#BookReview Why Mummy’s Sloshed by Gill Sims

Gill Sims does it again, another hilarious and laugh out loud book to enjoy during this crazy time.

The Blurb

I just wanted them to stop wittering at me, eat vegetables without complaining, let me go to the loo in peace and learn to make a decent gin and tonic.  It genuinely never occurred to me when they were little that this would ever end – an eternity of Teletubbies and Duplo and In The Night Bastarding Garden and screaming, never an end in sight. But now there is. And despite the busybody old women who used to pop up whenever I was having a bad day and tell me I would miss these days when they were over, I don’t miss those days at all.  


I have literally never stood wistfully in the supermarket and thought ‘Oh, how I wish someone was trailing behind me constantly whining ‘Mummy, can I have, Mummy can I have?’ while another precious moppet tries to climb out the trolley so they land on their head and we end up in A&E.  Again.

Mummy has been a wife and mother for so long that she’s a little bit lost. And despite her best efforts, her precious moppets still don’t know the location of the laundry basket, the difference between being bored and being hungry, or that saying ‘I can’t find it Mummy’ is not the same as actually looking for it.

Amidst the chaos of A-Levels and driving tests, she’s doing her best to keep her family afloat, even if everybody is set on drifting off in different directions, and that one of those directions is to make yet another bloody snack. She’s feeling overwhelmed and under appreciated, and the only thing that Mummy knows for sure is that the bigger the kids, the bigger the drink.

My Thoughts

I was so excited to get started on this being a big Gill Sims fan and I was not left disappointed. ‘Why Mummy’s Sloshed’ is just as funny as its predecessors and if you have not yet read any of the books in the series then I would highly recommend that you do.

I am amazed at Ellen’s platonic relationship with her ex-husband and I really enjoyed reading how their relationship developed over the course of this book. Although told in Sims’ usual funny manner, there were lots of sincere moments that made me smile. This time there are lots of new challenges in Ellen’s life as her ‘precious moppets’ are growing up and getting ready to flee the nest and I feel you saw a different side to her as a mother. As I am currently mum to a toddler I particularly enjoyed the part where she looks after her friend’s toddler, it was very relatable. There are so many laugh out loud moments in this book, just like the others, that I find it very difficult to pick fault.

Once more, a real triumph! Thank you for putting a smile on my face during these difficult times!

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#BookReview #Netgalley Grown Ups by Marie Aubert

The Blurb

A compact, funny, devastating novel about sibling rivalry and modern motherhood, from one of Norway’s rising stars

Ida is a forty-year-old architect, single and struggling with the feeling of panic as she realises her chances of motherhood are rapidly falling away from her. She’s navigating Tinder and contemplating freezing her eggs – but tries to put a pause on these worries as she heads out to the seaside family cabin for her mother’s 65th birthday. That is, until some supposedly wonderful news from her sister sets old tensions simmering, building to an almighty clash between Ida and her sister, her mother, and her entire family.

Exhilarating, funny, and unexpectedly devastating, Grown Ups gets up close and personal with a dysfunctional modern family.

My Thoughts

A well translated, enjoyable short novel.

I was compelled to feel sorry for the main character throughout the book but there were several points where I felt angry about her actions. She seems like she has lost her way and is so caught up with where she thinks her life should be that she’s forgotten to live the life she has.

The storyline is simple and overall the book was an enjoyable read although the end doesn’t feel quite final, I wanted more closure. Perhaps there will be another book to carry on the tale.

Released 3rd June 2021

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#BookReview – DeLuca by Darren Arthurs

The Blurb

Breanna DeLuca is a wise-cracking, streetwise woman whose mundane life of delivering groceries and dreaming of becoming an international DJ is interrupted when she’s asked to find her old childhood friend who mysteriously disappeared a few months before.What should be an easy payday turns out to be something more complicated than she had ever imagined where she will find herself mixing with drug lords, European criminals, gym owners, car salesmen and a dangerous gangster with his own reason to find the missing woman…DeLuca is a character you’ll immediately love and find yourself rooting for in this funny story of lost friendships and family connections.

My Thoughts

DeLuca is a gripping short novel that can easily be read in one sitting. Breanna, the main character is feisty and instantly likeable and I particularly enjoyed her relationship with Pavek, her new Polish investigator friend. She is strong-willed, determined and full of sarcastic comments, which I loved.

The story didn’t quite go as I thought as there were a few twists and turns, some of which were surprising and certainly kept me reading.

De Luca is a cosy, enjoyable short novel that I would recommend adding to your TBR list.

