The Story Of Our Life by Shari Low

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What would you do if your husband slept with another woman?

Colm strolled into my life fifteen years ago. If there’s ever such a thing as love at first sight, that was it for us both.

A few weeks later we married, celebrating with those who cared, ignoring the raised eyebrows of the cynics.

We knew better. This was going to be forever. The dream come true. The happy ever after.

Until it wasn’t.

Because a couple of months ago everything changed. We discovered a devastating truth, one that blew away our future and forced us to revisit our past, to test the bonds that were perhaps more fragile than they seemed.

So now I ask you again, what would you do if your husband slept with another woman?

Because this is what I did.

I’m Shauna.

And this is the Story of Our Life…

This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning just at the mention of Grey’s Anatomy (my favourite tv show), Shari Low must be a fan also.

There were quite a few characters in this book but they were all well written, I had no trouble remembering who was who.
I didn’t like Shauna’s parents at all, they were extremely stuck up and looked down on their own daughter  , Shauna was lovely, she had such a kind nature, always saw the good in everyone apart from her parents but they were not worthy.
Colm was very much like Shauna except he was more laid back and didn’t fret about things.
Rosie seemed like one of those people that had to always be in a relationship, she always seemed to have a different boyfriend, I would have liked her to settle down.
Lulu and Dan drove me crazy at times , they always bickered mostly due to Lulu and her ways.

I enjoyed how the story was told by both of Shauna and Colm’s perspectives, this gave more of an insight to the story. Also I think it helped that the story went back to the past with every other chapter, this answered a lot of questions.
There were plenty of shocking revelations in this story that made my jaw drop.
This story shows that relationships are like roller coasters, plenty of ups and downs, Shauna and Colm were a good example of this, they had so many obstacles thrown at them but in the end they always loved each other.

A tear-jerking, heart-warming, jaw-dropping read that has made me realise that I need to focus on what is important in life and live each day as it comes.

 

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Wildflower Bay by Rachel Lucas

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Isla’s got her dream job as head stylist at the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she’s been so single-minded in her career that she’s forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by – until disaster strikes.

Out of options, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in desperate need of an extra pair of scissors at her salon.

A native to the island, Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. His best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla . . .

A fantastic feel good, heart-warming book that had me glued from the first to the last page. The story flowed really nicely, everything linked together really from the characters to the settings.

My favourite character had to be the main character Isla, I could really relate to her especially as she had such a passion for reading and was a hairdresser. I used to work in a hairdressers as a trainee stylist so I could also relate to Jinny. I think the author Rachel Lucas wrote about life as a hairdresser so well , people think it is a glamorous job but it’s not always , it can be very bitchy which was portrayed well in the book via Chantelle and Kat. Saying that , whilst reading this there were times I wished I was back in the Hairdressing world.
Initially I didn’t like Shannon but I think she felt threatened by Isla’s arrival, once she saw that Isla was down to earth and there to help she defrosted and I came to like her.
The attraction between Finn and Isla is very sweet and not too over the top.
Ruth was a sweet little old,lady the sort that we all want as our grandmother.

I didn’t realise until the end that the characters Roddy and Kate were from the book ‘sealed with a kiss’ , I have this book and wish I had read it first but I will read it and enjoy it still.

The cover of this book is beautiful, the little cottages reminded me of ‘Balamory’ , the cover really helped me imagine the settings when reading.

Thanks to Lucie Twiggs from Pan Macmillan for sending me a copy of this inspirational book.

 

I Found You by Lisa Jewell

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“I got here yesterday.”

“Where did you come from ?” 

“I have no idea.”

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement she invites him in to her home.

Surrey: Twenty-one-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed.

Two women, twenty years of secrets and a man who can’t remember lie at the heart of Lisa Jewell’s brilliant new novel.

I could not put this book down, it was full of mystery, suspense and emotions. Just when I thought I had guessed what was going to happen there would be a twist and I would be left totally shocked. I didn’t want this book to end.

I enjoyed how this book went from past to present day in each chapter, this helped piece the story together.

The characters were all very well written. Right from the off I had a horrible feeling about Mark, he came across as a sleaze, Gray could see right through him. I felt their were similarities between Kai and Gray in how they were very protective of their family.
Alice came across as very caring and trustworthy she was similar to Kirsty,maybe that helped Frank feel so close to Alice. Alice had faith in Frank and I think she had feelings for him from very early in the story. Franks memory loss was written really well , it really added to the suspense of the story so much so that I got frustrated at times.
I felt sorry for Lily ,yet at  times where ally annoyed me expecting the police and Russ to stop what they are doing and rush to her aid but this is because she is in a new country and is not sure how things work in this new country compared to her home country.

