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Book News – You, Me, Everything By Catherine Isaac

You, Me, EverythingCatherine Isaac has revealed the cover to her debut novel called ‘You, Me, Everything’ which excitedly is being adapted for film, even though it won’t be out until 2018.

But for people not in the know, Catherine Isaac is actually Jane Costello, who already has nine books under her belt.

What the back cover says:

Sick of her boyfriend Adam’s lying and cheating, Laura throws him out only months after giving birth to their son. While she brings up William with the help of her mum, Susan, Adam moves to France to follow his dreams.

But ten years on, Susan is battling a debilitating disease, aged just 53, and she convinces her daughter that William needs his father in his life. So, in their first trip abroad in years, Laura and ten-year-old William set off to spend the summer at Chateau de Roussignol, in the sunlit hills of the Dordogne, where Adam now lives.

Laura is determined is to make Adam fall in love with his own son. But the problem isn’t only that he’s an unwilling participant in this game. It’s that Laura is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody – especially William – must discover.

With a beautiful cover and a heartbreaking synopsis, ‘You, Me, Everything’ sounds like a stunning story.

You can pre-order You Me Everything from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 20th September 2018.

The People At Number 9 By Felicity Everett

The People At Number 9‘The People At Number 9’ is the second book by Felicity Everett.

Sara and Neil have new neighbours in their street. Glamorous and chaotic, Gav and Lou make Sara’s life seem dull. As the two couples become friends, sharing suppers, red wine and childcare, it seems a perfect couples-match. But the more Sara sees of Gav and Lou, the more she longs to change her own life. But those changes will come at a price.

This book is a twisted and dark story of jealously and lust.

Originally, when Lou and Gav moved into the house next door, Sara was in awe of the bohemian couple with their glamorous careers, successful friends and endless parties. Sara envies them and can only look at her quieter less exciting life with contempt. So she edges closer to the couple, befriending them and becoming more than a just next door neighbour but an intricate part of their lives, offering advice, babysitting and eventually teaching the children. In return, Lou and Gav give Sara the confidence to leave her job and follow her dream of becoming an author and allow her to be part of their clique.

Caught up in the couple’s exciting lifestyle, Sara begins to dislike her own, finds her husband boring and constantly comparing their lives. But as she spends more time with the couple, Sara begins to notice that Lou and Gav aren’t as perfect as she initially thought and begins to see another side to seemingly perfect couple.

When I initially started this book, I was disappointed to see that the perspective of the story was only seen through the eyes of Sara, I was hoping to see how the other people were settling into the new neighbourhood, but this was infact a clever move by the author, as for me Sara was the most interesting character.

She’s quite an unlikable person, regularly swaying from dark emotions from jealously and obsession, she becomes consumed by the new arrivals and wants nothing more than to belong to their luxurious lifestyle leaving her old friends behind and looks down on them for not being as exciting as Lou and Gav.

She’s selfish and self absorbed but also relatable as she idolises their couple and the life that she would long to have.

Cleverly written with intriguing and mysterious social butterflies, that made for unsettling reading, this book gripped me on all levels.

A dark and voyeuristic story of jealously and obsession, ‘The People At Number 9’ is about the complexities of friendships particularly female, and deals with the raw emotions that we all try to hide.

You can buy The People at Number 9 from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Book News – I Heart Forever By Lindsey Kelk

I Heart ForeverI’m delighted to see that Lindsey Kelk is back with a new book this year called ‘I Heart Forever’ which is the seventh book in her ‘I Heart’ series.

What the back cover says:

A winter wedding in Manhattan…and someone’s keeping a secret.

The day her husband Alex picks up a backpack and goes travelling, Angela Clark promises to stay out of trouble and keep both Louboutins on the ground.

So when her best friend’s boyfriend confides in her, it can’t hurt to help him pick out a ring at Tiffany’s surely?

And when her fashion magazine announces major changes, being terminally late and winking at your new boss in the lift isn’t that bad, is it?

Then suddenly there’s another big secret Angela’s got to keep – and the man she loves is still thousands of miles away. As the wedding of the year looms, and Manhattan switches on its Christmas lights, Angela is going to need her friends by her side as her old life looks set to change forever.

Guaranteed to be filled with laughter and sass, ‘I Heart Forever’ is definately another book to look forward to in 2017.

You can pre-order I Heart Forever from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 7th September 2017.

That’s Your Lot By Limmy

That's Your Lot‘That’s Your Lot’ is the second book by Limmy.

