The Marriage Mender by Linda Green

The Marriage Mender: The #1 Bestselling AuthorThe Marriage Mender: The #1 Bestselling Author by Linda Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from Linda Green. The book follows a relationship counselor through the journey of having to attend marriage counselling herself. There are plenty of satisfying flashbacks, twists and intrigue that will grip you.

I was riveted by this novel, every page had a new, juicy morsel of information, and it was a joy to read. Even better, I had no clue about where it was headed. One of my biggest turn-offs when it comes to books is predictability. There was no trace of it in this novel.

If you are looking for a gripping read that falls somewhere between chick lit and a thriller, this book is for you.

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Dead to Me by Lesley Pearse

Dead to MeDead to Me by Lesley Pearse

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is set in WW2 and follows two female characters from very different classes. They develop a friendship as young children and the book on from there to finish in their twenties.

Although I found some interesting details about the “Cable Girls” I struggled to enjoy this book. Other Lesley Pearse books have captivated me from the start, and I’ve barely slept while trying to finish them. With this book, I was… bored. I don’t know why because if I think about it, it is a great concept with twists and turns and drama.

It just felt too familiar to me. I wonder if I’ve read too many Lesley Pearse books? As her books tend to follow a particular pattern, perhaps I’ve learnt to guess what’s coming next. To someone else, who hasn’t read all of her other books, I would say give this one a try. But for me, somehow it just didn’t click.

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Book Review – Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Behind Her EyesBehind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book blew my mind. I won’t include any spoilers here because I wouldn’t want to rob anything from future readers, which you should be. Thriller lovers – read this book! You won’t be disappointed.

From start to finish this novel gripped me. I found the exact right ratio of mystery to truth. It’s as if Sarah Pinborough was drip feeding enough revelations to keep you addicted, but never enough to fully satisfy until you reach the end of the book.

If you see the twist at the end of this book coming, you must be psychic.

What are you doing reading this review? Get out and read this book!

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Book Review: The Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

The Secrets of HappinessThe Secrets of Happiness by Lucy Diamond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to this book VIA Audible, and I found it to be an entertaining read/listen.

It is a cosy story about two step-sisters, and their journey to fix their relationship. It is written from the perspective of the two sisters separately, and I liked this about the book.

The Secret of Happiness is a cosy story, with bundles of humour, a spattering of romance, and lots of feel-good vibes.

It didn’t rock my world, hence the four stars, but I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a book to escape with. Perfect holiday reading!

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Book Review: While My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green

While My Eyes Were ClosedWhile My Eyes Were Closed by Linda Green

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed this “read” (I listened to the audiobook). I was concerned that the subject matter of a four-year-old going missing would lead to a dark and horrible ending, but I had no reason to worry. This book is my favourite balance of Thriller and Women’s lit. It’s full of emotion and pain, but also, there is strength and love within these pages. I’m not talking romantic love, but family love.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller. Also, I would encourage those who are concerned about the subject matter of a missing child to give it a go, because they won’t be disappointed.

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Goodreads: I’m Looking for Friends

Would anyone like to be my friend? I haven’t asked that question since I was a child, and I have to say I feel quite vulnerable asking it. Even though I’m asking for Goodreads friends, it’s still quite intimidating. But yes, I would love some friends!

To say I love reading is an understatement. I ADORE it. I’m looking for friends on Goodreads who¬†are particularly interested in either Thrillers or Romance novels. I love books like Gone Girl, The Girl on The Train, etc. I have a kindle, which I love, but I struggle to identify which books on amazon to read. It’s not quite the same as having a beautiful bookshelf of novels to browse through in a bookshop. I’d love your recommendations.

So, yes, if you would like to connect me I would be overjoyed! This is the link to my page, alternatively you can add your link in the comments and I will add you.

Have a lovely day all you reading fans!



Bookworms Rejoice: the Benefits of Reading

Bookworms need no convincing of the benefits of reading, for most of us, reading is engrained in our DNA. We love the smell of new books, or the email from Amazon telling us that new Kindle book is now on our device (especially those long awaited prereleases). But apart from the fact that we love it, why else is reading a beneficial thing to do?

Stress relief – Reading relieves stress because it takes our mind to a place far away from our troubles. It allows us to be present in another person’s moment, and our own fight or flight response calms down. Our, mostly unwanted, companion adrenaline, trickles out of our bloodstream. Our muscles relax, and the world seems a better place.

Empathy – Reading about someone else’s life and experiences gives us a sense of what life is like for that person. When we then meet someone going that same situation in real life, we have a better understanding of and can more easily share their feelings. Reading makes for kinder people (or so I like to believe).

Knowledge – Reading fiction is best done for pleasure and the sheer joy of it, but there is an unexpected benefit to the hobby. We learn. Authors tend to do a fair about research into their characters lives, so although it is fiction and not fact, you may find yourself learning along the way. The Book Theif, for example, opened my eyes to what Germany was like in the lead up to world war two.

Imagination – Reading requires you to use your mind. When someone is described as having a blue dress in a book we imagine it, our brains are working. In a film or TV show, you simply see it, you don’t get to use your creativity. TV is excellent, but it’s no match for reading when it comes to sparking the imagination.

Perspective – Reading can give your life perspective. Your own problems don’t seem so huge when you read about a character who has lost their home or a loved one. If you are feeling irritated with your significant other, I recommend you read “Ps I Love You” by Cecelia Ahern, or “This Love” by Dani Atkins. After reading those two beautiful romances, you’ll find the irritation fades.

There are so many other benefits of reading, benefits I haven’t mentioned here. If you have something you’d like to add to this list, please leave a comment. Let’s give reading the appreciation it deserves!