The Summer Flings Travel Club by Aimee Duffy

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Thank You to @netgalley @HarperImpulse and @AimeeDuffyx for allowing me to review this book
This was a fun read, ideal for holidays. There is the usual
clubbing and beach  side drama and excitement that a holiday read needs.
Armed with a degree that she doesn’t have a clue what to do with, Ciara Bree convinces her two best friends, Elle and Gem to spend their first summer of freedom backpacking across the globe. Now it’s time to shop, sunbathe, think about boys for a change, and party hard…

LA, Miami, Paris, Santorini, Ibiza, Florence and Dublin…these fabulous jet-setters are in for the summer of their lives.

From crashing celebrity parties in Tinseltown to grape-squishing in Florence, Ciara globetrots her way to happiness with her friends Elle and Gem by her side.

But Elle’s gorgeous cousin Zack keeps showing up, and while Ciara can think of a few ways to have fun with him, she starts to realise that her summer fling isn’t as uncomplicated as it should be…

Join the girls for a summer of fun, travel and romance. A summery treat perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Sarah Morgan

The Chic Boutique on Baker St. by Rachel Dove

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Thank you so much @WriterDove @Netgalley & @MillsandBoon for allowing me to review this great book. #Wow!!!!

This book really was my cup of tea. Fun, Quirky, Countryside, even the addition of fluffy kittens. This really was a comfortable read.  You will notice that in my reviews I never mention the storyline as I do not want to spoil it for readers in any way. Just go and buy this book, make a cup of tea and grab a couple of chocolate hobnobs and settle down for a wonderful read. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Amanda is making the idyllic escape to the countryside to find a new life. Ben is picking up the pieces of his life after his wife left. Could a chance encounter outside Amanda’s ‘chic boutique’ set them on the road to renewed happiness? Shop owner Amanda leaves London behind for life in the country and find’s love with local vet Ben in this fun, addictive winner of the Prima Flirty Fiction competition 

Sleep Sister by Laura Elliot

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I tried to read this but it really was too dark and depressing for me, it isn’t very often I abandon a book but this, I’m afraid to say was one I really could not carry on with.

Two childhoods destroyed. 
One story they will never tell. 
Until now. 

Beth ran away from her family when she was a teenager. She left behind a terrible evil that took her innocence. She also left behind her sister, Sara. 

When Beth returns home, she is shocked to discover her terrible secret is not just hers alone…she shares it with Sara. Under the shadow of a remote headland, the sisters make an oath they promise never to break. 

Eva’s birth is a mystery that remains unsolved. Years later with her marriage in ruins, and her future uncertain, she realizes that to move forward with her life, she must first understand her past. 

But while Eva is drawing closer to the truth about her roots, Beth and Sara’s lives are falling apart, crushed under the weight of the secret they carry. They must confront the past and face the darkness once more. But this time, their story will be heard. 

From the bestselling author of The Betrayal, Stolen Child and Fragile Lies, comes a breathtakingly tense and emotional story of the fierce bond between sisters, and a family destroyed by a disturbing secret. 

Note: Previously published as ‘When the Bough Breaks.’ This is a new extended version. 

Read what everyone is saying about Laura Elliot: 

‘My emotions were in overdrive…absolutely gripping – one of my best reads of the year so far.’ Literary Lightbox 

‘Entertaining and highly thought-provoking.’ Closer Magazine 

‘This page-turner is gripping, all the more because it presents the dilemmas of betrayal with brutal honesty.’ Irish Independent 

‘The Betrayal certainly makes for a tense read that had me at times literally on the edge of my seat.’ By The Letter Book Reviews 

‘This well-crafted and compelling story traces the deceits which begin unnoticed but end in the destruction of friendships and lives.’ The Irish Times 

‘A gripping, multi-stranded novel… An unusual combination of fine writing, strong plotting and a huge cast of well-formed characters.’ Irish Examiner 

‘A page-turner…has all the ingredients of a bestseller.’ RTE 

‘The story is beautifully descriptive…one of those truly unforgettable stories which you just want to tell everyone to read for themselves.’ Jaffa Reads Too 

‘I was astounded at how the book ended! Not many books make me say wow at the end, but this one has me repeating it. It is an ending that you won’t see coming in a million years. The Betrayal is utterly compelling and gripping. It will get into your head and you will become immersed in the story from the very first page.’ Kelly’s Book Corner 

‘Laura Elliot builds up the tension and sense of intrigue right from the first few pages…I just couldn’t put it down once I started!’ Portobello Book Blog 

‘A gripping tale of adultery and illusion.’ Evening Herald 

‘A psychological thriller that will draw you in and won’t let you go until the end.’ A Novel Mama 

‘Dealing with passion, adultery, deception and tragedy, and how the past has a way of creeping up on you…a really intriguing page-turner with a surprising twist.’ Evening Echo 

‘Fragile Lies has a little bit of everything, love, tragedy, infidelity, lies and secrets… Excellent plot, interesting characters and plenty of intrigue.’ Dot Scribbles 

‘A wonderful story incredibly well told, full of secrets, love and illusion, lies and revenge, which will keep you gripped well into the early hours…’ Being Anne

Daughter, Mother, Me by Alana Kirk

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I must thank @HachetteIre @AlanaKirkWords and @netgalley for allowing me to review this really lovely memoir.
A wonderful memoir and beautiful tribute to Alana’s Mother. A true mother and daughter relationship with both grief and joy. Written so well and a very enjoyable yet emotional read.

