Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell

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I’d like to thank Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me to be part of the launch celebrations for Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell. There’s a bit of an irony to this blog post today as I’ve always loved Jill Mansell’s writing but she hasn’t appeared on the blog since 2016 when I hosted an extract from You and Me, Always that you can read here. Just at the point I had decided not to take on any blog tours for 2019, along came Maybe This Time and I simply couldn’t resist. It’s been far too long since I read one of Jill’s books.

Maybe This Time is published today, 24th January 2019, by Headline Review and is available for purchase through the links here.

Maybe This Time

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Mimi isn’t looking for love when she spends a weekend in Goosebrook, the Cotswolds village her dad has moved to. And her first encounter with Cal, who lives there too, is nothing like a scene in a romantic movie – although she can’t help noticing how charismatic he is. But Cal’s in no position to be any more than a friend, and Mimi heads back to her busy London life.

When they meet again four years later, it’s still not to be. Cal is focusing on his family, and Mimi on her career. Then Cal dives into a potentially perfect new romance whilst Mimi’s busy fixing other people’s relationships.

It seems as if something, or someone else, always gets in their way. Will it ever be the right time for both of them?

My Review of Maybe This Time

Mimi’s adventures in the Cotswolds won’t all be plain sailing!

Maybe This Time is wonderful. It can be tricky reading a book from a favourite author in case they disappoint, but I just loved Maybe This Time. It had everything I expect from Jill Mansell and so much more besides.

I found it impossible to drag myself away and when I wasn’t reading the story I was thinking about the characters. I often find children and animals in fiction quite stilted and unrealistic, but both Otto and Cora felt as vivid to me as any of the adults. I think it is the superb quality of the direct speech that creates this effect. Jill Mansell has the ability to make it sound so natural that it’s more like eavesdropping a conversation than reading it on the page.

I also really appreciated the balance of characters. Sometimes in women’s fiction it seems to me as if the writer is a misandrist, but in Maybe This Time, men were as equally well presented as women which I found hugely satisfying. Characters like Kendra and Rob gave a balance to Mimi and Cal. I thought Lois was inspired too because her vulnerability illustrates the warm humanity I expect from this author.

I loved the plot. I was desperate for Mimi to have a happy ending but I had no real idea how, or even if, it would manifest itself, so that each event almost felt as if it were happening to me, never mind a character in a book, because I was so invested in the narrative. The small incidents that run alongside the main story add such a warmth and depth to the read that Maybe This Time has something to attract every reader. The themes of love and relationships, family and friendship, grief and joy all combine into a perfect blend of gorgeous storytelling. Jill Mansell’s style is so effortless to read so that I truly felt as if I were coming home to an old friend in reading this narrative. The descriptions too made Maybe This Time so lovely to read. I was able to place myself in Goosebrook particularly easily.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Anyone who loves Jill Mansell’s writing needs to know that Maybe This Time is her writing at her most glorious, and entertaining best and is an absolute joy to read.

About Jill Mansell

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Jill Mansell is the author of over twenty Sunday Times bestsellers including The One You Really Want and Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay. Take a Chance on Me won the RNA’s Romantic Comedy Prize, and in 2015 the RNA presented Jill with an outstanding achievement award.
Jill’s personal favourite amongst her novels is Three Amazing Things About You, which is about cystic fibrosis and organ donation; to her great delight, many people have joined the organ donor register as a direct result of reading this novel.

Jill started writing fiction while working in the field of Clinical Neurophysiology in the NHS, but now writes full time. She lives in Bristol with her family.

You can follow Jill on Twitter @JillMansell and visit her excellent website. You’ll find her on Facebook and there’s more with these other bloggers.

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Love For Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim

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My enormous thanks to Josie Murdoch at Penguin for sending me a copy of Love For Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim in return for an honest review.

Although Love For Imperfect Things isn’t out until tomorrow, 24th January 2019, I couldn’t wait any longer to share my thoughts!

Love For Imperfect Things is available for purchase through the links here.

Love For Imperfect Things

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“Hearing the words ‘be good to yourself first, then to others’ was like being struck by lightning.”

