#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) by Winston Graham (1st June 2008, Pan Macmillan @panmacmillan)

THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) by Jay Asher
Published; June 1st 2008, Pan Macmillan

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The seventh novel in the acclaimed Poldark series. Cornwall, towards the end of the 18th century: Ross Poldark sits for the borough of Truro as Member of Parliament – his time divided between London and Cornwall, his heart divided about his wife, Demelza.

His old feud with George Warleggan still flares – as does the illicit love between Morwenna and Drake, Demelza’s brother. Before the new century dawns, George and Ross will be drawn together by a loss greater than their rivalry – and Morwenna and Drake by a tragedy that brings them hope…

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After taking a break from reading this series I loved getting stuck back in. I didn’t struggle to get into this one as much as I did books 5 and 6, straight away I found I was hooked and wanted to keep reading.

 

The Angry Tide doesn’t start out being about Ross and Demeleza but about the other characters we know and love. It didn’t spoil the story at all, Ross and Demeleza do come back into the story and I really enjoy the side stories too. We meet new charaters of which we dislike.

 

As I have come to expect with Poldark books there are births, deaths and marriages as well as gun battles, sarcasm and of course the usual battle of wits. There are times when you really feel like Ross and Demeleza need their heads banging together as yet again they mis communicate on so many occasions.

 

The thing that I love about the Poldark books are when I feel there is just no where to go with the story Winston manages to shock and surprise me. Each book in the series has been full of adventure and takes me on a ride of ups and downs.

 

I can’t wait to see where the next 5 books lead us and ultimately where Ross and Demeleza will end up.

 

You can buy THE ANGRY TIDE (Poldark Saga #7) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Book Depository | Waterstones

 

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher @jayasherguy (18th October 2007, Razorbill Books @RazorbillBooks @PenguinTeen)

THIRTEEN REASONS WHY by Jay Asher
Published; October 18th 2007, Razorbill Books

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You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

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When you see a book is about suicide you expect it to be hard hitting but THIRTEEN REASONS WHY really hits you in the stomach. I read most of it with my heart in my mouth.

 

I read this in two days because I really could not put it down. I was enthralled and gripped by this story like no other. Yes it was tough to read with a subject matter that would be hard to deal with but it’s written in such a captivating way that you need to know the ending.

 

Now you know from the beginning this isn’t a happy ending. A girl is dead but hearing the reasons for it really make you stop and think. Do we really know what that girl is thinking? Should we say hi to the person we pass on the street everyday just so they know they have been noticed?

 

Suicide is such a taboo topic but Jay deals with it in such a way that I think it will make people ask for help and other people notice someone who may need it.

 

This book is not easy to read. Not only does it deal with suicide there are other gut wrenching issues too like rape. It is very difficult and some people would struggle.

 

This book will stay with me for a very long time and it’s one I would read again just to remind myself what a rumour can do.

 

This is definitely a 5 star read for me.

 

You can buy THIRTEEN REASONS WHY from the following booksellers (and many more!);

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | MAYBE SOMEDAY (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover (18th March 2014, Atria Books @AtriaBooks)

MAYBE SOMEDAY (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover
Published; March 18th 2014, Atria Books

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Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts.

The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

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** WARNING – CONTAINS SPOILERS **
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover was gifted to me for Christmas by my fellow P Turner *L* and after hearing rave reviews by all the P Turner ladies, I decided that this book would be one, of a couple, to be read on a read-a-thon. Although I didn’t finish the book in 24 hours, I spent my New Year’s weekend engrossed in Ridge and Sydney’s story.
And what a story this is. Here is a couple that are unlike other couples from a romance novel, Ridge is a beautiful man, his character so well structured you cannot help but fall in love with him. The relationship between him and our heartbroken heroine Sydney is not your typical relationship but even more beautiful for being so. Sydney is lost, or at least I felt as if the character is, until she finds Ridge. The same can be said for our hero, whose heart splits in two when the friendship between himself and Sydney becomes something more.
Sydney is beautiful and kind, aware throughout that she is walking a thin line with Ridge, learning to communicate with him through sign language and music. As much as she tries to fight her heart, it is safe to say the heart always wins. Hoover has created two amazing characters that draw you into their relationship. We want things to work out between them, we feel every emotion with them, shed tears when they cry and feel happy when they get what their heart desire. This is one of my favourite literary couples.
Hoover is a fabulous writer, one who I feel puts her heart and soul into these characters, you know with every chapter just how much she loves the story and it makes the reader fall in love too. This is a more romantic tale than I’m accustomed to, no over the top scenes here but when we are granted an intimate and steamy scene it is well worth the wait. The sensuality and intimacy of the scene between our characters is divine. I fell in love with Ridge and Sydney even more. Romantic and handled with the utmost care.
A fantastic addition to my bookshelves and one novel I know will be revisited again and again. Thank you *L* for the introduction. I am officially in love with this story and these characters.
My aim for the New Year is to work through reading all the amazing books that have been gifted to me by my fellow P Turners, because I’ve come to trust these ladies whole heartedly, they never steer you wrong.

