Dragonflies at Night: More Than A Love Story By Anne Marie Bennett

Dragonflies at Night: More Than A Love Story By Anne Marie Bennett

A dragonfly brings a mother’s love to a grieving daughter.

Meet Savannah, the thirty-something owner of Life Celebrations, a party planning business. Despite losing both parents as a teenager, Savannah is creating a positive life for herself, surrounded by friends and co-workers who are now her family. But she also has a secret—as much as she wants to settle down and have children, she is afraid to, for fear of getting cancer and having to leave them without their mother, as she herself was left behind years ago.

Meet Deirdre Rose, Savannah’s mother. She continues to watch over Savannah, who feels deeply connected to her mother whenever she sees a dragonfly.

Now meet Ben, a thirty-something recording artist who is good-looking, talented, and a household name. Despite his fame, Ben is lonely. He trusts few people because it seems everyone wants something from him instead of getting to know who he really is.

Savannah and Ben cross paths when they meet at a yoga retreat in the Massachusetts Berkshires. They are drawn to each other’s creativity and outlook on life. She sees beyond his celebrity and he admires her strength in what she’s had to overcome.

What happens when the retreat ends and they go their separate ways? Will they be able to make a long distance relationship work? Can Savannah put aside her fears, and will Ben allow himself to be truly vulnerable?

Above all . . . what message do Deirdre Rose and Dragonfly have for both of them?

My Thoughts:

I like how this story has three main characters, Savannah, Deirdre Rose and Ben. Savannah is a young woman who has her own business, she has been through it and as a teenager has lost her parents, she has a secret and is afraid to tell anyone. Deirdre Rose is Savannah’s mum, she has a thing for dragonflies as they make her feel connected with her mum, and Ben is a guy who is handsome and successful but deep down he is lonely. When Savannah and Ben meet at a retreat, they are drawn to each other, will they tell each other their secrets or will they be wrapped up forever. I love the way the dragonflies play a major part in the story and from now on I will really appreciate them. I enjoyed this book.

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A Terrible Secret By Cathy Glass

A Terrible Secret By Cathy Glass

Tilly hates her stepfather, Dave. He abuses her mother, but she refuses to leave him.

Frightened for her own safety, Tilly asks to go into foster care and is placed with Cathy. Tilly arrives with a graze on her cheek and Cathy becomes increasingly concerned by Dave’s behaviour, especially when she learns he has been showering Tilly with gifts.

While she’s busy looking after Tilly and trying to keep her safe, Cathy is also worried about her own daughter, Lucy. She has a very difficult decision to make that will affect the rest of her life, and Cathy hopes she makes the right choice.

My Thoughts:

As soon as I get a book by Cathy Glass, I just have to read it straight away, this is the story of Tilly. Cathy Glass is a foster carer and has been for a very long time. I feel as though she is not only an author but a wonderful and very caring lady, with two kids of her own and her adopted daughter, she still manages to find the time to care for other kids, which is an incredible thing to do. I like the way that any child that comes into Cathy’s home is treated like family, she has so much love to give. With Cathy’s books I always say to myself just one more chapter then I end up reading lots more chapters. Her books are addictive, I also wanted to see where we left of with Lucy who is Cathy’s adopted daughter, there is always a lot going on but Cathy manages to do it all single handedly. I feel as though reading these books gives me more of an education into the foster care world which I previously did not know anything about. I look forward to the next book where Tilly’s story continues.

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Emily Knight I am… Becoming By A. Bello

Emily Knight I am… Becoming By A. Bello

Homecoming. Sacrifice. Family. Fire. The Knights are finally reunited and ready to defeat Neci once and for all. But Neci is one step ahead and is targeting them one by one. When one of Emily’s best friends is kidnapped,

Emily leads the elite team on a rescue mission but nothing can prepare them for what Neci has planned.

My Thoughts:

This is a little bit different to my usual reads but I thought I would give it a try. This is book three in the I am series. I would say it is more aged around the younger person and is a fantasy, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. There is a good range of characters including baddie Neci who suited that role very well. Emily is a strong character who does her best to get her best friend back when kidnapped. I felt as though she is one tough cookie. I look forward to reading the first two books.

