Still Me – Jojo Moyes ★★★★★

Blurb; Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She steps into the world of the superrich, working for Leonard Gopnik and his much younger second wife, Agnes. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her new job and New York life.

As she begins to mix in New York high society, Lou meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. Before long, Lou finds herself torn between Fifth Avenue where she works and the treasure-filled vintage clothing store where she actually feels at home. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself: Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

My Review; Yay. Feels like I have waited forever for this book! Finally. What a brilliant book! It was so good to be back in Lou’s crazy world, she is one of those characters you just cant help falling in love with. She yet again faces every challenge she can think of in this story but in the big city New York, making it even more daunting. However, Lou makes it through, she always does.

Still Me is a lovely book to read with a hidden message for all us readers within the story – BE YOU. Don’t be who others want/need you to be. I found it an easy read, fast paced and to round it up with that beautiful ending! Perfect. I would say read these books in order though as it does make references to the previous books and characters. If you enjoyed Me Before You or After You then you will love Still Me. I would highly recommend this story to you all, a well deserved five stars.

Still Me will have you feeling all the emotions. Happy, sad, upset, laughing out loud, regret and anger. Brilliant!

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Three Things About Elsie – Joanna Cannon. ★★★★★

Blurb; There are three things you should know about Elsie.
The first thing is that she’s my best friend.
The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better.
And the third thing… might take a little bit more explaining.

84-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat at Cherry Tree Home for the Elderly. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died sixty years ago?

My Review; Wow. Wow. Wow. Where do I even begin? Joanna is a new author to myself and I am very impressed! There is just something special, different and gripping about this story. It is a long story and big book but I actually surprised myself and devoured it within 24 hours. I just fell into the story and didnt want to leave.

I fell in love with the trio Flo, Jack and Elsie they make a brilliant team! However, do not underestimate our Flo. I found it a very refreshing story from all the thrillers I have read recently. Very well written. The beautiful cover may make you hungry though, mmm batternburg. I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in this genre since A Man Called Ove. Brilliant! A must read.

Towards the end may mess with the readers head a little (it messed with mine). This is the perfect story which does focus on dementia, it has everything… humour, hurt, friendships, happiness, sadness and surprises… But who is the new man welcomed into the Cherry Tree home?

Makes me think what I will be like when I’m an OAP and what adventures and mischief I will get up too. I enjoyed this book greatly! A well deserved five stars. I would even go as far as saying that Three Things About Elsie has already made my top 20 of 2018. I would highly recommend to you all.

Bring Me Back – B.A. Paris ★★★★★

Blurb; A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again. 

Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.

As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?

My Review; Cancel all your plans until you have devoured this, you will not be sleeping tonight. Bring Me Back is one of the most anticipated books of 2018 and has to be one of the best books I have read this year. 

I was hooked from the prologue. Bring Me Back is fast paced, gripping, thrilling and one of those stories you will not want to put down. You will also want to read it in one sitting. This story starts when Layla goes missing but where did she go? The chapters within flick between before and now but are set out clearly so theres no confusion for the reader.

I have read all of B.A.Paris’s books so far and this has to be the best one yet. I was blown away. What an excellent book! Bring Me Back will be released March 2018 and I would highly recommend you all go pre-order it or add it to your lists now as this is going to be a bestseller. A well deserved five stars from me. Keeps you guessing until the end and on the edge of your seat.