Posted in ***** rating 5/5

Learning to Love by Sheryl Browne

MoMo’s Book Diary loved Sheryl Browne’s “Learning to Love” and happily recommends this as a 5 star read. An excellent heartwarming read!!

I can’t recommend Learning to Love by Sheryl Browne highly or often enough.

I loved the rollercoaster of emotions the author leads us on page after page.

The way Sheryl Browne warmly brings each character to life with emotion which grows throughout the book. Alongside romance there is heartache, a touch of mystery, some humour and continual gripping hope that Andrea will be able to get her life back on track following the fire which destroyed her family home.

I laughed, cried and ate my way through a huge chocolate bar before reaching the thrilling conclusion (at 4am).

I would like to thank the author, Sheryl Browne, for the opportunity to read and review Learning to Love. I can’t wait to read the others.


Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely places …

Living in a small village like Hibberton, it’s expected that your neighbours help you in a time of need. But when Andrea Kelly’s house burns down, taking all her earthly possessions with it, it’s the distant and aloof Doctor David Adams – the person she would least expect – who opens his door not just to her, but to her three kids and slightly dotty elderly mother as well.

Andrea needs all the help she can get, dealing with aftermath of the fire and in the suspicious absence of her husband, Jonathan. But, as she gets to know David and his troubled son, Jake, she begins to realise that maybe they need her help as much as she needs theirs …

AUTHOR Sheryl Browne
BOOK TITLE Learning To Love
PRINT LENGTH 268 pages




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Posted in **** rating 4/5

Out of Play by Joy Norstrom

MoMo’s Book Diary enjoyed Joy Norstrom’s “Out of Play” and recommends as a great 4 star read.

This is a great book and all LARP-widows will love it!

Joy Norstrom has written a great book here and it was a joy to read.

The main characters, Gillian and Ralph, have hit a rocky patch in their marriage and Gillian is seeing a therapist who has some strange ideas but Gillian goes along with the plan – she is willing to try anything to save her marriage.

I have not read another book which looks at Life Action Role Play (LARP) despite it being very popular in today’s world. There is a serious side to the book but there is also a good dose of humour meaning the book stays light and an easily entertaining read.

Sincere thanks to author, Joy Norstrom, and publisher, Crooked Cat Publishing, for opportunity to read this funny book via Netgalley prior to its release date.


Gillian Campbell is out of patience.

Her husband is choosing his hobby over her. And the hobby in question? Live Action Role-Play, or ‘larp’. Larp involves dressing up as a character (be it medieval knight, banshee or centaur) and participating in imaginary battles for entire weekends.

Gillian is not impressed. She seeks professional advice and is surprised when her therapist encourages her to try larp. “Who knows? It may make you smile. It may make you laugh. It may even improve your sex life. How terrible could it be?”

The advice seems super sketch to Gillian, but she decides to don a costume and give it a go. If larp doesn’t work a marital miracle, Gillian will be able to walk away knowing she tried absolutely everything before giving up.

Will going on her own role-play adventure heal Gillian’s marriage, or will the game shed light on everything that is wrong?

AUTHOR Joy Norstrom
BOOK TITLE Out of Play
PUBLISHER Crooked Cat Publishing
PRINT LENGTH 212 pages



Posted in ***** rating 5/5

The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

MoMo’s Book Diary highly recommends this as a 5 star read.

This is one of the best crime thriller books I have read this year!               

Mel Sherratt’s crime thriller “The Girls Next Door” is a thrilling mystery full of suspense which I was lucky enough to read in one day (as a back-seat passenger on a six-hour journey).

I had not read any of this author’s books previously and found myself captivated by her style of writing. The characters, mostly part of the story from the beginning, are introduced lots of names and relationships to get to grips with but the author leads you through perfectly.

I especially loved feisty Detective Eden Berrisford and look forward to more of her story in future books.

Sincere thanks to author, Mel Sherratt, and publisher, Bookouture, for opportunity to read this fantastic book via Netgalley prior to its release date. I am already recommending it to everyone!


One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

AUTHOR Mel Sherratt
BOOK TITLE The Girls Next Door
SERIES Detective Eden Berrisford #1
PUBLISHER Bookouture
PRINT LENGTH 296 pages
ISBN 9781786810915







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Posted in **** rating 4/5

Destined: Lured into the shadow by Beatrice Sand

MoMo’s Book Diary enjoyed “Destined” and gladly recommends this as a 4 star read.

If you enjoyed the Twilight saga you will love The Ambrosia Trilogy!                  

Beatrice Sand’s debut novel “Destined” is the first part of The Ambrosia Trilogy. It is a truly awesome suspense read which kept me up until the early hours.

