When I First Held You By Anstey Harris

When I First Held You By Anstey Harris

Silence tore them apart. Can the truth bring them back together?

In 1960s Glasgow, anti-nuclear activists Judith and Jimmy fall in love. But their future hopes are dashed when their protestors’ squat is raided and many, including Jimmy, are sent to prison. Pregnant and with no word from Jimmy, Judith is forced to enter an unmarried mothers’ home, give up their baby and learn to live with her grief.

More than half a century later, Judith’s Mending Shop restores broken treasures, just as Judith herself has been bound back together by her late, much-missed partner, Catherine. But her tranquillity is shattered when Jimmy―so different and yet somehow the same―reappears, yearning to unpick the painful past.

Realising they each know only half of the other’s story, Jimmy and Judith finally break the silence that tore apart what might have been their family. Amid heartbreak and hope, how much can now be mended?

My Thoughts:

This was such a beautiful story about love and loss told in such a sympathetic and thoughtful way. It made me go through all the emotions and had some of the most unexpected twists I could ever have imagined. This is story telling at it’s best. I feel as though with this book I want to keep on revisiting it and to remember it in years to come. Many things happen in this book but it taught me how even with love and loss that we can be broken and mended in time. One story that will never leave me.

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The Drift By C. J. Tudor

The Drift By C. J. Tudor

Survival can be murder . . .

Hannah awakens to carnage, all mangled metal and shattered glass. Evacuated from a secluded boarding school during a snowstorm, her coach careered off the road, trapping her with a handful of survivors.

Meg awakens to a gentle rocking. She’s in a cable car stranded high above snowy mountains, with five strangers and no memory of how they got on board.

Carter is gazing out of the window of an isolated ski chalet that he and his companions call home. As their generator begins to waver in the storm, the threat of something lurking in the chalet’s depths looms larger.

Outside, the storm rages. Inside each group, a killer lurks.

But who?

And will anyone make it out alive? . . .

My Thoughts:

This is the second book I have read of this C.J’s and I have to say this one was really good. It was full of action and had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. It was tense and creepy even the cover is creepy. The chapters are all different people which I like as you get the perspective on the situation from not just one person. As you read on, you literally have no idea what is going to happen in the next chapter and my heart stopped a few times wondering what would happen. I think the story has been very cleverly written and I can’t wait for her next book.

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Promise Me By Jill Mansell

Promise Me By Jill Mansell

One minute Lou is happily employed, with a perfect flat. The next, her home and job have gone. Suddenly she has to start over.

The last thing Lou wants is to move to a tiny Cotswolds village. She certainly doesn’t intend to work for curmudgeonly eighty-year-old Edgar Allsopp. But Edgar is about to make her the kind of promise nobody could ignore. In return, she secretly vows to help him fall in love with life again.

Foxwell is also home to Remy, whose charm and charisma are proving hard to ignore. But Lou hasn’t recovered from the last time she fell for a charmer. She needs a distraction – and luckily one’s about to turn up.

Secrets never stay hidden for long in Foxwell, nor are promises always kept. And no one could guess what lies ahead…

My Thoughts:

Jill is definitely one of my go to authors, I can always guarantee a great read with any of her books. This has to be my favourite book of this year. I fell in love with the story as soon a s a read the plot. Lou is the main character in the story and her life is going well until it isn’t. She has to move and look for another job but her new job comes in the most unexpected way. Meet Edgar who is an eighty year old man who is not a big fan of people and is quite grumpy most of the time, he wants Lou to help him but can she help me a lot more than just his basic needs. It is a truly wonderful story that melted my heart and tugged on my heart strings. I love the way they both help each other and bring the best out in each other. There were tears in my eyes. I would definitely recommend this heart warming read.

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Becoming Ted By Matt Cain

Becoming Ted By Matt Cain

Ted Ainsworth has always worked at his family’s ice-cream business in the quiet Lancashire town of St Luke’s-on-Sea.

But the truth is, he’s never wanted to work for the family firm – he doesn’t even like ice-cream, though he’s never told his parents that. When Ted’s husband suddenly leaves him, the bottom falls out of his world.

But what if this could be an opportunity to put what he wants first? This could be the chance to finally follow his secret dream: something Ted has never told anyone …

My Thoughts:

After reading Matt’s previous book The Secret Life of Albert Entwistle I was looking forward to reading this one. It is all about Ted who grew up working for his parent’s ice cream business and not living his life how he wanted. When his circumstances change however he is given an opportunity to change his life for the better but will he take it? I liked the story and I felt for Ted and what had happened to him, but I felt there were certain words in this book that didn’t need to be in there it was a little cringe for me. The story is all about becoming who you really want to be and not letting anyone stop you from doing that.

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Just The Nicest Couple By Mary Kubica

Just The Nicest Couple By Mary Kubica

Two couples, two close friends, one missing husband…

Jake Hayes is missing. This much is certain. At first, his wife Nina thinks he is blowing off steam somewhere after their heated fight the night before. But then a day goes by. Two days. Five. And Jake is still nowhere to be found.

