Book Review: The Day We Disappeared

Last month I won this book with @joythestore on Twitter. It is a book I heard about before and so really wanted to read it. My luck was in when I was announced as one of their competition winners.
The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson is a cross between a romance novel and a mystery psychological thriller type of book. The two main characters are Annie and Kate, old friends that are living in two totally different worlds and not sure who they are anymore. 
Annie is a hippy type of girl working as a masseuse in various little rooms around London. One day she meets Stephen in one of these little rooms and he becomes her boyfriend and her ‘night in shining armour’ rescuing her and giving her a new working space in his office building. What Stephen doesn’t know is that Annie has a secret from her past that she doesn’t want anyone around her to know. 
Kate has run away from Dublin, suffering from stress and burnout and ends up at a livery yard working for Mark Waverley in Somerset. Kate is scared that she is going to be found at any minute, but this doesn’t stop her from having feelings for her new boss. 
I love the way the author Lucy switches each chapter back and forth between Annie and Kate’s stories. It’s written in a very clever way. I think Kate’s story is my favourite because of her love for Mark and his horse Stumpy and the way their relationships develop. The story keeps you holding on for more as you progress through the book. I really wanted to know why Kate ended up in Somerset! The characters are very well thought out and you will learn to love them all.
My only criticism is that it does start of fairly slow, but now I can see it was building and keeping us on tenderhooks till the end. 
I would recommend this book to mystery romance lovers. It’s perfect for holiday reading and it will keep you on edge till the very end. It’s a book I will be proud to keep on my bookshelf and I’m glad I have been given the opportunity to read it.
I gave The day We Disappeared 4 out of 5 stars.
Rachel xx
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Book Review: Ahoy For Joy by Keith Reilly

I was contacted by the author of this captivating novel asking if I wanted to read and write a review on it. I cannot turn down a free book, its just not in me! Before I accepted I read the description quickly on Goodreads and my first thoughts were that it seemed a really nice story, a bit different from my latest reads of Not A Word About Love and Patalosh: The Time Travellers. Now that I have read Ahoy For Joy by Keith Reilly, nice is a word not good enough to describe this book. Extraordinary is much more appropriate.

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Short Story Review – Edward’s First Love

I was asked by the lovely Jay Moussa-Mann if I would like to review her short story Edward’s First Love. I thought it would be a good challenge for me to review a short story as I rarely read them and have never written a review on one before. 
When I first read Edward’s First Love I thought how moving the story actually is. It’s about one of the founders of the Stockton-Darlington railway, called Edward Pease. Edward was a woollen manufacturer from Darlington who realised that a railway line from Darlington to Stockton was needed for future improvements to the industries. The night the line was due to open in 1825 something happened in Edward’s life, meaning it would never be the same again.
                       

It is a beautifully written Victorian tale that shows huge sadness, and no matter what you are doing at present, or what you have going on in life, your priorities can change immediately.
“They will come tomorrow, presenting it to the world, to the people. There will be excitement and joy and wonder. Is it wrong that I care no longer for this venture?”
There are lovely comparisons between locomotives and how the author describes the situation Edward is in. I don’t want to spoil you with too much of the details of what happens in the story, but before, Edwards first passion was locomotives, and his goal of creating the Stockton-Darlington line was all of a sudden very unimportant.
image taken from http://shortstorysunday.com/2015/01/18/edwards-first-love-by-jay-moussa-mann/
I believe the authors purpose of writing this short story is to tell us that there are more important things in our everyday lives than materialistic things. This is the message I received from reading through it. 
It is a worthwhile read, if you have some spare time. It’s one of those stories that engages you and gets you thinking. I have read it a few times over to fully understand the whole picture.
I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did.  Edward’s First Love
Rachel xx
*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Edward’s First Love to review free of charge, all the opinions expressed are my own.

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Book Review: Not A Word About Love & Giveaway

I have been given the chance to read and review an ebook copy of Not A Word About Love by the lovely Hana Goldberg. It is a sensual story about a search for love for a lonely woman called Maya and her trip to Thailand on a journey of self discovery.
Maya is a woman in her late 30’s and with her husband’s wishes embarks on a holiday on her own to write her screenplay and to help with her depression. She is struggling with accepting her unexciting life and dull marriage to Uri. 


On the plane to Thailand she ends up sitting next to a man called Joe who she soon becomes obsessed with and they end up having an affair. Maya meets up him various times throughout the book and eventually realises what she is throwing away when she wakes up on the streets of Thailand, lonely and longing for her life back home. 

