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My Perfect Friend By Sarah Clarke

My Perfect Friend‘My Perfect Friend’ is the latest book by Sarah Clarke.

Beth has the perfect life. She has constructed it carefully over the last eighteen years. But one night she makes a choice that risks everything. When Kat sees an article about that night online, buried memories begin to surface. She and Beth were friends once. Things ended badly then, but now she has a chance to make things right. Kat introduces herself to Beth. Not as her old friend, but as a stranger. Beth has no idea Kat isn’t who she says she is. But then neither is Beth.

If you like twisty thrillers, then ‘My Perfect Friend’ is a must read. It’s packed with suspense, intrigue and dislikable characters.

After trying to save a man from death, Beth becomes a neighbourhood hero and finds herself in the spotlight and the subject of a disgruntled homeless man who’s convinced that he killed her friend. Beth’s life is in turmoil until a dog Walker called Kat comes into her life and helps her with the chaos, but unknown to her, Kat is from her past and knows all about Beth before she became the perfect mother and figure.

This story is one of best thrillers I’ve read in a while. With a combination of flawed characters and a twisty plot that made for compulsive reading. The various narratives from Beth, Kat and Mark, the homeless man who hates Beth all pull the reader in with their different narratives and perspectives so the reader is unsure of who to believe. There is also the inclusion of past moments which really help set the scene of the story and really the story and characters a lot more depth. Beth is a complex character that I initially felt sympathetic towards but as the story progressed, we see a side to her that is cold and calculated as she does all she can to maintain her perfect life facade.

Gripping from the first page, ‘The Perfect Friend’ is a cleverly weaved story, filled with engaging and tense moments that made the book impossible to put down.

You can buy ‘My Perfect Friend’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Cruise By Catherine Cooper

The Cruise‘The Cruise’ is the latest book by Catherine Cooper.

What the back cover says –

During a New Year’s Eve party on a large, luxurious cruise ship in the Caribbean, the ship’s dancer, Lola, goes missing. Everyone on board has something to hide. Two weeks later, the ship is o ut of service, laid up far from land with no more than a skeleton crew on board. And then more people start disappearing. No one is safe. Why are the crew being harmed? Who is responsible? And who will be next?

I read Catherine’s debut called ‘The Chalet’ in one sitting and I’m sure ‘The Cruise’ will be just as gripping!

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

Cat Lady By Dawn O’Porter

Cat Lady‘Cat Lady’ is the latest book by Dawn O’Porter.

It’s safer for Mia to play the part that people expect. She’s a good wife to her husband Tristan, a doting stepmother, she slips on her suit for work each morning like a new skin. But beneath the surface, there’s another woman just clawing to get out. When a shocking event shatters the conventional life she’s been so careful to build, Mia is faced with a choice. Does she live for a society that’s all too quick to judge, or does she live for herself? And if that’s as an independent woman with a cat, then the world better get ready.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a book by Dawn. Infact, the last book I read by her was her Young Adult debut ‘Paper Aeroplanes’ which I loved and got to chat to her about it at a book event in Dublin some years ago.

I settled into ‘Cat Lady’ over the last couple of evenings and I absolutely adored it. Mia – the leading character is an absolute burst of fresh air, she’s witty, eccentric, troubled and incredibly kind. Her childhood was a difficult one with no regular love so she finds unconditional love in her 16 year old cat called Pigeon. She comes across as cold but she just wants to be in control of her life and when things start to unravel, so does Mia. She finds solace in an unlikely group for grieving pet owners, even though her own cat is very much alive and kicking.

This is an original tale that really pulls the reader in, with a plethora of characters that you will instantly dislike such as Belinda, the ex-wife of Mia’s husband who’s always around to Isabella, Mia boss who’s self-absorbed with her own success.

I loved Mia. I loved how her personality changed throughout the story and she finally began to accept the person she was. Not a career woman in a power suit but a carer in cat themed kaftans, kinda like Carole Baskin from ‘Tiger King’ but wittier and warmer.

Packed with dark humour, relatable situations and characters, heartwarming and beautifully written, ‘Cat Lady’ is an observational look into rediscovery, new beginnings and the genuine friendship and connections that pets can bring to a person’s life. A must read for all animal lovers!

You can buy ‘Cat Lady’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Coming Home To Mistletoe Cottage By Celia Anderson

Coming Home To Mistletoe Cottage‘Coming Home To Mistletoe Cottage’ is the latest book by bestselling author, Celia Anderson.

