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The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry @pcallhenry @BerkleyPub #bookreview #thefavoritedaughter

Happy hump day all!

Excited to share with you today my review for this lovely story that completely captured my heart! Forgiveness seems to be the theme of the week, because this book was all about forgiveness and family!💕

My Thoughts

𝒮𝓉𝓇𝓊𝑔𝑔𝓁𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝓇𝑒𝓂𝑒𝓂𝒷𝑒𝓇. 𝒯𝓇𝓎𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝒻𝑜𝓇𝑔𝑒𝓉.

Patti Callahan Henry has written a beautiful story full of memories, family, and forgiveness. A decade ago Lena was devastatingly betrayed right before she was about to walk down the aisle. Completely destroyed and mortified Lena packs her bags and heads to New York to lick her wounds and start over. Lena gets a job as a travel journalist, traveling the country and the world, but rarely returning home to Water’s End South Carolina. After receiving a phone call from her brother Shane Lena realizes she needs to return home and face her past. Lena’s beloved father Gavin has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s and it is only a matter of time before he will lose all his memories. What transpires is a lovely story about the struggle to remember and the desire to forget.

This story completely captured my heart. These characters, this family, I was completely invested. Lena’s struggle to face her sister Hallie after 10 years of animosity was heartbreaking and uncomfortable. Some things are hard to forgive and even harder to forget and I am not certain if I would be capable myself. I really felt for Lena and understood her actions. HallieWas a bit of a hypocrite and really frustrated me. And poor Shane was so caught in the middle just trying to keep the peace between his sisters. Loved how the siblings were working together to create a book of memories for their dad, they really wanted to do just about anything to keep his memories alive. Gavin had a big personality and a big heart and it was heartbreaking to see his health and memories deteriorate.

So many pieces to the story that when put together were pure magic. The story was captivating, the setting was stunning, and the characters were authentic. The ending was so touching and it hit me right in the heart! Another remarkable story that you definitely need to add to your summer TVR!

*** Big thanks to Berkley for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry returns to the beloved Lowcountry setting of The Bookshop at Water’s End with a novel of one woman’s homecoming. 
On her wedding day 10 years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City. Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home – until she learns of her dad’s failing health. 
Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs their family’s Irish pub – and who has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and photographs. As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home….
Praise for The Favorite Daughter 
“A satisfying read about family and forgiveness.” (
PopSugar
“Henry’s latest packs an emotional wallop, delving into the bonds and tragedies that make a family…. Readers of thoughtful family dramas will be drawn to the travails of the Donohue clan.” (
Booklist
“Readers will be immersed in this moving tale, hungry to learn whether love and family will overcome betrayal, secrets, and heartache.” (
Publishers Weekly)

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The Friends We Keep by Jane Green @JaneGreen @BerkleyPub #bookreview #thefriendswekeep #pubday

Happy Tuesday all!

Today I have a review for a book about friendship and forgiveness. This was a wonderful story that I strongly encourage you to add to your summer TBR!📚🏖

My Thoughts

F҉r҉i҉e҉n҉d҉s҉h҉i҉p҉. F҉o҉r҉g҉i҉v҉e҉n҉e҉s҉s҉. L҉i҉f҉e҉.

Jane Green has crafted an engaging story full of friendship, forgiveness, and finding out who you really are. Evie, Maggie, and Topher met at University where they forged a strong friendship that they swore would never end. A friendship built on love, respect, and trust. After university they all go their separate ways. Evvie does something to betray Maggie’s trust, rather than telling Maggie she pulls herself even further away from the friendship. Evvie moves to New York where she becomes a supermodel, Maggie works at a PR company, and Topher becomes a soapstar. Years later they all reunite at Maggie’s wedding to an old crush. The reunion is short as they all have their lives to live and then Evvie does something that might end this friendship forever. Fast forward and the three of them are in their 40s and they are all at a point in their lives where it makes the most sense for them to all live together. But as the three begin to get closer again, secrets begin to come out. Secret that may not be forgivable.

I love stories about friendships and that this was a friendship between two women and a man was a bit of a different twist that I found refreshing. I really liked all three of these characters even though they weren’t terribly relatable and they sure did frustrated me at times. The story spanned many decades and I Love that. It is so amazing how much we change and grow through the years. How we let go of dreams and develop new ones. That really was evident in the lives of these characters. I probably was most sympathetic towards Maggie, because I could relate to her more than the other characters. I know what it’s like to have a spouse who is an alcoholic, and if I’m being honest Maggie is a much more forgiving person than me. In oh so many ways!

