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The Anniversary By Laura Marshall

The‘The Anniversary’ is the latest book by Laura Marshall.

On 15th June 1994, Travis Green – husband, father, upstanding citizen – walked through the streets of Hartstead and killed eleven of his neighbours. The final victim was four-year-old Cassie Colman’s father. As the twenty-five year anniversary approaches, Cassie would rather forget the past – even as her mother struggles to remember it at all. Then something hidden in her mother’s possessions suggests those eleven murders were not what everyone believes. Once Cassie suspects she’s been lied to about the most important event of her life, she can’t stop digging up the past. But someone will do anything to keep it buried.

Laura’s debut novel called ‘Friend Request’ was an epic debut that I absolutely adored and her second book is just as gripping.

The story is seen through perspective of Cassie, who as a child witnessed a terrible tragedy. Now 25 years later, back home as a new mother and dealing with her mother’s dementia, Cassie is approached by an investigative journalist wanting to write an article about the massacre that hit the town 25 years ago, bringing up new memories and emotions.

I loved this book and it was just gripping as Laura’s debut. Laura’s has a skill of creating female leads that are both fascinating and unreliable, so this makes the story gripping and a fast paced read, especially at the speed I read it!

Cassie is under a lot of stress with her mother’s illness and a new baby, she’s tired and on edge and is occasionally unable to know what’s real and imagined. As the past is brought up, she’s riddled with doubt and as she and the journalist become targeted as they look into retelling the past, she begins to fear for her life.

Another thrilling and twisted book from Laura that packs a punch of an ending that I read in one sitting, ‘The Anniversary’ is absolutely addictive and makes for a thrilling psychological story.

You can buy ‘The Anniversary’ from Amazon and other good bookshops.

Christmas For Beginners By Carole Matthews

Christmas For Beginners‘Christmas For Beginners’ is Carole Matthews Christmas themed book for 2020.

Christmas is fast approaching at the new Hope Farm. Owner Molly Baker has been convinced to organise an open day to raise some much-needed funds ahead of the New Year, but the nativity tableau is proving challenging. With anti-social sheep, awkward alpacas and a seriously sequined Santa Claus to assemble, Molly is feeling overwhelmed, and in desperate need of some Christmas spirit. Despite the chaos of the farm getting in the way of her event planning, Molly is looking forward to spending the holidays with boyfriend Shelby and his son, Lucas, hopeful that a happy family Christmas is exactly what they need to draw them all together. But while she is busy making plans on the farm, Shelby, it seems, has ideas of his own. As the nativity draws near, the team are working hard to pull off a spectacular festive fete – and make sure the animals and humans remain on their best behaviour. Will this Christmas be merry and bright… or is there more than one surprise in store for Molly and Hope Farm?

If you’re looking for a book that is pure Christmas, then look no further as Carole Matthew’s is back with a warm story of love, friendship and new beginnings.

In this story, we see the return of Molly Baker, who we met in Carole’s previous book called ‘Happiness For Beginners’.

The story is seen through the perspective of Molly as she enjoys life on her farm along with the moody teenage son of her boyfriend Shelby, who she looks up like a son. Shelby is the popular character on a soap series and is always noticed when out and about. When his role is cut from the show, Shelby takes on the role of a villain in the Christmas pantomime and all his time is taken up with rehearsals. Whilst Shelby loves his life in the spotlight, Molly shies away from it and feels at her most happiest at the farm surrounded by friends, the animals whilst getting the farm ready for Christmas along with the help from the new handsome mayor.

I really enjoyed this story, it was warm-hearted and entertaining and was able to get back into easily after returning to read it. Molly is a sweet character and the polar opposite to Shelby who loves the attention whereas she’s at her happiest when she’s up to her wellies in muck. She has a kind heart and spends her time helping others, particularly Luke, who has a troubled relationship with Shelby, but finds solace in Molly’s kind nature.

There are many stories weaved throughout the book, there’s the relationship between Molly and Shelby, Luke finding love for first time as well as Molly getting Hope Farm ready for children who come from troubled backgrounds and suffer from disabilities. The story also touches on difficult subject of domestic violence and the impact it has not only on the adult but also on the children too.

Brimming with warmth and festive fun, Carole’s latest book is another enchanting story from the author. ‘Christmas For Beginners’ is a sweetly and wittily written story of hope, contrary animals and new beginnings.

You can buy ‘Christmas For Beginners’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Carole Matthews’ Re-releases Wrapped Up In You

Wrapped Up In You‘Carole Matthews has re-released her festive tale called ‘Wrapped Up In You’ with a new look.

What the back cover says –

Janie Johnson is ringing the changes this Christmas.

As a thirty-something hairdresser, Janie’s single status is a constant source of concern for her clients as well as her friends. So after one too many questions about her love life, a blind date disaster and hearing her ex-boyfriend is getting married, Janie decides it’s time to do something dramatic.

Leaving winter behind, Janie takes the plunge and books an exotic trip to Africa. Her friends think she’s mad and Janie thinks they may very well be right. Until that is she meets her gorgeous tour guide, Dominic.

But all good things must come to an end. Can Janie now face spending a snowy Christmas back home without him, or will she get her Christmas wish in Wrapped up in You

This speical edition book includes a bonus follow-up story, plus the first chapter of Carole’s new book ‘Sunny Days & Sea Breezes’.

You can pre-order ‘Wrapped Up In You’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 31st October 2019.

Jenny Colgan Reveals New Book – The Bookshop On The Shore

The Bookshop On The Shore‘Jenny Colgan is back on our bookshelves in 2019 with a new book called ‘The Bookshops On The Shore’

What the back cover says –

Zoe, a professional child care worker, and single mother to Hari, 4, who has selective mutism, is sinking beneath the waves trying to cope by herself in London. Then her ex sister-in-law suggests she move to Scotland to help run a bookshop…

There her path crosses that of Ramsay Urquart, a widower and antiquarian bookseller, who has a band of difficult children he can’t manage. Can two very damaged people help heal each other?

With a pretty cover and a delicious synposis, this book certainly sounds like a treat!

You can pre-order ‘The Bookshop On The Shore’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 13th June 2019.

Ali McNamara Reveals New Book – Secrets And Seashells At Rainbow Bay

Secrets And Seashells At Rainbow BayAli McNamara has revealed her new book for 2019 called ‘Secrets And Seashells At Rainbow Bay’ and I’m absolutely in love with the cover!

What the back cover says –

Amelia is a single mother, doing her very best to look after her young son, Charlie – but money is tight and times are tough. When she first hears that she is the last descendent of the Chesterford family and that she has inherited a Real-Life Castle by the sea, Amelia can’t quite believe her ears. But it’s true!

She soon finds that owning a castle isn’t quite the ticket to sorting out her money problems that she’d first hoped: she can’t sell, because the terms of the ancient bequest state that any Chesterford who inherits the castle, must live there and work towards the upkeep and maintenance of the family home. So ever-practical Amelia decides to uproot her little family and move to this magnificent castle by the sea.

Living in a castle on the beautiful Northumberland coast is fun at first, but organising the day-to-day running is a lot more complicated than Amelia first imagined. Luckily she has help from the small band of eccentric and unconventional staff that are already employed there – and a mysterious unseen hand that often gives her a push in the right direction just when she needs it most. It’s only when she meets Tom, a furniture restorer who comes to the castle to help repair some antique furniture, that Amelia realises she might get the fairy-tale ending that she and Charlie truly deserve…

With a stunning cover and synopsis, this book sounds like an absolute treat!

You can pre-order Secrets and Seashells at Rainbow Bay from Amazon and will be availalbe to buy from good bookshops from 27th June 2019.