Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Book Review - The Daughter by Lucy Dawson

Amazon UK
Title: The Daughter
Author: Lucy Dawson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 24th January 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


 You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. Now someone's determined to make you pay… Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess’s daughter Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire… but she’ll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

To distance herself from the mistakes of the past, Jess has moved away and started over with her family. But when terrifying things begin happening in her new home, Jess knows that her past has finally caught up with her. Somebody feels Jess hasn’t paid enough, and is determined to make her suffer for the secrets she’s kept all these years.

3 hours ago I started The Daughter, and I am now sitting here gasping for breath, having not been able to move or put my kindle down or acknowledge any part of the real world for those three hours as I read this completely addictive and unputdownable book. 

The first part is very emotional, and shows just what depth Lucy Dawson has with her writing, I was almost in tears at parts of it, and then as the story moves up to to the present day, it becomes creepier and at no point are you really sure just what the cause of it all is. 

I certainly didn't expect or predict any part of the thrilling finale, which is what has left me so amazed at the story. 

I don't think I can say any more about the plot than the blurb has, as I know I would give away the wrong information. What I will say is that every book I read by Lucy Dawson is more and more impressive, and I can't believe that I read this so fast and in one sitting, when I'm fairly sure I had other things I needed to do instead!  

The Daughter will take you on a fabulous journey and make you wonder just what lengths you may be prepared to go to, to protect a loved one.  It has reached under my skin and completely unsettled me, so I am completely blaming the author if I don't sleep this evening. 

Although its probably a bit early in the year to state this, I suspect this could be one of the psychological thrillers of the year, I am that impressed by how little I was able to predict, and was just swept away in the story. In fact that first part makes me think the author could probably turn her hand to women's fiction just as well too.  

It's not necessarily your typical psychological thriller, it had quite a different feel to it initially but all the background was  very relevant and incredibly well written and was pulling me into the story, before the more unsettling behaviours were occurring. 

This is definitely a must read for fans of the genre, just wow! 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Monday, 22 January 2018

Book Review - Sweet home Summer by Michelle Vernal - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #83

Amazon UK
Title: Sweet Home Summer
Author: Michelle Vernal
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 12th January 2018
Rating: 3 Stars



Sometimes, home really is where the heart is…

Leaving behind her hi-flying career in London, Isla Brookes has had enough. Burnt out and tired of an unfulfilling profession and lousy boyfriends, it’s time for her to go home.

Arriving back in cosy Bibury to stay with her grandmother, Bridget, everything is charmingly familiar. Even her childhood sweetheart, Ben, is as handsome as she remembered…

And when she discovers a stack of long-forgotten Valentine’s Day cards, Isla, with the help of Ben, begins to realise exactly what is most important in life.

I can't put my finger on it, but I just didn't gel with this book at all. I found it took over half the story before I actually started enjoying it, and from there on was where for me it became a good story.  

I think part of it is there are a lot of characters, as there is a focus on Isla and her friends, Bridget her grandmother and her friends, and also the flash backs to Bridgets past with even more characters introduced, plus of course the rest of their family too. 

So the elements of the story I did enjoy I can't really specify as they are far enough in that it would be considered spoilers, but I did like the various relationships and the potential relationships that were in the small town of Bibury. 

The story that Bridget tells about her past is ultimately tragic but still shocks too, and I did feel for her a bit. 

For me though the best character was Carl who just added an extra dimension to any chapter he was in, His friendship with Isla and Annie meant there was a friendship group of six that had a great dynamic to it, and I enjoyed that element of the story. 

I really had no idea what to expect from this story, and I can see that there are plenty of people that will love this, especially the look at small town life in New Zealand in the 1950s, with the mining communities , but I think I just read this over a few days where I perhaps was in the mood for something different. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thanks to everyone who voted for this book. It was a tie but given I had DNF a book by the other author I thought I would give this one a go.  Wonder if I will like this week's choice any better.

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #84


 
Thank you everyone for your input last time. The results of the last vote were:

1 Votes -  Calling Romeo by Alexandra Potter
1 Votes - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
2 Votes  - A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by Faith Bleasdale
4 Votes - The Expats by Chris Pavone
4 Votes - Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal

It was a tie, and I went for Sweet Home Summer mainly because it was a review book too, so killing two birds with one stone always appeals. However lets just say you guys have picked better in the past, and I hope you will do again this week. 

