#BookReview Never Saw You Coming by Hayley Doyle

Publisher comments:-

Some people go looking for love. Others crash right into it. 

Zara Khoury believes in love – so much so that she flies from Dubai to Liverpool to be with a man she barely knows. It’s a risk, but she’s certain that uprooting her life for Nick is the new start she needs.

Jim Glover is stuck. Since his Dad died, he’s put his dreams aside and stayed at home in Liverpool to care for his mum. Trapped in a dead-end job, he’s going nowhere – that is, until he gets a phone call that just might change his life..

Zara and Jim aren’t supposed to meet. But then fate steps in, and when their worlds – and cars! – collide, the real journey begins…

My thoughts:-

Thank you to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for a digital review copy – my thoughts are my own.

I enjoyed this book, told from two perspectives, by Zara and Jim. They have both led very different lives before their world’s collided in Liverpool but now need to help each other out.

The book looks at friendships, the dangers of internet relationships, family ties and making the most of opportunities when you can. Great characters and twists to the story.

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#BookReview The Forbidden Promise by Lorna Cook

Publisher comments:

Scotland, 1940:
War rages across Europe, but Invermoray House is at peace. Until the night of Constance’s twenty-first birthday, when she’s the only person to see a Spitfire crash into the loch. Constance has been longing for adventure – but when she promises to keep the pilot hidden, what will it cost her?

Kate arrives in the Highlands to turn Invermoray into a luxury bed-and-breakfast, only to find that the estate is more troubled than she’d imagined. But when Kate discovers the house has a murky history, with Constance McLay’s name struck from its records, she knows she can’t leave until the mystery is solved…

How will one promise change the fate of two women, decades apart?

My thoughts:

Thank you to Avon Books UK, Lorna Cook and NetGalley for a digital review copy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction book set in two very different periods of time in Invermoray. The lives 0f Constance in 1940 and Kate in 2020 are very different but become interlinked.

This was actually the first book I had read by Lorna Cook, I had purchased her debut novel The Forgotten Village last summer but hadn’t read it yet (an oversight I quickly rectified after reading this). Lorna won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s (RNA) prestigious Joan Hessayon Award for The Forgotten Village. I enjoyed The Forgotten Village but must admit that I prefer The Forbidden Promise.

Constance is a young woman wanting to break free of the restrictions of her parents and pre war society. Kate is escaping life in London and hopes to help a family save their home. Both face major life changes.

A great book to get lost in. This is one of my favourite books of 2020 and I will be recommending it to family and friends.

The Neighbours by Nicola Gill (Publication 6/2/20 Avon Books)

The Neighbours by Nicola Gill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The blurb:

Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends. Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four, renting a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Unfortunately, the latter applies to Ginny Taylor. Single and jobless, Ginny is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she encounters her downstairs neighbour for the very first time…
Cassie Frost is a woman who had it all – she was a once-loved actress, but a recent stint on reality TV has rocketed her to online infamy. She’s suddenly become a national hate figure – and she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job… but can she be persuaded to work for the uber-difficult, excessively prickly woman that lives below her floorboards? Because sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends

My thoughts:

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and Nicola Gill for a digital review copy in return for an honest review.

This was a book that made me smile even though it covered some ‘heavy’ topics including depression and low self esteem. The characters are well thought out and I found myself cheering on Ginny and Cassie, the unlikely neighbours.

I have seen suggestions that there is a “Bridget Jones” feel to the book, which I can understand, however I found Ginny to be much more likeable and caring than Bridget.

A great debut novel, looking forward to reading more books by Nicola Gill in the future.

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Five Wakes and a Wedding by Karen Ross *Publication Day*

Five Wakes and a Wedding

Five Wakes and a Wedding by Karen Ross

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nina is your average 30-year-old with a steady job, a nice home – and dead bodies in her basement. As an undertaker, she often prefers the company of the dead to the living – they’re obliging, good listeners and take secrets to the grave.
Nina is on a one-woman mission to persuade her peers that passing on is just another part of life. But the residents of Primrose Hill are adamant that a funeral parlour is the last thing they need… and they will stop at nothing to close down her dearly beloved shop.
When Nina’s ‘big break’ funeral turns out to be a prank, it seems like it’s the final nail in the coffin for her new business. That is, until a (tall, dark and) mysterious investor shows up out of the blue, and she decides to take a leap of faith.
Because, after all, it’s her funeral…

My thoughts : This book needs to be made into a movie!

I didn’t expect to laugh out loud so much when reading about an undertaker and funerals. I loved this book by an author who is new to me and I look forward to reading more by Karen Ross.

This book follows Nina as she opens ‘Happy Endings’. It covers life, death, family issues and relationships but still leaves you feeling happy. Loved the twists in the story and demolished this book in 2 days.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for a review copy – I can honestly say I love the book.

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One Summer in Santorini by Sandy Barker *Release day*

One Summer in Santorini

One Summer in Santorini by Sandy Barker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book, touring some Greek Islands I haven’t visited yet and remembering how wonderful Greek food can be.

The book follows Sarah, on holiday from Sydney. Personally I didn’t warm to this character but I still enjoyed the story.

A good book to read during a dull, damp English summer – full of sunshine, friendships, romance and food.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for a digital review copy in return for a honest review.

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