The Kissing Booth : One Last Time – Book Review

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I do enjoy me a bit of Teen & Young Adult Fiction from time to time. It is easy to get lost into the yesterday of youth… but still learn life lessons.

Beth Reekles is the author of The Kissing Booth and the sequel, Going the Distance and now the third book in The Kissing Booth series, One Last Time…. which was adapted into a series of very popular Netflix movies.

Thankfully I have not seen the movies and my son has assured me the books are better. I found it easy reading. Elle, Lee and Noah and a bucket list for Summer. I do not want to give anything away but expect a beach house, adult choices like where to study needs to be made. I found the story line bitter sweet probably purely because of the age of the characters and then off course, there is the ending.

It is a series, so do read the books in the order they are written. #wink

The Author first published The Kissing Booth in 2010, at age fifteen (!!), and it accumulated almost 20 million reads before it was published by in 2012 by Random House Children’s Books.

She was named one of Time’s 16 Most Influential Teenagers in late 2013, and has been shortlisted for several awards, including the 2014 Queen of Teen Award.

Beth now works in IT while maintaining her career as an author and runs a blog –

– where she talks about life as a twentysomething and offers writing advice.

I wish you enough,


The Perfect Child – Book Review

A page-turning debut of suspense about a young couple desperate to have a child of their own—and the unsettling consequences of getting what they always wanted.

Review :

Breathtaking. Just as I thought I had it figured out, the next dip in the roller-coaster was upon me. The book will appeal to woman who especially have a deep need to experience motherhood. It may be why you pick up the book but it won’t be anywhere near what you expect.

A Killer’s Wife

by Victor Methos

Fourteen years ago, prosecutor Jessica Yardley’s husband went to prison for a series of brutal murders. She’s finally created a life with her daughter and is a well-respected attorney. She’s moving on. But when a new rash of homicides has her ex-husband, Eddie, written all over them – the nightmares of her past come back to life.

Review :

I read and listen to many true crime podcasts and psychological thriller fictional books, so it takes something special to have me sit up and pay attention.

This book will appeal to anyone who enjoy courtroom drama’s and putting crime puzzles together, much like the series “Prodical Son”.

The characters are well rounded, developed in depth and each one forms a definite picture in your mind.

Mid way through “A Killer’s Wife”, I already looked up the author, and saved additional books written by Victor Methos. I cannot give a higher recommendation than that.

I wish you enough,


Book review: “Limp Dicks and Saggy Tits”

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

What to do when your husband runs off and leaves you single—when being single is not your thing?

Lizzie has decided that single life does not suit her.

What a treat “Limp Dicks and Saggy Tits” is by Tracie Podger. It is easy listening. The narration read as I would speak, and I enjoyed it immensely. Fun, flirty with the odd fxck thrown in, it is probably not for the faint hearted but if you want to smile and just enjoy a book that doesn’t pretend to be what it is not, this is the one for you!

I wish you enough,


Book Review: Her Daughter’s Cry

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

When I started reading “Her Daughter’s Cry” by M.M. Chouinard I was not aware it was the third book in the Detective Jo Fournier series. It carried itself well as a stand-alone book and I did not feel lost at any stage. Although the book is a police procedural, it reads like a thriller.

A woman appears in a shop, injured and covered in blood… but the blood does not belong to her. She suffers from amnesia and detective Jo Fournier must figure out how she got injured and who the blood belongs to. The police establish it belongs to a blood relative; a daughter and so the hunt to find the daughter begins. Since the woman has amnesia, I personally thought they were in search of a baby or a young child, but I guessed that one wrong.

Who is this woman and is she innocent or does she have something to do with her daughter getting injured?

Zoe (a name given to her in hospital) is trying to piece her life back together and remember what happened, and the Police are assembling evidence. Who will get to the tipping point first?

Fast-paced, interesting plot, great character development and well worth reading.

Her daughter's cry

The only bit that remains a mystery to me is the title of the book.

It doesn’t make sense to me.

I wish you enough,



Book Review: The Mother’s Mistake by Ruth Heald


From the beginning, it is clear Claire was running from something.

I think Claire only ever wanted an idyllic life in the country with her husband Matt and baby daughter, Olivia. What she did get is a flawed husband, a cottage in the country filled with her husband’s deceased grandmother’s belongings while suffering an undiagnosed bout of postnatal depression. Oh, I almost forgot the forever intrusive mother-in-law.

Odd things start happening at home where Claire spend plenty of time on her own with a screaming baby Oliva (who feeds and screams more than any baby I have ever met) while her husband works at setting up his veterinary practice.

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Book Review : On Second Thought

Kristan Higgins is fast becoming a favourite author of mine in a genre I often do not enjoy – a touch of romance, even if contemporary.

With two divorces behind me, I know all that glitter isn’t gold and that loneliness can make for strange bedfellows.

I do believe and experience love, lust and the lingering of romance but… I stick to reading/listening to psychological thrillers, detectives working on the puzzles of murders and I adore memoirs.

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Book Review: The Overdue Life Of Amy Byler

“Overworked and underappreciated, single mom Amy Byler needs a break. So when the guilt-ridden husband who abandoned her shows up and offers to take care of their kids for the summer, she accepts his offer and escapes rural Pennsylvania for New York City.


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Book Review: Lost Daughter by Ali Mercer

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Lost Daughter is the story of three very different women who join a support group where they are the only members. They are separated from their children for very real and emotional taxing reasons.


The main storyline concentrates on Rachel. Rachel is separated from her artist husband and they have a teenage daughter. There are insinuations that Rachel had done something so horrid that she is trusted to only sees her daughter on a Saturday Her estranged husband appears to make all decisions regarding their child. There are many references to Rachel’s mental health and how this influences her ability to care for her child.

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