It Ain’t Easy: Short Stories By Keisa Alexandra

It Ain’t Easy: Short Stories By Keisa Alexandra

“It Ain’t Easy” is a collection of short stories on growing up in Washington, DC. If you think it’s all memorials and museums, you’re mistaken.

This collection explores the every day lives of those who reside in the city— from the around the way girls and boys in the hood to the private schools on the privileged side of town.

“It Ain’t Easy” shows one of America’s most talked about cities in a way it is rarely seen; through the eyes of the people.

My Thoughts:

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. It is a collection of stories about what it is like to live in the part  of the city that is the gritty streets of some of the poorest parts of the city to the privileged halls of its prestigious private schools. I liked the way Keisa writes, she takes you in to the heart and mind of the characters, I didn’t realise she is only 24 years old. The title of the stories truly sums up the way some of these poor people live. Will definitely be looking out for more of her books. These stories make for a great read.

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The Sun In Her Eyes By Paige Toon

The Sun In Her Eyes By Paige Toon

Blinding sunshine… A bend in the road… What became of the little girl with the sun in her eyes?

Amber was three when a car crash stole her mother’s life. She doesn’t remember the accident, but a stranger at the scene has been unable to forget. Now, almost thirty years later, she’s trying to track Amber down.

Amber, meanwhile, is married to Ned and living on the other side of the world in London. When her father has a stroke, she flies straight home to Australia to be with him. Away from her husband, Amber finds comfort in her oldest friends, but her feelings for Ethan, the gorgeous, green-eyed man she once fell for, have never been platonic.

As Ethan and Amber grow closer, married life in London feels far away. Then Amber receives a letter that changes everything. ‘Before your mother died, she asked me to tell you something…’

My Thoughts:

I always seem to read Paige Toon’s books really fast, this one I read in a day and a half. They are the best kind of chick lit. The characters were realistic, the story has quite a few emotions going through it which I think people can relate to love, betrayal and loss. I enjoyed this book not as much as her others, there were some parts in the book I didn’t condone but it didn’t put me off reading about it. My favourite character was Doris, I think what she did was such a lovely thing to do. A perfect holiday read.

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The Great Zoo of China By Matthew Reilly

The Great Zoo of China By Matthew Reilly

This title will be released on January 21, 2016.

A high-concept, action-packed thriller from the bestselling author of SCARECROW AND THE ARMY OF THIEVES.
It is a secret the Chinese government has been keeping for 40 years. They have found a species of animal no one believed even existed. It will amaze the world.
Now the Chinese are ready to unveil their astonishing discovery within the greatest zoo ever constructed. A small group of VIPs and journalists has been brought to the zoo deep within China to see its fabulous creatures for the first time. Among them is Dr Cassandra Jane ‘CJ’ Cameron, a writer for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and an expert on reptiles.
The visitors are assured by their Chinese hosts that they will be struck with wonder at these beasts, that they are perfectly safe, and that nothing can go wrong…
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My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to have won this book in a goodreads competition. It is a big book and I thought it would take me ages to read, well it didn’t I managed to read this book in two days. It has big writing which helps, but it also was fast paced that I was utterly engrossed in it. It did remind me of Jurassic park which I enjoyed, I knew something would go wrong when I saw that they had built a zoo which contained dragons. Haven’t read a book like this but thoroughly enjoyed it.

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More Than Enough By Liza Hoeksma

More Than Enough By Liza Hoeksma

When does a friendship become an affair?

Katie is pregnant. Again. She loves being a mum but having three kids under the age of three may be more than she can handle. Thankfully her marriage is solid enough to withstand the blast. Or is it? With husband Anthony working long hours and Katie fearful of letting him see she’s struggling to cope, could someone else become a shoulder to cry on? What line does a seemingly innocent friendship have to cross to jeopardise a family’s future?

Meanwhile Katie’s sister Amy has problems of her own. Her 20s are fast disappearing with no sign of romance when along comes Charlie, an up and coming actor. Amy is smitten by Charlie (not to mention the world of celebrity he draws her into) and he seems to be falling head over heels too. But as Charlie’s star rises their relationship begins to change and Amy must work out if they want the same things. Will Charlie prove to be her perfect match?

My Thoughts:

I was given a copy of this book from Liza for an honest review. This is a truly fantastic read, it captures you right away, once I started it, I found it hard to put down.  It is all about katie’s story, you will find romance, relationships and motherhood in this story. I love the fact that the characters are so down to earth and I am sure many women can relate to Katie and Amy, I felt like I really wanted to know what was going to happen next. A brilliantly easy read.

