Emotional · mystery

*BLOG TOUR* The Borrowed Boy – Deborah Klee ★★★★

Blurb; A borrowed boy, a borrowed name and living on borrowed time.

What do you put on a bucket list when you haven’t done anything with your life? No interesting job, no lovers, no family, no friends. Believing she has only weeks left to live, Angie Winkle vows to make the most of every minute.

Going back to Jaywick Sands, is top of her bucket list. Experiencing life as a grandmother is not, but the universe has other plans and when four-year-old Danny is separated from his mum on the tube, Angie goes to his rescue. She tries to return him to his mum but things do not go exactly as planned and the two of them embark on a life-changing journey.

Set in Jaywick Sands, once an idyllic Essex holiday village in the 70s, but now a shantytown of displaced Londoners, this is a story about hidden communities and our need to belong.

My Review; I took a chance to read this one not one I would have picked up myself but I am so glad I did get the chance to read it. Beneath it all is a beautiful story which I enjoyed. Or should I say a beautiful story with the unexpected dotted in between but with a fabulous ending? Better.

Beautifully written. It all starts when young Danek (Danny) gets seperated from Nikoleta on the London tube, every parents worse nightmare. However, Angie was aboard the tube and saw it all happen and vows to look after the boy until he can be reunited.

However, it isn’t as simple as that. Angie has always wanted a child or grandchild and this is where she decides she will borrow the boy for a while when things soon become apparant that something is wrong. The boy is scared to return and bruised. They do eventually become reunited but the bond between Danek (Danny) and Angie is one that cannot be broken.

The community spirit in Jaywick is one that isn’t seen much these days. They’re a family and they all work together despite their differences. I really enjoyed reading this. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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chick-lit · Comedy · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Wife Support System – Kathleen Whyman ★★★★

Blurb; We’ve got the balance all wrong. Instead of living with our partners, struggling to do everything by ourselves and only seeing each other now and then, we should do it the other way round. We should live together and see them now and then.

Erica knows her suggestion sounds extreme, but when her nanny leaves without notice, she’s extremely desperate. Polly and Louise aren’t convinced, but when circumstances force them to move into Polly’s enormous but run-down house, they have to admit that life’s much easier when the childcare and workload is shared.

At first, communal living seems like the answer to all their prayers – childcare on tap, rotas for cleaning, and someone always available to cook dinner (no more last-minute pizza delivery!). But over time, resentment starts to grow as they judge each other’s parenting styles and bicker over cleaning, cooking and whose turn it is to buy toilet rolls.

And as one woman has her head turned by a handsome colleague, one resorts to spying on her husband and another fights to keep a dark secret, they need each other more than ever. But can Polly, Louise and Erica keep their friendship and relationships strong? Or will their perfect mumtopia fall apart?

Essential reading for anyone fed up with never-ending housework/homeschooling/preparing healthy meals that their kids reject … Will have you shrieking with laughter! Fans of Why Mummy Drinks, Has Anyone Seen My Sex Life? and Beth O’Leary won’t want to miss this one!

My Review; This was something different I haven’t come accross before. The story focuses on three women Erica, Polly & Louise. All mothers. All have problems with men, work and money.

Erica is career driven. That’s her number one.

Polly lost her partner and is in hiding with her kids, feeling alone. Polly is the one who takes over all the childcare and house chores. Unemployed.

Louise is also career driven but not as much as Erica.

This story has it all affairs, break ups, divorce, lies, secrets, jealousy, love, happiness and puppies. There is always something going on to keep the reader emerged between these womans three lives. It all started with a friends and kids retreat. They end up all moving in together and it is far from plain sailing. Many rows and disagreements emerge when the aim was they all helped each other out. However, they all come together at the end which was beautiful. It’s a hectic book which relates to motherhood perfectly. Parts are hilarious. It’s a perfect chick-lit read.

A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. If your feeling down this book will cheer you up. It did for me.

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suspense · thriller

Revenge – James Patterson & Andrew Holmes ★★★★★

Blurb; MURDER

Former SAS soldier David Shelley was part of the most covert operations team in the special forces. Now settling down to civilian life in London, he has plans for a safer and more stable existence. But the shocking death of a young woman Shelley once helped protect puts those plans on hold.

BETRAYAL

The police rule the death a suicide but the grieving parents can’t accept their beloved Emma would take her own life. They need to find out what really happened, and they turn to their former bodyguard, Shelley, for help.

REVENGE

When they discover that Emma had fallen into a dark and seedy world of drugs and online pornography, the father demands retribution.

But his desire for revenge will make enemies of people that even Shelley may not be able to protect them from, and take them into a war from which there may be no escape.

My Review; If you’ve been following me for a while now you will know I’m a huge James Patterson fan. He never disappoints me and I love his writing style. I can easily finish his books in hours which I did with this one.

Once I picked this up I didn’t put it down. Emma has killed herself live on stream to many people. Her family and friends are out for revenge but against the big people you don’t mess with. The story highlights that sometimes even in crisis you cant trust those closest to you. They may turn against you. It’s a real page turner. Throughally enjoyed it. An explosive ending.

A well deserved five stars. Highly recommend. Brilliant read. Gripping. Fast paced. Deadly.

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