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My Sisters And Me By Lisa Dickenson

My Sisters And Me‘My Sisters And Me’ is the latest book by Lisa Dickenson.

When Willow Lake asks her daughters for help renovating the family home, each has a reason to hesitate about returning to Maplewood. For quiet and bookish Emmy going back to the town that ridiculed her fills her with dread. The youngest Noelle is perfectly comfortable in herself now, but once wanted to fit in so badly that she walked away from her first love. A first love who still lives in Maplewood. And outspoken Rae is painfully aware of how much the townspeople hurt her little sisters growing up. She didn’t protect them then, but there’s no way she’ll let history repeat itself. The sisters agree to go home and make the best of it. After all if they’ve changed over the years, it’s possible the townspeople have too.

‘My Sisters And Me’ is a fun and playful book that really makes for entertaining reading. It’s seen through the perspective of three sisters, Emmy, Noelle and Rae as they take on the hard task of returning home and sorting out all their childhood memories.

As they return to their old town, old memories are stirred up bringing up some happy feelings of nostalgia as they remember growing up and reconnecting with old friends. But for the sisters, who lived in the middle of the woods during the era of ‘The Blair Witch Project’, they were seen as weirdos with hippy parents. This led to years of abuse and ridicule and when the women returned home, thought that opinions would have changed. But it, seems that even though they have moved on and grown up, the town is still stuck in the past and have kept their opinions.

As well, as having to deal with the small minded townsfolk, the sisters have their own issues to deal with. As Emmy, the baby of the trio, is an intelligent young woman who dreams of one day going to space becomes awkward when her first, unknown love enters her life, whilst Noelle has embraced her sexuality and wants to repair old bridges and outspoken Rae wants to tell everyone what she really thinks of them.

An uplifting story about the strong bond of the sisterhood and putting old ghosts to rest, ‘My Sisters And Me’ is a witty and heartwarming story about love and friendship, that will have you giggling throughout at the funny characters and hilarious situations.

You can buy My Sisters And Me from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Claire Allan Writers Tip

“ClaireA native of the Maiden City aka Derry, Claire Allan was a journalist before she turned her hand to writing books. Now she’s The Irish Times bestselling author of eight women’s fiction titles and ‘Her Name Was Rose’ is her debut thriller with Avon Books.

Today, Claire shares her writing tips for aspiring authors.

Read, read and read some more. In your genre and in others. See how other authors get it right, or wrong. Pay attention to structure and what keeps you turning the pages. Pay attention to how dialogue is written. You can’t write without knowing what works.

The Mother Of All Christmases By Milly Johnson

The Mother Of All Christmases‘The Mother Of All Christmases’ is the latest book by Milly Johnson.

Eve Glace – co-owner of the theme park Winterworld – is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time. But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them. Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child. But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable. Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself. But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep? Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

Milly is back with another festive read that will have you laughing and crying in quick succession.

Over 500 pages long, this book is quite the tale and sees the welcome return to some of Milly’s well loved characters from her previous books, which is a lovely addition to the story to see where they are in life.

The story is primarily seen through the perspective of Palma. A young woman who is so desperate for money that she is paid to have a baby for a struggling couple but when the plan falls through, decides to keep the baby for herself. Annie and her husband Joe, think their time has passed and when Annie thinks she is going through the change, she is delighted to discover that she is a actually pregnant and finally Eve is flat out with renovations to her Winter Wonderland and being pregnant is an unexpected surprise.

I love the characters in this story, their warm-hearted and relatable women that made for charming and occasionally sad reading. I loved the leading ladies, but have to admit that Palma was my favourite. She was the underdog of the story, who lived a hard life and felt underserved of love and when she faced life as a single mother, she embraced it with both hands.

There are some smaller sub-stories within the main plot line, that all come neatly and cleverly together in the end.

A touching, festive tale touching on sensitive subjects such as death and organ donations, Milly has written another story filled with heart warming humour, delicious characters and poignant moments that will melt the coldest of hearts. A charming story of love, life and starting over, ‘The Mother Of All Christmases’ is an enchanting story of friendship that will have you captivated from the first page.

You can buy The Mother of All Christmases from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Perfect Silence By Helen Fields

Perfect Silence‘Perfect Silence’ is the latest book by Helen Fields.

The body of a young girl is found dumped on the roadside on the outskirts of Edinburgh. When pathologists examine the remains, they make a gruesome discovery: the silhouette of a doll carved in the victim’s skin. DCI Ava Turner and DI Luc Callanach are struggling to find leads in the case, until a doll made of skin is found nestled beside an abandoned baby. After another young woman is found butchered, Luc and Ava realise the babydoll killer is playing a horrifying game. And it’s only a matter of time before he strikes again. Can they stop another victim from being silenced forever – or is it already too late?

‘Perfect Silence’ is the latest instalment in the D.C.I. Callanach series and for me, it was the most disturbing as himself and his partner DCI Ava Turner battle against the clock from preventing the next woman to fall victim to the ‘Babydoll Killer’.

The story flows at a fast pace and is seen through the narrative of both the detectives as they try to piece the clues together but the killer that they are chasing is extremely smart and rarely leaves clues, only a handmade doll pieced together by their victims skins. Another perspective from the story is from the insight of the victim as the minutes go by and they pray to be saved.

This book has to be the darkest book in the series and is extremely gory in parts that does make for unsettling reading, so this book is not for the faint hearted.

What’s surprising about the story, which is gripping and chilling, is the element of humour which does catch the reader off guard, as Ava battles with her boss, a strong willed Scottish woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind and her relationship with the French detective, D.C.I. Luc Callanach which had its own share of complications.

Gritty from the first page, ‘Perfect Silence’ is an incredible page turner that will have the reader hooked. With disturbing scenes and plenty of twists to catch the killer before they get the next victim, you will be racing through the pages until you reach the climatic end.

You can buy Perfect Silence from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Sophie Kinsella Reveals New Book – I Owe You One

I Owe You One Exciting news for Sophie Kinsella fans as her new book for 2019 has been revealed and is called ‘I Owe You One’.

What the back cover says –

Fixie Farr can’t help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It’s how she got her nickname, after all.

So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer’s owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU – but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour.

That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help – and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don’t go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time.

Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs – from small favours to life-changing debts – and Fixie is torn between the past she’s used to and the future she deserves.

Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants.

The irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything.

You can pre-order I Owe You One from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th February 2019.