The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

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In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.

They’ve been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby?

And where did they go?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this creepy read. It is a story that is told very well but your never quite sure where it is going to lead to. It is a unusual story about a mixed family that are bought together by unusual circumstances, I did find it a little confusing when the book tends to jump from character to character, it was hard to keep up with.The storyline was slightly weird but that is what drew me more into the book.  An intriguing read.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Upstairs-Lisa-Jewell-ebook/

hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Upstairs-Lisa-Jewell

Live A Little By Madeleine Reiss

Live A Little By Madeleine Reiss

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Two Sisters. One road trip. What could possibly go wrong?

Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she is – finally, finally – marrying her long-term, sensible, boyfriend Dean.

Tina is carefree, wild and, maybe, just a little bit careless. She doesn’t understand Lottie’s obsession with settling down with ‘dull Dean’. There’s so much to explore in the world.

The two sisters have drifted apart since the death of their older sister. Without her, Lottie and Tina realise how little they know each other. Desperate to remedy this, Tina convinces Lottie to set out on a road trip across the US, just the two of them.

But Tina has one more surprise in mind to shake up Lottie’s life – she must say yes to everything Tina suggests, no matter what . . .

My Thoughts:

This is the story of two sisters called Lottie and Tina, we hear about their own personal stories which I am sure some women can relate to. I didn’t feel as though I connected with either sister as I felt as though they were both a little bit selfish in their own ways. I liked the idea of the story how they go on a road trip and get up to all sorts of things. Part of the story is quite emotional and that is when I really felt for the sisters.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Live-Little-Madeleine-Reiss-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Live-Little-Madeleine-Reiss

Sweet Hollow Women By Holly Tierney-Bedord

Sweet Hollow Women By Holly Tierney-Bedord

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As part of a family where life happens to you, fifteen-year-old Carasine Busey is devastated but not surprised when her family drops everything in Sweet Hollow, Louisiana to follow her dad’s shaky career as a welder.

It’s not especially shocking, either, when he abandons them all shortly after they settle into their new home in the city. Carasine, her mom Rhonda, and the rest of the Busey clan have adapted to roll with the punches. From Rhonda’s secret broken heart to Great-Great-Grandpa Jimbo’s eccentric failed dreams, Carasine and her family are used to disappointment.

It’s not until Carasine gets a second chance with an unlikely pair of long-lost relatives that she realizes her path in life might be up to her to navigate. Being their flesh and blood convinces her that there may be some hope for her after all.

My Thoughts:

This is my second book by Holly and it did not disappoint. The story itself is told by multiple people with their own points of view, I thought it may become confusing but it did not. The information from back in the day was detailed and I felt as though it taught me to never give up.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sweet-Hollow-Women-Holly-Tierney-Bedord-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sweet-Hollow-Women-Holly-Tierney-Bedord

I Will Follow Him: Oceanic Dreams Book 5 By Holly Tierney-Bedord

I Will Follow Him: Oceanic Dreams Book 5 By Holly Tierney-Bedord

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A bachelor party on a cruise ship. What could go wrong?When private detective Francie is hired to spy on a groom-to-be as he and his bachelor party set sail for the Caribbean, she thinks she’s landed herself a week of paid vacation.

Between lounging in the sun and sipping margaritas, she just needs to–best case scenario–report back that he’s on the up and up, or–the unfortunate, more likely scenario–snap a few photos of her target in compromising positions, buy a box of sympathy chocolates for her client, and then collect her pay along with a nice golden suntan.Blame it on the island breezes or the alcohol, but within hours of setting sail, Francie’s leisurely vacation gets complicated when she starts making careless mistakes. Like accidentally becoming friends with the groom and falling for his best man.

Can she get herself and her mission back on track, or has she blown her cover and possibly even her career?

