Shelter By Sarah Franklin

Shelter By Sarah Franklin

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This title will be released on July 27, 2017.

Early spring 1944.
In a clearing deep within an English forest two lost souls meet for the first time.

Connie Granger has escaped the devastation of her bombed out city home. She has found work in the Women’s Timber Corps, and for her, this remote community must now serve a secret purpose.

Seppe, an Italian prisoner of war, is haunted by his memories. But in the forest camp, he finds a strange kind of freedom.

Their meeting signals new beginnings. In each other they find the means to imagine their own lives anew, and to face that which each fears the most.

But outside their haven, the world is ravaged by war and old certainties are crumbling. Both Connie and Seppe must make a life-defining choice which threatens their fragile existence. How will they make sense of this new world, and find their place within it? What does it mean to be a woman, or a foreign man, in these days of darkness and new light?

My Thoughts:

I was given a advanced reading copy of this book. I was looking for something different to read from my usual types of genres and I came across this book. It is set in 1944’s and we find out about Connie Granger and her life growing up and how she comes to work for the Women’s Timber Corps. We also meet Seppe who is Italian and he is a prisoner of War and it is about how the two of them get to know each other through working as Timber Corps. I found the start quite slow but I decided to persist and I am glad I did. I found the story deeply moving and it made me more aware what women would do in those days to protect till the end.

Pre-order your copy here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shelter-Sarah-Franklin

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Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe By Milly Johnson

Afternoon Tea at the Sunflower Cafe By Milly Johnson

Love and friendship bloom at the Sunflower Café…

When Connie discovers that Jimmy Diamond, her husband of more than twenty years, is planning to leave her for his office junior, her world is turned upside down.

Determined to salvage her pride, she resolves to get her own back. Along with Della, Jimmy’s right-hand woman at his cleaning firm, Diamond Shine, and the cleaners who meet at the Sunflower Café, she’ll make him wish he had never underestimated her.

Then Connie meets the charming Brandon Locke, a master chocolatier, whose kindness starts to melt her soul. Could he be her second chance at happiness?

Can the ladies of the Sunflower Cafe help Connie scrub away the hurt? And can Brandon make her trust again?

My Thoughts:

I have read all of Milly Johnson’s other books and completely adored them, I didn’t think Milly would be able to top her previous book the Teashop on the Corner but she really has. This book was superb, it is quite a chunky book but I devoured it in two days straight. There were quite a few characters in this book most with what I would call real life problems, I loved reading all there stories, I really liked Connie and Della I could see myself in them sometimes. I thought Brandon the chocolatier sounded lovely, who wouldn’t want a hunky man but one that works with chocolate it is every woman’s dream. This is a brilliant book that will have you in stitches as there are some very funny moments, it has a twist in the plot that you could never imagine but it will leave you with a big ahhhh!! at the end.  This is definitely one of my favourite books for this year. Pure Delight!!

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Afternoon-Tea-at-Sunflower-Caf%C3%A9

Fetch Nurse Connie By Jean Fullerton

Fetch Nurse Connie By Jean Fullerton

London, 1945 and as the end of the war is declared and the troops start returning home, the nurses of the East End are joining in the celebrations.

For Nurse Connie Byrne the end of the war signals the beginning of a new chapter and as the revelries go on around the city, Connie’s mind is on another celebration that she’ll be able to arrange – the wedding to her sweetheart, Charlie, set to take place as soon as he arrives home. But when Connie meets Charlie off the train at London Bridge, she finds that his homecoming isn’t quite going to go according to plan…

Connie’s busy professional life, and the larger-than-life patients in the district, offer a welcome distraction, but for how long? If nursing in the East End has taught Connie anything, it’s that life is full of surprises.

My Thoughts:

I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of this book from Jean herself. I must say a big thank you as it is such a wonderful book. I only recently got into reading books about the war. This book is centered around the nurses in 1945, all the nurses have their own lives as well as their nursing lives so you get to find out more about them. I love the way Jean has gone into every tiny detail of the age in which the book is written. It gives you a pretty good idea of how times have changed and what must it of been like in those days. If you liked Call the Midwife, then you are sure to love this book. I would love to read the other books that Jean has written as I just couldn’t put this one down.

If you would like to purchase this book, please click on the link below:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fetch-Nurse-Connie-Jean-Fullerton/

Or if you would like to have a look at Jean’s other books, please click on the link below:

http://www.jeanfullerton.com/Jean-Fullerton’s-Books

Us By David Nicholls

Us By David Nicholls


‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’

‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.

He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.

So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.

What could possibly go wrong?

My Thoughts:

WOW! What a book. I was hooked right from the start to the very end. I wanted to saviour this book so much I read it in a week. David has a way of drawing you in to his books that I find utterly irresistible. The main characters are Douglas and his wife Connie and their son Albie. I think people will be able to relate to these characters as David manages to write about personal problems that affect people in day to day life. This story is filled with sadness, joy and happiness. I just loved this book so much, I would definitely recommend it and I would put it in my list of my favourite books of 2014.