How the Other Half Live…

Judy and Calvin are two harassed parents, who think the other one “has it easy”… With frequent retorts of “I wish I had your life”. So one evening, the Christmas fairy grants their wish and swaps their lives for two weeks… Imagine their horror when they wake in each other’s body….

It’s a lighthearted take on relationships, and reflects most busy households… where each parent thinks the other isn’t pulling their weight!! 

Eye-opening for the characters, and keeps the reader on their toes as whilst they have the outward appearance of each other, they are still “themselves” inside… so leads to some very amusing episodes. 

A good Christmassy read.

MetLineReader Rating: 4.5* (Jubilee)

About this book:

‘I wish I could live your life. I’d happily swap lives with you.’

’Tis the season to be jolly but for Calvin and Judy the usual festive bickering has already begun! Judy’s convinced that her husband has it easy – no glittery wrapping paper, no playground gossip and absolutely no Christmas baking.

Calvin wishes he could trade in his obnoxious boss and dull nine-to-five job to spend more time kicking back with his kids – how hard can Judy’s life really be?

But after a magical mince pie mix-up, one thing’s for certain – by Christmas Day, life for Judy and Calvin will never be the same again. Perhaps the grass isn’t always greener after all…

A hilarious, feel-good festive read, perfect to curl up with this Christmas. Fans of Carole Matthews, Jane Costello and Mandy Baggot will love this story!


I received a free review copy from Carina UK in exchange for a fair and honest review.  The Mince Pie Mix-Up was published on 6th November and is available on Amazon UK.

Happy reading! 


Pack up your troubles (in your old “Kit” bag)

Katherine CarlyleI was drawn to this book by the fabulous cover and its blurb.

And I absolutely loved this book for the first 11% – but then she wandered off! Kathryn (Kit) Carlyle is harbouring lots of resentment – about her father, her mother’s death and her “imprisonment” as an embryo before she was implanted in her mother… so abandons her new home in Rome for an unplanned adventure (and to teach her father a lesson?!)

Whilst the premise of the story was good, and there was some touching prose, I found her an unrealistic and odd character. I didn’t really warm to her once the initial premise was revealed and each new destination/chapter/person in her life was a little more unpleasant, a little more unsavoury.

Bizarre and odd, yet somehow strangely compelling. After an initial breather (around 11%, I gave up and read another book before returning to Kit) I raced through. But still leaves an unsettled feeling, like an unfathomable aftertaste… Perhaps this was the author’s point – to get to the bottom of who we really are and where the journey to find out will take us….

MetLineReader rating: An interesting book. 3* for me.

About this book

In the late 80s, Katherine Carlyle is created using IVF. Stored as a frozen embryo for eight years, she is then implanted in her mother and given life. By the age of nineteen Katherine has lost her mother to cancer, and feels her father to be an increasingly distant figure. Instead of going to college, she decides to disappear, telling no one where she has gone. What begins as an attempt to punish her father for his absence gradually becomes a testing-ground of his love for her, a coming-to-terms with the death of her mother, and finally the mise-en-scene for a courageous leap from false empowerment to true empowerment.

Written in the beautifully spare, lucid and cinematic prose that Thomson is known for, Katherine Carlyle uses the modern techniques of IVF and cryopreservation to throw new light on the myth of origins. It is a profound and moving novel about where we come from, what we make of ourselves, and how we are loved.


I received an advance review copy from the publisher Little, Brown Book Group UK in exchange for a fair and honest review. Katherine Carlyle is published on 5th November and is available from Amazon