James Patterson and Romance

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These two books were my holiday reads.

First Review:

Book Title: Sam’s Letters to Jennifer

Author: James Patterson

Pages: 281

Blurb: Have you ever opened a letter that completely changed your life?

When her beloved grandmother is hospitalised, Jennifer returns to the lakeside home where she spent a magical childhood. There she finds a package of letters addressed to her that tell of passion, intrigue and desire. This is the real tale of her grandmother’s life. It’s a shocking family secret, concealed for decades, and the most loving love story Jennifer has ever heard.

Then comes the biggest surprise of all. Jennifer lets her guard down for a moment and is overcome by exhilarating new emotions. It might come with an unbearable cost – but her grandmother’s letters make Jennifer think that love may help her find a way.

Review: This book I read in one sitting. It is that good. A great romance from James Patterson.

It is well written and is full of surprises. Jennifer has her guard up and is not interested in love. As she reads her Grandmas story she begins to realise that even though you may have been hurt once it is not a reason to give up on love completely. Jennifer does let her guard down but as is life it is not as simple as just loving again and being fully happy straight away. This book shows that happy endings come true but can be tinged with sadness.

This is a must read for anyone who loves romance and James Patterson books, he has created such loving characters and an amazing romantic setting.

Link: below is the link to this book.

 

Second Review:

Book Title: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

Author: James Patterson

Pages: 310

Blurb: Katie Wilkinson has found the perfect man at last – but one day he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

The diary was written by a new mother, as a keepsake for her baby son. In it she touchingly recounts the initial romance between herself and the child’s father, and the unparalleled joy that motherhood has brought her. As Katie reads this moving account, it becomes clear that the lover who has left her is the same man as the husband and father in the diary. She reads on, filled with terror and hope as she struggles to understand what has happened – and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Review: This is a truly amazing story. A true love story between mother and son, father and son and man and women. I loved the idea of a diary telling a story and what a great idea for a mother to write one to her baby.

This book is very well written and the plot is amazing as are all James Patterson’s plots. This had me in tears by the end so be aware if you go to read this, which I recommend doing. I read this in one sitting I loved it that much I could not put it down.

I will not give anything away but what I will say is that I was willing for all the characters to have their happy endings. James creates such real characters and scenes that your feel like you are right there in the action. I love the way that James users short chapters. In each he gives you just the right amount of new info without giving too much away and ends it on a cliff hanger so you have to read more.

James is one talented writer.

Link: James Patterson on Amazon

Below is the link to buy this book.

 

 

Interview with Paige Toon.

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Paige Toon was born in 1975 and she grew up between England, Australia and America. A philosophy graduate, she has worked on many magazines, before ending up at Heat magazine as Reviews Editor. She us married and has two small children they all live in Cambridgeshire. Her father is also a racing car driver.

Paige is one of my favourite authors, She writes romance novels with a real modern-day feel to them. She kindly agreed to take some time to answer some questions for my blog. Thank you Paige it means a lot to a big fan and also I am hoping it will inspire others.

  1.  What inspired you to become a writer?

I don’t remember because I’ve wanted to write ever since I can remember!

  1. Describe a typical day in the life of author Paige Toon?

Once the kids are at school, I catch up with social media, which can take an hour or two and any other emails or work things I need to deal with. Finally, usually after lunch, I have time to write. My best work usually takes place about an hour before school ends, which can be a little frustrating!

  1. Do you have a favourite place to write?

I work upstairs in a tiny office with a beautiful view over the fields at the back of my house. It has to be clean and tidy or I can’t focus!

  1. What is your writing process?

So far I have always got the idea for a book when I’ve been writing the one before, so I have a fair few months to mull it over before I start writing. My publisher needs a synopsis so everyone on the team is familiar with my plot idea, but it’s actually a really good thing to do to help you finesse your idea.

  1. How do you come up with you ideas?

They come to me out of nowhere. For example, Adele’s Someone Like You gave me the idea for One Perfect Summer, a book about a boy who can’t stop thinking about the girl he knew before he became famous. This is Alice, and I tell the story from her point of view.

  1. From your novels do you have a favourite character?

I don’t because I love each and every one of them – they feel so real when I’m inside their heads, imagining what they’re doing and what they’re thinking or feeling. If you pushed me, I might say Lucy because she was my first and I was so happy to have a book deal and writing about someone who was also caught between two countries: England and Australia.

  1. Writers block, how do you cope with this when and if it happens?

Walking helps. I listen to music and let my mind wander. Eventually the characters start up conversations between themselves again!

  1. Finally, what are your top 3 tips to anyone who wants to become a published writer? Consider journalism as a stepping stone – for a start, it’s usually great fun but it’s easier to be taken seriously if you’re already a working writer. Always write what you want and not what you think you should – if you feel connected, you’ll always have an audience who feels connected too. Grab yourself a copy of the latest edition of The Writers’ & Artist’s Yearbook – there are loads of handy tips in there!

Hope you have enjoyed reading this interview.

Michelle xx

The Sun In Her Eyes by Paige Toon

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Book Title: The Sun In Her Eyes

Author: Paige Toon

Pages: 420

Blurb: Blinding sunshine…A bend in the road…What became of the little girl with the sun in her eyes?

Amber was there when a car crash stole her mother’s life. She doesn’t remember the accident, but a stranger at the scene has been unable to forget. Now, almost thirty years later, she’s trying to track Amber down.

