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When Life Gives You Lemons By Fiona Gibson

When Life Gives You Lemons‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ is the latest book by Fiona Gibson.

Between tending to the whims of her seven-year-old and the demands of her boss, Viv barely gets a moment to herself. It’s not quite the life she wanted, but she hasn’t run screaming for the hills yet. But then Viv’s husband Andy makes his mid-life crisis her problem. He’s having an affair with his (infuriatingly age-appropriate) colleague, a woman who – unlike Viv – doesn’t put on weight when she so much as glances at a cream cake. Viv suddenly finds herself single, with zero desire to mingle. Should she be mourning the end of life as she knows it, or could this be the perfect chance to put herself first?

Fiona Gibson is back with a warm-hearted story that will certainly warm the cockles of your heart during this dark and scary time.

Just when Viv is about to get her life back on track after forgiving her husband for his affair, he ups and leaves and Viv is wondering what to do next.

A single parent going through the menopause, the last thing she wants is to meet someone else even though her friends are determined that she should mingle. With a new position in work and becoming a voice for the older generation, Viv finds herself on a new path in life.

If you’re looking for the perfect distraction from all the bad news and drama in the world, I would whole heartedly recommend this story. Written with warmth, wit and cheer, this coming of age story follows the narrative of one woman as she adjusts to her new life. Packed with eccentric and interesting characters, hilarious scenarios and witty one liners, this story is an upbeat and relatable book and perfect for all lovers of romantic comedies.

You can buy ‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Last Cuckoo By Maria Frankland

The Last Cuckoo‘The Last Cuckoo’ is the latest book by Maria Frankland.

Do you listen to your mother? Even after she’s dead? Anna Hardaker is following you … This seemingly innocent Tweet fills Jamie Hardaker with confusion and fear. After all, his mother Anna has been dead for nearly three weeks.What follows is an orchestrated Twitter campaign to lead those Anna loved, and didn’t love so much, to the truth behind her “accidental” death.

An interesting story that deals with family loss and adjusting to a new life without a parent. Jamie is dealing with the loss of his mother, when someone tweets from her account.

A domestic story that teeters on a ghost story, this book is an interesting tale as it concentrates on Jamie and his family as their family dynamics change. The characters are complex but also relatable as they all deal with grief in different ways. The story is written solely through the narrative of Jamie and it makes for interesting reading as he investigates who’s behind the tweets from his mother’s account as well as delving into his family’s past.

Riddled with mystery, drama and suspense, this book is a cleverly plotted story that really pulled the reader in. A story about family dynamics and relationships, ‘The Last Cuckoo’ is a fantastic debut that made for poignant and gripping reading.

You can buy ‘The Last Cuckoo’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days By Giles Paley-Phillips

One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days‘One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days’ is the latest book by Giles Paley-Phillips.

He will be allowed to visit his mother soon. His mother who is terminally ill, his mother who he has been barred from seeing as he recovers from his own bout of pneumonia. Until then, with the help of his physiotherapist Freya, he must navigate his increasingly empty and isolated existence: his father, who finds solace in the bottom of a glass; his Nana Q, whose betting-slip confetti litters her handbag; his friends, who simply wouldn’t understand. Time passes with the promise of soon, but one hundred and fifty-two days later the boy will come face to face with his grief, and move beyond to a world full of possibility, hope and love.

I consumed this short story in one sitting, told from the narrative of a young boy coming to terms with his mother’s death as well being unable to visit her due to his own sickness.

This story is uniquely written, it’s written in short snappy bursts and speaks honestly and innocently of the boy’s pain at his mother’s sickness. His innocence is quite hard to read at times as he struggles with emotions, from the loss of his mother as well as his hard relationship with his father. He longs to fit into society but with poverty and illness, he stands out to the crowd.

A tender tale about love and loss, ‘One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days’ is a haunting and poignant tale about a child adapting to life whilst struggling with loss and grief, an emotional story that tugs at the hardest of hearts.

You can buy ‘One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Second Wife By Rebecca Fleet

The Second Wife‘The Second Wife’ is the latest book by Rebecca Fleet.

