2019, Netgalley, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Rewind By Catherine Ryan Howard

Blurb:

PLAY
Andrew, the manager of Shanamore Holiday Cottages, watches his only guest via a hidden camera in her room. One night the unthinkable happens: a shadowy figure emerges onscreen, kills her and destroys the camera. But who is the murderer? How did they know about the camera? And how will Andrew live with himself?

PAUSE
Natalie wishes she’d stayed at home as soon as she arrives in the wintry isolation of Shanamore. There’s something creepy about the manager. She wants to leave, but she can’t – not until she’s found what she’s looking for…

REWIND
This is an explosive story about a murder caught on camera. You’ve already missed the start. To get the full picture you must rewind the tape and play it through to the end, no matter how shocking…

Review: It’s been a while since I’ve read a book like this where the story goes back and forth.

PLAY: Focuses on Andrew the manager of Shanamore Cottages. Andrew is an interesting case and for me he had a touch of Norman Bates about him. Which in turn left me intrigued for each of his instalments. Like Norman he was strange but at times I also felt extremely sorry for him, just like with Norman in Psycho- when realistically the logical part of your brain is saying don’t emphasise he’s a complete creep. For me that’s a fantastic creepy character where you have conflicting emotions. It also made for compelling reading as I wanted to know what he’d done and why he was going through the motions that he was.

Andrew is strange and even his back story shows how weird he is. His thought process isn’t normal and the way he treats girls is sickening but when he sees the murder play out on his hidden camera you can feel his terror.

PAUSE: Focuses on Natalie, from the off I feel for her. I can’t say too much on Natalie as if you read it you’ll soon know her fate or will you? I was conflicted on a number of things linked to Natalie but had somehow overlooked what actually was the case. Just like with Andrew’s instalments it made for compelling reading.

REWIND: Brings you back to the jigsaw of the murder. Who died and why? This kept me on my toes although I wasn’t sure at one point if there was more than one death but as I kept turning those pages I knew my original thoughts were right.

This was a Netgalley read for me and I’m so glad that I was approved to read this beauty. It was just the read I needed at the start of my holidays and just the tonic after a purely emotional read. It really did bring me back to my media studies classes when we were studying Psycho – all those thoughts and feelings came right to the forefront of my mind. A truly creative read that will shock you and keep you guessing in a world where Instagram posts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. There’s a fine line between online and in real life. It’s also strange to see how people cannot separate reality and fantasy, that aspect is terrifying but I’ll leave you to read and form your own opinions.

I still have Distress Signals on my Kindle and it will definitely be pushed up the list. Catherine writes a compelling story and I’m a definitely a fan.

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Book Review: One Summer in Rome By Samantha Tonge

Blurb: Blurb

To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.

Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

Purchase from Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2rrwXfT

Review: Firstly, happiest of publication days to Samantha. What a gorgeous treat One Summer in Rome is. Now I really do want a holiday….even more than I usually do. In reading this I have been longing for pizza (something I’m not eating at the moment – unless I make a clean eating version) and to wander around by the Trevi Fountain amongst the street entertainers.

I adored The New Beginnings Coffee Club so when Rachel emailed regarding this blog blitz I was instantly intrigued. To be honest I don’t really know where to begin with talking about this book without spoiling anything but I shall do my best. Just like The New Beginnings Coffee Club Samantha has tackled a number of real-life issues in this feel good read. It’s been pretty hard going on me reading about cake and pizza but my willpower has changed a lot since starting my Slimming World journey.

From the off I liked Mary/Maria. I applauded her for taking a risk in leaving everything she knew. It was obviously terrifying for her but after everything that has been thrown at her in her life it’s exactly what she needed. The life she was given wasn’t her making but as she set foot on that plane her mindset changed. It was heartwarming to see her tackle each and every obstacle she was given in her new country of residence. I have heard many bloggers swooning over Dante from the off but for me it wasn’t that simple. He was quite obviously attractive but at the beginning I thought he was stuck up and rude. Dante wasn’t the only character I thought badly of. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Rocco either. This novel has so much back story and history it makes it addictive. I found myself very much invested in these characters and there were a number of oh my moments that had me turning the pages quicker and quicker.

