Mine by Susi Fox

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Description

They’ve stolen your baby.

After waking from an emergency caesarean, you’re dying to see your new baby. But when you’re introduced something is wrong.

This is not your child.

The nurses assure you that the baby is yours.

Your husband believes them. And so does your father.

But how can you be wrong? You’re a doctor. You know how easily mistakes are made.

When everyone is against you, do you trust your instincts?

You know only one thing . . .

You must find your baby.

My Review

This book had me gripped from the very begining. It’s such an addictive read that I even favoured it over social media (which is rare for me, I’m a bit of a social media addict!) I read this book in about 4 days. When I wasn’t reading it , I was thinking about it.

The story takes place over 7 days and is set in a hospital but then there are chapters which flash back to the past and are told from Mark (Sasha’s husband) perspective. I really felt sorry for the main character Sasha, as she believes her baby has been swapped and no one is listening to her suspicions – not even her husband ! There was one nurse called Ursula who straight away set alarm bells ringing in my head, I didn’t like or trust this character and whenever I read about her I pictured her as the sea witch Ursula from The Little Mermaid !! 

This story had me questioning everyone’s motives from the doctors to Sasha’s family including her dad !! I felt constantly on edge reading this story, feeling as if all was about to be revealed. There are so many twists and turns to the plot that it made the story unputdownable. I highly recommend this book, you will not be disappointed in the slightest. 

Thanks to Sam Deacon at Penguin Random House for sending me this arc. 

 

 

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The Songs Of Us by Emma Cooper *contains spoilers

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Book Description 

If Melody hadn’t run out of de-icer that day, she would never have slipped and banged her head. She wouldn’t be left with a condition that makes her sing when she’s nervous. And she definitely wouldn’t have belted out the Arctic Monkeys’ ‘I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor’ in assembly at her son’s school.

If Dev hadn’t taken the kids to the zoo that day, then the accident wouldn’t have happened. He wouldn’t have left Flynn and Rose without a dad. Or shattered the love of his life’s heart.

But if they hadn’t seen the missing person report that day, they might never have taken the trip to Cornwall. And, in the last place they expected, discovered what it really means to be ‘Us’.

My Review

A story that made my heart sing and ache at the same time. This is a story full of emotions, drama and songs (which you will get stuck in your head because I certainly did !)

The characters in this book were all so realistic especially when they were describing how they felt , the emotions were put into words so perfectly, it made it easy to relate to. I found it uncanny how Rose was called ‘Goldfish’ , I was picked on at school and called this because of my big eyes !! Another part I could relate to was when Melody is explaining about the five stages of grief and she said “if I can get this tissue in the bin from here, they’ll find him”, I do this a lot when I’m feeling indecisive ! I thought Melody and her children Flynn and Rose has such a lovely relationship and when they got Tom/Dev back it made their family even more perfect.

I did find it hard to read after Melody got diagnosed with cancer because my own mum has cancer herself and is suffering at the moment, I could relate to how Rose and Flynn felt seeing the sudden changes in their mum as a month ago you wouldn’t have known my mum has cancer , well apart from the fact her eye bulges slightly but other than that she was fine. After her second dose of immunotherapy though she began to have falls due to her legs being weak. We have now been told that they have ruled out any further operations and it is down to immunotherapy to cure her ! So now you see why I found it hard to read and I nearly gave up but I carried on and I’m so glad I did. This story made me feel a little stronger.

Thanks to Headline Review and Netgalley for this arc. Songs of Us by Emma Cooperis available to download now and is a bargain price of 99p on kindle !

 

The Ex-Wife by Jess Ryder

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Description

You’ve got everything she wants …

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone …

Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from  JenBut can she trust her? And do either of them really know the man they married?

My Review 

Wow what a read this was !! I really enjoyed reading this and found myself engrossed whenever I picked my kindle up !! Perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Emma Curtis and Kerry Fisher.

Natasha came across as the perfect house wife/ mother so when Nick disappeared with their daughter Emily, I found myself confused as to why he would give up his perfect life and I could feel Natasha’s pain as a mother would. Natasha was very well written , I liked her. Where as Jen (the ex-wife) I really didn’t like her , she seemed intimidating and straight away I could sense she was trying to split Nick and Jen up, Nick was spineless whenever she was around, this really annoyed me – I wanted to slap both Nick and Jen. I didn’t like Nick from the start, there was something about him that set off alarm bells in my head saying “WARNING WARNING do not trust him!)                                                                                As for little Emily, I felt so sorry for her being stuck in the middle of all this but at times I did feel like some of the things Emily did or said made her seemed very advanced for a not even 2 year old.

I often found myself guessing what was going to happen next but then the story would totally shock me as it was like a runaway train, veering off the track into the unexpected !

Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this arc in return for an honest review. If you would like to read this gripping story, it’s available for Kindle at only 99p !!

Blog Tour : Somewhere Beyond The Sea by Miranda Dickinson

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Book Description 

Can you fall in love with someone before you’ve even met?

Seren MacArthur is living a life she never intended. Trying to save the Cornish seaside business her late father built – while grieving for his loss – she has put her own dreams on hold and is struggling. Until she discovers a half-finished seaglass star on her favourite beach during an early morning walk. When she completes the star, she sets into motion a chain of events that will steal her heart and challenge everything she believes.

Jack Dixon is trying to secure a better life for daughter Nessie and himself. Left a widower and homeless when his wife died, he’s just about keeping their heads above water. Finding seaglass stars completed on Gwithian beach is a bright spark that slowly rekindles his hope.

Seren and Jack are searching for their missing pieces. But when they meet in real life, it’s on the opposing sides of a battle. Jack is managing the redevelopment of a local landmark, and Seren is leading the community campaign to save it.

Both have reason to fight – Seren for the cause her father believed in, Jack for his livelihood. But only one can win. With so much at stake, will they ever find what they are really looking for?

My Review 

This book captured my heart from the first chapter. It’s a story that made me think about fate, true love and astronomy ! If you love books by Freya North, Carole Matthews and Jenny Colgan, I can guarantee you will love this.

I adored the character Nessie, Jack’s 7 (going on 17) year old daughter, she is a little ray of sunshine in this book, some of the things she said at times reminded me of how my daughter was at that age, all sweet and innocent. My daughter is now 10 and is very much a pre-teen 😩                                                                                              The similarities between Jack and Seren are uncanny, fate really did want these two together. They are both scared to live their life how they want to – they dream of better things but the past is holding them back. This is something I feel everyone can relate to, I know I do.

I must admit I did have to google sea glass as I had never heard of it before and wow it’s beautiful. I hope to find some when I go on holiday in the summer. This story inspired me to look deeper at things we all take for granted for example I’ve never looked up at the stars at night and found a constellation. I’ve never looked for anything but shells on the beach ! I need to take a leaf out of this book and start living my life and enjoying the little things. I also need to read more by Miranda Dickinson.

Thank you to Anabelle Wright at ed public relations for sending me this arc.

Somewhere Beyond the Sea is out now, published by Pan Macmillan in paperback, eBook and audiobook.