Posted in ***** rating 5/5

The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this emotional family tale as a 5 star read.

This is the first Amanda Prowse book I have read. My first impression is that Amanda Prowse is an exceptional novelist who has deeply researched this storyline. In this heart-wrenching novel we are introduced to Freya and Lockie and their two daughters, Charlotte and Lexi and taken on an emotional rollercoaster of a journey with them as they are plunged into a nightmare situation.

What starts out as a perfectly ordinary family living a happy domestic life soon is rocked to the core. No-one understands. No-one has the answers. No-one knows what to do. Mistakes are made. The one thing you can feel from the first page to the last is the love the characters have between them.

This is a MUST READ novel which tells the story of how an eating disorder can invade any family. It is about the importance of love and honesty within the family. It is about sticking together to get through whatever crisis is in front of us.

I knew nothing about anorexia before and whilst I understand it may not be factually perfect – everyone’s experience is different – but it is a novel not a self-help book.

Once I started to read this book I couldn’t put it down, even after finishing it a few days ago, I still find myself thinking about the characters and what happens next. I highly recommend this novel to everyone.

Thanks to Amanda Prowse, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel prior to publication.

Synopsis

A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.

AUTHOR Amanda Prowse
BOOK TITLE The Food Of Love
SERIES  n/a
PUBLISHER Lake Union Publishing
DATE OF PUBLICATION 01/12/2016
PRINT LENGTH 364 pages
ISBN 9781503940048
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Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twelve novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world.

Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments.

Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio, but her first love is and will always be writing.

Posted in **** rating 4/5

Blind Date Collection – A Timeless Romance Anthology

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this as a nice, clean, 4 star easy read.                  

This collection brings together six great authors. The theme of blind dates made each novella fun!

There are three historical novellas, and three contemporary which was a great mix of historical and modern day tales.

Thank you to ebooksforreview for the chance to read and review this heartwarming collection.

Synopsis

A TIMELESS ROMANCE ANTHOLOGY: BLIND DATE COLLECTION: Featuring New York Times bestselling author Victorine E. Lieske. Readers will love this collection of six novellas—three contemporary and three historical—all with one thing in common: Romance.

Three Historical Romance Novellas:

THE PROMISE THAT KATY DID, by Annette Lyon: After the death of Sue Ellen, the closest thing she has to family, Katy knows it’s time to leave the house she’s lived in as a guest and start over in the city. She quickly secures a job, but before leaving, she must honor the unusual promise she made to Sue Ellen on her deathbed: meet with Mr. Balmer. The elderly gentleman arranges for his grandson Barrett to escort her to a town dance. That evening, shy Katy quickly feels at ease with her partner. If her new position weren’t taking her from town morning after next, perhaps something could develop between them. But Barrett may not feel the same about her, and besides, they don’t have enough time to find out.

A LADY OF SENSE, by Sarah M. Eden: Eleanor Sherwood has lived her entire life under her parents’ thumb with little hope of escape. When they choose the unbearable Mr. Broadstead to be her future husband, she begs her father for another option. He arranges for her to meet Peter Havensham, who quickly proves himself a good and kindhearted gentleman, completely different from Mr. Broadstead, and utterly undeserving of a forced engagement. Eleanor cannot bring herself to prey upon Peter’s honor, but neither can she imagine a life with Mr. Broadstead. What is a lady to do when faced with such an impossible choice?

A SECOND CHANCE, by Heather B. Moore: Virginia needs a new start in order to recover from her broken marriage and vicious gossips of her neighborhood in Boston, so when her best friend Millie invites Virginia to Chicago, she goes to live with her friend’s family. But when Millie asked Virginia to participate in a double-date, Virginia knows she’s not ready to start dating again. Reluctantly she agrees, only to find out that Max might just be the man who can repair the cracks in her heart.

Three Contemporary Romance Novellas:

BRAELYNN’S BLIND DATE, by Victorine E. Lieske. When Braelynn agrees to go on a blind date, she thinks she’s hit the jackpot. Tyler is gorgeous and the perfect gentleman. Of course she should have known it was too good to be true. It turns out that Tyler really wasn’t Tyler, but a random stranger who went along with Braelynn’s mistaken assumption. So, she chalks it up to a dumb mistake until she gets to work Monday morning and discovers that her gorgeous blind date is now her new boss.

BIANCA’S HOPE, by Rachel Branton: A blind-date-gone-wrong is not the way Bianca would have chosen to celebrate the news that she might be losing her business, but saying no to the sister who took care of her after their mother’s death proves impossible. So for one date, one torturous evening, she’ll endure the company of an infuriating, heartless man she has no intention of ever seeing again. She doesn’t expect her heart to have other plans. Bianca soon learns that sometimes the unexpected is not only what you need, it’s exactly what you’ve been waiting for all along.

