MeTooTitle: #MeToo – Essays About How and Why this Happened, What it Means and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again

Author: Laurie Perkins

Pages: 154 Pages

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books

The Blurb

Currently #1 on Kindle’s Feminist Theory best-seller list  Also #1 on Kindle Political best-seller list.

More than 16 million people had posted their #MeToo story and support against sexual harassment by mid-October as a reaction to Rose McGowan’s brave admission that she had allegedly been raped by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.  A groundswell of reaction to and exposure of this sexual predation was unleashed that has spread throughout Europe and beyond. New revelations of unacceptable behavior in every industry break every day as people come forward in response to the viral #MeToo posts. Protests are scheduled such as the “Take back the Workplace” Hollywood march in November of 2017, and legislation is being drafted in New York and California to finally change the way things have been for far too long.

This is the turning point. Things are going to change.

This is a historic moment and it needs to be memorialized, passed around and passed on. Although social media is a fantastic means of igniting a fire, it needs to keep burning, like a torch.

So Riverdale Avenue Books, a woman-owned leading hybrid publisher, is putting its money, words and power, behind this and publishing this collection of 26 essays from people who understand want to make this change, and we, as a society, have got to figure out a way to drive that change forward.

So pass this book around. Share it with your sons, brothers, fathers, your daughters, sisters and mothers, your co-workers and friends.  Read passages to them, if they won’t read it for themselves. Leave it on the desk of someone who should know better.

Help us make this movement more than a hashtag.

The Review

It is hard to ignore the #MeToo campaign that is circulating with more fervency in light of the recent Harvey Weinstein sexual allegation and if I am honest when I saw that there was a #MeToo book I was sceptical. I initially thought that a writer had jumped on the bandwagon to make a pretty penny but when I looked into it and saw that it was a non-profit release I realised that I was wrong and that this is a book to take seriously.

Editor, Lori Perkins has compiled a series of writing from men and women about the #MeToo cause. Some of the essays are personal accounts and others reactionary. At times it can be quite hard to read as some writers don’t hold back when it comes to their own experiences of sexual assault. What is clear is that #MeToo is an important book and the campaign is not one to be forgotten in a hurry.

#MeToo – Essays About How and Why this Happened, What it Means and How to Make Sure it Never Happens Again by Lori Perkins is available now

For more information regarding Lori Perkins and Riverdale Avenue Books (@LoriPerkinsRAB) please visit www.riverdaleavebooks.com.

3 Stars

MoonriseTitle: Moonrise

Author: Sarah Crossan

Pages: 400 Pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury

The Blurb

They think I hurt someone.
But I didn’t. You hear?
Cos people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.

I need you to know the truth.

Joe hasn’t seen his brother for ten years, and it’s for the most brutal of reasons. Ed is on death row.

But now Ed’s execution date has been set, and this might be the last summer they have together.

The astonishing new novel from multi award winning author Sarah Crossan explores life, death, love and forgiveness. It will stay with you long after you have turned the last page.

The Review

In stories about murder, the focus tends to fall on the victim and those close to them. But what about the families of those accused of the crime?

This is essentially the question posed in Sarah Crossan’s latest novel Moonrise.

The story is about Joe. Joe was a young boy when his older brother Ed was accused of murder and was sentenced to death by execution. It is the story of how he and Ed reconnect during Ed’s last few months on death row.

It isn’t an easy book to read because anyone who reads it will go into the story with conviction of their beliefs. For me, I am against the death penalty. I have been since I was old enough to have a mature opinion about it and it is due to this opinion that I couldn’t help but feel that this story was harrowing. The magic of Sarah Crossan’s writing is that she says so much in so few words and that truly is a talent.

Moonrise is definitely a book to recommend to young readers or to help get a debate going.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan is available now.

For more information regarding Sarah Crossan (@SarahCrossan) please visit www.sarahcrossan.com.

For more information regarding Bloomsbury Children’s Books (@KidsBloomsbury) please visit www.bloomsbury.com/childrens

4 Stars

One Day in DeccemberTitle: One Day in December

Author: Shari Low

Pages: 296 Pages

Publisher: Aria Fiction

The Blurb

By the stroke of midnight, a heart would be broken, a cruel truth revealed, a devastating secret shared, and a love betrayed. Four lives would be changed forever, One Day in December.

One morning in December…

Caro set off on a quest to find out if her relationship with her father had been based on a lifetime of lies.

Lila decided today would be the day that she told her lover’s wife of their secret affair.

Cammy was on the way to pick up the ring for the surprise proposal to the woman he loved.

And Bernadette vowed that this was the day she would walk away from her controlling husband of 30 years and never look back.

One day, four lives on a collision course with destiny…

The Review

There are two types of book that I like more than most. One is the coming of age story and the other, the style that Shari Low has created with One Day in December, is what I refer to as the “Love Actually” style of story. One were the lives of the characters seamlessly interweave.

In this story we meet Caro, a girl who is confronting the abandonment of her father due to the imminent loss of her mother. Her potential sister Lila is a sexy vixen who is stringing two men along: Cammy, a man on the verge of proposing and totally unaware of his girlfriends philandering ways and her lover Kenneth, an arrogant and selfish man, cut from the same cloth as her father. Then there is Bernadette who is Kenneth’s long suffering wife who is trying to find her way out of a loveless marriage.

