Posted in Psychological Thriller

The Best Friend by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #bookreview

TGIF bibliophiles! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!❤️💚❤️💚

Super excited today to share with you my review for this thrilling thriller that is being re-published today by the fabulous Bookouture👯‍♀️

The Best Friend by Shalini Boland

My Thoughts

Well now… This was one crazy twisty story that kept me on the edge throughout!

with friends like this, who needs enemies?

This was a fast paced intense story that I finished in a matter of hours… and it’s a good thing I did, because I think I was holding my breath throughout this entire book! Shalini Boland you never fail to amaze me! and if I’m being honest frighten me a bit as well, I can only imagine what goes on in that brain of yours!

Luisa has a lovely life, a loving husband, an adorable son, an enjoyable writing gig… when her son Joe starts at a new posh school Louisa is desperate for her and Joe to fit in… so when Darcy befriends her, and her son Tyler quickly becomes friends with Joe, Louisa is absolutely thrilled… things seem to be going swimmingly, but things were just a little too good to be true…. slowly and subtly Louisa begins to notice things and Darcy’s facade slowly begins to peel away… but is Louisa seeing things where there is nothing to see? Is she getting paranoid? No one seems to believe her not her husband, not her sister, so is this real or is it all in Louisa’s mind?

Just like Louisa I was so tense and so frustrated during this book… how frustrating would it be for people not to believe what you believe to be true? I had so much sympathy for Luisa, I really wanted to reach through the pages and shake some sense into her husband Jared! But I must admit Darcy was one clever girl! She almost had me fooled! I just could not figure out for the life of me what someone who seemingly had it all like Darcy had against sweet Louisa?

absolutely recommend this tents and twisted story you will never look at your best friend the same way again!

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Toxic school mums, money worries, paranoia, and murder… The Best Friend is a chilling psychological thriller from the Bestselling Author of The Girl from the Sea.

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer … Wrong.

Louisa’s new best friend has it all – the house, the status, the money. But she’s also hiding a dark secret. And as Louisa is drawn deeper into her friend’s life, events take a chilling turn . .
“Sit on the edge of your seat and prepare for the ride!” 

Have a wonderful weekend! Berit☀️✨
Posted in #Dark, Crime Thriller, Psychological, Psychological Thriller, Thriller and Suspense

The Good Samaritan by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 #AudiobookReview #Thriller @audibleuk @EKNOWELDEN

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chilling Stars

Ok then, who’s up for a dark, twisted thriller??

**Holds hand up**

The Blurb

She’s a friendly voice on the phone. But can you trust her?

The people who call End of the Line need hope. They need reassurance that life is worth living. But some are unlucky enough to get through to Laura. Laura doesn’t want them to hope. She wants them to die.

Laura hasn’t had it easy: she’s survived sickness and a difficult marriage only to find herself heading for forty, unsettled and angry. She doesn’t love talking to people worse off than she is. She craves it.

But now someone’s on to her – Ryan, whose world falls apart when his pregnant wife ends her life, hand in hand with a stranger. Who was this man, and why did they choose to die together?

The sinister truth is within Ryan’s grasp, but he has no idea of the desperate lengths Laura will go to…

Because the best thing about being a Good Samaritan is that you can get away with murder.

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Chilling Stars

“Good afternoon, you’ve reached the End of the Line, this is Laura speaking. May I ask your name?”

Laura is a soft spoken woman, she will listen to you as you discuss your problems, you will tell her what is making you feel so sad, and of course you wouldn’t be calling the End of the Line helpline, if you wasn’t contemplating ending your own life.

She will not try and talk you out of committing suicide, or tell you that there are better things, no, she is just there to listen to you, and not judge.

Laura is a very well liked colleague in the office, always bringing in her gorgeous hand-baked goods, she keeps herself to herself, and doesn’t mix much, but she always gets involved with charitable volunteering, and always raises lots of money for good causes.

What the people she works with don’t see, is that actually Laura is Bat-Shit-Crazy!

If you are feeling that you are loosing your way and are contemplating ending your life, and just needed someone to talk to, the worst possible person that you could get through to in the call centre would be Laura!

You see, Laura likes the fact that you want to end your life, in fact, she’s banking on it!

Ryan doesn’t know why his pregnant girlfriend would kill herself, and who was the man she was seen holding hands with before they both jumped? He can’t understand why she would want to do this to him and their unborn child, perhaps he needs to do a little investigating?

