15th Affair: Book Club Finish

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We’ve officially finished our March book club read, 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, so let us tell you exactly what we thought of the thriller.

**SPOILER ALERT**

Chloe

OMG! I have literally loved this book from start to finish. Never was there a dull moment where I was counting down the words until the end of the chapter. I have not been able to put this book down and have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Lindsay was the perfect character to tell this story, she’s strong, brave and has a whole load of courage. She went through some seriously tough times throughout the book like the disappearance of her husband, being beaten up, being shot at, all whilst trying to solve a quadruple homicide and be a single parent. There were some serious O.M.G. moments throughout the book particularly as we discovered Lindsay’s husband Joe was in fact a CIA agent. I did like the twist at the end, the shocking revelation that The Four Seasons’ security guard Liam Dugan was actually double agent, Alison Muller’s accomplice, but somehow I was expecting a little more.

None the less I still enjoyed this book and am seriously gutted I’ve missed all the other instalments in the series. It is wonderfully written with a number of underlying sub-plots, sometimes sub-plots can cause confusion for readers, but Patterson and Paetro told the story consistently and portrayed all of the characters perfectly, ensuring the story was easy to follow. Such a good read!

It’s safe to say I will definitely be reading the new one from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro called, 16th Seduction.

Sarah

Now we’re at the end, I can admit, I binge read the book in a weekend so when I wrote my halfway post I’d already finished (soz! lol) I really enjoyed this book, it’s definitely been one of my favourite book club picks, and I literally couldn’t put it down.

I agree with Chloe that the ending felt a tiny bit flat but I totally understand why this was the case as the writer has to finish the story and leave no plot holes so the book is self contained but still leave us wanting more so we read the next one so there is no way to leave us on an exciting cliffhanger. In fact I quite like this as there is nothing worse than having to wait ages to find out what happens!! The ending was well written and I’m really looking forward to reading the next one before going back to the beginning and starting from book one! I know that this book will stick in my mind and will definitely be one that I  recommend to people to grab a copy of!

We would love to know your thoughts of our latest book club read, get in touch by dropping us a comment below, tweet us or send us a message on Facebook.

Thanks for reading.

Sarah & Team Hurley

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15th Affair: Book Club Update

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It’s already the 10th of March and we’re officially on our 3rd Book Club read of 2017! We were so excited to have 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro included in the Sarah Hurley Book Club, so let us tell you our thoughts so far…

Sarah

WOW! at the halfway point, I am LOVING this book! A perfect crime drama with plot twists aplenty, full of strong characters and a gripping storyline, this had me hooked from chapter two. Lindsay, the main character is an easily relatable woman, hard working, juggling family, work and friends, she could easily be you or someone you know. She’s drawn into a multiple murder which spills over into her personal life, leaving you on the edge of your seat as she fights to solve the mystery and get to the bottom of where her husband is and how he fits into the whole puzzle. Every character is written so well that even though I haven’t read any of the previous books in this series and there are a lot of people to get straight in the novel (multiple characters, victims and suspects) it’s really easy to keep them all clear in your mind.

I’m struggling to put this one down and sneaking a few pages whenever I can, I can’t wait to finish it! This was recommended to us by Chloe’s sister and we’ve since discovered it’s part of a series (although you don’t have to read them in order as i’ve found out, I’ve read this 15th one first and it’s easy to follow the story) I will definitely be going back to the beginning of this and reading from the start. I have that ‘box set’ high where you start watching something good and realising there are loads of episodes you haven’t seen. In this case there are 15 books for me to read in this series and I can’t wait!

Chloe

I have to say this could be my favourite book of the book club so far. I’ve never really been one to choose mystery crime books, but after reading this one I think I’ll definitely be looking for them more often. As Sarah mentioned the story is full of plot twists, and gripping storylines, I always tell myself I’ll only read until the end of the next chapter and end up reading another two. I’ve really warmed to the protagonist Lindsay, she is a normal woman living her life when work takes over her personal life and sends it ultimately into turmoil. She’s a woman who’s husband is missing and has a multiple murder case to solve as well as managing her family. I’m so intrigued and excited to see what happens next and how this one ends. I think it may even be time to invest in the rest of the book series…

Thank you for reading today! Let us know if you’ve read 15th Affair or if you’re reading along with us, we would love to know your thoughts. Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or just drop us a comment below.

Sarah & Team Hurley

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World Book Day 2017!

