A Home in the Sun by Sue Moorcroft #contemporaryfiction #NetGalley @AvonBooksUK #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for A Home in the Sun by Sue Moorcroft. I requested this book from the publisher Avon Books via NetGalley.

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Home is where the heart is…but what if your heart is broken?

When Judith loses her partner, she loses her life in Malta too – including the beautiful view from her sun-warmed balcony of the sparkling blue waters of Sliema Creek.

Back in England, Judith finds a spare room in her sister’s house where she grew up – but with it comes a whole host of family dramas.

Nursing a broken heart, Judith knows she must find happiness again – and rebuild her life on her own terms. Could an island in the sun be the answer she is looking for?

A wonderfully escapist summer read, perfect for fans of Katie Fforde and Carole Matthews.

MY REVIEW

When I am looking for something in the contemporary fiction genre to read this author is one that I know will make me feel good while reading it.

A Place in the Sun starts in Malta, it’s where Judith has come to live and work after the breakdown of her marriage. She loves the place and feels settled. Even more so when she meets and falls for a local. After a tragic accident Judith feels alone and unwelcome so returns to her home in England.

It is when she is back living with her sister and trying to come to terms with her loss that she decides what she wants to do with her life. The first job is moving back into her cottage, not as straightforward as she had initially hoped.

The author has once again woven a gorgeous story of love, loss and starting over. The gorgeous setting of Malta is overshadowed by grief, but the author transports the author into Judith’s story as she begins her life again, back where she started. Everyone has a past, Judith is no exception, she has confrontations with her ex, deals with her sister and worries about her stepson and mum. Even though Judith is trying to heal she is looking out for others.

The author creates a character with Judith who comes across as strong, motivated and determined but is actually vulnerable and riddled with doubts. The storyline was quite a refreshing one as it has various turns and dilemmas that I wasn’t expecting.

One thing is for sure, that you cant deal with the future until you have comes to terms and accepted the past. This is something that only Judith herself can work out. Where is home, where does she feel she can settle, can she deal with the memories or will she hide her feelings while she is busy helping others out!

A gorgeous story with a fabulous cast of characters, some that you will love and some that really need a lesson in manners and respect. This is one for those who love contemporary fiction and romance stories. It is one I would definitely recommend.

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Freecycling For Beginners by Misha Herwin @MishaHerwin @rararesources #contemporaryfiction #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Recycling For Beginners by Misha Herwin. I have read several of Misha’s books in the past and I was delighted to be able to grab a spot on the Blog Tour for her latest book.

My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot ont he tour and for arranging my e-copy of this fabulous book.

The time has come for Jane to sell the family home. Downsizing to a flat means that everything must go, but her late husband’s favourite chair is far too precious for the tip.


Meanwhile, Robyn, balancing her precarious career as a portrait artist with raising an autistic son, is searching for a chair with panache that will allow her sitters to pose in comfort.


Elsewhere in the city, Tracey is clearing out her wardrobe at the same moment that divorced and cash-strapped Debbie is frantically seeking a prom dress for her daughter.


None of these women have ever met until Freecycle brings them together and their lives are about to be changed in ways they could never have imagined.

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MY REVIEW…

Jane decides that it is time to get rid of her late husband’s chair, too good to dump but not good enough to sell. She decides to advertise it on her local Freecycle site. From this chair, a connection is formed that stretches further than just one chair moving from one household to another.

The author has used the act of offering items that still have use and life in them for free. From this, she has then woven such a fabulous story that delves into the lives of various people. An artist, a single mum, and a very stressed mum. None of the women knows each other, but it is the chair that brings in a link to them.

I loved everything about this story, it gave a glimpse into the lives of the characters, their homes and their families. Bringing up children, tackling problems with finances, with illness and then the general coming and going of life, work, and love. Relationships can be brittle and there are times when you need support, sometimes it can be a simple act of kindness that can make the world of difference to someone. From the smallest act of help to giving a large amount of time, the author has included it in some form within this story of stories.

It is a story of different lives and therefore different threads, these have been tweaked and nurtured wonderfully by the author. This was a wonderful book that I adored, the stories of each family were emotional but in very different ways.

