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One Moment By Linda Green

One Moment‘One Moment’ is the latest book by Linda Green and has been recently been picked as a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick.

Finn and Kaz are about to meet for the first time. Ten-year-old Finn, a quirky, sensitive boy who talks a lot and only eats at cafes with a 5-star hygiene rating, is having a tough time at school and home. Outspoken Kaz, 59, who has an acerbic sense of humour and a heart of gold, is working at the café when Finn and his mum come in. They don’t know it yet, but the second time they meet will be a moment which changes both of their lives forever.

If you’re a lover a warm hearted stories, I would thoroughly recommend this story, with a kind hearted lady and reclusive little boy, this story of friendship is the perfect feel good story.

In this story we meet Kaz and Finn, an unlikely friendship between an older woman and a little boy, who are both at turning points in their lives. Finn’s parents are divorcing and he’s having to go between both parents which is difficult as he doesn’t like change, the only thing is constant is his love for Alan Titchmarsh and gardening. Whilst straight talking Kaz is enjoying her new friendship with Finn as it provides a welcome distraction from her sick brother Terry,

I adored this story, the characters are warm and relatable and the storyline flows at a lovely pace as the pair bond over their troubled relationships. Kaz is a kind soul, known for her plaits and sheep apron, she’s there for people, always putting others first. She has a huge heart and I regularly found myself chuckling at her Yorkshire way of speaking and brutal honesty. Her protection for her brother is also an interesting side to the story as he struggles with schizophrenia and is regularly chatting with Matthew Kelly from the 90’s television show ‘Stars In Their Eyes’.

Finn is an interesting boy, he’s not the typical boy and because of this is the subject of bullying which is difficult to read as he’s having to deal with with twice the drama with divorcing parents and bullying school kids.

This story is a lovely story which focuses on many issues such as mental health and the impact a divorce has on a young child. The tender relationship between Kaz and Finn makes for poignant and interesting reading as the two of them are crutches for each other between particularly hard times. ‘One Moment’ is well worthy of its recent nomination of a BBC Radio 2 nomination, is an emotional story of a fascinating friendship that will have the reader gripped about how a simple moment can have an impact on a life.

You can buy ‘One Moment’ from Amazon.

In Five Years By Rebecca Serle

In Five Years‘In Five Years’ is the latest book by Rebecca Serle

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Type-A Manhattan lawyer Dannie Kohan has been in possession of her meticulously crafted answer since she understood the question. On the day that she nails the most important job interview of her career and gets engaged to the perfect man, she’s well on her way to fulfilling her life goals. That night Dannie falls asleep only to wake up in a different apartment with a different ring on her finger, and in the company of a very different man. The TV is on in the background, and she can just make out the date. It’s the same night – December 15th – but 2025, five years in the future.
It was just a dream, she tells herself when she wakes, but it felt so real… Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind.
That is, until four and a half years later, when Dannie turns down a street and there, standing on the corner, is the man from her dream…

Dannie is a strong and logical woman, who’s life is based on numbers and when she meets David, it’s only natural to expect that after a couple of years together that marriage and children would follow as this is the expected way of life. But for Dannie, after the much anticipated proposal becomes a long engagement when her another man suddenly appears in her dreams and suddenly appears in real life in a relationship with her best friend, Bella. Bella and Dannie feel that Bella has found the perfect man but everything is thrown into disarray when Bella suddenly becomes seriously ill and Dannie has to question everything in her life.

I genuinely loved this book and my heart really went out to Dannie and Bella, who’s childhood friendship is sadly pulled apart by ovarian cancer, which also coincides with March being Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

So not only does Dannie have to battle the pain of seeing her best friend in pain but she also has to see her with the real life man from her dreams, who makes Dannie question her own relationship.

I really liked Dannie, she’s a independent woman who’s set her life out and is determined that ovarian cancer will not take away her best friends happiness. She researches methodically into the illness to give her some control over the illness that is spiralling out. Her genuine love for Bella is not only as a friend but is also maternal as Bella’s parents were absent from her life most of the time and Dannie was the friend she turned to most of the time. Their relationship is strong and fun, but is tested a lot throughout the story. It’s also interesting to see how Dannie deals with Aaron, the man from her dreams appear in real life and the new emotions that she struggles, such as wanting her friend to be happy but also deal with a new attraction towards him.

‘In Five Years’ is a rare and brilliant love story about the complexities of relationships. This story is a bittersweet tale that really tugs at the readers heartstrings. Poignant, sweet, this original tale had me gripped from the first page. Sweetly written and well researched of the cruelty of cancer, this book will have you in bits with this emotional rollercoaster.

You can buy pre-order ‘In Five Years’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 10th March 2020.

All My Lies Are True By Dorothy Koomson

All My Lies Are TrueI’m so delighted to see that Dorothy Koomson has revealed her new book for 2020 called ‘All My Lies’ Are True’

What the back cover says –

Verity is telling lies…
And that’s why she’s about to be arrested for attempted murder.

