The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Published May 25, 2014 by kerrysbookreviews

Jess is a struggling single mother living on the south coast. Making ends meet working two jobs to provide for Nicky, her loner stepson whose life is being made miserable by local bullies and Tanzie, her maths whiz daughter.

Ed has made a big mistake and is now being investigated by the FSA and has been advised to leave London for a while.

Nicky’s life is being made a living nightmare by local bullies for daring to be different. His long dark hair and mascara making him an easy target.

Tanzie is offered a scholarship in a top school. Jess knows this is a massive opportunity for Tanzie but there is now way she can afford the fees. That is until Tanzie is told of an Olympiad offering a £5000 prize. It seems all their prayers have been answered, but how will they get there. Jess cannot afford the train fares and the car sitting in the garage is untaxed, uninsured and barely even roadworthy.

Ed becomes an unlikely knight in shining armour and offers to take them and their huge bear of a dog to Scotland in his new car.

The journey begins and a tale of love, hurt, betrayal, fear, disappointment and hope unfolds with a few laughs and a few tears along the way. A real page-turner which proved difficult to put down.

If you liked Me Before You, you will love this brilliantly written hear warming tale.

Kings and Queens by Terry Tyler

Published May 10, 2014 by kerrysbookreviews

Having read all of Terry’s books to date I was really looking forward to her latest novel. I am pleased to say I was not disappointed.

This novel mirrors the life of Henry VIII (minus the beheadings!) and his six wives. Set between the years of 1971 – 2007 we see the life and marriages of Harry Lanchester, Chairman and MD of Lanchester Estates, a property developer firm inherited from his late father. We are told the story from the perspectives of each wife and also his life-long friend, Will.  

We follow Cathy, his first wife. Loyal and stubborn she was his longest serving wife, until the arrival of the stunningly beautiful and ballsy Annette Hever, a character you know you should hate but cant help but fall in love with. Sweet and caring Jenny, everyone’s favourite, bears him his first son before a tragic accident. Hannah comes along at the “right time” and Harry is soon back to his womanising ways. She is followed by gold-digger Keira, whose young head is turned by an older, richer man. The final section of the novel is dedicated final wife, Kate, two-times divorcee and psychiatric nurse.

I felt like I should dislike sexist and chauvinistic Harry but I couldn’t help but fall in love with the character. A true testament to Terry’s wonderful story telling.

The novel also ends neatly and paves the way for the sequel, which I for one am really looking forward to.

The novel ends neatly and paves the way for the sequel, which I for one am really looking forward to.

You don’t know the story of Henry VIII? No matter, Terry has put a helpful mini guide at the beginning of this book for those interested, though this book can be read without any prior knowledge of our most married monarch.

Cannot recommend this book enough.

How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern

Published May 4, 2014 by kerrysbookreviews

I have read most of Cecelia Ahern’s novels and I am yet to be disappointed.

Although the title may suggest a happy, fluffy love story, it is far from being the same old boy-meets-girl-falls-in-love-and-everyone-lives-happily-ever-after chick lit.

Yes, boy and girl do meet and yes there is indeed a love story running throughout but this is also a dark and moving tale.

What would you do if you saw a man threatening to throw himself from a bridge? Dial 999? Walk on by pretending not to have noticed? Stand with other onlookers waiting for the inevitable?

Christine Rose does none of these and instead decides to try and help this man. After managing to talk down the devastatingly attractive Adam from his place on the ledge she strikes a deal with him. She promises to show him how wonderful his life can be before his thirty-fifth birthday, in twelve days. He in return promises not to kill himself before then.

Christine starts on the journey not realising how serious Adam’s problems are, but she is determined not to give up on him.

Christine has other problems to deal with; an estranged husband, a bereaved friend and two less than sympathetic sisters and their father.

Cecelia Ahern’s talent for writing about believable and loveable characters really shines through in this latest novel and also managers to inject a little humour into what is ultimately a dark subject.

