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The Life You Left Behind Debbie Howells 4* #Review @debbie__howells @BoldwoodBooks #boldwoodbloggers #TheLifeYouLeftBehind #MentalHealth #love #life #relationships #loss #grief #BookReview #MondayBlogs @rararesources

Two strangers.

One missed flight.

It only takes a moment to change a life.

One year ago Casey Cassidy was happy. She had great friends, a wonderful teaching job and a busy life – until with one missed flight, everything changes.

One year later Casey knows what it means to find that once-in-a-lifetime love people dream of. But when Ben leaves, her heart is shattered.

Left facing a year of firsts without him, piecing her life back together seems impossible. But then a friend offers her a home in rural France.

In the solitude and emptiness, Casey needs to come to terms with what’s happened and find a way to move forward. She has no idea where that will take her one year later…

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I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This story explores a spectrum of human emotions and experiences. It begins with a serendipitous meeting and ends with positivity, but it is the journey that keeps the reader turning the pages. Casey meets Ben by chance, and their physical attraction quickly followed by emotional commitment seems like the perfect relationship. Told in dual timelines of past(before) and present(after), we experience a beautiful love affair and a tragedy. Mental health issues are at the root of this story, and at times it is heartbreaking to read.

Not an escapist uplit read, the author sensitively highlights how mental health issues are devastating as a severe physical illness to the sufferer and those who care for them. It is an emotional and resonating read.

While working as long-haul cabin crew in her twenties, Debbie trained as a pilot and qualified as a flying instructor. But as the mother of two small children, she wanted a career she could fit around them and started a wedding flower business, Country Flowers. For thirteen years, Debbie created the natural, seasonal designs she became known for to venues throughout the South East.


It was towards the end of this time she started writing, in a notebook in the shade of her garden on her days off, self-publishing three women’s fiction novels, the third of which, Wildflowers, almost but not quite found her a literary agent.

Pursuing her dream of a traditional publishing deal, she went on to write her first psychological thriller, the Sunday Times bestseller, The Bones of You. Four more have followed including the e-book bestseller The Vow, but it’s another long-awaited dream come true that her women’s fiction novels have now found a home with Boldwood.

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Queen Bee Nina Manning 4*#Review @ninamanninguk @BoldwoodBooks #Psychological #Suspense #Friendship #Secrets #Lies #PsychSuspense @rararesources #QueenBee #BookReview


In the quiet village of Helesbury, Miranda Wallace prides herself on being the most popular member of her small social circle; the perfect friend, the best mum – the queen bee.

Until one day, Verity arrives. Cool and indifferent, Verity is everything Miranda isn’t, but she threatens to shatter Miranda’s picture-perfect life.

Suddenly plagued with insecurities, Miranda is certain Verity is hiding something. And Miranda knows all about secrets and the damage they can cause because she’s hiding some of her own.

So when Verity threatens to reveal the truth about Miranda and destroy the perfect life she’s built, Miranda knows she has to act to protect the people she loves – even if the results are deadly.

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I received a copy of this book from Boldwood Books via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

I like the immersive quality of this story and the claustrophobic setting. Miranda has secrets, but her obsession with being popular draws her into village life until she earns the title of Queen Bee, which she loves. A newcomer threatens Miranda’s status and anonymity, and it’s hard to keep secrets in a village.

Miranda isn’t likeable. Her insecurities manifest irritatingly, but her story is suspenseful with surprising twists, and it’s an absorbing read. I like the relatable characters and imaginative scenarios that make this psychological suspense resonate.

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