A cracking thriller to keep you on your toes, with a Good Ol’ Baddie you’ll hate-to-love-to-hate.

🎧🎧 – Narrated expertly by Elizabeth Knowelden, who is a new to me narrator.

Elizabeth’s voice was perfect for Laura and she made this fantastic read even better.

Buckle yourself in, it’s a bumpy ride

Vicci

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Godlefe’s Cuckoo (Danny Lancaster #6) by Bill Todd #GodlefesCuckoo @williamjtodd @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Happy Thursday book friends! Finished up all my Christmas shopping yesterday, now I just need to get those gifts wrapped!🎁

This is my final blog tour of 2018! Thank you so much Emma for the invitation! Looking forward to many more in 2019!💚❄️

GODLEFES CUCKOO Front Final - LDanny Lancaster has been missing since the fishing boat exploded. Police are closing their inquiry but Wanda Lovejoy continues her campaign to find the truth. An evil man kept alive by machines nurses a corrosive hate. As drugs and disease pull his dying mind apart he throws his crime empire into a scorched earth quest to find one man. If Danny Lancaster isn’t dead he soon will be.

My Thoughts

A complicated tale of intrigue and suspense!

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I picked this book up, but I have to admit I was quite surprised! This was a compelling story that kept me up late into the night flipping those pages! This is the fifth book in the series.. however it can absolutely be read as a standalone, but as in all series you are missing out on some character development… also at the beginning of this book Danny Lancaster the main character of the series is missing and presumed dead…

This book was chock-full of a lot of characters that kept you on your toes… so many characters, but all pretty well developed, it did add to the complexity but that just requires a little more focus…. I have to admit though Wanda Lovejoy (love that last name) was my favorite, loved her! The story really had a bit of everything international intrigue, mobsters, suspense, and of course a little kidnapping!

This book made me realize that I cannot judge a book by its title! No offense, but that title just did not draw me in as much as others have … but that’s a me thing!

** recommended **

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Godlefes-Cuckoo-Bill-Todd-ebook/dp/B079Z7Z4MW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1543678048&sr=1-1&keywords=godlefes+cuckoo

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Godlefes-Cuckoo-Bill-Todd-ebook/dp/B079Z7Z4MW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1543679030&sr=8-1&keywords=godlefe%27s+cuckoo

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About Bill Todd:

I’m a journalist and travel writer who has visited more than 40 countries from the white wastes of Arctic Finland to the ancient deserts of Namibia. Love a good wilderness. I received the Ed Lacy travel award in 2007.

I’ve written six crime thrillers featuring soldier-turned-investigator Danny Lancaster and was startled and delighted to be voted one of the 100 best crime authors in the WH Smith readers’ poll in 2015. I’ve also written three short factual military histories. I live to write although keyboard time has been cut lately with the arrival of grandson Theo.

Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/williamjtodd

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DannyLancasterInvestigates/

Website: http://www.billtodd.co.uk/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billtodd_writer/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bill-Todd/e/B008SA121U/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

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Posted in Book Bestie Approved

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks;& Sarah Pekkanen #bookbestiereadsanonymousgirl #lookingforward

Happy Wednesday bibliophiles! Also happy birthday to Jennifer over at Tarheel Reader! Be sure to drop by and wish her a happy day!🎉🎉🎉

Today I am taking another look forward at a book the girls and I finished up this week! We all absolutely LOVED it! I personally thought this was even better than the first book these authors wrote together! It was creepy, twisty, and full of delicious misdirection! This book is coming out soon in January 2019, strongly encourage you to add this one to your TBR!📚😍

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks;& Sara Pekkanen

About the Book

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed. 

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly. 

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The BESTIEs Thoughts

Mackenzie’s Thoughts:
With a tantalizing writing style, this book pulled me in until the final delicious ending scene. I am blown away!!!!!”
Holly’s Thoughts:
Highly recommend this suspense filled mind game that pushes all the boundaries.”
Kendall’s Thoughts:

Holy gucamole! This was so incredibly devious and good!

Jennifer Thoughts:

The Wife Between Us is my favorite thriller of 2018, and the bionic author duo is back with an equally enthralling thriller likely to by favorite for 2019-released thrillers. Smooth writing, nail-biting, ramped up tension = the perfect tale of suspense.”

