Blog Tour: A Season of Hope and Dreams by Lynsey James

A Season of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James

Publisher: HQ Digital
Published: September 11th 2017
Format: Ebook
Pages:
ASIN: B071Z9BZXQ

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Description

It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

My Review

Thanks to Netgalley, Lynsey James and Jenny over at Neverland Blog Tours for the chance to read and review the book, and for taking part in this blog tour.  Lynsey James books always make me smile and this one wasn’t really all that different.

Cleo was instantly a likeable character, she was easy to connect to and had a few problems that everyone could relate to some way or another. Scott came across as true down to earth man, with good looks and a sense of humour.  The chemistry between him and Cleo was fabulous and I immediately wanted it to work for them.  Cleo was an inspirational character, coming from a very dark period in her life to achieving everything that she has within the last year.

While the book was a light-hearted read, there was a seriousness to it as well.  The problems faced by Cleo, and Scott’s ex, were real.  You feel Cleo’s struggles and suffer her failures with her.  The issues in the book are very real issues and Lynsey James has dealt with them in such a touching manner. I think it all works perfectly for her, and shows that no matter your size, your problem, there is always someone willing to stand by you.  The way everything is put across was excellent, you saw how it changed Cleo’s life, alongside her families and friends.

The thought of that Carb Counter meetings were amusing, having been to a weight loss group in the past I know what it can be like going into the meetings and the conversations that happen there.  Everything is seen with a sense of humour in this book, but it also touches on how it can affect peoples lives and how they help them change their outlooks, feelings towards themselves and help with any health issues.

One disappointing thing for me though was the ending.  It was very sudden, now catch-up on the progress Cleo makes, nothing on the relationship between her and Scott. Nothing… Unless there’s going to be a follow up? Hmm… I sort of hope so, but then, on the other-hand, how can there be?  Also, this is probably the publishers and not the author, but the book finishes at 93%!! Seriously?!

Anyway, I rate this book 4/5. It touched on tough subjects, the romance worked, and the characters were likeable and relatable.


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September Wrap Up

September. Well, autumn is here. I love autumn. Big jumpers, blankets, thick knitted scarves, bonfires. I love it. Anyway, September reading. It’s been a bit of mixture this month. I’ve read some good, happy, sad, romantic, and a couple of very tense reads.

Favourite September Book

Oh My Goodness, I cannot pick this months favourite book so here is the ones that I loved the most.

The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club  The Christmas Holiday  The Woolly Hat Knitting Club  Caught Looking  Marked (The Soulseer Chronicles, #1)

They are:

  • The Worst Case Scenario Cooking Club by Chrissie Manby
  • The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey
  • The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan
  • Caught Looking by Jody Holford
  • Marked by Sue Tingey

Least Favourite September Book

Touch of Fondness (Stay in Touch, #1)

Touch of Fondness by Joy Penny. I didn’t not like it, but I didn’t not love it either.  All th characters were a little naive, they were selfish, and just…. I didn’t like them. Characters make a book.

Books Purchased

A Time to Change by [Langridge, Callie]  Day Shift: Now a major new TV series: MIDNIGHT, TEXAS (Midnight Texas Book 2) by [Harris, Charlaine]  Night Shift: Now a major new TV series: MIDNIGHT, TEXAS (Midnight Texas Book 3) by [Harris, Charlaine]  Tell Me by [Strom, Abigail]  Center Stage: Magnolia Steele Mystery #1 by [Swank, Denise Grover]  The Years of Loving You by [Harper, Ella]  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy Book 1) by [Rutkoski, Marie]  Spotless (Spotless Series Book 1) by [Monk, Camilla]  The Trouble With Words: a heart-warming romantic comedy by [Tullett, Suzie]  The Magic of Ramblings: a heartwarming story of love, friendship, and learning to trust again by [Field, Kate]  A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2) by [Tahir, Sabaa]  The Truth About Gemma Grey: A feel-good, romantic comedy you won't be able to put down by [Ranald, Sophie]

  • A Time to Change by Callie Langridge
  • Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
  • Night Shift by Charlaine Harris
  • Tell Me by Abigail Storm
  • Center Stage by Denise Grover Swank
  • The Years of Loving You by Ella Harper
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • Spotless by Camilla Monk
  • The Trouble with Words by Suzie Tullett
  • The Magic of Ramblings by Kate Field
  • A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Truth about Gemma Grey by Sophie Ranald