Many of us respond to the pressures of life by turning inwards and ignoring problems, sometimes resulting in anxiety or depression. Others react by working harder at work, at school or at home, hoping that this will make ourselves and the people we love happier.

But what if being yourself is enough? Just as we are advised on airplanes to take our own oxygen first before helping others, we must first be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with the world around us.

In this beautiful follow-up to his international bestseller The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim turns his trademark wisdom and kindness to self-care, arguing that only by accepting yourself – and the flaws which make you who you are – can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships with your partner, family and friends.

“Even products labelled ‘limited edition’ are made on a production line with hundreds that are exactly the same. But there is only one you in the world.”

My Review of Love For Imperfect Things

2019 seems to be the year of the self-help book, and I’ve read a few so far this year, but Love For Imperfect Things is one of the best. I loved it.

I want to begin my review by saying something about the lovely quality of the way the hard-backed book is produced. The robust cover means that this is a book that will withstand years of use as readers dip in and out. What really enhances Love For Imperfect Things though, are the wonderful illustrations by Lisk Feng. They have a naive quality that enhances Haemin Sunim’s writing that has been so skilfully translated by Deborah Smith. In fact, the very first image in the book, of a seascape, made me feel instantly more relaxed and calm.

What works so effectively and affectingly in Love For Imperfect Things is the structure of the chapters. Haemin Sunim is unafraid to lay bare his own imperfections so that both he and the reader can learn, advance and find peace and acceptance. Each chapter opens with a personal account of events that have happened to Haemin Sunim and his responses to them, followed by brilliant advice presented in an almost poetic form. I loved both these approaches. The note to the author’s graduate school friend brought tears to my eyes and his chapter on Listening Is An Act of Love brought me up short. I simply don’t do enough active listening to those around me.

I genuinely felt taller and lighter after reading Love For Imperfect Things. So much of it resonated with me. In fact, I think, having read it right the way through once, I need to go back and reread Haemin Sunim’s words again and again as I believe I have much more to learn about myself and others. I never think I’m good enough in whatever I do, but Love For Imperfect Things has shown me I don’t need to be perfect. I just need to be me and accept myself as I am.

After I’ve read books I tend to pass them on, but Love For Imperfect Things is a keeper. I don’t want to part with it because it spoke to me heart and soul. Love For Imperfect Things is wise, accessible, humble and uplifting and I would urge others to read it too.

About Haemin Sunim

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Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in South Korea, where his books have sold more than three million copies and are popular as guides not only to mediation but also to overcoming the challenges of everyday life.

Born in South Korea, he went to the United States to study film, only to find himself pulled into the spiritual life. Educated at UC Berkeley, Harvard, and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.

He has more than a million followers on Twitter and Facebook and lives in Seoul when not traveling to share his teachings.

To find out more, visit Haemin’s website. You can follow Haemin on Twitter @haeminsunim and find him on Facebook.

The Puppet Show by M.W. Craven @MWCravenUK

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My enormous thanks to M.W. Craven for arranging to send me a copy of The Puppet Show in return for an honest review.

The Puppet Show is published by Little Brown imprint Constable and is available for purchase through these links.

The Puppet Show

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A serial killer is burning people alive in the Lake District’s prehistoric stone circles. He leaves no clues and the police are helpless. When his name is found carved into the charred remains of the third victim, disgraced detective Washington Poe is brought back from suspension and into an investigation he wants no part of . . .

Reluctantly partnered with the brilliant, but socially awkward, civilian analyst, Tilly Bradshaw, the mismatched pair uncover a trail that only he is meant to see. The elusive killer has a plan and for some reason Poe is part of it.

As the body count rises, Poe discovers he has far more invested in the case than he could have possibly imagined. And in a shocking finale that will shatter everything he’s ever believed about himself, Poe will learn that there are things far worse than being burned alive …

My Review of The Puppet Show

A man burns to death in the centre of a stone circle in Cumbria and an investigation will follow.

My goodness me. What a book! From the incredibly dramatic opening to the final word I was entirely gripped by M. W. Craven’s writing. It’s going to be difficult not to slip into hyperbole to describe my thoughts about The Puppet Show.

