The Quality Street Girls By Penny Thorpe

The Quality Street Girls By Penny Thorpe

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At sixteen years old, Irene ‘Reenie’ Calder is leaving school with little in the way of qualifications. She is delighted to land a seasonal job at Mackintosh’s Quality Street factory. Reenie feels like a kid let loose in a sweet shop, but trouble seems to follow her around and it isn’t long before she falls foul of the strict rules.

Diana Moore runs the Toffee Penny line and has worked hard to secure her position. Beautiful and smart, the other girls in the factory are in awe of her, but Diana has a dark secret which if exposed, could cost her not only her job at the factory but her reputation as well.

When a terrible accident puts supply of Quality Street at risk, Reenie has a chance to prove herself. The shops are full of Quality Street lovers who have saved up all year for their must-have Christmas treat. Reenie and Diana know that everything rests on them, if they are to give everyone a Christmas to remember…

My Thoughts:

I have been wanting to get my hands on this book for ages and finally I did and it did not disappoint. The book is set in the 1930’s and we see how life was in those days. I found it sad how the children had to grow up in houses that were unfit for purpose and how ill they were. I loved reading about the factory where they made the quality street chocolates and I could almost imagine the smells of the chocolates being made there. A real treat of a book.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quality-Street-Girls-Book-ebook

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quality-Street-Girls-Book

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The Last Widow By Karin Slaughter

The Last Widow By Karin Slaughter

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It begins with an abduction. The routine of a family shopping trip is shattered when Michelle Spivey is snatched as she leaves the mall with her young daughter. The police search for her, her partner pleads for her release, but in the end…they find nothing. It’s as if she disappeared into thin air.

A month later, on a sleepy Sunday afternoon, medical examiner Sara Linton is at lunch with her boyfriend Will Trent, an agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But the serenity of the summer’s day is broken by the wail of sirens.

Sara and Will are trained to help in an emergency. Their jobs – their vocations – mean that they run towards a crisis, not away from it. But on this one terrible day that instinct betrays them both. Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control; Sara is taken prisoner; Will is forced undercover. And the fallout will lead them into the Appalachian mountains, to the terrible truth about what really happened to Michelle, and to a remote compound where a radical group has murder in mind…

My Thoughts:

I have not ever read a book  by Karin Slaughter before but decided to give it a try. I am sure alot of people are going to enjoy this book but for me it was far too repetitive and it made me want to give up a few times on finishing the book. It does seem that Karin has done alot of research to make the story more interesting.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Widow-latest-thriller-bestselling-ebook

Hardback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Last-Widow-Karin-Slaughter

One Day in Winter By Shari Low

One Day in Winter By Shari Low

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One morning in December… Caro set off on a quest to find out if her relationship with her father had been based on a lifetime of lies.

Lila decided to tell her lover’s wife of their secret affair.

Cammy was on the way to pick up the ring for the surprise proposal to the woman he loved.

And Bernadette vowed to walk away from her controlling husband of 30 years and never look back.

One day, four lives will change forever…

My Thoughts:

I love how this book is set out, each chapter is a different person we get to meet each person and discover their story. I found it good that the characters were all described at the beginning of the story as i did not feel overwhelmed with so many characters. Each persons event seemed to connect and affect one of the other characters and we see how they intertwine with one another at the end of the story. A very cleverly written story.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Day-December-Bestselling-Author-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Day-Winter-Shari-Low

The Night You Left By Emma Curtis

The Night You Left By Emma Curtis

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IT ONLY TAKES A MOMENT TO UNRAVEL A PERFECT LIFE . . .

When Grace’s fiancé vanishes without a trace the night after proposing, her life is turned upside down. But has Nick walked out on her, or is he in danger?

As Grace desperately searches for answers, it soon becomes clear that Nick wasn’t the uncomplicated man she thought she knew. And when she uncovers a hidden tragedy from his childhood, she realises an awful truth: that you can run from your past – but your secrets will always catch up with you . . .

My Thoughts:

This is a tense and dark story about Grace and her fiance Nick, he goes missing and Grace doesn’t know why. Was it something she did, or is there more to it than meets the eye. The story pulls you in and makes you not want to come up for breath until you find out all the answers. A very cleverly written story.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-You-Left-Emma-Curtis-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-You-Left-Emma-Curtis

My Not So Functional Family By Bridie Jabour

My Not So Functional Family By Bridie Jabour

 

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Claudia is getting married in a week. Well, she’s supposed to be.

Arriving back at her childhood home, Claudia is faced with spending the week with her her arguing siblings, dramatic mother, and nuisance aunt. Desperately awaiting the arrival of her best friend Nora for moral support, Claudia starts to question her relationship.

What if her ex-boyfriend was actually The One? And is downloading Tinder just before your wedding really that bad?

Claudia hopes Nora will help her face her insecurities, but she’s hiding secrets of her own. With the big day drawing near, and her family close to falling out, Claudia must decide what she really wants, or doesn’t want . . .

My Thoughts:

I was looking forward to starting this book as I was expecting lots of laughs and amusement but it didn’t really live up to my expectations. There are a few chuckles and a well written story but it just didn’t hold my attention as though I thought it would.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Not-So-Functional-Family-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Not-So-Functional-Family

The Cherry Tree Cafe By Heidi Swain

The Cherry Tree Cafe By Heidi Swain

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Lizzie Dixon‘s life feels as though it’s fallen apart. Instead of the marriage proposal she was hoping for from her boyfriend, she is unceremoniously dumped, and her job is about to go the same way. So, there’s only one option: to go back home to the village she grew up in and to try to start again.

Her best friend Jemma is delighted Lizzie has come back home as she has just bought a little cafe and Lizzie’s sewing skills are just what she needs to help get it ready for the grand opening.

With a new venture and a new home, things are looking much brighter for Lizzie. But can she get over her broken heart, and will an old flame reignite a love from long ago…?

My Thoughts:

If you fancy a light hearted read with a side dish of cakes, this is the book for you. I love the way when Lizzie’s plans go awry and she moves back to her old village that people from the community rally round to help her including her best friend Jemma. I loved the idea of Lizzies new venture and loved seeing how it would all come together. A nice little story that is an easy read.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cherry-Tree-Cafe-Cupcakes-crafting-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cherry-Tree-Cafe-Cupcakes-crafting