Archive | June 2016

How to Find Love in a Bookshop – Veronica Henry – BlogTour.

Veronica Henry

 

Back of the book : 

Nightingale Books, nestled on the high street in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook, is a dream come true for book lovers. But owner Emilia struggling to keep the promise she made to her father to keep it open.

Sarah, owner of Peasebrook Manor, has used the book shop as an escape in the past few years. But is there more to her frequent visits than meets the eye ?

Jackson, has messed up his marriage and now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. But is Jackson isn’t quite what he seems.

And Thomasina, painfully shy, has a crush on a man she met in the cookery section. Can she find the courage to admit her feelings ?

 

What I think : 

Emilia’s dad, Julius died very recently. He was a single parent and brought her up alone after her mother died in child birth. He has left her the bookshop, Nightingale Books. She has promised him that she will do her level best to keep the bookshop open, but she soon discovers that whilst her dad was good with books, he wasn’t so good with admin. The Bookshop has a bit of a problem, in that its spending out more than its seems to be making. Add to that a local builder is trying to buy the shop from her. she’s not quite sure what to do. All she know is that she loves Peasebrook and her very loyal staff, Dave, June and Mel, who are always there for her. And also all the lovely customers that come into the bookshop, such as Thomasina, a cookery teacher at the the local school. Who is unbearably shy, Sarah the lady of Peasebrook manor who is married, but visited Julius at the bookshop quite often over the years when He was alive … Also lastly, but not least, Jackson, who after a messy break up only sees his son a couple of times a week, so he visits the bookshop to talk to Emilia about books to bring him and his son closer together, however he’s not quite what he seems …

And further away from the bookshop there is hunky Dillon the gardener for Peasebrook manor, who his a little bit in love with Sarah’s daughter, Alice. But, she’s marrying awful Hugh. Bea is married to Bill, they have just moved to Peasebrook from London, they have the gorgeous Maud who is six months old. They have everything they ever wanted So why are they not happy ?

This is a another gorgeous tale of family life from Veronica Henry, she seems to have a special knack of being able to bring so many wonderful characters to life. It takes you on a proper roller-coaster rode of emotions. One minute your laughing, the next your feeling sad. I really loved this book and all the brilliant characters. I really didn’t want it to end. it really stayed with me after I finished reading it.

I give this book 9/10 (5 stars)

5 gold stars

 

Published by Orion Books on 16/06/16.

A very big Thank you to Elaine Egan at Orion Books and to Netgalley for the digital copy of the book to read and review.

 

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The Missing Wife – Sheila O’Flanagan

 

Sheila oflannigan - The missing Wife

 

Back of the book : 

When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She had the perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess. She’s always said how lucky she is. So why has she left ? And how will she survive without Vince ?

What goes on behind closed doors is often a surprise, and Imogen surprises herself by taking the leap she knows she must. But as she begins her new journey find the woman she once was, Imogen’s past is right behind her …

Will it catch up with her ? And will she be ready to face it if it does … ?

 

What I think : 

Imogen is running away. Her husband, Vince has controlled her all their married life. So, when an opportunity comes up at work, for her to travel to France for a couple of days, it seems heaven sent. She once lived in France when she was a child, so she knows it well. All she wants to do is start a new life and find happiness again.

She resigns from her job and throws her mobile phone away, she cuts all ties from  her previous life, all she has with her is a small bag of clothes. As she begins her new life, she relaxes and for the first time in a long time and she begins to feel happy. However its not long before her husband, Vince is on her tail. He’s not giving her up without a fight !

Will Imogen be able to continue her new life or will Vince be able to find her and convince her to go home …. ?

I always get really excited when there is a new Sheila O’Flannigan book published, I have always loved her books and probably read them all a couple of times over. So, when the lovely Frances Gough at Headline sent me a review copy of the book I was overjoyed. As usual Sheila has worked her magic and brought us a beautiful story. It really is what she does best.

