chick-lit · Young adult

Paper Avalanche – Lisa Williamson ★★★★

Blurb; ‘Bonnie. Never Mum or Mummy or Mother. Just Bonnie.’

When it comes to flying under the radar, Ro Snow is an expert.

No friends.

No boys.

No parties.

And strictly NO VISITORS.

It may be lonely, but at least this way the truth remains where it should – hidden.

Then Tanvi Shah, the girl who almost died, comes tumbling back into her life, and Ro finds herself losing control of her carefully constructed lies.

But if Ro’s walls come crumbling down, who’s going to take care of Bonnie…

My Review; I LOVED THIS BOOK. I loved Ros character. Ro is the main character and her mum is an extreme hoarder, all Ro wants is a normal life, a normal clean house and a good relationship with her mother. She doesn’t even call her mum, she calls her Bonnie which just shows what their relationship is like. Ro is the adult and Bonnie is the child. It is an eye opening read to what I suspect a lot of children have to live like even now.

No friends coming round. Wanting noone to know where you live. Scared Social Services will turn up. But in the end a disaster happens which may have been just the wake up call Bonnie needed. However, Ro soon finds herself a few unexpected friends and the relationship Ro had with Tanvi is amazing I loved them both. Stuck together. True best friends. Throughout all this Ro find herself stuck into singing, school and choir which may just be the escape she needs. Brilliant story. A positive ending.

Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

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chick-lit · Christmas · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* A Winter Wedding at the Little Duck Pond Cafe – Rosie Green ★★★★

Blurb; With Zak and Ellie’s wedding day approaching, there’s high excitement in the pretty village of Sunnybrook, especially among the Little Duck Pond Café crew. Ellie is over the moon with her romantic surprise wedding gift from Zak, and Madison is promising to organise a hen party to remember. Everyone has high hopes for a magical Christmas Eve wedding celebration at gorgeous Brambleberry Manor. (Even Maisie-Moo has a sparkling new outfit.)
But sometimes, even the best-laid plans can go wrong. And with the journey to the altar turning out to be rockier than expected, it’s going to take nothing short of a Christmas miracle to ensure a happy ending . . .

My Review; The perfect festive read! It seems I’m still clinging on to Christmas by reading this one. What could be more magical than a beautiful wedding during the Christmas period? Yet again I felt welcomed back into this cosy town, with all the familar faces and characters. It felt like I’d never been away. A home away from home.

This is book eight in the Little Duck Pond Cafe series but all can easily be read as standalones I suppose, but I prefer to read them in order. I felt for Fen throughout this story as she was worrying, scared and thought she messed up. Then there was more than one happy ending here… I hope we see more and this isn’t the end.

It’s a short read, but a brilliant one that had me smiling throughout especially that perfect ending. Just beautiful. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. How beautiful is the cover? I love it!

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chick-lit · Emotional · Young adult

One – Sarah Crossan ★★★★★

Blurb; Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.

How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

My Review; I have loved every single book by this author so far and this was no exception. That was another outstanding, unique story. Two girls. Joined. One body. But is it the happy ending we hoped for?

This broke my heart and tore it out. Very emotional, heartbreaking and upsetting especially towards the end. Brilliantly written. Easy read. It makes you think, thought provoking. We would be lying if we said we wouldn’t have had a look at them but this story is from the girls point of view and oh my days. It’s upsetting. They’ve always been different. Classed as freaks and monsters.

They take a plunge into a public school and they find some utterly perfect friends, but it was never going to be easy was it? What these girls did for their family and themselves was brave. Strong. Admiring.

A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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