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One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton

5 Stars

Genre: YA Romance

If you want to take a little vacation from life, get a copy of One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton. This book is like a little mini holiday. I got thoroughly caught up in the story and the magic of Rome.  The writing is so descriptive that you begin to feel as though you have experienced the sights and smells and sounds of Rome for yourself.

Take a quirky female lead and her equally cool sisters, throw in a family wedding, and your cousins swoon-worthy bestie, and top it off with a magical city and you have the perfect recipe for one fabulous summer read.

The pace was like a gentle stroll. No roller coasters, no cliff-hangers. Just a meander along the cobbled streets. While the story has a serious note, it is surprisingly sweet and carefree. It is essentially a tale of grief and healing.  Each girl is coming to terms with her loss in a different way, and the trip to Rome is helping them all heal and begin the slow process of moving forward. Luke is positively delicious, although I do question his potential as a partner considering his penchant for groping gorgeous girls in doorways (also that incident after the funeral – didn’t he have a girlfriend at the time?). The relationship between the 3 sisters was beautiful – I want sisters like them. I devoured this book and hope to see more from this author soon. A temperate and heartfelt tale that had me smiling and longing for a summer vacation.

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

May Wrap Up

Gosh May is gone already…. slow down please!

This month is a very short read list for me because i finally plucked up enough courage to tackle one big brutal beast of a book (A Little Life). It took me a lot longer than the average book to read so it is a brief wrap up this month.Here are the books i discovered in May.

TOBM The Tao of Bill Murray by Gavin Edwards – 3 stars – it was lighthearted and funny but not as hilarious as I was expecting.

SAA Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome-  5 stars – loved it. How did I never hear of this book series growing up? It is a wonderful adventure.

HUG The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 4 stars – an important work.

CLiff Cliff by Bailey Bradford (Leopard Spots book 12) – 3 stars – it was a decent instalment but it didn’t totally captivate me.

GT Guilt Trip by Kasey Edwards – 4 stars – a competition win for me that I really enjoyed.

mer Updrift by Errin Stevens (The Mer Chronicles book 1) – 3 stars – It was okay. I found the female lead to be insipid and weak though.

VP1 Run With the Moon by Bailey Bradford (Valens Pack book 1) – 3 stars – an enjoyable MM novella.

PW The Paris Wedding by Charlotte Nash – 3 starts – an ARC I received from the publisher. It was okay but I have to admit these types of stories have never held much appeal to me.

IMBM.jpg Ill Met By Moonlight by Stanley W Moss – 3.5 stars – It was good. A little dry, but perhaps I was just not in the right mood for this type of read.

WTNC When the Night Comes by Favel Parrett – 5 stars – Brilliant. A great Australian tale. Definitely one of my go-to authors now.

ALL1 A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara – 5 sobbing stars – heartbreaking. Beautiful. Transformative. Masterpiece.

After finally finishing A Little Life i need to go quietly sob in a corner somewhere. I definitely have to find myself a light easy read to fill my head as i am sure Jude and Willem will be occupying space for quite some time. If you haven’t read this book yet go get it. I always find it strange that we find books that completely destroy us but then we tell everyone they must go out and read it. Do we want everyone else to suffer like we have? It is a work of genius though, so well worth the pain.

Did you discover any new and wonderful stories in May? Tell me about them.

 

 

A Litte Life by Hanya Yanagihara Review

5 STARS

READ THIS BOOK. It will destroy you, but read it anyway!

If I had to pick a single word to describe this book I’m not sure I could.  Heartbreaking…. Yes.   Astonishing…. Yes.   Devastating… Yes.  Brilliant, Complex, Disturbing, Extraordinary, Unforgettable, Profound, Moving, Touching, Heartfelt, Compelling, Agonising, Beautiful, Hypnotic, Revelatory, Perfection…. Yes. It is all those things. It is all of those things and something extra. Something indefinable and unnameable.

It is the story of four friends that venture to New York after college. But really it is the story of Jude St Francis. He is the centre of gravity. He is the pivot point that all the others branch out from. But at the same time, every other character in the book is more than a side character. They are more than a supporting cast.

