#BlogTour The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside by Jessica Ryn.

About the Author

Jessica Ryn is a former midwife and homeless resettlement worker. She has recently completed her MA in Creative Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University, and her stories have been shortlisted fr the Kimberley Chambers’ Kickstarter Award, Wordsmag and the Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing. When she’s not scribbling away, Jessica can be found meandering through the woods, reading stories that pull on the feel-strings and eating yoghurt-covered skittles. Jessica lives in Dover with her husband, two children and their high-spirited springer spaniel. The Extraordinary Hope of Dawn Brightside is her debut novel.

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About the book

She’s always looking on the bright side…Dawn Elisabeth Brightside has been running from her past for twenty-two years and two months, precisely.

So when she is offered a bed in St Jude’s Hostel for the Homeless, it means so much more than just a roof over her head. But with St Jude’s threatened with closure, Dawn worries that everything is about to crumble around her all over again. Perhaps, with a little help from her new friends, she can find a way to save this light in the darkness? And maybe, just maybe, Dawn will finally have a place to call home…. 

Review

The story of Dawn Brightside may appear at times to be just a life with some obstacles, but the reality is she is troubled, scared and needs support. Half of her life is spent in denial and fantasy scenarios, and the other is spent running away from what she fears the most. When she finally manages to find a place to stay she is torn between guilt, paranoia and the strong will to stay safe for herself and her daughter.

Ryn shows the precarious balance that caretakers or staff have to take into account when working alongside people who have slipped into homelessness, which is often part of a larger cycle of addiction, mental health issues and vulnerability. The line between professionalism, friendship and love can’t be crossed when working in certain careers. 

The strength of the story however is in the way the author brings homelessness to the reader in a way that makes it easier to comprehend and digest. Its an uncomfortable truth that the majority of us walk by, ignore or simply feel powerless to help in any way. What is also a truth, albeit one more tied to vanity and money, is that help for homeless people is underfunded and not a big enough priority.

Cuts to funding are eliminating desperately needed avenues of help. Shelter, food, healthcare and someone to help people regain a certain status and skills in life again. Regain a level of security and safety we tend to take for granted. The roofs over our heads, the warmth and food, and to be able to live without feeling as if one is in constant fear of harm, insult and death.

It’s a very introspective and reflective read, and it is also one with a slither of hope in it, which is what is most important for the characters and for people in similar situations. When the world seems to be against you there is always someone out there willing to help you.

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#BlogTour Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction by Columbkill Noonan

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Hellenic Abduction

About the Author

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the best-selling Barnabas Tew series, which features a proper British detective from Victorian London who ends up solving mythological cases for gods all around the world. She was was born in Philadelphia and grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland, and teaches Anatomy and Physiology at a university in Maryland. Her writing is mostly speculative fiction (especially stories that involve mythology, or the supernatural, or any combination thereof). Some of her work is a bit on the spooky side, but usually there is a touch of humor (who says the afterlife has to be serious?) 

When she’s not teaching or writing, Columbkill can be found with her rescue horse (whose name is Mittens), hiking in the woods, or doing yoga of all kinds (aerial yoga and SUP yoga are particular favorites). She is an avid traveler, and can’t wait to get back to seeing the world again. 

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About the book

Zeus is used to getting what he wants…but that was before he met Barnabas Tew!

Barnabas and Wilfred, the unluckiest detectives ever, are happily enjoying their time in India, working on mastering their emotions, and learning how to do all sorts of interesting yoga poses. They’re having a splendid time, and feel as if they’ve finally found some peace in their lives. Everything changes, though, when Zeus suddenly whisks them away from their idyllic retreat and demands that they solve a case for him.

Having no choice, they reluctantly accept the job, but quickly come to realize that nothing is as it should be. Zeus’ motives are suspect from the beginning, the rest of the Greek gods and goddesses are untrustworthy at best, and Barnabas’ temper hasn’t improved at all during his time in India. And, most importantly, who is the mysterious lady who keeps popping up just when they need her? Is she friend, or is she foe?

To make matters even worse, both Barnabas and Wilfred have unresolved feelings of their own. Can they settle their own emotional affairs, once and for all? Will they figure out what’s right and what’s wrong in this topsy-turvy world of lies, intrigue, and trickery? Or will the Greek gods and goddesses prove too much for them?

