#BookReview WE BEGIN AT THE END by CHRIS WHITAKER

ABOUT THE BOOK

We Begin at the End is a powerful novel about absolute love and the lengths we will go to keep our family safe. This is a story about good and evil and how life is lived somewhere in between.


‘YOU CAN’T SAVE SOMEONE THAT DOESN’T WANT TO BE SAVED . . .’


Thirty years ago, Vincent King became a killer.
Now, he’s been released from prison and is back in his hometown of Cape Haven, California. Not everyone is pleased to see him. Like Star Radley, his ex-girlfriend, and sister of the girl he killed.


Duchess Radley, Star’s thirteen-year-old daughter, is part-carer, part-protector to her younger brother, Robin – and to her deeply troubled mother. But in trying to protect Star, Duchess inadvertently sets off a chain of events that will have tragic consequences not only for her family, but also the whole town.


Murder, revenge, retribution.How far can we run from the past when the past seems doomed to repeat itself? 


PUBLISHED BY ZAFFRE BOOKS


PURCHASE LINKS

Goldsboro Books – signed first edition
hive.co.uk
blackwell’s


MY REVIEW

BUY THIS BOOK!! Thank me later!!

Wow! It’s never easy to review a book like this as you don’t want to give too much away, but you just want everyone to grab a copy and experience it for themselves!! It is full of characters that you gravitate towards, care for, despise, and as you watch the story unfold you end up experiencing every decision made, you hear every noise, feel every emotion – it just swallows you up whole and you are in for one hell of a journey!!


And in the character of Duchess, you have someone who just shines out! From a young age she’s had an awful life, with many harrowing experiences and her whole life is shaped by despair. Her mother, Star, is struggling with her own issues, especially after losing her sister. Duchess is there for her mum though and helps to care for her brother Robin. Chief Walker is always looking out for them too, especially as he feels responsible for the direction their family life has taken – his best friend, Vincent King, is serving time in jail for the death of Star’s sister when he was 15 – and 30 years later he is set for release. There’s scores to be settled, and truths to be uncovered and when another horrific crime is committed then fingers start pointing again and life seems to be repeating itself once more.

Duchess has always seen herself as an outlaw, after hearing some family history stories, and the way she cares for her brother and vows to right wrongs – your heart just aches for her. She is full of rage and anger after having to grow up so quickly and her only mission in life is to protect Robin. Moved from pillar to post she is reluctant to accept change and almost appears to resent nice things happening as she doesn’t feel she deserves it. Just when things are settling down for her and Robin, it is cruelly ripped away from her again and the rage returns…

This is unquestionably one of my books of 2020 and I cannot recommend it highly enough! You’ll laugh, cry, be shocked, be outraged – it has everything!! Amazing!!


★★★★★

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#BookReview JUST FRIENDS by LUCY KEELING

ABOUT THE BOOK

Friends do nice things for each other, right? 


That’s what Polly Bowman tells herself when she agrees to be her friend Bailey’s ‘fake girlfriend’ to help him keep a promise to his family. After all, Bailey has always supported her through difficult times – he even knows about her secret singing sessions at the local speakeasy bar. 


But maintaining a fake relationship isn’t easy, and when Polly’s meddling but well-meaning group of friends throw her and Bailey together as best man and maid-of-honour for an upcoming wedding, Polly soon realises she’s going to have to confront a few long-kept secrets head on …

PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT

MY REVIEW

Another fabulous read from Lucy Keeling! I adored the ‘will they, won’t they’ thread of Polly and Bailey as life kept throwing curveballs their way, and throwing them together in often compromising positions!!! It is a follow up to ‘Make It Up To You’ but can easily be read as a standalone!

Bailey sounds like the kind of man we’d all be queuing up to be his ‘fake girlfriend’ – supportive, flirty, close to his family and a gardener (clincher for me!!) – so when Polly volunteers to help stop his family asking too many questions about his love life what could possibly go wrong??!! A lot it seems! They’ve always got on well and confided in one another about things they don’t share with others, but the more time they start spending together then the more time they can’t stop thinking about one another! Not so good if you’re with someone else like Polly is!

