Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Review: The Liar’s Daughter

The Liar’s Daughter The Liar’s Daughter by Claire Allan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is a book I enjoyed. The premise was good, the plot better and the ending fabulous.

It portrays Joe who is the father of one daughter from his marriage and dad to another daughter of the women he moved in with.
We learn early on that he abused one of them. The trouble is, he needs her to look after him now that he’s on his death bed.

There’s a lot of consequences in this book while the author allows us to unravel the dynamics of this broken dysfunctional tainted family which I found engrossing.

It’s not perfect, there’s a flaw as it dipped my interest here or there but the story is too powerful for it to matter.

I have loved this authors previous work, so I’m always eager for her releases.



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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Review: Apartment Six

Apartment Six Apartment Six by Stuart James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stuart James sets a very raw and emotive dark deep premise that will make many readers feel all kinds of emotions.

Make no bones about it, abuse in any form is totally not acceptable, whether subtle, emotional or physical. But Meagan grows up in an abusive family environment where she learns that men control and punish.

It’s horrendous to think this goes on.....but fact.

The author makes a good call when he heads chapters as Before the phone call” then present day.
It made it very easy as a reader to follow.

No matter what was going on around me this book was my main focus.
There are a few nail biting tense moments, many OMG moments and thoughts on “where is this author leading me?”

3/4 of the way through I realised there is going to be a big sting , and wow did I feel it.
I would never have guessed this ending.

I keep my eye on this authors work because he never ceases to surprise me. I eagerly await his releases.when such good books are written like this, sinister and oh so deep, I just wonder what lurks in the authors subconsciousness.

Whatever his next books topic is, I’m here for it.



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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Review: Guess Who

Guess Who Guess Who by Nesly Clerge
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have loved this authors book, and will forever remain a fan despite me not being able to engage well this one.

I’m not quite sure what it was, I know he teamed up with another author to write this but it just didn’t have his unique style that I’ve come to expect.

I read it, but several times whilst reading it I had to reread it, I thought I’d missed something.
To me, I was not getting the dark humour or connecting things. I got frustrated because I really thought it was me until I read someone else’s review.

Maybe it’s not a book for everyone.
And maybe it was just not meant for me.

I wanted to live this just as much as his other books.

I hate writing this, but, I am always honest.

This won’t be his last book read by me, I’ll still certainly be following him.

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Friday, 17 January 2020

Review: Dear Mother

Dear Mother Dear Mother by Angela Marsons
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just how can siblings be abused in this way and each go down a different path in life?
But it happens right.

Family.

You can have a houseful of children in a family with one or two parents with “problems” and each child will digest it’s environment differently and that leads them to a path.
Which path they chose is up to them.

This author has done a fabulous job giving us an insightful view of human nature at its worse, and, at its best.

I was that enthralled I read this in a day.

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Review: The Forgotten Wife

The Forgotten Wife The Forgotten Wife by Emma Robinson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very high emotionally charged story mostly involving two women who unexpectedly become very good friends.

As they reveal more things that has happened to them in their lives and they get to know each other more the relationship cements.

It’s by no means an easy read in places as you put yourself in each woman’s lives.

I enjoyed seeing this new pregnant neighbour becoming friends with the lady next door.

The inner most secrets and revelations weren’t shocking, more upsetting and encouraging as they supported each other.

It’s a bit of a “lump in your throat” kind of read sometimes, but there’s an awful lot of caring. I took that from this book.

Talking of books, there’s a book they go by, things that spark joy, and it made me think, there are physical items, people, things in life itself that doesn’t give us joy. So what should we do?

I watched as these two lovely women started to spark joy in their lives.

One part said, you had to ‘feel’ emotions to go forward, you just can’t slam it in a cupboard (physical cupboard or metaphorically speaking) and be able to go forward.

The book gave me all the “feels” as a female.

If you like a good read about friendships, relationships, grief, pregnancies, the ups and downs of life itself with being raw. This is the book for you.

I’ve discovered I do love this authors style of writing so I want to read more by this author for sure.

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Saturday, 11 January 2020

Review: The wives

The wives The wives by Lauren Weisbergen
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m afraid I didn’t like this. I couldn’t get invested in the characters enough to care.

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Review: The Leaving Party

The Leaving Party The Leaving Party by Lesley Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story is told in two timelines. Past, present and between two characters, friends.

We learn that something happened years ago that overshadows them.
So when a leaving party is noted and strange things start to happen, it’s spooky and concerning.

It’s a good premise to the story and I enjoyed it, however, as the heat started and I was expecting kind kings of flame with pitch power and pace, it just didn’t happen.
I was trying to urge myself to get excited but it just kept the same momentum.

It was a good read nevertheless.

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Thursday, 9 January 2020

Review: Mother

Mother Mother by Hannah Begbie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh Dave, where was your POV on this situation, how did you feel.

We have a couple who struggled with infertility for many years. Finally they have Mia.
After a few week with their beloved daughter they learn that she has medical complications. A condition CFS.