BLIND SPOT, by Sariah Wilson: Ria has prepared most of her life to meet her prince, trouble is, her mother keeps yanking her back to reality. So when Ria reads about a country teeming with princes, she drops everything and applies to grad school. But every blind date goes wrong, and while Ria commiserates with her roommate Tessa and Tessa’s totally un-prince-like brother Paolo, Ria discovers that all the things she thought she wanted in a man are far from what she really needs.

AUTHOR & BOOK TITLE Annette Lyon – The Promise That Katy Did

Sara M. Eden – A Lady of Sense

Heather B Moore – A Second Chance

Victorine E. Lieske – Brae Lynn’s Blind Date

Rachel Branton – Bianca’s Hope

Sariah Wilson – Blind Spot

PUBLISHER Mirror Press
DATE OF PUBLICATION 13/09/2016
PRINT LENGTH 303 pages
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Heather B Moore website on Twitter  on GoodReads

Victorine Lieske website on Twitter on GoodReads

Rachel Branton website on Twitter on Facebook on GoodReads

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Posted in **** rating 4/5

Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this as a page turning 4 star read.                

The author had me hooked.  The characters and setting was just perfect. I could feel the atmosphere of Kentucky in the way the author describes each scene.

The plot had me turning page after page.  It is the first Kim Vogel Sawyer I have read and I will be picking up another one.

It is not my normal type of novel but it was a very nice, needed, change of pace.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this historical romance.

Synopsis

Working as a guide in Mammoth Cave might allow Rebekah the chance to bring joy back to her family. But will the cave claim more than it gives?

After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin’s family, she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother’s memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities for hardworking, capable men. But Rebekah is determined and if it means presenting herself as a himself, then she’s up to the job.     

Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, “Reb” begins to learn the complexities of the cave. The two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. The university student has traveled to the hill country to map tunnels—not to fall for a girl in disguise.

Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin’s ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight of her past?

AUTHOR Kim Vogel Sawyer
BOOK TITLE Guide Me Home
PUBLISHER WaterBrook & Multnomah
DATE OF PUBLICATION 02/08/2016
PRINT LENGTH 388 pages
ISBN 9780307731395
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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

Glimmer by Tricia Cerrone

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

Incredible!

Glimmer is a lengthy book, but a well told story. I was captivated from the start and found myself unable to switch off the light and go to bed – a definite page turner!  The characters are well-developed and believable – even those who were human-enhanced.

It is an action thriller aimed at young adults but I could totally relate, although I am certainly not a young reader! It will leave you begging for more. I can’t wait to read more of this series.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book which I would not have otherwise picked up.

Synopsis

The Black Swan Files begin… At certain moments in history, when several impossible-to-predict events collide, they create what’s known as a Black Swan–an event that can change how we look at science, technology, even our history. Jocelyn Albrecht is one such Black Swan. Infected by the biotechnology her parents sought to develop, she has become human enhanced–an H+.

The accident that gave Jocelyn new powers also killed her family. In their place she is raised at Camp Holliwell by her “uncle”–a government funded scientist–and his league of doctors who study and test Jocelyn daily in the hopes of learning how to replicate her. The military has another goal in mind–to make her an asset.

After losing one family and the home where she belonged, Jocelyn strives to keep her Holliwell family happy, as odd as they might be. That is until she finds out the truth…Uncle Laurence is using her as a guinea pig, her brother and sister are still alive, and she doesn’t have long to live. Now Jocelyn only cares about finding her real family. The problem–breaking out of a highly classified, military facility before the next experiment kills her.

AUTHOR Tricia Cerrone
BOOK TITLE Glimmer
SERIES The Black Swan Files #1
PUBLISHER Stone Media Inc
DATE OF PUBLICATION 25 July 2016
PRINT LENGTH 436 pages
ISBN 9781938258138
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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

The Girl Before by JP Delaney

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read the “The Girl Before” sampler and I can’t wait to read the full book to discover what happened to Emma at One Folgate Street, and what the house now has in store for Jane.

Fascinating. Captivating. I was seduced from the first page.

I can totally relate to Emma and her messy ways before she makes the decision to move into the house with all these rules. I would love to live in such a way but don’t think I could ever manage not to have something lying around – especially books!

What happened to Emma?  Was she murdered? Did she break house rules?

Synopsis

Enter the world of One Folgate Street and discover perfection . . . but can you pay the price?

For all fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl comes this spellbinding Hitchcockian thriller which takes psychological suspense to the next level.

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there – and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma’s past and Jane’s present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.

