contemporary · Medical · Non-Fiction · Short Stories

Dear Nhs; 100 Stories to say Thank You Edited by Adam Kay ★★★★★

Blurb; Created and edited by Adam Kay (author of multi-million best seller ‘This is Going to Hurt’), ‘DEAR NHS’ features household names telling their personal stories of the health service. Contributors include Joanna Lumley, Naomie Harris, Kate Tempest, Lee Child, Tanni Grey Thomson, Bill Bryson, Trevor McDonald, Jack Whitehall, Michael Palin, Stanley Tucci and many, many more.

All profits from this book will go to NHS Charities Together to fund vital research and projects and the Lullaby Trust which supports parents bereaved of babies and young children.

The NHS is our single greatest achievement as a country. No matter who you are, no matter what your health needs are and no matter how much money you have, the NHS is there for you. In ‘DEAR NHS’, 100 inspirational people come together to share their stories of how the National Health Service has been there for them and changed their lives in the process. By turns deeply moving, hilarious, hopeful and impassioned, these stories together become a love letter to the NHS and the 1.4 million people who go above and beyond the call of duty every single day – selflessly, generously, putting others before themselves, never more so than now.

They are all heroes, and this book is our way of saying thank you.

This audiobook features readings by: Mary Beard, Bill Bryson, Lee Child, Richard Coles, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Mark Haddon, Naomie Harris, Si King, Joanna Lumley, Alexander McCall Smith, Trevor McDonald, Michael Palin, Kate Tempest, Stanley Tucci, K.T. Tunstall, Jack Whitehall, Jacqueline Wilson, Benjamin Zephaniah and many more.

A minimum of £1.61 from the sale of each book will be paid to NHS Charities Together and £0.08 will be paid to the Lullaby Trust.

My Review; This was amazing and it raises money for the NHS too so double win. It is a new release to tie in with the pandemic we have all and are currently experiencing. Inside contains 100 short stories from our favourite authors, celebs, musicians, chefs and comedians. These range from hilarious out of this world stories, heart breaking stories, deaths, births and honest everyday stories. We get a full range and all contain a thank you message within. There are also some beautiful poems within too. It really is a beautiful read put together by Adam Kay.

The thing that stood out to me and was mentioned a lot of time in this book is the amazement of the NHS staff and how it is all free. Just makes you go wow doesn’t it? The heart of the UK. The NHS. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me I’d give more if I could and a huge thank you to everyone working in our NHS. Keep going soldiers.

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chick-lit · romance · Short Stories

*BLOG TOUR* A Wedding at Wynter House – Emily Harvale ★★★★

Blurb; Not everyone at Wynter House is thrilled about this wedding.
Secrets have been revealed and new relationships begun. Now it’s time to look to the future. Neva and Rafe are in love and so are Adam and Hazel. Jo’s love life leaves a lot to be desired, although Gavin could remedy that.
But Rafe’s grandmother, Olivia still hopes that something will tear Rafe and Neva apart. Hazel’s new assignment means nursing someone back to health … and there’s history between them. And Jo’s receiving texts from her ex-fiancé.
Then Rafe’s first wife, Pippa – the woman who broke his heart, unexpectedly arrives. And she’s even more beautiful and irresistible than Rafe remembers.
When everyone is looking to the future, will the past prove to be too strong?
There will be a wedding at Wynter House … but who will be the bride and groom?

My Review; This is book three in the Wyntersleap series and interlinks with her merriment bay series. I’ve come into the series a bit late, so I wasn’t familiar with the characters or the town. I did however find it was okay as a standalone.

This story has it all. A dead body is found… Old flames. New romances. Exs. Adventure. New beginnings. Weddings and some engagements. Plenty of celebrations. It’s a shortish read and one I really enjoyed. I love the little town, the community and Wynter house. A perfect read with the best ending of all.

I will have to go back and read the previous books of this to see what happened before and link it all together. This is a light, easy read and it was just what I needed. A well deserved four stars from me.

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Adventure · mystery · Short Stories

Trash – Andy Mulligan ★★★★★

Blurb; In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city.

One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

My Review; This is a must read. Brilliant, outstanding, powerful, uplifting and amazing. Worth all the stars. I cannot recommend this book to you all enough. It’s a short read at 211 pages long but well worth it! One that will stick in your heart for a long time with similar ties to slumdog millionairre you’re in for a treat.

I fell in love with the three boys Raphael, Gardo and Rat. After discovering an item among the rubbish piles they hunt through daily, they never realised how much it would change their lives and others. The police are determined to find the item too. Then we embark on the journey with the boys…

I must give it to them what a team they were together. Strong, determined and clever. Always one step ahead of the police… Well most of the time. They’ve faced the unimaginable and were rewarded greatly. A beautiful ending and outcome. A powerful story. It got me thinking that although this is a fictional story parts are based on what still happens in the world today with kids routing through rubbish piles, being poor and the wealthy greedy. Highly recommend it. I cant stop thinking about it, so glad it popped up on my Amazon recommendations now.

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