Escape to Giddywell Grange by Kim Nash @KimTheBookworm #EscapetoGiddywellGrange @HeraBooks #bookreview One of my favourites of the year.

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About the Book

A dog’s life is just what Maddy needs

Maddy Young thought she had it all.

Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.

Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.

Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.

Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.

Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.

But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

An uplifting romantic comedy that will warm your heart – perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Milly Johnson and Katie Fforde.

My Thoughts

OMG I absolutely loved it!

Kim the Bookworm is Kim Nash the author and I’m sure she will soon be a superstar too.

I loved Amazing Grace , and this is equally fantastic.

I was looking forward to reading this book. I love Kim as a blogger and she shouts from the rooftops about books, sharing the booklove.

I knew it would be fabulous from the start, so effortless to read it totally hooked me in.

Maddy’s almost perfect life fell apart on that fateful morning when she was called in to see her boss. Corporate was all she knew. Power dressing, fancy meals, fancy car, even fancier holidays.

It’s such a special story. As her life is turned upside down she comes to the rescue of her childhood best friend Beth. That very friend who has always been there for her even though Maddy is always too busy to make time for. Beth needs an operation and Maddy helps out filling in for Beth with all the jobs around the farm and also projects in the community. It’s a revelation for Maddy and she realises there is more to life than her previous career.

The cast characters are so likeable, from her Mum, Uncle Tom and Alex, and the people on the community projects. I wanted to join in and help out, the feel-good feeling is infectious and jumps out from the pages.

Her ex does creep back into the story and you realise what trouble he caused in the past.

I had many thought-provoking moments whilst reading this, especially telling people ‘I can’t stop long’ when visiting them…..something I need to stop doing right now. When Maddy sang ‘Moon River’ (it’s on every playlist I have) at the old folks home I totally went! It gave me tears and goosebumps.

I related to so many things, (even going for a wee while the kettle boils, so as not to waste time!!)

It is a funny, romantic and emotional read and I can’t recommend it enough. In fact it’s one of my favourite books of the year.

Thanks to Hera Books and NetGalley for the review copy of this this fabulous book in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 18th September 2019

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One Christmas Star by Mandy Baggot @mandybaggot @Aria_Fiction @HOZ_Books #OneChristmasStar

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One Christmas Star Blog Tour 18th September 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for the new release by Mandy Baggot, One Christmas Star. Thanks to Victoria Joss at Aria for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Review – I loved it

Mandy, you’ve done it again!

Mandy Baggot is the absolute queen of the festive story.

I absolutely fell in love with this book and the characters.

We are introduced to schoolteacher Emily Parker and her reasons and need for a new flatmate. I liked Emily’s dress sense, and I imagined that wardrobe bulging with all her vintage finds.

I warmed to songwriter Ray from the start, he was getting seriously bad press and I felt there was more to it than he was telling his agent.

A ‘hedgehog issue’ creates a chance meeting with Emily at her school, and the kids recognised Ray straight away.

Getting to know Emily’s Year 6 pupils was such fun, and some of the things they said were very funny to a grown-up.

I loved the new lyrics to the familiar Christmas songs, and I was singing along. Mandy, I think you’re onto a winner there! And yes I did search for the tunes on the internet so I could sing along.

Initially I thought Emily was a weak character, but she was actually incredibly strong. She had overpowering people in her life including her posh, well-to-do parents, Mrs Clarke the headteacher, and her ex-flatmate Jonah and his partner Allan. I loved Allan aka two Ls!

This quote really made me laugh, and reminds me of my Nan, who always seemed to talk about this condition! Quote “She didn’t scrutinise her colleagues like that… except maybe Mrs Adams before she left. She’d had a rather unmissable case of elephantiasis”

Note to self – I need to visit a cheese restaurant 🙂

That piano scene in the posh restaurant gave me goosebumps.

I really adore Mandy Baggot books, but this one feels that bit more extra special and magical. I loved it.

The cover design is gorgeous. Her other Christmas books are definitely worth a try if you enjoy this one. Her books set in Corfu will take you through the Summer season with a smile.

Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Aria, Head of Zeus and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 12th September 2019

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Emily Parker is set to have the worst Christmas ever!

Her flatmate’s moved out, she’s closed her heart to love and she’s been put in charge of the school original Christmas show – with zero musical ability.

Disgraced superstar, Ray Stone is in desperate need of a quick PR turnaround. Waking up from a drunken stupor to a class of ten-year-olds snapping pics and Emily looking at him was not what he had in mind.

Ray needs Emily’s help to delete the photos, and she needs his with the show. As they learn to work together they may just open their hearts to more than a second chance…

About the Author Mandy Baggot

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance, her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016. Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1’s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

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The Sleepover by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #booksontour #blogtour #bookreview #TheSleepover

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Blog Tour 5th September 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Sleepover. Thanks to Kim Nash for inviting me to take part, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts – OMG I loved it!