 

AUTHOR JP Delaney
BOOK TITLE The Girl Before
PUBLISHER Quercus Books
DATE OF PUBLICATION 02/02/2017
PRINT LENGTH THIS WAS A SAMPLER – NOT THE FULL PUBLISHED NOVEL
ISBN 9781786480538
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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this remarkably honest memoir as a 5 star read.

Terrorist’s attacked the Bataclan Theatre in Paris in November 2015, killing 88 victims.

One of these was Hélène Leiris. Hélène was a wife and mother.

This memoir was written by Hélène’s husband, Antoine. The version I read had been translated from native French and is well written and I found it fascinating, while heartbreaking.

I, along with thousands of others, read the letter which Antoine posted on Facebook a few days after the tragedy. The letter was addressed to the perpetrators in which he vowed that he, and his son, would survive and be happy – the post went viral.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this heart-breaking memoir.

Synopsis

What matters most in life? How do you build a happy life when terrible things happen? What is left behind when you lose the person you love the most?

One night last winter, Antoine Leiris was at home looking after his son while his wife, Hélène, was at a concert with friends. Suddenly he started receiving text messages from friends asking if he was ok. Turning on the TV, Antoine watched the terrorist attacks in Paris unfolding around him and tried to call Hélène. She didn’t answer. That night Hélène was killed, along with 88 other people, at the Bataclan Theatre.

Three days later, Antoine wrote an open letter to his wife’s killers on Facebook. He refused to be cowed or to let his 17-month-old son’s life be defined by their acts. ‘For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom,’ he wrote. Instantly, that short post caught fire and was shared thousands of times around the world.

You Will Not Have My Hate is an extraordinary and heartbreaking memoir about how Antoine, and his baby son Melvil, endured after Hélène’s murder. With courage, moral acuity, and absolute emotional honesty, he finds a way to answer the question, how can I go on? This is the rare and unforgettable testimony of a survivor, and a universal message of hope and resilience. This book is a guiding star for us all in perilous times.

AUTHOR Antoine Leiris
BOOK TITLE You Will Not Have My Hate
PUBLISHER Random House UK – Vintage Publishing
DATE OF PUBLICATION 27/10/16
PRINT LENGTH 99 pages
ISBN 9781911215349
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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

Finding Heather by Alison Ragsdale

MoMo’s Book Diary loved Finding Heather and strongly recommends as a 5 star read.

 Just loved this absorbing novel set on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Heather’s is finding it difficult to adjust to life without her husband who has died suddenly, leaving her with seven-year-old twins who need her to pull herself together.  Heather decides to move back to Scotland where she knows she will get the support from her mother and brother.  Once home in Scotland, Heather finds life on Skye has changed and much-needed adjustment is not so quick and easy as she hoped.

Finding Heather tells a remarkable tale, with well-developed characters, of life after the sudden death of a spouse. I found it easy to relate to the individual characters who have to deal with changing roles when Heather moves back home.

Alison Ragsdale is a wonderfully talented author who has the ability to transport the reader inside the story in such a way you can believe the characters are real.  I hope to visit Skye in the next year or two and look forward to meeting Heather, or at least people like her!

The pace of the book is just right.  There are tears of sadness and happiness, fun times and sad times throughout the twists and turns of life for the family and friends involved.

I would happily buy this book for a friend and highly recommend this book and author.

 I would like to thank Alison Ragsdale, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to its release.

Synopsis

Heather Forester is losing her grip on reality. She turns up at the airport to meet her pilot husband, Brett—and then she remembers: he’s not coming back. Brett died months ago, leaving her lost in the crippling, confusing maze of widowhood.

Now alone with her seven-year-old twins, Heather craves the support of her mother and brother, who are halfway across the world in Scotland. But when she moves her fractured family to her homeland, their lives change in ways she never could have anticipated.

As her children struggle to fit in to their new home, family, and school, Heather also wrestles with the painful truth that she has become a stranger in her own hometown.

 Surrounded by the rugged, breathtaking beauty of the Isle of Skye’s rocky coastline, velvet moors, and lush forests, Heather must face challenges old and new as she puts her life back together and learns the healing power of family.

AUTHOR Alison Ragsdale
BOOK TITLE Finding Heather
PUBLISHER Lake Union Publishing
DATE OF PUBLICATION 11/10/2016
PRINT LENGTH 378 pages
ISBN 9781503939899
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Posted in **** rating 4/5

Adopting: The Real Story by Ann Morris

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends Ann Morris’ “Adopting – The Real Story” as a fascinating 5 star read for anyone with an interest in adoption.

Ann Morris has updated her earlier book The Adoption Experience which was published in 1999.  I found this an emotional and highly insightful book which shares a wide range of voices and experiences, good and bad, but anyone considering adoption would find this a very useful tool.

