Jessica’s Promise By Jill Childs @author_jill #jessicaspromise @bookouture #blogblitz #bookreview

Jessica's Promise - Blog Tour

Blog Blitz 14th September 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Jessica’s Promise, the new release from Jill Childs. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me to take part. I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

My first by Jill Childs and I knew nothing about her as an author. I hadn’t read the blurb when I started reading, I just saw the cover. I like that it was a stand-alone, and described as an emotional story. Seemed perfect to me.

A story about normal lives, home life and work life, with a few twists and turns to make you suspicious about a few of the characters. The book focuses on Angie, and her new neighbours Teresa, Craig and their daughters.

I liked Angie. She really knew how to entertain the kids next door, especially little Jessica. Even though her own house was dated and a little shabby compared to their ultra-modern décor it rightfully made no difference to the children. Her playroom sounded such fun with the puppets and chiffon scarves. Her outside play days on the fields and playgrounds were full of make-believe, which is really lacking in today’s inside-the-house society.

Obviously reading the book description makes you think and wonder if there is something more sinister with her intentions.

Teresa has just taken over a hair salon as manager. There are a few staffing problems to contend with, and lots of issues with stock and appointments. As in many salons there is a gossipy undercurrent, and this makes it difficult for Teresa to get to the bottom of it. Teresa is often held up at work and the children start to spend more time with Angie next door.

Craig, Teresa’s husband, seems to be working ever increasing hours, causing their family time together to be virtually non-existent.

Text messages and a note pushed through the door intended for Craig cause Teresa’s mind to go into overdrive. And when Jessica goes missing and the police descend on the house, Teresa starts to fall apart.

It really drew me in and I was keen to get to the bottom of it all.

I thoroughly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by Jill Childs.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 12th September 2018

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‘You wouldn’t trust a stranger with your wallet. Or your house keys. So why your little girl, the most precious thing you have?’

Teresa’s heart stops when she enters her daughter’s bedroom to find that her sweet, trusting little girl is gone.
Teresa can’t bear to think who would snatch a terrified three-year-old from her mother in the middle of the night, but all the signs point to someone close to home. Hasn’t Jessica’s stepfather been acting a little oddly? Or is it, as Teresa is beginning to fear, something to do with Angie, her daughter’s babysitter who lives next door…?
Gentle, retired Angie – she must be lonely, with only her memories to keep her company in that big, old house. And she’s always had a special connection with Jessica… was trusting Angie with her precious daughter the biggest mistake of Teresa’s life?

What do we really know about those who watch our children? Jessica’s Promise is a compelling domestic drama for fans of Jodi Picoult, Lisa Wingate and Kerry Fisher.

Meet the Author Jill profile

Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.
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Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell @Caroline_writes #ThomasAndMercer @AmazonPub #TruthAndLies #blogtour

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Blog Tour 1st September 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Caroline Mitchell’s new release, Truth and Lies. Thank you to Midas PR for the invitation to take part, I’m delighted to do so.

 

Truth and Lies (A DI Amy Winter Thriller) By Caroline Mitchell

My Review – I loved it

Great writing, her plots always impress me!

Caroline Mitchell is one of those authors that goes to the top of my reading pile. Always fast-paced and very, very clever. She creates some seriously dark and scary stuff. I found it exciting in a dark way, I couldn’t stop reading.

The end of chapter five, goosebumps! The last chapter, double goosebumps!! Oh my word, it’s going to be a great series, getting to know a new team is always enjoyable too.

Amy’s background is very interesting indeed, and I liked how her thoughts and dreams became more meaningful as more about her past was revealed.

I liked Paddy and his side-story. And how his story fitted in as a piece of the jigsaw totally caught me out…brilliant.

Loved Dotty the Pug.

I cannot recommend all her work enough.

Thanks to Amazon Publishing UK, Thomas & Mercer and Caroline Mitchell for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 30th August 2018

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The adopted daughter of a highly respected police officer, DI Amy Winter, is keen to follow in her father’s footsteps. But when she receives a letter from the prison cell of Lillian Grimes, one half of a notorious husband-and-wife serial-killer team, Amy finds out something that sends her whole world into disarray.

Responsible for a string of killings decades ago, Lillian is nothing short of a psychopathic murderer. And also Amy’s biological mother. She tells Amy that she is ready to unveil the location of three of her victims, but only if Amy plays along with her sinister game.