Full List of September Books Read

  1. The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club by Chrissie Manby
  2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  3. The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey
  4. Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson
  5. The Missing Twin by Alex Day
  6. Marked by Sue Tingey
  7. Cursed by Sue Tingey
  8. Bound by Sue Tingey
  9. The Summer of Hopes and Dreams by Lynsey James
  10. The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan
  11. An Evil Mind by Chris Carter
  12. Touch of Fondness by Joy Penny
  13. Second Chance Summer by Jill Shalvis
  14. Caught Looking by Jody Holford
  15. A Vicarage Christmas by Kate Hewitt

October Plan

I’ve got 5 (I think) blog tour booked in, some of them are my favourite books for this month – I’m quite ahead of plan for some bizarre reason!! Again, Netgalley shelf takes priority but I’m aiming to get some physical books read as I seem to have gained a few recently. I’m also planning a little project for December involving 12 Christmas books. I’m going to be busy!! 

Happy Reading!!

 

Book Blitz: The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey

The Christmas Holiday

The Christmas Holiday by Maxine Morrey

Publication: 22nd September 2017
Publisher: HQ Digital
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384
ASIN: B071VV3ZKS

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Description

Fall in love this winter on a romantic trip around the world ending in a fairy-tale winter wedding!

As winter comes to London, journalist Mia Walker is desperately hoping for her big break as a travel writer, dreaming of exotic locations and sun-soaked beaches. When she’s invited to write a romantic travel piece that ends in a huge winter wedding in London, she jumps at the chance. The only trouble is, the photographer is renowned adventure-junkie Hunter Scott, who Mia last saw five years ago when she ended their engagement.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and Mia knows she’d be mad to say no – even if it does mean spending weeks travelling round the world with the one man she never wanted to see again! But as the wedding approaches, and the magic of Christmas begins to take hold, Mia can’t help looking out for mistletoe – and wishing she hadn’t cancelled her own engagement after all…

My Review

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of this book, and for the opportunity to take part in the Weekend Blitz for it! As normal, first comment goes to the cover.  I love the colour of it, I love that it doesn’t give a huge lot away and it’s just pretty.  I wouldn’t instantly associate the Taj Mahal with Christmas, but it works brilliantly.

This book was light-hearted, romantic, and just great fun!! Taking us on a magical, Christmas journey.  It may have caused a few giggles and sneaky smiles while reading it in public, I really love books that make me laugh.  I’ve found myself thinking about this book days after I’ve finished it.  It’s been haunting me in a good way.

I instantly felt a connection with Mia.  As for Hunter, I instantly took a liking to him as well.  A big liking to him.  The chemistry between Mia and Hunter worked wonderfully and I instantly wanted them to work things out.  Liv and Sandeep were brilliant characters as well, they added that extra layer of love and chemistry to the book.  The romance wasn’t sickly sweet, it felt real and honest.

The writing style was quick, easy and just good to read.  It was light-hearted, yet moving.  There was a depth, it touched on a subject that could be difficult to write but was done well (no details given, don’t want to spoil it for you!), it was very brief but it changed the pace slightly and that was refreshing for a book like this.  It all gave us an insight to what did and didn’t happen between Mia and Hunter and I don’t think I still get why they broke up to begin with? Well, I get it, but who actually broke up with who?

While it was quick and easy to read, I felt that the first book of the book was perfect.  The whole time in India was brilliantly written, it was a great paced story.  But then it felt rushed after that.  There wasn’t enough time in each place to get the same sense of place as we got with India.  That is my only bad point about this book.

Did they get their happy ending though? Did everything work for them? I would love to know what happened after the ending.  I would have loved to have read Mia’s article for the wedding as well, and the travel pieces that they were working on.

I give this book a big fat 5/5. It was magical, christmassy, loving, brilliantly written and just great.

Author Bio

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her
first (very short) book for school when she was ten. Coming in first, she won a handful of
book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!
As years went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal ‘ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, aswell as a book on Brighton for a Local History
publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first
novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for
opportunities.
In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.
Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words, can be
found tackling her To Be Read pile, sewing, listening to podcasts, and walking.

