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Things I Want My Daughters To Know – Elizabeth Noble

31 Jan


Started – 24/1/12

Finished – 27/1/12

Format – Paperback


Synopsis – ‘My beautiful girls. If you’ve read this, you’ll know it contains some – not all, but some – of the things I want my daughters to know. And the greatest of these is love …’How would you say goodbye to those you love most in the world?Barbara must say a final farewell to her four daughters. But how can she find the words? And how can she leave them when they each have so much growing up to do? There’s commitment-phobic Lisa. Brittle, unhappily married Jennifer. Free-spirited traveller Amanda. And teenage Hannah, stumbling her way towards adulthood.Barbara’s answer is to write each daughter a letter, finally expressing the hopes, fears, dreams and secrets she couldn’t always voice. These words will touch the girls in different – sometimes shocking – ways, unlocking emotions and passions to set them on their own journey of discovery through life.


My Thoughts – Wow, this book is such a tear jearker. I was in tears reading it within about 5 or 10 pages. It tells the story of a family who is devistated by cancer, and how it affects all the members of a family. The mother, who was dying of cancer wrote the four different daughters letters and this is told throughout the book.


These letters made me cry a lot. It made me realise that life is so precious, and also so short. You never know what be waiting round the corner for you, so live your life to the max.


The story was very easy to read and get into. I think this should go on my list of definitate books that you should read.


I cant actually say much more about this book, but it is very good.


Rating – 4/5



Thanks For The Memories – Cecelia Ahern

27 Dec

Synopsis – Lose yourself in the magical new novel from Cecelia Ahern – the No.1 bestselling author of PS, I Love You How can you know someone you’ve never met? Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn’t. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair. When she leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, Joyce moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of deja vu is overwhelming her and she can’t figure out why! Justin Hitchcock is divorced, lonely and restless. He arrives in Dublin to give a lecture on art and meets attractive doctor Sarah, who persuades him to donate blood. It’s the first thing to come straight from his heart in a long time. When Justin receives a basket of muffins with a note simply saying thank you,he is sure someone is playing a trick on him. But then a series of gifts begin to arrive. Intrigued and disturbed, Justin is determined to find out who is sending them. What he discovers will change his life forever.


My Thoughts – I am a huge fan of Cecelia Aherns books i find they never fail to disappoint and are always a good read. This book centres on Joyce, who through loosing a baby has to have a blood transfusion. In another part of Ireland, a lecturer gives blood in the hope of impressing a female doctor. Following on from that strange things keep on happening. I wont go into what happens as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone that wants to read it in the future.


I thought this book had a fantastic plot to it, it was a lovely story with an element of magic or something not all that normal thrown into it. A little bit like If You Could See Me Know. It makes a nice change to read something that has that sort of twist to it. Another thing that i liked was the story was told by the two main characters, Joyce and Justin, I always think its nice to get different perspectives within a book .


Cecelia Ahern has a beautiful way of writing and is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Although this book wasnt on the same level as PS I Love You or Where Rainbows End, it was still a fantastic storyline that i kept delving into. A really good book, highly recommended to anyone that hasn’t yet read it.


Rating – 4/5


Marshmallows for Breakfast – Dorothy Koomson

30 Oct

Synopsis – When Kendra Tamale returns to England from Australia she rents a room from Kyle, a divorced father of two, and begins a new job. She’s looking forward to a fresh start and simple life. Kyle’s five-year-old twins, Summer and Jaxon, have other ideas and quickly adopt Kendra as their new mother – mainly because she lets them eat marshmallows for breakfast. Kendra eventually becomes a part of their lives, even though she’s hiding a painful secret that makes her keep everyone – especially children – at arm’s length. Then Kendra bumps into the man who shares her awful secret, and things fall apart: she can’t sleep, she can’t eat, she’s suspended from work, and the kids are taken away by their mother. The only way to fix things is to confess to the terrible mistake she made all those years ago. But that’s something she swore never to do …

My Thoughts – To start with i was a little unsure about this book, as the first few pages didnt hook me too much. But I’m so glad that i perserved, because i ended up really liking this book. It centres on Kendra who is a little bit of a woman of mystery. She has moved back to England under a bit of a dark shadow. She ends up in the middle of a family and has to make choices.
Also, different points of veiw are spoken within this book which i really really liked. I also liked the length of the book, not too long and not too short. i was hooked when i picked up the book too.
I have a couple more books by this author and i cant wait to read them! A good, easy chick lit read.

