The Postcard by Fern Britton

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Title: The Postcard

Author: Fern Britton

Blurb: Secrets. Sisters. The summer that changed everything . . .

Life in the Cornish village of Pendruggan isn’t always picture perfect. Penny Leighton has never told anyone why she’s estranged from her mother and sister. For years she’s kept her family secrets locked away in her heart, but they’ve been quietly eating away at her. When an unwelcome visitor blows in, Penny is brought face to face with the past. And a postcard, tucked away in a long-hidden case, holds the truth that could change everything.

Young Ella has come back to the place where she spent a happy childhood with her grandmother. Now she’s here to search for everything missing in her life. Taken under Penny’s broken wing for the summer, the safe haven of Pendruggan feels like the place for a fresh start. Soon, however, Ella starts to wonder if perhaps her real legacy doesn’t lie in the past at all.

Escape to Cornwall this summer with Sunday Times bestseller, Fern Britton.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review: Fern Britton has done it again. The Postcard is perfect and highlights important difficulties in such a lovely way.

As we follow Penny’s journey through this story we discover that she is suffering from depression, I wont give away too much details here to the plot but what I will say is that Fern writes in her unique style that makes reading about this topic comforting giving hope. I suffer from depression and this was a comfort to read. I would normal stop reading anything that hints at something I find difficult but this was an exception.

Cornwall is one of my top favourite places to visit and Fern has captured the essence of Cornwall between the pages perfectly.

The story is left in such a way that I am looking forward to Fern’s next book which I hope revisits Pendruggan and more of Ella’s story.

I adore Fern Britton and her personality shines through her writing. Her books are perfect for anyone who loves reading about romance, hope, family and friendship’s set in idyllic parts of Britain.

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Along Came a Spider by James Patterson

Reviews headingTitle: Along Came a Spider

Author: James Patterson

Blurb: The international bestseller introducing Detective Alex Cross

Two children have been kidnapped from an elite private school in Washington DC, and Alex Cross is charged with finding them.

The kidnapper is their maths teacher, a man named Gary Soneji. As Cross gets pulled deeper into the strange world of the kidnapper, it becomes clear he is not what he seems…

Publisher: Random House UK

Review: James Patterson is the most amazing crime/thriller writer. That is why he is one of the worlds best. I have many shelf’s full of his books and this is one of my favourites.

Alex Cross is a complicated character but is amazing at his job solving crime. He has a strong bond with his family which I love a hero to have.

The plot in this story is brilliant and the way that James writes is perfect. I like the short chapters which gives a new little details each time and the simple way that James writes makes his books accessible to people who want to start reading. I find some crime books difficult to read or understand but with James Patterson’s books I can easily follow them and that is one of the reasons he is my favourite crime/thriller writer.

The world of a kidnapper is deeply explored and is fascinating to read about. James has an amazing talent and you really feel you are right inside the criminals head.

James Patterson’s work is truly magical.

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Holiday in The Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

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Author: Sarah Morgan

Blurb: The perfect summer escape…?

Professional dog-walker Felicity Knight loves everything about New York…until her ex-husband starts working at her local vet clinic. She hasn’t seen Seth Carlyle in ten years, but one glimpse of him – too gorgeous, and still too good for her – and Fliss’s heart hurts like their whirlwind marriage ended yesterday. So when her grandmother in The Hamptons needs help for the summer, it seems the perfect way to escape her past…

Their relationship might only have lasted a few scorching months, but vet Seth knows Fliss – if she’s run away to The Hamptons, it’s because she still feels their connection and it terrifies her. He let her go once before, when he didn’t know any better, but not this summer! With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see that he’s never stopped loving her…

Publisher: HQ

Review: Sarah Morgan has done it again. I adore her stories and this new series is no exception. I loved it.

Will Fliss have a perfect escape this summer? I defiantly found a perfect summer escape with this book. I fell in love all over again with Sarah Morgan’s fantastic warm writing that completely draws you in to her world. Her series are full of knowledge of all the characters which is such a great skill as characters are referenced across her books.

This story follows Fliss and her ex-husband Seth as they re-connect with each other and both realise that the love they once shared had never gone away. There story is full of assumptions that had been made coursing the relationship to break down. They also went through some personal traumatic events (which I will not give away here) that also adds to their story.  As the characters learn that communicating is also an important fact to a relationship rather than just the physical side their relationship develops in a new and stronger way. I enjoyed hearing how others actions have effected how Fliss has carried out her life shutting people out to protect herself.

Sarah Morgan has created a romantic, rich story that is a book I will read again and again along with her other books,

Sarah Morgan’s books are a delight to read. The next one can not come soon enough.

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The Secret of Happy Ever After by Lucy Dillon

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Author: Lucy Dillon

Blurb: When story-lover Anna takes over Longhampton’s bookshop, it’s her dream come true. And not just because it gets her away from her three rowdy stepchildren and their hyperactive Dalmatian.

Unpacking boxes filled with childhood classics, Anna can’t shake the feeling that maybe her own fairytale ending isn’t all that she’d hoped for. But, as the stories of love, adventure, secret gardens, lost dogs, wicked witches and giant peaches breathe new life into the neglected shop, Anna and her customers get swept up in the magic too.

Even Anna’s best friend Michelle – who categorically doesn’t believe in true love and handsome princes – isn’t immune.

