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Keep You Safe By Melissa Hill

Keep You Safe‘Keep You Safe’ is the latest book by Melissa Hill.

Every mother faces impossible choices. Vaccination is one of the hardest. For single mum Kate O’Hara, there was no decision to make. Her daughter Rosie is one of a small percentage of Irish children who can’t be vaccinated against measles. All Kate can do is hope that her little girl is safe. For mummy blogger Madeleine Cooper, it was a leap of faith she wasn’t prepared to take when she and her husband declined controversial measles jabs for their daughter Clara. All she can do is pray that it’s the right decision. But when classmates Clara and Rosie both become sick will Kate pay for Madeleine’s choice?

For those who know Melissa Hill, they would have enjoyed her romantic and fun stories of love and friendship. But, with her first book with HQ, Melissa has gone a little bit darker with her writing and writes about most parents fears, when their child becomes seriously ill.

The story is seen through the eyes of mothers Kate O’Hara and Madeleine Cooper, who’s daughters become ill with measles. The possible consequences that both girls were never given the MMR Booster, a vaccination against various illnesses including measles. As Madeleine’s daughter recovers from the illness, Kate’s becomes worse and it suddenly becomes a situation where her daughter is fighting for her life.

The two women are complete polar opposites. Kate is a single mother after her husband suddenly died. She’s struggling to make ends meet as a single parent, but her daughter Rosie is her priority. Unfortunately, Rosie wasn’t able to get the MMR vaccination as she was allergic to it, so Kate lives in constant fear that her daughter will become ill. Meanwhile, Madeleine is the ultimate yummy mummy, with her outspoken views and popular blogs, she voices her views on parenting, which others may not always agree with, but that doesn’t bother Madeleine. She’s confident and occasionally unorthodox. Like Kate, her daughter Clara was also not vaccinated, but that was because, Madeleine and her husband Greg were worried about the side effects, as some people believed that the vaccine could cause Autism.

Essentially the story is a battle of morals and ethnics. As Clara becomes better, Rosie gets considerably worse and all fingers of blame point towards outspoken Madeleine as they decided not to get their children vaccinated.

It’s heartbreaking to read both mothers sides of the story as they are both in their own types of hell. Kate is praying that her daughter gets better whilst also reluctantly disliking Madeleine for having a healthy daughter. But she is also tortured, that her daughter may possibly never fully recover and the only way, she can pay for her treatment is to take Madeleine and her husband to court.

Whilst, the tables have turned for Madeleine, she is delighted that Clara is safe and well but she is also guilt ridden at the thought of poor Rosie. As well as that she has become a public hate figure for her outspoken opinions on not vaccinating her daughter.

This story is realistically and cleverly written and really does tug at heartstrings. With having both sides of the story with two hugely different personalities, where Kate shies away, Madeleine embraces the spotlight. The story is so vivid in parts, that you really get a clear understanding of the torture that both mothers are going through and at the end of the day, the both share a common ground of just wanting to keep their children safe.

Riveting from the very start, ‘Keep You Safe’ is a completely different story from Melissa. Tackling issues and dilemmas that all parents face and face, this book was an emotional roller coaster I kept me gripped and will most definitely raise a lot of questions in book clubs.

You can pre-order Keep You Safe from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops 21st September 2017.

Melissa Hill Reveals New Book – The Hotel On Mulberry Bay

The Hotel On Mulberry BayIrish author Melissa Hill is back this Autumn with her new book, ‘The Hotel On Mulberry Bay’.

The story of ‘The Hotel On Mulberry Bay’ is –

Mulberry Hotel, perched on a clifftop above a sweeping bay, was once the heart and soul of pretty seaside town Mulberry Bay. Run by the Harte family for years, the place itself is almost as beloved as cheery landlady Anna.

The hotel was also once home to thirty-something sisters Eleanor and Penny, and while youngest sister Penny still lives close by, it’s been some time since Elle has visited. But following a family tragedy, Elle is forced to return from her busy London life and reassess her past.

When it becomes apparent that the hotel is in dire straits, Elle and Penny are unprepared for the reaction of their father, Ned, He steadfastly refuses to give up the family legacy, revealing that he’s given up something equally precious once before. Startled by their father’s surprising revelation, the sisters unite, with the local community behind them, in their efforts to save the hotel – and, in the process, heal the fractures in the Harte family. You can pre-order The Hotel on Mulberry Bay from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 22nd October  2015. But if you live in Ireland  or own an eBook device, the book will be available 23rd April 2015! 

Melissa Hill

Melissa HillMelissa Hill is the author of 13 novels, her first book ‘Something You Should Know’ was published in 2003. Melissa also co-writes forensic thrillers with her husband Kevin, under the pseudonym Casey Hill. Melissa Hill lives in South Dublin with her husband and daughter. Her latest book ‘A Gift To Remember’is out now.

  1. Hi Melissa, to the readers of the blog that may not be familiar with you or your writing, can tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into writing
    My first novel ‘Something You Should Know’ was published in 2003. It was my first attempt at writing after deciding to give it a try the year before, and luckily I managed to get it accepted for publication. Since then, I’ve written thirteen books which are published worldwide and in twenty-five different languages, and one of them has been optioned for a movie by a major Hollywood studio (sadly I’m not yet allowed to say which one!)
  2. Your new book is called ‘A Gift to Remember’, what are your favourite and least favourite gifts of all time?
    Favourite gift is my Tiffany’s charm bracelet which inspired my most successful novel, ‘Something From Tiffany’s. I don’t have a least favourite as any gift at all is gladly appreciated!
  3. Who is your favourite literary hero/heroine?
    People tend to find this strange for a romance writer, but it has to be Hannibal Lecter from Thomas Harris’s ‘The Silence Of The Lambs’. For me, he is the most compelling character to ever appear on the page.
  4. What is your favourite book of all time?
    ‘The Stand’ by Stephen King. I’ve read it multiple times and every time I read it I find something new and wonderful about a character or the plot that I hadn’t noticed before.
  5. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three books would you take with you to occupy your time?
    ‘The Stand’ by Stephen King. The entire ‘Sweet Valley High’ series and the book I’m working on now so I could have all the time in the world to edit/rewrite it!

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Handwritten Girl Takes Part In A Gift To Remember Tour

I am delighted and excited to announce that I will be taking part in the Melissa Hill blog tour for the release of the paperback of her new book, ‘A Gift To Remember’. Check out Handwritten Girl on Thursday 28th June for an interview with the author herself.

A Gift To Remember

A Gift To Remember Winner Revealed

A Gift To RememberCongratulations to Kelly Rufus, who is the lucky winner of my Melissa Hill’s’ new book. A copy of ‘A Gift To Remember’ is on its way to her.

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway, and don’t worry if you didn’t win this time because I have loads more competitions lined up!