The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

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Two people. One choice. What if ?

11th September 2001. Lucy and Gabe meet in New York on a day that will change their lives – and the world – forever. As the city burns behind them, they kiss for the very first time.

Over the next thirteen years they are torn apart, then brought back together, time and time again. It’s a journey of dreams, of desires, of jealousy, of forgiveness – and above all, love.

As Lucy is faced with a devastating choice, she wonders whether their love is a matter of destiny or chance.

…what if this is how their story ends?

My Review.

A deep and meaningful story that is so beautifully written it will capture your heart as well as your attention.

This story follows Lucy as she meets her first love Gabe, but their love is not meant to be. She then meets Darren but her heart still belongs to Gabe.

I really liked Lucy, she was such a down to earth character who had a big heart (well you would need a big heart if you loved 2 men!!), she knew what she wanted in life. Gabe on the other hand was the opposite, he was care-free, unsure of where he was heading in life. I felt like he was always waiting for something better to come along – I couldn’t help adoring him though. Initially I didn’t click with Darren, I suppose I was hoping he would disappear to allow Gabe and Lucy to be together again but then I started to realise that he was a warm and loving man who cared deeply for Lucy – probably more than Gabe ever did. But would Lucy ever love him the way she loved Gabe ?

The story was told by Lucy to Gabe, kind of like a letter, the way it was wrote was very appealing and made me want to race to the end to discover what became of Gabe.

The begining part about 9/11 was so sad, it brought it all back to me, although no one will ever forget that tragic day. I still remember that day so clearly, I was at work when the news broke – it was unbelievable, the whole world was in shock. Jill wrote about this perfectly with such sensitivity.

I give this book a big 5 stars. Thanks to Lucy Richardson at HQ for sending me this proof copy.

 

Blog Tour ; Lost and Found by Danielle Ryan

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Melissa Riva works in Milan as a university researcher. After buying an iPad at auction, she finds it contains files belonging to its previous owner.

Fascinated by the beautiful photographs of romantic landscapes and views of the city, she starts her search for the previous owner. Locating him through Facebook, Melissa can’t resist contacting him.

Melissa and Riccardo begin chatting online. Both of them becoming increasingly dependent on this strange relationship, though acutely aware that it’s only likely to remain a virtual one.

But when real life bursts in on their digital world, they can’t resist revealing their true feelings……

My Review

The concept of this book is genius and mesmerising.               Fate brings Leo and Mel together through Leo’s lost iPad. Mel uses the wonderful world of Facebook to track Leo down and they begin messaging each other frequently.

I loved reading the messages between the 2 characters and watching their bond unravel via words and pictures. They learn so much about each other, it’s almost like they have always known one another. Each chapter of this story is told from either Mel or Leo’s perspective, which allowed me to really get to know them better. I imagined Leo as ‘Mr Grey’ because the similarities between the two are uncanny. I detested Leo’s girlfriend Bianca from the start, she was too much of a spoilt, prim and proper princess for my liking and was certainly not worthy of Leo in my eyes. I really connected with Mel, she reminded me a lot of myself in how she was a sensitive, lost soul before she met Leo, her soulmate – he turned her from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly.

I’m not going to lie, initially I found this book slow-paced but by 35% the pace really started to pick up and I could not put my kindle down, in fact I read half of the book in a couple of hours. This story will certainly make you blush, the bedroom scenes are on par with ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’.

I loved this story, it gets 5 out of 5 stars from me. Thanks to Netgalley and Aria Fiction.

 

My a-z review of ‘The A-Z of Everything’ by Debbie Johnson

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P is for Paris where it all began. J is for Jealousy where it all came undone. But the most important letter is F. F is for Forgiveness, the hardest of all.

Sisters Poppy and Rose used to be as close as two sisters could be, but it’s been over a decade since they last spoke. Until they both receive a call that tells them their mother has gone – without ever having the chance to see her daughters reunited.

Andrea, though, wasn’t the kind of woman to let a little thing like death stand in the way of her plans. Knowing her daughters better than they know themselves, she has left behind one very special last gift – the A-Z of Everything.

My Review.

A is for Andrea, the main character- Rose and Poppy’s deceased mother. Although the way the story is written, it felt like she was very much alive.

B is for bath, one of the places I read this book, which leads me into C, C is for cold that my bath became after being in it for over an hour reading.