This is one for readers who like a good heart-warming contemporary fiction story about families doing what families do. An absolutely wonderful book and one I would definitely recommend.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

Misha M Herwin is a Staffordshire based writer. When not writing she runs workshops for adults and children, including youth groups at the New Vic Theatre, and events such as the 6×6 Story Café for Stoke Libraries. She spends what spare time she has with family and friends, reading, working in her garden and baking. Scones are a speciality.


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Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions by Laura Starkey @LauraStarkey @emblabooks #contemporaryfiction #publicationday #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Rachel Ryan’s Resolutions by Laura Starkey. This is the first digital publication from Embla Books.

I would also like to wish Laura a very Happy Publication Day xx

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In January, Rachel Ryan’s New Year’s Resolutions are fairly predictable. Exercise more, put money into savings before spaffing it all on clothes, remember ridiculous rule that potatoes don’t count towards your 5-a-day…

Before long, though, the year ahead of her is very much not going to plan. When the creative agency Rachel works for is taken over, one of the new suits in the office is very familiar. And very handsome. Surely it can’t be… Jack Harper. The man she has spent years trying to forget. Not only is Rachel now working with him, she has regular sightings of the gorgeous woman Jack cheated on her with – who happens to be plastered to the side of every London bus.

Thank goodness for Tom, who is always there to listen (and pour wine). But when work stirs up her most painful memories, her best friend makes a major announcement and Jack dials up the charm, Rachel starts to question everything.

As life throws her a world of crazy, will Rachel have to make some very different resolutions?

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MY REVIEW…

Rachel Ryan works as a copywriter and lives with her best friend, Anna. Anna and Will are an item and have been a few years, Will shares a house with Tom. The four are great friends, and have regular drinks, nights out and are like family.

When there is a re-shuffle at work, Rachel is surprised when her ex from years ago arrives. He is one of the team members who is part of merging and creating new and exciting accounts. This is almost like a make or break time for Rachel.

The story is based on Rachel and her plan for her future. Like most, she does set her resolutions for the start of the new year. Like most, she also doesn’t necessarily get started on them, to she alters them.

This did feel like a light-hearted sort of a story. It did take me a while to get to understand Rachel, and actually, not all the characters n the book know much about her or her past, so it does kind of make sense. I did find as the author revealed more about Rachel, that she did start to come out of her shell. It really didn’t help with her ex coming back on the scene. I did find that the further I got into the story the more I grew to like her.

This is a story of hiding, of trying to be quiet and not seen. Happy within a small group of close and trusted friends where it’s safe. Unplanned events throw Rachel’s life into turmoil, she believes her actions are right but she seemed to be just treading water. It takes a bit of a blowout and for things to crash before she can see clearly once again.

This is a story that I really enjoyed, it got better the further I read and I found myself getting quite involved with how things were going to play out. This is one for those who like a more modern contemporary fiction story and it is one I would happily recommend.

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Never Saw Me Coming by Vera Kurian @NetGalley @vintagebooks #PublicationDay #mystery #thriller #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Never Saw Me coming by Vera Kurian. I received an invite to read this book and the synopsis definitely intrigued me. My review is my own and unbiased.

Meet Chloe Sevre. She’s a freshman honor student, a leggings-wearing hot girl next door, who also happens to be a psychopath. Her hobbies include yogalates, frat parties, and plotting to kill Will Bachman, a childhood friend who grievously wronged her.

Chloe is one of seven students at her DC-based college who are part of an unusual clinical study for psychopaths—students like herself who lack empathy and can’t comprehend emotions like fear or guilt. The study, led by a renowned psychologist, requires them to wear smart watches that track their moods and movements.

When one of the students in the study is found murdered in the psychology building, a dangerous game of cat and mouse begins, and Chloe goes from hunter to prey. As she races to identify the killer and put her own plan into action, she’ll be forced to decide if she can trust any of her fellow psychopaths—and everybody knows you should never trust a psychopath.

Never Saw Me Coming is a compulsive, voice-driven thriller by an exciting new voice in fiction, that will keep you pinned to the page and rooting for a would-be killer.

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MY REVIEW…

I really liked the premise for Never Saw Me Coming. Set in an American University, there is a small group f students who have been hand-picked to take part in a clinical study. They are supposed to be unknown to each other. What makes these students different to the others is that they are psychopaths.

