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The Break by Marian Keyes

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Published: 7th September 2017
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 576

Blurb:

Amy’s husband Hugh says he isn’t leaving her. He still loves her, he’s just taking a break – from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it. Yes, it’s a mid-life crisis, but let’s be clear: a break isn’t a break up – yet… However, for Amy it’s enough to send her – along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers – teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn’t she?

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Last Seen by Lucy Clarke

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Published: 29th June 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 448

Blurb:

Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea – and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah’s son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah’s search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows – and she’s right to. Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they’ll do anything to keep the truth buried.

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This Love by Dani Atkins

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Published: 23rd March 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 480

Blurb:

Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon – she’s a single, 31-year-old translator who works from home in her one-bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in dreams when she was a teenager and tragedy struck her family. So, to be safe, she keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things. One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a passer-by, Ben, sees her and rescues her.

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Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

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Published: 2nd May 2017
Publisher: Transworld
Pages: 368

Blurb:

In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool…

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The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman

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Published: 29th June 2017
Publisher: Ebury
Pages:
432

Blurb:

It is only after her mother’s death that Luna begins to discover her secrets. While in New York to settle the estate, something impossible happens to Luna. She finds herself in 1977, face to face with her mother as a young woman, in the week that changed her life forever. If time can be turned back, can it also be rewritten? Luna becomes convinced she can save her mother from the moment that will eventually drive her to suicide.  But in doing anything – everything – to save her mother’s life, will Luna have to sacrifice her own?

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The Escape by C L Taylor

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Published: 23rd March 2017
Publisher:
Avon
Pages:
432

Blurb:

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t. The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise. What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as no one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

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The Queen of Wishful Thinking by Milly Johnson

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Published: 4th May 2017
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Pages:
512

Blurb:

When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his  wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her. As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?

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One Little Mistake by Emma Curtis

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Published: 15th June 2017
Publisher: Black Swan
Pages: 448

Blurb:

Vicky Seagrave is blessed: three beautiful children, a successful, doting husband, great friends and a job she loves. She should be perfectly happy. When she makes a split-second decision that risks everything she holds dear, there’s only person she trusts enough to turn to. But Vicky is about to learn that one mistake is all it takes; that if you’re careless with those you love, you don’t deserve to keep them…

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The Last Piece Of My Heart by Paige Toon

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Published: 18th May 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 399

Blurb:

Meet Bridget, a successful travel journalist with ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog into a novel. But, after numerous rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition: Nicole Dupre died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel, and the family need someone to finish it. Bridget is just thankful to have her foot in the publishing door. But as she gets to know Nicole’s grieving family, and the woman behind the writing, Bridget’s priorities begin to change…

Review:

Thank you to Simon & Schuster for kindly sending me a review copy.

The opening chapter begins with Bridget, a familiar face to loyal Paige Toon readers, who is in Sydney for a year with work. As she begins to think about her love life and why she’s never truly fallen in love again, she bumps into her very first boyfriend Elliot in a bar, many years after he moved to Australia with his parents. As the pair sit down to catch up with their lives since they parted ways, Bridget asks for a piece of her heart back but once they rekindle the flame they lost all those years ago, she no longer needs it back. As readers step into Bridget’s life, they discover that she’s a travel writer with quite a few thousand followers, she’s also desperately trying to get her foot into the publishing world with her novel but her agent has another idea: write the sequel of a travel book by the deceased author, Nicole Dupre. Paige wastes no time in kick starting the plot as soon enough, Bridget packs up her belongings into her Dad’s campervan and heads down to Cornwall for what may be a life changing six weeks…

“The problem with giving your heart away to someone is that you never fully get it back. Long after you’ve fallen out of love with them, they still own a little piece of you. That’s why first love is always the strongest: it’s the only time you ever love wholeheartedly.”

Once Bridget has settled down into her temporary life, she finds herself wondering whether she made the right decision; after all, she’s reading diaries of a deceased woman, she’s learning secrets about someone else’s life and past relationships and more importantly, is she falling head over heels in love with Nicole’s grieving husband? As the chapters flow beautifully from one to another, the working relationship between Bridget and Charlie turns into more of a friendship as beers are drunk, stories are swapped, relatives are being met and to everyone’s surprise, she even beings to help with April; Charlie’s almost one year old daughter. Is Bridget falling into the role of a mother within a couple of weeks? Despite all the assumptions that were floating around in my head, it all somehow felt very right for this to be happening between Bridget and Charlie – they may have connected through a loss and a job opportunity but, their connection was incredible.

“This whole search for proper love – it’s crap. You don’t even know what real love is until you have kids.”

When Bridget flies out to Thailand to do some research for Nicole’s sequel, she finds herself to be exciting about the prospect of meeting Charlie and April out there, but when Elliot also wants to go, will she find it in her heart to tell him the truth? As the narrative draws to an end, I was completely invested in Bridget and Charlie – from their first meeting up until the final page, I was desperate for them to make a go of what could be something rather wonderful despite it being a unique way of meeting. Their personalities worked beautifully together and more importantly, Bridget’s relationship with April was the sweetest. As always, Paige has written yet another incredible book which I struggled to put down as her descriptive words and characters never fail to draw me in. With a lot of Chick-Lit books, the endings are sometimes predictable but with the end of The Last Piece Of My Heart, I really admired that Paige showed two kinds of love instead of one.

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Books: My Top Recommendations

I love books.

They’re the reason I started blogging in the first place.

Almost five years later, I’m still here.

Amongst the beauty products, the travel photos and the fashion posts, I try my hardest to share my thoughts about as many books as I possibly can. Guaranteed, they’re not as frequent as I’d like but there are plenty on my TBR list so lots are coming… Continue reading “Books: My Top Recommendations”