#BlogTour! #Review – Whisper in the Night by D.K.Hood (@DKHood_author) @Bookouture

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!!!!

Yes, can you tell I am excited to be sharing my review today? Huge thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in D.K.Hood’s blog tour for ‘Whisper in the Night, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

She opens her eyes and struggles to make out the dark room around her. One thing she knows instantly – her wrists are bound and she’s tied to a chair, unable to move. As she screams for help, she hears footsteps outside. He’s coming…

Fifteen-year-old Lindy Rosen has been having nightmares for weeks, waking in a panic, screaming that there’s a man in her room watching her sleep. Her parents assumed it was her overactive imagination, but when one morning they find Lindy missing from her bedroom, they’re not so sure. Detective Jenna Alton is called in to investigate.

Within hours of the schoolgirl going missing, the kidnapper reaches out to Jenna with a video of Lindy bound and tied to a chair, crying to be set free. And a simple message – you’ve got 24 hours to find her or I kill her.

Jenna’s team work around the clock to try to find Lindy before the deadline, but time runs out, and Jenna receives a devastating message. The killer has made good on his promise. He’s playing a dangerous game. And no one knows what his next move will be.

But just two days later, one of Lindy’s school friends is taken in the middle of the night and the countdown begins again.

**Each Kane and Alton book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

What does TWG think?

Bookouture have rightly said above that the ‘Kane and Alton’ books can be read as a standalone or as a series. I do agree, however if you aren’t binge reading this series at every opportunity, what the hell is wrong with you!!! I say that with love and affection, obviously, because you are totally missing out on one stinking reads if you’re only dabbling in just one or two of the books.

So yes, Kane and Alton, and Black Rock Falls are back with yet another chillingly fabulous read. Honestly, D.K.Hood does not disappoint where this series is concerned, although remind me to never, EVER visit Black Rock Falls. The little place doesn’t have much luck when it comes to people being murdered, that’s for sure!!

Just when things were starting to quieten down for Jenna and her team, some idiot decided to steal a person or two because they were excited by it. Selfish much?! Surely if they were bored they could have found a nicer hobby to take up instead of murder? Just a thought…

With a murderer on the loose, Kane and Alton are struggling to stop them before they kill anyone else, especially when the problem of not being able to hunt them down is incredibly evident. I’ll give the numpty their due, they were very clever!!

I tried to workout who the culprit was and, despite being right there in front of me, I still managed to get it well and truly wrong. I discounted the character originally because i thought they were too obvious, instead choosing a character who seemed a bit more secretive than others. I can see that that worked very well for me!!!

I don’t know how many times I can say it, but this was such a fast paced, high energy read which was full of spine tingling, cover the mouth type scenarios. I loved everything about it, and the anticipation for the next book in the series is uber high already.

One thing is for certain, you won’t be whispering whilst reading ‘Whisper in the Night’, not a chance! If anything you’ll be forgetting how to breathe as you devour the shockingly addictive storytelling from the brilliant, D.K.Hood. Did I tell you I loved it?!

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About the author.

I’ve always had a wicked sense of humour and was the kid who told the ghost stories around the campfire. I am lucky to have family all over the world and have spent many vacations in places from Paris France to Montana USA and Australia. I use the wonderful memories from these visits to enhance my stories.

My interest in the development of forensic science to solve crime goes back many years. I enjoy writing crime, mystery and thrillers. With many stories, waiting for me to write I’ll look forward to sharing many spine-tingling stories with you.

D.K. Hood is an active member of International Thriller Writers.

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#BlogTour! #Recipe from #AFeastOfSerendib by Mary Anne Mohanraj (@mamohanraj) @RaRaResources

Today I have a recipe from Mary Anne Mohanraj’s Sri Lankan cookbook, ‘A Feast of Serendib’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for asking me to be involved. Before I share the recipe with you all, here is a little bit more about the book and the all important purchase links. Enjoy!

Dark roasted curry powder, a fine attention to the balance of salty-sour-sweet, wholesome red rice and toasted curry leaves, plenty of coconut milk and chili heat. These are the flavors of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka was a cross roads in the sea routes of the East. Three waves of colonization—Portuguese, Dutch and British—and the Chinese laborers who came with them, left their culinary imprint on Sri Lankan food. Sri Lankan cooking with its many vegetarian dishes gives testimony to the presence of a multi-ethnic and multi -religious population.

Everyday classics like beef smoore and Jaffna crab curry are joined by luxurious feast dishes, such as nargisi kofta and green mango curry, once served to King Kasyapa in his 5th century sky palace of Sigiriya.

Vegetable dishes include cashew curry, jackfruit curry, asparagus poriyal, tempered lentils, broccoli varai and lime-masala mushrooms. There are appetizers of chili-mango cashews, prawn lentil patties, fried mutton rolls, and ribbon tea sandwiches. Deviled chili eggs bring the heat, yet ginger-garlic chicken is mild enough for a small child. Desserts include Sir Lankan favorites: love cake, mango fluff, milk toffee and vattalappam, a richly-spiced coconut custard.