The characters of Polly and Bailey are so sweet! She has a secret passion and lacks confidence to share with those around her, but has a good group of friends who are all brought together in the run up to a wedding so maybe it’s time she started opening up more. And Bailey is worried sick when there’s illness in his family so he’s been relying on work and flirting to distract himself He seems to be one of the good guys of the world.

This was one of those books that you find yourself racing through and I was unable to put it down once I started reading, and it was the perfect mix of romance and humour and I hope we get to hear more from the characters in these books in the very near future!

★★★★★

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 23rd May 2020

Howdy!! Happy Saturday!! I hope all is well in your world! My mood has been up and down again this past week – considering I’d been so chilled for the previous 2 months, I now wonder if I’d been saving up all the grumpiness and it’s now coming out!! But the sun keeps shining and there’s books…. so I can’t stay too grumpy for too long!

And on the book front it’s been a cracking week for my reading as I’ve finished 5 books! I am sure the sunshine makes me read more! And there has been one visit to Netgalley, and maybe a couple of cheeky book purchases – another sure fire way of getting rid of the grumps!!

Here’s my look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir – 5 stars

Daisy’s Summer Mission by Hannah Pearl – 4 stars

Coming Home to Heritage Cove by Helen J Rolfe – 4 stars

King of the Crows by Russell Day – 5 stars

The Railway Girls by Maisie Thomas – 5 stars

BOOKHAUL

to Netgalley we go…

HUMANKIND by RUTGER BREGMAN

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE ‘NEW YORK TIMES’ BEST SELLER ‘UTOPIA FOR REALISTS’, A “BOLD” (DANIEL H. PINK), “PROVOCATIVE” (ADAM GRANT) ARGUMENT THAT OUR INNATE GOODNESS AND COOPERATION HAVE BEEN THE GREATEST FACTORS IN HUMANITY’S SUCCESS.

If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad. It’s a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we’re taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest.

But what if it isn’t true? International best seller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another, in fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of ‘Homo Sapiens’.

From the real-life ‘Lord of the Flies’ to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn’t merely optimistic – it’s realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity’s kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.

And I was lucky enough to win a discount code for the fabulous Ninja Book Box so I had to ‘force’ (!) myself to pick up another couple of  secondhand Persephone Books for my collection

DADDY’S GONE A HUNTING by PENELOPE MORTIMER

Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting is about the expectations of women, about a house-bound mother reluctantly (desperately) at home all day, in contrast to her daughter who has escaped, to university and then, we can assume, to a job.

In Ruth Whiting’s commuter-belt village ‘the wives conform to a certain standard of dress, they run their houses along the same lines, bring their children up in the same way; all prefer coffee to tea, all drive cars, play bridge, own at least one valuable piece of jewellery and are moderately good-looking.’ Yet Ruth is on the verge of going mad. A ‘nervous breakdown’ would be a politer phrase, but really she is being driven mad by her life and her madness is exacerbated by everyone’s indifference to her plight.

MISS BUNCLE’S BOOK by D.E.STEVENSON

The storyline of Miss Buncle’s Book (1934) is a simple one: Barbara Buncle, who is unmarried and perhaps in her late 30s, lives in a small village and writes a novel about it in order to try and supplement her meagre income.

D.E. Stevenson had an enormously successful writing career: between 1923 and 1970, four million copies of her books were sold in Britain and three million in the States. Like E.F. Benson, Ann Bridge, O. Douglas or Dorothy L. Sayers (to name but a few) her books are funny, intensely readable, engaging and dependable. Miss Buncle’s Book was the most popular of her novels because it has a completely original plot and a charming and delightful central character.

CURRENTLY READING

Thin Air by Michelle Paver

HAPPY READING!!