Carol Wyer’s dark side just keeps getting better and better! I’m a big fan of this author.

It was certainly a busy night for crime, but who was responsible?

There were too many secrets and so many lies among the people known to the victims and their families. A real tangled mess for Natalie’s team need to trawl through, and it was so frustrating for them all.

From a beautiful big house on the nice side of town, to the run-down tower blocks on the other side. Some very seedy and unsettling scenes that I visualised only too well.

I loved this story, and it all wrapped up neatly in the end.

Talking of the very end….yes! I cannot wait for the next one!

A good time to start reading Carol Wyer’s books if you haven’t already, starting with The Birthday.

My reviews are short as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

 

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(Detective Natalie Ward Book 4)

Roxy had a secret. Now she’s gone.

When fourteen-year-old Roxy says she’s going for a sleepover at her best friend’s house, Cathy sees no reason to check her daughter’s story. The two families are so close, and the girls are in and out of each other’s homes every day.

It turns out to be a decision she will regret. A day later, Roxy is found murdered in exclusive Linnet Lane. Detective Natalie Ward, called in to lead the investigation, is struck by the contrast between the house Roxy grew up in, and the one where her life ended.

As Natalie begins to look closely at Roxy’s family and friends, she soon discovers that this isn’t the first time Roxy has gone missing. All the signs point to an unhappy teenager who was hiding a great deal from her family.

Then Roxy’s mother Cathy disappears.

When Cathy’s body is discovered close to Linnet Lane, Roxy’s toy cat clutched in her arms, Natalie is forced to face the grim fact that they are dealing with a killer with a twisted plan.
Struggling to join the dots, Natalie wonders if she’s missed a vital clue when one of Roxy’s classmates is also found murdered.

Natalie’s not frightened of anyone, but the latest victim reminds her of her own son Josh, who is edging towards the wrong side of the tracks. With teenagers like her boy dying, can Natalie solve the case in time to keep Josh safe? Or is he about to make a dangerous new friend?

Gripping, fast-paced and nail-bitingly tense, this book will keep you flying through the pages long into the night. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.

Publication date:-5th September 2019

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About the Author Carol Wyer Author pic for The Sleepover

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author and stand up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping thrillers.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.
The DI Robyn Carter series has earned her acclaim as a crime writer and the first book in the series, Little Girl Lost, shot to the #2 best-selling spot on Kindle #9 best-selling audiobook on Audible, and was also a USA Today top 150 best-seller.
Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ”Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’ and on BBC Breakfast television. She has had articles published in national magazines ‘Woman’s Weekly’ featured in ‘Take A Break’, ‘Choice’, ‘Yours’ and ‘Woman’s Own’ magazines and the Huffington Post.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.
Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com

Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day @SylDay #ButterflyInFrost @midaspr #MontlakeRomance #Amazon #bookreview #blogtour

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Blog Tour 31st August

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for the new release by Sylvia Day, Butterfly in Frost. Thanks to Charlotte Cooper at Midas PR for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

Butterfly in Frost introduces two enthralling central characters to Day’s repertoire- Doctor Teagan Ransom and artist Garrett Frost.

Teagan is a doctor, struggling with depression and trying to reconcile with her divorce and secretive past, and Garrett, a famous artist, with a glamourous lifestyle.

Drawn to each other, yet both deeply wounded from their pasts, Teagan and Garrett unwittingly embark on a passionate and unexpected journey to find redemption, hope, and ultimately, each other.

Set mostly in Washington state in a beautiful waterfront location. The houses were large and beautiful with panoramic windows to take in the view. The sunsets sounded amazing.

Some really emotional topics covered here, and covered extremely well by the author. The author writes emotionally tormented and screwed-up characters so perfectly. It was a touching read at times.

It feels like a long wait since Sylvia Day’s last book, but it is worth waiting for. The strength of their attraction and desire for each other takes your breath away. The sex was as you would expect from this author, some seriously hot action! And of course, Garrett was a real looker.

There are mentions of the characters from the Crossfire Saga, Eva and Gideon, although it makes no difference to the plot.

I like the easy-to-read style and I read it quickly.

A twist at the end totally caught me out.

Thanks to Charlotte Cooper at Midas PR and Montlake Romance for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication date 27th August 2019

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From #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon Sylvia Day comes a hotly anticipated and passionate new love story.

Once, I would never have imagined myself here. But I’m settled now. In a place I love, in a home I renovated, spending time with new friends I adore, and working a job that fulfills me. I am reconciling the past and laying the groundwork for the future.

Then Garrett Frost moves in next door.