It’s surprising as the secrets about each character you couldn’t have pinpointed bar one with Rocco. The penny dropped on one point but not on the more devastating reality. By the end of the book I saw the romance in Dante and my heart warmed to Rocco.

In a world full of madness One Summer in Rome manages to take you away from whatever crazy you’re experiencing at this point in life. It also makes you realise that everyone you come across is silently fighting their own battles and worries so be kinder. A number of the books I have read lately have had an underlying message of being grateful and living for now. Not what’s gone or what might be but right now.

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Book Review: Close Your Eyes By Darren O’Sullivan

Happiest of publication days to this little beauty. It has pinged through to my Kindle even though I couldn’t wait and devoured via Netgalley. Have a truly awesome day Darren and I look forward to the paperback party. It will happen…

Blurb: He doesn’t know his name. He doesn’t know his secret.

When Daniel woke up from a coma he had no recollection of the life he lived before. Now, fourteen years later, he’s being forced to remember.

A phone call in the middle of the night demands he return what he stole – but Daniel has no idea what it could be, or who the person on the other end is. He has been given one warning, if he doesn’t find out his family will be murdered.

Rachael needs to protect her son. Trapped with no way out she will do anything to ensure they survive. But sometimes mothers can’t save their children and her only hope is Daniel’s memory.

Review: Last July Darren O’Sullivan’s Our Little Secret saved me when I was feeling super low. Over doing it I completely bust my ankle it wasn’t broken it just made a number of daily tasks hard. I was signed off work and I didn’t want to feel sorry for myself so I threw myself into Netflix and books. I had seen Our Little Secret advertised via Twitter and I was hooked from the get go. As I have stated before I’m an avid tweeter when I’m reading and OMG did I spam Darren. If you haven’t read Our Little Secret I urge you to now. Our Little Secret Review

Close Your Eyes has a totally different feel once the story gets into swing it’s extremely fast paced I could easily see this as a film or a TV series. Darren gives Liam Neeson a fun for his money. Daniel is a character you feel for. Having been in a coma and lost a whole chunk of his life – sometimes even basic tasks are hard to fathom. When he receives the call asking to return what he took he’s completely dumbstruck and when his son and ex wife disappear he knows he needs to act fast.

Daniel was seeing a shrink to help him piece together the bad dreams and memories but he’s never needed to know in such a rush. Daniel’s story sure is a fast paced rollercoaster ride and sometimes not knowing really is best for your own piece of mind but when everything you hold dear is threatened you do things totally out of character on instinct.

The story is set over a few days with Friday being Daniel’s deadline to put the puzzle back together and save his loved ones. I really could see this as a Netflix mini series or a film. Once Daniel has a clue his gut instincts take over and we are taken on his journey. Where not only Daniel but us the reader are filled with a number of emotions.

The story has parts from Daniel, memories,dreams and letters. There are parts from Rachael and as the action hots up there are parts from Tom.

Knowing Darren is a father the love of a child is shown wholeheartedly and I honestly don’t know how he managed to write some of these truly gut wrenching scenes. I’m an auntie and I felt like my heart was in my mouth most of the time.

Rachael is the mother of his child who he still gets on with extremely well. It’s nice to see a story where this actually happens and co-parenting works seamlessly. The scenes where Rachael and Tom are taken are at times hard to read but heartwarming no matter what fear she was feeling she made sure her little boy used his imagination in the most beautiful of ways in a bad situation.

I can’t say too much else without giving spoilers and I’m not one for spoilers. What I will say is take some time away from real life and devour this action packed rollercoaster read. I did not see it coming although now I’m like were there clues. I’m not so sure. I truly loved Darren’s debut and it will always have a special place in my heart. The book that saved me, the book that brought this amazing author into my life. Ha we even had a coffee at the Kings Cross Pret which gets a mention in the book.

Darren you have lifted the bar whatever worries you had over book two forget them it’s a masterpiece and as I say could totally be a film or TV series. And now I can breathe…..now for the agonising wait of the next book. Which just means I have to go back to listening to Our Little Secret on Audible.

2018, Author Love, Book Snippet, Netgalley, Review

Sampler: Five years from Now By Paige Toon

Blurb: What happens if you meet the RIGHT person at the WRONG time?