This was a great read that will resonate with many. I think we all have those friends that we thought would always be part of our lives that we don’t see much of any more. Although I have to say some of the characters in this book really push those friendship boundaries, and I am not sure if I would be so ready to forgive. Jane green has a engaging writing style that kept me completely invested in the story throughout. This was another wonderful read that I encourage you to add to your summer TBR!

*** Big thanks to Berkley for my gifted copy of this book ***

About the Book

 is the heartwarming and unforgettable new novel from Jane Green, the New York Times best-selling author of The Sunshine Sistersand The Beach House. 
Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. Their friendship was something they swore would last forever. Now years have passed, the friends have drifted apart, and they never found the lives they wanted – the lives they dreamed of when they were young and everything seemed possible. 
Evvie starved herself to become a supermodel but derailed her career by sleeping with a married man. 
Maggie married Ben, the boy she fell in love with in college, never imagining the heartbreak his drinking would cause. 
Topher became a successful actor, but the shame of a childhood secret shut him off from real intimacy. 
By their 30th reunion, these old friends have lost touch with one another and with the people they dreamed of becoming. Together again, they have a second chance at happiness…until a dark secret is revealed that changes everything. 
The Friends We Keep is about how despite disappointments we’ve had or mistakes we’ve made, it’s never too late to find a place to call home.

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Invisible Girl by Jill Childs @author_jill @bookouture #bookreview #invisiblegirl

Happy Thursday everyone!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this emotional thought-provoking story! Thanks so much Noelle for my invitation to the tour!🥰

My Thoughts

𝔼𝕞𝕠𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕝. ℍ𝕖𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕓𝕣𝕖𝕒𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘. 𝕋𝕙𝕠𝕦𝕘𝕙𝕥-𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕧𝕠𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕘.

Jill Childs has written a beautiful emotional heartbreaking story that will make you think. Maddie is educated, an alcoholic, and homeless. Becca is a single mother with a teenage son Alex and a five-year-old daughter Rosie. One Day Becca and Rosie are out and about and run into Maddie, Rosie takes an immediate interest. Ultimately Becca with the urging of her five-year-old Rosie invites Maddie to dinner and a bond forms between Maddie and family. Sarah, Becca‘s best friend and neighbor is a little wary of Maddie and her intentions. What follows is a tale of secrets, lies, grief, and forgiveness.

Maddie was a very likable and relatable character who was really struggling. Grief had completely consumed her and drug her down into despair. This is where I had a little bit of a problem… everyone has hard times in their lives, of course some people have harder times than others, and I don’t mean to sound unsympathetic. But it is how you deal with those hard times that defines who you are. My ex-husband is an alcoholic and it has destroyed his relationship not only with me but his kids, so for very personal reasons I have very little sympathy or patience for people in that situation. Another thing I cannot imagine I would ever under any circumstances bring a homeless person home with me. I do realize people are homeless for many different reasons but I think the prominent reason in the US is mental health issues and I’m not sure I would want that around me or my kids. So while I really loved this book and I loved the kindness and big heart of Rosie and eventually Becca, I’m not sure if it was all together plausible. Sorry I went off on a bit of a tangent there.

The story was told from the perspectives of Maddie, Becca, and Sarah. I always enjoy books that are told from multiple perspectives I just think it gives you such insight to the entire story. All three of these characters were likable and sympathetic. They also all had flaws some a little more obvious than others. Becca was a good person but a little insecure and I wasn’t always thrilled with her parenting decisions when it came to her teenage son Alex. Sarah oh Sarah had some sticky fingers and maybe was a bit jealous of the merging relationship between Maddie and Becca. The little girls Rosie and Sarah‘s daughter Ella were both super adorable and of course added some levity to the book. This story was simultaneously heartwarming and heart breaking. A well told family drama full of secrets and lies. This is a book that I am still pondering, it definitely gave me a lot of food for thought. And the ending was quite lovely and simply satisfying!

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

About the Book

 A heartbreaking story of family secrets from the USA Today bestselling author of Gracie’s Secret. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain.

I know you. I know you in a way you can’t even imagine. I have been searching for you in the years since you wrote that letter – the letter that told me you were looking for me too. But now that I’ve found you, I don’t know if I can say the terrible truth of what I am. It would ruin your perfect life. It would hurt your beautiful daughter.