#BookReview THE MATING OF STAGS by RAY ROBINSON

ABOUT THE BOOK

Midwinter. As former farmhand Jake, a widower in his seventies, wanders the beautiful, austere moors of North Yorkshire trying to evade capture, we learn of the events of his past: the wife he loved and lost, their child he knows cannot be his, and the deep-seated need for revenge that manifests itself in a moment of violence. On the coast, Jake’s friend, Sheila, receives the devastating news. The aftermath of Jake’s actions, and what it brings to the surface, will change her life forever. But how will she react when he turns up at her door? As beauty and tenderness blend with violence, this story transports us to a different world, subtly exploring love and loss in a language that both bruises and heals.

PUBLISHED BY LIGHTNING BOOKS

PURCHASE LINKS

publisher website

hive.co.uk

blackwell’s 

MY REVIEW

this was a stark, often despairing but beautifully written story exploring the thoughts of grief and loneliness as we follow Jake on the run – not normal for a man in his seventies, but as his story unfolds we see the moments that lead to this and it is such a powerful exploration of how humans deal with situations they find themselves in, and how they and the people closest to them deal with the consequences.

Jake is a man missing his wife, Edith. But he finds friendship with Sheila and they find comfort in each others company as Sheila is dealing with her own family issues and disappointments, so when Jake goes on the run she is left contemplating their friendship and waiting to hear from him.

And while Jake is on the run, finding new places to hide and hoping his actions don’t catch up with him, we get flashbacks of his life – his marriage to Edith is the main feature – and he’s left alone with his memories both good and bad which isn’t always the best for his mental state.

I loved the difference in the two characters in the lives they had lead but how they were drawn to one another and how they just clicked. At only 220 pages long, this is a book that has a powerful impact on you as a reader as the characters are written with such clarity and full of flaws, but those make the characters easier to relate to. We’ve all been disappointed by people in our lives, as have Jack and Sheila, and it’s that impact on how their lives turn out because of the actions of others that we are witnessing throughout this story. Their reactions, their anger, frustrations – laid bare for us all to see.

It’s one of those books that is gripping, unsettling, heartbreaking and intense and I loved every single blooming page of it! Highly recommended!!

★★★★★

#BookReview THE CREAK ON THE STAIRS by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir

ABOUT THE BOOK

When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area.

Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her collegues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shocking secret in the dead woman’s past that continues to reverberate in the present day …


But as Elma and her team make a series of discoveries, they bring to light a host of long-hidden crimes that shake the entire community. Sifting through the rubble of the townspeople’s shattered memories, they have to dodge increasingly serious threats, and find justice … before it’s too late.

PUBLISHED BY ORENDA BOOKS

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon Kindle

Goldsboro Books – signed first edition

MY REVIEW

Wow! What a way to get a new crime series started off! I loved it so am already eagerly awaiting more from this series!

The mystery of the woman found dead by a ligthhouse – not the cheeriest subject to investigate, but for Elma who has recently moved back to the area after a split, it’s a case to sink her teeth into and she soon finds it is taking her to some very dark places and questioning motives and uncovering disturbing secrets about the past lives of the inhabitants of Akranes.

With the death of Elisabet throwing up more questions than answers, this book does a brilliant job of exploring the past of Elisbet, with flashbacks to 1989 when she was a small child growing up in the bleakest of households, whilst Elma is left to put the pieces together of the little information they do have on a woman who was very secretive, didn’t appear to have many friends and was always seen as odd and pitied because of her childhood.

I loved the character of Elma as she was obviously hurting from her previous relationship, so having to move home was the last thing she wanted to do, especially with certain memories that it brings back. And memories play a big part in this story as many of the characters with a link to Elisabet are often trying not to remember the past as it appears that things were not all as it seems behind closed doors.

The story of young Elisabet was heartbreaking and tragic. With the lookbacks to the past and what she faced as just a young child was harrowing, and the fact that there seemed to be nobody there to look out for her made it more shocking.

This was a quietly unsettling and dark story that had me totally engrossed from the start and I highly recommend it!!

★★★★★

#BookReview Daisy’s Summer Mission by Hannah Pearl @RubyFiction

ABOUT THE BOOK

Daisy’s job as a gift shop owner may involve selling chocolate truffles and lacy knickers but, this summer, she finds herself turning her hand to a slightly different profession …


Daisy’s boyfriend, Eli, works for a secret government agency and, try as she might, Daisy can’t seem to help getting caught in the middle of his missions, which take her on a thrilling ride from the streets of Paris to a remote health retreat where carbs are banned!


