Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Here Be Icebergs – Katya Adaui ★★★★

Blurb; The mysteries of kinship (families born into and families made) take disconcerting and familiar shapes in these refreshingly frank short stories. A family is haunted by a beast that splatters fruit against its walls every night, another undergoes a near-collision with a bus on the way home from the beach. Mothers are cold, fathers are absent—we know these moments in the abstract, but Adaui makes each as uncanny as our own lives: close but not yet understood.

My Review; This is a short read at just under 130 pages but includes twelve short stories within it each about imperfect families, relationships & lives. Each story is different and unique. Some are raw and emotional while others are mysterious, about death, divorce or broken relationships. It is beautifully translated and a good read, something different. I really enjoyed it. A great variety of stories that are not aimed at everyday normal families. Some stories are longer than others and some I wanted to learn more about. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Children's · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* Now That You’re Here – Kate Staves ★★★★★

Blurb; Now that you’re here,
You’re where you belong.
We’re so pleased to meet you,
We’ve waited so long!

Join giraffes, hedgehogs, penguins and many more adorable animals as they welcome their new babies! Share this sweet, rhyming picture book with the special little person in your life and let them know just how much better life is ‘Now That You’re Here.’

This beautifully illustrated, rhyming picture book makes the perfect gift for new babies and parents.

Reviews; Charlotte aged 7 – I loved this book. Beautiful pictures of all the different animal families. See all the animals with their new babies. Easy to read. I can read it to my baby brother as I love him just the same as this book. I understand it all. Its a happy book. Made me feel happy. All the stars. Noah aged 4 – A happy book. Made me feel happy all about babies. We have a baby. Cody. Look. I liked all the pictures and learning all the names of all the baby animals. Cute. Loved this story. Gemma (mum) 28 – What a beautiful children’s book that many children with new baby siblings can relate to like my children. It’s an easy read in poem style all about different animal families with their new babies. Beautifully illustrated throughout. It is a happy, uplifting and full of love story. Beautiful. I could relate to every word as a new mother to my 3rd child. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me.

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Emotional · Medical · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* The Heart Warriors Mother – Marilyn Cohen De Villiers ★★★★

Blurb; Kerry-Anne Aarons is over the moon. She and her husband, Imran Patel, are about to become the parents of a baby daughter, and give their son, Leo, an adored little sister. It wasn’t planned, but Kerry knows that Lily’s arrival will complete the perfect little family she has always wanted. She, Imran and their two children are going to live happily ever after…
Then life intervenes.
Lily is born with a serious congenital heart defect and Kerry’s battle to save her daughter commences. It’s a battle that takes her from the operating theatres and Intensive Care Units of local hospitals to the High Court of South Africa. It’s a battle that strains her relationships with her friends, her parents, and – ultimately – her husband. It’s a battle she is determined to win.
But how much will Kerry have to sacrifice to give Lily the future she deserves?

My Review; Oh wow. Where do I even start reviewing this one? From the first few pages I knew I was in for a heart breaking read, a rollercoaster of emotions throughout. Based on a true story meet Lily a precious baby girl born with a heart defect and this is her and her families story. Constantly in and out of ICU and hospital, surgeries and illnesses. This little girl and her family have not had it easy at all. She’s a little fighter, a miracle thats for sure. It’s very emotional to read I’m lucky I’ve never been in that position with my own children but I don’t know how they got through it all and coped. It contains alot of medical talk so I actually learnt a lot while reading it too. Alot of up and downs. A lot of hope. Prayers. But wow. A story that will be impossible to forget, one that needed to be told to the world. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars.

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