'FLIP' by Martyn Bedford
If I wasn't already seduced by the brilliant cover of this book then the premise would've done it:
"One morning fifteen year old Alex wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamilar house, in a different part of the country. The family at the breakfast table are total strangers. And when he looks in the mirror he gets the shock of his life!
How is it possible that Alex has become another boy - a boy called Phillip - or Flip - but more importantly, how will he switch back to become himself again?"
I *heart* books like this. Anything time-travelly, extra-sensory or downright para-normal (excluding vampires, werewolves etc unless it's 'Being Human' of course... so ONLY British fantasy-type scenarios). And the story didn't fail to deliver. I read it in about three sittings and I still stroke the cover - it's phenomenally lovely and when my first book is published I want it to feel and be bound like this one. Get it, you'll see why.
My lovely friend Keris sent me this as it's not really her cup of tea (see what I did there?) and I'd already read and enjoyed Sarah Rayner's first book, 'One Moment, One Morning'.
Two women who, for completely different reasons need to undergo IVF treatment in order to conceive. Both of whom I couldn't really identify with and didn't entirely sympathise with, but that's probably just me; I am dead inside at times.
I have to admit to finding it all slightly 'This is going to happen, and then this will happen and then something else will also happen and then... guess what IT DOES!' and I thought "Hmmm... really? This is the story?" But I'm glad I stuck with it because it was an easy read and the ending was properly delightful and made me well up a bit (I'm not a weller, ordinarily).
'The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight' by Jennifer E Smith
Another 'what's NOT to love about this gorgeous book cover?' moment. And the story's just lovely too. If you believe in serendipity and fate and (obviously) love at first sight, then THIS book will have your toes curling up with delight.
I am currently reading 'Somebody Else's Life' by Katie Dale which was signed by the author herself at the very FIRST book launch I've ever been to last week in Cambridge. I even got touched by an Agent. I know! (Okay, so she touched my shoulder to move me out of her way, but still...)