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The Fire Child – S.K.Tremayne – 5* Review

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When Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’

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The Fire Child

I like this atmospheric tale, which uses its mystical Cornwall setting cleverly to enhance the suspense. The plot is twisty and spine chilling, building up to the most devastating secret. The characters and events are vividly written and the first person point of view makes the story frightening real. In contrast to the mystery and thrills, there is a poignant story of loss and abuse, which gives the story its authenticity.
Rachel has an ideal life; love, an enchanting stepson and a beautiful house but not surprisingly everything is not what it seems. Strange happenings and dangerous confidences mar Rachel’s idyll and force her to face her painful past and secrets she has kept hidden. David is a slave to his family heritage and keeping up appearances. Grief stricken Jamie struggles between reality and imagination or is it all in Rachel’s mind?
An interesting psychological thriller, with plenty of emotion and flawed characters to keep it believable.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

 

The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


The Fire Child by S.K. Tremayne

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5* Review: The Birthday That Changed Everything -Debbie Johnson

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She wanted a birthday surprise, just not the one she got…

The last thing Sally Summers expected from her husband on her special day was that he’d leave her for a Latvian lap dancer half her age. So with her world in tatters, Sally jets off to Turkey for some sun, sea and sanctuary.

The Blue Bay resort brings new friends and the perfect balm for Sally’s broken heart in gorgeous Dubliner James. He’s just the birthday present she needs. And when the chemistry between them continues to spark as the holiday ends, Sally wonders if this is more than just a summer fling.

But James has scars of his own and Sally isn’t quite ready to turn her back on her marriage. This birthday might have changed everything, but what will the next one bring?

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This story is the perfect marriage of humour, poignancy and romance.
Sally’s marital relationship comes apart at the seams spectacularly just before she hits the big 40. Sally is grounded, selfless almost to the point of doormat status. Her wicked self depreciating sense of humour makes you giggle, even though you are reaching for the tissues, to wipe away your tears, as the hopelessness of her situations dawns on Sally. I loved her from our first encounter.
Simon her freewheeling husband is her antithesis and so easy to hate. True he is a caricature of a man in mid life crisis but there is enough realism in this character to make him recognisable and so easy to dislike.
The holiday crowd are interesting characters and provide a sympathetic foil for Sally’s phoenix like rise from the ashes of her marriage. Finally James is full of charm but his perfect body hides deep emotional scars, which threaten Sally’s future happiness. This is a rocky road and just when you think she has made it, life intervenes in a most unhelpful way. This story is easy to read and fast paced, I read it in a day but it’s perfect for a leisurely read too.
A new and refreshing romance for all fans of romantic comedy whatever their age.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

The Birthday That Changed Everything by Debbie Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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