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The Snow Bride – Debbie Macomber – Book Review #46

The Snow Bride wasn’t as good as The Christmas Basket but it was still an enjoyable read.

Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Snow Bride

Practical Jenna Campbell has done something impractical. She’s met a man on the Internet and now, a month before Christmas, she’s going to Alaska to marry him. Dalton Gray seems to be everything she wants in a husband — sensitive, gallant, romantic….

On the flight to Fairbanks, she has the misfortune to sit beside Reid Jamison, who obviously isn’t sensitive, gallant or romantic. However, he’s not impressed with her plan to marry Dalton, a man he detests (for good reason, as Jenna later finds out). So Reid takes it upon himself to change her destination — and her marriage plans.

Which is why Jenna ends up at Reid’s cabin in tiny Snowbound, Alaska. It’s currently a one-woman town (and the other woman’s out of town). That leaves Reid, a bunch of eccentric old men, a few grizzly bears — and Jenna. Kidnapped! And then there’s a blizzard. The two of them alone, stranded in Snowbound…

The Snow Bride by Debbie Macomber

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The Christmas Basket – Debbie Macomber – Book Review #45

I needed a change from dark, suspenseful thrillers and The Christmas Basket was just the ticket.
Debbie Macomber is my favourite author of Christmas books. I know they’re schmaltzy and to me, that’s a good thing when it comes to Christmas stories!

I started this book on a Sunday night and finished it Monday morning when I should have been working!

The Christmas Basket

Noelle (so named because she was born on Christmas Day) was still in love with her high school sweetheart. It had been 10 years since she’d seen him and part of her hated him. He’d stood her up when she was 16 and they’d planned to elope.
Not being able to deal with the hurt, she left her hometown and didn’t return for 10 years.

The only reason she returned after all that time was because her sister was getting married.

Thom, Noelle’s love interest, felt the same way about her as she did about him.

Crossed Wires

Of course, things are never as they seem in a Debbie Macomber story and we soon learn that both of them had been wrong about what had actually happened the day they were supposed to elope.
To confuse things further, though, Thom’s mother, Mary, and Noelle’s mother, Sarah, had fallen out 20 years ago after being best friends. They’d never been able to get their friendship back on track and this caused problems for Thom and Noelle.

Happy Ending

It wouldn’t be a Debbie Macomber novel without a happy ending and this one certainly made me happy! I found myself smiling while reading and feeling all Christmassy 🙂

I’m reading all Christmas stories for the rest of my 2017 reading challenge and I’m looking forward to my next book. It’s another by Debbie Macomber and it’s called, The Snow Bride.

Debbie Macomber The Christmas Basket

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Six Years – Harlan Coben – Book Review #44

Six Years is another Harlan Coben novel that kept me in suspense for most of the book and then left me satisfied at the end.
I can’t really say too much about it because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone so I’m just going to put the blurb here from Goodreads.

Six Years

Harlan Coben, the master of domestic suspense, returns with a standalone thriller in the vein of #1 bestsellers Hold Tight, Caught and Stay Close that explores the depth and passion of a lost love . . . and the secrets and lies at its heart.

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for . . . but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for more than a decade, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out.

As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart—and who lied to him—soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on carefully constructed fiction.

Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.

I’m taking a break from thrillers for a while now. I’ve got a pile of Christmas fiction to get through. I’ve been waiting for October to be done before starting on Christmas stories. As there’s only a couple of days left, I’m starting my first one today; it’s Debbie Macomber’s The Christmas Basket 🙂

Harlan Coben Six years
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A Game For All The Family – Sophie Hannah – Book Review #43

I’m struggling with what to say about A Game For All the Family. I was looking forward to reading it because it’s by Sophie Hannah. I enjoyed reading it nearly all the way through, but the ending totally let me down.

Throughout the book, I was waiting for, and looking forward to, the twist I was sure was coming. It’s a Sophie Hannah book, there has to be a twist, doesn’t there?

Turns out that, nope, there doesn’t have to be a twist, but without it, the ending left me a bit deflated, confused and wondering why I’d read the book. I also felt cheated of the hours spent reading this book instead of another.
I tried to think back through the story and make sense of it all, but I couldn’t do it. Ant asked me to tell him the basics of the story; as I was trying to explain the main points, they sounded silly to me and I wondered why they hadn’t felt silly when I was reading it. I still have no idea!

