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Dani Atkins Reveals New Book – A Sky Full Of Stars

A Sky Full Of StarsDani Atkins has revealed the name and cover of her new book for 2021 called ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’.

What the back cover says –

He’d have done everything differently, if he’d known. He’d have held her tighter, kissed her longer. He’d have refused to let her go.

When Lisa married Alex, she gave his life meaning. She was a professional astronomer: a stargazer. And when she gazed at Alex, she saw that behind his tough exterior was a man she could love.

Alex, Lisa and their young son Connor made a happy little universe. But then Lisa dies in a train crash, and their universe is destroyed. Alex is shattered by loss, and overwhelmed by the difficulties of being a single father to a six-year-old boy. How can he and Connor carry on without Lisa lighting up their lives?

Then Alex meets four strangers. Two men and two women, who never met Lisa, but whose lives changed profoundly because she died. As Alex hears their stories, he begins to realise the world may not be as cruel and senseless as it seems. Perhaps, after all, the future is written in the stars…

Each an absolutely stunning synopsis and stunning cover, ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ sounds like another emotional rollercoaster from Dani that will have you reaching for the tissues.

You can pre-order ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 4th February 2021.

A Million Dreams By Dani Atkins

A Million Dreams‘A Million Dreams’ is the latest book by Dani Atkins.

Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florist, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband. Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to fade. They both find such joy in their young son Noah – but is he enough to keep them together? Eight years ago, something happened to these two women. Something that is about to bring them together in a way no-one thought possible…

Dani Atkins is renowned for writing books that really pull at the readers hearts and this book is no different.

In this book we meet two women who want the same thing, to have a family. Izzy and Beth froze their embryos with the hope of a family but unfortunately Izzy is the only woman who has a little boy that she loves whilst Beth is alone having lost her husband to cancer and the thought of having a family seems far away, until one day she’s decides to go it alone and reveals something she never knew was possible.

It’s hard to go into a lot of details without giving a lot of away, but this is a book that battles with morals and issues that bring the reader on an empathy emotional rollercoaster.

Dani’s books really touch on sensitive and controversial topics that make the reader step back and take stock, delving into their thoughts and how they would act if put into the same position.

Written honestly and with care, ‘A Million Dreams’ is Dani at her very finest, a heartbreaking and compelling story about a mother’s love and questions, what is right and wrong, this book is a story of resilience and hope and is a tearjerker from the first page.

You can pre-order ‘A Million Dreams’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 14th November 2019.

Behind Her Back By Jane Lythell

Behind Her Back‘Behind Her Back’ is the latest book by Jane Lythell.

Liz Lyon is a television producer and busy single mum to a teenage daughter. She works at StoryWorld, the UK’s favourite morning show. As both confidante and team leader, she is the person tasked with controlling the conflicts and tantrums that flare up off-air. Having just started dating again, she’s also having to deal with a few conflicts and tantrums at home. Following a blissfully peaceful two-week holiday in Italy, Liz has returned to find a new colleague has joined the station. Lori Kerwell has been brought in to increase the show’s profitability. But Liz is not sure that’s the only thing on Lori’s agenda. As Lori builds her power base with the bosses, Liz finds herself wondering what’s really going on behind her back.

When I was initially sent a copy of ‘Behind Her Back’ I was quite excited to get stuck into the dramatic thriller set within the buzzing and frenzied location of a busy television studio. Plus, I had watched the successful BBC drama ‘The Replacement’ and thought the book would be similar, but infact they weren’t.

In this book, we meet Liz Lyon, a single mother and television producer. When she returns from her holiday, she meets a new member of staff, a quiet, determined woman called Lori who has been brought on to increase the show’s income. But it seems that the two women can’t get on, regularly at each other’s throats, Liz can’t relax when Lori is about especially when her own job is in jeopardy.

I started reading this book one day and finished it in about three sittings. The story is seen solely through Liz’s narrative, so it is quite easy reading.

Liz doesn’t have an easy life, with her daughter going through the teenage equivalent of the terrible twos and plenty of drama on the daytime sofa, her life is far from plain sailing, but when Lori starts working at the show, Liz’s life gets even complicated.

Not only, does she have to deal with the unpredictability of a new colleague, Liz has to deal with the return of a popular television presenter who is returning from maternity leave, but she is returning with demands as she wants to maintain her role as queen of the sofa.

For a quiet life, Liz tolerates these demands but for others this is seen as favouritism and causes a lot of tension within the company.

For some part of the story, I felt sympathy for Lori instead of Liz. I felt that she wasn’t properly introduced to the team and for the majority of her time in the story, she was alone. Granted, she didn’t seem to be the nicest of a person, but infact neither did Liz. I think they were both quite similar in personalities and this is how they clashed.

I enjoyed this book, there were plenty of twists and drama in Liz’s life to keep the reader engaged. The only negative that I could find in the story, is that Jane had written a previous book with Liz in it and at times, there were references to things that happened before and I didn’t feel there was a proper description to these parts.

