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Audible Review: Postscript By Cecelia Ahern

Thank you to those who posted on my Twitter poll. www.Twitter.com/HayleyTOfficial

It was a 50/50 split so I’m hoping to honour both. So this is the first of two posts today….I love love loved this book it was one of my September favourites and it’s taken me a while to put my thoughts into order to do it justice so without further ado I give you my thoughts on Cecelia Ahern’s fantastic sequel.

Blurb: It’s been seven years since Holly Kennedy’s husband died – six since she read his final letter, urging Holly to find the courage to forge a new life.

She’s proud of all the ways in which she has grown and evolved. But when a group inspired by Gerry’s letters, calling themselves the PS, I Love You Club, approaches Holly asking for help, she finds herself drawn back into a world that she worked so hard to leave behind.

Reluctantly, Holly begins a relationship with the club, even as their friendship threatens to destroy the peace she believes she has achieved. As each of these people calls upon Holly to help them leave something meaningful behind for their loved ones, Holly will embark on a remarkable journey – one that will challenge her to ask whether embracing the future means betraying the past, and what it means to love someone forever…

Review: I still remember the day Cecelia announced that she had written the sequel to PS I Love You. From the day of the announcement I knew that I wouldn’t be able to wait and I would need Postscript on release. I was so eager to have Holly & Gerry back into my life. And my oh my it did not disappoint, it was the last audiobook I’ve listened to whilst struggling with ear pain in my left ear.

Holly and Gerry came into my life 15 years ago I was at university and I remember purchasing it just before a term break, it would be my treat, and what a treat it was.

During my uni time I didn’t read a lot for pleasure as I just didn’t have the time or the brain power, to this day I can remember how empowered and full of love I was for Holly and Gerry and going back into that bubble both excited and terrified me. The saddest thing for me is that my auntie Bina loved reading PS I Love You after my uncle passed and since then she’s joined him, so she’s not here to enjoy the total beauty of Postscript, I know she would have had a heart full of love for it but I know she will also be happier by my uncles side.

What can I say to do Postscript justice, I honestly don’t know how I can. It was a beautiful and emotional read that will stay with me. I loved how Cecelia interlinked lots of PS I Love You, especially with the letters. It was lovely and nostalgic to take that trip down memory lane and 15 years on I’m still mesmerised and a blubbering mess. After listening to the prologue there were tears but it was such a beautiful emotion…

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

It’s so hard to review something so beautiful and to something that’s a continuation. I love how Cecelia deals with grief and how she has portrayed that even after seven years you can be drawn back to that place that had you feeling so lost and alone.

Holly is a character I have loved since the first book and I love seeing how Gerry managed to empower her whilst struggling with his loss and how ultimately he can be her downfall also. It shows that Holly is not only real but she’s human.

Seeing the PS I Love You club blossom and change was heartwarming and heartbreaking. I can see why Holly had conflicting thoughts and I feel like as a reader I joined Holly on that emotional rollercoaster.

There are so many ups and downs within Postscript but it was a truly emotional journey that I wholeheartedly loved being on. I don’t want to ruin any of the story so I shan’t be saying too much more apart from to Cecelia thank you so much for bringing Holly and Gerry back to us. It’s everything I hoped for and so much more. I wish there had been a UK event for this masterpiece.

If you haven’t read PS I Love You I urge you to do so now…you won’t be disappointed.

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Audible Review: Down and Out in Paris and London By George Orwell

Blurb: An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first ‘gonzo’ journalists.
In this unabridged, enlightening and often shocking expose of life on the streets of two of Europe’s most romanticised and celebrated cities, Orwell describes in detail the day-to-day life of a ‘down-and-out’, which involves hunger, filth, derision and often prejudice and violence. Alcohol is also a staple distraction on both sides of the channel for the destitute, and Orwell’s comments on issues such as the emasculation of a man when he becomes a tramp (women see him as ‘less than’ a man and will not interact with him) are truly fascinating.

Review: I have been meaning to add some George Orwell to my reading in forever. So when this popped up on the audible daily deal it seemed like a no brainer. For an audio it wasn’t too long but I still spread it out over many walking and bus journeys.