Now would be the time I’d tell you a bit about the story, but I feel I’ve wasted enough of my time on this book and I’m not going to waste anymore!
If you want to read about it, here’s the link to it on Goodreads

Sophie hannah A Game for all the family
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Amanda Coe – Everything You Do Is Wrong – Book Review #42

Everything You Do Is Wrong – Amanda Coe

This is going to be a short review and not a very favourable one, I’m afraid. I read this book by Amanda Coe back in February. It was a free download from Netgalley and when I downloaded it, I didn’t notice that the date of publication wasn’t until October.

When you read books for review from Netgalley, you can’t post a review on your blog until a week before the publication date. The details of the story are a bit hazy now because I read it so long ago but I remember not liking it at all. Because of my poor memory, I’ve taken my review from Netgalley and copied it here for you.

I really don’t have anything good to say about this book, I’m afraid.
I found myself wanting it to hurry up and end because it just wasn’t holding my attention.

It was confusing in places but mostly boring. The blurb on Goodreads said that Harmony was desperate to fill in the gaps in Storm’s story but it didn’t feel, to me, as if Harmony had any feelings, one way or another about Storm.
She only really cared once it surfaced that Storm might affect Harmony’s chance of moving in with Mel.

Storm’s reason for the whole ‘naked on the beach in a storm’ thing was stupid and the ending just left me frustrated.
I felt like I’d wasted my time reading this book and if I hadn’t been reviewing it for NetGalley, I wouldn’t have made it to the end.

It’s not often I read a book I’ve disliked as much as this one and I don’t like bad reviews but, this time, I’m afraid I couldn’t find anything good to say about it.

Everything you do is wrong by Amanda Coe

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The Woods – Harlan Coben – Book Review #41

The Woods is another Harlan Coben book that kept me reading and surprised me with a couple of twists.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads

The Woods

Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again.

Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again. For Paul Copeland, the county prosecutor of Essex, New Jersey, mourning the loss of his sister has only recently begun to subside.

Cope, as he is known, is now dealing with raising his six-year-old daughter as a single father after his wife has died of cancer. Balancing family life and a rapidly ascending career as a prosecutor distracts him from his past traumas, but only for so long.

Family Secrets

When a homicide victim is found with evidence linking him to Cope, the well-buried secrets of the prosecutor’s family are threatened. Is this homicide victim one of the campers who disappeared with his sister? Could his sister be alive? Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer twenty years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.

Cope has to confront so much he left behind that summer twenty years ago: his first love, Lucy; his mother, who abandoned the family; and the secrets that his Russian parents might have been hiding even from their own children. Cope must decide what is better left hidden in the dark and what truths can be brought to the light.

I’ve got a couple more Harlan Coben books on my to be read pile. I’m looking forward to starting on the next one, Long Lost, after I’ve finished reading A Game For All The Family by Sophie Hannah.

The Woods by Harlan Coben

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Bone By Bone – Sanjida Kay – Book Review #40

Bone By Bone

It’s been a long time since a book has grabbed onto me and made me want to read it until the end. Bone By Bone was one of those books.
I started it Saturday night and finished it Monday afternoon. I should have been working but I just couldn’t put it down!

The subject matter is hard to read about; a 9-year-old girl called Autumn is being bullied by an older boy at school. The story is told from both Autumn’s and her mother’s point of view.
Laura, Autumn’s mum has moved them to a new city after her divorce and Autumn’s dad works away.


They’re both struggling with the all the changes and Autumn doesn’t tell Laura about the bullying for a while. When she does, she feels that Laura is making it worse by going to the school to speak to her teacher.

Autumn doesn’t return home from school one day so Laura goes off to look for her. She comes across a group of boys surrounding her little girl. All her artwork had been ripped up and scattered in the rain and far from being scared that an adult had caught him, the bully started taunting Laura.

Bad To Worse

After Laura does something stupid because of her emotions, things start to go from bad to worse for both her and Autumn.
It’s a tense read and I found myself wanting to read faster so I could out what was going to happen but to also read more slowly so the book didn’t end too soon!

