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THE OLIVE BRANCH JO THOMAS

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THE OLIVE BRANCH BY JO THOMAS

It’s time to let love grow

You can buy almost anything online these days. For Ruthie Collins, it was an Italian farmhouse.

Yet as she battles with a territorial goat and torrential rain just to get through the door of her new Italian home, the words of Ed, her ex, are ringing n her ears. She is daft, impetuous and irresponsible.

But Ruthie is determined to turn things around and live the dream.

First, though, she must win over her fiery neighbour, Marco Bellanouvo, and his tempestuous family and then there’s the small matter of running an olive farm. As the seasons change and new roots are put down, olives and romance might just flourish in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun.

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MY REVIEW

You can buy almost anything online these days. For Ruthie Collins, it was an Italian farmhouse. Ed her ex husband thinks that she is daft, impetuous and irresponsible.  As Ruthie arrives in the rain at her farmhouse she can see that some of the rooms need some TLC and her mind starts run in to a fantasy as she thinks that an open barn on one side of the courtyard would make a wonderful B&B.  But she is determined to turn things around and live the dream. What I liked about this story is the fact that it was a relaxing read and so easy to follow.  I warmed to Ruthie and wanted only the best for her. This is a heart warming tale. What more could you wish for?

 

BIRDY JESS VALLANCE

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BIRDY BY JESS VALLANCE

Frances Bird has been a loner for so long that she’s given up on ever finding real friendship. But then she’s asked to show a new girl around school, and she begins to think her luck could finally be changing.

Eccentric, talkative and just a little bit posh, Alberta is not all how Frances imagined a best friend could be. But the two girls click immediately, and it’s not long before they are inseparable. Frances could not be happier.

As the weeks go on, Frances finds out more about her new best friend her past, her secrets, her plans for the future and she starts to examine their friendship more closely. Is it, perhaps, just too good to be true?

 

My Review

Jess Vallance first novel Birdy builds such strong tension between school friends, chasing them into extreme situations.
Frances Bird was always been a loner she had given up on finding friendship. On Frances first day in year ten, teacher Mr Hurst has been informed that a new girl is to join the tutor group. He wants Frances Bird to show the new girl around the school. Mr Hurst thought it might be nice for her to make a friend. Being lonely was hard enough for Frances with out people embarrassing her by pointing it out. Alberta the new girl is eccentric, talkative and just a little bit posh who lives in a big house is now best friends with Frances. But their friendship plunges mysteriously as Frances does something wickedly unforgivable.

 

THE GOOD GIRLS SARA SHEPARD

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THE GOOD GIRLS SARA SHEPARD

FROM THE BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

THEY’RE SWEET BUT DEADLY

‘THIS IS OUR FAULT,’ SHE WHISPERED.

‘WE SAID THOSE NAMES.

AND NOW EVERYONE ‘S DYING’

The perfectionists are five senior high school girls who seem to have it all. But then they are framed for murder.

They may have talked about getting revenge on their nemesis, Nolan, but they didn’t mean to really hurt him. And just when they thought they’d figured out who did it, the whole class has blown wide open again. Now it looks like someone’s found their secret revenge list, and they’re picking off the names on it one by one.

Who is really behind the killings?

Can the girls trust anyone?

And who will be the next to die?

MY REVIEW 

This is our fault, we said those names. And now everyone’s dying. They’re sweet but deadly. There is something very simple about the story telling.
In a normal seeming classroom in a normal-seeming high school in the normal-seeming town of Beacon Heights, Washington, thirty teenagers had just watched a an old-black- and- white movie about justice, punishment, and murder. Mr Granger divided the class into groups to discuss what they think this movie is about. In one group the girls didn’t know each other very well. But soon enough they would.
After talking about the movie of murder together they started talking about who they would get rid of and how would they do it. A week later Nolan was dead exactly the way the girls had originally planned. When Mr Granger their teacher turn up dead, it then that a very real sense of danger arises. what about all the other names on the list they talked about. And what consequences will it have on their lives? What if one the them was next?

 

THE SECRET LIFE AND DEATH OF MISS JEAN MILNE ANDREW NICOLL

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Published by Black & White Publishing on
Wednesday, 15th July 2015 in paperback original £8.99 Paperback ISBN 97818450298

From the author of the acclaimed debut novel The Good Mayor, comes the tale of the most curious life and death of Jean Milne. Based on a real incident and reimagined in Andrew Nicoll’s captivating style, the book draws you into the beguiling life of Miss Jean Milne, who lived one hundred years ago in a small seaside town, and whose brutal murder captured the imagination of the whole country.

A wealthy spinster living alone in a crumbling Victorian mansion, Miss Milne appears to be the very model of respectability. But when startled locals find her brutally murdered in her home, the public façade that Jean has hidden behind for so long slowly falls apart. As detectives delve further into the case and piece together the events in Miss Milne’s life that have led up to her horrific murder, Jean Milne’s secret life becomes exposed in a shocking twist.

Andrew Nicoll has brought the historical case back from the dead, using newly-released evidence from police files, eye-witness testimony hidden for a century and long forgotten newspaper reports on the Victorian crime. Blurring fact and fiction, reality and mystery, this book resurrects the most shocking incident that took place in the author’s very own sleepy village.