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/More-Than-Enough-Liza-Hoeksma-ebook/

Ninety Steps to Summerhill By Emily Harvale

Ninety Steps to Summerhill By Emily Harvale

 

Sophie Summerhill believes in Fate and she’s in Goldebury Bay for only one reason: to find the fabled, long-lost, Summerhill treasure. When she finds it, she’s going to sell it and head for a life of luxury in the Caribbean. But first, she has to solve the mystery of an ancient feud between local families: the Beaumonts, the Suttons and the Pollards and to do that, she will need some help.

What she doesn’t need is good-looking journalist, Timothy Richards asking questions. Or a man who’s just lost everything – the darkly handsome, Thaddeus Beaumont, taking on the role of  ‘knight in shining armour’. In fact, Sophie must try to avoid Thaddeus. He might find out what she’s trying to keep hidden from everyone in Goldebury Bay, and particularly from him.

My Thoughts:

I just want to say a big thank you to Emily who sent me this book and signed it for me too. I love the cover and I thought the blurb on the back done like a postcard is such a fantastic idea. I thought it looked brilliant. This is book two in the Goldebury Bay Series and I will be reading the first book very soon. You will love this book if your a fan of the romantic novels, Emily doesn’t leave anything out, this book has humour, friendship, falling in love with lots of fun. I was lost in this book as I really wanted to find out if Sophie would find the treasure in the end. I loved the story, they are some very amusing parts in it.  And I liked all the characters, I think Sophie is very lucky to a hot guy in Thaddeus in her life. I look forward to reading the first book in this series and I certainly look forward to the next book. This is a book you will not want to put down.

 

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Healed By Love (love in Bloom:The Bradens) By Melissa Foster

Healed By Love (love in Bloom:The Bradens) By Melissa Foster


Nate Braden has loved his best friend’s younger sister Jewel for as long as he can remember, but between their age difference and his respect for Rick, he’s always kept his feelings at bay.

Now he’s back in Peaceful Harbor, and Jewel is no longer sixteen years old–but there’s an even bigger obstacle standing in his way. Nate and Rick joined the military together eight years earlier. Nate came home a hero, but Rick didn’t make it out alive.

My Thoughts:

Another fantastic read by Melissa. Melissa’s books are full of hunky guys, hot romances and the very strong women. In this story the main character is called Nate, who is 27 years old and he is an ex soldier with a bucket load of guilt and a secret love for his best mate’s sister.  Can they  find a way to conquer their fears and find the love that will heal both of their hearts together? I love the way that there is so much emotion that you can kind of feel what they characters are going through. Such an emotional story, you will feel like you have been on a rollercoaster, it is a tear jerker too as you discover the back stories. I was hooked from the start, definitely a book that will not leave me for a long time.

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Fetch Nurse Connie By Jean Fullerton

Fetch Nurse Connie By Jean Fullerton

London, 1945 and as the end of the war is declared and the troops start returning home, the nurses of the East End are joining in the celebrations.

For Nurse Connie Byrne the end of the war signals the beginning of a new chapter and as the revelries go on around the city, Connie’s mind is on another celebration that she’ll be able to arrange – the wedding to her sweetheart, Charlie, set to take place as soon as he arrives home. But when Connie meets Charlie off the train at London Bridge, she finds that his homecoming isn’t quite going to go according to plan…

Connie’s busy professional life, and the larger-than-life patients in the district, offer a welcome distraction, but for how long? If nursing in the East End has taught Connie anything, it’s that life is full of surprises.

My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of this book from Jean herself. I must say a big thank you as it is such a wonderful book. I only recently got into reading books about the war. This book is centered around the nurses in 1945, all the nurses have their own lives as well as their nursing lives so you get to find out more about them. I love the way Jean has gone into every tiny detail of the age in which the book is written. It gives you a pretty good idea of how times have changed and what must it of been like in those days. If you liked Call the Midwife, then you are sure to love this book. I would love to read the other books that Jean has written as I just couldn’t put this one down.

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Or if you would like to have a look at Jean’s other books, please click on the link below:

http://www.jeanfullerton.com/Jean-Fullerton’s-Books

Summer at Shell Cottage By Lucy Diamond

Summer at Shell Cottage By Lucy Diamond

A seaside holiday at Shell Cottage in Devon has always been the perfect escape for the Tarrant family. Beach fun, barbecues and warm summer evenings with a cocktail or two – who could ask for more?

