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Come and Walk With Me Through my Breast Cancer Experience by Fiona Williams

I would recommend this book. I feel it is a good and honest look at one woman’s journey through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Every woman’s journey is different. Every woman faces her own journey not knowing what is around the corner but this book tells the tale of a straight forward journey – no big dramas, no scary stories – just honest notes on how it was!

The author writes quickly, and with caution but remains upbeat and positive – which I believe is very important when facing any illness.

Highly recommend this for anyone touched by breast cancer – or any illness – stay strong!

Thank you to #NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to publication.
Fiona Williams can be found on Goodreads and this book is available for kindle from Amazon
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Brain Tumours: Living low grade by Gideon Burrows

I found this book very interesting and extremely helpful following my brain tumour diagnosis and have recommended this to many people already.

Gideon Burrows has written this from his own experience and gathered quotes and stories from all walks of life. I found I could relate to so much of it.

Reading his and others comments through the book made me feel less alone with my thoughts.  It has a mass of information and links to take your research further. I firstly had purchased the kindle version but after many many highlighted sections decided I also needed a paperback copy and now have both which I pick up regularly.

Living with a low grade tumour has so many what ifs, life is now living in limbo but it does help to know others have been where I am and more will follow….

Thank you to Gideon Burrows for this book which I highly recommend to anyone unfortunate enough to need to learn more about brain tumours and the many many questions and uncertainties that follow diagnosis.

Synopsis

Slow growing brain tumours change lives forever.

This readable and moving non-technical guide is about living with a low grade tumour, a diagnosis given to thousands of people every year.

Featuring dozens of personal testimonies from those dealing daily with the impact of their tumours, this book offers information, support and reassurance for those with a low grade brain tumour, their family and friends.

Father of two Gideon Burrows was told he had an incurable and inoperable low grade glioma brain tumour aged just 35. He discovered information was scarce for those with slow growing brain tumours and about the particular challenges patients like him face.

In this book, he shares his own experiences and those of many others as they came to understand their diagnosis and learned how to live low grade.

 

Posted in ***** rating 5/5

The Date by Louise Jensen

MOMOBOOKDIARY highly recommends this gripping new release from the awesome Louise Jensen.

I loved this exciting five star read. Louise Jensen always writes with such passion you can tell that the subject has been fully researched to ensure the story is told perfectly and accurately.

I had not heard of the condition that this book focuses on – prosopagnosia – which is commonly known as Face Blindness. The lead character is unable to recognise anyone after a bump on the head. I couldn’t begin to imagine how frightening it would be to not recognise anyone around me – or even myself.  It was certainly a very intriguing story.

The story is told from two perspectives, between the lead character and someone who wishes her harm.  It is a very tense read which keeps you guessing until the end.

The Date is a heart pumping read! I loved it have been recommending it to all my friends!

My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review this book prior to official release date.

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The Babysitter by Sheryl Browne

MoMo’s Book Diary highly highly recommends you read this book!

The author, Sheryl Browne, has created a heart-stopping psychological thriller packed with strong characters.  The book had me gripped from the first to the very last page and I could not put it down in between!

Sheryl Browne takes us on a heart-stopping rollercoaster ride and has a fascinating way of taking you into the middle of events where you can’t help but feel empathy for all characters and even understand what is going on in the mind of The Babysitter.

I found myself unable to just sit still and read, I was pacing the floor, munching on junk food and whilst I started reading with a glass of wine, there was a paragraph in the book that shook me so much I dropped my glass.  I replaced it with something a little stronger and got comfy as I knew I would not be sleeping until I reached the final page.

My Kindle gave the ‘low power warning’ when I was 48% through and I had to sit in the corner with the charing cable for the rest of the book.

I don’t want to give away any secrets of the book – would just say read it and read it quick!

I purchased this book via Amazon Kindle and have now purchased a paperback copy for a friend.

Five (hundred) stars are not enough!

Sheryl’s next book is due out soon and can be pre-ordered now…

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Synopsis

You trust her with your family. Would you trust her with your life?