Firstly, the plot is not so much fast paced as supersonic. It’s like quicksilver so that just when you think you have it all worked out M. W. Craven twists what’s happening in such an effective and credible manner that it’s breathtaking. My heart was thumping as I read The Puppet Show. It’s one of those books that kept making me exclaim aloud, ‘Ooo.’ Usually I’m not overly fond of police procedural narratives, but this one had me gripped throughout, partly because there is an intelligent and compelling psychological aspect to it too and partly because the fabulous plot is so brilliantly character driven.

Washington Poe is wonderfully generated. Part of his past is uncovered and The Puppet Show provides fertile ground for his future so that, having read this first book in the series I am now desperate for the next. Poe is an anti-hero without the stereotyping that often puts me off this kind of book. He has his daemons but they do not dominate excessively. He has integrity but isn’t afraid to break the rules – and vice versa. I found Poe such an engaging character that I was filled with admiration for the writing and the man, Poe. I loved the developing working relationship he has with Tilly who is herself a glorious individual. On the autistic spectrum she is the perfect balance to Poe’s creative thinking.

And Tilly exemplifies one of the reasons I enjoyed The Puppet Show so much – M. W. Craven appears to have a social conscience that he can weave unobtrusively into his story so that the reader thinks and is engaged almost without their own permission. I thought this element was fabulous. I found the overall quality of M. W. Craven’s writing fantastic so that reading The Puppet Show was effortless and compelling.

The Cumbrian setting works beautifully too because it lends a credibility and authenticity to the events. I found the whole book amazingly authentic. The procedures, the social elements, the settings, the characters and so on are all superb, but they add up to a wonderful, wonderful read. In fact, I’m finding it hard to convey just how much I enjoyed The Puppet Show. Quite simply, I want to look at the thesaurus synonyms for brilliant and list them all. I can’t wait for the next book in the Washington Poe series and if you haven’t yet read The Puppet Show, my goodness are you missing out!

About M. W. Craven

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W. Craven was born in Carlisle but grew up in Newcastle. He joined the army at sixteen, leaving ten years later to complete a social work degree. Seventeen years after taking up a probation officer role in Cumbria, at the rank of assistant chief officer, he became a full-time author. The Puppet Show, the first in a two-book deal he signed with the Little Brown imprint, Constable in 2017, was released in hardback in June 2018.

You can follow M.W. Craven on Twitter @MWCravenUK and visit his website for more information.

We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt

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My enormous thanks to Orion imprint Trapeze and blog tour organiser Tracy Fenton  for inviting me to be part of the tour for We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt.

We Own the Sky is available for purchase thorough the links here.

We Own the Sky

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Anna and Rob were the perfect couple with their whole lives in front of them. When beautiful baby boy Jack came along, their world seemed complete.

But when tragedy strikes they are faced with an impossible choice. They have one chance to save their child, but at what cost?

My Review of We Own the Sky

Anna and Rob’s world is about to be turned upside down.

No, no, no, no, no! I simply can’t put into words what a brilliant read We Own the Sky is. I absolutely adored every word of it even though Luke Allnutt reduced me to a howling, sobbing wreck as I read. I had no idea that a balloon or a bouncy castle could be so emotional. Luke Allnutt has the ability to grasp a reader’s heart and wring it mercilessly so that reading We Own the Sky becomes a truly affecting and visceral experience.

The quality of the writing is such that We Own the Sky is beautifully crafted. The mostly unpunctuated asides to Jack in between some of the chapters, for example, are immensely effective because they reflect the child like innocence that Jack exemplifies. It’s as if Rob is so overwhelmed too by his feelings that he cannot bear to separate himself from those memories of Jack by using full stops and capital letters. The emails and online forums are completely convincing and realistic so that the reader cannot help but be ensnared by the action. But it is the overall craftsmanship that is so alluring. The change from past to present tense, for example, at just the right moment in the action allows hope amongst the despair, and happiness as well as all consuming grief. I have no idea if it was intentional, but thought it was a stroke of genius too that Anna’s name is a palindrome given her need for structure and order.

