Friday, 30 April 2021

Review: The Paper Girl of Paris

The Paper Girl of Paris The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A remarkable book told from two points of view.

One from the Granddaughter and one from the Grandmothers sister.

It’s about getting to know her Grandmother as a person and what unfolds.

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Review: The Marriage

The Marriage The Marriage by K.L. Slater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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What first pulled me in on this one was not only was it written by K L Slater but look at the first blurb line.

She married the killer, the killer of her son.

Totally enthusiastic to get to this one.
So many questions running around in my head.

Was I disappointed?
Not at all did this book release me to go off doing something else or thinking of something else, the words on the pages just kept on delivering and I was totally lost in it.

It’s a 5* for me as just lately with so much going on in my life this took my thoughts from it, it delivered just what I needed.

A great storyline that hooked me.
Fast enough pace so it didn’t lag.

Characters that were totally and utterly believable.

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Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Review: Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not Forget Me Not by Alix Garin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a sad but also exhilarating book to read.

The graphics within are colourful and depict each step of the way as the story unfolds and the emotions on faces really draws you in.

Clemence has personal issues of his own. This becomes more apparent as I got through the story.

Her Grandmother is in a nursing home.

I could relate to this young person on all levels and I’m an adult.
It’s difficult to resign yourself in the first place that the person with Alzheimer’s will be safer in a specialised home that cater for their needs let alone visiting and finding out they hate it there.

As an adult, I knew that was going to happen and part of the illness, and encouraging them that you will return.

But Clemence is upset for her Grandmother. How could her Mother leave her in there. It’s just not right.

So one day he hijacks her out of the nursing home.

The adventure they go on is so well depicted in the drawings.

Sad but happy ending.

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Monday, 26 April 2021

Review: The Queen of Hearts

The Queen of Hearts The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A brilliant debut by this author.

I have another book by Kimmery Martin, after all this book was written in 2018, so I chose to read this one first.

Based around medical “stuff” this was truly enlightening along with the suspense that ran along side it.

It’s a beauty of a cover that got my attention first (yep I’m shallow) I was rewarded with a good read that was very satisfying.

I remember buying this book when it was published, finally I got to read it.

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Saturday, 24 April 2021

Review: Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Get a Life, Chloe Brown Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a refreshing book on so many levels.

A character with chronic pain

I can’t recall a fiction book that was centred around a person with chronic pain that was obvious throughout the book.

It’s fun. It’s light and......I enjoyed it!

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Review: There There

There There There There by Tommy Orange
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This took me longer than I needed to get through this book so I changed to audio thinking maybe it would come across better for me.

It sort of did, but didn’t .

I really couldn’t connect with this story it was a bit disjointed.
I know it won a prize as it has “something to say” it has a message there regarding Native Americans, and I took that away from it.

Others have loved it, others are on the fence like me.

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Review: The Dreamer: An Autobiography

The Dreamer: An Autobiography The Dreamer: An Autobiography by Cliff Richard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I grew up with.......

Donny Osmond
Status Quo
Bay city Rollers
David Cassidy

To name but a few, and Cliff Richard was another one.
Cliff and the Shadows....remember them? Hank Marvin? I met Hank once he helped a friend of mine change his car tyre!

Anyway...I digress

This book has lots in here I never knew about. And photos that I swooned over!

The audio is good too as it’s actually read by him so I followed along in between when I could, it felt like Cliff was telling me his life story (sad! I know....but it brought me joy)

Because he had never married yet his name had been linked to several girlfriends romantically which was true. I remember, Susan George, Una Stubbs, Sue Barker.

He’s been accused of being gay.

My eldest brother is 71 and he’s never married yet he’s had close relationships when younger and no, he’s not gay, and neither would it matter if he was!

As for a child molester etc.
I took the point when this investigation was going on Cliff said, although it was incredibly difficult for him, it HAD to take place as any investigation should be taken seriously even though his stress level was high, he knew he was innocent.

I personally found it horrendous that this was happening yet, you just never know do you and aspirations will be heard and mud sticks.
So even now, there will be some with doubts though he’s cleared.

His sister was dying while this was going on.

His life story in this book was amazing.

He came from a very religious background which I knew from Hank Marvin who himself went on to become a Jehovahs Witness as Cliff’s mom also was.
I can’t remember if that came out in this book, but it’s a piece of information I already knew about but Cliff wasn’t a Jehovahs Witness although very religious as we all know from some songs.

