We are Family By Nicola Gill

We are Family By Nicola Gill

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Laura and Jess are sisters – but that’s pretty much all they have in common…

Laura has a laid back attitude to life. Her home isn’t spotless, and after a hard day she likes to take to bed with a block of cheese.

Jess, on the other hand, is your classic overachiever: The Big Sister, Chief of Chivvying, Queen of the family WhatsApp. Her life is picture-perfect.

Laura and Jess lost their dad when they were kids, and now their mum is gone too. And one of the hardest times in life is made harder by the fact they can’t agree on a single thing, from where to scatter the ashes to whether “passed away” is even an acceptable term.

But when Laura starts pushing her own boundaries and Jess agrees to let other people in to her (not so) perfect life, the two women realize they need each other more than ever. They might not be ready to admit it, but family is everything…

My Thoughts:

A thoroughly entertaining read but tender and emotional at the same time. This is Nicola’s second book, if you haven’t read the neighbours then you definitely should. This story is about two sisters called Laura and Jess who are relatable characters and are going through subjects that I think most people can relate to. I really felt for Laura as I felt as though people see her as a push over and she never has any time for herself. Jess I felt as though even though she is the bigger sister, she seemed very bossy and a little bit stuck up, like look at me. But she is hiding things that no one knows about, will she let her secrets come between her and Laura or will Laura be able to help her? Even though there are sad parts to this story there are also some hilarious bits that had me in stitches. Some of the things Laura says and does and also her son Billy.

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

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/We-Are-Family-funny-life-affirming-ebook

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Untitled-Nicola-Gill-2

One of the Family By Sadie Pearse

One of the Family By Sadie Pearse

WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE?

Samantha Jackson has been missing for eighteen years. Then, out of nowhere, she gets back in touch with her sister.

Sam needs Freya – now a grown woman with a family of her own – to take in her son.

But Dino is not a happy child, despite the warmth of Freya’s family he cannot settle. He startles at loud noises and he’s prone to angry, violent outbursts. He’s one of the family, Freya knows he is, but why doesn’t it feel like that?

In order to keep her daughters safe, Freya is forced to go in search of the truth. What is going on with Dino, and what really happened to her sister the night she left?

My Thoughts:

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

When I finish a book now I always look at the cover again and I always find it poignant. You will see once you read this story how the cover comes more alive. This story is set in one of my favourite places Dorset, I love the different places they go to like Lyme Regis and Monkey World is mentioned too. It always feels more special when you know the places that are talked about in a book. The story is about Freya and her sister Sam who has been missing for a long time, Freya now has two girls and has always been looking for her sister every day since she went missing. One day she gets an email for Sam asking to look after her son Dino, when he turns up he is violent and has issues, what is the problem and can Freya help him? Early on in this story I thought I had it all figured out but then throughout the story there is a massive curve ball that is thrown into the mix that I did not see coming. I really felt for Freya as she has it tough looking after a child that obviously has more things on his mind than he is willing to share, she has to give up things she loves. I also really felt for Dino, when he does decide to open up, his story is quite heartbreaking and I did shed a few tears. I didn’t feel anything for Sam as I cant understand people that take drugs and all the other things she does, I didn’t have any time for her at all. I read this book in a day as I just could not put it down.

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Like a House on Fire By Caroline Hulse

Like a House on Fire By Caroline Hulse

Things Stella and George have had blazing rows about:

– Misquoting Jurassic Park
– Leaving a Coke can on the side of the bath
– Fitting car seats for their hypothetical kids

In other news, they’re getting divorced.

But first, Stella’s mum is throwing a murder mystery party and – with her dad losing his job, her mum’s recent diagnosis, and some very odd behaviour from her sister – now is not the time to tell everyone.

All Stella and George have to do is make it through the day without their break-up being discovered – though it will soon turn out that having secrets runs in the family…Sent

My Thoughts:

I haven’t read any of Caroline’s books before so was looking forward to reading a new author. I think anyone will be able to relate to at least one of the characters in this book. It’s all about family and how they interact with one another. It reminded me of growing up in our family home with the bickering, the laughter and love that comes from being in a family. Caroline has nailed it with this story.

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

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Rachel’s Pudding Pantry By Caroline Roberts

Rachel’s Pudding Pantry By Caroline Roberts

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Primrose Farm is Rachel’s very own slice of heaven. Come rain or shine there’s always a pot of tea brewing by the Aga, the delicious aroma of freshly baked puddings, and a chorus of happy memories drifting through the kitchen.

But the farm is in a spot of trouble. As the daffodils spring, Rachel must plant the seeds of change if she wants to keep the farm afloat, and it’s all resting on a crazy plan. She’ll need one family cook book, her Mum Jill’s baking magic – and a reason to avoid her distractingly gorgeous neighbour, Tom . . .

Swapping their wellies for aprons, can Rachel and Jill bake their way into a brighter future? The proof will be in the pudding!

My Thoughts:

What a lovely read, what more can you want when there is romance, cakes and puddings to dream about. Rachel and her family live on Primrose farm and when things get tough she and her family have to decide how to put things right so they set up the pudding pantry, you can just imagine going in there every day to see what delights they have come up with( like Frank does). Also thrown into the mix is their gorgeous neighbour Tom, will love blossom between the two? If your reading this book make sure you have a sweet treat to eat otherwise you will become very hungry.