This one is about a mentally abused wife getting her life back and becoming herself again. I must admit, I really couldn’t warm to the husband, Vince. I thought he was the most arrogant idiot that I’ve ever come across in a book ! and if I’m really honest Imogen’s best friend Shona wasn’t far behind. I mean what was wrong with her ? she’s supposed to be Imogen’s friend, but she seemed to be on Vince’s side more than Imogen’s. Imogen was a really strong character, Even although she’d been mentally beaten down by her husband, she still came out strong and managed to break away.

I really did like this book, however I did feel that the ending was slightly abrupt. It seemed to cut off without really finishing up properly. But it didn’t make the story any less enjoyable. I really do think that Sheila has anther hit on her hands !

I give this wonderful tale 9/10.

5 gold stars

Published by Headline on 16/06/16.

A huge Thank you to Frances Gough at Headline for the review copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.

The Fire Child – S.K. Tremayne.

 

The Fire Child

 

Back of the book :

When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall in place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love  and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishingRachel, or is he far more traumatised than she thought ?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts ? And what exactly happened to cause he ex-wifes untimely death, less than two years ago ? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s Words …

‘You will be dead by Christmas’

 

What I think : 

Rachel has married David Kerthen in a whirlwind romance, He is very wealthy and has a huge family home in Cornwall, Carnhallow House. The family has mined there for hundreds of years. He has a eight year old son, Jamie from his marriage to Nina , who sadly died eighteen months ago in tragic accident.  David’s mother also lives at the house in a ‘granny apartment’ on the grounds of the big house. She is in the first stages of Alzheimers.

At first, things go really well, she settles in and even takes over renovating the big house, as Nina was doing before she died. But, then Jamie starts saying really odd things and acting strangely – foreseeing things, events like he is clairvoyant, just like the old legends say, that the Kerthens have a sixth sense, they are ‘people of the fire, people of light’. Are the legends true or is Jamie still grieving for his mother ? Why doesn’t David want to talk about his late wife and what happened to her ?

This is really dark and chilling, but very entertaining. I really enjoy a thriller and this one really ticked all the right boxes. I felt quite chilled at times, its a very atmospheric read,  don’t read it alone at night in the dark if you are easily scared ! And wow ! the twist at the end is really something else,  I really didn’t see coming, it is quite fabulous.

There aren’t chapters as such, just a countdown to Christmas day, the significance is only made know about half way through the book. Its then you find out about Jamie’s ‘gift’.

I really enjoyed reading the authors previous book ‘The Ice Twins’ and couldn’t wait to read the next one, and I wasn’t disappointed, this one is on a whole other level. I really hope that there is more to come.

I give this book a well earned 10/10 (5 stars)

 

5 gold stars

 

Published on 16/06/16 by Harper collins.

A very big Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Harper Collins for the digital copy of the book to review.

Always with Love – Giovanna Fletcher.

Givanna Fletcher

 

Back of the book : 

Sophie’s got used to being the Girlfriend of Billy Buskin, the biggest movie star in the world …                      sort of … 

But when she and Billy take a trip to visit his family in Los Angeles, she quickly discovers she’s totally unprepared for the chaos of Hollywood, the paparazzi and Billy’s controlling mother.

And when Billy extends his stay in LA, leaving Sophie to fly home to Rosefont Hill alone, it seems there’s more than just miles between them.

Now Sophie must decide if they can overcome their differences for good. Because not all love stories end happily ever after …

 

What I think : 

Sophie and film star boyfriend Billy are enjoying Billy’s work break, he’s been helping Sophie run her cafe on the hill that her friend Molly left to her when she died. When Sophie surprises Billy at Christmas with a visit back home to LA to visit his family, he is over the moon. At first when they get there its lovely, Billy’s family welcome her with open arms and she feels really relaxed, they have a great holiday. However as time moves on things start to go wrong, and she begins to feel awkward. When its time for the couple to return home, Billy gets an offer he can’t refuse and decides to stay in Los Angeles a while longer. This means that Sophie has to return home alone. Life goes on as usual for Sophie at home, she continues to work in the Cafe,  her mum is getting married pretty soon and is helping her prepare for that and Molly’s son comes home from Australia. when Billy has to stay on longer in LA the gap widens between Sophie and Billy, will their relationship last the distance or is this it for the pair …. ?

