Review: The Forever Gift by Brooke Harris #review #bookreview


My hands are shaking as my fingers curl around the small, neatly wrapped box. There’s a tag dangling front he centre of the red bow which says Love from Kayla in her beautiful, swirly handwriting. I read over the three words countless times, tracing the letters with my fingertip. How is this possible? Heather’s beloved daughter, Kayla, is her world. She is fifteen, a brilliant basketball player and a fierce friend. Heather and Kayla have always has a special relationship. For so many years it was just the two of them, watching Friends, baking cupcakes and laughing together. But now Kayla knows her time is short, and she wants to give something back to the mother she loves more than anyone else in the world. A gift that will change Heather’s life. With just a handful of days left, Kayla will need help from everyone around her to make this last surprise happen. Along the way, the people whose lives have been touched by Kayla’s light will be changed by her loss, and by her plan for Heather. And as Heather’s whole world threatens to fall apart, could Kayla’s forever gift be the key to piecing her life back together?

My Thoughts

Overall, I enjoyed this story. It was easy to read, not complicated, and most of the characters were likeable. Was it as dramatic as the blurb reads? I don’t think so. The plan that Kayla comes up with for her mother, was only introduced near the end. It was a really nice idea though. It was a bit of a tear jerker, for me anyway. You can only imagine how you would feel if your child died from illness. If you have children, that will be at the back of your mind when reading this one. I cried at the funeral, that was a great scene.

I did not, however, like Charlotte’s character. I thought she was incredibly unreasonable at times with her husband, who was in the process of loosing a child. I actually felt very angry with her, that she was choosing that time to behave, at times, so childish. I am a stepparent, and sometimes we do have to “suck it up” the the mental and physical well-being of little people. Charlottes character just didn’t sit well with me and I fought to groan many times she was in it.

Apart for that one issue, like I said, it was a lovely book to read and I recommend you give it a go and let me know what you thought.

I rated The Forever Gift: 4/5 starts

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Review: My daughter’s Secret by Nicole Trope #bookreview @bookouture #bookblog @nicoletrope


My baby girl, I’ll never forget you – your smile, your laugh, the way your hair sparkles in the sun. I cannot comprehend this pain. I cannot breathe through it.

In the middle of the night, Claire wakes up to discover that her beloved daughter, Julia, is dead – and life, as she knows it, is over.

Searching for answers, Claire stumbles upon a pile of letters, hidden under Julia’s bed in an old, battered shoebox, and feels closer to her daughter than ever before. They tell her that Julia was happy, that she was thriving at university, that she was in love.

But as the letters go on, Claire starts to feel uneasy at something hidden between the lines. Even as she grieves, she must prepare to face a shocking discovery. Because Julia was hiding a terrible secret – and when it’s uncovered, it will devastate a family already torn apart by tragedy.

An emotional, twisty and gripping page turner that will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Perfect for fans of Kerry Fisher, Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult.

My Thoughts

My first read from this author and I was pleased overall.  It’s a story that tackles two of the biggest stigmas to date, domestic violence and suicide.  Although I couldn’t entirely jel with all the characters, I could definitely understand Claire’s incredible grief when it came to her daughter’s suicide. It’s a tremendously shocking and sudden lose that many find it hard to comprehend.  I felt that.  Is it depressing, yes. But it’s also very real, and definitely strikes a chord among readers.  It certainly makes you think especially when it’s so prevalent in society today.  And then there’s the domestic violence. Shocking, infuriating, emotion provoking, and senseless. Again, it’s a topic that is current and needs to be talked about in order to spread awareness.  I felt the author did justice to both topics and thank her for making it a highlighted topic in her story. The more it’s talked about, the more we’re looking for it.

It was well written, overall, I did come across a few slowish moment and no real twists although I was left emotionally touched and happy that I crochet my blankets and donate them to a domestic violence safe house program!

Thank you Netgalley and Bookouture for my ebook copy to review.

