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Million Love Songs By Carole Matthews

Million Love SongsCarole Matthews’ is back with a new book called ‘Million Love Songs’.

After splitting up with her cheating husband, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is another serious relationship. Mason represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, smooth, and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe on the other hand is kind, attentive and good-looking, but comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children. Ruby soon has some very tough decisions to make. Is she even ready for a relationship? Ruby may think she knows what she wants, is that what she needs to be truly happy?

‘Million Love Songs is the latest book by the Carole Matthews and it’s impossible to read this book without a Take That soundtrack racing through your mind.

In this story, we meet Ruby Brown, downtrodden after her divorce, she’s making a change, new job, new house, new car and potentially two new men, but both men come with baggage, leaving Ruby uncertain about her future.

I genuinely loved Ruby, she’s such a warm and bubbly character. Carole has a lovely skill of creating genuine, relatable and heartwarming characters, that the reader can make a connection with and Ruby is no different. Having come out of a bad relationship, she’s enjoying putting herself first for a change, learning a new skill and so she decides to take up scuba-diving and this is where she meets the handsome Joe, a welcome distraction from life and whilst in her new job as a waitress, she meets Mason, her boss. Her outspoken, best friend and colleague Charlie has already warned Ruby of Mason’s reputation as a bit of a lothario, but Ruby can’t seem to say no to Mason’s handsome looks and charm.

Caught in the middle of this triangle, Ruby is torn between both men but she’s fortunate that she has Charlie on hand, who helps her through her dramas, with not only her wit and banter, but her obsession with Gary Barlow, which is wonderfully entertaining.

Delicious from the first page, ‘Million Love Songs’ is warm and witty, love story about new beginnings, new adventures and never forgetting where you’re coming from. A splendid read!

You can buy Million Love Songs from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Hold My Hand By M.J Ford

Hold My Hand‘Hold My Hand’ is M.J Ford’s debut novel.

When a young Josie Masters sees a boy wearing a red football shirt, Dylan Jones, being taken by a clown at a carnival, she tries to alert the crowds. But it’s too late. Dylan has disappeared. Thirty years later, Josie is working as a police officer in Bath. The remains of the body of a child have been found – complete with tatters of a torn red football shirt. Is it the boy she saw vanish in the clutches of the clown? Or is it someone else altogether? And then another child disappears…

When I initially started this book, I found it a bit hard to get into, I found the to be chapters quite long, I prefer short and snappier that really pull the reader in. But, I persisted and I’m so glad that I did, as this book turned out to be one of the most twisted stories that I’ve read in a while and really did keep me on my toes.

The story is seen solely through the perspective of Josie Masters, who when she was little girl, witnessed a little boy being kidnapped. She was only witness to this crime and for years, wondered what became of the little boy. Now a woman, she’s a police officer and it’s now her job to find missing people and when thirty years later, an almost identical crime occurs to the one she witnessed, she becomes obsessed with the case, investigating it obsessively whilst resurrecting old ghosts and memories.

Josie is a great lead, she’s strong and determined and even though she has her own struggles and issues in life, she doesn’t let it distract her from her job. She’s smart and notices things around her, that her colleagues fail to notice which makes her such a dominant character and keeps the reader engaged.

There are smaller stories weaved through the main plot line and they are all so cleverly written with many shocks and twists throughout the tale, that connect seamlessly together at the end. The story is also riddled with many untrustworthy and dodgy characters that you regularly feel like you’ve solved the crime, only to be stumped in the way, once they prove to be innocent.

Riddled with deceit and suspense, ‘Hold My Hand’ is an engaging debut thriller, that flows at a fast pace and once you’re into it, it’s impossible to put down. A chillingly realistic tale about every parents worst nightmare, that will have you hooked to each page.

You can buy Hold My Hand from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Fear By C.L Taylor

The Fear‘The Fear’ is by C.L Taylor.

Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes. Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become changed, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itsee his prey.

The Fear is the latest book by CL Taylor and it’s another cracking story, filled with strong female characters and an extremely dislikable male lead, this story was thrilling from the very start.

The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Lou, a young woman who never really fully got over her first love. It left with her a deep, rooted fear that the man who groomed her when she was just 13 would return to her life. But, when she returns to her childhood home, she sees Mike, the man who tried to kidnap her with a young girl. Terrified, that history is going to repeat itself, Lou tries to reach out to Chloe, but it all ends disastrously, especially with Wendy after the pair of them seeking revenge.

The story is written in the past and present tense which gives a great insight into the characters. The sequences written in the past present are seen through Lou’s diary entries and I find these particularly interesting as they set the scenes perfectly, from Lou’s innocent eyes as they slowly widened to the world around her. Now, as a woman, she’s insecure and hesitant to relationships and tends to keep people at distance.