While her fellow detectives frantically search for a young girl taken from her mother’s doorstep, Amy must confront her own dark past. Remembering an older sister who sacrificed herself to save her, Amy faces a race against time to uncover the missing bodies. But what if Grimes has been pulling the strings even tighter than Amy thought from behind bars? And can she overcome her demons to prevent another murder?

Research and the ideas behind ‘Truth and Lies’

When writing ‘Truth & Lies’ Caroline wanted to challenge her main protagonist, Amy Winter. Amy is a successful DI who wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps. What was the worst thing she could be put through?  The idea of a letter from prison formed. A traumatic past buried deep in Amy’s psyche from the age of four. Discovering her parents were Britain’s worst serial killers would shake Amy to the core.

Caroline took inspiration from real-life killers Fred and Rosemary West. She saw there was no shortage of material on the couple and the horrors of their past. She tried to imagine what it would have been like growing up in such a household, using her own police experience in interviewing traumatised and vulnerable children as they struggled to cope.

Caroline also recalled the people she dealt with in her own career whose troubled upbringings drew them to a life of violence and crime. And so the idea of ‘nurture versus nature’ was born. Amy was the youngest of several siblings, afforded a pampered life by her adoptive police officer parents who took her in. Would her biological brother and sisters have fared as well?

So why wouldn’t Amy Winter just walk away when her mother, Lillian Grimes, wrote to her from the confines of her cell? Because there were three more bodies yet to be found. Yet again, Caroline took inspiration from another true-life case. Myra Hindley and Ian Brady took the secret of the burial site of their twelve year old victim Keith Bennett to the grave. Who could forget the heart-rending pleas of his mother before she died?

Truth and Lies is the first in a new series featuring Amy Winter which explores the darkness behind such crimes.

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Shortlisted for a number of awards both in the US and in the UK, a USA Today bestseller and no 1 on Amazon in the US, Australia & the UK with over 30k followers on Twitter, a former police detective, Caroline Mitchell uses her in-depth knowledge of police procedures to create complex and suspenseful psychological thrillers. Caroline worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with the vulnerable victims of domestic abuse and serious sexual offences. The mental strength shown by the victims of these crimes was a constant source of inspiration. A working mother of four, Caroline started writing due to the stress of dealing with such serious incidents and a way of processing the crimes she witnessed. Born and brought up in Ireland, she is happily married with four children and lives in Essex.

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The Trailing Spouse by @Jo_Furniss @LUAuthors #TheTrailingSpouse #NewRelease #BookReview

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Description

Do you really want to know the truth?

Amanda Bonham moved halfway around the world to be with the man she loves. Although expat life in Singapore can be difficult, Edward Bonham is a dream husband and a doting father to his teenage daughter, Josie.

But when their maid dies in an apparent suicide—and Amanda discovers the woman was pregnant and hiding a stash of drugs prescribed to Edward—she can’t help but wonder if her perfect husband has a fatal flaw. And if he can’t resist temptation under their own roof, what does he get up to when he travels?

Camille Kemble also has questions for Edward. Recently returned to Singapore, Camille is determined to resolve a family mystery. Amid a jumble of faded childhood memories, she keeps seeing Edward’s handsome face. And she wants to know why.

For one woman, the search for answers threatens everything she has. For another, it’s the key to all she lost. Both will follow his trail of secrets into the darkness to find the truth.

My thoughts

I would like to thank the author and Lake Union Publishing for the review copy which I won in a giveaway through Jo Furniss’ Facebook page. I give my honest opinion in this review.

It’s my first by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Told mostly in alternating chapters by Amanda and Camille. I found the story and background information very interesting. The expat community seems very tight knit. I have relatives who’ve lived in these kind of areas, working for the Foreign Office and in the private sector, with the domestic staff provided. I now realise that two of my relatives were the trailing spouse. I think I would struggle with the lack of independence if it wasn’t me with the work permit, but the rich trappings Amanda had would definitely help big-time.

Cleverly told and eloquently written. The scenes around Singapore were so well described that I felt I was there.

I think the cover is gorgeous too.

Well-paced and kept me hooked, I thoroughly recommend this book.

Publication Date 14th August 2018

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About the Author

After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon. As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University. Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller. Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or through her website, http://www.jofurniss.com.