This book took me down memory land when I watched his films.

We’re all going on a summer holiday. Anyone else watch this? Una Stubbs was in that.

If you were/are a fan of Cliff Richard or just nosy to pick this book up, it’s written really well.
Highly recommend the audio too.

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Review: Purge

Purge Purge by Sofi Oksanen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A masterpiece.

A truly raw honest emotional read.

This captures the realistic view of how women were treated in Europe’s most biggest conflicts.
This has a hovering of suspense over its tale and a very tragic centre.

It’s by no means a cheerful book to read but it’s certainly a book that SHOULD be read.

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Thursday, 22 April 2021

Review: Luster

Luster Luster by Raven Leilani
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off listening to this on netgalley audio I was so not used to the way this book was written.
Was I going to like it?

I’ll stick with it I though as I’m relaxing.

Oh my! Eddie the protagonist is such a young fiesty, determined, out of the normal zone character I’ve ever met. In your face, so close you could kiss her! And that’s what her lifestyle was about, getting by, by whatever means she needed.

Signing a contract of rules when sleeping with a guy twice her age, problem is, there’s a problem.....
And no, not just that the guys married, oh no, it’s an open marriage so no problem there, it’s something else for sure.

I got so lost in listening to this and so need deep in its “draw me in” writing, I forgot to put my roast on! At least I could move fast still listening to this audio book.

The narrator was great. I feel the voice was so fluent and the pitch power and pace spot on.

I don’t think everyone is going to like this book. It’s different.
It’s gutsy, it smacks a punch and the area of writing is not usual. But if you’re willing to try something less conventional in the book world I’d say go for this.

I really didn’t think I was going to like it as much as I did. But once I learned why Eddie fell into these kind of situations I could reconcile with reading more.

I went in blind. I expected to maybe not like it as I’m older generation and came out with,, that was a punch.

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Monday, 19 April 2021

Review: The Witchfinder's Sister

The Witchfinder's Sister The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book ive had on my book shelf forever.
Time to Bust my Backlist I thought.

I’m glad I picked this up.

I hadn’t realised it was based on true events and that nasty horrid bloke existed.
He made my blood boil and my toes curl.

Some poor unfortunate women were named as witches because they were a little different or eccentric or even mentally unwell.

Listening to this on audio was the best as the accents were there and the atmospheric time of history seemed to be lurking in the background as I listened.

A superb piece of writing with obvious research done.

Like I say, it’s fiction, but based on reality.

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Sunday, 18 April 2021

Review: Her Last Holiday

Her Last Holiday Her Last Holiday by C.L. Taylor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m so upset!
I can’t believe I’m writing this review with just 3 stars but rounding it up to a 3 .5 star because at least the nosiness in me kept me picking this book up.....
Explained below

I’ve loved, actually loved and always anticipate every book this author writes and I have such praise for her because her writing is sublime. She takes ‘normal every day people’ then creates a plot, a plot that I hang on each crumb being fed to me. Each clue, and ask myself hmm aha is she taking me down a dark alley.

There are lots of things in this plot that it just beggars belief for me.

Yes it’s a work of fiction. Yes you can stretch the boundaries.
This was stretched too far to even accept certain events and situations.

Ok, the character has been persuaded by her Mother to go to this retreat where is believed her sister (mother’s daughter) has killed herself.
Or was she murdered?

It’s plot.

I wouldn’t go! I’d send someone else as this bloke who was in prison because of this death has now reset up his health retreat.

He’s a nutter.
His wife’s a nutter.

(My opinion lol)

I know there’s something going to unfold all the way through, it’s only my nosiness and never knowing that I ploughed through.

He gets them in this raft event. We assume they filled in a form before they went saying they can swim, right?

This guy is believed by her mother that her sister was murdered.....
So would you meet him alone in the dark?

I don’t know, maybe it’s me.

But I just couldn’t invest myself in this story.

My regrets to the author and publisher.

I still love you’re books though Cally Taylor!
And will continue to read them.

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Review: Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I hadn’t realised I’d not read this!
I wanted to watch Firefly Lane on Netflix so I checked when I’d read the book only to discover I hadn’t. And neither have I read book 2. So I’ve rectified that and ordered the next book in this series.

What an absolutely amazing well put together book. I know I’ll get a good time with any book this author writes.

