Sunflowers In February By Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers In February By Phyllida Shrimpton

 

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Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road.

She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. And very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance, arrive and she sees her own body that she realises that she is in fact . . . dead.

But what is she supposed do now? 

Lily has no option but to follow her body and sees her family – her parents and her twin brother – start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time . . .

My Thoughts:

I love the cover of this book the colours are really vibrant and eye catching, the plot seemed interesting but I was not sure. I did not feel as though I liked Lily that much as what she does through out the story. The plot flowed well and the writing was easy to read but when I don’t feel as though I have a connection with the main character I just feel a bit let down. I would however look out for more of Phyllida Shrimpton’s books.

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

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunflowers-February-Phyllida-Shrimpton-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunflowers-February-Phyllida-Shrimpton

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The Perfectly Imperfect Woman By Milly Johnson

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman By Milly Johnson

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Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change.

Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.

But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

My Thoughts:

Milly Johnson’s books never fail to bring a smile to my face and I get so excited about reading them. As always there is one character that you can relate to and I really found myself warming to Marnie. I was really rooting for Marnie to stand up to some of the characters and I am glad she did. I loved the sound of the different flavours of Cheesecake she made too. A heartwarming story that will leave you wanting more, I wonder if there will be more from Marnie in the future. Who Knows?

Get your copy here:

kindle edition
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfectly-Imperfect-Woman-Milly-Johnson-ebook

Hardback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfectly-Imperfect-Woman-Milly-Johnson

One Cornish Summer By Liz Fenwick

One Cornish Summer By Liz Fenwick

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Against the beauty of Cornwall, a story of two women struggling with their past: one cannot remember hers, the other cannot forget…

When Hebe receives a life-changing diagnosis at only 53, she struggles to make sense of what it will mean for her, her job and the man she loves. With memories slipping away by the day, she flees to the one place she has always felt safe and peaceful – Cornwall, and the house her family spent so many summers in.

Lucy is having her own crisis, and seizes the chance to follow her aunt to Cornwall. Curious about what has driven Hebe there after so many years, she also has to battle with the secret she has kept since her family’s last summer there more than ten years ago.

Both women will learn that memories live in our hearts and that sharing secrets can set you free… But can they find their way back to the things that are truly important to them?

My Thoughts:

Liz Fenwick has done it again, she is such a brilliant author and her words transport you to Cornwall where her books are based. You really feel as though you are there in the midst of things. I loved this story and the characters, they seem to come alive with Liz’s descriptive writing. Helwyn House is fictious but it is based on a National Trust property called Godolphin House which I will definitely make time to visit at some point. A must read.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Cornish-Summer-Liz-Fenwick-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Cornish-Summer-Liz-Fenwick

Good Me Bad Me By Ali Land

Good Me Bad Me By Ali Land

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When Annie hands her mother over to the police she hopes for a new start in life – but can we ever escape our past?

‘NEW NAME. NEW FAMILY. SHINY. NEW. ME.’

Annie’s mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police.

With a new foster family and a new name – Milly – she hopes for a fresh start. Now, surely, she can be whoever she wants to be. But as her mother’s trial looms, the secrets of Milly’s past won’t let her sleep . . .

Because Milly’s mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water…

My Thoughts:

I am not sure what to say about this book but it was not for me. It was an interesting storyline but one that did not seem to capture my attention as much as I thought it might. There are a few parts where it gets a bit uncomfortable but thankfully these parts are not in too much detail. I am sure there are people that would enjoy it but it just was not for me.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Me-Bad-Richard-thriller-ebook/

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Me-Bad-Richard-thriller/

Million Love Songs By Carole Matthews

Million Love Songs By Carole Matthews

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After splitting up with her cheating husband, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is a serious relationship.
Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun. Joe on the other hand is kind and attractive, but comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

Ruby thinks she knows what she wants, is it what she needs to be truly happy?

My Thoughts:

Firstly I have to say how pretty the cover of the paperback is, it has such a beautiful shimmer. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one and it is a cracker. You will be drawn into this feel good read and wont want to surface until the story is finished. The characters were all brilliant and full of emotion and I think in some ways people will be able to relate to Ruby. I loved the Take That side of the story too it made it more fun. I can’t stop singing Take That songs now.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Love-Songs-Carole-Matthews-ebook

Hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Love-Songs-Carole-Matthews

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Million-Love-Songs-Carole-Matthews

Charlie and Me By Mark Lowery

Charlie and Me By Mark Lowery

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Thirteen-year-old Martin and his younger brother Charlie are on a very special journey. They’re going to be travelling 421 miles all the way from Preston to the very tip of Cornwall. They’re hoping to catch a glimpse of the dolphin that regularly visits the harbour there. But is that the only reason they are going?

It’s a journey that’s full of challenges and surprises. Martin adores his brother Charlie but he’s not like ordinary kids. He’s one in a million. He was born far too early, and ought to have died. And cheeky, irrepressible, utterly unique Charlie is always keeping Martin on his toes – especially on this crazy trip they are now on. Martin is doing his best to be a good big brother, but it’s hard when there’s something so huge coming once they get to Cornwall …

My Thoughts:

I thought this would make a change to the books I had been reading and it did. This is the story of Martin and his younger brother Charlie who decide to go on a journey like no other. I love how the book is set out with Martin’s poems and the lined pages like it really is a book. There are some funny parts to the story but it also deals with some more personal issues which have been dealt with in a sympathetic way. This is a short story and I managed to read it within an hour. I will be looking for more of this author’s books.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charlie-Me-421-Miles-Home-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charlie-Me-421-Miles-Home

How to be Happy By Eva Woods

How to be Happy By Eva Woods

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The smallest things can make the biggest difference.

Annie has been sad for so long that she’s forgotten how to be any other way. Until she meets Polly.

Polly is everything that Annie is not. She’s colourful, joyful, happy. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it’s that your time is too short to waste a single day.

Polly has one hundred days to help Annie find happiness. Annie’s convinced it’s impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey, Annie begins to realise that maybe, just maybe, there’s still colour to be found in the world.

But then it becomes clear that Polly’s about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.

My Thoughts:

If you are going to read this book you need a big box of tissues, I don’t know how anyone can read it without crying. It is such an emotional read that it had me in bits for days. But don’t be put off as it shows you how you can make everyday count and how important your friends and family are in your time of need.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Happy-unmissable-uplifting-bestseller-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Happy-unmissable-uplifting-bestseller