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A Million Dreams By Dani Atkins

A Million Dreams‘A Million Dreams’ is the latest book by Dani Atkins.

Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florist, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband. Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to fade. They both find such joy in their young son Noah – but is he enough to keep them together? Eight years ago, something happened to these two women. Something that is about to bring them together in a way no-one thought possible…

Dani Atkins is renowned for writing books that really pull at the readers hearts and this book is no different.

In this book we meet two women who want the same thing, to have a family. Izzy and Beth froze their embryos with the hope of a family but unfortunately Izzy is the only woman who has a little boy that she loves whilst Beth is alone having lost her husband to cancer and the thought of having a family seems far away, until one day she’s decides to go it alone and reveals something she never knew was possible.

It’s hard to go into a lot of details without giving a lot of away, but this is a book that battles with morals and issues that bring the reader on an empathy emotional rollercoaster.

Dani’s books really touch on sensitive and controversial topics that make the reader step back and take stock, delving into their thoughts and how they would act if put into the same position.

Written honestly and with care, ‘A Million Dreams’ is Dani at her very finest, a heartbreaking and compelling story about a mother’s love and questions, what is right and wrong, this book is a story is story of resilience and hope and is a tearjerker from the first page.

You can pre-order ‘A Million Dreams’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th November 2019.

A Perfect Cornish Christmas By Phillipa Ashley

A Perfect Cornish Christmas‘A Perfect Cornish Christmas’ is the latest book by Phillipa Ashley.

But after last Christmas revealed a shocking family secret, Scarlett’s hardly feeling merry and bright. All she wants this Christmas is to know who her real father is. So Scarlett heads to the little Cornish town of Porthmellow, where she believes the truth of her birth is hidden. She just didn’t bargain on being drawn into the Christmas festival preparations – or meeting Jude Penberth, whose charm threatens to complicate life further. Everything will come to a head at Porthmellow’s Christmas Festival … But can Scarlett have the perfect Christmas this year, or are there more surprises on the way?

Like her previous novels, Phillipa has delivered another Christmas story that will warm the cockles of your heart.

When Scarlett and her sister Ellie surprise her family with a family tree, she has no idea of the can of worms that she has unintentionally opened and has split the family in part. The latest book in the Porthmellow Harbour series sees Scarlett visiting her birth home and discovering about her family life, whilst making new friendships and relationships along the way.

The book is a lovely and warm charming story, typical of Phillipa’s writing. Pulling the reader into the seaside town and engaging them in the story with an enchanting storyline and fascinating characters.

Filled with relatable and charming personalities that made for the perfect festive reading that really warmed your heart. ‘A Perfect Cornish Christmas’ is the perfect escapism read to accompany the dark Autumn nights.

You can buy ‘A Perfect Cornish Christmas’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Her Perfect Lies By Lana Newton

Her Perfect Lies‘Her Perfect Lies’ is the latest book by Lana Newton.

When Claire Wright wakes in hospital, she doesn’t recognise the person staring back at her in the mirror. She’s told that she has the perfect life: she’s beautiful, famous, with a husband and a house to die for. But Claire can’t remember anything from before the devastating car crash that’s left her injured. And now she’s surrounded by strangers, saying they’re her family and friends. As Claire discovers the person she used to be she must also unravel the mystery that surrounds the accident. But the more Claire uncovers, the more she will be forced to face up to the dark secrets from her life before.

This is perfect thriller to get absorbed in and with an unreliable narrator leaves the reader guessing right until the final page.

Seen from the perspective of Claire, who wakes up from a coma after an accident with no memory and having to rely on what friends and family tell her to be true. Led to believe that the life she has is perfect, Claire begins to question her life especially after her father also wakes up from a coma having been involved in the same accidents and also makes her doubt everything that she was led to believe.

As the story progresses, we see a different side to Claire, prior to her accident she was a successful ballet dancer, she wasn’t the nicest of people to her family and friends and as people remind her of her old life, it gives her time to reflect and try to piece together her life and the memories and dreams that haunt her. In an unhappy marriage, she struggles to make sense of what is real and what she is led to believe.

