The Perfect Nanny By Karen Clarke and Amanda Brittany

The Perfect Nanny By Karen Clarke and Amanda Brittany

You trust her with your home, your husband, your baby… but she is about to destroy it all.

Sophy Pemberton is struggling to cope with the pressures of becoming a new mother. Her nine-month-old son never settles in her arms and the unrelenting tiredness from late night feeds is all consuming.

So, when Liv Granger from the mother and baby group offers her services as a nanny, Sophy is overcome with relief. Now she can finally get some sleep… She can stop failing at being a mother.

But Liv has a secret.

She is convinced that Sophy was accountable for her brother’s tragic death and she has been searching for her for years.

And now that Liv’s found her, she’s outraged Sophy seems oblivious to the pain she has caused her family.

Sophy’s perfect house, perfect husband and perfect baby are too much for Liv to bear… and she’s going to make her pay.

My Thoughts:

I was not sure how this book was going to work with two authors but they have certainly pulled it out of the bag. It is gripping and full of twists and turns that makes for a brilliant read. Sophy is a first time mum who is struggling with her nine month old. Sophy meets Liv at a mother and baby group where Liv is a nanny to a little girl. Liv is having problems with the little girl’s dad so decides to help Sophy. But does Liv have more than just helping out Sophy up her sleeve? She knows Sophy from when they were young and when something terrible happened, but was it Sophy’s fault and can Liv get her revenge? I liked how the story was written, you are lead to believe it could be one person but is it really? I feel as though people can relate to the issues that are raised in this book too. It makes for a decent read. I can’t wait to see what these authors come up with next.

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The Further Selected Poems of K Morris

The Further Selected Poems of K Morris

This little book consists of serious and humorous verses. The poems range from those dealing with nature and mortality, through to limericks and other humorous verses.

My Thoughts:

Here we have some funny but also thought provoking poems and limericks. I have to say I do prefer the limericks that are in this book as they are very amusing. My favourite poem in the book is Sparrows in the tree as we get a lot of sparrows in our garden, they are very common in the UK. Now every time I see a sparrow I will be thinking of this poem. My favourite limerick in here is There once was a turkey called Paul, just from the title alone you know it is going to be funny. I laughed my socks off on this limerick. Thank you once again to Kevin who has written some truly fantastic verses.

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The Sister Surprise By Abigail Mann

The Sister Surprise By Abigail Mann

Journalist Ava takes a DNA test hoping to discover her roots. Instead, she finds out she has a half-sister … whilst on a live stream watched by 100,000 people. Her boss thinks it’s the perfect click-bait story. Ava just wants to go to Moira’s tiny Scottish village and meet her.

But when Ava arrives undercover as a volunteer farmhand, she realises Moira – who’s her pig-wrestling, chatterbox polar opposite – might not be delighted by the news. And the longer Ava stays in Kilroch, with its inappropriately attractive reverend and ties to her hidden family past, the more complicated this surprise is going to get…

My Thoughts:

If you need a cheery and funny read, this is the book for you, I loved Abigail’s first book The Lonely Fajita and this one is just as good. Ava works as a journalist and when the opportunity comes to do a DNA test she decides to discover her family history. On discovering she has a half sister, she goes to meet her. They are the complete opposites what will happen as these two meet for the first time. A well thought out plot and some relatable characters make it a charming story. This is such a good book to escape to and really funny too. I look forward to her next book.

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Backstories By Simon Van Der Velde

Backstories By Simon Van Der Velde

These are people you know, but not as you know them. Peel back the mask and see.

CAN YOU FIND THE FAMOUS PERSON HIDDEN IN EVERY STORY?

Dreamers, singers, heroes and killers, they can dazzle with their beauty or their talent or their unmitigated evil, yet inside themselves, they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth?

My Thoughts:

This book consists of several short stories that I found really enjoyable, they are thought provoking but at the same time I was trying to guess who they were. The theme to this book is unique but works incredibly well, it is different but in a good way. It made me want to go back for more. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. A truly unique book of short stories that is good for the mind.

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Kill List By Vicki Fitzgerald

Kill List By Vicki Fitzgerald

Emilia has a secret hobby; killing.She’s hunting the Dark Web gamers who stole her life. The players underestimated Emilia’s will to survive and her thirst for vengeance. It’s her game now. Her rules, her kill list, and she has an unlikely accomplice teaching her how to get away with murder.

But revenge has a price that’s both breathtaking and disturbing. Will Emilia overcome betrayal and tragedy to settle the score and end the game?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this fast paced and captivating read, I liked the plot and couldn’t wait to see what would happen through out the story. Emilia is the main character, she is a strong and feisty woman who likes to kill. When she decides to hunt the gamers that stole her life, they were not expecting her to fight back as much as she does, but it’s up to her to get justice and she has a plan, a plan with the help of someone that will bring everyone and everything down. Will she get the closure she needs or not? I really liked the way the book was set out, the writing is descriptive so you really feel as though you are alongside her, thought I don’t think I would want to be as she is a little scary for me. I wouldn’t want to mess with her. I feel as though there are more great books to come from Vicki and I cannot wait.

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The Yellow Bird Sings By Jennifer Rosner

The Yellow Bird Sings By Jennifer Rosner

Poland, 1941. A mother. A child. An impossible choice.

After the Jews in their town are rounded up, Róza and her five-year-old daughter, Shira, seek shelter in a local farmer’s barn. They spend their days and nights in silence to avoid being caught.

When their safe haven is shattered, Róza faces an impossible choice: whether to keep her daughter close by her side, or give her the chance to survive by letting her go.