Mark and Melissa Cain are thrilled to have found Jade, a babysitter who is brilliant with their young children. Having seen her own house burn to the ground, Jade needs them as much as they need her. Moving Jade into the family home can only be a good thing, can’t it?

As Mark works long hours as a police officer and Melissa struggles with running a business, the family become ever more reliant on their babysitter, who is only too happy to help. And as Melissa begins to slip into depression, it’s Jade who is left picking up the pieces.

But Mark soon notices things aren’t quite as they seem. Things at home feel wrong, and as Mark begins to investigate their seemingly perfect sitter, what he discovers shocks him to his core. He’s met Jade before. And now he suspects he might know what she wants …

Mark is in a race against time to protect his family. But what will he find as he goes back to his family home?

AUTHOR Sheryl Browne
BOOK TITLE The Babysitter
PUBLISHER Bookouture
DATE OF PUBLICATION 8 March 2018
OBTAINED: Purchased Amazon kindle digital book
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A Mind Polluted by Martin Geraghty

MoMoBookDiary highly recommends this gripping debut novel from Martin Geraghty.

I was hooked from the first page of Martin Geraghty’s awesome debut novel.  I read it in two sittings and was up until after 2am unable to sleep until I reached the final page – and then for some time afterwards as Connor’s story swirled around inside my head.

I am still thinking of the emotional rollercoaster from this gritty and dark tale a few days after finishing.  The story takes the reader on an experience unlike any other book I’ve ever read!

The secret overheard by the lead character is shocking and the author has, in my view, described the emotions and reactions from all concerned perfectly. It is a fast paced novel which is set in four parts and definitely a ‘one more page’ type of story.  I am finding it difficult to write the review in a way not to give anything away.

I can’t wait to read more from this very talented author.

 

Synopsis:

His world falls apart… 

Triggered by overhearing a confession from his mother’s lips when he was a young boy, Connor Boyd carries the burden of the secret through his life.

Is falling in love his saviour? Or will he embark on a journey down a self-destructive path which ultimately leads to his version of justice?

Will he concentrate on his future, or be consumed by his past?

 

AUTHOR Martin Geraghty

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BOOK TITLE A Mind Polluted
PUBLISHER Crooked Cat (May 2018)
LENGTH  278 pages (paperback)

 

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Then. Now. Always. by Isabelle Broom

MoMo’s Book Diary highly recommends this latest release from the wonderfully talented Isabelle Broom.                

Isabelle Broom has done it again.  I had never heard of the town Mojacar on the south coast of Spain before reading this book yet now I have a strong desire to make time to go and discover this town for myself.

Isabelle Broom has a way of writing that takes you deep inside the story and you almost feel you are there along with the characters.  I felt the bond between the characters was true to life and very real. The complex and at times troubles that we face through life are sprinkled here perfectly.

I will rave about this book to friends for a long time – and like I did with Isabelle’s last book – A Year And A Day – I will buy and send copies to good friends who I believe will enjoy the book as much as I did.

Thanks to Netgalley, Isabelle Broom and Penguin UK for the chance to read and review this book prior to publication.  I was uncontrollably excited when I received the email asking if I would like to review this book and I just couldn’t put it down…

Synopsis

Hannah can’t believe it when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . what’s the catch?

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and crush). If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…

Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?

For once in her life, can’t Hannah just have one perfect summer, free of any drama?

AUTHOR Isabelle Broom
BOOK TITLE Then Now Always
PUBLISHER Penguin UK – Michael Joseph
DATE OF PUBLICATION 20 April 2017
PRINT LENGTH 434 pages
ISBN 9780718186661
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Broom, IsabelleIsabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts at the University of West London before starting a career first in local newspapers and then as a sub editor at heat magazine. Nowadays, when she’s not writing novels set in far-flung locations, Isabelle spends her time being the Book Reviews Editor at heat and walking her beloved dog Max round the parks of north London. Her novels My Map Of You, A Year And A Day and Then. Now. Always. (Penguin Michael Joseph) are out now, and her fourth book, The Place We Met, will arrive later this year.