But when she finds that Eli might be in danger, Daisy has to stop playing at being a spy and become the real thing. Teaming up with her pensioner customer, Mr King, Daisy embarks on her most important summer mission yet. Can she save the day?


Sequel to Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop

PUBLISHED BY RUBY FICTION

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Daisys-Summer-Mission-romance-escape-ebook/dp/B086L7NX2X/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/daisy-s-summer-mission

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/daisys-summer-mission/id1505501826?mt=11&app=itunes 

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Hannah_Pearl_Daisy_s_Summer_Mission?id=KSTfDwAAQBAJ

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/daisys-summer-mission-hannah-pearl/1136769567?ean=2940162831853

Website: https://www.rubyfiction.com/dd-product/daisys-summer-mission/

MY REVIEW

This was a wonderful read with the touches of humour I’ve come to expect from Daisy and her friends, but also mixes the light with a darker side! From gift shop owner to full blown Spy!! There seems to be nothing Daisy can’t tackle and I loved following her latest escapades! But it’s a story that can be read as a standalone if you haven’t read Daisy’s Christmas Gift Shop .

Daisy is fully loved up with Eli and their relationship just goes  from strength to strength – even if life in her little flat above the gift shop isn’t the most spacious for 2 people!

Her life in the shop is pretty simple, but Eli always appears to be off doing mysterious work for the government and as much as he tries to keep her out of  harms way, she always seems to find a way of getting involved and the case this time is pretty serious! Although having to infiltrate a spa could be a worse way to spend some time!!

As always, her friend Lily is there to add extra comedy with her quips and they are the kind of women you can just imagine having a right laugh with, whatever the circumstances!!

The action involving Eli and Daisy and the spy mission near the end is fast paced and serious, but the party planning that Daisy is involved in  and family and friends storylines add a great mix for you as a reader to enjoy and devour!!  

★★★★

#BlogTour A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green #bookreview @rararesources

A huge pleasure to be here today as part of the Blog Tour for the wonderful A CORNISH SUMMER HOLIDAY AT THE LITTLE DUCK POND CAFE by ROSIE GREEN.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!!

A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Café

The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Cornish seaside town of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice-cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even have a go themselves). But when they arrive, the girls find it’s not quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house.’ 

Gracie, who runs the ice-cream parlour, has problems of her own and the last thing she needs is a bunch of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she craves. And when a handsome stranger looks set to destroy her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Will Gracie get her happy ending – and maybe even make friends with the girls next-door? This wasn’t the relaxing break the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be the holiday of a lifetime!

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/2slp10U

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Rosie is currently writing a full-length book, ‘Lucy’s Great Cornish Escape’, which – in a fun twist – will feature favourite characters from the Little Duck Pond Café series.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

MY REVIEW


And so we meet again!! The Little Duck Pond Girls are back in my life once more, albeit playing a slightly lesser role in this book, as they venture away from the Duck Pond Cafe and introduce us to Pengully Sands in Cornwall and some new characters and it’s blooming wonderful to be back amongst old friends – I can’t actually believe this is the 10th ‘visit’ to the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. It still feels as fresh as book 1, and has progressed so much in the topics and genres it covers….. 


This is a story told from 2 points of view – from the viewpoint of The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls as they embark on a girls holiday to Cornwall, and a new voice on the block, that of Gracie who has returned to Pengully Sands to run Beachside Ices. It’s a place that she has very fond memories of but the customers are dwindling and she finds herself living life a little aimlessly and wondering what is next for her – other than baking (and eating!) more cakes which is where she finds comfort.


I love the mix of characters that the author puts together – each has their own story to tell and are given time to express themselves and support one another.  In Gracie, we have a character who we can see is having trouble moving on and finding it difficult to find herself and focus on the future, and with the help of her new, albeit temporary, next door neighbours she begins to see a chink of light and trying to find a way forward for her and  way to let go of the past. And to stop hiding away and embrace the company and help of others who want to do what they can for her.


