The Eagle Tree by Ned Hayes

Yesterday I chose something a bit different to read. I picked it because of its cover. It’s about a boy with autism and his love of trees. A pretty sweet story which was easy to read (I also learnt a lot about trees 🤣) but I wouldn’t rush out to buy it. It is currently on kindle unlimited.

Fourteen-year-old March Wong knows everything there is to know about trees. They are his passion and his obsession, even after his recent falls—and despite the state’s threat to take him away from his mother if she can’t keep him from getting hurt. But the young autistic boy cannot resist the captivating pull of the Pacific Northwest’s lush forests just outside his back door.

One day, March is devastated to learn that the Eagle Tree—a monolithic Ponderosa Pine near his home in Olympia—is slated to be cut down by developers. Now, he will do anything in his power to save this beloved tree, including enlisting unlikely support from relatives, classmates, and even his bitter neighbor. In taking a stand, March will come face-to-face with some frightening possibilities: Even if he manages to save the Eagle Tree, is he risking himself and his mother to do it?

Black roses by Samantha Christy

Book 3 in the Mitchell sisters series by Samantha Christy is Black Roses. Yet again, it kept me hooked and I read it in a day 🙈
Again, some predicable moments though not as much as book 2. I would certainly Recommend this series!

HER SECRETS ARE UGLY.
They’ve kept her from coming home.
Now she’s risking everything to return.

She thought it would be a quick trip. Show up. Say the right words. Then she’d be gone.

She never counted on meeting him.
The football star.
The single dad.

He knew she was shattered by some event she kept hidden under lock and key.
The clues on her body failed to reveal her secrets – unlike scars on his body that clearly publicized his.

The clock was ticking, giving him only a short time to uncover the true meaning of the flower branded into her flesh.
Because if she got back on that plane, he knew it would be forever.

White Lillies by Samantha Christy

Ive just finished the second book in the Mitchell sister series by Samantha Christy. I took me a few hours. Again I was hooked throughout to see what would happen. A little predictable though this time. Yet it still kept me reading!

Fate . . . Faith . . . FamilySkylar Mitchell didn’t believe in any of them.She never wanted a real boyfriend. She never wanted her own kid. When she watched her sister get destroyed by the man she loved, she vowed it wouldn’t happen to her.Don’t fall in love.Don’t become attached.Don’t let yourself feel.Easy, right?Griffin and Erin Pearce had the perfect life. With the perfect house. And the perfect jobs. What they didn’t have was the perfect baby.Skylar never counted on meeting Erin. She never imagined finding this wonderful best friend who would change the way she looked at the world. And she certainly never dreamed of falling in love with her best friend’s husband.Especially while being their surrogate.She also never counted on fate ripping everything away from her.A story about unconditional love, heartbreaking loss, and undying friendship.

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Catch up time! Whilst being at home I have also read this series by Kass Morgan.

These books have been turned into a TV show – The 100. There are currently 6 seasons of it, with the 7th season due out in May!

Now, I love the TV show, but must admit – despite the books being an easy read I felt they were long winded and boring in comparison! There definitely are some differences between the books and the TV show!

For once, I would recommend watching the TV show, rather than reading the books!

Blurb from Book one:

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries–until now. Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth’s radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents — considered expendable by society — are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life…or it could be a suicide mission. Clarke was arrested for treason, though she’s haunted by the memory of what she really did. Wells, the chancellor’s son, came to Earth for the girl he loves — but will she ever forgive him? Reckless Bellamy fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And Glass managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth. Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind’s last hope

Purple Orchids by Samantha Christy

Ok so I’ve just finished this one pretty much in a day! It was not the book I thought it would be (there’s me thinking it was a psychological thriller for some reason), it was actually more a romance with some erotic scenes. Despite the confusion – it was a good story and kept me hooked!

One day . . . one moment . . . one letter.One lie.That’s all it took to change the course of our lives.Gavin McBrideShe blindsided me. Broke me. Shredded me.And now she’s back, thinking I did the very same thing to her.When I reach out to her, I get more than I bargained for. Much more.There’s nothing to forgive. But I need her to forgive me.There’s no way to go back. But I need us to move forward.Baylor MitchellI found a way to survive. Without him. Without us. Without the future he promised.I never hid from him. I didn’t know I had anything to hide.Until he threatened everything I knew to be true.When he came back and I found out it was all a lie.We need to accept the past. We have to learn to trust in the future.We must risk our hearts once more.If we want any chance at reclaiming a love that never died . . . on that one day . . . in that one moment . . . with that one lie.Note to reader: This book is a standalone novel. It is the first book in a series that follows three sisters.

The Bookshop of Hopes and Dreams

So I’ve finished the Hope Cove series by Hannah Ellis 😭
I really enjoyed the whole series and would certainly recommend it! You could read book six as a stand alone, but I think I’m glad that I know the back story. Tara isn’t one of the main characters through the previous books but she does play her part. We now see the story through her eyes, as well as her struggles, complicated relationships and awesome job (who doesn’t want to work on a bookshop)?!?

