Suddenly Single by Carol Wyer #review #SuddenlySingle @carolewyer @canelo_co

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About the book  

When bestselling romance author Chloe Piper’s marriage implodes a week before Christmas, she flees her cheating ex and the village gossips for the solitude of the newly built Sunny Meadow Farm and the company of her hapless dog, Ronnie.

But Chloe is soon pushed out of her comfort zone. Because with a lively development building crew – headed up by charming Alex – and a larger-than-life neighbour determined to make Chloe’s love life her pet project, Chloe finds herself in a whole new world of chaos…

This enthralling romantic comedy of self-discovery and new beginnings is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

My Thoughts

After the breakdown of her marriage Chloe is keen to move out of Appletree and find somewhere peaceful and away from it all. Appletree is the setting where she based her best-selling novel, mostly on pub gossip from her ex William. There had been a few rumours on the identity of novelist C J Knight, so a good time to move away.

She finds her new home at a new development of old farm buildings called Sunny Meadow. The name is idyllic as the setting….countryside, reservoir, winding lanes and a dark starry sky. I want to live there too. Chloe keeps to herself. She has a close friend, Faith, who is also her publisher. She lost her family in an accident and since then she suffers with social anxiety disorder. This holds her back a lot, avoiding crowds and social gatherings. She’s happy to sit at home in her pyjamas, writing and shopping online. Since her break up she’s suffering with writers block, and her submission date for her next novel is getting nearer. A bit of a panic!

Back to Sunny Meadow. It’s quite a small and exclusive development. Her nearest neighbours pop over and introduce themselves, Eleanor and Fairfax, and before she knows it she’s been invited to their house, drunk far too much, and signed up to their singles club. She’s dreading the first activity day and makes herself ill with worry. I won’t give any spoilers for The Singleton Club, but the activities were a lot of fun and are a big part of the story. It also pushed Chloe out of her comfort zone in terms of meeting new people. Alex was another neighbour, son of Thomas the site developer. He was really nice. William, the ex, reappears and he was a real creep! Not forgetting Ronnie, her faithful dog. I loved him.

Funny, entertaining and easy to read too with a satisfying conclusion.

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

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

Publication date 8th April 2019

Amazon UK   Suddenly Single

ISBN: 9781788632775

Meet the authorcarol wyer - for what happens in france blog tour

Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian. In 2017 she stepped away from writing comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on writing a series of thrillers which became best-sellers and have been translated into several languages. She won the 2015 People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction, and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth . Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published alongside journalism in many magazines.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer

Website: www.carolwyer.co.uk

Blog: www.carolwyer.com

 

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In Her Defence by Jan Edwards @Jancoledwards #InHerDefence @penkhullpress #bookreview

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In Her Defence (A Bunch Courtney Investigation) by Jan Edwards

Description

Bunch Courtney’s hopes for a quiet market-day lunch with her sister are shattered when a Dutch refugee dies a horribly painful death before their eyes. A few days later Bunch receives a letter from her old friend Cecile saying that her father, Professor Benoir, has been murdered in an eerily similar fashion. Two deaths by poisoning in a single week. Co-incidence? Bunch does not believe that any more than Chief Inspector William Wright.

Set against a backdrop of escalating war and the massed internments of 1940, the pair are drawn together in a race to prevent the murderer from striking again.

My Thoughts

With the setting in the Sussex countryside, I felt the heat of the unseasonably warm Spring. The author’s descriptive writing took me into a world gone by. I loved the details of the war years. I loved the horsey side of things too.

Rose (Bunch) Courtney’s childhood home, Perringham House, has been taken over for the war effort. Bunch and her grandmother and staff are living in the Dower House. There is a hierarchy of diplomats, military and civilians. Bunch and her sister Dodo witness a horrible death in the pub on a busy market day. She receives news that an old friend’s father has died a similar horrible death, looks like poisoning. Could they be connected? With further deaths the locals get twitchy. Bunch is again the amateur sleuth along with Chief Inspector Wright. Bunch keeps her eyes open and her ear to the ground, pursuing the locals for any gossip which may shed light on the goings on. There were plenty of twists and turns in this murder mystery.

The author’s attention to detail made for a great read, especially with the local dialect (I was reading in the accent in my head!)

I usually read fast-paced crime fiction set in the present day, so this was different for me. I really enjoyed it.

I loved the cover design!

