Arriving on the windswept Ile de Re off the coast of France, Tabby Dewhurst is heartbroken and penniless, unable to even afford a room for the night. Then she overhears a villager repeating aloud the access code to her front door and, hardly believing her own actions, Tabby waits for her to leave and lets herself into the house….
And so she enters the strange, hidden world of a woman called Emmie, whose sudden offer of friendship is at odds with her obsession with her own privacy. Soon Tabby begins to form suspicions about Emmie, suspicions that will lead her back to England – and to a scandal with shattering consequences.
My first ever review was for a Louise Candlish book called ‘The Day You Saved My Life’, which I was given by a lovely book blogger friend. I thoroughly enjoyed that book but this book was riveting. Such a compelling story with twists and turns you would never expect. This book has emotional highs and lows and the relevant issues are dealt with very well. However I would say that the ending left me wanting more. I don’t feel it was left how it should be. I loved the fact it was set in France and that the cover is stunning. A perfect beach read! Will be purchasing more of her books.
Josie Flynn is in New York for the wedding of her American cousin Martha. Having just been through a messy divorce, she isn’t really in the wedding spirit, especially when she thinks Martha is about to marry the wrong man – and Josie isn’t afraid to tell her so.
Which is all very noble – until Josie meets Matt Jarvis and appears to be about to fall for the wrong man herself. Add to that the return of her ex-husband, an old flame and a dubious boyband and it looks like it’s going to be quite a wedding…
I absolutely love Carole Matthews books. She is one of my favourite authors and I cannot get enough of her books. This book had me laughing on nearly every page it literally is that good. Once I started this book I found it very hard to put down. I must of read it in a day and a half. I loved the storyline and the characters were brilliant as they always are in Carole’s books. I would strongly recommend anyone who has never read any of her books to give at least one a try, I just know you will fall in love. Im looking forward to reading Carole Matthews next book.
Ailsa has just left school and should be living it up on a summer trip, but her plans are scuppered by her needy and secretive mother. In desperation she takes up with local fishmonger Ian. He’s good for her soul and sex-life, but their future is blighted by the shadow of Ailsa’s absent father Tom, an art teacher who left home after hitting the headlines in the worst possible way. In the end Ailsa makes a break for Edinburgh, where she finds a job and a bed with Shane, a shady dealer i picture-rights. With him she lets go of her inhibitions, but can she let go of her past?
A rollercoaster family drama described as “harsh, gritty yet lyrical”.
A Kettle Of Fish moves from the East coast of Fife to the art galleries of Edinburgh, where Ailsa finds herself fishing for clues about Tom.
What a delightful read. I loved the plot and that it is set in Scotland. This is a book you won’t be able to put down. I was actually thinking about the book when I wasn’t even reading it. The main character Ailsa had indeed uncovered a kettle of fish, and I couldn’t wait to know what the outcome was going to be. This book is well worth a read especially if you want a book that is engaging and fascinating.
After years of trying, Amy Alwood and James Coffrey have finally been accepted into the adoption process. At long last they are going to get their ‘happy ever after’. Then – out of nowhere – a dark secret is revealed, which changes everything.
Amy throws herself into her work to distract herself. Her new client, Rohan Bywater, is certainly keeping her on her toes. He’s frustrating, lives on the edge… and she can’t stop thinking about him. He’s very clear on one thing through: kids are not part of his future.
Amy is torn – does she follow her heart and let the thing she wants most slip away, or carry on with a lie and live with the consequences?
This is Anouska Knight’s second book and i thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a great joy to be immersed into a good book. The characters were great myself quite liked Rohan, I think he is a bit of a dish. I thought Anouska really handled the topic well. This was a very interesting read, as I haven’t read a book quite like it before not that that is a bad thing. I thought the cover looked fab and very pretty. Will definitely be purchasing Anouska’s first book called Since you’ve been Gone.
Romeo and Juliet – was this what really happened?
When Juliet Roberts is asked to make sense of an ancient Italian manuscript, she little suspects that she will find herself propelled into the midst of one of the greatest love stories of all time. But this is only the beginning. As more hidden secrets come to light, Juliet discovers that the tragic tale of her famous namesake might of had a very different outcome….
A favourite classic story with a major new twist.
What an unusual idea to take the Romeo and Juliet story and put a spin on it by telling it from a different side. The characters really came to life and it is amazingly written by Sue. I found the pacing brilliant with urgency and action, you really feel as you in the thick of it. Really enjoyed this book.
