The Queen of New Beginnings By Therese Loreskar

Highly recommend you read The Queen of Blogging First, this is a follow on, that benefits from reading the first book initially. 

A laugh out loud comedy about starting again Kajsa lives in a large house in Stockholm along with her three children and their dog. Since coming clean about lying on her popular blog she no longer has any work. Not only that but she has kicked her husband out because of his sex addiction. While her husband is in rehab trying to fix his little problem, Kajsa's mother-in-law is thrown out of her retirement home and comes to live with her daughter-in-law. Then Kajsa receives an unexpected offer to move to a fashionable part of London. But having to look after her mother-in-law makes life complicated.   Can Kajsa rid herself of her baggage and make a fresh start with her children in England? This laugh-out-loud comedy looks at the daily struggles we all face with our families and asks if starting again is ever really possible.

A laugh out loud comedy about starting again

Kajsa lives in a large house in Stockholm along with her three children and their dog. Since coming clean about lying on her popular blog she no longer has any work. Not only that but she has kicked her husband out because of his sex addiction.

While her husband is in rehab trying to fix his little problem, Kajsa's mother-in-law is thrown out of her retirement home and comes to live with her daughter-in-law.

Then Kajsa receives an unexpected offer to move to a fashionable part of London. But having to look after her mother-in-law makes life complicated.  

Can Kajsa rid herself of her baggage and make a fresh start with her children in England?

This laugh-out-loud comedy looks at the daily struggles we all face with our families and asks if starting again is ever really possible.

I loved the first book The Queen of Blogging, and was so looking forward to what Kajsa would have to contend with next in life. 

I felt this book had all the elements from the first book and more, Kajsa I described as a Bridget Jones type read in this one, she really grows up, grows on you and faces real battles that are brilliantly written. 

Gull Britt is one of the most entertaining characters and Kajsa and her spark off brilliantly, but there are some really heartfelt warm moments and you grow to understand her as the story develops. 

Therese has done a marvellous job with keeping the tempo of the first book, bringing in some amazingly funny moments, that are cringe worthy, but so good to read. It is light hearted, but with backbone. I found this an extremely easy and entertaining read and am still hoping to read more from Kajsa she has so much more to bring. 

I have a feeling her life will always have a hint of hectic to it. 

Highly recommend. 

 

The Trouble With Words By Suzie Tullett

An unmissable and heart-warming romantic comedy Annabel is desperate to have a baby – there’s just one problem. She’s single and after losing her husband in a hit and run accident, she’s just not ready for another relationship.  Dan is on the hunt for the perfect woman but when his mother drops a bombshell, he starts to feel the pressure. When Dan and Annabel’s worlds collide, both start to think that maybe they’ve found the solution to their problems. But things are about to get messy. Can Dan and Annabel get what they want? Both will soon find out that the trouble with words is finding the right thing to say.

An unmissable and heart-warming romantic comedy

Annabel is desperate to have a baby – there’s just one problem. She’s single and after losing her husband in a hit and run accident, she’s just not ready for another relationship. 

Dan is on the hunt for the perfect woman but when his mother drops a bombshell, he starts to feel the pressure.

When Dan and Annabel’s worlds collide, both start to think that maybe they’ve found the solution to their problems. But things are about to get messy.

Can Dan and Annabel get what they want?

Both will soon find out that the trouble with words is finding the right thing to say.

Hooked from the beginning, loved the characters and the premise for the story.


Wasn't quite as light as I was expecting, which gave the book an emotional maturity that was set perfectly within the comedy moments.


A creative story with some emotional moments that had my heart twisted. The characters were amazingly well written, and invested in them from the beginning for various reasons. 


A fantastic novel, perfect for summer reading or curling up and escaping the world for a while. 

Holding Myself By Victoria J. Brown

published by Bombshell Books available in Ecopy and Paperback. Click the book cover for a direct link.

An emotional, uplifting book about love, loss and hope - The perfect summer time read! Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant. Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away. As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take. Is having a baby the right thing to do? Can she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control? Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever…

An emotional, uplifting book about love, loss and hope - The perfect summer time read!

Kat has a busy life. She runs her own beauty salon and has an alcoholic father to worry about. To make matters worse she has just discovered she is pregnant.

Kat and Max have only been together for six months and she has a turbulent relationship with his mother and his ex-girlfriend who refuses to go away.

As the pressure builds Kat finds herself wondering what path to take.

Is having a baby the right thing to do?

Can she keep her head above water while her life spirals out of control?

Kat has some big decisions to make and whatever happens her life is going to change forever…

Kat really does have her hands full; I took to the character straight away. although she has doubts about going ahead with the pregnancy on further reading you get to know why she has so many fears.
I found the writing style easy to get in to and Victoria had the perfect balance of showing Kat's nerves, but not making her a weak or annoying character.