The author introduces the characters with emotion and describes each scene perfectly. There is a continuous thread throughout the book luring you into the mystery. You know there is so much unspoken but its not until around half-way that you start to get the full picture and I found my mind sparking off in different directions at what could happen next.  I laughed, I cried, I sat up until the early hours trying to breathe with Laurel as she finds her way…

This sexy and mysterious tale focuses on 17 year old Laurel who has recently moved back to Vancouver Island where her father, Martin, owns his own restaurant to live with him and his wife, Mia and her daughter, Renee, who is also 17. Laurel and Renee could not be any more different and Laurel feels that Mia is constantly expecting her to morph into Renee – which she will certainly not be doing! Laurel is hoping to build a relationship with her father but it is difficult finding time to get to know each other.

I enjoyed that the author tells the story from Laurel’s perspective in the main, with a few chapters from Sam, where we get insight into his world. Sam is struggling with leading the life he knows is set out before him and these new feelings that he has for Laurel. The more he stays away the more he is drawn to be there when she finds herself in trouble.

There is an undeniable attraction between Laurel and Sam, which the author beautifully introduces at their first meeting, and builds each time they meet. They share some sensual scenes although there is nothing too “adult” in nature in this teenage/ young adult novel. I will not give any more of the story away but it is not a straightforward new adult romance.

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys the mystery of a sexy, dangerous story and although it is not a thriller it is certainly a thrilling read. I can’t wait to read the second book, Sacrifice, which is due for release in 2017 with the third and final part, Ambrosia, following on from that.

I would like to thank the author, Beatrice Sand, for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to its release date.


When 17-year-old Laurel Harper decides to go live with her estranged father and stepfamily, she’s unaware of the fact that her fate was already sealed the day she was born. She is now exactly where some higher power wants her to be. But it’s not until she meets the proud and mysterious Sam Laurens that she feels something strange is going on. Why does he keep interfering in her life?

 Then Laurel finds out about Sam’s ominous ancestry and a whole different fear arises. Fear of who Sam really is. Fear of her own feelings. And when she learns the dark truth about her own future, a sinister secret that will change everything as soon as she turns nineteen, she wants to run and hide, but soon realizes that there is no hiding from fate. Sam may be the only one who can help her escape her destiny, but then she has to trust him again, and time is of the essence because he has his own fate to deal with. Still, Sam is determined to stop Laurel from meeting her doom, even if that means he has to make a drastic move that will separate them for good.

AUTHOR Beatrice Sand
BOOK TITLE Destined – Lured into the Shadow
SERIES The Ambrosia Trilogy #1
PUBLISHER Sand Publlishing
PRINT LENGTH 456 pages
ISBN 9789082591316
OBTAINED: Author provided ARC – later purchased paperback once published






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Posted in **** rating 4/5

Looking for Alex by Marian Dillon

MoMo Book Diary is pleased to recommend this well written intriguing drama as a 4* emotional read.

Marian Dillon’s Looking for Alex grabbed me from the first time I read the synopsis and the plot had me hooked, to the point I sat up until the early hours reading to discover what happened next.

The story is about two friends Beth and Alex, their friendship and the dynamics of their relationship. I felt the flitting between present day and flashbacks to 1970s interrupted the flow of the story but the compelling characters held my interest. The author described the locations vividly and cleverly transports the reader through time and place.

I was gripped more by the present day chapters as the flashbacks were much slower paced.

The author sympathetically captures the turmoil of the teenage years and relationships formed in shaping our adult lives.

Great writing by a great author. When I was asked by Marian Dillon to read and review her book I was not aware of her or her books. I am thankful for the opportunity to read this very talented author and  look forward to reading more of Marian Dillon.



They were supposed to be best friends… It’s the summer of 1977, Beth and Alex did everything together. Until the day seventeen year old Alex ran away from home. A missing persons report has been filed, but Beth knows that there must be more to Alex’s disappearance. So she follows Alex, to punk-era London, determined to bring her best friend back home.

But the Alex she finds living in a Camden squat isn’t the same Alex. And memories of those weeks in London haunt her to this day; falling for Fitz, her first love; tasting a new kind of freedom, and the fateful day that her parents finally tracked them down and took her away.

Alex knew then that Beth had betrayed her trust, and disappeared once more, severing their friendship for good. And now, years later, it’s time for forgotten secrets to be shared once and for all. Because after all this time, Beth’s never given up on finding Alex…

AUTHOR Marian Dillon
BOOK TITLE Looking for Alex
DATE OF PUBLICATION 18 December 2013
PRINT LENGTH 400 pages
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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

Crystal Ball Persuasion: Changing Lives, Changing Destiny by Lesley Fletcher

The travelling carnival is not the life Gypsy pictured for herself. Since being given her mentor’s gift of a premonition from a very young age, she has had her sights on a life far away from the one she leads.

