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  1. Cathy Kelly Lessons In heartbreak

     Synopsis: 

    Izzie Silver left the small Irish town of Tamarin behind for New York. Life is good – until she breaks her own rules and falls for a married man.

    On the other side of the ocean, Izzie's aunt Anneliese discovers the pain of infidelity for herself.

    Then Lily, the wise and compassionate family matriarch, is taken ill. At her bedside back in Ireland, Izzie discovers a past her grandmother has never spoken of, while Anneliese feels despair mount. The one person she could have turned to is starting to slip away.

    The lessons each of the women learns – both past and present – bring joy and heartbreak. And the hardest lesson of all is learning to let go.

    Kat's Rating: 4/5

    Kat's Review: This is a book set between New York and Ireland, the past and present. It follows the lives of Izzie Silver and her close friends and family. Izzie meets Joe, a married man who she falls in love with and he has a huge impact on her life and the decisions she makes. She doesn't realise that her life is mirrored more than she can imagine by her grandmother Lily who falls ill back home in Ireland whilst Izzie is making a go of her own Model Agency. We then meet Izzy's aunt Annelise, whose husband changes her life when she discovers his infidelity and this starts her off on the self-destruct route.

    The two settings of the book make it quite interesting as we delve into Lily's past and the love of her life Jamie, during World War II. The characters are real and you can empathise with one or another in this book. The book is a slow and steady read and if I am honest a little on the depressing side. Cathy Kelly has written many books and somehow manages to balance the sad with the happy; however she failed to do it with this one. I found myself at a loss as to how I felt after finishing it. I thought the writing was good and the story well thought out, however it verges on the side of being too depressing for my taste but as I still enjoyed the book I gave it a 4/5. I only hope that Cathy Kelly has a bit more happiness in her next book! This book can be picked up in hardback or paperback from Amazon and the starting price for a used book is a mere 1penny.

  2. Erica James Tell It To The SkiesSynopsis: The beautiful city of Venice has been Lydia's home for many years. It's a place she loves and where she's found a sense of peace and fulfilment. Then one day she glimpses a young man's face in the crowd that threatens to change all that. He's a heart-stopping reminder of a dreadful secret she believed she had banished to the past...

    As a young child, Lydia and her sister are sent to live with grandparents they've never even met before. It's a cruel and loveless new world for them, and it teaches Lydia to grow up fast. She learns to keep secrets and to trust sparingly. And through it all she suppresses her grief and guilt, believing she is to blame for her mother's death.

    Now, twenty-eight years later, Lydia is persuaded to leave behind the safe new life she has created for herself and return to England to face the past. And maybe her future.


    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I have to say that as an avid reader ploughing through 3-4 books a week, I always look forward to Erica James new books. Yes it is on the slightly romantic side but this book is just as good if not better that her previous publications. The story gets you from the very beginning and you find yourself sympathising with the characters very quickly. Erica's books are always different and due to the fact that she doesn't churn them out every 5 minutes I find that I never get bored with her stories. They are always a great read and i would strongly recommend this to people who haven't read her books before.

  3. Carole Matthews The Chocolate Lovers DIetSynopsis: Lucy Lombard thought her 'Happily Ever After' was all sewn up when her gorgeous boss Aidan declared his love for her, but she's just caught him in bed with another woman. As always, she's not the only one with problems - Autumn's new boyfriend has yet to meet her parents, Nadia's husband swears he's given up gambling but she just can't trust him, and Chantal is hoping to save her marriage, but not in quite the way she'd expected. It's not surprising that these girls are going to need a lot of chocolate to see them through the challenges that lie ahead...

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: In this latest book we meet Lucy who is a single thirty something girl who has just discovered that her fella has done the dirty on her! Her main love in life is chocolate along with Nadia, Chantelle and Autumn. We follow the four girls as they try to make sense of their lives. Will they all get the Happy Ever after that they want?


    Carole Matthews has done her followers proud! I was worried that a sequel would lessen my enjoyment of the first book but if anything she has made this book even better. If you haven't read her books before start with 'The Chocolate Lovers Club' and then this one, it's well worth the read. So much so I read this within a day! The characters are real and you find yourself empathising with all of them for one reason or another. It's not a book with profound meaning, however it has such a "real" feel to it, you can almost feel yourself sitting next to these characters. I would say if you want a book that is easy to read, thoroughly enjoyable and not too heavy this is the one!

  4. Susan Lewis Missing Synopsis: It's an early autumn day like any other as Miles Avery drives his wife, Jacqueline, to the station. Nothing remarkable crops up in conversation, nor do either of them appear anything other than their normal selves. At the station, Jacqueline gets out, takes an overnight bag from the back seat, then turns towards the platforms. This is the last anyone sees of her

    Kat's Rating: 5/5

    Kat's Review: I have been reading Susan Lewis books since she first started writing and I must say that this book was one of the best Ive read. She seems to have got better the more she writes. This book is filled with believable characters that you empathise with immediately. The story and plot were fantastic and I loved this one so much I read it in a day and a half. If you've never tried reading Susan Lewis before.....start now.