The Boyfriend Swap Review

The Boyfriend Swap

By Meredith Schorr

Genre: Chick lit, romance

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I received this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it. This is a sweet, romantic chick lit. Robyn is dreading bringing home another artistic type boyfriend- Perry. Robyn’s parents want her to date someone with a 401k and a steady job. Meanwhile, Sidney knows her holidays with be filled with nothing but “talking shop” if she brings home Will, her lawyer boyfriend, to her lawyer dad. When Sidney and Robyn meet, Sidney proposes that they switch boyfriends for the holidays.

Sidney’s boyfriend turns out to be the guy Robyn had a major crush on in high school. All those feelings start coming back. Perry is driving Sidney crazy with his antics. She is shocked by how much he charms her family. The boyfriend swap is starting to look like a bad idea, but it’s too late now!

I liked that all 4 main characters were so different, but likeable on their own ways. The female characters especially learned a lot about themselves and their love lives through the boyfriend swap. I love seeing character development! The story was well-written and definitely kept my interest. The pace was good. Half of the story was predictable, which is pretty typical of chick lit, but the other half was not, which was a welcome surprise. I enjoyed this book and have no real complaints. Would highly recommend to fans of romantic chick lit!

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The Girl in the Mirror Review

The Girl in the Mirror

By Cathy Glass

Genre-Women’s fiction, true story

3 out of 5 singing chickadees!

Cathy Glass’s best books are tales of her fostering. Unfortunately, this story wasn’t that. This is the story of a young woman who used to stay at her aunt and uncle’s every summer and suddenly wasn’t allowed to go anymore. She goes back to the house for the first time in over 10 years to help nurse her dying grandfather. While there, pieces of her memory return to her until she finally remembers the horrific event.

This story could’ve been much shorter. There were a lot of unnecessary day-to-day details added in. That is pretty common in Glass’s books, but I don’t mind it as much in her fostering ones. The unnecessary details made the story move pretty slowly.

I liked the main character and thought the plot was interesting. It would’ve been better as a novella than a full-length novel. Definitely 3 out of 5 stars. Not bad, not great. An okay book.

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Love, Life, and Dreams: A Cocktail of Five Short Stories

Love, Life, and Dreams: A Cocktail of Five Short Stories

By Rebekah Louise

Genre: Chick lit, Women’s Fiction

3 out of 5 chickadees singing! I received this book from the author and am voluntarily reviewing it. These stories were fun, little reads. Some are better than others. I liked “Live the Dream” best of all and its bittersweet twist. One of them is a bit creepy, but most of them are chick lit fun. Short stories are great for when you don’t have a lot of time, but still want to read. These are really short and easy to read. They keep your interest as well.

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Lessons in Laughing Out Loud Review

Lessons in Laughing Out Loud

By Rowan Colemen

Genre: Women’s fiction

4 out of 5 chickadees singing!

This was a great story. Willow has thrown herself into her job and doesn’t have much of a personal life. She purchases a magical pair of shoes secondhand that make her look and feel more attractive. Her former step-daughter shows up pregnant. She wants to stay with Willow. Willow is forced to confront and make peace with the past.

I love watching Willow’s character grow and develop in this book. It had a great message about not letting the past define you, but not burying it either. This was a heartwarming story, although it definitely discussed some serious topics as well.

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Not Thomas

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Not Thomas

Author: Sara Gethin


Genre: Fiction

Release Date: 15th June 2017

Publisher: Honno Press

I am so excited to be sharing a book that is right up my alley! If you love Cathy Glass and Casey Watson, like I do, you will love this book! Make sure to scroll down all the way to the bottom for the giveaway!

Summary

Tomos lives with his mother. He longs to return to another place, the place he thinks of as home, and the people who lived there, but he’s not allowed to see them again. He is five years old and at school, which he loves. Miss teaches him about all sorts of things, and she listens to him. Sometimes he’s hungry and Miss gives him her extra sandwiches. She gives him a warm coat from Lost Property, too. There are things Tomos cannot talk about – except to Cwtchy – and then, just before Easter, the things come to a head. There are bad men outside who want to come in, and Mammy has said not to answer the door. From behind the big chair, Tomos waits, trying to make himself small and quiet. He doesn’t think it’s Santa Claus this time.

When the men break in, Tomos’s world is turned on its head and nothing will be the same again.

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My Review

This book was written from Tomos’s position, in a very similar style to the book Room, which I also loved. Gethin uses this style to slowly reveal more and more details about Tomos’s situation. Although this book is not a thriller, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Although it’s not a mystery, it keeps you guessing. Although it’s fiction, it depicts a situation which could very well be true.

This story will certainly break your heart at times. In the middle, I kept wondering, “When will he be saved? When will his life get better?” Tomos does have a number of redeeming characters in his life, but none can shield him from the realities of home. As you watch the characters try to help Tomos, it sometimes results in more harm and brings up a big question of the right thing to do in this situation. Tomos’s mother could certainly be seen as a villain in this story, but it is written in such a way that the reader has compassion for her and can empathize with her, despite her behavior. This was a very well-written and engaging story that I would recommend to fans of Room, Cathy Glass, and Casey Watson.

BUY LINKS

http://www.honno.co.uk/dangos.php?ISBN=9781909983625

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Not-Thomas-Sara-Gethin/dp/1909983624/

https://wordery.com/not-thomas-sara-gethin-9781909983625

Excerpt

The lady’s here. The lady with the big bag. She’s knocking on the front door. She’s knocking and knocking. And knocking and knocking. I’m not opening the door. I’m not letting her in. I’m behind the black chair. I’m very quiet. I’m very very quiet. I’m waiting for her to go away.

I’ve been waiting a long time.

‘Thomas, Thomas.’ She’s saying it through the letter box.

‘Thomas, Thomas.’

I’m not listening to her. I’m not listening at all. She’s been knocking on the door for a long long time. I’m peeping round the black chair. I’m peeping with one of my eyes. She’s

not by the front door now. She’s by the long window. I can see her shoes. They’re very dirty. If Dat saw those shoes he’d say, ‘There’s a job for my polishing brush’.

She’s stopped knocking. She’s stopped saying ‘Thomas’. She’s very quiet. The lady can’t see me. I’m behind the big black chair. And I’ve pulled my feet in tight.

‘Thomas?’ she says. ‘Thomas?’ I’m not answering. ‘I know you’re in there. Just come to the window, sweetheart. So I can see you properly.’

I’m staying still. I’m not going to the window. I’m waiting for her to go back to her car. It’s a green car. With a big dent in it. If I hide for a long time she’ll go. She’ll get back in her car and drive away. She’s knocking. And knocking again.

She’s saying ‘Thomas.’ And knocking and knocking again.

‘Thomas.’

That is not my name.

The Author

Sara Gethin is the pen name of Wendy White. She grew up in Llanelli and studied theology and philosophy at Lampeter, the most bijoux of universities. Her working life has revolved around children – she’s been a childminder, an assistant in a children’s library and a primary school teacher. She also writes children’s books as Wendy White, and her first, ‘Welsh Cakes and Custard’, won the Tir nan-Og Award in 2014. Her own children are grown up now, and while home is still west Wales, she and her husband spend much of their free time across the water in Ireland. ‘Not Thomas’ is her first novel for adults.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaraGethinWriter/

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Blog: www.saragethin.com

Website: www.saragethin.com

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