Standing in her way are two men; one who has been waiting a lifetime for her love and one who depends on her gifts for a living wage.

Trusting the Universe, she throws herself into a new life when she finds the seeker who fits the premonition. She sets out with a new identity and a zest for adventure on her quest for the truth. Her journey leads her to questions she had never thought of asking. Only one thing is set in stone. She will never return to life on the midway again.

Accompanying her on the adventurous escape and leading the way is a woman whose life has been thrown mercilessly into turmoil. Together they conquer goals, soul search and open their bruised and broken hearts as they travel to far off destinations.

Their journey is filled with mystical charm, sisterhood and page-turning events as the story unfolds.

Along the way the question arises – will there be enough light at the end of the tunnel to produce lasting happiness, while being so far removed from their former lives?


MoMo’s Book Diary Review

Lesley Fletcher’s Crystal Ball Persuasion caught my attention as soon as I started to read it.  It is not a book I would have picked up myself but when the author approached me for a review I read the description and was drawn to the story.

I found myself gripped and didn’t want to stop reading – the story flows from page to page – and repeated to myself “one more page” many times.

The author develops the characters warmly and with great emotion drawing the reader into their individual stories. The tale focuses on two women from very different backgrounds and binds them together in what becomes a precious friendship.

I loved the quote in the book “There is no such thing as coincidence. People are always put in your life for a reason.” and this story gives a very good example of that.

MoMo’s Book Diary enjoyed Crystal Ball Persuasion and gladly recommends this as a 5 star read.

I would like to thank the author, Lesley Fletcher, for the opportunity to read and review this book. 




PUBLICATION DATE – 18 September 2016

PUBLISHER – Inspiration Import


Lesley Fletcher is a Montreal artist and a writer, dividing her time between the two crafts while juggling the complexities involved with marketing and promotion for both her books and multiple art pieces.

As the owner of her own independent publishing company, Inspiration Import, she is working to develop a strategy to embrace outside titles in the future. Lesley currently has four books published under Inspiration Import. Her latest release has been very well received and continues to be a source of inspiration to both herself and her audience.
Lesley welcomes meeting new people and exchanges of ideas and passions. All contact details may be found through her website at She encourages everyone to join and take delight in the dance of life.

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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

Claude’s Christmas Adventure by Sophie Pembroke

MoMo’s Book Diary loved Claude’s Christmas Adventure and recommends this as a fun 5 star read.

I really enjoyed this heart-warming festive story filled with true magical Christmas adventure and romance. The author writes from four perspectives, Claude, Daisy, Jack and Holly.

Claude – the family dog, who gets left behind after escaping his crate as the family leave to spend Christmas with Daisy’s parents who have just purchased a French chateau.

Daisy – wife to Oliver, mother to Jay, Bella, and twins Lara and Luca.

Jack – postman who lives on Maple Drive but is disappointed that place he has decided to call home is not as friendly as it looked. He lives there and delivers everyone’s mail but as yet doesn’t have anyone to call a friend. It is not the community he expected it to be.

Holly – lives alone after being dumped by her fiancée when he got a great job offer. Holly loves when Jack brings her parcels of crafting supplies which she buys to keep her busy rather than thinking of all that she has lost.

The story covers two days just before Christmas where Claude’s escape and adventure touch each and every resident of Maple Drive in a way no-one would expect… but in such a way that everyone will always remember.

I would like to thank NetGalley and Avon for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to its release.


Christmas a little dog is in for a BIG adventure…

Meet Claude. He’s a loveable, big-eared, permanently hungry French Bulldog, who loves his humans – the McCawley family of number 11 Maple Drive to be precise.

When Daisy and Oliver McCawley start using new words like, ‘ferry’, ‘chateau’ and ‘France’, Claude realises they won’t be spending this Christmas at home. Only, when he finds himself on the street, as the family car pulls away, Claude realises he is ALONE. And more importantly, he is without all the yummy treats he knows the festive season brings…

Cue the start of Claude’s Christmas Adventure. It all begins with a belly-flop through next door’s catflap, where he finds newly single and craft-a-holic Holly, Jack the ex-army postman, his arch nemesis Perdita the cat … and serious amounts of gingerbread.

Maple Drive’s cutest resident is about to bring the street together for Christmas, in ways no-one could have imagined …


AUTHOR Sophie Pembroke
BOOK TITLE Claude’s Christmas Adventure
PUBLISHER Harper Collins Avon
PRINT LENGTH 243 pages
ISBN 9780008202064
OBTAINED: 14/09/16 – read now






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