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The Foster Husband

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The Foster Husband, Pippa Wright, book reviewThe Foster Husband is Pippa Wright’s third novel and the first one that I had read from her. It promised to be a light, easy read just perfect for long summer evenings. I did really enjoy it although the title is a bit misleading as the ‘foster husband’ in question does not feature as much as I was expecting.

The Foster Husband tells the story of Kate who, after leaving her home time of Lyme Regis, gained a glamorous show biz career and a gorgeous husband. However, years later, she has returned to her home town with no husband and no job. She ends up living in her recently deceased grandmother’s bungalow trying to make some sense of what her life has become.


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The Son-in-Law

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The Son-in-Law, Charity Norman, book reviewI have just finished reading Charity Norman’s latest novel, The Son-in-Law and what a fabulous read it turned out to be. I was so gripped by this wonderfully complex tale that I did not want to finish it. The final page was a bitter-sweet experience – a mixture of huge enjoyment for a story well told amid a sense of loss that there was no more to be read. It’s not often that I read a book that is as immensely satisfying as this one. So, what is it, you are probably asking, that makes it so good?

Joseph Scott is the son-in-law. Four years ago, in a fit of rage, he killed his wife Zoe in front of their three children. He was sentenced for manslaughter; served four years of his sentence; and is now out of prison hoping to start a new relationship with his children.


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Turning Forty

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Turning Forty, Mike Gayle, book reviewIf you really want to know what makes men tick, you need look no further than any of Mike Gayle’s wonderfully funny and insightful novels. ‘Turning Forty’ is one such book that so many readers will identify with – facing up to getting older and trying to determine what one wants from life. Turning Forty, however, is written from the male perspective so, unsurprisingly, there is no mention of discovering stray grey hairs and wrinkles that suddenly appear overnight. Instead there are crises over women and too much beer but the same overwhelming urge to find some sort of direction as middle age approaches.

Turning Forty is about Matt Beckford, who (and this will come as no surprise) is rapidly approaching the ripe old age of forty.


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Learn Love in a Week

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Learn Love in a Week, Andrew Clover, book reviewIs it really possible to Learn Love in a Week when it takes many people a lifetime, if ever? That is what the online course promises in Andrew Clover’s entertaining book of the same name. As far as Arthur Midgley is concerned, it’s worth giving this programme a tray because, after ten years of marriage, he and wife Polly seem to have forgotten how to love each other. To complicate matters further, they both have managed to reacquaint themselves with old flames. Therefore, if they do learn to love again, will it be with each other?

This thoroughly enjoyable story takes place over just one week but what a lot happens in that short space of time! It starts with Polly being really fed up with Arthur because she is the one with the sensible job that earns the money to keep the roof over their heads while he messes about while attempting to write a book.


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Things We Never Say

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Things We Never Say , Sheila O'Flanagan, book reviewI am a big fan of the Irish novelist, Sheila O’Flanagan and with each new book from her, I know that I am going to be in for an enjoyable read. Her latest book, Things We Never Say is just as good as any of her other books that I have read and it is a book that just makes you want to keep on reading.

Things We Never Say tells the story of a somewhat dysfunctional family living in Ireland and a young woman living thousands of miles away in California. Abbey Andersen’s life has never been that conventional. As a child, she and her mother always travelled but years later, things changed when her mother decided to become a nun and live a simple, solitary life.


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The Storyteller

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The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult, book reviewJodi Picoult’s latest novel, The Storyteller, is wonderful. It is a poignant and compelling book that will absorb the reader from start to finish. However, the story is also harrowing at times when it enters into the cruel reality of the Holocaust.

As with all Jodi Picoult’s books, this is a well crafted novel that tells different stories from different times. The link is the main character, Sage Singer, who, at the start of the book, is a deeply troubled young woman. Since the death of her mother, she has been attending a weekly grief therapy group where she meets Josef Weber, a ninety five year old man mourning the death of his wife.


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Happy Families

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Happy Families, Janey Fraser, book reviewJaney Fraser has just published her third book, Happy Families. This follows on from The Playgroup and The Au Pair – all sent in the fictional suburban town of Corrywood. It is a very enjoyable read about three different people who find themselves in need of some parenting advice.

Bobbie’s two young children never seem to listen to her and appear to be spiralling out of control. It doesn’t help that her husband is always working which means that he is never around to back up her parenting decisions. Andy used to be a workaholic until one day he decided he had had enough and sold his company. His idea was to spend more time with his wife Pamela and their two teenage daughters.


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The Guest List

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The Guest List, Melissa Hill, book reviewI am a massive fan of the Irish writer, Melissa Hill, and always await her new books with the anticipation of a fantastic read. Her latest book, The Guest List is a fabulous and absorbing tale about the stress of getting married especially when families start to interfere. Although weddings are supposed to bring people together, there’s little chance of that when faced with petulant parents and stroppy sisters. Will the ‘happy couple’ ever be able to please their feuding families and have the wedding that they want?

A wedding should be one of the happiest days of your life. That is what Cara and Shane are hoping for when they announce their engagement; that is until all their family and friends start telling them where they should get married and who they should invite.


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The Love Child

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The Love Child,  Amanda Brookfield, book reviewAmanda Brookfield’s latest book, The Love Child, tells the story of estranged parents Dougie and Janine. There were many reasons why they separated and the only reason that they now have any contact with each other is because of both wanting to do the best they can for their daughter, Stevie. Things change though and Janine’s new partner wants her to go and live with him in Sweden where he is taking up a new job. This means that sixteen year old Stevie will need to live with Dougie full time. This is an ideal solution although heart wrenching for Janine having to let her daughter go. However, when one of Dougie’s friends takes advantage of Stevie and leaves her with a very real possibility of being pregnant, Janine feels a long way away from her daughter. Unexpectedly, she feels a long way away from Dougie too.


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Married by Christmas

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Married by Christmas, Scarlett Bailey, book reviewMarried by Christmas is Scarlett Bailey’s second novel and follows the festive theme from her first book, The Night Before Christmas. This latest book is an enjoyable light read that is a perfect distraction from the mayhem that occurs in the run-up to Christmas.

Anna Carter has always dreamed of a Christmas Eve wedding and that is what she is determined to have. Her fiancé, Tom, proposed on Christmas Day the year before and Anna’s winter wonderland wedding has been a year in the planning. With only a couple of weeks to go, everything is organised which is how it needs to be for meticulous Anna.


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The Racketeer

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The Racketeer, John Grisham, book reviewThe Racketeer is the latest brilliant legal thriller from John Grisham. It is an absorbing tale from start to finish and has some fiendishly unexpected twists and turns that I absolutely loved.

Malcolm Bannister used to be a fairly typical reasonably successful small town lawyer. That was until he was accused and sentenced for ten years after being innocently caught up in a massive money laundering operation. He is also the only black man imprisoned for a white collar crime in the prison. At the start of The Racketeer, he is halfway through his sentence, keeping his head down and getting on with his work in the prison library and advising fellow inmates on various legal matters.


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The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend, Veronica Henry, book reviewVeronica Henry has written at least half a dozen books but The Long Weekend is the first novel I have read of hers. I’m really pleased that I did as it was a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing read and has made me want to read more books from this entertaining author.

The Townhouse by the Sea is the perfect place to spend a long weekend getting away from it all. It’s in an idyllic setting and the owners’ attention to detail is second to none! The hotel is full and each guest is there for their own reasons but everyone is hoping for a fabulous weekend. Unfortunately, things don’t always turn out exactly as expected.


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