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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.

11 Missed Calls By Elisabeth Carpenter

11 Missed Calls’11 Missed Calls’ is the latest book by Elisabeth Carpenter.

Anna has always believed that her mother, Debbie, died 30 years ago on the night she disappeared. But when her father gets a strange note, she realises that she’s never been told the full story of what happened that night on the cliff. Confused and upset, Anna turns to her husband Jack – but when she finds a love letter from another woman in his wallet, she realises there’s no-one left to help her, least of all her family. And then a body is found.

This bleak and atmospheric story, is written in the past and present tense and is seen through the narrative of mother and daughter, Debbie and Anna, who are both struggling with post natal depression after having their daughters. But when Debbie suddenly disappears from Anna’s life, Anna spends the rest of her life wondering whatever happened to her mother, as well as questioning her own sanity when things don’t add up.

The story is an interesting one, as both perspectives are so similar, the only difference being the time and setting of the characters. I found myself really sympathising with them, particularly Anna who not only struggled with being a new mother, but also dealing with the possibility of her mother coming back in her life after years of being apart.

Filled with many twists and suspicious characters, this suspenseful story really held my attention and the sub story about post natal depression was particularly interesting as it showed how attitudes towards the illness changed through the years.

’11 Missed Calls’ is a cleverly written story about family mysteries, secrets and the strength of a mothers bond.

You can buy 11 Missed Calls from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Dear Mr Pop Star By Derek and Dave Philpott

Dear Mr Pop Star‘Dear Mr Pop Star’ is the latest book by writing duo and father and son, Derek and Dave Philpott.

For more than a decade, Derek Philpott and his son, Dave, have been writing to pop stars from the 1960s to the 90s to take issue with the lyrics of some of their best-known songs. But then, to their great surprise, the pop stars started writing back. ‘Dear Mr Pop Star’ contains 100 of Derek and Dave’s greatest hits, including correspondence with Katrina and the Waves, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, The Housemartins, Suzi Quatro, Devo, Deep Purple, Nik Kershaw, T Pau, Human League, Eurythmics, Wang Chung, EMF, Mott the Hoople, Heaven 17, Jesus Jones, Johnny Hates Jazz, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Chesney Hawkes and many, many more.

If you’re looking a book that is something a little bit offbeat or quirky than I would thoroughly recommend ‘Dear Mr Pop Star’, a book that consists of a collection of letters that Dave Philpott has written to popstars over the last 30 years, questioning their choice of lyrics.
In these frank and bemused letters, Derek expresses concern and confusion over the song lyrics and takes them literally in some parts, whilst comparing them to his own real life situations, I particularly loved the letter to The Knack about their song called ‘My Sharona’. Often, the letters are also accompanied with replies from the artists who have taken the time to explain the lyrics and their meaning to the concerned man.
Hilariously funny in parts and wonderfully poignant in others, ‘Dear Mr Pop Stars’ is an entertaining read that provides some insights into some of the world’s most famous lyrics that we all often wondered about. Featuring replies from Spinal Tap, Dr. Hook and The Eurythmics, this book is a must for all music lovers.

You can buy Dear Mr Pop Star from Amazon