Keep Her Close by Erik Therme @ErikTherme @BOTBSPublicity #BlogTour #KeepHerClose #PsychologicalThriller

Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity and Promo for inviting on the Blog Tour for Keep Her Close by Erik Therme

Keep Her Close: A gripping psychological thriller with edge-of-your-seat suspense by [Therme, Erik]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Someone took your daughter. And nobody believes you…

Then:
Three-year-old Ally was found alone in a parking lot.
She was barefoot and dressed only in a yellow sundress. In the middle of winter.
What kind of person would abandon their daughter?

Now:
Fifteen years later and Ally has a new family.
But her real father has sent her a letter.
And now Ally is missing.

A gripping twist-filled thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Teresa Driscoll.

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

No matter how old or big Ally gets, she is always going to be her daddy’s little girl. She had been a kind of special delivery because Dan and Holly had found her in the multi-story car park at age three, her mum dead a few levels below after jumping off. So not your typical becoming parents scenario.

Now 18, and still very much a daddy’s girl, she receives a letter from a man claiming to be her real father and wanting to meet up. Ally goes alone and simply vanishes. Now Dan is on a mission to find his daughter because something just doesn’t feel right to him about the whole thing. Dan obviously needs to know that Ally is safe but there is also a feeling that he is scared stiff that he may lose his little girl to this new guy. Look out world there is a man on a mission!

Although the situation was very serious, I did have to laugh at Dan, he really is quite a character. Most of the story is very tense and becomes more sinister as I got further into it. There aren’t too many key characters in the story so the plot is very easy to follow although as the pace picks up so do the twists. I learned to take nothing for granted.

A really good mystery and super entertaining characters. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

I wish to thank Book on the Bright Side for an e-copy of this book, which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Erik Therme has thrashed in garage bands, inadvertently harbored runaways, and met Darth Vader. When he’s not at his computer, he can be found
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The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg @JessRothenberg @panmacmillan #NetGalley #TheKingdom #NewRelease #BookReview #BlogReview #DystopianSci-Fi #YoungAdult

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Welcome to the Kingdom, a dazzling fantasy theme park where ‘happily ever after’ is not just a promise, but a rule . . .

The Kingdom is a place where technology helps dreams come to life. Formerly extinct species roam the park, and seven beautiful ‘Fantasists’ – half-human, half-android princesses – entertain visitors and make wishes come true. But this fairytale ends in murder, and now Ana, one of the seven Fantasists, is in the dock after finding herself experiencing emotions and romantic feelings against all her programming . . .

Told through court testimony, interrogation records and fragmented flashbacks, The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg has the futuristic appeal of Westworld and the twists and turns of a true-crime thriller.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

The Kingdom is a place where little girls can meet their Princess idols and little boys can see dinosaurs fight to the death, a magical place where technology has made anything possible. Creatures that have been extinct for millions of years recreated perfectly while others are modified to bring the wildest of dreams into the real world to entertain a never waning public. The impossible has happened and now an android Princess is on trial for murder.

The story begins with the discovery of a murder victim and subsequent questioning of Ana, one of the Princesses of the Kingdom. Present day and how the events in the past came together are done as the trial takes place.

The androids and other creatures were programmed to perform certain routines while others were more advanced in their interaction with the clients and visitors of The Kingdom. Even backstage there was a hierarchy amongst the Princesses of age and popularity. There was an innocence about them all but could they think independently? Could an android plan a murder?

Ana is a brilliant character that I couldn’t help but love. She was sweet and beautiful but also had a bit of sassiness about her and an inquisitive mind. There was so much going on backstage where most of the story takes place, although a few of the chapters give an insight into what happens centre stage in different sections of The Kingdom.

The story began in the perfect place so that as I got to know Ana I could draw my own conclusions to her guilt of innocence. I knew what she had been accused of but did I think it was possible?