Nina’s friend Lily thinks she may have been the last to see Jake before he went missing. After Lily confesses everything to her husband, Christian, the two decide that nobody can find out what happened leading up to Jake’s disappearance, especially not Nina. But Nina is out there looking for Jake, and she won’t stop until the truth is discovered.

My Thoughts:

I am not sure how I feel about this read, I really thought I was going to enjoy reading it, but I felt as though there were too many characters and I felt confused at times as to who was who. Also there is a lot of things happening and it was a bit rushed. It is a dark story that explores many different angles including loyalty and explores the idea of how far would you go to protect a loved one? I wanted to read until the end to find out what the ending was going to be, but it didn’t have me hooked like I thought it might.

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The Lumberjills: Stronger Together A WW2 saga of courage and friendship By Joanna Foat

The Lumberjills: Stronger Together A WW2 saga of courage and friendship By Joanna Foat

When war breaks out, three spirited women must set aside their differences to help Britain win the war. Fighting from the forests, they find new depths of courage, strength and love. But – when war threatens everything – would you risk your life to save a friend?

When feisty, bohemian Keeva signs up for war work in the forest, she’s already learnt the hard way that people can’t be trusted. For Rosie, a factory girl from London’s East End, the forest is an escape – but she can’t stop her big mouth getting her into trouble. And Beatrice, a wealthy debutante, wants to use her brain, not ruin her fine hands felling trees. Meanwhile, Lady Denman, director of the Women’s Land Army, battles with bureaucrats in Whitehall to defend the Lumberjills.

As these strong women struggle to survive in a tough men’s world, it seems they really may succeed in their dangerous war work… when a terrible disaster strikes and threatens everything they have achieved.

The Lumberjills Stronger Together is inspired by the incredible and heroic true stories of the Women’s Timber Corps, a branch of the Women’s Land Army. Author Joanna Foat researched and interviewed sixty women who served as Lumberjills in World War II. These first-hand accounts, and her own passion for adventure in wild landscapes, bring a rugged authenticity to this emotionally rousing novel of female courage, strength and determination.

My Thoughts:

This book sounded really interesting to me and I couldn’t wait to start reading it. It is all about the lumberjills which is a female lumberjack, this story is set in World War Two and we see a group of women from all different backgrounds joining up to do what they can for the War. It was incredibly interesting to learn about what they went through back then, and what is involved in being a lumberjill back in the War. I liked at the end of the book reading about how much planning and research went into this book. It was an interesting subject and one I feel I know a lot more about now.

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All Your Perfect By Colleen Hoover

All Your Perfect By Colleen Hoover

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

My Thoughts:

I really love the cover of this book, the colour is so vibrant. I have to say after reading a few of Colleen’s books and loving them, this one was not my favourite. It is all about Quinn and Graham and their marriage. It is all about a troubled marriage and what happens behind closed doors, stays behind closed doors. It was quite heart breaking to read and I just wanted to jump into the book and tell them to just to get a divorce, but it is not my relationship to criticize. I found it thought provoking and I did want to see where they would end up at the end of the story.

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Ugly Love By Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love By Colleen Hoover

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realise they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.


They think they can handle it, but realise almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

My Thoughts:

I didn’t realise how addicted I would become with Colleen’s books, this was a really good story about Tate and Miles. They both have their own lives and see each other around but have nothing to do with each other until they realise they have an attraction towards each other but for this to work Miles has two rules for Tate but is Tate to far gone to be able to stick to these rules. I read this book in a few days and was thinking about it when I was not reading it. I like how we get both sides of the story, how Tate is feeling and also how Miles is feeling, it made the book more exciting knowing we were getting both sides of the story. I just loved this book so much.

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The Clock in my Mother’s House By Annalisa Crawford

The Clock in my Mother’s House By Annalisa Crawford

Life can change in an instant, but that’s not always a bad thing.

A hotel explodes leaving staff and guests in peril; a woman retrieves an old clock from the attic with disturbing consequences; one man leaves heart break behind him, and another arrives to bring adventure.

In this haunting collection, Annalisa Crawford creates characters who will charm, captivate and intrigue you.

My Thoughts:

This is a collection of different stories, they are dark and a little paranormal but really great short stories that will keep you entertained. I enjoyed reading all of the stories and I like how short the stories are, the stories are all different and you never know what is going to happen in them. Annalisa the author is really good at bringing her characters to life and some of the stories I felt a chill run through me. A great read.

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No One Saw It Coming By Susan Lewis

No One Saw It Coming By Susan Lewis

Secrets lie at the heart of every family…

When the unthinkable happens…

Hanna’s world is crumbling.

An unimaginable crime has been committed, and everyone’s looking for someone to blame. Her loved ones are under suspicion.

Now Hanna must work out who is threatening her family – before it’s too late.

No one could have seen this coming…

My Thoughts:

Susan is one of my go to authors, I always know how much I am going to enjoy one of her books. And she has written some really good books in the past. This was just as brilliant as all of her others. It starts off leaving the reader intrigued about what is going to happen and then as we go through each chapter we peel off the layers about what is really going on. It goes along at a comfortable pace to keep the reader wanting more, and the twists that come out are so unexpected but oh so good. I loved the story and how involved I felt reading it. Such a fantastic read by a brilliant author.

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