The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

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Length: 353 pages

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What they say:

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.

It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement.

It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves.

The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman.

You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships.

You will be wrong.

The Wife Between Us is the first collaboration between Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen; a gripping thriller with film rights sold to the creators of The Girl On the Train.

The Review: With a blurb like that there’s every reason for this book to have gripped a lot of bloggers and readers, unfortunately it wasn’t for me. I suppose another thing about the blurb is that it means I can’t really tell you much about the book, except it is the story of a wife and her husband and a replacement for the wife.

In the book we are watching as Richard, the perfect husband, makes a new life with another woman. We are led to believe that his ex wife is a mess that he could not in the end, cope with, hence they are no longer together. This book is a roller coaster ride. At times you do not know who is speaking as you find out more and more about a marriage that was the definition of toxic. You do not know who is telling the truth or what happens, but that is slowly drip fed to you. I honestly see why it has so many fans. There are twists and turns and then you go back to an event, but, as I said, you are given more information that makes you formulate a new opinion. It is very well done, and I most definitely appreciated the twists when they happened, but to be honest, I couldn’t take the fact that another ‘oh by the way this also happened’ moment would be thrown in. The book felt too long and although I had a lot of ‘didn’t see that coming’ moments that impressed me, ultimately I found it way too drawn out and was relieved when I finished (sorry but it’s true). Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 2/5

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#CoverReveal #Excerpt The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May

Today I’m so excited to bring you and excerpt from The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay-and the cover too!! But first, let’s hear about the book.

What they say: ‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson

‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun

‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ WOMAN Magazine

Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

How about the excerpt first?

PROLOGUE

‘Are you sure you’ve got the right person?’

Rosa took off her bright red woolly hat and scratched the back of her head furiously, causing her dark brown curly hair to become even more unruly.

The tall, pinched-faced solicitor nodded. ‘Yes, of course we have. Evans, Donald and Simpson do not make mistakes. You, Miss Larkin, are now the official owner of the corner shop in Cockleberry Bay.’

He handed the bewildered twenty-five-year-old a battered leather briefcase and pointed to a small combination padlock on its brass clasp.

‘Here. The will stated that you – and only you – can open this, using your date of birth.’

‘This is all very strange,’ Rosa said. ‘And where exactly is this Cockleberry Bay?’

‘Devon, dear, Devon.’ The solicitor looked under his rimless glasses. ‘I take it you know where that is?’

‘I may have a cockney accent, Mr Donald, but I’m not stupid.’

‘Well, open it then.’ The solicitor was shifting from foot to foot in anticipation. He confided, ‘We’ve been wanting to know what’s in there for days.’

Showing no emotion, Rosa gazed at him with her striking green eyes and asked coolly: ‘Is there anything else I need?’

‘Er, no – but are you not going to . . .?’

‘I need to get to work.’ Rosa put her hat and scarf back on, zipped up her fur-lined bomber jacket and headed for the door. ‘Thank you so much for your help.’

And she was gone.

‘Rude!’

The solicitor peered crossly out of the window of the offices in Staple Inn and watched as the young woman, the briefcase in her arms, strode across the frosty cobbled courtyard and out into the bustle of London’s ancient legal quarter.

And now for the cover!!!!

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About Nicola May

 

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Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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I am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

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Length: 302 pages

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What they say: What would it take to make you intervene?

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it—until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls—beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard—has disappeared.

A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters—letters that make her fear for her life.

Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night—and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.

Someone knows where Anna is—and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

The review: I have to admit I saw reviews for this and had serious book cravings! People always wonder what it takes to bump a book straight up to the top of your tbr and I have to say whatever it is, this has it, the second I saw this I downloaded and began to read straight away. And I wasn’t disappointed! Ella Longfield, as you have read above, overhears a conversation between two girls and two guys on a train. She worries when she hears the guys are out of Exeter Prison, thinking of course, if it were here children she thinks she’d want to know. Of course, such is life, she decides not to get involved. When Anna goes missing she goes to the police and is thrown straight into the limelight, with people asking why she didn’t do anything at the time. One of these people is also sending Ella notes which is a fair bit to add onto an already full plate. I loved, loved, loved the different povs in this story. We jump between a number of people, including Anna’s best friend, who is harbouring some amount of guilt. A number of the people speaking are feeling guilty, and, as with the best thrillers, we have some amount of doubt as to what everyone’s part in, if not part of her disappearance, but in covering up enough to make the truth difficult to find. The pages flew by for me, with twists and turns taht were unfolded perfectly and made me seal Teresa Driscoll in my head as an author I will most definitely be reading again. My only slight issue was with the ending, which actually really disappointed me. Obviously I can’t tell you why, but I’ve read a number of endings that followed the same thought process. Saying that I enjoyed the rest of it all so much it doesn’t make a difference. Definitely looking forward to more from Teresa Driscoll!

Rating: 4.5/5

 

The Start Of Something Wonderful by Jane Lambert #Minireview

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Length: 364 pages

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What they say: It’s never too late to follow your dreams…

Forty-year-old air stewardess, Emily Forsyth, thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a mid-life crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside-down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

The Review: This is the story of Emily, an air hostess who had the lifestyle she wanted, until it all fell apart. I settled into it easily and felt for her as she tried to figure out what to do next.

I was rooting for Emily as she went job hunting and tried not to giggle as door after door was slammed in her face. This book was choc full of inspiration and life lessons, as Emily decided to change everything up and study and work to become an actress. Her classes made me smile as did the characters that were vivid and bring and fun.

