Book Round Up #4

Book Review, fiction, ya, contemporary, Lost for words, the housekeeper, letters to the lost

I thought it was about time that I did another book round up.  This one consists of mostly brand new books and I can't wait to tell you about them...Although there is a sneck peek in the picture of a book that isn't coming out until summer time due to me getting my publication dates mixed up...ahh, but look out for that review in July!

This is only a small amount of the new books I've read though as most of them are coming out on my birthday, May 4th, which is like the best birthday present ever, right?  So I'm going to do a big book review post on my birthday next week and it's going to feature probably my favourite book I've read all year in it...exciting!

So on to the reviews....

1.  The Housekeeper* by Suellen Dainty
"When Anne Morgan’s successful boyfriend—who also happens to be her boss—leaves her for another woman, Anne finds herself in desperate need of a new job and a quiet place to recover. Meanwhile, her celebrity idol, Emma Helmsley (England’s answer to Martha Stewart), is in need of a housekeeper, an opportunity which seems too good to be true.
Through her books, website, and blog, Emma Helmsley advises her devoted followers on how to live a balanced life in a hectic world. Her husband, Rob, is a high profile academic, and her children, Jake and Lily, are well-adjusted teenagers. On the surface, they are the perfect family. But Anne soon finds herself intimately ensconced in the Helmsley’s dirty laundry, both literally and figuratively. Underneath the dust, grime, and whimsical clutter, everyone has a secret to hide and Anne’s own disturbing past threatens to unhinge everything."

This was a really mesmerising book.  The way it was written and the use of language just really had me captivated from the start.  I was a little anxious to start reading it as the press I'd read about it said it was a thriller and I'm a big scaredy cat and really don't do well with on the edge of your seat thrillers but I was totally fine with this.  I honestly wouldn't class it as a traditional thriller more of a intense, suspenseful read.  I loved the story, I thought it was so relevant to the times that we live in now with the whole 'internet celebrity' type situation that is going on.  I loved how pacey the story was too, I was constantly kept on my toes with the story.

This would be perfect for you if you like a contemporary read but with a really intriguing and edgy plot with a hint of mystery too.

P.S Can we take a minute to just look at how crazy beautiful the cover is too, ahh so pretty!

You can buy the book on Amazon and also get it on kindle for only £3.99.

2.  If Ever I Fall* By  S.D Robertson
"Dan’s life has fallen apart at the seams. He’s lost his house, his job is on the line, and now he’s going to lose his family too. All he’s ever wanted is to keep them together, but is everything beyond repair?
Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered. Nights are spent trying to hold terrible memories at bay, to escape the pain that threatens to engulf her.
Jack wakes up confused and alone. He doesn’t know who he is, how he got there, or why he finds himself on a deserted clifftop, but will piecing together the past leave him a broken man?
In the face of real tragedy, can these three people find a way to reconcile their past with a new future? And is love enough to carry them through?"

This  story really took me by surprise.  It's written in such a unique way and I loved how fresh and powerful the writing felt.  I thought the way that the characters and their stories were told was just so beautiful.
I wouldn't recommend it if your looking for a happy-go-lucky summer read as its got some hard hitting and deep subject matters going on that will definitely pull at your heartstrings. 
But if you like your contemporary fiction with a big slab of drama and real life then this is a must for you. 
The characters and story really did stay with me for a while after I had finished the book and I think it's one that so many of you will really, really enjoy!

You can buy the book on Amazon and you can also get it on Kindle at the moment for only £1.99

3.  Letters To The Lost* by Brigid Kemmerer
"Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-travelling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.
Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.
When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart."

I really, really liked this book.  My first impression of it was that it was going to be maybe a little sad and depressing which is just not the type of book for me really but I was so surprised as it wasn't like that at all.
I liked how the story went differently to what I expected.  The author sort of takes you one way with the story then twists it in a completely different direction which I loved so much.

I love a 'letter-writing-to-mystery-person' theme in a story nearly as much as I love a road trip book so the letter writing in this book made me super happy.  I think it just adds such a great dimension to the book.

I would definitely recommend this to you if you just really love contemporary YA fiction as its just a really great example of that but it does have a bit of a deeper story hidden in there too.

You can buy the book on Wordery and get free delivery too.

4.  Lost For Words* by Stephanie Butland
"Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never show you.
Into her refuge - the York book emporium where she works - come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories.
Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past and she can't hide any longer. She must decide who around her she can trust. Can she find the courage to right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she ever find the words to tell her own story?"

So I'm just going to go ahead and say if you love books, just read this one.  Seriously, its beautiful and sweet and comforting and heartfelt.  It's a stunning book, written in such a lyrical way that just makes you want to keep turning the page, I finished it in no time at all!

This really is a book written for book lovers, it has all the charm you could ever want.  It captures the feeling you get when you spend hours in a bookshop scanning the shelves, it really is such a wonderful read.

The story is really thought provoking and emotional but its mostly just warm, like a big cosy hug.  This is a book that you will want to curl up and read and not stop until you find out more about Loveday and her life.

You can buy the book on Amazon now

I really hope you enjoyed the reviews and find a new book to fall in love with...

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