In A Feast of Serendib, Mary Anne Mohanraj introduces her mother’s cooking and her own Americanizations, providing a wonderful introduction to Sri Lankan American cooking, straightforward enough for a beginner, and nuanced enough to capture the flavor of Sri Lankan cooking.

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Recipe:

Hoppers / Appam

If I had to pick the perfect Sri Lankan meal, this would be it. There’s nothing like breaking off a crisp piece of hopper, dipping it into broken egg, and scooping up some curry and a bit of seeni sambol. Delectable.

These rice flour pancakes have a unique shape; fermented batter is swirled in a special small hemispherical pan, so you end up with a soft, spongy center, and lacey, crispy sides – that contrast is the true glory of the hopper. (You can buy instant hopper mix, available online, and just add water, which will work fine, and doesn’t require overnight planning ahead. Many diasporic Sri Lankans I know use that option regularly.) Typically you’d make one egg hopper per person, plus another plain hopper or two, and maybe a sweet hopper to finish up.

If you don’t have a hopper pan, you can make hoppers in a regular frying pan; you just won’t get quite as much of the crispy sides. It’s a little time-consuming to make hoppers, since each one must be individually steamed for a few minutes, but with practice, you can have four hopper pans going on a stove at once. I’d recommend starting with just one pan at a time, though! Serve with curry and seeni sambol.

2 cups South Asian rice flour (or a mix of rice and wheat flour)

1 tsp sugar

pinch of baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups coconut milk

eggs for egg hoppers

extra coconut milk and jaggery for sweet hoppers

1. Mix first five ingredients thoroughly in a large bowl, cover, and set in a warm, turned-off oven to ferment overnight. (In a cold climate, fermentation may not occur without a little help – I turn my oven on to 250 degrees, and when it’s reached temperature, turn it off and put the covered bowl in the oven to stay warm.)

2. Mix again, adding water if necessary to make a quite thin, pourable batter.

3. Heat pan (grease if not non-stick) on medium, and when it’s hot, pour about 1/3 cup batter into the center. Pick up the pan immediately and swirl the batter around, coating the cooking surface. The sides of the hopper should end up with holes in them: thin, lacy, and crisp – if the batter is coating the pan more thickly, mix in some hot water to thin it down. Cover and let cook for 2-4 minutes – you’ll know it’s ready when the sides have started to brown and the center is thoroughly cooked. A silicone spatula will help with getting the hopper out of the pan.

4. For egg hoppers, after swirling, crack an egg in the center before covering. The egg will cook as the hopper does, finishing in about 3-4 minutes.

5. For sweet hoppers, after swirling, add a tablespoon of coconut milk and a teaspoon of jaggery to the center of the pan, then cook as usual.

About the author.

Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies in Motion (HarperCollins), The Stars Change (Circlet Press) and thirteen other titles. Bodies in Motion was a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, a USA Today Notable Book, and has been translated into six languages. The Stars Change was a finalist for the Lambda, Rainbow, and Bisexual Book Awards.
Mohanraj founded the Hugo-nominated and World Fantasy Award-winning speculative literature magazine, Strange Horizons, and also founded Jaggery, a S. Asian & S. Asian diaspora literary journal (jaggerylit.com). She received a Breaking Barriers Award from the Chicago Foundation for Women for her work in Asian American arts organizing, won an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose, and was Guest of Honor at WisCon. She serves as Director of two literary organizations, DesiLit (www.desilit.org) and The Speculative Literature Foundation (www.speclit.org). She serves on the futurist boards of the XPrize and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Mohanraj is Clinical Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and lives in a creaky old Victorian in Oak Park, just outside Chicago, with her husband, their two small children, and a sweet dog. Recent publications include stories for George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards series, stories at Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, and an essay in Roxane Gay’s Unruly Bodies. 2017-2018 titles include Survivor (a SF/F anthology), Perennial, Invisible 3 (co-edited with Jim C. Hines), and Vegan Serendib.

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#BlogTour! #Review – It’s Not You It’s Him by Sophie Ranald (@SophieRanald) @Bookouture

Next up on TWG is a review of Sophie Ranald’s, ‘It’s Not You It’s Him’. Many thanks to Bookouture for having me on board.

New Year’s Eve. The most overrated night of the year, right? I have to get through a night of enforced fun, drink all the prosecco and talk about new beginnings. But I don’t want new beginnings. I want my old beginning back.

It’s been ten days, two hours and forty-three minutes since Tansy got dumped. Two heartbreaking weeks since Renzo, who made her weak at the knees and dizzy with excitement, found out Tansy’s secret – and ended it on the spot.

Since then, she’s spent every evening scrolling through their old photos, drunk texted him twenty-six times (he stopped reading after five), and lost count of how many packets of Kleenex she’s cried her way through.

That’s where Operation Get Renzo Back comes in. She ropes in a new wing-woman, maxes out her credit card and accidentally-on-purpose bumps into him at every opportunity. Oh, and she finds a fake boyfriend, as you do…

But while she’s busy pretending, Tansy’s plan is thrown a major curveball. She has to learn the hard way that it’s not her, it’s him – and that sometimes, a break-up can end up being the making of you.

