Last Breath [review]

Last Breath - Robert Bryndza

Title: Last Breath
Author: Robert Bryndza
Publisher: Bookouture

[Synopsis]

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

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[My Review]

Every time a new book from the Detective Erika Foster series is released, I think it can’t top the others… but every time I finish that book I think: “that was another excellent read!”

Last Breath, like the others, follows DI Erika Foster and her colleagues, and is wonderfully written and packed full of action and intrigue. In this novel, however, I feel like we get to see another, slightly less abrasive, side of Erika. Her relationship with Peterson continues, and she struggles with trying to let someone new into her life after losing her husband, showing new emotions and feelings. I really felt for her at times.

The story itself is fast-moving, full of adrenaline and fun to read, as this series always is! There are twists and turns along the way and surprises to keep the reader guessing, though we learn fairly early on who is likely to be behind the various murders plaguing the area. However, this doesn’t take away from the tension and excitement of the novel and the case that the team try to solve. There’s also the amusing comments from the detective team, which readers have grown to expect and enjoy.

This novel grabs you by the collar, draws you into Erika and the team’s fast-paced (and at times dangerous) world, and leaves you satisfied at the end but still wanting more. Bring on book 5!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to the publisher, Bookouture, for providing a copy of this book on which i chose to write an unbiased and honest review.

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Nopalito [review]

Nopalito

Title: Nopalito
Author: Gonzalo Guzmán, Stacy Adimando
Publisher: Ten Speed Press

[Synopsis]

A collection of 100 recipes for anyone who wants to cook traditional Mexican
food in all its surprising freshness and variety, ranging from the simplest
dishes to more complex ones, and including both the classic and the
lesser-known regional gems of this cuisine.

Nopalito provides a snapshot of regional Mexican cuisine from the perspective
of Gonzalo Guzman, head chef at San Francisco’s popular restaurant of the same
name. With recipes for 100 traditional Mexican dishes (but through a California
lens) from Puebla, Mexico City, Michoacán, the Yucatán, and beyond–including
many recipes from the author’s hometown of Veracruz–this beautifully
photographed cookbook brings the warmth of Mexican cooking into the kitchens
of home cooks. The book includes fundamental techniques of Mexican cuisine,
insights into Mexican food and culture, and favorite recipes from Nopalito.

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[My Review]

Nopalito is a great cookbook for any fan of Mexican food, especially those that want to add a truly authentic touch to their dishes.

The recipes are clearly described, but many of them felt to me quite complex, so they’re perhaps not ideal for real beginners to cooking – though they do have some simpler recipes too, particularly some delicious salsa recipes and instructions on how to make your own tortillas. These are easy to follow and yield great results. There are also some great snacks and ‘small plate’ recipes which look deliciously mouth-watering.

The authors clearly explain what specific ingredients you’ll need to get to make your dishes taste incredibly authentic, and why you should use them, as well as some of the equipment too, which is very useful if you’re not au fait with really authentic Mexican cooking.

This is obviously a rather specific cookbook, so won’t have the same broad appeal that other more general recipe books might have, but it’s beautifully presented with some amazing images that will make you want to jump right inside the book!

The photography makes this book ideal for the coffee table… when you’re not busy flicking through it deciding what to cook next, that is! From the photos the results look amazing and the dishes look delicious. A few recipes which I’ve tried have turned out really well, and I’m by no means amazing at cooking, so I’d say give this a go – you won’t regret it!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to the publisher, Ten Speed Press, for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an unbiased and honest review. 

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Fatal Music [Blog Tour]: Why the South of France?

Fatal Music - Peter Morfoot

Title: Fatal Music
Author: Peter Morfoot
Publisher: Titan Books

I am really excited to be part of the blog tour for Fatal Music, the second novel in the Captain Darac series. Today on SnazzyBooks, author (and Yorkshireman) Peter Morfoot reveals why he decided to set the series in the South of France…

But first, here’s a quick synopsis of the book:

Captain Paul Darac of the Brigade Criminelle arrives at a crime scene to find a woman’s mutilated corpse. Initially routine, the case deepens and darkens into a complex enquiry that threatens to close in on Darac himself. But allegiances past and present must be set aside to unravel a tale of greed, deception and treachery that spans the social spectrum. It is among the winding streets of his own neighbourhood in Nice’s old town, the Babazouk, that Darac faces his severest test yet.

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Peter Morfoot: “Why the South of France?”

