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Kelly review for What Have I Done? by Amanda Prowse

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What Have I Done? by Amanda Prowse

The Blurb:

Would you destroy your family to save your children?

Kathryn Brooker seems the very picture of a fulfilled wife and mother. Anyone who peered through the downstairs window at the four figures sitting around the kitchen table would see a very happy family without a care in the world. They would envy Kathryn her perfect life.

But they would be wrong. Kathryn is trapped in a nightmare. And she is about to do something to change it. Something only a truly desperate woman would do…..

What I think:

From the outside, it seems like Kathryn has the prefect life. She is married to an award winning school principal, she has two gorgeous children, who she adores and she has beautifully kept house. But Kathryn in trapped in a abusive marriage. She dreads the clock ticking, as she knows that abuse is imminent as bedtime draws closer. Until one day, she decides she has had enough of the abuse and enough of a life where she is stressed and scared all the time. On this one day, she kills her husband!

I instantly fell in love with Kathryn. She is such a likeable character and I couldn’t stop reading, as I was desperate to know what happened to her. I was gripped from the very first page, as the story just drew me in. What I liked about this book, is the way it was written. It jumps forward and backwards through time and I thought that this was the perfect way to keep me interested! It was beautifully written and every part of the book captured her emotions greatly! I found the book to be a bit heavy at times, as it went into the details if her abuse, but I loved how Kathryn started off a broken person and came to be so fulfilled at the end!

Once again, Amanda has tackled a very difficult and sensitive topic, and once again she has done it in such a beautiful manner! I found that no matter how heavy her books get, the end always leaves ,e smiling, which is such a beautiful gift Amanda has as an author. The only downside to this book, is that I read Will You Remember Me? Prior to this one, so I knew what happened to characters, but I must admit that it did take me the first 100 pages or so to figure that this was the same character, and this fact also didn’t stop me loving this book! It wasn’t my favourite Amanda Prowse book, but that is because Dot in Clover’s Child had such an impact on me! But a great book none the less!

I think Amanda has written another beautiful masterpiece with this one! A must read!

4.5/5 stars

another fab review by Kelly

thank you for reading

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lynsey today book buddy

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lynsey today book buddy
Lynsey one my Aj bookclub team members each Wednesday Lynsey on my blog with a book review post but we can also find her on her blog too

What your blog called?
Blog is called Lynsey’s books

How did you come up with the name?
The name is not very orginal so didnt take me long to come up with
What do you like to read ?
I mainly review thriller, crime, mystery.

Where did your love of books come from ?
I have always loved reading i can remember when i was younger me and my family going to stourport and visting a second hand book shop and i brought many of the beatrix potter books from there she was my favourite author when i was younger. My favourite childhood book was the Tailor of Gloucester.

Who do you pick your books ?
people on twitter and blogs help me pick my books i want to read

Why did you decide to start a blog?

I joined twitter september last yr this is when i first seen book blogs and met my first book bloggers and some friends on there told me to try blogging so after xmas i started my blog i have never looked back since i love it.

Tell me three great books you have read lately
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Do you have a kindle ?
My work colleagues for my 30th birthday last year brought me my kindle fire and now my love for books and reading grows day by day

Do you have lots of book on your tbr pile?
not sure try not to count i have 40 books from netgalley so must be over 80 with my unread books on my kindle

How many books do you read in a week?
i read on average 2 books a week

Can tell a couple of things about you ?
I have a law degree
I have two daughters jess and alannah
I dont drink alcohol
Not very interesting facts sorry

Where can we find you ?
my blog is http://lynseysbooks.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Your favourite book from your childhood ?

my favourite book of childhood has to be the The Tailor of Gloucester
Do you have a fav bookmark ?
i wish i had a favourite bookmark but i end up buying lots of them as we have a bookmark monster so can never find the same one always have to use a new one




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The perfect Christmas swap?

All Juliet, frazzled single mum and domestic goddess, wants for her winter holidays is a joyful family celebration. All her single sister Gemma, an assistant director, wants is a getaway to the sizzling Caribbean sun, far from diva actors and Hollywood tantrums. Until a sisterly squabble prompts new plans: a holiday swap. Gemma will spend a cosy, snowy week with her nieces and nephews – not to mention Juliet’s gorgeous neighbour Will – whilst Juliet takes Gemma’s tropical holiday and unplanned adventures.