My Thoughts:

I love discovering a new author that makes you smile. I found this a nice easy read, I felt as though I was there in the Caribbean with Francie. This is book 5 but all the books can be read as a standalone though now I have read this one, I definitely want to read the others which are written by different authors. This is a book must to get you in the holiday mood.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Follow-Him-Oceanic-Dreams-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Will-Follow-Him-Oceanic-Dreams

Innocent By Cathy Glass

Innocent By Cathy Glass

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Innocent is the shocking true story of little Molly and Kit, siblings, aged 3 years and 18 months, who are brought into care as an emergency after suffering non-accidental injuries.

Aneta and Filip, the children’s parents, are distraught when their children are taken into care. Aneta maintains she is innocent of harming them, while Filip appears bewildered and out of his depth. It’s true the family has never come to the attention of the social services before and little Kit and Molly appear to have been well looked after, but Kit has a broken arm and bruises on his face. Could it be they were a result of a genuine accident as Aneta is claiming?

Both children become sick with a mysterious illness while, experienced foster carer, Cathy, is looking after them. Very worried, she asks for more hospital tests to be done. They’ve already had a lot. When Cathy’s daughter, Lucy, becomes ill too she believes she has found the cause of Kit and Molly’s illness and the parents aren’t to blame. However, nothing could be further from the truth and what comes to light is far more sinister and shocking.

My Thoughts:

I get really excited when a new Cathy Glass book comes out. Cathy Glass is a foster carer and the stories she writes are all real life stories. This story is about two very young children called Molly and Kit. It is quite a hard hitting story and bought me to tears a few times. What we discover is truly shocking and unimaginable but thankfully with Cathy’s love and attention we start to see the children thrive. The last chapter had me in tears till the end. I couldn’t believe it. If you haven’t read one of Cathy Glass books before I would say try one as you will never look back.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Innocent-Story-Siblings-Struggling-Survive-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Innocent-Story-Siblings-Struggling-Survive

Hollow Kingdom By Kira Jane Buxton

Hollow Kingdom By Kira Jane Buxton

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S.T. is a domesticated crow. He is a bird of simple pleasures: hanging out with his owner Big Jim, trading insults with Seattle’s wild crows (those idiots) and enjoying the finest food humankind has to offer: Cheetos.

But when Big Jim’s eyeball falls out of his head, S.T. starts to feel like something isn’t right. His most tried-and-true remedies – from beak-delivered beer to the slobbering affection of the loyal, but dim-witted, dog Dennis – fail to cure his owner.

S.T. is left with no choice but to venture out into a frightening new world, where he discovers that the neighbours are devouring each other, and the local wildlife is abuzz with rumours of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle…

Humanity’s extinction has arrived, and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow.

My Thoughts:

After wanting to read something a bit different, I decided to give this book a go. It is all about a domesticated crow who is a big fan of Cheetos and he goes on an adventure with his brother Dennis who is a dog. They get up to all kind of mischief. There are parts that are amusing. It is a slightly weird story which I am sure people will love. For me it just didn’t hold my attention enough.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollow-Kingdom-time-worlds-unlikely-ebook

Hardback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hollow-Kingdom-time-worlds-unlikely

 

Summer at Skylark Farm By Heidi Swain

Summer at Skylark Farm By Heidi Swain

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Amber
 is a city girl at heart. So when her boyfriend Jake suggests they move to the countryside to help out at his family farm, she doesn’t quite know how to react. But work has been hectic and she needs a break so she decides to grasp the opportunity and make the best of it.

Dreaming of organic orchards, paddling in streams and frolicking in fields, Amber packs up her things and moves to Skylark Farm. But life is not quite how she imagined – it’s cold and dirty and the farm buildings are dilapidated and crumbling.

But Amber is determined to make the best of it and throws herself into farm life. But can she really fit in here? And can she and Jake stay together when they are so different?

My Thoughts:

I loved how Heidi bought this story to life, it is a feel good read that I think everyone will love. This book follows on from Heidi’s previous novel The Cherry Tree Cafe but it can be read as a standalone. I loved the characters especially the animal kind. Patricia the chicken was my favourite for sure. Lovely story which truly made me smile.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Skylark-Farm-perfect-country-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Skylark-Farm-Heidi-Swain