**The book review café book of the month** August 2017

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OMG it’s September, can you believe it’s only three months to Christmas?  Where has the year gone? I use to laugh when my grandparents use to say this, I never understood what they meant, but I guess it’s a thing people say as they get older me included 😂😂

So it’s time to choose my Book of the month for August 2017. The Book Of The Month is chosen by myself at the beginning of every month, for the previous month. It goes to the author/book that I found outstanding for that month, and I may have given a higher rating than a 5 star review if I actually star rated books on my blog.

You all know by now I’m indecisive and very often choose more than one book. Yes I’ve chosen two books again this month! but I loved them both so much it was hard to choose between them, so without further ado here they are………

Pay The Penance by Rob Ashman

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This has to be one of the best crime series I’ve read this year, I loved the Mechanic series so much Those That Remain and In Your Name were my books of the month for July. If you missed my reviews you can read them here…  Those That Remain    In Your Name

Now back to Pay The Penance……..

This is one serial killer I can’t get enough of, and once again author Rob Ashman’s imagination runs riot, making the third book in the Mechanic series a heart thumping read. I’ve been eagerly waiting for Pay The Penance the last book in the Mechanic series to be published, I was so desperate to read this book I got up extra early to download it, and then made the fatal mistake of reading the opening chapter, and I was well and truly hooked, if work hadn’t got in the way I would have read it in one sitting and that’s a fact!

you can read my full review here….Pay The Penance

My second book of the month is…..

The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan

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What a fantastic read The Doll House turned out to be, I loved every page of this dark and intense psychological thriller. Steeped in malice with a constant nagging sense of unease I literally couldn’t put this book down, and read it in just under twenty four hours. I must mention this is Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel, which I was really surprised at, I’m convinced The Doll House will be a book everyone will be talking about, and I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more about this very talented author. The Doll House is a story of family secrets, lies and revenge, which makes this book deliciously twisted and very creepy.

You can read my full review here…….The Doll House

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Hide And Seek by Richard Parker

you can read my review here….Hide And Seek by Richard Parker #BookReview @Bookwalter @Bookouture 

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow

you can read my review here……The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow #Review & Q & A @ChristieJBarlow @HarperImpulse

The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

you can read my review here……The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse #Bookreview @MrsAmandaProwse

The Art Of Hiding by Amanda Prowse #Bookreview @MrsAmandaProwse

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Book description

Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.

Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.

But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.

Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once again plumbs the depths of human experience in this stirring and empowering tale of one woman’s loss and love.

Anyone who follows my blog will know The Art Of Hiding is an unusual book for me to review, but only because it’s not a crime or psychological thriller. I’ve decided every now and then I’m going to mix it up a bit and read a book out side of my comfort zone. The reasons I picked The Art Of Hiding will probably shock a lot of my fellow book bloggers, but I must admit I have NEVER read a book by Amanda Prowse (shock, horror!) but I’ve heard such fabulous things about this author, I’ve decided to rectify this and also add another new author to my blog, after all my New Years resolution was to read more #NewAuthors. Would I pick up another book by Amanda Prowse? Now that would be telling!

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Oh WOW I can see why author Amanda Prowse has a legion of fans, what a gifted story teller she is. I was expecting a compelling read, but no way was I expecting such an emotive and powerful one, the author certainly knows how to write a story that will pull on the most hardened heartstrings. It’s going to sound cliched but I really didn’t want to put this book down as I was so caught up In Nina’s story.

Nina appears to have it all, the dream home, holidays in exotic places, her children go to private school and the most difficult decision she has to make is what to have for tea. Life often deals a cruel hand and when her husband Finn is killed in a car crash, Nina is left with a mountain of debt and life changes for her in the most dramatic way. The Art Of Hiding follows Nina on her journey of self discovery and what a powerful and very “human” story it is.

Beautifully written with characters that are so incredibly real, dealing with “real” life situations The Art Of Hiding made for a compelling read. I must applaud Amanda Prowse on her ability to create such wonderful and believable characters, Nina for instance is a character with immense depth and strength and I found myself drawn to her, as she struggles to make a new life for herself and her two son’s I felt so many emotions that truly added to my enjoyment of this novel.

Amanda Prowse tells a remarkable tale but also a thought provoking one with a valuable lesson, society today is very much focussed on possessions, who has the biggest television? the newest phone? The Art Of Hiding very much shows there are far more important things to value in life, family, friends, a roof over our heads, everyone would be a lot happier being content with what they’ve got instead of striving to have the very best.

The Art Of Hiding is a story of grief, relationships and redemption and so much more. I would certainly recommend this book, and I’m thrilled to have found a new author’s books to read, and even better I have a big back catalogue of books to read by Amanda Prowse, some of which I ordered as soon as I finished The Art Of Hiding.

Buying links: Amazon UK 🇬🇧

Amazon US 🇺🇸

Print Length: 290 pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (18 July 2017)

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