A brilliant YA novel, which I am sure will be a huge hit!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jess Rothenberg

JESS ROTHENBERG is a writer and freelance editor who grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. A former editor of books for young readers, including the #1 International Bestselling Vampire Academy series, Jess lives in New York City with her husband, son, and cat-who-thinks-he’s-a-dog, Charlie. Her debut novel for teens, The Catastrophic History of You & Me, has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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Twitter: @JessRothenberg

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The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen @JoannaGlenBooks @BoroughPress. @HarperCollinsUK #AugustaHope #NetGalley #NewRelease #BlogReview

BOOK DESCRIPTION

This is a story for anyone who has ever felt like they don’t belong.

Keep the tissues closeGood Housekeeping
This gem of a novel entertains and moves in equal measureDaily Mail
Heartening and hopeful’ Jess Kidd, author of Things in Jars
Mesmerizingly beautiful’ Sarah Haywood, author of The Cactus
An extraordinary masterpiece’ Anstey Harris, author of The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton
Gutsy, endearing and entertaining’ Deborah Orr
Absolutely brilliant’ Gavin Extence, author of The Universe Versus Alex Woods
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Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.

At six, she’s memorising the dictionary. At seven, she’s correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.

And now that she’s an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.

When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta’s life, she’s propelled headfirst into the unknown. She’s determined to find where she belongs – but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?
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AUGUSTA MAY NOT FEEL LIKE SHE FITS IN, BUT READERS ARE FALLING IN LOVE WITH HER…

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I love stories with quirky characters that walk out of step with the rest of society and Augusta Hope is certainly up there with top favourites.

Augusta is a twin but she is as different from her sister as the other side of a coin. Their mother adores Julia, born on the last day of July, and her father is proud of his obedient daughter but Augusta born on the first day of August, constantly questions the world and is totally headstrong. I knew from the first couple of chapters that this was going to be an unpredictable and compelling story for me. It was that and more.

For all their differences, the girls had that bond of being twins but as they grew older they looked as different outside as they were inside, their lives were to take very different paths. The story branches into three, the two girls and a young man whose only connection to the story, to begin with, is from the day Augusta chose the country he lives in as her favourite place in the world because she liked the sound of the name, although she knew nothing of it.  I loved Augusta’s strong will and the principles that she fought for, even as a child. She could see past the shell of people and it was pure magic.

This isn’t a story about an event, this is a story about life. Relationships, love, loss and family. It is quirky, funny, beautiful and heartbreaking. I laughed and I cried. I didn’t want Augusta to fit in, I wanted everyone to fit her. This story will stay with me, one of many this year. Beautifully written, moving and as unique as Augusta.

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joanna Glen

Joanna Glen read Spanish at the University of London, with a stint at the Faculty of Arts at Córdoba University in the south of Spain. She went on to teach Spanish and English to all ages, and, latterly, was a school principal in London. Joanna’s short fiction has appeared in the Bath Flash Fiction Anthology. She lives with her husband and children on the River Thames in Battersea, returning to Andalusia whenever it gets too grey.

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Twitter: @JoannaGlenBooks

 

Strange Secrets by Mike Russell @strangebookseye #BookReview #ShortStories #StrangeSecrets #KindleUnlimited

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Discover the mystery of the two-headed rose and many more Strange Secrets in this new collection of extraordinary stories by Mike Russell. ‘It can’t be real.’ ‘But it is.’ Strange Secrets invites you to discover the magical and the marvellous. Startlingly inventive and constantly entertaining, these unique, vital and vividly realised stories will take you to places you have never been before. Strange Secrets is Mike Russell’s third short-story collection.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I love Mike Russell’s short stories because they are like a box of chocolates, everyone so very different and you are hard pushed to pick a favourite! Well, these seven beauties were quickly devoured leaving me just needing one more and then another which I will have to wait for. I won’t ever have my fill.

If you can imagine that period of time between beginning to drift to sleep and actually getting there then you are probably in the place that these stories belong, where you fall from a cliff you can’t remember you ever climbed. The impossible all very possible in that moment of time, in this alternate universe of neither land.