Is Italian really the language of love? A new class of students hopes to find out.
Anna’s recently been told the father she’s never met is Italian. Now she’s baking focaccia, whipping up tiramisu and swotting up on her vocabulary, determined to make it to Italy so she can find him in person.
Catherine’s husband has walked out on her, and she’s trying to pick up the pieces of her life. But she’ll need courage as well as friends when she discovers his deception runs even deeper than infidelity.
Sophie is the teacher of the class, who’d much rather be back in sunny Sorrento. She can’t wait to escape the tensions at home and go travelling again. But sometimes life – and love – can surprise you when you least expect it.
As the evening class gets under way, friendships form and secrets from Italy begin to emerge. With love affairs blossoming in the most unlikely places, and hard decisions to face, it’s going to be a year that Anna, Catherine and Sophie will never forget.
I love Lucy Diamonds books so much. They are like a breath of fresh air. This book in particular was fantastic. It tells a story about three very different women who are discovering themselves and how they all connect. There are some serious issues in this book that Lucy addresses well but there is also some very funny one liners that had me chuckling. Even though I’ve never been to Italy before this book made me want to go, I absolutely loved each paragraph having been titled an Italian word and the Italian phrases at the back of the book was great. I also love any book that has a couple of recipes at the back. ciao. 🙂
It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day with their young son will help dispel his wife Jan’s recent depression. But Jan disappears. No one can find her – and when the police find no evidence that she was ever at the park, David’s story starts to look suspicious…
To prove his innocence, and keep his son from being taken away from him, David must confront a terrifying possibility: that someone is prepared to destroy him and his family in order to keep a dreadful secret…
I’ve only recently come across Linwood Barclay as a friend recommended him to me. where have I been? the twists and turns in this book kept me hooked until the very last page. I found this book start very slowly but once the story had developed there were so many red herrings along the way I simply couldn’t do anything else but continue on this journey. The fact you can’t even guess what is going to happen next is a real winner for me. I will definitely be reading more of Linwood Barclay’s books.
Kat has never understood why she was sent at the age of seven from Greece to live in England with her Aunt Tigi. When she receives an email from her grandmother, the first contact in over twenty years, informing her of her mother’s death, she knows this could be her last chance to find out the truth. Little by little she finds out the shocking facts as her grandmother opens her heart.
It seems everyone has a secret to tell, not only her grandmother, as Manoli, her school friend, also harbours a guilty secret. Then there’s a twenty year old mystery to solve as well as a murder and what happened to the missing Church treasure?
The cover of this book drew me to it immediately. You can imagine being there, feeling the warmth on your skin and smelling the beautiful flowers. I now am pretty sure that’s where I would love to go on holiday and explore the breathtaking scenery. I loved the plot of this story and the different array of characters were bought to life by Julie. This book is written in four separate parts going from past to present which I found very easy to follow. A brilliant must read, though wish I could of been on the Greek Island when I was reading it. Now am going to read Jenna’s Journey which is Julie’s first novel. Thank you for letting me review your book Julie Ryan. 🙂
Kate’s relationship with her boyfriend has ended badly – very badly. And now her parents are taking her on holiday with them to a cottage on a remote island in the Hebrides. Kate can’t imagine anything more boring. But Kate is also scared. Her parents have been fighting and she knows that this holiday is make or break.
Once at the cottage, Kate escapes as soon as she can – outside, anywhere. And there she meets the warmth of the islanders, who are prepared to accept her and to listen to her. And possibly fall in love with her…..
I was drawn straight away to this book not because of the blurb, but because of the very pretty cover. One thing I will say is that the synopsis is a bit misleading as it says “And there she meets the islanders, who are prepared to accept her and listen to her. And possibly fall in love with her. You find out quite quickly this is never going to happen. They love her, but nobody falls in love with her, which I was disappointed with. Overall I did find the book enjoyable, it is meant for teenagers so it’s a good short story but I was left wanting more and to tie up loose ends.
How far would you travel to find the love of a lifetime?
When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1963. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s.
The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second – hand record store. If she’s ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she’s jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?
If your interested in time travel and the Beatles, then this is the book for you. I enjoyed it when Jo-Jo the main character jumped through time from the 1970’s to the 1990’s. I have read quite a few books like this now, this book has quite a few twists so you don’t know what’s going to happen next which adds a certain mystery to the story. Nice easy read.