Sanjida Kay

I hope Sanjida Kay writes another book soon. I’ll be buying it straight away if she does!

Bone By Bone - Sanjida Kay

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Madam Crowl’s Ghost By Le Fanu – Book Review #39

I’m going to be honest and say that I didn’t read all of Madam Crowl’s Ghost and other stories. I came across the book at the charity shop and I noticed it said M.R.James on the front. What I didn’t do was actually read it properly. I just assumed it was by M.R.James. I’d read somewhere that he was an excellent ghost story writer so I figured I’d give it a go.

When I actually started reading the book, I realised it was written by Le Fanu, not M.R.James. He had just edited the book.

I’ve never heard of Le Fanu but, I like ghost stories so started reading it.

Very Boring

It didn’t grab my attention at all. I did try to get to the end but it was very boring. About 2 thirds of the way through, I decided life was too short to read boring books so I didn’t finish it. I’m a couple of books ahead of target and plan to stay that way. By the end of the year, I reckon I’ll have read about 55 books so I’ll have beat my challenge anyway.

My next book, Bone By Bone is Sanjida Kay’s debut thriller. It has hooked me in straight away and I can’t wait to finish it. I’ll be here next Monday with my review. Fingers crossed it stays as good as it is now!

Madam Crowl's Ghost

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Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben – Book Review #38

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

I received an advanced copy of Don’t Let Go from Netgalley and have just published my review.  I’d like to thank Netgalley for giving me the advanced copy 🙂

My Review

Harlan Coben is rapidly becoming my favourite author. I have 5 or 6 on my ‘to be read’ shelf and a long list of all the others I want to buy.

Don’t Let Go kept me turning the page. I would have finished it much sooner if life and work hadn’t kept getting in the way!
I like the main character, Nap. This is surprising seeing as we first meet him using a baseball bat to break the knee and ankle of a man called Trey.

Nap Dumas

We soon find out that Nap is a detective who volunteers at a place for women and children who have been in abusive relationships.
Nap dishes out his own justice to some of the abusers instead of using the law to do it. Somehow I’m OK with that.

He is a twin but his brother, Leo, died when they were still in school. He and his girlfriend, Diana. were found dead on the rail tracks. There was speculation as to whether it was a suicide pact or an accident due to too much drink and too many drugs.

Around the same time his brother died, his girlfriend, Maura, disappeared. 15 years later he still has no clue as to why.

Conspiracy Club

Nap starts investigating the deaths when other people in their friendship group at school, suddenly end up dead.

As usual, I didn’t guess any of what happened. I was actually shocked to find out the truth about their deaths and why, 15 years later, members of the Conspiracy Club were being killed.

It was a great book and now I have to try and decide which Harlan Coben book to read next!

The book will be available to buy on 26th September.

Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben

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Fairies Of Fryfam – Agatha Raisin #10 – Book Review #37

Fairies Of Fryfam

Agatha Raisin and the fairies of Fryfam is the 10th book in the series. I don’t know if I’ll be going on to read number 11. The more I read the more I find them a bit annoying. Things people say and the way they say them quite often don’t ring true.

I read them when I want a nice easy read but I’m just not able to ignore the things that are annoying me anymore!
I spent the whole book wondering where the cat was that she’d taken home at the end of the previous book. The question was answered at the end of the book by her asking her cleaner how the cat was. It was explained that she hadn’t got on well with three cats so had given it to the cleaner.
It felt like the author had forgotten all about the third cat then someone reminded her at the end.

Agatha rented a cottage in Fryfam because a fortune teller in the previous book had said she’d find true love in Norfolk. Instead, she found strange twinkling lights at the bottom of the garden and murder in the manor house.

Her obsession with James is getting annoying and I was pleased Sir Charles featured with Aggie this time. James wasn’t in it much which didn’t bother me at all!
I was annoyed at the end when Aggie went home and James was there. The ending felt rushed and contrived so she had something to write about for the next book.

This book, more than any others, annoyed me and I’ll be leaving it a while before trying the next one.

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Agatha Raisin and the fairies of Fryfam

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