#BookReview Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash

ABOUT THE BOOK

A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs

Maddy Young thought she had it all.

Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.

Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.

Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.

Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.

Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.

But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

PUBLISHED BY  HERA

PUBLICATION DATE – 18th September 2019

PRE-ORDER LINK

Amazon UK

MY REVIEW

I adored this book! From the first page to the last I was totally transfixed by Madison and her life after she was kicked out of the job she devoted herself to for 12 years, when she was expecting promotion and praise for all the work she’d done! Trust nobody!!

She’d got used to the lifestyle her work afforded her, so to have no job is a big wake up call to her. What’s she supposed to do with her life now? She tries to apply for new jobs but they don’t live up to her expectations, so when she reconnects with her old friend Beth she finally starts seeing life from a different perspective – Beth is one of life’s good guys – always there helping out others, and has recently set up a doggy daycare and boarding business and has never been happier. She may not have the swanky apartment or the money that Madison had but she has job satisfaction, and the more time that Madison spends with her friend, the more she begins to see that there is more to life than the office and money!

This story also shows the true value of right place, right time and that the kindness of strangers can often lead to new discoveries. I really loved how fate plays its’ role throughout the story and when Beth has to hand over some of her volunteering exploits to Madison it was so touching to see how simple things brought joy to those people. Brought a tear to my eye as well as to Madison when she realises the impact these little acts of kindness can bring to so many people.

While she’s back in Giddywell she also starts spending more time with her mum and that leads to new revelations about her past, and dealing with her ex also plays heavy on her mind too – just when things start to be going somewhere with the lovely Alex too!!

This is a story that really connected with me and it was told with such warmth and humour too! There are emotional aspects that are dealt with sympathetically too and I found it to be a story that had a little bit of everything and I didn’t want it to end! I want to live and work in Giddywell! Wonderful!!

★★★★★

#BookReview The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford #RIPXIV

ABOUT THE BOOK

For Teagan Frost, sh*t just got real.

Teagan Frost is having a hard time keeping it together. Sure, she’s got telekinetic powers—a skill that the government is all too happy to make use of, sending her on secret break-in missions that no ordinary human could carry out. But all she really wants to do is kick back, have a beer, and pretend she’s normal for once.

But then a body turns up at the site of her last job—murdered in a way that only someone like Teagan could have pulled off. She’s got 24 hours to clear her name—and it’s not just her life at stake. If she can’t unravel the conspiracy in time, her hometown of Los Angeles will be in the crosshairs of an underground battle that’s on the brink of exploding…

Full of imagination, wit and random sh*t flying through the air, this insane adventure from an irreverent new voice will blow your tiny mind.

Published by Orbit

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

hive.co.uk

whsmith

MY REVIEW

What a fun read!! Full of feisty characters, sweary language and pulsating action, this is a book that keeps you glued to the action and wondering just where the story would take you next.

Teagan is the star of the show and has special abilities – she can move sh*t with her mind! Very useful if you’re the government and she’s being used to take part in a special task force who have to undertake certain missions but when things start spiralling out of control and she seems to be being set up, she and her team are forced to go a little off track and try and prove her innocence while avoiding those who want to take her down.

You often forget that Teagan is quite young but it does show through in certain aspects as she struggles to deal with her abilities at times and the pressure it puts on her, as well as dealing with the past and the fact that her parents made her in a lab but for what reason? Why would you give your child certain abilities?!

Alongside Teagan and her story we also see the world through the eyes of Jake – another youngster with powers and he seems to be using his for darker means but still seems quite afraid and is another person seeking answers and you just wonder what the connection is between them and whether there’s more of them out there all looking for the same thing.

This book had me laughing on so many occasions – Teagan is often very blunt and to the point which leads to some highly amusing confrontations! You also see her vunerable side though and that really helped me connect more with her as a character. The story was really well paced and left in a way that makes it perfect for a follow on which I hope will be soon as I want to see what happens next in this world!

★★★★