Review

Barnabas isn’t exactly the king of charm. I’d actually go as far as to say that in the direst of moments he often rocks the boat a little too much, which is when he needs Wilfred to steady the waters. This is especially dangerous when their next client turns out to be the king of the gods himself – Zeus.

He doesn’t take too well to the backtalk and when people point out that he might be just be a tad sexist and the job he has for the peculiar sleuthing duo might be a bit on the dubious side, and that’s without the side note of peddling young princesses for the great Zeus, he gets a bit cranky.

Noonan combines mythology with a quirky odd couple who tend to fall into their cases with a Victorian era colonialesque charm, if you can call it charm. It’s a entertaining box of mixed chocolates. You just never know what you’re going to get when you flip the page. 

I kind of liked the way Noonan makes a point without taking a foam finger and pointing straight at it. There is a fine line between good and bad, a reputation and the reality of a person and their character. Barnabas may seem like a pain in the behind, but he has the best intentions. The moral of the story he will tell is that sitting on a pedestal does not automatically make you an upstanding citizen and sometimes someone has to take a stand.

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#BlogTour Akea – His Mother’s Son by Elizabeth Jade

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Akea – His Mother’s Son by Elizabeth Jade.

About the Author

Elizabeth Jade was born in 1998 in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, England, but moved with her family to Wellington in Somerset when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly, and as a result, she was home-schooled from the age of seven. Her parents soon learned she had a unique slant on life and quickly abandoned attempts to follow the national curriculum in favour of child-led learning.

Elizabeth stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to suffer from anxiety and depression and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper.  It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder).

As an enthusiastic animal lover, Elizabeth volunteered first at the Conquest Riding Centre for the Disabled and then at St Giles Animal Rescue before moving on to the Cats Protection Homing and Information Centre.  Her gifted way with the cats quickly earned her the title of ‘Cat Whisperer’ from the staff. Since she had always possessed such a way with animals, it was only natural for her story ideas to revolve around them.   

Elizabeth’s personal experience as a young author with the challenges of autism, depression and anxiety, along with her writing theme of acceptance and overcoming obstacles, have led to her having a junior school class named after her. 

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About the book

Akea is no ordinary husky and taking her place as Wolf Queen was just the first step in the journey set out for her by the Great Wolf. Akea’s world turns upside down when humans raid their home, scattering the pack and capturing her hybrid son. Salvador struggles to adjust to a life in captivity quickly realising not everyone approves of his mother’s rise to Wolf Queen. When the Great Wolf sends him warning dreams, Salvador discovers his true purpose for being there.

Review

This is the second in the Akea series, it’s a short novella length read and the characters are animals. Specifically the world of wolves and huskies, which has its own hierarchy and even a type of ideology that runs closely to eugenics. The Volk, the master race of animal in their species, which Jade accentuates by using certain language and words linked to destructive ideology, which determined the majority of the 20th century.

In the first book Akea asserts herself, against all odds as the Wolf Queen, which doesn’t go down well with the purists in the pack. This idea of Akea being in a position not belonging to her, tends to rear its head when she leaves the pack to solve problems.

In this book the pack is faced with intrusion by humans and Akea has to resort to specific powers when her hybrid son has to navigate the difficulty of being on both sides of the genetic code. Is he a leader or will he kowtow to accusations and discriminations, especially when it comes down to the freedom of his fellow pack members and species.

It’s a short story, one that can be read by children, young adults and older readers. Jade gives readers parallels between human and animal, which is perhaps a way of making people more aware.

Buy Akea – His Mother’s Son at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: i2i Publishing pub date 2 Dec. 2019. Buy at Amazon com. Buy at Bookshop.org.

#MiniBlogTour The Morning Star by Gita V. Redding

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Morning Star by Gita V. Redding.

About the Author

Gita V.Reddy lives in Hyderabad, India, with her husband and son. She writes fiction for both adults and children. Her books for children are written when she takes a break from writing for adults and vice verca.

She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres and has written historical fiction, women’s fiction, and recently has made a foray into regency romance.

For children, she has written mysteries, adventure tales, fantasy, science fiction, and also a fable. In addition to writing, she is interested in art and has illustrated three picture books.