Amid the salt marshes and rolling fields of Periwinkle Bay, Magda Conway is enjoying her retirement in ivy-clad Mistletoe Cottage. Yet with three weeks to go until Christmas, as the fairy lights twinkle and the trees go up around the village, her peace is disrupted when she’s left in sole charge of her two mischievous grandchildren. Before long, she’s at her wit’s end – but high on a kitchen shelf lies her mother’s handwritten recipe book. And as she turns to it for advice, she finds more than just recipes between its tattered covers: there’s a pinch of magic too, and maybe even a sprinkling of love.

It’s hard not to get into the festive spirit with so many Christmas books out at the moment and the latest offering by Celia is quite the story to warm the cockles of your heart.

The story is written through the narrative of Magda, who’s been left with her boisterous grandchildren Will and Desi whilst their parents get the opportunity of a lifetime to perform on Broadway. But Magda isn’t having an easy time of it with the children turning against her, her best friend also giving her the silent treatment as well as coping with Christmas without her mother’s baking to help soothe the soul.

This story is an interesting story about new beginning that made for warm reading. Magda was never good at baking, unlike Hope her mother, her best friend Fliss and her son Jared. So, this Christmas with the help of her mother’s recipe book, she’s hoping to prove everyone wrong that she can bake and hopes donning her apron will help reconcile her grandchildren and best friend.

When I initially started this book, I found I didn’t like Magda, I found her a bit self-absorbed and lost in her own bubble, particularly when it came to her friendship with Fliss, who’s also a fiery character. But as the story progressed with past and present narratives from Magda of being a single parent, we see that she gave up a lot for her life.

The story is packed with delicious recipes from Hope’s recipe book and also features some nuggets of wisdom to help Magda at her most uncertain. The characters are a lovely bunch, the grandchildren are fun and excitable although it’s sad to see Desi unable to speak due to her parents leaving at Christmas, but Will makes up for the dialogue in abundance.

A lovely story that is packed with warmth and charm, ‘Christmas At Mistletoe Cottage’ is a story about starting over and rediscovering yourself.

You can pre-order ‘Coming Home To Mistletoe Cottage’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 27th October 2022.

Picture Perfect By Jeevani Charika

Picture Perfect‘Picture Perfect’ is the latest book by Jeevani Charika.

Niro is a photographer who’s lost the joy of taking photos. Burned by a bad break-up, she’s in desperate need of inspiration. Vimal is determined to win back his ex-girlfriend. When he hears she’s bringing her new boyfriend on a group holiday, he impulsively declares that he’s bringing a plus one too. Their mutual friends have the perfect solution: Niro can pretend to be Vimal’s new girlfriend and join the holiday. Imagine the incredible photographs she could take in the Swiss alps. She’s not thinking about love. He’s thinking about someone else. Can they fake a picture-perfect relationship – or will real feelings get in the way?

Curl up with ‘Picture perfect’ a romantic comedy about fake love and relationships that slowly burns into a real connection.

The story is seen through the narrative of Niro and Vimal who have both had their hearts broken. Niro is unable to get over Mick, who broke her heart and ruined her confidence, her family is wanting her to find someone to love and when Vimal is introduced through an arrangement, they pretend to be a couple so that Vimal can win Kerry, his ex-girlfriend back.

The premise is that the pair of them will go on a work holiday to the Swiss Alps with Vimal’s work colleagues and hopefully make Kerry jealous and realise what she’s missing.

This story is a lovely one. Both characters are nursing broken hearts and are struggling to move on, but their shared hurt is helping them grow in confidence, make them happier and in Niro’s case, Vimal is helping her reignite her passion for photography.

The setting is beautiful and really puts the reader into the festive mood and the array of characters make for interesting dynamics, Lucian is a snob who belittles people whilst his younger girlfriend Felicity, is charming and playful adding an element of fun to the story. Vimal is kind natured and quiet whilst Niro brings out the fun side in him.

The story also focuses on the pressure of society, having to look and behave a certain way and it’s really relatable in how easily a person is judged by their appearances alone.

A warm hearted story about broken hearts and new friendships, ‘Picture Perfect’ is a delicious romantic comedy that ticks all the boxes for a lovely festive read.

You can buy ‘Picture Perfect’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.