Broken Branches by M.Jonathan Lee

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Sypnosis

Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

My Review

A mysterious story with a touch of paranormal, had this story been a film- I would have been hiding behind a cushion at times as this is a story that will have your pulse racing.

This is not my normal genre of book to read, so I was a bit apprehensive after reading the sypnosis.Yet from the first page I was intrigued and knew I would enjoy this book.

The story switched from past to present with ease, which is something I struggle to keep up with in some books but I followed this story easily.

I  felt sorry for Ian, it was revealed throughout the story how his brother Stewart was the golden child and Ian was the black sheep of the family- yet Ian was the one who made something of his life ! Favouritism is something we all witness in our lives so we can relate to how Ian feels. Even in the present day Ian’s life doesn’t appear to be straight forward – he has a wife Rachel whose mood swings irritated me, he seems to be up to his eyes with paperwork, researching his family tree, the only good thing he has in his life is his son Harry !

This book has so many twists and turns, it really captured my attention throughout and the ending – wow, I’m not going to say much apart from my jaw hurts from where my mouth dropped open !

Thanks to Hideaway Falls for sending me this ARC.

Dear You by Tessa Broad – Blog Tour

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Tess Broad wanted children. She longed for them. It wasn’t to be.

In this candid and moving memoir, Tess writes to the children that never were. She writes to them as their adult selves with openness and honesty and tells them of the childhood she envisaged for them and the mother she believed she would be. She describes her reluctant transformation from the woebegone, wannabe mummy that she once was, to the woman she is now; childless but chilled, sailing through Mother’s Day with a smile on her face. Happy.

From the ‘trying for a family’ stage to the relentless treadmill of infertility treatment, Tess recounts her story with humour and pathos, taking the reader on her journey with her, sharing her experiences, the roller-coaster ride of IVF, the sudden departure of the husband whose children she wanted to have and ultimately to acceptance that the life she wanted and expected was not hers for the taking. This is a breathtaking memoir that offers a shoulder to lean on for everyone experiencing the uncertainties and pain of infertility

My Review.

A story that is full of wise words and advice, as a mum of 2 – I could relate to some of this and even learn from some of it.

Tessa Broad is so clued up on parenting, she would have been an amazing mum. I have 2 children that would absolutely love her as their grandmother.

This book is full of great quotes, that all ring true at some point in our lives. My personal favourite was ‘Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow’ – Lawrence Clark Powell.

I really enjoyed this book, it taught me so much and really opened my eyes to the whole IVF process. It introduced me to Cissie & Ada, an old fashioned Harry Enfield, that really made me laugh out loud, it’s a shame it’s no longer on TV. I also learnt the secret to make proper tasty gravy.                                         Tessa Broad you are a legend in my eyes !

Thanks to Anna Burtt at Red Door Publishing for sending me this ARC.

 

The Silence by Katharine Johnson – Blog Tour

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Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle – and a secret that could destroy everything.

When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity.

In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.

My Review

A 5* book that had me so gripped – I actually hardly went on social media (Hi my name is Carly and I’m a social media addict !) I read at every opportunity I got and in fact I read 80% of it in a day !

There was so much of this book that I could relate to – for example the rituals that Abby would do “if I bounce this ball a hundred times without missing ; If I touch every olive tree before  the song on my walkman finishes” – I used to do this to help make decisions and still occasionally do. Then there was the part that mentioned Abby and her husband James didn’t argue they sulked – that’s me all over, in 17 years of being with my husband we have not had 1 argument but I do sulk, which drives my husband insane.

This story actually reminded me a lot of Dorothy Koomson books- it had the same feel of suspense within the story and its characters.

There was a real array of characters in this story. Initially I did not like Mina- I thought she was a spoilt little brat but as the story went on my opinion of her changed, I saw a different side to her but not for long ……                                                           Philippa was a very ‘in your face’ kind of character who had such a vivid imagination – at times ‘the boy who cried wolf’ would spring to my mind. I couldn’t connect with Alan, he gave me the creeps, I pictured him as an unwashed hippy  type of character. The character I liked the most had to be Abby (past and present) she had been through so much yet she still carried on.

I enjoyed how this book switched from the past to the present, I felt the balance of this was just right.

If you want a book that is full of mystery, shocks and surprises, then this is the book that will satisfy your needs and it is only 99p on Kindle !

Huge thanks to Emma Mitchell for sending me this ARC and thanks to Katharine Johnson for writing such a fantastic book.

The Food Of Love by Amanda Prowse

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A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.

My Review

I knew from the sypnosis of this book that it would be a story I would relate to and part of me wasn’t sure if I was going to read it but how could I not, it was an Amanda Prowse book !! I’m so glad that I did read this and I truly believe it’s a book that everyone should read.

When I was 16, I had my own demons with my image and food. I would look in the mirror and see myself as fat and so I would barely eat anything to try to become slim. It was only when a work colleague commented on how skinny I was and when I shrugged her comment off responding that ‘I was fat’, she stood me in front of a mirror and tried to show me how she saw me but still I could not see it. I confided in my boyfriend (now my husband) and he made me listen to him that I was not fat and I needed to put weight on because my bones were starting to protrude. He saved me , slowly I put the weight on but I am still mentally scarred, Anorexia and other eating disorders never leave you.