There is an incredible intimacy in We Own the Sky, partly because there are really only three characters – Jack, Anna and Rob with some supporting roles from a very few others like Nev. Rob’s voice is clear and human so that although he behaves reprehensibly at times I couldn’t help but love him. He illustrates perfectly how desperation can impact on the individual. I’m not a great lover of children in fiction as I usually find their depiction stereotypical or forced but in We Own the Sky Jack seemed entirely right until I was almost as affected by the life he is leading as are Anna and Rob.

The themes of We Own the Sky are sweeping, empathetic and genuine so that I think there truly is something for every reader. Relationships, the effect of illness, parenting, love, grief, hope – even business, invention and social media – all add to the rich tapestry of this book.

I have found it impossible to do justice to Luke Allnutt’s We Own the Sky. It broke my heart. It held me spellbound. I feel privileged to have read it. Sheer perfection.

About Luke Allnutt

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Luke Allnutt grew up in Surrey and has lived and worked in Prague as a journalist since 1998, writing mostly about technology and Eastern European politics. In 2013, he wrote about his father’s death from a brain tumour in Unspoken, a Kindle Single for Amazon. A keen runner, he is married and has two young boys.

You can follow Luke on Twitter @lukeallnutt and visit his website. There’s more with these other bloggers too:

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Seizing the Day: A Blog Tour Guest Post by Ross Greenwood, Author of Shadows of Regret

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I know I said I wasn’t really doing blog tours for a while here on Linda’s Book Bag but when the author lives in your nearest town and is a friend it does mean there have to be some exceptions! My thanks to Ross Greenwood, author of Shadows of Regret and to Caroline Vincent, tour organiser, for inviting me to take part. I’m thrilled to have a guest post from Ross today all about Seizing the Day.

Ross has been a frequent visitor to the blog and you can read a post in which Ross introduces his protagonist for Abel’s Revenge here. You can also read my Lazy Blood interview with Ross here, a guest post and my review of The Boy Inside here and my review of Fifty Years of Fear here.

Published yesterday, 20th January 2019, Shadows of Regret is available for purchase here.

Shadows of Regret

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Katie committed a terrible crime. Sixteen years was the price she had to pay.

Once released from prison, she finds the world has changed. Her chances appear bleak, but Katie is a survivor.

Isolated and alone, she struggles to make sense of her new life. Starting again isn’t easy, especially after what she’s done.

Despite not feeling free or safe, Katie overcomes her fears and confronts the future. But history won’t remain forgotten.

Gradually, memories of the past are revealed. When Katie finally exposes the awful truth and sees there are others who share the blame, she must choose her path.

Will she seek redemption, or will she take revenge?

Seizing the Day

A Guest Post by Ross Greenwood

As some of you may know, Linda is concentrating on her own reading and, hopefully, maybe even some of her own writing… She’s had quite a year. We’ll miss her. When I first started out writing four years ago, she was one of the first people to help. She did a blog post for me when I didn’t know what one was, she added me to groups I never knew existed, and has been consistently helpful and friendly ever since. At the back of my mind, I was wondering how she managed it all. We know now. Thank you for everything.

(Linda: My goodness Ross. You’re making me blush. You’re very welcome to it all!)

She offered a guest post for Shadows of Regret and I’d like to take up her theme of taking control and doing things now, while we still have time.

Thirty years ago, I had a grey patch at the back of my head. I never thought too much of it, although it fascinated my mother. Twenty years ago, my hair began to fall out. Under the now gone grey patch was a squidgy spot, like the flesh on your forearm. I still wasn’t concerned but it slowly grew. I eventually went to the doctors where they decided it was a cyst. I went to Stamford hospital and, for an hour under agonizing local anaesthetic, they tried to remove what turned out to be a tumour.

Not their finest hour. People offered to sue the hospital for me, but there was no malice. I was left with a hefty scar and the knowledge that life was precarious.

