Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Family Divided (The Guernsey Novels Book #4) by Anne Allen

Charlotte is a successful publisher and she is trying to work on writing her own novel for the first time. When she is hit by writers block and feels too ashamed to ask for help from the many authors she knows, fearing it makes her look like a failure, she heads from her London base to the island of Guernsey to see friend Louisa and to stay at the beautiful and spiritual natural health centre on the island to relax and recharge to get her in the right frame of mind so she can continue writing.

What started off as a short-break soon changes when she helps out a well known author on the island with some research. Charlotte soon finds out a family injustice has been done and she becomes emotionally involved and keen to solve the mystery of a families secrets. She gets particular close to Andy who believes his family have been cheated out of their rightful inheritance.

Will she find the answers to help heal a family torn apart from years of feuding?

I really enjoyed this story. This is the first book I have read out of the Guernsey novels and I would read more. When you get to the end of the chapters you cannot help but read on due to the clever way author Anne Allen leaves you in suspense and wanting to read on to see what happens next.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Born Survivors by Wendy Holden

A true story about three incredible women, Priska, Rachel and Anka who in life never met but shared an extraordinary and compelling story. Each of these remarkable women were taken from their homes and sent to the ghetto and then on to Auschwitz where in order to fight for not only their own survival, but for their unborn babies, they kept their conditions secret to avoid the gas chamber and a devastating fate of so many Jews at this time.

Sent to work as slave labour, the women had to face the fear of the biggest threat alone and under the most evil of circumstances. The women had to avoid disease, starvation and been overworked before having to take a huge chance, with determination and bravery that would change their lives forever.

This is a story that will stay with me for a long time. The book marks not only the seventieth anniversary of their liberation, but also the seventieth birthdays of the three miracle babies, who survived and it is very much about how life came out of such unimaginable circumstances and a chance for new beginnings, as much as it covers a detailed written account of what it was like to be a Jewish woman held in captivity under an evil dictator and it does not hold back and Wendy Holden gives the reader a true and honest account of what did actually happen although the details are horrendous and most appalling crimes and acts of evil of what these people went through, it is something we all need to know and we must all remember.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

A Cottage in the Country by Linn B Halton

Maddie Brooks is delighted when she moves into her dream cottage. The cottage is the perfect place for her to begin her new life. The cottage needs a lot of work doing to it but Maddie can see the potential in the cottage to create a wonderful place for her to live and make the first step to the rest of her life.

Lewis Hart has a strong connection to the cottage. He feels sad he misses out on the chance to buy it for himself. Lewis was very close to the previous owner Aggie and he also had plans for the cottage. He finds himself employed by Maddie to help undertake the renovation work on the house.

Excited to begin her new life, Maddie moves in the cottage despite the mess and disruption while the repairs are been done. Things become even more difficult due to the work taking place over the Christmas holiday season and this and the winter causes more delays and complications to getting the cottage completed. Maddie soon gets use to having Lewis around and they become close, but when boundaries are crossed and confusion and communication cause more damage, will this be more complicated to fix and put back together than restoring the cottage?

A beautiful book by author Linn B. Halton. A wonderful, warm and romantic read. I liked that Maddie is a strong leading lady who knows what she wants out of life and is no longer afraid of doing things for herself and embracing a new life with a positivity and enthusiastic energy, when it could be so easily a sad situation. The location where the story is set too provides the heart of a well told and emotional love story.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

A tragic accident changes Jenna Gray's life forever and leads to a police investigation. Jenna unable to deal with the consequences of the aftermath of the tragedy escapes to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast. With a little help from locals Patrick and Bethan she slowly starts to rebuild life and find happiness and settle. Only for her whole world to come crashing down on her when her past comes back to haunt her.

Once every so often you find a truly amazing book in your hands and from page one you know you are reading something special. This is just one of those books. This story is so powerful, it will pull you into the story, you will be yelling out loud at the twists and the turns of the storyline… I can tell you now you will never see them coming. This psychological thriller will play out in your minds eye, it will captivate you and entice you and the tension will wrap around you and leave you unable to put this book down. The author has such a talent for setting the story that I strongly expect this to produced onto the big screen. I shall be first in the queue to see it when this happens. Well done to author Clare Mackintosh because this is a book that not only got people talking… It is a book that will go onto huge success.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Truly Madly Greekly by Mandy Baggot

Nothing goes to plan for the usually sensible Ellen when she jets off to Corfu to help arrange her sisters Greek wedding. Ellen is secretly trying to escape a complicated situation which is brewing back home and she knows it could catch up with her at anytime. Spiralling her life out of control. The last thing she expects and plans to do is to feel attracted to sexy stranger Yan and fall truly, madly and 'Greekly' in love

This is a beautiful and powerful love story. The story is so romantic and passionate and the scenes are set well with emotionally charged scenes that I could feel the sparks as I turned the pages. There is a mysterious thread intertwined into the storyline which adds intrigue that builds up the atmosphere right up to the very end.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Meet the Author - Helena Fairfax

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 18th November 2014
Publisher:  Accent Press
A story of friendship, loss, and the human heart’s enduring capacity for love…
After the death of her husband in Afghanistan, Kate Hemingway’s world collapses around her. Her free time is spent with a charity for teenage girls, helping them mend their broken lives - which is ironic, since her own life is fractured beyond repair.
Reserved, upper-class journalist Paul Farrell is everything Kate and her teenage charges aren’t.  But when Paul agrees to help Kate with her charity, he makes a stunning revelation that changes everything, and leaves Kate torn.
Can she risk her son’s happiness as well as her own?

About Helena Fairfax
Helena Fairfax was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She's grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in Yorkshire. After many years working in factories and dark, satanic mills, Helena began writing full-time. Her first novel, The Silk Romance, was a contender for the RNA’s New Writers’ Scheme Award and a runner-up in the Global Ebook Awards, and her work in progress has been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize 2015. When not writing, she walks the Yorkshire moors every day with her rescue dog, and finds this wild landscape the perfect place to dream up her stories.

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Sunday, 31 May 2015

Meet the Author - Juile Ryan - Who tells us all about her latest book Pandora's Prophecy

About the book

‘Pandora’s Prophecy’ is the third in the Greek Island mystery series but can be read as a standalone, although some characters from the previous books do make an appearance.
Lisa and Mark are going through a rough patch, Vicky is seventeen and has just discovered that the man she thought was her father really isn’t, Ruth is getting over her husband’s betrayal after nearly twenty-five years of marriage. On the surface they have nothing in common except that they are all staying in the same hotel on a Greek Island. As they each come into contact with the mysterious Pandora, their lives will change forever. Bodies begin to pile up as a serial killer is on the loose who might just be targeting the hotel. The Island’s Police Chief, Christos Pavlides, tries to solve the puzzle but he has problems of his own to resolve. It seems that the local celebrity author is the one who holds the key.

About the author
Julie Ryan was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and two cats, a rescue cat and a dippy cat with half a tail.  She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.
She is the author of three novels set in Greece, “Jenna’s Journey”, “Sophia’s Secret” and ‘Pandora’s Prophecy.” She considers Greece to be her spiritual home and visits as often as she can. This series was inspired by her desire to return to Crete although there is a strong pull to revisit the Cyclades too.

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