No one you know tells us the story of Ellie Enderlin, whose life has been overshadowed by the murder of her younger sister Lila in 1989. Although Ellie is successful, travelling as an international coffee buyer her private life is less so, her boyfriend having left her and moved away and it seems that the tragedy of her sisters death is the main reason she hasn’t been over to find happiness herself. There is no doubt that the loss deeply affected her and her family and that this was in part due to the part played in the publishing of the book about the murder, that Ellie was unbeknown to her the inspiration for, having formed a friendship with the author.
Younger sister Lila was somewhat of a mathematical prodigy, her closest relationship with numbers, but at the end of her life it seemed she had formed a relationship unfortunately with a married man and it was he who was pointed at as the main suspect in her murder, but no-one is ever charged and the murder remains unsolved.
When Ellie unexpectedly is reunited with her sisters notebook missing since the day she was murdered, she starts on a path towards finally solving the mystery of her sisters murder. The book perfectly combines all the expected twists of a murder mystery with the emotion of someone dealing with the tragic loss of someone close to them, and the weight of guilt at being the one who survived.
No one you know
6 October 2009
Her sister was murdered. The killer was never found. Until now…
All her childhood Ellie Enderlin had lived in her sister’s shadow. But then Lily was murdered and their family changed forever.
Now, decades later, Ellie comes into possession of Lila’s lost notebook and has a chance to finally discover the truth about her sister’s death. But her search for justice will lead her to uncover her sister’s darkest secrets…
Holly Martin is back with another outstanding summer feel good read. This time we meet Eva and Thor, the man of any woman’s dreams. Following the death of her mum, Eva comes across a box in her mother’s loft, full of dreams. Eva decides to use the money left to her by her Mum, to fulfill the dreams her Mum never got to experience, taking Eva out of her comfort zone. In order to to make her Mother’s dreams come true, Eva enlists the help of a guide to help her plan and travel the world. But at the last minute her guide changes, leaving Eva with Thor as her guide.
Now I don’t want to give too much away, but Thor is the one person Eva definitely did not want to be stuck with on a round the world trip. But as they spend time together, Eva begins to see another side to Thor.
The Summer of Chasing Dreams is a real feel good read, I literally could not put it down. The words flowed and I was whisked away in to Eva’s world. Eva was an easy to love character, there was no part of her I didn’t like. She is kind, caring and brave and I loved joining her on this adventure of a lifetime, with all the ups and downs this involved. It was fascinating learning more about her back story and discovering with her secrets kept by her Mum.
Then there is Thor. There is so much to Thor than there first appears. Other than his Godly name and body, there is this fun loving and sensitive guy. I loved the dual narrative of the story, enabling me as a reader to learn things about Thor and his perspective of events and Eva. Thor is a strong and compelling character, whom I couldn’t help but fall in love with.
The whole story worked superbly, I loved the use of the postcards from Eva, this really added to the story for me and brought a new insight in to Eva’s thoughts and experiences.
As for the experiences and countries visited by Thor and Eva,WOW! Holly really managed to capture my imagination with these. The detailed descriptions and little facts, added a whole other dimension to an already awesome book. I could picture vividly the scenes as if I were experiencing them myself. I was literally blown away and really would like to visit some of these places.
So Holly, thank you for once again giving us a cracker of a book. This is an awesome feel good, romantic read. I loved every single second of this book, my only regret is that I devoured it so quickly. I would so love to meet these characters again. I think Eva and Thor may be my favourite book characters to date.
So for those looking for a book to lose yourself in that will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. This is the book for you. What are you waiting for?
The Summer of Chasing Dreams
The stunning new story from the bestselling author of The Cottage on Sunshine Beach. A joyously romantic, feel-good summer read. Eva Blue is about to go on a trip of a lifetime, but one adventure she didn't count on was falling in love...
Eva is quite content with her life in London. In her job as a cover designer, she works at home, and often in her cosy pyjamas. She's happy to stay in her safe little world and not explore much outside of it.
She is the opposite of her mum, a free spirit who craved finding adventure and thrills in all corners of the world. But on the day her mum’s will is finalised, Eva finds a list of all the dreams her mum wanted to achieve in her life. Things she never did because she fell pregnant with Eva.
Eva decides these dreams will not go unfulfilled - she is going to be brave and complete them for her mum. As Eva has no experience travelling the world, she hires a guide to go with her on this holiday.
Gorgeous but rude Thor Anderson is not the person she would choose to accompany her on this journey, but somehow she gets stuck with him. As they discover the world together Eva starts to think he might not be as bad as she first thought. She is swept away by Thor's kindness and mischievous sense of humour. But will it be a simple holiday romance or could this wonderful adventure lead to so much more?
Discover an unforgettable romance this summer. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Miranda Dickinson and Jill Mansell, this book is for you.
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
27 December 2018
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.
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
1 February 2019
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...
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!
4 October 2018
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.
I was lucky to be given an advanced proof of this book by the publishers, having not heard anything about the book before picking it up I was instantly in the middle of a gripping narrative.
Everyone knows Cornelia Blackwood but there is something about her that people turn away from, and through the course of the book we slowly begin to uncover her story. A loving wife who tragically loses her husband but then finds he wasn’t where he should’ve been and through investigation she discovers a shocking secret, a secret somewhat poignant when you learn the truth about Cornelia.
It’s difficult to say much about the story without giving away major spoilers so I won’t say more about the plot, but you can’t help but be captured by the beautiful story telling that the author weaves around Cornelia in this book, you feel for her. The book deals with a difficult subject matter, but it’s not shied away from in anyway and you’ll be left with a lasting impression after reading this book!
The Flight of Cornelia Blackwood
Susan Elliot Wright
Simon & Schuster UK
19 February 2019
What has happened to Cornelia Blackwood?
She has a loving marriage.
But she has no friends.
Everyone knows her name.
But no one will speak it.
Cornelia Blackwood is about to do something very wrong, for reasons she believes to be right.