But in a way, I’m thankful for it. I bought a scary motorbike and travelled the world. My wound was always a talking point. Risks were taken because I’d seen the worst that can happen. I became flakey at times, as if a job was not worth it, or a relationship didn’t seem to be working, I’d chuck them in at the drop of a hat. Life was too short.

Obviously, you can’t live your life that way for too long. I ended up with a fair few regrets and was unemployed on numerous occasions, skint on many others. I did some terrible jobs; data input or stuffing envelopes in Peterborough, but found some great roles; Call Centre Manager in West London.

Finally, I was lucky enough to find love, have children, and got married. It’s been that which grounded me.

I had a plan for writing a book bubbling away for years in my mind but I couldn’t think of a gritty end, or a decent beginning! I then met an ex-girlfriend, one I’d casually discarded many years before, at my sister’s barbecue. She was the HR manager at our local prison. The only one in the country with a male and female side. We need more officers, she said. We’ll take anyone. She got her revenge.

The first six months in the job were awful. I’d lived an eventful life but nothing prepares you for prison. The sights you see don’t leave you. I was tempted to jack it in, like I’d done on so many other occasions, but this time I didn’t. I’d finally grown up. I did four years in the end, both on the male side of the prison and latterly with the women too.

The urge to finish my story strengthened and I remembered the best part of the shock I received. Seize the day, don’t put things off if you can help it, you don’t know what’s around the corner.

When I left, I had my tale to finish, and through books such as Shadows of Regret, I also had other’s stories to tell.

I hope you enjoy reading about dark lives.

Ross Greenwood

(Oh we will Ross! Can’t wait to read Shadows of Regret too as soon as I can. Thanks so much for a brilliant guest post. I couldn’t agree more. Seize the day!)

About Ross Greenwood

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Ross Greenwood was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until he was 20, attending The King’s School in the city. He then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.

Ross found himself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually, so he says “when things had gone wrong.” It was on one of these occasions that he met his partner about 100 metres from his back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. And, according to Ross, he is “still a little stunned by the pace of it now.”

Lazy Blood book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then four years as a prison officer got in the way. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave the author the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep he completed it in the early morning hours.

Ross Greenwood’s second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by Bloodhound Books, and in September 2017, Fifty Years of Fear was published. The year 2018 saw the publication of his next psychological thriller, Abel’s Revenge. All his books are thought provoking, and told with a sense of humour.

Ross Greenwood hopes you enjoy reading them.
Please feel free to get in touch on his web site.

You can also follow Ross on Twitter @greenwoodross and find him on Facebook.

Ross’s books are:

The Dark Lives Series:
#1 Fifty Years of Fear –
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#2 The Boy Inside
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#3 Lazy Blood
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Abel’s Revenge Getbook.at/AbelsRevenge
Shadows of Regret
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There’s more with these other bloggers too:

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Gary and the Three Turkeys by Richard Guthrie

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My enormous thanks to Rosie Crofts at Pen and Sword Books for sending me a copy of the children’s book Gary and the Three Turkeys by Richard Guthrie in return for an honest review.

Published on 18th November 2018, Gary and the Three Turkeys is available for purchase here.

Gary and the Three Turkeys

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The poem Gary and the Three Turkeys was the creation of Richard Guthrie, a frustrated student at Aberdeen at the time. Bored in a lecture one day, he etched out a rough doodle of an oversized young gentlemen in a baggy sailor’s suit and recalling some fanciful tale of a portly old school friend and his penchant for food and especially turkey, the creative muse was stirred and verses began to flow.

The poem has since entertained many a household dining table, been the subject of insistent recital at a number of official functions and can be found, together with some of its author’s own scribbled sketches, adorning many a wall from Yorkshire through to the Scottish Highlands. Entertaining all but the most Victorian of principle, it has proven a must have party piece for all ages, from those still attired in their school shorts right through to the blanket covered retirement recliners.

Now the Gary and the Three Turkeys has been adapted into a book and a film (featuring Brian Blessed) and a game. By purchasing the book, readers get access to all three via QR codes of web addresses. In addition the book contains 35 pieces of augmented reality which can be view after downloading a free App (also featuring Brian Blessed).