This reminds me why my decision to creep out of most blog tours and always reading the latest, newest books was great but.....I’ve missed out on lots of books I had on my shelves that I really wanted to read too. I made the right choice. I still read new books but not so much of a heavy deadline.

I just love Kate and Tully so much. They work so well together and although quite opposites in many ways they have a gorgeous supportive friendship and actually care about each other.

The tear times were big sobs and the high happier moments were ecstatic.

Hooked on every page.

After watching this on Netflix I’ve swooned over Danny ( for those who have watched this will hopefully understand) yes I can swoon even at my age.

I can’t wait for book 2 to arrive as this left on a bit of a cliffhanger.

Have you read it?

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Thursday, 15 April 2021

Review: A Talent to Deceive

A Talent to Deceive A Talent to Deceive by William Norris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Glad you can’t see me blush.
I’ve been living under a rock!

I’d never heard of this true crime.

I can’t compare this with anything else written about it but all I’ll say is, this writing by William Norris has delved into a fair bit of compost to reveal “stuff”

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Review: The Wives' Revenge

The Wives' Revenge The Wives' Revenge by Lindsey Hutchinson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It feels like going back to my roots with this book.

My ever first book I read freely by choice (not counting school books) was Catherine Cookson. Then onto other authors writing the same kind of genre in historical fiction which I thoroughly enjoyed.

It was great returning to an historical fiction novel that took a fantastic subject matter that was all too common and bandy these women together like suffragettes on a historic history breaker.

I loved this bunch of women so much. Determined to stand up for themselves, courageous and meeting things head on among the tears and the triumphs.

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Review: The Paris Secret

The Paris Secret The Paris Secret by Lily Graham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This story is so quaint .

It flips from one to the other but superbly done so not losing the reader along the way.

I got a real closeness with Paris reading this, I’ve never visited but would love to one day. Not forgetting g the era this was set in though.

The era of the Nazis and the unforgettable experiences that Valie remembers cannot be crystal clear at the age of three.

Returning now she needs to piece together the events and secrets that she’s plagued with as a grown woman.
Returning to Paris, can she get answers, can Vincent her Grandfather reveal or shed light on her questions?
Will it help them both to move on?

My fist read by this author and loved it.

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Review: Gone by Midnight

Gone by Midnight Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve had this on my kindle for a while now.
Saw this on audio from my library. Reminded me about it.

So dived right in.

I’ve not read the previous books in this serious and although I knew that I’d miss out on some background I still dived in. Having read previous books by Candice Fox that I’ve loved and some I didn’t find so enthralling I loved the premise and advertising of this one.

Went in with little expectations and came out wide eyed.....this is good people. This is so good.

It’s Police procedures at its best.
To be honest I’ve been burnt out on police procedures so maybe this why I let it slip down my kindle subconsciously.

This didn’t bore me, it kept pace and had me invested.

I’d say, it’s a winner.

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Review: The Wife Stalker

The Wife Stalker The Wife Stalker by Liv Constantine
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m sorry to say I didn’t buy this book at all.
I loved the premise, that hooked me in more than anything in the book did.

Not sure if I missed anything but, she wasn’t his wife?
Then there was the van scene?

Wasn’t hooked like I wanted to be which was a shame as I’ve liked another book by this author.

I guess I was expecting more.

This won’t put me off though, I will visit another of her books.

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Review: An Unwanted Guest

An Unwanted Guest An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So off they go into the depth of the woods in a forest. It’s wintertime, it’s snowing.

They stay in a lodge, on their own. Great retreat for an author.
Great retreat for husband and wife to reevaluate life, marriage and future.

Scene set for a bit of skiing maybe.

Quiet peaceful time.

Time to reflect.

Just them in the book.

Going to be boring....right?


I don’t quite know how Shari Lapena does it, but she did.
Every single word, every single sentence, every single paragraph, I was hooked.

Listening to this on audio meant I could go about my daily chores, drive to the store etc and still be able to listen to this book.

I cooked dinner too listening to this book.

Once it finished I was astounded at such a “simple” book with such a background, not many characters (unless they were dead) in this book.

This is a “whodunnit “ at excellent exceptional talent with a brain that has come up with a remarkable concept.

The plot? Exceptionally wonderful keeping me very busy gasping.

The characters? Although few had me guessing all the way through.