He’s obstinate and too bold, a raging force of nature that disrupts the careful order of my life. I recognize the ghosts that haunt him, the torment driving him. Garrett would be risky in any form, but wounded, he’s far more dangerous. I fear I’m too fragile for the storm raging inside him, too delicate to withstand the pain that buffets him. But he’s too determined…and too tempting.

And sometimes hope soars above even the iciest desolation.

Emotional and heartrending, Butterfly in Frost marks a brilliant return by global sensation Sylvia Day, the #1 international multimillion bestselling author of the Crossfire saga.

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Sylvia Day is the No.1 New York Times, No.1 USA Today & No.1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels translated into 41 languages. With tens of millions of copies of her books in print, she is a No.1 bestseller in 28 countries. Sylvia served as the 22nd President of Romance Writers of America and presently serves on the Authors Guild’s Board of Directors. Sylvia’s work has been covered in Time, Variety, People, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Associated Press, USA Today, and Entertainment Weekly.

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

#1 USA Today Bestselling Author

#1 Sunday Times Bestselling Author

#1 Der Spiegel Bestselling Author

#1 Bestselling Author in 28 Countries

Author Contact Details

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The Girl Unknown by Nigel May @Nigel_May @AustinMacauley #psychologicalthriller #TheGirlUnknown

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How Do You Rebuild a Life You’ve Never Understood?

Luck has never been on Lucie Palmer’s side. She feels her life is a cursed one, full of loneliness and cruel blows. How else can she explain being removed from the family she loved as a child? Or being imprisoned for a crime she didn’t commit as a young woman? Her life isn’t fair…

But now it’s time to rebuild her life, to start afresh. Lucie attempts to learn the secrets of her family’s past, about the people she was never allowed to love. But does a curse shadow her existence even now? A curse ready to strike again? Maybe even destroy her for good? Can she finally piece together the emptiness in her life before it’s too late, to no longer be the girl unknown…?

With gripping twists, turns and a shocking ending, The Girl Unknown is unputdownable thriller fiction at its most electrifying.

MyThoughtsa big 5 stars!

It’s been a while since Nigel May’s last book, but this one is definitely worth waiting for. He’s moved effortlessly from glam fiction to the darker side of things with this gripping psychological thriller.

Lucie Palmer is 25 and in her life so far she’s been through a lot of bad stuff. She almost feels cursed as if bad follows her around. But her experiences have made her strong, tough, wise and damaged. And most of all she feels alone.

The story moves back and forth between her as an eleven year old to the present day. It takes in some very dark moments when she was a child. Things she shouldn’t be seeing or hearing in her own home. Her Mum, Ruby, is a troubled soul and a crap mother. Not taking any notice of Lucie at times. The piled up ashtrays in their flat made me cringe and I could feel the smell and taste in the back of my throat. 

Lucie is taken away from Ruby and placed with a foster family. Things couldn’t be more different and they truly loved her and wanted what was best for her. She lived in their beautiful home and wanted for nothing. When the chance arose for Lucie to spend the summer season in Peru her foster family gave their blessing, they wanted her to spread her wings a little. 

She loved it at Paradise Cove in Peru, it was one of the finest beaches in the country. She landed a job at Bar Dynasty right on the beach where her boss, Connor, and her co-workers, Tina and Kara, were such fun. Even a couple of Aussie lads, Logan and Billy, who’d been on holiday there for weeks were so funny with their awful chat up lines.

But it seems the good times couldn’t continue and Lucie is arrested for a crime she didn’t commit. Some of the prison scenes were horrific…the fights, the attacks, the food. Lucie was a loner here, the safest way to be, and when she had served her sentence and released she looked forward to getting back to the UK.

There were things to sort out when she got home, and she wanted to start anew. Finding out about her family wasn’t an easy task. Her Mum Ruby wasn’t very forthcoming even though she’d inherited a lovely country cottage from an ‘uncle’. This cottage was gorgeous with a beautiful garden, but a few strange things were going on and she felt uneasy.

Lots of twists and turns in this country village here in the present day and a very clever ending that I didn’t see coming.

Very clever, and very satisfying too!

Thoroughly recommended by me.

Many thanks to Nigel May for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Day 29th August 2019

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About the author Nigel May author pic

He regularly presents on UK television where he has built up a substantial following. He has also featured on Channel 4, C5, ITV and broadcast live from America. He is also one of the UK’s most popular craft personalities, having launched his own successful range, A-May-Zing.

As a writer he has written for many of the UK’s most successful magazines and newspapers, specialising in showbiz and celebrity, as well as writing on subjects ranging from relationships through to exotic travel.

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A Reason to Grieve by Mick Williams #bookreview #romanticcomedy #stokeauthor

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About the Book

Tom and Emma drift through life, both burdened with a heavy sense of grief. Both have suffered devastating loss and have closed themselves off to the possibility of happiness. Then, at a funeral, their eyes meet and they feel something neither expected.

