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Book Review… Between the Lines by Sally Morgan

Author: Sally Morgan

Title: Between the Lines

Publisher: Carina Press

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 out 5

This is the first book I’ve read by Sally Malcolm, and it will not be the last. I read this book in a couple of days, couldn’t put it down and still wanted more. A lovely story.

Theo Wishart has given up on finding love. Luca Moretti doesn’t want to find it. A handful of summer days may change their lives forever – if they’re brave enough to read between the lines. Eyes might be windows to the soul, but for Theo Wishart they’re all shuttered. His dyspraxia makes it hard to read people. He doesn’t do relationships and he certainly doesn’t do the great outdoors. Two weeks spent “embracing beach life” while he tries to close the deal on a once great, now fading seaside hotel is a special kind of hell. Until Luca. Gorgeous, unreachable Luca. Luca Moretti travels light, avoiding all the romantic entanglements. Estranged from his parents, he vows this will be his last trip home to New Milton. His family’s hotel is on the verge of ruin and there’s nothing Luca can do to save it. He’s given up on the Majestic, he’s given up on his family and he’s given up on his future. Until Theo. Prickly, captivating Theo. No mushy feelings, no expectations, and no drama – that’s the deal. A simple summer fling. And it suits them both just fine. But as the summer wanes and their feelings deepen, its clear to everyone around them that Theo and Luca are falling in love. What will it take for them to admit it to themselves- and each other?

“And its so easy to make mistakes, to think you know what someone wants when the truth is they don’t want you at all.”

This is a sweet, charming, classic yet modern love story. The two main characters begin a slow-burn romance that is a pleasure to read. The love story is beautifully written, it’s filled with sweetness, laughs and passion. Also, the family dynamics are really well written, you get just as involved with the tumultuous relationships each main characters has with their parents, as they do with each other, which makes it an interesting read.

Now, when it comes to the plot I have to say, it’s pretty predictable. You can guess from the beginning what story is going to unfold. This doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable, it’s just means there aren’t many surprises to come. I loved the ending though, it was cinematic and I could easily see it on the big screen. I didn’t want their love story to end.

I will always enjoy a book that has great representation of the LGBT community and this book does just that. I believe it will give young teens reading it hope for the future to read a love story like this. It also has great presentation of dyspraxia, which I had never heard of, it handles it in a delicate and truthful way.

So if you like a good LGBT romance, love story, or a light read with a lot of heart then this is the book for you. I hope there’s more from Sally Malcolm to follow.

This book was given to me by Netgalley and Carina Press in return for an honest review.

Until the next review.

JTH

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Book Review… The Death of a Batchelor by M.A. Hinkle

Author: M.A. Hinkle

Title: Death of a Batchelor

Length: 293pages

Publisher: NineStar Press

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 out of 5

This is the first book I’ve read by this Author so I didn’t know to expect and I was pleasantly surprised. There are more books to come in this series ( Cherrywood Grove) and I’ll certainly be reading those.

Cathal Kinnery is an arrogant, over educated jerk, and Damon Eglamore is not afraid to tell him so. But Damon married Cathal’s best friend, so they have an uneasy truce. Then she passes away. Now they’re stuck together in close quarters, trying to honour her memory without shouting at each other all time. At first, they have no idea how to move forward. Damon is a chef, but all his favourite recipes remind him of his late wife. Cathal would love to start tomcatting around town again, except for that annoying promise he made to his best friend about looking after Damon. Then Damon’s son comes to them for help, convinced the only way to win over his first crush is a gender-bending Shakespeare production. After that, Cathal talks Damon into taking up baking as a new way to use his talents. Next thing they know, they’ve begun a new life working as a team instead of jumping down each other’s throats. But can they trust each other long enough to make it last, or will they fall into old bad habits again?

‘ The naked grief on Damon’s face was too much like what he saw in the middle of the night, when he tried to fall asleep but made the mistake of remembering who decorated the guest bedroom he slept in, picked out the watercolour of a unicorn that hung over his bed and the duvet set covered in gamboling kittens.’

The first half of this book deals with loss and grief, in which I think, is a very real and honest way. You see the three main characters coming to terms with their loss, each in their own way and you really feel for them. Isn’t this not a testament to great writing?

The second half of the book, turns into a sweet, romantic love story. After dealing with grief in the first half of the book you wouldn’t think the love story is coming, but it’s written in such real and honest way that it’s totally believable. Again, is this not a testament to great writing?

