Monday, 21 October 2019

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-My Best Mistake by Carole Wolfe -Womens fiction

Tasha won the lottery big time. When she and her husband split of course so also were
the winnings. They have seven year old twins via IVF although her husband denies that
they are his as her “asked for “ two boys. The doctor involved is threatening her with
legal action over some bad reviews, which had nothing to do with Tasha as it happens
but of course she is big news with the lottery win. I liked Tasha. She has grit
determination and although has her weaknesses is no push over. She is going through
a messy time with her ex husband who just wants more and more and also making
discoveries about the rest of her family. This is the story of a single mother and the
ups and downs despite having wealth. In other words, having money doesn’t necessarily
make you happy. Of secrets and discoveries of life, love and those special moments.
A fairly short (195 pages) easy read that kept me within the pages. 

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Book Description:

A lawsuit, an ex-husband, and a hotel full of men. Just another crazy day in the life of a single mom…

Tasha Gerome tries to find the funny side of her everyday disasters. It’s just about the only thing that gets the single mother of twins through her chaotic life. Well, that and a comfy pair of piggy slippers. But not everyone appreciates her brand of humor…

Her deadbeat ex-husband certainly doesn’t get her jokes as he returns to town to bother her and the twins. A famous doctor threatens her with legal action over a misunderstanding. And her mother is more concerned with Tasha’s single status than her humor, dragging her kicking and screaming back into the dating game…

One thing is for certain. Fixing her legal troubles, getting rid of her ex, and finding a new man will take a whole lot of laughter… and a little help from her family…

My Best Mistake is a down-to-earth women’s fiction novel that celebrates a single mother’s courage and comedy. If you like sweet romance, snarky humor, and characters who tell it like it is, then you’ll love Carole Wolfe’s hilarious tale.

Buy My Best Mistake for a funny look into the madness of motherhood today!  

Author Bio:

Carole Wolfe started telling stories in the third grade and hasn’t stopped since. While she no longer illustrates her stories with crayon, Carole still uses her words to help readers escape the daily hiccups of life. Her debut novel, The Best Mistake, follows a single mom as she stumbles through one mishap after another.
When Carole isn’t writing, she is a stay-at-home mom to three busy kiddos, a traveling husband and a dog that thinks she is a cat. Carole enjoys running at a leisurely pace, crocheting baby blankets for others and drinking wine when she can find the time. She and her family live in Texas.
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Sunday, 20 October 2019

Silent Money by [Harper, GD]

Silent Money GD Harper- crime
Michael works in a bank as an assistant branch manager. When his manager leaves he
applies for the post but sadly doesn’t get it. When the new incumbent arrives, a man
who is known to staff for not being the hardest worker, Michael assists him all he can-
with his own means to an end in sight. When this manager is replaced Michael thinks
about his own position, one he feels stuck in and that others appear to be getting
what they want but not him. He devises a plan to change things a little. With a little
research and a lot of wherewithal he starts his own business, making more money
than he ever dreamt of. This is set in the mid 1970’s and so there are typed bank
statements, no cctv and many things that we take for granted today. This doesn’t
detract at all in fact when reading this I had to check the dates due to the typing
aspect and then everything slotted in place beautifully. I liked Michael and his
determination and highly organised mind.A wonderful well researched plot
that kept me entertained and a smile along the way.
I look forward to the next instalment.
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Silent Money Glasgow, 1972. Michael Mitchell is ambitious, talented and determined to succeed. But he
learns the hard way that he will never achieve his goals in life – unless he plays by a different
set of rules. He partners with a small-time crook to help the Glasgow underworld launder the proceeds
of their crimes. As the operation grows, Michael is forced to become more and more
ruthless to protect what he has built. Shocked by who he has become, he vows to leave the criminal world behind and start a
new life. But the past has a way of catching up. Finally, he gambles everything on one
last desperate attempt to break free. Purchase Links UK - US - Author Bio – I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing
Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First
Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition. In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody
Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best
emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen.
I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells' Writers at the
Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book
Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow. I went to Glasgow University in 1975 and lived in the city’s West End, the time and
place for the setting of the majority of Silent Money. Social Media Links – Facebook: @gdharperauthor Twitter -

