Sophia’s Secret By Julie Ryan

Sophia’s Secret By Julie Ryan

sophias-secretKat 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?

My Thoughts:

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. 🙂

 

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This Northern Sky By Julia Green

This Northern Sky By Julia Green

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 bjulia greeneen 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…..

 

My Thoughts:

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.

 

Step Back In Time By Ali McNamara

Step Back In Time By Ali McNamara

ali mcnamaraHow 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?

My Thoughts:

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.

 

The Teashop On The Corner By Milly Johnson

The Teashop On The Corner By Milly Johnson

milly johnsonLife is full of second chances….. if only you keep your heart open for them. Spring Hill Square is a pretty sanctuary away from the bustle of everyday life. And at its centre is Lenni Merryman’s Teashop on the corner, specialising in cake, bookish stationery and compassion. And for three people, all in need of a little TLC, it is somewhere to find a friend to lean on. Carla Pride has just discovered that her late husband Martin was not who she thought he was. And now she must learn to put her marriage behind her and move forward. Molly Jones’s ex- husband Harvey has reappeared in her life after many years, wanting to put right the wrongs of the past before it’s too late.Will Linton’s business has gone bust and his wife has left him to pick up the pieces. Now he needs to gather the strength to start again.

Can all three find the comfort they are looking for in the Teashop on the corner? And as their hearts are slowly mended by Leni, can they return the favour when she needs it the most?

A story of love, friendship and second chances that will warm your heart and rekindle your hope.

My Thoughts:

This book was such an enjoyable read. I was hooked just from the first page. If only there was a teashop on everyone’s corner. I know I would be in there everyday, decadent cakes, pretty literary based stationary and also they customers who like nothing more than to have a good discussion about books. There are many characters in this book but need not be afraid as Milly brings them to life particularly well. They all get to know each other very well and form real friendships and they seem to find something that has been missing in their lives. I fell in love with each and every character but I think Molly was my favourite.

This is a book that will stir up all your emotions. Just be warned by the end you will need a box of tissues at the ready as it is a real tear jerker. Best book I’ve read so far of 2014.