Gita Reddy also writes under the pen names of Heera Datta and Jessica Spencer (for regency romance.) Ms Reddy is a post graduate in Mathematics. In an earlier life that she voluntarily quit in 2011, she was senior manager in a bank.

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About the book

Anything is possible if fate wills it. – A desperate woman calls a neighbor before dying in childbirth. Is it a coincidence that she chooses someone who will give her all to save the baby from its unscrupulous father?

When Sudha answers a telephone call in the middle of the night, she cannot know how it will change her life. From the moment Anu is put in her lap, she feels a strong connection with her.

Sudha loves Anu as much as she does her son. She is the daughter of her heart, a precious gift that fate has given her. She knows her husband doesn’t want Anu in the family but she can deal with it later. First, she must keep Anu safe. Only, it might cost her everything she holds dear …

The Morning Star is a story of love and sacrifice and the unseen hand of destiny.

Review

Sudha feels responsible for Anu. For her safety and most importantly she sees herself in this small innocent child. Robbed of her mother and discarded like unwanted baggage, she sees the parallels in her own childhood. She is determined to create better circumstances for this baby.

What’s disappointing and yet woefully true is the way women slip into the role of submission and are victims of abuse with no one to reach out to, because the consensus of society is essentially one of victim-blaming. Even the women, including Sudha, go through a process of blaming the victim before the perpetrator, and ultimately thinking about what they or Sudha could have done better. All of the above play into her decisions to protect Anu.

The solution, for me at least, was in the last few chapters. On top of all Sudha’s trials, trauma and tribulations the core of her reaction to Anu and the breakdown in her relationship with her husband becomes so much clearer. The lack of respect and good communication, which are both needed in a well-balanced marriage, come to the forefront. If you are both going in different directions there has to be a consensus and a discussion, and consent. If not, one person will always feel as if they have missed out on something and become resentful.

Whilst the story could have worked in the majority of time periods, especially modern ones, the author has woven the tale into the very real reality of Covid. It shows the panic, the isolation and the way criminal elements prosper during the despair of others.

The premise of the story evolves around love and sacrifice, however Reddy also makes some important important points surrounding the attitudes of society towards women in India. It’s an interesting balance of hope and reality.

Buy The Morning Star at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Independently published pub date 30 Aug. 2020.

#BlogTour The Fathers, the Sons and the Anxious Ghost by Jamie Adams

Today it’s my turn and the last stop on the BlogTour The Fathers, the Sons and the Anxious Ghost.

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About the book

Three guys in their thirties have something in common. Their children all go to the same school. One day a tragic event leads to them having to deal with a lurking aftermath which draws them into each other’s lives and causes them to rethink their attitudes to just about everything. The children tell the second part of this story, ten years after the initial events. The dust seems to have settled until one of them uncovers information that throws everything back into chaos. The third part… well that will have to wait.

Review

This is a novella length read. The stories of three men and their sons, and how their lives intersect at moments and are woven together, even if they can’t tell at times.

Fathers, who all have sons at the same school, become linked through more than just a school production, which is the starting point for a connection driven by tragedy, attraction and at times obsession.

It was nice to read a story from the perspective of men, as opposed to women, and the sons of said men. The majority of stories tend to be told the other way round. I think this is definitely an avenue worth exploring more.

I’d like to see Adams take the time to give his characters more depth instead of just glossing over the complex surfaces of their lives, decisions and trauma. Delve deeper into the topics he just dips his toe into. Be brave, be bolder and open that valve just a tad more – this is merely a trickle.

Buy The Fathers, the Sons and the Anxious Ghost at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers pub date 30 July 2019. Buy at Amazon comAt HiveAt Bookshop.org.

#BlogTour Play The Red Queen by Juris Jurjevics

Today its a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Play The Red Queen by Juris Jurjevics.

About the Author

Juris Jurjevics (1943-2018) was born in Latvia and grew up in Displaced Persons camps in Germany before emigrating to the United States. He served in Vietnam for fourteen months, nine days, and two hours, his original departure date delayed by the Tet Offensive. He wrote two other novels, Red Flags and The Trudeau Vector, which was published in ten other countries. Publisher and co-founder of the Soho Press, Jurjevics worked for decades in the book industry.