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | CHRISTMAS AT LILAC COTTAGE (White Cliff Bay #1) by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor (25th September 2015, Bookouture @bookouture)

CHRISTMAS AT LILAC COTTAGE (White Cliff Bay #1) by Holly Martin
Published; September 25th 2015, Bookouture

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Welcome to the charming seaside town of White Cliff Bay, where Christmas is magical and love is in the air…

Penny Meadows loves her home – a cosy cottage decorated with pretty twinkling fairy lights and stunning views over the town of White Cliff Bay. She also loves her job as an ice-carver, creating breathtaking sculptures. Yet her personal life seems frozen.

When Henry and daughter Daisy arrive at the cottage to rent the annex, Penny is determined to make them feel welcome. But while Daisy is friendly, Henry seems guarded.

As Penny gets to know Henry, she realises there is more to him than meets the eye. And the connection between them is too strong to ignore…

While the spirit of the season sprinkles its magic over the seaside town and preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas eve ball are in full swing, can Penny melt the ice and allow love in her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

Like a creamy hot chocolate with marshmallows, you won’t want to put this deliciously heartwarming novel down.

Spend the perfect Christmas in White Cliff Bay this year. Snowflakes on Silver Cove coming very soon.

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If you need something to get you feeling festive then give Christmas at Lilac Cottage a go, it has everything you could ever need in a christmas book….snow, christmas trees, ice sculptures, mulled wine and minced pies.

This book was very predictable from the start, as soon as we meet our main characters we can see where the story is going but its still fun to see how they get there and get to know our characters better.

I feel Daisy is a little spoiled at times but I can also understand why she may be a little insecure. The only think I was a little disppointed in is why we don’t understand the reason for her change in feelings.

Holly paints a lovely picturesque town which is very lovable. I certainly feel we all know of a town just like it – everyone knows each others business but when it comes down to it the community sure come together to get stuff done.

All in all this is a very easy festive read and I would recommend for someone wanting to lose themselves for a little while. You certainly finish with a smile on your face.

AUTHOR LINKS; Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | CHRISTMAS UNDER A STARLIT SKY (A Town Called Christmas #2) by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor (19th October 2016, Bookouture @bookouture)

CHRISTMAS UNDER A STARLIT SKY (A Town Called Christmas #2) by Holly Martin
Published; October 19th 2016, Bookouture

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Step inside a beautiful winter wonderland where love, laughter and cosy nights by the fire will make this Christmas one to remember.

Neve Whitaker loves managing the Stardust Lake hotel. She gets to work alongside her wonderful family and she’s spending Christmas on the most enchanting, snow-covered island in Scotland. So why is her heart so heavy this festive season?

It might have something to do with the gorgeous actor Oakley Rey, the man she finished with before he left for California and the man she loves more than anything. With Oakley’s career in Hollywood soaring, Neve is convinced she’d only hold him back. She had to end it with him – at least that’s what she keeps telling herself.

But now she has a secret she’s struggling to keep, and when Oakley arrives on Juniper Island determined to win her back, Neve is thrown off balance. Will Neve’s fear of having her heart broken again push Oakley away for good, or is it time for her to take a leap of faith?

Get swept away by this deliciously sweet and heartwarming tale, and spend an unforgettable Christmas on Juniper Island.

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I LOVED CHRISTMAS UNDER A CRANBERRY SKY so was excited to read this next installment.

CHRISTMAS UNDER A STARLIT SKY didn’t disappoint. Carrying on exactly where CRANBERRY left off it was great to be back in the lives of the characters we met in CRANBERRY and see what happens next. Starlit had 2 main love stories running side by side which I enjoyed as it was nice to have the different places and people.

The characters are all very likeable and you can’t help but wish they get their happy ending. I do feel that there was a little bit missing in Ivy’s story but didn’t take the enjoyment away for me.

I feel it was predictable…. from the start it was obvious what was likely to occur but I still enjoyed going along for the ride. I completely lost myself in these stories and the characters. It was a little frustrating at times, i did feel like I needed to bang some heads together at times but it was all part of the story.

I completely fell in love with A town called Christmas after Cranberry and Starlit re affirmed that love for me..it sounds like the PERFECT place to spend christmas.

I definitely finished the story feeling festive and all warm inside.