Highly recommended.

Dysfunctional Romance by Derick Hudson

Published April 18, 2014 by kerrysbookreviews

A laugh out loud read from the very first page.

When two OCD sufferers meet, semi-coincidently, nothing could possibly go wrong right? Wrong.

Unlucky in love Sandra Wiggins has just been dumped again. She’s single again and working in a less than glamorous job with a grumpy, old-before-his-time boss. Her only ally is Rebecca, her outspoken colleague.

Sandra’s OCD takes on the usual guise of obsessive cleanliness, only drinking from her luck glass and not walking on the cracks in pavements.

Equally, if not more, obsessive Barry Shaw works advertising company. Barry’s affliction is more complex. He doesn’t like his routine to be disrupted and hyperventilation is always a very real possibility. While out doing some “research” to help with his latest assignment – to advertise a minimising bra – he literally bumps into Sandra, due to his identical aversion to the cracks in pavements.

Barry can’t resist Sandra’s attitude, and handcuffs, and waits in the exact same spot at the very same time the very next day in the hope that the object of his desire will once again cross his path. Little does he know she is also planning to do the same having spent the afternoon thinking about the clumsy oaf that had literally knocked her off her feet.

So, in any good fairy story this would be the part where the pair fall madly in love and live happily ever after. However, this is not a fairy story and the happy every after has to wait a while.

Drama unfolds with every page.

This novel has everything you could ever wish for. A malfunctioning condom, two pregnancies, three babies, a wedding, a wayward lottery ticket, a dubious yet loveable fortune teller, a geriatric dog, two lovebirds and a pet turkey. You cannot fail to love this book. Well worth a read!

The Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan

Published April 5, 2014 by kerrysbookreviews

A lovely tale of (Natalie) hope. Natalie arrives on Scotland and within a month has changed the lives of five locals. Meredith a compulsive workaholic who is shown that family life is just as important as a career and is more enjoyable. Sophie – Meredith’s long suffering assistant is finally given the recognition she deserves and meets Jacob into the bargain. Jacob is down on his luck. He and his sister, Tabitha spent his childhood years in boarding schools. Now he has finished university he is struggling to find work, until Natalie offers him a job at Sugar and Spice. He discovers that Tabitha is expecting her first child and wants him to be the godfather. He meets and falls on love with Rebecca who has just split from a long-term boyfriend and lost her dream home. However, leaving her e-reader at home on charge one day proves to be life changing. The most heartwarming story has to be that of Stanley. Recently widowed, Stanley is dreading his first Christmas alone, until he is told about a group that meets daily. He meets people of similar age in the same position. The most beautiful part of Stanley’s story is when his grandson arrives in Scotland to get married on Loch Lomond so that Stanley can attend and spend Christmas day with friends and family.
A truly lovely novel which can be enjoyed at any time of year

Snow Escape – Roberta Goodman

Published April 5, 2014 by kerrysbookreviews

Ever considered online dating? This wonderful thriller could make you think twice. With a thick layer of snow already covering the city and the blizzard showing no signs of letting up Alexa resigns herself to the fact that she will be spending the weekend in her apartment with just Boots, her cat, for company. When she logs into the dating site and replies to a message things take a sinister turn. Things escalate quickly but is it just Alexa’s mind playing tricks or is someone really intent on harming her?
With so many complex characters this is a whodunnit that will keep you guessing to the very end.
This is the first novel ive read by this author but certainly wont be the last

Nine Lives by Terry Tyler

Published April 5, 2014 by kerrysbookreviews

Do you have a spare half hour? A quick coffee break or a boring commute ahead? Terry Tyler’s Nine Lives is perfect. Nine brilliantly written short stories, each one as different as the next. I am a big fan of Terry’s novels and wasn’t sure about a book of short stories as I usually prefer full length novels but. I was pleasantly surprised. Thoroughly enjoyed it