I can’t go into detail about Jude without spoiling it for those yet to discover this revelatory work, so I will try to keep it simple… As the layers of Jude are peeled back to the marrow and we discover all that his life has been, each layer is another heartbreak, each betrayal another moment of disbelief and horror. To have a childhood so mired by abuses in so many guises…. To have one after another of negative and blindingly brutal encounters….. My soul wept for him.  It is as though every male was a representation of the most evil and base personalities possible. How can one person encounter so much vileness? How can there have been no kind men that did not seek to use or abuse? How can he have never encountered any women in this time? If anyone needed some nurturing and affection it was Jude. How can one survive so much? I wept for him, even knowing he is not real. I wept because out there in the world there are many Judes with a story like this that are real.

This book shows the complete depravity that this world can offer. But, while it is infused with a sense of hopelessness, it is also flooded with moments of hope and sheer tenacity. It is a story of friendship, but also a story of love. Albeit an unconventional kind of love. Part of me wonders whether Judes issues when it came to intimate encounters with the person he loved may have been different if he was able to be in control? If he was the one topping, if the act was solely in his charge, would he have responded differently? He was always the one being used, the one the act was being thrust upon, and even when consenting, he was still submitting to something being done TO him. To live a life never knowing pleasure seems so sad. Even in Judes happier moments there is a veil of sadness and a sense of loneliness.

I love that each character in the book is fully fleshed. To the point that by the end you feel as though you know them all. Like they are all part of your inner circle. Each one has their own layers of sorrow, and their own moments of joy.  Each has their own identity.  I personally struggled to warm to JB, and Malcom and Richard both seemed less interesting to me.

The relationship between each of the characters is complex, but the most multifaceted is that between Willem and Jude (for me at least). It is, at its heart, a beautiful love story. I just really want to go give Jude a hug or 100. And Willem is just completely lovable.

Harold is one of my favourite characters. I find the struggle that they all share in regards to Judes method of release substantial. It really makes you question what you would do in that situation. A physical pain can help alleviate and deflect an emotional one. When considering his past in full by the end, can you blame him? Would you consider it mental illness or just the coping mechanism of someone stronger than you thought human endurance could be?

Towards the end you are thrown one big curveball. I spent most of the book emotionally preparing myself to say goodbye to one particular character only to lose an entirely different character before the final act (actually more than one, but to be honest the other didn’t throw me nearly as much). It left me wanting to go and quietly sob in a corner somewhere. I don’t know if I felt worse for the person we lost or the one left behind. I think both moved me greatly. The anguish pours off the pages. I love the moment with Harold and Julia where Jude realises he is being treated like a child and he is acting like one and, for the first time, he is actually being  allowed to be the child he never could be. I found that profoundly moving. And I am so happy with his decision regarding Loehmann. I was so angry at Jude for most of the book for not making even the slightest effort in that direction, so to see some sense of resolution there was good – better  late than never Jude, but how I wished it helped. I still feel a deep sadness for Jude.

Even though it is Harrowing, even though it is soul-bruising, it is a book that must be read. This is a book that seeps into the pores of your soul a little at a time so that you don’t notice it until it is in every cell of you. It is a heartrending and astonishingly beautiful work of genius. Transformative. A masterpiece.

April Wrap Up

How was your April? I hope you had a good one. I had a big scary milestone birthday that half my family forgot so mine didn’t go so well. But… the books of April did not let me down.

I managed 20 books this month (a good portion were novellas though). The standouts for me were: Six of Crows, 13 Reasons Why, and Traitor to the Throne. Although, i also have to mention the wonderful ARC I received of the book To Become A Whale due out in June. Well worth checking out. Below is the wrap up of all the wonderful tales I discovered in April.

TTTT.jpg Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton – Rebel of the Sands Book 2 – 5 Stars – I actually preferred this sequel to the first book. It had more depth and action. I love Jin, and his brothers are all complex and interesting characters. Looking forward to the next instalment.