The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #bookreview #blogtour #Blogblitz #TheSummerGetaway #backablogger

The Summer Getaway - Blog Tour

Blog Tour 12th July 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Tilly Tennant’s new release, The Summer Getaway. I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Review – 5 stars

Another fantastic book. It gave me goosebumps.

Ashley’s in shock when she recognises Haydon, and after all these years they are staying in neighbouring properties in the South of France.

It’s very coincidental, but who cares, it makes for a great story!

The characters were really likeable and all had good depth. I was interested in their lives and what was going on.

Ashley was trying to find the right moment to talk to Haydon but it never was the right moment. Someone was always there, ears flapping.

Ashley’s Mum was pushy and drove me a bit batty. And she was to blame for a lot of the times that Ashley didn’t get round to asking ‘that question’. I liked Maurice, Ashley’s step-dad. He knew straight away didn’t he!!

I loved the French side of the family, the villa sounded gorgeous and I imagined the grounds and the surrounding area. The town and harbour descriptions drew me in, and I found I wanted a croissant from the market.

The day came of Great Aunt’s party. The preparations, food and ambiance. When Haydon and Molly played cello and violin together I absolutely loved it, and they didn’t know they were father and daughter.

If you’ve not read any books by this author, why the heck not?! Do it now, read this one. Or read one from the ‘From Italy with Love’ series, or the ‘Honeybourne’ series…you won’t regret it!

Beautifully written, set in the South of France. Another place this author has made me want to visit.

I just loved it. Thank you Tilly Tennant x

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy, in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 11th July 2018

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Ashley Moon is all set for a dream holiday with her daughter in the glittering French Riviera. But nothing can prepare her for the shock of discovering who’s staying in the villa next door…

Ashley Moon got much more than a suntan on her first ever foreign holiday; one whirlwind romance and nine months later she had a daughter, Molly.

Too heart-broken and proud to ever contact the father, Ashley made a decision to go it alone and raise her daughter herself. Fifteen hard and lonely years later, she finally has the chance to take Molly on her first ever holiday; a gorgeous, all-expenses paid trip to the charming French resort of St Raphael.

It is the perfect setting for a week of quality time together; they plan to cycle through the sun-drenched vineyards, lounge by the glistening pool and practice their French on friendly locals. And just when Ashley thought things couldn’t get any better, comes the news of a handsome new occupant to the villa next door.

But fate has other plans for Ashley. One look in to her neighbour’s dark hazel eyes is all it takes to give her the shock of her life. Standing in front of her is Haydon, Molly’s long lost father and the holiday fling she thought she’d never see again.

As the temperature on the Cote D’Azure steadily rises and Ashley and Haydon begin spend more and more time together, will Ashley find the courage to tell him who she is – and more importantly, who Molly is?

A wonderfully heart-warming story of first love and second chances for fans of Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond.

Meet the Author

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her tenth Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier. Find out more about Tilly and how to join her mailing list for news and exclusives at www.tillytennant.com

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A Summer Scandal by Kat French @KFrenchBooks @AvonBooksUK #SummerScandal #RomanceBooks #bookreview #lovedit #backablogger #bloggersblast

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Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier in with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler.

My Thoughts

I read it sitting in my sunny garden and I really enjoyed it, a perfect summer read.

After the death of her Grandad Henry, Violet is about to discover something that will change her forever. How did she not know about Swallow Beach and the pier before this and why has her family kept it from her? She intends to find out.

I loved Violet. Loved the quirkiness of her clothes and hair. Her costume-making job really fitted her personality, which really shone out after the move to Swallow Beach. Her previous home and life looks pretty boring in comparison.

Some of the neighbours become a big part of her life, and some remember her Grandparents. Especially the fact that she is the image of Monica, her Grandmother.

The characters were really likeable (and one really dislikeable). I was really interested in their lives and what was going on.

There are some touching and emotional scenes which the author writes so beautifully.

This was my first Kat French book, but certainly not the last. Definitely my cup of tea.

Thanks to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for the review copy, in which I give my honest opinion.

And I love the cover, just gorgeous.

