A Good Book Is What You Need

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Whilst book shopping in our local supermarket, I have got to know and talk to quite a few people about books, and in particular book recommendations.  Last week, I was stopped and asked for a list of books I would recommend to read.  I wrote the list off the top of my head, you know, the books that you read and you remember.  

This, together with several book publishers to whom we owe reviews and holiday seasons approaching we thought we would put fingers to keyboard and write a long over due blog post on book recommendations.
In no particular order, our current list of recommendations:

1. When I Found You: Catherine Ryan Hyde

I was recommended this book by a dear friend in America.
Nathan finds a newborn boy in the woods, he assumes he has found a tiny dead body.  The baby moves, and Nathan’s life is changed forever.  The baby is sent to grow up with his grandmother, but Nathan cannot forget his and is compelled to visit her.  He asks that one day she will introduce him,   “This is the man who found you in the woods”
It is a though provoking, enjoyable read.  I read the majority of the book in one day, it is one of those books when you start reaing you can’t put it down. When Nathan finds a baby in the wood their, friendship and relationship starts.  No spoilers, I will stop their!  The story is not without it’s ups and downs and it contains many life messages,  How one grows old and how the role reverses as children support their elders.  A story of unconditional loves, faith and honesty.

2. Shadow Hour: Kate Riordan

1922, Grace is following in her grandmothers footsteps as a governess to a little boy at Fenix House. When arriving at the crumbling and stately house, she meets the inhabitants.  Grace had heard many stories from her grandmother , over the years. It isn’t long in to her visit when secrets appear in the house, her grandmothers stories show signs of cracks and everyone is protecting their own.  As the past meets the present, Grace unravels the secrets.
This book is a page turner and is cleverly written to bring together two stories, Grace’s and her grandmothers (Harriet) which are fifty years apart.  It took me until Chapter six to get the just of the dual timeline.  But, both families are never far apart.  One book that contains so many emotions and thoughts.

3. Death of A Ghost – M C Beaton*

Mrs S was delighted to received an advanced copy of this book through the publishers – Grand Central Publishing.  She is a great fan of M. C. Beaton and was thrilled to receive Death of A Ghost to review. She has read just about every book Beaton has written.

A ruined castle in the village of Drim in Scotland, Hamish hears reports that the castle is haunted and lights are seen at night.  He assumes it is children or gangs using the castle to drink, or use drugs at night.  Both Hamish and his policeman Charlie, spend the night at the castle.  Charile falls through the floor, and Hamish finds the body of a dead man in the cellar.  Chief Detective Inspector Blair, arrives to investiagte the body, but the body can not be found.  But no body is to be found. Hamish has to find and identify the body and its killer before the “ghost” can strike again.

Mrs S review, “Beaton’s books are never a disappointment, and this one is no exception.  Loved it, like I have all Hamish MacBeth stories.  This one, like all of the series, is an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading the next one.”

Thank you to Net Gallery and Grand Central Publishing for the advanced copy of this book, in return for an open, honest and unbiased review.

4. The Hidden Girl: Louise Millar

Hannah and Will (her husband) long to have children, when they find out they can not have children of their own, they decide to adopt.  They lose out to another couple, and Hannah believes this is because they live in an apartment. They move to a remote house in Suffolk.  Barbara, a social worker, is scheduled to visit in ten days, Hannah wants everything in the house to be perfect in time for the visit in the hope that it will bring them their adopted child.
The move encounters many problems, a snow storm means Will is stuck in London and Hannah is left to prepare the house for the visit.   A girl who lets herself in the house at her will, and as events unfold and she meets her neighbors, it is difficult to know who is friend and enemy.  A creepy read, that you can’t put down!

5. Wedding at Christmas: Chrissie Mare

The Bensons, this is the last book in the series that follows the family.  I have to confess, it is the first I have read, and will not hesitate to read the others.

A Christmas wedding, brings images of white dresses, capes, holly, ivy, fairly lights, snow….. dreams…. Claire Benson has twelve weeks to organise her winter wedding.  Everyone starts to support her.  Sisterly squabbling, money issues, and her mother in law (ice maiden) soon threatens her big wedding day.  But her dreams are rescued and Christmas magic arrives.
A great family Christmas story and who doesn’t love a Christmas wedding.  Warm, funny and lighthearted read, that can be ready any time of the year!

6. The Ice Twins: SK Tremayne

One identical twin died in an accident, but which one? The story is told through two people – the mother and a third person gives the fathers story.

Someone knows the truth – but who – mother or father? The surviving twin goes through quite an ordeal – but which twin is she?

The family move to a new home on a remote Scottish Island, they inherited.  They are isolated, and there the twists and turns of this psychological thriller starts.

Loved reading this book, it is gripping from start to finish.  Before you start reading make sure all the chores are done, once you start you cannot put it down!