So, I hesitate – bide my time, for now. This morning, you’re running late and your little girl, tugged by the hand, scurries to keep up with you. She’s clean but a little scrawny. Maybe that’s because you struggle with the bills; maybe she’s just made that way. 

I know what it is to have lost a child. I pray you never learn how that feels. But I can’t wait forever… and when I finally tell you my secret, will it break you like it did me all those years ago?

About The Author

Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.

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Knowing You by Samantha Tonge @SamTongeWriter @rararesources #bookreview #knowingyou

Happy Thursday bibliophiles

Excited to share with you today my review for this delightful book! Huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Samantha for your lovely words!🌹

Knowing You

An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

 Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

 

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

 

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

 

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse

My Thoughts

This was a compelling read packed with friendship, emotion, and depth!

This book was women’s fiction older wiser more jaded sister. A Book that starts with a whisper and ends in a scream! this was almost 2 books in one. The first half was light fluffy reading and then BAM things went a little sideways got a little dark a little deep. Sam Tonge Took on some serious topics in this book and she took them head on. She handled them with compassion and heart.

Violet has a pretty good life she works in publishing, has good Friends, and a loving boyfriend Lenny. When Lenny and she break up Violet is a little lost but she still has her lovely friends. When Bella her flatmate enters the picture that’s when things get a little wild in this book. Bella encourages Violet to change her image, but is Violet becoming the woman she was always meant to be? Or a completely different person? Not going to say any more than that this is a book best gone into with minimal knowledge, I had no idea what I was in for but I soon found out I was in for a treat! A treat with a side of oh no she didn’t!

The story jumps back-and-forth between 2001 and present and really gives you a comprehensive look into Violet’s life. Life has not always been easy for Violet and learning about her past really gave you an understanding of her present. I really liked Violet, I found her charming, kind, and sweet. Her friends were sweet and supportive and I really enjoyed the bond between all of them. This really is a book about self discovery and self acceptance something that is easier said than done.

This is a well told engaging story that will take you places you won’t be expecting to go! Recommend!

Purchase Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MX87BH1/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=ur2&tag=canelo-21

Apple – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/knowing-you/id1449854707?mt=11&uo=8&at=1000l5Q7

Google – https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=aRiEDwAAQBAJ

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/knowing-you-6

About Samantha Tonge

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

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The liar’s Child by Carla Buckley @CarlaBuckley @randomhouse #bookreview #theliarschild #valentinebooks

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Excited to share with you today my review for this intense domestic thriller that comes out today!🌷

My Thoughts

a vividly told domestic thriller packed with characters you won’t soon forget!

Carla Buckley is a master storyteller, this is my second book by her and they both have completely captivated me. This is a compelling domestic thriller with characters that just leap off the pages. The story is mesmerizing and taught with tension and emotion. You won’t be able to turn the pages fast enough, and you won’t want it to end.

Sarah reluctantly enters witness protection and finds herself on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In an apartment building named Paradise that is anything but. She spends her time working as a house cleaner and observing her neighbors. Soon she finds herself crossing paths with the two kids that live next-door to her, 12-year-old Cassie and five-year-old Boone. Sarah recognizes that Paradise is certainly no paradise for these kids. The walls are thin and she hears constant fighting between their parents. She also hears other rumors of the family’s recent tragedy. When a devastating hurricane hits and Sarah realizes the kids are on their own she makes a split second decision that will alter the course of all three of their lives.

The story is told from multiple perspectives allowing you to see the entire picture. The characters are extremely well fleshed out and the kids are perfectly portrayed for the ages they were. Cassie was surly, antagonistic, and had a huge chip on her shoulder. Boone was sweet, adorable, and utterly charming. He definitely pulled at my heartstrings as well as Sarah’s. Sarah was strong, complex, and a little mysterious. The three of them made quite the team, and I truly cherished every minute I got to spend with them. I read another review that said this was an unconventional love story and I’d have to say that is a perfect way to describe this book. Three unlikely people who found the best in one another in the midst of tragedy. And can I just say the ending to this book was simple perfection!

A beautifully told story that is simultaneously heartbreaking and uplifting. A domestic thriller with a splash of mystery. Absolutely recommend!