Blog Tour: The Secrets You Keep by Kate White Extract

The Secrets You Keep By Kate White

Publication: 11th September 2017
Publisher: Canelo
Format: Ebook
ISBN13: ​9781911591986

Description

​Extract

Today is my stop for The Secrets You Keep by Kate White. This book promises to be tense, thrilling, and a very good read. The reviews I have read through give it a good vibe and I cannot wait to get stuck into it!!! It certainly has potential just from this!!

In the dining room I find the blond chef standing arms akimbo, surveying the table. I follow her gaze. With a start, I notice that she’s refolded all the napkins—turning them from simple rectangles into stiff bishop caps in the center of each place setting. And then I see the vases. They’re not on the table anymore. Instead, they’ve been herded off onto the side table, like children not allowed to mingle with the adults at a party.
‘What are you doing?’ I ask.
She half turns toward me, as if I don’t deserve her full attention. ‘Doing? I’m getting the table ready.’
‘But I’ve already set it.’
‘We usually set the table, or at least dress it up a little.’
‘But why did you move the flowers?’
Now she makes a full turn toward me. Her lips are pursed in an almost defiant pout, and her gray eyes assess me coolly.
‘We don’t set our tables with flowers. The scent overpowers the smell of the food.’ I’m almost speechless that she’s moved things around without checking with me. And her dumbass rule about the flowers.
‘Please put them back,’ I tell her. ‘There’s absolutely nothing wrong with flowers on a table.’
‘Of course.’ Her tone is like a shrug. As she moves the flowers back to the table, she appears both unfazed and unapologetic. Guy enters the room a moment later, and she doesn’t acknowledge him, just slips quietly back into the kitchen through the swinging door at the rear of the room.
He waits until she’s gone before he speaks.
‘Is something the matter?’
‘That woman, Eve,’ I say, my voice lowered. ‘I don’t know what her problem is.’
‘What do you mean?’ His brow furrows.
‘She redid the table after I’d spent so much time on it. And she acted impertinent when I asked her about it.’
He’s taken aback, I can tell. A second later, though, I realize his reaction seems centered on me.
‘Bryn, the caterer is supposed to set the table. She’s probably annoyed you usurped her job.’
I can’t believe he’s taking her side and not mine.
‘It’s not always the caterer’s job,’ I say. ‘And once she’d seen I’d done it, she should have asked me before changing anything.’
He throws up his hands.
‘I can’t seem to win with you, Bryn,’ he snaps. ‘One minute you need bed rest, and the next minute you’re annoyed if someone’s helping. What the hell am I supposed to do?’
I can feel my jaw drop in shock. I lift my eyes, trying to form a response. As I do, I see the swinging door to the kitchen shudder. As if a hand has touched it.
As if someone has been standing next to it, listening.

Book Extract: The Worst Case Scenario Cooking Club by Chrissie Manby

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The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club by Chrissie Manby
Publisher: Hodder
Publication: 21st September 2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN13: 9781473639775

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I have had the pleasure of reading this book and if you’re a fan of Chrissie Manby then your in for a treat!!! I will openly admit that this is actually the first of her books that I can say I’ve read. I’m glad it was my first. I will also admit that I read this in one sitting. I loved every moment of it and I’m so excited to be able to share this extract with you all!!!

Chapter Two

Toast

Oh come on. Nobody needs a recipe for that

. . . All right, if you insist.

Take one slice of bread. Cut away any green

bits. Stick it in the Dualit. Remove before the

smoke alarm goes off.

Liz Chandler did not need reminding that it had been

twelve whole months since her husband Ian moved out

of the family home to live with award-winning clean

food and fashion blogger Brittney Blaine. She got that

reminder anyway. She knew she should stop checking

Brittney’s blog first thing in the morning and last thing

at night (and around eight to ten times in between) but

it was as though she was compelled. And now she only

had to type the letter ‘b’ into her iPhone for Safari to

fill in the rest: http://www.brittneysbites.com. Ugh.

At least she had stopped commenting. That was

surely a sign that Liz was coming to terms with the

way things were. At first, Liz had bombarded Brittney’s

blog with messages via the comments section to remind

her and her clueless readers that the life of physical

and spiritual purity Brittney espoused was a sham. No

amount of colonic cleansing could erase the stains on

Brittney’s record as far as the sisterhood was concerned.

She was a husband-stealing trollop and Liz wanted the

world to know it.

Not only had Brittney stolen a husband, she had

broken up a happy family. At the time the affair was

uncovered, Liz and Ian’s daughter Saskia was still not

quite fifteen and they had a six-year-old border terrier

called Ted. What were they supposed to do without

their daddy?

