THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD ELENA FERRANTE
THE SCHOOL GATES BY NICOLA MAY
The school gates are a great social leveller, with parents from all walks of life brought together whether they like it or not at the start and end of their children’s day. For a few, friendships forged there will bring drama, for others consolation, for some romance…
When single working mum Alana reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, she isn’t prepared for the consequences. Dana knows she should be content with her perfect house and perfect husband but finds herself longing for another child and wishing for more fulfillment. Mo’s life has always been hard, but the violence of her alcoholic husband could be the last straw, which only friendship with super-mum Joan can get her through. And what of gay Daddy Gordon?
Will he be able to juggle parenthood and cope with his broken heart at the same time?
My heart goes out to the author who wrote most of The School Gates while recovering from a hysterectomy. We are brought together by a group of mothers and fathers and children from all walks of life.
Let me introduce to you to Eliska’s Mum, Alana Murray who reveals the identity of her love-child’s father, but she isn’t prepared for the consequences. Alana, needs Eliska to get ready for school as she has an important meeting to attend to in her sporty Mercedes.
Meet the Brown Brood’s Mum, Joan Brown with seven-year-old Clark and nine-year-old Kent, and Cissy in her high chair, but why is her husband Collin a silly old sod?
We enter Rosie’s Mum, Mo Collins life and for the love of God he smokes in the house, swears and drinks cans of lager. Six-year-old Rosie shakes with fear from her daddy.
Then there is six-year-old Tommy’s Mum, Dana Knight with her 4×4 on the drive. Mark Knight insisted on the recommendation of a Top Wheels television presenter that this was the car to be seen in.
The Twin’s Lily and Lola lived in a modern three-bedroom flat with their Daddy, Gordon Summers, and confusion for one of the twins Lola where id Daddy Chris?
THE SECRET BY THE LAKE LOUISE DOUGLAS
A FAMILY TRAGEDY.
Amy’s always felt like something’s been missing in her life. When a tragedy forces the family she works for as a nanny to retreat to a small lakeside cottage, she realises she cannot leave them now.
A SISTER’S SECRET.
But Amy finds something unsettling about the cottage by the lake. This is where the children’s mother spent her childhood – and the place where her sister disappeared mysteriously at just seventeen.
A WEB OF LIES.
Soon Amy becomes tangled in the missing sister’s story as dark truths begin rising to the surface. But can Amy unlock the secrets of the past before they repeat themselves?
Do you believe in real ghost? I am a huge fan of Louise Douglas and have read all of her books. The story opens up with a housemaid that has stolen a Ruby heart-shaped necklace on a gold chain that was worth a hundred guineas. The heart-shaped pendant turns up years later. Amy who had worked in an children’s home for just four months is forced to leave to a small lakeside cottage when Amy receives a letter saying that Julia’s husband Alain had died. While Amy is staying at the Reservoir Cottage she finds that some ghostly strange things are going on. This is the Victorian Cottage that the children’s mother spent her childhood and it is the place where her sister Caroline died as a teenager. Young Viviane did first have Emily as an imaginary friend, but now she her dead aunt Caroline and talks to her. Ghostly things happen while Amy is at the cottage by the lake.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS BY B. A. PARIS
A MUST BUY MUST READ!
THE VISITORS BOOK AND OTHER GHOST STORIES SOPHIE HANNAH
LITTLE CHILDREN TOM PERROTTA
Beneath the placid surface of suburbia, the adults are throwing their toys out of their pram. Meet Sarah, the lapsed feminist who isn’t quite sure how she ended up as a traditional wife. And Todd, the handsome stay-at-home-dad known as the Prom King, to the playground mothers. And then there’s Mary Ann, busy scheduling everything including her sex life (every Tuesday at 9p.m. sharp.)
They all raise their kids in the kind of quite suburb where nothing ever seems to happen until one eventful summer, when a convicted criminal moves into the neighbourhood and two parents begin an affair which will take them further than they ever could have imagined.
MY REVIEW A group of young mothers were telling each other how tired they were. Sarah thought she was a researcher studying the behavior of boring suburban women. Cheryl is a mother of three-year-old Christian. Mary Ann is a mother of Troy and Isabelle. Theresa is the mother of Courtney. Each mother tells each other about their personal life.
Nothing much seems to happen where they live, but that all changed. The gossip is that Ronald James McGorvey, a forty-three-year-old former Catholic school custodian and convicted sex offender, who had moved in with his elderly mother right near where the mothers with their children lived. Some of the mothers had to pass by there everyday on their way to the playground.