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The Choice By Claire Wade

The Choice‘The Choice’ is the latest book by Claire Wade.

Everything you ate was monitored by the government. Every step you took was counted. Your children were weighed every day at school. Neighbours reported on neighbours and no one was safe from judgement. Sugar was illegal, and baking was a crime.

A thrilling page turner from the first page, ‘The Choice’ is reminiscent of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ with its controlling dystopian world that makes for scary realistic reading.

The story is seen through the perspective of Olivia, mother to Matthew and Mia and wife to Danny and that’s all she’s feels is worthy off. Having to give to give up her dreams of her bakery when Mother Mason came into power, her life lacks drive and happiness and she finds herself under constant stress that she will do something wrong jeopardising her family.

They leave in a world, where every thing that we enjoy such as sugar, cakes, sweets and alcohol have been banned in a bid to rid people of illness, which in theory is good but in the controlling manner that it’s delivered does make for frustrated reading. In fact, they are not just banned but they are illegal and if they object to these laws, they end up in the Box of Shame, shaming them for the alleged crimes.

As a debut, ‘The Choice’ is a well crafted and interesting story, looking at a world in which the things that we enjoy most being taking away from us, to serve a greater goodness, but in doing has created a fearful and vulnerable society, who’s diet, shopping, social media and every single aspect is controlled and monitored.

To be honest, I found the story to be frightfully realistic and could actually see these changes coming into effect somewhere further down the line, now that menus want to contain calorie information.

I really enjoyed Olivia and really felt an empathy and connection as she struggled to find her way in the new world now that her passion was cruelly taken away from and her frustration was equally understandable. The character Mother Mason who was the Prime Minister was also interesting as the names evokes a kind and homely elderly lady but who is a controlling tyrant imposing strict regimes and laws

A gripping story that makes you take for granted the luxurious items that are part of everyday life, ‘The Choice’ is a dark and atmospheric story that really pulls the reader in, as we join a world who don’t have decisions to make when it comes to lifestyle choices.

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

My Top 12 Books Of 2019

My Top 12 Books Of 2019

Every year, I spend some time looking over my reviews of the books from that were published during that year and find myself faced with the same quandary. What have been my favourite books? The books that I recommended, enjoyed and passed onto friends to share the experience.

2019 has been no different, it’s a cracking year for debuts, ‘The Silent Patient’, ‘The Flat Share’ and ‘The Truth and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ were all fantastic books that have soared through the books charts

After ten years of writing, C.L. Taylor received numerous accolades for her book called ‘Sleep’ and who can forget that sunny day in July when I read both ‘Those People’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’.

This was initially a list of my top 5 books of 2019, then it became my top 10 before finally becoming a top 12 books of 2019.

So, if you’re looking for some ideas for the book lover in your life, then look no further!

1. ‘Lies Lie Lies’ by Adele Parks
2. ‘The Passengers’ by John Marrs
3. ‘The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton’ by Anstey Harris
4. ‘The Family Upstairs’ by Lisa Jewell
5. ‘Blood Orange’ by Harriet Tyce
6. ‘Those People’ by Louise Candlish
7. ‘Half a World Away’ by Mike Gayle
8. ‘Tell Me Your Secret’ by Dorothy Koomson
9. ‘Sleep’ by C.L. Taylor
10. ‘Louis and Louise’ by Julie Cohen
11. ‘The Flat Share’ by Beth O’Leary
12. ‘The Silent Patient’ by Alex Michaelides

The Moments By Natalie Winter

The Moments‘The Moments’ is the debut book by Natalie Winter.

What if you get on the wrong bus, or don’t speak to the right person at a party, or stay in a job that isn’t for you? Will you miss your one chance at happiness? Or will happiness find you eventually, when the moment is right?

Meet Matthew and Myrtle. They have never really felt like they fitted – in life or with anyone else. But they are meant to be together – if only they can find each other.

I started reading this book on Sunday morning and finally put it down at 1 minute past midnight a complete sobbing story.