When Tara Fitzpatrick tells a string of lies during the world’s most informal job interview, she has no idea of the path she’s set herself on.

Renovating the rundown bookshop with her new boss, James, turns out to be more fulfilling than she could ever have imagined. Soon, she finds herself falling in love with the quaint little shop.

And with James.

But Tara has never let herself dream of a happy ever after. Ever since she was a little girl, she knew she would never have children.

Determined not to let James sacrifice his dreams of having a family, she walks away.

Brokenhearted, Tara puts all her efforts into starting afresh. But the bond between her and James is not so easily broken. When two lives seem destined to intertwine, how long can Tara stay away?

Somehow, she needs to find the strength to face up to her past and start fighting for her future….

The House on Lavender Lane

The house on Lavender Lane is book 5 in the Hope Cove series. It follows on from the previous books and follows the 3 main ladies Emily, Josie and Lizzie. We meet a new character too! Another good read, easy to follow and would recommend this series!

One shocking incident forces six friends to re-evaluate everything

Emily only meant to spend a week in Hope Cove. But when the quirky locals involve her in various events, she happily extends her stay. She just wishes Jack were with her and not stuck working back in Oxford.

For Lizzie, Emily’s visit is well timed. She’s struggling to balance work and family life, and having her friend nearby is exactly the breath of fresh air she needs.

Josie has everyone worried. She’s trying her best to stay upbeat but after two failed pregnancies, she’s definitely lost some of her sparkle.

When disaster strikes, the three couples reunite round a hospital bed. As their lives are thrown into perspective, they’re forced to take stock. And look to the future.

Sometimes, it takes a twist of fate to make you appreciate what you’ve got and fight for your dreams …

Whispers at the Bluebell Inn

The fourth book in the Hope Cove series by Hannah Ellis was better than the third! To be able to follow this book you need to have read the first three books. It now follows the three key ladies – Lizzie, Josie and Emily.

Rumours travel fast in a village…

Josie loves her new life in the country with Sam. But she has a secret that she doesn’t want anyone to know. Unfortunately, it’s hard to keep anything to yourself in a tiny village.

Lizzie is adjusting to motherhood, and finding it more demanding than she ever expected. Life has become a haze of sleep deprivation and dirty nappies, and it’s taking its toll on her relationship with Max.

Emily has finally got the man of her dreams. However, life with Jack isn’t as straightforward as she expected. A certain ex-girlfriend and money worries wreak havoc on their relationship.

As the three couples reunite in the peaceful Devon scenery, what better place to catch up than the local pub? There are laughs, tears and rumours aplenty.

But one thing soon becomes clear: you shouldn’t believe everything you hear at the Bluebell Inn…

Summer at the Boathouse

The summer at the boathouse is book 3 in the Hope Cove series by Hannah Ellis. It starts before book one then we follow Emily’s character up to and beyond book two. It was an easy read yet again – easy to pick up and put down but I did feel that it wasn’t as great as the first two in the series. Let’s hope it picks up again in book 4 – my next read!

Blurb:

Of all the guys, she falls for the one who’s off limits…

Emily Winters would do anything for her best friend Josie. Every week they meet for a catch up at the Old Boathouse – an idyllic little café by the Thames where Josie’s boyfriend Jack works.

As the summer draws on, life seems perfect. Emily’s writing career is taking off and she’s throwing herself into the dating scene.

There’s just one problem: she compares all the men she meets to Jack.

And none of them measure up.

Now all she needs to do is figure out how to fall out of love with her best friend’s boyfriend. Because even when Josie moves to the countryside, and her relationship with Jack crumbles, Emily knows there are rules to friendship that you should never break.

But can they be bent in the name of love? Is there a way Emily can get the man of her dreams without ruining her friendship with Josie? One thing’s for certain: when you’re in love with your best friend’s guy, the course of true love will be anything but smooth…

Escape to Oakbrook Farm by Hannah Ellis

These books must be good! I just finished the second book. That’s 2 books in a week which is good for me at the moment!! Yet again, another easy read romance. This is about Lizzie’s (the main character in book one) sister Josie. This book could be read as a stand alone book too, so you need not read the first.

Again, it’s available on kindle unlimited

Village life is supposed to be quiet…

Josie Beaumont is a free spirit. She changes jobs about as often as she changes her relationship status. Frequently! The only constants in her life are the comfy old shoes that she refuses to part with.

When unemployment looms again, she’s intrigued by a job opportunity at a dog kennels in rural Devon. As someone who thrives on change, a move to the sticks doesn’t faze her at all. She’s expecting life in the country to be quiet and uneventful.

What she’s not expecting is Sam.

The charming, sensitive neighbour makes life much more interesting. In fact, when she gets involved in the local community, things really aren’t as dull as she anticipated. But just when she finally feels settled, she’s offered the job of her dreams back in London. It’s time to move on.

Or is it?

Being part of a small community has stirred something in Josie and she begins to question what she really wants. Can she turn her back on her new life and say goodbye to Sam? Or is she ready to hang up her running shoes and stay put? Maybe she’s finally found something worth sticking around for…