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Jane Fallon Reveals New Book Called Tell Me A Secret

Tell Me A SecretWonderful news as Jane Fallon reveals her book for 2019, called ‘Tell Me A Secret’.

What the back cover says –

Best friends Holly and Roz tell each other everything.
Until Holly gets a surprise shot at her dream job.
Why isn’t Roz popping the champagne?

Now Holly feels like she’s got a target on her back.
Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets.

It takes two to tango. But it only takes one to start a war…

This is definitely one book that is going to the top of my TBR pile!

You can pre-order Tell Me A Secret from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 10th January 2019.

Starlight On The Palace Pier Tour – Extract

Starlight On The Palace PierOn the book tour for Tracy Corbett’s new book called ‘Starlight On The Palace Pier’, enjoy an extract from the tale.

Becca suspected she was in for an interesting evening. Clearing her throat, she faked a confidence she didn’t feel and addressed the group. ‘Shall we get started? For those of you who have tap shoes please put them on, and then find a space on the floor.’

Five minutes of faffing followed as Wanda and Miriam struggled to locate their shoes, put them on and tie the laces. Miriam was dressed in a brightly patterned smock dress, whereas Wanda wore the full dance regalia: Lycra catsuit, leg-warmers and top-of-the-range tap shoes. Nick and Cassie, who looked like they’d just come from work, were dressed in head-to-toe grey.

Collectively, it was a sight to behold.

Becca was just thinking it couldn’t get any more bizarre, when the doors opened and another woman joined them. ‘Sorry, I’m late,’ she said, hurrying in. She dropped her bag, tripped over it and then dropped it again when she tried to pick it up.

‘That’s Mi-Sun,’ Wanda said, in a loud whisper. ‘She’s from Korea.’

And Becca thought dealing with the kids was hard.

Still, at least this lot weren’t running around the room screaming. Not yet, anyway. ‘As we have two new people in the class and I’m new myself, let’s start with a few basic steps to get us warmed up. Okay?’

Four expectant faces stared at her.

Mi-Sun ran to join them, tripping up as she did so.

As a fellow klutz, Becca could empathise. ‘Okay, could you all spread out so you’re not on top of each other?’ They shuffled about. Wanda and Miriam both wanted to be at the front. Nick and Cassie hid at the back. Mi-Sun was left in the middle on her own. ‘Right. The first step we’re going to learn is called the shuffle.’

‘Oh, I know this.’ Miriam launched into a demonstration, followed by Wanda, who wasn’t about to be outdone. What with Miriam’s curves and Wanda’s cleavage, there was quite a lot of bouncing going on. The floorboards got a good workout.

‘That’s great, ladies. But let’s break it down for the rest of the class.’ She waited until the floor stopped vibrating. ‘The shuffle is a combination of two basic moves, the brush and the strike. Let’s start with the brush.’ She was met with three concerned expressions and two bored ones. Miriam and Wanda failed to hide their frustration at being made to start from the beginning.

Oh, well. Nothing she could do about that. Even with no teacher training she knew she could only go as fast as the slowest person in the group.

Becca turned to face the mirrors. ‘Stand on one leg and lift your other foot. Now swing the foot forward, brushing the ball of your foot against the floor.’

You can buy Starlight on the Palace Pier: A gloriously heart-warming read that will make you laugh out loud from Amazon

Every Breath By Nicholas Sparks

Every Breath‘Every Breath’ is the latest book by Nicholas Sparks.

Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. After six years with her boyfriend, she is no longer sure what she wants, and when her father becomes ill she heads to her family’s cottage at Sunset Beach in North Carolina to make some difficult decisions. Tru Walls has been summoned across an ocean from where he was born and raised in Zimbabwe by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. In journeying to Sunset Beach, Tru hopes to unravel the mystery surrounding his mother’s life, but the letter will lead him in an unexpected direction. When these two strangers’ paths cross, their chance encounter sets in motion a heart-breaking story – one that will transcend decades, continents and the workings of fate.
 
I haven’t read many books by Nicholas Sparks, infact I think this is actually the third book I’ve read by him.
 
The story is a sweet, romantic tale that’s based on a real life situation that really does make for touching reading. The story is about Tru and Hope who meet and within days, they are hopelessly in love with each other. Sadly Tru has to return to Africa and after years of waiting Hope’s boyfriend finally proposes to her and their brief love affair comes to an end.
 