My Thoughts:

Woop!They did it again!!! Even better than the first book this writing dual wrote together!

An intense twisty story that will make your head spin and your heart race!

Book friends are the best friend Berit☀️✨

Posted in Blog Tour

In Servitude by Heleen Kist @HKist @rrbooktours #excerpt #giveaway

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I’m thrilled to share this gorgeous book today! In Servitude by Heleen Kist, has been blowing readers away in Europe since it’s release and now is taking North America by storm!

Today I will be sharing an exclusive excerpt, and inviting you to enter an international giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of this exciting thriller! 

In Servitude is also available for review through R&R Book Tours. Find out how you can get a copy below!

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Recently voted Top 50 Best Indie of 2018 on Read Free.ly

Publication Date: August 23, 2018

Genre: Thriller/ Suspense/ Mystery

Do you owe your family your life?

Grace thought her sister led a charmed existence.

She was wrong.

Now she has to pay the price.

When Grace’s beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, her carefully planned life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been manipulated into illegal activities at her trendy vegan café. What’s worse, Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice now forced to take over her sister’s shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and protect those Glory left behind, Grace plots to escape the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certainty is challenged when more family secrets emerge and her sister’s past intentions remain unclear.

Grace grows convinced Glory was murdered. Why won’t anyone listen?

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal…

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Excerpt

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Blue pulled at the lead. I let him off once I’d scanned the area and noted no loose dogs. Only a lone figure loitering. His eye line crossed mine as he also examined the park, and paused on me long enough to raise a creepy sensation.

I moved to a bench by the play park and pretended to tie my laces. When I straightened up, the man was striding straight towards me. I searched for Blue, hoping for a semblance of protection, but he was nowhere to be seen. Nor was anyone else.

Before I could stop him, the man sat down next to me. He whistled and shouted, ‘Here boy!’ then faced me with a disturbing grin. As if he knew the dog wouldn’t come. I jumped to my feet and looked around. What had he done?

On the second blow of silent air through my dry mouth, Blue appeared from behind a tree thirty yard away. Safe. He showed no interest in me or the man, instead sniffing out the ground’s many treasures.

I turned back to the intruder. Standing over him gave me an edge—at least I thought it did—and I raised my chin and my voice when I asked, ‘Do I know you?’

He chuckled. ‘Nah, hen. I’m only the messenger.’

‘What?’

His smile faded. ‘We’re not very happy about you closing the café for so long. You need to open up again. There’s a delivery coming on Thursday.’

‘What do you mean? How do you—’

His eyes turned to ice as he grabbed my wrist in a flash. ‘We’ll be very disappointed if you’re not there to receive the goods. Ken what I’m saying?’

He rushed off, his dark coat billowing behind him like a cape, almost engulfing Blue who circled his legs, tail wagging, until he turned towards the road.

For a limited time, In Servitude will be on sale, so be sure to download your copy today!

Amazon US only 2.99

Amazon CA only 3.99

Amazon UK only 1.99

Europe only 2.99

Paperback also available Barnes & Noble & other outlets!

About the Author

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Heleen Kist is a Dutch businesswoman who lived all over the world while growing up and for her career. Then she fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow.

She was selected as an ‘up and coming new writer’ and awarded a Spotlight at Bloody Scotland 2018, the International crime writing festival.

Her debut psychological suspense novel ‘In Servitude’ was inspired by Heleen’s expertise in small business finance mixed with her friend’s courageous idea to open a vegan cafe in a city renowned for its dubious diet. She is currently working on her next book, which will be dark women’s fiction.

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2 paperback copies of In Servitude by Heleen Kist are up for grabs!!!

*International Giveaway

Winners will be selected at random on 23 December and notified personally, only your initials will be used in the winner’s announcement. 

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The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth @SallyHepworth @StMartinsPress #bookbestiesmotherinlaw #lookingforward

Happy Monday bibliophiles!

The girls and I just finished this book over the weekend and oh boy did we love it! It comes out in the US on April 23 and I strongly encourage you to add it to your TBR!

The book is a compelling domestic thriller that takes a in-depth look at the complexities of the mother in law daughter-in-law relationship. An engaging story that completely captured my attention from the very first page! Our full reviews will be posted on publication day, but a little tease of what we thought below!

