Cruel to be Kind By Cathy Glass

Cruel to be Kind By Cathy Glass

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This title will be released on September 7, 2017. 

Cruel To Be Kind is the true story of Max, aged 6. He is fostered by Cathy while his mother is in hospital with complications from type 2 diabetes.

Fostering Max gets off to a bad start when his mother, Caz, complains and threatens Cathy even before Max has moved in. Cathy and her family are shocked when they first meet Max. But his social worker isn’t the only one in denial; his whole family are too.

My Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Cathy’s books so was excited about reading this one. Cathy is a foster carer and has looked after a number of children. Here she tells the stories of them and some of them are truly heartbreaking.  This story is about Max and how he copes at a young age with being fostered and there are other issues with him and his family. Cathy has written yet another tale that I will remember and even though there is tragedy, I enjoyed reading about Max’s upbringing.

I was given an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Be-Kind-Saying-childs-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruel-Be-Kind-Saying-childs

The Night Stalker By Clare Donoghue

The Night Stalker By Clare Donoghue

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This title will be released on the 10th August 2017

Dead Woman’s Ditch. The site of a grisly two-hundred-year-old murder – and a recent hit and run. When a young woman’s body is found at the macabre landmark in Somerset’s Quantock Hills, DI Mike Lockyer and Sergeant Jane Bennett are called in to investigate.

They find a community gripped by fear and superstition. The locals won’t venture out at night, believing there’s a man stalking the hills; a phantom cloaked in folklore and legend, keeping the sinister legacy of Dead Woman’s Ditch alive.

Confronted by a hostile CID team and a murder victim with close ties to their own squad, Lockyer and Bennett will have to accept what they can’t see before they can find what’s really there . . .

My Thoughts:

Not having read any of Clare’s books before I was intrigued to see what her writing was like. I am starting to read a few crime thrillers so thought I would give this one a go. The cover looks mysterious and the title of the book looks creepy how it is slightly distorted. I read this book within three days and couldn’t put it down. I was captivated into the story the twists and turns made the story for me come to life, I was looking over my shoulder quite a bit. The descriptions were well written, it was certainly creepy but Clare is one to look out for in the future. A brilliantly written book.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Stalker-Detective-Bennett-Lockyer-ebook/

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Night-Stalker-Detective-Bennett-Lockyer

I Heart Forever ( I heart series, book 7) By Lindsey Kelk

I Heart Forever ( I heart series, book 7) By Lindsey Kelk

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This title will be released on September 7, 2017. 

Winter in Manhattan…and someone’s keeping a secret.

The day her husband Alex picks up a backpack and goes travelling, Angela Clark promises to stay out of trouble and keep both Louboutins on the ground. So when her best friend’s boyfriend confides in her, it can’t hurt to help him pick out a ring at Tiffany’s surely? And when her fashion magazine announces major changes, being terminally late and winking at your new boss in the lift isn’t that bad, is it?

Then suddenly there’s another big secret Angela’s got to keep – and the man she loves is still thousands of miles away. As the wedding of the year looms, and Manhattan switches on its Christmas lights, Angela is going to need her friends by her side as her old life looks set to change forever.

My Thoughts:

I have to be honest and say I have not read many of Lindsey Kelks books especially none of them in this I heart series and I am not sure why. I think Lindsey is a great writer and I found this book quite amusing. I don’t think you necessarily need to read the ones previous but I am going to as I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I loved the start, the middle and the end.

I won this book in a goodreads competition.

Pre-order your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Forever-Book-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heart-Forever-Book

Animal Ark Book Set 1 – 10 By Lucy Daniels

Animal Ark Book Set 1 – 10 By Lucy Daniels

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I have previously read Summer at Hope Meadows which is the follow on from all of these brilliant books. These are my childhood classics that I was very lucky to be able to purchase. There are over 60 of these books and when I was younger I did actually read them all. I have only purchased the first ten and read them from cover to cover.

Mandy is an animal lover and her parents own a vets practise so Mandy helps them out and with her best friend James who is also an animal lover it is a match made in heaven. I loved seeing what they use to get up to. Each book is a different story, I don’t think I have a favourite I just love them all. I was excited to see Lucy Daniel had a new book out recently called Summer at Hope Meadows where we catch up with Mandy and best friend James and see what they are getting up to. There are also some familiar faces from the old classics.