This story is seen through the perspective of Myrtle and Matthew and it follows their lives from birth until the very end. Myrtle is a kind and caring woman, the daughter of a broken relationship, her mother finds love with another woman whilst her father watches from the sidelines. Myrtle’s relationship with her mother is a turbulent one and often Myrtle finds herself turning to her mother’s partner Patti for support. Whilst Matthew’s marriage has perfect until his father was in a motorbike accident leaving him brain damaged and dependent on help. As the story progresses, we see the pair go through live experiencing illnesses, relationships, deaths and drama, all the whilst people are finding the one and they are both wondering if their will ever come.

I really loved this story even though it did break my heart. Both characters are relatable and fascinating in their ways, with their complicated families and journey for finding their places in life. The story is written fluidly through the years and really keeps the reader on their toes particularly as the pair of them get older. The chapters are short and snappy so it’s very easy to get absorbed in the book. I did find myself rushing through the book to see when Myrtle and Matthew would meet and when it happens, I did feel my heart sing with delight! But throughout the story, there are a few close encounters, which are bittersweet.

A stunning and powerful debut about love, near misses and the moments that really make us, ‘The Moments’ is a tender and emotional story that really pulls the reader in and appreciate the small things in life

You can pre-order ‘The Moments’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 8th August.

The Night Before By Wendy Walker

The Night Before‘The Night Before’ is the latest book by Wendy Walker.

Rosie Ferro and Laura Heart are sisters, but as different as it is possible to be. One is lucky in love and has a conventional family: a husband, and a small son. The other has a troubled past she is still struggling to break free from. When Laura disappears after going on a date with a stranger she met online, Rosie, her protector since they were young, springs into action to look for her. But as she slowly uncovers more about the situation, Rosie begins to fear that her sister might have been more of a danger than the man she went out with.

I sat up one night reading this book and literally couldn’t put it down until I reached the final page.

The story is seen through the narrative of sisters Rosie and Laura leading up to and during Laura’s first online date with a man that she has never met before. It’s during this date that Laura disappears and Rosie fears the worst. The story is seen from the perspective of the sisters and their thoughts and situations at this time.

I really liked this book. It flowed at a fast pace and really kept me engaged. Laura is a complex character, we don’t know if she’s a good or bad character as something questionable has happened to her in the past, that makes everyone including herself question her actions and behaviours and for me, this really kept me on my toes whilst reading the book. As well as being seen from both narratives, the story also is written in past and present tense giving the reader an interesting insight into the sisters and their relationships. Rosie is more settled than Laura, married with children, she’s content with life but when Laura disappears, she immediately fears the first and finds herself battling against time to find her.

This story is cleverly written with cunningly planned twists that really take the reader by surprise. With drama, suspense and an unreliable protagonist, ‘The Night Before’ is dramatic thriller that really pulls the reader in.

You can buy ‘The Night Before’ from Amazon and will be availble to buy from good bookshops from 3rd October 2019

If Only I Could Tell You By Hannah Beckerman

If Only I Could Tell You’If Only I Could Tell You’ is the latest book by Hannah Beckerman

Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?

A few years ago, Hannah released a book called ‘The Dead Wife’s Handbook’ and now she’s returned to our bookshelves with a new publisher and new story, that has left its readers in bits.

The story is seen through the perspective of mother and her two daughters. Once Audrey, receives the news that she’s dying, she’s determined to get her two daughters, Jess and Lily talking again after over 20 years of falling out. Only, Jess knows the truth of the falling out and this has impacted the whole family, relationships, past and future.

As Audrey’s health deteriorates, we see a strong and independent woman adamant that her daughters reconcile and finally be the family that she has always wanted. Her youngest daughter Jess is an angry and stubborn, who can’t stand her older sister and has prevented her daughter and niece from having a relationship as well. Whilst older daughter, Lily has spent the last number of years wondering why her sister suddenly took against her and trying to keep the peace for her mother’s sake. All three women are struggling with life as well as harbouring secrets that have tore the family apart.

This story is quite the heartbreaker and really should come with a warning. A rollercoaster from the first page, we meet a determined woman willing to put her illness aside for the sake of rescuing her family. The story is written in the past and present tense and really sets the scene for the broken family, that once doted on each other, but now can’t stand to be in the same room as each other.

The compelling story is quite the tearjerker that really pulls the reader in, ‘If Only I Could Tell You’ is a tender and poignant story about family, secrets and loss and is perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes.

You can buy If Only I Could Tell You from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.