So this year I've decided instead of changing what part of the TBR I randomise each week, I'm going with at least until I get bored books released in the current month - so for the next few weeks all the options will be books released in January - that is January from whatever year they were published! (At least based on the publication date I put on my master spreadsheet). Should give all books a few chances to get picked over a year and be slightly quicker for me to set up!  

Below is my initial theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote! Enjoy!

I am also awful at deciding what book to read next, as I often have about 10 titles or authors jumping into my brain at any time, shouting at me to read them, and I tend to worry I have made the wrong decision while reading a perfectly good book. I am hoping this will save me having to make at least 1 choice a week, while possibly providing a review to the site of a book you all either love or are curious about yourselves. 

So what I am proposing, is my lovely loyal readers of Rachel's Random Reads, select one book for me to read a week, and I will post the review the following week. 

This week's random numbers are...


And the books these numbers correspond to are...

So the 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:

18 - The Widow by Fiona Barton - I've heard such good things about this book, but still not read it myself. I did get given a copy of her second book by someone on holiday which I hope to read at some point too! 
21 - The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell - I have a copy of her new book Gone Viking on my review shelf for April and looking forward to it but would be very interested in this first book by the author and to hear more about Denmark. 
27 - All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven - I recall seeing this on every blog and all over twitter when it was first released. I then won a copy but not got as far as reading it yet. 
41 - The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James - Loved the look of this while I saw it around the blog-osphere last year that I had to buy it! I know this one involves baking so should make me hungry. 
42 - The Real Lady Detective Agency: A True Story by Rebecca Jane - This is the one I can't place in my mind, but was almost certainly bought in a sale with good intentions! 

I have never read anything by any of these authors which makes this a potentially very interesting vote to watch from my point of view. I know that some of these books have been seen on blogs before so hopefully you may have heard of them, or read them. At this point in time I'm pretty confident I should enjoy all 5 of them which makes me very excited to hand them over to you all! 

And authors, if its your book up on this feature, feel free to take part, vote for yourself, or stir up excitement amongst your fans! 

Pick your favourite or the one you most want me to review, or just the one you are curious about, and leave me a comment below, before midnight on Wednesday. 

I look forward to seeing what I will be reading over the weekend, courtesy of you all. 

The explanation if you haven't seen the feature before. 

How is this going to work?

Every Monday, I am going to have a post like this, which is going to have some choices on it. I am planning on using random.org to select 7 random numbers, to coincide with my spreadsheet of unread books.  

I will from that produce a list of hopefully 5 books, I reserve the right to veto any books, and will give reasons for them, if it occurs.

I will take screenshots and post them, of the chosen books, and also give you my instinctive reactions to the choices (without checking blurbs or any other info about them, which could be interesting as there are probably many forgotten about books on my spreadsheet!). 

Your task is to post a comment on this post, with the book you would like me to read this week. At midnight on Wednesday I will take a tally of the votes and the book with the most, I will read and review for the following Monday, where you will also get a new choice post. 

In the event of a tie, I will chose which one appeals most, for the Monday review, and possibly try and read and review the other to appear when I can. 

I am hoping this will provide some variety to the books appearing, and will let me potentially read or discover some great authors that I have wanted to read but not got around to yet.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Book Review - Izzy As Is by Tracie Banister

Amazon UK
Title: Izzy As Is
Author: Tracie Banister
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Self published
Publication Date: 24th January 2018
Rating: 3.5 Stars


The party is over for bikini model Izzy Alvarez. For six years she’s made a good living by flaunting her God-given assets on runways and in front of cameras, but now as she approaches the big 3-0, the bodacious Latina is shocked to learn she’s aged out of the profession that’s kept her in mojitos, mani/pedis, and designer thongs. What’s a girl with a taste for the finer things in life and no marketable skills to do?

Getting a regular job is too boring to even consider, so Izzy decides to follow in the footsteps of her newly-engaged frenemy and become a trophy wife. Although she’s desperate and too broke to get a chipped nail fixed, Izzy still has standards for her future husband, which means no uggos, no vertically-challenged guys, and no geezers who need to pop a blue pill to perform in the bedroom. Enlisting the aid of her computer whiz nephew and her closest pals, Izzy goes on the prowl for a rich, marriage-minded man, encountering likely candidates in a lot of unlikely places.

