The Girl in the Corner By Amanda Prowse

The Girl in the Corner By Amanda Prowse

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Rae-Valentine and Howard were childhood sweethearts. They’ve shared twenty-five peaceful years since they were brought together by Dolly, Howard’s larger-than-life sister. But now, on the night of their wedding anniversary, Howard reveals a shocking betrayal that leaves Rae reeling.

Heartbroken, she takes Dolly on her would-be anniversary trip to Antigua and the two women drink and dance and talk like they haven’t in years. But in the break from real life, Rae realises her choices have always been made for her, and suddenly she’s questioning not only her fragile marriage but also her one-sided friendships. Is she really the pushover everyone else sees?

When Howard comes looking for reconciliation, Rae has a choice to make: keep the peace, as she always has, or put herself first for once and find out who she really is.

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Rae-Valentine and her family. She realises she is the one that does everything for everyone else and leaves herself feeling as though she is a pushover. She always thinks of others before herself and she is fed up with it. Then right before her holiday with her husband, he drops a massive bombshell that leaves Rae reeling. What should she do? It broke my heart to see how Rae was feeling, when she goes on holiday with her best mate I thought good on her but then there is more turmoil to come. My heart went out to her and all the other women that feel like they have been taken for granted.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Corner-Amanda-Prowse-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Corner-Amanda-Prowse

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The Mother of All Christmases By Milly Johnson

The Mother of All Christmases By Milly Johnson

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Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them …

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, and are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable.

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

My Thoughts:

When tackling sensitive issues you can always rely on Milly to deliver. There are sensitive and relatable issues in the story that had me in tears. Not being a mother myself I can’t understand what these women go through but I have a really good idea. I like the idea of the Christmas pudding club which the doctor comes up with, I still hope that we meet up with these ladies again in another book. They all have their own stories but fate brings them together in this heartwarming and emotional read.

I just wanted to say if you look in the front cover of the paperback, you will see ECHOES IN AN EMPTYROOM has been quoted. This is much appreciated. Thank you.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-All-Christmases-Milly-Johnson-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mother-All-Christmases-Milly-Johnson/

A Winter Kiss on Rochester Mews By Annie Darling

A Winter Kiss on Rochester Mews By Annie Darling

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This title will be released on November 29, 2018. 

Tis the season to be jolly!

But on Rochester Mews, two unlikely lovebirds are struggling to find their festive cheer.

Star baker Mattie has hated Christmas ever since she had her heart broken on Christmas Eve. The only thing she hates more is the insufferable Tom, who has rubbed her up the wrong way since she started running the tearoom next door to his bookshop. So when Mattie and Tom are left in charge in the frantic festive days before Christmas, it might be cold outside but things are sure to heat up.

Can a bookshop full of romantic novels, a life-sized reindeer and a mistletoe kissing booth persuade two scrooges to fall in love with Christmas… and each other?

My Thoughts:

A perfect heart warming read to snuggle up with. When a book has Christmas, romance and festive baking in it you know it is going to be good. This is the second book I have read of Annie Darling’s and I found this one comforting and a nice festive read. Some of the recipes Mattie makes are in the back of the book which is an added bonus. The perfect Christmas read.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Kiss-Rochester-Mews-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Rochester-Lonely-Hearts-Bookshop

Christmas at the Beach Hut By Veronica Henry

Christmas at the Beach Hut By Veronica Henry

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Everyone adores Christmas . . .

Especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she is feeling unloved and underappreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So she wonders . . . what would happen if she ran away and left them to it?

Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy’s skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.

Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn’t Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year?

My Thoughts:

Reading a book of Veronica’s is like having a warm comforting hug. I couldn’t wait to get back to the beach hut stories and this one was just as fabulous as the last. The book is broken down into three people’s stories and they are ones that people I think can probably relate too. I love how Lizzy describes the beach hut and what she does for others reminds me of my mum and how much we should cherish the ones we have close. Christmas always brings families together with delicious food. I wanted this book to go on and on.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Beach-Hut-heartwarming-holiday-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Beach-Hut-heartwarming-holiday/

 

The tattooist of Auschwitz By Heather Morris

The tattooist of Auschwitz By Heather Morris

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I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

My Thoughts:

Such a moving and powerful story based on the true story of Lale who is given the job of marking the prisoners that come into the camp, he has become the tattooist. The things he hears and sees must of been absolutely dreadful, you can really feel the emotion through out the book. It is an emotional read but a powerful one that I think gives a better understanding just what happened when people were brought to Auschwitz.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tattooist-Auschwitz-heart-breaking-unforgettable-international-ebook/

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tattooist-Auschwitz-heart-breaking-unforgettable-international

Paul O’Grady’s Country Life

Paul O’Grady’s Country Life

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Paul O’Grady’s Country Life for the first time gives a glimpse into the home life of one of Britain’s best loved stars, alongside the animals he adores.

Sometimes rural idyll, sometimes hell on earth, Paul’s life in rural Kent has been shared over the years with some very vocal pigs, a mad cow, various rescued barn owls, the world’s most sadistic geese and Christine the psychotic sheep – among many other animal waifs and strays. And of course Paul tells the stories of the dogs in his life – including the tiny chihuahua/Jack Russell cross with Napoleonic ambitions, Eddie, Miss Olga, Bullseye, Louis, Boycie and, of course, Buster, the greatest canine star since Lassie. In addition, Paul shares some of his favourite recipes, explores country lore and superstitions, and extols the benefits of growing your own vegetables, herbs and fruit.

This is a warts-and-all account of country living, as far removed from the bright lights of celebrity as you could ever imagine. The trials and tribulations Paul experienced on moving to deepest darkest Kent as a dyed-in-the-wool city dweller are every bit as hilarious and eventful as you would think. He had a lot of new skills to learn, and fast: everything from how to churn your own butter and how to birth a lamb to the best way to lure a cow out of your kitchen while naked from the waist down.

My Thoughts:

I don’t really read many autobiographies but I am a big fan of Paul O’Grady so couldn’t wait to get stuck into this book, I regularly watch him on one of his many tb programmes that he does. This book is all about him moving to the countryside and about his many different animals he keeps there. Being a big animal lover like Paul I can see his passion and love for all the animals he owns. There are some funny parts which made me giggle, how he refers to a squirrel is just a corker. A charming book with some great little recipes at the back of the book that I will definitely be trying out myself.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-OGradys-Country-Life-OGrady-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-OGradys-Country-Life-OGrady

An Island Christmas (Mure) By Jenny Colgan

An Island Christmas (Mure) By Jenny Colgan

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It’s a time for hunkering down, getting cosy in front of whisky barrel wood fires, and enjoying a dram with the people you love – unless, of course, you’re accidentally pregnant to your ex-boss, and don’t know how to tell him.

In what should be the season of peace and goodwill on earth, will Joel think Flora is a bearer of glad tidings?

Meanwhile Saif, the doctor and refugee from war-torn Syria is trying to enjoy his first western Christmas with his sons – but without his missing wife. Can the little family possibly find comfort and joy?

My Thoughts:

This is book 4 in the series and I strongly suggest that you read the other three before this as you can get to know all the characters and there are lots of them and their stories first. I couldn’t wait to escape back to the Island of Mure where this book is set. This is a heart warming, sensitive and romantic story that will leave you feeling all warm and cosy in side. Jenny’s books just keep getting better and better and there could potentially be another one in this series.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Christmas-Mure-Book-ebook/

Hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Island-Christmas-Mure-Jenny-Colgan