Juliet and Gemma may not get the holiday they expected, but it could be about to make all their wishes come true


I enjoyed this book i like the idea of a christmas swap

I wanted to see how the sisters would cope with each other life’s

Gemma got to look after the kids and Juliet now got time to relax in the sun do they cope ?

The book very much about family, romance and the christmas spirit i like how they did it

It a very through provoking read both sister were so different to each other

Juliet very responsible and sensible were Gemma more laid back she lives for now most of the time they are at loggerheads i liked that they were so opposite

Gemma the career girl working in the film industry

Juliet the single mum that stays at home to look after her kids

You just like them both i like the swap it was fun to read it got a few very good twists it full of surprises some will make you smile

The description of st. Lucia were spot on i been there my brother got married there i like that Juliet got the holiday of a life time did her sister cope with her life could she let her sister take on the burden she felt so much of the time

Both of them learn a few things about them selfs they seem to grow in the story too i like that they talked more a lot of truth came out it a very heartwarming read

I liked that the chapters alternate between the too of them you could see both their points of views it helps you to get to know them more

The description were fantastic the humour was very good i like all the characters they become your friends

The scenario with the kids were very real just kids

It so easy to read very true to life a nice story

A lovely read

4 dolls(4stars)

Thank you net galley for letting me read and review

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From the moment Rhoda Middleton opens one of her husband’s letters and finds it is from another woman, she is convinced he is having an affair. But when Rhoda tracks her down, she discovers the mysterious woman is not his lover after all, but the wife of his best friend, Archie Foster. There is only one problem – Rhoda has never even heard of Archie Foster. Devastated by this betrayal of trust, Rhoda tries to find out how and why her husband, Peter, has kept this friendship hidden for so long. Her search leads her back to 1945, but as she gradually uncovers Peter’s wartime secrets she must wrestle with painful memories of her own. For if they are ever to understand each other, Rhoda too must escape the ghosts of the past. Taking us on a journey from the atmospheric filming of Brief Encounter, to the extraordinary Great March of prisoners of war through snow-bound Germany, this is a novel of friendship, hope, and how in the end, it is the small things that enable love to survive. Includes discussion points for reading groups

I seem to like historical fiction at the moment and i really enjoy this book
I found it easy to read and follow i like the writing style it told from three different characters points of views by doing this it helps to build up the suspense and tension

This story is all about lives , love, betrayal, guilt and forgivenesses it show us that life not that simple it was a very complex story

The man who were prisoners did not have a very easy life it seem so hard for them i did feel the ones that did or had to stay at home did not have a very easy time
All the characters were so strong they seem so real i was there with them i felt all there pains and i could see it all so clear in my head
I felt a lot of research had gone in to this story it gave us a great insight to how bad conditions were during the war
I felt i was there with the prisoners i got took right into the middle of this war i could see all the pain grief and devastation that was caused by it all

Pete and Archie were just so brave like how they help each other to make it out alive it a very through provoking tale

How can one letter year later change lives ? That book tell you just that
it a very captivating read it will transport you in there with them all
Just a wonderful story it very well written the description are just right you will be hook on the story

please read for yourself i recommend it to you all
Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review
4 dolls ( 4 stars)

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About the Author
Davina Blake used to be a set and costume designer for theatre and TV, during which time she developed a love of research which fuelled her passion for the past. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and also writes successful seventeenth century historicals under the pen name Deborah Swift. ‘Her characters are so real that they linger in the mind long after the book is back on the shelf. Highly recommended.’ The Historical Novels Review From Davina: ‘I was inspired to write ‘Past Encounters’ because I live close to the railway station where the iconic ‘Brief Encounter’ was filmed in 1945. I have often used the refreshment room that featured in the film when waiting for a train. I love a good cup of tea, preferably accompanied by a chocolate brownie!’ Find her at www.davinablake.com

or at www.davinablake.blogspot.com




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Out 13 August as a whole book i can not wait to read i love the new cover do you ?

Appleby Farm is a charming, funny and romantic story for anyone looking for a feel-good, light-hearted read, from the author of bestselling Ivy Lane.

