Monday, 23 September 2019

Book Review - Bring Me Sunshine by Laura Kemp

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Title: Bring Me Sunshine
Author: Laura Kemp
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 21st March 2019 
Rating: 5 Stars

Charlotte Bold is nothing like her name - she is shy and timid and just wants a quiet life. When her job doing the traffic news on the radio in London is relocated to Sunshine FM in Mumbles, she jumps at the chance for a new start in Wales.

But when she arrives she discovers that she's not there to do the travel news - she's there to front the graveyard evening show. And she's not sure she can do it.

Thrust into the limelight, she must find her voice and a way to cope. And soon she realises that she's not the only person who finds life hard - out there her listeners are lonely too. And her show is the one keeping them going.

Can Charlotte seize the day and make the most of her new home? And will she be able to breathe new life into the tiny radio station too...?

I loved this story of Charlie Bold, who needs to regain her confidence and kick start her life a bit. She had completely lost her confidence, and for someone working in radio, has stage fright and can't speak on a microphone. 

When her station forces her to relocate to Swansea, and aren't exactly honest about her new role, it is time for her to sink or swim.  With the help of Delme who she has only just met, things start happening for Charlie, slowly at first, and then wow she is one fabulous woman. 

I loved the ideas she had for her evening radio show and generally seeing how she fitted into her new life. I hated her current boyfriend Jonny and just prayed she would see sense with him.  

I loved getting to know Delme's story properly, he is a character I gelled with from the first instance and seeing how he developed over the book was wonderful.  As was Tina's story which kept giving us gasp worthy shocks, once you got to know her. 

It's a story of fresh starts, new beginnings, gains in confidence, the attempt to improve a small radio station, a lovely location, all manner to unexpected directions for the story and some wonderful advice too.  

It's a really great feel good story, that is guaranteed to bring some sunshine into your life. 

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

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Q&A with Sue Black - Morecambe and Vice Festival Blog Tour

Today I'm taking the time to interview one of the authors who will be attending the Morecambe & Vice Crime Writing Festival, Sue Black, the author of All That Remains: A Life in Death. 

1: What led you to the career that you are in now? 

I studied human anatomy at university and it was a natural step from my research into identification from the skeleton into forensic anthropology.

2: Through your work you have obviously seen some horrific things. How do you shut off from your work?  

I try to keep a sterile corridor between work and home.  I have a mental picture of a clinical space in my head where all my work is done and when I am finished at the end of the day, I leave the space and mentally shut and lock the door.

3: What sort of crime books and authors did you enjoy reading when growing up?  

I have never been a crime reader I am afraid.  I like historical novels and the more detailed they are the better.  So books like the Quincunx by Charles Palliser or classics such as the Lord of the Rings or the tomes by Ken Follett, are my kind of thing.

4: What is your typical working day like? 

 It is unpredictable.  I may be sitting in university meetings, I might be meeting with partners on exciting new developments, I might be in a mortuary or at a crime scene, I may be writing reports on child sexual abuse cases, I may be at a book festival but it is never boring and it is never empty.

5: Do you have any advice for anyone interested in becoming a forensic anthropologist? 

You have to be a scientist first.  The case work is all well and good and comes across as the ‘exciting’ stuff but the real value to justice comes from curiosity driven research where science can be best placed to work to serve truth.

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Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Non-fiction 2019, this incredible memoir from the Sunday Times Bestseller. Professor Sue Black breathes new life into the subject of death.

Sue Black confronts death every day. As a Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology, she focuses on mortal remains in her lab, at burial sites, at scenes of violence, murder and criminal dismemberment, and when investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident or natural disaster. In All That Remains she reveals the many faces of death she has come to know, using key cases to explore how forensic science has developed, and examining what her life and work has taught her.

Do we expect a book about death to be sad? Macabre? Sue's book is neither. There is tragedy, but there is also humour in stories as gripping as the best crime novel.

Part memoir, part science, part meditation on death, her book is compassionate, surprisingly funny, and it will make you think about death in a new light.