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About the book

Vietnam, 1963. A female Viet Cong assassin is trawling the boulevards of Saigon, catching US Army officers off-guard with a single pistol shot, then riding off on the back of a scooter. Although the US military is not officially in combat, sixteen thousand American servicemen are stationed in Vietnam “advising” the military and government. Among them are Ellsworth Miser and Clovis Robeson, two army investigators who have been tasked with tracking down the daring killer.

Set in the besieged capital of a new nation on the eve of the coup that would bring down the Diem regime and launch the Americans into the Vietnam War, Play the Red Queen is a tour de-force mystery-cum-social history, breathtakingly atmospheric and heartbreakingly alive with the laws and lawlessness of war.

Review

Whilst the story begins with the hunt for an experienced unapologetic assassin, who is taking out Americans in broad daylight on the streets of Saigon without a second thought – the story ends with betrayal. She is bold, fearless and is working on a schedule – a plan with consequences. She personifies the lack of gentleman’s rule and white man’s war game the Viet Cong became famous for – ruthless and anyone can be the enemy. 

It’s been quite a while since I have read a story about the ‘skirmish’ in Vietnam that manages to catch it with such accuracy. Jurjevics writes this mystery war crime with the sharp tongue of a social commentary. One of the most contentious periods of the US political interference in foreign countries, which was never officially deemed as something on par with other wars, hence the word skirmish, despite the losses and trauma it left in its wake. It also opened up a controversy on homeland soil the likes of which the US is still recovering from and still apologising to its veterans for. Rightly so.

As the story leads the reader into the above events it’s important to add a footnote that warfare against the VC was something the westerners were completely unprepared for and they experienced a completely different thought and tactical processes that cost many lives, killed many and left survivors with lifelong trauma and some never returned at all. 

Vietnam Veteran is a word bandied about without a lot of thought, but it’s important to remember that they didn’t and still don’t receive the accolades survivors of other wars did and do. People find it really hard to separate the concept – soldiers act on orders and are not the ones making the decisions – the top brass and upper echelon does.

I think a great writing talent has been lost where Juris Jurjevics is concerned, but readers can take solace that he left a fantastic body of work in his wake. His books are infused with a stark sense of realism, due to his own experiences, which always gives the reader a different kind of experience. This book is one of those.

Buy Play The Red Queen at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: No Exit Press; pub date 12 Nov. 2020. Buy at Amazon comAt Hive. At Bookshop.org.

#BlogTour The Silent Daughter by Kirsty Ferguson

It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Silent Daughter by Kirsty Ferguson.

About the Author

Kirsty Ferguson is a born and bred Australian. She writes crimes and mystery novels. Her stories center around strong women and dark themes that are topical and relevant to today. Kirsty chooses to deconstruct and enthrall her readers with the secrets of any everyday person behind closed doors. She has long been a lover or writing and reading, creating stories from a young age.

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About the book

Secrets can kill and Danni Brooks knows that better than anyone.

When her husband and two of her three children perish in a devastating house fire, Danni is sure it is arson. She’s even more sure that her and her eldest daughter Mia were meant to die in the fire too. But they are just a normal family. Who would want them dead? 

Mia doesn’t talk. She can’t. She is locked in her own world where no one, not even her mother can reach her. 

Desperate for answers, and convinced the truth might help her to reach her daughter, Danni tries to piece together the events leading up to that murderous night and uncover the arsonist. But with so many lies to untangle, what is the truth?

Prepare to have your breath taken away by an unforgettable twist that will leave you reeling…

Review

It’s one of those stupid accidents, everyone does it. A mistake, but one with devastating consequences. Now the only person Danni has left is treating her with utter disdain. Is it grief or is there more to the story?

It’s a very dark domestic thriller and perhaps one that will make people uncomfortable about a few home truths there are in it. The first being that sisterly love is a concept romanticised by the media, society and most definitely social media. Why? Because it sounds so much better, the cotton candy fluffy supportive love between sisters, as opposed to the destructive, violent, jealous and often hidden hatred that lurks just beneath the surface. Then again sometimes it doesn’t even bother lurking.

