A Proper Family Adventure By Chrissie Manby

A Proper Family Adventure By Chrissie Manby

Could you spend two weeks at sea with your family?

Thanks to an unexpected windfall, the Bensons are treating themselves to a luxury cruise. With stop-offs in Barcelona, Rome and Marseilles, plus constant entertainment onboard, it’s a dream come true . . . Or is it? Last time Chelsea Benson went on holiday with this lot she nearly went crazy.

Her mum and sister are convinced Chelsea’s boyfriend Adam will propose on the ship. Chelsea’s sure he won’t, but she can’t help feeling butterflies as they set sail. Is Adam going to pop the question, or will the only thing to pop be Chelsea’s ego?

My Thoughts:

After reading one of Chrissie’s previous books called A proper family holiday I was more than excited to read this book. I would like to say thank you Eleni at hodder for sending me a copy of this book, it is much appreciated. I must firstly mention the cover of this book it is so summery and lovely, it really put a smile on my face and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. As I have previously read one of Chrissie’s books before I literally felt as I was reacquainted with old friends. I am sure you can read these books as a standalone but I would thoroughly recommend reading them all as they are just brilliant stories. I would say this one has a very serious issues that are dealt with really well but it is still light hearted, I loved reading everyone’s stories. There are a few things which happen which made me chuckle too. After reading the last page and being a bit sad it had come to an end I did see that Chrissie Manby has got her next novel out in November 2015 called A Wedding At Christmas, which I will really look forward to.

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Secrets of the Pomegranate by Barbara Lamplugh

Secrets of the Pomegranate by Barbara Lamplugh

Secrets are dangerous; lies can rebound. And when discovery 
threatens to overturn your whole life…

“The author’s love for and familiarity with Granada and life in Spain shine through on every page” – Jill Foulston, author of ‘La Vita E’ Bella’

Passionate, free-spirited Deborah has finally found peace and 
a fulfilling relationship in her adopted city of Granada – but when 
she is seriously injured in the Madrid train bombings of 2004, it is 
her sister Alice who is forced to face the consequences of a deception they have maintained for ten years.

At Deborah’s home in Granada, Alice waits, ever more fearful. Will her sister live or die? And how long should she stay when each day brings the risk of what she most dreads, a confrontation with Deborah’s Moroccan ex-lover, Hassan? At stake is all she holds dear…

My Thoughts:

Can I just say how beautiful and intriguing the cover of this book is. This is Barbara’s first published novel which is set in Granada. The story is very well written, and well thought out, I couldn’t put it down. It was very well paced but with enough anticipation to keep you hooked. The characters were interesting and I loved all the descriptions about Grenada I just wish I was there reading this book it would be spectacular. I really enjoyed the story.

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My Sister’s Secret By Tracy Buchanan

My Sister’s Secret By Tracy Buchanan


This title will be released on August 13, 2015.

Discovering the truth could destroy you….

Willow’s memories of her parents are sun-drenched and full of smiles, love and laughter. But a mysterious invitation exposes a secret that’s been buried since a tragic accident years ago.

Willow must question everything she knew about her late mother and the aunt she’s lived with since she was a child. How is a enigmatic photographer connected to Willow? Why will her aunt not break her silence? Willow needs answers. But who can she trust?

Because no one has been telling the truth for a very long time…

My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book which is Tracy’s second book. The story itself is a heartbreaking but beautifully uplifting one, there are many twists and turns, and I honestly didn’t expect what we find out in the story. It made me think about what I would do for someone I loved and learn how a secret can affect not just one but many lives. Really capturing read, an author I am sure to look out for in the future.

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Safe Haven By Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven By Nicholas Sparks

Love hurts. There is nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again you must learn to trust again.
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet unassuming, Katie is determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships.
Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community. But even as Katie starts to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts her . . .

My Thoughts:

I really love Nicholas Sparks books, bearing in mind I have only read two of them, I just can’t get enough of them. I loved The Longest Ride which is his latest book but this book was brilliant too. Even though this book goes from the past to the present it is easy to keep up with it, there is a relaxed nature to reading one of Nicholas’s books. I loved the story and there is a lovely added twist at the end which will put a smile on your face. This is a bittersweet love story so grab a tissue and curl up you are in for a treat. I look forward to my next Nicholas Sparks book.