*** A huge thank you to Random House Valentine for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

In this intense and intimate family portrait that moves at a thriller’s pace, a troubled woman faces a gripping moral dilemma after rescuing two abandoned children from a hurricane. 
On the outskirts of North Carolina’s Outer Banks sits the Paradise, an apartment complex where renters never stay long enough to call the place “home” – and neighbors are seldom neighborly. It’s ideal for Sara Lennox, who moved there to escape a complicated past – and even her name – and rebuild a new life for herself under the radar. But Sara cannot help but notice the family next door, especially 12-year-old Cassie and five-year-old Boon. She hears rumors and whispers of a recent tragedy slowly tearing them apart. 
When a raging storm threatens then slams the coastal community, Sara makes a quick, bold decision: Rescue Cassie and Boon from the storm and their broken home – without telling a soul. But this seemingly noble act is not without consequences. Some lethal. 
Carla Buckley crafts a richly rewarding psychological portrait, combining a heart-wrenching family drama with high-stakes suspense, as the lives of three characters intertwine in an unforgettable story of fury, fate – and redemption. 
“You should read The Liar’s Child by Carla Buckley because it’s a lovely and evocative story, and because it raises all kinds of questions about parents and children, secrets and safety. But be careful: This is a writer who knows how to break your heart.” (Carolyn Parkhurst, New York Times best-selling author of The Dogs of Babel and Lost and Found

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For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt @HuntAuthor @HarlequinBooks #bookreview #pubday #bookbestiesforbetterandworse

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this compelling thriller! This was a group read with a couple of my besties Jennifer and Kenzie💕 Holly and Kendall had already read it and were happy to pipe in as well, this was a reed we all wanted to discuss!❄️

For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt

My Thoughts

How to get away with Murder! Or not?

loved it!This was a fast entertaining read that kept me engaged throughout… what would your reaction be if you were out on a first date and the topic of conversation was…. how to get away with murder? Well if I’m being honest I would probably be a little intrigued with the conversation, but never thinking it would ever come to fruition…. I don’t believe Will did either, but Natalie had other plans….

Such an intense story that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout… more than 10 years after the afore mentioned date Will and Natalie are married with a young son Charlie…. both are successful lawyers Natalie is a defense attorney and Will is a real estate lawyer… they have a good life although they both take one another for granted…. Natalie is pretty controlling and Will could grow a pair… although I have to admit as an outsider the argument they had over the whiteboard calendar was quite humorous! So what will this couple do when they find out someone has done the unthinkable to their child? And what will Will do when he finds out that Natalie has taken things into her own hands? Is murder ever justified?

This book definitely gave you a lot to think about… what would you do if you were put in this couple’s situation? What if somebody did the unthinkable to your child? I don’t think I could ever kill anybody, but if I could it would be because somebody hurt one of my kids… didn’t even really like Natalie or Will, but I sure wanted them to get away with this! My one little niggle with this book was the very stupid mistakes Natalie made in both the planning and execution of this crime…. seriously she is a defense attorney and my only knowledge of the law is from TV shows like Law and Order… and I knew better than her when it came to some of these little mistakes, maybe she needs to get out of the courtroom and turn on the TV! however this did add to the tension of the story, the entire time all you could think was, are they going to get away with this or not? And should they?

An enticing story that will keep you glued to those pages! And the ending… both satisfying and surprising! And a apologue that made me gasp, but just confirmed something I already figured out!

Absolutely recommend this is a quick addictive escape of a story!

*** Big thanks to Harlequin for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

On their first date back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke bonded over drinks, dinner and whether they could get away with murder. Now married, they’ll put the latter to the test when an unchecked danger in their community places their son in jeopardy. Working as a criminal defense attorney, Nat refuses to rely on the broken legal system to keep her family safe. She knows that if you want justice…you have to get it yourself.

Shocked to discover Nat’s taken matters into her own hands, Will has no choice but to dirty his, also. His family is in way too deep to back down now. He’s just not sure he recognizes the woman he married. Nat’s always been fiercely protective, but never this ruthless or calculating. With the police poking holes in their airtight plan, what will be the first to fall apart: their scandalous secret—or their marriage? 

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The Shape of Us by Drew Davies @Drew_Davies @bookouture #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday and happy publication day to this quirky lovely story!

A huge thank you to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Drew Davies four his wonderful words!🙂

My Thoughts

A unique and quirky look at life, love, and the pursuit of happiness, in London.

this book took four seemingly separate threads and slowly wove them into a beautiful story… The characters were all so well drawn and colorful… all different ages and in different stages in their lives… each character brought something new to the story, however I have to say I liked JoJo The Best… although I found Addams story the most compelling…. Daisy and Chris had the craziest first date EVER!and Dylan‘s story tugged at my heartstrings… four people appearing to be completely unconnected in the beginning, but the Author brought them all together brilliantly & beautifully….

