Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes By Jessica Redland

Christmas at Carly’s Cupcakes By Jessica Redland

It’s Christmas in Whitsborough Bay. With fairy lights connecting the shops and cafés on either side of the cobbles, Castle Street seems magical. And in such a magical place, surely Christmas wishes can come true.

Carly Travis, owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, has two Christmas wishes this year. Her first is for her younger sister, Bethany, to focus on the positives in her life, including her Christmas wedding, instead of writing herself off as a failure. Bethany’s attempts at cake-decorating aren’t going to win any awards, but she’s certainly great with customers. Carly’s second wish is for her best friend, Liam, to come home for Christmas.

When Liam calls to say he’s been granted leave from the army, Carly makes a third Christmas wish. It’s the one she’s made every year since she was a teenager and, if she’s really brave, could this be the year when it finally comes true?

With Liam coming home, the shop having its best year yet, and a wedding to look forward to, it’s shaping up to be the best Christmas ever for Carly. But for Bethany, things are starting to unravel …

My Thoughts:

This was a lovely short story that I devoured in an afternoon. It is the heart warming story of Carly and her little Cake shop in Whitsborough Bay. I loved the sound of the cake shop and could certainly see myself in there alot. I really like Carly as she is kind and caring, always puts others before herself a bit like me. The story line was engaging and I wished for Carly to have her happy ending. An all round perfect Christmas read. My first Christmas book of this year and it will be hard to beat.

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Athena’s Child By H M Lynn

Athena’s Child By H M Lynn

Daughter. Sister. Priestess. Protector.  

Son. Brother. Demi-God. Hero. 

Monsters.

Gifted and burdened with beauty far beyond that of mere mortals, Medusa seeks sanctuary with the Goddess Athena. But when the lustful gaze of mighty Poseidon falls upon her, even the Temple of Athena cannot protect her.

Young Perseus embarks on a seemingly impossible quest. Equipped with only bravado and determination, his only chance of success lays in the hands of his immortal siblings.

Medusa and Perseus soon become pawns of spiteful and selfish gods. Faced with the repercussions of Athena’s wrath Medusa has no choice but to flee and hide. But can she do so without becoming the monster they say she is.

History tells of conquering heroes. Tales distorted by time. Medusa’s truth has long been lost. Until now. Now it is time to hear her truth.

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to start reading this book, I am a big fan of Hannah’s writing, and this one was really good. At school I was always interested in Medusa and Classical Greek Myths. This is the story of Medusa but Hannah has put a slightly different twist on the story which I found fascinating. If you think you know the truth about things wait till you read this one. Hannah’s written is descriptive but engaging and I look forward to her next book. As brilliant as ever.

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Jessicaca By Suzy Blackledge

Jessicaca By Suzy Blackledge

Jess isn’t have a great time lately. She has the most boring job in her company, her boss tries to place blame on her every chance he gets, and she’s just had to sack one of her best friends. As for the men in her life, they all seem to be morons, cavemen or serial womanisers. Then she meets Steven. Mature, handsome and ever so enticing, Jess starts to think he might be the solution to a lot of her problems. The only issue is he’s younger. MUCH younger.

My Thoughts:

If you want a really funny book then I would suggest this one, you will laugh out loud and the story line is just brilliant, all the characters are ones that you feel as though you know. I couldn’t believe this was a debut novel as it is really good. I will looking out for more of this author’s books in the future.

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Little Falls By Elizabeth Lewes

Little Falls By Elizabeth Lewes

She tried to forget the horrors of war–but her quiet hometown conceals a litany of new evils.

Sergeant Camille Waresch did everything she could to forget Iraq. She went home to Eastern Washington and got a quiet job. She connected with her daughter, Sophie, whom she had left as a baby. She got sober. But the ghosts of her past were never far behind.

While conducting a routine property tax inspection on an isolated ranch, Camille discovers a teenager’s tortured corpse hanging in a dilapidated outbuilding. In a flash, her combat-related PTSD resurges–and in her dreams, the hanging boy merges with a young soldier whose eerily similar death still haunts her. The case hits home when Sophie reveals that the victim was her ex-boyfriend–and as Camille investigates, she uncovers a tangled trail that leads to his jealous younger brother and her own daughter, wild, defiant, and ensnared.

The closer Camille gets to the truth, the closer she is driven to the edge. Her home is broken into. Her truck is blown up. Evidence and witnesses she remembers clearly are erased. And when Sophie disappears, Camille’s hunt for justice becomes a hunt for her child. At a remote compound where the terrifying truth is finally revealed, Camille has one last chance to save her daughter–and redeem her own shattered soul.

My Thoughts:

Camille is home from Iraq, even though she tries to forget that place it is always in her mind, she tries to get back to a normal routine and time in her life but will that ever happen? on her job at an isolated ranch she finds a shocking discovery, she has flashbacks to the past and everything comes back to haunt her, can she work out what happened or will her past catch up with er? I liked this story it was gripping and I wanted to race through it to find out what happened. I liked Camille and found that lots of research had gone into this book which made it a really good read.

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Something To Live For By Richard Roper

Something To Live For By Richard Roper

MEET ANDREW.

Everybody likes Andrew. But they don’t really know him.

They know what he’s told them – that he’s happily married with two kids. Living the kind of life that’s either so boring it’s true, or so perfect it’s a lie . . .