Serena has been lying for years. . .
And that may have driven her daughter, Verity, to do something unthinkable…

Poppy’s lies have come back to haunt her . . .
So will her quest for the truth hurt everyone she loves?

Everyone lies.
But whose lies are going to end in tragedy?

Sounds like another absolute cracker of a story to look forward to!

You can pre-order ‘All My Lies Are True’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 9th July 2020.

Tales of Mystery Unexplained By Steph Young

Tales of Mystery Unexplained

‘Tales of Mystery Unexplained’ by Steph Young, is a collection of unexplained stories from a podcast by the same name.

What happened to Elisa Lam, found dead in a water tower atop a hotel roof? Who were the two men who came to see her & what was in the mystery box they gave her? Why did the location of her gravestone match the zip code of a Bookstore, miles away? Why was a man found in the same spot he disappeared, but 4 years later, with a hole in his head that no surgeons could explain? And what did this have to do with a séance, doppelgangers & the assassination of Abraham Lincoln? Why did a man write the Fibonacci sequence as a clue & tell a stranger he was “Looking for the Beast,” before he disappeared in the barren plains of a desert? Plus many more Tales of Mystery Unexplained.

If you enjoy books that keep you on the edge of your seat with unexplained, paranormal stories this book is for you, but if you prefer stories that are real life with no logical explanation, than steer clear as this book is not for you!

Having recently moved house, this book might not have been the best idea, as I found myself tensing up at each new sound. But being a sucker for unexplained stories, I delved straight in and found myself reading terrifying stories of unexplained disappearances and deaths.

The book is quite short at only 166 pages and is based on a podcast series by Steph Young by the same name. The stories are extremely well researched and there are different narratives and explanations as Steph tries to find logical reasons for the strange situations.

The stories are all equally fascinating but the one story that I found most interesting and the longest one was the death of Elisa Lam, which scarily happened quite recently in 2013. She was found dead in a water tank at the top of a hotel in Los Angeles, the moments leading up to her death are terrifying as she is seen alone in a lift, but behaving as if she has someone with her that she was afraid off. Her last moments are available to watch on the internet and as curious as I am to watch, I’ve managed to steer clear.

Even though this book is terribly unsettling in parts, it was a compulsive range of stories that I found both fascinating and terrifying to read in equal measures. The stories are cleverly told with an informative and friendly narrative.

If you’re fan a of ‘The X Files’ and enjoy stories of everything that goes bump in the night, then ‘Tales of Mystery Unexplained’ is most certainly the book for you, but if you prefer stories with a more happier ending then I’d maybe steer clear but I’ll certainly be recommending the book and podcast to friends who enjoy those types of stories.

You can the chilling book from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Poison By Jacqui Rose

Poison‘Poison’ is the latest book by Jacqui Rose.

In a life of crime, loyalty means everything – even if you don’t always see eye to eye. But when Vaughn Sadler speaks up to get Franny Doyle sent down, he’s broken every rule in the book to win checkmate. Holed up in prison, Franny has more than one score to settle – but she’s starting with Vaughn. Because you don’t grass on your own, no matter what. And though she may be behind bars, she will get revenge – whatever the cost.

‘Poison’ is the first ever book that I’ve read by popular crime author, Jacqui Rose and it was a gripping story of divided loyalties and revenge. It’s the latest book in the Alfie Jennings saga and thankfully, Jacqui give ample background information and great detail about the characters and the situations that they are in.

The story is seen through multiple narratives, but is primarily seen through the perspective of Franny as she adjusts to life in jail, being harassed why the cruel and top prisoner Christine as well as deal with the unrelenting rage that she feels towards Vaughan for putting her in prison in the first place. On the outside, her boyfriend Alfie is dealing with being a first time father for a child that he feels no connection with whilst Vaughan is trying to look after his best friend.

This book is a really gritty and dark story about the dark side of gangs and repercussions when things don’t go right. It’s violent in parts, particularly in scenes in the prison when Franny is faced with Christine, a cruel and terrifying woman who rules the prison with her gang of followers. Franny is a strong character who refuse to stand down when Christine confronts her and these scenes make for intense and gripping reading as the pair come face to face. The prison scenes are unsettling and fascinating in equal measures as women fight for dominance and leadership within the prison walls. Outside Alfie has his own issues with new parenthood as well as dealing as rival gangs that he owes money to.

Cleverly written with blood, drama and revenge, ‘Poison’ is the perfect gangland thriller that I found compelling from the first page. There are many strands to the story with each character having their own issues, but Jacqui ties them together with a cliff-hanger that leaves the reader bursting for more. Jacqui Rose is a new author for me and the Alfie Jennings series is also new to me but the book could be read as a standalone with no confusion. Jacqui is an author, I look forward to reading more off, she writes vividly with wit and her character development is on point with troubled characters that you really feel a connection with.

You can buy ‘Poison’ by Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.