The high life she’s dreamed of may be within reach when Izzy meets a charming, successful man who’s not only hotter than a steamy summer night in Miami, but ready to settle down. Now all Izzy has to do is make sure her loud, crazy Cuban family doesn’t scare off el hombre perfecto—oh, yeah, and squelch those pesky, romantic feelings she keeps having for the sweet, cash-strapped guy she's known forever.

Will Izzy’s hunger for money win out, or will her fiery heart demand to be heard?

Ever since I first saw this cover revealed, I was enticed into reading this book, it is so summery and gorgeous looking, just what is needed in a cold British winter, a slice of warmth in Miami.  Given I have spent a few day in Miami and done two loops on the hop on, hop off buses, I did have some idea of the basics of this city, and was very excited when a mall I went to got mentioned briefly! 

Unfortunately I soon realised that Izzy is the sort of main character that I no longer have time for,  5-10 years ago I would have probably loved her, but I find now that shallow characters that predominately care about their appearance, and bagging a rich husband just don't interest me anymore.  However that is my problem and I know plenty of people will have no problem with this element of the book. 

For I really did enjoy the writing, I loved that Izzy is a Latina, and part Cuban, and thus would occasionally start talking Spanish, and I was really glad to know that my knowledge of Spanish was up more than up to it and that I knew a swear word when I saw one!  

There were plenty of moments in the book which made me chuckle, and the sibling rivalry Izzy had with Pilar and Ana was amusing. In fact I loved Izzy's mother too, who was just a slight hypochondriac, and tried to make every scene she was in revolve around her. 

Though my absolute favourite character was Nate, Izzy's 11 year old genius nephew. We didn't see too much of him, but I loved his insights and just how intelligent he really is. His sister Gabi was adorable too, and her 5th Birthday party was the sort of party that little girls must dream of! 

Izzy's best friend Zane is the other character I really really loved, in fact I think I fell a bit in love with him, but whether Izzy will ever notice him properly is another matter as she is determined to become a trophy wife and comes up with various plans to meet a rich sexy future husband!  

If only I had connected more with Izzy, I would be giving this a much higher rating, as the rest of the book was really good, I just find if I 'm not keen on the main character it becomes a problem for me.  The story itself was predictable but I didn't mind that too much, just wish I had been able to read this on holiday, as it would be a great poolside / beach read! 

Thanks to Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Book Review - On A Beautiful Day by Lucy Diamond

Amazon UK
Title: On A Beautiful Day
Author: Lucy Diamond
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: 11th January 2018
Rating: 4 Stars


Treasure every moment. Life can change in a heartbeat.

What the fans say: 'Wonderful characters and the stories are always great, with twists and turns' Gemma

It’s a beautiful day in Manchester and four friends are meeting for a birthday lunch. But then they witness a shocking accident just metres away which acts as a catalyst for each of them.

For Laura, it’s a wake-up call to heed the ticking of her biological clock. Sensible Jo finds herself throwing caution to the wind in a new relationship. Eve, who has been trying to ignore the worrying lump in her breast, feels helpless and out of control. And happy-go-lucky India is drawn to one of the victims of the accident, causing long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.

This is a novel about the startling and unexpected turns life can take. It’s about luck – good and bad – and about finding bravery and resilience when your world is in turmoil. Above all, it’s about friendship, togetherness and hope.

Witnessing a freak accident was the catalyst for the four best friends, that leads to their lives changing drastically.  

Jo decides to move in with her boyfriend, partly due to an electricity issue in her current flat and has to see if she can ever work out how to get along with his daughter Maisie.  

Eve is concealing from everyone a lump she found on her breast, and starts to act erratically. She is the sort of person who doesn't like lose control over anything. Laura on the other hand finds her marriage isn't quite as strong as it should be, while her desire for a baby is getting stronger by the day. 

Finally there is India, and this accident triggers all sorts of emotions in her, and lead to her being one of the most interesting characters, especially once you discover her secrets. 

This is a story of friendship, relationships and how one moment can change your outlook on life forever. It is a lovingly written story and was the book focuses on all four women you really get to know them very well, in addition to the rest of their families.  I really liked the various characters, and found myself thoroughly enjoying the whole book. 

I am a huge fan of Lucy Diamond, and found this was certainly up to her normal standards, and found I was able to read it reasonably quickly, always being keen to get back to the book to see what the women would be up to next.  

Really enjoyable story, where I was eager to see how everything turned out. 