The break-up came completely out of the blue for

poor Liz. On the night it happened, when she saw Ian’s

car pull into the drive at four o’clock, a whole three

hours earlier than usual, she’d briefly allowed herself

to think he’d been planning a wonderful surprise. Their

daughter Saskia was on a sleepover with her best friend

Georgia. It wasn’t often that Ian and Liz had the place

to themselves. As Ian let himself into the house and

Ted the dog rushed to greet him – even though Ian

always pushed the dog away – Liz’s mind was already

racing with the possibilities. A bottle of wine? A take

away? Sex? No, hang on. She hadn’t had her bikini line

done in six months. Sex with the lights off?

Ian hadn’t put his car into the garage.

Maybe they were going out!

Well. Ian certainly was.

‘I’m just going to come out with it,’ he said when

he walked into the kitchen. ‘I’ve met someone else. I

didn’t go looking for it but I found it and I’ve been

struggling with what to do for months but now I finally

know.’

‘What?’ Liz managed.

‘Her name is Brittney and I’m leaving you to be with

her.’

‘Brittney?’

Ian nodded.

‘Not the food blogger?’

Ian nodded again.

‘Of Brittney’s Bites.com? But you said . . .’

‘I know what I said, Liz. But that was before I had

the chance to meet her. In person she’s got far more

depth than you can tell from Instagram.’

‘The food blogger?’ Liz was having trouble finding

the words.

Liz knew all about Brittney’s Bites. She and Ian had

laughed when they first heard about his boss’s plan to

do a tie-in promotion with Brittney’s website. Ian

worked for a company that provided dentists with

tooth-whitening supplies. They were branching out into

‘at home’ whitening kits. Brittney’s blog was the perfect

place to flog them and as the nearest rep to Brittney’s

hometown of Exeter, Ian was charged with taking the

kit to her and explaining how it worked.

‘She’s already got teeth like Tic Tacs,’ Liz pointed

out as she brought up Brittney’s blog on her phone for

the very first time. ‘Veneers, I might add. They won’t

bleach anyway.’

But Brittney jumped at the chance to do the tie-in

with White Up Your Life. Ian was her ‘liaison’. And

three months after Ian first drove over to Brittney’s

place with her personalised bleaching trays it seemed

they were having one.

‘You described her as looking like a chipmunk’s head

on a lolly stick,’ Liz protested.

‘She’s much better looking in real life,’ said Ian.

‘What about Saskia?’

Ian at least had the grace to look slightly embarrassed

when Liz brought up their daughter, who right then

was having a wonderful time with her friend, oblivious

to the fact that her family was being rent asunder by

her father’s mid-life crisis. For what else but a mid-life

crisis could explain Ian’s decision to throw himself at

a twenty-something who made a living from Snapchat

videos of her lunch?

‘We’ll sort something out. I’ll take her as often as I

can,’ he said.

Liz could already see poor Saskia standing at the

school gates, scanning the horizon for her absent father,

who’d been delayed at the launch of a new dairy-free

nut butter.

‘I’m sorry, Liz. I really am. But we only get one life

and we’ve got to make the most of it. When you fall

in love, you fall in love. You can’t deny the plans of

the universe. The French call it a

coup de foudre.’

He pronounced it a ‘coop de food’.

‘I know it must hurt right now,’ Ian continued, ‘but

we haven’t been happy for a very long time and I think

that by Christmas, you’ll be glad I made this decision

for us both.’

Christmas? Liz saw herself sitting alone in front of

a turkey ready-meal.

Ian tried to put his arm around her in a comforting

sort of way that didn’t work at all. Liz shook him

off.

‘If you’re going, go now,’ she said, mustering every

last bit of courage she had. ‘But don’t blame me if

Saskia doesn’t want to come anywhere near you and

your gluten-free girlfriend in your new bachelor pad.’

He went.

Not knowing quite what to do with herself, Liz made
some toast. The ultimate comfort food. She didn’t eat it.

The early months after that awful night were difficult,

to say the least. Saskia was understandably distraught

to hear her dad had moved out. She refused to go to

school for a week, even though she was starting an

especially important year. Meanwhile, Ted the dog

watched the front door for hours on end. When Ian

came to pick up a few forgotten things, both Saskia

and Ted clung to his legs and cried and whined when

he left again.

