Blood Sisters by Jane Corry – Blog Tour

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About the Book.

Two women. Two versions of the truth.

Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that’s the story she’s sticking to.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.

But someone is watching Kitty and Alison. Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May.
And only another life will do…

My Thoughts.

An intense story that has so many twists and turns, it will make you question ‘Who can you really trust?’

I loved every moment of this book, from its cover to its characters. The cover itself is so intriguing that even my 9 year old daughter was asking me about the story and analysing the cover in relation to the story !

I thought it was very clever how the character Kitty was portrayed. She understood more than people realised. I felt more of a connection with Kitty than Ali. Ali came across as mysterious and very cold but as the story went on it became clearer as to why.

I enjoyed how the story was split into 3 parts, this ensured that all aspects of the story were covered.

This story had a strong message of ‘the truth always comes out in the end’, which it does. I’m a firm believer in being honest from the start but I will tell the odd little white lie (mainly when I’ve been book shopping and don’t tell my husband!)

I give this book a well deserved ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I can’t wait to read the next book by Jane Corry.

Thanks to Annie Hollands at Penguin books for sending me this ARC.

About the author.

Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’

You can find Jane on Twitter at @JaneCorryAuthor and on Facebook at JaneCorryAuthor.

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The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

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You never know what’s happening on the other side of the wall.

Your neighbour told you that she didn’t want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn’t stand her crying.

Your husband said it would be fine. After all, you only live next door. You’ll have the baby monitor and you’ll take it in turns to go back every half hour.

Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realized. She’s gone.

You’ve never had to call the police before. But now they’re in your home, and who knows what they’ll find there.

What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?

My Review

I’ve heard many a good thing about this book and I can confirm they are all true. This is a fantastic book, full of suspense and revelations that will have you on edge !

This is the type of book that I could really delve into, I was constantly looking for hidden messages to try to solve who had Cora. I felt like I was a detective in this story. Detective Rasbach was very well written , he was just as you’d expect a detective to be. I hope he appears in other books by Shari Lapena.

I felt as if I couldn’t connect fully to the characters as I suspected them all, except Anne, I sympathised with Anne and could really feel her emotions, she was so distraught and lost without her baby.

This story really highlights the effects of post-natal depression and how people can be so judgemental about it, which is why so many women are afraid to admit it and get the help they need. I suffered post-natal depression after the birth of my second child, I knew I had it but I was terrified of admitting it through fear of people thinking I couldn’t cope, that I was a ‘bad mother’. It’s only now that I admit it and will openly tell people.

I give this book 4 stars, I would have liked more of an ending but it certainly ended on a cliffhanger.

So Proud

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I had to share this with you all.

This is my 7 year old son Levi, getting cosy in the library with a book.

My heart melted when I saw him doing this of his own accord. He even chose 2 books to take home.

I think it’s so important for children to read and be read to. My children both have tons of books. Levi’s latest thing is to listen to an audio cd to get him to sleep.

Book Haul

Hello,

Sorry I’ve been quiet lately, I’m trying so hard to read more. I’ve had one blog tour after another so was getting all those books read. Now I have I am going to focus on what’s on my shelf and not buy anymore !!

HA HA WHO AM I KIDDING!!

Of course I will buy more, my bookshelf will never be empty needing to be restocked. I’m a book addict and proud to be.

So last week I received ‘Manipulated Lives’ by H.A.Leuschel in the post directly from the author herself who approached me after reading my blog. I love it when this happens, it gives me such a warm glow so thank you Helene. I look forward to reading ‘Manipulated Lives’ which is a collection of short novellas about manipulators – I can tell this one will have my mind ticking.

On Saturday I took my son to the library and was so excited to see that they had the new Nicholas Sparks book ‘Two by Two’ in stock, I just has to get it and plan on reading it next. I love a good Nicholas Sparks book and because most of his books get turned into movies, I find I really delve into the characters to match them with an actor/actress.

Then yesterday, Sunday- I went to a car boot sale (this is dangerous for me the books are so cheap) and I got talking books to a lovely lady who gave me ‘Picture Perfect’ by Jodi Picoult. This lady couldn’t recommend Jodi Picoult books enough and was even telling me she met her years ago and Jodi was telling her where she gets her inspiration for her books from. It was fascinating to listen to. So I’ve decided I’m going to read more by Jodi Pucoult. I have read a few by her – my favourite being ‘off the page’ which she wrote with her daughter.