This is Limmy’s second book. It’s a whole load of new, odd, and hilariously grim short stories. Tom is in a soft play with his daughters. He’s bored. He’s so bored he can move things with his mind. A man fills up a mate’s biscuit tin without ever telling him, to see what happens. Maggie’s boyfriend Iain bought a curtain. It keeps attacking them. She wants it out the house. A man is sitting in his wheelie bin at two in the morning, and he wants to tell you why. Kenny’s mate Scott is suicidal and ridden with guilt. Kenny takes him on holiday to Benidorm. It’ll be some laugh.

I first became aware of Limmy, a few years ago, my partner was a fan of his sketches and introduced me to his dark and eccentric mind, I came to enjoy his shows and some of the characters that he created.

When we heard that he was doing a tour for his new book called ‘That’s Your Lot’, we jumped at the chance to see the man in the flesh and got the chance to get our copies of the book signed.

I spent the following day, absorbed in the book, only putting it down to replenish cups of tea or for toilet breaks.

’That’s Your Lot’ is Limmy’s second book and is another collection of short stories. The stories are short, snappy and easy to consume in one sitting. They vary from deeply dark and disturbing such as ‘The Icon’, about an app icon that kills people to stories that I felt an empathy with, like ‘Boxset’ about a man who’s raging with his partner for watching an episode of a show without him and, I’m sure at one point in our lives, we have all felt like that when our partners sneaked ahead with ‘Breaking Bad’ or ‘Games Of Thrones’.

His writing goes to dark and ridiculous places that had me laughing at but occasionally he touched on other more serious subjects such as loneliness and depression that really did change the style and tempo of the book.

The thing that I enjoyed most about ‘That’s Your Lot’ was the engagement and the style of writing, Limmy writes as he speaks, there’s no formalities, it’s pure Glaswegian throughout and for me, I found this to be comfortable and enjoyable reading, it almost felt I was sitting in the pub and Limmy was reading the stories to me.

With a black cover that gives absolutely nothing away, ’That’s Your Lot’, is a unique blend of comedic and peculiar stories, with an original spin on relationships, interior design and everyday life, Limmy brings to life some of things we fear to say or do incase we are judged but delivers it in an original style that will have you snorting throughout.

You can buy That’s Your Lot from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Come Sundown By Nora Roberts

Come Sundown‘Come Sundown’ is the latest book by American bestselling author, Nora Roberts.

Bodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family’s resort in Western Montana, there just aren’t enough hours in the day – for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn’t have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all grown up and returned to the ranch. Then again, maybe Callen can change her mind, given time. But when a young woman’s body is discovered on resort land, everything changes. Callen falls under the suspicion of a deputy sheriff with a grudge. And for Bodine’s family, the murder is a shocking reminder of an old loss. Twenty-five years ago, Bodine’s Aunt Alice vanished, never to be heard of again. Could this new tragedy be connected to Alice’s mysterious disappearance? As events take a dramatic and deadly turn, Bodine and Callen must race to uncover the truth – before the sun sets on their future together.

I haven’t read many of Nora’s books, to be honest I think I’ve read more as her writing as J.D. Robb than as herself, she’s an author I’ve been looking to read more off, so when I got ‘Come Sundown’, I was curious to see what this author had to offer.

Initially I was disappointed to discover that I found the book a bit hard to get into, I thought the flow of a story was a bit slow, but I persevered and was pleasantly surprised that the more I read, the more enjoyable and chilling I found it to be.

The story is primarily seen through the eyes of Bodine, an independent young woman who manages her family resort which hosts events and horse riding lessons, she is driven by her job and her large family, that she holds close to her heart, until her teenage crush returns and Bodine is brought back to being her awkward self. But it seems that handsome Callen no longer sees her as his best friends younger sister and the two of become close, but just as Callen returns home, women are suddenly attacked and found dead and the police are pointing their fingers at him. Meanwhile, another part of the story sees, a woman becoming hostage to a cruel man who keeps her prisoner for many years, exposing her to sexual attacks and torture.

The story dips between Bodine and the mysterious woman and with this I found the story quite interesting, as Nora weaves the two stories quite cleverly together, forwards the end of the book, I found myself racing through the pages.

There is quite a mixture of characters, all with big and outspoken personalities particularly Bodine and her grammies, who all have an opinion on something, but underneath all that bravado, the family have a strong bond that keeps them close.

With an outspoken heroine and riddled with drama, ‘Come Sundown’ an emotional and romantic tale that made for a chilling story.

You can buy Come Sundown from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.