This is a charming festive novella and I was happily entertained and engaged throughout the short and sweet story which centres around a Christmas panThis is a charming festive novella and I was happily entertained and engaged throughout the short and sweet story which centres around a Christmas pantomime. It features a couple of celebrity actors in the leading roles alongside a comedy cow. When the main character Lucy is forced to don the backside of the funny costume compete with huge udders to dance in the show with her male friend Ben who has the heavy head end, while they also happen to have a couple of mishaps in it along the way. The heroine of the piece named Lucy has a massive crush on the famous lead actor, Ryan Aspall and befriends the female lead actress called Charmaine who she is simply fascinated by to the point of becoming her dog-minder/dogsbody in the literal sense, when she caters to Charmaine's every whim and gets taken advantage off by the more confident actress. For Charmaine doesn't need an over-sized outfit to play the cow, when she comes across as a right scheming mare in the making? Lucy even takes excellent care of Charmaine's cute pet called Lenin, whilst trying to get to know Ryan in a romantic sense. But will it all help Lucy overcome her stage fright enough to try out for the lead role in Ben's play that he's produced? You'll have to read the wonderfully written work to find out and I'm sure you'll enjoy it just as much as I did. ...more
This has got to be one of my all-time favourite Joanne Clancy books so far, seeing as I’m sure there is much more to come from this brilliantly talentThis has got to be one of my all-time favourite Joanne Clancy books so far, seeing as I’m sure there is much more to come from this brilliantly talented writer and I can’t wait to read them, being a huge fan of her work already. The Offering is the captivating and gripping story of a loving mother and child who move to a remote and mystical part of Ireland to start a new life and what happens when they come into contact with the wrong person at the wrong time. As the madman not only takes over their lives for a short while, but ultimately he commits the most heinous of crimes against them that it resonates within your mind and disturbs it slightly so you become entwined with the storyline as much as the vines in the forest. It takes a special author to be able to make you feel the kind of emotion that Joanne Clancy brings out in her characters, for if this skilled author can make you care about what happens to a man that everybody who knows him is literally scared to death of him and rightly so when you find out why he became the monster he turned into, then Joanne Clancy must be doing something right. Along with her vivid descriptions and wonderful writing to bring the whole thing alive and make it breathe of its own accord so it comes across as being very real and it could happen to anyone. Plus the pace of the plot was perfect and the way in which the insanity was portrayed was strongly convincing, while I also particularly liked the way it was broken up into parts and you got to read about how this affected everyone involved. It was at times heartbreaking to take in as you felt the hurt, the horror and eventually, the hope of a peaceful conclusion to this haunting tale that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. For this is definitely a page turner and then some, so I think you should treat yourself to this fascinating novel and I bet you’ll feel the same way too by the end of it.
This is the second Christmas book I've come across by Ruth Saberton and it's just as well written as the first one and just as much fun to read. It isThis is the second Christmas book I've come across by Ruth Saberton and it's just as well written as the first one and just as much fun to read. It is the story of Ellie who is the best car salesperson ever to work where she does, but is overlooked for promotion because she doesn't fit the bill when it comes to looking the part. She's overweight and dreams of getting into the perfect green dress for the Christmas party and lusting after her boss on the sly, even when he is moved to another branch and she still wants to get with him at said party but feels like it is never going to happen if she doesn't lose the excess baggage. For she loves food and loathes exercise but a change in attitude is ahead when Ellie gets stuck in a car and decides to diet and burn off the calories by teaming up with her best friend Sam, who not only helps her but clearly loves her from afar. The months of staving and slaving over a pair of hot running shoes have paid off and she shall go to the ball, but will her Prince Charming live up to expectations? And is it right that you should change your whole appearance for reasons other than the benefit of having a healthier body and mind? Because it is never the answer to do it for someone else's love when the perfect guy for you might be closer then you think. ...more
It was the title that first drew me to this book and when I read the description I thought I'd give it a go as it sounded like the type of novel thatIt was the title that first drew me to this book and when I read the description I thought I'd give it a go as it sounded like the type of novel that would offer me an entertaining time and I was glad that I did, for I enjoyed it immensely since it's classic chick-lit. As the writing was snappy and direct and the pace was fast enough so I seemed to breeze through it once I got round to picking it up, for at times I was literally too busy to read a lot lately. Yes I know, what a sin and a shame that is if you're a book-lover like me. Anyway, the story revolves around one sister trying to get with the other sister's boyfriend (hence the aptly named title) when she falls madly in love with Oliver and is willing to change herself into a mirror image of her sister just to get with him, but she has the ever loyal and lovely Ben by her side as usual and hardly notices him when she's smitten with Oliver. It tells us about their lives with family, friends and work commitments and what a ripple effect this action would have on others involved in the matter to complicate the situation even further if it is allowed to happen. I won't spoil it by saying if she does or doesn't get with Oliver, but I felt that it was handled appropriately and led to a satisfying conclusion all round. So cheers to the author for leaving me feeling happy in the end and I look forward to more of the same in any future publications. ...more
This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to say that it was a great pleasure from start to finish, even though I didn’t want it to eThis is the first book I’ve read by this author and I have to say that it was a great pleasure from start to finish, even though I didn’t want it to end quite as soon as it did for I’d wanted to carry on reading about the wonderful cast of colourful characters wittily written into this jolly tale. The pace of the story flowed really nicely as I whizzed through the pages whilst enjoying the life changing journey that Carol undertakes when she realises that she has built a brick wall to keep all emotions out of her day to day living so as not to get hurt by love. But little did she know when she’d arrived up in Scotland that the wall was about to come tumbling down and only one man could fill the void in her heart. I loved hearing the back story about the failings in the past to the point of the renewed relationship and friendships between Carol and not one, but all three of the exes that get invited to join them during the snowy Christmas wedding of her sister Marley. But poor Carol doesn’t really do Christmas, or weddings, or romance and has concentrated on her career over everything else to the extent of isolating herself from having a proper and perfectly normal life. So how will Carol cope with not only everything that this wedding throws at her but with everyone who attends it, when cut off from civilization? I suggest you read this fun, festive novella to find out and I bet it makes you wish you were there with your very own invite to the wedding and celebrating the Christmas holidays with them, for it sure did me. ...more
How do you get invited into a suburban house where your friends live and then set about brutally slaying them within minutes of your arrival? How areHow do you get invited into a suburban house where your friends live and then set about brutally slaying them within minutes of your arrival? How are parents of the victims expected to handle the horrific deaths of their student teenagers that bluntly cuts short their bright futures in what looked like a senseless attack? How will the people responsible for the cruel murders cope with what they have done in the aftermath at being guilty of such a heinous and taboo crime because if you can’t trust your friends to protect you from harm, then who can you trust? To discover the shocking truth to these answers and more, you should read this terrific tale from the master criminal mind of a leading author in the field of psychological thrillers who’s wonderful works are written in such an easy reading style that’s packed with interesting facts to make you applaud the details and admire the total authority on police procedures along with a court room drama that needs to be told in a way that makes you care and you do care what happens when you root for them to pay for their actions. For Joanne Clancy knows exactly how to explain what goes through a killer’s head and what haunting effects their barbaric deeds have on those not only desperately involved in solving the case even when it runs cold, but the way that the poor families do not give up their fight for justice too. It’s so true what they say, with friends like these then who needs enemies? I love these types of books by Joanne Clancy and I can’t wait for my next crime fix, can you? ...more