Hana Goldberg keeps the reader guessing in the beginning as you have no idea what Maya will do next. Goldberg portrays Maya as a frustrated woman with her life and this trip gives her the freedom to be let loose. Although I don’t condone what Maya does you cannot but like her character. 
I love the way the author describes Thailand, it makes you feel that you are on the streets with Maya and on her journey to find happiness in life. The settings are very well described and the book well written. 
                            
My only dislike is that the book seemed very short when I read it on my kindle, I would have loved for it to have been longer! But looking back, it was 265 pages so I obviously enjoyed it so much I didn’t want it to finish. 
This is a book for a reader looking for a strong character based book and perfect for holiday reading. I think it is a book that you can go back and read again one day, and it’s one I will.
I have given Not a Word about Love 5 out of 5 stars.
Rachel xx
* I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Book Review: Patalosh – The Time Travellers

I received this book at the beginning of the month from a Goodreads giveaway that I won. As you probably know from my previous post (A fantastic book win – Patalosh) it came beautifully packaged and I was so eager to start reading it! It is a high quality hardback copy.
Patalosh – The Time Travellers is written by Z. Altug and Tracey Gensler. It is a novel aimed at kids around 10-12 years of age I would assume, although I was not disappointed as an adult reader. It’s a fantastically written sci-fi / fantasy time – travel adventure novel.
The plot of the story involves 10 year old Orion Spence and his adventure around space and time to find his parents who have been kidnapped by an evil emperor called Daaggerd. Orion’s companions include Sir K who is the first officer on their airship Exploricus, Pen the penguin and a host of other little buddies that they pick up on their travels.
Orion is a very brave chap and goes through a lot to rescue his parents. His quest to help him find his parents starts with finding 7 keys across all the continents in different time periods, to open the Ancient Book of Spells. The clues to the keys discovery hide in his medallion that only he can read.
One thing that I really adore about the book is the authors creation of a new world called Patalosh. Orion’s parents are Taloshians from Patalosh and have special powers but Orion is a ‘non’ Taloshian and is a regular kid from Earth.
The book contains many illustrations throughout which is fantastic for the imagination of a kid. There are 73 chapters which are fairly short but perfect for keeping the attention of younger readers. Some of my favourite parts of the book are the additional information sections that have been included. These range from a guide to the Exploricus and Orion’s family tree, to a Patalosh Pumpkin Pie recipe!
Once I got into the book I kept referring back to the front cover image and wondered why there were pumpkins on the front cover. This confused me for a while, until I reached chapter 41 and Orion describes how much the people of Patalosh love pumpkins and pumpkin pie.
The only thing about the book I didn’t quite like was the amount of characters that kept being introduced throughout the book and they were not being developed enough. I found it easy to forget them after a while.
The ending of the book I quite liked, it did seem to end with what I think would be further development for future books in the series. These I would love to read!
I would definitely re-read the book again one day. It was great fun! When I was a kid I would have loved to have found an adventure book like this one.
That is why I am giving Patalosh -The Time Travellers 4 stars out of 5.
Rachel xx
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Book Review: Missing Gretyl

I was given an electronic copy of Missing Gretyl: Only Fools and Trollops by the author Si Page to read on my Kindle. I thought it would be a very different book to try from my normal types of book, so was very excited to give it a go! I was not disappointed! 
The book is about Gretyl Trollop and her long suffering husband Albert, and the Soddall family. Their lives intertwine later on in the book and it was fun discovering how that happened! But for now I’ll tell you a little bit about the plot. 
Gretyl and Albert live in a block of flats in the East End, London, and Albert has a little garden allotment that is his escape from Gretyl. Gretyl spends her time going to car boots, collecting frogs, wearing wigs, complaining, acting like she has no money and generally annoying everyone she comes into contact with! She is an over the top character that you can’t help but learn to love.
The Soddall family are from an estate in Essex and are always looking to make quick easy money through some dodgy get rich scheme. They are Sharon, Dave and son Kevin who is the smart one in the family. Dave is on the look out for a “new scam to put them on the map” and they come up with a fantastic idea along with a crooked family friend, which eventually ends up involving Gretyl and Albert, Poncy Bridge and Marbella, but I don’t want to spoil that for you! You are in for a treat!
On a slightly negative note the book started off slow for me and took me a while to get into the character’s especially Gretyl. Who I didn’t really like at first but she grew on me with her eccentric and roguish ways, the further I got into the book. One of the best bits of the book is Gretyl’s waxing situation. I laughed so much it gave me stitches in my side!
Its an ideal read if you only read in small bursts which is what I did, as Its divided into little chapters that are easy to pick up. A book I will definitely read again! A very British sense of humour is needed for this book which will leave you laughing all the way till the end. A fantastic comedy novel from a brilliant writer!
You can also catch my review on Goodreads 
Rachel xx