Lily and the Octopus

So recently I’ve been struggling with reading, often finding myself falling asleep or distracted by other things. Maybe I have had too many books on the go at once? More recently I’ve been chopping and changing between 4 different books!

Well I have managed to finish one, and despite it seeming to take me forever to finish it, it is one that I am recommending to others! It is funny, heart warming and sad. A well written tale of the relationship and journey between man and dog!

Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

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The Boy in the Photograph

The boy in the photograph by Nicole Trope. Published 28th June 2019!

Six years ago

Megan waits at the school gates for her six-year-old son, Daniel. As the playground empties, panic bubbles inside her. Daniel is nowhere to be found. Her darling son is missing.

Six years later

After years of sleepless nights and endless days of missing her son, Megan finally gets the call she has been dreaming about. Daniel has walked into a police station in a remote town just a few miles away.

Megan is overjoyed – her son is finally coming home. She has kept Daniel’s room, with his Cookie Monster poster on the wall and a stack of Lego under the bed, in perfect shape to welcome him back. But when he returns, there is something different about Daniel…

According to the police, Daniel was kidnapped by his father. After his dad died in a fire, Daniel was finally able to escape. Desperate to find out the truth, Megan tries to talk to her little boy – but he barely answers her questions. Longing to help him heal, Megan tries everything – his favourite chocolate milkshake, a reunion with his best friend, a present for every birthday missed – but still, Daniel is distant.

And as they struggle to connect, Megan begins to suspect that there is more to the story. Soon, she fears that her son is hiding a secret. A secret that could destroy her family…

WOW! This is a must read! It captivated me from beginning to end! I don’t want to give anything away but it certainly is a riveting story. It had me glued from beginning to end! Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! 📚

Struggles

So I love reading. It’s a favourite! I love learning new things, exploring new worlds, making friends with different characters. I love the excitement of the chase, of predicting what’s to come, of the new relationship ships blossoming. I love all aspects of reading from being captured by a title or book cover, to reading endless blurbs in the book shop, to being given recommendations, to looking at the collection to read, to passing them onto friends and family.

Everything brings me joy.

I’ve never had problems with reading. Some people I know can go months without reading. How, I often ask. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t read. But, at the moment, I am struggling with my reading. I used to be able to read one or two books a week. If I was lucky maybe even three. But at the moment, it is taking me a few weeks to read just one! I still read every night, but fall asleep quicker. It irritates me. I dislike being in this ‘slump’.

Do you ever feel like this? Or go through phases like this? Let me know!

100 Days of Summer

Wow, YA recommendation coming your way! This book is called 100 days of sunlight by Abbie Emmons and is released 07/08/19. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile¿and no legs.Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition – no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him – and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world or overcome his fear of being seen.

This book explores the senses, explores the emotions behind these senses and also builds a powerful relationship between two people. After recently reading a different book about blindness I felt more involved with this story! I read it in a day and struggled to put it down! Definitely one to add to your TBR!

All that’s bright and gone

I’ve recently finished reading the book ‘All that’s bright and gone’ by Eliza Nellums. This book is due to be published on 10th December 2019! This is Eliza Nellum’s debut novel and is written through the eyes of a six year old as the family deal with their issues and mental health. It may give the reader a glance at the possible inner mind workings of how a 6 year old sees the ‘adult’ issues, the conclusions they draw and the way they deal with it.

I know my brother is dead. But sometimes Mama gets confused.

There’s plenty about the grownup world that six-year-old Aoife doesn’t understand. Like what happened to her big brother Theo and why her mama is in the hospital instead of home where she belongs. Uncle Donny says she just needs to be patient, but Aoife’s sure her mama won’t be able to come home until Aoife learns what really happened to her brother. The trouble is no one wants to talk about Theo because he was murdered. But by whom?

With her imaginary friend Teddy by her side and the detecting skills of her nosy next door neighbor, Aoife sets out to uncover the truth about her family. But as her search takes her from the banks of Theo’s secret hideout by the river to the rooftops overlooking Detroit, Aoife will learn that some secrets can’t stay hidden forever and sometimes the pain we bury is the biggest secret of them all.

Driven by Aoife’s childlike sincerity and colored by her vivid imagination, All That’s Bright and Gone illuminates the unshakeable bond between families–and the lengths we’ll go to bring our loved ones home. 

~ Thanks to netgally for the ARC ~

Little Darlings Book Review

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

Published 30th April 2019

THE TWINS ARE CRYING.

THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.

LAUREN IS CRYING.

LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.

Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.

When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later.

Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren’s spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger?

Personally I found it tricky to get into this book at first but then I was captured! I could not put it down! I had to know the truth! It is a creepy, dark story that will have you hooked! If you like an unsettling read, this ones for you!

And I’ve just read that it is being made into a film! 📚

The Accident

So I’ve just finished reading The Accident by CL Taylor. I’ve become quite a fan of this author and have enjoyed her other works the lie and the text, and I have the missing on my bookshelf! This book is her first and it’s definitely a read that I would recommend!

KEEPING THIS SECRET WAS KILLING HER…

A gripping psychological thriller about the deadly secrets your children can keep …

Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality.

Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.

Sue will do anything to protect her daughter. But what if she is the reason that Charlotte is in danger?

The book flits between the present – Sue’s life as wife to Brian and mother to Charlotte who is currently in a coma, and her past – when she was the girlfriend of James. As the story progresses, it becomes more captivating. Sue tries to piece together what happened to her daughter and what the secret is as others around her fear for her sanity. As Sue starts to complete the puzzle my heart was in my mouth as I had also realised. and what an end!