I rated My Daughter’s Secret: 4/5 stars

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#blogblast Review: The Killer In Me by Olivia Kiernan #thekillerinme @LivKiernan @riverrunbooks @millsread11 #bookreview #bookblog


A deadly past refuses to stay buried in Olivia Kiernan’s masterful new novel

Death is no stranger to Detective Chief Superintendent Frankie Sheehan, but she isn’t the only one from her small, coastal suburb to be intimately acquainted with it. Years ago, teenager Seán Hennessey shocked the tight-knit community when he was convicted of the brutal murder of his parents and attempted slaying of his sister, though he always maintained his innocence. Now, Seán is finally being released from prison—but when his newfound freedom coincides with the discovery of two bodies, the alleged connection between the cases only serves to pull Frankie further from answers even as it draws her closer to her town’s hidden darkness. With a television documentary revisiting Seán’s sentence pushing the public’s sympathies into conflict on a weekly basis, a rabid media pressuring the police like never before, and a rising body count, Frankie will need all of her resources if she is not only to catch a killer, but put to rest what really happened all those years ago.

A dark, irresistible cocktail of secrets, murder, and family, Olivia Kiernan’s latest is an impossible-to-put-down triumph.

My Thoughts

Be prepared to wish you could read all day and flag life’s responsibilities!!!! First read, and most definitely not the last, from this author and so happy that I could take part in this book blast. A thoroughly enthralling read, pace was fantastic and the writing felt very natural.  There were a few plot twists I didn’t see coming, one I did, and although there were no WTF moments for me, it certainly did make me think.

The lead character was interesting and likeable, let’s face it, there’s nothing worse that giving us a character who’s the complete opposite! Frankie was fiesty, dedicated, and intelligent and I loved sharing the journey with her.  The secondary characters were also enjoyable, I even “liked” the baddie *laughing* and by that I mean an excellently built character.

If you haven’t read this then I absolutely encourage you to do so and make up your own mind. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed !

I rate The Killer in Me: 4.5/5 stars

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Review: The Perfect Child By Lucinda Berry #lucindaberry #ebookreview #bookreview #bookblog


Christopher and Hannah are a happily married surgeon and nurse with picture-perfect lives. All that’s missing is a child. When Janie, an abandoned six-year-old, turns up at their hospital, Christopher forms an instant connection with her, and he convinces Hannah they should take her home as their own.

But Janie is no ordinary child, and her damaged psyche proves to be more than her new parents were expecting. Janie is fiercely devoted to Christopher, but she acts out in increasingly disturbing ways, directing all her rage at Hannah. Unable to bond with Janie, Hannah is drowning under the pressure, and Christopher refuses to see Janie’s true nature.

Hannah knows that Janie is manipulating Christopher and isolating him from her, despite Hannah’s attempts to bring them all together. But as Janie’s behavior threatens to tear Christopher and Hannah apart, the truth behind Janie’s past may be enough to push them all over the edge.

My Thoughts

Are you joking! What the hell kind of ending was that?! *insert crying face* What a fantastic read. They really felt like the “perfect” couple. Reading to have children of their own, only to bite off a little more than they could chew. Had a very authentic feel to it, which after learning about the others other job, now makes sense. I’m not going to lie, I find stories where the author has that experience a tad more believable. It was a very riveting read, with a few twists I didn’t see coming. That end though… I don’t know whether I love or hate it *laughing* I do know that I didn’t want it to end!!

I rated The Perfect Child: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Review: Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks #bookreview #bookblog @GalleryBooks @HeidiPerksBooks

Goodreads Blurb

It all started at the school fair…

Charlotte was supposed to be looking after the children, and she swears she was. She only took her eyes off of them for one second. But when her three kids are all safe and sound at the school fair, and Alice, her best friend Harriet’s daughter, is nowhere to be found, Charlotte panics. Frantically searching everywhere, Charlotte knows she must find the courage to tell Harriet that her beloved only child is missing. And admit that she has only herself to blame.

