The Summer of Second Chances By Maddie Please

The Summer of Second Chances By Maddie Please

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Lottie is about to discover that even when you think you’ve lost everything, hope and romance can be just around the corner . . .

It takes time to build your life. To get into a long-term (OK, a bit boring) relationship. To find a job (you don’t completely hate). Lottie might not be thrilled with the life she’s put together, but it’s the one she’s got.

So when in the course of one terrible evening, it all comes crashing down around her, Lottie has a choice: give herself over to grief at being broke, single and completely lacking in prospects.

Or, brick by brick, build herself a new life. And this time, with a little help from friends, a crumbling cottage in Devon and a handsome stranger, maybe she can make it the one she always wanted.

My Thoughts:

I loved this nice short easy read. It is such a fun and uplifting read that is pure escapism from everyday life. There are lots of witty one liners that made me giggle and I liked the fact when everything gets too much Lottie reaches for the wine. This is a definite author I would happily read again.

I won this book in a competition.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Second-Chances-laugh-out-loud-romantic-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Second-Chances-Maddie-Please

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Stand By Me By S. D. Robertson

Stand By Me By S. D. Robertson

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They’ll always have each other…won’t they?

Lisa and Elliot have been best friends ever since the day they met as children. Popular, bright and sporty, Lisa was Elliot’s biggest supporter when the school bullies made his life a misery, and for that, he will always be grateful.

Twenty years later, life has pulled the pair apart and Lisa is struggling. Her marriage is floundering, her teenage kids are being secretive, and she’s so tired she can’t think straight. So when Elliot knocks on the door, looking much better than she remembers, she can’t help but be delighted to see her old friend again.

With Elliot back in their lives, Lisa’s family problems begin to improve – he’s like the fairy godmother she never had. As their bond deepens, she realises how much she’s missed him, and prays that this is one friendship that will last a lifetime. But sometimes, life has other ideas…

My Thoughts:

This is an author that will never disappoint, a story that will pull you in and entrance you till the very end. I didn’t want it to finish as I loved the way Lisa and Elliot were together. The story hops from the past to the present where we see how Lisa and Elliot first met to where they are now in their life. I did have a few tears in my eye near the end as I felt as though I really knew Elliot.

I received a advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stand-Me-S-D-Robertson-ebook/

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stand-Me-S-D-Robertson

Mothers By Cath Weeks

Mothers By Cath Weeks

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Would you let your daughter go? 

Steffie has always been proud of the decisions she’s made as a mother – even when she battled with her husband’s infidelity and resolved to raise their ten-year-old daughter, Jemima, alone. But when Jemima has the chance to leave home and train as a professional ballerina, Steffie finds herself faced with that most unbearable of parental decisions: should she keep her child safe, or give them the wings to fly?

She knows what’s right. And so does her husband. But when tragedy strikes, can Steffie ever forgive herself?

Especially given the devastating secret she’s kept hidden for so many years…

My Thoughts:

I found the start of this book a bit slow but it did get better, I like the fact that where the book was set in Dorset, Wimborne I know very well as I lived there for a time and my parents live in Dorset. The scary thing was that I have regularly been to the Royal Surrey Hospital too as that is where I am having treatment for endometriosis. I do like a book that has places you know of in it. I loved the bond mother and daughter have between them it is very poignant. Beautifully written.

I received an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mothers-gripping-suspenseful-drama-Little-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mothers-gripping-suspenseful-drama-Little/

The Freedom Broker By K. J. Howe

The Freedom Broker By K. J. Howe

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At eight years old, Thea Paris watched her brother being snatched from his bed.

Her inability to save him has haunted both their lives ever since.

Twenty years later, the unthinkable happens when her billionaire father is abducted.

But this time, she is prepared.

Now, Thea is at the top of her game as a freedom broker, negotiating for the release of kidnap victims around the world.

And she has only one objective:

Find him or die trying…

My Thoughts:

I can’t believe how riveting and hooked I became with this story. It is not my usual type of read but I was intrigued when I read that Thea Paris is a hostage negotiator, I thought this sounds interesting and it was. My heart was literally racing to find out what would become, I didn’t want it to end. A cracker of a read and this is the first book in the series so am very excited to see what Thea gets up to next.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freedom-Broker-Thea-Paris-ebook/

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Freedom-Broker-Thea-Paris/

This could change everything By Jill Mansell

This could change everything By Jill Mansell

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On the one hand, if Essie hadn’t written that letter – the one that only her best friend was meant to see – then she’d still be living like an actual proper grown-up, tucked up with Paul in his picture-perfect cottage, maybe even planning their wedding…

On the other hand (if her true feelings hadn’t accidentally taken the internet by storm, that is) she wouldn’t have moved into the attic flat on the square. She would never have met Conor. Or got to know Lucas…

And she wouldn’t have found herself falling in love with someone she really, really shouldn’t fall in love with…

My Thoughts:

I loved this book so much, it is a warmhearted read with lots of romance. There are a more than a handful of characters and some very interesting ones to say the least. I loved how Zilliah even though she is eighty three years old, she is still getting out there and giving some very deserved people that bit of happiness before their day comes. Such a lovely thing for her to do especially when the other characters pull together to help her out. A heart warming book that will have you wanting to snuggle up under a blanket.

I received an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here: Out 25th Jan

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Could-Change-Everything-bestselling-ebook

hardback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/This-Could-Change-Everything-bestselling

The Endless Beach By Jenny Colgan

The Endless Beach By Jenny Colgan

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On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It’s a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content – unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.

While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he’s about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.

As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

My Thoughts:

Doesn’t the cover make you want to dive right in? Well it does for me as I am a huge Jenny Colgan fan. If you haven’t read any of her books I would strongly recommend them with a big mug of tea and a biscuit or two. This story is all about life on Mure it follows on from the seaside kitchen where we first meet all the wonderful residents that live there. The characters make you feel as though your part of the community and shows you that no matter what your going through they will always pull together to help you. The added bonus is when you finish the book and there are some cracking recipes to test out yourself.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Endless-Beach-Sunday-bestselling-author-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Endless-Beach-Sunday-bestselling-author

On a Beautiful Day By Lucy Diamond

On a Beautiful Day By Lucy Diamond

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It’s a beautiful day in Manchester and four friends are meeting for a birthday lunch. But then they witness a shocking accident just metres away which acts as a catalyst for each of them.

For Laura, it’s a wake-up call to heed the ticking of her biological clock. Sensible Jo finds herself throwing caution to the wind in a new relationship. Eve, who has been trying to ignore the worrying lump in her breast, feels helpless and out of control. And happy-go-lucky India is drawn to one of the victims of the accident, causing long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.

This is a novel about the startling and unexpected turns life can take. It’s about luck – good and bad – and about finding bravery and resilience when your world is in turmoil. Above all, it’s about friendship, togetherness and hope.

My Thoughts:

This is a book full of emotion and it really makes you think what you are grateful for. The story is about four very brave ladies who all going through real life situations. Two of the women really struck a chord with me as I have been through something similar but not exactly the same and I really felt for Eve as you don’t really think about health scares until you or someone you know has one then it comes flooding back to you. It is an emotional read but one that you just realise how close your friends and family can be.

I received a advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Day-Lucy-Diamond-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Day-Lucy-Diamond

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Day-Lucy-Diamond