From the disturbing to the bizarre and hauntingly sad you will find a story that stays with you for me it was The Conspiracy. I am so glad I have fitted wardrobes but still give them a cautious look. Loved Tina’s inquisitiveness, her principles and her courage.

These stories waken something inside you that opens your mind so you don’t just think inside the box. There is a darkness to them that leaves you with a slight unease to find closure for some of these them but most you can’t. That is just how things are where ever they are from.

Another masterpiece of chocolate heaven for me!

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mike Russell was born in 1973. He grew up in the small village of Pulborough in the south of England. As a child, he enjoyed daydreaming, art and writing strange stories. As an adult, he enjoys daydreaming, art and writing strange stories.
Mike Russell was awarded a Bachelor of Arts from Falmouth University and a Master of Arts from the University of Central England.
Mike Russell’s books have been described as Strange Fiction, Weird Fiction, Weird Lit, Surrealism, Fantasy Fiction… but he just likes to call them Strange Books. He is a full-time author and grows his own potatoes.

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The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield @MichaelJBooks #jeremydronfield #wwii #history #NetGalley

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: The Sunday Times Bestseller by [Dronfield, Jeremy]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘An emotionally devastating story of courage – and survival’ i Paper

The inspiring true story of a father and son’s fight to stay together and survive the Holocaust, for anyone captivated by The Cut Out Girl, The Choice and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
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Where there is family, there is hope . . .

Vienna, 1939.

Nazi police seize Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer and his son, Fritz, and send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in.

When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, his son refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son.

Based on Gustav’s secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells their incredible story for the first time – a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz is a reminder of both the best and the worst of humanity, the strength of family ties, and the power of the human spirit.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

I have to say from the beginning of my review that this story felt more like a factual account told by the author as an outsider rather than sort of a feeling of being there through the characters. The research is truly amazing and this terrible account of father and son horrendous but it lacks the core of them somehow. More like a documentary of facts. That being said the events were still vivid and the lengths that father and son took to stay together truly remarkable.

The journey follows Gustav Kleinmann and his son Fritz in 1939 from the day that they were both arrested and taken to the first of many camps during the second world war and the aftermath that followed. The descriptions of the camps and how the prisoners were abused and kept very graphic. Fritz was a young man that intended for him and his father to survive the conditions, quickly working out what would make them valuable as people to the camp.

The account of the two men follows them throughout the war and the lengths that they go to to stay together. An astonishing feat to do on your own but for Fritz to sacrifice himself to the hell of Auschwitz to be with his father is so very honourable.

This is an amazing journey of survival and love between father and son.

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jeremy Dronfield

Jeremy Dronfield was born in Wales. After completing a doctorate in archaeology at Cambridge, he began writing fiction. His first novel, The Locust Farm, was shortlisted for the John Creasey Memorial award for debut crime fiction. His subsequent novels include the critically acclaimed The Alchemist’s Apprentice. He also has a parallel career as a ghostwriter and non-fiction author.

AUTHOR LINKS:

http://jeremydronfield.com/index.html

The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz: The Sunday Times Bestseller by [Dronfield, Jeremy]

 

Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough @SarahPinborough @HarperCollinsUK #NetGalley #CrossHerHeart #BookReview #BlogReview

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Lisa tells lies.

Most of them are small white lies intended to make the life of her daughter, Ava, easier.

But her biggest lie of all about to be exposed.

Because Lisa is lying to everyone.

Lisa isn’t who she says she is.

Lisa isn’t even called Lisa at all.

Her real name is Charlotte Nevill and as a child she was convicted of the brutal murder of her half-brother, Daniel.

Someone out there knows the truth. They’re determined to make Lisa pay. And they won’t stop until everything she loves is destroyed.

