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Remember Me by @Lyndarenham

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Length: 292 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say: A new neighbour becomes a new friend. She looks up to you. She admires you, but is it you she wants? You begin to wonder if she wants your husband, or even your child. But then you realise, she wants your life.

When Sharni and Tom move into 24 The Pines, it seems like Clare and Chris have the perfect neighbours. Sharni is always there to help, especially with childcare for Clare’s two-year-old, Ben. But Clare can’t shake off the feelings of anxiety that assail her whenever Sharni is near. Is Clare just being overprotective, or are her feelings justified? As Sharni‘s influence touches everyone around her, Clare finds herself fighting for her sanity as well her family.

The Review: First off, I must direct you to my past experiences with Lynda Renham books (hint, I enjoyed them all!). You will note that these are all of the romantic comedy variety so I was surprised, and excited of course, to see this jump into my inbox one day. 

Little Perran Book  2, A Village Romance here  and Book 3 A Summer Romance here

Phoebe Smith’s Private Blog review here

Rory’s Proposal review here

Perfect Weddings review here

Oh and there was an author interview too … (here!)

I must say I really enjoyed this book. As you can see it’s the story of Clare, a lady who with her husband Chris, and beautiful son Ben. When Sharni and Tom move in next door they quickly become friends although rather quickly it’s apparent that Sharni perhaps looks up to Clare too much, beginning to seemingly copy her appearance and interior design. It was nicely done that we had in Clare a character who was so nervous and on edge, and this, coupled with her being on prescription medication meant that we weren’t sure if what was real and what was paranoia. Add to this that you’re also getting Sharni’s point of view and it made for a real page turner!

The friendship of the two women, and the trust that was built up was great, with Clare’s questioning and self doubt very believable and I liked that anything time-line wise that people may have questioned was quickly put to bed. I also like how you questioned everything, in particular the husband’s part in the story. My only issue was that the ending seemed rather abrupt, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I think this is another one for people who don’t read thrillers a lot and want to slip into the genre without having to read anything too tough. All in all I’m beginning to be a big fan of the big switch from rom com to psychological thriller with such a well done ‘debut’ and I look forward to more of same from Ms. Renham.

Thanks to the author and Raucous Publishing for the book in return for an honest review

Rating: 4.5/5

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Phoebe Smith’s Private Blog by Lynda Renham

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Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

First off, apologies that I, once again, have been away for so long. The only consolation is that I now have a string of reviews to share with you, many that must (MUST) be out before Christmas. First off, an author that features prominently on this blog ( reviews include Perfect Weddings , Rory’s Proposal, A Village Romance, and A Summer Romance and there’s an author interview here) with books that always make me laugh!

What they say: Fashion conscious Phoebe Smith wants only one thing: a date for the works party in six weeks’ time.  She embarks on a journey to find her man and keeps a private blog of all her disastrous encounters. But when her four-year-old nephew gets into her account, Phoebe’s problems only just begin. With Tinder calamities, a male escort and a pork pie addiction, Phoebe tackles her biggest problem: the just too irritating Harry Bloom. Come with Phoebe on her search for the perfect man and see who will accompany her to the party in this hilarious romantic comedy novel.

The review: When I read the blurb for this I was thrilled, I mean, who doesn’t want to read a book that is also choc full of blogging? So we meet Phoebe Smith, who’s having trouble in work and has broken up with the love of her life, Ashby, who has very quickly moved on to someone Phoebe has dubbed ‘Essex Earing.’ She is convinced to start a private blog where we get to see her dating experiences as they happen, and we become privy to her true opinions on friends and relatives. The comedy had me at the word ‘go’ and in particular some of the first dates made me laugh out loud.

I had one or two issues, some of the language I found to be a little crass, but then I can be a prude in this regard, also I couldn’t warm to her friends, who were a little overly ‘hoighty toity’ for me.

Look out for Malcolm, who I just loved, and, without giving too much away, I found Harry Bloom to be perfect for his role. I read this book so quickly and laughed and smiled along as I went. Very, very enjoyable, for me not quite Bridget, as all the reviews seem to say, but definitely worth a read.

Thanks so much to the author and Raucous Publishing for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

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