I love this authors way of writing.
It leads you but yet, you go astray!

It’s simple and straightforward to read and understand, yet you get confused so it makes you think twice.

Loved it.

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Review: The Man Across The Street: An uplifting story of love and hope for 2020

The Man Across The Street: An uplifting story of love and hope for 2020 The Man Across The Street: An uplifting story of love and hope for 2020 by Marcie Steele
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a fun and emotional ride this was.

Although this is book 1 in The Hope Street series I am told that there are characters from her previous series within this series. But they can be read as standalone.

I’m going to go back to the previous serious and work my way through as I’m a bit OCD in series. I like to start from book one so I don’t miss anything and characters pasts.

Hannah was such a lovely and loving character. She’s been through quite a lot herself but always happy to help and support others.
Yummy Doug ....doesn’t everyone need someone so understanding and so safe and nice in their lives.

I like Mel Sherrats detective books but I adore her writing as Marcie Steele. Way back to her very first series based around a council estate, that’s how I discovered this author.

I’m a bit hit and miss with detective novels now, I’ve been burnt out on them so I’m so glad I can still delve into another side of this authors writing.

I’m waiting for book 1 from the other series to arrive then I’ll be working through up to this one and beyond.

Do I recommend these?
Yes I do. They give you a “feel good” factor with some juicy bits in between and proper real life drama that could happen to anyone.

If it sounds like you’d like to read these, don’t hesitate.

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Monday, 5 April 2021

Review: The Girl in the Woods

The Girl in the Woods The Girl in the Woods by Patricia MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

One of my long standing authors who often delivers a good satisfying thriller. And......she did it again.

I listened to this on audio as I’ve been way behind with my reading plans. This year and last year was my resolution to read more busting my backlist books and this is one of them.

A great thriller, it has a great plot, great characters and told so well.

If someone close to you told you they know a person who is in prison is innocent and they’d been serving their sentence for years what would you do?

What surrounds this statement is told so well you will get lost within the pages from start to finish.

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Review: Her Name Was Rose

Her Name Was Rose Her Name Was Rose by Claire Allan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why didn’t I read this sooner!

Totally, absolutely totally hooked with this devious, twisted enthralling unraveling story.

The blurb makes no hidden secret that Rose leaves a gap in her life that someone else fills.

Rose husband is bringing up their child, a very odd character who I thought seemed creepy. But it transpired that there was another person to me who was hiding something but I couldn’t think what.

I was so engrossed with this.
Fabulous storytelling at its best to keep the readers attention.

Has this author written more books?
I’m going to check Claire Allan out as I loved this thriller so much!

My one regret.....I wish I had got to this sooner.

If you haven’t read it yet (like me) and you like a fast paced thriller, please pick this up.

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Review: The Damage

The Damage The Damage by Caitlin Wahrer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An excellent book that is written in a style of writing I love. It was easy to follow, switched between characters very well. Well rounded relatable characters. I did find Nick annoying at times though in reactions. Not the emotional reactions etc but his dialogue.

This is a very tricky book to read. It may contain subject matter that may cause emotional upset.
But if you are a realist like myself, facing things straight on, getting through it will bring you out the other side. That’s not to say, my decision is your acceptance.

Non of these emotive topics have I personally been through but one significant issue I had a friend go through.

Tony is Nicks brother. His protector and friend who is married to Julia.

The blurb makes no hidden fact that Nick is gay and has been attacked and raped.
When Tony hears of this he is, quite understandably shocked; hurt; and wants of course say and do the right things to support his brother.

Tony becomes obsessed with this case.

So as the blurb says....
Three ordainary people getting on with they’re ordainary lives, until an earth shattering event changes the dynamics of all of their lives.

My only critique would be that certain aspects of this story was too drawn out. If it were on audio I would have sped it up in parts. Some parts were repetitive too.

A 3.5 * I liked it, but I could have loved it.

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Friday, 2 April 2021

Review: The Orchid Girls

The Orchid Girls The Orchid Girls by Lesley Sanderson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A book that is part of #busting my backlist.

I was really looking forward to this. The premise sounded ‘right up my street’. Alas, it didn’t meet my expectations of a thriller.
It was interesting, well written, fair plot but it really didn’t move an emotion one way or another.

Each girl had an Orchid on her arm relating to a promise they made some time ago.

Because I liked the style of the writing I’d certainly give this author another try.

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