Book Review: When He Fell by Kate Hewitt

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I’m delighted to kicking off the Neverland Blog Tour for When He Fell, read on for my thoughts and a giveaway 🙂

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What’s it about?

Josh and Ben are nine years old and best friends, until a single, careless act in the school playground destroys the lives of both families – and wrenches their small Manhattan school apart.

As both mothers Maddie and Joanna try to find out what really happened between the boys, they discover the truth is far more complicated and painful than either of them could have ever realised… with lasting repercussions for both families.

And when tragedy strikes again in the most unexpected of ways, the lives of these two women will be changed once more, and this time forever.

My thoughts

I jumped at the chance to read When He Fell as part of the blog tour as it came across as one of those books that poses moral dilemmas to its reader which I rather like.

Simply told yet captivating from early on, I liked this book for its authenticity; one of the parents has proper financial issues which she’s stressing about which make it more realistic rather than just having the cash to throw at the problem.

I liked Josh and Ben’s characters; I think they’re portrayed really well with their everyday struggles and difficulties and the frustrations that it causes their parents feels very real.

In all honesty I didn’t really love either of the main women characters; I found Maddie to be a bit of a lush, obsessed with finding a man, although I did find myself feeling sympathetic towards her for the situation and the hardship she faced  and Joanna well..excessively needy springs to mind, however this was one of those rare occasions where my disconnection with the main characters didn’t hinder the experience for me as the book has such an interesting theme.

My one criticism would be that the blurb gives away too much information…I would have much rathered it didn’t contain anything about the second tragedy; although I didn’t guess what it was I was waiting for it. I would have preferred to be totally in the dark.

Overall, a good and interesting read and one you may need to have tissues handy at the end!

Book links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Google Play | Waterstone’s | WH Smith

About the author Kate Hewitt

bio_pic3Kate Hewitt is the author of over 40 novels of women’s fiction and romance. She loves telling an emotional story in a variety of genres, and has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award twice. An American ex-pat, she lives in the Cotswolds of England with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can follow her adventures in village life on her blog, http://www.acumbrianlife.blogspot.co.uk.

 

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Book Review: The Broken Hearts Book Club by Lynsey James

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The Broken Hearts Book ClubWhat’s it about?

Secrets never stay buried for long…

Lucy Harper has always been good at one thing: running from her past. But when her beloved Nana Lily passes away she has no choice except to return to the one place in the world she most wants to avoid…

Luna Bay hasn’t changed much in the eight years she has spent in London. The little Yorkshire village is still just as beautiful, but the new pub landlord is a gorgeous addition to the scenery!

Lucy only intended to stay for a day, yet when she discovers that Nana Lily has not only left her a cottage but also ‘The Broken Hearts Book Club’, Lucy is intrigued. Her Nana never have mentioned the club and Lucy can’t wait to get started, but walking into her first meeting she is more aware than ever that her past is finally catching up with her.

One way or another, Lucy must finally face the secrets she’s kept buried for so long – or spend the rest of her life on the run…

My thoughts

I have to admit I was attracted to this book by its cover as it’s gorgeous and was hoping that it would have a vintage type theme to the book but that’s not the case.

Coupled with the lovely seaside setting my favourite parts of this book were the book club scenes and the books that were mentioned to aid the member’s grieving process. There were some very heartfelt scenes that made me fill up and feel quite emotional.

Lucy’s character feels very relatable; somewhat young and naive but with quite a humerous side to her and whilst I initially found her appealing, I found myself getting bored with hearing the same things all the time (could it have done with better editing, I don’t know).

Although there are hints along the way the big reveal of the mystery incident was over-indulged and dragged out a little too long for me and I found myself losing interest into what it was.

I had a couple of issues with the actual timeline in the book; one that sticks in my mind (forgive me if I don’t quite get the scene right) Lucy goes to the solicitor with her mum after her Nana’s funeral but later it mentions that being yesterday but it doesn’t read as being yesterday; confused me and I had to go back and check. Another one was with the cocktail event but I can’t recall all of those details. Of course, I have an ARC so these little issues may have resolved prior to publication.

I so wanted to love this book as I’d put myself forward to take part in the blog tour so I did feel an expectation would be upon me too but I have to be honest. I hope I don’t sound too harsh as overall, this is a light, easy read and utterly predictable but die hard fans of chick-lit will devour and love it and I wish Lynsey all the best with the book!

Many thanks to the publisher, Carina, for approving me for an ARC via Netgalley.

Links: Goodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US

About the author Lynsey James

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.

When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

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Book Review: The Lost Child by Ann Troup

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The Lost ChildWhat’s it about?

Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.

Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.

As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…

My thoughts

I’m glad I chose to take part in this blog tour as the book was right up my street being a mystery novel with a twist.  When we meet socially awkward Elaine she’s deciding where to scatter her mother’s ashes and just happens to choose a sleepy but creepy Devon village.

From the first few chapters I’d kind of worked out where things were heading but I liked the web of deceit that the author wove and the pace that which it all unraveled, and I couldn’t have predicted the ending.

I found the novel to be atmospheric, haunting and quite dark although given its subject matter that’s to be expected. But don’t worry, it’s not so dark it’ll give you nightmares 🙂

One of my favourite quotes; although a little morbid:

“What had she ever done to deserve this? Caged inside a useless body in nature’s version of death row”

A couple of things prevented me from giving this book 5*; firstly some of the language and fancy words used. I was glad that I read it the book on my Kindle so I could instantly check what words meant, I find when I do this it distracts me from what I’m reading. Simpler, plainer words could have been used without detracting from the impact of the story. And secondly I didn’t love how Elaine would keep calling Brodie flower; my Gran (who is no longer with us) always used to call me and my brother flower and so I associate that pet name with a much older person, not a name I think a woman in her 30’s may use….but that’s just me!

However, this is a good mystery which I enjoyed and would make a great episode for Midsomer Murders; such a creepy little village with some odd characters! If you enjoyed Laura Elliot’s Stolen Child then try this, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed

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About the author Ann Troup

gEDRUnHOAnn Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.

Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughter’s bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.

She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.

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