Friday, 15 January 2021

My top picks for 2021

So here we are again, unfortunately this year I am a little delayed in my posting. Whilst in theory I should have had plenty of reading time during 2020 with this lockdown and that working from home etc, unfortunately my work load spiralled almost out of control, and my reading plan out of the window.

I'm not one for new years resolutions, but I have vowed to try and make a little time for myself in 2021, and if I can, then these are just a few of the lovely books that I would like to read*

*Please note, these are in no particular order (I am not that organised!!)

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Review - The Flight

The Flight by Julie Clark
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release date: 25 June 2020
Back cover blurb: Claire and Eva lead very different lives, but they have one thing in common - they are both in huge danger and need to disappear. A chance encounter at the airport presents the two women with a simple but crazy solution: switch places then drop off the grid when they land. But one woman will never reach her destination. In a smart, tense and twisting narrative that will have you hooked from the first page to the last.

Two women living very different lives, are desperate to escape, for very different reasons.

Claire is desperate to leave her abusive husband, but each attempt she has previously made has failed. 

She is nervous that all of her planning will be for nothing, and he will discover her escape plan before she has the chance to execute it and leave him for good.

Eva is desperate to leave her work behind, she has fallen into a role and lifestyle that are no longer viable, and her life is in danger every single day. 

When she heads to the airport determined to let nothing stop her on her journey to her new life, she doesn't consider that she may meet an individual just as desperate as her.

A chance encounter at the airport provides both desperate women a real chance at a new life. But neither of them are prepared for the fallout that follows.

The Flight is a twisty, intriguing and very enjoyable novel, and I very much look forward to this authors next work. 

The Flight is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Review - What Only We Know by Catherine Hokin

What Only We Know by Catherine Hokin
Publisher: Bookouture
Release date: 27 May 2020
Back cover blurb: When Karen Cartwright is unexpectedly called home to nurse her ailing father, she goes with a heavy heart. The house she grew up in feels haunted by the memory of her father’s closely guarded secrets about her beautiful dressmaker mother Elizabeth’s tragic suicide years before. As she packs up the house, Karen discovers an old photograph and a stranger’s tattered love letter to her mother postmarked from Germany after the war. During her life, Karen struggled to understand her shy, fearful mother, but now she is realising there was so much more to Elizabeth than she knew. For one thing, her name wasn’t even Elizabeth, and her harrowing story begins long before Karen was born. It’s 1941 in Berlin, and a young woman called Liese is being forced to wear a yellow star…A beautiful and gripping wartime story about family secrets and impossible choices in the face of terrible hardship. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones and The Alice Network.

Karen Cartwright is still grieving the loss of her Mother more than a decade on when she is called home to nurse her ailing Father. Since her Mother's death, their relationship has always been strained, he never speaks about her suicide, and Karen often wonders if it was her fault that she died.

Berlin 1941; Liese Elfmann, in a world of privilege and fashion, is forced from her family home into the ghetto, and made to wear a yellow star. Unfortunately it seems that even the wealthiest and most influential of Jews are subject to the Nazi regime.

1970's England; Elizabeth Cartwright is struggling to cope with her young daughter and English husband. She cannot forget her home country and the horrors that she left behind. Will she ever know if she did the right thing in leaving it all behind? Or should she have stayed behind and tried to make a new life in a country so changed by War.

When Karen finds a photograph of her Mother and Father on their wedding day, she notices a stranger in the background, and upon further investigation finds a love letter from a stranger to her Mother. Is it the man in the photograph? Could this be the real reason for her Mother's actions?

Karen isn't all that sure that she should go digging around in the past, particularly as her Father has been so reluctant to talk about it. But could she finally find the answers that she is looking for? Only time will tell.

What Only We Know is a beautifully written novel about making impossible choices in the worst of times, and how those choices continue to shape our future lives.

What only We Know is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

Review - When We Fall by Carolyn Kirby

When We Fall by Carolyn Kirby
Publisher: No Exit Press
Release date: 7 May 2020
Back cover blurb: England, 1943 Lost in fog, pilot Vee Katchatourian is forced to make an emergency landing where she meets enigmatic RAF airman Stefan Bergel, and then can’t get him out of her mind. In occupied Poland, Ewa Hartman hosts German officers in her father’s guest house, while secretly gathering intelligence for the Polish resistance. Mourning her lover, Stefan, who was captured by the Soviets at the start of the war, Ewa is shocked to see him on the street one day. Haunted by a terrible choice he made in captivity, Stefan asks Vee and Ewa to help him expose one of the darkest secrets of the war. But it is not clear where everyone’s loyalties lie until they are tested. Published to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day and based on WWII atrocity the Katyn Massacre, When We Fall is a moving story of three lives forever altered by one fatal choice.

