Exquisite Sarah Stovell

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Bo Luxton has it all – a loving family, a beautiful home in the Lake District, and a clutch of bestselling books to her name. Enter Alice Dark, an aspiring writer who is drifting through life, with a series of dead-end jobs and a freeloading boyfriend. When they meet at a writers’ retreat, the chemistry is instant, and a sinister relationship develops … Or does it?

Exquisite is alarming, not only in it’s tale but also in it’s uniqueness and realistic plot.

Bo and Alice meet at a writers convention. Bo is an acclaimed writer and Alice is pleased when Bo seems to take her under her wing and mentor her.

This friendship turns into a highly twisted tale of  mental manipulation, violence and lust.

All is not as it seems and the switch of Bo’s and Alice’s account is a twisty and terrifying narrative of fandom, obsession and stalking.

It grips from the start and life for both women implodes in a momentous finale.

Bo’s rich, entitled and perfect life and Alice, who has nothing but spirit, are perfectly characterised.

Stovell’s psychological debut is absolutely brilliant and is a shining star. I quite honestly have never before read such a thrilling and nerve-shredding read.  I have a feeling this one is going to be one of the most talked about books this year.

A must read and one you won’t be able to put down.

5*/5

Sleep Tight Caroline Mitchell

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Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.

A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into disturbing recreations of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down the murderer who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

Man Oh Man!!!!!!

Mitchell once again brings  Ruby Preston to life in a fast paced and highly intense thrill to read novel.

A serial killer is on the move and with fairy tales in mind is dressing them up as characters.

Ruby is disturbed when evidence is found at her ‘true loves’ house, but with his background of violence and crime, can he really be the one she is looking for?

Ruby and her team of brilliance race against the clock and the tale takes us on a ride that can only come from the mind of Caroline Mitchell.

I have read all of her books and they are all fabulous.  I just wish that from the start I gave her first book 1 star, her second 2 stars etc, because Caroline just gets better and better with each fictional  offering.  I would truly love to know what what makes her tick and how she she manages to come up with such cunning and vicious characters. The fact is that there could really be such a person out there :/

I love the baddies and Nathan is my favorite. i think he does have a ‘lovable rogue’ side but his history and his family connections keep him in Ruby’s mind.

Caroline really knows her stuff (being an ex-copper – sorry for the ‘copper’ bit Caroline) and her experience in the force gives her an edge not often seen.  She is an author I recommend over and over and I for one can’t get enough.

Keep doing what you’re doing girl x

5*/5

 

Should You Ask Me Marianne Kavanagh

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‘I’ve come about the bodies. I know who they are.’

Just before D-Day in 1944, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, an elderly woman walks into a police station. She has information, she says, about human remains recently discovered nearby.

The bodies could have stayed buried for ever – like the pain and passion that put them there. But Mary Holmes is finally ready to tell the truth.

The young constable sent to take her statement is still suffering from the injuries that ended his army career. As he tries to make sense of her tale, William finds himself increasingly distracted. Mary’s confession forces his own violent memories to the surface – betrayals and regrets as badly healed as his war wounds.

Over six days, as pressure builds for the final push in Europe, two lives reveal their secrets. Should You Ask Me is a captivating story about people at their worst and best: raw, rich, and utterly compelling.

 

I read this beautiful tale in six hours.

From the first page I knew, for me, it was well worth the 5* I have given.

Miss Mary Holmes is a formidable, caring old lady with a tremendous story to tell. William, the Constable, to whom she relates her tale is tender, sad and ‘war-wounded’.

Within the six days that William listens to Mary, Should You Ask me becomes more Williams story than it does Marys, and the relationship that builds between the two is one of trust.

Both characters are wonderfully portrayed and the setting of war torn Britain is heart wrenching and tragic.

This book is a tale of love, betrayal and murder.

What I found was that, Miss Holmes, who is eighty-six, comes across as more than an old lady with something to say. Her brilliance lies in her ability to coax Williams feelings out into the open and give him a reason to carry on.

She is rather like a homicidal Miss Marple.

Kavanagh’s third book is marvelous. It is beautifully written and although it is a slow story, mainly due to Miss Holmes telling of her life and happenings, it is one that hooks. I was completely mesmerised and will be talking about it for a long long time.

5*/5

Please excuse me…..

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Please excuse me..

 

I know my blog is usually dedicated to fabulous books but I am so pleased and amazed at myself that I have to share my quilt with you all.

Most of you who ‘know’ me, know that I have a passion for all things stitchy. I love to sew.

To be honest it has saved my life.

I have suffered for many years with depression, PTSD – due to childhood abuse and I am partially disabled with a back injury so find most days in pain and agony.

I learned to sew about 2-3 years ago and have made several things, toys, clothes, and my love ….quilts.

