The Missing Girls- Carol Wyer

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I was really eager to read the third book in the Robyn Carter series. I love her character and this latest investigation. I enjoyed every page and couldn’t wait to read more and find out how they were going to find this killer.

You can just imagine yourself in the police investigation, looking at all the coloured post it notes- wondering what connections will be found and looking for clues with each suspect. At one point I was certain it was going to be one suspect- but we are led into other avenues and more chilling evidence comes into play. You are desperate for them to find the missing girls and for them to find out how the cases are linked.

Carol E Wyer produces the most spine tingling suspense- willing you to read just one more page even though you should be turning the lights off to get some sleep. How could you leave them in the middle of the case!

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The Break- Marian Keyes

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I loved this book. Amy’s husband drops a bombshell that he is taking a break and going on his very own gap year (well 6 month) backpacking expedition. Whilst he’s away he will be on a break from his job AND his marriage- but he will be back in 6 months to take up where he left off! I think I’d have been telling him not to bother coming back!!!!!!

He’d had a terrible time after the loss of his dad and then his best friend and as the book unfurls you realise that there are other factors.

The book is a real treasure combing Marian’s lovely Irish writing with dysfunctional family issues, work problems and the obvious relationship woes.

Amy is left to deal with their daughters and her mum seeming to want to escape from the restraints of looking after her dad with Alzheimers. Although she has lots of siblings it seems to fall to her to do the babysitting. I loved the family get togethers at her parents- and the fact that EVERYONE turns up when it’s curry night

The Vlog starring her mother provides some lovely amusing moments. She’s enjoying her moments of fame .

There are also some very poignant moments where you wonder whether there will be any way back for any of them. Also the realisation that even going through similar situations there is never a clear black and white approach. Your heart rules and won’t allow your head to make a clean break

The Woman Who knew Everything- Debbie Viggiano

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Three work friends are all expecting proposals from their long term boyfriends- but each is nursing secrets from their friends about the less than perfect relationships that would surely be fixed by the hint of a diamond.

When they visit a fortune teller organised by the office ‘vamp’ they are left unsettled by her predictions- but surely the lady is making all the predictions up.

This was such a lovely book exploring great friendships, office politics and not so perfect relationships. The characters are so well drawn you feel that you could get a job at Hood Mann and Derek and meet up over coffee and discuss life and work issues with a hint of humour.

Madam Rosa leaves you wondering- but she seems to be very accurate as you are screaming at the girls to move on!

I loved every moment in this book and was sorry to come to the end- I just have to wait for Debbie’s next book!!!!!!!

Love at the Italian Lake- Darcie Boleyn

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I love Darcie Boleyn’s books and the gorgeous setting for this one really made me want to book a trip to Lake Garda. I easily lost myself in the descriptions of this beautiful place and the characters are so well drawn that you feel instantly close to them.
Sophia is escaping to Italy to get away from a broken relationship. She bumps into Joe at the airport and this starts a great relationship between the two. She is staying with her grandmother and it’s so sweet to see them bonding after a lengthy absence.
There are hints of secrets that could upset everything and they are dealt with very sensitively.
I absolutely adored everything about this book.

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream- Christie Barlow.

 

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I absolutely adored this book. It instantly wrapped me within its pages, enjoying time spent at the Little Rock Marina with a gorgeous sounding cafe near by. The characters were wonderful- including Nollie, the canal boat. Guy
sounds the perfect love interest- but is he hiding a secret? I loved meeting all the new friends at the Marina. Nell’s friends and family are great- helping her through the heartbreak of losing her young husband.
Guy’s dog led them to find a fascinating man on a new canal boat who had links to the film world. He was an interesting character.
Nell is looking to take over the local cinema and restore it to being the centre of the community again. You could feel her excitement over her plans for the place- but would she be able to afford to take it on.
There are secrets being kept by several people and it is lovely to see them unfold.
I was so sad to leave the marina and all my new friends there!!!!!!

The Big Dreams Beach Hotel- Lilly Bartlett

 

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I absolutely loved this book. Rosie is a manager at a lovely old fashioned hotel in Scarborough. They welcome the locals with lots of small fun events. They also have some long term residents who are housed by the local council. When they hotel is taken over by an American team , huge changes are in store.

You can just imagine the old Victorian building moaning in protest as the loud and garish furnishings are coming in through the front door. Their whole ethos and the wonderful friendships are under threat.

The transitions manager bought in to oversee the whole process manages to earn the heart of Rosie despite her reservations due to past experiences.

You can just imagine booking a week in the hotel as it was and really loving relaxing in it’s cosiness. But also having a £90 meal in their new style sounds tempting! I guess change is inevitable to ensure that things thrive in the modern world- but there must be a small corner for this hotel.
It is a lovely warm story, I enjoyed the skype meetings with the American bosses, and loved the exchanges amongst all the local characters.

The Art of hiding- Amanda Prowse

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When Nina loses her husband Finn in a car crash, her whole life is turned upside down. She realises that the friends she had were superficial, surface acquaintances and she won’t be able to get support from them.

Her sister proves to be the support she needs even though they have become distant since she married. Her sister was a lovely character. She stepped in where she was needed and swept the years away.

This book really takes you on an emotional journey- you feel for Nina and her two boys. Although they had a very privileged life it was all based on smoke screens and they soon have to start over in her home town in a rented flat. I loved the scenes in the flat- it sounded horrendous but proved that love overcomes all even if it seems a long time coming.

You know that you can settle down with a book from Amanda and be assured a wonderful read. She tackles difficult subjects in a sensitive manner and creates such wonderful characters that you can’t help but be drawn into their lives.