You, Me and the Movies – Fiona Collins

You, Me and the Movies – Fiona Collins

You, Me and the Movies is one of those books that would not be out of place as a Richard Curtis film, a story of love and heartbreak that’s punctured with old movies.

Arden hasn’t had an easy life, and it seems she is somewhat living under a shadow, when a hospital visit to a friends leads to an unexpected reunion with her former love.

The story travels back and forth from present day to Arden’s time at university beautifully – you never feel lost.  It’s at university that Arden meets & falls in love with film lecturer Mac, embarking on a love affair that doesn’t last but that stays with her, her whole life. When she meets Mac again in hospital he is unable to communicate, but Arden reconnects with him through the memories of the films they watched together.

You can’t help but be invested in Arden and her story, and her story is told so beautifully it will wrench your heart. A timeless story of love, loss and second chances

You, Me and the Movies Book Cover You, Me and the Movies
Fiona Collins
Transworld Digital
4 April 2019
Kindle
355

When Arden meets Mac she quickly falls for the handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love is the sort you see in movies: dramatic, exciting and all-consuming… and complicated.

A love like theirs could never last.

But years later, whilst visiting a friend in hospital, Arden sees the one face she could never forget. Badly injured, Mac can only make brief references to the classic films they once watched together. Which is all it takes for Arden to remember everything…

Will Arden ever find a movie-worthy love again?

Unique and true-to-life, You, Me and the Movies is a love story like no other. Perfect for fans of David Nicholls, Jojo Moyes and Richard Curtis films this book will leave you crying big, fat tears of joy and sadness.

The Girl at the Window – Rowan Coleman

The Girl at the Window – Rowan Coleman

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 novel. 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 myself. 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!

BLOG TOUR – Dear Lily – Drew Davies

BLOG TOUR – Dear Lily – Drew Davies

We were thrilled to be able to take part in the blog tour for Dear Lily by Drew Davies and I was not disappointed with this book.

Dear Lily is the story of Joy who has taken a leap way out of her comfort zone to start a new life in Denmark working for her company. It’s very clear from the start of the book that this is something very unexpected for Joy and we are taken along with her anxieties as she pours them out on the page.

Joy it seems is an ironic name for the main character who seems to be very anxious and introvert – being in a new country however and having to start a whole new life on her own does however draw her out. When you start the book it’s hard to see where the book is headed, it’s clear that the character has some issues – she often mentions her face time therapist for example.

The narrative of the story is via a series of letters from Joy to her sister Lily and this works so well, allowing Joy to pour out her deepest thoughts and feelings as she settles in and begins to even enjoy her new life. We also get glimpses of her past as she recalls moments between sisters and we learn a lot about Lily and their family.

We never get the meet Lily herself, but she is as much a character as Joy herself thanks to the wonderful way Drew Davies constructs the story. You can’t help but feel connected to the characters, there are indeed moments of Joy and also sadness. Books written as letters can be tricky to get right, but I think Drew Davies has truly nailed it. A beautiful story about building on a fresh start.

A true Joy to read.

Dear Lily Book Cover Dear Lily
Drew Davies
Bookouture
17 May 2019
Kindle
292

Dear Lily,

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.

Love,

Joy x

Love, Iris – Elizabeth Noble

Love, Iris – Elizabeth Noble

The first novel I’ve read by Elizabeth Noble, having this book drop through my letterbox from the Publisher it’s been in my reading pile waiting for a quiet reading moment. This book is perfect for a lazy Sunday curled up with a hot drink.

Dear, Iris explores family relationships, on one hand you have Iris coming to the end of her life, looked after by the granddaughter she virtually brought up. Tess is struggling to cope with the impending loss of her grandmother, having a fractious relationship with her own mother she finds her own impending motherhood bringing them closer.

On the flip side we have Gigi, her family are grown up and she is finding herself unhappy in her marriage and wanting to fly the nest herself, Tess and Gigi are connected by the home where Iris moves to and where Gigi’s father in law also stays. Soon they form a friendship as they deal with the changes in their lives.

This was a moving story with lots of parts to it, it was lovely to see the different family bonds and how they changed. It did feel that there could be more done with the secret Iris was keeping, although it had a nice way of bringing a deeper meaning to the story.
If you love a book to pull on your heart strings this one is for you






Love, Iris Book Cover




Love, Iris





Elizabeth Noble





Penguin




27 December 2018




Paperback



Did you ever have a secret you knew would change everything?

Tess's happy childhood memories are mostly of the grandmother who helped raise her. And now she has a secret to tell Iris - one which will turn so many lives upside down.

But how can you confide your future in someone who barely remembers her past?

Tess knows everything is about to change. What she doesn't know is that chance will lead her into the lives of two strangers - and uncover her grandmother's secret from the past.

A secret which will illuminate her own future . . .

An uplifting, unforgettable story about keeping secrets, taking chances and finding happiness where you least expect it.

Published in a previous edition under the title Letters to Iris.

The Day We Met – Roxie Cooper

The Day We Met – Roxie Cooper

This book arrived without warning through my letterbox back in the cold depths of winter, and I duly deposited it on my to read pile. Struggling in a bit of a reading slump I picked this up to read on my train journey to work and boy did this pull me out of that slump. Every so often you come across a gem of a book that you literally can’t put down, that you think about all day at your desk itching for the minute you can return to its pages.

The Day We Met tells the story of Stephanie, engaged to Matt and slowly getting over some personal issues in her life, she believes she is now happy but then a chance meeting with Jamie puts a new spin on her world, he seems to be the only person who truly understands her. But Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweet heart, although he too feels this unexplainable connection to Stephanie. A connection so strong neither of them can ignore it and so begins a 10 year journey, a 10 year will they won’t they for the reader.

The story of the book does leave you torn, as this is a story about an affair, on the one hand you want to stop what is happening but on the other you do find yourself rooting for Stephanie & Jamie and then questioning yourself for it. It’s one of those books that just gets to you, you want to rush to the ending and then you get there… but I don’t want to spoil that for you, so you’ll have to go read it!






The Day We Met Book Cover




The Day We Met





Roxie Cooper





Ebury Digital




1 February 2019




Paperback




464



Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they're both with other people...

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything...

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story.

The Cactus – Sarah Haywood

The Cactus – Sarah Haywood

Susan is 45, she has a flat for 1, a ‘relationship’ arrangement that suits her just fine and a job that suits her skills. Susan doesn’t have close friends and avoids her brother Edward, but when the sudden loss of her mother brings her back home her carefully organised life starts to unravel and it’s not just the loss of her mother, there is a far more interesting development in Susan’s life that well and truly puts a spanner in the works.

Sarah Haywood has created such a wonderful character in Susan – she is as prickly as the title suggests, and yet you can’t help but be drawn in to her world and by the end of the book you uncover that this cactus really can bloom. I thoroughly enjoyed the insight into Susan’s mind and nature and was torn between whether I loved her or hated her, loving the reactions of those around her who encouraged her to step out of herself and let people in.

A truly heart-warming little story!






The Cactus Book Cover




The Cactus





Sarah Haywood





Two Roads




4 October 2018




Kindle




384



It's never too late to bloom ... People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green - family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself.

Age 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward - a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits.
Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. And things can only get worse ... at least in Susan's eyes.

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