I was chuffed to win the paperback edition on Goodreads and for some reason or another it has taken me ages to write my review but it certainly didn’t...moreI was chuffed to win the paperback edition on Goodreads and for some reason or another it has taken me ages to write my review but it certainly didn’t take me that long to read the novel seeing as every time I picked it up, I really looked forward to getting back into the lives of the characters involved in the book. The story centres around a woman named Estelle who runs a cafe which is struggling for customers so when she notices the bookshop across the road closing down, it gives her the idea to start her very own book club in order to increase her profits and if it takes off then she hopes the word will spread about her cafe and it will in time bring more business her way. She initially thinks that the book club should stick to the classics but when her own personal preference in reading material is revealed as being erotica, the group that have assembled decide to focus their choices on that genre too while they take it in turn to pick a book for reading. The group is made up of a mixture of women of various ages and being at different stages in their love lives and one bloke who is doing his own PhD study and writing his thesis on ‘how literature brings a community together’. There is romance, there is friendship and there are family issues to deal with alongside even the odd bit of fun sex which is thrown in for good measure, as the group grows together to form a bond for life that will see them through the good times and bad. I really enjoyed this easy going novel as it was very well written and has a something for everyone between its wonderful pages, so I’m confident that you will also get pleasure from reading this novel if you simply give it a chance to entertain you. (less)
The thing that first drew me towards this book was the many reviews telling me how funny it was, so I simply had to find out for myself if this was th...moreThe thing that first drew me towards this book was the many reviews telling me how funny it was, so I simply had to find out for myself if this was the case as I was looking for a humorous read and I found it in this 'easy to relate to' novel. The brilliantly written concept of a woman who is in a relationship with a younger man and goes back to her school reunion, only to get closure on her first love but ends up sleeping with him and that's one way of doing it I suppose. But it is not the closure she seeks that she gets but ends up in a nightmare of a world when she finds herself pregnant and she doesn't know who the father is between the two unsuitable men (one is married and one is immature). So our main character intends to tell nobody and settles for a life of just getting on with it as she seems to have no other choice. But when she meets up with her married ex who is about to have twins with his wife at the anti-natal classes and then things become really complicated for everyone involved, especially when she realizes that both men are going to find out one way or another as emotions are set free and chaos ensues. I loved it and was thoroughly entertained and amused by the whole thing so personally, I can't wait to read the next one. (less)
Let’s start with the lovely cover, if that doesn’t sum up a beautiful place that you’d want to be rather than here on a miserable rainy day then I don...moreLet’s start with the lovely cover, if that doesn’t sum up a beautiful place that you’d want to be rather than here on a miserable rainy day then I don’t know what will. So yes, it was the picture that first caught my eye and when I read the description well I knew straight away that it would be my kind of story and I’m so glad that I did buy it as it delivered on every level of satisfying my need for an easy, escapist read. It was such a pleasant way to while away the hours lost in a sun soaked Greek island with a gorgeous gardener called Milo who happens to fall for a tourist called Alice that is on holiday with her horrid sister. Milo has responsibilities and family issues that he has to deal with and Alice is not really there looking for love but she finds it anyway, although she is looking to be noticed after having been ignored for most of her life while she copes with her father’s illness and her sister’s selfishness and her work colleagues not even knowing her name. She needed this vacation just to depart from her normal everyday life for a bit, but when she makes a wish on the statue of Aphrodite in a garden that she visits then everything changes when it appears that her wish has come true. Now you would imagine that having men fall at your feet would be every girl’s dream but it soon turns into a nightmare, when the men that Alice attracts are not the type of men that she wants anything romantically to do with. So the wish soon turns into a complete nightmare and results in some cringe-worthy scenes, which Alice has to put up with until she can get back to the island and try to end the curse which this has sadly become. She can’t even be sure if her romances are real or caused by the statue and when the statue is smashed in an earthquake, will Alice get the chance to make things right again? And will Alice and Milo manage to overcome obstacles to be together? You’ll have to read this wonderfully written romance to discover a piece of paradise for yourself.
I managed to get a free copy of this book in a Kindle promotion and boy was I glad that I did snap it up, you bet I was. Although this is not the type...moreI managed to get a free copy of this book in a Kindle promotion and boy was I glad that I did snap it up, you bet I was. Although this is not the type of book that I usually go for, but I was eager to burst out of my comfort zone and read something completely different and something which would blow my socks off and I found it in this fantastic tale of men fighting a war and fighting each other and fighting demons. What more could you want to make a book packed with ‘on-the-edge-of-your-seat’ stuff? It was the book’s description that got me thinking that I’d want to read this from the moment I discovered it, since it mentions dragons and the Vietnam War which is two topics that I’m really interested in. I also love a great action movie and this is exactly what it reminded me of as I could easily picture the brilliantly written scenes which were described so well that I was right there with them, also fighting for my life too. You got to know the characters like kin as they each had their own distinctive personalities which made you root for them individually to survive this horrific ordeal. But which one will get out of this alive and if not, how will they die? This vividly written and fast paced book made the words simply step off the page and got right inside my head to let my captive imagination run free as I felt the fear and smelt the death and suffered the violence that was assaulted on my mind, so you really need to read it for yourself to see what I mean about how exciting and downright thrilling it is. I cannot praise this book enough or Peter Hallett for the sheer impact and entertainment value that this story brought to me. So count me in for the next one as I hope to read more enthralling works from this author sooner rather than later. (less)
This intriguing and compelling book is about the tragic death of a mother of two in a beautiful part of Ireland, which wouldn't normally expect to hea...moreThis intriguing and compelling book is about the tragic death of a mother of two in a beautiful part of Ireland, which wouldn't normally expect to hear two screams ringing out to disturb a pleasant morning as a brave woman fights for her life until her last dying breath. But now Shannon is dead and the husband Graham reckons it must have been a burglar who was responsible for ending her life, but with no evidence to support his theory then the suspicions soon fall firmly on his shoulders. It is hard to believe for those who know and love him that he could do such a thing, even the victim’s mother can’t understand or comprehend that her son-in-law could commit such a heinous crime against her daughter, who loved him dearly. But he is acting strangely and the truth will out, when it gets to court as we learn stuff about their private lives that wouldn't have come to light otherwise. The title of this book is very apt, because it is shattering to read the pain after the facts are revealed and what it does to a family to go through such a terrible ordeal. As this accomplished thriller grabs your attention right from the get-go and won’t let go until you read the final page and even then you’re still thinking about it afterwards, because you went on such a journey of emotions to get that far into it that you actually felt a mother’s anguish yourself. The story not only takes you inside the characters heads but it gets into yours as well. It is stylishly written and the pacing is excellent, for it never fails to fascinate and inform and answer all the burning questions. Will peace and normality ever be restored to their lives or will it be shattered forever? (less)