Adoption touches so many people on a daily basis, be it as birth parent, adoptee or adopter.  Processes may have changed over the years but human feelings are still as raw and scary as ever – on all fronts.

I would like to thank NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book ahead of publication.

 Synopsis

“Who makes adoption a success? We do: the kids and parents in the new family as we change shape to accommodate each other.”

With more than 70 real life stories, revealing moments of vulnerability and moments of joy, this book provides an authentic insight into adoption.

These stories take the reader on a journey through every stage of the adoption process, from making the initial decision to adopt to hearing from adoptees, and offer an informative and emotive account of the reality of families’ experiences along the way. It includes chapters on adopting children of all ages as well as sibling groups; adopting as a single parent; adopting as a same sex couple; adopting emotionally and physically abused children; the nightmare of adoption breaking down; contact with birth parents; tracing and social media and more.

Adopting: Real Life Stories will be an informative and refreshing read for adopters, potential adopters, professionals and all those whose lives have in some way been touched by adoption or want to know more about it.

AUTHOR Ann Morris
BOOK TITLE Adopting: Real Life Stories
PUBLISHER Jessica Kingsley Publishers
DATE OF PUBLICATION 21/11/16
PRINT LENGTH 288 pages
ISBN 9781849056601
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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

A Year And A Day by Isabelle Broom

MoMo’s Book Diary enjoyed Isabelle Broom’s wonderfully emotion packed “A Year And A Day” and eagerly recommends it as a 5 star read.

Isabelle Broom has given us a captivatingly beautiful story set in Prague. Where the streets, people and architecture are seductively described in such a way that you can see, feel and taste the magnificent city.  I have not been yet but the way the author tells the tale leaves me wanting to visit much more than a guidebook ever would.

A Year and a Day focuses on Megan, Hope and Sophie as they spend a few days in the same hotel whilst visiting Prague.

I felt a strong connection to each of the characters, all of which had me captivated from the opening pages. It is impossible to say how spellbound I was while reading “A Year and a Day” and will be recommending it to everyone who will listen!

I would like to thank author Isabelle Broom,  publisher Penguin UK – Michael Joseph and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

Synopsis

Three women. Three love stories. One city.

For Megan, visiting Prague with her friend Ollie is just business. Nothing more. Because if she admits the truth she might lose everything.

For Hope, this trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the city when she knows how angry her daughter is. And that it’s all her fault.

For Sophie, Prague has always been magical. And now she’s counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her in the city that holds so many of their memories . . .

AUTHOR Isabelle Broom
BOOK TITLE A Year And A Day
PUBLISHER Penguin UK – Michael Joseph
DATE OF PUBLICATION 17/11/16
PRINT LENGTH 400 pages
ISBN 9781405925334
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Posted in *** rating 3/5

To Die To Live by Jason Hershey

MoMo’s Book Diary enjoyed Jason Hershey’s debut novel “To Die To Live” and recommends it as an emotional 3 star read.

Jason Hershey has written his debut novel for the Young Adult market.  I was provided with a copy to read and review for the author and I am glad I did, it’s a real page turner and   I read it in one sitting.

The lead character of the book is Thelonious Mitchell, known as Theo, adopted by his aunt and uncle following his mother’s death. Theo is a teenager with issues, he is a loner and doesn’t have the confidence to make friends easily.  One day he bumps into Draven at school and they soon become good friends.

This short story tells of friendship, heartache and loss and determination to make the most of the life we are given.

Whilst I enjoyed the story, I felt that if the author had given the characters more depth the reader would be able to feel a stronger connection. A  fuller backstory would perhaps bring the characters to life. However, the lack of a backstory allows the reader to build their own in which they may relate to the character.  Either way, you need to read it!

I would like to thank Jason Hershey for the opportunity to read and review this novel.

Synopsis

Thelonious “Theo” Mitchell is a down on his luck teenager, wandering aimlessly through life with no desire or focus.

When tragedy strikes, he is taken in by his aunt and uncle. Thrown into a new school with unfamiliar surroundings, he befriends the class “troublemaker”.

After yet another tragedy, will Theo fall victim to life, or use the tragedy as a spark and motivation to embrace all that life has to offer?

AUTHOR Jason Hershey
BOOK TITLE To Die To Live
PUBLISHER CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
DATE OF PUBLICATION 12-09-16
PRINT LENGTH 86 pages
ISBN 9781539041979
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Jason Hershey has been a teacher for 10 years, teaching everything from early childhood to high school. He has a BS in Elementary Education from Bethel College in Kansas. His love of writing was evident from an early age. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, he now resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio with his family. This is his first book.