When Alex met Natalie she changed his life. After the tragic death of his first wife, which left him a single parent to teenage daughter Jade, he’s determined to build a happy family. But his new-found happiness is shattered when the family home is gutted by fire and his loyalties are unexpectedly tested. Jade insists she saw a man in the house on the night of the fire; Natalie denies any knowledge of such an intruder. Alex is faced with an impossible choice: to believe his wife or his daughter? And as Natalie’s story unravels, Alex realises that his wife has a past he had no idea about, a past that might yet catch up with her.

If you enjoy a thriller that really grips your attention, I can wholeheartedly recommend ‘The Second Wife’, a taunt and mysterious story that gets the reader engaged throughout.

After a fire leaves his daughter in hospital and she mentions a strange man following her, Alex begins to question his second wife’s past when he discovers a mysterious photograph of a woman and man. Natalie then reveals her past, her troubled sister and Alex finds himself wondering what is real and fake with Natalie.

The story is written in past and tense storylines with different narratives. Alex’s primary concern is his daughter’s safety whilst his love for Natalie is strong, Natalie finds herself having to face up to a past that she thought she long buried. The characters are interesting and I particularly enjoyed scenes with Natalie and her sister Sadie, a troubled character with an attraction to bad men.

Cleverly written with a strong storyline, ‘The Second Wife’ is a complex and thrilling mystery with unreliable perspectives and suspicious characters, this engaging story is a full on and dramatic domestic noir that will have you racing through the pages!

You can buy ‘The Second Wife’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

High Fire By Eoin Colfer

High Fire By Eoin Colfer‘High Fire’ is the latest book by Eoin Colfer.

Squib Moreau may be swamp-wild, but his intentions are (generally) good: he really wants to be a supportive son to his hard-working momma Elodie. But sometimes life gets in the way – like when Fake Daddy walked out on them leaving a ton of debt, or when crooked Constable Regence Hooke got to thinking pretty Elodie Moreau was just the gal for him. An apprenticeship with the local moonshine runner, servicing the bayou, looks like the only way to pay off the family debts and maybe get Squib and his momma a place in town, far from Constable Hooke’s unwanted courtship and Fake Daddy’s reputation. Unfortunately for Squib, Hooke has his own eye on that very same stretch of bayou – and neither of them have taken into account the fire-breathing dragon hiding out in the Louisiana swamp.

Fans of fantasy should definitely look into this book of crooked sheriffs, angry dragons as well as an unfortunate teenage boy.

When Squid witnesses a real life dragon with an attitude called Vern, his life changes in many ways as he adjusts to being a carer for the dragon as well protect himself and his mother from Sherriff Hook, a crooked police officer who is a bit obsessed with Squid’s mother. But when Hook witnesses Squid and Vern together, he’s determined to make life miserable for the fantastical creature and teenage boy.

This book is quite a colourful and fun story with reactive and complex characters that immediately stir a reaction in the book. Squid is the unfortunate hero in the story, a son of a single mother who works all hours to support them, he does odd jobs for all the unsavoury characters in the small swamp. He’s quick witted and resilient and quite the character that you instantly warm too. I loved Vern, an outspoken dragon with a love for the film ‘Flashdance’ as well as lust for Martini’s, he’s quick tempered with a sharp tongue who was not at all impressed with how dragons were portrayed in ‘Game of Thrones’. Hook was a malicious character, sexist with a terrible attitude, he’s instantly dislikeable and I found with each scene he was in, my skin crawled with loathing for him.

If you’re looking for something a bit to read I would certainly recommend this book, filled with fantasy and humour this book was a fascinating story. The dialogue was witty and the plot line was skilfully written with plenty of drama throughout. The array of characters in the book was equally good and I really did like Vern and his hate and distrust for humanity. The location of the book in the deep South of America was sweltering and claustrophobic and was a great setting for the story.

Weird with a capital W, this urban fantasy is a gothic tale set in a sweaty swamp with a host of intriguing characters. ‘HighFire’ is a joyously entertaining and vibrantly written off beat story, filled with witty one liners, ridiculous scenarios, it’s a fun read for people of all ages.

You can buy ‘High Fire’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 28th January 2020.