Add to the mix some ghostly goings on, mysteries from the past revealed by an old diary, a renovation project and some soul searching and you’ve got a pretty  perfect package of a story within the pages of this book! Love Love Love!!  I can’t wait for the next installment!!


★★★★★

#MusicMonday Don’t You Forget About Me by Simple Minds

Happy Monday!! And time for some favourite tunes to start off the week! This is a tag hosted by the fab Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek so please join in the fun if you haven’t already!!

I’m back in the 80’s again for one of my favourite songs Don’t You Forget about Me,  from one of my favourite films – The Breakfast Club!! I wanted to be part of the Brat Pack back then!!

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooh woh

Won’t you come see about me?
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby

Tell me your troubles and doubts
Giving me everything inside and out and
Love’s strange so real in the dark
Think of the tender things that we were working on

Slow change may pull us apart
When the light gets into your heart, baby

Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me

Will you stand above me?
Look my way, never love me
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down

Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down

Hey, hey, hey, hey
Ooh woh

Don’t you try and pretend
It’s my feeling we’ll win in the end
I won’t harm you or touch your defenses
Vanity and security

Don’t you forget about me
I’ll be alone, dancing you know it baby
Going to take you apart
I’ll put us back together at heart, baby

Don’t you, forget about me
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t
Don’t you, forget about me

As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by
Will you call my name?
When you walk away

Or will you walk away?
Will you walk on by?
Come on, call my name
Will you call my name?I say
(Lala la la lala la la)
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Keith Forsey / Steve W. Schiff

Don’t You (Forget About Me) lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, Royalty Network

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – 16th May 2020

Howdy!  How are we?! Keeping well and safe I hope! Had a wobble or two this week as not seen my brother and his family now for a few months with them not living close by, and not knowing when we’ll get a chance to meet up again is taking its’ toll! Starting to consider the lady from the local cafe who delivers us lunch every week as part of the family now!! Time to just keep hoping that ‘normality’ gets a little closer with every passing day…

And my wobble has taken its’ toll on my reading this week with just 1 book finished! Shock!! I’ve been really fidgety and my brain hasn’t been concentrating so hoping I get back on track soon! It hasn’t stopped my ability to visit Netgalley though – oops!!  

Here’s my look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

Sunset over the Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas – 4 stars

BOOKHAUL

To Netgalley we go….

THE RAILWAY GIRLS by MAISIE THOMAS

publication date – 28th May 2020

The first novel in the utterly brilliant Railway Girls series. Perfect for fans of Nancy Revell and Ellie Dean.

In February, 1922, at the western-most entrance to Victoria Station in Manchester, a massive plaque was unveiled. Beneath a vast tiled map showing the lines of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway network, a series of seven bronze panels recorded the names of the men of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War – a total of 1,460 names.

In March, 1940, a group of women of varying ages and backgrounds, stand in front of the memorial, ready to do their bit in this new World War…
_________________________________________

Mabel is determined to make a fresh start as a railway girl where no one will know the terrible thing she did and she can put her guilt behind her… Or is she just running away?

Meanwhile Joan will never be as good as her sister, or so her Gran keeps telling her. A new job as a station clerk could be just the thing she needs to forget her troubles at home.

And Dot is further into her forties than she cares to admit. Her beloved sons are away fighting and her husband – well, the less said about him the better. Ratty old sod. She is anxious to become a railway girl just like her dear mam – anything to feel she is supporting the sons she prays for every night.

The three women start off as strangers, but soon form an unbreakable bond that will get them through the toughest of times…

FEATHERTIDE by BETH CARTWRIGHT

publication date – 30th July 2020

And there has been some lovely book post too!

A HUNDRED MILLION YEARS AND A DAY by JEAN-BAPTISTE ANDREA

copy sent via Gallic Books for review

publication date – 20th June 2020

‘On the mountain, the only monsters are the ones you take with you.’

