Monday, 17 September 2018


Here and Gone
I was asked to review this book by Nudge.

This thriller will grip the reader from the beginning until its thunderous end.

Audra, and her two children are running away from her abusive husband. after leaving New York she is driving through a remote part of Arizona the police pick her up for something trivial. She is being taken in by the police, and the kids are left with a deputy. This is where it gets scary. At the station they are saying her kids have disappeared and Audra is being blamed. 

This is fast paced, haunting, upsetting, terrifying and creepy. You want this women to get her kids back, and will she- the reader will read on through of this to find out just what the ending will hold for them.

Well written, this author can certainly write a terrifying nightmare story that no one ever wants to experience. Who will believe this woman and will anyone believe her kids were with her when she was arrested?

Thank you to Nudge and Vintage crime for sending me this book to read.


Downhill From Here: Running From John O'Groats to Land's EndI was asked to review this by Nudge

Sport has come into our lives more and more three brits have won great cycling races, we love the London 2012 Olympics and for me more so the Paralympics. Gavin asked the question what would an ordinary runner achieve - and just what did he achieve - a run from John O'Groats to Land's End- the sort of challenge that you see on Sports Relief - and at the start the viewer thinks no, and at the start of this story the reader may say no this cannot be achieved.

Not only was I there in paper form rooting for him, and feeling like I was on this endurance too, but I like the guy a lot too.

The reader goes on the journey too, it was never going to be easy, there would be a lot of pain a long the way, you learn about Gavin the person, Scottish living in London, the author diaries this and there is part travelogue too - which makes this interesting a long the way. We all go through times when we need to discover yourself and this is all part of Gavin's journey. This is an extremely honest account.

I was so rooting for Gavin and found myself getting excited as he nears the end and finally fulfils this challenge.

Although some reviewers state this is great for runners, I would say anyone interested in sport and the reader will learn so much about this challenge and may spur them on to fulfil a challenge of their own be it sport or not.

Well worth the read, thank you to Nudge for letting me review and thank  you to the publishers Sandstone Press for sending this for me to read.

Just found out this is being made into a film also.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Beautifully written

Paris Echo
I was asked to review this by

After reading about "Coco" Chanel and what she did to save her business during occupied Paris, this came at a good time to read this.

I have been a fan of this author for sometime, so when this dropped through my letter box I was excited and now not disappointed. This was a great read.

This is about the past and occupied Paris during the second world war, and the present. This is about people from the past and present.

Tariq leaves is life in Algeria for Paris to find meaning, a dead mother and adventure whilst Hannah an America researcher listens to the accounts of women under occupied Paris during the time of 1940-1944 for a project.

Both Hannah and Tariq are two very different people with different pasts, relationships and problems who come together in an unusual circumstance with the story weaving from past to present. The author has researched the period of occupied France well and accurately accounts what took place during this period of time- as a woman what would you have done to save your life and no one knew just how this period of the war would end.

The main themes within this story Nazi regime as well as the French against the Algerians in the 1960s - Which I was not familiar with but added to this story.

I read this in one sitting only putting the book down at the end with a story that will linger for a long time and a Paris that I want to revisit again.

Thank you Love Reading and the publishers for giving me this opportunity to review.

A great no holds barred read

Death and the Elephant: How Cancer Saved My Life
I was asked to review this book by Nudge. 

Quite an emotional read, but cancer is. We lost my mother in law to cancer 3 years ago. I knew this would be difficult but there was two stands to this story which intertwined. Cancer and gambling bother diseases.

This is a unique well written book. It can be uncomfortable at times but it cannot be that way, but at the same time the reader must read on. This is in your face full on, honest but I urge you to read this.

This is about Raz (Theatre Director) who has non Hodgkin's lymphoma stage 4 - which for readers who do not know what this disease is -Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout your body. 5year survival rate is around 90%. With gambling addition as well not a great combination. Readers experience what is going on in his mind, the highs and the very lows but with a great sense of humour that comes out amidst this dreadful time as you join the "cancer club" as he describes this really graphic account no holds barred. 

The author quotes the sentence most suffers will say "why me" and why not whoever that you may not particularly like, but then the author turns this around to "Why not me" and why he wanted to share this journey with the reader.

Will he find the right place to be in his life - reader please take time to read this.

Thank you Nudge and the author for letting me review this remarkable book.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

is it me?

How Hard Can It Be? (Kate Reddy, #2)This came through my letter box not sure where this came from but a jolly good read

Kate Ready is coming up to 50, unlike me who is downsizing hours at work she is returning but having to and having to lie in relation to her age, that I find difficult to comprehend where a lot of our workforce are 50 and above. 
 Her husband is somewhere else head buried in self help books and taking a sabbatical, her daughter into social media the menopause and the aged Ps. Sound somewhat familiar.

This book deals with what all of us 50 somethings are going through- although I am probably boners moving house and upsizing may be that is the menopause - I do not know. I was hopeful to read about her memory as I thought last week I had the onset of dementia - so through this book I can laugh at myself and the antics of this book. Makes me now feel a bit more "normal" rather than the usual "is it me"

this book is a sequel but can easily be read as a standalone book.

Great sunbed read which was published June 2018

Saturday, 28 July 2018

What if

The ImmortalistsI was asked to review by the Good Housekeeping Book Room which dropped through my letter box on my day off and first day of leave.

The cover gives food for thought straight away" if you knew the date of your death , how would you live your life?" creepy but in a sense we get one bash at this and we mess up would we if we knew? that is the thousand dollar question.

I just had to read this story.

Four children at the end of the 60s knock on the door of a psychic, this person claims they can know the date of the persons death.

then begins a section of each of the four children with unique storylines each interesting thought provoking and sad at the same time. But considering we are reading about mortality there is a great deal of life in the story.

This has an impact on the four children, whether the predictions do come true (readers you will need to read this) boy does this have an impact on their lives. Mortality, grief, life, fate, do we have a choice is everything mapped out for us all thrown into the melting pot. tackles the uncomfortable.

It is beautifully written by the author who brought us Anatomy of Dreams in 2014.

Recommended and just out of the summer sunbed read.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Life changing

The 28 Day Alcohol-Free Challenge by Andy Ramage

I was asked to review by Nudge

firstly to say some of the reviews are a bot unfair, no the book does not go into the medical effects of drinking but we all know that cirrhosis of the liver, cancers etc can result in prolonged and a high intake of alcohol. What is more worrying is that drinking is the norm and on summers days this is blatantly obvious to children too who grow up thinking it is ok to drink to excess.

Right to the book - it set out well and the yellow pages really stand out, and I agree with the authors drinking even in moderation ( I am now not really sure what moderation is) does make you tired, grumpy, your annoying colleagues just get even more annoying and lately with stress at work I drink to help me sleep, which often has the opposite effect.

it is all about looking ay yourself and looking to other motivations, looking after your body we only get one. What I really like was the reference to Steve Peters book The Chimp Paradox, I am currently watching the Tour De France and fascinated by Team Sky.

there are interesting personal stories which the reader can relate to, loved the mocktails and resources are helpful

it is all about mindset, and will I be trying this? - yes when my new job starts in August even if it help me move to a different mindset. It doesn't have to start with a "dry" January it can start anytime.