About the author

Professor Dame Sue Black is one of the world’s leading anatomists and forensic anthropologists. Her expertise has been crucial to many high-profile criminal cases, and in 1999 she was the lead anthropologist for the British Forensic Team’s work in the war crimes investigations in Kosovo. She was one of the first forensic scientists to travel to Thailand following the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 to provide assistance in identifying the dead. 

Sue is a familiar face in the media where documentaries have been filmed about her work and she led the highly successful BBC 2 series - History Cold Case. In 2015 she was interviewed on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs  and has also been a guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific. Most recently she stunned over 300,000 Outlander followers where she announced that Lord Lovat, Simon Fraser, was not residing in a coffin built for him at the Wardlaw Mausoleum.

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to forensic anthropology.

To find out about some of the other authors appearing at this festival, please do follow along with this tour 

Sat 28th & Sun 29th Sept 2019
The Midland Hotel, Morecambe

If you are free next weekend and fancy travelling to Morecambe, then take a look at the details of this festival on their website.  There is an impressive line up of authors attending, and tickets are still on sake. 

And check out this programme of events for the weekend, Looks like there are some really appealing things happening, for any crime fan. 

Friday, 20 September 2019

Book Review - The Backpacking Housewife: The Next Adventure by Janice Horton - #HolidayReading Madeira

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Title: The Backpacking Housewife: The Next Adventure
Author: Janice Horton
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: One More Chapter
Publication Date: 19th September 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

They say home is really where the heart is…

Lori Anderson should be bursting with happiness. Since leaving behind her life as a housewife to embark on an incredible backpacking adventure she’s met a man she’s fallen head over heels in love with and is living aboard a yacht in the turquoise waters of the sun-drenched Caribbean.

She should be instagramming photos of her swimming with dolphins and sipping cocktails at sunset….and yet Lori finds herself desperately missing her grown-up family, and her normal London life. But when she’s unexpectedly called home, reality hits hard. The urban bustle she used to find exciting is now just exhausting – and why doesn’t it ever stop raining?

If there’s one thing Lori has learnt it’s that you have to fight for what might make you truly happy – so Lori is determined not to let her chance of a little slice of paradise slip through her fingers….

Wow, well I knew I had loved the first Backpacking Housewife book, but I think I may adore this second one even more!

Read in an afternoon poolside, I was whizzing through the pages of this action packed story with a plot and sort of adventure most would never encounter in a lifetime. 

It is an exhilarating read of travel, both to exotic places but also for me much closer to home, but also a story of family, and trying to work out what your heart really desires. 

I'm absolutely loving this next step in Ethan and Lori's lives, and even just hearing what they get up to in the bit between the two books is exhausting but eye opening. 

There is also a keen theme of animal conservation running through this book, and I love how they are always trying to save the planet.  

With every book I'm reading of Janice Horton's,  she is excelling herself and getting better and better. 

I have loved discovering the British Virgin Islands in this book, especially the more remote ones, and all the travel aspects are so well described, it was like I was there beside them. 

Although only present for a small bit, Monty was completely fabulous, and I loved getting to know him.

Wonderful book from a fabulous author, what more could a girl want from her holiday reading!

Thank you to Netgalley and One More Chapter for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Book Review - The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows by Jenni Keer

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Title: The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows
Author: Jenni Keer
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 8th July 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

When Maisie Meadows finds herself single and jobless on New Year’s Day, she resolves that this will be the year she focuses on bringing her scattered family back together. Romance is all very well, but it’s the people you grew up with that matter the most.

But a new job working at an auction house puts her in the path of Theo, a gorgeous but unattainable man who she can’t help but be distracted by. As their bond begins to grow, Maisie finds herself struggling to fulfil the promise she made to herself – but the universe has other ideas, and it’s not long before the Meadows family are thrown back together in the most unlikely of circumstances…

Can dealing with other people’s treasures help Maisie to let go of the past, and teach her who she ought to treasure the most?