The author builds up a good background for each of the main characters, they are introduced one by one and as such this makes it easy to remember them. Chloe is the main focus, as the synopsis tells you, there was a murder, she wants answers and she also wants to carry out her own personal plan.

I like how the author delved into the various different aspects that make up the mind of a psychopath. As someone who enjoys crime reads this was one that definitely caught my eye. The story does feel that it has some research and this does come across in the story as character traits are explored and as their stories emerge.

The author has blended crime and mystery as well as a psychological thriller style. It is not heavy reading and there are some good twists. I like how the synopsis suggests that the hunter becomes the prey and this added an extra edge. As Chloe has her own agenda she not only has to be careful of her own actions, but she’s also balancing study, and trying to keep ahead of her own stalker/ hunter.

This story has a nice edge to it. Part of me wants to say this is a YA thriller due to the college-age students but is also a good one for adults as well. There are times when I felt like this was more mystery than thriller, but there is definitely a darkness to it.

I did enjoy this and I actually enjoyed the student life aspect of the story as well as the obvious mystery side. It is one that would suit readers of various genres, but maybe not so much the hardcore psychological thriller ones. I would happily recommend this one.

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Starlight Cottage by K.T. Dady @kt_dady @rararesources #contemporaryfiction #romance #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Starlight Cottage by K.T. Dady. This was a wonderful story and I adored my first trip to Pepper Bay in thsi new series.

My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arrangign my e-copy.

Starlight Cottage


Welcome to Pepper Bay. A small close-knit community where you’ll find chocolate box cottages, quaint shops, drama, friendship, and love.


Snuggle down with this cosy, feel-good, comfort read that whisks you away to a beautiful bay on the Isle of Wight – Perfect for fans of Christie Barlow, Phillipa Ashley, and Holly Martin.


The Pepper Bay books are standalone stories that intertwine with recurring characters.


Starlight Cottage – Anna Cooper and Jake Reynolds both live at the luxury London building, River Heights. The only difference is that Jake lives in the penthouse, and Anna lives in a tent on the roof.
When Jake finds out, he offers Anna a chance of a new life in his grandmother’s childhood home in Pepper Bay, and she decides to take the opportunity to see if she really can make a fresh start somewhere else.
The beauty of Pepper Bay, with its quaint shops, chocolate box cottages, and all of Jake’s closest friends, immediately fills Anna’s heart with nothing but love, and it isn’t just Starlight Cottage that she finds herself falling in love with.

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MY REVIEW…

This is the first book in the Pepper Bay series and it is an absolutely gorgeous book to read. I was only planning on reading a couple of chapters before going to sleep and found myself reading until just before 1 am!

This is the story of two people who, when they first meet don’t really make the best impression. Anna Cooper first meets Jake Reynolds in a lift. He is immaculately dressed, while she is stood dripping wet next to her rather smelly and equally as wet dog, Max.

Fast forward a little and the two gradually spark a friendship, both have got issues that stem from the past. Now, this I really liked as the author has brought into this story mental health issues. Both of the characters have different problems and the author have worked them really well into the story. I do think the way she has dealt with them gives a very good understanding of the reactions of both the characters.

This story is a gorgeous read I was taken to the most idyllic sounding Pepper Bay. A wonderful community where the locals know everyone and are pretty much up to speed as things happen. This makes for a close-knit and wonderfully caring vibe as I was reading.

Things are not straightforward in this story, and nothing is to be taken for granted. What initially started as a story that I might say could be a too coincidental it was also one just held me captivated and didn’t let me go. A chance for second chances, for fresh starts and to learn to be with others and part of something.

This is a stunning read and one that I absolutely adored. Ideal for fans of romance and contemporary fiction. It’s one I would definitely recommend.

About the Author…

Author, reader, mum, chocolate lover, and a huge fan of a HEA. I was born and raised in the East End of London, and I’ve been happily writing stories since I was a little girl. When I’m not writing, I’m baking cakes or pottering around in my little garden in Essex, trying not to kill the flowers. I’m the author of contemporary romance, middle-grade, and the thought-provoking thriller about mental illness, The Focus Program.

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The Ticklemore Tavern by Liz Davies @lizdaviesauthor @rararesources #PublicationDay #contemporaryfiction #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for The Tickelmore Tavern by Liz Davies. This was such a lovely story to settle down with and read.

