Happiness for Beginners By Carole Matthews

Happiness for Beginners By Carole Matthews

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Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There’s Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven’t thrived in mainstream education. It’s full on, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn’t fazed.

But Lucas is distant and soon Molly realises he might be more of a handful than she anticipated. And then there’s the added problem that his dad is distractingly handsome. Molly has her beloved farm to think of – could letting Lucas and Shelby in be a terrible mistake, or the start of something wonderful?

My Thoughts:

I love it when I get a big chunky book from one of my favourite authors, you just know it is going to be good. This is such a feel good story with lots of cute animals and of course romance. I found I really warmed to Molly the main character in the book as she is trying to do good by setting up a school for kids who have difficulties in main school, she kind of forgets about herself and I was wishing something lovely would happen for her.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happiness-Beginners-BRAND-NEW-Novel-2019-ebook

Hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happiness-Beginners-BRAND-NEW-Novel-2019

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Apple Of My Eye By Claire Allen

Apple Of My Eye By Claire Allen

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Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious note arrives for seven months pregnant nurse Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

My Thoughts:

If you want a book that has twists and turns and a gripping plot then this is the book for you. It is a intriguing story that makes you wonder how far would you go? I found it a powerful and emotional read. It keeps you guessing till the very end.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-My-Eye-psychological-bestseller-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-My-Eye-psychological-bestseller/

Lara The Runaway Cat:One cat’s journey to discover home is where the heart is By Dion Leonard with Sophie Pembroke

Lara The Runaway Cat:One cat’s journey to discover home is where the heart is By Dion Leonard with Sophie Pembroke

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Lara the Runaway Cat tells the story of Gobi, the loveable pup who followed Dion Leonard across a gruelling 155-mile trek across the Gobi Desert, and her mischievous cat sister, Lara, who runs away from her family, seeking a courageous adventure and different life.

Lara doesn’t realise how good she has it in her home in Edinburgh with her owners, Dion and Lucja, and of course her sister, Gobi. If she’s being honest, she’s jealous of Gobi’s fame and the international attention she has received ever since Dion found her. Okay, Gobi may have survived an ultra-marathon across the Gobi Desert, but it’s not as if Lara doesn’t earn her fresh prawns! She dreams about the day when she can go outdoors and see the world, discover new friends and be free to make her own name.

But Lara’s wishful thinking gets the better of her as she takes a leap into the unknown and is forced to decide between her loyalties to her family and need to experience an adventure to rival Gobi’s. Join Lara in her eventful travels from Edinburgh to France, Beijing to Australia, where she is faced with challenges that will change her life forever.

My Thoughts:

This is the story about Lara the ragdoll cat and her adventures when her owners decide to take her and her brother Gobi ( he has his own story) away. It is how she decides she needs a bit more of adventure and ends up making a truly remarkable trip and meets some interesting people that she helps to change their lives for the better. It is written by the cat’s perspective so it was completely different to my normal reads but having a cat I was intrigued to read it.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lara-Runaway-Cat-journey-discover-ebook

Hard cover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lara-Runaway-Cat-journey-discover

Hearts Abroad: A Millionaire Single Dad Romance (Atlas Book 1) By Skye McNeil

Hearts Abroad: A Millionaire Single Dad Romance (Atlas Book 1) By Skye McNeil

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When a fun-loving American nanny turns a millionaire British single dad’s world upside down, it’s inevitable life is going to get complicated.

Taking a break from screenwriting in New York City, Londyn Bellerose takes a nannying job in Colorado to get away from the hubbub. A summer to live without regrets is all she wants. While her boss is British, gorgeous, and a millionaire, he has no clue how to have fun. Determined to mend the relationship between father and daughters, Londyn doesn’t expect to fall for the museum curator.

Londyn is American and everything Callum Archer swore to never fall for again. With her carefree spirit and energetic smile, she’s perfect to nanny Callum’s two daughters. The problem is she’s also perfect for him. She’s sassy, musical, and tends to speak her mind more than she means to.