As ever, with audio I often mention the narration, as sometimes it’s just not great. On this occasion I feel that Jeremy has the right voice for this type of story. In listening it made me feel like I was in old London and Paris. I wasn’t around during the old money times and I still don’t really understand it, but I can understand in some aspects.

The talk of poverty in London and Paris is surprisingly sad, the things that these men went through just to get by is sad and it truly makes you think. To think this was set in a totally different time and I feel like poverty and homelessness is a lot worse these days.

It really does make you think, a lot of the time these people all of us have walked on past have a story. Many of them have hit hard times due to loss, illness, health issues etc. What I will say is think the next time you walk past someone who is homeless, it could honestly happen to any of us.

George Orwell really does write a fascinating insight to a time that could well come round again. The strains many of us face on a day to day basis could take us here. Never ever forget what you have and always be grateful for what you do have. As I can guarantee there is someone out there having a harder time than you. Take a step back and breathe, this is what I truly love about reading. I must admit I’m missing the audiobooks may have to get a little listening time in at home.

Have you read any of George Orwell’s work if so what would you recommend next?

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Audible Review: What Happens Now By Sophia Money-Coutts

Blurb: After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen?

Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.

Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…  

Review: I saw a tweet of a video of Sophia Money-Coutts reading the prologue of What Happens Now. I was instantly intrigued in looking into the audio and in reading that she’d read her book I instantly hit the pre-order button. I did manage to listen to a bit on publication day but as it was just before my holiday and crazy busy at work I didn’t devour it as quickly as I would have hoped. Although saying that, that wasn’t a bad thing at all as this book will keep you in good spirits whatever life’s throwing at you.

From the very start I adored Lil she’s a straight up talking gal with no airs and graces. Often thinking after she’s said the unthinkable, although saying that she’s a professional teacher who does her best for her pupils. I loved this story from start to finish it was hilarious at times but Sophia also manages to interlink amazing real life scenarios that have you thinking. I liked seeing both sides of her, at her funniest and at her lowest and the resounding message is that she’s a strong woman.

At first I got a little confused until I’d realised that some chapters were from the meet between Max and Lil and then from when she found out she was pregnant. That scene alone was one of the funniest moments even though you’re like OMG what is she going to do now? Lil’s relationship with her family is a little strained but deep down the family unit is there and she has a fabulous set of friends who really make up a lot of this novel especially when Lil is seriously stressing out. She’s oblivious to who Max really is and that also adds to the humour.

Max is a great leading man he’s not so much brooding but he’s definitely got his own share of baggage. Although Lil being Lil puts two and two together and makes five. I loved how their story shaped and I had many hours of listening to them, and constantly wanting more. As I neared the end of the novel it was hard to put it down.

This was my first Sophia Money-Coutts novel and it definitely won’t be my last if you haven’t discovered the wit and flair of Sophia look no further. For me What Happens Now was a snapshot of what she can do combining real and at times hard issues with humour sure is a skill.

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Monday, my final work week and what am I reading…

After an impressive run of blogging I ended up busy with life. Well with friends reminiscing our youth by seeing Westlife and a last ever Saturday at Cancer Research.

Today is the beginning of the end of my Cancer Research journey it sure has been an emotional rollercoaster but I’ve learnt so much about myself in the last three and a half years. It was the right choice for me but now I’m headed on a different path. In some aspects I wish I’d done more but I’m taking only the positives with me.

Yesterday before getting on my train for a day at Hyde Park. I took a few books that I’ve either read or have been sat on a shelf dormant for a while to put on the shelf at Eltham station.

On Audio I’m still listening to…

I have about 4 hours left so hopefully I can finish this treat today.

I should also finish reading this outstanding novel. Lucy Vine incorporates humour and reality in such an impressive way. Yesterday I only managed some reading on my train into London I was shattered on my way home.

I adore this woman so my September credit will be used on this. PS I Love You has left an imprint on me and I’ve been so excited for this, sadly I didn’t make the blog time but come Thursday I will be listening to this.