If you like pictures of dogs, chatter about books and very bad jokes, you can follow her on Twitter @Isabelle_Broom or find her on Facebook under Isabelle Broom Author.

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Steps in My Shoes: The Life of a Foster Child by Ron Deming

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this memoir as a motivational 5* read.               

Steps in my Shoes has been written in a memoir style aimed at reaching young people who have experienced, or are currently experiencing, foster care.  Ron tells snippets of the challenges he faced growing up in the system, but gives hope that if you can persevere at aiming for the best life you can make then its within reach.

I read this book quite quickly, its not long – 76 pages – but the message stayed with me hours after finishing.  I have not experienced life in the system but have a few friends that have and I have read a number of books regarding fostering and adoption and spent a few years working on the administration side of child services in the UK.

Ron’s story touched me with the way that he has written so personally about the events he chose to share in this book. These events are just a few of the days and I am sure Ron has many many more tales he could tell.

I think it is important for children who are currently in this situation that they know there is more to life than the days they are experiencing now.  It is good that they can read stories like Ron’s and see that there is hope they can move on with their lives and become people that matter, people that help others, people that do good.  So often we are told that children who have entered the system will never make anything of themselves in the real world… we know this is not true but do the children know that….

This was a very motivating read and one I would recommend reading.

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this fascinating piece of writing.

Synopsis

Steps in My Shoes is a true account of my journey through the foster care system and beyond. Going through four foster homes, two adoptive homes, five behavioral facilities, and battling with reactive attachment disorder (RAD), and sensory processing sensitivity (SPS) certainly taught me a lot. 

The abysmal college graduation rate of less than 3% for foster youth did not prevent me from bagging a bachelor’s degree and becoming a licensed teacher. If I could go through all that and still found the courage to become a teacher and author, then I believe other foster youth can too.

Reading this book will totally educate you on what an average child in the foster care system passes through on a daily basis. This intriguing book is a must have for teachers, social workers, foster/adoptive parents, people considering being foster/adoptive parents, and current/past foster and adopted youth.

AUTHOR Ron Deming
BOOK TITLE Steps In My Shoes – The Life of a Foster Child
PUBLISHER Kamahl
DATE OF PUBLICATION 7 April 2017
PRINT LENGTH 76 pages
ISBN 9780692862940
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Posted in ***** rating 5/5

The Child Garden by Catriona McPherson

I bought this psychological thriller after a recommendation from an author I follow on Twitter.

Catriona McPherson was a new name to me but I liked the synopsis and the recommending author was one I enjoy very much (Ian Rankin).

There were a few twists which took some thought and the book easily fits the “can’t put down” category.  I finished it in just a couple of days.  I loved the fact it was set in Scotland and in places I could visualise easily by the way the author clearly describes each setting.

Highly recommend and I will be reading more from this very talented author.

Synopsis

Eden was its name. “An alternative school for happy children.” But it closed in disgrace after a student’s suicide. Now it’s a care home, its grounds neglected and overgrown. Gloria Harkness is its only neighbor, staying close to her son who lives there in the home, lighting up her life and breaking her heart each day.

When a childhood friend turns up at her door, Gloria doesn’t hesitate before asking him in. He claims a girl from Eden is stalking him and has goaded him into meeting her at the site of the suicide. Only then, the dead begin to speak—it was murder, they say.

Gloria is in over her head before she can help it. Her loneliness, her loyalty, and her all-consuming love for her son lead her into the heart of a dark secret that threatens everything she lives for.

AUTHOR Catriona McPherson
BOOK TITLE The Child Garden
PUBLISHER Midnight Ink
DATE OF PUBLICATION 8 September 2015
PRINT LENGTH 293 pages
ISBN 9780738745497
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McPherson, Catriona

Catriona McPherson was born in South Queensferry. After finishing school, she worked in a bank for a short time, before going to university. She studied for an MA in English Language and Linguistics at Edinburgh University, and then gained a job in the local studies department at Edinburgh City Libraries. She left this post after a couple of years, and went back to university to study for a PhD in semantics. During her final year she applied for an academic job, but left to begin a writing career.