Fatal Music - Peter MorfootFollowing Impure Blood (April 2016), Fatal Music is the second novel published by Titan Books in my series featuring Captain Paul Darac of Nice’s Serious Crimes Squad, the Brigade Criminelle. A lover of most genres of crime fiction, including the Nordic-Noir story worlds created by Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson and Titan’s own Chris Ould, my own inclination was to head south. Why?

As for so many others, my first encounter with the French Riviera was a summer holiday – our first foray abroad as a family. I remember the flight over as if it were yesterday. We took off into a thick blanket of cloud over Gatwick and it wasn’t until we were coming into land that it finally cleared. Of course, being greyed out for two hours served only to heighten the power of the reveal as we touched down. There was a world beyond that porthole, after all. And as if by magic, it was now in glorious Technicolor. We couldn’t wait to experience it first hand.

When it came, that initial taste of abroad didn’t disappoint. As we filed down the open steps on to the tarmac, we were quite simply overwhelmed by the heat, the scents and above all, by the intensity of the southern light, the inspiration of generations of artists as diverse as Scott Fitgerald, Monet, and Henri Matisse. The South of France? It was pretty much love at first sight. As in all love affairs, we’ve gone on to have our ups and downs but all these years years later, it’s a love that’s still strong.

But when I set about devising what eventually became the Darac series, the Riviera was not my first choice as setting. Yes, I was a practising, if not uncritical Francophile, and over the years I’d got to know Nice well, certainly well enough for it to function as a character in its own right in the stories, places closer to home were ahead of it on points. My native West Yorkshire for one.

Although I was attracted to the idea of setting a crime series abroad, the prospect of researching into legal, penal and policing systems that are very different from those in the U.K. was a daunting one.

Nevertheless, I added Nice to the shortlist of possible settings. To ensure I made a rational final decision, I resolved to turn a blind eye to the Côte d’Azur’s more obvious charms. It would have been too easy, I thought, to have been seduced by such things as the region’s 300 days of sunshine a year; by the beauty of the mountains and that eponymous azure coastline. And then there’s the quality of the food and the wine. And did I mention the wine? Yes, it would have been all too easy to have been seduced by those things. And of course, I was.

But as a crime writer, I needed more than light and beauty. I needed darkness and despair. Were there serpents slithering around in this urban paradise? Oh yes, long before the appalling events of Bastille Day 2016, they were there, alright. And so Nice, as exotically beautiful as any Mediterranean resort but with its fair share of big city problems and crime, began to stake more and more of a claim.

In the end, it was thinking further about my detective-to- be that decided the issue of the setting for me. But how I came up with my central character, the jazz-playing homicide detective Paul Darac, will have to wait until next time.

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The Escape [review]

The Escape

Title: The Escape
Author: C.L. Taylor
Publisher: Avon Books

[Synopsis]

“Look after your daughter’s things. And your daughter…”

When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift she says yes, then swiftly wishes she hadn’t.

The stranger knows Jo’s name, she knows her husband Max and she’s got a glove belonging to Jo’s two year old daughter Elise.

What begins with a subtle threat swiftly turns into a nightmare as the police, social services and even Jo’s own husband turn against her.

No one believes that Elise is in danger. But Jo knows there’s only one way to keep her child safe – RUN.

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[My Review]

Having read The Missing, also by C.L. Taylor, I had high hopes for The Escape – and it didn’t disappoint!

The storyline moves quickly and with plenty of suspense and is great at keeping you guessing on who is trustworthy and who isn’t. I really like books that make you doubt the main character’s reliability, and there were a good few points when this happened. In fact most of the characters in this book seem quite unreliable and this adds to the strange, uneasy feeling that I sometimes got when reading it! Sometimes you wonder if what she’s saying CAN be explained away easily as just a coincidence, or more innocent than it seems – then the next minute you completely believe her again!

I didn’t really like the main character, Jo, but I was still rooting for her. It’s quite a talented writer that can create a character that isn’t perfect or even particularly likable, but still make you care about what happens to her – and this was the case in The Escape. Jo is quite irritating at times and sometimes I wanted to scream at her to do things differently, but still I read on completely absorbed in the story. I wanted to see everything turn out OK for her and Elise, but wasn’t at all sure it would!

The storyline jumps between various narrators – mainly Jo and her husband Max, but also seems to include snippets of someone else who may be the person to blame for all of this… or maybe not? I really enjoyed this book. The Escape is a fun (…at times a little creepy), fast-paced thriller which kept me hooked until the end.

