Book Review: Paradise Lost

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Author: Katie Fforde

Published: April 1st 2004 by Arrow

Nel Innes thinks of herself as an overweight and unattractive widow. With all her three children grown up and almost leaving the nest, Nel is content to be with Simon, her real estate boyfriend. Everything changes when she was kissed by a very handsome stranger under the mistletoe who turns out to be a solicitor named Jake Demerand. Unfortunately for Nel, he is working for the couple who inherited the Hunstanton Manor and who are also planning to turn the water meadows into a building site. Nel, horrified by the very prospect intends to prevent that from happening at all costs. Continue reading “Book Review: Paradise Lost”

Book Review: Pedigree Mum

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Author: Fiona Gibson

Published: February 28th 2013 by Avon

Kerry Tambini has had it with the London city life. Persuading her half-Italian husband, Rob to buy her aunt Maisie’s house over in Shorling, she’s all set to begin a new and wonderful family life there along with her two children, Mia and Freddie. Everything starts to go downhill when she found out Rob had made a terrible blunder in a state of drunkenness.

If that wasn’t enough, Shorling wasn’t as she remembered. Now a rather posh place where every little thing is known by almost the whole town, Kerry fears that her idea to move doesn’t sound that good after all. Left with her two children in Shorling, she decides to heed her children’s whining and get a dog; with the intention of getting back at Rob. In a new environment, Kelly has to pull herself together if not for her, then for her children. Continue reading “Book Review: Pedigree Mum”

Book Review: If You’re Gone

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Author: Brittany Goodwin

Published: June 20th by Edge of 22 Publishing

Lillian was having the perfect high school life with her best friends and her boyfriend, Brad. Everything was going on so well until the day after Brad’s graduation. Brad disappeared from Lions Port and remained missing, causing Lillian to do all she can to search for him. Frantic and close to depression, she begins to learn more about Brad than she ever did during the six months they were together.

If You’re Gone is a wonderful story about high school romance, heartbreak and the fear of the unknown. When Brad went missing, Lillian was on the brink of despair. Her desire to sing vanished and she felt that her future just wasn’t important without Brad. Most importantly, she finds herself questioning God and her faith. I have no idea how it would feel when someone I love disappears with no apparent reason, but after reading about Lillian, I think I can understand how it feels. Continue reading “Book Review: If You’re Gone”

Book Review: How to Fall in Love

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Author: Cecilia Ahern

Published: April 10th 2014 by HarperCollins

Blurb:

Christine Rose is crossing the Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin late one night when she sees a stranger, Adam, poised to jump. Desperate to help, she talks him into a reckless deal: if he gives her two weeks – till his 35th birthday – she’ll prove that life is worth living.

But as the clock ticks and the two of them embark on late-night escapades and romantic adventures, what Christine has really promised seems impossible…

Review:

Finally! A book where the guy cries! It’s not that I’m tired of books in which the girls cry and the guys lend them a shoulder to cry on. It’s just that I enjoy reading something different once in a while. Christine isn’t the macho type of woman of course, but she’s strong and she worries easily, which makes her worry about typically everything. I found it a little funny but touching how she always consults self-help books whenever she needs answer to something. I think it’s something we all do at some time of our lives. Continue reading “Book Review: How to Fall in Love”

Book Review: Me Before You

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Author: Jojo Moyes

Published: January 5th 2012

Blurb:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time. Continue reading “Book Review: Me Before You”

Book Review: Secrets in the Shadows

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Author: Hannah Emery

Published: June 26th by Harper Impulse

Blurb:

In 1920s Blackpool, eleven year old Rose wanders away from her parents and has a unique gift bestowed upon her. This gift will leave a haunting legacy, seeping down through the generations…

Decades later, Louisa has a vision of her mother walking into the sea. This isn’t the first time it happens and it won’t be the last, but what she sees isn’t always what she wants. The rest of her life is spent trying to change the future that haunts her.

In present day Blackpool, Grace is going to be married someday. She knows this because she’s seen it; a vision of a white dress, daisies embroidered on the sleeves, the groom by her side, vowing to love her forever. Except the man in her premonition doesn’t belong to her- he belongs to her twin sister, Elsie. Continue reading “Book Review: Secrets in the Shadows”

Book Review: When It Matters Most

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Author: Keven Fletcher

Published: June 7th 2016 by Elevate Fiction

Blurb:

Disconnected, arrogant, and a little too fond of scotch, Simon drifts through the routines of his day, garnering the praise that sustains him. Decades of experience provide a menu of phrases and gestures to soothe and gently manipulate those in his care. His pastoral gifts are particularly evident when he presides at funerals, where he savors equally the admiration of onlookers and the extra paycheck. Continue reading “Book Review: When It Matters Most”

Book Review: Blind Shady Bend

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Author: Adina Sara

Published: August 1st 2015 by Regent Press

Hannah Blackwell is sixty-nine going on seventy and has been living a rather predictable life for as long she could remember.She expected it would be the same when she’s seventy until she receives a letter that catches her by surprise and unearths past memories. As she makes the trip to Blind Shady, the residents of the street seems to be hiding secrets of themselves and Hannah finds herself attracted to Blind Shady and the house more than she has anticipated. Continue reading “Book Review: Blind Shady Bend”