These days, McPherson lives with her husband on a farm in the Galloway countryside, where she spends her time writing, gardening, swimming and running.

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Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead by Owen Mullen

WOW…. This book is way above a 5* read!

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I have to say I really enjoyed Owen Mullen’s first two books featuring PI Charlie Cameron – Games People Play and Old Friends and New Enemies – and have been recommending them both to everyone I speak to.

Owen Mullen writes a fantastic thrilling third novel, Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead which is even better than the first two! I really cannot get enough of this author. His words reach me when no other author can!

It may be that once we reach book three we know the characters who feature in all three books.  I would love to meet Charlie Cameron!

I felt this book moved at a faster pace than the last which made it impossible to put down. I switched between the paperback and the kindle versions depending on where and when I was reading.

It was gripping and I look forward to Owen Mullen’s next release!

Synopsis

Gavin Law was a whistleblower.
Now he’s missing.

Just another case for Glasgow PI, Charlie Cameron, until he discovers there is more to Law and his disappearance than anyone imagined.

Wallace Maitland, the surgeon responsible for leaving a woman brain-damaged may have abandoned his sacred oath and become a killer. Did the hospital which refused to accept responsibility for the tragedy have Law silenced permanently? Or, with his wife little more than a vegetable, has David Cooper, believing he has been betrayed yet again, taken justice into his own hands?

Charlie comes to realise the world of medicine can be a dangerous place.

Across the city, East End gangster, Sean Rafferty is preparing to exploit the already corrupt city council in a multi-million pound leisure development known as Riverside. The project will be good for Glasgow. But not everybody is keen to work with Rafferty. 

With more than money at stake, Sean will do anything to get his way. His motto, borrowed from his old man, is simple. Never take a no from somebody who can give you a yes.

If that means murder, then so be it.

Charlie has crossed Rafferty’s path before and lived to tell the tale.

He may not be so lucky a second time.

AUTHOR Owen Mullen
BOOK TITLE Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
SERIES PI Charlie Cameron #3
PUBLISHER Bloodhound Books
DATE OF PUBLICATION 21 March 2017
PRINT LENGTH 272 pages
ASIN B06XQ33D5X
OBTAINED Purchased (paperback + kindle)

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When he was ten, Owen Mullen won a short story competition and didn’t write anything else for almost forty years. In between he graduated from Strathclyde University with a Masters in Tourism and a degree in Marketing, moved to London and worked as a rock musician, session singer and songwriter, andhad a hit record in Japan with a band he refuses to name; on occasion he still performs. He returned to Scotland to run a management consultancy and a marketing agency. He is an Arsenal supporter and a serious foodie. A gregarious recluse, he and his wife, Christine, split their time between Glasgow – where the Charlie Cameron books are set – and their villa in the Greek Islands.

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The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse

MoMo’s Book Diary highly recommends the latest Amanda Prowse release. Be warned – you will be left an emotional wreck but it is worth it!

Amanda Prowse is an incredibly talented author who writes poignant and moving books that will have you hooked in the opening pages and does not let go until the last word.

This page-turning masterpiece focuses on the heart-wrenching subject of family, parenthood and the heartbreak caused by miscarriage.

This is a real emotional read with very likeable, believable characters. I struggled with my own emotions whilst reading as I recently lost my mother and I will never be a mother.

Thank you to Netgalley, Amanda Prowse and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read this book prior to publication.

Synopsis

With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.

But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything…

Heart-wrenching and poignant, this latest work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: what does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?

AUTHOR Amanda Prowse
BOOK TITLE The Idea of You
PUBLISHER Lake Union Publishing
DATE OF PUBLICATION 21 March 2017
PRINT LENGTH 334 pages
ISBN 9781503942332
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