Archive | February 4, 2019

Apple of My Eye – Claire Allen ~ Blog Tour

Back of the book :

Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious note arrives for seven months pregnant nurse Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

What I think :

Eliana has everything.

She has a lovely husband, Martin and a fabulous job as a senior staff nurse at a hospice and best of all, after months of trying, she’s pregnant. But she’s worried. Shouldn’t she be happy ? What if she can’t cope ? What if she doesn’t love the baby when it arrives, does that make her a bad mother even before the baby is here ? And the sickness, she doesn’t know how much longer she can cope with throwing up all of the time …

Then there’s her mum, who is very protective. She keeps on nagging her to move back to Belfast with her, away from the gorgeous farmhouse in Derry that her and Martin live in. Ok, so it is a little out of the way, but that has always made Eli feel safer somehow.

Then Eli starts to receive handwritten notes, saying that maybe she shouldn’t trust her husband, who has to go away a lot for work to the UK. When a brick is thrown through the window with another note attached, on a night that Martin is away, this really scares Eli. She goes to stay with her mum in Belfast and that’s when things really start to go wrong …

Meanwhile Louise is watching and waiting …

Is she responsible for what’s happening to Eli ?

Louise just knows that she needs a baby to call her own, and is prepared to go to any lengths to get one …

This book is mainly told from Eliana’s and Louises perspectives, we also hear from Angela, Eli’s mum at the end, in which we find out a bit more about the secrets from Eli’s childhood.

It’s very tense and grippy right from the start with plenty of little twists along the way. I found it very addictive, I read it in just under a day, I couldn’t put it down. I must admit I did guess what was going on about half way through, although it didn’t ruin my enjoyment of finding out how we got to that conclusion.

It has some excellent characters, but also some that I wasn’t really struck on, Angela for example, she really annoyed me. I did find Eli quite gullible, she seemed to believe everything she was told. I for one would check things out first !

I won’t say too much more as I don’t want to ruin the book for you. Just go out and buy it !!

I really loved ‘Her Name was Rose’ the authors first book, and was slightly concerned that I wouldn’t like this book as much as that one. But I needn’t have worried as this one was brilliant ! Dare I say that it was maybe slightly better, Sssh !

I give this book a well deserved 10/10 (5 Stars)

Published on 24/01/19 by Avon Books

A Huge Thank you to Sabah Khan at Avon for the review copy of the book in exchange for a honest review. 🙂

Here for you’re reading pleasure is a extract from the book :


By the time my shift is done, I’m exhausted and I’m pretty sure my ankles have doubled in size. I can’t wait to get home, kick off my shoes and feel the cool marble floors of our living space under my tired feet.

But my car’s in the garage and I have to wait for Martin to collect me. As usual, he’s late. Probably stuck on a work call he can’t get out of.

I’m standing with my coat on, looking out at the rain falling onto the hospice car park, when Rachel asks if I need a lift.

‘It’s not on your way home,’ I tell her. ‘I couldn’t ask you to do that.’

‘You didn’t. I offered,’ she says with a smile. ‘It’ll save that husband of yours coming out on a night like this and sure, it’s not that far out of my way. The kids are at their dad’s, so it’s not like I’m in a rush to get home anyway. You’ve had a long day,’ she says, and I want to hug her.

‘If you’re sure?’ I ask. ‘I’ll just check Martin hasn’t left.’

‘I’m sure,’ she smiles.

I dial my husband, who answers after two rings, apologises and says he’ll be with me shortly. I can hear from the background noises that he’s still at home.

‘Rachel’s going to drop me over. You’ve no need to come out,’ I tell him.

He sounds relieved. ‘That’s great,’ he says. ‘I can get on with some work while dinner’s cooking. It’s been a mad day, so busy. But look, I’ll talk to you about it when you get home.’

Work has been ‘mad’ for months now. Longer hours. More trips away. A big project that could bring a lot more work his way. When he wants to talk about it, it generally means he’ll tell me about another ‘vital’ trip away. It’s a good thing I’m not the suspicious type.

Or wasn’t.

I end the call and tell Rachel I’ll take her up on her offer.