The River Between Us By Liz Fenwick

The River Between Us By Liz Fenwick

Following the breakdown of her marriage, Theo has bought a tumbledown cottage on the banks of the river Tamar which divides Cornwall and Devon. The peace and tranquillity of Boatman’s Cottage, nestled by the water, is just what she needs to heal.

Yet soon after her arrival, Theo discovers a stash of hidden letters tied with a ribbon, untouched for more than a century. The letters – sent from the battlefields of France during WW1 – tell of a young servant from the nearby manor house, Abbotswood, and his love for a woman he was destined to lose.

As she begins to bring Boatman’s Cottage and its gardens back to life, Theo pieces together a story of star-crossed lovers played out against the river, while finding her own new path to happiness.

My Thoughts:

The cover of this book is stunning, it made me think of the Summer when the sun is setting and the quietness of the river. Liz the author is good at describing things so that you feel as though you are there, Theo goes to live at Boatmans cottage when her marriage fails and it is not as idyllic as she first thought, the place needs a good clean and decorating. But this is the place that in time is just what she needs and time to heal. She soon finds some treasures, a bunch of hand written letters that haven’t been touch for a very long time, she sets out on a mission with the help of a few of the villagers to discover who the people were that had written the letters, she uncovers some things that she never would of imagined. I liked how the book progresses, you feel as though you are on the journey with Theo, I couldn’t wait to find out what the letters entailed. Also hearing about what Theo does to the cottage inspired me and I enjoyed reading about that part of it too. I can’t wait to read Liz’s next book.

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Sorrow and Bliss By Meg Mason

Sorrow and Bliss By Meg Mason

Everyone tells Martha Friel she is clever and beautiful, a brilliant writer who has been loved every day of her adult life by one man, her husband Patrick. A gift – her mother once said – not everybody gets.

So why is everything broken? Why is Martha – on the edge of 40 – friendless, practically jobless and so often sad? And why did Patrick decide to leave?

Maybe she is just too sensitive, someone who finds it harder to be alive than most people. Or maybe – as she has long believed – there is something wrong with her. Something that broke when a little bomb went off in her brain, at 17, and left her changed in a way that no doctor or therapist has ever been able to explain.

Forced to return to her childhood home to live with her dysfunctional, bohemian parents (but without the help of her devoted, foul-mouthed sister Ingrid), Martha has one last chance to find out whether a life is ever too broken to fix – or whether, maybe, by starting over, she will get to write a better ending for herself.

My Thoughts:

This is a very easy story to read, as you go through the story you will find gut wrenching problems that are dealt with. The torment is there for everyone to see but is written in well. There are many laughs in this book, which seems weird when there is so much pain but Meg has written it brilliantly so that they both work well alongside each other. The characters all felt real and I didn’t want the story to end. It is a little different but it is a really good story.

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A Day at the Beach Hut: Stories and Recipes inspired by Seaside Life By Veronica Henry

A Day at the Beach Hut: Stories and Recipes inspired by Seaside Life By Veronica Henry

On a shimmering summer’s day on the coast, the waves are calling, the picnic basket is packed, and change is in the air…

A family enjoy their last holiday at a much-loved beach hut. The tide brings in an old face – and a new temptation – while a writer’s retreat is shaken up by a surprise arrival. The simple pleasures of the seaside compete with the Instagram dream, a couple’s future is turned upside down, and a celebratory evening takes a stormy turn. And as the sun sets, an unexpected romance is simmering…

From a windswept breakfast while the surf’s up, to a romantic seafood dinner under the stars,
enjoy a little taste of the seaside – wherever you are.

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Veronica’s books so couldn’t wait to delve into this one. It is a little different but no less just as good. There are eight short stories all involving the beach, there are also some wonderful beach inspired recipes that made my mouth water just reading them. I am definitely going to be making some very soon. This book is a perfect pick me up that I feel that every beach hut should have. It made me crave being near the sea and eating fish and chips from the wrapper huddled up in a beach hut. I would love to see more books like this as it is a rare treat to read something like this.