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It’s World Book Day 2017! The day when children and adults up and down the country celebrate their favourite books and dress up as their favourite characters. Here at Hurley HQ we thought we would join in with the fun and celebrate the books we loved as children, but also give you the opportunity to tell us your favourite childhood books! Leave us a comment below or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter, and some of our favourites will be in with the chance of winning a signed copy of Sarah Hurley’s Welcome To Spook Street!

 

Chloe

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When I was younger I used to love to read all kinds of books (and still do now), but there was one particular set of books that I would read and collect non stop. My weekend was not complete unless my mum had taken me to Waterstones to get the next instalment in the collection. My guilty reading pleasures were The Rainbow Fairies Book Series by Daisy Meadows! I absolutely loved these books, every book would feature a new and exciting fairy in an eventful story, and with a little help from her fairy friends it always had a very happy ending. There are now 21 series in The Rainbow Fairies collection, however my favourites have to be the Colour Collection. Daisy Meadows is still making the Rainbow Fairies Book Series and I would highly recommend the collection to all little boys and girls, there’s bundles of fun and adventures to be had!

 

Sarah

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I found it really difficult to pick a favourite (apart from Spook Street obviously!), I’ve always been a complete bookworm and have my nose in a book at every opportunity BUT the one that always sticks in my mind and that I reread often is The Ship That Flew by Hilda Lewis – all about a magical little ship that takes four children around the world and through time, it’s an amazing adventure book that I found in a dusty corner of our local library when I was little, it was so old and I borrowed it so often that in the end the librarian said I could have it for 10p! I still have it today though it was reprinted in 2013 so you can pick it up online or in your local bookshop. There was a spooky parallel for me when I was little  between how Peter in the book finds the ship and how I found the book – destiny! and it definitely inspired my love of adventure.

 

Lucy

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Mine is a classic but a an absolute gem of a book, everyone ever has definitely read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, (if you haven’t you need to read it, like now!) whether you’ve read it to your kids or you read it as a kid it is one of those books that will never get old! It tells the story of a very hungry caterpillar who eats his way through a variety of goodies before emerging as a beautiful butterfly. The lovely illustrations that accompany this book make it a wonderful read for kids of all ages, not to mention the various editions of the book that include a finger puppet edition and a touch and feel education version.

 

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The earliest memory of my favourite book would have to be The Story of Tracey Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson. I absolutely loved the story of young and wild Tracey Beaker and her tales of growing up within a children’s home, also known as The Dumping Ground. Tracey is a fantasist who dreams up wonderfully glamorous stories particularly about her Mum returning for her. The story is beautifully illustrated by Nick Sharratt who creates picture perfect illustrations to accompany Wilson’s fantastic story. The things that 10-year-old Tracey goes through were directly relatable to some of my problems as a 10-year-old like squabbling with my friends in the school playground. I would highly recommend this one for your little ones, not forgetting the fantastic TV series they made on CBBC when I was younger.

 

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I’m afraid mine is slightly older than all the rest but still just as good! My favourite book definitely was Jennings Follows A Clue by Anthony Buckeridge, this book follows Jennings and his trusty sidekick Darbishire as they try to solve mysteries together. This book had me laughing as a kid as I read some of their outrageous adventures, and even inspired some of my mischievous ways a kid. Definitely give a read no matter how old you are!

Now we would love to hear what your favourite reads were as a child, let us know by dropping us a comment below, sending us a tweet or by getting in touch via Facebook. We can’t wait to hear all of your fantastic reads, we’re even going to send an exclusive signed copy of Sarah Hurley’s Welcome to Spook Street to some of our favourites!

Team Hurley

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Sarah Hurley Book Club: 15th Affair

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It’s time for a new addition to the Sarah Hurley Book Club and we are delighted to announce our newest pick is 15th Affair by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

Four bodies are found in a luxury hotel…

The first is a man who checked in under a false name. Two are in a room next door, full of surveillance equipment. And the fourth is the house maid, who saw too much. 

Detective Lindsay Boxer is sent in to investigate and hunt down an elusive and dangerous suspect. But when her husband Joe goes missing, she begins to fear that the suspect she is searching for could be him.

Grab a copy of 15th Affair and join us on our latest literary adventure. Stay tuned for a half way review coming soon.

Team Hurley

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Mills & Boon Month: Book Club Update

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February has come and gone, with Valentine’s Day and Storm Doris causing a stir, at least we still have Pancake Day to look forward too! But before we let February 2017 go for good we have to share our thoughts on our book club reads, Always The Best Man by Michelle Major and A Deal With Alejandro by Maya Blake.