ENTER PEGGY.

Peggy arrives in Andrew’s life in a burst of kindness and possibility. For the first time in ages, Andrew feels alive again. So now that he has everything to lose, can he risk it all and tell Peggy the truth?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book, I haven’t read anything like this before and I probably never will. I could rave about it all day, I liked the fact it was a little different, the Council side really interested me because it is not something that is talked about and I didn’t really know any information about what happens when someone dies and doesn’t have a next of kin, it is a fascinating inside in the world of the Council and the people that work there. Andrew works at the Council and my heart went out to him, he is a nice guy and people like him but they don’t know the true Andrew, it really upset me how he was in himself. Peggy comes along and turns his world upside and he falls big time for her. When she finds out his secret will she forgive him? The story deals with all kinds of issues but Richard has written it sensitively and has obviously done his homework, I would give this book a 10/10 stars if I could. One I would definitely recommend and one that captured my heart.

I recieved an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Virginia Woolstencroft for sending me a copy of this book.

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Every Move You Make By Deborah Bee

Every Move You Make By Deborah Bee

There are two sides to every story.
But only one is the truth.

A young woman turns up at a police station. She has been kept prisoner in her own home. Abused and tortured, her every move watched, her every thought controlled. Now she’s finally escaped.

That’s what she says.

But when the police arrive at the address she’s given them, her story doesn’t seem to add up. Her husband is missing, but his phone and wallet are still in the house.

She says she’s the victim, but what if she’s not? What if the stories she’s telling aren’t her stories at all . .

My Thoughts:

Engaging and gripping read, a perfect escapism read. I liked the sound of the plot as it seemed believable, the characters came to life with Deborah’s writing, you felt as though you didn’t know who to trust and who was telling the truth. I found the subject matter being depression and domestic violence hard to read about but Deborah has done really well with capturing that side of things. It will make you want to forget about your housework and keep reading on.

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Dear Emmie Blue By Lia Louis

Dear Emmie Blue By Lia Louis

A long time ago, Emmie Blue released a red balloon with a secret message hidden inside – and against all odds, across hundreds of miles of ocean, it was found on a beach in France by a boy called Lucas.

Fourteen years later, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, Emmie hopes that Lucas is finally about to kiss her. She never expected him to announce that he was marrying someone else!

Suddenly Emmie’s dreams are shattered and the one person in her life she can rely on is slipping through her fingers. But what if Lucas isn’t her forever? What if her love story is only just beginning…

My Thoughts:

This is a lovely story about a wonderful character called Emmie Blue. This is a story about Emmie Blue who releases a red balloon with a message in it and finds out that it has gone across to France and a boy called Lucas has found it. The story goes from the past to the present and we find out more about this unique Emmie Blue, though the story may be a little predictable it will still make your heart grow fond of her and her relationship with Lucas is genuinely sweet. I really enjoyed this story and I may have shed a few tears at the ending.

I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. Thank you to Alex Layt for sending me a copy of this book.

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Just Like the Other Girls By Claire Douglas

Just Like the Other Girls By Claire Douglas

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*Carer/Companion wanted for elderly lady*

*Young female preferred * Competitive Salary *

*Room and Board Included*

Una Richardson is devastated after the death of her mother. Hoping for a fresh start, she responds to an advertisement and steps into the rich, comforting world of elderly Mrs Elspeth McKenzie.

But Elspeth’s home is not as safe as it seems.

Kathryn, her cold and bitter daughter, resents Una’s presence. More disturbing is the evidence suggesting two girls lived here before.

What happened to the girls?

Why will the McKenzies not talk about them?

As the walls close in around her Una fears she’ll end up just like the other girls….

My Thoughts:

A psychological thriller at it’s best. The story is about Elspeth McKenzie who is an elderly lady who would like a carer. Elspeth has a daughter called Kathryn who doesn’t like the fact that her mother keeps bringing in all these carers and tries to bring them down a notch but why? and what secrets is she hiding. When Una finds something of the previous carer she decides to do some digging and then lies, twists and secrets surface. Is Elspeth all she is cracked up to be or is there more going on behind closed doors. I liked how the lies and secrets unravel to make for a book that you just wont want to put down.

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Under Your Skin By Rose McClelland

Under Your Skin By Rose McClelland

Where is Hannah?

When Kyle’s wife Hannah goes missing, the whole town is out in force to try to find her. One person knows where she is. One person is keeping a secret.

Detective Inspector Simon Peters and Detective Kerry Lawlor have been brought in to investigate the case, but Hannah has left no traces and Kyle has no clues.

Local Belfast resident Julia Matthews joins the #FindHannah campaign and becomes friendly with Kyle, sympathising with his tragedy. As Julia becomes more involved in the case than she bargained for, she begins to uncover more secrets than the Police ever could.

Julia was only trying to help, but has she become drawn into a web of mystery that she can’t escape?

My Thoughts:

When I read a psychological thriller I want twists, turns, not knowing what is going to happen and a spectacular ending and this had everything. I found the characters were all suspicious, and I really did’t like Kyle at all. The story is about Kyle and his wife Hannah who goes missing. Julia wants to help Kyle find Hannah but gets too wrapped up and involved. Will she uncover something sinister. Lots of secrets and lies are heavily involved. A real page turner at its best.

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