The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth

About the Book

A twisty, compelling novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law that ends in murder…

From the moment Lucy met her husband’s mother, Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana was exquisitely polite, and properly friendly, but Lucy knew that she was not what Diana envisioned. But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice who helped female refugees assimilate to their new country. Diana was happily married to Tom, and lived in wedded bliss for decades. Lucy wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law. 

That was five years ago.

Now, Diana has been found dead, a suicide note near her body. Diana claims that she no longer wanted to live because of a battle with cancer.

But the autopsy finds no cancer.
The autopsy does find traces of poison and suffocation.
 
Who could possibly want Diana dead?
 Why was her will changed at the eleventh hour to disinherit both of her adult children and their spouses?

With Lucy’s secrets getting deeper and her relationship with her mother-in-law growing more complex as the pages turn, this new novel from Sally Hepworth is sure to add to her growing legion of fans. 

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The BESTIEs Thoughts

Jennifer’s Thoughts:
An original tale of the always complex relationship between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law.”
Mackenzie’s Thoughts:

“As gripping as it is haunting, there’s a poetry to the story told in The Mother-in Law that is so captivating and suspenseful, you will think about  it for days after reading.”

Holly’s Thoughts:

A  twisted family situation and a hidden motive lead to murder. The MIL is Diana and my opinion of her changed so many times throughout the book and she certainly Surprised me in the end.”

Kendall’s Thoughts:

Irresistible, addicting, and brilliant storytelling that will leave you breathless.

My Thoughts:

Sally Hepworth completely sucked me in with this compulsive engaging addictive story that took a hold of me and did not let go until the last page was turned!

  

For more of a tease check out Mackenzie at Phdiva’s post.

Book friends are the best friends! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Blog Tour

Christmas Secrets by the Sea by Jane Lovering @janelovering @farragobooks #bookreview

Happy Monday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my review for this wonderful story full of so much emotion and hope! Many thanks to Farrago Books and Jane Lovering for reaching out and inviting me to review this book💚❤️💚

CSBTS Cover ImageSometimes you don’t get the Christmas presents you imagined…

Tansy Merriweather is down on her luck. She’s lost her business and her relationship, and instead of a glamorous London apartment, her home is now a campervan on a Dorset beach. And as if things couldn’t get any worse, a scruffy dog called Brian with a taste for sardines has adopted her as his owner.

When Tansy’s new-found friends at the cafe in the bay help her find a job as a location scout for a new TV show, things start looking up. However, she soon discovers that the show’s glamorous star, Davin O’Riordan, is as grouchy as he is handsome – and just as Brian starts forging a touching romance with Davin’s elegant whippet Seelie, Tansy begins to wonder exactly what Davin’s fans see in him.

As Christmas approaches, Tansy and Davin discover each other’s secrets, and a new bond begins to grow between them. But how will they cope with the storms headed their way – and can they save the cafe from closing?

My Thoughts

A heartwarming and heartwrenching read full of emotion and hope!

This is not a light fluffy Christmas story, this is a book full of emotion and struggle that will take you on a wonderful journey… as you all know I adore a fun festive story, but this book took hold of my heart and did not let go until the bitter end… an emotional ride that will make you smile, make you laugh, make you angry, make you cry, but at the end of the day it will leave you with a warm toasty feeling in your heart…. I truly loved this story from first page to last, I was completely captivated by these characters!

Tansy has lost everything her company, her boyfriend, her beautiful flat… The only thing she has left from her old life is a camper van, so she sets off in her van to temporarily live on the beach…Tansy finds herself in a small village where she befriends the owner of a café and her son, and takes a job as a TV location scout… turns out part of the job is taking care of the grumpy, grouchy, brooding, star Devin… i’m sure you can figure out where this is going? But let me tell you it was so much more than your typical romance, these two characters had some major depth and some major baggage… not to mention two adorable dogs who had a love story of their very own!

This was a very slow burning realistic romance full of angst and misunderstanding… both Tansy and Davin were likable sympathetic characters… both of their backstories were quite heartbreaking, but I loved reading about what made them the people they are today…. The secondary characters added so much charm to the story even the obnoxious vegan actress… this is the first book in the series, and I am really hoping that we will revisit these characters in future books…

Strongly encourage you to pick this up if you are a fan of a well done romance with some depth and emotion💕 don’t let the title fool you, this book can be read any time of the year!