Harriet, devastated by this unthinkable, unbearable loss, can no longer bring herself to speak to Charlotte again, much less trust her. Now more isolated than ever and struggling to keep her marriage afloat, Harriet believes nothing and no one. But as the police bear down on both women trying to piece together the puzzle of what happened to this little girl, dark secrets begin to surface—and Harriet discovers that confiding in Charlotte again may be the only thing that will reunite her with her daughter….

This breathless and fast-paced debut—perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—takes you on a chilling journey that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

My Thoughts

I actually really loved the start of this story. It was a great storyline to begin with, I know my own heart was in my throat with the disappearance of a child. And I felt so awful for poor Charlotte. I felt the writing was great, it flowed nicely, nothing felt rushed, there wasn’t an info dump, and surprisingly I actually enjoyed the first two chapters where it can usually go wrong. However, there was a change in the feel of the story. Without revealing any of the story line, I’ll just say that there was a change with the twist. I can’t say I can put my finger on what exactly it was, but it changed how I read the book after that and I didn’t enjoy it quite as much. I think that adding the DV into the story was great because it’s something that is talked about/experienced quite a lot. But the twist… I wasn’t a fan of it and it really changed the story for me from then on.

I rated Her One Mistake: 3/5 stars

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Review: The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan #bookreview #bookblog @gillymacmillan @randomhouse

Goodreads Blurb

When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…

In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.

My Review

I’m always filled with guilt when I have to admit that a book/story for me, was only a 3 stars (average; not terrible but not spectacular).  But this one, just wasn’t it for me.  I found the pace quite slow which made it difficult to want to keep reading.  I couldn’t identify with the characters at all or feel anything for them other than disdain to be honest, especially for Jocelyn, who at first I was starting to like but then she turned into a bit of a twit halfway in. And the twists? Well, there didn’t seem to be many if any for me, and the very small ones that were there were a tad predictable.  I’m sorry to sound so unpleasant about it, there were parts I liked, I did enjoy the mother there were times where I found her relatable.  But The Nanny just didn’t grab me, and I’ve been reading some 5/5’s at the moment so it was obvious to me that this wasn’t one I’d be giving a 5 to.

I do look forward to reading more in the future from the author, just because this one wasn’t my cup of tea, isn’t to say that the next won’t be. Thank you so much to Random House UK for my ebook copy, I very much appreciated the opportunity.

I rated The Nanny: 3/5 stars

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Review: The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth #themotherinlaw #sallyhepworth @sallyhepworth @macmillanau #bookblog #blogger @bookreview

Goodreads Blurb…

Someone once told me that you have two families in your life – the one you are born into and the one you choose. Yes, you may get to choose your partner, but you don’t choose your mother-in-law. The cackling mercenaries of fate determine it all.

From the moment Lucy met Diana, she was kept at arm’s length. Diana is exquisitely polite, but Lucy knows, even after marrying Oliver, that they’ll never have the closeness she’d been hoping for.

But who could fault Diana? She was a pillar of the community, an advocate for social justice, the matriarch of a loving family. Lucy had wanted so much to please her new mother-in-law.

That was ten years ago. Now, Diana has been found dead, leaving a suicide note. But the autopsy reveals evidence of suffocation. And everyone in the family is hiding something…

From the bestselling author of The Family Next Door comes a new page-turner about that trickiest of relationships.

My Review

It’s like I’m having Diane Chamberlain de ja vu’ again! This was my first read from Sally and it was fantastic. Obviously by this stage of her writing career, it was an absolute pleasure to read in regards to flow, ease of character to character interaction and speech.  The premise of the story was pretty brilliant because in-law issues is pretty common amongst married couples. Thankfully, I don’t have that problem, but halfway through the book I realised that Diana sounded like me! LOL.

In the beginning, I found myself disliking Diana. Her mannerisms and personality would certainly brush one the wrong way. However, the more I got to know her, the more I started understanding her and the way she behaved.  I think the author did a marvelous job in making Diana a very much likable character at the end, it’s actually a shame that she died because I would have liked to have gotten to know her more. Nettie and Patrick on the otherhand, something about them brushed me the wrong way from mid-way, especially when Nettie hit up Lucy in regards to having a child (won’t say too much so I don’t spoil it for you).  I can understand that she would have been upset, but that who scenario left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

And who killed Diana? All I’ll say is, wow. I got so caught up in this one, I didn’t see this plot coming!

