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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

Louis And Louise By Julie Cohen

Louis and Louise‘Louis and Louise’ is the latest book by Julie Cohen.

Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. They are separated only by the sex announced by the doctor and a final ‘e’. They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one catastrophic night, with life-changing consequences. Thirteen years later, they are both coming home.

The latest story from Julie Cohen is a complex tale of family dynamics and relationships and is seen from a dual narrative of one child growing up and in one instance is female and in another is male and explores the issues and pressures of life whilst growing up in a small town and being part of a wealthy family.

The story flows in past and present tense and is seen through the eyes of Louise/Louis and reflects how differently their lives have turned out, dependent on their sexes, their decisions and the paths they have chosen in life. Louise has always wanted to be a writer, but she became a single mother at a young age and became a teacher instead giving up her dream to become an author. Meanwhile, Louis has enjoyed his success as an author, but has seen relationships fall apart around him. When both Louis and Louise return home because of their mother’s health, they have to face old ghosts and dredge up old memories.

I’ve really come to enjoy Julie’s writing and her previous book, ‘Together’ was such a sad story that left me in bits when I reached the final page.

This is a lovely story, it’s tenderly written and flows at a nice pace, gathering momentum with each turn. Both Louis and Louise are relatable and poignant characters, who both have secrets that they left behind in their small town, as the story progresses, we see them confront them and grow confident. The dual narrative from both characters is a clever twist to the story, which keeps the reader on their toes, as both aspects are so different to the sex.

Their relationships with parents are complicated and both escaped to get away from family conflicts, but I did find Louise’s story particularly hard as, she seemed to experience the most pressure and disappointment from the pair of them.

A story of hardship, forgiveness and the pressures of life, ‘Louis and Louise’ is an emotional and powerful story that examines the universal issues of life and how differently they can impact a person dependant on their gender.

You can buy ‘Louis and Louise’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Together By Julie Cohen

Together‘Together’ is the latest book by Julie Cohen.

On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually would. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie’s actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret – one they will do absolutely anything to protect

‘Together’ is the first book that I’ve read by Julie Cohen and it was the great introduction to the author, as I consumed the book in one day. I sat up into the late hours one night unable to put the book down until I reached the final page.

What reads as a tender love story that is reminiscent of ‘The Notebook’ is instead a story that left myself and I imagine all the other readers shocked!

In this story, we meet Robbie and Emily, a couple who battled against all odds to be together. The story flows in the past and present tense and is seen through the perspective of both characters, as they fall in love, only to be broke apart but each time they drift apart, they become reconciled and their turbulent relationship continues.

The beginning of the book starts in the present tense, when Robbie wakes up one morning and leaves Emily behind never to return. And then between alternating chapters flow between the pair of them, dating back to 1962 when the couple first laid eyes on each other. The story then follows Emily, a studious young English woman and Robbie, a handsome American Navy man who women fall over. But Robbie has only eyes for Emily and even though they live in different countries, the couple move to America and hope to live happily ever after. But their life is far from perfect, with Emily estranged from her family, she faces the situation were different and hope that one day, she will have some type of relationship with her parents and only sister.

The characters are fascinating and I found myself immersed in the book, unable I found out why Emily and Robbie were against the world. On paper, they seemed the perfect couple, both respected members of the community with professional jobs with their only son Adam.

This story is beautifully written with a suspenseful atmosphere that flows throughout. It reads like a love story, but there is an underlying essence of suspense in the book that really makes the reader engage in the story and wonder why Emily and Robbie live such lonely lives.

An unique tale that grips the readers attention, this poignant tale of forbidden love that spans over five decades, is a twisted love story that really breaks the reader’s hearts.

You can buy Together from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Cover Reveal – The Day Of Second Chances By Julie Cohen

The Day Of Second ChancesI’m delighted to reveal the cover to Julie Cohen’s brand new book, ‘The Day Of Second Chances’ and it’s so pretty!

The story of ‘The Day Of Second Chances’ is –

Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s secret could bring her love – or the loss of everything that matters to her.

One summer’s day, grandmother, mother and daughter’s secrets will collide in a single dramatic moment. Is it too late for second chances?

I’m looking forward to the release of this book, it sounds like a great story to me.

You can pre-order The Day Of Second Chances from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 28th Janaury 2016.