Book Review: Dear Mrs Bird, AJ Pearce

Review

Emmy Lake wants to be a war journalist and joins Woman’s Friend as a junior administrator as a step up in her career. However, it turns out that the role is in fact one of typing letters in response to the magazine’s problem page! Emmy cannot help but become emotionally involved, however, you can’t help but like her.

We are introduced to her best friend Bunty and fiancé William, her volunteer colleagues at the Fire Station where she mans the telephones on the night shift and her colleagues at Woman’s Friend.

This is an easy reading, feel good book that I read in just over a day. It gives you a small snapshot of the sort of problems that the people who had been left behind in war torn Britain would have experienced.

I rate this book 4 stars 🌟 🌟🌟🌟

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Book Review: Now You See Me, Chris McGeorge

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Six friends and a dog enter the Standedge canal tunnel and only one person (Matthew) and the dog exit. Matthew is accused of causing the disappearance of his five friends.

Robin Ferringham is a writer and has written about the mystery disappearance of his wife. He receives a telephone call from Matthew who needs help to prove his innocence in exchange for information about Robin’s wife.

For me, this book seemed to drag and I found it confusing in the end with the tunnel entrances/exits etc.

I rate this book 2 stars 🌟🌟

Thanks

Many thanks go to the author Chris McGeorge, NetGalley and the publisher Orion Publishing Group for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an independent review.

Book Review: The Guilty Friend, Joanne Sefton

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What a powerful book. It takes you straight into the current day lives of Misty and Karen and then back to their university days with their best friend Alex.

Misty and Karen both believe that they’ve seen Alex on a television news broadcast. But Alex died of anorexia whilst the girls were still at university.

Misty attends Karen’s 50th birthday party where she meets Tasha, Karen’s middle daughter. Misty is an eating disorder psychiatrist and spots some of the more obvious signs that Tasha has an eating disorder.

Tasha’s difficulties remain hidden until her elder sister calls Misty for help.

The book deals with the subject of anorexia so well. It’s not a subject I know much about and to be honest, not a subject I would choose to read about. However, I’m SO glad that I have read The Guilty Friend. It’s taught me a lot, particularly how fragile the mind can be for both boys and girls.

I rate this book 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thanks

With many thanks to the author Joanne Sefton, NetGalley and Publishers Avon Books UK for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an independent review.

Book Review: The Dream House, Jess Ryder

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Stella uses her inheritance money to buy derelict Westhill House for her and Jack to live in, do up and make their family home. Until one night, there’s a knock at the door from a woman who has been beaten and refuses to go to the police. Stella’s good heart takes the woman, Lori, into her home, against Jack’s wishes and so the story begins.
We also meet Kay, her daughter Abigail and Foxy and we learn that Westhill House had previously been a squat and refuge for women who had suffered from domestic violence
I found The Dream House compelling reading and I want to particularly mention the way that the author makes reference to the issue of violence against women at the end of the book.
I rate this book 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thanks

With many thanks to the author Jess Ryder, Publishers Bookouture and NetGalley for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an independent review.

Book Review: Stanley and Elsie, Nicola Upson

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I fell in love with Elsie Munday as soon as I started reading this book. Elsie goes into service as the housemaid for famous painter Stanley Spencer, his wife Hilda and their daughter Shirrin while Stanley has been commissioned to paint war paintings in the chapel at Burghclere. She quickly becomes a part of the family, speaking her mind and becoming confidante to Stanley and Hilda in their volatile marriage.
When Patricia Preece and Dorothy Hepworth come onto the scene, things change for everybody, but Elsie remains the backbone through everything.
I enjoyed Part 1 of the book most of all, due to learning how the family establishes itself. And seeing Stanley through Elsie’s eyes. Throughout the book I felt a frustration with Stanley, yet I also felt pity for him as well. The way that Nicola Upson manages to put this across is so cleverly written.
This book took me longer to read than usual due to all of the researching I was doing. I now know so much about the lives and paintings of all those involved and can’t wait to visit Sandham Memorial Chapel to see the paintings for myself.
I loved this book and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I stopped reading it; I’m missing Elsie and Stanley!
I rate this book 5 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thanks

With many thanks to the author Nicola Upson, Publishers Duckworth and NetGalley for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an independent review.

Book Review: The Holiday, TM Logan

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This was supposed to be a wonderful holiday for four university friends and their families. Through Logan’s various twists and turns, we see Kate challenge each of her friends. Which one is having an affair with Sean, loyal husband and family man?
I particularly enjoyed the way that the book focused on each of the families and their relationships, not just Kate and Sean. 
I read this book whilst on holiday and it kept me guessing right to the last page. This is my first book by the author and I will look forward to reading his previous two books now. 
I rate this book 4 stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thanks

With many thanks to the author TM Logan, NetGalley and Publishers Bonnier Zaffre for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an independent review.