AUTHOR LINKS; Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | CHRISTMAS UNDER A CRANBERRY SKY (A Town Called Christmas #1) by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor (22nd September 2016, Bookouture @bookouture)

CHRISTMAS UNDER A CRANBERRY SKY by Holly Martin
Published; September 22nd 2016, Bookouture

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This year spend a wonderful Christmas on Juniper Island, where love can melt even the iciest of hearts…

Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away.

So when Piper’s next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.

But Piper isn’t the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.

Now fate has reunited them on Juniper island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

Curl up with this gorgeously romantic tale and let the glistening snow and the roaring fires of Stardust Lake Hotel get you in the festive spirit this Christmas.

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This was my first Holly Martin book I read. I choose it because I had seen lots of good things in a Facebook group I am in and I am so glad I went with their recommendation.

I wanted a proper feel good Christmas story that I could lose myself in and that is exactly what I got with Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky. It was festive, it was romantic, it was stunning.

First of all let me tell you just how magnificent Juniper Island sounds. That was the first thing I fell in love with. It’s basically the perfect place to spend Christmas, I so wish it was real. From the Christmas village to the real reindeer, Juniper island offers it all. It sounds so magical.

The characters are also so wonderful. There isn’t any one that you take a dislike too, Gabe has truly found the most amazing staff. Sometimes I feel like you want to bang the heads together but it’s all part of the story.

This is very predictable. Right from the first page I knew what was going to happen but that didn’t take away from the story for me, actually it let me just sit back and enjoy the romance of it all.

Definitely a good book for someone looking for an easy festive story. You definitely get to the end with a big smile and a full heart. Looking forward to diving straight into the next one in the series.

AUTHOR LINKS; Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

You can buy CHRISTMAS UNDER A CRANBERRY SKY from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Amazon (AUS) | Book Depository | Waterstones

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#BlogTour | #BlogBlitz | #BookReview | FINDING MYSELF (The Chaos Series #3) by Victoria J. Brown @CarmenRadtke1 (December 7th 2017, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for FINDING MYSELF by Victoria J. Brown!

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Victoria J. Brown. who gifted me an early copy of FINDING MYSELF. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

An emotional and uplifting book which will have you gripped!

Kat’s life has become a blur of dirty nappies and sleepless nights. She has moved into the flat above the salon she owns, alone and without Max the father of her children.

To make matters worse, Max has revealed he plans to remarry. Constantly on edge, her babies are taking up all of her time and Max is never around to help.

Diagnosed with post-natal depression, Kat feels more alone than ever.

Will Kat be able to manage alone? Can she find hope and rebuild her life?

Finding Myself is a novel about searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.

So, you want to know what I think?

I would highly recommend that you read books 1 (HOLDING MYSELF) and 2 (LOSING MYSELF) before reading FINDING MYSELF. I feel you really need to know the back story of the characters to be able to interact with this story.

This thing that I like most about the chaos series of books is the subject matter. Each one deals with depression in a unique and honest way, and the different types of depression and causes that may bring depression on.

Although the first 2 books had the love story of Kat and Max (well not so much LOVE story in book 2!) the 3rd book is all about Kat’s life with the babies and without Max. I like how Victoria explains the way a new mother may be dealing with life with these 2 new additions and how crazy it can be. As a mother I really related to the stress of the sleepless nights and the longings for the life you once had even as your love couldn’t get any stronger. I also appreciated the signs of post natal depression even though Kat didn’t want to admit it to herself I think Victoria writes about it in such a way that it may make people realise that depression is nothing to be ashamed of.

I make this book sound really serious but it’s not at all. It has lots of light humour included that doesn’t take away from the seriousness but does make it an easy read. I found it a quick read as once I started reading I would struggle to stop.

It was good to be back in Kat’s world and with the characters we have gotten to know over the series. I don’t want to say love as we don’t even like some of them, and I wish I could say those feelings change in this book but if anything our dislike grows but without them Kat wouldn’t get the ending she deserves.

Oh the ending…Spoiler alert…I love how Kat gets her happy ending but also how Victoria manages to leave it up for interpretation at the same time. Does Kat manage to get her business up and running again? Do Max and Gina manage to make the relationship work? Do Kat and Joe hit it off and get their happy ever after? Well I like to think so…..

About VICTORIA J. BROWN;
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Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’

Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.

In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.

After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.

Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.

Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Victoria, her inspirational blog and shop you can visit www.victoria-brown.com, plus you can follow her on:

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FINDING MYSELF is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | We Were On A Break by Lindsey Kelk @LindseyKelk (October 6th 2016, Harper Collins @HarperCollins)

WE WERE ON A BREAK by Lindsey Kelk
October 6th 2016, Harper Collins

Is it a break? Or is it a blip? ‘You’ve just had a holiday,’ I pointed out, trying not to yawn. ‘Wasn’t that enough of a break?’ ‘I don’t mean that kind of break.’ There’s nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is.

