Her Mother’s Daughter – Alice Fitzgerald

Book blurb:

“1980: Josephine flees her home in Ireland to start a new life in London – but can’t leave her traumatic childhood behind. 

Seventeen years and two children later, her sister calls: their mother is dying and wants to see Josephine. It’s a summons she can’t refuse…. 

1997: Ten-year-old Clare can’t wait for the summer holidays, when she will meet her grandparents in Ireland for the first time. She hopes this trip will put an end to her mum’s dark moods – and drinking. But family secrets can’t stay buried forever, and following revelations in Ireland, everything starts to unravel. Have Josephine and her daughter passed the point of no return?”

My thoughts:

Here is second review I am behind on and my tour of the uk takes me from Scotland onto England and Ireland, and this is a real heart wrencher. 

I keep having to remind myself that this is not a true story, it easily could be.

The main characters in this sorry tale are Josephine and her daughter Clare, lots of other minor rolls but this story revolves around them.

families are messy messy things and closure is a transparent and hard to grasp thing and all throughout this story, it’s something for both Josephine and Clare that seems to be just out of reach.

This might be a bit of a shorter review than normal, not because it wasn’t a good book, it was great but it was difficult subject matter with not alot of light at the end of the tunnel, I so wanted the best for all concerned, but it just never seem to happen.

The Narrator for this tale of woe is Caroline Lennon who does a fantastic job given the bleakness of the story she has to tell, the accents are spot on for every character and tells the story at a good pace.

So if you are looking for something bright and airy then this isn’t it, but don’t mishear me dear readers,for all the darkness contained with this story, the one thing I can say shines through brighter than anything is that Alice Fitzgerald and Caroline Lennon has managed to capture beautifully is the overwhelming humanity and frailty of everyone represented. A job that’s not always easy to do.

So if you want something not light and fluffy but something real then give this a listen.

you can buy it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07HWY4KNT/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1547724634&sr=8-1

Follow Alice here: @AliceFitzWrites

How I lose you – Kate McNaughton

Book blurb:

“When Eva and Adam fall into bed one Friday night, tired and happy after drinks with friends, they have their whole lives ahead of them. But their story ends on page twelve.

That’s no reason to stop reading though, because How I Lose You is a story told backwards – and it’s all the more warm, tender and moving because we know it is going to be interrupted. It’s a story Eva thought she knew – but as you and she will discover, it’s not just the ending of the story that she got wrong.”

My thoughts :

It is my pleasure to welcome Kate McNaughton to my blog and her debut novel “How I lose you”.

Where do I begin, there was so much packed into this 11 hour story, I have so many thoughts, I will try and make sense of them for you all.

First of all this story doesn’t play out in the normal way of beginning, the middle and the end.

Instead this turns everything on it’s head and tells you events from a point in time somewhere near the middle and goes backwards, this was a brilliant piece of writing.

The two characters, Adam and Eva, seemed so real I have to remind myself this is just a fictional story. Eva I immediately could get behind, Adam at first I found whiney and annoying but he slowly grew on me.

The story jumped between present and past frequently but it was easy to follow and didn’t leave me lost. This book shows how you think you know family, till you find out the truth.

In the same way I really enjoyed the past/present moves I also found the descriptions of London and later Berlin where the majority of Eva’s story takes place.

And speaking of Berlin, brings me nicely onto the teller of this amazing tale, Jessica Ball I found her narrative mesmerising I could close my eyes and in my mind picture everything she was describing, also she did a very good German accent, look forward to hearing more from her.

An all round amazing listen and a fantastic debut, easily one of my favourites of 2018, can’t wait to see what is to follow.

You can find it here : https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B07B1HNRXQ/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1522042707&sr=8-1

You can follow her on Twitter here : @katemcnaughton

The stolen child – Sanjida Kay

Book blurb:

Zoe and Ollie Morley tried for years to have a baby and couldn’t. They turned to adoption and their dreams came true when they were approved to adopt a little girl from birth. They named her Evie. In the days following Evie’s birth the new parents watch anxiously as their precious daughter struggles – she is battling the severe effects of the drugs her birth mother was addicted to.

Seven years later, the family has moved to Zoe’s native Yorkshire and grown in number: a wonderful surprise in the form of baby Ben, conceived naturally against the odds. Ollie is earning good money allowing Zoe to pursue her career as an artist. As a working mum it’s not easy, but Zoe has an exhibition coming up and her reputation is growing. Life is good.

But then Evie begins to receive letters and gifts. The sender claims to be her birth father. He has been looking for his daughter. And now he is coming to take her back….”

My Thoughts:

After a couple of audible resets a few hours in, i am happy to say i finally got to listen to this in its entirety and what a story i was.
I was immediately drawn into this family’s story,first the shiny look of domestic bliss then the scene is shattered and Zoe and Ollie to through something no family should have to face, their daughter goes missing.

Right from the outset i found myself invested in Zoe her brutally honest and frustrated search for answers,putting equal amounts of energy into protecting her remaining child while desperately searching for her lost one.

Her husband Ollie i really didn’t take to at all at first, his lack of interest in family life, his must work attitude I felt his heart was In the right place, even if his actions were not, but has the story progressed my understanding of him grew and slowly he grew on me.

The writing style was in such a way that even though I had never been to Ealing in Yorkshire i felt i knew the place and could picture the scenes and places as the story unfolded.

The narrator here was Helen Johns who did an excellent job of telling this story, each character came to life in my mind.

If you haven’t listened to this yet, I highly recommend it,nothing like a bit of home grown uk psychological thriller ,you won’t be disappointed.

You can find it here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Stolen-Child/dp/B01N39USAO/ref=la_B019E7380S_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521012308&sr=1-1&refinements=p_82%3AB019E7380S%2Cp_n_binding_browse-bin%3A308724031
You can follow her on Twitter: @sanjidakay
And her website is: http://www.sanjida.co.uk

#BlogTour# Meeting Lydia – Linda MacDonald

Meeting Lydia Audio

First off i am honoured to be included on the blog tour.

This was definitely outside my usual genre, I normally listen to crime and psychological Thrillers, so this was a welcome relief.

I feel like I was a fly on the wall in this story, it felt so real and life like, the scenes ran in my head like a mental film. I loved how I could picture it all taking place.

I felt for the main character Marianne from beginning right to the end, recounting stories from her past and experiences both good and bad. She lived the life we’ve all had at one time or another. Everyone can relate to school bullies unfortunately. All the other characters all fit in beautifully creating a well rounded and heartfelt story. I also really enjoyed how every other character fitted in perfectly.

The Narrator for this was, Harriet Carmichael, gave this story a beautiful voice, and  I would happily  listen to another narrated by her. You can find out more about Harriet below.

If you would like a change from your usual genre then this lighthearted yet emotional story is a great one.

You can buy it here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meeting-Lydia/dp/B01MXKO1BW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517251236&sr=8-1&keywords=meeting+lydia

You can find all about Harriet Carmichael here: About the Narrator

You can follow Linda MacDonald on Twitter here: 

Meeting Lydia Blog Tour Poster