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ARC Book Review: Tell Me How It Ends by V.B. Grey

Title: Tell Me How It Ends

Author: V.B. Grey

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Quercus

Synopsis: Delia Maxwell is an international singing sensation, an icon of 1950s glamour who is still riding high in the new 60s scene. Adored by millions, all men want to be with her, all women want to be her. But one women wants it a little too much. Lily Brooks has watched her all her life, studying her music and on-stage mannerisms. Now she has a dream job as Delias assistant – but is there more to her attachment than an admiring fan. Private Investigator Frank is beginning to wonder. As Lily steps into the spotlight, and Delia encourages her ambitious protégée, Franks suspicion of Lily’s ulterior motives increase. But are his own feelings for Delia clouding his judgement? The truth is something far darker; the shocking result of years of pain and rage, rooted in Europe’s darkest hour. If Delia thought she had put her darkest hour behind her, she had better start watching her back.

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This was just one of those books that as soon as I started reading it, I knew I was going to love it. The setting, the story was just brilliant. It was captivating from start to finish. It had a certain charm to it, that V. B. Grey captures perfectly.

The first thing I’m going to talk about is when the book was set. It’s set in the late Fifties/early 60s and all it’s all about the music and film industry and it was delightful. It just had that old glamour feel to the book which made it so enjoyable. It’s full of details and facts about this time in the industry and it just made the novel for me. It really did.

This book is full of fantastic characters. I’m not sure I’ve ever met a nicer character than Delia. I wanted her to succeed, I wanted to be happy, I wanted her to be the big star she was and deserves to be. Even Lily, was the sort of villain of the book, wasn’t unlikable. You understood her reasoning, and then when bad things happen for her I also wanted her to succeed.

The book does get a little deeper when Delia past is revealed and Lily’s reasons why she’s doing what she’s doing, but I’m not going to go into too much detail was I don’t want to spoil it for you. But it gives the story real depth and backbone.

Overall, I would recommend this book. It’s a brilliant throwback to a time gone by, that’s full of mystery, intrigue and some fantastic characters.

Thank you to Ella at Quercus books for gifting me with a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out July 9th.

Until the next review

JTH

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ARC Book Review: Only You by Kate Eberlen

Title: Only You

Author: Kate Eberlen

Length: 432 pages

Publisher: Mantle Books

Synopsis: Letty and Alf are the only English speakers at an Italian class in Rome, where they discover the language that really connects them is dance: Letty’s first love was ballet, while Alf was a junior ballroom champion. They come from different worlds until the moment they waltz around the Piazza Navona, and everything changes. But one moment can’t change the past, and it’s clear that Alf and Letty still have their secrets. What caused them to leave their lives in England behind? And who, or what, are they running from? As their relationship happens, it becomes harder and harder to tell the truth. When the unthinkable happens, Letty returns to London and Alf to Blackpool. Will they spend their lives apart, or discover future together?

I’ll start by saying I loved this book. It really was the perfect escape for these troubling times. I got lost in this book and it was a joy to do so.

Spilt into three sections, we find the two main characters Letty and Alf in Rome, both leaving behind things they’d rather forget, then we find out the reason why the came to be in Rome, and finally how it all ends.

I love the Rome section, I wanted to be in Rome with them. Kaye made it feel like I was. It had beautiful descriptions. I loved all the knowledge of the monuments and buildings put into the novel. You can tell an Kate did her research and for me it really added to the book. This Rome part wasn’t done in a silly way and I loved it. Sometimes it can feel like teens running away or just a summer fling, but it was done so well it made the love story incredibly believeable. I want my own summer in Rome.

I also loved the love story. It was so well done. Like really well done. It was organic and believeable and just beautiful. I was rooting for them. I got that feeling in my stomach, so that’s how I know it’s a good love story. But boy did it end on a cliffhanger.

Section two got darker than I expected, but I liked it. It dealt with some serious issues. It definitely gave the characters a lot of depth and explained somethings that happened in the ‘present’ section. Alf and Letty were just the best characters to follow. They were both sweet, kind, flawed, confused and loveable. I wanted them to have their happy ending.

Then the last section, the section I read so fast because I needed to know if all my questions would be answered. And I can safely say they were. Now, I won’t tell you how. You’ll find out when you read it. Because trust me you won’t want to miss this book.

I said it earlier and I’ll say it again, this book really was the perfect escape and I loved it. You’ll fall in love with the characters, the setting and the story. It’s a perfectly written, sweet story. It’ll make you believe in love, break your heart, but I think it might just put it back together again.

Thank you so much to Mantle Books for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest, unbiased review. Its out now.

Until the next review

JTH