Family by Owen Mullen

Family – might be the death of you…

The Glass family business is crime, and they’re good at what they do. Vengeance took Luke Glass behind bars – but now he’s free and he’s never going back. Luke wants out of the gangster life – all he has to do is convince his family to let him go.

His brother holds the reins of the South London underworld in his brutal hands – nobody tells Danny Glass no and expects to live – not even DCI Oliver Stanford, bent copper and one of the Met’s rising stars. The way Danny sees it, his younger brother and sister Nina owe him everything. The price he demands is loyalty, and a war with their arch enemy gives him the leverage he needs to tie Luke to the family once more.

Luke can’t see a way out, until Danny commits a crime so terrible it can’t be forgiven. Love turns to hate when secrets are unearthed which pit brother against brother. Left with no choice but to choose a side, Nina holds the fate of the family in her hands.

MoMoBookDiary Review

This is a fast paced powerful gritty thrilling read. Be prepared to read in a single sitting! Once I started I couldn’t stop reading although I also didn’t want it to end. Already desperate for part two, which I hope is coming soon.

This book had everything you would look for in a Gangland Thriller. There are murders, bent Police Officers, rival crime families who are out for revenge and unexpected twists and surprises along the way. Brilliant!

I have read everything this author has published to date and couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this new release. Thank you to Owen Mullen, Boldwood Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review.

Links

AUTHOR: Owen Mullen can be found on twitter @OwenMullen6, on instagram @OwenMullen6

PUBLISHER: Boldwood Books can be found at www.boldwoodbooks.com and on twitter @BoldwoodBooks and instagram @bookandtonic

Book Details

PUBLICATION DATE: 21 January 2021

ISBN: 9781800484122

BUY HERE: linktr.ee/OwenMullen

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Eve’s Christmas by Julie Butterfield

A delightful story following the search for Christmas perfection!

Working for a department store where Christmas arrives in August, Eve prefers her own festivities to be low key with nothing more complicated than an oven ready turkey and frozen peas while she spends the day in her pyjamas.

Unfortunately, this year her husband has invited his best friend to visit, the glamorous and sophisticated Abby, and Eve reluctantly decides that she needs to inject a little sparkle into their laid back and slightly shabby Christmas.

So the celebrations are upgraded to include champagne and canapes along with homemade gravy and organic turkey and plans are made for a Christmas that looks as though it has emerged from the pages of a glossy magazine.

But even the best laid plans can go wrong and as Eve struggles with her mini Yorkshire puddings and an interfering cat, she is suddenly faced with an unexpected guest and an explosive secret that threatens to put her vision of a perfect Christmas in jeopardy.

MoMoBookDiary Review

I loved this heart-stopping story, Julie Butterfield’s latest release.  When Eve’s husband invites his best friend Abby to spend Christmas at their house it starts something in Eve and what I can only describe is she turns into a Christmas-Zilla!

We have all had the thought of putting on the perfect Christmas – just like we see in glossy magazines but thats as far as most of us go…. not Eve, not this year!  This is a real fun book, and as always, easy to read.  Julie Butterfield gets the characters in her stories so perfect its simply magical. I found it very difficult to put down and go do ‘life’ stuff….. so much so, I took myself off to Costa in town and had a few Black Forrest and Cream Hot Chocolates (awesome btw you gotta try it!) and it was just perfect to get my mind going along with Eve.  By the time I was ready to leave the coffee shop I was already planning on the changes I wanted in my flat ahead of the festive season.

This is a true magical Christmas story and I think it would be perfect on the screen….. can someone get Netflix or Hallmark on the phone!

  • AUTHOR: Julie Butterfield
  • PUBLISHER: Self-published
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25 October 2019
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 257 pages

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The Wife’s Secret by Kerry Wilkinson

A gripping psychological thriller with a heart-stopping twist

Synopsis

Charley Willis was thirteen years old when her parents were killed in their family home and she was found hiding in a cupboard upstairs.

Fifteen years later, Charley is marrying Seth Chambers. It should be the happiest day of their lives, a chance for Charley to put her past behind her, but just hours after the ceremony, she is missing.

No one saw her leave. No one knows where she is.

One thing is for certain…Seth is about to discover he doesn’t really know the woman he just married. And his nightmare is only just beginning.

MoMoBookDiary Review

OMG!!! This is an excellent intriguing, tension-filled mystery a truly gripping read.

I am sure I exceeded my previous reading speed to get to the climax.  The story is told from both Seth and Charley’s point of view and covers present day and Charley’s history which added to the suspense.

I had not read anything by Kerry Wilkinson before and am very pleased to have a new author on my TBR list.  Can’t wait to start reading all his books – I believe there are quite a number.

Thank you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Kerry Wilkinson for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

  • TITLE: The Wife’s Secret
  • AUTHOR: Kerry Wilkinson
  • PUBLISHER; Bookouture
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 10 October 2018

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

3508219Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as well as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States. His book, Ten Birthdays, won the RNA award for Young Adult Novel of the Year in 2018.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

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Since We Were Friends by Zøe Haslie

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Regan Clark only longs for the summer camp trip her dad takes her and her three brothers in each year. But everything changes when the unimaginable happens—her best friend, and acquired fourth brother, Harper, turns into a big cheat and she gets cast aside.