*** many thanks to the author and the publisher for my copy of this book ***

Jane Lovering - photo credit to Vienna JohnsonAuthor Bio – 

Jane Lovering was born in Devon, England but, following extradition procedures, now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats, two dogs and doesn’t believe in housework so the bacteria and dust are approaching sentience and now rank among the pets. Incidentally, she doesn’t believe in ironing either, and the children all learned self-defensive cookery at early ages. She works in a local school and also teaches creative writing, which are extreme ways of avoiding the washing up.

Published since 2008, she writes romantic comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’. One day she’s going to find out what that means. Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first class honours degree in creative writing. In 2012, her novel Please Don’t Stop the Music won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the RNA.

Photo by Vienna Johnson

thank you so much for dropping by! Berit❄️💚

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Adorable Fat Girl and the Mysterious Invitation by Bernice Bloom @Bernice1Bloom @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Sunday bibliophile’s! and Happy 21st Birthday to my daughter!

Super excited to share with you today my review for this adorable book from an equally adorable series it looks like! Many thanks to Rachel, who probably is basking in the sun on vacation, and to Bernice Bloom for her adorable story!💕❄️

Adorable Fat Girl and the Mysterious Invitation

CoverMary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral. But she has absolutely no idea who the deceased is. She’s told that he invited her on his deathbed, and he’s very keen for her to attend, so she heads off to a dilapidated old farm house in a remote part of Wales. When she gets there she discovers that only five other people have been invited to the funeral. None of them knows who he is either.

NO ONE GOING TO THIS FUNERAL HAS EVER HEARD OF THE DECEASED. WHAT IS GOING ON??

Then they are told that they have 20 hours to work out why they have been invited in order to inherit a million pounds.

Who is this guy and why are they there? And what of the ghostly goings on in the ancient old building?

Featuring Mary Brown, star of the Adorable Fat Girl series of books, in her greatest adventure yet.

This is BOOK NINE in the series, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone book or as part of the series.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07KFSL7VX

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFSL7VX

Author Bio –

My name is Bernice Bloom and I write funny novels about a crazy lady called Mary Brown in my ‘Adorable Fat Girl’ series. 

Mary is funny, gorgeous and bonkers. She’s also about six stone overweight. When she realises she can’t cross her legs and has trouble bending over to tie her shoelaces without wheezing like an elderly chain-smoker it’s time to take action. But what action? She’s tried every diet under the sun.

This series is the hysterical story of what happens when Mary joins ‘Fat Club’ where she meets a cast of funny characters and one particular man who catches her eye.
The series follows Mary as she goes on safari, on a cruise, to a weekend yoga retreat and on an incredible adventure when she receives a mysterious invitation to a funeral.

The stories are laugh-out-loud funny and will resonate with anyone who has dieted, tried to keep up with any sort of exercise programme or spent 10 minutes in a changing room trying to extricate herself from a way too-small garment that she ambitiously tried on and is now completely stuck in. xx

My Thoughts

A little sass and fun mixed with a little mystery and history!

This book was simply adorable! This was my first introduction to Mary Brown and the ninth book in the series and I was not lost at all! Can definitely be read as a standalone… however I’d venture to guess after reading this book you’ll want to go and pick them all up, I know I do….“The Adorable Fat Girl “series has a new fan!

Mary Brown receives an invitation to a funeral the problem is? She has no idea who the deceased is, and why he would want her at his funeral… when she arrives at the funeral in an isolated village in Wales she meets the other six people who were invited to the funeral… only six people and none of them know the deceased, Reginald Charters… The six of them soon find out that they will inherit 1,000,000 pounds, however there is a catch!

The story is told in duel timelines because we also get the story of Reginald Charters starting in the 1940s…. I found this story extremely interesting and very well researched! The historical part of the story had a much more somber tone than that of the present day story, but I thought it was a really nice balance…. it was like the historical part was in black-and-white and the present day was in color…

Mary was such a fun self deprecating character with a wonderful sense of humor… The rest of the cast of characters were quirky, intriguing, and well developed… and bonus at the end of the book we find out there will be another book including all these wonderful characters! I’m really looking forward to many more books in the series and getting to know Mary better…

Absolutely encourage you to add this to your TBR list! It is quite adorable!