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Avon Books and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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My Husband The Stranger [review]

My Husband The Stranger

Title: My Husband The Stranger
Author: Rebecca Done
Publisher: Penguin

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[My Review]

Well, I sped through this book – with many tears! My Husband The Stranger is a contemporary novel that isn’t a romance as such, it isn’t a completely feel-good read but it also has elements of happiness and positivism, too. It’s a mixture of many emotions and feelings, and I really enjoyed it!

The writing is great, with the author managing to completely suck me in. The novel is set in two main time periods – one, in the present day, told from Rebecca’s point of view and detailing life after Alex’s accident which has left him literally a changed man, and one told from Alex’s point of view chronicling the time leading up to the accident. Both are equally interesting to read about, and are great at giving the reader a bit of insight into what both Molly and Alex’s lives were like before the accident as well as after it.

Alex himself was a tricky character – sometimes I hated him for how he treats Molly, but then I had to remember that he’d suffered horrendous injuries and just wasn’t the same man Molly fell in love with, through no fault of his own. Molly was really likeable and not too perfect – she was great to read about. I really felt for her as she tried to deal with everything and remain loyal and loving to her husband.

I can’t even imagine how I’d deal with the same situation – it doesn’t bear thinking about. But that’s exactly what this novel makes you do: think about it. About their situation, their life, their friends and family, their failed hopes and dreams – and how you’d feel in this situation. Would I be as patient and amazing as Molly was, despite having her moments of frustration or anger (which, when reading My Husband the Stranger, you can forgive her for). That’s what made me sad at times during this book; I was left feeling moved and generally rather impressed.

The story doesn’t move at a mile a minute – sometimes there isn’t that much that seems to be happening, but if feels like it reflects their actual lives and it’s full of Molly’s anguish and hopes. Some parts were quite hard to read, and one part (which I can’t say without spoiling the story) to do with Alex’s brother felt a little unbelievable, but I felt really satisfied at the end that I’d read an entertaining and interesting novel.

I also really enjoyed This Secret We’re Keeping [read my review here] and would definitely recommend that book as well as My Husband The Stranger – both very different, but great, reads!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Penguin and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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The Trophy Taker [review]

The Trophy Taker

Title: The Trophy Taker
Author: Sarah Flint
Publisher: Aria

[Synopsis]

He keeps each floating in Formaldehyde to stop them from rotting. Each finger denotes a victim, tortured and butchered, their heart ripped out and discarded, replaced instead by symbols of their treachery. He sits alone admiring his trophies weekly; each and everyone of them guilty in his eyes. And now more must pay.

But who or what links the victims?

DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is already investigating a series of escalating racist attacks and it now seems she has a vicious serial killer on her patch. With no leads and time running out, the team at Lambeth are at near breaking point.

Something has to give… and all the while he’s watching, waiting… and counting.

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[My Review]

This is the second book in the DC Charlotte Stafford series, and the first from the series that I’ve read.

I was really impressed by this novel – it had all the elements of police/ crime novels that I enjoy – great characters, a fast but not too fast paced storyline, and an ability to stay within the boundaries of ridiculousness. I often find with some novels in this genre, it strays a little too much in the high action/ drama and gets a bit stupid, but though this novel had some moments where I had to suspend my disbelief a little, it certainly didn’t ruin my enjoyment and I didn’t feel it was completely over the top, like many others.

Most of all, it has a great police lead character – and a female one at that! Charlotte Stafford is a likeable, caring and above all skilled detective who I enjoyed reading about throughout the novel.

The storyline is pretty gritty and shocking at times, both in terms of gore and horrific themes including racism and violent assaults. Sarah Flint writes very effectively to really get you behind the police force; I HATED with a passion one of the characters in particular (you’ll know which when you read it) so I was willing the police force to succeed and find him, as well as a few other nasty characters… The story moves along quickly and is fairly straightforward – hunting a killer and a violent attacker – and easily succeeded at keeping my attention. The narrative draws to a great conclusion with a few twists along the way.

To me, this is just a great police novel which anyone – maybe apart from people who like their crime really soft (isn’t that a bit of a contradiction?) is bound to enjoy. I now want to read the first in the series, Mummy’s Favourite, and compare!

[Rating: 4/5]

Have you read any of this series? If so what did you think?

The Stolen Child [review]

The Stolen Child - Sanjida Kay

Title: The Stolen Child
Author: Sanjida Kay
Publisher: Corvus

[Synopsis]

Zoe and Ollie Morley tried for years to have a baby and couldn’t. They turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth. They named her Evie.

Seven years later, the family has moved to Yorkshire and grown in number: a wonderful surprise in the form of baby Ben. As a working mum it’s not easy for Zoe, but life is good.

