When your letter gets lost

The Lost Letters of William Woolf
Helen Cullen
Literary fiction, Contemporary
Michael Joseph
July 15, 2018
464

Lost letters have only one hope for survival . . . Inside the Dead Letters Depot in East London, William Woolf is one of thirty letter detectives who spend their days solving mysteries- Missing postcodes, illegible handwriting, rain-smudged ink, lost address labels, torn packages, forgotten street names - they are all the culprits of missed birthdays, broken hearts, unheard confessions, pointless accusations, unpaid bills and unanswered prayers. But when William discovers letters addressed simply to 'My Great Love', his work takes on new meaning. Written by a wistful woman to the soulmate she hasn't met yet, the missives capture William's heart in ways he didn't know possible, and soon he begins to wonder- Are these letters truly lost? Or might he be the intended recipient-could hebe her great love?

A slow burn story of the small (ish) lives we can allow ourselves to lead, where everything irritates and is no longer an amusing trait.

“was real romance just persevering when times were hard, hidden in the daily domestic rituals of a shared life.”

This element of the book was beautifully portrayed.

But.

Overall, I found the book to be slightly disappointing form the hype. I expected to love it and award it 5 stars, But I don’t and I haven’t.

A nice read but by the end I found the whole ‘Winter’ concept to be annoying especially after William ignored the big clue with the photographs. And I found the denouement unsatisfactory.

 

PS. 3 foot in size Grandfather clocks are known as Grandmother clocks! We have a beautiful one on our wall.

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With what intent?

Sinful Intent Book Cover Sinful Intent
Volume 1 (ALFA Investigations)
Chelle Bliss
contemporary, women's fiction, suspense,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(30 Mar. 2018)

Qualifications: Tough as nails, willing to play dirty, and a chiseled body...

When former Navy SEAL Morgan DeLuca joined the team at ALFA Investigations, he never imagined he'd find more than a job. But his first client was a drop-dead gorgeous, powerful businesswoman with a no-holds-barred attitude.

Never cross the line. That had always been his rule, but that was before Race True.

The moment he saw her, it was game over. After one touch, his take-what-I-want attitude had Morgan staking his claim and stopping at nothing until he made Race his.

I kept reading this book because I thought it must get better – After all the story premise (and author) was good. It didn’t.

It was intended to be sexy. And was written alternately by a male and then a female to give the alternative views of the situation. But it failed. They actually read like the same character.

And honestly, the office behaviour was just tacky. It was as though the author wanted to add in every type of ‘hot’ behaviour but wrote the scenes very badly. I skipped large chunks..

 

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Sunshine and the Summer is here?

Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café Book Cover Sunshine at the Comfort Food Café
Comfort Food Cafe #2
Debbie Johnson
Women’s Fiction, humour, contemporary
HarperImpulse
March 8, 2018
400

Return to the Comfort Food Cafe this spring for sunshine, smiles and plenty of truly scrumptious lemon drizzle cake. Perched on a windswept cliff on the stunning Dorset coast at what feels like the edge of the world, the cafe and its warm-hearted community are a haven for lost souls who happen to wander by with a heavy heart and a story to tell. Serving up the most delicious cream teas; beautifully baked breads, and carefully crafted cupcakes, there's nothing a cup of tea and a delicious treat won't fix. For tourists and locals alike, the ramshackle cafe overlooking the beach is a beacon of laughter, companionship, and security - a place like no other; a place that offers friendship as a daily special, and where a hearty welcome is always on the menu. So make yourself at home, catch up on the gossip with old friends, meet new ones and fall in love at the Comfort Food Cafe.

Here we journey into the world of Willow and learn why her hair is dyed pink, and why she keeps a journal.

This is a poignant story, sympathetically written with an empathetic look at how life is with someone with Alzheimer’s or indeed any form of dementia.

Willow is the owner of the most desirable dog in the village – at least according to all other dogs – and lives in a cottage on Frank’s farm with her mother.

Her 3 older siblings are scattered but she stayed home and now finds she can’t really leave her delightful, free-spirited mother due to her dementia. And so we learn about the constraints and emotional heartache that come with such circumstances.

 

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When your heart needs mending

The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae Book Cover The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae
Stephanie Butland
literary fiction, contemporary
Zaffre; 1 edition
(19 April 2018)

Ailsa Rae is learning how to live.

She's only a few months past the heart transplant that - just in time - saved her life. Life should be a joyful adventure. But . . .

Her relationship with her mother is at breaking point and she wants to find her father.
Have her friends left her behind?
And she's felt so helpless for so long that she's let polls on her blog make her decisions for her. She barely knows where to start on her own.

Then there's Lennox. Her best friend and one time lover. He was sick too. He didn't make it. And now she's supposed to face all of this without him.

But her new heart is a bold heart. 

She just needs to learn to listen to it . . 

A book that contrives to be both a serious and empathetic story about Ailsa and her life-defining illness, but at the same time is an uplifting and humorous tale of her struggles as both a blue and a pink heart.

Ailsa has a rare heart defect that could have killed her at birth but through surgical intervention she makes it through her life and even takes a degree, but in her mid-twenties it begins to fail. during the latter part of this period she begins a blog about her life and struggles as someone with a life-defining illness.

The excerpts in the book of her blueheart blog are wonderful and show just how difficult it can be to live when every day could be your last.

It also tells us clearly how difficult it is to have a successful romance under these circumstances and how believing in this romance has issues.

I liked the introduction of the tango as an illustration of this belief in Ailsa’s life and future development.

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Eternally Yours – Forever

Damned and Desperate Book Cover Damned and Desperate
Eternally Yours #3
Tara West
paranormal romance, demons and devils, angels
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
1 July 2017

*Warning, this book contains scenes of dead people having sex, only really sexy dead people, not zombies or sparkly vampires. Rest assured, no body parts fell off during the making of these sex scenes, just bras and undies, and no fangs or hammers were used during foreplay.**

My afterlife has sunk to a new level of desperate, all because some badass demon banished my friends to the fourth dimension of the fiery pit.
When I signed up for this rescue mission, nobody told me about the bugs, hives, and sweltering heat. That I could handle. Add to that a sinfully sexy boyfriend with serious ex-fiancée issues, three temperamental giants, a psychotic demon dentist, and a really hungry soul-sucking dragon, and this trip to Hell has become the trip from Hell.
And I forgot to pack my sunscreen.

Here I am reviewing the next books in this series.

#3 Damned and Desperate

I always thought that Heaven would be dull but Tara West’s version is anything but. You wake up with no kinks in your muscles, no aches, and shiny hair. And you have your own valet – who takes whichever form you like – to look after you. Only problem seems to be that you eat cheesecake all the time and it has a numbing effect on your emotions and memory if you eat too much!

At first I was all for it, but after a while I thought, maybe not. Perhaps the top level of purgatory might be better where you have a job and friends and…

But first you have to rescue everyone who for various reasons has fallen into Hell and needs some serious ‘angel’ help to get back up the ladders.

This is a great fun and humourous series that I’m thoroughly enjoying.  Tara West has a wild imagination…

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