Freya Moorcroft has wild red hair, mischievous green eyes, a warm smile and a heart of gold. She’s been happy working at the café round the corner from Ivy Lane allotments and her romance with her new boyfriend is going well, she thinks, but a part of her still misses the beautiful rolling hills of her Cumbrian childhood home: Appleby Farm.

Then a phone call out of the blue and a desperate plea for help change everything…

The farm is in financial trouble, and it’s taking its toll on the aunt and uncle who raised Freya. Heading home to lend a hand, Freya quickly learns that things are worse than she first thought. As she summons up all her creativity and determination to turn things around, Freya is surprised as her own dreams for the future begin to take shape.

Love makes the world go round, according to Freya. Not money. But will saving Appleby Farm and following her heart come at a price?

who going to read this I will as I not read any this time I was waiting for the whole book

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From the author of the 2 million+ copy, worldwide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, an exquisite, funny and heartrending parallel story.

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait?

A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey too.’

Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.

Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novel about the journey we all must take to learn who we are; it is about loving and letting go. And most of all it is about finding joy in unexpected places and at times we least expect.



After reading The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold fry i got to read this book both are just so warm and brilliant written the story just so powerful it can be read as a standalone book but i say try to read the other first it just set this story up for you

I enjoy hearing all about Quennie and Harold past i enjoy we got to hear so much of Quennie childhood it help to set the story up for us

Her life seem very action packed she worked in a brewery it sounded hard work she was such a brave lady and very caring . The guilt she was carrying around with her was told so well you really felt for her

She was drying and want to share her life we get to hear all about her friendship with Harold it was packed with heart wrenching moments it was very emotional to read

Quennie been told that Harold walking the length of England to get to her before she dies she get sister Mary to write everything down for her she tell her all her thoughts and confessions it just hooked me it was gripping to read it a very passionate and heartfelt tale she tell

The story got lots of sorrow, guilt , loneliness and sadness but then it got hope that Quennie gets her last wish

Omg when Harold reaches the hospices it just so heartbreaking and sad it just so moving it a lovely story of love and friendship

It so well written i just was totally absorbed in the story i finish in a day i like the writing style it very descriptive and scenes in the hospice were marvellous the way they were told

I enjoy the honour that was added to the story it mix in so well a lot of secrets are told did you guess any ?

I recommend this book to you all it just a lovely read

5 dolls(5stars )

i would to thank netgalley for letting me read any review

About the Author
Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into 34 languages. Rachel Joyce was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012. She is also the author of the digital short story, A Faraway Smell of Lemon and is the award-winning writer of over 30 original afternoon plays and classic adaptations for BBC Radio 4. Rachel Joyce lives with her family in Gloucestershire

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who would like to join me ? this week #Ajscoolcoverchallenge

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Join me and read books that have lady’s on cover from 27th April till 3nd May

If tweeting, please use the hashtag and on any post we do as


so we can keep track and we all can see what we are reading
Enjoy reading this week Aj’s cool cover challenge thanks for taking part .

Who would like to join just a bit of fun you can read just one book or read all week

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How to Fly with Broken Wings By Jane Elson

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How to Fly with Broken Wings
By Jane Elson
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Willem has Asperger’s Syndrome and is obsessed with planes and flying. He has a model spitfire in his pocket, which gives him comfort and support. When his teacher gives him the assignment to make two friends Willem does everything he can to pass her test. Unfortunately making friends isn’t easy for Willem. The boys from the Beckham estate bully him and he can’t escape them. When Finn tells him to jump he has to jump and that results in a serious injury.

Sasha doesn’t want the boys to bully Willem. She likes him and becomes his first friend. When the gangs on the estate start a riot he needs her to help him out. Sasha wants to fly as badly as Willem and finally he can share his love for planes. Archie tries to stop the riots and it seems like he can do what nobody else can. He even has a plane for Willem and Sasha to admire and maybe even to fly in. When Finn joins their group Willem thinks he’s found his second friend, but does Finn really have a change of heart or is he still the mean bully Willem needs to fear?