So today as its my day off and I’m shattered after having my 14 month old nephew since Thursday (so not much reading 😩), I intend to read, read and maybe sleep. image

Broken Branches by M.Jonathan Lee

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Sypnosis

Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

My Review

A mysterious story with a touch of paranormal, had this story been a film- I would have been hiding behind a cushion at times as this is a story that will have your pulse racing.

This is not my normal genre of book to read, so I was a bit apprehensive after reading the sypnosis.Yet from the first page I was intrigued and knew I would enjoy this book.

The story switched from past to present with ease, which is something I struggle to keep up with in some books but I followed this story easily.

I  felt sorry for Ian, it was revealed throughout the story how his brother Stewart was the golden child and Ian was the black sheep of the family- yet Ian was the one who made something of his life ! Favouritism is something we all witness in our lives so we can relate to how Ian feels. Even in the present day Ian’s life doesn’t appear to be straight forward – he has a wife Rachel whose mood swings irritated me, he seems to be up to his eyes with paperwork, researching his family tree, the only good thing he has in his life is his son Harry !

This book has so many twists and turns, it really captured my attention throughout and the ending – wow, I’m not going to say much apart from my jaw hurts from where my mouth dropped open !

Thanks to Hideaway Falls for sending me this ARC.

Dear You by Tessa Broad – Blog Tour

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Tess Broad wanted children. She longed for them. It wasn’t to be.

In this candid and moving memoir, Tess writes to the children that never were. She writes to them as their adult selves with openness and honesty and tells them of the childhood she envisaged for them and the mother she believed she would be. She describes her reluctant transformation from the woebegone, wannabe mummy that she once was, to the woman she is now; childless but chilled, sailing through Mother’s Day with a smile on her face. Happy.

From the ‘trying for a family’ stage to the relentless treadmill of infertility treatment, Tess recounts her story with humour and pathos, taking the reader on her journey with her, sharing her experiences, the roller-coaster ride of IVF, the sudden departure of the husband whose children she wanted to have and ultimately to acceptance that the life she wanted and expected was not hers for the taking. This is a breathtaking memoir that offers a shoulder to lean on for everyone experiencing the uncertainties and pain of infertility

My Review.

A story that is full of wise words and advice, as a mum of 2 – I could relate to some of this and even learn from some of it.

Tessa Broad is so clued up on parenting, she would have been an amazing mum. I have 2 children that would absolutely love her as their grandmother.

This book is full of great quotes, that all ring true at some point in our lives. My personal favourite was ‘Write to be understood, speak to be heard, read to grow’ – Lawrence Clark Powell.

I really enjoyed this book, it taught me so much and really opened my eyes to the whole IVF process. It introduced me to Cissie & Ada, an old fashioned Harry Enfield, that really made me laugh out loud, it’s a shame it’s no longer on TV. I also learnt the secret to make proper tasty gravy.                                         Tessa Broad you are a legend in my eyes !

Thanks to Anna Burtt at Red Door Publishing for sending me this ARC.

 

The Silence by Katharine Johnson – Blog Tour

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Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle – and a secret that could destroy everything.

When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity.

In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.

My Review

A 5* book that had me so gripped – I actually hardly went on social media (Hi my name is Carly and I’m a social media addict !) I read at every opportunity I got and in fact I read 80% of it in a day !

There was so much of this book that I could relate to – for example the rituals that Abby would do “if I bounce this ball a hundred times without missing ; If I touch every olive tree before  the song on my walkman finishes” – I used to do this to help make decisions and still occasionally do. Then there was the part that mentioned Abby and her husband James didn’t argue they sulked – that’s me all over, in 17 years of being with my husband we have not had 1 argument but I do sulk, which drives my husband insane.

This story actually reminded me a lot of Dorothy Koomson books- it had the same feel of suspense within the story and its characters.

There was a real array of characters in this story. Initially I did not like Mina- I thought she was a spoilt little brat but as the story went on my opinion of her changed, I saw a different side to her but not for long ……                                                           Philippa was a very ‘in your face’ kind of character who had such a vivid imagination – at times ‘the boy who cried wolf’ would spring to my mind. I couldn’t connect with Alan, he gave me the creeps, I pictured him as an unwashed hippy  type of character. The character I liked the most had to be Abby (past and present) she had been through so much yet she still carried on.

I enjoyed how this book switched from the past to the present, I felt the balance of this was just right.

If you want a book that is full of mystery, shocks and surprises, then this is the book that will satisfy your needs and it is only 99p on Kindle !

Huge thanks to Emma Mitchell for sending me this ARC and thanks to Katharine Johnson for writing such a fantastic book.