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Creativity Brewing Volume 1 By Kevin Barrick and Contributions by Jason Schneider

Creativity Brewing Volume 1 By Kevin Barrick and Contributions by Jason Schneider

Enjoy a selection of flash fiction stories hand-roasted to perfection. Each story has been crafted to be your perfect pick-me-up. Whether you like light roast, medium roast, or dark roast, this collection serves it all! Read these stories each morning with your morning cup of coffee, or all at once.

However you read this collection, know you are getting a rich dose of flash fiction, strong and smooth to enjoy time after time. With Creativity Brewing, you can hear the tales of pirates or war veterans, of lions or hyenas, of an impoverished boy trying to attend school, or of a queen chosen by the ancients. You will explore vast lands and travel great distances with every turn of the page.

My Thoughts:

A bit different to what I normally read but I needed this little pick me up inbetween reading lots of other books. This is 30 short stories, I like the fact it says on the title hand roasted to perfection, which means you can enjoy them whilst having a coffee in the morning. There is all sorts of different stories, they are light easy reads, I liked the lion who forgot how to roar but I mainly enjoyed them all. There is a variety of stories that will keep you intrigued. Well written.

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Mainely Power By Matt Cost

Mainely Power By Matt Cost

Was Harold Dumphy killed to cover up something at the nuclear power plant where he was the head of security?

This is what Harold’s widow asks Goff Langdon, private detective, to find out. Langdon is a laid back, slacker detective, happy with his work, friends, and way of life in the town of Brunswick, Maine. To compliment his income in small town Maine’s scarce private detective market, Langdon also owns and operates a mystery bookstore named after his trusted companion, Coffee Dog.

Does Langdon stand a chance against corrupt cops, crooked politicians, greedy millionaires, radical environmentalists, and a deadly assassin named Shakespeare?

With the help of Bart, the bear of a cop; Jimmy 4 by Four, the hippie lawyer; the immigrants Jewell and Richam; and his true desire and employee, Chabal-Langdon sets out to do just that. And then he is framed for not one, but two murders, and events become very complicated.

Follow Langdon and his band of friends as they attempt to untangle the web of intrigue and return Brunswick to “the way life should be.”

My Thoughts:

I read this book in a day and bloody loved it. It had everything I wanted plus more. I was drawn to the main character who is called Goff Langdon he is a private detective but also has his own bookstore, which is named after his dog Coffee Dog. There is a interesting mix of characters some baddies like Shakespeare and greedy millionaires that Langdon has to deal with but also some nice characters like Chabal who runs the bookstore for Langdon. I liked the beginning, middle and end. How the story wraps up too is very good. This was a great first book and I look forward to book 2. 10/10

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The Baby Group By Caroline Corcoran

The Baby Group By Caroline Corcoran

Her life was perfect. Until the video.

Scarlett’s golden life suddenly unravels when someone sends a shocking video of her to everyone she knows. The only people who claim they haven’t seen it are the friends in her new mothers’ group: Cora, Emma and Asha.

Scarlett is forced to delve into her past to discover who is out to get her. But as her circle of trust gathers around her, she has to ask – are her friends as innocent as they seem?

My Thoughts:

This is a story about motherhood, lies and betrayal. You never really know who you can trust is my feelings when reading this book. The main character is Scarlett after having a baby, she like many mums meets up with the other mums from the baby group. Scarlett has a past and unfortunately it decides to rear its ugly head in a very dramatic and life changing way for her, but who is behind it?and will Scarlett’s life every be the same again? There are twists and turns, and it had me gripped, I had my suspicions, but I was wrong. Another good read from Caroline and I look forward to the next book.

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The Heatwave By Kate Riordan

The Heatwave By Kate Riordan

Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was troubled. Elodie is dead.

Sylvie hasn’t been back to her crumbling French family home in years. Not since the death of her eldest daughter Elodie.

Every corner of the old house feels haunted by memories of her – memories she has tried to forget.

But as temperatures rise, and forest fires rage through the French countryside, a long-buried family secret is about to come to light.