Nell and Van meet as children when their parents fall in love, but soon they are forced worlds apart.

Five years later, they find each other. Their bond is rekindled and new feelings take hold, but once again they have to separate.

For the next two decades, fate brings Nell and Van together every five years, as life and circumstance continue to divide them. Will they ever find true happiness? And will it be together?

‘One day, maybe five years from now, you’ll look back and understand why this happened…’

Sampler Summary: Firstly I have to mention I haven’t had Paige’s writing in my life for long but each story has left me longing for more. I know I have been slack on some of her reviews. Usually because I have had a book hangover after. Leaving me distraught and unable to do her fantastic writing the justice it deserves.

So...Five Years from Now.…how truly gorgeous is the cover. I said that when I first saw it but I was sharing another cover reveal and knew I would have a chance to mention it. The line ‘What if you met the right person at the wrong time?’ Was a massive clue in the fact I knew this will be a book I fall headfirst in love with.

Then Paige puts up that Netgalley have a sampler, when I saw this it was late at night I managed a page or two but as I say my work/life balance is well and truly messed up right now. So this morning whilst drinking a few cups of tea with my cornflakes I devoured these pages.

Paige you have a way of me connecting with each and every character and in terms of the sampler. I did not see the drama coming and I’m still clueless to how bad it is. It ended so dramatically I physically cannot wait for more. Roll on 17th May – yup that’s the date that this bad boy is out. Pre order now I do think I’m going to end up with the ebook and an actual book as this lovely lady will be coming to Bluewater on the 19th also.

I will love re-reading the beginning of Nell and Van’s story. The innocent love of childhood friendships and how truly innocent and heartwarming children are. The little things that seem like a big deal and the love of being kind. I’m pleased to say both of my beautiful nieces are truly kind and full of such love – it also helps that they are already bookworms.

I love how even at the dramatic anticlimax that Netgalley has left me with both Nell and Van didn’t want to go through that alone. It well and truly melted my heart. I know this novel will be devoured in a quick time frame and it will stay with me. This is going to be one hell of a hangover without a single drop of alcohol.

I have only read the sampler but this book will have you taking trips down your own memory lane and it will truly get under your skin. I need to know now!!!!

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Blog Tour: A Lady Alkmene Mystery Fatal Masquerade By Vivian Conroy


Blurb: Lady Alkmene and Jake Dubois are back in a gripping new adventure facing dangerous opponents at a masked ball in the countryside.

Masked danger…
Lady Alkmene Callender has always loved grand parties, but when she receives an invitation to a masked ball thrown by Franklin Hargrove – oil magnate, aviation enthusiast and father of her best friend, Denise – she’s never seen such luxury. The estate is lit up with Chinese lanterns in the gardens, boats operated by footmen float across the pond and the guest list features the distinguished, rich and powerful!

But below the glamour, evil is lurking. When a dead body is discovered, it forces Lady Alkmene to throw off her mask and attempt to find the true killer before Denise’s family are accused. If only her partner, Jake Dubois, weren’t hiding something from her…
This case might just be more dangerous than either of them could have imagined.

Review: When Viv reached out to me on Twitter I was intrigued by this mysterious novel. My intrigue was peaked when I was one of the first to see the gorgeous cover to this book. Cover Reveal post

I had hoped to have read the first few in this series but alas life and work got in the way. So in two sittings I devoured this tasty treat. I now more than ever cannot wait to go back and start from the beginning of the series, although saying that it read very well as a stand alone novel the only thing I would have liked is to know more of Lady Alkmene and Jakes relationship. 

A truly picturesque novel I felt like I too attended the ball. Have always liked the thrill of not knowing who was under the mask. Although in this the ball was in fact a deflection from what was really going on. I took to Lady Alkmene from the off although I’m still not entirely sure of her and Denise’s friendship but I can see that she has good gut instincts and can read people. I won’t say too much on that I too knew that who was originally taken as the killer was not and I am sure you will allude to that but I did love that you were made to doubt many people until closer to the final pages. I knew the book would end like any book in a series on a cliff hanger my saving grace in being behind is I can go back and dig in to the series whilst I await the next instalment.

