The Imperfect Art of Caring By Jessica Ryn

The Imperfect Art of Caring By Jessica Ryn

One small act can make a big difference

Violet Strong is strong by name but not by nature, or so she thinks. She listens but never talks about herself. She’s friendly but doesn’t have many real friends. She’s become good at keeping people at a distance ever since she left home at eighteen and never looked back.

But when Violet is forced to return home to care for her estranged mother Glenys, she quickly finds out that life as a carer isn’t easy. Feeling overwhelmed, she’s forced to turn to the other local carers, including childhood friend Adam, for help. Although returning home still feels like a mistake, maybe it will help Violet right some wrongs. After all, she can’t keep running from her past forever, and in learning to look after others, perhaps Violet can start to finally love herself.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book so much, it made my heart feel warm full. This story is about Violet who is such a sweetheart and I really felt for her, her mum is not well so she has to return home, we find out why she is reluctant to return home and you can understand why Violet doesn’t really want to . Her sister always came first and was the more loved child. Violet finds out what it is like to be a carer and she finds it tough but with the support of the local village she gets some help. Also she finds out more about one of her neighbours called Tammy who is having a tough time, I love seeing how Violet helps Tammy, it made my heart swell and I felt emotional as the two bonded. The story flowed so easily and I wanted to be there to hold Violet’s hand through all the tough times. I really loved this book, I think Jessica is becoming one of my favourite authors. I will treasure this book for ever. It needs more than a five star.

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Buried Lies By Jenny O’Brien

Buried Lies By Jenny O’Brien

HER PARTNER. HER SON. SHE’S NEXT.

Hannah Thomas returns home one morning to every mother’s worst nightmare: a missing child and a dead fiancé. When DI Gaby Darin questions her, Hannah insists she can’t think of anyone who’d want to hurt her family – and yet it all feels disturbingly personal.

Mere hours into the investigation, a second body is found. As Gaby and her team dig into the victims’ lives, they hit dead ends at every turn – particularly when it comes to Hannah’s past. What is the grieving woman hiding?

But when Gaby stumbles upon Hannah’s tragic secret, it doesn’t bring her any closer to the truth. Can she connect the dots before the killer strikes again?

My Thoughts:

This is book 5 from the Detective Gaby Darin series and I have not read the others, but will be going back to read them in time. I found this a very clever thriller that makes you as the reader think about who the killer is? I almost felt like I was working with the Detective to hunt down the killer. There are lots of twists and turns and red herrings that make you feel as though your going down one path but then you get led down another. A very good story, one that I would recommend. It made me feel tense knowing that the ending and could the story wrap up in time. A very good ending.

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Sleep Tight By C S Green

Sleep Tight By C S Green

Even in your dreams you’re not safe…

The nightmare is only just beginning…

When DC Rose Gifford is called to investigate the death of a young woman suffocated in her bed, she can’t shake the feeling that there’s more to the crime than meets the eye.

It looks like a straightforward crime scene – but the police can’t find the killer. Enter DS Moony – an eccentric older detective who runs UCIT, a secret department of the Met set up to solve supernatural crimes. Moony wants Rose to help her out – but Rose doesn’t believe in any of that.

Does she?

As the killer prepares to strike again, Rose must pick a side – before a second woman dies.

My Thoughts:

Ooh this was a creepy one to read, I didn’t want to read it before bedtime as it creeped me out too much. It was a great story line though quite unusual and I was not sure how it would work out but it did and the story was brilliant. I liked the characters and what part they played in the story, it is a story that is about police procedural but also has a supernatural feel to it too. For me I did find it a little slow, but the second half made up for it. I liked Rose and feel as though I want to get to know her more so I am looking forward to the next book and to see what Rose is up to next. Managed to read in a day as I felt as though I needed to know where the story would end up.

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The Last Survivor By Frank Krake

The Last Survivor By Frank Krake

The awe-inspiring and gripping true story of the young man who survived not one, but three concentration camps, only – in the final days of the war – to be bombed while aboard a Nazi prison boat.

Stowed away on top of a train, twenty-year-old Wim Aloserij escapes the obligatory work camps in Nazi-ruled Germany in 1943. The young man from Amsterdam then goes into hiding on a farm – sleeping for months in a wooden chest hidden underground. But it’s not to last.

In the cover of night, Wim is captured during a raid and transported to the infamous Gestapo prison in Amsterdam. There, his life changes forever as he is thrown into the nightmare of the Holocaust and transported to Camp Amersfoort – the first of three concentration camps he must endure.

Drawing on the lessons he learned as a child as the victim of an alcoholic and abusive father, Wim is forced to adapt quickly and urgently to his hellish surroundings. However, it is with the end of the war in sight, that Wim must draw on every last strength he has when he finds himself caught in the very centre of Allied-Nazi crossfire.