It was terrible. Liz had to watch their pain and try

to ease it, while pushing her own distress into the

background in order to be able to do so. To add to

that, she had to take the blame for the whole debacle.

‘What did you do to make him go?’ Saskia wailed

at regular intervals. Even Ted seemed sniffy with his

mistress.

‘I didn’t do anything,’ Liz protested. But inside her

head the reasons came thick and fast. I got too old. I

got too familiar. I knew him much too well.

Liz had seen it happen to plenty of her friends. A

husband approaching middle age, dissatisfied with the

way life’s worked out, seeks a second roll of the dice

with a much younger woman. Not that the familiarity

of the tale helped Liz to absolve herself of too much

blame. She was world class when it came to self-chastisement.

She asked herself ten times a day what she

might have done differently. Lost weight? Dressed more

sexily? Stopped asking when he was planning to repaint

the hallway he’d wrecked by insisting his mountain bike

lived indoors?

‘Don’t blame yourself,’ Liz’s girlfriends all told her

but she couldn’t help it. Not when Saskia and Ted were

both so very unhappy. Liz’s pain at Ian’s betrayal was

nothing compared to the anger she felt on their behalf.

If Liz couldn’t protect them from sadness, who could?

One year on, Brittney reported on the anniversary of

her stealing Ian away from his family on her blog.

‘Darling Readers, blessings be upon you today! What

a glorious day it is and it’s only eight o’clock. When I

woke up at seven this morning to do my chants and

my asanas, my Darling BF had already left for work.

But not without remembering what a special day it is

for us both. Here’s what I found on the kitchen table!’

There followed a photograph of a stumpy-stemmed

rose in a bud vase and a card with a puppy on the

front.

‘I can’t show you the secret message Darling BF wrote

inside my card – this is a family blog (winky emoticon)

– but I can tell you that it reaffirmed our goddess-made

connection. I love my Darling BF every day of the year

but tonight, on the anniversary of the night he moved

in and we made our relationship official, I am going

to make sure he really knows it. My gluten-free nut

roast is definitely on the menu! How will you honour

your connection to the people you love today?’

By having you killed?

was what Liz wanted to type into

the comments box. She resisted the urge and went into work.

This book is funny, the characters are wonderful and it’s a whole lot of fun!!! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!! 

Blog Tour: Sinking Chef by Sylvia Ashby

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love Book 2) by [Ashby, Sylvia]

The Sinking Chef (Pot Love 2) by Sylvia Ashby

Publisher: Vangtorp Volumes
Published: April 2017
Format: Ebook
Pages: 428
ASIN: B06ZYGMPLB

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Description

Bridget Jones meets Burnt in this delightful comedy novel about a talented YouTuber and the guy who keeps trying to bring her down. Although part of a series this book is completely standalone, as are all other novels in the Pot Love Series.

In Belsize Park, London, Ashley works hard on her daily YouTube channel “The Sinking Chef”. It’s filmed right in her kitchen, so she doesn’t go out much.
James is a gruff British TV director, turned publisher, who Ashley had a crush on ages ago. She has moved on but when he calls with an offer to take her out to lunch she doesn’t say no. It’s only lunch – what can go wrong?
The day Ashley meets James for lunch and he promises her a book deal, she makes the worse decision in her life – to hide the book deal from her boyfriend, Giacomo. As things progress Ashley’s secrets mount up and other things in her life unravel. Is there a connection? And how is she going to get out of this without losing Giacomo and the life she loves?
Set in the heart of fast-paced London, The Sinking Chef is a charming story of love, recipes, secrets, and the determination to do thinks right by those you love most in your life.

My Review

Thank you to the author and publisher for the chance to read and review this book. I took part in the cover reveal for this back in June and I said then I was excited to read this.

While it’s the second in the series, you can read it as a stand alone which I did.  There is plenty of details to make sure you’re up to date with the previous book and that you know how the characters have got to where they are.

I think the ending of this book was the best bit. Not because it was finished but you finally got to feel what Ashley feels. Her anticipation, her excitement and her worry. I felt more for her on the last few page then I did the rest of the book to be honest. Which I feel bad about. She is a good character, she’s funny, clumsy, and just a strong character in all. I never really related to any of the characters. I think that, for me, I should have read the first book.  Some of the characters didn’t really add anything to it for me, they were just background noise.