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

Thanks to the author for the review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication by Penkhull Press on 4th April 2019

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK In Her Defence

ISBN : 978 0993000898  Penkhull Press

Paperback £9.99  | ebook £2.95

Other books by Jan Edwards:  Winter Downs: Bunch Courtney Investigation #1; Sussex Tales; Fables & Fabrications; Leinster Gardens and Other Subtleties;  Olive Hawthorne: Daemons of Devils End (book and script team for Dr Who DVD)

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Jan was born in Sussex, currently living in North Staffordshire. In addition to being a writer she is also a Reiki Master Teacher and Meditational Healer. Jan is available for interviews and appearances.

 

For further information contact:

Penkhull Press at: https://thepenkhullpress.wordpress.com/

Jan’s blog page: https://janedwardsblog.wordpress.com/

email: jan@rowangrove.co.uk

5* #Review of Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop by Rebecca Raisin @HQDigitalUK @jaxandwillsmum

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Description

An absolutely perfect laugh out loud romantic comedy.

The trip of a lifetime!

Rosie Lewis has her life together.

A swanky job as a Michelin-Starred Sous Chef, a loving husband and future children scheduled for exactly January 2021.

That’s until she comes home one day to find her husband’s pre-packed bag and a confession that he’s had an affair.

Heartbroken and devastated, Rosie drowns her sorrows in a glass (or three) of wine, only to discover the following morning that she has spontaneously invested in a bright pink campervan to facilitate her grand plans to travel the country.

Now, Rosie is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, and the chance to change her life! With Poppy, her new-found travelling tea shop in tow, nothing could go wrong, could it…?
A laugh-out-loud novel of love, friendship and adventure! Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.

My Review – Fabulous!

Oh YES, YES, YES!!! I bloody loved this.

It’s made me want to jack in my job and take to the road.

Rosie drunk-buys a bright pink campervan called Poppy, and then has a big panic! Oh my gosh, what has she done! She does a bit of research, finding a Facebook group about ‘vanlife’. Here she chats to Oliver, a photographer, who has lots of tips and ideas. She forms a plan to head off towards Bristol, and then onto a book festival and from there to follow the other vans around the country. As she pulls on to her first campsite she almost runs someone over, and as she gets out of the driver’s seat she falls over in the mud….not a good first impression. This person is Aria, who runs a travelling bookshop. They hit it off straight away and I enjoyed getting to know Aria and her reasons for travelling. They park up side by side and team up with a book and cream tea offer. Rosie has always blended her own teas and inspired by Aria’s books she comes up with some nice flavours. ‘Cake is the 8th wonder of the world’ has to be a favourite quote. And now I can call my squishy tummy a ‘cake baby’ too!! There are a few characters that do the rounds at the festivals and events, one such character is Max. His speciality is vegan food, and it took some convincing to get traditional chef Rosie to try out some of his food. It was delicious, and even convinced me to try out some recipes.

Rosie starts to discover her true self during this journey, leaving behind the hectic chef lifestyle in London. The beautiful countryside, sunsets and new companions all make for a great story.

Lots of laughs, food and fun. There were some serious topics brought up too, tackled perfectly.

It really is a lovely book, after reading the author’s last book I wanted to run away to Paris to become a perfumer. She really is very convincing on changing your lifestyle!

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

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

Publication date 4th March 2019

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Amazon UK Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop

What Happens in France by Carol Wyer #blogtour #WhatHappensInFrance #Biggie @carolewyer @canelo_co

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Blog Tour 28th January 2019

Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for ‘What Happens in France’ by Carol Wyer. I’m delighted to be part of it. Thanks to Ellie Pilcher at Canelo for inviting me to take part.

My Thoughts – So funny and entertaining!

Bryony has been looking for her sister, Hannah, for many years. She even set up a blog trying to find her. Hannah had left home when Bryony was a child and she always blamed herself for this. Their dad is in very poor health after having a stroke, so she stepped her search up a notch.

She saw an advert for contestants for a new game show and immediately entered hoping this could be massive publicity in her search for Hannah if she got selected. She attended a local audition where she was surprised to see Lewis, one of her neighbours.

There were some funny scenes here meeting other potentials contestants. I really liked Oscar and his pug, Biggie Smalls.

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And Jim with his amazing knowledge and his love for his grandchildren. A really great cast, the game show crew and contestants, even Professor Potts! Some of the madcap games made me laugh, especially the blindfolded driving course. A bit like ‘It’s a Knockout’ meets ‘Treasure Hunt’. In fact a real mix of all the best game shows, such fun.