Kudos to Ferguson for that, even if the storyline is merely in the fictional context of this story- it is still refreshing to read the reality of what a sisterly relationship can look like when it doesn’t conform to the norm. When movies, books and people tell you that the person closest to you in the family unit should be your biggest supporter and confidante, and instead is your most vicious enemy intent on harming you. It happens – it’s very real.

This is a dark, sinister read with graphic scenes at times and characters who are quite unforgiving when it comes to emotional distress and harming each other. It’s not escapism and it doesn’t try to be. Ferguson wants you to wonder about the the stories and gossip you hear, perhaps this will make you look at someone from a different perspective.

Buy The Silent Daughter at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : Boldwood Books; pub date 10 Nov. 2020. Buy at Amazon comBuy at HiveBuy at Bookshop.org. Buy at Boldwood Books

#BlogBlitz A Wing and a Prayer by M. W. Arnold

Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the Blog Blitz A Wing and a Prayer by M.W. Arnold.

About the Author

Mick is a hopeless romantic who was born in England and spent fifteen years roaming around the world in the pay of HM Queen Elisabeth II in the Royal Air Force before putting down roots and realizing how much he missed the travel. This he’s replaced somewhat with his writing, including reviewing books and supporting fellow saga and romance authors in promoting their novels. 

He’s the proud keeper of two Romanian cats, is mad on the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys, and enjoys the theatre and loving his Manchester-United-supporting wife. 

Finally, Mick is a full member of the Romantic Novelists Association. A Wing and a Prayer will be his second published novel, and he is very proud to be welcomed into The Rose Garden.

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About the book

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies under suspicious circumstances whilst landing her Tiger Moth, Betty and three other women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in WWII England unite to discover who killed her and why.

Estranged from her family, Penny Blake wants simply to belong. American Doris Winter, running from a personal tragedy, yearns for a new start. Naturally shy Mary Whitworth-Baines struggles to fit in. Together though, they are a force to be reckoned with as they face the mystery that confronts them.

Against the backdrop of war, when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong, they strive to unravel the puzzle’s complex threads, risking their lives as they seek justice for Betty’s sister.

Review

When Betty Palmer’s sister dies, she just has this feeling that something isn’t quite right. Penny, Doris and Mary all unite and become drawn into the dangerous mystery, whilst dealing with their own trials and tribulations.

I think the roles of women in past wars tend to be overlooked, especially if it was in more of a voluntary capacity, although plenty of roles became mandatory for single women of a certain age bracket. To a certain degree it’s because it is spoken about less, the women and their contributions tend to be considered as less grand of a sacrifice or gesture, whereas a man in any contributory role tends to be put on a pedestal.

That doesn’t mean their sacrifice is diminished in any way – it’s just pointing out a fact of life. The women of the Air Transport Auxillary played a big role in the war, perhaps more so because they filled gaps caused by the deployment of so many able bodied men, who would have been in the role had they not been needed elsewhere.

Arnold manages to balance to importance of the historical facts with the feeling of sisterhood, support and friendship. It then isn’t just a mystery or women’s fiction, it becomes war fiction in its own right, but with a sleuthing feel to it. Also perhaps a smidgen of a Carry On humour vibe to ease the more serious aspects of the story.

Given the way it finishes I think there may be more to come from the mixed bag of women introduced in this book. Their individual stories may have only just begun.

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#BlogTour Meet Me in the Treehouse by Kelly Tink

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour Mett Me in the Treehouse by Kelly Tink.

About the Author

Kelly Tink is a cancer nurse, writer and hopeless romantic, living in Cambridgeshire. She enjoys exploring fun outdoor places with her husband and two sons, especially if it involves eating ice cream by the sea. 

She’s an avid reader, loves a good film or TV series and drinks lots of tea. Meet Me in the Treehouse is Kelly’s debut novel. It would mean the world to Kelly if you would consider taking a few moments to write a review. These reviews let new readers know what you thought of Meet Me in the Treehouse. Thank you. 

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About the book

In their secret tree house, nine-year-old Emma and her best friend Chris made a promise: ‘You and me forever’. 

It’s been five years since Emma left her hometown with her soon to be ex-husband and eight years since the tragedy that taught her and Chris that nothing lasts forever.  