Meanwhile, Chloe is Mike’s latest victim, a typical teenager, who’s uncomfortable in her skin, he latches onto her insecurity and unhappiness and uses it to his advantage. Whilst Wendy, is angry woman with revenge on her mind, she’s vindictive and surprisingly quite witty, which adds unexpected sprinkling of humour to the story.

A chilling and powerful story that regularly made for unsettling reading. ‘The Fear’ is a smartly written tale, that focuses on grooming and the naive and innocent victims and how easy it is to fall into the wrong hands.

You can pre-order The Fear from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd March 2018.

Perfect Death By Helen Fields

Perfect Death‘Perfect Death’ is the third book in Detective Callanach series by Helen Fields.

Unknown to DI Luc Callanach and the newly promoted DCI Ava Turner, a serial killer has Edinburgh firmly in his grip. The killer is taking his victims in the coldest, most calculating way possible – engineering slow and painful deaths by poison, with his victims entirely unaware of the drugs flooding their bloodstream until it’s too late. But how do you catch a killer who hides in the shadows? A killer whose pleasure comes from watching pain from afar? Faced with their most difficult case yet, Callanach and Turner soon realise they face a seemingly impossible task…

‘Perfect Death’ is the latest book by Helen Fields and for me, has been the most unsettling from all her books. Right from the book, we are drawn into a dark and creepy, where a young man likes to befriend people, people who have suffered a bereavement, to offer comfort from their pain unaware that he is actually the creator of their pain.

Like the previous Detective Callanach novels, the perspective is seen from the eyes of the French Detective, his colleague Ava Turner as she has to deal with the sudden death of her old boss who was found dead in his car. She’s convinced that there’s more to his death than suicide and begins her own investigation, putting her own life in jeopardy. Both Detectives find themselves racing against time, trying to stop the killer from claiming his next victim and always trying to be one step ahead.

The different perspectives to the story, give the thriller a fast paced edge as the killer befriends his victims and the police try to get one step closer to him. The killer is a strange character and the insight into their mind, does make for uncomfortable reading as times, as well as the exploration into the dark underworld of Scotland’s crime scene.

A strange and haunting story that is very cleverly written, ‘Perfect Death’ is a nail-biting thriller that keeps the reader on their toes.

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

The Perfectly Imperfect Woman By Milly Johnson

The Perfectly Imperfect WomanOne of my favourite authors Milly Johnson is back with a new book, called ‘The Perfectly Imperfect Woman’.

Marnie Salt has made so many mistakes in her life that she fears she will never get on the right track. But when she ‘meets’ an old lady on a baking chatroom and begins confiding in her, little does she know how her life will change. Arranging to see each other for lunch, Marnie finds discovers that Lilian is every bit as mad and delightful as she’d hoped – and that she owns a whole village in the Yorkshire Dales, which has been passed down through generations. And when Marnie needs a refuge after a crisis, she ups sticks and heads for Wychwell – a temporary measure, so she thinks.
But soon Marnie finds that Wychwell has claimed her as its own and she is duty bound not to leave. Even if what she has to do makes her as unpopular as a force 12 gale in a confetti factory! But everyone has imperfections, as Marnie comes to realise, and that is not such a bad thing – after all, your flaws are perfect for the heart that is meant to love you.

Milly is back with another sparkly, magic story that will grip your heart and attention from the very first page.

In this story we meet Marnie Salt, a young woman that bad luck seems to follow at every opportunity. Her adopted mother hates her and her sister doesn’t speak to her so when Justin Fox appears in her life, she thinks that’s she’s found happiness but she’s sadly wrong and find herself licking her wounds in Wychwell.

After befriending a wise, outspoken old dear called Lilian on the internet, they become friends and Lillian takes Marnie under her wing and introduces her to all her friends in the small magical village of Wychwell.

Even though the village is small, there are plenty of big personalities, some are delighted to see Marnie whilst others feel threatened by her, particularly when there men involved.

I adored this book, it’s such a poignant tale filled with charming characters. I loved Marnie, she was such an underdog that I really felt an empathy for her. She was regularly let down by people and I longed for her to find her happy ever after. Lillian was wonderful, boisterous, outspoken, she felt a connection with Marnie and wanted the young woman with her. The main male was a delightful man called Herv, a kind and gentle soul that many woman lust after. The story is cleverly written and filled with Milly’s quick wit and warm heart. The only downside was that Marnie was a cheesecake maker and all the inclusion of delicious recipes made me so peckish throughout.

Fun and entertaining from the very beginning, ‘The Perfectly Imperfect Woman’ was the perfect book to curl up with when the snow was ats worst, as this sweet tale warmed the cockles of my heart.

You can buy The Perfectly Imperfect Woman from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.