The book delved between being a good descriptive read, with plenty of locations that were picture perfect and comedy that made you smile. The pacing was very good, with roadblocks and stumbling blocks arising at every turn. There’s also a lovely italian/ foody element for those that enjoy it (I did!) Definitely one for people who want the feel good element and I totally enjoyed. Thanks so much to Netgalley and HQ Digital for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Trying by Emily Philips

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Length: 384 pages

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What they say: Olivia and Felix are trying for a baby. They even moved to the suburbs in anticipation of their future family. But despite approaching her cycle and their sex life with military precision, there’s still no sign of what felt like the sure next step, whilst friends’ broods seem to be growing by the week. Meanwhile, vying for a promotion at work under the (very attentive) watch of a new boss sends Olivia down a dangerous road of risking it all. Does a happy ever after, she starts to question, even have to include a baby?

A hugely funny, searingly honest comedy for fans of Sharon Horgan’s Catastrophe, Dawn O’Porter’s The Cows and Mhairi McFarlane’s It’s Not Me, It’s You.

The Review: I have to admit when I saw this and heard all the rave reviews I was excited but a little part of me was wondering if it was for me. In reading you’re willing to put yourself into other people’s shoes, walk along with them, whatever way the author leads you, but you do worry when it’s totally comfort zone, and something you haven’t had to deal with, whether you can be impartial. Turns out this wasn’t the problem I had with this book, which was a bumpy ride for me, ups and downs and all in between. But, as they say, I digress.

Olivia and Felix are desperate, obsessed with having a baby. The book opens with an eye opener of a sex scene that had me almost snorting and I settled in, happy out. I loved that both of them want the baby so much, as so often the tale is told of the woman thinking about it non stop and the man saying ‘enough.’ None of that here, and it endeared me to Felix. I’m afraid then the book kind of dropped for me. The book itself was a bit too wordy for me and so people who enjoy something a bit more literary will like this, although it does ease up a lot too, giving us a nice romantic comedy element. We followed Olivia as she struggles, along with other friends who were trying to conceive, watching people around her get pregnant with ease. My biggest issue, I think, was with the group of people I was watching. There was a lot of pretentiousness in the book for me, and this, on top of the bitterness which in all fairness was to be expected given the subject matter, left me reading extremely passively, sometimes pushing myself on. And I think that was the main problem. I just couldn’t connect with anyone, finding them all in a different word in terms of their behaviour and it made me feel old (I’m 37), or past it  or disconnected or something!

It picked up for me in places, so that I was willing them on as a couple, and I laughed a fair bit throughout, but then my lows, including struggling to connect with Olivia’s work colleagues and at times her, were very low. Thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: Unfortunately a 3/5

Little Gray Dress by Aimee Brown #Minireview

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Length: 219 pages

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What they say:

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak.

From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress.

When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack!

Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another grand appearance when she least expects it?

The Review: I read this a very long time ago in an early iteration and waited for it to be published so I could post a review, the whole time very excited as one of my favourite bloggers (who people will also know as a blog tour organiser) had a romantic comedy  that showed how hear years of reading and blogging were a testament to excellent writing. Unfortunately other blogging stuff took over (as is life), and so I ended up not posting so apologies to both the author and readers for such a long overdue review.

This is the story of Emi, who was with  her ex-boyfriend for five years before he shattered her heart into a million pieces. We get to see their years together through a timeline that alternates between back then and now, when Emi is more guarded, although still likeable. The characters in the book are excellent, with a great wedding to run up to for wild, pink atrocities to happen (laughed out loud then put my hands up to my face for one of them!), and yet with romance that blew me away! This was a book that came into my mind often afterwards in a ‘where did that happen again?’ kind of way and I look forward to Ms. Brown’s next offering. Thanks so much to the author for this book in return for an honest review.

About the author:

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Aimee Brown is a writer and avid reader, often blogging her thoughts on chick lit books. Little Gray Dress is her first novel published. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing her next book, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to use far too many swear words.

Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and many, many pets.

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Gone Missing by T.J. Brearton

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Length: 372 pages

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What they say: Katie Calumet is on an early-morning run when she hears a baby crying. The park is deserted, and there’s no one in the street. She follows the cries, but then everything goes black. When Katie wakes up, she’s blindfolded and her hands and feet are bound.

Detective Justin Cross takes on the case, but with the trail leading into endless dense forest, and a failing marriage weighing on his mind, finding Katie is his most challenging case yet – not least because the Calumet family are keeping secrets of their own.

Justin and Katie face a race against time that will push them both to their very limits. As Justin works day and night to discover who took her and why, Katie fights desperately to escape from her kidnappers and the forest that surrounds her…

Can Justin find her before it’s too late?

The Review:Talk about a book too get you nervy! Kate Calumet heads off on her run one day only to come across a the sound of a baby crying coming from a van. She’s heard all of the urban legends and so is unsure approaching the van but decides to send a text to her husband and so, of course all will be okay. But then she’s gone.

The book alternated between Kate, who I loved, who’s just trying to stay alive, and Detective Cross, who is coming up against road block after road block trying to solve the case. The husband, who seems so upset at what’s happened, still seems to be hiding something, as is her very wealthy family. There is also a large press presence because of who Kate is and so this came with the big guns in terms of people investigating too. I loved the inticacies of police work which were excellent in this book. Another thing was  the settings, if there was ever a book that had chases that read like a motion picture movie it was this one. I saw everything in full colour- the jump between her home where the stress of the kidnapping and the secrets weighing them down contrasted against Kate that was as vivid as anything I’ve read. I loved the pacing which was full on and fast, although I have to admit there was one or two points I was disappointed at things that could have happen to create more of a thrill (I know, totally just me, I was so taken with everything that I had my own movie running in my head, remember?) All in all, definitely recommended and I will most definitely be picking up more from this author again.

Thanks so much to Bookouture and Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5