As Jane previously worked in television, she gives a clear impression of the stress and pressure of the industry in this fast paced drama. Filled with unlikable characters and secrets, ‘Behind Her Back’ shows the dark and competitive side of daytime television.

You can buy Behind Her Back from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

A Mother’s Story by Amanda Prowse Wins 2015 eBook Of The Year Award

A Mother's StoryCongratulations to bestselling author, Amanda Prowse who was recently revealed as Sainsbury’s ebook of the Year winner with her book, ‘A Mother’s Story’.

‘A Mother’s Story,’ is a gripping and heart-wrenching novel about a young mother struggling to cope with postnatal depression, has taken home Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand’s third eBook of the Year title.

Since mid-November avid readers and eBook lovers across the country have been voting for their favourite eBooks from an original list of 140 of the year’s biggest titles spanning a range of genres; from crime thrillers to biographies, and literary fiction to women’s fiction.

‘A Mother’s Story’, Prowse’s seventh book in a glittering writing career which only began once she turned 40, topped a prestigious list of successful 2015 titles, including ‘The Lie’ by C.L. Taylor, ‘The Girl on the Train’ by Paula Hawkins, ‘Paper Town’s by John Green, and ‘The Final Minute’ by Tina Boyd.

The powerful novel tells the story of Jessica, who despite a loving relationship with her husband Matthew and a supportive family network, struggles to come to terms with the birth of her new child Lilly and fails to get in touch with her maternal instincts. The book tackles the traumatic, and often misunderstood, topic of postnatal depression with incredible detail, while delivering a tactful and though-provoking narrative.

On winning the award, Amanda Prowse commented: “I am absolutely over the moon to have won this award. What means the most to me, is that it is voted for by readers and book lovers. Thanks to everyone who voted for me, I am delighted that Jessica’s story has resonated with new mums all over the world, and has been chosen among some very worthy competition.”

To celebrate Amanda Prowse’s success, Sainsbury’s Entertainment on Demand will be offering A Mother’s Story for just 99p. Visit www.sainsburysentertainment.co.uk to find out more.

Three And A Half Heartbeats By Amanda Prowse

Three And A Half Heartbeats’Three And A Half Heartbeats’ is the latest book by Amanda Prowse.

Grace and Tom Penderford are a normal loving married couple, with a comfortable home in Hertfordshire and a beautiful baby girl, Chloe. When Chloe is three years old she has to have her tonsils out. It’s a fairly straight forward operation. When they get her home she’s shivering, she hasn’t peed all day and she’s very quiet. Her parents call the hospital: the nurse suggests they bring her in, if they’re really worried, but her parents don’t want to be melodramatic: it’s probably just a cold. No point wasting hospital time. A few hours later Chloe collapses.

Once again, Amanda has written another book that literally pulls at your heartstrings and leaves the reader an emotional wreck and just like her previous books, Amanda has written about another serious subject and one thing that I was completely unaware of and that is the illness – Sepsis.

The story is seen through the eyes of career driven mother Grace, for years she has longed for a child and finally her wish was fulfilled when Chloe was born, an outspoken and sweet little girl. Grace became the sole breadwinner of the house with her demanding PR job and her husband Tom stayed at home caring for Chloe. The story leads up to the day that Chloe has an operation to remove her tonsils, a standard procedure that worries both parents but they are reassured that everything will be ok. But then Chloe becomes sick after the operation and tragically dies. The sudden death of their little girl pulls the couple apart and Grace goes away to clear her head after a particularly volatile fight. She goes to a remote place in Wales and there she befriends Huw, a man who like her has also suffered a loss. Together they form a mutual bond and are there for each moment during the low times.

I’ve only read three of Amanda’s books and each one has consumed me with each tale, emotional and factual stories with broken characters that made for gripping reading and ‘Three And A Half Heartbeats’ is certainly that.

This book is filled with grief and torment and is hard reading, not only at the scene where Chloe passes away but the scenes after it as Grace and Tom are at loggerheads, blaming each other and this is particularly hard to read. Grace is an interesting character, she is a strong woman, fuelled by her career and she is heartbroken after Chloe’s death. She regrets that she wasn’t there for her daughter more and I have to be honest, when she initially disappeared to have some space, I did find her actions quite selfish but then as time progressed, you could see her get stronger with each passing day.

Not only is the story an emotional rollercoaster, it is also a very informative tale and really pushes home the impact of Sepsis and how little is known about this illness. For me, I found it terrifying that I never heard of it before and just how many lives it claims each year.

A gripping and poignant story, ‘Three And A Half Heartbeats’ is a beautifully written and powerful story that will definitely have you reaching for the tissues and very kindly of Amanda, all proceeds of the book will go to the UK Sepsis Trust.

You can buy Three And A Half Heartbeats from Amazon.