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5* Review : Every Time a Bell Rings – Carmel Harrington

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Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.
As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.
Hence, Christmas is cancelled.
So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.
But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…
Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?

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My Review

Every Time a Bell RingsI eagerly anticipated reading this book and it proved to be the perfect early Christmas present. Full of charming sentiment, realistic life stories and characters so authentic, you expect them to be sitting in the room with you.
Belle is an engaging and courageous child, who becomes an outwardly strong woman; hiding her guilt, lack of self esteem and vulnerability, even from those closest to her. When we first meet her she is on the cusp of a happy ever after and that worried me slightly. Surely nothing could top the hopeful beginning but I was wrong. There are plenty more romantic moments to come, interwoven with despair, goodness, humour and sadness, in this heartfelt, provoking tale, of an individual’s importance in the world.
Belle’s vulnerability is not unexpected, as a foster child she experiences loss and uncertainty. I won’t spoil the story for potential readers but be prepared to experience, the full spectrum of emotions when you read this. The writing is sensitive. Even in its darkest moments you can see glimmers of light and these keep you turning the pages.
This story draws you into its world; the ending is as enchanting, as its characters.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Every Time a Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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5* Review: Beyond Grace’s Rainbow – Carmel Harrington

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 Beyond Grace’s Rainbow is the deeply emotional and poignant story of young single mother Grace Devlin. With a wonderful cast of supporting characters and plenty of charm, this will have you laughing and crying at the turn of a page.

 My Review

‘Beyond Grace’s Rainbow’ is an amazing read and I wish I’d read it sooner. It’s a story of courage, friendship, forgiveness and love.

Grace is an ordinary woman who finds hidden strength to cope with the lightning bolts life throws at her. A single mother, she has a close-knit, eclectic group of friends and family who love and support her through the difficult times. Liam, her son’s father a recovering alcoholic reappears in Grace’s life when she diagnosed with Leukaemia. He wants to try again and has been alcohol free for over a year but can Grace trust him with her son’s happiness and in the circumstances does she have a choice?

The quality of the characters ground this story; give it a realistic edge which stops it being overly sentimental. That said it is a poignant read with characters that are easy to empathise with. It will melt even the hardest heart as Grace fights to survive for her son.

‘Beyond Grace’s Rainbow’ is a well paced read with lots of humorous scenes to temper the drama and a well thought out plot with unexpected twists. It’s a feel good,memorable read. Well worth the tears.

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5* Review: The Life You Left – Carmel Harrington

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Sarah, I’m not coming home tonight.
If you love me, you will give me the space I need…
Tell the children I love them.
Paul

It started out like any other day for Sarah Lawler; getting the kids ready for school, making the pack lunches and juggling baby Ella’s feeds.

There was no way of knowing that her husband, Paul, would leave for work that morning and simply not come home.

Now the questions are piling up quicker than the unpaid bills and, unable to answer her children’s questions about where their Daddy is, Sarah is getting desperate.

But it turns out she isn’t quite as alone as she thought she was. When her beloved childhood friend, Edward, comes back into her life, Sarah thinks she’s finally been thrown a life line.

There’s just one problem with Edward: no one else can see him.

Edward is an angel. And he has a message for Sarah that will change her life and the lives of others forever. For it is only in the most difficult of times that Sarah can discover how strong
she truly is.

Set in a small coastal village on the beautiful Irish coast, The Life You Left is a story of redemption and the strength of love

 

The Life You LeftMy Review

‘The Life You Left’ is a charming, compelling book with a distinctive ethos. Full of memorable characters, you don’t want to say goodbye to. This multi layered story melds mystery, romance, paranormal and suspense together beautifully.

Paul abandons Sarah and her three small children after ten years of marriage. His communication method is cowardly and she believes he is ill but this is only  the tip of the iceberg. The problems Sarah faces are realistic and her courage in facing up to her crumbling world makes her a heroine worthy of your support.

The emotional trauma Paul’s leaving engenders forces Sarah to accept she has an unusual gift which she uses to help those around her. She also reacquaints with two important people from her past who are instrumental in her future survival.

A distinct Irish culture defines this story, which I loved. Beautifully drawn, believable characters ensure your empathy or ire depending on their role. Intricately woven with mystery and suspense providing poignant plot twists ‘The Life You Left’ delivers much more than you can imagine from the title or blurb and is well worth reading.

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

The Life You Left by Carmel Harrington

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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