My Thoughts:

This is such an incredible story of one man who survived three Concentration Camps. How incredible is this man, I cannot ever imagine what he must of seen and heard but I think he very brave to share his story about what life was like back then. I found it an eye opening experience, which touched my heart, it is certainly a rollercoaster of emotions, many times I was reaching for a tissue. I think it is very important that he has shared his story so people can get a real sense into what it was like in not just one but three different Concentration Camps. It horrified me, I have read other books that are similar and it is unbearable what these poor people had to go through, it opened up my eyes but it also taught me many things I didn’t know too. I hope this book helps people understand that era more too. It is such an unforgettable read and one that will stay with me for a very long time.

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Tamesis Street ( Thirty Authors tell one story of a Climate Disaster)

Tamesis Street ( Thirty Authors tell one story of a Climate Disaster)

From One Disaster, a Community Grows.

London, 2050.

Catastrophic flooding has breached the Thames Barrier. As Londoners fight to escape the remains of their city, a group of neighbours must band together for survival.

Written by:
Stig Abell, Samira Ahmed, Ather Al Atyiah, Charmaine D. Arcos, Bill Bryson, Cressida Cowell, Kit de Waal, Michael Donkor, Patrick Gale, Joanne Harris, Veronica Henry, Kerry Hudson, Andrew Michael Hurley, Balli Kaur Jaswal, Kayleigh Kelly, Yi Shun Lai, John Lanchester, Helen Lederer, Mike Leigh, Kirsty Logan, Mary-Noel Abia Mbata, Wyl Menmuir, Miriam Mwazimva, Chris Packham, Jay Rayner, Monique Roffey, Sarah Tagholm, Sarah Waters, Emma Yule and the real stories of Melrose, Mary and Stephano who rebuilt their lives after disaster.

My Thoughts:

Wow what an incredibly touching and moving story about the lives of those whose homes have been destroyed. It is such a unique story where each of the thirty authors have written a chapter each but it also has parts that are written by people that have had to rebuild their lives after a disaster. The story really shows the impact Climate Change has on the world, and how a community can pull together in tough times. It taught me some things too about Climate Change that that I didn’t know about. I love that fact is it so unique and a story that I cannot wait to recommend to people as I feel everyone can learn a thing or two from this book. I also love that at the end of the book, there is a bit where it explains the story behind the story. This story has really touched me and I will not forget it.

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Operation: Midnight By Rick Simonds

Operation: Midnight By Rick Simonds

Imagine leading an idyllic life as a waiter in New Orleans only to be told by a stranger that your life is in danger and your parents are not truly yours. Lonnie Clifford, a highly gifted young man, soon learns that nothing in his life is as it seems and he is confronted with the challenges of finding who are his real parents and avoiding capture by government agents trying to bring him into the evil experimentation called OPERATION: MIDNIGHT.

As those around him are killed, he discovers letters comprised of seemingly random words and numbers and only by solving the mystifying clues can he hope to get the answers he desperately needs. Every bit of Lonnie’s genius is challenged In this thrilling tale of betrayal and intrigue as he attempts to outwit the head of the rogue scientific operation and determine who in his life is genuinely who they say they are.

My Thoughts:

This was such a great thriller, that keeps the reader engaged till the end. I read it in two days as I couldn’t and didn’t want to put it down. The story follows Lonnie who is a very gifted young chap, but he learns that not everything in life is as simple as it could be. He goes on the hunt to find out who his real parents are and has to avoid capture by the government. I found it was fast paced and each chapter ends with something that makes you want to read on. It is captivating, engaging, lots of twists and turns and full of suspense. I would recommend this book for a great thriller and be keen to read more of Rick’s books in the future.

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The New Family By Victoria Jenkins

The New Family By Victoria Jenkins

Brooke is delighted when Oliver decides to rent her old family home with his three-year-old son Finley. Finally someone to bring happiness to the rundown house across the street. They seem like the perfect tenants, but Brooke is a little unnerved when they move in with just a single bag between them. Where are their belongings?

When Brooke asks Oliver about his past, he quickly changes the subject. Her best friend tells her to leave it, after all Brooke has been through enough trauma in her life. But Brooke can’t shake off the feeling that something isn’t right. Why aren’t her new tenants’ names listed anywhere online?

Then Brooke arrives home to find orange flames dancing in the upstairs windows. As her whole life goes up in smoke, she is convinced it wasn’t an accident. And when she finds Finley drawing a picture of an angry burning house with terror in his eyes, her blood runs cold. What is Finley so frightened of? And why does Oliver snatch the drawing away the moment he sees it?