Vivian Conroy writes a mystery that would make an epic TV series or movie and this may have been my first read of hers but it’s just the beginning. Thanks for inviting me to this blog Tour I’m so happy to have devoured it in such a short time frame to kick this off….

You can purchase Fatal Masquerade Here

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Book Review: Our Little Secret By Darren O’Sullivan

Published 28th July 2017 by HQ Digital 

Blurb: A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide.
As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.
But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried…

Review: Firstly wow!!!! I honestly don’t know how to do this beauty of a debut justice. Darren O’Sullivan I’m literally such a fan and I’m ready and waiting for what’s next from you. So much so I will drop everything, sorry to whatever book I am reading at that moment. To read whatever you bring out next. That’s how much faith I have in you after devouring this creepy treat. 

When the cover for Our Little Secret was shared by HQ Digital on Twitter I instantly wanted to know more. In reading the blurb my interest was hightened, I then went on to request on Netgalley and yay I was accepted. This was my initial post when I knew I had to read this book Cover Reveal: Our Little Secret

I wanted to read it as close to publication day as I could as I had always said my review would be up on that day. As much as I’m writing this earlier I’m sticking to that rule. Wow! What a rollercoaster of emotions but the thrilling ride is chilling and oh so worth it. For someone who never used to read thrillers let alone psychological ones I can safely say this is one of my ultimate favourites and another book that chills me to the core as I cannot pass it on to my Grandad Sam – I would have loved to have had a convo with him about this one.

The story is told by Chris the man on the brink of suicide – you also have Sarah’s points of view and background on her- who is on the platform on the day he decided it was time. Then there are diary entries from Julia, and then there is Steve – the best friend. I don’t want to delve into it too much as I want you as readers to discover everything that happens just as I did but I must say until very late on I hadn’t seen it coming. 

It’s funny as in some aspects of the story it made me think of the film psycho ( I am not spoiling) you knew that the situation was messed up but part of you was routing for him anyway there are parts of that with Chris.

I enjoyed that the story was in sections by date and time although with the occasional flashbacks showing how this had come about. As I got nearer and nearer to the end I felt like my heart was pounding too just like when the action comes to head in a dramatic film. 

Darren touches on loss, betrayal, friendship, love, loneliness and mental health all in one novel. I felt drawn to all of the characters even though I didn’t always like them they were easy to relate to and in some ways easy to read.

A heart pounding, rollercoaster ride that would make an epic film or TV show. I was right to be excited by Darren’s debut and wow what a way to begin I cannot wait to see what chilling story comes next I’m going to have to read something light next as I’m still in awe of Our Little Secret so much so I’m a little lost at where to go.

If you adore thrillers do not hesitate but download this beauty today it’s 99p well spent. Darren enjoy today everything that started with March train station has led to today publication day. What a read…..

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Your average Tuesday….Book Hangover and Netflix 

Today I finished reading what is by far the most thrilling book I have read this year.

Our Little Secret – Is out on Friday and my review will be up on publication day. I was tempted to cave and upload it almost instantly after reading the last sentences. 

I have mostly written it bar a few tweeks. Download it here You honestly won’t regret it it’s a rollercoaster ride worth travelling. 

I wasn’t sure what to say today here on the blog, originally I had an idea until I finished reading Our Little Secret I was left dumbstruck and completely overwhelmed – and as I said I want to honour putting my review up on publication day. Wow the book hangover is unreal right now – I have some other thrillers to read but now I need something different as I am still in awe of this debut novel. So for me it will be something light – it also meant I couldn’t finish a review of something else when this book had overtaken me.

Being at home resting my wayward ankle I then decided to catch up on last weeks Nashville UK time before deciding to try something new on Netflix. So I decided to start with 13 Reasons Why – apt after the book I finished this morning. I had seen this advertised loads on Netflix and people saying they had watched it but I always take reviews with a pinch of salt as I don’t always agree with others.


For those of you who haven’t heard of it here is a brief overview….