I liked the idea of this story very much. Friendship and flying are wonderful themes which made this story great. There’s a lot going on at the estate, dangerous things done by young boys who think they rule the world. Archie is the only one who can change the situation. He gives them something to do. He’s also very kind to Willem and Sasha and because of him their friendship can blossom. I liked the way they are looking out for each other. Sasha has a choice to make and she makes it with her whole heart. The bullying is rough and crude, it’s dangerous and the boys are merciless. Because of some heavy situations I think this is a children’s book that’s more suitable for adults. It’s really good and I liked it a lot

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Soon he would be able to touch her, to feel the warmth of her blood. And when the time came, nothing would stop him.
As D.C. Jennifer Knight investigates a routine stabbing in the quiet town of Haven, she is shocked at what seems like a personal message from beyond the grave.

When more bodies are found, Jennifer is convinced the killings are somehow linked. What she discovers is more chilling than she could possibly imagine. The murders mirror those of the notorious Grim Reaper – from over twenty years ago. A killer her mother helped convict.

Jennifer can no longer ignore the personal connection. Is there a copycat killer at work? Was the wrong man convicted? Or is there something more sinister at play …

With her mother’s terrifying legacy spiralling out of control, Jennifer must look into her own dark past in a fight not only to stop a killer – but to save herself and those she loves

i want to rave about this book it just a brilliant read a must read book you be hooked i was

Caroline narrated this book so well it was a very interesting and her writing style so different i was grip by the plot
If you do love a bit of paranormal in your book it just for you but if you do not please read as this so cleverly done

DC Jennifer Knight was just a fab character she was so dedicated to her job and so loyal to i real warmed to her she got a special way about her does she get messages from the other side ?
I loved that she wear her heels all the time
Will another fab character his and Jennifer banter was so good they just bounce of each other they work will together

The plot packed with twists it got a dark gruesome killer the suspense is so high it will keep you on your toes it will gave you the chills I could not put it down i has to know more
The Grim reaper was up to his old tricks I enjoy hearing about his character soon Jennifer could seen the parallels with the past can she see what going on now it will make you think
The ending was brilliant i not sure what to write as i want you all to read it just a brilliant read so fantastically written it will just keep you on your toes
I want to hear more from Jennifer character i really liked her hope she in more books
A must read book please all read
5 dolls
Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review

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A Robot In The Garden byDeborah Install

A Robot In The Garden byDeborah Install

‘An unusual and delightful book.’

Warm-hearted fable of a stay-at-home husband who learns an important lesson in life when an unusual creature enters his life.

A story of the greatest friendship ever assembled.

Ben Chambers wakes up to find something rusty and lost underneath the willow tree in his garden. Refusing to throw it on the skip as his wife Amy advises, he takes it home.


I did enjoy this debut novel by Deborah it a very well written and very easy to follow .It packed with wit ,clever phrases that will make you smile the description are so good you can see it all in your mind it a very quirky and a different tale

I would love to see it as a film it would be brilliant as one

Tang the robot he was just like a small child he could feel all the emotions we can feel you will just love him he was a very clever robot he could learn too he a lovely character you will just love him

Ben and Amy find Tang in their garden.Amy seem to be so unhappy she walks out on Ben .Ben a bit of a loner he does not want child he happy to stay in his study he seem happy to ignore his wife . Was it their life before or after Tang why she left ? have to read to see

Ben takes Tang on a journey to met his marker who was a nasty character i did not like him did you ?

I liked that Ben was also on a journey to discovery himself sometimes i found him a bit self obsessed but them other he was a kind and lovely .As both of them go on their journey we get to a lovely side to them both it was a very heartwarming part of the story it was quite sad at times .I loved the humour between them it will make you smile

Ben was a grief stricken guy as his parents died when he was young i felt Tang brought him a purpose in his life sometimes i felt he was a very unhappy man did you?

Amy would be me not wanting this dirty old robot in her home but Ben need this his bond with Tang was so strong i liked how he help him the adventures the go are fab so brilliantly told i was there with them i liked all the characters they met it was very touching in places and so funny in other the one lines were fab

Tang was just like a child to me he just made me smile he just a lovable robot it was a story of self discovery for them both

It a very enjoyable story of love ,learning and healing all while they go on this wonderful adventure it just a lovely heartwarming tale of friendship it will just grip you

I recommend you all read i say a great book for adult and kids



Thank you to Ben at Transworld publishers for letting me read and review and Netgalley too

About the Author
Deborah Install has worked as a website copywriter. Her debut novel, A ROBOT IN THE GARDEN, is inspired by her own young son. She lives in Birmingham with her family where she bakes good cakes and writes even better books.

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