But when secrets from Michelle’s own childhood come back to haunt her, and disaster threatens Anna’s home, will the wisdom and charm of the stories in the bookshop help the two friends – and those they love – find their own happy ever afters?

Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Review: This book I read some while ago and it was the first of Lucy Dillon’s books I had read. What appealed to me first was the title and the cover which is just beautiful, so dreamy and romantic.

I was not disappointed once I started reading, it is a truly lovely story. Everyday family issues are part of Anna and Michelle’s journey through this story. This with the dreams that come with being a lover of every thing book related, which every book lover can relate to, makes a great story to read. I could not put it down.

I would love to own a bookshop. A little one in the countryside in a village surrounded by fields onside and the sea the other. I love all stories based in a book store so if you know any please comment below and if I haven’t read them already I will defiantly be seeking them out.

I recommend this book fall of fairy tales, dreams hope, family, romance and friendship.

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The Bomb Girl’s Secrets by Daisy Styles

Reviews headingTitle: The Bomb Girl’s Secrets

Author: Daisy Styles

Blurb: When Kitty hears about women being requested for war work in munitions factories her heart skips a beat. She doesn’t want to leave Ireland, but the money is good. And money is what she really needs right now. At the Lancashire factory Kitty settles into the hard work with her new friends; the dazzling Gladys, nervous Violet and comforting Lily. Working hard in the day and dancing by night, on the surface, life looks good. But Kitty has a secret. Something she needs to figure out. And it looks like she is going to need the help of her new friends before it’s too late. . .

Publisher: Penguin UK

Review: Wow! I loved this book. I really enjoy reading books that are set in the years of the war. It makes a nice change from more modern romances.

I was having a browse in my local library and found this book. I hadn’t read a book by Daisy Styles and what I read from the blurb, it was just what I was looking for. I sat and started reading straight away in a quiet corner of the library.

Daisy has created strong characters that are warm, loving and perfect for the era the story is set in. WWW 2 is a topic in history that I love learning about and hearing all the courageous stories about real people living in that time. This story is fiction as many that I read are but they are all based on what happened in that time.

I loved reading about the swing band and how it brought everyone together. Each of the girls has a special story and all have secrets that bring some real tense moments to the plot. Along with these tense moments and the sad news from Germany there are some really lovely moments with friends and romance for the Bomb Girls. I am not giving anything away about these girls secrets or if the get happy endings this is a book that just has to be read.

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Recipe For Love by Katie FForde

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Title: Recipe for Love

Author: Katie Fforde

Blurb: Take one aspiring cook.

When Zoe Harper wins a coveted place in a televised cookery competition, she can’t wait to put her cooking skills to the test.

Add a very desirable judge.

But as the competition heats up, she realises she’s developing an inconvenient crush on one of the judges, the truly delicious Gideon Irving.

Stir in a heaped tablespoon of romance.

All too soon there’s more than canapés, cupcakes and cordon bleu at stake.

Will Zoe win the competition, or is Gideon one temptation too far?

Publisher: Arrow

Review:  This is another wonderful tale by Katie Fforde.

I enjoyed reading about the televised cookery competition. Very Great British Bake-off. I particularly enjoyed reading about a TV show and the goings on behind camera that you don’t see on TV. By reading you get a whole different understanding and view. Katie makes you feel like you are apart of the show and I felt all the tension throughout.

I enjoyed the twist in the plot where our main character Zoe falls for the handsome judge Gideon. It creates so many problems which I found interesting to follow.

Katie Fforde writes in her beautiful style. Easy to follow with short chapters. Katie has created such warm and loveable characters in lovely amazing settings. Her romantic moments are to die for.

This is perfect for a summer read laying by the river in the countryside.

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Our Magic Moments

 

A Magic Moment

The Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts

‘Give a Little Bit – Getting Down and Dirty for Charity’ by Caroline Roberts

To celebrate this lovely book My Summer of Magic Moments by Caroline Roberts I have asked some of my family, friends and fellow authors to think about their Magic Moments. They have all kindly agreed for me to share them with you. I have also included my own Magic Moment.

Feel free to comment below and tell me your Magic Moments I would love to hear them.

Thank you to all who participated.

My Magic Moment:

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My Family, Friend’s and Fellow Author’s Magic Moments:

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My most magical moment was the day my daughter Eve was born, she weighed 6lbs 2 oz and made a lot of noise, and little did I know how this tiny bundle would change my life. Having a child is a magical journey, it (1).png

My most magical moment was the day my daughter Eve was born, she weighed 6lbs 2 oz and made a lot of noise, and little did I know how this tiny bundle would change my life. Having a child is a magical journey, it (2).png

My most magical moment was the day my daughter Eve was born, she weighed 6lbs 2 oz and made a lot of noise, and little did I know how this tiny bundle would change my life. Having a child is a magical journey, it (8).png

My most magical moment was the day my daughter Eve was born, she weighed 6lbs 2 oz and made a lot of noise, and little did I know how this tiny bundle would change my life. Having a child is a magical journey, it (6).png

My most magical moment was the day my daughter Eve was born, she weighed 6lbs 2 oz and made a lot of noise, and little did I know how this tiny bundle would change my life. Having a child is a magical journey, it (4).png