Summer 1954. Stan has been hunting for fossils since the age of six. Now, having made a career out of studying the remains of tiny lifeforms, he hears a story he cannot forget: the skeleton of a huge creature, a veritable dragon, lies deep in an Alpine glacier. And he is determined to find it.

Leaving his life in Paris behind, Stan sets out in pursuit of a legend. But he is no mountaineer, and to attempt his dangerous expedition he must call on loyal friend and colleague Umberto, who arrives with an eccentric young assistant, and expert guide Gio. Time is short: the four men must descend before the weather turns. Bonds are forged and tested as the hazardous quest for the earth’s lost creatures becomes a journey into Stan’s own past.

IN THE SWEEP OF THE BAY by CATH BARTON

copy sent from Louise Walters Books

publication date – November 2020

This lyrical, warm-hearted tale explores marriage, love, and longing, set against the majestic backdrop of Morecambe Bay, the Lakeland Fells, and the faded splendour of the Midland Hotel.

Ted Marshall meets Rene in the dance halls of Morecambe and they marry during the frail optimism of the 1950s. They adopt the roles expected of man and wife at the time: he the breadwinner at the family ceramics firm, and she the loyal housewife, but as the years go by, they both find themselves wishing for more…

After Ted survives a heart attack, both see it as a new beginning… but can a faded love like theirs ever be rekindled?

Cath Barton lives in Abergavenny. She won the New Welsh Writing AmeriCymru Prize for the Novella in 2017 for The Plankton Collector, which was published in September 2018 by New Welsh Review under their Rarebyte imprint. She also writes short stories and flash fiction and, with her critical writing, is a regular contributor to Wales Arts Review. In the Sweep of the Bay is her second novella.

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THIN AIR by MICHELLE PAVER

COMING HOME TO HERITAGE COVE by HELEN J ROLFE

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#BookReview THE SIGHT OF YOU by HOLLY MILLER

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Light We Lost meets How to Walk Away in this romantic and page-turning American debut that poses a heartbreaking question: Would you choose love, if you knew how it would end?


Joel has sworn off falling in love. But when he meets Callie, he can’t help being drawn to her. In Callie, he sees a second chance at life. And in Joel, Callie discovers the kind of love she’d always hoped was real. They challenge one another to take chances, to laugh, and to trust that no matter how hard each falls, the other will be there to catch them.


But Joel has a secret. He dreams about the people he loves, and these dreams always come true. One night, Joel has the dream of Callie he’s feared the most, and each must decide: Can Callie stay, knowing her fate? And if her days must be numbered, is there a life she is meant to live?


Told in Joel and Callie’s voices, The Sight of You is a sweeping, romantic, and unforgettable American debut, about the bravery it takes to love, especially when we think we know how the story will end. 


PUBLISHED BY  HODDER & STOUGHTON


PUBLICATION DATE – 11TH JUNE 2020


PRE-ORDER LINKS

Amazon
hive.co.uk

blackwell’s 

MY REVIEW

Just wonderful! It broke my heart and made me ugly cry but I absolutely adored the story of Joel and Callie and how the power of being able to see the future can make such an impact on the decisions you take and the path you follow.

They are both very special characters – Joel especially – as he has always had dreams of loved ones where he can see their future, and this has led him to vow never to fall in love as it becomes too much of a burden for him to deal with.

That is about to change when he meets Callie. A sweet soul, who lives life sticking to what she knows. She’s plagued by self doubt and finds herself living someone else’s dream when her friend Grace passes away, so Callie tries to carry out Grace’s legacy – whether that makes her happy or not doesn’t seem to come into the equation for her.

This story is set over 6 years and told from alternating points of view, so we get to share the magic of their friendship and relationship as it evolves. Callie encourages Joel to open up about what is troubling him but when she finally moves in with him, it’s not long before she notices a change in him…….. does she want to know the details? Would you want to know??

This was a truly absorbing and enthralling storyline – the connection you feel towards both characters, the heartbreak, the little moments of utter joy and how their lives map out after decisions are made for what seems the right reasons at the time. This is a book that will live with me for a very long time, so I highly recommend it! I just hope there’ll be a film!!

★★★★★