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Tidal Rage By David Evans

Tidal Rage By David Evans

On the cruise ship circuit, Sebastian McKenzie is a star. A brilliant pianist and singer, he entertains the wealthy guests every night in the piano bars and restaurants of the world’s leading cruise liners. But he never stays with the same ship for long. And some of the other entertainers have nicknamed him the Grim Reaper, because whenever Sebastian is on board, people go missing.

After escaping from prison, Josef Werner is driven to a safe hideout in the Didim area of Turkey. He sets up his base in the beautiful bay of Akbuk, and buys two isolated villas high on a hill overlooking the bay. But Werner has been followed by a private eye named Cortez, and the premises are bugged.

Max Cutler is an All-American boy: tall, blond and handsome, with a sharp wit and a keen eye for female company. A stand-out student at law school, he is immediately recruited into the Secret Service, to protect America’s interests overseas. Max is in Europe, breaking up a violent counterfeiting ring in Germany, when he hears that his baby sister Elisa has disappeared from a cruise ship in Alaska.

My Thoughts:

I loved the sound of the plot line for this book, it is set on a cruise ship, people start to go missing but what is happening to them? there is all these different characters some with shady pasts that you wouldn’t want to meet on a dark night and others that have secrets, you never really know anyone. It is about three different men who cross into different countries, but their stories are intertwined throughout the book. I liked how the book flowed through out, I was never really sure what was going to happen which I liked and I found the ending brought everything together nicely.

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Run Walk Crawl – Getting Fit in my Forties By Tim Lebbon

Run Walk Crawl – Getting Fit in my Forties By Tim Lebbon

At forty-one I was overweight and unfit. As I turned 50 I was thirty pounds lighter, having spent my fifth decade training for, and racing multiple Ironmans, marathons, and other crazy adventures. This account of that fitness journey through my forties includes broken bones, severe chafing, regular cursing, rubber and lycra, an element of masochism … and cake.

My Thoughts:

This is very different to what I would normally read but wanted to give it a try. I really enjoyed reading about Tim’s journey through it all. I found it very inspiring and the story is an incredible one how he goes from couch potato to running Ironmans. I have seen Ironmans on the tv and they look tough so I want to say well done to Tim for doing something awe inspiring and hopefully from writing this book he can help and inspire more people to get out there and do something worthwhile. There is a mixture of funny parts and also parts that really made me wince. But I am really glad I read this book, it is a short read too. But it has inspired me.

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Waiting to Begin By Amanda Prowse

Waiting to Begin By Amanda Prowse

1984. Bessie is a confident sixteen-year-old girl with the world at her feet, dreaming of what life will bring and what she’ll bring to this life. Then everything comes crashing down. Her bright and trusting smile is lost, banished by shame―and a secret she’ll carry with her for the rest of her life.

2021. The last thirty-seven years have not been easy for Bess. At fifty-three she is visibly weary, and her marriage to Mario is in tatters. Watching her son in newlywed bliss―the hope, the trust, the joy―Bess knows it is time to face her own demons, and try to save her relationship. But she’ll have to throw off the burden of shame if she is to honour that sixteen-year-old girl whose dreams lie frozen in time.

Can Bess face her past, finally come clean to Mario, and claim the love she has longed to fully experience all these years?

My Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this story about Bessie, we see Bessie as a young girl and then in the present as a older lady. Amanda’s books have a way that draws you in and makes you feel involved in the story. I liked how it goes from the past and present as we really see how Bessie grows up, I loved all the characters and the well thought out plot, it was a heartbreaking story that had me in tears as you truly never know what goes on behind closed doors. I think the story taught me that actions do have consequences and that you never really know what people are going through unless you are going through the same thing. Amanda’s books are brilliant and I look forward to the next book.

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Another Life By Nicholas Brown

Another Life By Nicholas Brown

For the past year, not a day had gone by when Evan hadn’t thought about this exact moment, the moment he and Ben would be reunited. It was frozen in his time and memory, much like this cabin by the sea – or so it seemed.

There was the possibility that what was about to happen one weekend in Janus was in fact a very bad idea, that the loving reunion he’d so hoped for, would be dashed by their divided realities.

