Title: Good Material

Author: Dolly Alderton

Pages: 345 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Every relationship has one beginning.

This one has two endings.

Andy loves Jen. Jen loved Andy.

And he can’t work out why she stopped.

Now he is. . .

1. Without a home

2. Waiting for his stand-up career to take off

3. Wondering why everyone else around him seems to have grown up while he wasn’t looking

Set adrift on the sea of heartbreak at a time when everything he thought he knew about women, and flat-sharing, and his friendships has transformed beyond recognition, Andy clings to the idea of solving the puzzle of their broken relationship. Because if he can find the answer to that, then maybe Jen can find her way back to him.

Andy still has a lot to learn, not least his ex-girlfriend’s side of the story.

From the bestselling author of Ghosts and Everything I Know About Love: a sharply funny, beautifully observed and exquisitely relatable story of heartbreak and friendship, and how to survive both.

The Review

Good Material left me feeling exposed. It is the story about a break-up of a relationship. Jen and Andy have broken up. Andy is not happy and he is not handling it well. We follow him through his journey of trying to get over the relationship and I won’t lie to you, it is brutal.

If you have ever been through a break-up it will all feel painfully familiar. If you haven’t been through a break-up then it should give you the fear.

Dolly Alderton has written a triumphant novel that hits a different way to any other break-up novel I have ever read.

Good Material by Dolly Alderton is available now.

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Title: The Rachel Incident

Author: Caroline O’Donoghue

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

The Blurb

The Rachel Incident is an all-consuming love story. But it’s not the one you’re expecting. It’s unconventional and messy. It’s young and foolish. It’s about losing and finding yourself. But it is always about love.

When Rachel falls in love with her married professor, Dr Byrne, her best friend James helps her devise a plan to seduce him. But what begins as a harmless crush soon pushes their friendship to its limits. Over the course of a year they will find their lives ever more entwined with the Byrnes’ and be faced with impossible choices and a lie that can’t be taken back…

The Review

I’ve read books by Caroline O’Donoghue before and I have really enjoyed them but none as much as I liked The Rachel Incident.

The Rachel Incident is a delicious coming of age drama set in Ireland. It deals with topics such as friendship, first love, inappropriate crushes and mostly how devastatingly hard it can be to grow up. How there isn’t a guide book on how to do it correctly and how so many mistakes can be made and just how easily that can happen.

Rachel – for all her undesirable qualities – is such a likable protagonist. You want her to be successful and happy but you know that journey isn’t going to be smooth and you ride right beside her all the way through. You see the good, the bad and the downright ugly but you still root for her.

O’Donoghue’s characterisation is majestic and I became so involved with these characters lives. I wanted more. I wanted to be friends with them all. As a reader, I was on the periphery. I wanted to be in the inner circle.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Rachel Incident and would completely recommend it to anyone and everyone.

The Rachel Incident by Caroline O’Donoghue is available now.

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Title: The Trial

Author: Rob Rinder

Pages: 358 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

ONE MURDER. ONE IMPOSSIBLE CASE. WHO IS GUILTY?

When hero policeman Grant Cliveden dies from a poisoning in the Old Bailey, it threatens to shake the country to its core.

The evidence points to one man. Jimmy Knight has been convicted of multiple offences before and defending him will be no easy task. Not least because this is trainee barrister Adam Green’s first case.

But it will quickly become clear that Jimmy Knight is not the only person in Cliveden’s past with an axe to grind.

The only thing that’s certain is that this is a trial which will push Adam – and the justice system itself – to the limit.

The Review

What an absolute corker of a courtroom thriller.

The Trial by Rob Rinder presents us with Adam Green, trainee solicitor who is desperate to win a coveted place in a respected office. When he is put on a high profile murder case he is expected to do grunt work and kowtow to his teacher. However, the more he looks into the case the more inconsistencies he sees and Adam begins to question whether his client is guilty or not.

This is a fantastic debut from Rob Rinder. When you read it, you know that the legalese is going to be accurate but even better than that is a well crafted story with a likeable protagonist who you feel could carry a whole series. I cannot wait for the sequel!

The Trial by Rob Rinder is available now.

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Title: The Housekeepers

Author: Alex Hay

Pages: 320 Pages

Publisher: Headline

The Blurb

UPSTAIRS, MADAM IS PLANNING THE PARTY OF THE SEASON.

DOWNSTAIRS, THE SERVANTS ARE PLOTTING THE HEIST OF THE CENTURY.

When Mrs King, housekeeper to the most illustrious home in Mayfair, is suddenly dismissed after years of loyal service, she knows just who to recruit to help her take revenge.

A black-market queen out to settle her scores. An actress desperate for a magnificent part. A seamstress dreaming of a better life. And Mrs King’s predecessor, who has been keeping the dark secrets of Park Lane far too long.

Mrs King has an audacious plan in mind, one that will reunite her women in the depths of the house on the night of a magnificent ball – and play out right under the noses of her former employers…

THEY COME FROM NOTHING. BUT THEY’LL LEAVE WITH EVERYTHING.

The Review

I love a bit of mystery and intrigue and I first heard about The Housekeepers by Alex Hay on Twitter. I saw the teaser campaign and thought that this book is right up my street. I didn’t know who the characters were, I didn’t know anything about the plot. It was the strength of the cover and the drip drip drip of teasing that made me want to read it. Well done, Headline!

If I had to describe The Housekeepers I would say it is an Edwardian, turn of the century mash-up of Downton Abbey meets Ocean’s 8. Quite the image. It is an awesome heist drama filled with family secrets, the ghettos of post-Victorian London and fabulous female characters who have a bootstrap attitude.

Honestly, I was lost in this world and I loved the feistiness of our characters. Definitely a read to get lost in.

The Housekeepers by Alex Hay is available now.

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Title: Before the Crown

Author: Flora Harding

Pages: 396 Pages

Publisher: Harper Collins

The Blurb

Before the crown there was a love story…

Windsor Castle, 1943

As war rages across the world, Princess Elizabeth comes face to face with the dashing naval officer she first met in London nine years before.

One of the youngest first lieutenants in the Royal Navy, Philip represents everything she has always been taught to avoid. Instability. Audacity. Adventure.

But when the king learns of their relationship, the suitability of the foreign prince is questioned by all at court.

He is the risk she has never been allowed to take. The risk not even the shadow of the crown will stop her from taking…

Step through the palace gates and discover a captivating historical novel of royal secrets and forbidden love exploring the tempestuous courtship between Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in the wake of WWII.

The Review

Okay, I’ll admit it. I love me some royal scandal. I was raised as a royalist and I flippin’ love the history of it all. Therefore, Flora Harding’s Before the Crown was like catnip to me.

Before the Crown is the story of Princess Elizabeth and Philip’s courtship and the stumbling blocks they faced during their relationship. How Philip was not seen as  worthy candidate for the princess and how the media intrusion felt oppressive. Hmm, interesting take Flora Harding, once that definitely parallels modern circumstances.

Take away they royal element and Before the Crown is still a gorgeous love story. It is lovely to see the growing bond between the couple but also Harding has given Philip a voice which is something that hasn’t necessarily been given air time.

I really enjoyed Before the Crown. It was a generous look into the hidden world of the royal family.

Before the Crown by Flora Harding is available now.

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