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The F Word By Lily Pebbles

The F Word ‘The F Word’ is Lily Pebbles thoughts on female relationships.

If there’s one piece of invaluable advice for women and girls of all ages, it is that there is nothing more important than creating and maintaining strong, positive and happy friendships with other women. In a culture that largely pits women against each other, I want to celebrate female friendships… all strings attached! If my 1998 diary is anything to go by, female friendships are incredibly complex and emotional but they’re the mini love stories that make us who we are. For many women, friends are our partners in crime through life; they are the ones who move us into new homes, out of bad relationships, through births and illnesses. In The F Word I’ve set out to explore and celebrate the essence of female friendship at different life stages and in its many wild and wonderful forms.

When it comes to female friendships, they are occasionally a bit of a minefield, they’re no longer as straightforward as when we were children, when we approached someone in the playground and asked if they wanted to be your friend.

Granted, now as an adult you could try that approach but it might result in some odd looks before backing away. As, we get older friendships become harder, we outgrow friends, as we might be travelling at different paces, we might have a difference of opinion or there just might be that one friend that doesn’t bring out the best in you.

‘The F Word’ is a great insight into the workings of the female mind and particularly the relationships between women. It might not provide any earth shattering information, but it provides informative and useful advice into dealing with different personalities at different times.

The book is written in a laid-back style that made for entertaining reading that I found myself relating to on many levels. My friendships vary, there’s work friends, social outgoings, school friends and there’s that one friend who’s always there, no matter what they are going through. That person, who means the world to you.

Lily writes frankly and honestly about her friendships through the years, how they’ve developed or faded away and she speaks frankly of moments of jealousy, that no-one ever wants to admit to.

There’s tips on how to handle all types of relationship dramas and there’s an useful inclusion of how to make new friends on social media and the do’s and don’t’s of interactions.

Although the cover of the book and the content of the book suggests it’s for an older market, I did think this book was more suited for the Young Adult audience, for those heading off to university and unsure how to make new friendships. Either way, ‘The F Word’ is a fun and fresh book with some warm humour and honesty dotted throughout.

You can buy The F Word: A personal exploration of modern female friendship from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

He Said She Said By Erin Kelly

He Said She Said‘He Said She Said’ is the latest book by Erin Kelly.

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend Kit call the police, and in that moment, four lives change forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, she also knows that you can never see the whole picture: something is always hidden… something she never could have guessed.

I haven’t read a book by Erin Kelly in a while so I decided that ‘He Said/She Said’ would be my next book, like Erin’s previous books, I knew it was going to a compelling thriller and with the black cover, it gave nothing away.

The story is written through the narrative of married couple Kit and Laura, a couple who share a mutual love of eclipses, they’ve travelled the world to witness this amazing sight but on this occasion, Kit is travelling to Iceland alone as Laura is pregnant with twins.

It was their love that brought them together but it was what they witnessed many years ago that secured their bond, when they stumbled upon a young woman being attacked, immediately Laura stepped in and helped Beth send her attacker to jail even though he protested his innocence. Laura and Beth then developed a friendship, Beth became dependent on Laura as she was the only person who believed in Beth, but their friendship takes a turbulent turn that leaves Laura and Kit running for their lives and trying to stay off the grid.

The story flows through the past and present tense, leading up to Beth’s attack, the court case and the circumstances that followed which left Laura from a confident young woman to a woman who lives in fear and is in a constant state of anxiety.

The chapters alternate between both characters between past and present tense and for me this made chilling and compelling reading. Both Laura and Kit are consumed with their love for each other and their passion and protection for each other runs deep. Beth is an intriguing and unpredictable woman, who I found myself not completely sure off, but as the story progresses I did find myself wonder was she actually raped or was she merely going along with Laura claims, but throughout the book there are many twists that made the story gripping reading.

A book about different sides of the story, ‘He Said/She Said’ is a cleverly crafted tale of crime and drama, filled with magic and suspense, that will make suspicious of everyone’s version. I loved it.

You can buy He Said/She Said from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Lucy Dillon Reveals New Book – One Small Act Of Kindness

One Small Act Of Kindness‘A Hundred Pieces Of Me’ was the first book that I read by Lucy Dillon and it was a lovely introduction to the author. Her story was heartwarming and her writing was a joy to read and I’m delighted to see that she revealed her 2015 book called ‘One Small Act Of Kindness’.

The story of ‘One Small Act Of Kindness’ is –

What can you do to make the world a better place?

Libby helps a stranger, and transforms her life in the process.

Libby and her husband Jason have moved back to his hometown to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. They have left London behind and all the memories – good and bad – that went with it.

The injured woman Libby finds lying in the remote country road has lost her memory. She doesn’t know why she came to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her.

When Libby offers to take her in, this one small act of kindness sets in motion a chain of events that will change many people’s lives . . .

Beautifully presented, this book sounds deliciously intriguing and a book I look forward to reading.

You can pre-order One Small Act of Kindness from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 23rd April 2015.