July 27, 2016

The Moment She Left. Susan Lewis

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Published: Random House UK
Date: 28th July 2016
Format: e-ARC
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Genre: Fiction
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Some are darker than others; many are shameful. One is even deadly.

Andee is an ex-detective whose marriage is breaking up. So when a young female student disappears without trace, she throws herself into the search.

Meanwhile, the town’s beloved Rowzee Cayne has just discovered that she is terminally ill, and doesn’t want to burden her family and friends with the news.

Andee and Rowzee don't know it yet, but their journeys are going to help them uncover a secret. One that is going to affect them more than they could ever imagine.

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Susan Lewis has spun a rather convoluted tale in The Moment She Left, there are so many threads to it, yet by the end they are woven in and make a complete picture.

Jessica is the young woman who has gone missing in London two years previous to the main story. She has left behind a broken hearted mother and father and twin brother Matt. It adds insult to injury as this family has already fled to Kesterley-on-Sea after Blake the dad was falsely accused of a crime he did not commit.

Andee  the ex detective is called in to help find out what might have happened to Jessica as the police have scaled back. In her own life she has decided she wants to divorce her husband who is really a pain in the butt.  Andee starts to ask questions that begin to open up the case again.

Rowzee the sixty five year old is battling a disease that is going to rob her of her life. So we follow her difficult journey as she wrestles with what she wants to do. She is delightful, yet wants to ensure all those around her are happy and will go to any length to ensure things will happen for them. She wants 'her dying wishes' to hold weight and a little power! Rowzee has a sister Pamela and a brother Graeme, and their is nothing  Rowzee would like more than to match them up to someone to love them before she goes.

Other people in the community and further afield wend their way into the story. In the end they are all linked in ways that could not be foreseen. Will Jessica ever be found? Will she be alive? Were the circumstances of her disappearance sinister or just part of going about her daily life?

A story of loss and hope, guilt and depression. But also one of a community that pulls together and people who care.



July 25, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 25th July

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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I finished two books this week which is on the low side for me. I had other things on plus you know.... sewing. Although this week it was mainly ripping and a little swearing as I ripped out some quilting and if anyone has done that it is not pretty and hard on all the layers of fabric. All done though now. 

We've had wild weather here and lots of wind. Strong wind. Very strong wind! It is quiet as I type here now in the morning but I think they are saying strong winds later on again. 

                                                         

What I read last week:

Enjoyed both of these and reviews will be posted later.
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What I am reading at present:

I seem to be dawdling a bit over this one, must spend a bit of time and get it read!
Also still listening to my J. D. Robb audiobook.



Up next:

For review
From the TBR challenge pile - need to get this one in by end of July. 


Posts from the last week:

Daughters of the Bride    Susan Mallery
I'm Still Here    Clelie Avit


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Winner for Mid Year Link up - Read the Books you Buy Challenge

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Congratulations to Susanne from Canada who won the $10 USA Amazon voucher. Tempting her of course to buy another new book in the Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge 2016.
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July 23, 2016

Daughters of The Bride. Susan Mallery

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Published: Harlequin
Date:July 12th 2016
Format: e-ARC
Pages: 384
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source:Publisher via NetGalley
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With Joy, Love and a Little Trepidation, Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You to the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother'


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Susan Mallery does it again. She has written a very engaging romantic story with a cast of intriguing characters. As their mother prepares for the wedding she has always dreamed of, her three daughters have to confront their own dreams and the things that are holding them back.

Courtenay  is the youngest of the girls. She is a bit of a klutz and her mother and one of her sisters especially, believes her life is going nowhere. They think that she surely do better for herself than be a maid in a hotel. When she was growing up, her mother was struggling to raise three girls after her husband had died leaving her penniless. Courtenay and her learning difficulties were somewhat overlooked and Courtenay suffered. Unbeknown though to her family she is intending to be more than a maid.

Rachel is the eldest, she has an eleven year old son and is divorced. When her Dad died her mother relied on Rachel to support her and get through. That's left Rachel with a bit of a control issue, a slight martyr complex and the belief others can't help or do it as well as her. Eldest of families just may see where she is coming from! 

Sienna the middle one is beautiful and clever. She is a professional fund raiser for a a non profit company that helps battered women. Up until now she has needled Courtenay and treated her with a slight disdain.