Joe Joe is in her 60s and having an affair with her husband… yes her husband, she is trying to win him back from his mistress… some of my favorite parts of this book involve Jojo and mistress Belinda, they made quite the team…. JoJo’s struggle to take the highroad was at times quite hilarious… Adam lost his job and he ended up living in an office building, something about this story just completely fascinated me… Daisy and Chris are just starting out, I found this story quite sweet… Dylan is a teenager suffering from a chronic illness his life is quite shelter, however he still manages to fall in love with an older woman…. i’m sure you are wondering, how in the world are these stories connected? Well, you’re going to need to read this little gem to find out!

This was a unique story filled with unusual characters with unlikely connections…. a well constructed story, A lively puzzle that you piece together throughout the book…

Absolutely recommend when you want something a little different, a little refreshing, a little unique and a whole lot of wonderful!

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

About the Book

If you read one book this year, make it this hilarious and emotional novel about love, loss and second chances. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely FineThe Note and Jojo Moyes will be utterly charmed by this unique love story.

One day in London…

Daisy is rushing to work when a stranger on a bicycle almost knocks her over – and then asks for her number.

Dylan, a teenage boy, lives with an illness which means he can’t leave his bedroom – but which hasn’t stopped him from falling hopelessly in love.

JoJo, a wife in her sixties, is trying desperately to win her beloved husband back from his mistress.

Adam has recently lost his job and lies to his housemate about where he goes every day.

These four total strangers – whose paths cross in the charming city of London – have one thing in common. They are all lonely souls looking for love. But what are the chances of them actually finding it?

An absolutely unputdownable, uplifting and unforgettable book-club read for anyone who has ever made a mistake, been broken-hearted, or waited by their phone for it to ring.

About the Author

Drew Davies was born in London and grew up in New Zealand. He attended the Unitec School of Performing Arts in Auckland and won a Playmarket New Zealand Young Playwright of the Year award in 2000. After a brief stint on a kiwi soap, he has worked in Search for the past 15 years. Drew’s other claim to fame is that Stephen Fry once called him droll. Either that, or he got his name wrong. He now lives in Wanstead, London. The Shape of Us is his first romantic comedy. 
Twitter @drew_davies. 
Instagram @drewdavieswriter.

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The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday and happy publication day to this fabulous book!

Excited to share with you today my review for this can’t miss psychological thriller! Huge thanks to Kim for my invitation to the tour and to Shalini Boland for her wonderful words!💕

My Thoughts

Wow! Wow! Wow! This was one fabulously twisted psychological thriller!

Shalini Boland Has a way with taking the ordinary and turning it on its head… this was a well-crafted psychological thriller that completely sucked me in from the very first page! A book about the “perfect“ family finding themselves on one crazy twisted ride!

The book starts out with Gemma frantically searching for her youngest daughter Katie… katie is soon found wandering down the street by her grandmother and Gemma’s mother-in-law, Diane…. I don’t know about you but if anyone found my child wandering down the street much less my mother-in-law I would be mortified…. although there was the one time I found my youngest playing in the gutter across the street from our house, but he is my third kid😉

As anyone who has ever lost sight of their child those are some pretty long minutes in your life, and when you find your child you feel relieved, then a little angry, but the nightmare is over! Not in this case though Gemma’s nightmare has just begun… a vandalized car and a key that won’t quite fit are just the beginning… already doubting her capabilities as a mother Gemma is convinced to hire a tutor/nanny to watch the girls and help Ava with her entrance exams… Sadie comes with some strong recommendations, but Gemma is highly suspicious…. The girls seem too absolutely adore Sadie, but strange things start to happen and Gemma becomes more and more suspicious…. i’m sure you think you know where this story is going, And yet you’d be SO wrong! Can’t say much more about the plot, certainly don’t want to ruin it for you… just know that it is full of twists and turns that will definitely keep you furiously turning those pages!

This is a can’t miss psychological thriller buy one of my favorite authors… if you have read anything by Shalini Boland before this might be her best, and if you haven’t what are you waiting for? Perfect place to start!

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

About the Book

‘Mummy, she’s gone…’

Gemma Ballantine

The front door is open. And 

After what feels like forever, her mother-in-law 

But then her perfect family starts to fall apart.

And she realises it’s only just beginning…

From the top ten bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this completely addictive psychological thriller of secrets, lies and betrayal will make you gasp out loud at the heart-stopping final twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister this book is for you.