D is for duration, it only took me 4 days to finish this book !

E is for esteem, Rose had low self-esteem due to constantly beating herself up about the past.

F is for film, I think this story would make an Oscar winning film.

G is for guessed – I guessed early on in the story, the reason for Rose and Poppy’s fall out.

H is for humour that this book contains. It has the perfect balance of emotions.

I is for impressive, Debbie Johnson never fails to write an impressive story.

J is for Judge Rinder, whom I imagined as the stern but lovely Lewis.

L is for love, this story is full of a mothers love.

M is for memories, this story brought back so many memories of myself growing up, I especially loved the reference to ‘snake’ on the Nokia.

N is for narrated, I enjoyed how each chapter was narrated by Andrea, Rose and Poppy.

O is for obnoxious, this word sums Gareth up perfectly.

P is for posh room (the place Andrea displayed precious objects), my nan had a posh room that we were only allowed to go in at Christmas as kids.

Q is for questions, no questions were left unanswered in this story.

R is for relate. I could relate to this book because I don’t get on with my older sister although this story made me miss her and wish things were simpler.

S is for sequel. Please Debbie Johnson, I would love to read more about Rose and Poppy in the near future.

T is for tearjerker that this story can be.

U is for uptight- Poppy came across as this initially.

V is for valuable, this story taught me some valuable lessons, especially to forgive others.

W is for wasps, I can relate to Rose in her fear of wasps, I also don’t open windows for fear of them getting in !

X is for X-rated it’s not, my nan would enjoy this story.

Y is for youngster Joe, the caring son of Rose, who was not your typical “Kevin & Perry” teenager.

Z is for Zapplebums – the perfect word to describe my love of this book.

I hope you enjoyed my different style of review, it had to be done. Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for accepting me to read this book.

A Life Without You by Shari Low

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Dee and Jen have been best friends since their days of teenage crushes, bad 90’s make-up and huge hair.          They’ve passed every milestone of their lives together and now in their thirties own a successful boutique, sharing a bond that is as strong as the closest of sisters.

Until one day everything changes.

Dee is gone, killed by a reckless driver, leaving Jen to face the harsh reality of a world without her.                                  Jen vows to honour Dee’s dreams and take care of everything and everyone she loved.                                            Until she realises that sometimes the only way forward is to let go of the past.

My Review.

A story that taught me that life is short and I need to stop worrying about the ‘what if’s’ otherwise I will have lots of regrets in my life.

This story starts in such a cruel, heartbreaking way with the tragic death of Dee – Jen’s best friend, Luke’s wife and Val’s daughter. Dee and Jen were like Ying and Yang, Jen being the Ying, likes her home comforts, sticks to what she knows and never ventures out of her comfort zone and Dee being the Yang – the complete opposite to Jen, Dee was adventurous, a real daredevil who would grab every chance in life with both hands. So when Dee is killed, Jen’s whole life is turned upside, she feels lost and even more so when insensitive, selfish Pete – her boyfriend of 15 years  dumps her on the day of Dee’s funeral.    Val struggles to grieve for her daughter, she is so angry with Wilkie – the reckless driver who took Dee’s life, which I can only imagine is how a parent would feel, yet Val still feels that she has to be the glue to hold everyone together. Luke seems to deal with the death of his wife in his own way, he kept it to himself a lot I thought. The story really highlights how people deal with grief in their own way.

I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked how each chapter was told by a different character, I would have liked to have read about how Don felt about the death of his daughter.       This is an easy read that had me hooked, the percentage read on my kindle increased in a flash. There were lots of secrets revealed in this book, it was like Pandora’s box had been opened.

I also learnt a new word that I never knew existed – ‘Nomophope’ which is a fear of being without your mobile, more or less everyone suffers with this these days.

Thanks to Netgalley and Aria fiction for allowing me to read this and take part in the blog tour.

 

 

 

Book Haul from the Car Boot

I love going to car boots as I can pick up some excellent books at bargain prices.

Today I got these 3 books for 50p each , 3 books for £1.50 !!!! Bargain.

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Cathy Bramley, I may have got you a new fan too, I recommended your books to my Nan saying how they are great for any age and she brought ‘Wickham Hall’.

I enjoy buying books from other people because the sellers recommend books to me that I may enjoy and I get to talk books !!

