There’s something special about letters (we should write more), and I loved that this story was told by way of Joy’s letters to her sister.
Joy has done something completely out of character for her, and has found herself starting a new role in a new country, away from her family and friends – she is completely out of her comfort zone but through her letters you uncover her character, a bit of an overthinker, sometimes slightly neurotic but also very funny.
It’s a real uplifting story of starting over – it’s one sided being told through only Joy’s letters, but it totally works for the story arc – it’ll have you laughing at loud but also stiffling a few tears if you’re reading in public.
It’s also rare to find a “chick – lit” book written by a man that works so well – I didn’t even realise the author wasn’t a woman – fantastic read!
17 May 2019
It’s me, Joy, your much wiser and (very slightly) older sister. I thought I’d start a new tradition of letter writing – now that we’re long distance.
On the plane over here, I began to cry in seat 21C. I think the magnitude of it finally hit me, after everything that happened…
I haven’t even unpacked yet – the only thing I’ve taken out of my suitcase is Harville, your beloved childhood teddy. Sorry for stealing him, but I need him more than you do. Every time I look at that little brown bear I think about our childhood. Remember that dance we made up to Annie’s ‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’? (Remember the broom choreography?)
I’m also sorry for abandoning you – I’ve always been your agony aunt, and a buffer in your infamous shouting matches with Mum. But I had to leave, Lily, I had to.
Anyway, I’m here now. I’m here to start over, and to face up to the past. I want to learn to laugh again, and to find someone to love who will maybe even love me back. You always told me I was just getting by, not actually living, so I’m finally doing it. Wish me luck, little sister.
Having read “Behind her Eyes” previously I was looking forward to another installment of Sarah Pinborough’s work and dived right in to “Cross Her Heart”
Lisa is a single mother who keeps herself to herself, she has 1 good friend through work and is overly protective of her teenage daughter Ava. Ava, like all teenagers I’m sure, has her own secrets – she’s been talking to a guy online. However she isn’t the only one with a secret as the biggest secret is the one Lisa has been keeping for a very long time, and one which is about to be uncovered.
Once again Pinborough has crafted a brilliant psychological story, you’re pulled into Lisa’s world and as her secret unravels find yourself racing through to uncover more and just as the book’s tag line says “you won’t see it coming”
Stick with this one and you’re in for a treat!
Cross Her Heart
21 February 2019
Lisa tells lies.
Most of them are small white lies intended to make the life of her daughter, Ava, easier.
But her biggest lie of all about to be exposed.
Because Lisa is lying to everyone.
Lisa isn’t who she says she is.
Lisa isn’t even called Lisa at all.
Her real name is Charlotte Nevill and as a child she was convicted of the brutal murder of her half-brother, Daniel.
Someone out there knows the truth. They’re determined to make Lisa pay. And they won’t stop until everything she loves is destroyed.
Here’s the gorgeous cover for the new Christmassy story from
@HollyMAuthor. It’s filled with snow, lashings of hot chocolate
and a beautiful love story. The Gift of Happiness is out October 25th
but you can pre-order your copy today
Seriously the people at Penguin must be researching my favourite things, I
was so excited when an advanced copy of The Girl at the Window landed through
my letterbox. Yorkshire, Emily Bronte, Rowan Coleman… literally jumping for
joy in my hallway.
My absolute all-time favourite book is Wuthering Heights and I’m so glad
that Rowan Coleman picked Emily Bronte to centre this story around. Ponden Hall
is a real home in Yorkshire, in the centre of the Bronte world. In this book
it’s the setting for a wonderful story that’s as atmospheric as a true Bronte
Trudy has moved back to Ponden her family home with her son after her
beloved husband goes missing in a plane crash. She is returning after a long
time away and finds the home in desperate need of love and care. She left not
on the best terms with her mother and being back also gives them a chance to
reconnect and for her mother to start a relationship with her grandson.
Ponden calls to it’s true owners and on her return some very spooky things
begin to happen which led Trudy on a journey to uncover the history of some of
Ponden’s previous occupants as well as it’s connection to Emily Bronte herself.
It’s very clear through the novel that Rowan herself is a huge Bronte fan
and clearly has a connection with Yorkshire. Her descriptions of the Moors
truly bring to life on the page and I found myself longing to be back there
I haven’t visited Ponden myself before, but through the book I felt as much
a connection to the house as its residents and if I get the chance to go back
to Yorkshire I will make sure I pay a visit!
Fans of the Bronte’s may be wary in reading this book but let me reassure
you it’s a beautifully written story that pays them the respect they deserve. I
loved it and it’s definitely one of my favourite books this year! It’s so
lovely to share my love of the Bronte’s with someone!
Those of you who have been viewing our page for some time, will know that we’re huge fans of Paige Toon here at Compelling Reads. So nabbing an advanced copy of If You Could Go Anywhere from the Simon & Schuster Spring blogger event naturally left us ecstatic!
This time Paige introduces us to Angie a girl that dreams of travelling. She asks everyone she meets where they could go if they ‘could go anywhere’ and many of those have sent the postcodes she keeps in her room. Sadly Angie’s own circumstances meant that she hasn’t travelled but when these circumstances change and some surprising information about her father are revealed she finds herself finally on her way.
The novel is set mainly in Rome as Angie meets her father and those he is close to including Alessandro. Paige does an amazing job in her descriptions of the places Angie visits, so much so that I really felt as if I were there alongside her, seeing the sights & tasting the gelato of Rome for myself.
The growing friendship between Angie and Alessandro unfolds perfectly and you’ll find yourself drawn to him as much as Angie is.
This book is the perfect summer read whether you find yourself travelling or just dreaming of that place you’d go, if you could go anywhere
If You Could Go Anywhere
Simon & Schuster
16 May 2019
HOW DO YOU FIND WHERE YOU'RE GOING, IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE FROM . . .
Angie has always wanted to travel. But at twenty-seven, she has barely stepped outside the small mining town where she was born. Instead, she discovers the world through stories told to her by passing travellers, dreaming that one day she'll see it all for herself.
When her grandmother passes away, leaving Angie with no remaining family, she is ready to start her own adventures. Then she finds a letter revealing the address of the father she never knew, and realises instantly where her journey must begin: Italy.
As Angie sets out to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will mysterious and reckless Italian Alessandro help guide the way?