Just treated myself

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Saw these 2 books in Asda and thought I’d treat myself. Not that I need more books but I want to see ‘A Monster Calls’ and heard the book is beautiful so thought I’d read it first- by the time I’ve got round to reading it the DVD will probably be out.

I watched the first episode of ‘Apple Tree Yard’ on tv but missed the others and I heard how good it was and there is going to be another book apparently so another I want to read before watching.

Have you read any of these ?  What did u think ?

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One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

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YOU TRUSTED YOUR BEST FRIEND . . . YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE.

Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy.

When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to.

But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them .

My Review

A fantastic, gripping thriller that will have you guessing till the very end, perfect for fans of Lianne Moriarty, Lisa Jewell and Kerry Fisher.

I found myself engrossed in this book from the first page. I found myself drawn to how fragile Vicky appeared and certain things she done or thought led me to believe she had anxiety issues. I thought it was great how the author didn’t write about Vickys portrayal of motherhood as all hearts, flowers and butterflies because as rewarding as it can be – it’s also hard work and can make you question your every move. Tom came across as a loving, caring husband and father who didn’t quite see how much his wife was struggling. I could see straight through Amber from the very beginning and didn’t like her one bit, I knew the true Amber, once you have read this book you will know what I mean by that.

I enjoyed how the story kept going back to 1992 and a character that isn’t in the present day (I can’t say too much), it also showed how social workers have really come on professionally since back then too.

I can’t believe this is a debut book, it’s written so well and was so believable. I felt like I was doing a really big puzzle and the more I did (read) – the clearer the picture became and the mystery was solved. The ending was perfect, it left no questions unanswered.

Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Random House for allowing me to read and review this in return for an honest review.

On the Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher

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Your soul is too heavy to pass through this door,
Leave the weight of the world in the world from before

Evie Snow is eighty-two when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It’s the way most people wish to leave the world but when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she’s become her twenty-seven-year-old self and the door won’t open …

Evie’s soul must be light enough to pass through so she needs to get rid of whatever is making her soul heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over fifty years, so she must find a way to reveal them before it’s too late. As Evie begins the journey of a lifetime, she learns more about life and love than she ever thought possible, and somehow, some way, she may also find her way back to the only man she ever truly loved . . .

My Review

A magical love story that captured my heart.

I found this book so easy to get into, within the first page I was hooked and found myself having to top my bath up 3 times with more hot water because I could not stop reading it !!

I loved how the book contained so many hidden messages and inspirational quotes that made me see that there is always a bigger picture to every situation and this inspired me to live my life to the best of my ability and to give all of my love and heart to my family because in the end they will benefit from it in more ways than one.

Evie had a tough upbringing with a cold, heartless mother-Eleanor and a father that seemed just as bad but Evie’s upbringing turned her into an amazing, caring lady who saw the best in everybody and didn’t let her past dampen her future. When Evie met Vincent, her life changed, she became more courageous but still her mother had a hold on her, which I pitied. I liked the character Vincent but I really felt for Jim, I felt he was more deserving of Evie because he was her loyal friend that was always there for her no matter what.

This story was written was so much imagination and passion, that I had such a strong vision of it in my head and in some areas it reminded me of earlier Cecelia Ahern books – chick lit with a little fantasy and magic thrown in.

A wonderful story that actually made me cry (not many books do this to me!)and will stay with me forever,  perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern, David Nicholls and  Paige Toon.

Thanks to Netgalley and Sphere for accepting my request to read and review this in return for an honest opinion.

 

Me,You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield

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It all started with a table for two…

Life for self-confessed bookworm Jayne Brady couldn’t be better – she has a twin sister she adores, a cosy little flat above a deli and now she’s found love with her childhood crush, gorgeous chef Will.

But when Will becomes a Youtube sensation, thanks to his delicious cookery demos (both the food and his smile!), their life of contentment come crashing down around them. Can Jayne have her Tiramisu and eat it?

My review.

Initially I thought that I would relate to Jayne because she ,like myself is a bookworm, yet there were times in the story when I wanted to give her a good slap and tell her to stop being so selfish. She really struggled with Will becoming an overnight star even though it didn’t make Will big-headed, he totally took it in his stride, which made Jayne come across as selfish but then I really felt for her because she had found the love of her life again and then suddenly their lives were turned upside down by not being able to go anywhere without being in the public eye. Jayne gave a great portrayal of the negative effects of the media. I think Jayne’s twin sister who came across as more confident, would have dealt with the situation differently if she had been in Jayne’s shoes. Rachel came across as the more bolshy twin who could see straight through their mum, Crystal- yet Jayne was very naive when it came to Crystal. Crystal made me cringe, she didn’t deserve such fantastic daughters.

This story gives a real insight into the highs and lows of life as a celebrity, it made me feel grateful for the normal life that I lead.

I especially loved how the festive season featured in this book.

I would have loved it if there were recipes from Will at the end of the book especially the ‘Gingerbread with Treacle butter’ cake, that sounded amazing.

There were plenty of funny innuendos in this story that made me laugh out loud.

Thanks to Netgalley and HarperImpulse for accepting me to read and review this book in return for my honest review.

Me,You and Tiramisu by Charlotte Butterfield

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It all started with a table for two…

Life for self-confessed bookworm Jayne Brady couldn’t be better – she has a twin sister she adores, a cosy little flat above a deli and now she’s found love with her childhood crush, gorgeous chef Will.

