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REMEMBER ME THIS WAY SABINE DURRANT

9781444762440REMEMBER ME THIS WAY BY SABINE DURRANT

BEHIND EVERY PERFECT LIFE IS A PERFECT LIE.

Every body keeps telling me I have to move on. And so here I am, walking down the road where he died, trying to remember him the right way.

A year after her husband Zach’s death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place.

As she makes her way along the motorway,  she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has change since Zach died. She wonders if she will feel whole again.

At last, she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree,  is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her.

Lizzie loved Zach. She really did.

But she’s starting to realise she didn’t really know him.

Or what he was capable of.

OTHER HALVES NICK ALEXANDER

9781845027643OTHER HALVES BY NICK ALEXANDER

IF FINDING TRUE LOVE MENT GIVING UP EVERYTHING ELSE, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

When Hannah and Cliff’s fifteen-year marriage falls apart, it seems almost impossible to start again. While Hannah tries to reconcile the warning factions of her heart, torn between a pre-teen son and a romantic love half a world away, Cliff struggles to face up to issues he has suppressed since adolescence in the hope of finding happiness in a confusing world.

Amid the turmoil of separation, and with their son, Luke,  caught in the crossfire, both Hannah and Cliff face the challenge  of rebuilding their lives. To make the other halves of their lives count, they will need courage and determination. To build new relationships, they will need to dare to love again.

Other Lives beautifully maps the break-up of a couple, with all the tough choices and heartache it entails, but above all it is a touching story of self-discovery, finding new love and beginning life afresh.

The hotly anticipated sequel to Nick Alexander’s best seller The Half-Life of Hannah.

OTHER HALVES PUBLISHED 5TH JUNE

279 pages

THE HALF – LIFE OF HANNAH NICK ALEXANDER

9781845027193THE HALF – LIFE OF HANNAH BY NICK ALEXANDER

If your first love came back to you to offer you everything you ever dreamed of, what would you do?

Thirty-eight-year -old Hannah seems to have it all a loving husband, a cherished son and a comfortable home. The first half of her life hasn’t been as exciting as she hoped for in her youth, but, she reckons, who gets everything they want?

When she rents a villa in the south of France for a summer holiday with her impulsive sister Jill and a gay friend Tristan, She’s expecting a little more than a relaxing few weeks with her family. But when a ghost appears from her past arrives, secrets are exposed, a lost love is rekindled and Hannah is forced to question everything she thought she knew.

Hannah has been living a lie. But she is brave enough to take the life – changing decisions her future happiness depends on? 

 

THE VIRGINS PAMELA ERENS

9781848549883The Virgins by PAMELA ERENS

THERE ARE MANY VERSIONS OF WHAT HAPPENED THE YEAR WE LOST OUR INNOCENCE.

SEUNG AND AVIVA THE ONES WE WATCHED, TALKED ABOUT, SECRETLY DESIRED.

THEY CAN’T TELL THEIR STORY, SO I HAVE. I’M INVENTING IT. OF COURSE. IT SEEMS THE LEAST I CAN DO..

Pamela Erens captures the dark side of adolescence.

281 pages

The Virgins is a story about teenage love, where the teenagers experiment with their sexual desires. The story takes place in 1979 with high school seniors, Seung and Aviva are the main characters that are in love, they are ones the other high school seniors watch and talk about.

DON’T STAND SO CLOSE LUANA LEWIS

9780593072301DON’T STAND SO CLOSE BY LUANA LEWIS

BE CAREFUL WHO YOU LET IN…

Stella has been cocooned in her home for three years. Severely agoraphobic, she knows she is safe in the stark, isolated house she shares with her husband, Max. The traumatic memories of her final case as a psychologist are that much easier to keep at a distance, too.

But the night Blue arrives on her doorstep with her frightened eyes and sad stories, Stella’s carefully controlled world begins to unravel around her.

What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for help?

If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone?

What would you do if you let her in, but couldn’t make her leave?

What if she told you terrible lies about someone you love, but the truth was even worse?

MY REVIEW

I was drawn to this novel Don’t Stand So Close by this creepy looking girl with big blue eyes on the front cover and the creepy outline of this story.