I can't believe this is only the author's second book, it is so accomplished and I much prefer it to her first one, which I also really enjoyed.  

I connected really quickly to Maisie Meadows, and absolutely loved the assorted storylines running through the book, although one of the most obvious things to me, was never spelt out to Maisie until towards the end, so there were plenty of conversations at cross purposes, which are always amusing. 

I loved the auction house that Maisie is working at, complete with all of her new colleagues, all of whom are simply wonderful, from the flamboyant Johnny, the quiet Elle, chatterbox Arthur (and there is so much more to his story, its a joy to uncover), and  Theo who we meet in a wonderfully memorable way. 

Then there is Maisie's family, she is the youngest of four, and just wants to reunite her siblings and parents under one roof and for them to all be on big happy family again like she remembers before it all went wrong... however let's just say again all the family members are radically different and nothing is as it seems. 

Finally we have Maisie's quest to reunite all the pieces of a special tea set, and in doing so learns a lot about another large family who is fractured.  The big question though is whether the tea set really does have slightly magical properties, or whether everything that happens really is coincidence. 

There is masses of story in this, if you don't like one thread, then don't worry another one comes along very soon. Personally I enjoyed every last minute of it, and absolutely loved spending time with this cast of unusual characters. 

There is more depth to the plot than you may think, and I already thought the cover was lovely, but looking at it again since reading the book, I can see just how relevant all those small items really are, each holing clues to strands of this book. 

It was an utter delight to read, and I think Jenni Keer is definitely an author who will be going places, and I intend to keep reading and following her (in a completely non creepy way!). 

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

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Book Review - A Purrfect Alibi by Leighann Dobbs - Blog Tour

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Title: A Purrfect Alibi
Author: Leighann Dobbs
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 18th September 2019
Rating: 4 Stars

Fortune tellers and mediums have descended on the Oyster Cove Guesthouse, determined to finally solve the mystery of local seafarer Jedediah Biddeford’s murder 300 years ago. New owner Josie Waters has suddenly got bigger problems than burning the breakfasts: she’s up to her elbows in tarot cards and tea leaves…

When one of the mediums is found dead with an ominous note nearby, everything points to Jedediah’s ghost being the culprit. Suddenly, Josie finds that the fate of her guesthouse depends on not one murder but two, and she’s not going to rely on a crystal ball for answers. Despite the fact that cookbooks and candlesticks keep mysteriously falling off tables, Josie is sure there’s no such thing as ghosts. But guesthouse cats Nero and Marlowe know better… 

Aided by her mom and eccentric family friend Millie, Josie sets out to prove the identity of the killer without summoning any spirits. Luckily Nero and Marlowe know the truth about ghosts, ghouls and things that go bump in the night and they are on the case! Can they make Josie realize she is scratching up the wrong tree before the killer strikes again? 

From the bestselling author of the USA Today bestselling Mystic Notch series, purrfect for fans of Adele Abbott, cat lovers and anybody who loves to curl up with a page-turning cozy mystery.

I've been really enjoying this series, A Purrfect Alibi feels like is has tied up some loose ends from the other books too.

I think that am although it can probably be read as a standalone that reading the previous book at least would give you fat more benefit to following the bigger story arcs.

For a book filled with psychics, mediums, fortune tellers and ghosts, all things I'm incredibly sceptical about, I really did enjoy it a lot.

It is great to see Josie, finally realising that Nero and Marlowe own her and that they may just know how to solve a mystery. 

Although for the life of me I couldn't figure out why,  I did have suspicions who the murderer was, but the actual motive took me completely by surprise. 

Really pleasurable way to spend a few hours, and I greatly enjoy this author's writing style.

I really hope this isn't the last we see of Oyster Cove and our feline detectives.

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

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Book Review - As Luck Would Have It by Zoe May - #HolidayReading Madeira

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Title: As Luck Would Have It
Author: Zoe May
Format reviewed: Ebook 
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 19th September 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Natalie Jackson might keep up appearances on Instagram, but in reality her fiancé has just jilted her after the birth of their baby and she’s moved back in with her mum. Life isn’t exactly going to plan!