But then Evie begins to receive letters and gifts.

The sender claims to be her birth father.

He has been looking for his daughter.

And now he is coming to take her back…

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[My Review]

The Stolen Child is a powerful and absorbing novel and I loved every second of it!

I am a big fan of Sanjida Kay’s first novel, Bone By Bone, so was very excited to read this. They’re similar in the way that they both focus on a mother and her child, but, as the title suggests, in The Stolen Child there’s a big element of a missing child, which adds an extra feel of tension to the novel.

I actually quite disliked the main character, Zoe – I found her quite judgemental and rash. One of the decisions she makes in particular paints her in a bad light and makes you wonder how valuable her family is to her – but when her daughter Evie goes missing you see her desperation and I did feel for her. Ollie is also quite unlikeable in the way he treats Zoe and her desperation and despair at him working all the time comes across so strongly in this novel; it makes you want to shake them both but for different ‘problems’. Neither are perfect, but both really love their children, and you can see clearly see that, so you’re rooting for them!

At times I second-guessed everyone and wondered if they were actually behind Evie’s disappearance, and I love books that make me do this! There’s always an element of whether Zoe herself could have something to hide, as well as Ollie, and though you don’t read any of the story from the police’s side particularly, I did wonder if they were suspecting the two parents as they investigated.

There’s dramatic moments and parts where I was convinced I’d figured it all out, but a satisfying twist keeps the readers guessing throughout. I loved the use of the moors to add an extra layer of eeriness to the narrative.

I honestly enjoyed reading every page of this well-written, tense novel. I didn’t want it to end, and I feel it’s probably one of my favourite books this year – and that’s saying something as I’ve read some great books so far in 2017!

The Stolen Child, along with the brilliant Bone By Bone, has propelled Sanjida Kay to one of my new favourite authors and I’m eagerly anticipating whatever she writes next, especially if it’s half as good as these two novels! A brilliant and gripping 5-star read.

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Corvus Books for providing a copy of this novel, on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

 

100% Real [review]

100% Real - Sam Talbot

Title: 100% Real:  100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh
Author: Sam Talbot
Publisher: Time Inc. Books
Format: Ebook


[Synopsis]

Bursting with 100 whole-food recipes and down-to-earth advice about clean eating, this cookbook proves that eating 100% real food is an enjoyable choice you can make every day. Chef Sam Talbot’s nourishing dishes are overflowing with natural flavor and free of processed ingredients, questionable additives, sweeteners, or preservatives.

Packed with vibrant personality and more than 150 photos, this cookbook is a real-world guide to un-junking what we feed ourselves and our children. Sam explains how to find seasonal ingredients and offers tips on stocking your pantry with game changing ingredients, like coconut oil and chickpea flour.

Forget fat-free, low sodium, zero trans-fat, and the like–the hottest new food claim is not needing a claim at all. Eat. Real. Food.


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[My Review]

This is a real winner of a cookbook! I’m really enjoying recipes with healthy but still tasty recipes, using ingredients that aren’t processed, packed full of unnatural sugar or using lots of the bad kind of fats (healthy fats I’m all over!) and this ticks all the boxes.

100% Real is great for healthy eating inspiration. There are instructions for what you should be trying to eat and what you should try and avoid, though if you know a lot of it already you can just skip straight to the good stuff – the recipes!

There are flavour combinations that I’d never usually have thought of, and some really interesting ideas that I’m looking forward to trying out. There are some recipes that don’t really appeal to me, but then I find that with most recipe books to be honest – and there’s plenty here to keep me inspired! There are also some great recipes for making your own sauces and dressings (the chilli oil, vietnamese sauce and ‘dijonnaise’ look particularly great!) as well as snacks and different sections on various types of recipes. So there’s ‘Morning essentials’, ‘Banging bowls’, ‘Sandwiches, salads, and spreads’, ‘Proteins on the ground and out of the surf’, ‘The vegetable fix’… the list goes on. So whatever you fancy, this book has it covered – and all with real food (and yes, Sam Talbot does explain what he means by ‘real food’, too!)

I am really impressed at the variety of dishes in this book. The photos are beautiful, and there’s an image for pretty much every recipe too, which is always a bonus! I have earmarked a load of recipes to try out, and have tried a few already which have proved both fairly easy to create, healthy, and – most importantly of all – tasty.

Highly recommended. Though I am reviewing the e-book version, I’ll be purchasing a physical printed copy of this book to keep in my kitchen – I have a feeling I’ll be turning to it a lot!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Time Inc. Books for providing a copy of this book. 