Newcomer Katherine Langford plays the role of Hannah, a young woman who takes her own life. Two weeks after her tragic death, a classmate named Clay finds a mysterious box on his porch. Inside the box are recordings made by Hannah — on whom Clay had a crush — in which she explains the 13 reasons why she chose to commit suicide. If Clay decides to listen to the recordings, he will find out if and how he made the list. This intricate and heart-wrenching tale is told through Clay and Hannah’s dual narratives.

I have watched the first episode and a little of the second episode and my oh my it’s gripping and it does make you wonder why people make the choices that they do in life.  Another Netflix original that I’m going to relish watching. 

Have you watched it? What are your thoughts? I’m looking forward to getting back to it, my beautiful niece took over the Netflix when she got home but in some ways it longs out my viewing. 

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Netgalley: Hygge and Kisses By Clara Christensen first few chapters.


Blurb: The perfect feel-good novel to curl up with – light some candles, wrap yourself in a blanket and relax …

Bo, 26, has always been careful, cautious. However, she’s just been made redundant and her life plan is beginning to unravel. Before she starts immediately applying for other jobs in a panic, her friend Kirsten persuades her to take a holiday, to visit Kirsten’s mother’s house in Aslbrog, North Jutland, a part of Denmark Bo is ashamed to admit she has never heard of.
‘What’s the weather going to be like?’ she asks Kirsten hopefully, scrolling her cursor over the budget airlines webpage. ‘Terrible,’ Kirsten replies, ‘London is positively Mediterranean by comparison, and of course it’s November so it’ll be dark seventeen hours a day. But no one goes to Denmark to get a tan. You need a change of scene and to blow away the cobwebs, and trust me, Skagen will do that. Besides, the summerhouse is cosy whatever the weather, and you never know who else will be around.’
A few clicks later and there is no going back. And Bo’s life plan is about to be entirely rewritten.

My thoughts so far: Wednesday is usually wandering Wednesday’s here at Hayley Reviews, and since I started it this is the first Wednesday I haven’t written a wandering post although I feel that when I read this full novel it will have a wandering aspect in Denmark. A place I have never visited but I’m hoping this book transports me there. So far I have met Bo who is so easy to love- she’s likeable and kind but I feel sad to how she’s being made to feel by Ben. As it stands she still very much has a job so I haven’t got to the main part of the plot just yet. 

So far I like her and I feel she deserves more I also like her friend Kirsten she doesn’t tell Bo what she wants to hear she tells her what she needs to hear, whether Bo agrees or not is irrelevant. I can’t say too much as I have only had the pleasure of reading the first few chapters but what I will say is I’m unsure of Ben – I’m not sure if he has been burned by an office romance before or whether he’s not the man Bo first thought. 

Based on these few chapters I would love to read the full novel and I look forward to its September release. You can pre- order it Here for £1.99 it’s release day is 21st September.

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Book Review: Then, Now, Always By Isabelle Broom

Published 20th April 2017 by Penguin 

Blurb: Hannah Hodges can’t believe her luck when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . but what’s the catch?

‘Fresh, fun and full of sexual tension… a perfect spring read’ Heat
Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn’t be a more perfect setting to fall in love…
If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…
Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?
For just once in her life, can’t Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?
Calling all escapists! Prepare to be whisked away to the Spanish sun in this completely absorbing page-turner.

Review: Wow! So this is my first Isabelle Broom novel although I’m sure I have another on my kindle. You know the drill they are 99p you purchase and it still takes forever to be read. Yeah that. This book was given to me by Netgalley, where I get sucked in by all the awesome sounding books and it takes me a while to get round to them ooops. So this is my second book for 20 books of summer and what a summery feel good read this was. I’m actually kind of sad that it’s over. Plus I’m also wanting to visit Mojacar. If anyone has been how many days would I need to see the sights? 

Hannah has a special bond with Mojacar and I feel like I know the place even though I had never heard of it until I read this beauty of a book. Now I want to see Mojacar in all it’s beauty, I want to experience the magic of this serene village. Hannah’s love of Mojacar makes me think of my love for Salou although she had a much longer gap in her trips than I have.

I love that Isabelle has managed to feature so many real life issues. Families and their secrets, betrayal, abuse, wanderlust, friendship, love and what stood out for me is how Hannah realises who she is and what she wants. It has nothing to do with her loveable goofy friend Tom or her gorgeous boss Theo, although these boys do make her see who she really is and that is beyond inspiring. 