My huge thanks to Rachel for arranging my advanced copy of the book for an unbiased review.

Violet makes her own gin.
Logan Cassidy sells it in his pub, The Ticklemore Tavern.


It should have been a match made in heaven, especially since the pair of them fancy the socks off each other, and they are both young, free and single.
Except…


Logan’s mum, Marie, doesn’t think Violet is good enough for her son. No woman is, or ever will be. And when she becomes ill, Logan is torn between looking after his mum or following his heart.
However, neither Logan, nor Marie, has taken the sheer force of nature that is Violet into account. What Violet wants, Violet gets.
Usually…


But maybe not this time, eh?


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MY REVIEW…

I absolutely adored the story of Violet and how she met and makes friends with Logan. As the synopsis tells you, Violet makes gin and supplies the Logan, landlord of The Ticklemore Tavern. She has started this new business and has built up a nice selection of flavours. On the off chance, he will stock her gin she stops by the tavern. Talk about a purple whirlwind on legs, she bowls him over with her rather unusual and slightly flirty sales pitch. She is a character I knew I would really like, and of course, Logan doesn’t sound too bad either!

This is a wonderful story about friendship, gin and getting on in life. Almost everyone in the local community is aware of sparks between Violet and Logan, especially as he is a local and many want to see him happy and settled. There is however a spanner in the works, that spanner has a name, Maria and she is Logan’s overly, overprotective mother. Talk about a dragon or what! Now while the author does paint her out to be a party pooper there is also a balance that is struck with the odd comment. This hints at something else at play.

I really enjoyed how this local community is brought together, Hattie is hilarious and is about as subtle as a brick, she is such a brilliant character and is almost the matriarchal figurehead. She is the one that will say what is need when necessary especially when there is a snifter of gin on the go.

The author has created such a wonderful story. A couple trying to find a way to run businesses and keep family happy. About a mother who thinks she is going to be left alone and about a community that know when to intervene. A gorgeous feeling story that is timed perfectly as it slowly runs into the autumn season, and as we are currently in an autumnal feeling summer it feels rather appropriate.

I adored everything about the story, the wonderful and varied range of gins mentioned, the characters some of the food mentions and of course the story of Violet and Logan. This is definitely one for those who love a heartwarming contemporary fiction and romance tale and it is one I would definitely recommend. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR…

Liz Davies writes feel-good, light-hearted stories with a hefty dose of romance, a smattering of humour, and a great deal of love.


She’s married to her best friend, has one grown-up daughter, and when she isn’t scribbling away in the notepad she carries with her everywhere (just in case inspiration strikes), you’ll find her searching for that perfect pair of shoes. She loves to cook but isn’t very good at it, and loves to eat – she’s much better at that! Liz also enjoys walking (preferably on the flat), cycling (also on the flat), and lots of sitting around in the garden on warm, sunny days.


She currently lives with her family in Wales, but would ideally love to buy a camper van and travel the world in it.


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A Stitch in Time by Amanda James @amandajames61 #histfic #romance #20booksofsummer #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for A Stitch in Time by Amanda James. I first came across Mandy’s books when she was with Bloodhound and I have read every book since then and loved each one. It has taken me until now to pick up a book before that time!

This is one of my picks on the #20booksofsummer reading challenge, and it is book 12 out of 20.

A stitch in time saves nine… or does it? Sarah Yates is a thirty something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos.

Then one evening the door bell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time…

Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers? 

My Review…

I have read several of this authors later books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I wanted to read some of her earlier novels and A Stitch in Time fits the bill perfectly.

This is essentially a love story between Sarah and John. Sarah is a disgruntled school teacher who is struggling with a couple of her students. Stuck in the everyday. John offers Sarah a chance to change her everyday life to one that will take her back in time. Ideal for a history teacher.

Yes a mix of romance with a little bit of time travel. This was easy to follow and the time travel but added a nice twist to a really lovely story. The author did explain the travel bit, but like Sarah I am still bewildered! You don’t need to understand it, but it does work very well within the context of the story.

I really liked how the author brought the two characters together, and then threw obstacles in their way. A couple who are interested and obviously want to be together, but not everyone thinks the same way.

Will they get the ending they deserved? Only time will tell.

