I am most certainly in #teamhideaway. As a #bookreviewer I love to sit down in a quiet corner, open up a brand new book ( yes book) and get into the moment.
I have read @MJonathanLee previous book “Broken Branches” and loved that, #driftstumblefall has lots more, who would have thought one could be gripped any more than he gripped me before!!
This is such a realistic book and thought provoking its an emotional story of not realising what you could have done until it is much too late. It’s a story of family loss and feelings of annoyance.
Some of the characters I liked in this book, others really annoyed me, but that’s good in a book it just proves what a good writer M Jonathan Lee is.
Drift Stumble Fall is one of those books that will stay with me for some time.
I rate this book 5/5
About the Book
Richard feels trapped in his hectic life of commitment and responsibility. From the daily mayhem of having young children, an exhausted wife and pushy in-laws who frequently outstay their welcome, Richards existence fills him with panic and resentment. The only place he can escape the dark cloud descending upon him is the bathroom, where he hides for hours on end, door locked, wondering how on earth he can escape.
Often staring out of his window, Richard enviously observes the tranquil life of Bill, his neighbour living in the bungalow across the road. From the outside, Bills world appears filled with comfort and peace. Yet underneath the apparent domestic bliss of both lives are lies, secrets, imperfections, sadness and suffering far greater than either could have imagined. Beneath the surface, a family tragedy has left Bill frozen in time and unable to move on. As he waits for a daughter who may never return, Bill watches Richards bustling family life and yearns for the joy it brings. As the two men watch each other from afar, it soon becomes apparent that other peoples lives are not always what they seem.
About the Author
M Jonathan Lee is a Yorkshire-based author and mental health awareness campaigner. He began writing seriously in 2006, shortly after the suicide of his brother, Simon, and his own struggle with anxiety and depression. It took nearly five years for Jonathan to write his first novel, The Radio – a black- comedy which deals with suicide which was shortlisted for the Novel Prize 2012 (for unpublished authors) and subsequently published in 2013.
Jonathan campaigns tirelessly to remove the stigma associated with mental health problems and works closely with various mental health charities including Mind, Time to Change and Rethink, frequently blogs for the Huffington Post and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Sheffield talking about mental health. He regularly speaks in local schools and colleges on writing and mental health and is currently spearheading a local outreach project in which local churches provide assistance to those affected by anxiety and depression.
Before writing full-time, Jonathan held a senior position in a FTSE100 company. He lives in Barnsley, Yorkshire, with his second wife, five children, two cats and a dog.
#BookBlogger #teamhideaway 🌿🌿🌿Happy Publication Day to @MJonathanLee #brokenbranches is finally out for the world to read and they won’t be disappointed.
This very happy #BookBlogger discovered a brand new Publishing Company called @hideawayfall and I’ve fallen in love!
What a friendly bunch they are and after posting me a copy of @MJonathanLee great new book Broken Branches, I really couldn’t wait to get my reading head on again after a short break of reviewing.
Broken Branches was just what the Doctor ordered.
‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’
A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.
There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.
This was a really enjoyable read, at times I did get confused and had to keep turning back the pages to see if I had missed something until I realised it was a book where one chapter is here and now and the next chapter is from years ago.
There was certainly plenty of mystery to keep the reader thinking, I love books like that. True page turner’s where nothing is as it seems.
This really is a well written book and I would love to see this story as a TV Drama. I would most certainly be hooked. Broken Branches left me wanting more. Maybe I’m just greedy but I seriously enjoyed this book.
I rate this book 5/5
Publication Day is 27th July 2017
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