The Romance. Well obviously the bride Maggie and her soon to be husband Neil. However things are hotting up for her girls. Courtenay is swept of her feet by Quinn - grandson of Joyce the hotel owner. However all she is looking for is a bit of fun. Right? Rachel while divorced is finding her ex husband is back in her life and perhaps there is hope for a reconciliation. And Sienna has David who espouses that he loves her. Really! 

Each of the girls and their mother must face up to how life has gone for them and to become aware of how precious family is and really in spite of some issues they love each other. So this is a book that is more than a romance. There is serious growth for all characters - so a very satisfying read.


July 21, 2016

I'm Still Here. Clelie Avit

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Published: Hachette NZ
Date:  12th July 2016
Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 230
Genre: Fiction
Source:Thanks to Hachette NZ
Rating:
4 stars                         Add to Goodreads
Elsa has been in a coma for five months. With all hope of reviving her gone, her family and doctors are having to face the devastating fact that it might be time to turn off her life support... They don't realise that in the past few weeks Elsa has regained partial consciousness; she knows where she is and can hear everyone talking around her bed, but she has no way of telling them she's there.

Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother, a drunk driver responsible for the deaths of two teenage girls. Thibault's emotions are in turmoil and, needing a retreat, he finds his way into Elsa's room. Seeing her lying there so peacefully, he finds it hard to believe she is not just sleeping.

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I'm Still Here was first published in French and has now been translated into English. It is beautifully written and the story engaged me all the way through. Imagine being in a coma and being able to hear but not to be able to move anything or communicate with the outside world. Worse really than being in solitary confinement, especially as you listen to medical staff informing your family that nothing can be done, that they ought to sanction all the machines to be turned off and let you go.

The story is alternately told from two points of view. It starts with Elsa and then chapter by chapter rotates with Thibault.  When Thibault accidentally finds himself in Elsa's room he sees it as a kind of refuge. But soon he is intrigued by this girl and he talks to her in a way that no one else has. While this part could be a little far fetched the beauty of Elsa and Thibault had me totally believing!  Elsa looks forward to Thibault's visits, and her body responds in little but unmarked ways. She wants to wake, she wants to open her eyes, but can she? 

Thibault has issues with his brother a few doors down in the hospital - while driving drunk he has had an accident and killed two girls. Thibault cannot forgive him, does not want to visit him. This is how he has ventured into Elsa's room, avoiding his brother. How will all that play out?

Thibault has a married couple who are his very good friends. He is about to become the godfather of the little one and he loves her. He has always wanted children and his heart is so open to them. 

How does all this end? Well I am not giving it away. Let's just say that I was on team Thibault and up until the very end was unsure how it would all end.  If you have the chance, reach for this book, it won't take long to read, and I am sure you'll become totally charmed too.
new to me author thought provoking page turner well written


July 18, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 18th July

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself. It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye's Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!
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A quiet week - lots of sewing, some reading and some time with a friend. My only frustration this week was that I dislike the changes on Bloglovin'. But a minor frustration really!  

What I read last week:

I enjoyed the audio version of this book, once I got going with it I really liked it.
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The following books are for review and reviews will be posted soon.

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What I am reading at present:

Still listening to:  Enjoying very much. So well narrated.

Reading 
2nd book in J. R. Ward's contemporary family drama series. Publishes July 26th.
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Up next:

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Posts from the last week:

The Choices We Make   Karma Brown
Last Ride to Graceland   Kim Wright
Commenting Challenge sign up for August.



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Commenting Challenge - August.

I enjoyed being part of this challenge during June and July. It is such an easy doable challenge really. I was paired up with Melinda over at  West Metro Mommy Reads   in June and Lory over at The Emerald City Book Review in July.  It has been great to see to other bloggers at work and play through their blogs. So I am going in again for August.

It isn't a heavy challenge - one blog to follow and comment on during the month. I signed up for 5-10 comments on a blog, because better to go in lower and over deliver!! I think anyway. So for July I will be paired up with someone else and get to know what they read. 

If you love comments and are looking for a fun blogging challenge to participate in this summer, then the Comment Challenge is for you. Hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense, the Comment Challenge was created as a way to increase comment activity on your blog and help you forge new connections with other book bloggers. For every month this summer (June through August), we will be pairing different bloggers together and asking them to engage and encourage one another through comments on each other’s blogs. And you are formally invited to join us!
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Go on over and read - it is so simple. I highly recommend it.
txt-must-doHop on over to the  hosts: Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense and get the full details.

Last month for this challenge - try it out. It's the best!

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