Thank you to Darren Arthurs for a copy of this book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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#BookReview – Can I Give My Husband Back? by Kirsten Bailey

The Blurb

It’s normal to prefer getting a filling at the dentist’s to spending time with your husband, right?

I thought I was sorted on the life front. I was a heart surgeon with a loving partner and two gorgeous little girls. Except my husband’s version of ‘loving’ is lying, cheating and sleeping his way around London. Which means I definitely deserve a refund.

Unfortunately, moving on isn’t that simple. Just because I know how to operate on a heart doesn’t mean I know how to fix my broken one. Plus, I lost the receipt for him years ago so I’m definitely getting short changed.

But now I’m single, am I ready to mingle? There are a few minor issues:

  • The last time I went on a date double denim was in fashion and my eyebrows were horrendously overplucked.
  • Men wear stupidly skinny jeans now.
  • I don’t know how to use dating apps but at least I don’t have to get changed out of my pyjamas.
  • Sometimes the most promising thing you have in common with a guy is a shared love of prawns.
  • I don’t know whether to open a date with ‘hi’ or ‘hello’ or ‘hey’ and once I ended up saying ‘howdy’.

Everything happens for a reason, they say. There’s plenty more fish in the sea. But what happens when everything falls apart and you haven’t got a clue how to go fishing?

My Thoughts

I was super excited to get started on this book having read and laughed out loud at ‘Has anyone seen my sex life?’ and Kirsten Bailey did not disappoint.

Like Bailey herself, I quite like my husband but I could completely relate to how Emma was feeling and seethed with rage at several points throughout the book. She’s a better person than me! She was calm, collected and mature – not many people could say that if they went through what she did. That being said, I did at times get annoyed at Emma because of the way she blatantly ignored her husband’s infidelities and subsequent abhorrent behaviour.

What I love about the story is the relationships between the sisters, they are all very different but so very close and although they react to situations in different ways their love for one another shines through. Lucy is by far my favourite character and I cannot wait to read her story! I have a feeling I will be laughing out loud from start to finish.

‘Can I Give my Husband Back?’ lived up to my expectations and is indeed laugh out loud funny. If you haven’t read any of Kirsten Bailey’s books yet then I would highly recommend. They would make a fantastic Christmas gift! I’m away to pre-order the next Callaghan sister instalment…

Foul Play – The Murder Mystery Card Game

I am very excited to share my review of something a little bit different today. This is a brand new card game that would make the perfect stocking filler!

The Game

Welcome to Edwardian England. The Lord of the Manor is dead! The servants are our lead suspects and it’s up to you to unearth the evidence, seek out the suspects and catch the culprit in order to scupper the other sleuths, and win this game of murder!

There’s more than one way to catch a killer though. So what’s it gonna be? Good Cop or Bad Cop? These two game versions come with their own set of rules and tactics to crack the case and finger your suspect, but will you use fair play or FOUL PLAY?

The Game is Afoot! Playing as detective, you’ll need to find the three evidence cards that point to a specific suspect in order to catch a killer in this crazy criminal caper. Will you uncover them in the crime scene? Could the other detectives be willing to collaborate and share their findings? Or will you resort to more tricky tactics, and plunder the proof you need to solve this crime?

My Thoughts

My husband and I sat down to play this and decided right away to go with the ‘Bad Cop’ version. We are both avid card game fans, especially when we are on holiday, so we are always looking for a new addition to our pack and Foul Play definitely makes a great addition.

We did find the rules a little confusing to begin with so we had a look on the website and found it extremely helpful. Generally, the game is straight forward enough to play and the cards themselves are quite self explanatory. It reminded us very much of Cluedo but it is much easier to carry with you anywhere you go. The game took us about 20-30mins to play each time which suited us perfectly.

Foul Play is great fun and is a game you could definitely play time and time again. The only thing that would have made it better for us was more players as it would most certainly become extremely competitive but ALOT of fun!

I recommend that you order your pack today for Christmas, you will not be disappointed!

#BlogTour The Twins by J.S. Lark

The Blurb

From the moment they are born, twins Susan and Sarah are inseparable.  Through good and bad, the girls will always be together…forever.
 
Until they meet Jonny.
 
Older, charming and handsome, Jonny offers the girls the much-needed love and attention they crave.  But he can only choose one and for the first time in their lives the girls find themselves split apart – the invisible thread that binds them severed.

Set-free from her twin, Sarah builds a new life for herself, marries, has a daughter.  But Susan’s life spirals further and further out of control.