The relationship between Bryony and her girlfriends was lovely too.

It’s a change for me to step away from crime novels and chick-lit and have a good laugh out loud story. Very funny and entertaining, easy to read and relatable too.

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

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

Publication date 28th January 2019

Amazon UK   What Happens in France

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Bryony Masters has been looking for her long-lost sister, Hannah , for years, but when their father has a stroke her search takes on new urgency. So when primetime game show, What Happens in France, puts a call-out for new contestants, Bryony spots the ultimate public platform to find her reality TV-obsessed sister, and finally reunite their family. With the help of handsome teammate Lewis , it’s not long before she’s on a private jet heading for the stunning beauty of rural France. With a social media star dog, a high maintenance quiz host and a cast of truly unique characters, Bryony and Lewis have their work cut out for them to stay on the show and in the public eye. Yet as the audience grows and the grand prize beckons they find that the search that brought them together may just fulfil more than one heart’s wish…

This heartwarming romantic comedy of friendship, family and laugh-out-loud adventures is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Colleen Coleman and Marian Keyes.

Meet the author carol wyer - for what happens in france blog tour

Carol Wyer is an award-winning author and stand up comedian. In 2017 she stepped away from writing comedy to the “dark side” and embarked on writing a series of thrillers which became best-sellers and have been translated into several languages. She won the 2015 People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction, and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth . Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published alongside journalism in many magazines.

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer

Website: www.carolwyer.co.uk

Blog: www.carolwyer.com

One New York Christmas by @mandybaggot @EburyPublishing #christmas #NewYork #bookreview #5* #OneNewYorkChristmas

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Description

Will this Christmas romance be just for the holidays?

A fun, festive romantic comedy to curl up with this winter. If you love Josie Silver’s One Day in December, you’ll love Mandy Baggot’s heart-warming festive romance.

Lara Weeks is heading to New York with best friend Susie for the Christmas trip of a lifetime.

A festive break in the snowy Big Apple visiting the tourist hotspots, not to mention the shopping, seems like the perfect way for Lara to get over her ex-boyfriend. Or maybe make him so jealous he begs for a second chance.

Enlisting the help of gorgeous actor, Seth Hunt, doesn’t quite go to plan, but there’s something about him that has Lara wishing for a different kind of happy ever after

My Review – I absolutely loved it!!

Mandy, you’ve done it again! I think it may be my favourite Mandy Baggot Christmas book ever!

Mandy’s books always have this effect on me, so well described that I feel I’m there. Seeing the sights, eating the food, feeling the emotions. They always give me a giggle too.

I loved the main characters of Lara and Seth. At first Lara keeps thinking about her ex-boyfriend, but there’s no denying the chemistry with Seth. He may seem out of reach for her, I mean he’s the star of her favourite TV show, but he really is an ordinary guy. He’s just a jobbing actor after his next role. There are some hilarious scenes as Seth’s ‘agent’ sets him up with some events that are supposed to promote him. The zoo and the ‘winter wonderland’ are classic examples.

The supporting roles of Susie and her boyfriend David, Seth’s parents and Lara’s family back home in rural England blended in beautifully to create such a lovely story.

Lara and Seth make every moment count while they spend some wonderful days together in New York. They discover the importance of being true to themselves, and truly learn how to follow their hearts.

It’s an amazing book and I will keep it in my heart.

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

Thanks to Mandy Baggot, Penguin Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley for the early review copy in which I give my honest opinion.

Publication Date 15th November 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK One New York Christmas

The Warning by Kathryn Croft @KatCroft @bookouture #TheWarning #review

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Description

My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.

Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.

Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email:

You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.

Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help?
And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?

My Thoughts

A fast-paced story, kept me turning the pages.

A mother’s worst nightmare, the death of a child.

Three years had passed since the tragic accident in the river that took her son Ethan, and his best friend Josh. Out of the blue Zoe receives an email, and then text messages. Who is sending these, and why? Of course she can’t let it pass her by, and she embarks on a quest to find out who, what, why. Her husband Jake, and Josh’s mother Roberta don’t seem as anxious to follow it up which made me more suspicious of all the other cast members.

The characters are very believable and the story was pretty gripping!

I definitely recommend this one if you like a psychological thriller.

All my reviews are quite 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 12th October 2018

Get your copy here:-

Amazon UK The Warning

#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