When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out. Friends and family all think they’re crazy; Liv throws herself into work – animals are so much simpler than humans – and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he’s dug.

But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?

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Lindsey Kelk is one of my favourite authors. Her books are always fun, light hearted and easy to read and We were On a Break was no exception.

I loved how it is written in both points of view of Liv and Adam. It adds a new dynamic to the story to know what each is thinking and how the situations are seen through each others eyes.

The thing I enjoyed most about We Were on a Break is how easy it explains how situations get misunderstood depending on how you look at it. The big thing in this story is how the characters are all so quick to jump to conclusions and how stories getting twisted in an individual version.

Lindsey is always good at writing fun characters that are easy to relate to and that’s definitely the case here. I think alot of readers will resonate with Liv and how she feels her life has gotten away on her. The male leads are always to die for and Adam also falls into this catergory although he is very likeable and adds a good comedic value.

I did find it was a little frustrating at times! I really just wanted to bang their heads together.

Overall I enjoyed the story and would highly recommend to anyone wanting something slightly different to the girl meets boy type of story.

You can buy WE WERE ON A BREAK from the following booksellers;

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#BlogTour | #BlogBlitz | #BookReview | A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH by Caron Albright @CarmenRadtke1 (November 29th 2017, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH by Caron Albright

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Caron Albright who gifted me an early copy of A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances’ life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it’s thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.
If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears – it was a very bad line, after all…
She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack’s no angel – prohibition is in force, and what’s a nightclub without champagne? But he’s a good man, and when Frances’ earlier fears resurface she knows that he’s the person to confide in.
Frances and Jack’s hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death…
So, you want to know what I think?
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. The blurb makes it sound like a historical murder investigation but I don’t feel this is correct. To me it is more of a love story with a suspected murder thrown in, almost as if the author couldn’t decide. I definitely feel a lot more could have been done with the murder part of the story. It felt more like it was a side part of the story and not the main story like the blurb paints it to be.

That being said there are lots of things I did like about this story. The characters were all very likeable although our main girl, Frances, does come across as naïve, it didn’t make me like her any less. There are characters who could have had a lot more involvement in the story and parts of the story could have been elaborated on. It was a good way to introduce our main characters to each other.

It was interesting to read about 1930s Australia and to hear about how people really struggled, but there was a huge community feel. We see both Frances’s best friend and her mum both get into financial strife due to trying to help out family and neighbours. I really liked how Frances was quite selfless, she was constantly working to make sure her mum and uncle had a nice home to live in. She gives up her spare time to help out cleaning the house and cooking so her mum gets a break. The way everyone worked together and helped each other really struck a chord with me.

The book was very easy to read, I managed to get through it in just 3 days. I lost myself within the pages and it got me engrossed each time I picked it up. I think fans of the Bronze Horseman would enjoy this book. It also reminded me a little of Miss Fisher’s murder mysteries.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy read that isn’t the normal romance boy meets girl kind of story.

About CARON ALBRIGHT;

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Caron Albright fell in love with books as soon as she could read and never grew out of it. With one foot firmly planted in Fictionland ever since, she is moving from one adventure to the next (strictly on the paper of course).
She loves capers with feisty heroines, dashing heroes with a dangerous edge and thrilling locations and would gladly explore the world for the sake of research – preferably while tap-dancing, with a champagne glass in her hand.
Instead she spends her time in front of her keyboard, sipping herbal tea.
When she feels the need for a change, she switches to coffee and writing crime novels under the name Carmen Radtke.

You can buy A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH from the following booksellers;

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | Without Merit by Colleen Hoover @colleenhoover (October 3rd 2017, Atria Books @AtriaBooks)

WITHOUT MERIT by Colleen Hoover
October 3rd 2017, Atria Books

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

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It doesn’t matter what Colleen writes I know I am going to love it and WITHOUT MERIT was no exception.

Colleen deals with the subject of depression very well and the signs and symptoms someone may experience. I feel this would help alot of readers suffering themselves to identify and hopefully seek any help they may need.

The thing I loved most about this book was the Voss family. Families come in all shapes and sizes and the Voss family are certainly no exception. With the head of the family seemingly uninterested the kids seem to play by their own rules. Colleen manages to turn this on it’s head and we see a very different side to this family. There are alot of characters in this family that I would love to hear more from, I certainly feel that some of them deserve their own book!

Of course it wouldn’t be normal to have a Colleen Hoover book that doesn’t take you on a rollercoaster emotionally and that is definitely the case here. From reading with your heart in your mouth to laughing out loud this book has it all.

Colleen goes back to her Y.A. roots with WITHOUT MERIT and doesn’t let us down.

A Stunning five star read. I only hope Colleen can keep going with these amazing stories she manages to give us.

You can buy WITHOUT MERIT from the following booksellers;

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