100% Real is out on the 4th April.

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Commonwealth [review]

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

[Synopsis]

Title: Commonwealth
Author: Ann Patchett
Publisher: Bloomsbury 

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly—thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.
Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.

When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.

Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.



[My Review]

Commonwealth‘s biggest strength, for me, is Ann Patchett’s beautiful writing. I haven’t actually read any other books by her but I think after reading Commonwealth I would like to, though I felt that this was quite a strange book, all in all!

There are so many characters introduced and included that my head was spinning trying to remember not only who everyone was but how they related to each other. I often had to flick backwards to try and work this out. There are so many different elements to the various families involved, because Beverley remarries several times, as do other characters, and there are of course the many children included too!

Another confusing element for me was the jumps in time. Now, I love books that switch from one time to another, but this seemed to do so with absolutely no warning or indication that it was going to change. Therefore I would get ridiculously far into a chapter / paragraphs without realising it had gone back or forward in time, and then a small detail would make me realise. It left me feeling quite disorientated – the way the children (and indeed many of the adult characters) must have felt at times, so perhaps this was in some ways intentional?

There were also huge pieces of information that is never provided which I really wanted to know! I felt the novel needed a bit more time set aside for it. Regardless, though, it made some parts of the book quite difficult and slow to read, so I didn’t speed through Commonwealth at the rate I often do with other books.

As I continued through the story, my slight niggles with the seemingly endless characters and narrative jumps eased off a bit, and I began to appreciate more and more the amazing writing, which was – as previously mentioned – just wonderful. Patchett includes some fantastic imagery and metaphors, but without ever overdoing it. Commonwealth leaves you feeling like you’ve read something written to a truly high standard, but understatedly so, if that makes sense.

I loved the idea of consequences and how one incident can affect so many people’s futures. I also enjoyed the reflective feel of the novel; some parts really made you wonder ‘what if?’ and others felt so poignant.

There’s also the element of a sort of ‘story within a story’, which I really liked – I won’t say much more about it as I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but it creates quite a self-aware feeling to the novel which you can’t understand until you read it for yourself.

Commonwealth is, overall, a slow burner of a story. Don’t expect an action-packed narrative; it slowly builds up to a higher level of intrigue and drama, then often dips back down again. It doesn’t feel like there’s any big crescendo moment – instead the story depicts what is probably more like real life for many readers: an ebb and flow of mistakes, loss, happiness, excitement, grief and, at times, regret. Family life is shown at its most basic and also at times if great challenges and upset. It definitely feels like a good-quality piece of fiction, which I appreciated and enjoyed, though it felt a bit disjointed at times.

I would still recommend this novel, all the same – great characterisation and fabulous writing. It’s a beautifully written, slowly unfolding story.

[Rating: 4/5]

I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway – thank you Goodreads! I chose to write an honest and unbiased review, and these are my thoughts.

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This Love [review]

This Love - Dani Atkins

Title: This Love
Author: Dani Atkins
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

[Synopsis]

Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon – she’s a single, thirty-one year old translator who works from home in her one bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a very long time ago, when she was fifteen years old and tragedy struck her family. Her grief has left her scared of commitment and completely risk averse, so she plays it safe and keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.

One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a random passer-by, Ben, luckily happens to spot and rescue her. Suddenly her cocoon is shattered – what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?

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This Love - Dani Atkins

[My Review]

I raced through This Love in a few days, even without that much time to read, because it’s gripping, uplifting (sometimes) and poignant (a lot of the time!), all rolled into one brilliant and moving read.

I don’t want to give much away about the storyline other than what you can see on the back cover, but one of the reasons I loved this book is that it’s full of love – there’s plenty of romantic, cute moments between characters  – but they’re portrayed well, without straying too often into the ‘cheesey’ category, which is a pitfall that I often find with other novels in this genre. This Love picks you up and envelopes you into this story, which, thanks to interesting, likeable characters, means you really care about what happens – particularly to protagonist Sophie and her knight in shining armour, Ben. (Ben… there are no words for Ben; he is bound to be the new favourite love interest for many people which would not surprise me).

The first half of the story starts with high drama but then calms down a bit and moves much more slowly, before the second half ramps up the tension (and emotion) again, leaving me a bit of a blubbling wreck at the end! That being said, it’s got light-hearted parts too, and is a story I really enjoyed reading, from first page to last. There are surprises  and some parts I didn’t see coming.

This Love will stay with you long after you finish reading it!

[Rating: 5/5]

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for providing a copy of this novel on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

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