Thursday, 21 August 2014

Guest Book Review: Caroline Finnerty - Into the Night Sky

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Conor Fahy, owner of a struggling bookshop, is finding it hard to cope in the aftermath of his partner Leni’s tragic death. His friend Ella Wilde tries to be supportive but is herself in a fragile mental state – she has just been axed from her job as a TV presenter, having been caught shoplifting.

Then eight-year-old Jack White walks into Conor’s bookshop and settles down on the floor to read. Jack likes Ben 10, Giant Jawbreakers and Ronaldo. He likes his dad (when he doesn’t shout) but he doesn’t like the bad bugs that are eating up his ma inside her tummy.

Conor listens to the talkative boy but finds it hard to piece together what is really happening in his life. He is particularly mystified by Jack’s intense resentment of a woman called Rachel Traynor, not realising that she is a social worker assigned to Jack’s case and that Jack’s fate hangs in the balance.

They must each learn the healing power of love, and the need to let the past go and turn to the future.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Books Read: Marisa Mackle, Niamh Greene & Michelle Jackson - Irish Girls on Holiday

'Irish Girls on Holiday' is a collection of sizzling summer short stories from three of Ireland's most popular writers. 

From sunny Spain to historic Washington and tropical Jamaica, this bumper crop of romantic, funny and thought-provoking tales will make you laugh, cry and transport you around the world. So kick back, relax and dive into the perfect holiday read this summer!

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Books Read & Giveaway: Linda Newbery - Quarter Past Two on a Wednesday Afternoon

It was the day when everything stopped.

At quarter past two on a hot afternoon in August, Anna's beautiful, headstrong elder sister Rose disappears.

Twenty years later, Anna still doesn't know whether Rose is alive or dead. In her early thirties now, she sees her future unfolding - with sensible, serious Martin and a grown-up, steady job - and finds herself wondering if this is what she really wants.

Unable to take control of her life while the mystery of her sister's disappearance remains unsolved, Anna begins to search for the truth: what did happen to Rose that summer's day?

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Monday, 18 August 2014

Guest Book Review: Fanny Blake - With a Friend Like You

Reviewed by Sarah Brew

Beth is a woman in supreme control of all aspects of her life and family, with a stellar career and her house an oasis of calm. Her closest friend, Megan, is very different; somehow she swims through the chaos of her family with ease, the clutter on the stairs, the cat footprints on the kitchen work space. And while they could not be more different, Beth and Megan have a genuine friendship built on years of laugher, tears and true understanding of each other's strengths and weaknesses. Because that's what friends do, isn't it?

But when Beth's daughter reveals a surprising secret, a wedge is driven between Beth and Megan. What begins as mild recrimination and misunderstanding develops into a full-blown row and then a simmering feud. As the two women square up to do battle in the London suburbs, there's everything to play for. All's fair in love and war...

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Guest Post: The Importance of Friendship in With a Friend Like You by Fanny Blake

Today it's my stop on Fanny Blake's blog tour with an excellent guest piece about the importance of Friendship in With a Friend Like You and why she chose to write about it.

All my novels to date have been about women’s friendship in one form or another. I’ve been writing about women of a certain age and, as we get older, it seems to me that we rely more and more on our close friends.  You may only have one of them, or you may have many, but they are the best form of support group you’ll ever have. They often understand things in a way one’s partner can’t, simply because of their similar experiences and knowledge. I couldn’t live without my own friends. We’re there for each other whatever the reason. We bring out the best in each other. We make each other laugh. I’m intrigued by these relationships and what makes them work.

Different friends can have their place in different parts of your life. For instance, Lizy and I talk about our writing every day (our phone bills are astronomical!). I have travelled to China and India with Julie: places we wanted to visit but that did not hold the same fascination for our husbands. Dotti and I have a shared history that goes right back to university and are godparents to each others children. And so on.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Books Read: Erin Kelly - Broadchurch

It's a hot July morning in the Dorset town of Broadchurch when Beth Latimer realises that her eleven-year-old son, Danny, is missing. As Beth searches desperately for her boy, her best friend, local police officer DS Ellie Miller, arrives at work to find that the promotion she was promised has been given to disreputable Scottish outsider DI Alec Hardy.

When Danny's body is found on the beach Ellie must put her feelings aside as she works with DI Hardy to solve the mystery of Danny's death. As the case becomes a murder investigation the news hits the national press, jolting sleepy Broadchurch into the national spotlight.

As the town's secrets begin to unravel, members of this tight-knit community begin to consider those in their midst. Right now it's impossible to know who to trust...

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