The writing style was quick and easy to read. It moved along nicely without any need for pointless paragraphs or speech. One thing I didn’t like was the timeline. It was never really made clear that weeks were passing at a time. There was also a few discrepancies, like Ashley giving a vase to someone and then the next she still had it. I tried to look over it but it happened more than once and I had to check details more than once.

The storyline in general was a little farfetched but it was enjoyable. It was the ridiculousness of it that made me keep reading, I wanted to know what outrageous thing happened next. And I also wanted to know who it was happening to. Everything about this book kept me entertained, I just wish that I had read the beginning of the series.

Overall, the storyline was good, it was entertaining, the characters were good, the characters that had main plot lines all interacted well, and it was written well. For me, this book was a bit of a mixture of opinions for me.  While I think all of the previous points, I also think that here was just too much going on at the some time.  The timing was off, the details that never stayed the same, and that I didn’t actually feel for the characters until the end was an issue. For all of those reasons, I’m giving it a 3/5

About The Author

Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!
She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe
– London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia,
Bulgaria.
Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.
Twitter: @bysylvia_a

Book Review: The Missing Twin by Alex Day

The Missing Twin The Missing Twin by Alex Day

Publication: Ebook: 18th August 2017 Paperback: 5th October 2017
Publisher: Killer Reads
Format: Ebook
Pages: 400
ASIN: B072TYXKLB

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Description

A unique, exciting psychological thriller that will tug at your heartstrings, and keep you guessing until the very last page!

Can she find her sister before it’s too late?

A missing girl…a secret to be uncovered.

Edie and her identical twin Laura have always been best friends. So when Laura surprises Edie at the Mediterranean holiday resort where she’s working, Edie can’t wait for the partying to start! But then, Laura vanishes without a trace…

At the same time, in a country on the other side of the sea, Fatima and her twin daughters set out on a harrowing journey that only the strongest – and luckiest – survive.

Edie and Fatima’s lives are worlds apart, but now, their paths are set to collide, with devastating consequences. When Fatima hovers on the brink of survival, Edie must risk her own life to save her, and finally discover the truth about her missing sister.

Review

Thanks to the author for reaching out and giving me a copy of this book in exchange for my review.  The paperback is published the beginning of next month – look out for it!! I think you”ll be grateful for having this in your life.

I have only seen good reviews about this book. I didn’t see where it was going to begin with, I really struggled to get into it. After starting it like 3 times, something happened. Something gripped me, wrapped itself around my brain, and I just carried on reading it instead of putting it down like I had been doing.

Characters. I felt so much for Fatima. The struggles she went through, the strength she had to keep going for her children. She was an incredible character, my favourite character. I was wishing that she would get to where she wanted to be and that everything worked out for her and the girls. I could never imagine finding the strength or the determination to get through what she did, and it’s made me realise what these families do to get to safety. Edie, I didn’t really like. She was a bit whiney, demanding, naive maybe? She just didn’t work for me, something was off and I just didn’t really connect with her. Vuk I hated immediately, he was a cruel, horrible man. I had a strong feeling that he wasn’t as nice as she made him out to be straight away, and I’m glad I wasn’t wrong about it. I had a feeling that Zayn was going to have a connection to everything, the little hints were there about families and I took a liking to him.  He seemed innocent, free. I had my fingers crossed that he was not a bad person.

I loved how we would go from chapter to chapter changing between Edie and Fatima, and then bigger gaps between each of the women. It made me question what was happening to them, what was going to happen and if they would get their answers. The writing style was a bit jumpy but it added to the tense feeling throughout the whole book.  It made me question everyone who was involved. And as for that ending, that was a bombshell and a half!!!!! I was rooting for a happy(ish) ending but damn… That was not it, but looking at it and thinking about it, maybe it was a happy ending? Everyone got the answers they were looking for. It worked amazingly well. An eye opener if anything!

I have some questions that have been left unanswered, unless I didn’t register that they’d been answered. I can’t really ask them though without giving them away so I’d love to speak to someone about it!!! One of them include Laura, and messages, but without going into detail it’s a bit of a mystery to me.

After my struggles to start reading it, I cannot recommend this book enough. It kept me guessing how everyone was connected, who was the bad guy, what happened to Laura, everyone was under suspicion and I rarely get like that with books. I didn’t trust anyone.  For all of those reasons, this book gets 4/5