About Shalini Boland

Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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The Rainwatcher by Tatiana De Rosnay @tatianaderosnay @StMartinsPress #6bookbestiesrainwatcher #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday booklovers!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this beautiful story about the complexities of family! Another fabulous read with my BOOK BESTIES 💕

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana De Rosney

My Thoughts

A beautifully told, powerful story, about the complexities of family….

“I will start with the tree. Because everything starts and ends with the tree.”

Just as Linden’s story begins and ends with a tree, so does this book… The perfect and very telling first line to this wonderful story…. a story told solely from the POV of Linden…. A charming young man, who has struggled throughout his life to find acceptance of Who he is… not only from others, but from himself! The themes in this book are very universal; acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, Love,secrets, and family…. The Malegarde family could be my family, they could be yours…

This somber story is set against the backdrop of Paris in the midst of a natural disaster… The endless reigns have lead to the river Seine reaching flood levels… this aded so much atmosphere to this book, I felt the wet, I heard the raindrops, I smelled the river…. and all from my living room in the middle of a very dry California, in fact our water levels are dangerously low at the moment…. it really takes a talented author to transport you so completely through her words… I felt as though this was the perfect backdrop for the story, I think it would have been a completely different book had it taken place in a bright sunny Paris….

A book like this is difficult to review because its beauty is in the words… its elegance is in the structure…. its meaning is in the silence…. I can however tell you this is a stunning story, filled with beautiful language, and characters you will feel four…. the Author does not hit you over the head with this story, instead she allows it to slowly seep into you until it is all consuming…. A journey that I believe should not be missed!

Absolutely recommend to those of you who enjoy a quieter beautifully told family drama that will leave you feeling hopeful….

*** A huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author of Sarah’s Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family secrets and devastating disaster, in the tradition of THE NEST.

The Rain Watcher

In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer’s skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker. 

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Christmas at The Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources #bookreview

Happy Friday book friends!

I have another charming Christmas story to share with you today! A huge thank you to Rachel for my invitation to the tour and to Rosie Green for her lovely words!🛷

Christmas at the Little Duck Pond Cafe

CATLDPC_FRONT RGB150dpiFen has always hated being the centre of attention.
She loves her new job, working behind the scenes at the Little Duck Pond Cafe and baking the scrumptious cakes that have helped its reputation soar. But frankly, she’d rather scrub the public toilet floor with a toothbrush than have to come out and talk to the customers.
She’s always been happy to stay in the background as long as she has a good supply of books to escape into. That’s her kind of romance – the fictional sort where she can read about other people taking a chance on love, but she doesn’t have to risk her own heart.
But that was before Ethan Fox arrived in the village and turned her world upside down. Ethan is a leading light in the local amateur dramatics theatre company and Fen knows he’s way out of her league. 
But when the popular village Christmas pantomime hits a crisis, Fen and Ethan find themselves thrown together. Can Fen overcome her shyness and find the courage to step on stage and save the day?

My Thoughts

A short but sweet love story that is sure to make you smile!

I was so excited to go back to the Little Duck Pond Café and catch up with Fen, Jaz, and Ellie… I truly love the essential part the friendship between these three ladies plays in this series…. every time I finish one of these books I want to visit this café, have some yummy goodies, and a long girl bonding session with these ladies! This book can be read as a standalone, but why would you want to? The more time spent with these characters the better!

This time we get sweet introverted Fen’s story…Fen is the genius behind all the yummy treats at the café, she is also painfully shy and quite the bookworm… she has a major crush on Ethan Fox, and after he invites her to join his actors group she starts swooning uncontrollably…. I got a kick out of the fact that most of Fen’s romantic experience came from Books…. something would happen and then she would reference a book and compare the two situations, it was quite innocent…. although made me think what unrealistic expectations I would have if I were to compare romantic situations in real life to books!😉

I really adore Fen and really wanted her to find her HEA! Although I wasn’t convinced Ethan was the best choice for her, I thought there was a much more suitable choice…. so does Fen follow her heart? Or does her heart have a change of mind?

Along with the girls friendship and a blossoming romance we also had the perfect amount of holiday cheer… Christmas treats, decorating, Christmas shopping, snowmaking machine shopping, and The planning of a Snow Ball❄️ so grab yourself that hot chocolate, cuddle up in a warm blanket, and settle in for an afternoon of escaping with these delightful characters!

Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07DN5B1NL

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Little-Duck-Pond-Cafe-ebook/dp/B07DN5B1NL

Rosie Green Author PicAuthor Bio

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.


Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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