Saturday, 9 March 2019

The Truth About Love and Dogs by Lilly Bartlett

Scarlett in her working role as a dog behaviourist is an expert at sorting dogs and at times their owners out with a whole range of issues, but when it comes to a serious issue that occurs in her own life, and it puts her relationships with both her husband and best friend at risk. Scarlett struggles to find a way through the behaviour of those closest to her.

Although this book is very entertaining and humorous, it does have a more serious and deeply emotional side to the story, that is deeply touching. I really have enjoyed reading all the books by this author for those reasons. I also like that with the fast pace of the storyline you cannot help but read the book in one sitting, which made my train journey pass so much more quickly.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

A Greek Affair by Linn B. Halton

After a disastrous and devastating relationship ends leaving Leah heartbroken and broke, she decides to dedicate all her time and energy into raising her young daughter, Rosie. Leah also finds that blogging brings her a rewarding past-time that helps take her mind away from the day to day stresses and as a travel blogger, Leah has the chance to go explore and escape from life.

After a chance meeting Leah begins to feel she is ready to open her heart more and when she meets Daniel she feels a flutter. However Daniel is facing his own heartbreak.

A very sentimental and moving romance story with the backdrop of Athens setting the scene. Being a Yorkshire lass, I like the connection to York in the book too and also I do hope there will be a sequel to this story. I enjoyed it so much.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Never Do Harm by Mirren Jones

Two doctors, two friends, one is a very successful hospital consultant, the other is a hard-working and overworked GP, who at anytime is about to reach a boiling point and be pushed right over the edge.

Both took the Hippocratic Oath as all doctors must, but when their friendship is tested to the max and secrets and lies become undone in their private lives will oaths and promises still be pledged?

This book is very cleverly written not only for its extremely entertaining plot, but because it gives you a unique insight about the NHS and the struggle that face doctors in trying to carry out their day to day duties. For me, from a patient's point of view, this book educated me on why we do not always get the service we expect from the NHS. The storyline really highlights and raises issues that are preventing this in a fair and honest way.

Monday, 29 October 2018

The Girl who Talks to Ghosts by J.H Moncrieff

Kate has a gift. She can connect and communicate with the dead. She uses her gift to help people. Kate is on a case to save a kidnapped soul, by a deranged and deadly doctor. She must travel to a remote Italian island to help bring back a young girl's soul intact, to save her life, while risking her own life to do so. Such is the risk of her mission she asks her friend Jackson, who doesn't know quite what he is letting himself in for and the adventure that awaits them ahead.

I do not usually read horror or dark fiction, but seeing as it is about to be Halloween I thought I would leave my comfort zone of love and romance, and have a look to see what the other side has to offer. I found the narration to be very lively and interesting. I did find some of the scenes a little gory at times, but that was to be expected reading this genre, right? However I would say this book is more like a thriller than a horror. I am glad I tried something different. I can see the book's appeal and if you are a fan of this genre then I recommend this book to you.

Monday, 8 October 2018

Snowflake Over Holly Cove by Lucy Coleman

When life-style writer Tia is sent out of London on an assignment by her usually stone-cold boss, to a remote and small seaside town in South Wales. Tia finds herself in the beautiful beach haven of Holly Cove cottage. The perfect place for some quiet reflection and to come to terms with her loss.

However soon the locals make her feel so welcome she begins to feel at home. When she meets Nic they get off to an ice cold start and things are frosty between them. Will things begin to thaw out before Christmas, or will it take a little help from the spirit of Christmas for a little romance?

Cosy up for Christmas as the long nights draw in with a beautiful heart-warming and romantic storyline about overcoming loss and learning to live life and love again.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Wonderful Words and Quotes by Nikki Bywater

You would be surprised just how much truth can go into fiction.

I have no idea where the ideas come from.  If something moves me... It motivates me to write.

I am a scribbler of ideas.

I like working with a group of writers. I love to storyboard ideas and watch them bounce around from writer to writer.

I like the wit in words.

When you write...
When you write that one perfect line.
That one line that connects and completes the words perfectly in sync. Just that.

To create a character. To live and breathe a whole new person. To put the words into that characters mouth. You decide what is their fate. Just to be creative and escape into the depts of your imagination. To be allowed to do just that. Scriptwriting can take you anywhere and everywhere and back again...

I like breaking the rules.

I like to push the limits of my imagination.

I like to see a manuscript come to life.  To take its first steps and to see how it will develop. How can we make it work?

I like to make dreams come true.

You take one idea... You run with it... You run and run... At times you want to run away from it... But always you find yourself at the finish and THE END.

Whisky Tango Foxtrot - The Further Adventures of Mavis Upton by Gina Kirkham

Following on from the wonderful and witty, Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong, once again we join police officer Mavis Upton and her lively life policing. Mavis is trying very hard to solve the mystery of a dodgy 'doughnutter' and I tell you this, I will never look at a doughnut the same way again! Filled with fun and great comical timing this book was a joy to read.

Having really enjoyed and been thoroughly entertained by the first book in this series by author Gina Kirkham, I was really looking forward to the second book, and I was not disappointed. Gina tells a good tale with such hilarious humour that I had to pause between pages, to have some reading recovering time. I was splitting my sides with laughter. Such is the character and situation comedy in this book. Do we have a good police comedy on TV right now? I certainly nominate and put forward Gina and her stories. I would love to see Mavis Upton and her comedy calamities brought to life on the screen.

As much as I smiled and laughed my way through the book at times I found some scenes touching and moving and this is done so well in the writing. Never a dull moment and I cannot wait for book three.