Sunday, 20 November 2011

Book Review : A Secret in the Family

Hello , I just finished reading A Secret in the Family which is by Lyn Andrews.
This is the Book's Cover:

I'm Assuming some people won't have heard of this book because it hasn't been made into a film which is how most people hear about books so I'll give you a run through of the story line. It's set in Liverpool in the 1960's and Dee Campbell and Jean Williams have just finished secondary school. Jean has set her heart on being a hairdresser much to her mother's (Ada) distress. Dee is the more sensible one of the two and is planning on trying to find some office work in Liverpool which is much more easy to come by. At the start of the book they both live on the roughest side of Liverpool and their parents have been hoping to be rehoused for years which they eventually do get rehoused into the countryside on the edge of Liverpool and are extremely happy there. After they move Jeans Father (Harry) has a stroke of luck when he wins the Irish Sweepstakes and him and Ada decide to help Jean with her career by helping her to set up her own business. Everything seems to be Going well for both Girls as they meet steady boyfriends and over the next few years they both get engaged and remain the best of friends but what happens when disaster strikes for Dee will friendship really last through everything?
Overall I thought this book wasn't very good when I first started reading it , this was mostly because I've read other Lyn Andrews books and the starts of the books are very similar but after reading the first hundred pages there became a massive twist and one that i didn't expect there to be in this book. It's a story of true friendship and shows that no matter how much you plan life never works out as you thought it would. I think if you are going to read this book it is best to not read any other books that Lyn Andrews has written and read it when you have a lot of time on your hands because it is a tiny bit long winded but it is in itself a good book and I'm not saying that you shouldn't read it you just need to have a lot of time to read it all because you shouldn't read it a little at a time.
Hope that if you read this Book you enjoy it.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Book Review : The Notebook

Hello , this time I am going to review The Notebook by Nicolas sparks. I read this  book quite a long time ago so if I forget some details from the book but i doubt that i will because it is one of my all time favourite books. I personally love Nicolas Sparks' books and have read most of them apart from his newest one which I am looking forward to reading.
anyway this is the cover of 'The Notebook'.

If you haven't heard of the book or even seen the film which I think is most unlikely because most people deem that Film a classic romance film this is what it is about. It Starts out as an old man reading to a woman who is in a home for Alzheimer disease. He starts reading the story of two young people called Noah and Allie who met and dated for one summer and fell in love but who were later torn apart by Allies parents hatred for him as they thought she was too good for him. It then skips 14 years ahead where Allie is engaged to another man and Noah has come home from WW2 and started restoring a house in New Bern (the house that he took Allie 14 years ago on the night they first made love). Allie sees an article in the newspaper about the house and is immediately shocked and decides that to have closure from her love for Noah which still burns on inside of her. She travels to New Bern and seeing each other triggers the emotions and memories of that summer for both Allie and Noah. She thought that he hadn't written to her after the one summer they spent together as he had promised but soon realises that her mother had hidden them from her. After spending the weekend with each other they rekindle their romance but later Allies mother shows up and gives Allie the letters but tells her she needs to choose her fiancĂ©e or Noah. This is an incredibly difficult choice for Allie as she loves Noah but doesn't want to Hurt Lon.
I won't keep typing because i know if i do I'll tell you the end and if any of you are thinking of reading it , I don't want to ruin it for you. I think this book is possibly the Greatest romance novel ever written up to this point and is a amazingly romantic story. Anybody that loves Romance will adore this book and reread it over and over ( i know i have ) because it is 100% the type of book that you can't just read once. My favourite quote of this book is one i am defiantly going to recommend you to read even if is the only part you read is page 204-209 because it is the most romantic piece of writing I have ever read and makes me cry every time.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I do.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

First Book Review : The Help

Hello , and welcome ( if of course anyone is reading this ) to Summer's Book Reviews this is my first book review so sorry if its not very good but ah well might get a few people to read the book.
The book is called ' The Help ' and is by Kathryn Stockett.
Here is a photo of the cover although I sincerely hope you do not judge books by covers.
For Anybody who hasn't heard of the book it is about African-American Maids working in white Households in 1960's Mississippi and is written in the perspective of  the lives of two of the maids ; Ablieen and Minny. And a white woman (Skeeter )who is looking for answers of where her family's maid disappeared to and what happened to her. Ablieen is working for Skeeter's Friend Elizabeth when they meet and they start an unlikely friendship when Skeeter comes to Ablieen about writing a book about the lives of the maids in mississippi Ablieen at first thinks Skeeter to be naive but later realises that something needs to change about the way white people think about the Black in Mississippi and joins Skeeter in writing the book , and helps her get the other maids involved to also share their story. To say this story is Inspiring is a massive understatement but I can't think of many other words that could describe it. Allthough this Subject is a very serious one Stockett manages to make the book mostly carefree and heartwarming and also very funny and witty at certain part. She makes the charecters seem very real and by the end I felt like i knew them myself and would know they would react to any situation. there is also some very scary serious bits but i won't give too much away for those of you who want to read it yourselves and don't want the entire book spilled to you before you read it.
I hope anyone who reads this Review will read this book because i ensure you you won't be disappointed with it , it will leave you feel like change is even possible in the most impossible of situations and anyone can change the world. 
Thank you for reading this review and if anybody wants another review on a certain book just ask and i will read and review it.  

Love ,