So when she enters the village raffle for the holiday of a lifetime, she thinks she has no chance of winning. But her name is pulled out – and, as luck would have it, so is a ticket bought by her childhood nemesis: Will Brimble.

Surely a romantic holiday for two is the worst idea ever…right?

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Sophie Ranald and Lindsey Kelk.

I've been meaning to read a book by Zoe May for a while, so when I spotted a trip to Morocco in the blurb of this latest release, I knew i we going to read it, after all I do love a foreign holiday! 

Will and Nat were really close as children but then haven't spoken to each other in many years. 

When they both manage to win the same romantic holiday for 2, they agree to go together, as the both really need a break. 

Where the story really gets going for me, is once they are at the airport and given an upgrade, as they are on their "honeymoon". 

Even the luxury hotel seem to think they are newly weds and the lengths they go to to despite the fact that they barely know each other as adults, are really amusing. 

I loved getting to see Marrakesh through their eyes we really get a great feel for the city, and the writing really transported me there. 

This was feel good rom-com at its very best, and made for a wonderful couple of hours of reading poolside on holiday! 

Thoroughly enjoyable, I really do I need to read more from this amusing author.  

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

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Book Review - The Murder Pact by M A Comley

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Title: The Murder Pact
Author: M A Comley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 8th August 2019
Rating: 5 Stars 

Another gripping instalment in this fast-paced thriller series from NY Times bestselling author who has sold over two and a half million copies worldwide. 

A murderous act...

The last resort for some.

One determined detective with a battle on her hands to unravel the truth.

A shocking case, that is both perplexing and intriguing.

However, can uncovering a disturbing secret bring DI Sara Ramsey’s latest investigation to its astonishing conclusion?

What an unique plot, not read anything like this one before. 

I was going to add more to that sentence but then realised literally anything I say about any aspect of the plot, is likely to be a spoiler. 

There are multiple murders involved, and completely different methods of people being killed, enough that if you only had the police's side of the story, I personally would have no idea where to start. 

But as this is a book, we also get to see the other side of the story, and hear the reasoning of the murders and get to see the full picture which makes this a fabulous book. 

It was great to catch up with D. I. Sara Ramsey and her team, and seeing her personal life on a far more settled, less dangerous footing than previously in the series.     I loved seeing how they tackled solving this crime wave.  

The Murder Pact, with its incredibly apt title, is the next fabulous addition to the series, and another truly original and enjoyable story to read. 

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

Monday, 16 September 2019

Book Review - Date Night by Samantha Hayes - #HolidayReading Madeira

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Title: Date Night
Author: Samantha Hayes
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 20th August 2019
Rating: 4 Stars

Returning early from a disastrous date night with my husband, I know something is wrong the moment the wheels crunch the gravel drive of our home. Inside, the TV is on and a half-eaten meal waits on the table. My heart stops when I find our little girl is alone in the house and our babysitter, Sasha, is missing…

Days later, when I’m arrested for Sasha’s murder and torn away from my perfect little family, I’ll wish I had told someone about the threatening note I received that morning.

I’ll hate myself for not finding out who the gift hidden inside my husband’s wardrobe was for.

I’ll scream from the rooftops that I’m innocent – but no one will listen.

I will realise I was completely wrong about everything that happened that night…

But will you believe me?

Twisted and absolutely unputdownable, Date Night exposes what goes on behind the closed doors of a happy home and the dangerous truths we ignore to protect the ones we love. Perfect reading for anyone totally gripped by The Wife Between Us, Friend Request or Gone Girl.

Well I definitely did not see that ending coming, I had some theories but they all had holes in them, and the actual ending is so much more wow, than anything I was thinking. 

Written in such a way that you start thinking you have an unreliable narrator, and also not being completely sure what was happening at any point. 

At all times it felt like there deliberate holes in what the reader was being told, leaving me to come up with many wrong theories, which is fun. 