In life women can have many labels: daughter, single girl, wife, career woman, mother. I had worn them all and, while life was hectic, I was the one in control. Then four days after the birth of my third daughter, my mum had a massive stroke and, just like that, everything changed.
Over the time to come – what I call ‘the Sandwich Years’ – I found myself both grieving for and caring for my beloved mum, supporting my dad, raising my three young daughters, while trying to get my career back on track. The cracks began to show. I discovered that, sometimes, having it all, means doing it all and that, amid the maelstrom of need, I had lost the label I had started out with: me.’

Daughter, Mother, Me is the heartfelt, inspirational story of the bond between a mother and a daughter and how one woman – through caring for the person she had relied on the most – finally found herself.

Everything Love is by Claire King

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Special thanks to @BloomsburyBooks  @ckingwriter & @netgalley for allowing me to review this beautiful book.

A heartfelt book that needs to be read. It is so lovingly written. It is so emotional
A poignant, mysterious, and unforgettable story of love, and of the happy endings we conceive for ourselves.

Baptiste Molino has devoted his life to other people’s happiness. Moored on his beloved houseboat on the edge of Toulouse, he helps his clients navigate the waters of contentment, whilst remaining careful never to make waves of his own.

Unlike those who come to him for help, Baptiste is more concerned with his past than his future: particularly the mysterious circumstances of his birth and the identity of his birth mother whose only legacy to her orphaned son was a violin, a wooden statuette, and a word inked into the skin of her arm. 

But Sophie, the young waitress in his local bar, believes it is time for Baptiste to raise his aspirations and rediscover passion . . . and she thinks she can help. She talks of striving for something more and leads him into the world on his doorstep he has long tried to avoid. 

However it is Baptiste’s new client who may end up being the one to change his perspective. Elegant and enigmatic, Amandine Rousseau is fast becoming a puzzle he longs to solve.

As winter approaches and tensions rise on the streets of the city, Baptiste’s determination to avoid both the highs and lows of love begins to waver. And when his mother’s legacy finally reveals itself he finds himself torn between pursuing his own happiness and safeguarding that of the one he loves

The Reading Shed xxx

The St Tropez Lonely Hearts Club by Joan Collins

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Thanks to @netgalley and @LittleBrownUK for allowing me to review

I tried to get into it, I really did. But I really wasn’t enjoying it one bit so ended up just putting it down. This wasn’t for me but
someone out there may have different opinions

Sun. Sin. Sex. Scandal – St. Tropez! For the rich and famous, it’s not always fun in the sun… 

Having recently ended an abusive marriage, the beautiful and filthy rich Contessa Carlotta di Ponti looks to find true love on the beautiful French beaches of the Côte d’Azur. And what better place to find love than the playground of the wealthy and beautiful, the exquisite enclave of St. Tropez. 

With the annual party season kicking into high gear at billionaire Harry Silver’s palatial mansion, tragedy soon strikes paradise. Among the high fashion, nude sunbathing and heavy drinking a bad oyster, a fatal wasp sting, and a faulty cliff railway have changed the mood of the party-goers. Death is in the air and these appear to be no accidents. Is there something far more sinister coming down upon the wealthy party-goers of the usually festive St. Tropez? 

The gorgeous detective Gabrielle Poulpe makes it her mission to save the day, as well as the financial security of the town, and find the murderer in their midst. Otherwise, life in this sanctified corner of France could change forever. Can Gabrielle find the suspect before they strike again? St. Tropez is known as the ultimate playground of the rich and famous and thrives on the mega-money spent here, but now, it’s riddled with threats from within which is scaring everyone away… 

Joan Collins has been described as a national treasure in the United Kingdom. She is admired for her wit, cleverness and beauty. Recently elevated to Dame Joan Collins by the Queen, she possesses a singular star quality that has come to define what it means to be a living legend. As an actress, author and producer she has built a career that places her in the unrivaled ranks of an international icon. The St. Tropez Lonely Hearts Club is Joan Collins’ 6th novel to date. It was finished the same week her sister, Jackie Collins, passed away and is dedicated to her adored and loving sister. 

She has appeared in more than sixty feature films, dozens of plays, both in the West End and in the United States, and many television series, including creating the role of Alexis Carrington on Dynasty, one of the most highly rated television dramas of all time. Her novels and memoirs have been bestsellers worldwide. She is a regular diarist for the Spectator and a contributor to the Daily Mail, Sunday Telegraph, Sunday Times, and Harper’s Bazaar. 

The Reading Shed xxx

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

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Thank you so much  @phaedrapatrick ,Harlequin UK & @netgalley for allowing me to review #ArthurPepper

What a wonderful heartwarming yet quirky read this was. I adored how it took Arthur on new adventures. Its a book full of hopes, hugs and wonderful fuzzyness.

When Arthur Pepper discovers a mysterious charm bracelet in his late wife’s wardrobe, he sets off on a journey to discover, charm by charm, her secret life before they met.

Having been married for over 40 years, 69-year-old Arthur Pepper is mourning the loss of his wife. On the anniversary of her death, he finally musters the courage to go through her possessions, and happens upon a charm bracelet that he has never seen before.

What follows is a surprising adventure that takes Arthur from London to Paris and India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife’s secret life before they met, a journey that leads him to find healing, self-discovery, and love in the most unexpected of places

The Reading Shed xxx