I fully get and understand the implications of how this would be. The strain and worry of it all.

The selfishness of the parents were beyond my comprehension. But then, not everyone reacts to situations in the same way, so I got over my judging anyone.

It’s well written and easy to follow.
Lots of research done on this subject matter, that goes without saying.
An OK read with lots of feeling.

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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Review: Little Bandaged Days

Little Bandaged Days Little Bandaged Days by Kyra Wilder
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I struggled.
I hate to give this 3* because it could have been so much better for me in certain ways.

I get the complexity of this, the Mother is on a downward spiral of mental well-being since the birth of her children. That I 150% get. No doubt or room for error and it’s well written and explained.

What irritated me the most was her reference to them. Just referring to them by their initials.
I was so hung up in that it became all consuming whilst I was reading it, just waiting for those initials again and I’d be grrrrrrrr. Was this to show her remoteness? If that’s the case I understand, but it’s too darn irritating for me the reader. I can honestly say it ruined it for me.

You know that big wall painted pure white? Then there’s this itsy weenie little black mark? That mark becomes your focus point now you’ve spotted it! And you tend to ignore the huge surrounding wall painted nicely white. Because your eyes get drawn to that dam black tiny spot.

Well.....that was me each time the authors character refers to those individuals with a dam capital letter!

That’s it really.



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Sunday, 5 January 2020

Review: The Great Alone

The Great Alone The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I started this in December. I finished it two days ago.

I’ve been tackling my backlist so I’ve challenged myself to do this again this year. And this is one of my backlist books I just had to make time for.

Ernt has changed since he came back from the war. He’s abusive to his wife, both have a young daughter Leni. We readers will grow up with Leni as she goes from a young girl to a grown adult woman.
The choices that Ernt makes are not always wise choices for his family. But moving out into the Great Alone, the Great Unknown was an experience that they thought would be advantages to the family.

Was it?

Oh boy, what a swine this man was. I recognise he was “ill” the gasps I gave and shocks I felt were real. I never knew what this man was capable of. What else!

The wife. A warped type of love. A love that she remembered of the old Enst before he became unwell I thought warped her view on him. Was she thinking of her child in all of this?

The other characters in this story took a huge part. A little community only brought together through the waves of a radio to communicate. One little place to get supplies. Miles from each other.

The bears, the sounds of the wolves at night we’re not the only things that went bump in the night for Leni.

Her friendship with a boy named Matthew was so important for someone who had no one.

That love interest as they grew was so poignant.

As always, this author brings in many stings in the tail. Not all goes smooth and you’ll need your tissues that’s for sure.
I sobbed my little heart out.

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Friday, 3 January 2020

Review: Isabelle in the Afternoon

Isabelle in the Afternoon Isabelle in the Afternoon by Douglas Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I so enjoyed this book!

I enjoyed the last book this author wrote so very much and this one seemed a bit different in subject matter so I went in cautious. I didn’t need to worry though as I loved it.

This is full of turmoil so beware. Your thoughts and emotions will be all over the place, your morals will conflict with your conscience but you will see the sincerity of this story just come shinning through it all.

When these two get together one party knows for sure that this may not end well or be permanent in any way.

I loved the way this was written with so much depth and feeling.
It’s a live story, it’s a story. And a great start to my New Years Reading.

This book is due to be released 9th January 2020

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Review: 2019 on Goodreads

2019 on Goodreads 2019 on Goodreads by Various
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m hopeless at this kind of thing. Doesn’t help that my entire household have gone down with sickness, including me.

I’ve enjoyed returning to some genre type books I used to read years ago when younger. And I’ve dabbled in a few other type of reads that I was unsure of. In the main, I loved them.

Discovering new authors is a pet curve for me. I feel I’ve been on the journey in some ways with them.
In 2019 I took the conscious decision to not get involved with many blog tours. I wanted to read some books from my backlist. I thoroughly enjoyed that! So guess what! I’m doing that again this year.

I love getting new releases, who doesn’t. But there are so many books on my bookshelf and on my kindle that also need reading. So I’ve made myself another shelf on Goodreads called 2020 backlist reads.

I joined in a couple of group reads this year. I enjoyed the experience but it’s not something I can always join in with.

I try very hard to connect with other readers, I’m hoping to improve! Maybe I should set a day to reply to emails😂if I’ve not connected too well with you, forgive me. Life can be difficult as a disabled caregiver and I make as much time as I can. Just kick me up the rear if you need to🤨😳😂

Not too many flops in books this year so that made me happy.
After 14 years of this I’m pretty sure what I like or not. (I hope)

I wish you all the best in this new coming year of 2020. I love connecting with you all, seeing what you’ve read, your thoughts, some funny ones that really make me choke on my cuppa tea.

I value you all.

I’m not putting what I’ve read or amount. I don’t think that’s important. What is important is that we’ve all read a book💓

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