Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, and the local lido has been a part of her memories from childhood all the way through to present days, in her eighties. When the council announces that a property firm intends to buy the lido and convert it into tennis courts and a private gym, Rosemary is devastated, but what can she do?
No need for us readers to panic, because Kate is on the case. Kate words at the Brixton chronicle and has been sent to do a piece on the lido. Kate is used to covering short pieces in the newspaper but when she arrives at the lido and meets Rosemary; she realises she wants to fight hard for the lido and cover the entire story.
I got so much joy from following Kate and Rosemary’s bond growing stronger and stronger; it was so heart warming to see the impactful positive changes on the characters that resulted from each other. Particularly the improvement on Kate’s mental health. Kate suffers from anxiety which leads her to have panic attacks. She’s never told anyone about them, which left her suffering in the dark for a long time. But there’s something about being with Rosemary which makes Kate open up, and after that, everything seems more manageable.
I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoyed this book. Feel good vibes radiate from the pages! It’s on par with Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Cannon’s two successes, the most recent being Three Things about Elsie. You can’t not finish this book and feel completely energised to go out and do something different in your life.
Community spirit at its best!
Until next time, Chloé x
Well helloooooo and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the incredible ‘Mine’ by Susi Fox.
This was an absolute cracker of a book and I am so pleased to be able to share my review with you today.
Sasha has awoken from an emergency c-section to find her baby isn’t with her and neither is her husband – Mark. The nurse informs her everything is ok and that Mark is upstairs in the nursery with their new baby son. A son?! Sash is shocked, she thought she was having a daughter. Early warning signs are ringing in her ears (and mine!).
When Sash is finally allowed up to see her son, she instantly knows something is wrong. It’s not her son. She’s sure of it.
But Mark continues to point out resemblances between him/her/family members and the baby…
Is she going mad? The nurses keep looking at her suspiciously. Sash becomes paranoid. What’s going on?
Fox begins to build up the plot by exploring Mark and Sasha’s past, revealing relationship problems, unhappy families and secrets that have been hidden for many years. It’s up to you, as the reader, to work out the truth. Is Sash right? Is she wrong? Has Mark been lying? And are the nurses and doctors on her side or not?
It had that hauntingly real vibe to it, you could imagine this happening and because of this, I was utterly absorbed from start to finish. This book was like a fantastic three course meal – the starter (start of book) got you hooked and you knew you were in for a treat; the main (the middle) did not disappoint, it was beautifully executed, seasoned to perfection with powerful twists; and finally, the dessert… the finale… Fox could not have ended this any better, magnificently constructed and a talking point for all.
Loved, loved, LOVED IT!
Mine is out now in eBook and the paperback version will be hitting shelves on 14th June, be sure to add this one to your summer TBR pile!
Be sure to check out the other fantastic posts on this blog tour:
Until next time, Chloé x
Wow. Wow. Wow.
This book completely took me by surprise. When I first started it, I was enjoying the underlying suspense as I was introduced to Sam, Merry and their cute baby; Connor, and the happy family image they portray to the outside world.
And then bam. It all starts to unravel and the dark side of Sam and Merry begins to come to light.
What excited me most about this book was the ever evolving plot, I just couldn’t guess which direction it was going to take next. Frank; Merry’s friend, was such a catalyst to this plot. Her arrival in Sweden, opened up the doors to the past and revealed some shocking truths.
It’s difficult to relate to any of the key characters in this book; they’re incredibly selfish, cruel and their morals are questionable, but I didn’t see this as a drawback, in fact I think it only added to the gripping nature of this plot. I was utterly absorbed in reading what these ‘not-like-me’ characters would do, how far would they go?
This is the quintessential page turner. Perfect in every way!
*I received an advanced copy through a twitter competition, so grateful and feeling very lucky to have read this beauty before publication date*
Until next time, Chloé x
Louisa is back again for a third time. She’s now in New York working for a rich wife named Agnes. Agnes is lonely and desires a companion, but although Agnes claims Louisa is a friend, at the end of the day she’s an employee and is required to run around like a headless chicken completing the endless tasks that Agnes demands.