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Audio Review: The Apartment By K.L.Slater

Blurb: The Apartment tells the story of a newly widowed young mother who moves into a smart London apartment building that feels too good to be true. When strange things start to occur, Freya suspects that someone is trying to control her behaviour. Things escalate from there, and Freya and her daughter narrowly get out alive. Loosely based on the Little Albert experiment from the 1920s, The Apartment is brilliant at developing a slow sense of unease, which lends itself all the more beautifully to audio.

Review: Firstly, I would like to thank Anna at Midas PR for inviting me onto this audio blog tour. This is my first K.L.Slater read but it will not be my last. I would also like to say I’m sorry this wasn’t up first thing this morning but better late than never eh?

I love audiobooks and this was perfect to finish my holiday time before heading back to work. Now I need to mention Tuppence Middleton – what a fabulous narrator, the narration makes such a difference to me and I’ve listened to some questionable narrators on Thrillers.

Now I don’t dislike Freya but for a recently widowed young mother she’s extremely naive and I found myself increasingly frustrated with her. From the off I wanted to shake her as she took so much at face value from the minute she spoke to the doctor in the Starbucks on High St Kensington- I loved this reference though as I used to work down the road from said Starbucks it was my local for a good six months.

This is a slow burner that will have you constantly thinking what is the deal with this house/ this apartment. The Marsden’s are extremely controlling and their actions will have you as a reader thinking what the hell are you still doing there. Freya thinks things are weird but she’s made to feel like she’s imagining things until a chat with a gardener has her itching to find out more…this is when the story really takes a turn and Freya comes across stronger and more confident.

As Freya finds out more about where she’s living the story takes on a crescendo that had me gasping out loud realising there’s much more to the Apartment. Oh Freya you really are naive….

wow wow wow!!! There’s so much I want to say but I cannot spoil the outcomes although I was somewhat sceptical on a few people and aspects but I must say I did not see it coming…it’s always the quiet ones as they say.

K LSlater is an extremely clever writer, her writing in the apartment is slow and steady but she keeps you hooked from start to finish. As the story took on a chilling turn it had me completely freaked out yet in awe of this writer. I’m definitely a fan and I cannot wait to devour her back catalogue. She’s created a story loosely based on the chilling Albert experiment.

So for anyone who has already read a K L Slater novel what should I reach for next??

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour for this chilling tale.

2019, audible, New Author to me, Review, Uncategorized

Audio Review: The Man Who Didn’t Call By Rosie Walsh

Blurb: Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything. 

So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.

But he doesn’t call. 

Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they’re wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.

What do you do when you finally discover you’re right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn’t share with each other? 

The truth.

Review: First off whatever you think this books about forget it. Whatever you were assuming is completely wrong – expect the unexpected.

This book is for every single girl who’s waited and waited for a man to call and he simply hasn’t. You had such a fantastic time together and you’re adamant that you’ll meet again but it’s not meant to be.

I toyed with whether to read or listen to this beauty and I opted for the audio. Narration is a massive thing for me and Katherine Press reads Rosie Walsh’s words so well.

OMG! So everything I expected from this novel was flipped on its head. I started thinking I could see what the truth was but my oh my I was so so wrong. Just when I thought I had the main essence of this story well and truly sussed Rosie threw a massive curve ball my way and I was left speechless and eager for more.

Everything about how this novel was written had me on the edge of my toes wanting more, as the end neared though I found myself halting time as I just didn’t want it to end. Rosie has a distinctive style, she has managed to create a love story of sorts and what could be described as a girlie read, with a twist and a totally thrilling aspect to boot. It’s one of those books where you will wholeheartedly think you know how it’s going to end and bam you are completely clueless with dramatic results.

I enjoyed how this novel focuses on the north of Gloucester and of the USA. This novel has it all families – their grief, feuds and so much more. Friends, loneliness, love, health and well-being just to name a few, and most importantly self care and in some aspects the lack of self care. Most of the voice is from Sarah but from time to time other characters voices spring forward.

This is a book that will stay with you long after the last line. It will make you think about your actions in many aspects of life. And sometimes he just doesn’t call for good reason.

I honestly cannot wait to see what Rosie Walsh does next. I’m definitely a fan and the hype over this book is well and truly warranted. Don’t delay get it today you won’t regret it.