Many years passed, Hope has had the children she had always wanted and her marriage is over and still her thoughts return to Tru. Unknown to Hope, Tru has never gotten over her and returns to the first spot where they met, a place called ‘Kindred Spirit’ where people leave letters containing declarations of love, heartbreak or in Tru’s case, reaching out to Hope. Delighted to be back together, the pair of them catch up on the love that they lost.

This is a beautifully love story, with a picturesque background of crashing waves and the plains of Africa, which was was atmospheric from the first page. Like, the previous books that I’ve read by Nicholas, the leads are charismatic men with troubled pasts and the women are gentle souls searching for love and this book was no different. I think the fact, that it’s also based on a true story and a story that fascinated Nicholas, so much so that he had to write it.

A tender story, of love, regrets and never giving up ‘Every Breath’ is a searching and emotional tale that will leave the reader wrecked.

You can buy Every Breath from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

I Invited Her In By Adele Parks

I Invited Her In‘I Invited Her In’ is the latest book by Adele Parks.

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children. Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband.

‘I Invited Her In’ is Adele’s first book with her new publisher HQ Stories and it’s already sailing up the bestseller charts.

The story is primarily seen through the narrative of university best friends Abi and Mel, who did everything together, until Mel became pregnant at university and took time off to have her baby. Their friendship grew apart until nearly 18 years later, Abi gets back in touch wanting to meet as she’s going through a messy divorce. Mel feels guilty that she left her best friend at university and welcomes her into her family with open arms but nothing can prepare her for what her best friend has in store.

I adored this book, it consumed me. It kept me up at night and then at every quiet opportunity, I would seize it for a little bit more reading time.

The characters are fantastic. Mel is a traditional mother, who’s priority is her family and their welfare, but when Abi comes into her life again she’s in awe of it. Abi was once part of a celebrity power couple in America and Mel is transfixed by the stories and glamour that Abi regales to her, Mel also feels that she owes Abi after leaving her at university and never telling her who the father of her eldest son is. Whilst Abi is a scorned woman who’s heart is broken after catching her husband with a much younger woman. Distraught that her dream life is over and the possibility of ever having children has been taken away, she finds solace in the chaos of Mel’s life.

The twist in narratives make ‘I Invited Her In’ make for a complex and compulsive reading as both women have ulterior motives for getting back in touch with each other and this does make for shocking and thrilling reading.

With almost every chapter ending on the a cliff hanger and with an ending that will leave you bursting for more ‘I Invited Her In’ is a cleverly written and observational story about the dynamics of female friendship. Riddled with jealousy, deceit and suspense throughout, this book is Adele Parks at her very finest.

You can buy I Invited Her In from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Other Sister By Elle Croft

The Other Sister‘The Other Sister’ is the latest book by Elle Croft.

Gina Mills is desperate to be a newsreader, but her boss – the director of the struggling Channel Eight, won’t help. Walking home one night, Gina stumbles upon a dead body, and after calling the police, she makes the split-second decision to report the murder live. When questioned by the police, Gina can’t remember specific details about her discovery, but these memory gaps are explained away as shock. But when Gina finds a second body, it’s clear she’s being targeted. But why? And how is this connected to the death of Gina’s younger sister so many years ago?

I read Elle’s previous book in one seating and this book was no different, with complex and intriguing characters, this cleverly written tale of social media, murders and hypnosis was a chilling read.

The story is seen through the narrative of brother and sister Ryan and Gina, who have had a complicated relationship since their sister died suddenly. Gina was cast out from the family and tentatively comes back into Ryan’s life when she needs someone to live. Now, a struggling PA, she longs to return to her roots as a journalist but is unable to get a promotion in her current job. Until one evening, when walking home from work she finds a woman dead in an alleyway.

Seizing it as an opportunity to revive her career, she decides to report it from Facebook Live.

Taking this bold move, leaves her one of Britain’s most hated women as people accuse her of playing on the poor victims death and she finds herself the victim of trolls as well as being the potentially the next victim as she receives threatening messages from the killer.

The story travels at a fast pace and having different narratives gives an clever insights into the siblings as Ryan can’t get over his sister’s death and is convinced that he’s going mad when he sees her it every opportunity. There’s also a perspective from their mother growing up leading up to their sister’s death, which does make for chilling reading at times and really sets the tone of the story.

A suspenseful tale that literally does make the reader shocked, ‘The Other Sister’ is a dark and twisted tale with an ending that will leave the reader in turmoil.

You can pre-order The Other Sister from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 18th October 2018.