Emotional · Medical · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* The Heart Warriors Mother – Marilyn Cohen De Villiers ★★★★

Blurb; Kerry-Anne Aarons is over the moon. She and her husband, Imran Patel, are about to become the parents of a baby daughter, and give their son, Leo, an adored little sister. It wasn’t planned, but Kerry knows that Lily’s arrival will complete the perfect little family she has always wanted. She, Imran and their two children are going to live happily ever after…
Then life intervenes.
Lily is born with a serious congenital heart defect and Kerry’s battle to save her daughter commences. It’s a battle that takes her from the operating theatres and Intensive Care Units of local hospitals to the High Court of South Africa. It’s a battle that strains her relationships with her friends, her parents, and – ultimately – her husband. It’s a battle she is determined to win.
But how much will Kerry have to sacrifice to give Lily the future she deserves?

My Review; Oh wow. Where do I even start reviewing this one? From the first few pages I knew I was in for a heart breaking read, a rollercoaster of emotions throughout. Based on a true story meet Lily a precious baby girl born with a heart defect and this is her and her families story. Constantly in and out of ICU and hospital, surgeries and illnesses. This little girl and her family have not had it easy at all. She’s a little fighter, a miracle thats for sure. It’s very emotional to read I’m lucky I’ve never been in that position with my own children but I don’t know how they got through it all and coped. It contains alot of medical talk so I actually learnt a lot while reading it too. Alot of up and downs. A lot of hope. Prayers. But wow. A story that will be impossible to forget, one that needed to be told to the world. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars.

Amazon Link UK

Amazon Link US

Medical · romance · suspense

*BLOG TOUR* Glasshouse – Morwenna Blackwood ★★★★

Blurb; They’re doctors. But can you trust them?

Delve into the dark world of psychiatric institutions where doctors and residents play a dangerous game where no one is infallible!

My Review; The opening to this story had me hooked I needed to know what was going on, why etc.. Now this was a different read for me not something I read regularly. I read this as a Standalone I did not read the previous book and it worked well for me but maybe I did miss something? I will never know unless I go back and read the first book.

Within this story are alot of troubled, struggling and mentally ill characters but it’s written in a way that you care for them. I found I had to concentrate while reading this story or I would miss something important. Does include a miscarriage. It’s a twisty, turny book. Kept me on edge. Never knew what was going to happen next. It did get a little confusing and dark towards the end. But it’s a brilliant story and I enjoyed it all. The author has written this story cleverly and brilliantly! Instead of chapters it is told through each of the characters. Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me.

Amazon Link UK

Apologies I could not find a US link for this book.

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.

Amazon Link UK

Amazon Link US