When We Fall is a unique WWII novel, based in part on the lesser known Katyn Massacre.

British Air Transport Auxiliary pilot Vee Katchatourian is lost in fog and forced to make an emergency landing at a RAF base, where she meets fellow pilot Stefan Bergel. Once departed and on her way back to her own base, she cannot forget the handsome, enigmatic airman.

In occupied Poland, Ewa Hartman runs her Father's guesthouse believing that her fiance Stefan is dead, captured by the Soviets at the beginning of the war. When a high ranking Nazi officer begins to take an interest in her, Ewa questions her own loyalties both to Stefan and her own country.

The man who captures both Vee and Ewa's hearts is Stefan Bergen, escaped POW, RAF pilot and member of the Polish resistance, or is he? His loyalties to the women in his life, as well as the side he is fighting for, are at times unclear.

Stefan is a complex character, unlikable at times, and vulnerable and lovable at others. It is easy to see why he has at least two women falling at his feet.

Who knows how many others there could be, and will his love of a beautiful woman ultimately be his downfall?

When We Fall is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Review - I made a mistake - Jane Corry

I Made A Mistake by Jane Corry
Publisher: Penguin
Release date: 28 May 2020
Back cover blurb: In Poppy Page's mind, there are two types of women in this world: those who are faithful to their husbands, and those who are not. Until now, Poppy has never questioned which she was. But when handsome, charming Matthew Gordon walks back into her life after almost two decades, that changes. Poppy makes a single mistake - and that mistake will be far more dangerous than she could imagine.Someone is going to pay for it with their life . . .

Poppy Page is a successful businesswoman, who is living a charmed life, until Matthew Gordon reenters it and threatens to turn it upside down

Matthew Gordon is a blast from her past. A man who knows her better than her own husband, but a man who broke her heart.

After a chance meeting with him, Poppy is once again drawn to his charms, although she knows that she shouldn't be, and has everything to lose should she do something reckless. 

Betty, Poppy's Mother In Law is looking to redeem herself that happened a long time ago, could interfering in her Daughter In Law's complex problems really be the answer?

Told in alternate chapters from Poppy and Betty's perspectives, I Made A Mistake is a brilliantly twisty novel that will leave you guessing until it's very last pages.

I Made A Mistake is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Review - Dead to Her by Sarah Pinborough

Dead To Her by Sarah Pinborough
Publisher: HarperFiction
Release date: 4 June 2020
Back cover blurb: When Marcie met Jason Maddox, she couldn’t believe her luck. Becoming Jason’s second wife catapulted her into the elite world of high society. But underneath the polite, old money manners, she knows she’ll always be an outsider, and her hard-won life hangs by a thread. Something new… When Jason’s widowed boss brings back a new wife from his trip to London. Young, beautiful, reckless – nobody can take their eyes off Keisha. Including Jason. Something you can never, ever undo… Marcie refuses to be replaced so easily. People would kill for her life of luxury. What will Marcie do to keep it?

When Jason Maddox's recently widowed boss returns from a trip abroad with a (significantly younger) new wife, no one can take their eyes off her. Keisha is beautiful and Marcie feels threatened by her presence.

The start of Marcie and Jason's relationship wasn't exactly a conventional one. He divorced his first wife to be with her after a whirlwind affair. And now Marcie thinks he's got his eyes on Keisha...

Once a cheater, always a cheater, right?

But Marcie doesn't understand that Keisha is not the least bit interested in Jason, and although it's fair to say that Jason is distracted, it isn't necessarily all about Keisha. He has a lot of his plate with the business, and has aspirations of buying his boss out.

Marcie and Keisha have more in common than they think. They are both much younger than the society wives that are part of their social circle, and they both had poor and difficult upbringings.

One unlikely drunken afternoon brings them closer together and changes everything between them forever. But is everything as it seems, and will they be able to trust each other when the time comes for true friends to stick together?

Dead To Her is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.