And now Susan is back.  And she’s determined to reclaim everything she feels Sarah has taken from her. 

Her home, her husband…her life?

My Thoughts

I did enjoy ‘The Twins’ and became quite hooked on the story of them growing up as there seemed to be so many different aspects to their life and interesting stories to tell. However, I will warn any future readers that there are some parts that some readers may find disturbing, so definitely do your research before picking up this book.

The book switches between the past and the present and I have to admit that I did not feel this was done well. As the same characters are in both the past and the present, it became quite difficult to follow. This could be easily rectified by adding the year at the beginning of each chapter. That being said, I did read an ARC so appreciate that this may be changed before the final copy of the book is released.

J.S. Lark adds in a few twists along the way, some of which came as a surprise and they certainly keep the book interesting. The girls are both very intriguing and you quickly become gripped to their story. ‘The Twins’ was a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions for me, I felt sorry for them one minute but was angry the next, it is a real whirlwind! Overall, I would most certainly recommend the book to my followers, it is one to add to your TBR!

About the Author

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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#BookReview When I was Ten by Fiona Cummins

Thank you to NetGalley for the chance to read this gripping book before it is released in the U.K. on the 15th April 2021.

The Blurb

Twenty-one years ago, Dr Richard Carter and his wife Pamela were murdered in what has become the most infamous double murder of the modern age.

Ten-year-old Sara Carter – nicknamed the Angel of Death – spent eight years in a children’s secure unit and is living quietly under an assumed name with a family of her own.

Now, on the anniversary of the trial, a documentary team has tracked down her older sister Shannon Carter, compelling her to break two decades of silence.

Her explosive interview sparks national headlines and journalist Brinley Booth, a childhood friend of the Carter sisters, is tasked with covering the news story.

For the first time, the three women are forced to confront what really happened on that blood-soaked night – with devastating consequences for them all.

My Thoughts

Oh my, what a gripping read! This is my first encounter with Fiona Cummins but since finishing I have been scrambling around looking to download every other book she has written!

I have to be honest and say that it took me a couple of chapters to get hooked as I found Catherine quite a strange character who wasn’t very likeable. However, as I read on I felt that this was deliberate and as the story progressed and we learned little snippets about her life, I became completely gripped with the story that was unfolding.

Brinley Booth has a very intriguing part to play in this whole story as she was there from the very beginning. Brave, dedicated and sincere are the words I would use to describe her. For me, she was the heroine in this story and I respected the way she stood up and took responsibility for her part in the historical events and did her best to make things right. I just wanted a ‘happily ever after’ for her!

There is certainly a lot of tension in the story which keeps you gripped and unable to put this book down! A must read for those who love psychological thrillers.

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#BookReview Sing me a Secret by Julie Houston

The Blurb

The four Sutherland sisters have all had very different paths in life, but one secret and a slighty tense production of Jesus Christ Superstar are about to bring them all back together again… 

When the news that pop-superstar Lexia Sutherland is returning to Westenbury, not everyone is thrilled by the news – including Lexia. There are too many memories she doesn’t need to face – or need re-surfacing. 

Meanwhile, Juno Sutherland just wants a little peace and quiet. As the local village doctor, she’s got her priorities in order; kids, job, husband, tenacious pony, a role in the village musical… So when the sexy new locum turns up – and steals her office – the last thing she needed was to be hit with rising temperatures and an over-active imagination. 

Will these sisters be able to uncover the past, deal with the future and put on the performance of a lifetime?

My Thoughts

Having read and loved ‘A Village Affair’, I was delighted when Julie Houston sent me a copy of ‘Sing Me a Secret’ to review and it did not disappoint.

I really like Houston’s style of writing, she knows how to tell a story well and it just seems to flow. ‘Sing Me a Secret’ is such an enjoyable read and you feel like you go through life with the characters, and in some ways feel like a fly on the wall watching the story unfold. I loved the sisters in this book, they were all so different but at the same time they all complimented one another and made each other complete.

There were lots of little surprises throughout the book, some of which I felt were a little obvious but also necessary for my overall enjoyment of the story as I would have been quite disappointed if things hadn’t worked out the way I had hoped for. I am not ashamed to admit that there were a couple of times I felt a little teary, which for me emphasises how well Julie Houston tells this fantastic story.

‘Sing Me a Secret’ is a real feel good story and a book that you just want to cuddle up with as the nights draw in. I would highly recommend it!

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#BlogTour The Thriller Collection by Alan Gorevan

I have been very excited to share this review with you today as I absolutely loved this collection of short stories!