WBM You are Wonderfully and Beautifully Made by Lola Brooks – 3 stars – it was a competition win for me. A cute kids story, but I am not a fan of the religious element.

gilbert.jpg Gilbert by Bailey Bradford – Leopard Spots Book 5 – 3 stars – A solid instalment in the m/m shapeshifter series.

FTW.jpg From the Wreck by Jane Rawson – 3 stars – Another competition win – it was a compelling read but I failed to connect to any of the characters, and the alien aspect was not my kind of story.

esa Esau by Bailey Bradford – Leopard Spots Book 6 – 3 stars – I liked the characters in this instalment and it continues the story well.

BAWlge To Become a Whale by Ben Hobson – 5 stars – I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. Absolutely loved it.  Destined to become an Australian modern classic.

sullivan Sullivan by Bailey Bradford – Leopard Spots Book 7 – 2 stars – it was okay, but not nearly as interesting as previous instalments – plus I really don’t like Sullivan’s mate at all.

MITHC.jpg The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick – 4 stars – my modern classic selection for April. It was very different to what I was expecting, but well written and plotted.

wesley Wesley by Bailey Bradford – Leopard Spots Book 8 – 3 stars – I like seeing more of the shaman, and the characters were more compelling.

13Rw13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher – 5 stars – absolutely loved it. Captivating from start to finish. But i do think it needs to be released with a new cover as i walked past this one a hundred times before picking it up after a recommendation. It needs a more engaging cover.

nisch.jpg Nischal by Bailey Bradford – Leopard Spots Book 9 – 2 stars – it was okay, but it felt disjointed at the start as it has nothing to do with the packs from previous instalments in the series, and it didn’t seem to fit into that world at all until the end.

SOC Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – 5 stars – a completely compelling world that you cannot help but get swept up in. Looking forward to seeing more Kaz and Inej soon.

The Song of the Wolf by Nalini Singh – 5 stars – a great short story complementing the Psy Changeling Series. Featuring Hawke. Can be found in her April newsletter.

ILHL The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – 4 stars – a fascinating medical biography.

justice Justice by Bailey Bradford – Leopard Spots Book 10 – 3 stars – a solid instalment, but i did feel like it finished just as it was really getting interesting between them. Feels unfinished.

SL The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami – 5 stars – a strange little book. Devourable.

1001.jpg 1001 Books to Read Before You Die by Peter Boxall – 4 stars – it is a good reference book but i feel like it’s impossible to release one of these books without everyone who reads it disagreeing on some books and adamant that others should have been included. I was no exception.

sabin.jpg Sabin by Bailey Bradford – Leopard Spots book 11 – 3 stars – an action packed instalment. My only complaint is that after the kidnapping it is basically all over with in a couple of paragraphs. It feels like that should have had more drama and taken longer to resolve.

slg.jpg Strange Little Girls by Various Authors – 3 stars – A solid collection of strange little stories.

mbm Marked by Midnight by Lara Adrian – Midnight Breed book 11.5 – 4 stars – a great action packed instalment in one of my favourite vampire romance series.Could have had more heat to it though.

YB You are a Badass by Jen Sincero – 4 stars – a fun and light motivational book.

 

Do you have some great books lined up for May? I am starting a book called The Tao of Bill Murray. I also hope to read at least one classic fiction and one non-fiction along with my usual novellas and a few fantasy thrown in. Maybe i’ll even be brave enough to start A Little Life that has been taunting me from the shelf all year!

Wishing you all a great month of reading ahead. May May bring you many adventures (both fictional and actual).

 

 

1001 books you must read before you die by Peter Boxall – review

Layout: 5 stars Content: 4 stars

Does anyone else think that these books are just impossible to agree with? I feel as though no one could flip through one of these types of books without having very strong opinions that some shouldn’t be included on the list, and some that are missing definitely should be on it.

In my mind, books are like art – subjective. Everyone takes something different away from a story. One person can think it’s the best thing they have ever read, the next can loathe every word.

While the 1001 books featured in this collection are probably all great books (I’ve only read 175 of them so I can’t be sure), I feel disappointed that some of my favourites didn’t make the list, and some that I disliked are included.

