Saturday, 25 July 2015

My Sister's Secret by Tracy Buchanan


Everything you're built your life on is a lie.
Willow’s memories of her parents are sun-drenched and full of smiles, love and laughter. But a mysterious invitation to a photographic exhibition exposes a secret that’s been buried since a tragic accident years ago.
Willow is forced to question everything she knew about Charity, her late mother, and Hope, the aunt she’s lived with since she was a child.
How was the enigmatic photographer connected to Willow’s parents? Why will Hope not break her silence?
Willow cannot move forward in her life without answers. But who can she really trust? Because no one has been telling the truth for a very long time.






I'm delighted to be a stop on the Avon blog tour for Tracy Buchanan's new book, My Sister's Secret,  If you haven't read her first book,The Altas of Us then you are missing a great story. I have been waiting for this one and it didn't disappoint.
The story begins in 1977  with three sisters,Faith,Hope and Charity. We hear of their dreams for the future,of finding submerged forests around the world and diving down to explore them. Faith is the one who has this dream but her sisters agree they will go with her too. 
Quickly we are introduced to Willow in present day. She is Charity's daughter. Her parents have died in a tragic accident and her Aunt Hope has taken care of her. Willow wants to dive to the submerged forests in memory of her mother.
The book jumps back and forward from Willow's present day story to the story of the three sisters. Full of secrets and intrigue but Willow is determined to find out the truth about her parents. Aunt Hope seems distant and not much help but what is she not telling Willow? 
There's not much more I can tell you of this story without giving away spoilers. There are twists and turns in every chapter. 
I found it sad reading about Charity while knowing she loses her life,it really tugged at my heartstrings. 
We learn about this in the first chapter so I'm not giving anything away. I liked all the characters in the book apart from Dan and his manipulative wife Lana but the author made sure she gets her just desserts.
An enjoyable book and quite the page turner. Tracy Buchanan is fast becoming a favourite of mine and I'm already looking forward to her next offering. 
At the time of writing this My Sister's Secret is 99p for kindle download but please check in case it's changed.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/My-Sisters-Secret-Tracy-Buchanan-ebook/dp/B00YGCMQP0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436426015&sr=8-1&keywords=My+sister%27s+secret


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan







 Lily Fitzpatrick loves vintage clothes - made all the more precious because they were once owned and loved by another woman. Thousands follow her vintage fashion blog and her daily Instagram feed. But this passion for the beautiful clothes of the past is about to have unforeseen consequences, when Lily stumbles upon the story of a 1950s New York beauty, who was not only everything Lily longs to be, but also shares Lily's surname. 
Joy Fitzpatrick was a legend. But what was the famous dress which she once commissioned - said to be so original that nothing in couture would ever match it again? What happened to it - and why did Joy suddenly disappear from New York high society? 
Kate Kerrigan's enthralling novel interweaves the dramatic story of Joy, the beautiful but tortured socialite and that of Lily - determined to uncover the truth and, if possible, bring back to life the legendary dress itself. 




I'm still wiping the tears from my eyes after reading this book that had me hooked from the prologue and even before that with the stunning front cover.
The story is set in London in the present day and we meet Lily, a dress designer who has given up designing for wearing and selling vintage clothes.
While tracing her family history she comes across a photograph of a dress designed in the fifties for an American socialite and is determind to re- create it.
We fall seamlessly into the fifties and the story of Joy who wore the dress and Honor who made it. Attached to them is Lily's great uncle,Francis Fitzpatrick who Lily has just found out about.
As we move between the two stories I became drawn into their lives. Each of the characters in the fifties story had their good and bad points. One minute I loved them and the next I disliked them. I felt particularly let down by Francis or Frank. I thought he would turn out to be a really good man but I'm not so sure that he did.
Joy became a flawed character and then redeemed herself and as for Honour, she discovered what happens when you let yourself be manipulated and go against your inner voice.
The story of Lily was every bit as good and I loved the ending.
I loved this book and couldn't put it down.

The Dress by Kate Kerrigan is  available for kindle or in hardback

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Cover Reveal for My Sister's Secret by Tracy Buchanan

I'm so excited to be one of the bloggers taking part tonight in the cover reveal for Tracy Buchanan's new book My Sister's Secret.
The cover is full of mystery which makes you want to turn the pages and read on.





Willow’s memories of her parents are sun-drenched and full of smiles, love and laughter. But a mysterious invitation to a photographic exhibition exposes a secret that’s been buried since a tragic accident years ago.

Willow is forced to question everything she knew about Charity, her late mother, and Hope, the aunt she’s lived with since she was a child.

How was the enigmatic photographer connected to Willow’s parents? Why will Hope not break her silence?

Willow cannot move forward in her life without answers. But who can she really trust? Because no one has been telling the truth for a very long time.


I've been waiting for this book since finishing Tracy's debut novel The Atlas of Us which I loved.

My review for My Sister's Secret will be online as part of the blog tour on 24 th July.

The kindle book can be pre ordered at Amazon for 99p it will be out on 21 st July followed by the paperback.