Anyway enough about me, back to my thoughts on the book. The characters were all so different in this book, especially in the way they reacted to Lexie’s anorexia. Freya was such a kind & loving mother, who initially was in denial and thought Lexie was going through ‘a phase’, I felt this was due to her not fully understanding the illness and although at times it seemed she wasn’t doing the right thing to help Lexie –  from a mothers point of view, I sympathised with her, she was trying to protect her daughter. Lockie came across as the joker of the family, he never seemed to take anything seriously until Lexie became ill. Lexie portrayed the mental and physical sides of Anorexia perfectly. She was so vulnerable throughout and wasn’t aware of the danger she was putting herself in. Poor Charlotte was the wise sister that was in the background allowing her parents to focus on Lexie. Charlotte was the character I sympathised with the most as she was witnessing her sisters illness and her family falling apart.

This story is a real eye opener. It has been very well written and researched. Amanda always writes her stories with such passion that they touch the hearts of all who read them. There was a real strong message in this story -‘Don’t judge people because you don’t know what their story is’.

Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.

My reads in May.

Wow another month gone in a flash. Can you believe we are now half way through the year ? Christmas reads will be appearing before we know it !!

I read 5 books in May, almost 6 but not quite- still 5 is good. The books I read are ;

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All of these books except Paige Toon ‘The Last Piece Of My Heart’ , I read as part of a blog tour. You won’t have seen my review for ‘The Silence’ by Katharine Johnson yet , that will be published on my blog 10/6 but I can say it’s a fantastic book that I read in 2 days.

My favourite book I read in May has to be Paige Toon’s, I love Paige Toon books they always make me feel young and in love. All these books were Fantastic though, they were all so different and unpredictable. To find out more about what I thought check out my reviews.

In May I lost my book mojo for a short time, I felt slightly pressured as I had so many books to read yet my TBR pile was growing, I felt like I had to get the book read for its publication date. I kept looking at all my lovely books to read on my bookshelf and came to the decision that I would read whatever took my fancy next, not what I thought I should because of publication dates. I am still accepting books to review but as long as you know I will read them in my own time unless it is for a blog tour, I feel I have to do this as I was actually thinking of stopping blogging but I don’t want to do that as I love sharing my thoughts on books.

Thanks for reading and here’s to a good June 📚📚📚

The Last Piece Of My Heart by Paige Toon

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When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it’s the small pieces that make up the bigger picture… Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.

Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole’s grieving husband, Charlie …….

My Review

A fantastic, emotional story that will pull at your heart strings.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a couple of months and have been meaning to read it before it was released but due to blog tours and book reviews I didn’t get round to reading it until now but I do also think I was holding back because I knew I would get it read quickly and would then be left with a Paige Toon hole in my bookshelf and my heart.

I loved this story and could relate to when Bridget was describing how good Nicole’s book was because this is how I feel about all of Paige Toon’s books. They leave you with a magical glow and spark memories of the past. I can’t recommend them enough !!

This story was so amazing, it was like a story within a Story. It really had me hooked. The characters were so descriptive as were the settings. Having been to Cornwall, I could clearly picture it all especially Tintagel, which I visited a couple of years ago.

I was really inspired by Bridget, how she researched for Nicki’s book and her own blog it made me have even more admiration for authors and made me want to have a go at writing a book myself . I have recently started jotting down my dreams so maybe I could research further for a book.

I loved how Paige added Bridget’s playlist to the end of the book. I think Jess Glynne “Take Me Home” would have been a great song for this story too. I am going to add Bridget’s playlist to mine, so whenever I hear any of the songs I will be reminded of the story that stole a piece of my heart.

Thanks to @teamBATC for sending me a copy of this book.

The Inheritance by Angie Coleman

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Twenty-four-year-old Ashley Morgan thinks her future is guaranteed when she takes over the reins of her family business. What could go wrong?

But when her father decides to give the job to Jamie Standley, his right-hand man, Ashley feels cheated and breaks off all ties with her father.

Three years later at the reading of her late father’s Will, she discovers to her horror that Jamie will continue to be director of Morgan & Hall, while she will only receive a small share in the business. But on one condition: that Ashley and Jamie work together and live under the same roof for a whole year…

Once again Ashley feels betrayed and cheated. To her, Jamie is an impostor and she is determined to make him pay. But forced cohabitation can sometimes have unpredictable consequences…

My Review

The synopsis and cover of this book really stood out to me and made me want to read this.

I really liked the character Jamie , Ashley portrays him as a money grabbing man (he is far from it) but at times Ashey came across as money grabbing especially when her father made Jamie the head of Morgan & Hall. Jamie came across as a kind and caring gentleman throughout the story. At times Ashley came across as a spoilt child but then as time passed , living with Jamie softened and matured her.

This story flowed well, the chapters were just the right length to keep me hooked and wanting to read one more chapter. It made for light- easy reading.

I do wish that some Jamie’s recipes featured in this book as they all sounded so delicious and tempting.

Thanks to Yasemin Turan at Aria Fiction for including me on the blog tour and to Netgalley for the arc.