Chloe

I read A Deal With Alejandro by Maya Blake, in case you missed my first update I have to admit that I was not enjoying the book at all. I found it boring and predictable, however I am now pleased to say the book pleasantly surprised me. I mean it isn’t a book I would have chose to read, so I am glad that I gave it a go, and although it was fairly predictable I did quite enjoy it.

We finally got to see the other dimensions to the characters and saw Alejandro’s softer side which made him a more likeable character overall. That final twist at the end of the book was great and really was unexpected, I liked that there was that element of surprise, especially as I felt as though I knew exactly what was going to happen from the start.

Although it isn’t my favourite book club read, I am glad I read it and was pleasantly surprised.

Sarah

Well, there were no surprises in my book but that was kind of comforting really! I liked the story and the characters were really likeable. Even though I knew what would happen at the end it was nice to see it come together as I started to relate to the characters throughout the book and it was great to see them happy at the end.

If you’re a fan of an easy read with a warm glow and a nice safe ending, like a Hallmark movie, then these Cherish Mills & Boon book series is the way to go for sure! It was much more modern that I expected and the characters were strongly written. I’m not really a fan of books that have too much explicit content but this was quite tame, thankfully! (I think the series Chloe read from has a bit more sauce if thats your thing!)

If you can find the documentary I mentioned in my previous post about writing a Mills & Boon book that would definitely give you another perspective on these books, it’s so interesting!

Don’t miss out on your chance to win a copy of a Mills & Boon book here!

Thank you for reading along with us today, drop us a comment below or get in touch via our social media and let us know what you thought of this month’s reading picks!

Sarah & Team Hurley

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Sarah Hurley Book Club – Mills & Boon Giveaway!

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To celebrate Mills & Boon month this February on the Sarah Hurley Book Club, we would love to give three readers the chance to win one of our Mills & Boon Books.

You could win our 2 in 1 medical romance feature which includes Second Chance with Lord Branscombe by Joanna Neil and Reawakened by the Surgeon’s Touch by Jennifer Taylor.

There is also a historical read up for grabs, Stolen Encounter with the Duchess by Julia Justiss, or a Mills & Boon modern read, An Heir to Make a Marriage by Abby Green.

For your chance to grab one of our giveaways all you have to do is drop us a comment below or get in touch via Twitter or Facebook and let us know which book you would like. Our 3 lucky winners will be chosen at random and the winners will be announced soon.

Good Luck!

Team Hurley

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Mills & Boon Month: Book Club Update

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As most of you would have seen our latest book club read is in fact a couple of books from Mills & Boon to celebrate our Mills & Boon month! Sarah has been reading a combo book featuring, Always The Best Man by Michelle Major and The Best Man’s Guarded Heart by Katrina Cudmore. Meanwhile Chloe has been reading A Deal with Alejandro by Maya Blake, so let’s see exactly what they thought of this months picks!

Chloe

Now I have to be completely honest and admit that I have never before read a Mills & Boon book, not because I have been purposely avoiding them, just because I’d always assumed they weren’t really my type of book, and I am sad to admit I was right.

A Deal with Alejandro, is everything I expected it to be. I have to be honest and say, so far I have found this book quite boring. I’m not sure if it is because this is just not my kind of book or whether it is the way it is written, but I have found the characters very predictable, particularly Alejandro. That whole millionaire, playboy with family issues has been done many times before and there is nothing new or exciting to this character that makes it interesting. The character Elsie, the marketing guru and Alejandro’s weakness, also seems as though she is quite predictable, but I am hoping the plot will thicken and we can see more sides to both characters.

I don’t want to say already that I can predict what is going to happen as I am hoping there is a few twists and turns along the way.

Sarah

I’ve started with the first book in my double, Always the Best Man by Michelle Major. I agree with Chloe, I could see from page 10 exactly how this is going to pan out (famous last words, I could be proved wrong yet, I’ll keep you posted!!) but I quite enjoy the easy writing style and it’s very readable.

I watched a documentary a few years ago on Mills & Boon and the way they are written and set up and it fascinated me at the time. I can say that having watched that I can definitely see the ‘formula’ at work here but I think Michelle is such a skilled writer that she’s softened it and made it less cheesy and kept the interest. This book is on the cusp of the chick lit books and reminiscent of the Hallmark movies that are my guilty pleasure so I think although I think I know the ending, I’m going to enjoy reading it!