When old history and new dreams threaten her happily ever after, will Londyn and Callum’s love survive?

My Thoughts:

I love getting a book that is the debut for the author which this one is. I am a big fan and look forward to book 2 in the series as it was really good. The writing flowed and the story line really worked. Sometimes it is hard to write about real life situations and be sensitive but Skye the author really handled them all very well indeed. The comedy is absolutely brilliant in it, ( I nearly snorted my tea out of my nose) and the characters are written well. I look forward to reading the next book.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hearts-Abroad-Millionaire-Single-Romance-ebook/

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hearts-Abroad-Atlas-Skye-McNeil

Under The Ice By Rachael Blok

Under The Ice By Rachael Blok

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It is the week before Christmas and the cathedral city of St Albans is blanketed by snow. But beneath the festive lights, darkness is stirring. The frozen body of a young girl is discovered by the ice-covered lake.

The police scramble for clues. A local woman, Jenny, has had visions of what happened the night of the murder. But Jenny is an exhausted new mother, whose midnight wanderings pull her ever closer to the lake. Can Jenny be trusted? What does she really know?

Then another girl goes missing, and the community unravels. Neighbour turns against neighbour, and Jenny has no idea who to believe. As Christmas Eve approaches, Jenny discovers a secret about her past – and why she could be key to everything…

My Thoughts:

I love the cover of this book it is tense and creepy but also makes you feel slightly cold. I was shocked to see that it is Rachael’s debut novel as it is really good. This is what thrillers are all about, you want to devour it straight away but then you want to cherish the story as you know you will feel sad once it has finished. The story telling was exceptional so much so that the characters are really bought to life. I can’t wait to read the next one from Rachael Blok.

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Ice-unputdownable-thriller-winter-ebook

Hardcover

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Ice-Rachael-Blok

In Safe Hands By J. P. Carter

In Safe Hands By J. P. Carter

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How far would you go to save the ones you love? The first book in a gripping new crime series featuring DCI Anna Tate.

When nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London, their distressed parents have no idea if they will ever see them again. The community in the surrounding area in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

But DCI Anna Tate knows that nothing is impossible, and she also knows that time is quickly running out. It’s unclear if the kidnappers are desperate for money or set on revenge, but the ransom is going up by £1million daily. And they know that one little boy in particular is fighting for his life.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DCI Anna Tate has ever worked on – not only because nine children are being held hostage, but because she’s pretty sure that someone close to them is lying…

My Thoughts:

This is a DCI Anna Tate thriller and really in this book there are two stories that run alongside each other. both stories are linked as they are both to do with children being kidnapped. A twisty story that will keep you on the edge of your seats. I think it always does when children are involved as you are hoping for the best outcome. There are a few red herrings along the way. I had no clue and it was a bit of a shock to me what the outcome was.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Safe-Hands-D-C-I-Anna-thriller-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Safe-Hands-D-C-I-Anna-thriller

Don’t Turn Around By Amanda Brookes

Don’t Turn Around By Amanda Brookes

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She died.

You’re next.

Now he’s coming for you

Ten years ago, Jen’s cousin Meg killed herself after failing to escape an abusive relationship.

Now, Meg’s ex is back and Jen’s domestic abuse helpline has started getting frightening calls from a girl who knows things about Meg – details that only the dead girl or the man who hurt her could have known…

As Jen starts to uncover the past, someone is determined to stop her. Can she save this young woman from Meg’s fate? Or is history about to repeat itself?

My Thoughts:

I have read one of Amanda’s books before, her storyline’s seem to be intriguing and a little bit different to other books I have read. This one kind of centres around a domestic abuse helpline and we see the web unfold into a haunting tale. I felt that the beginning was a little slow but soon picked up towards the middle.

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

Get your copy here:

kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Turn-Around-heart-stopping-gripping-ebook

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dont-Turn-Around-heart-stopping-gripping