It’s a sweet and subtle romance, so there aren’t any twist and turns or shocks in the plot. But it moves along nicely enough to keep you interested and it’s filled with a bit of intrigue to see if Cathal and Damon fall in love.

The characters and the writing in ‘Death of a Batchelor’ are great representations of they LGBT community. Its not a big deal that anyone is gay, it’s just the telling of a good old romance for the modern times.

I have to say thank you to Netgalley and NineStar Press for giving an advice copy of this book for an honest review. The paperback is out now and the ebook comes out October 29th.

So, if you like LGBT fiction or a good romance or a book to make you chuckle this is the book for you. Comment and let me know if you like the sound of this book or plan to read it.

Until the next review

JTH

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Some News! And reviews to come…

I have joined Netgalley. This is such an exciting thing for me! I hope to be given books to review and recommend. It’s such a exciting opportunity. I can’t wait. I’ve requested a few books so far, and I’ve been lucky enough to get an advanced readers copy of Death of a Batchelor by M.A. Hinkle

Reviews to come soon…

Death of a Batchelor by M.A. Hinkle

Sweater and Cigarettes by Mika Fox

Salt to the Sea by Rita Sepetys

The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies

Honesty by Seth King

Until next time

JTH

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Review… The Beekeeper’s Promise by Fiona Valpy

Author: Fiona Valpy

Title: The Beekeeper’s Promise

Length: 303 pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

This is the first book, I’ve read by Fiona Valpy(it certainly won’t be the last)and I have to say I loved it.

Fiona tells the story of two women, Eliane set in the Second World War and Abi, set in 2017 who’s trying to overcome a personal tragedy of her own. Eliane’s story is the struggle of her coping with the effects of the Nazis occupying the town she lives in and how she, along with her family and a few others, fight back in their own way. Meanwhile Abi, has gone to France to recover from a personal tragedy (that I won’t spoil) and gets offered an opportunity that’s too hard to pass up and hears a story that keeps her hooked.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. I was hooked from start, although it took me a little longer to get into Eliane’s story than Abi’s, but once I did I devoured both. Fiona weaves these stories seamlessly and intriguingly. And I couldn’t wait to see how it was going finish and what happened to each character.

This book is so well written, proving what a great writer Fiona Valpy is. Fiona manages to capture the horror and despair of the Second World War whilst keep it honest and hopeful, showing what a great story teller she it.

So, if you’re looking for a new historical fiction book to read or in-fact just a good book, then this is the book for you.

Until the next review…

JTH

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Review… The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Book The Secret Life of Bees

Author Sue Monk Kidd

Length 374pgs

Publisher Headline Review (GB)

This might just be my favourite book of all time. I’m going to tell you how I came across this book. I happened to be watching TV one day, the Oprah show was on and the cast of the movie were making an appearance talking about the film adaptation. Then coincidentally the film happened to be on TV that night and I watched it, loved it and immediately thought I need to read this book. Now I hadn’t read a book in a long time, I’m talking years, and this wonderful book restarted my love for reading. That’s how special this book is to me. It’s all down to Sue Monk Kidd’s ability to tell a story.

‘It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening.’

The story revolves around a young girl named Lily who runs away from her abusive father, along with a black maid named Rosaleen after she gets beaten and arrested for trying to vote, they end up staying with the three black women who Lily’s dead mother had stayed with many years before.

As I said before, Sue Monk Kidd can tell a story like no other. Her writing is spectacular. She makes you feel like you’re part of the story, alongside the characters and that you’re in the time the novel is set which is the civil rights period, which Sue manages to write with such depth and compassion yet the truth and horror it deserves.

The characters will truly stay with you after you’ve finished this book. Even the house has character, a house I’d really love to visit. Sue manages to give the characters such depth and compassion, you feel like you know them. You can feel the relationship growing between and the relationships that already exist blossom. You care for these characters like they’re members of your own family. Sue creates one of my favourite characters of all time called August, who to be honest I’d love to meet. This is all testament to Sue Monk Kidds writing.

I’m not going to give away any spoilers but in this book there is the most heartbreaking twist, that I didn’t see coming but that also makes perfect sense. You’ll be thinking about it for days. You’ll feel the emotions with the characters. Again this is all just another demonstration of Sue’s genius writing and storytelling.

So, if you love good books that are full of heart, compassion, great writing and character and history we can never hear enough about, then I suggest you pick up this wonderful book. Comment and let me know guys if you love this book (or don’t).

Until the next review

JTH