Where do you buy your books from ? I’d love to hear from you.

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Rapid Fire Book Tag
Thanks to Vicki of cosy books.com for tagging me in the rapid fire book tag! I love doing anything like this and I love reading other people’s responses.

Ebooks or physical books?                                                              Both, I love my kindle because it means I can read at night without disturbing my sleeping hubby with the lamp on and I love physical books because I love to pass my books on to friends and my nan.

Hardbacks or Paperbacks ?                                                 Paperbacks, I find hardbacks too heavy when lying in bed to read 🙈 I sound like my nan !

Online or in-store book shopping?          
Online. Get better deals.
Trilogies or series?                                                                     Trilogies.
Heroes or villains?                                                                                      Heroes.
A book you want everyone to read?
A book I have just finished which I loved, ‘The Husband Who Redused to Die’ by Andrea Darby.
Recommend an underrated book.
Vanity by Lucy Lord.
The last book you finished?
The Husband Who Refused to Die by Andrea Darby.
Weirdest thing you used as a bookmark?
A tissue !!
Used books, yes or no?
Yes, a books a book.
Borrow or buy?
Buy.
Characters or plot?
Both are important for a good book.
Long or short book?
Under 400 pages.
Long or short chapters?
Short, keeps me wanting more.
Name the first three books you think of?
The Husband Who Refused to Die – Andrea Darby.                    The Idea of You – Amanda Prowse.                                                Baby Be Mine – Paige Toon.
Books that make you laugh or cry?
Books very rarely make me cry, has to be a real sad one ! Laugh.
Our world or fictional worlds?
Our world.
Audiobooks : yes or no?
No, I like to read.
Do you ever judge a book by its cover?
Sometimes.
Book to movie or book to TV adaptation?
Movie.
A movie or TV adaptation you preferred over the book?
None you can’t beat the book.
Series or standalone?
Series.

So I’m tagging the following as I don’t think they’ve done it? (or if you have or just don’t want to- ignore me!)

Joanna Park

Kelly Spillane

Rebecca Pugh

and anyone else who wants to do it!

 

The Husband Who Refused to Die by Andrea Darby

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Carrie’s no ordinary widow. Husband Dan has died unexpectedly and left behind an extraordinary wish – to be frozen. He believes his life’s simply been ‘suspended’, that he can come back … one day … when science has moved on. He’d hoped his wife would want to do the same. But she doesn’t.

Two years on, mum-of-one Carrie tentatively reconnects with an old boyfriend, who dramatic exit from her life has remained a painful mystery. But their romance is hampered by Carrie’s never-ending personal problems. 

After Dan’s story is resurrected in the news headlines, some distressing secrets from the past are revealed, and Carrie is taunted by someone with a serious grudge. 

But are the secrets true ? Will she discover who’s behind the malicious acts – and why ? Can Carrie find her own future ? 

My Review.

A truly unique story that explores cryogenics and the impact that it can have on loved ones. This story also covered an array of topics that we can all relate to at some point in our lives. There are lots of twists in this story that kept me coming back for more.

There is a great mix of characters in this story. I especially liked Carrie, who had a great sense of humour, even when her husband Dan told her he wanted to be frozen when he died, she asked him “Have you thought about being stuffed ? You’d make a great draught excluder for the French Windows”, this made me chuckle. Carrie didn’t agree with the cryogenics though and really struggled to grieve for Dan, as he wasn’t buried, so she couldn’t exactly class him as dead. I struggled to connect with Tash, Carrie’s work colleague – a woman that is into online dating and seemed to me as one of those women that couldn’t be without a man – I couldn’t keep up with who she was dating from one minute to the next ! I loved reading Sheena’s emails to Caarie and getting to know Sheena. I think a story about her life and more about Geoff would be a great read.

There was a funny part where Carrie accidentally put lemon foot cream on her face, this reminded me of the time I went swimming with primary school. My mum accidentally put mint foot talc in my bag which I put everywhere and I mean everywhere !! The bus journey back to school was a very uncomfortable one and I haven’t used talc since !

Overall this book is a fantastic debut, I give it 5/5 stars and really look forward to reading more by Andrea Darby, who may I add , is a really lovely lady who takes the time to interact with her readers. Thanks for sending me the book Andrea.