But this year, everything has changed. Following her husband’s recent death, Olivia is struggling to pick up the pieces. Then she makes a shocking discovery that turns her world upside down.

As a busy mum and GP, Freya’s used to having her hands full, but a bad day at work has put her career in jeopardy and now she’s really feeling the pressure.

Harriet’s looking forward to a break with her lovely husband Robert and teenage daughter Molly. But unknown to Harriet, Robert is hiding a secret – and so, for that matter, is Molly . . .

My Thoughts:

Another brilliant read by Lucy. I have to first comment on the cover of the book, it truly looks amazing, you just want to dive straight in. It has a kind of shimmer shine to it which is just so beautiful. I couldn’t get enough of the story it was so good, there are lots of characters and lots going on. I think it was beautifully told by many viewpoints, but don’t worry as you will not get confused, I actually felt like I wanted to be there in the midst of it all. Shell cottage sounds so wonderful and Lucy is very descriptive with her writing which I like. A perfect read to escape with. I can’t wait for Lucy’s next book.

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The Art of Baking Blind By Sarah Vaughan

The Art of Baking Blind By Sarah Vaughan

This title will be released on August 13, 2015.

There are many reasons to bake: to feed; to create; to impress; to nourish; to define ourselves; and, sometimes, it has to be said, to perfect. But often we bake to fill a hunger that would be better filled by a simple gesture from a dear one. We bake to love and be loved.

In 1966, Kathleen Eaden, cookery writer and wife of a supermarket magnate, published The Art of Baking, her guide to nurturing a family by creating the most exquisite pastries, biscuits and cakes.

Now, five amateur bakers are competing to become the New Mrs Eaden. There’s Jenny, facing an empty nest now her family has flown; Claire, who has sacrificed her dreams for her daughter; Mike, trying to parent his two kids after his wife’s death; Vicki, who has dropped everything to be at home with her baby boy; and Karen, perfect Karen, who knows what it’s like to have nothing and is determined her façade shouldn’t slip.

As unlikely alliances are forged and secrets rise to the surface, making the choicest choux bun seems the least of the contestants’ problems. For they will learn – as Mrs Eaden did before them – that while perfection is possible in the kitchen, it’s very much harder in life.

My Thoughts:

Thank you to lovereading for sending me an advanced copy of this book. I love any books that involve food so this was a definite must read for me. There are five main characters (or should I say bakers) in this story including Mrs Eaden, I thought it was clever of Sarah to entwine Mrs Eaden’s story in to the five bakers stories. Mrs Eaden’s story is very sad and tears may be shed as she touches on a particularly fragile subject, but I won’t go into any more detail as I don’t want to spoil it for those of you that haven’t yet read the book. I found relating myself to some of the other baker’s stories. I got particularly hungry reading about all the cake, bread, pies and pastry making and I had to go and find a biscuit. I love baking so I really found this book enjoyable.

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No Place for a lady By Gill Paul

No Place for a lady By Gill Paul

This title will be released on July 2, 2015.

All’s fair in love and war …

1854. England is in the grip of a gruesome war.

Lucy Harvington, ill-educated beyond how to be a wife, has travelled to the Crimea with her handsome and impetuous officer husband Charlie.
As the day of battle dawns she can only pray her husband survives. If he doesn’t, what will become of her?

Dorothea Gray, volunteer nurse at the Westminster Hospital, is determined to follow her little sister Lucy to the front and to serve her country alongside her heroine Florence Nightingale and the pioneering nurses already risking their lives.

But neither sister could possibly have known the horrors they are about to witness – the courage, the cowardice, the danger – and the excitement – nor could they have guessed the risks they must take, the passion they will taste, and the simple fact that they may never see one another again …

My Thoughts:

I was given an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. I found this book superb, it is mainly to do with what the women did in the war and follows Lucy Harvington who travels to the Crimea with her husband Charlie who is an officer, what she has to witness is truly horrifying and the conditions she has to live in are awful, the other part of the story focuses on her Lucy’s sister Dorothea, who is a nurse and she follows her sister to help serve her country. Her story I found fascinating, though some parts are awful as you can expect. I love the way Dorothea was with her patients and she meets Florence Nightingale which was interesting to read about. After reading this book, I have decided I would like to read more books about our women who served in the war. Such a brilliant read, I couldn’t put down.

If you would like to purchase this book when it is out 2nd July, please click on the link below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Place-Lady-Gill-Paul