 

My Star Quilt as this one has come to be called consists of 8463 3/4 inch hexies (hexagons). Each hexie has been Paper pieced.. ( google EPP) they have been hand cut and hand sewn.

I started this project in August 2016 totally unaware of where it would end. I honestly had no idea that it would eventually turn into a King Sized quilt.

I have loved every minute I have spent making this..along with the blood and the swear words. I really do feel as though I have accomplished something amazing and I will probably never make anything as large as this again.

I feel quite sad I am now nearing the end making it, I still have to hand quilt and put a binding on it.

It also has some sad memories, I had a little eight year old cat, named Yuki who just loved to curl up in it and sleep while I stitched away. Unfortunately Yuki got ill with thyroid and we lost him. His  daddy, Nori, has taken over Yuki’s ‘spot’ and, i think, because he can smell his boy on the quilt lays curled up within the quilt and sleeps.

So you see, this has been a journey, a making of memories and a learning curve for me.

I hope you see what I see and enjoy my work.  x

When We Danced at the End of the Pier Sandy Taylor

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Brighton 1930: Maureen O’Connell is a carefree girl, but her family is on the brink of tragedy, war is looming and life will never be the same again.

Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they’ve seen each other through thick and thin.

As Maureen blossoms from a little girl into a young woman, the candle she’s always held for Jack burns bright. But just as she’s found love, war wrenches them apart. The man she cherishes with all her heart is leaving.

When the bombs start to fall, Maureen and her family find themselves living in the most dangerous of times. With Jack no longer by her side and Nelson at war, Maureen has never felt more alone. Can she look to a brighter future? And will she find the true happiness she’s dreamt of?

 

If you need a book that will rip through your emotions, then this is the one 

Quite honestly my heart broke and broke and broke.

A love story told in the setting of war will always move and touch readers, but Sandy Taylor has written a novel that will capture your heart, make you cry , but it will also make your laugh. It tells of the horrors of war, the poverty, suicide and much much more.

With beautiful characters that you just love from the beginning, this is a story that I didn’t want to end. Sensitively told, the love between Jack and Maureen as well as the friendship of all the characters, is one that is brilliant and to be recommended  for all to read.  Taylor is one hell of a storyteller.

The more I read of tales such as this, the more I admire the strength of people that went through the tragedies and turbulence of the time. For authors such as Sandy Taylor to be able to take us back to such a time and fill us with the sense of community spirit and comradeship is just a joy to read.

This is the third installment and boy this is a saga to be remembered.

Beautiful, endearing and simply fabulous.

5/5

 

Don’t Stop Me Now Colleen Coleman

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A hilarious feel good read about making lemonade when life gives you lemons, and finding the silver lining in every cloud.

Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed, unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, and living back at her mum’s in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom.

Not exactly what she was hoping for.

But when Poppy sets her mind to something, nothing can stand in her way. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus…

But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?

 

 

There really shouldn’t be any joy in reading about being dumped, having no job etc, but….. Don’t Stop Me Now is a hoot. 

Poppy Bloom’s life is varied to say the least. And what Coleman does is give us as readers an inspiring and enlightening tale. She also ensures that we know that change really is as a rest and that it can work despite the obstacles life puts in our way.

I really wanted her to succeed.

I absolutely adored this book and is one I will re-read, even if it’s just to remind myself that life is good.

A must read.

 

5*/5

 

 

 

 

Tattletale Sarah J Naughton

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One day changes Jody’s life forever.
She has shut herself down, haunted by her memories and unable to trust anyone. But then she meets Abe, the perfect stranger next door and suddenly life seems full of possibility and hope.

One day changes Mags’s life forever.
After years of estrangement from her family, Mags receives a shocking phone call. Her brother Abe is in hospital and no-one knows what happened to him. She meets his fiancé Jody, and gradually pieces together the ruins of the life she left behind. But the pieces don’t quite seem to fit…

was unsure of where this book was taking me, and so very nearly never finished it.

It starts with a tragic accident, Abe has gone over the bannisters from the 4th floor of where he lives and is now in a coma. Jody, the love of his life is by his bedside and Mags, his estranged sister, has travelled from the USA to deal with something that she has no desire to deal with.

Tatttletale is a very tense read. It has many layers and after the start, which builds up slowly, it manages to grip and is very captivating. I was really amazed at how this book turns into something quite unexpected.

Mags, a lawyer, feels there is something not right with her brothers ‘accident’ and when she receives a note, she delves deeper and finds ..well, I’m not one for spoilers.

Naughtons novel is very cleverly plotted. Although as a reviewer I do feel that I have to issue a warning. This book comes with topics of child sexual abuse and rape which makes uncomfortable reading.

It is one of the saddest novels I have read this year, but the twists are unbelievably sharp.

Read with caution, but it is enjoyable read inasmuch as it can be due to the theme.

5*/5