Now thirty, Emma is an unemployed nurse living back on her parents’ farm, her life in tatters. Chris, however, is finally healing and making a success of his family’s country estate. 

They step into their old friendship as if it were yesterday, but as Emma sets out to rebuild her life, will their past and Chris’s future throw her further off balance? 

Or will she find the happiness she left behind by returning to the treehouse? 

Review

Emma has gone full circle and returned to the place and the emotions she ran away from in the first place. Grief sent her on a path that turned out to be a mistake, and one that rocked her world in a way she never expected it to. Now she is back – the question is whether she can remove herself from a vicious cycle of her own creation?

I think for me the emphasis was on Emma being able to acknowledge and be capable of building a life on her own terms and having strength without feeling as if she needs a partner to do so. Society often propels us into these stereotypical scenarios we are often unaware of. It’s the norm, hence everyone does it, which doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but it might not be right for everyone either.

Learning to cope with the destruction of stability, a sandcastle built on the dreams of grief and loneliness can destroy someone, and to be fair Emma comes quite close. Taking apart a knitted blanket she has enveloped herself with takes time, but stitch by stitch she starts to find comprehension and peace with in herself.

What Tink captures quite well, and I am sure there are plenty of readers who may see the main character as weak and tell her to just get over it, is that divorce is a traumatic experience. More so when it doesn’t happen in an amicable way. Not everyone is able to just gloss over it.

Also that to be successful in your next relationship you have to heal from the last one and more importantly examine how you contributed to the demise of the relationship, even if it is just enabling a certain complacency. Until then it is never a good idea to start a new one, because you will probably end up just running on the same hamster wheel again.

It’s a romantic read at heart and very much one about a woman taking stock of what is important to herself, her well-being and mental health, and not just what is important to other people.

Buy Meet Me at the Treehouse at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Middlemist Publishing; pub date 12 Nov. 2020. Buy at Amazon com. 

#BlogTour Just Between Friends by Rosie Nixon

It’s my turn on the BlogTour Just Between Friends by Rosie Nixon.

About the Author

Rosie Nixon lives in London and is Editor-in-Chief of Hello! magazine, where she has worked for over a decade. She is a mother of two and the author of two previous novels, The Stylist (2016) and sequel, Amber Green takes Manhattan (2017), which have been published around the world. the Stylist is in development as a major motion picture. Her third novel, Just between Friends is published by HQ November 2020.

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About the book

Aisha Moore is eight months pregnant. She’s thrilled, and a little scared. Not least because her husband Jason hasn’t quite wrapped his head around the fact.

Lucy is having her first child too. She has finally got her wish – although the circumstances aren’t quite what she had hoped. Oscar will be a great dad though, won’t he?

When the two women join the same baby group, they quickly become friends and before long they’re confiding in each other. Only there’s one thing Lucy hasn’t told Aisha. And while a baby may turn your life upside-down, a secret this big will change everything.

Review

Aisha is nearing the end of her pregnancy and has decided to try and connect with other mums-to-be. Her partner Jason doesn’t seem so enthusiastic about joining. Luckily she instantly makes a friend called Lucy, who is equally invested in getting to know someone also looking forward to being a mother, but also a little fearsome of what that might entail in its entirety.

They seem to have a lot in common. Absentee partners, concern about the impending births and how ridiculous the birthing course is.

For me the strongest element of the book wasn’t the main plot, but rather the way Nixon brings the critical role of motherhood and how controversial each decision can be when it comes to birthing, babies and doing what you feel is best for your child. 

Women are pitted against other women like gladiators in an arena. The breast or bottle battle comes to mind straight away, but one of the most bizarre arguments has to be inane comments made by women who say only Vag-birthers are real mothers and a C-section mother isn’t. Judgemental, critical to the point of being unkind, which is perhaps the saddest thing to see, hear and experience in a world where women should be supporting each other. Clearly sisterhood is just a theoretical concept to so many.

Aside from the relationship chaos of certain characters, the division between men and women as the relationship a woman has with her body changes creates conflict between a couple.

Overall it’s a read that brings real issues to the table, whilst delivering conflict, betrayal and the reality of complex relationships.

Buy Just Between Friends at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 12 Nov. 2020. Buy at Amazon comBuy at HiveBuy at Bookshop.org.