There are nice short reads with a few pictures too. Hopefully when I have children in the future I will be able to read these to them.

These books are not really available as they are quite old, if you did want to see if you could purchase them the best bet would be to try ebay.

Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice cream By Sue Watson

Curves, Kisses and Chocolate Ice cream By Sue Watson

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Dani’s on a mission to get her life back on track by the end of the summer. Running, rowing, aerobics and more, but perhaps all she needs are sweet treats and a second chance?

Ten years ago, Dani fled Appledore with a broken-heart and a suitcase full of shattered dreams. Only now is she brave enough to put her past behind her and return for a summer selling homemade ice cream and getting fit by doing sit-ups by the sea.

But the new-look cafe is filled with old memories of Jude, her teenage sweetheart-turned-sour. She thinks of him every time she swirls warm sauce onto a ‘chocolate-bockaglory’ and even with the help of Chris, her gorgeous personal trainer, the urge to break her diet is everywhere she turns.

When Jude makes an appearance at the cafe on the eve of Dani’s birthday party, history threatens to repeat itself. Is Dani strong enough to say no? And is the love she’s been longing for much closer than she thinks?

My Thoughts:

This is the first book I have read by Sue Watson and it won’t be the last. Dani is the main character in this book and I think there are a women that would be able to relate to her. Like Dani I think you have to find something that truly makes you happy and go for it and not do it for other people. Do it for yourself. There are a few giggles in here too and also some very delicious sounding ice cream.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curves-Kisses-Chocolate-Ice-Cream-perfect-ebook/

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Curves-Kisses-Chocolate-Ice-Cream

The Darkness Within By Cathy Glass writing as Lisa Stone

The Darkness Within By Cathy Glass writing as Lisa Stone

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You know your son better than anyone. Don’t you?

When critically ill Jacob Wilson is given a life-saving heart transplant, his parents are relieved that their loving son has been saved.

However, before long, his family are forced to accept that something has changed in Jacob. Their once loving son is slowly being replaced by a violent man whose mood swings leave them terrified – but is it their fault?

Jacob’s girlfriend, Rosie, is convinced the man she loves is suffering from stress. But when his moods turn on her, she begins to doubt herself – and she can only hide the bruises for so long.

When a terrible crime is committed, Jacob’s family are forced to confront their darkest fears. Has the boy they raised become a monster? Or is someone else to blame?

My Thoughts:

What a powerful novel. I have read all of most of Cathy Glass’s books and here she is writing under a new name Lisa Stone. I love the fact she has branched into crime thriller and I think she has done it really well. I was hooked and couldn’t put the book down. It was really interesting reading about cellular memory and how people can experience different personality changes after a transplant. I hope to read more crime thrillers from the author in the future.

I was given a advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkness-Within-heart-pounding-thriller-reeling-ebook

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Darkness-Within-Lisa-Stone

Summer at Rose Island ( White Cliff Bay 3) By Holly Martin

Summer at Rose Island ( White Cliff Bay 3) By Holly Martin

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Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals.
As Darcy begins to swim daily in the crystal clear waters, she discovers the charming Rose Island lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing . . .

Riley Eddison doesn’t want change. Desperate to escape the memories of his tragic past, he lives a life of solitude in the lighthouse. Yet he can’t help but notice the gorgeous woman swimming every day.

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides.

She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay. But is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

My Thoughts:

The paperback cover of this book is absolutely stunning and so summery. It makes you want to escape and go on holiday somewhere warm. I have read one of Holly’s books before and after reading this one I will be reading more. This is a perfect read as it made me laugh, there were some interesting facts about sharks and the ending was so beautiful it made me have a tear in my eye. I really felt as though I connected with Holly and Riley reminded me a bit of my own husband. I loved when Darcy was making Riley try British food that was quite funny as he was not sure on some things. I loved this book. I will certainly be recommending it to friends and family.

I was given an advanced reading copy of this book for an honest review.

Get your copy here:

Kindle edition:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Rose-Island-perfect-romance-ebook/

Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Rose-Island-White-Cliff