What else can I say I don’t want to spoil the story, but I will say Hannah’s relationship with each and every character changes her in some way. For me her relationships with Elaine and Nancy show very different sides to Hannah yet both women shape so much about her future. 

It’s funny along the way you are always routing for Hannah and things to go her way, and just like Hannah we realise that what she thought was perfection was merely a learning curve.

I cannot express how much I loved this novel, and now I want to wanderlust even more than I did before. 

OMG! you cannot end a novel on a cliffhanger like that what an OMG moment. I literally fell in love with the story, the characters and most of all the serene calmness of Mojacar. If you want to be swept away to a village full of magic and rainbows then pick up Then.Now.Always I will remember this book for years to come and as I say Mojacar is now on my want list.

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20 Books of Summer…

So whenever I attempt a reading challenge something happens. I am firstly aiming to do better…so if I can get part of the way through this challenge I will be chuffed. I really do ❤ book bloggers, I have received so much love with the shares, RTs and comments. It all helps to motivate me. Every achievement has felt a little bit more special since I moved over to Hayley Reviews as it’s all me. 

#20booksofsummer was devised by Cathy at 746Books. The plan is to read 20 books between 1st June and 3 September. 

You can read about the challenge here so here is my books that I will be attempting some may change and I will do my best to get to 20.

So I’m starting with my current read…

1. Cafe in Fir Tree Park by Katey Lovell


Blurb: Maggie’s café is at the very heart of Fir Tree Park. Business is booming, her lemon drizzle is the stuff of legend, her children are happy and life is good. But she hasn’t had it easy. When her husband Clint was sent to prison, she had to raise Josh and Kelly alone. But Clint can’t hurt them now, and there’s no denying that Paolo, the Italian football coach she spies every weekend out on the green, is more than easy on the eye.

It may be summer outside, but a new arrival in Fir Tree Park sends an icy chill through the café…

If you are regular on my blog you will see I have read and loved a few of the Meet Cutes which I have adored and I will be reading more but they are super short so will be additional to this. 

2. Friends and Liars by Kaela Coble


Blurb: It has been ten years since Ruby left her hometown behind. Since then she’s built a life away from her recovering alcoholic mother and her first love, Murphy. But when Danny, one of her estranged friends from childhood, commits suicide, guilt draws Ruby back into the tumultuous world she escaped all those years ago.

She’s dreading the funeral – and with good reason. Danny has left a series of envelopes addressed to his former friends. Inside each envelope is a secret about every person in the group. Ruby’s secret is so explosive, she will fight tooth-and-nail to keep it hidden from those she once loved so deeply, even if that means risking everything…

This is a Netgalley read that I should have started but I’m blaming the Cafe in Fir Tree Park. (But I’m loving it soooo) this one intrigued me when I read the blurb so I’m looking forward to devouring this one. 

3. Our Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan

Blurb: A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide.
As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.
But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried… 

This one I found on Twitter and thankfully was accepted by Netgalley yay. Another Thriller. 

4. Last Seen by Lucy Clarke


Blurb: Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea – and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever.

Sarah’s son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah’s search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows – and she’s right to.
Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they’ll do anything to keep the truth buried.
Ok!!! Umm another Thriller. It’s also another Netgalley read. 

5. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho


Blurb: Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
In reading The New Beginnings Coffee Club this book was mentioned and I am now intrigued as Noah is one of my book boyfriends and he recommended it. 

6. SealSkin by Su Bristow

Blurb: What happens when magic collides with reality? Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous … and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence? Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape, the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize-winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider, and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is, nonetheless, a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable. 

I feel awful that I have had this book for ages and I still haven’t read it. 

7. Then. Now. always by Isabelle Broom

Blurb: Hannah Hodges can’t believe her luck when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . but what’s the catch?

‘Fresh, fun and full of sexual tension… a perfect spring read’ Heat

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn’t be a more perfect setting to fall in love…
If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…
Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?
For just once in her life, can’t Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?
This one needs bumping up. I miss Spain. I need to stop clicking Netgalley as I can’t read in time. 

