Something To Live For By Richard Roper

Something To Live For By Richard Roper

MEET ANDREW.

Everybody likes Andrew. But they don’t really know him.

They know what he’s told them – that he’s happily married with two kids. Living the kind of life that’s either so boring it’s true, or so perfect it’s a lie . . .

ENTER PEGGY.

Peggy arrives in Andrew’s life in a burst of kindness and possibility. For the first time in ages, Andrew feels alive again. So now that he has everything to lose, can he risk it all and tell Peggy the truth?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book, I haven’t read anything like this before and I probably never will. I could rave about it all day, I liked the fact it was a little different, the Council side really interested me because it is not something that is talked about and I didn’t really know any information about what happens when someone dies and doesn’t have a next of kin, it is a fascinating inside in the world of the Council and the people that work there. Andrew works at the Council and my heart went out to him, he is a nice guy and people like him but they don’t know the true Andrew, it really upset me how he was in himself. Peggy comes along and turns his world upside and he falls big time for her. When she finds out his secret will she forgive him? The story deals with all kinds of issues but Richard has written it sensitively and has obviously done his homework, I would give this book a 10/10 stars if I could. One I would definitely recommend and one that captured my heart.

I recieved an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Virginia Woolstencroft for sending me a copy of this book.

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Every Move You Make By Deborah Bee

Every Move You Make By Deborah Bee

There are two sides to every story.
But only one is the truth.

A young woman turns up at a police station. She has been kept prisoner in her own home. Abused and tortured, her every move watched, her every thought controlled. Now she’s finally escaped.

That’s what she says.

But when the police arrive at the address she’s given them, her story doesn’t seem to add up. Her husband is missing, but his phone and wallet are still in the house.

She says she’s the victim, but what if she’s not? What if the stories she’s telling aren’t her stories at all . .

My Thoughts:

Engaging and gripping read, a perfect escapism read. I liked the sound of the plot as it seemed believable, the characters came to life with Deborah’s writing, you felt as though you didn’t know who to trust and who was telling the truth. I found the subject matter being depression and domestic violence hard to read about but Deborah has done really well with capturing that side of things. It will make you want to forget about your housework and keep reading on.

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Dear Emmie Blue By Lia Louis

Dear Emmie Blue By Lia Louis

A long time ago, Emmie Blue released a red balloon with a secret message hidden inside – and against all odds, across hundreds of miles of ocean, it was found on a beach in France by a boy called Lucas.

Fourteen years later, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Emmie hopes that Lucas is finally about to kiss her. She never expected him to announce that he was marrying someone else!

Suddenly Emmie’s dreams are shattered and the one person in her life she can rely on is slipping through her fingers. But what if Lucas isn’t her forever? What if her love story is only just beginning…

My Thoughts:

This is a lovely story about a wonderful character called Emmie Blue. This is a story about Emmie Blue who releases a red balloon with a message in it and finds out that it has gone across to France and a boy called Lucas has found it. The story goes from the past to the present and we find out more about this unique Emmie Blue, though the story may be a little predictable it will still make your heart grow fond of her and her relationship with Lucas is genuinely sweet. I really enjoyed this story and I may have shed a few tears at the ending.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Alex Layt for sending me a copy of this book.

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Just Like the Other Girls By Claire Douglas

Just Like the Other Girls By Claire Douglas

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*Carer/Companion wanted for elderly lady*

*Young female preferred * Competitive Salary *

*Room and Board Included*

Una Richardson is devastated after the death of her mother. Hoping for a fresh start, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of elderly Mrs Elspeth McKenzie.

But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems.

Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. More disturbing is the evidence suggesting two girls lived here before.

What happened to the girls?

Why will the McKenzies not talk about them?

As the walls close in around her Una fears she’ll end up just like the other girls….

My Thoughts:

A psychological thriller at it’s best. The story is about Elspeth McKenzie who is an elderly lady who would like a carer. Elspeth has a daughter called Kathryn who doesn’t like the fact that her mother keeps bringing in all these carers and tries to bring them down a notch but why? and what secrets is she hiding. When Una finds something of the previous carer she decides to do some digging and then lies, twists and secrets surface. Is Elspeth all she is cracked up to be or is there more going on behind closed doors. I liked how the lies and secrets unravel to make for a book that you just wont want to put down.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

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Under Your Skin By Rose McClelland

Under Your Skin By Rose McClelland

Where is Hannah?

When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.

Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case, but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues.

Local Belfast resident Julia Matthews joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could.

Julia was only trying to help, but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?

My Thoughts:

When I read a psychological thriller I want twists, turns, not knowing what is going to happen and a spectacular ending and this had everything. I found the characters were all suspicious, and I really did’t like Kyle at all. The story is about Kyle and his wife Hannah who goes missing. Julia wants to help Kyle find Hannah but gets too wrapped up and involved. Will she uncover something sinister. Lots of secrets and lies are heavily involved. A real page turner at its best.

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Another Us By Kirsten Hesketh

Another Us By Kirsten Hesketh

What if Emma isn’t the person she thought she was?

Her younger son has just been diagnosed with autism.

She’s accidentally quit her job.

The marriage she was dedicated to suddenly seems like a sham.

She’s pretty sure that she is going to have an affair with a hot new dad at the school.

