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The Wedding Party By Tammy Cohen

The Wedding Party By Tammy Cohen‘The Wedding Party’ is the latest book by Tammy Cohen.

Lucy has dreamt of her wedding day for as long as she can remember. And now the day is almost here. Her nearest and dearest are gathered on an idyllic Greek island and she just knows it’s going to be perfect. It has to be. But even the best-laid plans can go horribly wrong. Why are her parents behaving so strangely? Why won’t the rather odd lady from the airport stop hanging around? Who is the silent stranger her sister brought as a plus-1? And then they find the body.

t’s been a while since I’ve read a Tammy Cohen book and set against the Greek skyline, this thriller made for addictive reading.

Lucy has been planning her wedding since she was a child and now the big day has come and she wants it to be perfect. But with drama, arguments, money problems plus a murder, it’s turned into the wedding from hell!

The story is seen through multiple narratives, primarily females in the story Lucy, her sister Jess and mother Hazel as well as Lucy’s bridesmaid Shelley. Lucy is a stereotypical bride, stressed, overspent and easily riled especially when it comes to her younger sister Jess and longing to finally be accepted by her new mother in law. Jess is a free spirit who doesn’t conform to society, bringing a virtual stranger to her sister’s wedding as her plus one and befriending Vivian, a nosey elderly woman who is also staying at the same hotel and has a strange interest in the comings and goings of the wedding party. Hazel, the bride’ mother is dealing with her unhappy marriage whilst Shelley who is Lucy’s best friend is desperate to keep Lucy happy and the wedding ticking over. Whilst Nina, the wedding planner is desperately trying to get money together to paid of the man she borrowed from.

If you enjoy a good domestic noir, then look no further. Tammy has all the boxes ticked with this story, fast paced, flawed and unreliable characters and suspense that builds more with each page.

I loved the multiple narratives in the story, all giving an insight into the people. There was also the inclusion of police statements filtered through the story and this helped build up to the moment that the incident happened and also helped piece together crucial information.

Terrifically written and riddled with claustrophobia and tension from the start, ‘The Wedding Party’ is a gripping thriller set in a picturesque setting with a fascinating line up where everyone is a suspect.

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

Love Your Life By Sophie Kinsella

Love Your Life‘Love Your Life’ is the latest book by Sophie Kinsella.

Ava is sick of online dating. She’s always trusted her own instincts over an algorithm, anyway, and she wants a break from it all. So when she signs up to a semi-silent, anonymous writing retreat in glorious Italy, love is the last thing on her mind. Until she meets a handsome stranger. . . All she knows is that he’s funny, he’s kind and – she soon learns – he’s great in bed. He’s equally smitten, and after a whirlwind, intoxicating affair, they pledge their love without even knowing each other’s real names. But when they return home, reality hits. They’re both driven mad by each other’s weird quirks and annoying habits, from his eccentric, naked-sauna-loving family to her terribly behaved, shirt-shredding dog. As disaster follows disaster, it seems that while they love each other, they just can’t love each other’s lives. Can they overcome their differences to find one life, together?

Sophie is back with an rollercoaster of a story packed with big personalities and hilarious situations.

The story is seen through the narrative of Ava who fed up of online dating and its disasters, so she takes herself away to Italy in a romantic writing retreat and it’s on this retreat that she meets a man called Dutch, who she falls in love with. But the unique thing with the relationship is that, they reveal very little about themselves having fake names Dutch and Aria. But when they are back outside in the real world, Ava and Matt realise that they’re are two completely different people and have to really work at their not so perfect relationship.

From the offset, this book is an enjoyable story, Ava is a passionate and driven character who’s obsessed with finding real love much to the amusement of her friends, but can sometimes come across as quite a flakey character with starting so many projects but never ending them. Her relationship with Matt, once they are back home is completely different. Matt is unhappy with working for the family company whilst Ava is a believer of working for living and not living for working. The couple find themselves battling to adjust to their new lives and this makes for interesting and funny reading.

Like Sophie’s previous books, the characters are a great bunch of personalities from Ava and Matt to their outspoken friends bunch of friends. I particularly liked Nell, she’s a strong, robust character battling Lupus but doesn’t stop the illness from speaking her mind and living her life and Matt’s friend Topher who also wasn’t afraid to speak out. There was also the addition of a buoyant Beagle called Harold, who was the star of the book with his cuteness and disobedient behavior.

Fun and witty from the first page ‘Love Your Life’ is another warmhearted story from Sophie that is packed with laugh loud and tender moments that will have you smiling throughout.

You can buy ‘Love Your Life’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Paula Hawkins Reveals New Book – A Slow Burning Fire

A Slow Burning FireExciting news for fans of ‘The Girl On The Train’ author Paula Hawkins, as she’s returning to our bookshelves in 2021 with her new book called ‘A Slowing Burning Fire’.

A Slow Fire Burning is a propulsive, twisty thriller which examines the insidious and destructive nature of past trauma. Hawkins deftly upturns expectations as she demonstrates how lives can collide and ultimately how damage can lead to damage.

Paula Hawkins writes: ‘A Slow Fire Burning starts with a brutal murder on a London canal boat. Laura, a likely suspect, is witnessed leaving the scene and for a while it looks like a straightforward case. But what I wanted to explore in this book is the way that no tragedy happens in isolation: an accident in childhood can have ramifications a decade later; trusting the wrong person at the wrong time can derail a life completely. I am interested in the way we become the people we are: how we choose what to hold onto and how those things can wound us.’

