I don’t need to read the ‘back of the book’ because I know its going to be good. This is a magical fairytale read, perfect for the summer and totally different to anything I’ve read this year.

I really, really loved this wonderful book and give it  10/10 (5stars)

5 gold stars

Published by Headline on 19/05/16.

A huge Thank you to Katie Brown at Headline for the review copy of the book.

 

Two years today …

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Hello lovely book people …
A really quick one just to say today is my blogs birthday !!!

🎈🎈 TWO WHOLE YEARS !! 🎈🎈

I can’t believe its been that long already, a massive Thank You to all the lovely publishers and authors that have trusted me to review their books.

Heres to the next two years 🙂

And lots more lovely books to read !

Thats all for now folks 🙂
Happy reading
xxx

In too Deep -Samantha Hayes.

in too deep

 

Back of the book : 

Four months ago, Rick went out to buy a newspaper. He never came back. His wife Gina is struggling to deal with her loss, and her daughters mood swings are getting worse. Then she receives a phone call from a woman at a country hotel, confirming details of a booking Rick made before he vanished. Desperate to find out more about disappearance, Gina and her daughter take the trip. But there is something very strange about the hotel and the family who run it. Soon Gina is unsure that Rick even made the booking – but one thing is clear : both mother and daughter are in serious danger.

 

What I think :

Gina’s husband Rick is missing, he went out to buy a newspaper and never come home. They have an eighteen year old daughter, Hannah and also a ten year old son, Jacob who was sadly killed in a hit and run accident. Gina can’t understand what has happened to Rick, she’s living in a awful limbo. One afternoon four months after the disappearance, Gina gets a phone call from a lady at a country hotel. The woman explains that Gina’s husband Rick had made a booking for their up-coming wedding anniversary for five days at the hotel, and was wanting to know if they were going to be bringing their dog with them. Gina knows nothing of the booking, but decides to go and take Hannah with her on the hope that she can find something out about Ricks disappearance.  When they get to the hotel, odd things start to happen, Hannah’s not very happy and then when Hannah gets quite ill Gina wonders quite what she’s got Hannah and herself into.

There are loads of twists and turns in this book, its such a rollercoaster of a read. I did find the main character slightly annoying, with her constant “I miss Rick” and “I just want Rick”. I understand her husband has gone missing and that must be awful, but I find the constant references to it quite boring. However,  I was quite intrigued to discover what Hannah’s “Big” secret was though, and was quite pleased to discover that I’d guessed it right. The first half of the book is quite slow but its the second half of the book where all the action is, I really could put it down. The ending was quite a sting in the tail and turned everything round, but it made everything fall into place.

I really did like this book and would recommend it to a friend.

I give this book 8/10 (4 stars)

4 stars

 

 

 

Published by Century on 05/05/16.

A huge Thankyou to Netgalley and Century for the review copy of the book.

The Swimming Pool – Louise Candlish.

the swiming pool

Back of the book : 

I can’t take my eyes off the water, can you ? 

Its summer when Elm Hill lido opens, Having stood empty for years.

For Natalie Steele, wife, mother, teacher – it offers freedom from the tightly controlled routines of work and family. Especially when it leads to Lara Channing, a charismatic former actress with a lavish bohemian lifestyle, who seems all to happy to invite Natalie into her elite circle.

Soon Natalie is spending long days at the pool, socialising with new friends and basking in a popularity she didn’t know she’d been missing. Real life, and the person she used to be, begins to feel very far away.

But is such a change in fortunes too good to be true ? Why are dark memories of a summer long ago now threatening to surface ? And without realising , could Natalie have been swept dangerously out of her depth ?

 

What I think : 

Natalie is a Teacher at a well to-do Prep school, She’s married to Ed who is also a teacher at the local comp. They have a daughter together, Molly who is fourteen. They have a normal, boring life and are looking forward to the long summer holidays, so they can do normal family things together. However, when the local lido opens after being closed for many years it changes everything, Because this is where Natalie meets Lara. Lara is a celebrity, having been a competitive swimmer and a actress she is the one responsible for heading the campaign to open the old pool. Natalie is quite opposed to the new pool opening as her daughter, Molly has an awful, crippling fear of water and has had it since she was a toddler.

When Natalie meets Lara she is stunned that Lara would want to speak to her let alone want her for a friend. Over the summer they slowly become close friends. Lara even recommends a councillor for Molly to get help for her fear of water.

For Natalie though Lara’s carefree lifestyle is throwing up some unwanted memories of a summer long ago when she was a teenager and she wasn’t quite as well behaved as she should have been.

Is Lara everything she seems or is Lara playing Natalie and her family ? Could they be in danger ?

The story starts with a prologue, a woman is running naked down a busy main street in London. (I’m not sure at this point if its real or a dream) She is very scared and running from man. The story then jumps to the 31st of August 2015 and then back to ten weeks before that (21st June 2015) The Book has no real chapters as such, it flicks back and forth from the weeks running up to 31st of August, which was when Natalie met Lara, up to the 31st of August. Sometimes it also goes back to the “Summer of badness” when Natalie was a teenager.

For the first quarter of the book its mostly background for the main characters, but then after that the story begins in earnest. It really is an excellently written book, with many secrets and lies, which of course where always going to be exposed. I must admit that I didn’t guess the end, which is quite unusual for me. It was a complete shock when you do find out the end. But I really did love it.

A must read for the summer !

I give this expertly written tale 10/10. (5 stars)

A big thank you to Penguin and to Netgalley for the review copy of the book.

5 stars

Published by Penguin (Random House) on 05/05/16

Coming Soon …

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Hello Lovely Book People …

What a week ! Busy ! Busy !

The good news is that I’ve managed to actually read TWO books this week, so there will be 2 shiny new reviews on the the blog for you to read very soon 🙂

Look out for them at the weekend …

The Swimming Pool – Louise Candlish – Published by Penguin on 05/05/16.

In Too Deep – Samantha Hayes – Published by Penguin on 05/05/16.

Hope you enjoy them !

Thats all for now folks 🙂

Happy Reading !

xxx

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