I was really excited when this book popped through my letter box last week, in fact I let out a small squeak of happiness when I opened the padded envelope and it fell out. I loved “Billy and Me ” and was really excited to get started on it, but I must admit when I first started to read this book I did find it slightly hard going, Im not sure if Giovanna has changed her writing style slightly but it didn’t seem to “flow ” quite as well as her other books, however after the first couple of chapters I really got into it and started to enjoy it. Although this is the follow on to the first book you don’t need to have read it as this is good as a stand alone too.

I was pleased to find that all the old characters from the first book were there, but what was it with Billy’s family ?  All, with the exception of Lauren, seemed to do nothing all day apart from live off Billy and party. All I wanted to do was yell “get a job !” to all of them especially the twins and Billy’s Mother. Having said that I really liked the other characters, and I could really relate to Sophie’s mother after all the problems she’s had, it was nice for her to find some happiness.

I also thought that the Sophie/Billy letters were really sweet, nobody really writes to each other anymore so it was really nice to have something ‘old school’.

I did find it quite an enjoyable read and I’m really hoping that there will be another Billy/Sophie book, especially after that ending !! 

 

Yes, I really liked this book, and give it 8/10. (4 stars)

4 gold stars

 

Published by Penguin books on 02/06/16.

A very big Thank you to Ellie Hughes at Penguin books for the review copy of the book.

The Postcard – Fern Britton.

 

Fern Britton

 

Back of the book : 

Life in the Cornish Village of Pendruggan isn’t always picture perfect. Penny Leighton has never told anyone why she’s estranged from her mother and sister. For years she’s kept her family secrets locked away in her heart, but they’ve been quietly eating away at her.  When an unwelcome visitor blows in, Penny is brought face to face with the past. And a postcard, tucked away in a long hidden case, holds the truth that could change everything.

Young Ella has come back to the place where she spent a happy childhood with her Grandmother. Now she’s she’s here to search for everything missing in her life. Taken under Penny’s broken wing for the summer, the safe haven of Pendruggan feels like the place for a fresh start. Soon, however, Ella starts to wonder if perhaps her real legacy doesn’t lie in the past at all.

 

What I think : 

Penny is happily married to Simon the local vicar, they have year old Jenna together. Penny used to have a posh job in London as a producer, but she’s moved to Cornwall to be with Simon, she still works part time. However since having Jenna she’s been having  trouble coping with being a mother, her job and life in general really. But she won’t let anyone help her.

She hasn’t spoken to her mother and her sister for years, she didn’t really have a very  happy childhood, her father died when she was very young and things weren’t right since then. She and her mother had a huge row, where Penny walked out of a lunch, but she won’t tell anyone why. However, just as she thinks things can’t get any worse, she gets a phone call to say that her mother has died, its then that the family secrets coming tumbling out ….

I really like Fern’s books and was really pleased to discover a new one, especially as its set back in Penduggan village with all the lovely characters we’ve met before. Its like saying “hello” to old friends. All the familiars are in there with a few new ones thrown in for good measure. Fern has written a superb book about life, loves and losses.

I did guess the ‘Twist’ as it was, I thought quite obvious, what it was, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book whatsoever.

Although I did have one small quibble, I wasn’t quite sure about how Ella fitted into the story because we really haven’t found much about her, I really hope that there is another book on the horizon with Ella as the main character because there was no ’rounding off’ for her and there seemed to be a gaping hole at the end of the book, it just ended on a very big ‘cliff hanger’.

I give this one 9/10.  (4 stars)

 

4 gold stars

 

Published by Harper Collins on 02/06/16.

I purchased my copy from Waterstones for £12.99.