Duplicity by Lisa J Hobman book review

 

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Duplicity written and self-published by Lisa J Hobman is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Fin Hunter has spent his life striving for his father’s elusive love and approval by following a life path set out for him and not of his own choosing. However, when he is yet again blamed for something out of his control, he snaps. Deciding to stand on his own two feet, he chooses to follow his true passion – music. But will he find real happiness?

Star Mendoza is living her dream in Edinburgh, a place she discovered in British novels while growing up in a small USA town. Now working in a city coffee shop, the tattooed, pink-haired young woman fantasises about the handsome businessman she serves daily. He’s totally out of her league but a girl can dream. Suddenly he stops calling in only to show up again in the most unlikely of places. Could her fantasy now become a reality? Or is the attraction of opposites doomed to fail?

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I adored this story from Lisa J Hobman, her ninth contemporary romance novel.  Lisa’s words have a way of drawing you into the location of the storyline and the characters, I felt that I was there living the hopes and dreams and riding the waves of the emotions with the characters.  I also feel that Lisa is a great advocate for Scotland and its raw, natural beauty.  This particular story takes us to Edinburgh where we follow two particular people very different from each other who find a magnetic pull between them that keeps drawing them together.

Fin Hunter is a shy man who from a young age has tried to gain his parent’s love and attention and to please them.  Fin’s parents have had a great deal of guidance shall we say in his life, they persuaded him to take up law and work for the family firm and lined up a very suitable young lady for a wife for him.  The story starts when Fin is due to marry this suitable young lady.  Fin was petrified his life was running out of control, he was confused to how he truly felt about Elise, his bride to be.  When events don’t go to plan Fin starts to realise that maybe this is the jolt he needed to step back from his parents stronghold and stand on his own two feet and learn to experience life’s greatest adventure of finding true love.  With his professional and personal life in turmoil Fin finds solace with his friends at the local club, which so happens to be karaoke night.  Fin has always loved music, especially rock, through the bravado of alcohol Fin takes to the stage and literally rocks the place.  This shy, unassuming man turns into a rock god with a voice oozing sex appeal.  The audience love him and he catches the eye of a certain pink haired young woman.

Star Mendoza moved from America to live her dream of working and living in the city she read about in her favourite novels, Edinburgh.  Star is a very likeable young woman who loves to be individual with her style, which at present she is rocking a striking pink and blonde hair do.  Star loves working in the coffee shop especially when a shy, suited young man pops in for his daily caffeine fix.  Star is disappointed when she learns something about this young man and when he disappears for a while she is left forlorn.  However, seeing him at the club in a totally different light mesmerises her.  Like polar opposites the pair are attracted to each other.  However, Fin has a lot of personal heartache to deal with and is so confused with which way to turn and who to trust anymore.

Can this unlikely pair help each other overcome obstacles and help them learn to trust and find the true meaning of love?

This story was gloriously addictive.  I fell for Fin, the pressure he was under, his whole life was just so tragic, a childhood and now adulthood of lost opportunities.  When his double persona was unleashed it was exciting and quite captivating to watch him unfurl.  The chemistry between Fin and Star was felt in abundance and my heart broke for each hurdle they had to face.  A stunning, emotive story 5/5*

To find out more about Lisa J Hobman please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.lisajhobman.com/

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Home by Kate Hughes book review

 

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Home written and self-published by Kate Hughes is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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“You need to come and get my daughter. She’s not safe anymore.”

For Sophie, life with her daughter has never been easy. Rosie’s extreme autism has made her unpredictable and often difficult. Like most mothers though, her first instinct has always been to protect her child and keep her close. However, when Rosie’s escalating violence culminates in a terrifying incident at home, Sophie is faced with a choice that no parent ever wants to make. A choice that will inevitably plunge her into a set of unimaginable new circumstances which will test her to the limit.

A true test of a mother’s love.

Could you send your child away?

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This was such an insightful, poignant story about one family’s struggle coping with a severely autistic child.  As a mother I can appreciate children and their different temperaments but I have to hold my hand up and admit I’ve never truly understood the many ‘faces’ of a child with autism.  Even though this book is a work of fiction it was very eye opening with regards to autism and I feel it’s a book that everyone should read to try and go some way in understanding this very complex condition.

Single mum Sophie had been coping pretty well with her youngest daughter’s condition.  However, as Rosie was now 12 she was no longer the little girl that Sophie could protect when she was having a bad day.  Rosie was now quite a big girl and her ever increasing bad days were resulting in violent outbursts as Rosie struggled to contain her frustration with the world around her.  Sadly, Rosie lashed out with the people around her which were her loved ones resulting in many painful physical and emotional scars.  Life was getting tougher and tougher for Sophie when she knew her eldest daughter, her own mother and herself were at risk of injury around young Rosie.  Sophie had to make one of the most difficult decisions of her life, to find a more suitable place for Rosie to live that was safe and more catered for her growing needs.

