This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done

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Description 

A pupil and a teacher. Is it ever right to break the rules?
Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley.
After all, he was her first love when she was fifteen years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment.
Now, seventeen years later, Matthew returns to Norfolk, with a new identity and a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter, who know nothing of what happened before. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together.
With so many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present?

My Review 

Wow what a scorching read !! Why oh why has this book been sat on my book shelf for so long ? I wish I’d read it sooner, it was that good it only took me 4 days to read.

Even though he was a teacher and she was the pupil, I couldn’t help but love Matthew and Jessica’s relationship . It felt so real and their love for each other was genuine not just some silly school girl crush. If Jess had been a year older and Matthew not her teacher it would have been a whole different story but would the thrill of it still been there ? This brought back memories of when I was only 16 I had a fling with a 32 year old security guard , I thought my feelings for him were real but now I can see that it was lust and I’m glad it didn’t go no further than a kiss.

In answer to some of the reading group questions at the end of the book;

When it comes to relationships, to what extent do you believe age is just a number?                                                                     I truly believe age is just a number, I was almost 17 when I met my first serious boyfriend (now my husband) and he was 22. The five year age gap feels like nothing. My sister is 36 and her husband is 50, some people comment on that but at the end of the day you can’t help who you fall in love with.

How do you feel about Will’s treatment of Natalie throughout the novel ? Is it fair that she has been lied to without any remorse from her boyfriend?                          I didn’t even consider Natalie’s feelings in the story, I was too wrapped up in Will and Jessica’s whirlwind love story. Thinking about it now, I think Natalie was a rebound girlfriend for Will and would always come second to Jess.

The ending of this book almost broke me and I would love there to be a sequel or another different story written by the author that features some of the characters in.

 

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This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay

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Description

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.


Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

My review

A fantastic book that made me squirm, laugh and cry.

This book made me realise just how lucky we are to have the NHS, the staff work so hard and such long hours !! I didn’t realise how many hours a doctor will do in a day. They really are super heroes. I always wanted to be a midwife but I have to admit this book has made me glad I’m not, as a mum of 2 young children I feel I could not fully commit myself to this sort of work !
Although I felt like I could have qualified as a doctor just from reading this book, I learnt so much medical jargon from it and interesting facts.

I throughly enjoyed reading this book and recommend to everyone, BUY THIS BOOK !!

 

The Guilt Of A Sparrow by Jess B. Moore Blog Tour

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Description 

Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody.

Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time for a change.

Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town, and themselves.
A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of course.

My Review 

Firstly welcome to my stop on the blog tour for this amazing book and thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of it, I’m thrilled to be one of the bloggers to promote this book, you would never think that it’s a debut !

I must admit by cover and title alone, I probably wouldn’t have chosen this book in a store but I’m so glad I took a chance on this book when Rachel emailed me with the blurb and asking if I wanted to take part. This just goes to show ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. This book captured my mind and my heart in ways a book has never before.

Whilst I was reading this I felt like the setting would be very much like the film Sweet Home Alabama starring Reese Witherspoon. So that was the setting and surroundings I had in my mind whilst reading. The character Cotton , I pictured as Jamie Dornan, his personality was similar to Mr Grey , I wanted to hug him at times and tell him to stop beating himself up but then when he was so harsh with Maggie I wanted to hit him, he frustrated me but I couldn’t help but love him !!! Maggie I felt lived too much in her deceased brother Luke’s shadow and needed to lay his ghost to rest. It’s like she felt the neighbor hood tarred her with the same brush as they did Luke but they didn’t, so she was similar to Cotton there in beating herself up too much. The sexual chemistry between these too was hot !!!

I interacted with the author Jess B. Moore a few times over social media whilst reading this book and she’s a lovely lady who took time to respond to me and got me excited about upcoming books.

The Guilt Of A Sparrow is available to buy now.

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. 

 

 

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.