Basically it is an episode of Jeremy Kyle waiting to happen…except all the characters appear to have all their teeth (at least they did in my head) and don’t seem to want to air their dirty laundry on television.

Shari Low has created a wonderful cast of characters and a story that is just so very cleverly written that One Day in December was an absolutely joy to read. I wish it had been longer.

One Day in December by Shari Low is available now.

For more information regarding Shari Low (@sharilow) please visit www.sharilow.com.

For more information regarding Aria Fiction (@Aria_Fiction) please visit www.ariafiction.com.

4 Stars

Seven Days of UsTitle: Seven Days of Us

Author: Francesca Hornak

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group UK/Piatkus Books

The Blurb

Seven Days of Us is the only family drama you need to read this Christmas. It will warm you up, make you cry, but ultimately leave you feeling fabulous. For fans of One DayLove Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

A week is a long time to spend with your family…

It’s Christmas, and the Birch family are coming together at their second home in Norfolk. Emma and Andrew’s daughter, Olivia, is back for the first time in years, and while Emma is elated, her younger, more frivolous daughter Phoebe is braced for inevitable clashes.

But aid worker Olivia is only home because she has nowhere else to go. Having recently returned from Africa, where she’s been treating a life-threatening virus, she has been instructed to stay in quarantine for a week, and so, too should her family.

For the next seven days, no one can leave the house, and no one can enter.

It doesn’t sound too hard. But a week with your nearest and dearest can feel like an eternity, especially when they’re all harbouring secrets.

One of whom is about to come knocking on their door..

The Review

In a classic Lisa move, I chose to read Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak because I liked the pretty cover. If you look at the cover and think that it may be the best thing about the book then you will be wrong. Very wrong.

Seven Days of Us is a story that focuses on the family dynamic. In particular, the dynamic when put in a compromising situation. In this case, a seven day quarantine over Christmas. Told from multiple perspectives we see just how difficult familial relationships are.

Olivia is struggling with normal life after working as an aid worker in Africa. She can’t adjust to regular life and how her family are just not affected by world issues like she is. Her sister Phoebe whose life centres around the nicer things in life who thinks that Olivia needs to accept that not everyone is as socially conscious as she wants them to be. Andrew, the father, who doesn’t have the best relationship with Olivia or his wife Emma; he is struggling with a 30 year old secret that is about to be revealed to his family and shake its very foundations. And Emma who is just trying to hold her family together and who is harbouring a life changing secret herself.

Seven Days of Us is so much more than your average novel set at Christmas. It is heartbreaking, all consuming and all too easy to relate to. Families are difficult to manoeuvre and Francesca Hornak has displayed this so well. You feel like you are a secret extra member of the family who is privy to all the pitfalls of family life and the confident to all the characters.

It was a wonderful read and has personally made me excited for future books from Francesca Hornak.

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak is available now.

For more information regarding Francesca Hornak (@FrancescaHornak) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Little, Brown Book Group UK (@LittleBrownUK) please visit www.littlebrown.co.uk.

For more information regarding Piatkus (@PiatkusBooks) please visit www.piatkusbooks.net.

4 Stars

PPand M 2Title: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Pages: 225 Pages

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

The Blurb

Darcy Fitzwilliam simply doesn’t have time to fall in love. But this Christmas, a kiss under the mistletoe will change everything…

As partner at a major New York hedge fund, Darcy’s only serious relationship is with her work cellphone. The truth is, she’s too busy being successful and making money to have time for romance and Christmas cheer.

But this year Darcy is coming home to Pemberley, Ohio, for the holidays. There, she runs into her old neighbour and high-school foe Luke Bennet – the oldest of five wayward brothers. When Darcy’s enmity with Luke is re-opened, along with a hefty dollop of sexual chemistry…well, sparks are sure to fly. Can Darcy fall in love – or will her pride, and Luke’s prejudice against big-city girls, stand in their way?

This sparkling retelling of Pride and Prejudice will warm your heart over the festive season.

The Review

Firstly, I would like to thank Louise Swannell at Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a copy of Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz to review.

Pride and Prejudice is a story that has been told and retold over and over again. I’m always fascinated when someone manages to tell such a classic story and make it feel fresh and fun. This is exactly what Melissa de la Cruz does with Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe.

With a backdrop of America during the Christmas period, de la Cruz has given the characters a bit of a gender twist just to keep fans of the original Austen classic on their toes.

What is truly wonderful about Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe is that you really do feel the heat between Darcy and Luke. Obviously, the modern day setting helps this along but you can almost feel the heat coming off the page it almost makes you think back to Pride and Prejudice and re-imagine the scenes between Elizabeth and Darcy as much more scorching than they originally appear.

It really is a lovely little thrill of a novel and it isn’t too big a book at only 225 pages. Definitely a book that can be kept in your handbag to be read wherever you are.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz is available now.

For more information regarding Melissa de la Cruz (@MelissadelaCruz) please visit www.melissa_delacruz.com.

For more information regarding Hodder & Stoughton (@HodderBoks) please visit www.hodder.co.uk.

4 Stars