Category Archives: Angela

REVIEW – The Wrong Girl by Laura Wilson

Janice gave her baby up as a teenager after much pressure from her parents. Over forty years later and completely out of the blue, Suzie contacts Janice not because she is desperately seeking her birth mother, but because Dan, Janice's brother who Suzie has been living with, has died. Janice very quickly becomes acquainted with…
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INTERVIEW with Helen Laycock

Welcome to Books, Chocolate & Wine, Helen. I have read one of your collections of short stories for adults, Peace and Disquiet, and also The Secret of Pooks Wood for children. Both were great books, in¬†particular The Secret of Pooks Wood which I thought was a fabulously magical story. I will endeavor to read all…
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REVIEW – The Secret of Pooks Wood

This is one of those magical stories which shows wonder and enchantment in the faces of young children. I am far from being a child myself (although I did used to be one) yet I was quickly pulled into the very real feeling family Christmas story and, by chapter 2, I was totally hooked. Stella…
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REVIEW – Peace and Disquiet

Peace and Disquiet is a collection of short stories which are certainly of the more creepy and disquieting side rather than peaceful. All the stories feature death and/or demise of a curious nature often with a little twist or a feeling of all is not what it first seems. The intriguing and deadly overtones remind…
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REVIEW – All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

This is quite an unusual story, much of it written in first person and mainly from the therapist's point of view. This is not a pleasant read, and from the opening chapter, we experience the most horrific and savage rape of sixteen year old Jenny in the woods edging on to a party attended by…
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REVIEW- The Girl Who Lied by Sue Fortin

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REVIEW – Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Reviewed by Angela 5/5 This debut by B A Paris is a stunning psychological thriller at it's very best. It felt so simple and easy to read that I devoured it in great chunks. I feel that the simplicity comes from there being very few characters. Grace and Jack are at the fore the whole…
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REVIEW – The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

Reviewed by Angela 5/5 This is one of those books that the enjoyment depends on what your feelings and beliefs are. Do you believe in the afterlife? Are you open minded enough to accept that there could be an afterlife even if you don't want to accept that there might be? If the answer is…
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Review- The Grownup by Gillian Flynn

Reviewed by Angela 4/5 I am previously untainted by Gillian Flynn's writing but have heard and read such good reviews that her full novels are definitely on my 'must read' list. The Grownup is a short 66 page taster of her writing style and I love it. She's a good storyteller who writes with interest,…
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Review- Talent by B Goodwin

Reviewed by Angela 4/5 Talent is an emotional and sensitive story of loss, coming to terms with loss and your position and feeling within the family unit. The storyline centres around a group of drama students putting on a professional style show of 'Oklahoma'. We run through the whole of the production from the auditions…
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