My Thoughts:

I found this a very moving and powerful read. It is set in Poland in 1941 and is about Roza who is a mother to a five year old daughter called Shira. In their town all the Jews have been captured and Roza and Shira have been able to go and hide in a farmers barn. I could never imagine how they must of felt, having to keep deadly silent or they would be at risk of getting caught and then who knows what would of happened to them, there are some near misses though and my heart was in my mouth on those occasions. When Roza has to make a choice for her daughters safety, what will happen to her and will Roza ever find her daughter again? I loved the path the story took, I really felt for Roza and all that she has to go through, it is a gut wrenching and heartbreaking story, one that will stay with me for a long time.

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

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People Like Us By Louise Fein

People Like Us By Louise Fein

Leipzig, 1930s Germany

Hetty Heinrich is a perfect German child. Her father is an SS officer, her brother in the Luftwaffe, herself a member of the BDM. She believes resolutely in her country, and the man who runs it.

Until Walter changes everything. Blond-haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

Anti-semitism is growing by the day, and neighbours, friends and family members are turning on one another. As Hetty falls deeper in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, she begins to fight against her country, her family and herself. Hetty will have to risk everything to save Walter, even if it means sacrificing herself…

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of historical fiction if it is of interest to me and this one was. It is a poignant and moving story told from the other side. The story is told by Hetty who is a young German child and we see what her life is like through her eyes. It is incredibly well written and we see as readers what it is like as a child growing up in a prewar Germany. I like the way it is told as there is lots of information and the research is extensive and described well. It was interesting how Louise the author wrote through the eyes of a young girl but she has done it incredibly well. A brilliant debut that I can almost see becoming a film.

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The Last Goodbye By Fiona Lucas

The Last Goodbye By Fiona Lucas

Anna’s world was shattered three years ago when her husband Spencer was killed in a tragic accident. Her friends and family think it’s time she moved on, but how can she when she’s lost her soulmate?

On New Year’s Eve, Anna calls Spencer’s old phone just to hear his voicemail greeting. But to her surprise someone picks up. Brody answers and is the first person who truly understands what Anna is going through. As they begin to speak regularly, Anna finds herself opening up and slowly she discovers how to smile again, how to laugh, even how to hope.

But Brody hasn’t been entirely honest with Anna. Will his secret threaten everything, just as it seems she might find the courage to love again?

My Thoughts:

This is a story of love and loss and how to begin to love again. Anna’s world falls apart when her husband dies, her family and friends all try to help her to move on but she doesn’t want to just yet, which you can completely understand. When she rings her husbands old phone to hear his voice mail, someone picks up. Brody totally gets Anna and what she is going through, can both of them open up to each other and find a way to smile again? Such a beautiful told tale, with relatable characters, it’s hard to know what people are going through unless you have had the same experiences. I liked both Anna and Brody and could see how both their hearts were broken and wished that they could both find the light at the end of the tunnel.

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The Split By Laura Kay

The Split By Laura Kay

Brutally dumped by her girlfriend, Ally is homeless, friendless and jobless… but at least she has Malcolm. Wounded and betrayed, Ally has made off with the one thing she thinks might soothe the pain: Emily’s cat.

After a long train journey she arrives home to her dad in Sheffield, ready to fold herself up in her duvet and remain on the sofa for the foreseeable. Her dad has other ideas. A phone call later, and Ally is reunited with her first ever beard and friend of old, Jeremy. He too is broken-hearted and living at home again.

In an inspired effort to hold each other up, the pair decide to sign up for the local half marathon in a bid to impress their exes with their commitment and athleticism.

Given neither of them can run, they enlist the support of athletic, not to mention beautiful, Jo. But will she have them running for the hills… or will their ridiculous plan pay off…?

My Thoughts:

It doesn’t get any worse for Ally when she is dumped by her girlfriend and has to go and live with her dad. Ally has taken one thing though that is precious to her and Emily her girlfriend, Emily’s cat Malcolm. Her dad has some ideas to get Ally back on track and enlists her old friend Jeremy who is the a similar situation to Ally. They each decide to come together to have a shoulder to cry on and help each other out by doing some of the things they wouldn’t of been able to do previous like run a half marathon. It is tender and sad but also uplifting to see friends reunited. There was some funny parts through out that made me chuckle, but I did really feel for her, it must be horrible to be dumped. Anyway at least she got the cat.

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Meet Me In Hawaii By Georgia Toffolo

Meet Me In Hawaii By Georgia Toffolo

Where an ocean of love awaits

Malie Pukui doesn’t believe in happy ever after. After a tragedy caused her to flee her family and friends in Devon she found a fresh start in Hawaii. Here, working at a surf school, she can give back to those in need and try to overcome the greatest loss in her life.

Moved around foster homes throughout his childhood, Todd Masters has worked hard to be able to offer a brighter future to young disadvantaged children. Now he has his own charitable foundation working with a surf school in Hawaii, a job he loves, but he still can’t put his past behind him.

When Malie rescues Todd from the sea a spark ignites between them, and the two wounded souls find a common ground. But amidst the surf, sunsets and sizzling kisses, can Malie let go of her past and risk something she’d locked away forever… her heart?

My Thoughts:

This is such a lovely, dreamy romance story set in such a beautiful part of the world. Malie has a wonderful life, she runs surf lessons in the most romantic setting, after tragedy in her life she wants to give back so that is why she is running these lessons. Then she meets Todd, he has his own issues he has to deal with but can they learn to help each other? the spark between them is unreal, but can they make it work? At times I wanted to bash their heads together and say get on with it but the anticipation made it work. A story about finding love, hope and heartbreak in such a perfect setting in Hawaii, this story has really made me want to go there now. I look forward to Georgia’s next book.

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