But when Will becomes a Youtube sensation, thanks to his delicious cookery demos (both the food and his smile!), their life of contentment come crashing down around them. Can Jayne have her Tiramisu and eat it?

My review.
Initially I thought that I would relate to Jayne because she ,like myself is a bookworm, yet there were times in the story when I wanted to give her a good slap and tell her to stop being so selfish. She really struggled with Will becoming an overnight star even though it didn’t make Will big-headed, he totally took it in his stride, which made Jayne come across as selfish but then I really felt for her because she had found the love of her life again and then suddenly their lives were turned upside down by not being able to go anywhere without being in the public eye. Jayne gave a great portrayal of the negative effects of the media. I think Jayne’s twin sister who came across as more confident, would have dealt with the situation differently if she had been in Jayne’s shoes. Rachel came across as the more bolshy twin who could see straight through their mum, Crystal- yet Jayne was very naive when it came to Crystal. Crystal made me cringe, she didn’t deserve such fantastic daughters.

This story gives a real insight into the highs and lows of life as a celebrity, it made me feel grateful for the normal life that I lead.
I especially loved how the festive season featured in this book.
I would have loved it if there were recipes from Will at the end of the book especially the ‘Gingerbread with Treacle butter’ cake, that sounded amazing.
There were plenty of funny innuendos in this story that made me laugh out loud.

Thanks to Netgalley and HarperImpulse for accepting me to read and review this book in return for my honest review.

Todays book post

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Two more books to hide from the hubby who says I don’t need anymore books !! You can never have enough books , can you ?

The Cathy Bramley one caught my attention on a poster by bus stop and I just had to get it. The cover is so captivating.

These are two great authors and the Lucy Diamond book was a bargain at £4.99 on Amazon especially for a hardback !

 

The Little Cafe of Second Chances by J.D.Barrett

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Lucy Muir is leaving her husband. It’s complicated.

As joint owners and chefs at one of the best restaurants in town, making a clean break is tough. But let’s face it, a woman can only take so much cheating, recipe stealing and lack of good grace.

Then Lucy happens upon an old, empty building that was once the city’s hottest restaurant: Fortune. One minute she’s peering through grimy Windows into an abandoned space, the next she planning a pop-up bistro.

When Lucy fires up Fortune’s old kitchen, she discovers a little red recipe book that belonged to the former chef, the infamous Frankie Summers. As Lucy cooks her way through Frankie’s recipes, customers come flocking and slowly Lucy begins to regain her confidence. It turns out that courage, passion and just a tiny bit of magic might be the secret recipe for a second chance at happiness ……..

A story like no other – if only there were more books like this one.

This story is chick lit combined with mystery, it follows Lucy as she begins a new era in her life and revives a run down restaurant on a whim after leaving her husband. What makes this story so different from others is that one of the main characters is a ghost , the ghost of Frankie Summers. Frankie comes with the restaurant Fortune which he used to own and helps Lucy to get Fortune up and running again on the condition that Lucy helps Frankie discover who murdered him. Lucy and Frankie then reminded me of a programme I used to watch when I was little- Randall and Hopkirk deceased. As the story unfolded, Lucy and Frankie also reminded me of Sam and Oda Mae from Ghost, due to Frankie using Lucy to communicate messages to others. I especially loved how recipes from the menu at Fortune featured in the book, I felt inspired by these and will definitely make some of them.My favourite recipe has to be the Scones with Strawberry Jam and Clotted cream because the whole recipe seems so foolproof that I’m sure I will easily be able to make them. These recipes also allowed me to be able to visualise the story more. The passion that goes into reviving Fortune is so strong, it makes the characters really come to life.

The characters made this story so fascinating. Lucy initially came across as adventurous by starting up Fortune by herself but then she shows a different side of herself, she lacks in self esteem and confidence but she soon gets a spring back in her step when Frankie steps into help. I imagined Lucy as Sophie from Mama Mia , the similarities in upbringing are uncanny, like Sophie, Lucy does not know who her father is and her mum is a hippy.
Frankie is like a god ,a saviour- he helps Lucy come out her shell and achieve great things although at times when Frankie’s past was delved into, he reminded me very much of Lucy’s ex husband Leith – a womaniser with no heart. I pictured Paul Hollywood when I read about Frankie.
Lucy’s mum used to be wild in her younger days but seems to have burned herself out and let herself go but the magic of Fortune reignites the spark in her and we see a more caring side to her.

Earlier on in the story, Lucy is asking the reader (me) if you know the feeling when you realise you have dissociated to the point of being outside your body and looking in , after her first meeting with Frankie and she goes on to say something that I really could relate to, she says ” Probably not, you’re probably sane and married to your first boyfriend and living in the house you brought from your grand-parents just around the corner from the one your parents live in.”
This part of the book was uncanny as I am married to my first boyfriend , living in my grand-parents house just around the corner from my parents, I felt like this book was meant for me !!

I absolutely loved this book, I would read it at every moment I could and finished it in 5 days. It gave me a powerful insight into quantum physics and afterlife , it really made me stop and think. This is a story that will stay with me forever, one that I will highly recommend and rave about to everyone. This book made me remember why I love reading so much.
Thanks to Beth Wright at Piatkus books for sending me this book.