Rating – 4/5

Where Rainbows End – Cecelia Ahern

25 Oct

Synopsis – The new novel from the number 1 bestselling author of PS, I Love You is a bittersweet tale of childhood friends Rosie and Alex whose relationship must survive many trials and tribulations, not least the discovery of their true feelings for one another. From naughty children to rebellious teenagers, Rosie and Alex have stuck by each other through thick and thin. But just as they’re discovering the joys of teenage nights on the town and dating disasters, they’re separated. Alex’s family moves from Dublin to America — and Alex goes with them. For good. Rosie’s lost without her best friend. But on the eve of her departure to join Alex in Boston, Rosie gets news that will change her life forever — and keep her at home in Ireland. Their magical connection sees them through the ups and downs of each other’s lives but neither of them knows whether their friendship can really survive the years and miles — as well as new relationships. And at the back of Rosie’s mind is whether they were meant to be more than just good friends all along. Misunderstandings, circumstances and sheer bad luck have kept them out of each others’ arms, but when presented with the ultimate opportunity, will they gamble everything — including their friendship — for true love? Destiny, Alex and Rosie discover, is a funny thing and fate isn’t quite done with them yet…

My Thoughts – This is the third book by Cecelia Ahern that i have read, the others being, If You Could See Me Know and of course P.S. I Love You. Both of these books were fantastic and i had high expectations of this book, and i have to say i wasnt disappointed. it is not like any other book that i have read as it is all written in notes, letters, faxes, emails, texts and answer phone messages. before i had read this book the format would have put me off, but it really really worked. The story spans 50 years, starting when the main characters are both 5 years old and continues until they are 50. It includes many of their relations and friends too, friends, daughters, sons, partners, husbands, wives, parents etc. I read most of this book in one night and once i had picked it up i couldnt put it down. It is a brilliant love story and shows the love between so many people. It kept me guessing until the end, and i actually almost cried too! Such a great book and highly recommended!

Rating 5/5

Victoria Line, Central Line – Maeve Binchy

23 Sep

Synopsis – At Notting Hill, a mysterious secretary harbours a secret on her journey to work; at Highbury and Islington, a young man has a sudden change of heart; while at Holborn, a disastrous reunion is about to take place…

From Green Park to Brixton, Shepherd’s Bush to Chancery Lane, the nameless faces travelling on the Tube each have their own tales to tell. In this vintage collection of stories, Maeve Binchy brings this cross-section of London society vividly to life with her unforgettable humour and compassion.

My Thoughts – This book was more like a collection of short stories than an actual novel, which i suppose in a way its true. Each chapter was a different story, just with one simple theme running through the chapter, the use of the tube in London. I really really enjoyed this book, I’m not normally a fan of short stories, but this theme actually worked for me. I would love to know if any of the stories had been carried on, a couple of the short stories would work well as full novels. This is the first Maeve Binchy Book i have read, and i would definitaly read more. i would actually read more in this format too, a real good book that has opened my mind up to more possiblities of reading 🙂

Rating 4/5

Forbidden Places – Penny Vincenzi

15 Aug

Synopsis – Forbidden Places is about love and marriage, families and secrets, and about wartime and what it does to every accepted social value. It is a story of three women and one family.

My Thoughts – This book is the second I have read by Penny Vincenzi. The plot centres on three women, and all the goings on within their particular family during the second world war. I did really enjoy this book, but a couple of things were slightly off putting for me.
To start with, their was a lot of main charaters, and quite a few lesser ones too. Luckily their was a list at the front of the book otherwise i would have become a lot more confused. it was interesting with so many people in the book, just a bit confusing sometimes!
Also, as with other books by this author, it was huge! Almost 650 pages and I’m actually surprised i read this within a week! I think pesonally i would have enjoyed it a bit more than i did if it was a hundred pages or so shorter than it was! All the parts that the women were deciding who to live with etc could have been cut out as these parts did annoy me slightly.

There were good points too, i love books that are set during world war two, its my favourite time period ever, and i always enjoy books set in this time. It was also very real on the realities of war, and what life was like for those that were left behind. All in all it was a good book, the only off putting thing was the sheer size of it!

I would read more by the author if i came across more books by her!

Rating – 4/5

The Other Woman’s Shoes – Adele Parks

26 Jul

Synopsis – Eliza and Martha are sisters. But that’s where the similarity ends.

Martha appears to have the perfect life: two lovely children and plenty of money. Eliza lives in a one-bedroom flat with her musician boyfriend Greg. When Eliza ditches Greg and turns up on her sister’s doorstep, she expects to be swallowed into the sanctuary of Martha’s warm loving home. But Martha’s husband has just announced he’s leaving. For good. Proving to both women that a wedding ring isn’t a life raft.

Then Martha meets Jack, who is everything she’s never wanted, whilst Eliza is dating dozens of men in hope of finding the perfect husband. Suddenly the sisters are faced with the same challenge- is there such as thing as the perfect love? or the perfect life?

My Thoughts – This is yet another chick lit book! It centres on two sisters who seem to want each others lives and as the story goes on, is the other ones life as perfect as it seems? i did enjoy the story however some parts of the story did seem quite unrealistic and not really true to real life. However, it was a good summer read, one that didnt require much thinking about. It was a book that was enjoyable time, but not one that i would read again or buy anymore like.

Rating – 2.5/5