Why does every Jane Austen novel make the list but not a single work by Shakespeare? Lots of Virginia Woolf but no Dante.  I Robot and 2001 make the list representing sci-fi, but Dune or the Wizard of Earthsea don’t. Greats like Slaughterhouse Five, Ender Game, The Divine Comedy, The Power of One, Le Grand Meaulnes, A Moveable Feast, just to name a few – all missing. There are some of Coelho’s works, but not his most transcendent book – The Alchemist. Some Greene but not The End of the Affair. Some Murakami. but again not his most brilliant  –  Norwegian Wood? The edition I have was published in 2009 so some of my recent favourites would definitely not be there – but how did Harry Potter not get a mention – a global sensation loved by millions is not on the list. Is it not highbrow enough? Do only those considered erudite make the cut?

It is impossible to make a list that people won’t argue over and demand additions to. But there are many on the list that in my view pale in comparison to others that were left out. I adore this cover edition over any other released though. I have some serious reading to do to knock off the remainder of this 1001 collection.

Are there any books that you feel should always be included in a must read list?

 

To Become a Whale by Ben Hobson

Title: To Become a Whale

Author: Ben Hobson

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Release Date: June 2017

Rating: 5 Stars

I was lucky enough to be gifted an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher.

13 year old Sams mother has died. His father, who was previously away for long stretches and prone to spells of taciturnity, decides to take his son out to the whaling station he works at and toughen him up. Make a man out of the boy. Both are dealing with the loss of Sams mother. Both are trying to traverse this difficult melding of father and son.

It is partly a story about the process of grief, partly a father and son bonding tale, partly a coming of age narrative. Blended all together this is a dramatic literary debut that is set to be an Australian classic.

The story is set in the 60’s near Noosa and Moreton Bay in Queensland. It feels entirely authentic. The struggle for sweet gentle Sam to make himself feel part of the world of men in all its brutality feels genuine. I was unsure as to the boys motivation when he set out on his own, but it resonates well within the broader story. I was worried where it was going there for a while right near the end, but I have to admit I was very happy with the conclusion.

I loved the complex dynamics between the characters. I would like to have known more about the relationship with the grandparents. But overall the story had a realness to it that had me swept up in the tale until the end. A fantastic debut and a great piece of Australian literature.

March Wrap Up

It has been unseasonably hot and rainy here all March. It feels like tropical weather in Autumn. But rainy days means lots of reading time!

March was the month of the Novella for me. Thank goodness for novellas. I was in a little bit of a reading slump during February and i find that delving into a short novella is usually a good way for me to get back into the reading groove. What helps you get over a reading slump?

This month i read quite a lot (25), but there were a LOT of novellas in there. I did manage to fit in a couple of full length books, including a classic and a couple of longer non-fiction reads. So overall it was a good month of reading for me. Below is a run down of what i discovered this month.

rws.jpg Running with Scissors by L.A. Witt – 4 stars – a solid and enjoyable rock m/m romance

wan Wires and Nerve Vol.1 by Marissa Meyer  – 3 stars – a good graphic novel, but comics aren’t really my jam.

rslw Rick Steins Long Weekends cookbook – 4 stars – great recipes and nice photography throughout.

icck If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell – 3 stars – A decent actor bio but it didn’t thoroughly captivate me.

dbu The Distance Between Us by L.A. Witt – 2 stars – probably derserves more for the quality of the writing, but I just really don’t like stories that have a long term relationship flailing until they add a third person that reparis the relationship.

cah Chaps and Hope by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – Mossy Glenn Ranch Book 1- an interesting new m/m author find.

tdc Three dark crowns by Kandare Blake- 5 stars – it startred out slow and a little confusing with all the characters, but by the end I was hooked and am eagerly awaiting the sequel.

radRopes and  Dreams by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – Mossy Glenn Ranch book 2 – I am enjoying this series, but so far I feel like each book is leaving one part of the story untold, or one character/issue unresolved.