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachels-Pudding-Pantry-gorgeous-bestselling-ebook

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rachels-Pudding-Pantry-gorgeous-bestselling/

A Wedding in December By Sarah Morgan

A Wedding in December By Sarah Morgan

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In the snowy perfection of Aspen, the White family gathers for youngest daughter Rosie’s whirlwind Christmas wedding.

First to arrive are the bride’s parents, Maggie and Nick. Their daughter’s marriage is a milestone they are determined to celebrate wholeheartedly, but they are hiding a huge secret about their own: they are on the brink of divorce. After living apart for the last six months, the last thing they need is to be trapped together in an irresistibly romantic winter wonderland.

Rosie’s older sister Katie is also dreading the wedding. Worried that impulsive, sweet-hearted Rosie is making a mistake, Katie is determined to save her sister from herself. If only the irritatingly good-looking best man, Jordan, would stop interfering with her plans…

Bride-to-be Rosie loves her fiance but is having serious second thoughts. Except everyone has arrived – how can she tell them she’s not sure? As the big day gets closer, and emotions run even higher, this is one White family Christmas none of them will ever forget.

My Thoughts:

I am always happy when I read another of Sarah Morgan’s books, they are just utter bliss. You can just get snuggled up with a hot chocolate and escape to a world of beautiful scenery and settings. The story is set around the White family and each chapter is a different member of the family. I felt as though I was getting three stories in one which was good. I look forward to Sarah’s next book.

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

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wedding-December-Sarah-Morgan-ebook

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wedding-December-Sarah-Morgan

Rewrite The Stars By Emma Heatherington

Rewrite The Stars By Emma Heatherington

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From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…

It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…

The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’.

Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom?  Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed reading this book and a new author to me who I will be reading more of. I liked the whole idea of will they? or won’t they? It is a heartfelt and emotional story which made me not want to put it down. The story really pulled at my heart strings and made me realise the importance of friends and family.

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

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kindle edition

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rewrite-Stars-heart-warming-page-turning-Christmas-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rewrite-Stars-Emma-Heatherington

The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

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In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.

In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.

They’ve been dead for several days.

Who has been looking after the baby?

And where did they go?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this creepy read. It is a story that is told very well but your never quite sure where it is going to lead to. It is a unusual story about a mixed family that are bought together by unusual circumstances, I did find it a little confusing when the book tends to jump from character to character, it was hard to keep up with.The storyline was slightly weird but that is what drew me more into the book.  An intriguing read.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Upstairs-Lisa-Jewell-ebook/

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Family-Upstairs-Lisa-Jewell

My Sister’s Lies By S. D. Robertson

My Sister’s Lies By S. D. Robertson

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For a decade, Hannah’s life has been pretty close to perfect – she has a great job, she’s married to Mark, and her child-free existence means she’s free as a bird. The only sadness in her life is a fall-out with her sister Diane, who hasn’t spoken to her in over ten years. But now Diane is on her doorstep – and this time, she’s got her teenage daughter Mia in tow.

When Diane asks if Mia can stay with Hannah and Mark for a few days, Hannah is glad of the chance to get to know her niece. But as the days turn into weeks and Diane doesn’t return, Hannah begins to worry. Why hasn’t her sister been in touch?

Diane is carrying a devastating secret that will destroy Hannah’s carefully constructed life. But how much is she willing to reveal – and when will she pick her moment?

My Thoughts:

This is such a powerful and emotional read. After not seeing her sister for over ten years Hannah gets a shock when she turns up on her doorstep. Diane needs help, help from Hannah and her husband Mark to look after Hannah’s niece Mia, something is not quite right and what will be will shock you to the core. The truth comes out after something shocking happens. How will they all cope? Had me hooked till the very end.

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

Also I am listed as one of the reader quotes in this book.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Sisters-Lies-gripping-secrets-ebook

paperback

https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Sisters-Lies-gripping-secrets

Finding Stevie By Cathy Glass

Finding Stevie By Cathy Glass

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Finding Stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking on online.

When Stevie’s social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isn’t sure what that term means and looks it up.

Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevie’s behaviour so they place him in care.

Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe. When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they can’t tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done.

My Thoughts:

This is the story of Stevie who comes into Cathy’s care after his behaviour at home gets out of control. It seems like a straightforward case but it really will stun you what Stevie has been up to. Cathy and her family do their very best to help him and you really get a sense of what young people may or may not be going through today.

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

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Stevie-secret-child-crisis-ebook

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Stevie-secret-child-crisis

Diary of a Stressed Out Mother By Nicola Kelsall

Diary of a Stressed Out Mother By Nicola Kelsall

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Dora Loveday is a long-suffering, harassed mother of four kids, two unruly dogs, a psychotic cat, and wife to an impulsive and uncompromising husband.

Clinging on to her sanity in the face of unrelenting adversity, she records the chaos and madness of her family life in this laugh-out-loud comic romp of a diary!

My Thoughts:

What a little cracker of a read. The cover certainly lives up to what happens in the book. It is a nice light hearted read that follows Dora through her and her family life. I laughed so much and I love how it is such a believable story.

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

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Stressed-Out-Mother-Bedlam-ebook

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diary-Stressed-Out-Mother-Bedlam