Because there’s something Sylvie’s been hiding about what really happened to Elodie that summer.

And it could change everything.

My Thoughts:

I was looking forward to delving into this story, the blurb promised to be a really good psychological thriller, however it seemed to be quite slow going for the first half of the book, it is set in France in the middle of a heatwave, I read this when we had out heatwave here in England so could almost imagine I was there. There is a uncovered mystery and secrets are hidden but will they be revealed? It is quite a dark and tense read.

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A Girl Made of Air By Nydia Hetherington

A Girl Made of Air By Nydia Hetherington

This is the story of The Greatest Funambulist Who Ever Lived…

Born into a post-war circus family, our nameless star was unwanted and forgotten, abandoned in the shadows of the big top. Until the bright light of Serendipity Wilson threw her into focus.

Now an adult, haunted by an incident in which a child was lost from the circus, our narrator, a tightrope artiste, weaves together her spellbinding tales of circus legends, earthy magic and folklore, all in the hope of finding the child… But will her story be enough to bring the pair together again?

My Thoughts:

If you are after a magical and spell binding story then this is the one for you, as long as you use your imagination you are in for a real treat. The main character is called Mouse and I felt as though it was Mouse that was in search of something, both abstract and concrete. Then comes in Serendipity what a incredible name, she teaches Mouse to become a funambulist which I did not know what it meant. It is a tightrope walker. The side of the circus was interesting to me with a mixture of different characters with their own stories. I liked this story it made me feel dreamy like did I read this book or not? Unless that is to do with the spell binding and magical way to this story. A captivating story that I want to read all over again.

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Kill Switch (Angel of Darkness Thriller, Noir & Hardboiled Crime Fiction Book 1) By Steve N. Lee

Kill Switch (Angel of Darkness Thriller, Noir & Hardboiled Crime Fiction Book 1) By Steve N. Lee

Tess Williams has seen a lot of dead bodies. Not surprising – she’s responsible for most of them being in that state.

However, Tess isn’t just a killer, but a rogue assassin with a passion for meting out justice to those who harm others – murderers, rapists, gangbangers, pimps – so when a young woman is abducted in Krakow, Poland, Tess dives into the city’s sleazy underworld to save her.

And that’s when the bodies start piling up.

Tess finds out the hard way that she’s taken on way more than just some local street thugs and plunges into a life-or-death struggle to rescue the woman. But she has only 24 hours to do it. And the clock is ticking…

Outgunned, outnumbered, and out of options, Tess is about to discover that victory sometimes comes at a price too terrifying to pay.

My Thoughts:

This is an action packed thriller with a great story line. The lead character I wasn’t too sure of at the start but began to like them through out the story. I have not read many books with female vigilantes and we learn more out about Tess going more into the story. This one was really good and grabbed my attention, the only other thing I would say is that if you are squeamish like me, be warned. Though saying that I am looking forward to reading the next book.

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The Aosawa Murders By Riku Onda

The Aosawa Murders By Riku Onda

On a stormy summer day the Aosawas, owners of a prominent local hospital, host a large birthday party. The occasion turns into tragedy when 17 people die from cyanide in their drinks. The only surviving links to what might have happened are a cryptic verse that could be the killer’s, and the physician’s bewitching blind daughter, Hisako, the only person spared injury. But the youth who emerges as the prime suspect commits suicide that October, effectively sealing his guilt while consigning his motives to mystery.

The police are convinced that Hisako had a role in the crime, as are many in the town, including the author of a bestselling book about the murders written a decade after the incident, who was herself a childhood friend of Hisako’ and witness to the discovery of the murders. The truth is revealed through a skilful juggling of testimony by different voices: family members, witnesses and neighbours, police investigators and of course the mesmerising Hisako herself.

My Thoughts:

I found this a quite unusual story, the focus of the story is about the crime, and the after effects, at a party several people die from drinking cyanide, now here is the question why would someone poison the drinks? there are a few narrators telling the reader their tale but was left a bit confused as to what was going on here as I couldn’t find the answers I was looking for. I am still kind of dumbfounded to what I actually read. A very strange tale with not really a ending.

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