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Cradled Dreams By Beverly Hoffman

Cradled Dreams By Beverly Hoffman

As her family gathers for Thanksgiving, Georgie’s heartbreak is hard to conceal. After years of pursuing her dreams of motherhood, she has recently learned that her last option to conceive has failed. Grim amid the festive holiday celebrations, Georgie feels that she has little reason to give thanks.


Her sister-in-law, Robin, desperate to ease Georgie’s suffering, struggles for a way to help. On loving impulse, she offers a solution—surrogacy.


Flush with excitement, neither woman can predict how her life will change. But each is comforted by the knowledge that her love for the other will guide the way. Soon, after in vitro using a relative’s sperm and her own egg, Robin shares the joyous news that she is pregnant. Every conversation sparkles with her private joy at the gift she could give her sister-in-law. But she encounters unexpected criticism when discussing the plan with others. She must now deal with judgment and questions about ethics. Relationships are strained. Both must pay emotional costs they never anticipated. Soon, questions they never asked begin to haunt them both.


Where do boundaries of possibility meet long-term responsibility? Under what circumstances does science need to pause to consider moral outcomes? When organs and tiny bones grow in spite of circumstances never seen in nature, where does motherhood begin and end?


And most haunting of all is the question Robin couldn’t ask herself on that first day: Will she really be able to give up the child for the sake of Georgie’s dream?

My Thoughts:

You will definitely need a tissue or two with this book. This is such a compelling and thought provoking story, is all about what one sister would do for her sister. You also get to meet the family members and see what they think of it all, I think this story is about the gift of love, there is emotion but lots of love from a difficult, controversial situation. Beverly has written it beautifully.

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My First Book Tag

My First Book Tag


Thank you so much Book bunny for tagging me to answer these fantastic questions. Please do take a look at her blog as it is brilliant.


  • Do you have certain places at home for reading?

Yes. I love to read on the sofa fully stretched out as I find it very relaxing.

  • Bookmark or random piece of paper?

I have a bookmark that I have had for a few years now, someone special who is no longer with us gave it to me, I would be so upset if I lost it.

  • Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I have to stop after a chapter, I hate to be disturbed inbetween a chapter, I find it easier to remember the story if I start a new chapter when I pick the book up again. I know that sounds weird! 🙂

  • Do you eat or drink while reading?

I will drink tea or hot chocolate when I am reading but I would never eat whilst reading as I hate reading a book when there are crumbs in it or marks from fingerprints.

  • Multi tasking: Music or TV while reading?

I can multi task whilst reading but I prefer not too, especially if the book is a really good one.

  • One book at a time or several at once?

I can only read one book at a time, I think I would find I would find it hard to concentrate reading two or more books but I do know people that do that. I just like to have one book to read.

  • Reading at home or everywhere?

I prefer to read at home, I have tried reading at the doctors, on the bus etc but I can’t seem to concentrate, I think it is because I am very nosey. 🙂

  • Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Definitely silently in my head.

  • Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I read ahead, I think you don’t get a feel for the story or you are not obviously enjoying the book if you have to skip pages so I would rather read the whole book.

  • Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

I love keeping a book like new.

  • Do you write in your books?

No, never have and never will.

Thank you so much Book Bunny for my questions. I have really enjoyed answering your questions.



The Twins By Saskia Sarginson

The Twins By Saskia Sarginson

Isolte and Viola are twins. Inseparable as children, they’ve grown into very different adults: Isolte, a successful features writer for a fashion magazine with a photographer boyfriend and a flat in London, and Viola, desperately unhappy and struggling with a lifelong eating disorder.

What happened all those years ago to set the twins on such different paths to adulthood? As both women start to unravel the escalating tragedies of a half-remembered summer, terrifying secrets from the past come rushing back — and threaten to overwhelm their adult lives . . .

My Thoughts:

I liked this book it had lots of very different characters and I enjoyed the plot but it is set in three different times of the girls lives and it sometimes switched between times but also in the middle of a paragraph which I did find slightly confusing. This is a book you would have to concentrate on, but the ending was good.

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