12 The twelve lives of Samuel Hawley by Hanna Tinti – 4 stars – A great story providing you can get past the gratuitous violence.

sam Saddles and Memories by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – Mossy Glenn Ranch book 3 – another decent instalment in this cowboy m/m romance series.

na Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – 3 stars – okay Ms Austen, I gave you a second chance but sadly I can’t get over my dislike of all things Jane. My year 12 english teacher ruined Austen for me.The cover is gorgeous though.

faf Fences and Freedom by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – Mossy Glenn Ranch book 4 – My least favourite characters so far, but still a decent story.

mfo Momo Freaks Out by Samone Bos – 4 stars – a fun, light and highly comical read. Love the super pop colours on the cover.

rar Riding and Regrets by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – Mossy Glenn Rnach book 5 – consistent with the rest of the series so far.

bnb Broncs and Bullies by Bailey Bradford – 4 stars – Mossy Glenn Ranch book 6 – another solid instalment in this m/m romance series.

ilf Ice like fire by Sara Raasch – 4 stars – Snow Like Ashes book 2  – a solid sequel. It only lost a star for me because of my devastation over Theron and that, since the very beginning, I always felt that the relationship with Mather was more like a brother – I can’t see him as a love inerest. I am hoping that in book 3 he realises that and ends up with someone else and then tey rescue Theron and bring him back to himself.

hah Hay and Heartbreak by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – Mossy Glenn Ranch book 7- not quite as compelling as the previous ones but still enjoyable.

Vav Vaqueros and Vigilence by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – Mossy Glenn Ranch book 8 – i have a habit of reading an entire series in quick succession!  I liked the characters in this one, but the author should have paid more attention to the editing process. In the beginning, when Joaquin thinks his name is Everett, the dialogue actually has him using the name Seb more than once. He doesn’t know he is Seb yet! Then a few pages later he is back to calling him Everett. This should have been caught in the editing round.

maestra Maestra by LS Hilton – 3 stars – I wanted to like it more than I did. I just struggled to accept that she went from one little “accident” to being a cold blooded killer for her own gain with not much struggle.

levi Levi by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars – Leopards Spots book 1 – a compelling addition to the paranormal m/m romance genre. It could have had a little more heat, but overall it had good structure.

oscar Oscar by Bailey Bradford – 3 stars -Leopards Spots book 2 – I like Oscar a lot. I find that the story starts a little fast – straight into them finding their mates – but I like the broader story progression so far.

KMS Keep Me Safe by Daniela Saverdoti – Seal Island Book 1 – 4.5 stars – a tender hearted read with a paranormal twist.

timothy Timothy by Bailey Bradford – Leopards Spots book 3 – 3 stars – an interesting addition to the series. I liked the idea of the spirit being able to leave if the person is undeserving of the gift.

isaiah.jpgIsaiah by Bailey Bradford – Leopards Spots book 4 – 3.5 stars – I found this one a little more interesting with the medical/vet aspect. I enjoyed the characters. A good instalment in the series.

AT.jpg Alone Together by Sherry Turkle – 3 stars – an interesting look at the changing world of technology and it effects on the human experience. A little too much focus on robotics for my liking though.

Okay so that’s my wrap-up. A little longer list than usual. I just started Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton for my first April read. What’s coming up on your TBR pile for April? Hope you all have a great month of reading.

 

 

High Season

5 stars

Title: High Season

Author: Jessica Whitman

Book 1 in The Polo Season series

Review:

Firstly I would like to thank the publisher for a promotional copy of this book.
I loved High Season!!!
Riveting, entrancing, a little bit racy, a little bit sweet all rolled into one glorious sporting package.
Sweet and lovely country vet Georgia Fellowes gets thrown into the glamorous and elite world of polo courtesy of her best friend and his need for relationship advice. A world filled with money, luxury, gorgeous thoroughbreds and equally gorgeous men. Amongst this powerful set of people she meets Alejandro – from a truly thoroughbred family line of polo royalty, he and his family and team need to win the seasons biggest tournament or their business might be done and dusted. Doing everything he can to ensure that he is at the top of his game and avoiding all distractions he really doesn’t need the complication of the sweet pretty diversion, doctore Fellowes.
I must admit that I did not expect to like this book as I am not usually a fan of books centred around sport, but this book had me from page 1 and I absolutely loved it.
Rippling with sexual tension and sparks from the get go. Alejandro is the perfect mix of broody and brash, with a bit of wounded heart thrown in for good measure. Georgia is a breath of fresh air in a world filled with such plastic vapid women who seek nothing more than the thrill of the chase and a fat bank book. I love that she made him buy Sugar for Temper. That was adorable. I was surprised to find that his family knew who her mother was and knew, more importantly, where she was.
I was a little mad at Alejandro for how he acted before arriving at the hospital, even though I understand his fears, it was a little cruel and heartless. I love that Valentina tells him to “go get her papi”. Touchingly tender and sweet at the end. 
I devoured this book and my only complaint is that it ended. I want more of Georgia and Alejandro. Thank you Allen & Unwin for introducing me to an addictive new series but now

 

Goodreads Synopsis:


World-renowned polo player and global face of Ralph Lauren, Nacho Figueras dives into the world of scandal and seduction with a new fiction series set in the glamorous, treacherous world of high-stakes polo competition.

Georgia never wanted to be a jetsetter. A plain old country vet was fine for her. But one distress call from her best friend and the next thing she knows she’s neck deep in the world of polo’s most elite international players–complete with designer dresses, fine champagne and some of the most gorgeous thoroughbreds she’s ever seen. Some of the most gorgeous men too…

Alejandro Del Campo needs his team to win the season’s biggest polo tournament or else he’s not sure how much longer they’re going to be in business. What he doesn’t need is some sassy new vet telling him how to run his business–and distracting him at every turn. But as they come closer and closer to the championship match, it soon becomes clear that Alejandro wants to win Georgia just as much as the tourney trophy. But can he ever convince her his world is where she truly belongs?

Keep Me Safe by Daniela Sacerdoti

4 stars

Review:

I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC of this book. I haven’t read any books by Daniela Sacerdoti before, but after this I will definitely be looking out for more of her works.

Keep Me Safe is a tender hearted read with an intriguing paranormal twist.

After a traumatic event, Anna’s daughter Ava goes silent for three days. When she finally emerges from her muteness she makes a disturbing revelation. She asks Anna where her other mother is, and declares she wants to go home. Home to a place she has never been, or seen, or heard of. But she has vivid memories of Seal and its beach. Memories that can’t possibly be hers. In order to unravel the mystery, Anna and Ava embark on a journey to a small Scottish Island. There they become invested in the locals and the landscape.

The islands inhabitants have their own past traumas to deal with, and as Ava and Anna become more enmeshed with the locals the recovery begins. There are small town secrets and paranormal oddities, crushes and love triangles. A great combination.

The characters are engaging, I especially like Sorren and Shuna. It resolves well and there is a feeling of healing and unity at its conclusion.

The only sticky point for me is that there were two characters that were in the background that I really would have liked to have heard more from during the story.

The pace and tone of the book have a softness to them that appeals to me. Definitely one for fans of stories with heart. If you like Nicholas Sparks type tales this one might be for you.

Keep Me Safe is book 1 in the Seal Island series. I am eagerly awaiting its sequel.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A lost girl shows a mother and her daughter their way home. Keep Me Safe is the much anticipated new novel from the author loved by over a million readers, Daniela Sacerdoti. Perfect for all fans of Nicholas Sparks and Cecelia Ahern. ‘Heartwarming and mysterious with great atmosphere’ Katie Fforde

When Anna’s partner walks away from their relationship, she is shattered. But it is her little girl Ava who takes it hardest of all. The six year old falls silent for three days. When she does speak, her words are troubling. Ava wants to go home. To a place called Seal. To her other mother.

Anna knows to unravel the mystery she must find Seal and take Ava there. She hopes this tiny island will unlock her daughter’s memories. But could it also offer a new life… and unexpected love… for Anna too?

I was hooked from the beginning, rooting for the mystery to be unravelled. Softly paced yet captivating. I loved Keep Me Safe’ Alice Peterson

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