2019, audible, Author Love, july, Review, Uncategorized

Audible Review: The Accidental Life Of Jessie Jefferson By Paige Toon

Blurb: Meet Jessie, small-town girl turned wild child….

Jessie has never known her real dad, and when her mum dies she thinks any hope of finding him is gone. As she goes off the rails, her stepdad announces that her father is Johnny Jefferson – legendary rockstar and former hell-raiser.

Still dealing with her loss, and now the daughter of a superstar, Jessie is sucked into the LA lifestyle – paparazzi, parties and hot guitar-wielding boys included. But is Johnny up to the job? And, more importantly is Jessie?

Review: Are you ready for me to gush all over Paige Toon once again. And, a lot sooner than I thought I would too.

It’s been forever since I’ve read a YA novel and in listening to this I’ve realised just how much I love them. All that teenage angst and hope it’s liberating and it’s the perfect tonic – when I downloaded this I was on a day off and I had lots to do but I wanted to read. So I thought this is the perfect time for an audiobook- I’ve been meaning to read this series since when I first met Paige at YALC.

I have books two and three in physical form although book one seemed to elude me so it seemed like the perfect choice. Another fabulous narration from Heather Long too I cannot recommend her enough – each of Paige’s that I’ve listened to have had her and it’s been an easy listening experience.

Jessie is acting out but at 15 it’s what most of us did. I can’t imagine losing your mum that young. Mine can drive me mental sometimes but I couldn’t bare to be without her. Seeing Jessie go through a number of emotions in her stages of grief is real and heartbreaking. Her heart to hearts with Johnny are pure and heartbreaking at times.

Finding out Johnny Jefferson is your dad is mega, but Jessie couldn’t comprehend what she would face as the news broke. Those scenes were intense but I believe it would have been exactly like that.

When Jessie gets to LA she’s star struck and at times she’s lonely – she goes through so much in such a short space in time. I loved seeing the change in her and with Johnny her step brothers and with Meg. I’d met Johnny and Meg briefly in another Paige Toon novel so parts of the beginning of this story was apparent from the crossover. In some ways Jessie slots into LA life like a natural in others not so much. Her intuition over some of the girls in LA is spot on but she didn’t expect them to be quite so bitchy.

As I said in my last Paige review she really does have a way with words in how she writes about first love and those intense emotions and feelings. Friendships, boys and family heartbreak feature predominantly in Jessie’s story. Families whether they are biological or not are definitely one to cherish. I have to mention Stuart – Jessie’s stepdad my thoughts on him changed from the beginning, you can see he genuinely cares for Jessie like she’s his own and that’s touching and in being separated Jessie realised how much she cares for him too.

Jessie maybe fifteen but thanks to her grief she’s much older and wiser than her years. Her time in LA is cut short, from circumstances out of her control. So much has happened and o can’t wait to see what the rest of this series has in store.

I loved the end of this novel “life will never be the same again and I’m excited to see what it has in store for me next.”

A perfect ending, I was sat on a plane still with a good chunk of my journey left feeling content. Another fantastic Paige Toon novel and the start of a series that I’m so excited to read. Really must incorporate books two and three into my reading and soon.

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Audible Review: If You Could Go Anywhere By Paige Toon

Blurb: Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she’ll see it all for herself.

When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey must begin: Italy.
 
As Angie sets out to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way?

Review: Now I’ve said it before and I’m not even sorry I will keep repeating how much of a fangirl of Paige Toon I really am. If you’re not new to the blog you would have heard this before and I’m kind of sorry ha. I got into Paige late and in a way I love that as I still have many of her worlds to enjoy. I’m going on holiday in August with my family to the caravan holiday park we have been visiting since I was a kid and seeing as we will be there for two weeks this year I think a few Paige unread books will be coming. I may even ask you guys to choose nearer the time.

Anyway over to If You Could Go Anywhere firstly how it took me so long to devour this. The fabulous team at Simon & Schuster had given me a copy what seems like forever ago but due to my exams it just got shelved so I ended up listening to this beauty on Audible. I’ve listened to a few of Paige’s and the narration from Heather Long was fantastic- she also read Thirteen Weddings which was also a treat.