7. The Breakdown: B A Paris*

Diving home one rainy evening on an isolated country road, Cass passes a car.  She sees a woman sitting inside, she stops momentarily, thinking the woman will approach her if she needs help.  The woman does not get out so Cass drives off.  The next morning she learns of the woman’s murder.  This plays on Cass’s mind, what if she had stopped? what if she had stopped, would she still be alive.  She tries everything to put the crime out of her mind, she promised her husband she would not use that road.  But she becomes riddled with guilt.
Her decision impacts her health, she starts forgetting things and becomes anxious and believes she has onset of early dementia, just like her mother.  A series of silent phone calls, has Cass believing the murderer is watching her…..
A psychological thriller that is incredibly well written, it had me spooked when reading it and the suspect I guessed – was no where near right!  This will keep you guessing until the end.
Thank you to NetGallery and Harlequin (UK) for the advanced copy of this book, in return for an open, honest and unbiased review.

8. Her Perfect Life: Sam Hepburn*

Gracie Dwyer lives close to a perfect life, a handsome husband, beautiful daughter, a TV personality, cooking programme, a catalogue of trusted friends and recognised where ever she goes.
Juliet, a single mother, living in a run down flat, jobless and an ex who is doing everything to run her life down.
The two meet and they forge an unlikely relationship, and this is where the lies, twists and betrayal starts, mix this with extracts from a diary written in the past by Pauline Bryce and…….. no spoilers so I will leave it their!
This novel is not fast paced, and can be read in a few sessions, but it does have mystery and intrigue that keeps you hooked and guessing.  With an ending that I didn’t guess!
Thank you to NetGallery and Harper Collins UK for an advanced copy of this book, in return for an open, honest and unbiased review.

9. Everything But The Truth: Gillian McAllister*

Everything But The Truth, is a novel about deceit, betrayal and Rachael’s need to unravel the truth about Jack.
All seemed well with their new relationship, until Rachael sees a glimpse of  an email on Jack’s ipad.  She didn’t mean to look, after all she loves Jack and has just learned she is pregnant with her first child with him.  But having seen the email, she needs to know who it was from and the details.  When she does read it, it sets of a series of events in her mind and she starts to doubt Jack…
What is Jack hiding?  Why is he hiding his past?  What happened? and does Rachel have any right to unravel the truth and if she does what will the consequences be?
A suspense novel about love, lies and deceit.  Rachael becomes obsessed about finding out the truth about Jack and his past.  Only she also has a past that Jack is not aware of.  A page turner, a little predictable but enjoyable read.

Thank you to NetGallery, Penguin UK – Michael Joseph, for an advanced copy of this book, in return for an open, honest and unbiased review.

10. Sister Sister: Sue Fortin*

This is an exception psychological thriller written by Sue Fortin.  We have written a previous review blog on this novel – see previous  Blog Post for details

 11. Girl Behind The Lens: Tanya Farrley*

Photography student Joanna Lacy has always been close to her mother.  Rachael Arnold turns up on their doorstep, telling them that a man’s body has been found in the canal, at that point Joanna’s world changes.  Rachael married Joanna’s father, and now he is dead.  Joanna attends the funeral, and meets Oliver, the man who found her fathers body.   She is convinced her mother is still keeping things from her and turns to Oliver for support.  We learn that Oliver has a secret of his own, and Joanna suspects something isn’t right.
A tangled web of two stories intertwined.  This book reads as one of mystery and suspense novel.  It keeps you guessing and makes for easy reading.
Thank you to NetGallery and Harper Collins UK, for an advanced copy of this book, in return for an open, honest and unbiased review.

12. The Idea of  You: Amanda Prowse*

Lucy Carpenter is approaching her 40th birthday, and she starts to feel like he has it all.  A wonderful husband Jonah – , successful career and the chance to have a baby of her own.  In fact, life could not be more perfect. But becoming parents is harder than they can imagine.
Jonah’s teenage daughter – Camille – comes to stay, and she becomes a constant reminder of all the things Lucy does not have, and she starts questioning her husbands love and support.  Things start to take their toll on Lucy.
This book is a truly amazing story, easy reading and a emotional.  Following the life of Jonah and Lucy’s life is heart warming and gut wrenching. It is a must read, and a story that will stick in my mind for sometime.
Thank you to NetGallery and Lake Union Publishing, for an advanced copy of this book, in return for an open, honest and unbiased review.

We love a good book and hope you will also enjoy some of these.

Have a lovely weekend.

Serendipity Loves x

* We have received advanced copies of these books through NetGallery and the Publishers in return for an open, honest and unbiased review.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. joanne betts says:

    Always good to have recommendations. Will definately try some of them. I do like Amanda Prowse books x


  2. So sorry, Joanne only just seen your comments. We love books! That's the first of Amanda Prowse books we have read. But it was definitely worth it and will be looking for more. Happy reading. Xx


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