*** many many thanks to the author and Rachel for my copy of this book ***
My website is: www.bernicebloom.com

Social Media Links –

https://www.facebook.com/BerniceBloombooks/

https://twitter.com/Bernice1Bloom

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Historical Fiction

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah #KristinHannah #PollyStone #AudiobookReview #HistoricalFiction @StMartinsPress @audibleuk @audible_com

Ok, Ok I admit it, I’m late to the party to this one, I tried twice before and couldn’t get into it at all, but this time I was determined to stick with it, and I’m so glad I did, why did I doubt myself, of course this book was phenomenal!!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nightingale Stars

The Blurb

France, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Nightingale Stars

The Nightingale tells a story about World War II, and contrary to what I thought I was going to read about, this wasn’t about the fighting at all….well not in the way that you think, this is about the women who were left behind.

France 1939, Vianne says goodbye to her husband as he goes to the front to fight for the country, she doesn’t think for a minute that the Nazi’s will come to her town, let alone invade France, so she isn’t too worried about it.

However the realisation that this is exactly what is happening comes too quickly, and Vianne is eventually living in her house with a stranger, not just a stranger, but a Nazi officer!

She must teach her daughter to keep her head down, and her mouth shut, and take huge risks to protect and save lives of people that could get her not just into trouble, it could cost her life!

Isabelle is Vianne’s younger sister, she is always getting herself into trouble, and has always been a bit of a rebel.

She is opposite to her sister, in that she is totally ready for the Nazi’s, in fact she would be quite happy to head off to Paris to join the fight, and that is exactly what she does.

Against her sisters advice that she couldn’t do anything to help, Isabelle is determined that she can do something, so she packs a bag and sets off to Paris.

“Oh, for heaven’s sake, Isabelle. Paris is overrun. The Nazis control the city. What is an eighteen-year-old girl to do about all of that?”

But a difference she does make, to many lives, after joining the French Resistance with her new friend Gäetan, she was known to many as “The Nightingale” and risked her life helping others.

“On this cool October morning, her life would change. From the morning she boarded this train..

From now on, she was Juliette Gervaise, code name the Nightingale”

🎧🎧 – Narrated expertly by Polly Stone who did a wonderful job, her voice was just perfect for this book and I will definitely be looking out for other books that she has narrated.

A fantastic read that I would recommend to anyone.

Vicci

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Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction

A Spark of Light by @jodipicoult #AudiobookReview @TheRealBahniT #Contemporary @audibleuk @audible_com @HodderBooks

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hard Hitting Stars

Wow ok, this one is going to be a tricky one to review!!

As you all probably already know, Jodi Picoult isn’t one to shy away from those subjects that we don’t really like to talk about, we all know it happens, but out of sight out of mind!

The Blurb

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hard Hitting Stars

#TriggerWarnings - Abortion / Racism / Rape

The story starts out at 5pm at a Clinic in Jackson Mississippi, a gunman has opened fire inside the Abortion Clinic locally known as “The Center” the story then takes us backwards to the start of the day, and we find out why the characters are there.

Hugh McElroy is a hostage negotiator, at 5pm he gets called to the scene and immediately gets all of the details he can, and starts to communicate with the gunman, at the same time his phone starts to vibrate, when he looks at the text he has just received, he is horrified to find out that his daughter Wren and his sister Bex are inside the clinic!

The Center is somewhere women can go to get Contraception, Gynaecological examinations, General Women’s Health check-ups, and Abortions.

There are always Anti-Abortion protesters outside of The Center, trying to grab the women before they make it into the front door, they are handing out “gift bags” and trying to guilt them into changing their minds.

The Gunman is called George, and he is angry because he has found out that his daughter had an abortion at this clinic recently, not only does he shoot the doctor that performs the abortions, he shoots others as well, and Hugh’s daughter Wren might be one of them!

Tangled in this story is another, this story is about Beth, she took the difficult decision to terminate her own pregnancy, and now because of the Mississippi Abortion Law, she is facing murder charges, and could go to prison for 20 years if she is found guilty.

This story doesn’t try and sway you either way in your beliefs, and it doesn’t feel preachy at all, but I do like the way that Picoult tries to make you see both sides of the Pro-Life / Pro-Choice argument.

Regardless of your beliefs I think this is a great book to have for a Book club and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by the amazing Bahni Turpin.

This was my main reason for picking up this book, she could literally narrate a recipe for a fruit cake and I would be there One Clicking like a lunatic! The woman can do no wrong in my eyes and makes any book into a fantastic read.

This is certainly one to pop into your basket.

Vicci

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