I definitely recommend this one if you haven’t read it yet. And I’d also ask which of Sally’s books you recommend I read next if you’re familiar with her work. Definitely looking like she is fastly going to become a favourite of mine.

I rated The Mother-In-Law: 4/5 stars

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Review: Forget Me Not by A.M. Taylor @killerreads @author_amtaylor #forgetmenot #bookreview #booknerd

Goodreads Blurb:


When Maddie met Nora, their friendship felt as easy as breathing. And when Nora disappeared, all the air went with her. Without her best friend, Maddie’s life became impossible.

Ten years later, Nora is still missing and Maddie is still searching. People have been questioned. People have even been accused. But no one has managed to find Nora.

Then, in the same spot where Nora went missing, the murdered body of Nora’s little sister is found. Convinced this is no coincidence, Maddie resolves to uncover the killer and find Nora – dead or alive.

But will she be able to cope, when we learn what really happened to Nora…?

My review

Well folks, be prepared to be annoying frustrated but in a completely more-ish way.  This story will have you infuriated with having to go to bed because unfortunately us humans required adequate sleep to live and function! Admittedly, it did start out slow for me, there was a little too much narrative and not enough action, however the more chapters I finished the more I wanted to get to the end and find out what did happen to Nora? The author did have an effortless way with description which I found a pleasure to read, and it did flow nicely.  However, it could have used more plot twists, I unfortunately didn’t have any WTF moments. 

Was an effortless read and I do look forward to reading more from this author in the very near future.

I gave Forget Me Not: 3/5 stars

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Review: The Temp by Michelle Frances #thetemp #michellefrances #bookreview #bookblog #bookblogger #booknerd


Wanted: Assistant to provide maternity cover for high-powered TV producer. Must be bright, creative, with killer instincts.

Emma would do anything to work for the woman who has the job she wants. Carrie is at the top of her game, with a dream career, a baby on the way, and a handsome screenwriter husband. For Emma, with parents who don’t understand her ambition and a serious misstep behind her, this temp position might be her last chance.

Carrie has given up more than anyone knows to get to the top of a ruthless business. She won’t give up this baby too. But with Emma filling in for her at the office, her perfect life starts to unravel. Her bank account is inexplicably overdrawn, her husband seems strangely distant and colleagues are all too happy to take Emma’s creative direction. Carrie finds herself dying to get back to work . . . until a letter left at her door changes everything.

Trust and fear trade places in a love triangle that defies readers’ expectations at every turn.


My Review

It’s really an age old story idea, and it doesn’t matter how many times I read it, I never tire of it because 1) It’s a bloody good story line, and 2) An author always makes it there own.  And the other did make it there own, which I applaud because I can imagine that would be a tad tricky!  In saying that, I did find this read on the slower side throughout much of the read, and I can’t say that I found any major surprising plot twists but there was few smaller ones, which did make you want to keep reading (thumbs up).  The writing was lovely to read in that although i was slowish, it flowed and was quite effortless. I can definitely see this author being moreish!

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Pan MacMillian for allowing me an ebook copy of this story, I definitely look forward to reading more from this fabulous new author.

I give The Temp: 3/5 stars

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An Old True Crime Re-Released in E-book Version, YAY

If you follow my blog, then you’ll be aware that I reviewed ‘Butcher, Baker’ by Walter Gilmour and Leland E. Hale a few months ago and actually really enjoyed it! You’ll be pleased to know that it’s now available as an e-book! Which is fantastic because I read the hard copy and thought to myself, I’d really love this on my Kindle, like I do with all older true crime books.


Hard Copy Cover

So, if you’re looking to purchase the e-book version you can grab your copy here

Thanks again to Open Road Media for my e-book version!!

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