Max was extremely well portrayed as an unexpected father to be.

A wonderfully captivating story of life and struggles, with some extremely heart rendering moments. with charming and engaging characters, and I am pleased to see there is a follow on and I am so looking forward to catching up with the next chapter of Kat and Max's life and what decisions they will make next....

The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher

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

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

The silent wife, is a book about the complexities of marriage, relationships within a marriage, hierarchy, and second wives and how they fit into a family with predecessors whether it was through death or divorce.

From page one I was hooked, with chapters taken from Lara's POV and Maggie's, the interlopers of the family. With the throw in of Maggie's mum, who was brilliant and really wanted her to give more at times.

The portrayal of loyalties within this group was such a strength and then forecast the decisions that were made.
I was routing for both Maggie and Lara, and it didn't deter whose point of view I was reading from.

I found the story gripping, twisty and thoroughly complex, but easy to follow and found it difficult to put the book down. It worked extremely well with being an Italian family, with the ethos on Family Loyalties being the centre of The Faranelli's core beliefs.
Maggie fitting into a new family, with a sister in law that wasn't overly warm to her either was so well characterised and it was great to see the relationships grow and shift as the story took off.

Highly Recommend, and thoroughly enjoyed this read.

 

The Mountain In My Shoe

On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she's leaving, he doesn't come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she's befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor's foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband's secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.

On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she's leaving, he doesn't come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she's befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor's foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband's secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.

I would have got round to reading this book, eventually.

As it had such good reviews, although I stayed away from finding out what it was about.

However I went to Louise Beech's book launch in London.
She captivated me with the background of the story and the characters of Bernadette and Conor.
it is a wonderful story full of dread, hope and how families can be made, especially when they are not blood related.

It was an insightful to read about a child in care, and the hard work that does go into looking after them.
The book is made up of chapters from Bernadette, Conor, and the Life Book.

.The life book Chapters worked well and gave the story another level of reality. However they can be skim read if you wish to.


A beautiful story told in a compassionate way.

 

4.5 star Review from Bookstormer.

The Sisterhood

FIVE “SISTERS”; FIVE LIVES; FIVE SETS OF PROBLEMS New girl Sarah arrives in The Sisterhood Club just as the lives of those she meets are about to fall apart. Jo is faced with devastating loss and unending pressure at work; Phoebe is about to become homeless; Cathy is staring the end of her marriage in the face. Naomi, the Mother Hen of the group, while appearing to keep it all together, is facing mounting problems of her own... and Sarah is left wondering what on earth she is walking into! Can the common bonds of their burgeoning sisterhood see them through the ever-growing pressure, or will the world around them finally destroy it all?

FIVE “SISTERS”; FIVE LIVES; FIVE SETS OF PROBLEMS New girl Sarah arrives in The Sisterhood Club just as the lives of those she meets are about to fall apart. Jo is faced with devastating loss and unending pressure at work; Phoebe is about to become homeless; Cathy is staring the end of her marriage in the face. Naomi, the Mother Hen of the group, while appearing to keep it all together, is facing mounting problems of her own... and Sarah is left wondering what on earth she is walking into! Can the common bonds of their burgeoning sisterhood see them through the ever-growing pressure, or will the world around them finally destroy it all?


The characters were interesting, diverse, and I really felt for their dilemma's. There were great conversations/dialogues between the girls. Roz handled them with care, humour, and made them real.

The insight into Transgender was a revelation as it isn't a subject I have thought much about.

It took me a few days to read this book, as life was interrupting. However that was a bonus, as I found myself thinking about the girls, and this book will stay with me for a long while.


Contemporary fiction, isn't my favoured genre, however I find it refreshing to have a change, especially when a book like this comes along.


I hope to read more by this author, a sequel or short story of the girls would work well.

Surprisingly Brilliant.

4.5 star review Bookstormer

600 Hours of Edward

A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).   But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.

A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.).

 

But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone. Over the course of a momentous 600 hours, he opens up to his new neighbors and confronts old grievances with his estranged parents. Exposed to both the joys and heartaches of friendship, Edward must ultimately decide whether to embrace the world outside his door or retreat to his solitary ways.

600 Hours of Edward

Is such an endearing book, not one of my usual reads, he has a great sense of humanity, and has so much growing to do.

He lives alone, has a strict routine, and is very much on his own.

Edward meets his neighbours and changes occur.

There are repetitions in this book for a reason, however if the dragnet series, drags...you can skip this without missing the story, even though each episode has a reason for being told.

Edward is one of my top male characters, he is so Bitchin'

5 stars from Bookstormer