What can I say wow wow wow wow! (If you can say that like how Kylie sings it then you have my drift). Paige writes in a way that you are transported into that character I felt every single ounce of Angie’s emotion and on her first experience of Italy I felt like I was there. Another place I haven’t visited but my has Paige made me want to.

We meet Angie as her grandmother has passed away and she’s quite frankly lost. For so long she has taken care of her grandmother- that she doesn’t really know what to do for her. One things for sure she’s always wanted to travel and until this point she hasn’t left her own town of Cobber Pedy – Australia. A place that sounds simply gorgeous and her community are so adorable they really care for Angie and her well being. Her only travel has been through others postcards. Just reading about her postcards gave me travel envy. Angie’s friends and neighbours really do care for her best interests and what they do to push her on her journey is quite simply breathtaking.

Angie knows nothing of her father – until a letter comes to light. Her travels start with Italy and finding out some answers. Families are a funny one and they all have their secrets but Angie really didn’t bargain for what she finds.

Before finishing this fantastic novel I attended the Waterstones event for Paige, Lindsey Kelk and Lucy Vine. I had hoped to have finished in time but revision got in the way there was so much talk of the way Paige writes a proper love of your life love story and how much we were all aching for Angie and Alessendro to get together.

In a Paige Toon novel you are always guaranteed a sweep you off your feet romance usually from a brooding male….but what she created so amazingly with this one was how many sub-subjects there were. We have grief, love, travel, mental health just to name a few and they are all done with grace and understanding.

Another treat that had me in tears….I thought this one was different but it tugged on my heart strings like Paige always does. Although I must say in finishing If You Go Anywhere it left me with a happy heart and a book hangover.

Paige thank you as ever for writing a thought provoking book that took me away from the trials and tribulations of everyday stresses. Now seeing as there’s nothing more until next year I must get back to the back catalogue. There will be another post before my impending trip away.

Finally If You Could Go Anywhere where would you go? I still have a few major places I would love to see and I’m going with Nashville and New Orleans. I’m itching for them sooo badly.

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A mini update and an audio review – The Flatshare By Beth O’Leary

I had hoped to post yesterday but it was a physically and mentally exhausting day. When I got home I didn’t do much of anything and my Twitter poll to see what you guys wanted to see went down like a led balloon. So I admitted defeat and had as chilled an evening as I could.

Today has been a pretty chilled one there’s probably loads I should have been doing and I’ve been all over the place with books. I have an audio and another on the go and I’m constantly drawn to books. I may read a short to boost myself again anyway without further ado I give you a review.

Blurb: Tiffy and Leon share a flat

Tiffy and Leon share a bed

Tiffy and Leon have never met.

Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. 

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

Review: I kept seeing this book advertised and like many others I was drawn to the blurb. How can two people share a bed yet have never met. Well my friends pick up this treat and find out for yourself.

I decided to listen to this via Audible Carrie Hope Fletcher read Tiffy excellently and Kwaku Fortune read Leon. Both were excellently chosen and I quite simply fell in love with both characters quite early on. Tiffy and Leon are so different in everything they do but they come to have a shared understanding via notes.

Tiffy needs to move out of the place she shared with her manipulative ex Justin who seems to have had a hold over her for a huge part of her life. So when she reads about the flat-share it’s perfect as they won’t be in at the same time just what she needs whilst trying to get through the break up and to find herself again.

Leon is such a hardworking guy he’s a nurse and a pretty decent one by all accounts, as his day job is so full on he really needs to be able to unwind and rest when he’s not working a 14 hour shift. Leon is also a huge family guy and his little brother is in prison – for a crime he knows he never committed so Leon being the decent big bro he is – is doing all he can to get his brother out. I don’t want to say anymore on this element of the book as there is so much to it.

What I truly loved about this book is that Beth managed to weave in so many sub-stories as well as creating a gorgeous love story along the way. Throughout the book we hear from Leon and Tiffy in segments and most of their conversations are via notes which are so well created. Just like when you leave work colleagues and family notes if you’re not going to see them and seeing as they haven’t met their communication is solely in note form.

