Emotional · romance

Sam’s Letters to Jennifer- James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; Grief-stricken by a recent tragedy, Jennifer returns to the resort village where she grew up to help her beloved grandmother. There, Jennifer will discover new meaning in life and experience not one, but two of the most amazing love stories ever.

My Review; I was given a pile of second hand James Patterson books not long ago and this was among them… I didn’t know he wrote romance and my god it was really really good. Brilliant. Amazing. I fell in love and devoured it in around 3 hours front to back. James Patterson is one of my favourite authors and now I’ve found his romances I love him even more. Something different from his thrillers and crime.

Easy reading with short chapters. A very cute story but parts had me tearing up and very emotional. A brilliant, cute ending of not one love story but two. A real page turner. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I’ve just started another romance story by him so keep your eye out on the blog for that…

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Emotional · Short Stories

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer & Longer – Fredrik Bachmann ★★★★★

Blurb; A little book with a big heart!

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

My Review; WOW! This has gone straight into my top 20 of the year and I am amazed because it’s only 75 pages long, but it is a hard-hitting, emotional and for me a tear jerker of a read. Such beautifully written. Eye opening and a story that many readers themselves may have experienced or will do in the future.

Perfection. I did tear up. A short read which won’t take long to get through so perfect for those readers with busy lives or in a book slump. Has some beautiful illustrations throughout to accompany the story. Its a must read from me. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. Pop it onto your pile you won’t regret it.

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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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