Reunited by a love and longing that tethers them to one another, Ben and Evan must struggle with their history, in order to accept the present.

Can Evan ask the right questions and get the answers he needs to move forwards?

Or, is their history enough to save them both?

My Thoughts:

Evan and Ben have not seen each other for a long time, but what happened back then? can they reacquaint their love for each other or did what happened in the past reflect on where they are both now? Will they be able to move on with their lives and be happy? I think this is the first book where the main characters and the story is about same sex relationships and I haven’t read many books that centre on this but I feel as though it should be as everyone is equal and you can love whoever you want. It was a good read with hidden struggles and one that taught me a few things. I am glad I gave this book a read. A good read.

Jigsaw Girl By Carmen Capuano

Jigsaw Girl By Carmen Capuano

Nothing about fifteen-year-old Scarlett’s new life is average.

Tormented by the recent trauma and guilt of being rescued from a house fire when the fireman who rescued her died in the process, she travels a dangerous path of self-harm and alcohol abuse and becomes enmeshed with the darker side of life.

Fuelled by alcohol and guilt and unable to vent her feelings of inadequacy for the sacrifice the fireman made, she’s thrust further into despair when her family starts to fall apart around her…and there is nothing for her to hold on to.

When the world seems to turn away from her, one boy shows a keen interest in her, professing his love and swearing they will never part.

But is Matt Jones, Scarlett’s salvation, or will he be her final damnation?

My Thoughts:

After reading Carmen’s previous novels, I was excited to learn she had another book out. I love the way Carmen writes, it is like you are there in the thick of it and the first chapter really pulled me in and I wanted to see how the story was going to pan out. This story is about Scarlett who is a teenage, she has a new life after a bad things had happened, she is drinking and wont let anyone help her. When her family fall apart what can she do to help them? Matt seems to turn up at just the right time but can he help her or will her life come crushing down on her? I really wanted to find out if Matt would be her knight in shining armor, I just wanted everything to go right for her and her family for once. A story that shows that you can turn your life around that you just need someone supportive to help you.

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You need to know By Nicola Moriarty

You need to know By Nicola Moriarty

Jill’s three grown-up sons mean everything to her.

She would do anything for her boys – protect them, lie for them, even die for them.

Then one day she receives an email with the subject line: ‘You Need To Know’.

Jill doesn’t want to know. She leaves the warning unread.

But some truths you can’t hide from.

Soon Jill will start to wonder if she knows her sons at all . . .

How long will these secrets stay hidden?
And when they are revealed . . . can Jill’s family survive?

My Thoughts:

I found with this book there was a lot going on and for me it was hard to keep up with everything and everyone. It is a story about family secrets with each person there is a different story, some of the things happening in the past and some in the present. The second half was a little better and I raced through it, this was where we see all the secrets being revealed. I liked how some of the chapters were short which meant you would just have to read another one.

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The Startup Wife By Tahmima Anam

The Startup Wife By Tahmima Anam

Halfway through her PhD and already dreaming of running her own lab, computer scientist Asha has her future all mapped out. Then a chance meeting and whirlwind romance with her old high-school crush, Cyrus, changes everything.

Dreaming big, together with their friend Jules they come up with a revolutionary idea: to build a social networking app that could bring meaning to millions of lives. While Asha creates an ingenious algorithm, Cyrus’ charismatic appeal throws him into the spotlight.

When the app explodes into the next big thing, Asha should be happy, shouldn’t she? But why does she feel invisible in the boardroom of her own company? Why are decisions being made without her?

My Thoughts:

I found this an enjoyable read about romance, work and what really is the meaning of life. It is a smart and engaging read that follows Asha and her life. She is a very smart and clever lady who is a computer scientist, when she meets with an old flame her life changes completely. They decide to build a social networking app that could potentially be massive, will they be able to make their app stand out amongst all the rest? will romance bloom again? the only problem is Asha feels as though she is being pushed out a bit, can she rectify the problems before it is too late? I really liked Asha and feel as though she is a role model to everyone out there, that if you want something so bad, go out there and grab it.

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