Saturday, 19 October 2019

To Keep You Safe - Kate Bradley--psychological thriller
Jenni is a teacher having previously been in the military. Her hobby is doing Ironmans
(swim 2.4miles/bike 112m/ Run marathon-26m) and she has won three of them.
One of her pupils, fifteen year old Destiny, is known to social services and lives in care.
When Jenni see Destiny in trouble- men are trying to abduct her- she doesn’t expect to
be faced with a gun and more problems in dealing with authority than they are solving.
Jenni’s natural instinct is to protect. Destiny’s is to flee. They set off on a journey that
leads them to far far more than either one of them expected. A story of hope and life
and challenges along the way. Of different types of determination and grit.
This is a beautifully written book that takes you to a different plane and makes you
think and tugs at the emotions , in part almost ethereal despite the rugged plot.
Kate is a wordsmith of the highest quality and I wouldn’t hesitate to read books
by her in the future, This has left me thinking and slightly reeling.
Most certainly one to remember in a very good way 5*

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Friday, 18 October 2019

Close to You

Close to you- Kerry Wilkinson Psychological thriller
Morgan is a successful personal trainer. When she goes to an awards ceremony and
a picture is taken she thinks she recognises someone in the back of the photograph.
That someone looks very much like her husband David who disappeared two years
ago. He was rather secretive about some things and Morgan later discovered told
lies after lies. When things go missing and the only person who would know about
certain things is David, Morgan starts to question herself. It can’t be David can it?
It can’t be as she herself killed him two years ago. This one gripped me very
quickly- always a good sign. Chapters alternate between now and before David
was killed to give us the background of their relationship and what happened.
I took to Morgan (despite what had happened) and how things were panning
out. Her critical mother which many daughters will understand. I read this in a
day- it hooked me and kept me there- always a sign of good writing, interesting
characters and a solid plot. This is my first book by this author and won’t be
the last. A highly recommended read.
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Book Description:

I pinch the screen to zoom until I’m staring at the face of a ghost. A man with very short hair, staring directly at the camera with piercing brown eyes. 

He is as he was when I last saw him: wrinkles around the corners of the eyes and a knowing smirk. That’s the expression I see when I can’t sleep.

My body tenses. It can’t be him. It’s not my ex-husband. It’s not David. 

I know that better than anyone because he didn’t walk out on me.

He didn’t disappear two years ago and he’s not a missing person.

I know that for a fact because I’m the one who killed him.

A brilliantly twisty thriller which will have fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl absolutely gripped.  

Author Bio:

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 crime bestsellers in the UK, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Singapore. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States. His book, Ten Birthdays, won the RNA award for Young Adult Novel of the Year in 2018.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy - a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults - a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like 'barm' and 'ginnel'.

When he's short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he's not, he writes it all down. 

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

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The Children’s Block-  Otto B Kraus- Historical Fiction
A work of fiction based on fact. Cold hard fact that the author lived through. Fact that
every man woman and child should know and learn about until the ends of time. The
Czech edition was entitled “Smoke is my brother”. Says so very much…..I read this
having previously read “ The Tattooist of Auschwitz” so knew what I was in for…. so
I thought. Alex is a teacher and undercover he teaches the children in their block in
Auschwitz, never knowing what the next day let alone hour may hold. He keeps a
diary that is carefully concealed. Whether it will ever be found or who by he does
not know. If found by the guards it will be burnt to yet more smoke. I learnt so
much. That when Germany first took rule there were lots of things that the Jewish
were not allowed. To even buy fresh fruit or to listen to music. Strange rules
hidden amongst the things we know about clothes and doors being marked to make
them stand out. That in the camps there were often ten thousand a day sent to the
gas chambers. This is a disturbing read but as I mentioned beforehand one that
should be read so that is can never ever happen again. As I write this, I learnt of
the camps around today where we really don’t quite know what is going on. How can
mankind be so very unkind? A read to remember. 
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Savage Children by Peter Boland- Crime
A crime book with a difference. I would normally describe this as police procedural- however
its not the police that are proceeding with the evidence in this case. Children are going
missing and then the parents are receiving a picture. A picture drawn by their child of
themselves as an angel. Savage is ex SAS and now retired. He loves nothing more than
being a detective- unofficially of course. He and his friend Tannaz who is a computer
whizz get on the case when his neighbours child goes missing,  as the police appear to
be going around in circles and getting nowhere. I quickly grew to like Savage- there is
something about his personality that makes him likeable although he can be one tough
man not to be messed with- someone you most definitely want on your side. His
relationship with Tannaz comes across very well and they bounce off of each other in
many ways. There is hard work and determination and also a little humour along the
way. I loved the name “St George is Cross” very clever indeed along with the bit at
the end (I’m not giving anything away!) A clever concept, wonderful characters and
a plot that kept me turning and turning- always a good sign! Mr Boland - this is
the first of your books I have read and won’t be the last. 
A highly entertaining, compelling read. 
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Children are disappearing from London parks. Caught on CCTV, they go in but never come out again…
Days after each disappearance, the distraught parents receive a hand-drawn picture of their child as an angel. A sign they’ll never see them again. The police have no clues or leads. All they have is a nickname for the abductor – the Archangel.
When Savage’s neighbour’s ten-year-old son Callum becomes a victim, he vows to find him, and catch this Archangel. Savage has his headstrong friend Tannaz to help him. This time it’s going to take more than her brilliant computer skills to find the truth. They’ll have to enlist the help of some new friends – and some old enemies.
As more children go missing, Savage realises the Archangel is a formidable adversary. Clever, elusive and terrifying. Savage also has the police on his back, watching his every move. The deeper Savage becomes involved, the more he realises all is not what it seems…
A twisty, chilling, action-packed thriller for fans of Lee Child and David Baldacci.
Author Bio:

After studying to be an architect, Pete realised he wasn’t very good at it. He liked designing buildings he just couldn’t make them stand up, which is a bit of a handicap in an industry that likes to keep things upright. So he switched to advertising, writing ads for everything from cruise lines to zombie video games.
After becoming disillusioned with working in ad agencies, he switched to writing novels (or was it because he just wanted to work at home in his pyjamas?). He soon realised there’s no magic formula. You just have to put one word in front of the other (and keep doing that for about a year). It also helps if you can resist the lure of surfing, playing Nintendo Switch with his son, watching America’s Next Top Model with his daughter and drinking beer in a garden chair.
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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Grace- Patrica Dixon-Womens fiction
I was lucky enough to win this book when I read it the first time around  and am so glad I
did. I have just re read this and once again instantly found the magic that this book holds
between its pages. Grace has split from her husband who has now found himself a
new partner, one that isn;t quite like his soon to be ex- wife.. The three children have
pretty much grown and flown and so fed up of being put on at Christmas when the
children are each doing other things Grace takes herself and the dog off to France for
a break. Max is also on his own and wonders who the lovely lady is that he saw on the
ferry crossing- another opportunity missed so back to his lonely wanderings all for lack
of courage.  After an eventful Christmas at home I enjoyed reading of another with its
inevitable ups and downs. Families and relationships- always a minefield at this time of
year. A heart-warming story of life, love, friendships and everything that surrounds
them. Anyone who has gone through a relationship breakup will sympathise with
Grace (and cheer at her “truth speech”). Characters you feel that you know and
understand after just a few chapters and scenarios we have all been through in one
way or another. We all need a good, reassuring story to let us know that there is
good out there and in the face of adversity, most people are really nice (with the
odd exception) as this story shows. An enjoyable heart-warming uplifting read.
A book is not just for Christmas…….
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Grace - The Christmas Cottage blurb

Singleton Grace loves Christmas and having all her family with her on the day. But this year things will be different.

One by one, each of her three children announce that they have other plans for the holidays, leaving Grace home alone with a dilemma. Should she put on a brave face or admit she is hurt?

After deciding it’s time for a change, Grace books a cottage in the French countryside for Christmas.

Max is also at life’s crossroads after coming to terms with the end of his marriage. Making a spur of the moment decision, Max heads to the Loire where he hopes to clear his head, see the sights and escape the festivities.

In the meantime, Grace’s children embark on their own Yuletide journeys. Heidi faces the dreaded in-laws, Amber heads to New York to bag herself a fiancĂ©, and Seth can’t wait to hit the slopes.

But when their plans begin to fall apart, they are all left wishing they were at home with their Mum for Christmas.

Will Grace get what she originally wanted or is a surprise in store?

Author Bio
Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson. 
Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood. 
Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written a total of eight novels, the latest is due for release in March 2019.

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