Thank you to Netgalley and MacMillan for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Friday, 19 January 2018

Book Review - The Wedding Promise by Emma Hannigan - #HolidayReading Book 4

Book 4 of 30 that I read on my holiday to Fuerteventura in December 2017


Amazon UK
Title: The Wedding Promise
Author: Emma Hannigan
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Bookbridgr
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 29th June 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


Restoring a Spanish villa brings Shelly back to the place she and her husband once loved, fulfilling the promise he made that they would return. But as plans to transform the villa into a romantic wedding venue take shape, Shelly discovers her children may need the move more than she does.

Her son Jake has begun to question the things he values most: his career as a pilot, his relationship with his girlfriend. Could Spain offer him the change he's seeking? Shelly's daughter Leila arrives with a new-born baby in tow, but then hears some startling news she wasn't expecting. As Casa Maria takes its first booking, will it turn out to be more than a romantic promise made all those years ago? Perhaps a second chance at new beginnings?

Loved this book focusing around all the members of one family, as they pick their lives up after a major incident. 

I loved all the scenes in Spain, and was really starting to feel a part of life there, was well as a member of the Dillon family. 

With each Emma Hannigan book that i read, I am becoming more and more impressed by her writing style and how she draws you into the story. 

This book had me feeling a whole range of emotions, and while I generally liked all the characters, I found Fee a bit harder to get on with. 

Pure escapism for any time of year, this is highly enjoyable and will give you a much needed break from your life while you are absorbed in a whole other families trials and triumphs. 

Thank you to Bookbridgr for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Spotlight - A Stranger in the Cove by Rachel Brimble - Blog Tour

I'm taking the opportunity today to share with you the details of Rachel Brimble's latest book in the Templeton Cove series.


Series: Templeton Cove
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Jan 1st 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
Mac Orman is on a mission. When he discovers his recently deceased father had been searching for his birth mother, Mac aims to finish the job by finding the grandmother he never knew. His quest leads him to Templeton Cove—and a firecracker of a woman who instantly jump-starts his tortured heart.  
For Mac, Kate Harrington is the most tempting kind of distraction. But their sizzling connection comes with a side of suspicion for Kate, who doesn’t trust this brooding stranger in her town. Mac arrived with no plans to stay, but as he falls for Kate, he wonders how he could ever possibly leave.
EXCERPT
Oh, for the love of God. The man’s smile was slow, soft and as sexy as hell. It was like an invisible aphrodisiac on her newly ignited libido. She took another sip of her drink, her heart  racing and her body on fire. He looked at her as though he had X-ray vision…or the ability to make her want to strip without the request even passing his lips. Every inch of her body was intensely aware of him and she didn’t like it. Not one tiny bit. Good looks and even better bodies were not to be trusted. This guy could be just as much of a cheater as her ex. Even more so, if his killer smile was anything to go by. She couldn’t imagine a woman not being affected by it. So why did she want to keep looking at him?
He leaned his elbow on the bar and faced her. “So…” He took a sip of his drink. “Do you
live around here?”
Feigning nonchalance, she sat straighter on her stool and drew forth as much of a welcome attitude as she could. It wasn’t this stranger’s fault he’d attracted and intrigued her in one very dangerous blow. “Yes.”
He smiled. “That’s all I get?”
“That’s all you get.” She returned his smile, her body relaxing a little. His voice was rich
and deep and had the same warming effect on her as a shot of whiskey on a cold night. “That is, until I know a little more about you.”
“Shoot.” He drank. “Ask me anything you want.”
“Okay…” Her gaze dropped frustratingly to his mouth, most likely quashing her
nonchalance in a heartbeat. She shifted on her seat and lifted her gaze to his…although his eyes were by no means a safer option. She cleared her throat. “What brings you to the Cove?”
His gaze locked on hers and the seconds ticked by. His blue eyes darkened as his smile
faltered.  Kate raised her eyebrows, curiosity whispering through her. “Was that not a good
question to start with?”
He flitted his focus to the band once more. “I’m looking for work.”
She frowned. “In Templeton?”
“It’s as good a place as any, isn’t it?”
She hazarded a guess that the shift in his tone was meant to induce a throw away question, to make her believe it was no big deal why he was in Templeton. Little did Mr. Bad Boy know, she was blessed—or sometimes cursed—with the innate ability to read between the lines, to sense when something wasn’t quite right with people or situations. Her senses pinged to high alert with this guy at the sudden stiffness in his body, the way his jaw had set. His easy demeanour of a moment before had been replaced with clear defensiveness.
BUY LINKS
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ABOUT RACHEL BRIMBLE

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Jan 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!