Early on in my listening I was lucky enough to see the set up that was done at Waterstones Piccadilly and as much as I loved seeing it I didn’t truly appreciate it until I had delved deeper into the novel. Below are some of the pictures I took. I love what they done – so much effort and detail to the book.

I was meant to go back in last week when I was in London to see if any of these gorgeous books were still there but it was an exam day and my head wasn’t with it I forgot. I’m at an event there Monday so fingers crossed I maybe able to find one.

For me the Flat Share is one of those books that’s been hyped up and I solely believe it was worth the hype. I worked out a few of the sub-stories before they were revealed but I loved the aw moments in seeing it unfold. As a blogger and a lover of books I loved that there was a book launch and a photo shoot.

There’s so much I want to say but I don’t want to ruin the pure gorgeousness of how this love story plays out and between who. Leon is definitely a book boyfriend of mine and I was left bereft in finishing listening on one walk home from work. Thankfully on listening on audible there was a little chat between Carrie Hope Fletcher and Beth O’Leary this was insightful and helped with the book hangover.

My promise now is to get more organised and get these reviews up sooner. Today I will get sorting another overdue review to post tomorrow it will be a Thriller. If there is anything else you would love to see from me do get in touch.

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Audio Review: On My Life By Angela Clarke

Blurb: Jenna knows she didn’t do it. But she is running out of time to prove it. A heartbreaking, compulsive thriller with a killer twist. Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant.

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it….

Locked up to await trial surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she was accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name

Save her baby

Find the killer

But can she do it in time?

Review: Wow! Where do I begin. Firstly, the amazing reviews and hype for this book are all warranted. I’d like to thank Emma Mitchell via Twitter for making me want to read this. I have been doing exam revision so decided this would be my audible treat and what a treat it was. Jenna’s story has accompanied me on many walks to work and to fitness classes and the odd train journey. I believe this book could be read in a quicker time frame but I’m so glad I got to spend a number of days listening to this.

How I have not read an Angela Clarke novel before now I really don’t know. In looking at her collection I know a few of them have popped up in the past and I had been meaning to read. In now appreciating her fast paced style I’m eager for more. I believe the others are linked and if I’m right Follow Me comes first.

In On My Life there’s a similar setting to that of Darren O’Sullivan’s latest novel in the fact there are Then and Now chapters which show you Jenna now in prison to the life before and the lead up to the injustice that she’s suffered.

From the beginning I liked Jenna she’s a working class girl who has worked hard and fort the odds and managed to luck in by falling in love with the wealthy Robert. When they meet she has no idea who he is or who his parents are but they instantly hit it off, they then end up spending more and more time together as their whirlwind continues. Quite early on we are told how Jenna’s older sister Ness pretty much raised her following their mums addiction to drugs – throughout the novel more becomes apparent about her family back ground this is real and heartbreaking in so many ways. A love shared between siblings and parents can be so precious but life can also be so hard and unpleasant.

Over the years I’ve loved Bad Girls and more recently Wentworth – although back in the day I thought Bad Girls was hardcore TV until the ladies from Wentworth took over talk about graphic. Angela Clarke has delved deep into the prison system and looked at a number of factors where the inmates and the guards are both left in situations they shouldn’t be in. It happens that pregnant women end up inside but how hard that life is, is well explained by Angela.

I reeled for Jenna as from the off I knew she was innocent, no one would leave themselves in that situation if they wasn’t. When she was roomed with Kelly I felt happier for her and their blossoming friendship was heartwarming although I didn’t see the outcome in the way it happened at all. To be honest I had my suspicions along the way to the killer but I wasn’t prepared for either of the twists.

What was really amazing about this story was the strength and determination of Jenna and how she conducted herself. Just showing that all of us have a strength inside of us that with the right trigger we can do anything and everything needed for ourselves and the ones we love.

I can’t say much more than that without spoiling the story and the intrigue, suspense and general fast pace are what make this story. Even the bitches add to the colour and reality of prison life that and the guards who are at times full of themselves.

If you have read any of Angela’s other novels I would love to hear from you. Am I right in thinking Follow Me is first. I was thinking of a girlie or Non Fiction audio this month but I may have to add more Angela Clarke to my day.