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

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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

Get your copy here from Amazon.co.uk 🇬🇧 The Summer Getaway

About the bookThe Summer Getaway cover

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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Amazon.co.uk A Summer Scandal

 

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

Amazon links:-

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

Get your copy here The Date

#bookreview Your Closest Friend by Karen Perry @MichaelJBooks @PenguinUKBooks #YourClosestFriend @KarenPerryBooks

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Description

Imagine sharing your darkest secret with a stranger – a girl who isn’t what she seems, and who will do anything to keep you close . . .

On a hot humid night in London, Cara Jameson’s busy, fulfilling life is interrupted with the sound of gunfire. Panic and terror grip the street as the air is filled with screaming and Cara is pulled roughly to safety by a stranger.

Taking refuge in a storeroom, Cara huddles with her saviour – Amy – and in the darkness she shares more in those hours than ever has with even her husband. When she emerges hours later, a bond forged in the trauma of that night has formed between them.

Returning to work, Cara tries to put the experience behind her, but the incident has taken its toll and as cracks begin to show in her perfect life and marriage, Amy reappears, set on pursuing a friendship.

Cara wished she hadn’t shared everything she did in those hours of darkness. But as her life skids towards deepening violence, there is only one person she can turn to: Amy, her closest friend.

My thoughts

I would like to thank NetGalley and Penguin UK- Michael Joseph for inviting me to read this e-book in which I give my honest opinion.

It’s my first by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well-paced and kept me hooked.

Told in alternating chapters by Cara and Amy, the books starts with Cara on that night of terror as she comes face to face with an armed gunman.

Amy grabs Cara and they, along with another person, take refuge until they think it’s safe to venture out. The other person, a colleague of Amy, thinks it’s safe and leaves before them and they are left alone. This is when they share secrets with each other, not expecting to ever meet again.

Cara is back at work as a radio producer, and is on air talking about the attack when Amy hears her on the radio and phones in. They reconnect and Cara invites Amy into her home to look after her daughter, a seemingly good arrangement to help out Cara and her working-away husband. It starts to go wrong from here as things are revealed from both Amy and Cara’s past and it all spirals out of control….

Publication Date 1st June 2018

Amazon UK link Your Closest Friend £0.99

My Husband’s Lies by Caroline England @CazEngland @AvonBooksUK #backablogger #bookreview #MyHusbandsLies

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Description

Do you really know your friends?

On the afternoon of Nick and Lisa’s wedding, their close friend is found poised on a hotel window ledge, ready to jump.

As the shock hits their friendship group, they soon realise that none of them are being as honest with themselves – or with each other – as they think.

And there are secrets lurking that could destroy everything.

Tense, disturbing and clever, My Husband’s Lies is a breath-taking read, perfect for fans of Lucy Clarke and Erin Kelly.

My thoughts

It’s the first book I’ve read by this author, but I’ll be seeking out more for sure.

I met Caroline at an author/blogger meet up in Stoke-on-Trent. I had a promo postcard from her and the book sounded just my cup of tea. What a lovely lady she is, and she had a good natter with everyone. She had some fab trousers on, if only I had the legs to carry them off!

It revolves around four school friends known as The A Team…. Nick, Dan, Will and Jen. And their respective partners and family. The cast was rather large, but I soon got to know everyone. It’s a bit like a dark soap opera and I could easily imagine it being on the telly. Each chapter is told by one of The A Team, some chapters tell the same thing but from the perspective of a different character. I loved the way the friends and their family knew each other, interacted together. Even though they’ve known each other all these years there are things they certainly don’t know about each other. Little things, and big, massive, huge things!

It starts with the incident at Nick and Lisa’s wedding, but looking into the lives (past and present) of everyone things start to be revealed to the reader.

I thoroughly recommend this book. It’s darkly compelling.

I loved the ending. Wham. ‘Av’it. No messing around!

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

Publication date 17th May 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon.co.uk My Husband’s Lies

The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @bookouture #blogtour #bookreview #backablogger #bloggersblast #TheChosenOnes

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Blog Tour 26th May 2018

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Carol Wyer’s new release, The Chosen Ones. I’m delighted to be part of it.

Also check out my fellow bloggers on today’s stop.

My Thoughts

I love Carol Wyer’s dark side!

A very clever story, very intriguing, and very well put together. Lots of ‘verys’ there but all necessary!

There are some really gruesome murder scenes, which I visualised all too realistically! And the crows, I have a bird phobia and they really creeped me out. There was story from the past running alongside the main plot. I really tried to work out who the people were and how they fitted into the main story but I didn’t succeed!

Robyn’s team are great. They are a nice bunch who I feel like I’ve got to know well over the series. There was a race against time as the body count rose. What was the connection? Robyn’s boss was ready to throw her off the case if she didn’t come up with a suspect quickly.

Amy Walters, a local investigative journalist, has had numerous run-ins with Robyn before and is sticking her nose in again. She’s writing a book about serial killers and is after all the info she can get. She does some digging herself, and had written a piece on the first victim, Jordan Kilby, in the past. She’s also written about Jordan’s property developer father, Nathaniel Jones-Kilby.

I liked the setting in Staffordshire and felt like I knew the area as it was all so well described.

Robyn’s cousin Ross had only a bit-part this time, and I really like him! He is a private investigator, and an ex-copper. She calls on him to help her out sometimes on the side.

The cliffhanger from the end of book three is still ongoing and not resolved. I didn’t mind to be honest, as the storyline in this book had me so engrossed. I do hope we find out before the end of the series. I can’t believe this is book five already, it’s gone so fast.

Well-paced and great writing. A pleasure to read. I look forward to the next one!

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

Publication date 24th May 2018

Amazon links –

UK 🇬🇧 The Chosen Ones
US 🇺🇸 The Chosen Ones

About the book

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On a hot summer’s morning, a young father is found murdered in a cornfield, outside the quiet town of Colton. Tied to a post, arms spread wide; Detective Robyn Carter is reminded of the crucifixion, and she knows she’s looking for a killer with a twisted sense of right and wrong.

The victim’s girlfriend is devastated, unable to fathom how she will tell her sick little boy. Still reeling from her own loss, Robyn vows she will find the killer – no matter what.

But then a local doctor – a popular woman with a young family of her own – is found dead outside her surgery. There are similarities between her and the first body and Robyn must take another look at the picture-postcard town, where no one has any enemies.

Can Robyn untangle the hidden web of secrets, lies, and smouldering grudges, at the heart of this close-knit community, before another life is lost?

An absolutely unputdownable thriller that will keep you reading into the night. If you love Angela Marsons, James Patterson or Tess Gerritsen, The Chosen Ones will have you hooked.

 

Meet the Author Carol pic for The Chosen Ones Blog Tour

Carol E. Wyer, who also writes as Carol Wyer, is an award-winning author whose humorous books take a light-hearted look at getting older and encourage others to age disgracefully. In 2017 she moved to the “dark side” and embarked on a series of thrillers. The first, gripping 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.
Her book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction 2015.

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.

Carol blogs at www.grumpyoldmenopause.com which featured in The Mail on Sunday

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.carolewyer.co.uk

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