I will leave my review there as I think if I go on I will give the story away. Thanks to Netgalley and Peguin Random house for allowing me to read and review this enthralling book.

One Last Summer At Hideaway Bay by Zoe Cook

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Secrets lie waiting beneath the Cornish waves in this moving and unforgettable love story. Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, Kelly Rimmer and Jojo Moyes.

Lucy, hi. It’s Tom. How are you? It’s been a while. I’ve been meaning to get in touch but it’s hard to know how to after so much time. I hear you’re doing really well up there. I knew you would be.

You should come here, you know, back to Hideaway bay. Come and see everyone, see how little it’s all changed. Feel the sand between your toes, the Cornish sea breeze on your face. When the sun hits the surf in that way it does, it’s as magical as ever.

That’s why I’m writing to you, actually. I want to get the gang back together again, one last time before…well…just one last time. You should come too. The four of us, a summer on the beach, like old times. We all want you here for it. I want you here for it. It’s been so long since I saw you.

I still think about you.

Tom

This story flowed really well right from the beginning, I got straight into it and couldn’t put it down. Throughout the book there are twists and I wasn’t expecting the ending at all.

At the beginning I didn’t think I was going to like Lucy, she seemed really stuck up and selfish but when she goes back to Hideaway bay, the real Lucy comes out and she comes across as a normal, friendly woman. There were quite a few characters in the book but I could easily keep up with who was who. The friendship between Lucy, Tom , Nina and Kristian was very well written, they came across as a very close, tight- knit group.

I loved how the book was set in Cornwall, the most beautiful place I have been to in the UK, I could imagine the cafe, overlooking the blue sea and clear sands, it made me wish I was in Cornwall.

This is Zoe Cook’s first novel, she has written it fantastically, it was all so realistic. I will be recommending this novel to everyone and I will certainly read her next novel. Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for giving me the opportunity to read this, it’s a story that will stay with me forever.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places…

When I first heard that there was going to be another Harry Potter book I was really excited but then I found out that it was going to be a scripted book I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it. I didn’t think it would have the same feel as all the others, yet when it was released and I saw lots of my friends were reading it – I decided to get it. I’m so glad I did. Don’t let that it is a script put you off because I got into the story very quickly that I didn’t even look at who was saying what.

The story mainly evolves around the characters Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Albus ,Scorpius (you can guess who’s son he is). Ginny and Ron’s daughter appears occasionally, she is written very well, she is so like her mother! I forgot that Ginny and Ron also have a son because he doesn’t even appear in the story.
Albus – Harry and Ginny’s son, comes across as a teenager with bad attitude and very much in denial about his dad being the famous wizard but he is so like his dad.

I was disappointed that Hagrid didn’t appear in the story as he was such a big character in all the other books.

The scenes change very quickly but the story flows really well throughout. There were a lot of what if scenarios (think ‘Sliding Doors’) which were great and really made me think.

I will stop there as I don’t wasn’t to give too much away , I highly recommend this book and really hope it is turned into a film.

Baby Be Mine by Paige Toon

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He’s not mine is he ?

That’s the question I fear the most.

You see, I have a secret. My son is not fathered by my boyfriend, but by one of the most famous rock stars that ever lived. And he doesn’t even know it.

One-time celebrity personal assistant to wild boy of rock Johnny Jefferson, Meg Stiles is now settled and living in the south of France with her doting boyfriend Christian and their son Barney. But they’re living a lie – a lie that will turn their lives upside down and inside out – because as Barney reaches his first birthday, Meg can no longer deny that her son is growing to look more and more like his rock star father every day, and less and less like Christian, and sooner or later, the world is going to realise . . .

A fantastic sequel to ‘Johnny Be Good’ , sequels always have a lot to live up to I think and this one certainly lived up to ‘Johnny Be Good’. It was that good I read it in 2 days.

Upon first starting this book I found myself missing Johnny and wandering when he would make an appearance, I was thrilled I didn’t have to wait too long to be reacquainted with the man himself although I found myself getting really annoyed with Johnny alot in this book, he appeared to take fatherhood really well initially but then would go on a downward spiral , he was like a roller coaster constantly up and down. Meg was Meg and took it all in her stride but this time she had her little boy Barney to think about. Meg as a mum was very well written, she fell into her role so naturally. Again there was suspense of would Meg and Johnny get back together. It was nice to be reacquainted with old characters too and introduced to new characters, although I detested Dana.

I enjoyed the many settings of this story.

I was thrilled to discover there is a short story ‘Johnny’s girl’ that follows on, I have already downloaded it and will leave a review soon…..