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The Swap By Fiona Mitchell

The Swap‘The Swap’ is Fiona Mitchell’s second novel.

When two strangers, Tess and Annie, undergo IVF at an American clinic, their embryos are mixed up and each woman gives birth to the wrong child. The women only discover the devastating error three years later. Tess wants to swap the children back; Annie doesn’t. As the pair wrangle, neither of them expect what unfolds.

‘The Swap’ is a story that is very parents nightmare when two couples find put that the child that they carried through to birth, is not theirs.

The story is seen through the perspective of both mothers, Tess in England and Annie in America, when they discover that their embryos were switched and they both ended up with each other’s child.

Tess, has always found it hard to love Freddie, her three year old is bold, violent and prone to causing mayhem at every social gathering. He’s the complete opposite to her other children and she finds it almost a relief to discover that her child is actually the little girl that she always dreamed off. When, Annie discovers that her little girl Willow, is not hers, it was always something she feared as Willow was so different to herself and her husband Carl.

Both parents have to come face to face with each other and meet the child that they always wanted and decide what their future is to be.

This story is a difficult tale to read. It’s heartbreaking to read as both mothers struggle with the possibility of losing the child that they know as well as struggle with wanting the child that is biologically theirs.

The story is sensitively written and explains the background of the characters to help the reader understand, why they came to this point in their lives, particularly Tess as she has faced some terrible demons in her life and is really struggling with the situation. Whereas Annie, is a bit more rational in the circumstances.

With a shocking storyline and fascinating characters, ‘The Swap’ is a deeply moving tale that makes for poignant and complex reading.

You can pre-order The Swap from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th September 2019.

Mike Gayle Reveals New Book – Half A World Away

Half A World WayMike Gayle has revealed his new book for 2019 called, ‘Half A World Way’.

What the back cover says –

Kerry Hayes knows exactly who she is: a single mum, a cleaner and Mariah Carey’s biggest fan.

Noah Martineau thinks he knows who he is: a successful barrister, with a wife, daughter and big house in Primrose Hill.

Strangers with nothing in common.

Strangers living worlds apart.

But it wasn’t always this way…and Noah and Kerry are about to discover just who they really are

Sounds like anothe incredibly moving and uplifting new novel from the author of ‘The Man I Think I Know’.

You can pre-order Half a World Away from Amazon and will be available from good bookshops from 13th June 2019.

The Man I Think I Know By Mike Gayle

The Man I Think I Know‘The Man I Think I Know’ is the latest book by Mike Gayle.

Whatever happens to those kids at school who are always being tipped to be stars in adult life? Danny Morgan and James McManus – rivals for top honours in everything throughout their school years in Birmingham. Whatever their friends and teachers might have expected, neither Danny nor James is currently running the country. Depressed and unemployed, Danny is facing an ultimatum from his girlfriend Maya: if he doesn’t get out and get a job, she’s leaving. It was an accident that changed James’s life and now he is looked after affectionately by his parents. But his sister Martha believes that the role of full-time carers is destroying their lives – and infantilising her brother. She suggests that James should go into a respite home while her parents take a break. The respite home, as it turns out, where Danny has just got a job. What is the path that has brought these two people to this unexpected place, and where will it take them next?

When it comes to stories of new beginnings, friendship and starting over, Mike Gayle is an absolute pro at this and in his latest book ‘The Man I Think I Know’, we meet two very different men who share an exceptional bond.

Danny Allen is a gifted man who excelled at school, from a poor background, his family were so proud of him and thought he was going to make something of his life. But, tragically things don’t work out and Danny finds himself, unemployed, single and alone. Like Danny, James has an exciting future ahead of him but an accident rips him off of his independence and mentality and he finds himself struggling in life, wanting much more but unable to achieve it. Tried of his mother cutting up his dinner, he runs into Danny and remembers him from school and asks him to become his carer and help him take some of his life back.

I loved this story, it’s a tender tale of friendship between two men trying to make better lives for each other but faced with struggles along the way.

The story is cleverly seen through the narrative of both men and gives a great insight into their thoughts. Danny is a lovely man, he’s kind with a heart of gold but has faced so many problems, he’s become accustomed to failure and feels like he’s useless. But when he meets James, he gives him responsibility and a purpose. James is a smart and frustrated man, with once a bright future, he struggles to communicate with people and longs for the life that was cruelly taken away from him.

Between the two of them, they form a strong bond, a need and a responsibility to help each other lead a happier and more fulfilling life. Their moments together are delightfully funny and tender as they share moments and help each other along.

This is a beautifully written story about friendship and independence. Riddled with frustation, dermination and humour along the way, this book is a story of two broken souls who find solace and comfort in each other’s pain, but manage to come out the other side stronger and happier. A thoughtful and reflective tale about male friendships, their insecurities and heartbreak along the way. A wonderful story from start to finish.

You can pre-order The Man I Think I Know from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th April 2018.

Book News – The Man I Think I Know By Mike Gayle

The Man I Think I KnowOne of my favourite British authors, Mike Gayle is back with a new book in 2018 called ‘The Man I Think I Know’.

What the back cover says –

Whatever happens to those kids at school who are always being tipped to be stars in adult life?

Danny Morgan and James McManus – rivals for top honours in everything throughout their school years in Birmingham.

Whatever their friends and teachers might have expected, neither Danny nor James is currently running the country.

Depressed and unemployed, Danny is facing an ultimatum from his girlfriend Maya: if he doesn’t get out and get a job, she’s leaving.

It was an accident that changed James’s life and now he is looked after affectionately by his parents. But his sister Martha believes that the role of full-time carers is destroying their lives – and infantilising her brother.

She suggests that James should go into a respite home while her parents take a break.

The respite home, as it turns out, where Danny has just got a job.

What is the path that has brought these two people to this unexpected place, and where will it take them next?

I’ve been so lucky to have received a proof copy of the book and I have spent the last couple of days reading this warm hearted story and I have to say that I am truly loving it so far.

You can pre-order The Man I Think I Know from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th April 2018.

Cover Reveal – The Hygge Holiday By Rosie Blake

The Hygge HolidayRosie Blake is back with a fabulous new book called ‘The Hygge Holiday’

What the back cover says –

It’s autumn in Yulethorpe and everyone is gloomy. It’s cold, drizzly and the skies are permagrey. The last shop on the high street – an adorable little toy shop – has just shut its doors. Everything is going wrong for Yulethorpe this autumn. Until Clara Kristensen arrives.

Clara is on holiday but she can see the potential in the pretty town, so she rolls up her sleeves and sets to work. Things are looking up until Joe comes to Yulethorpe to find out exactly what is going on with his mother’s shop. Joe is Very Busy and Important in the City and very sure that Clara is up to no good. Surely no one would work this hard just for the fun of it?

Can a man who answers emails at 3 a. m. learn to appreciate the slower, happier, hygge things in life – naps, candles, good friends and maybe even falling in love?

The perfect recipe for hygge this autumn: make a hot chocolate, draw the curtains, snuggle under a blanket and read your way to happiness!

You can pre-orderThe Hygge Holiday from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 21st September 2017.