Amber, meanwhile, is married to Ned and living on the other side of the world in London. When her father has a stroke, she flies straight home to Australia to be with him. Away from her husband, Amber finds comfort in her oldest friends, but her feelings for Ethan, the gorgeous, green-eyed man she once fell for, have never been platonic.

As Ethan and Amber grow closer, married life in London feels very far away. Then Amber receives a letter that changes everything.

‘Before your mother died, she asked me to tell you something…’

Review: This is a well written, modern-day, romance. I adore Paige Toon and have all her books. I love that this book is set in two countries, England and Australia, clearly showing the authors great love for both. Paige has created some well-loved characters. When I came to the end I was sorry that it had finished, but the ending was perfect.

This story has a central story line running through it, what happened on the night of the crash? And also a love triangle, with an interesting twist which I just loved. No giveaways! Sorry! Both these storylines are important and impact on the views and opinions of the main character which, brings her to her perfect ending. Paige has a way with telling a story. Her stories feel like real life soap operas.

Throughout, I was unable to decided which of the male leads I wanted to win Amber’s heart. In most books I know but Paige kept you loving both right until then end.

This is a brilliant book and I loved it.

Link:

Paige Toon on Facebook

 

The Year I Met You by Cecelia Ahern – a review

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Book Title: The Year I Met You

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Pages: 413

Blurb: The Year that changed my life

For Jasmine, losing her job felt like losing everything.

The Year I found Home

With a life built around her career and her beloved sister Heather, suddenly her world becomes the house and garden she has hardly seen and the neighbours she has yet to meet.

The year I met you

But being fired is just the beginning. In the year that unfolds Jasmine learns more about herself than she could ever imagine – and more about other people than she ever dreamed. Sometimes friendship is found in the most unexpected of places.

Review: Wow!

This was such an incredible book and I just could not put this one down. I choose this book as I love Cecelia Ahearn’s style of writing and her other books which I have read some of, I will now be reading many more.

The story is based around a women, Jasmine, who once her life slows down discovers that there is more to life than work commitments. She discovers her neighbours. Cecelia creates such a small world but the little neighbourhood area she writes about feels so real and I can picture myself in amongst all the action watching on from the side lines.

I will not give away the story, I really hate it when that happens, but I will say that my favourite relationship in this book is between Jasmine and Heather. They are so caring towards each other in their own ways and it is such a unique relationship, it made me laugh and cry in equal measures.

Well done Cecelia Ahern who has created another master piece. She has opened my eyes to such normal situations that go on in life and thoughts and feelings that we have that as I read I was like, OK, I don’t feel so bad having those same thoughts.

Link:  Below is a link to Cecelia Ahern’s Amazon page.

 

Creature Comforts by Trisha Ashley – a book review.

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Book Title: Creature Comforts

Author: Trisha Ashley

Pages: 400

Blurb: Is there such a thing as ‘happy-ever-after’?

Izzy Dane has her doubts. After coursing a terrible accident, her life has lurched from one disaster to another. The final straw is when she realises she and her fiancé Kieran want completely different things in life.

Izzy decides she needs to revisit the past in order to move forward with her future. Swearing of men, she returns home to the cosy village of Halfhidden to stay with her eccentric Aunt Debo and her motley bunch of canine friends.

But it turns out that Halfhidden is full of surprises – and one very dishy newcomer who makes Izzy’s quest for answers rather more complicated than she could ever have anticipated…

Review: As you all know Trisha is one of my favourite authors. She creates such loveable characters that all seem so real and this is no exception for her latest book.

As I read it was like Halfhidden came alive around me and surrounded me in its eccentric characters, amazing village scenes and dogs barking. I felt like I was right there in the middle of all the action. Trisha is very skilled in writing to create this for her readers.

This story is a fantastic romantic, comedy, with sadness and hope. I will not give anything away but I was so pleased of the outcome. The story line keeps you guessing all the way through so your not sure how it will end right up until the end.

For any Trisha Fans this is one you cannot miss reading.

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Here is also a link to my interview with Trisha Ashley.

 

Summer Secrets by Jane Green – a review.

Book Title: Summer Secrets

Author: Jane Green

Pages: 376

Blurb: June, 1998. At Twenty-seven, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London, works as a journalist, and parties hard. When she discovers the identity of the father she never knew she had, it sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her the budding friendship of the only women who have ever welcomed her. And nothing is ever the same after that.

June, 2014. Cat’s life has come full circle. She wants to make amends to those she has hurt. Her quest takes her to Nantucket, the gorgeous New England island where the women she once called family still live. What Cat doesn’t realize is that these women, her real father’s daughters, have secrets of their own. As the past collides with the present, Cat must confront the darkest things in her own life and uncover the depths of someone’s need for revenge.

Review: Jane Green is one of my favourite authors. I have loved all her books. When I saw this on the shelf in Tesco, I was excited to see that the cover is made form a soft material and it is so beautiful.

Here is the amazing cover.

Summer Secrets is well written and covers so many emotions that as a reader I felt them all the way through. I could really relate to Cat. We all make mistakes in live and we all have to face them one way or another. I really enjoyed reading about all the emotions that Cat went through to then evaluate them and sort out her life.

Jane really brings the characters and places featured in this story to live. I thought I could see how the story would end but was proofed wrong which, is something that I love to happen.

This is another great book from Jane Green.

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