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  • Not my style of reading!

    As this was the second book by this author I have read recently, I have now decided that this is not my kind of storyline. I found it frustrating trying to follow the story, and both books were in the same format.

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  • A Truly Endearing Read!

    I've been looking forward to reading this novel for a while, and I was rewarded with a rich, tender story. Sadie McQueen owns a spa business set in Cherry Blossom Mews, a special place off the main thoroughfare made up of lots of small, independent businesses which flourish together. By way of their weekly 'business meetings' they all interact and support each other, although it may not always seem like that on the surface . . . This is a unique and heartfelt book; cleverly structured, we get to know Sadie's story little by little whilst we're busy keeping up with all that's going on in the mews. With a wide array of charismatic characters, this is an entertaining and happy read with hidden depths. I found myself riveted by the daily goings on and, thanks to the clear descriptions, could easily picture the setting in my mind's eye. A truly endearing, emotional read which is bursting with happiness and I'm so very happy that this was my final read of the year, leaving me on a high. I can't recommend this one highly enough; Juliet Ashton always delivers but I think she has surpassed herself with this one. A full five star read!

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  • Full of surprises, right to the end! Loved it

    I loved this book, set around Cherry Blossom Mews, a small gated mews in London that housed small businesses, with accommodation attached that the owners lived in, so a really lovely community feel. It had characters that initially seemed quite perfect, but as the book went on their secrets were revealed. Sadie is the main character and she owns and runs her spa in the mews. There are also various other characters with a 'charity' shop, builders cafe, Yummy Mummy cafe, bookstore, an artist studio and U-Turn, a place that helps addicts, along with the various characters who own or work at these places. There are so many secrets that come to light about the various characters throughout the book that it really keeps you on your toes. There was a really massive curveball about halfway through the book that I really didn't see coming - but to be honest I didn't see most of the surprises coming either! A really clever book that made me want to keep reading one more page to see what happened next with whatever character we were dealing with at the time, with plenty of various emotions, both good and bad. I was laughing one minute and crying the next. A book that definitely kept surprising right to the very end. Highly enjoyable.

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  • A Wonderful Read!

    If your favoured reading material is a compelling tale with a good sprinkling of relationships, imperfection, hope, secrets and humour then The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen by Juliet Ashton is a must-read for you! Sadie McQueen lives on Cherry Blossom Mews, an unassuming street in a corner of London. She attends weekly Residents’ Association meetings for support, to share news and a natter, and through Sadie, the reader gets to know more about Sadie herself and the other characters in the story. From the outset there was so much happening in this wonderful tale of friendship, guilt, grief, happiness and life! At times, this was a very empowering and hopeful read that was full of strength and a keen sense of humanity. On the flip side, it was quite a difficult book regarding the deep rooted discussions and serious topics it contained, as well as the way in which many of the characters had been deceived. The story-line was a perfect cocktail of different courses and characters that blended naturally to create a heartwarming, powerful story. I was totally smitten with this book. Juliet Ashton instantly drew me in with her thoughtful and exceptional writing. The story-line and plot were both highly intriguing and extremely emotional. There was a whole raft of characters that Sadie encountered who helped to support her as she as she gradually came to accept herself, her experiences and traumas. The story was witty and amusing in parts and the serious issues were tackled with empathy and compassion. Although one or two of the scenarios necessitated the suspension of disbelief, the characters were all wonderfully solid and and I felt like I had met them all personally. The Fall and Rise of Sadie McQueen is my first by Juliet Ashton and there was no room for repetitiveness or boredom here! I recommend this novel without a flicker of hesitation, so don’t miss out! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my request, from Simon and Schuster UK via NetGalley and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • Another great read

    This is another lovely book by Juliet Ashton with an increasing family of characters (in the literal sense of the word) all based around the London corner that is Cherry Blossom mews. Told through the eyes of Sadie who has been a resident for a couple of years now we uncover heartbreaking secrets, lies, jealousy, love and community. It’s a very good study of human weaknesses and thoughtfully written. This isn’t lighthearted by any means however there’s a good mix of gentleness in it so it’s an easy enough read non the less and I would definitely recommend it,

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