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I really hope you like the look of A Stranger in the Cove.

If you are interested in the Templeton Cove series and have a way of sharing reviews, take a look at my Retro Review Vault where the first 7 books are currently listed, and I have review opportunities open to them, Message me via my other website if you are interested. 

Would You Rather Q&A with Rachel Dove - Blog Tour

I had a lot of fun coming up with these questions, for what may become a new regular interview series on Rachel's Random Reads.

Based on the sort of game you may play on a night out potentially after a drinks, I asked Rachel Dove a completely randomly created selection of questions, all of which start Would You Rather...?

1) Would you rather live under the sea or in space?

Ah, drowning is my worst fear, but I would hate space a bit less, so space it is!

2) Would you rather only read your genres you write in, or all other genres for the rest of your life? 

tricky. All other genres, I avoid genres similar to mine when writing anyway.

3) Would you rather ride a camel or an elephant?

Elephants are my favourite animal in the whole world, so I would pick them!

4) Would you rather eat sweet or savoury food? 

Savoury. I am a total carnivore at times. 

5) Would you rather pick all future books to read by their covers only, or their blurbs?

I often think that blurbs give too much away, so covers it is!

6) Would you rather go skiing or sit by a beach on holiday?

Beach. You can't read on skis! 

7) Would you rather go to the cinema or the theatre?

Cinema. 

8) Would you rather read ebooks, audiobooks or physical books?

Any book is a book to me, although audiobooks is something I don't really do yet. I am always a bit behind the times. 

9) Would you rather be rich but unhappy or poor and happy? 

Happiness would win every time. You can't buy it with money. 

10) Would you rather play or watch sports? 

Watch. For the legs in shorts, obvs. 

11) Would you rather always have to tell the truth, or always have to lie?

Truth, I hate lying. I always try to be honest and I teach my kids the same values. 

12) Would you rather always be late or always be unprepared?

I hate both! I am always early and prepared, so I think I would struggle to pick. 

13) Would you rather be aged 10 or 30 forever?

30 forever. Kids have a lot of pressure these days. By 30 you kind of know who you are. 

14) Would you rather look like a fish or smell like a fish?

ha ha! Good one! I guess look like a fish? With my fear of drowning, gills could come in handy!

15) Would you rather be an only child or have siblings?

Have you met my little brother? He makes Bart Simpson look like Perfect Peter. I do love him though, so siblings is a yes. (just)

16) Would you rather lose your keys or forget your mobile phone?

Mobile phone - you can live without it. 

17) Would you rather have free books for life or free food for life?

Free food for life! My two lads are like bottomless pits, and I love to buy books to support authors and publishers. 

18) Would you rather give up social media or alcohol?

Social media - it's nice to have a break now and again. Just be present at home. Plus, I love wine far too much to ever be parted from it!

Thank you so much Rachel Dove for taking part in yet another of my random set of interview questions! I hope you had as much fun answering as I did reading what you have put. 





Genre: Contemporary women's fiction
Release Date: 11th January 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Does everyone deserve a second chance?
As an army trauma surgeon Kate knows how to keep her cool in the most high pressure of situations. Although back at home in England her marriage is falling apart, out in the desert she’s happy knowing that she’s saving lives.

Until she meets Cooper. It’s up to Kate to make a split-second decision to save Cooper’s life. Yet Cooper doesn’t want to be saved. Can Kate convince him to give his life a second chance even though its turning out dramatically different from how he planned?

BUY LINKS
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ABOUT RACHEL DOVE


I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback, and the follow up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Book Review - Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher - #HolidayReading Book 3

Book 3 of 30 that I read on my holiday to Fuerteventura in December 2017

Amazon UK
Title: Some Kind of Wonderful
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 16th November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


When the love of your life says you're not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they're about to get engaged.

Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken - but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she's been missing while playing Ian's ideal 'better half'.

But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before - and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

Journey of self discovery for the main character, as she tries to work out what version of herself she really is,

Whether its the person she was at 18 before she met Ian, at 28 after 10 years of being with Ian before being broken up with in a memorble way, or some other version of hersef,

Within the book we learn a lot about her family and best friend, and I loved seeing all the various characters.

I am a huge fan of Giovanna Fletcher and although not my favourite book by her, I still thought it was up to a top standard, which was well written, easy to follow, quick to read and highly enjoyable.  I loved this story a lot. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Michael Joseph for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 
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