Friday, 18 August 2017

The Art of Hiding – by Amanda Prowse

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My own copy

The blurb:

What would you do if you learned that the life you lived was a lie?
Nina McCarrick lives the perfect life, until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.
Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.
But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.
Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book follows Nina McCarrick and her family and starts with a real tragedy. Her husband Finn is killed in a car accident and now now is left alone with her children Connor and Declan. Of course these boys suffer as well and they miss their dad a lot.

Things get worse, because Finn had a secret. They have to move out of their family home, the boys have to leave school and Nina has to find a job. That’s not easy though and most people are not on their side. With her sister Tiggy’s help they fin a way, but they have to move away.

Tiggy’s and Nina’s relationship is not easy, things have been tense ever since Nina met Finn. The two of them finally get to talk properly and Tiggy opens Nina’s eyes. Nina grows with every chapter and learns a lot about her past, but also things for her future.

This is a very poignant story about love, family, grief, loss, friendship and much more. I really enjoyed reading about Nina and her sons, these scenes were by far my favourite.

This is not my fave Amanda Prowse book, but I still loved it! She always manages to include all the feelings and emotions, it’s close to life and she touches controversial and delicate topics every single time.

Another touching story, wonderfully written and full of heart!


Amanda Browse on Twitter: @MrsAmandaProwse

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Crazy Stupid Love – by Cassie Rocca

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My own copy

The blurb:

Are there written rules on how to find a soulmate? Or is it better to trust the hands of fate? A hilarious romance perfect for the fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

After enduring a string of dead-end relationships, Zoe Mathison has made a decision – to find a man who truly appreciates her. But this is turning out to be more complicated than she expected. Fed up of being surrounded by insufferably happy couples in love, her mission to find the perfect man starts to become an obsession.

Eric Morgan is pushed to his limits. Hopelessly in love with Zoe, who sees him as nothing more than a best friend to lean on, he can't bear seeing his hopes of romance crushed every time the sculpted pecs of a younger man comes along. But when a new girl appears on the scene, he is determined to prove that he can push his infatuation aside and move on. But is it as easy as it seems?

In the romantic and bustling city of New York, will Zoe and Eric's hilarious misadventures attract Cupid's arrow?

My Opinion:

*Book provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Zoe Mathison is determined to finally find THE ONE, it’s not easy though, especially if you’re surrounded by happy couples and then your ex turns up on top of yet.

Eric Morgan is her best friend, they have been best friends for 10 years and Eric has had feelings for Zoe ever since. His feelings are still there, but he tries to hide them. He wants to prove to himself that he can move on, when another girl appears on the scene.

I actually found t hard to get into the book and connecting with the characters. I found out later that it’s actually book 2 of a series, so it’s probably because of that. I also didn’t feel the New York vibes and certain things just didn’t make sense to me.

Half way through though I really started enjoying the book and warmed up to Eric especially. I loved following him around and reading about his emotions. I also really liked his scenes with Zoe. I struggled a bit with the pace of the storyline, but something kept me in the story.

I think the idea behind it all is great and certain parts were gripping, funny and authentic.


About the author

Cassie Rocca is a writer of Sicilian origin who has lived in Genoa since the age of three. In everyday life she is a child-minder, a job which gives her plenty of ideas for her modern fairy tales.

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