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Cross Her Heart: The gripping new psychological thriller from the #1 Sunday Times bestselling author

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a cracking psychological mind blow out from the very start of the book. The only thing with a secret is if just one person knows it then it isn’t yours anymore. It is a cloud that is constantly hanging there in the corner or your vision because you aren’t in control of it anymore.

Should I like Lisa or should I hate her? Yes, I had her card mark, I knew who she was and what she had done but God damn it, she is a real nice, and good mum to Ava. The thing was she wasn’t Lisa now something had happened in the past and an event in present day was going to uncover it.

This story bounced between timelines and characters in short sharp chapters, each giving their version of events. A tight group of girls of various ages with a common interest that bound them. I was edgy but thought I was a good judge of character and something just didn’t feel right. There were so many lies, so many cover-ups, could I trust anyone?

This is such an intense read that at one point totally took my breath away. It sent me spiralling through every tangled emotion that had built up in me about these girls. What a story! It delivered everything that I look for in a book. I want to try to work out where a story is going but I want that element of wow when I get there, not an ‘oh yes saw that coming’.  Loved it!

Many thanks to NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

 

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sunday Times No.1 bestseller SARAH PINBOROUGH is the critically acclaimed and award-winning, adult and YA author. Her previous novel, Behind Her Eyes, has sold in 25 territories, been shortlisted for the Crime and Thriller Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller in hardback and paperback. She is also a screenwriter who has written for the BBC and has several original television projects in development.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @SarahPinborough

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Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer @LaraPriorPalmer @PenguinUKBooks @EburyPublishing #RoughMagic #NetGalley

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The Mongol Derby is the world’s toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km. Many riders don’t make it to the finish line.

In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer – nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown – decided to enter the race. Driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses, she raced for seven days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she found she had nothing to lose, and tore through the field with her motley crew of horses. In one of the Derby’s most unexpected results, she became the youngest-ever champion and the first woman to win the race.

A tale of adventure, fortitude and poetry, Rough Magic is the extraordinary story of one young woman’s encounter with oblivion, and herself.

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Rough Magic: Riding the world’s wildest horse race

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a true story of a young impulsive woman who at nineteen years old applies and is accepted to take part in the world’s wildest horse race, the Mongol Derby. This race of endurance and stamina is staged over 25 gruelling days and 1000km of harsh and unforgiving landscape. It is known before a page is turned that she wins the race but this story is about the journey that got her there.

Arriving with little more knowledge than what is printed above, it isn’t long before she gets a taste of just what she has let her self in for. No woman has ever won this race, which makes her even more determined to be the first to do it. Some of the riders have done this race before, others full of research and probably a little too well equipped.

Each day is a learning curve to get it right tomorrow, the right choice of the 25 horses that she would ride paramount, something she had to learn by trial and error in the early days. The descriptions of the terrain were mesmerizing to me and the quotes entwined with her own writing making the whole experience a timeline account, that could have been present day or a century ago.

At times I didn’t really like the author and her attitude but I appreciated her honesty which I think was more a reflection of how young she really was. This is an exciting read that canters between the racing days where the story really does gallop along.

The race was a magnificent accomplishment and this account of the adventure of a lifetime another.

I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lara Prior-Palmer

Lara Prior-Palmer made headlines in 2013 when she became the first woman — and the youngest ever competitor — to win the Mongol Derby. Born in London in 1994, Lara routinely packed and unpacked her bags as a child, despite having nowhere to go. She studied conceptual history and Persian at Stanford University, and has lived and loved, for varying lengths of time, in California, England, Iran and Wales. ROUGH MAGIC is her first book.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @LaraPriorPalmer

larapriorpalmer.me

 

The Whisper Man by Alex North @writer_north @MichaelJBooks #NetGalley #HorrorSuspense #BlogReview #NewRelease

The Whisper Man: The chilling must-read thriller of summer 2019 by [North, Alex]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

GET READY FOR THE BIGGEST THRILLER OF 2019

‘The best crime novel of the decade’ Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of Twisted

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken . . .

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a much-needed fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago, a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys.

Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home.

Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window . . .
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Terrifying and utterly heartbreaking‘ Mark Billingham

A dark, creepy, thriller with a huge amount of heart’ Stuart MacBride

‘Beautifully written. Beautifully plotted. Shades of Thomas Harris and Stephen King but brilliant in its own right” C. J. Tudor

‘A tremendous calling card for the brilliant Alex North’ Mick Herron

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The Whisper Man: The chilling must-read thriller of summer 2019

Alex North

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Oh my goodness, where do I start! I suppose behind closed locked and bolted doors is the best place. I am still having rhymes going round in my mind, still listening for whispers in the night and still wishing that I could read this superb book again for the very first time. This is one top class read!

The man that abducted little boys from the village where they lived is still locked away but now another child has disappeared not too long before widowed Tom and his six-year-old son Jake buy a bargain house in the area.

Jake is adorable, lonely and in desperate need of his grieving father’s love.  The relationship between them is one to make you cry in more ways than one. Jake had acquired a special friend after his mum died, a little girl but no-one else can see her. Dad knows all about her but hoped with a new start she wouldn’t be part of Jake’s imagination anymore.  Not long after they move into the new house weird things begin to happen, which you need to read and find out about yourself.

What a heart in your mouth story this is. Emotional, heartbreaking and scared the hell out of me. Playground rhymes become warnings as the story goes from a very dark place to one that will play with your mind. Oh Wow! I still shudder and tingle when I think of it all.

One man that is determined to catch this vile creature who is mimicking the child killer from years ago, is a DI who worked the original case. Emotionally charged, the case becomes extremely personal. There is simply never a dull moment as the story focuses on so many issues. When you think the pace can’t possibly pick up, it began running from page one, it takes Olympic gold for the final few chapters.

An outstanding novel! With the vilest of people you don’t even want to meet in your nightmares. What the heck can follow this!!! Many thanks to NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Alex North was born in Leeds, where he now lives with his wife and son. He studied Philosophy at Leeds University, and prior to becoming a writer he worked there in their sociology department.

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @writer_north

The Whisper Man: The chilling must-read thriller of summer 2019 by [North, Alex]

 

A Random Act of Kindness by Sophie Jenkins @sophiejenkinsuk @AvonBooksUK #Netgalley #BookReview #ARandomActOfKindness #BlogReview #NewRelease

A Random Act of Kindness by [Jenkins, Sophie]

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Wonderfully uplifting’ Trisha Ashley

It only takes a moment, to change a life for ever…

Fern is too busy making sure other people feel good about themselves to give much thought to her own happiness. But somehow, without her noticing, life has run away from her.

Suddenly, Fern realises her vintage clothes business is struggling, and the casual relationship she’d always thought she was happy in doesn’t look so appealing.

But sometimes, karma really does come through. And when Fern goes out of her way to help 85-year-old Dinah, little does she realise their new friendship will change her life.

Dinah may have troubles in her past, but she’s lived and loved to the full. Can Dinah show Fern that even the smallest acts of kindness can make the world a better place?

If you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or How to Be Happy, you’ll love A Random Act of Kindness.

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A Random Act of Kindness

HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

This is a lively fun and want to be there read that just made me all fuzzy inside. Fern is like the typical girl next door but with a style of her own. Fern loves vintage clothes and finding not just that perfect look for herself but for others too. So after not so much losing her job as being asked to leave her personal assistant position in a classy store, she sets up a stall on the market.

Now, this is not something that her ex-model mother approves of. To say that their relationship is strained just doesn’t quite match the coldness her mother puts out to Fern. Image is everything to Fern’s mother and Fern isn’t living up to her standards.

This story is made up of quirky, weird and wonderful characters that jump off the pages. I loved Dinah, classy, confident and full of mischief, at 85 it should be compulsory. She has the most wonderful stories and married to a charming man. What a tremendous story they have.