I really enjoyed reading this, it kept me on my toes at all times, and at various points it was unputdownable. 

All I wanted to know is what happened to Sasha and why, as its not normally to return home after a date night, to find the baby sitter has disappeared, but the child is still in the house. 

A very gripping story, that held my attention throughout. 

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

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Book Review - Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green

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Title: Bonfires & Hot Chocolate at the Little Duck Pond Cafe
Author: Rosie Green
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 2nd November 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

If you love all the colours of autumn, you're sure to warm to this uplifting story of love, loss and starting over.
Primrose Wilkins arrived in Sunnybrook with a burning desire to find the family she's never known. But after a heart-breaking false start, she's beginning to have second thoughts. Can she find the courage to battle on in her quest? And with her romantic life at an all-time low, will meeting the intriguing and attractive Callum Davy be just what she needs to renew her faith in love?
Meanwhile, Fen is also finding it hard to be brave. She's made it through to the final of TV show 'Battle of the Bakes' (thanks to Ellie entering on her behalf), but she's always shied away from being in the spotlight. How will Fen cope now that she's a famous 'celebrity', recognised in the street everywhere she goes?

What a delightfully autumnal addition to this series, complete with Halloween and Fireworks.  Plus Maisie Moo in fancy dress, and Maisy Moo just being an all around star. 

Ok I really want Maisie's puppy, she is so adorable and cuddly and Primrose seems to love walking her.  Primrose who moved to Sunnbrook in the previous book, and is now the central character, as we see if she can discover who her birth grandmother really is. 

This is a lovely and moving story, and I loved getting to know Primrose so well.  And of course catching up with all of the other wonderful women that this series has brought into our lives. We finally get to discover how Fen does in the Battle of the Bakes,  and Ellie is getting much closer to her wedding.  

There are two potential love interest in this edition for Primrose,  although I was reasonably sure who she would  be with quite early on, it was enjoyable to see the story develop. 

This is just another incredibly enjoyable addition to The Little Duck Pond Cafe series, and although it could be read as a standalone, its even better having read all the other wonderful books before it! 

Reading this felt like returning home to old friends, and I really am excited to hear there will be another book in this series, as I definitely want more. 

Thanks to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily 

Friday, 13 September 2019

Book Review - The Windmill Cafe by Poppy Blake

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Title: The Windmill Cafe
Author: Poppy Blake
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: One More Chapter 
Publication Date: 20th September 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

Seasons come and go, but the peppermint green sails of the Windmill Café will keep on turning.

Escaping the bustle and heartbreak of her old life in the city, Rosie Barnes can’t believe that her dream of setting up a café has come true. Whether it’s her chilled homemade lemonade, sticky chocolate brownies or warming mince pies, Rosie’s café draws guests in from far and wide, and the folk of Willerby can enjoy it come rain or shine.

But some mysterious events soon threaten the picturesque town she now calls home, and with the help of ruggedly handsome local Matt Wilson, she must find out what’s going on before the reputation of the town – and her beloved café – are ruined.

From the scorching summer sun through to the crisp winter frosts, Rosie is in for a year she’ll never forget…

The Windmill Cafe is the combined book of the first three books of this series, Summer Breeze, Autumn Leavea and Christmas Trees, and I must say that I thought they got better and better as the series progressed. 

I didn't predict the outcome of any of the three cosy mysteries, but it was the one in Christmas Trees that shocked met he most and had me utterly hooked while I tried to work out who the culprit was before the police and our amateur detectives Rosie and Matt.  

I have to admit to having a ridiculous strong feeling of deja vu throughout reading Summer Breeze,  it may just be because of the nature of the crime, but I had the strangest feeling I had read the book somewhere before and that feeling didn't leave me until I started on book 2 - Autumn Leaves.  

 I've never had that sensation for so long ever while reading, and its still bugging me that I can't put my finger on it, but I'm going to put it down to Poppy Blake having such lovely and familiar writing style, that just drew me in, that I felt instantly at home with the book. 