A fabulous book that shows a different side to this author writing. A wonderfully heart-warming story and one that I found delightful and very addictive. It’s one I would definitely recommend. 

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The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman @KathrynFreeman1 @rararesources #contemporaryfiction #romcom #bookreview

I am delighted to once again share a review by one of my favourite authors, Kathryn Freeman. The Beach Reads Book Club is a fabulous read and one I adored as I pretty much new I would. I have loved all her books that I have read so far 🙂

My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on the Blog Tour and for arranging my e-copy of the book via NetGalley.

Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…


When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!


The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.


If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.


A love letter to chicklit, romance, romcoms, whatever you want to call them!


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My Review…

I have read a few of this authors books and I have always enjoyed them. I think this latest one might just be my favourite yet!

When Lottie decides that the book club she is with doesn’t allow for a more laid back approach she decides to start her own. The local book shop has a new owner and she is hopeful that he will be amenable to her running her book club in his shop after hours. HAndy that there is also a cafe attached. No need for drinks and the like because gin with the barest glimpse of tonic is supplied by one of the other members and cake by another.

I was already loving the sound of this book just with the books, book shop, gin, cake and of course, there is the owner Matt, a quintessential, very well dressed and mannered Matt. If you are still in doubt, then the story is fabulous, the characters are brilliant as I was riveted to this romance, and rom-com read.

The story is one that has some real belly laugh moments, Audrey and Sally between them are hilarious. Lottie’s is kind-hearted and Matt is reserved, to say the least. He is all armour with very little in the way of glimpsing who is underneath the facade, there is however a mischievous flicker in the eye!

This is just a brilliant read and one that I am not going to tell you much about, but if you have read and enjoyed this author’s books before then I know you are going to adore this one. It is full of warmth, doubt, friendship, doubt, hilarious moments, mentions of books and of course the wonderful storyline. A fabulous book from start to finish and one I would definitely recommend.

About the Author…

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero. 

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.


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Cornish Gold at Summer’s End by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @rararesources #contemporaryfiction #Giveaway (open INT) #bookreview

I am delighted to share my review today for Cornish Gold at Summer’s End by Laura Briggs. This was such a lovely book to sit and read and I adored it.

My huge thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot today for the Publication Day of the book and for arranging my e-copy via NetGalley.

Rumors of a ghostly presence haunt Julianne’s Cornish autumn in the series’ charming fourth installment.

What began as a bit of teenage mischief in the village quickly became stories of spooky lights and ghost sightings in the wood. Being sensible, Julianne is more worried about whether she can finish her kids’ costumes in time for the annual Halloween contest—and whether husband Matt and his eager assistants will be selected for the exclusive Brookshire Garden Design Competition. So when everyone in town begins flocking to the local ‘ghost walk’ tours Julianne assures her wide-eyed children it’s just a case of imagination run wild…until she experiences her own brush with the supernatural, that is.

Real or imagined, Julianne can’t shrug off what she saw, or even bring herself to confide in sympathetic Matt for advice. Best friend Kitty is on hand to help, despite her usual family battles, including that of her cousins’ shady new scheme to profit from the town’s ghost mania. But even Julianne’s friends can’t fully understand her need to find a solution this time, one that leads her on a quirky quest from local lore, to meetings with the village’s ragtag paranormal club, and even a creepy abandoned cottage hiding secrets in the woods.

Join Julianne for suspense, surprises, and (of course) heartfelt moments as book four in the series brings an autumn like no other to sleepy Ceffylgwyn.

My Review…

This is the fourth book in the Return to Cornwall series, but it is the first one I have read. This does work well as a stand-alone, there is a sense of community and friendships that I think may have developed over previous books. This is certainly something that comes across.

Juli, or Julianne, is up to her armpits trying to get her children’s Halloween costumes finished as well as running a wedding business. Matt, her husband is trying to get his garden design finished and submitted for a competition that will give him and his students a huge boost. With their lives already full Juli is also dragged into the ghostly sightings in the village.

She is sceptical, as are some other residents. Must be the youngsters causing trouble, or someone having a prank. Others do think there are ghosts or some sort of paranormal activity. Who is right?

This was a really lovely story to sit and read over a couple of days. It is a mix of contemporary fiction and a sort of cosy mystery all wrapped up in a small and friendly sounding community. A place where people know your business before you do!

