Bestsellers · Book club reads · Emotional · romance

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo ★★★★★

Blurb; He was the first person to inspire her, to move her, to truly understand her. Was he meant to be the last?

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

My Review; This was a 99p buy and I am so glad I decided to read this one randomly. From the start I could tell it was going to be such a delicate, soft and beautiful story. The story is told through main character Lucy and throughout the whole story it is spoken/directed to Gabe. It’s a story of breakup, growing up, growing apart, moving on, memories, clinging on and love. True love. Soul mate love. The one.

It’s a powerful, emotional read especially towards the end. I do not cry at books ever but my god get some tissues for this one because it even made me tear up. The ending ripped me apart. Killed me. Heartbroken. But a happy ending (ish). A true romance story even if decades have passed between them. This book is the definition of romance and love. One I will not be able to forget for a long time. Stuck in my heart. A well deserved five stars from me. Highly recommend.

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Bestsellers · Music · mystery

Run Rose Run – James Patterson & Dolly Parton ★★★★★

Blurb; From America’s most beloved superstar and its greatest storyteller—a thriller about a young singer/songwriter on the rise and on the run, and determined to do whatever it takes to survive.

Every song tells a story.
She’s a star on the rise, singing about the hard life behind her.
She’s also on the run. Find a future, lose a past.

Nashville is where she’s come to claim her destiny. It’s also where the darkness she’s fled might find her. And destroy her.

Run, Rose, Run is a novel glittering with danger and desire—a story that only America’s #1 most beloved entertainer and its #1 bestselling author could have created.

My Review; Ofcourse we’ve all been awaiting this one haven’t we and if you didn’t know about it… Where have you been? I got this release day and finished it the day after. Well and truelly devoured it. I don’t think my words or review will do this book the amount of justice it deserves but I will try. Let’s just say this is my book of the year. The cover is stunning, the whole story is amazing from the first page till the last and two brilliant authors, beautifully co-written.

I haven’t had chance to listen to the album yet but this really is a must buy, a must read. I’ve been shouting about it to everyone. A starting from the bottom story and reaching the top with challenges and hidden secrets emerging along the way. It is a work of fiction but parts had me relating characters to bits of Dolly herself. The songs within are beautiful too and the ending is utterly perfect.

I do not have one bad thing to say about it. I devoured it but I didn’t want to. I miss it. I can see it being turned into a future film (I can only hope). This is a huge 2022 book and bestseller and I can highly recommend it. A well deserved five stars from me. Going into my top ten reads of the year and its my book of the year already. Amazing. This is going to be hard to forget and will stay in my heart for a long time.

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Bestsellers · Non-Fiction

All On The Board: Inspirational quotes from the TFL underground duo ★★★★★

Blurb; A BOOK TO BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY – A GIFT OF HOPE, COMFORT, POSITIVITY, OPENNESS AND LOVE FOR ANY OCCASION – INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES FROM THE TFL UNDERGOUND DUO

Transport for London employees and dynamic masked duo, All on the Board (aka Jeremy and Ian), made it their mission to bring smiles to the faces of London commuters through writing creative messages, quotes and poems on the underground’s service information boards. ‘We were tired of looking at a board that just said “keep right” and thought can’t we do something a bit more fun?’.

Fast-forward 3 years, they’ve grown a community of 750,000+ online fans and have a plethora of celebrity supporters. Through their magical words, they’ve marked momentous occasions, celebrated countless artists, legends and heroes, raised awareness of mental health and hidden illnesses and sprinkled thousands of our daily journeys with positivity, humour and love. Their kind messages remind us all that we’re in it together and now, with their beautiful, colourful collection of quotes, stories and drawings you can add joy to your day wherever you are and however you’re feeling.

CHAPTERS INCLUDE: Positively Positive, Raising Awareness, Love, Always Remembered, Random Pleasures & Simple Treasures, Mental Health, Legends, Real Life Heroes, Occasions & Celebrations, London, In It Together

My Review; Imagine my surprise seeing this for 99p on Kindle. Now I didn’t even know these guys did a book. It’s one of those things where I see certain signs on Facebook that people have shared and relate with. A bit of good in this world. This book includes many signs tackling a whole range of topics. An easy read. Some great advice, quotes and thoughts have been put into these signs. I love how we get to know about the two guys behind it all too and how they wish to remain anonymous.

Would highly recommend. These two guys have started something which has become huge. Everyone can relate to. Loved it! A well deserved five stars from me.

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