I loved getting to know Rosie, Mia, Matt and Freddie our four main characters, and the stars of The Windmill Cafe and the outdoor adventure centre in Willerby.   Willerby sounded like a lovely place to live, and I enjoyed getting to know it, even if it is a town that seems to attract mysteries!! 

All of the mysteries had really original ideas for the nature of how someone got hurt, ones that I have only rarely come across if ever before.   And the seasonal elements of each book were fabulous.  I especially loved the Christmas Tree decorating competition, such inventive designs. 

I really enjoyed my stay at the Windmill Cafe, and look forward to reading more from this author in the future. 

Thank you to Netgalley and One More Chapter for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Book Review - Four Weddings and a Festival by Annie Robertson

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Title: Four Weddings and a Festival
Author: Annie Robertson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 11th July 2019 
Rating: 5 Stars

Four months. Four weddings. One happy ending...?
Lifelong friends and rom-com fans Bea, Lizzie, Hannah and Kat have curled up with Bridget Jones, sobbed at Love, Actually and memorised the script to Notting Hill. They always joked about getting married in one summer - their own Four Weddings - and it seems like this might just be the year . . .

That is, until Bea turns down her boyfriend's proposal. Is her own Hugh Grant waiting for her amid the champagne and confetti? Can real-life romance ever live up to a Richard Curtis movie?

As the wedding - and festival - season gets into its swing, can all four friends find their happy ever after...?

Raise a glass of champagne and get ready for this summer's most charming romantic comedy! Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranalds, Mandy Baggot and Sue Roberts

Loved every single second of this book. And if you are a massive Four Weddings and a funeral fan you will love the multitude of references to the film,  as the four friends see just how many of them will get married in the same summer.

The weddings like the brides could not have been more different nor utterly perfect for each of them. 

Although whether their other halves are ideal partners is for you to discover. 

As the summer wedding season is upon us,  this really is a fabulous summery book to set the mood. 

I loved the friends,  the dialogue,  the writing style,  and just hours I could picture it all so perfectly.

I would say it makes an excellent film, but that could be because that is at the base of the book but highly originally changed. 

A super summer story from an author I've enjoyed in the past and hope to read again in the future too.

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

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Book Review - My Sisters and Me by Lisa Dickenson

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Title: My Sisters and Me
Author: Lisa Dickenson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Sphere
Publication Date: 23rd August 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

They're fixing up their childhood home. It's going to get messy.

When Willow Lake asks her daughters for help renovating the family home, each has a reason to hesitate about returning to Maplewood . . .

For quiet and bookish Emmy going back to the town that ridiculed her fills her with dread.

The youngest Noelle is perfectly comfortable in herself now, but once wanted to fit in so badly that she walked away from her first love. A first love who still lives in Maplewood.

And outspoken Rae is painfully aware of how much the townspeople hurt her little sisters growing up. She didn't protect them then, but there's no way she'll let history repeat itself.

The sisters agree to go home and make the best of it. After all if they've changed over the years, it's possible the townspeople have too . . . isn't it?

The BRAND NEW feel-good, kick-ass novel about sisterhood and second chances. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk, Mhairi McFarlane and Anna Bell.

I really enjoyed getting to know all 3 of the Lake sisters, Rae, Emmy and Noelle. 

Over the two months spent decorating their childhood home back in their home town of Maplewood they learn as adults how to deal with their awkward childhoods in the town. 

The Lake sisters always had a reputation for being creepy,  they were bullied, one was studious, one was gay and one may have been a bit of a rock chick,  and they lived on the outskirts of town in the woods.

None of them were particularly looking forward to these two months as they knew they may have to face up to all the old unpleasantness. 

Despite them now being successful women, just being back home had them regressing back to their younger selves. 

Filled with 90s nostalgia, this it's a story of righting old wrongs, reconnecting with the past and reforming stronger bonds as sisters.

I loved all three of them with their different personalities,  and all with their own personal goals besides making the house look great. 

This was a very enjoyable book and I look forward to seeing what the author writes next. 

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