I really liked the characters the author created, a busy working mum and dad, older as well as younger characters and they all muddle along and help each other out. I do think this is a series that I would enjoy if I had started from the beginning rather than book 4!.

The ghostly goings-on are curious, some see this as being a good thing and the community seems to draw closer. I think this is a certain amount of trepidation as well as wanting to get to the bottom of the strange glowing orbs, flickering lights and strange shapes. The community definitely gets caught up in these happenings.

This was a story that also had quite an emotional twist to it. One I did see coming, the other, I definitely didn’t. This is a story that was easy to get on board with, the characters soon became memorable and the storyline had a nice mysterious edge to it. Not one to keep you awake at night quivering under the blankets, but one that worked well within the context of the story.

A book that I thoroughly enjoyed and one I would happily recommend.

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About the Author…

Laura Briggs is the author of several feel-good romance reads, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘A Wedding in Cornwall’. She has a fondness for vintage style dresses (especially ones with polka dots), and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, caring for her pets, gardening, and seeing the occasional movie or play.

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Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal #NetGalley #20booksofsummer @HoZ_Books #contemporaryfiction

I am delighted to share my review today for Would I Lie To You? by Aliya Ali-Afzal. This is a book I requested to read from House of Zeus via NetGalley and I am so glad I did because it is fabulous.

I am including this as part of #20booksofsummer reading challenge, this is a change to my list! 🙂

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From fresh new voice Aliya Ali-Afzal, Would I Lie to You? is a page-turning, warm and funny debut about what happens when you have your dream life – and are about to lose it.

At the school gates, Faiza fits in. It took a few years, but now the snobbish mothers who mistook her for the nanny treat her as one of their own. She’s learned to crack their subtle codes, speak their language of handbags and haircuts and discreet silver watches. You’d never guess, at the glamorous kids’ parties and the leisurely coffee mornings, that Faiza’s childhood was spent following her parents round the Tooting Cash ‘n’ Carry.

When her husband Tom loses his job in finance, he stays calm. Something will come along, and in the meantime, they can live off their savings. But Faiza starts to unravel. Raising the perfect family comes at a cost – and the money Tom put aside has gone. When Tom’s redundancy package ends, Faiza will have to tell him she’s spent it all.

Unless she doesn’t…

It only takes a second to lie to Tom. Now Faiza has six weeks to find £75,000 before her lie spirals out of control. If anyone can do it, Faiza can: she’s had to fight for what she has, and she’ll fight to keep it. But as the clock ticks down, and Faiza desperately tries to put things right, she has to ask herself: how much more should she sacrifice to protect her family?

My Review…

This is a debut and one that I immediately fell for as I began reading. The pages flew by as I read this over the course of one day. The author made it so easy to submerge me into the life of Faiza’s life.

Faiza is a character who is so desperate to fit in, no matter the cost. This isn’t really a problem until her husband Tom loses his job. Their savings have been decimated as Faiza gets sucked into keeping up with the elite mums at school. Wanting to be one of the clique. Not wanting to be on the outside, to be part of a group and to feel as good as those around her.

Initially, I couldn’t understand why Faiza would want to be part of this group of upper-class mothers until I got further into the story. I started to understand her upbringing and the reasons behind her spending. Faiza is a Pakistani Muslim, she is in a multicultural marriage and has three children. She, as many other parents stay at home, runs the house, looks after the children and her husband works long hours to provide for them. They do have a lavish lifestyle and not wanting others to notice the lack of money Faiza does what she can to keep the charade of “being fine” going as long as she can.

The author has brought many things to this story, money worries that lead to marriage problems, arguments, stress and keeping their heads above water. Having a change of roles for the parents was such a good route to go down, but then this route turned dark and highlighted other issues. Being a woman working in a high powered city job has a whole set of other problems.

This is a brilliant story, one that had me engrossed from start o finish. It has such good pacing to it and it reflects the spiral and panic as Faiza tries to keep juggling various problems. Cultural differences become a problem and Faiza is not the only one to notice this, rather than confront it head-on, the author uses Faiza to approach this in a different way. There are several eye-opening moments in the book and not just the more obvious ones either.

This is a great read and I am really looking forward to reading more by this author. This is one for readers who like contemporary fiction, family life and relationships. It is one I would definitely recommend.

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