So when school starts again, Regan finds herself friendless, struggling with soccer practice and on the verge of failing math. On top of that, Harper’s own issues lead him to move in with the Clarks, which makes it impossible to hide all the bad blood between them.

But meeting Sophie turns into a mindblower, for Regan’s introduced to the strange world of girls she’s been missing out until now. And, much to her dismay, she soon finds out what hurts the most about losing her best friend—to be secretly in love with him.

  

MoMoBookDiary Review

This is a step away from my normal reads but one that I was very pleased to be asked to read.  I enjoyed it very much and although it is a Young Adult read, I found the story very well written.  The story flows very well and the characters personalities are true and work at pulling your emotions.

The cover is just perfect for grabbing the attention of young adults.  The chapters are of a good length and have you rushing forward to read one more page…. One more chapter…. Until you reach the end!

Lovely book, Beautiful story. Impressive author!

  • AUTHOR: Zøe Haslie
  • PUBLISHED: unconfirmed
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: unconfirmed
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 261 pages

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Zøe sees herself as a citizen of the world. She’s spent the last two years of her life travelling the world and now she just can’t stop! While she enjoys her wanderlust, she writes sweet and delightful stories.

When she is not travelling or writing, Zøe enjoys sunsets, watching movies and TV-series, especially if they are old. She is also a quote collector! So, if you follow her online, you’ll discover the quotes that inspire her and help her get through life.
You can find Zøe on Tumblr, Swoonreads, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.

Zøe likes to share books by indie authors on her social media.

 

What’s Left Unsaid by Deborah Stone

Engaging, complex and absorbing family drama. Recommended reading.  

Synopsis

Sasha is just about managing to hold her life together. She is raising her teenage son Zac, coping with an absent husband and caring for her ageing, temperamental and alcoholic mother, as well as holding down her own job. But when Zac begins to suspect that he has a secret sibling, Sasha realises that she must relive the events of a devastating night which she has done her best to forget for the past nineteen years. 

Sasha’s mother, Annie, is old and finds it difficult to distinguish between past and present and between truth and lies. As Annie sinks deeper back into her past, she revisits the key events in her life which have shaped her emotionally. Through it all, she remains convinced that her dead husband Joe is watching and waiting for her. But there’s one thing she never told him, and as painful as it is for her to admit the truth, Annie is determined to go to Joe with a guilt-free conscience.

As the plot unfurls, traumas are revealed and lies uncovered, revealing long-buried secrets which are at the root of Annie and Sasha’s fractious relationship.

MoMoBookDiary Review

I found this to be an engaging and complex tale. What’s Left Unsaid tells the story of one family of three generations where secrets are buried deep.  I liked the way the story is told from different perspectives – grandpa Joe, grandma Annie, mother Sasha and her teenage son Zac.

It is a compelling read where all three generations stories are well told and very relatable.  Family secrets can be devastating and once they are uncovered there is no way to put them back in the box – lives change and this story shows how keeping secrets can be as difficult as it is to talk about them.

Thank you to NetGalley and Matador and @LoveBooksGroup for the opportunity to read and review this novel prior to publication.

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  • AUTHOR: Deborah Stone
  • PUBLISHED: Matador
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 28 October 2018

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Deborah Stone lives in North London with her husband, two sons and fabulous golden retriever, George, who is the inspiration for Stanley in the novel. This is her debut novel.

What’s Left Unsaid  spans several decades, telling the history of the Stein family from the turn of the twentieth century to the present day. Speaking of her inspiration for her novel, Deborah says; ‘My own mother was evacuated at the age of five during World War Two and my father was a young man working as an ARP warden. This novel is purely fictitious, but I wanted to explore the traumas that many ordinary people of the war generation suffered, experiences which would be quite unimaginable to many of us today and then to contrast them with the issues we all face in the modern day.’

Discover more about Deborah Stone and her debut novel on the website        https://www.whatsleftunsaid.co.uk, Twitter @DeborahStone_, and Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

www.martingeraghty.co.uk

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BOOK TITLE A Mind Polluted
PUBLISHER Crooked Cat (May 2018) ISBN13: 9781986164887
LENGTH  278 pages (paperback)

 

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Steps in My Shoes by Ron Deming

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this memoir as a motivational 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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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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Amanda Prowse website – www.amandaprowse.org

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The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends Kerry Fisher’s latest novel ‘The Silent Wife’.

It is packed full of family secrets and earth shattering betrayals that will leave your mouth open in disbelief again and again.  The characters are brought to life in such a way you can easily relate to their individual personalities. The Farinelli family certainly has high expectations! The author expertly looks at the complicated relationships with step-children, in-laws, and the constant reminders of the first wives and mothers.

Told in alternating views of Lara (married to Massimo) and Maggie (married to Nico) this is a poignant story the lengths women are prepared to go for the sake of their families. I was gripped from the start and enjoyed page after page until the last chapter.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher.

Synopsis

Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he’d done something terrible?

A heart wrenching and gripping tale. I was hooked from the very first page.’ Write Escape

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage.

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife Caitlin. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves?

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price.

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

AUTHOR Kerry Fisher
BOOK TITLE The Silent Wife
PUBLISHER Bookouture
DATE OF PUBLICATION 24/02/17
PRINT LENGTH 374 pages
ISBN 9781786811264
OBTAINED: NetGalley – Bookouture

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The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse

MoMo’s Book Diary recommends this emotional family tale.

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.