If you’re reading along with us, let us know what you think of the book you’ve chosen so far. Get in touch by dropping us a comment below or by getting in touch via our social media.

Thanks for reading!

Sarah & Team Hurley

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Sarah Hurley Book Club: Mills & Boon Month

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Our friends at Mills & Boon were kind enough to send us a whole bundle of fantastic books to feature in our Sarah Hurley Book Club, so this month we are very happy to announce that we are not only reviewing 1 book but an impressive 3 books!

Sarah will be reading one of Mills & Boons fab 2 in 1 Value book packs, this includes Always the Best Man by Michelle Major and The Best Man’s Guarded Heart by Katrina Cudmore. Grab a copy and allow yourself to indulge in 2 gloriously romantic reads about love, heartbreak and a journey of discovery.

Always The Best Man, revolves around Emily a divorcee and mother of one, who returns home for her brother’s wedding and ends up discovering that  maybe all she’s ever needed is right there where she grew up.

The Best Man’s Guarded Heart surrounds Greek tycoon Andreas. He vows to host the perfect wedding for his brother, as well as being the perfect best man. However when free-spirited bridesmaid Grace arrives it seems as though the wedding may not go as smoothly as he thought.

Chloe will be reading A Deal with Alejandro by Maya Blake. This book revolves around successful businessman Alejandro who finds himself tangled up in romance with the newbie at work. Will this latest love be the answer to Alejandro’s business downfall!

We would love for you to join us with our latest picks for the Sarah Hurley Book Club. Grab a copy of one of our chosen books and join us for another literary adventure.

Let us know what you think of our latest reads, or if you’ve already read one of them let us know what you thought of it. Drop us a comment below or get in touch via our Social Media.

Don’t miss our halfway review of our chosen books coming soon…

Thanks for reading.

Team Hurley

xo

Lean In: Book Club Update

January is nearly over and the year is flying by. Our first book club pick of 2017 was Lean In by the fantastic Sheryl Sandberg. Let us tell you all exactly what we thought.

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Chloe

I have to say this was not my kind of book, and so it was a bit of a push for me to actually read it. I’m not really into business style books and I’m sad to say this one hasn’t changed my opinion. However I can see what the appeal would be for other readers, it was a very engaging book and the issues that Sandberg raises are important ones. After reading each chapter I did feel inspired and uplifted, and felt the need to attempt change to stamp out inequality. I am glad this book highlights so many issues within society today and the struggles that women still face in business.

However this would not usually be something I would read so felt slightly disinterested. But overall the book delivers a powerful message in a great way and if that is what you are looking for then this book is for you.

Sarah

This is my second read of this book and even second time around I love this book. For me it’s a great every now and then read to get you back on track. Both motivating and inspiring, the whole ‘Lean In’ principle is an important one and this book addresses it clearly and concisely. I would say that this book is geared more towards family orientated women though with a lot of issues around childcare and juggling a young family / childcare etc… addressed here. As someone childfree these parts of the book were not relevant to me, however no book is perfect!

Regardless of your position or situation, if you’re an ambitious person, I feel that there is a message in this book that will resonate for you, even if it’s only to remind you to speak up and be heard!

 

Sarah Hurley partners with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In!

We would love to invite you to join our new Spark! program. Sarah has partnered with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In! As Lean In Partners, Sarah and Team Hurley will be able to connect with more of you from all over the world, encourage, support and inspire you in your creative business. Join our Spark! Facebook group for exclusive updates, mentoring and support.

To join our Spark! Program click here where you can join our exclusive Facebook group…

To learn more about our new partnership, read on here…

 

Thank you for stopping by today. Please do drop us a comment below and let us know what you thought of our latest book club read, or get in touch with us via our social media.

See you again soon.

Sarah & Team Hurley

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Sarah Hurley Book Club: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

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It’s the start of a new year which means the start of a new book club read. It felt only right to start off the new year with something motivational and inspirational. Our latest book club pick is Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. Since Sarah Hurley Ltd is now a Lean In partner it felt only right to choose this one as our January read!

As Facebook COO and one of  Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business, Sheryl Sandburg’s – Lean In, draws on her own experiences within business and working at some of the most successful businesses in the world. Sandburg tries to help women look at what they can do to help themselves and small changes that could hugely change their life.

Grab a copy of Lean In by Sheryl Sandburg and join us with this months book club read!

Let us know if you have already read our latest pick and let us know what you thought by dropping us a comment below or by getting in touch via our Social Media.

Thanks for reading!

Team Hurley

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