The only thing that stays the same is everyone else. Emma realises it’s not them – it’s her. But if she’s not who she thought she was, can her old life fit in with the new Emma?

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Emma and her family, with her son has been recently diagnosed with Asperger’s, Emma sets out on a journey to take a long hard look at herself as mother, wife, daughter and friend. We see Emma at her best and at her worse, even though there is a serious side to this story there are also lots of funny moments and also some of what her son says is pretty funny. We learn about Asperger’s which I knew nothing about but now have respect and a little understanding for it. Family life under pressure and all the emotions are set in this wonderful read that I think everyone should read.

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Switchback: A Mountain Ranch Novel By Willa J. Brand

Switchback: A Mountain Ranch Novel By Willa J. Brand

As an only child of a bold Colorado rancher, Laney McRae has grown up confident in herself and fiercely self-reliant. Romance hasn’t entered her world since the disastrous end to her high school love affair, and she has all but given up on men. When a new sheriff arrives in town he instantly ignites a flame she’s never before encountered, but the new relationship may not survive the demands of her forward personality. When strange events begin to unfold on the ranch, it quickly becomes clear that she is being targeted by someone with a deadly intent, and she struggles to assert her independence amid the turmoil. As events escalate, she will be left fighting not only for the love she deserves, but also for her own life.

My Thoughts:

I was so happy to be asked to read and review the second book in the mountain ranch series, I loved the first book which is called Refuge and this one was just as brilliant. I looked forward to the next instalment. I liked Laney and felt as though she was a strong and confident woman, she has not had the best relationships or guys in the past so when a new hunky guy turns up in her town she can’t wait to introduce herself. I did worry what would become of their relationship as Laney is so confident and forward. But then things start to happen and I was worried for Laney, the ending was dramatic and I really want to read the next book as I just love all these characters.

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The Shelf By Helly Acton

The Shelf By Helly Acton

Ever feel like you’re losing a race you never signed up for?

Everyone in Amy’s life seems to be getting married, having children and settling down (or so Instagram tells her), and she feels like she’s falling behind.

So, when her long-term boyfriend surprises her with a dream holiday, she thinks he’s going to finally pop the Big Question. But the dream turns into a nightmare when, instead, she finds herself on the set of a Big Brother-style reality television show, The Shelf.

Along with five other women, Amy is brutally dumped live on TV and must compete in a series of humiliating and obnoxious tasks in the hope of being crowned ‘The Keeper’.

While inside the house, will Amy learn that there are worse things than being ‘left on the shelf’?

My Thoughts:

Amy is at the age where all her friends are getting married or having children, and she feels as though she is being left behind. Jamie her partner who I did not like one bit, I hated how he spoke to Amy, I would of dumped him straight away. He decides to dump her live on TV and insist she stays to play a reality TV show called The shelf where six men dump their girlfriends and the girlfriends have to compete to win 1 million pounds. I have watched reality TV shows like this before and some of the tasks they had to do were similar to what I have seen before. I liked the way Helly has bought feminism into the book but getting the women to stick together and go against the tasks. But this story for me just felt a little cringe and a little repetitive.

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The Phone Box at the Edge of the World By Laura Imai Messina

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World By Laura Imai Messina

When Yui loses her mother and daughter in the tsunami, she wonders how she will ever carry on. Yet in the face of this unthinkable loss, life must somehow continue. Then one day she hears about a man who has an old disused telephone box in his garden. There, those who have lost loved ones find the strength to speak to them, and begin to come to terms with their grief. As news of the phone box spreads, people will travel there from miles around. Soon Yui will make her own pilgrimage to the phone box, too. But once there she cannot bring herself to speak into the receiver. Then she finds Takeshi. a bereaved husband whose own daughter has stopped talking in the wake of their loss. What happens next will warm your heart, even when it feels as though it is breaking.

My Thoughts:

This was such a lovely heart warming story, it is about Yui, who has lost her mother and daughter in a tsunami, she hears about this phone box where you can hear loved ones speak and decides to make the pilgrimage there. She meets some lovely character son the way including Takeshi who lost his wife and mother to their beautiful daughter. It is such a sad story with all the losses but it is an uplifting one too as this phone box really does bring the people’s lives so much better. There are a lot of Japanese phrases and words in this book, but it if you go to the last few pages of the book there is a few pages with all the words translated into English which was really helpful and a nice touch. A very interesting read.

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A Thousand Years By K. T. Dady

A Thousand Years By K. T. Dady

The universe has always worked quite well, thank you very much. However, things can go wrong. Can’t be helped. Anyway, it was only a small glitch. No one even noticed until that woman, Kate Coster, heard her soul speak. Kate had a happy life. She lived on her own, had a job she loved, and hung out with a small circle of friends. She had no idea that something was missing, or rather, someone. The universe knew exactly who was missing. It knew all about Kate Coster’s soulmate, from the past to the present day. Kate was about to get the shock of her life.

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Kate who is a romance author and she believes she is going crazy as she can hear voices in her head that is her soul talking to her. She decides to give her soul a name and that name is Ivy, it is at that moment that Kate begins to learn lots of things she never knew before now. I liked Kate a lot, I felt as though she is a really good friend and very caring, I think she is instantly likeable, she has been stung in the past by relationships and has just got used to being on her own. I am sure people can relate to this, when Kate does find her soulmate it made my heart warm, such a sweet romance and a very enjoyable read.

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