Girl Alone By Cathy Glass

Girl Alone By Cathy Glass

Aged nine Joss came home from school to discover her father’s suicide. She’s never gotten over it.

This is the true story of Joss, 13 who is angry and out of control. At the age of nine, Joss finds her father’s dead body. He has committed suicide. Then her mother remarries and Joss bitterly resents her step-father who abuses her mentally and physically.

Cathy takes Joss under her wing but will she ever be able to get through to the warm-hearted girl she sees glimpses of underneath the vehement outbreaks of anger that dominate the house, and will Cathy be able to build up Joss’s trust so she can learn the full truth of the terrible situation?

My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book and I would like to say thank you to lovereading for sending it to me. This is the second book I have read of Cathy Glass’s and I can’t believe some of the stories I have read so far. The poor children that have to go through these awful things at such a young age. It makes me feel sick. These books are so heart touching that I really do admire Cathy and the work that she does, She makes the child feel safe, and that they have a sense of belonging. These books also give you a good insight about what it is like to be a foster carer. Another fantastic read.

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Those Children Are Ours By David Burnett

Those Children Are Ours By David Burnett

Jennie Bateman screamed at her daughters, cursed at her husband, packed a bag, and walked away. Twelve years later, she petitions the family court for visitation with her daughters, Alexis and Christa.
Her attorney tells Jennie that, ordinarily, she could not imagine that some type of visitation would not be granted. But, she warns, the situation is hardly ordinary.
True, Jennie suffered from a bipolar disorder when she began to drink heavily, abandoned her family, and moved in with another man. True, she has turned her life around: leaving her boyfriend, returning to school, entering therapy, taking medication, finding a job, and joining a church.
But she pressed no claim for her children when her husband divorced her, and she has made no attempt to contact them in any way since then. Her daughters, now sixteen and fourteen, live four hundred miles away. They have busy lives that do not include her, lives that will be totally disrupted by the visitation that she requests. Their father is engaged to be married to a woman who has taken the role of their mother for a decade. Alexis remembers nothing good about Jennie. Christa recalls nothing at all.
Conflict ensues as soon as Jennie’s petition is served: her former husband does not want to share his children with the woman who deserted him; her children have no interest in knowing the mother who abandoned them, and her father insists that she is being timid and ought to demand full custody, not simply visitation.
As court convenes, Jennie’s past is dredged up− the desertion, the men, her drinking, her mental health − and paraded before the judge. Her claim to be a different person, now, is attacked. The judge hesitates to grant Jennie’s request, but reluctantly agrees to order three trial visits.
If persuading the judge to let her see her children was difficult, convincing them to allow her to be a part of their lives seems to be almost impossible. She struggles through two visits and is almost. What happens next tests her confidence in herself, her love for her children, and, ultimately, threatens her life, itself.

My Thoughts:

I just want to say that I love the simplicity of the cover, it made me feel all warm inside and that was before I had even read the blurb. The story is all about a mum that has a loving husband and two beautiful children but has decided to leave them behind. Unfortunately she gets into all sorts of problems, this is when she realises she has made a big mistake and wants to return to her husband and kids. It was a hard story to read as you think why would she do that but when you unravel her story you can see why. It makes an interesting read.

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The Secret Countess By Eva Ibbotson

The Secret Countess By Eva Ibbotson

When revolution tears Russia apart, Anna abandons her identity and homeland for a safe haven in England. She finds shelter there, working as a servant in an aristocratic household, her luxurious past now just a distant memory. Until she falls in love with the young Earl of Westerholme – and risks revealing her secret.

My Thoughts:

Thank you to lovereading for sending me this book, this is the second book of Eva Ibbotson’s I have read and enjoyed. The new covers I find are truly magical, especially this one. This story is set in 1919, and concentrates on Anna’s story who I absolutely loved, she is a real gem and such a lovely human being. There are some other very colourful characters from the aristocratic party guests to the other servants who work alongside Anna. A truly magical tale.

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The Morning Gift By Eva Ibbotson

The Morning Gift By Eva Ibbotson

Ruth lives in the beautiful city of Vienna and is wildly in love with Heini Radik, a brilliant young pianist. But her world is about to change forever. When Hitler’s forces invade, Ruth’s family flees to London, but she is unable to get a passport. Quin, a young professor and friend of the family, visits Ruth and, in an effort to bring her back to London, he offers a marriage of convenience.