My Review of Gary and the Three Turkeys

Gary is hungry and he wants his favourite food – turkey!

What a completely bonkers book. Children of all ages will love Gary and the Three Turkeys.

Firstly, I have to comment on the quality of the production of Gary and the Three Turkeys. It’s a really robust, heavy-weight, hard back with super glossy pages that will withstand many many readings. Although I haven’t yet used all the augmented reality features, I did enjoy the sounds and animations in the book that really bring the story alive. I’m looking forward to seeing the film with Brian Blessed narrating too.

I thought the language in Gary and the Three Turkeys was excellent. The rhyme scheme works so well and there is an excellent balance of familiar and unexpected vocabulary that will enhance the language skills of children whilst still maintaining the interest of older readers. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the language, rhyme and plotting, particularly the reference to the traditional three little pigs, even if Gary does blow the houses down somewhat differently! I can see the humour will leave youngsters giggling helplessly and can’t wait to share this book with my great-nephew.

Gary and the Three Turkeys is a super book. It’s enormous fun with lots of added extras that I really recommend.

About Richard Guthrie

There’s more about Richard and Gary and the Three Turkeys on the website.

The Cave by Suzy Davies

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My grateful thanks to the author, Suzy Davies, for sending me a copy of The Cave in return for an honest review.

I previously reviewed another of Suzy’s books, Luna the Moon Pig: The Pig Who Hid, here.

The Cave is available for purchase from Smashwords.

The Cave

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Ancient Thai Mysticism and a modern-day tale of The Wild Boars Football Team and their leader’s adventure in a Thai cave are woven together in this young adult’s story of hope, courage, adventure, teamwork, bonds of love and survival.

My review of The Cave

Based on the real life rescue of the Thai boy football team from the flooded caves.

Although The Cave is billed as a young adult book and is a quick read, I think it can be enjoyed on many levels from around the age of 8 upwards, because a great deal of care has gone in to ensuring the style emulates that of traditional fairy stories or morality tales. Language is accessible and well crafted so that confident younger readers could attempt the book independently.

The Cave is an interesting and entertaining retelling of a true event which I found had all the more poignancy because it was based in fact. I appreciated the way in which Suzy Davies made me consider those not directly involved, such as Khun Mae, and I thought the manner in which the story pays tribute to the diver who lost his life in the rescue attempt was very well handled.

I very much enjoyed the descriptive passages, especially those linked to the more spiritual or mythical elements of the story when the writing takes on almost a dream-like quality. What Suzy Davies has done is take a well known international event and bring it alive through the personalities of the boys, their relatives and the culture of the Thai people so that it captures the imagination of the reader.

I thought the themes were very well suited to a teenage audience, with fear and courage, friendship and trust all being explored through the story. I could see The Cave being used as a stimulus for creative writing or drama in middle grade classrooms especially.

The Cave will appeal to a very wide range of readers and is a well researched and fitting tribute to an almost miraculous true event.

About Suzy Davies

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Suzy Davies is a Children’s Author, Romance Novelist and Poet. Her new release, Luna The Moon Pig: The Pig Who Hid is illustrated by award-winning world-acclaimed illustrator and animator, Sheila Graber, famed for her work with Paddington Bear and family, Children’s Television and her illustration and animation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So stories.

Suzy has also published Snugs The Snow Bear, a children’s book, and Johari’s Window, a romance novel.

Suzy has been a writer from an early age. She is a sociologist, and following her first degree at Leicester University, she read for an MA in English Literature at the University of Sussex, in England.

An educationist, Suzy was a Lead English Teacher and Literacy specialist. Suzy is passionate about nurturing future generations of writers, and to this end, she reviews books from time to time, and is an author contributor for The Young Writers’ Newsletter, an international online newsletter which is for young people who wish to write. She is also a regular contributor to The Writers’ newsletter online, where she posts her book reviews.

When Suzy isn’t behind a book, she likes the outdoors and enjoys communing with nature on the beach or by one of Florida’s lakes. She also likes to go to music concerts and enjoys visiting restaurants or mall shopping.

You can follow Suzy on Twitter @birdwriter7.