The story isn’t that long and could be absorbed in one sitting. Cleverly written with a character that you initially feel an empathy for due to her situation, you begin to change your opinion of her as people relieve what type of person she was before the accident, vain and unfaithful. She’s not quite the perfect girl that her father tells her.

As Claire tries to piece together her old and new life, she finds herself revealing secrets that were long hidden from her life and coincidentally puts her own life at risk.

Thrilling with drama, suspicious characters and twists throughout, ‘Her Perfect Lies’ is a fantastic psychological thriller that made for unpredictable reading.

You can buy ‘Her Perfect Lies’ from Amazon.

The Final Reckoning By Margaret James

The Final Reckoning‘The Final Reckoning’ is the latest book by Margaret James.

When Lindsay Ellis was a teenager she witnessed the aftermath of a violent murder involving her lover’s father. The killer was never found. Traumatised by what she saw, Lindsay had no choice but to leave her home village of Hartley Cross and its close-knit community behind. Now, years later, she must face up to the terrible memories that still haunt her. But will confronting the past finally allow Lindsay to heal, or will her return to Hartley Cross unearth dangerous secrets and put the people she has come to care about most at risk?

The story is seen through the narrative of Lindsay, a young woman who has to return home after her mother’s death to sort out her mother’s belongings whilst organising the funeral. She hasn’t been home for years, after the gruesome discovery of her boyfriend’s who was murdered. No one was ever charged with the murder and Lindsay hopes with returning to the village that she will get answers to some unanswered questions as well as seeing Simon, the boy who’s father has cruelly murdered.

The story is set in a bleak and cliquey village where everyone knows everyone’s business and Lindsey finds herself the subject of village gossip with her reappearance, also with the addition of her annoying flat mate Nick, who becomes quite a hero throughout the book. I really enjoyed the mystery and magic of this story, with enchanting women who turned men’s heads and the relationship between Lindsey and Nick which added some humour to dark and unsettling story.

Gripping from the first page, ‘The Final Reckoning’ is twisted and haunting tale about obsession, love and loss that isn’t for the faint hearted.

You can buy ‘The Final Reckoning’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops.

Coming Home To Winter Island By Jo Thomas

Coming Home To Winter Island‘Coming Home To Winter Island’ is the latest book by Jo Thomas.

Ruby’s singing career is on the verge of hitting the big time, when her voice breaks. Fearing her career is over, she signs up for a retreat in Tenerife to recover. But an unexpected call from a stranger on a remote Scottish island takes her on a short trip to sort out some family business. It’s time to go and see the grandfather she’s never met. City girl Ruby knows she will be happy to leave the windswept beaches behind as quickly as she can, especially as a years-old family rift means she knows she won’t be welcome at Teach Mhor. But as she arrives at the big house overlooking the bay, she finds things are not as straightforward as she might have thought.

This book was a joy to read from the start to the very end. Filled with relatable and heartwarming characters, I curled up and read it one sitting, it was such an engaging read.
The story is about a young woman who’s dream of becoming a recording artist is put on hold when she loses her voice and finds herself in the back end of beyond looking after a grandfather that she never met. It’s whilst looking her grandfather and trying to sort out his property so that he is properly cared for, she meets Lachlan, a man who is annoying but also makes her see life from a different perspective. It’s whilst living in Wales during the cold Christmas season, Ruby adapts to a new life and getting to know the family that she never knew she had.

Charming from the first page, this book was a lovely story with friendly and heartwarming characters, with the gruff and eccentric grandfather who’s convinced that Ruby is his late friend to the charismatic who’s annoyingly honest.

Life affirming and sweet, ‘Coming Home To Winter Island’ is a romantic and fun story that is the perfect accompaniment to the cold winter evenings.

You can buy ‘Coming Home To Winter Island’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.