Stella lets the girl into her home. The girl tells Stella some terrible lies and keeps changing her story of lies. Now Stella is unsure what to believe from this girl.
The scene of events that take place in Stella and her husband’s house are beginning to turn very ugly, with this girl who is still in their house.
Readers will not be able to close this novel until the truth has been discovered as to why this girl with the frightened big blue eyes has appeared at Stella’s and her husband front door.
A thrilling tense, unsettling novel . One creepy novel not to be missed.

WHO ARE YOU? ELIZABETH FORBES

9781908122735WHO ARE YOU? BY ELIZABETH FORBES

Alex, a career office in an elite regiment, returns from Afghanistan a changed man. He has left the Army behind and is attempting to forge civilian career as a security advisor. His wife, Juliet, is delighted. She, Alex and their son, Ben, now live in a well-appointed house in a leafy London suburb.

But all is not well. Juliet’s research on the internet suggests that Alex  is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD] but pride means that he will not seek  professional help.

Finding solace in web forums, Juliet is offered the use of a cottage and is urged to remove Ben to a place of safety. After a lot of secretive planning Juliet and Ben escape the tyranny of their home with the hope of starting afresh.

A LITTLE ABOUT THE STORY

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU ALEX?
Juliet knows that Alex had suffered physical abuse at school and inflicting harm in Afghanistan which has led him to developing PTSD.
After Alex has returned home a changed a man.
 Juliet begins to fear for her life as Alex has tried to strangle her in their bed during the night.
Alex becomes Increasingly unsettled putting Juliet through the most horrifying ordeal, one that makes Juliet determined to leave Alex.
Twisted Alex does not see that he has done anything wrong all he sees is that Juliet is a useless woman and infuriating. 
Elizabeth Forbes knows how to write novels after novels that make your stomach jump. I have read and reviewed Nearest Thing To crazy wrote by Elizabeth Forbes, which was absolutely spectacular frightening and that book led me to wanting to read more by Elizabeth Forbes, so I decided to read Who Are You. I just can not wait for Elizabeth Forbes to publish her next novel. 

THE ROSIE EFFECT GRAEME SIMSION

manual_9780718179472THE ROSIE EFFECT BY GRAEME SIMSION

With the Wife Project complete, Don settles into a new job and married life in New York. But it’s not long before certain events are taken out of his control and it’s time to embark on a new project.

As Don tries to get to grips with the requirements of starting a family, his unusual research style gets him in trouble. To make matters worse, Don has invited his closest friend to stay with them, but Gene is not exactly the best model for martial happiness. As Don’s life with Rosie continues to be unpredictable, he needs to remember that emotional support is just as important as practical expertise.

There were five principal reasons why my relationship with Rosie encountered difficulties after our marriage and relocation from Australia to New York. In ascending order of importance they were…

1. The dislocation for non-native of the USA, there is frequent opportunity for confusion, social errors and arrest by the police. In addition to my existing heightened risk of all these.

2. The consequences of residing in an appartement used by a rock star to refrigerate his beer.

3. The presence of my best friend Gene, who, after being rejected by his wife due to serial infidelity, had moved into our appartement at my invitation. Rosie has numerous objections to Gene.

4.The need to convince Lydia the social worker who had been appointed to evaluate me after a misunderstanding with the police that I was suitable for continued residence in the US and for the duties required by (5) ( below )

5. Rosie’s hormonally induced irrational behaviour and my own meltdown due to an unplanned pregnancy. 

MY REVIEW

Unfortunately  I never read the Rosie Project, however I did not realize that there was going to be a second book released as The Rosie Effect.

I was surprised that I found The Rosie Effect very easy to read and to follow with being quite quirky.

Don and Rosie had a wedding ceremony in a church in Australia, with Rosie wearing an extraordinary white wedding dress and veil.
It appears that Don and Rosie encountered difficulties after their marriage and relocation from Australia to New York.
Just after ten days of marriage Don was still adapting to him and his wife now being a couple.
As Rosie cheerfully announces a big surprise for her husband that she is pregnant,unfortunately that is mega unexpected news for Don to digest and struggles to process Rosie’s statement.
What made me laugh in The Rosie Effect was the way in which Don makes a mental list of the problems that accumulated for one reason or another.
What made me laugh even more was that Don even took a day of work to concentrate on making a list for the Baby Project.

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