Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Eloise by Judy Finnigan

The Blurb (from Amazon) 

She was a daughter, a wife, a mother. She was my friend. But what secrets did Eloise take to her grave?
After her best friend Eloise dies from breast cancer, Cathy is devastated. But then Cathy begins to have disturbing dreams that imply Eloise's death was not all it seems.
With a history of depression, Cathy is only just recovering from a nervous breakdown and her husband Chris, a psychiatrist, is acutely aware of his wife's mental frailty. When Cathy tells Chris of her suspicions about Eloise's death, as well as her ability to sense Eloise's spirit, Chris thinks she is losing her grip on reality once again.
Stung by her husband's scepticism, Cathy decides to explore Eloise's mysterious past, putting herself in danger as she finds herself drawn ever deeper into her friend's great - and tragic - secret.

Did I like it?

Quite a few people sighed when I said I had bought this book, "Not another celebrity bringing out a book they've written in five minutes." I knew that Judy had taken a long time writing this and she was passionate about her writing so I bought it anyway. Judy believes in life after death and this is something I have been discussing on my writing blog and it has made believe even more that there is something more out there.

I liked the main character, Cathy, she was devastated by the death of her friend although it was expected it was not expected to happen quite so soon or so suddenly.
Cathy's husband, Chris is a very unlikable man, he controls his wife, one minute sympathising and the next threatening divorce, but Cathy can't ignore the voice of her dead friend telling her she has to save her two children.
 I wanted Cathy to be stronger and ditch the horrible husband. The way his temperament changed so dramatically towards the end end of the book had me thinking he needed to visit a psychiatrist himself.
We meet Cathy and Chris's two teenage children as well as Ted, Eloise's husband, who had appeared to all to be an okay guy until the death of his wife.
 Juliana, mother of Eloise is slightly mysterious and looks to have secrets of her own.

Not only does Cathy hear the voice of Eloise, she also haunts her dreams making Cathy and her husband think she's having a breakdown again but when someone else sees Eloise too Cathy knows she has to help her departed friend.
I enjoyed reading this book, the descriptions of the Cornish coast were quite poetic at times and the story flowed well. Secrets were revealed that you never would have guessed and I love a good secret in a book.
Judy has done well with her first novel and I look forward to reading the next one.
**** for Eloise 
Eloise can be bought from any bookstore or
from Amazon for kindle here
At the moment the paperback on Amazon is cheaper than the kindle version.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

A Stitch In Time by Amanda James

The blurb (from Amazon)
 A stitch in time saves nine …or does it?
Sarah Yates is a thirty-something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos.

Then one evening the doorbell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time …

Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers?

Did I like it? 
The first book I reviewed on this blog was Amanda's first book, Righteous Exposure here 
When I heard her new book was out on kindle before the release of the paperback I just had to have it.
The only book I've read about time travel is The Time Traveller's Wife and I didn't finish it, I really will have to try again. But having been drawn to A Stitch in Time's the front cover I somehow just knew it was going to be a good read.
 I finished it in a day and at the end it left me wanting to know more about Sarah and John. The book did end well, as you know sometimes I'm a bit disappointed with endings, not with this one but I do want a sequel.
 It is very different from Amanda's first book and this shows what a good storyteller she is.
I fell a little in love with John, he was so funny and handsome and caring. Sarah had been dealt a bad hand romantically and I wanted everything to work out for her.
Amanda's explanation of why Sarah has to go back in time was believable and very clever and so is John's part in it. The stories of who Sarah had to help in  Sheffield during the blitz, the time of the suffragettes and American wild west are sewn together so well, we empathise with the characters and I was so glad that when Sarah returned to present day she and therefore we were given an update on those lives she changed.
Some parts had me laughing out loud especially when Sarah, while in 1913 rebels against the way women are treated as second class citizens she tells the upper class just what she thinks of them.
I don't want to give any more away, I can't recommend this book enough, read with wine and chocolate of course.
A Stitch in Time deserves more than ***** 
Published by Choc Lit For kindle now  on Amazon here 
Paperback published on  7th April pre order it here       

The Spanish Promise by Karen Swan

One of Spain’s richest men is dying. But as he prepares his estate, his family is shocked to discover he is making plans to give away ...