We follow Sophie’s journey of making the right choice for her daughter Rosie.  The struggles with her own conscience and the emotional turmoil for the whole family.  There was a point in the story that I felt myself breathe a sigh of relief as I myself felt like some clarity had been made for all members of the family.  It was quite a humbling part in the storyline.  At the end of the novel I felt like the author had done justice to the storyline; it was insightful, poignant, hopeful and quite heart warming.  5/5*

I’d like to thank the author for writing such an insightful story and opening my eyes to a subject I wasn’t fully understanding.  Autism is a very complex condition that we need to be more aware of and Kate Hughes has given me a few steps in the right direction to help make me more comprehensive and accepting.

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Englishwoman in Manhattan by Jenny O’Brien book review

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Englishwoman in Manhattan written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available in ebook format NOW.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Englishwoman in Manhattan, the stand alone follow-up to Englishwoman in Paris.
Recently widowed Lady Cara Bachmeire has moved away from Paris and the world she once knew to New York in order to escape from the past, a past where she’s lost her husband, her career and nearly her life. She wasn’t expecting much and certainly not the peace and sanctuary of Gramercy Park. Gramercy Park, Manhattan’s best kept secret with its precious keys very much in the style of The Secret Garden.
Lawyer Matti Bianchi, second generation Italian/American is also in possession of a key to Gramercy Park. He’s also in possession of a musically gifted daughter who attends the prestigious academy for gifted musicians, the same academy Lady Cara has run away to when her career is taken away from her. But that’s not all Matti is. He’s also working for an asset stripping company and the next building on the list to be stripped just happens to be Lady Cara’s estranged step-mother’s Manor House in Berkshire.
Can Lady Cara find love for a second time and what about her career as one of the most talented concert pianists of her generation? And what about Matti? Is he just what he seems or…

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Lady Care Bachmeire is still grieving for her husband, it’s been two years since his untimely death.  She is also grieving for the life she had and the life she was promised.  The accident that took the life of her husbands has left Cara emotionally and physically scarred.  She is now working in New York as a music tutor in a private girl’s school.

Matti Bianchi is a single parent and lawyer in one of the most prestigious and cut-throat asset stripping firms in the city.  His teenage daughter has started teasing him about middle age spread and Matti starts jogging in Gramercy Park to appease his daughter.  Whilst back in his apartment that overlooks the park he spots a young woman with long auburn hair that he can’t help but be drawn to.  This young woman happens to be Cara and during a music performance at his daughter’s school he sees this mystery girl and makes the connection.

The school is running a trip to London with a select few of the girls and Evelyn, Matti’s daughter is invited.  As Matti has business in London he tags along with the school excursion. Cara and Matti are drawn together through mutual circumstances at first.  These moments give Matti time to get to know Cara but the pain from her past which is still evident is hard to conceal.

Cara is fighting with her emotions over Matti, is it too soon since her husband’s death to find and accept love again?  She is also fighting with her physical scars and what limitations it has left her with.  Can Cara place her belief in someone to help her with her scars both emotionally and physically?  Will Matti’s business involvement in London hinder his developing feelings for Cara?

This was a lovely story that was emotive with all the heart wrenching history from the characters still very evident.  It was also endearing, inspiring and romantic taking you on a journey of self-discovering, encouragement, lust and love.  Englishwoman in Manhattan is a standalone story in the ‘Englishwoman in’ series.  Characters from Englishwoman in Paris do crop up and to fully appreciate and enjoy the series I would encourage you to read both books in order.  You can find my review of an Englishwoman in Paris here.

To find out more about Jenny O’Brien please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com/

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Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

The Serial Dater’s Shopping List by Morgen Bailey book review

 

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31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?

Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend and ‘Health & Beauty’ colleague Donna, she knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts, and starts ticking them off as she meets Mr Could Be Right Except For, Mr Not Bad, Mr Oh My Goodness and Mr Oh So Very Wrong.

Follow the ups (there are a few) and downs (there are many) of the dating process and intertwined with her experiences, get to know her colleague and family, including her niece Lola who, apart from being an amazing storyteller, can eat ambidextrously whilst wearing a Princess glove puppet on her right hand, and Baby, William’s non-too-healthy African Grey parrot.

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I loved the premise of this story … 31 dates in 31 days what could go wrong?!  Izzy works for the local newspaper as a Technology Reviewer however, her latest assignment is completely out of her comfort zone.  She’s to register on the local dating agency and go on 31 different dates in 31 days and do a daily feedback article for the paper.  For single woman Izzy she is looking forward to this new challenge, to be paid to go out and have an expense budget too all sounds very exciting.

However, after some dates proving disastrous the end of the month can’t come quick enough for Izzy.  At the beginning of the month Izzy compiled her own ‘shopping list’ of what her ideal date would be like.  After each date though she referred back to her ‘shopping list’ and changes and additions were needed.

The author, Morgen Bailey, must have had such fun writing this novel.  It was witty and charming and very entertaining.  I loved the ‘shopping list’ and very often in life we need reminding not to judge a ‘book by the cover’ and sometimes ‘the one’ has been right in front of your face all the time, we just need to open our eyes and view things in a different light.  A great fun-filled romantic comedy 4/5*

To find out more about Morgen Bailey and her work please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.morgenbailey.wordpress.com

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/morgenwriteruk

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