As Ruth throws herself into London life, Quin begins to fall desperately in love with her. Things are further complicated by the arrival of Heini…..

My Thoughts:

I would like to say a big thank you to lovereading for sending me this book. This is a new addition of the same book published many years ago. Eva Ibbotson died in on the 20th October 2010 aged 85, I think these books are being published again to celebrate her life. I hadn’t heard of her before I had read this book, I am lucky enough to be reviewing all five of her books. I love the way Eva has written, you wouldn’t believe that the characters are all fictional. I could picture all the places Eva visits in this book as her descriptions of places is spot on. A very detailed story which is perfect to curl up with.

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Recipes for Melissa By Teresa Driscoll

Recipes for Melissa By Teresa Driscoll


Melissa Dance was eight years old when her mother died. They never got to say goodbye.

Seventeen years later, Melissa is handed a journal. As she smooths open the pages and begins to read her mother’s words, she is instantly transported back to her childhood.

But returning to her past is painful and memories of her mother’s beautiful face are a cruel reminder to Melissa that she’ll never see her again.

As Melissa slowly makes her way through the precious book, reading the snippets of advice and cooking the dishes from the recipes she is also shocked to learn of her mother’s secrets – secrets that if shared, could change Melissa’s world forever.

My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book for an honest review. This is such an emotional, heartfelt story of Melissa who is growing up with out her mum who she lost to cancer. Melissa was only young when she lost her and now at the age of twenty five she has been given journals that were written by her mother before she died. I found this story a tear jerker as cancer has affected my family and I am sure other families in a similar way. There is so much I loved about this book too, the recipes, the way one minute you can be smiling and then the next crying, and I just loved the whole book in general. It is such a beautifully written book that it is one that will stay with me for a long time.

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Jenna’s Journey ( A Greek Island Mystery Book 1) By Julie Ryan

Jenna’s Journey ( A Greek Island Mystery Book 1) By Julie Ryan

When Jenna decides on a whim to go to Greece, she’s trying to escape her failing marriage. Will Greg let her go so easily though?

Can she make a new future for herself and how did she get involved in an antiques smuggling ring? Is fellow holidaymaker Tom all he seems and will it be happy ever after with Nikos? It’s not until twenty-five years later that some of the questions are finally answered.

My Thoughts:

This story had plenty of twists and turns, it did dart around a bit from place to place and character to character but I could not guess what was going to happen next. It is a slow paced book but with lots of description which I enjoyed. This is a must for those of you that love a romantic story set in a beautiful country. It made me want to go on holiday to Greece.

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Quintessentially Yours By Linn B Halton

Quintessentially Yours By Linn B Halton

James Kingman’s world just got complicated.

The love of his life, Katherine Dale, has just given birth to their first child.

His troublesome business manager, Phillipa, is sexually harassing him at work.

His boss proposes a partnership which would double his workload.

With so much on his plate, how will James cope?

Plagued by the unexpected exhaustion of having a baby who suffers from colic, he tries his best to hold his family together. Despite growing up without a mother and a neglectful father, James is a natural-born father.

Katherine, however, is struggling.

Dejected and rejected, Katherine battles with her hormones as her writing career begins to slip away from her. She not only doubts her capabilities as a writer but as a mother too.

Katherine confides in James’ boss, the enigmatic and world-famous astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas, and he puts her in touch with his agent.

Things start to look up for the writer, as her latest work attracts attention from several publishers, but her trips to Mark’s hotel attract attention too…

Suspicion is aroused and photographs are snapped.

Is there any truth to last year’s rumours of an affair between the pair?

If not, then why is Katherine visiting Mark in secret?

Will James be able to resist the advances of his seductive colleague?

Will the tangled trio be able to avoid scandal in the stars?

My Thoughts:

Quintessentially yours is a story about everyday life with people that add just a pinch more sparkle to make it such a perfectly enjoyable read. This story centres around Katherine and James who are going through what some people may say real life problems. There is alot going on and you also get to see what the other characters think of James and Katherine’s relationship and life. Such a touching read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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