Transworld Fiction Publisher Sarah Adams says: ‘I could not be prouder to announce the publication of A Slow Fire Burning. I adore this book, which contains everything readers could possibly want from a Paula Hawkins thriller – a dark plot that grabs you and never lets up, characters that you believe in utterly, incredible pace and knock-you-sideways twists. Paula skilfully balances delicious touches of sharp, knowing humour with deeply affecting storytelling, so that we are powerfully enthralled from first page to last gasp. This confirms Paula as one of the most exciting commercial thriller authors writing today.’

Paula’s agent Lizzy Kremer says: ‘It’s a thrill to be back in Paula Hawkins’ world: a world in which women who refuse to meet society’s expectations are easily blamed, and in which they seek to seize back power over their own stories. I remain in awe of Paula’s giant empathy for those who have suffered and her striking ability to satisfy and also to surprise her readers.’

You can pre-order ‘A Slow Burning Fire’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 31st August 2021.

Finding Love At The Christmas Market By Jo Thomas

Finding Love at the Christmas Market‘Finding Love At The Christmas Market’ is the latest book by Jo Thomas.

Residential-home caterer Connie has had one online-dating disaster too many. Hurt in the past and with her son to consider, now she’s feeling hesitant. Then one of Connie’s residents sets her up on a date at a beautiful German Christmas market – with the promise she’ll take a mini-bus full of pensioners with her.Amongst the twinkling lights and smell of warm gingerbread in the old market square, Connie heads off on her date with a check-list of potential partner must-haves. Baker Henrich ticks all the boxes, but when Connie meets Henrich’s rival William, she starts to wonder if ticking boxes is the answer.

Having consumed Jo’s previous book called ‘Escape to the French Farmhouse’ in one sitting, I was delighted to be offered the chance to read her new Christmas book about love, friendship and food.

The story is mostly seen through the narrative of Connie, a single mum who works for a local catering company that delivers food to a care home called Lavender Hill. It’s in this job, that has made friends with the residents of the care home, especially Pearl and has decided to help them with a task of bringing the ashes of their friend called Elsie back to her home country in Germany and be scattered at the Christmas markets. It just so happens that Connie is going to Germany to meet Heinrich, her last hope at online dating. With a minibus full of elderly people who have far from lost their lust for life. They begin a 5 day adventure in Germany, embracing life and new friendships.

I loved this book, it warm, full of heart and is the perfect distraction during a pandemic. I loved Connie, she’s a kind woman, who puts other people’s happiness before her own. When she meets Heinrich, he ticks all the boxes that she’s looking for in a man. Now that her grown up son has Sam has left the nest and got himself a girlfriend, Connie is looking for company but is wary of the deception that is involved with online dating. Even though Connie wants her heart to belong to Heinrich, she finds herself drawn to William, who just so happens to be Heinrich’s enemy. Their family have been at loggerheads for years and come from bakeries in the opposing parts of the town. William is hoping that this year will be the year that his bakery will win the Christmas cake of the year and help bring in some funds to the Old Town and help mend his relationship with his wife and son. I loved William, he’s kind with a huge heart. I loved the interaction between Connie and William, from their awkward first meeting to her helping him with the baking.

This book is the perfect festive book to read. Filled with graphic scenes of the Christmas markets to the heady scents from the Christmas baked goods that seemed to leap from the pages. The story is beautifully written with wonderful characters and really highlights how people can easily be forgotten when they get older and are put into homes and out of the way. It made for sad reading in parts, as the characters reflected on how they were made to feel when family only wanted them for Boxing Day or for expensive gifts.

The humans weren’t the only great characters in this book, there was the inclusion of a sweet and deaf dog called Fritz who was able to put people at ease with his gentle nature. Like Jo’s previous books, this book is heavily food based with traditional German sweets and baked goods and Jo has included the recipes should the reader decide to create their own.

A story of new beginnings and new memories, this festive story is filled with love and heart, ‘Finding Love at the Christmas Market’ is a fun and captivating story that is packed with Christmas cheer and love.

You can buy ‘Finding Love At The Christmas Market’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Rodham By Curtis Sittenfeld

Rodham‘Rodham’ is the latest book by Curtis Sittenfeld.

Smart, diligent, and a bit plain, that’s the general consensus. Then Hillary goes to college, and her star rises. At Yale Law School, she continues to be a leader- and catches the eye of driven, handsome and charismatic Bill. But when he asks her to marry him, Hillary gives him a firm No. How might things have turned out for them, for America, for the world itself, if Hillary Rodham had really turned down Bill Clinton?

Rodham is a fascinating story of what ifs. What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t accepted Bill Clinton’s marriage proposal and went onto focus on her own political career and put her own needs first.

Rodham is written from the narrative of Hillary and follows her on her journey from university to presidency and truly makes for interesting reading as Hillary dares challenges the dynamics of politics and how it’s not only for men. She’s outspoken with morals as she’s determined to make a better society for those in less fortunate settings.

The scenes where she first meets Bill are quite intoxicating and the author has portrayed him as a quite a gentleman they oozes sex appeal and charm, but even though he claims undying love for Hillary, he’s unfaithful and this is sad to read as Hillary has invested so much into the relationship, even putting her own career on whole for the sake of his.

To be honest, I was delighted when she called it a day with Bill, as he didn’t deserve her and Hillary is such more than someone’s wife. The story is thoroughly researched and gives a candid insight into the running of politics, the money involved as well as how women are treated in this male dominated industry and how they are threatened by confident women.

I really enjoyed this book, it’s clever, dark with witty dialogue and really does make for reflective reading. With a striking cover, ‘Rodham’ is a fascinating story that really did leave me wondering, where would Hillary be if she hadn’t married Bill?

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