Stone Heart By C. D. Jameson

Stone Heart By C. D. Jameson

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Grant, a pharmaceutical scientist, loses a high profile malpractice court case. Now broke, ruined by legal fees, he along with his wife Beth and their two children, Daniel and Kate, are forced to give up the wealthy life they once knew. While Grant searches for new work they take up residence in a run-down inner-city manor house.

Already an angry and prideful man the loss is more than Grant’s weak ego can take. As his behaviour worsens it threatens to break whatever fragile bonds still hold the family together.

Daniel and his Kate try to make the best of their troubled lives but something waits for them in the city. Its only purpose, to destroy whatever happiness they still hold in their hearts.

My Thoughts:

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. This is a short story where it was very easy to get in to. The characters were all brilliant in their own ways, I liked the relationship Daniel had with his sister Kate it was really warming to see. The story flowed well and it was easy to understand what was going on. You kind of know from the beginning that something weird may happen so there is alot of suspense which was good. I really enjoyed this book and would be very happy to read more by this author.

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US- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1HSDCV

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The Marble Collector By Cecelia Ahern

The Marble Collector By Cecelia Ahern

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A box of possessions.
A father with no memory.
A daughter with just one day to piece together the past.

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s belongings, her seemingly uneventful life suddenly alters and shifts.

In the single day she has to search for answers about the man she thought she knew, a man who can no longer remember his own story, Sabrina uncovers far bigger secrets than she could have imagined. And discovers that sometimes it’s the people closest to us that we know the least.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoy Cecelia’s books but this one didn’t grip me as much as I thought it would. It took me back to my childhood as I use to love playing with marbles and I did enjoy the first hard but from the middle onwards I just found the story very slow and didn’t really want to finish it. I didn’t feel a connection to the characters and just didn’t really see the point of the story. This was a hard review to write as I said before because I normally enjoy Cecelia’s books.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Marble-Collector-Cecelia-Ahern/

 

Corpus By Rory Clements

Corpus By Rory Clements

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This title will be released on January 26, 2017.

1936.
Europe is in turmoil.
The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland.
In Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror.
Spain has erupted in civil war.

In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.

In a London club, three senior members of the British establishment light the touch paper on a conspiracy that will threaten the very heart of government. Even the ancient colleges of Cambridge are not immune to political division. Dons and students must choose a side: right or left, where do you stand?

When a renowned member of the county set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe – and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson…

My Thoughts:

I have to say this is not a book I would normally go for, but I decided to try it and I am glad I did. It is set in 1936 which was a very highly political time in the war. Stalin and Hitler were at their all time high and getting even more aggressive. I found that this book was very educational and infomative as I learnt a lot about that era that I didn’t actually know. I became entranced with Thomas Wilde and what he would do or come up with next that I had to read it within one sitting. The chapters are not too long so you just think just one more chapter and then I had finished the book. A very well thought out story with a new hero of mine Thomas Wilde.

I was given a ARC for an honest review.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Corpus-gripping-thriller-rival-Fatherland

Margot & Me By Juno Dawson

Margot & Me By Juno Dawson

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This title will be released on January 26, 2017.

How can you hate someone in the present and love them in the past?

Fliss’s mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss’s stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot’s wartime diary, she sees an opportunity to get her own back.

But Fliss soon discovers Margot’s life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery . . . and even passion. What’s more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart . . .

My Thoughts: 

I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review. I love the cover it is so vibrant, it makes you want to dive straight in. This story is about Fliss and how she and her mum( Fliss’s mum isn’t well) go to live with her very stern grandmother. Fliss comes across her grandmother’s diary and can’t help but take a peak. Well she does more than take a peak she reads the whole diary. Expect emotions, love, friendship and ups and downs in this very powerful novel. I really did admire Fliss and all that she did for her mum.  I like how the diary was set out in a different font and learning about what life was like back then for Margot.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Margot-Me-Juno-Dawson

Perfect Daughter By Amanda Prowse

Perfect Daughter By Amanda Prowse

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Once upon a time, Jacks Morgan had dreams.

She would have a career and travel the world. She would own a house on the beach, and spend long nights with her boyfriend strolling under the stars.

But life had other ideas. First Martha came along, then Jonty. Then her mother moved in, and now their little terrace is bursting at the seams.

Jacks gave up on her dreams to look after her family. If only, just for once, her family would look after her…

My Thoughts:

Not having read any of Amanda’s books before I wasn’t sure what to expect. So in this story we meet Jacks who has two kids called Martha and Jonty and a husband called Pete. Not only does she run the house she also cares for her mother who has dementia. The story is told from the past and present and you get a bigger picture of what life was like for Jacks when she was younger. Be ready for lots of surprises that you would never have guessed in this emotional but beautifully told story. I sure am looking forward to reading more of Amanda’s books.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Daughter-No-Greater-Courage

The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even By Anna Bell

The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even By Anna Bell

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When Lexi’s sport-mad boyfriend Will skips her friend’s wedding to watch football – after pretending to have food poisoning – it might just be the final whistle for their relationship.

But fed up of just getting mad, Lexi decides to even the score. And, when a couple of lost tickets and an ‘accidentally’ broken television lead to them spending extra time together, she’s delighted to realise that revenge might be the best thing that’s happened to their relationship.

And if her clever acts of sabotage prove to be a popular subject for her blog, what harm can that do? It’s not as if he’ll ever find out . . .

My Thoughts:

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. I can’t believe I have never heard or read any of Anna Bell’s books before. This story was brilliant and very unique which I liked. Lexi’s boyfriend is sports mad and when he fakes being ill to get out of going to her best friends wedding and goes to a football match instead Lexi wants revenge and oh boy does she get it. But with all this going on she also decides to blog about it. Big mistake! Some of the things she does to get revenge are hilarious. A brilliant story and one author I will definitely be reading more of.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Girlfriends-Guide-Getting-Even

Rules: Things are Changing at the Little School by the Sea By Jane Beaton and Jenny Colgan

Rules: Things are Changing at the Little School by the Sea By Jane Beaton and Jenny Colgan

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For the first time, the girls caught sight of the turreted, castle-like building that would be home for the next nine months, the four towers of the main houses nestled in the hills, with the cliffs behind, leading down to the still turquoise sea.

Maggie loves teaching English at beautiful Downey House but she is less keen on planning her wedding to dependable Stan. Instead, she’s working on ignoring her crush on David McDonald, who teaches English at the local boys’ school.

Just as Simone and Fliss have become friends, Zelda arrives to upset everything. Zelda is loudly, glamorously American, and she’s full of ways to improve life at boring school. Soon, quiet, mousy Simone is undergoing a makeover. And Fliss is about to jeopardise everything to impress a boy.

In a new year at school, the girls of Downey House will be breaking all the rules – and not all of them will escape unscathed.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the series and I am absolutely looking forward to the next one. We catch up with Maggie the English teacher and the girls Simone, Fliss and Alice, this series we get to meet new girl Zelda and find out her story.  There is a more serious issue that runs through this book but how it has been written is very sensible and sensitive. I think it has been written really well.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rules-Things-Changing-Little-School