I found myself looking forward to each new chapter, that wasn’t a chapter but a ‘lot’ consisting of descriptions of vintage clothes, each making the whole thing very visual. A super idea, so very classy. Then I soon found myself giggling away at what was to come, next,  with the brilliant customers that swiftly became friends. Fern’s love life definitely had its dips but the high lights were just divine.

This is Fern’s time to blossom or wilt and what a journey it is.  Beautifully written I simply didn’t want this story to come to an end. A pure joy to read!

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sophie Jenkins

Sophie Jenkins’s debut novel The Forgotten Guide to Happiness is published by Avon. After studying creative writing at City University, Sophie took an MA in Prose Fiction at Middlesex University and finds that the creative stimulation of belonging to writing groups wonderfully balances the solitude of writing. She is a member of the Society of Authors and the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives in lively north London. In The Forgotten Guide to Happiness, Sophie explores the enduring happiness of love that persists even when memories are fading, and its life-changing effect on those who witness it

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @sophiejenkinsuk

A Random Act of Kindness by [Jenkins, Sophie]

Mothership by Francesca Segal @francescasegal @vintagebooks #NetGalley #Mothership #Paediatrics #PrematureBabies

BOOK DESCRIPTION

‘Heart-wrenching, heart-warming and heartfelt – Mother Ship is a beautifully crafted, warts-and-all love letter to our wonderful NHS’ Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt

‘Our greatest gift to one another is this: each woman here has been swept out by a riptide, pulled far from the current of normal motherhood. Apart and all together in this space, our odd craft, we are drawn back into the folds of the unremarkable.’

After her identical twin girls are born ten weeks prematurely, Francesca Segal finds herself sitting vigil in the ‘mother ship’ of neonatal intensive care, all romantic expectations of new parenthood obliterated. Her gripping diary of those months combines the tenderness of a love poem with the compulsive pace of a thriller. As each day brings a fresh challenge for her and her babies, Francesca makes a temporary life among a band of mothers who are vivid, fearless, and inspiring, taking care not only of their children but of one another.

MOTHER SHIP is an intimate, raucous, sublime and electrifying memoir. It is a hymn to the sustaining power of women’s friendships, and a loving celebration of the two small girls – and their mother – who defy the odds.

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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW

Once I knew that I was pregnant I was overwhelmed with thoughts of those early days with my baby, only briefly letting dark thoughts of ‘what ifs’ into my mind before dismissing them because those things only happen to other people. For some mothers, those dark thoughts become a reality when things go terribly wrong. This is the author’s personal journey when that happens to her, her husband and their newly born premature twin girls.

Written from the heart, this is a truly intimate daily journey from the moment the tiny babies are born, with skin so delicate that they can’t have clothes on or be held by their mummy and daddy. The girls, without names yet are transported to the neo-natal unit for intensive care, The Mothership, where a small community of likewise parents find comfort and hope in each other.

Every new day and night brings new challenges, heartache and celebrations as I felt privileged to get to know the other mums that kept vigil by their babies sides, they were closer than family because you had to experience this to really understand. I felt anxious and fearful for these tiny babies with an incredible will to survive the odds.

The writing feels raw with emotion, nothing held back, so many times I prayed for all these children although I knew that the time had gone already, their fate had already happened. The author praises the wonderful dedicated teams of doctors and nurses that care for the babies and rightly so. There is a very brief part of the book where the author mentions the cost of such care and just how lucky we are and I totally agree.

I felt really privileged to share the author and others journey at what must have been a terrifying time. I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.

HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Francesca Segal

Francesca Segal is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her work has appeared in Granta, the Guardian, the Financial Times, and both American and British Vogue, amongst others.

THE INNOCENTS won the Costa First Novel Award, the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, the Sami Rohr Prize and a Betty Trask Award, and was long-listed for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize)

AUTHOR LINKS:

Twitter: @francescasegal

francescasegal.com

Mother Ship by [Segal, Francesca]