Set in the heart of one of the wealthiest communities in the world, at the very height of the British Empire, The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne is a bewitching tale of class division, money, sex, lies, betrayal and murder. And, at last, after a hundred years, the curious death of Miss Jean Milne may finally be solved in the most shocking of twists. This fantastic novel promises to enthral you in its marvellous mystique until the very end.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After a brief stint as a lumberjack, Andrew Nicoll has spent his working life as a newspaper journalist. His
first novel, The Good Mayor, was an international bestseller. Andrew is married and has three children.

‘A triumph of tone, very moving, completely convincing’

ANDREW MARR on The Good Mayor
By Andrew Nicol The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne
‘A mystery that touches the heart, with characters caught in a world that’s
harsh but trembles with tender emotions. A beautiful story.’

 

 

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MY REVIEW

Sometimes a book can be put aside to read later, but not The Secret and Curious Death of Miss jean Milne by Andrew Nicoll.
This tale opens up the wounds of history. Jean Milne who was found dead in the hallway of her twenty-three room mansion. Miss Jean Milne withdrew from the upkeep of her house and retreated to a small apartments on the ground floor with a seven-foot high tall wall around her house. You would have thought she would have been safe.
Miss Jean Milne was busy packing her trunk when she murdered. With her telephone wires cut it seemed to the police that she must have been the only witness to her own murdered, and the police needed all the clues that they could get to find out who attacked Jean.
This shocking story is based on a true story.

 

 

 

 

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN PAULA HAWKINS

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN BY PAULA HAWKINS

YOU DON’T KNOW HER BUT SHE KNOWS YOU.

To everyone else in this carriage I must look normal, I’m doing exactly what they do. Commuting to work, making appointments,ticking things of list.

Just goes to show.

EVERY DAY THE SAME

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens.

She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’ she calls them. Their live as she sees it is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed.  Now Rachel has a chance to become part of their lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see she’s much more than just the girl on the train.

 

MY REVIEW

It is unbelievable that this is Paula Hawkins first novel. What stands out about this clever story is how the author has told the story from all characters with an exceptional high impressive standard for suspense. I really think we are looking at one the new finest female thriller writers for the future. I absolutely adored every page. I would encourage any thriller fan to buy The Girl On The Train as it gives a good mix of characters each with a story to tell and not knowing who is telling the truth or lies. The story is about married Rachel  who goes from being a drinker to being drunk that drove her husband away. Through black outs during her being drunk she can’t remember if she said or have done terrible things. During her train ride to work she gazes out of the window when she starts to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason she calls them. One day on the train she something shocking ,now she has her chance to become involved in Jess and Jason’s lives. Chilling things happen, with a gut punching ending. Call me a fan I am ready to get every novel that Paula Hawkins writes.

 

 

 

 

THE KIND WORTH KILLING PETER SWANSON

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YOU SHOULD NEVER TALK TO STRANGERS
 ‘Hello there.’
I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge of Heathrow airport, then up into the stranger’s face.
‘Do I know you?’
Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched – but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it?
Back in Boston, Ted’s wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
MY REVIEW
Peter Swanson is back with The Kind Worth Killing, a new novel that is deeper, darker richer than ever before. He is the real deal with unsettling and the most shocking scenes. I know Peter Swanson is busy witting another novel and I just can’t possible wait for it.
Miranda knew Tom was ever so rich right from the very beginning of meeting him. To everyone Tom and Miranda were the beautiful perfect couple with looks like they would be on television. Tom was paying a contractor to build him and his wife one the biggest houses in the area of Boston coast line. The games people play with their marriage. Tom is ridiculously paranoid that his wife is having affair with their contractor and decides that his latest project will be to spy on them. With a startling outcome he finds out that his wife is having an affair with the contractor. I defy readers not to hooked, with Tom’s broken heart he entertained the fantasies of killing his wife.
An addictive thriller, with a ton of twists and cliff-hangers that will astonish and astound you all.

 

SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS LYNN WEINGATEN

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SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS BY LYNN WEINGARTEN

DELIA BURNED TO DEATH IN HER STEPFATHER’S SHED. THEY SAY IT WAS SUICIDE.

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords. But one night everything changed. And now, a year later, Delia is dead.

June is certain she was murdered and she owes it to her friend to find out what happened. But the truth is far more complicated than she could ever imagine.

When June met Delia, she was a lifeline. Their intense friendship gave her a sense of belonging, of security, that she’d never had before. She felt braver, smarter, funnier, more attractive when Delia was around. But then something went wrong, and Delia and June haven’t spoken for a year when an announcement is made at their school that Delia is dead. June barely has time to mourn before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her that Delia didn’t kill herself but was in fact murdered, and June is fast swept into a tangle of lies and deceit – and a conspiracy she can barely conceive of, never mind believe. Stylish, sexy and atmospheric, with so many twists it will leave you breathless.

 

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls is Lynn’s fourth young adult book.

To find out more about Lynn Weingarten visit http://lynnweingarten.com  @lynnweingarten

 

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