Supported by their quirky friends and a ‘right to the point’ pensioner, will they overcome their fears and find the solution to the pain within each other, or will they give up and go their separate ways?

In turns funny and sad, A Reason to Grieve is a romantic tale about two people fighting their feelings, about love and loss. And about funerals.

First Edition:- 6th June 2017

Amazon link :- A Reason to Grieve

My Thoughts

A Reason to Grieve is a romantic comedy, and not at all soppy.

Tom and Emma meet at a funeral, there was a spark and they got chatting.

Emma’s colleagues and best friends at the hairdressing salon were very real and I felt like I was there joining in with them. One of their clients, Doris, had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Doris was my favourite character, so full of life with hilarious stories. Also very blunt….and with blue hair. She was like the salon mother, and all the girls loved her. Doris knew her time remaining on this earth was getting shorter and wanted a goodbye party before her demise.

The girls enlisted the guys help to organise the party and they all pulled together. An Elvis tribute was very funny!

I liked Tom’s group of friends and their banter was very real, with some emotional subjects.

It wasn’t plain sailing with Tom and Emma. They both had complex backgrounds and struggled to show their emotions, and quite rightly too when you find out why. I did feel the emotions though.

It’s both sad and happy with a great ending.

 

I first came across Mick Williams at a blogger/author meet up in Stoke-on-Trent. We got on really well and I bought ‘A Guy Walks into a Bar’, which was great action book, a bit James Bond to be honest and I loved it.

Thoroughly recommended by me.

 

Meet the Author Author pic

Mick Williams moved from Stoke-on-Trent, England to Kentucky, USA. Then, after almost a decade, he moved back.

In between reading, writing and listening to good music he still watches proper football and, for his sins, follows his local team, Port Vale. He does also still cheer for the Indianapolis Colts.

He was adopted by two cats, Crash and Thud, and resides with his patient wife in Staffordshire.

 

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The Forever Gift by Brooke Harris @bookouture @Janelle_Brooke #TheForeverGift #booksontour A gorgeous and emotional story #lovedit

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Bookouture Books-on-Tour 5th August 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for the new release by Brooke Harris, The Forever Gift. Thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me, I’m delighted to be part of it.

My Thoughts

I don’t know where to start.

A wonderful, deep story taking in serious topics with very thought provoking situations. All tackled perfectly by the author.

Broken families, step-families, serious illness. Pain, bravery and determination. Family, love and friendship.

I felt I knew the path the story would take and I was right. I don’t always want to read a twisty-turny story, but it was a heartbreaking book to read.

I felt it from the point of view of both mothers. A very difficult situation for the dad.

What the author gives is a story of friendship, kindness and a togetherness of strangers brought together in exceptional circumstances.

A truly beautiful and touching read. I can thoroughly recommend it.

I’m certainly not going to forget this book.

My reviews are short and concise as I’m here to show off the book rather than my own writing ability.

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

Publication date 5th August 2019

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About the Book The Forever Gift

I remember you learning to ride a bike, the first time you shot a goal with a basketball… and the first time I realised something was wrong. I look at you, my daughter, my beautiful sparky daughter. I would do anything to keep you safe.

Heather’s beloved daughter, Kayla, is her world. She is fifteen, a brilliant basketball player and a fierce friend.

Heather and Kayla have always had a special relationship. For so many years it was just the two of them, watching Friends, baking cupcakes and laughing together. But now Kayla knows her time is short, and she wants to give something back to the mother she loves more than anyone else in the world. A gift that will change Heather’s life.

With just a handful of days left, Kayla will need help from everyone around her to make this last surprise happen. Along the way, the people whose lives have been touched by Kayla’s light will be changed by her loss, and by her plan for Heather. And as Heather’s whole world threatens to fall apart, could Kayla’s forever gift be the key to piecing her life back together?

An absolutely unputdownable, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting novel about motherhood, family and how far we go to protect those we love. Perfect for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jill Childs, and Kerry Fisher.

 

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USA Today bestselling author Brooke Harris is undoubtedly a bibliophile. She is proud to be someone who opens the middle pages of a book and inhales deeply.

Brooke loves all forms of art; painting, playing piano, crafting, but, her greatest love is stories. Brooke writes heart-breaking and emotionally led fiction but always with undertones of hope and positivity because Brooke firmly believes that darkness only lasts so long before light follows.

Brooke lives in county Kildare, Ireland with her husband and five young children. She is a keen supporter of mental health charities and creating a greater understanding of mental illness.

Brooke writes women’s fiction for Bookouture. She also writes psychological suspense for Lake Union as Janelle Harris.

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