chick-lit · Comedy · romance

*BLOG TOUR* Cynthia Smart’s Midwife Crisis – Liz Davies ★★★★

Blurb; Midlife crisis? What midlife crisis?

At forty-four, Cynthia Smart is exactly where she wants to be. Almost.

In a couple of years, she’ll be the CEO of the company she’s spent most of her adult life working in. For now, though, she’s still busy shimmying up the greasy pole of corporate business. She’s single, carefree, and independent, and nothing can stop her getting what she wants and deserves.

Until she discovers she’s pregnant.

Determined to have her cake and eat it, she’s convinced that having a baby will make little difference to her life, and that she will be one of those women who can hold down an incredibly demanding job and also be a perfect mother.

But as her pregnancy progresses and her life slowly falls apart, she has the sneaking suspicion that Max Oakland, the new guy on the block, is out to steal her dream job. That she’s terribly attracted to him doesn’t help, nor does the fact that he’s devilishly handsome, appears to be a really nice fella, and is good in a crisis.

When she gradually comes to realise that something has got to give, what she doesn’t want it to be is her heart.

My Review; This book had me laughing out loud in parts, light hearted. Feel good. Heart warming. Uplifting. Beautiful.

This is a romance with a twist. Main character Cynthia is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, she never thought she would have a child. She thought she was past her time. She is/was a very career driven woman aiming to climb up the career ladder. She has plenty of decisions to make. She’s torn between going it alone and not.

Cue Max entering her story as a work colleague. Dun dun dun… He is about to turn her world upside down. But surely she can’t when she’s pregnant with someone elses child… WELL. Lets just say this book raised my expectations of men way too high! Not possible.

The whole story is beautiful and the happy ending made this book for me. Perfection. I really enjoyed reading it. A lovely light hearted read. A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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Emotional · horror · Non-Fiction

The Family Next Door – John Glatt ★★★★★

Blurb; On January 14, 2018, a seventeen-year-old girl climbed out of the window of her Perris, California home and dialed 911 with shaking fingers. Struggling to stay calm, she told the operator that she and her 12 siblings–ranging in age from 2 to 29–were being abused by their parents. When the dispatcher asked for her address, the girl hesitated. “I’ve never been out,” she stammered.

To their family, neighbors, and online friends, Louise and David Turpin presented a picture of domestic bliss: dressing their thirteen children in matching outfits and buying them expensive gifts. But what police discovered when they entered the Turpin family home would eclipse the most shocking child abuse cases in history. For years, David and Louise had kept their children in increasing isolation, trapping them in a sinister world of torture, abuse, and near starvation.

In the first major account of the case, investigative journalist and author John Glatt delves into the disturbing details and recounts the bravery of the thirteen siblings in the face of unimaginable horror.

My Review; Now I must admit this book took me a while to read because I kept putting it down and reminding myself this is real, this happened and recently too. It made me tear up several times to read what happened to those thirteen children is unimaginable. Abusive. Dark. Horror. Twisted. Sick. Disturbing. The stuff of nightmares. It makes me so angry and feel sick. Not an easy read at all.

The whole family was nocturnal which leads to how they got away with it for so long. One bath a year for each child. Starved with only one meal a day. Chained up as punishment and beaten daily. It’s just awful. Cannot make this up. The parents portrayed two different lives their online bragging, happy family home and lifestyle then the offline darkest family life. Non of the children had access to education.

There was a history of family abuse (sexual) but that did not give them the right to do what they did the poor children. A heartbreaking read. John has not missed anything out of this book it has been throughally researched and presented to us. It feels wrong to give this story stars but I would give it all the stars not for the enjoyment cause its not a book to enjoy at all. But for the research, the time and indepth look into this case.

I wish all the thirteen children well, 2 years later. There story can never be forgotton and I hope they have all found peace and are enjoying their new lives.

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chick-lit · contemporary

Expectation – Anna Hope ★★★★

Blurb; Hannah, Cate and Lissa are young, vibrant and inseparable. Living on the edge of a common in East London, their shared world is ablaze with art and activism, romance and revelry – and the promise of everything to come. They are electric. They are the best of friends.

Ten years on, they are not where they hoped to be. Amidst flailing careers and faltering marriages, each hungers for what the others have. And each wrestles with the same question: what does it take to lead a meaningful life?

My Review; I got this one from my pre-order list and have seen it around a lot. It’s a book 99% of woman can relate to apparantly and I agree. A brilliant read. Eye opening. Truthful. This story has it all. Friendships. Relationships. Romance. Affairs. Motherhood. Careers. Children. IVF. Family. Loss. Fall outs and make ups.

Its all about life, every aspect. The highs and the lows. An enjoyable read. The story is told through each of the three women and it works perfectly. It flicks back to their shared pasts and the present. Towards the end even the future. Beautiful.

A well deserved four stars. Highly recommend.

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