8. Mr Make Believe by Bezzy Marsh


Blurb: Marnie Martin’s formerly perfect life is not quite going to plan. 

Hard-hitting newspaper journalist turned stay-at-home mum and part-time failing food columnist, Marnie is wondering when her life went so wrong.
While her husband Matt’s career takes off, she’s left with the impossible task of pairing socks and locating Lego. His late nights at the office are turning into late nights who knows where else and they haven’t had a proper conversation in weeks, sex in months, or a full night’s sleep in years. 
On the brink of losing everything when a fantasy about movie star Maddox Wolfe leads to a missed deadline and a disastrous case of food poisoning, Marnie becomes Mrs Make Believe: anonymous blogger, secret spiller, and voice of imperfect mums everywhere. 
However, Marnie Martin could never have imagined that her movie star daydream would walk off the screen and into her reality, turning her already muddled world totally on its head.
Will Marnie find happiness in the arms of the (literal) man of her dreams? Or will she find that true love is just make believe?
Another Twitter find that had me clicking download yet I haven’t read it yet. 

9. Things Get Better by Katie Piper


Blurb: To look and listen to the extraordinary Katie Piper, it is difficult to comprehend the severe trauma she suffered from a brutal rape and acid attack which left her with deep physical and emotional scars. These terrible events would have crushed most people, but through her positive outlook and sheer determination, Katie has become inspirational to millions and living proof that no matter what life throws at you, if you work hard and believe – things will get better.

Katie now begins to answer the question that everyone wants to know – ‘Where did you find the courage?’ She shares the key steps and support that led to her emotional recovery and acknowledges the pain we have all felt at times, whether suffering a breakup, life change or more serious trauma. Drawing on her own experiences and letters from other survivors, Katie shows with spectacular compassion that we can all find the strength within to carry on.
I have been reading start your day with Katie 365 affirmations for a year of positive thinking on and off since I purchased it. I love it. I am also desperate to read her confidence the secret.

10. Right here waiting for you by Rebecca Pugh


Blurb: Magda used to be the girl everyone wanted to be – most likely to achieve her every wish. That is until suddenly her perfect life seems to be anything but!

Sophia has never regretted her life, sure it isn’t perfect, but being a single mum to a daughter she loves is pretty great. Perhaps she never moved away from home, or got to live out her dreams, but what she has right now isn’t so bad.
That is until an invitation to their school reunion arrives, throwing both their lives into a spin – because these two used to be friends and it might finally be time to face up to that one big mistake that happened all those years ago…
This girl is pretty awesome and I pre-ordered this beauty it sounds gorgeous and right here waiting is a song I love with lots of memories. 

11. The Italian Gardener by Andrew Croats

Blurb: Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world and enshrine him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo’s besieged palace the ghost forms an unlikely friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn’t all it appears to be. As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives the ghost struggles to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear. 

SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable. 
I was sent this gorgeous novella from RedDoor publishing…I cannot wait to delve into this I haven’t been let down by this publisher.

12. Child Taken by Darren Young 

Blurb: One hot summer’s day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won’t give up hope that her daughter is still alive. After all, a mother’s instinct is never wrong.

Is it?

Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago. But when the journalist discovers someone with an explosive secret, it threatens not only to reveal what’s been covered up for so long, but puts both their lives in danger.

When I saw RedDoor publishing talk of this I jumped on it and posted the YouTube video on here and it’s been my most liked post. Scary but intrigued.

13. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Blurb: The bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness, soon to be a major motion picture. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

14. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier 


Blurb: On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honour of her mother’s dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn’s brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls — and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.

Love Daphne have read and adored Rebecca and Frenchman’s Creek perfect reason to get stuck into more…

15. Milly Johnson The Queen of Wishful Thinking


Blurb: When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.

As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?
I was lucky enough to win this from the publisher on Twitter 🙂 

So I have listed 15 some I should have read or are released soon, some have been sat waiting and some I just want to devour. I hope I can do this plus I will hopefully add 5 more. There’s bound to be Books I have forgotten and ones that come out…..

So let’s see. Anything I should bump up from my list and any recommendations would love to hear from you….one last thing how often would you like updates on this.