Cover Reveal: Happy Days by Clare Hawken

Today I am helping in the cover reveal for the upcoming novel Happy Days by Clare Hawken.   The publication date for this one is February 3, 2023! This is a second in the Kurmudge series.

Book Description:

Meet Steph Barnacle, an English teacher at a private school, married to Dan. Her son has just left for university, her life is feeling a bit stale … and something weird is going on with the skin on her neck. And then Charles Kurmudge, the man she’s never forgotten, walks back into her world.

Charles’s life has blown up spectacularly – he’s lost his job, his house and his marriage. Determined to get back on track, he’s changed careers. He’ll now be working for Steph, whose heart he broke over twenty years ago. He still finds her very attractive. What a shame she’s married.

Her husband, Dan, knows he loves Steph more than she loves him. And now that Charles is back in his wife’s orbit, he’s worried about their marriage. But surely Steph wouldn’t dream of leaving him for Charles, who’d treated her so badly … would she?

Can Steph resist her first love? Or will she give him a second chance?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here it is:

Pre-order Here:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Clare Hawken was born in Zambia and has lived in England, France and Australia. She now lives in Wiltshire with her family and a stubborn springer spaniel. She writes about families, relationships, and the blind spots, mistakes and mishaps that can change life in a heartbeat. Apart from writing, she enjoys reading voraciously across a wide range of genres; other people’s gardening efforts; and long walks, if she can persuade the dog to come with her.

Contact Clare:
Website
Twitter @clarehawken
Instagram @clarehawken
Facebook Profile

A Re-Read of The Chain by Adrian McKinty

The Chain
Author: Adrian McKinty
Published:  July 9, 2019

Audiobook: 10 hours

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 1-6, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

It’s something parents do every morning: Rachel Klein drops her daughter at the bus stop and heads into her day. But a cell phone call from an unknown number changes everything: it’s a woman on the line, informing her that she has Kylie bound and gagged in her back seat, and the only way Rachel will see her again is to follow her instructions exactly: pay a ransom, and find another child to abduct. This is no ordinary kidnapping: the caller is a mother herself, whose son has been taken, and if Rachel doesn’t do as she’s told, the boy will die.

“You are not the first. And you will certainly not be the last.” Rachel is now part of The Chain, an unending and ingenious scheme that turns victims into criminals — and is making someone else very rich in the process. The rules are simple, the moral challenges impossible; find the money fast, find your victim, and then commit a horrible act you’d have thought yourself incapable of just twenty-four hours ago.

But what the masterminds behind The Chain know is that parents will do anything for their children. It turns out that kidnapping is only the beginning.

Jessica’s Review:

I can’t say much more than my original review did which is here.

This was my book club’s chosen read for January and had been my suggestion! Our meeting is this coming weekend and I can’t wait to hear what actual moms think of this book! I do want to say I enjoyed The Chain just as much the second time as I did the first time.  It is so fast paced, intense, and doesn’t slow down at all!

In my previous review I did not mention the narrator: January LaVoy. She is just fabulous! She captured everything she needed as narrated! And was even able to differentiate the voice between characters, both male, female, younger and older! She is one of my go-to narrators, and she was part of the reason I decided to listen to it again for this second go around. 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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Short Story Sunday: The Father Does Not Die at the End by Adam Silvera

The Father Does Not Die at the End
Series:
Death-Cast

Author: Adam Silvera
Published: November 1, 2022
42 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: January 2, 2023
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Jessica’s Review:

The Father Does Not Die at the End is the short story fans of They Both Die have been waiting for! It was recently published with the special Collector’s Edition of They Both Die at the End and continues the story with Mateo’s father coming out of his coma and finding out what happened to his son.

I was conflicted with reading it as I have been anticipating this short story, but knew it would become emotional as it deals with a father finding out his son has passed away (and how)  while being in a coma. And it was emotional. Silvera masterfully captured Maeto “Teo” Torrez’s emotions and feelings while continuing the story. Though sad, the ending was still optimistic. I had read that Silvera wants to continue in the world of Death-Cast and he has this reader (among many others) that will definitely be reading those!

Purchase Links for the Collector’s Edition:
Amazon US
Barnes and Noble

 

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