The Blurb

An unmissable collection for fans of fast-paced reads. Three action-packed books in a single volume.

The Forbidden Room:

You and your partner are looking forward to a romantic break in the rugged landscape of West Cork, on the south west coast of Ireland. Cliff walks, seafood dinners and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. But a storm is brewing. Your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. There’s no phone signal. So you start walking. You search for help. And you find it. At an isolated house, a family gives you shelter… but something is wrong. The husband has a head wound. The son is too terrified to speak. And the wife forbids you from going near her other son’s bedroom.

The Hostage:

Lindsey O’Reilly is at home, cleaning up after dinner, when she sees armed police swarming over her garden wall. There’s a noise downstairs. A knock on the door. She opens up, but it’s not the police. It’s the man they’re chasing. A stone-cold killer. Now he’s inside…

Hit and Run:

Jake Whelan ought to be happy. He has a devoted girlfriend and a job at a prestigious law firm, where he expects to make partner. Yet he’s crippled by terrifying panic attacks and a suspicion that his life isn’t as it should be. When Jake is passed over for promotion, he thinks his day can’t get any worse. He’s wrong. A terrible accident is about to change his life forever.

My Thoughts

Wow! I just loved this collection from Alan Gorevan! All three books kept me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t put them down.

The characters in each book are very well portrayed and even although these are short stories, we know enough about each character to make them vivid and real. The stories flow well individually, but as a collection they work extremely well together. Each one is fast-paced and exciting, keeping you gripped from the very first paragraph. Gorevan is certainly very talented!

As I was writing this review I tried very hard to pick a favourite, however there are so many positives about each that is really was completely impossible. Alan Gorevan was a new author to me although he is most certainly one I will now be recommending to friends.

A fantastic thriller collection that is a must have on everyone’s TBR list!

About the Author

Alan Gorevan is an award-winning thriller writer and intellectual property attorney. He lives in Dublin.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alangorevan 

Facebook: fb.me/alan.gorevan.books

Website: https://www.alangorevan.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alangorevan/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnLW_If4DDhT3L9BL9VOBA

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Publishing Information:

Published in digital format on 26th June 2020

#Blog Tour One Fatal Night by Hélene Fermont

Blurb

One woman’s quest for revenge unearths a fatal secret from her past.

Astrid Jensen holds one man responsible for her mother’s suicide, and she’ll do whatever’s necessary to get close to Daniel Holst and destroy his life – even if it means sleeping with him to gain his trust. Astrid knows he’s not who he pretends to be. But before she can reveal his dark secret, people from her mother’s past start turning up dead, and it looks like she and Daniel are next. In order to survive, she might have to put her trust in the man she has hated for so long.

Daniel Holst has worked hard to climb into Norway’s most elite and glamorous circles, and he’s not about to let any woman bring him down. But when a psychopathic killer starts murdering people from his shadowy past, he discovers that the only person who might be able to save him is the woman who wants to destroy him.

As Astrid digs deeper into her past, she uncovers secrets long buried and realizes everything she once believed is based on lies. What began as a quest to avenge her mother’s death becomes a desperate struggle for survival and leads to the truth about what happened one fatal night ten years ago—and the surprising mastermind behind the most recent murders.

If you’re a fan of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Debbie Howells, you’ll love this character driven thriller with a noir edge.

My Thoughts

One Fatal Night has a lot of twists and turns making for an intriguing read. Joel was the most surprising character for me as at the beginning he appeared to be over confident and very unlikeable, so I was pleasantly surprised when I quickly warmed to him. It was instantly evident that he had a very strong, unbreakable bond with Daniel and it was obvious that they both harnessed one another’s dark secrets.

Not normally one for short stories, I did enjoy this book and particularly relished in the fact that I could easily sit and read it in one sitting. It felt like quite an achievement.

For me though, I felt that the dialogue was very forced and simple, it didn’t always flow making it a little off putting at times. In addition, although I did enjoy the fact it was a novella, I couldn’t help but feel that it really did need padded out.

One Fatal Night was a good novella and if you haven’t before read a short story then I would certainly recommend this one to get you started! Happy Reading!

About the Author

Hélene is an Anglo-Swedish fiction author currently residing in her home town of Malmo, Sweden, after relocating back from London after 20 years.

Her thrilling character-driven psychological fiction novels are known for their explosive, pacy narrative and storylines.

Hélene is the proud author of four novels – One Fatal Night, Because of You, We Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret.

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Publishing Information:

Published in paperback and digital formats on 19th May 2020 by West Harbour Books