Brooke is convinced Finley is in serious danger, but given her past, she’s not sure anyone will believe her. Is Brooke ready to face up to her own demons to save the little boy? And when the truth is finally revealed, who is really the one in danger?

My Thoughts:

I loved the sound of this thriller, when new tenants move in Brooke is pleased that they may bring a bit of life back into the house that has got a bit rundown, but when things start happening that are suspicious Brooke does not know what to do, is it them that are doing these things? when she starts asking questions Oliver and Finlay start acting strange. What will the truth be? I found this a good thriller with lots of layers, once you start peeling them off you start to uncover secrets and stuff about the past you want left behind. I was shocked at the ending, as I didn’t and couldn’t believe it. A book I would recommend.

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A Short History of Coffee By Gordon Kerr

A Short History of Coffee By Gordon Kerr

In his riveting new book, A Short History of Coffee, Gordon Kerr investigates the fascinating history behind the global obsession with coffee, from its Ethiopian origins, the legends, myths, geographical locations and somewhat eccentric characters that have helped make it the staple that it is today.

Proliferating in high streets, towns and cities across Europe, coffee has become increasingly popular in recent years, and has succeeded in creating new and exciting hubs of commerce, news and debate, where deals could be done and revolution could be incited. Yet, despite coffee’s very modern role, its origins stretch back to the days of intrepid travellers and merchants, who told tales of this new and exotic beverage that uplifted and enlivened the drinker.

Following the growth in popularity through to the 21st century explosion of coffee shop culture, A Short History of Coffee lifts the Vegware lid on both the business of coffee, as well as the pleasures that it brings its drinkers. Gordon Kerr masterfully balances an exploration of the history of this iconic beverage, whilst also delving into the frothy brew of business, politics, and money that accompanies it.

My Thoughts:

I am not a big fan of Coffee but found this story interesting. The author Gordon has done a cracking job on this factual story, there are facts on every page. When you make your cup of coffee in the morning, how many people actually think about where your coffee has come from. We go from the early history of coffee to methods used to make the coffee. It was a really interesting read and one where I think I might give coffee a try. This book is well researched and you can see how much the author has put his effort into writing this book.

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The Fell By Sarah Moss

The Fell By Sarah Moss

At dusk on a November evening in 2020 a woman slips out of her garden gate and turns up the hill. Kate is in the middle of a two-week quarantine period, but she just can’t take it any more – the closeness of the air in her small house, the confinement. And anyway, the moor will be deserted at this time. Nobody need ever know.

But Kate’s neighbour Alice sees her leaving and Matt, Kate’s son, soon realizes she’s missing. And Kate, who planned only a quick solitary walk – a breath of open air – falls and badly injures herself. What began as a furtive walk has turned into a mountain rescue operation . . .

My Thoughts:

I don’t normally like books that are set in real time with certain things that are happening in the world right now. But I made an exception for this book as it sounded intriguing. It actually made me take a step back and realise how everyone is affected not just myself and my family. Kate is in the middle of a two week quarantine when she just cannot take anymore so goes for a walk on the moors. But when something really bad happens what is going to be the outcome? as she shouldn’t of left her house in the first place. The story shows the impact the pandemic has over certain things happening. It has affected all of our lives at one time or another, I am not saying every author needs to write it into their books but I feel as though Sarah has shown in her story the impact of how our lives were before and during this time. I like the fact the story is not too heavy and it is a short story too.

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A Special Cornish Christmas By Phillipa Ashley

A Special Cornish Christmas By Phillipa Ashley

For Bo Grayson, Christmas has always been the most wonderful time of the year. Well, until she had her heart broken last December…

At a local summer fete, Bo and her friends meet the mysterious fortune teller Madame Odette, and they are each given the same prediction: You will meet the love of your life by Christmas Day.

With just a few months until the festive season, they dismiss the predictions out of hand. Bo’s attentions are focused on creating the best seasonal menu for her Boatyard Café, and her rock and roll dance group – the Falford Flingers – who are hard at work getting ready for their Christmas Spectacular show.

The last thing she imagines is that she’ll be ready to open her heart again. But will fate – and perhaps a sprinkle of Christmas magic – change her mind?

My Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to return to Cornwall and read about what the characters were getting up to in Falford where the book is set. It sounds such a wonderful place with a great community. This is Bo’s story, she loves Christmas or she used to until something happened one year that has changed her life, she puts all her attention into her work on the Boatyard Cafe and surrounds herself with good friends, until she goes to see a fortune teller that tells her something she doesn’t believe at all, but will it come true for Bo? This book is the perfect Christmas escapism, it is full of love, friendship and good food and Christmas. Phillipa is such a fantastic writer that she brings such warmth to her books and all her books are brilliant reads.

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