Publication date 28th June 2018

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The Cottage on Sunshine Beach by Holly Martin @HollyMAuthor @bookouture #bookreview #backablogger #TheCottageOnSunshineBeach

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Description

The stunning new summer story from the bestselling author of Summer at Buttercup Beach. Step into the delightful seaside village of Sandcastle Bay, where you’ll discover golden sand, welcoming smiles and an unforgettable romance…

Melody Rosewood loves her new home in idyllic Sandcastle Bay. The beautiful little cottage on the edge of Sunshine Beach, with its bright yellow door and view of the sea has captured her heart. And she loves being close by to her family and best friend Tori Graham.

Life by the sea is pretty much perfect, there’s just one thing missing…

Gorgeous Jamie Jackson, with his cheeky grin and adorable puppy, works as a sculptor opposite Melody’s jewellery shop. From the moment he and Melody meet sparks fly. But despite their instant attraction, a past heartache is holding Jamie back.

As Melody starts to make a life for herself in the close-knit, quirky seaside community, she realises Jamie could be the one for her. But as the two of them take a chance on romance, it’s one dating disaster after another. Are they destined to always be just good friends?

Or will Melody finally find her happily-ever-after in Sandcastle Bay?

A perfect, feel-good summer read that will make you want to escape to the beach for a romantic day in the sun. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

My Thoughts

Such a lovely, heartwarming book.

The publisher’s description of ‘An utterly gorgeous feel good romantic comedy’ is spot on….truly gorgeous.

This story has all you want and need in a modern romantic novel, it gets a bit steamy at times too!

The picture-perfect setting, a small English seaside town called Sandcastle Bay. I imagined I was there, and the beach was fantastic in my head.

Melody and Jamie are really drawn to each other, but are shy with each other. Things have gone wrong with past relationships so they are hesitant to get involved even though the air sparks between them. Melody and me share the clumsiness!

The story isn’t just about Melody and Jamie, but also and her friends and family, his family and some of the villagers. Aunt Agatha was making me chuckle again. Most of the cast were in ‘The Holiday Cottage by the Sea’ which I also adored. This can easily be read as a standalone though.

Loved the jewellery-making aspect and the sculptures. And not forgetting the little magician too.

I thoroughly recommend this book, a perfect light-hearted getaway.

Funny, touching, steamy. It ticks all the boxes for me.

Thanks to Holly Martin for another great book.

Take it with you on your summer holiday, or read it in the garden….escape to Sandcastle Bay in your imagination.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 22nd June 2018

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Amazon UK The Cottage at Sunshine Beach

Amazon US The Cottage at Sunshine Beach

The Date by Louise Jensen @Fab_fiction @bookouture #bookreview #backablogger #bloggersblast

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Description

One night can change everything.

‘I know it as soon as I wake up and open my eyes… Something is wrong.’

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognisable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt and she has no memory of what happened to her.

Worse still, when she looks in the mirror, Ali doesn’t recognise the face staring back at her. She can’t recognise her friends and family. And she can’t recognise the person who is trying to destroy her…

From the no. 1 bestselling author of The SisterThe Gift and The SurrogateThe Date is a gripping page-turner that will keep you awake until the early hours. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go To Sleep.

My thoughts

I’d never heard of Prosopagnosia before I read this book. Prosopagnosia, also called face blindness, is a cognitive disorder of face perception in which the ability to recognise familiar faces, including your own face, is impaired, while other aspects of visual processing and intellectual functioning remain intact.

It sounds an utterly terrifying condition. Imagine not being able to recognise your friends and family, and even yourself!

After waking up in a bit of a state after a night out with Chrissie, her housemate, this is exactly what happened to Ali.

Something had clearly happened last night, she was battered and bruised. She just couldn’t remember anything. She recognised people by their voices, but didn’t know her nearest and dearest by sight. And where was Chrissie?

Was someone watching her/following her? Was it her imagination? Then things started happening and she didn’t know who or why. She was feeling very paranoid.

It was a suspenseful read, very twisty-turny. There were a lot of secrets and lies. Red herrings thrown in to throw me off the track. I was suspicious of her friends/neighbours Jules and James, her Aunt Iris. In fact I suspected all the female characters!

I was suspicious of everyone, wondering if they would be the missing link. As the conclusion was reached I never guessed at all. None of my theories turned out to be correct, wrong on every theory.

A psychological thriller that I just couldn’t put down.

Again I loved the cover, complementing her previous books perfectly.

Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the review copy in which I give my honest review.

Publication date 21st June 2018

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