What does TWG think?

Oh this is mega LOL, and yes, I did just say that!!!

Despite being slow to really get going, ‘It’s Not You It’s Him’ had me giggling into my cuppa. Now, Tansy had got her priorities royally screwed up and that made her a bit like nails on a chalkboard at times. Yes, she annoyed me at first! I did warm to her though as the story progressed and I actually ended up finding her quite endearing. I know. I know. Who would have thought it?

I really enjoyed the uplifting a girl poweresque type storyline – this is definitely a read that will put a smile on your face for many different reasons.

Sophie Ranald had me feeling the lurve and wanting a complete fashion overhaul one minute, to then having me giggling at the brilliantly poised humour.

A cracking read!

Buy now!

About the author.

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited.

In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat.

To find out about Sophie’s forthcoming releases and get access to free books and special offers, sign up to her newsletter at sophieranald.com

#BlogTour! #Review – The Dream House by Jess Ryder (@JessRyderAuthor) @Bookouture

Day two of the blog tour for Jess Ryder’s, ‘The Dream House’, is upon us, with the tour bus stopping here at TWG. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

It’s everything she’s ever wanted…
When I first set eyes on Westhill House with its breath-taking views of the sea I knew Jack and I could make this our forever home.
It may be falling apart with an overgrown garden, but with some tender loving care, we can repair this beautiful building and perhaps our relationship too…
But the more time I spend renovating our new house, the more time Jack is spending at work.
At least Lori is here to keep me company.
She has her own troubles yet she always listens to mine.
She’s helping to restore the house, uncovering its secrets one by one.
Like the children’s drawings under the wallpaper in the back bedroom.
The hidden papers underneath the floorboards in the turret room.
And the fact that Westhill House is a place women used to go to feel safe…
Lori seems to know a lot about Westhill House.
The question is, why?

What does TWG think?

Jess Ryder’s new novel is aptly called, ‘The Dream House’, and I say that because I felt like I was in a dream when I was reading it!

Stella has, in her eyes, found her dream house. The house where she envisions growing old in with a husband and children. However, Stella’s boyfriend isn’t as taken with the house as she is, and when a random person turns up on their doorstop late at night covered in blood, Jack seems to dislike the house even more.

Stella is a very trusting person – would you honestly let a stranger into your home late at night, seeing them beaten and bloodied and not call the police? I could see where Jack was coming from there. Just because Stella had been brought up by parents who took in people who needed help, it didn’t mean that Stella do the exact same. And anyway, fostering children and taking a bloodied woman into your home late at night are two completely different things.

I thought the storyline contained well incorporated suspense, and I felt that the intrigue behind the characters lifestyles were very well thought out. I will say that I wasn’t too taken with the story in it’s entirety though, as I felt that things were verging on unbelievable at times. I loved Stella’s warm personality, but i found that her naivety riled me up more often than not.

‘The Dream House’ is a very interesting and dark read, especially if you like books which extend the boundaries a lot. One thing is for certain though, Jess Ryder certainly knows how to make her readers think!!

Buy now.

About the author.

Jess Ryder is the author of three psychological thrillers – ‘Lie to Me’ (April 2017) and ‘The Good Sister’ (August 2017), and The Ex-Wife (June 2018) -all published by Bookouture. She also writes books for children, teens and young adults as Jan Page, with many titles published including ‘Selina Penaluna’. With many years’ experience as a scriptwriter, she loves watching television crime drama. Jess is a passionate reader and particularly enjoys thrillers. She blogs about writing, reviews books and interviews writers at www.jessryder.co.uk andwww.janpagewriter.com.

Jess lives with her partner in London, UK and has four grown-up children.

#BlogTour! #Review – One Last Greek Summer by Mandy Baggot (@MandyBaggot) @Aria_Fiction

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Next up is a summery read by an author who knows Greece like the back of hand, Mandy Baggot! I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘One Last Greek Summer’. Many thanks to Aria Fiction for inviting me to take part. Here is my review:

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Beth Martin is 31, newly divorced and wondering just what life holds for her…

Best-friend, Heidi, is adamant that all the answers lie in Corfu – the island where the girls partied away their youth. So cue a trip to a sun-drenched Greek island, ouzo cocktails, a trip down memory lane… and Alex Hallas, the man Beth has never quite forgotten.

As they dance under the stars, the sand beneath their toes, old feelings begin to resurface and Beth might just have a chance to take back her life. If they can learn to love the people they’ve become…

What does TWG think?

Snigger. Mandy Baggot really is a sort, isn’t she? I mean, nobody else can pull of a storyline that threatens to turn the air blue without being too in your face! Snigger.

If you’re a fan of Greece, you will be in your element with this book. I will admit that I have never stepped foot onto Greek soil, however due to the incredible attention to detail of the Island, I genuinely felt as though I was visiting Corfu myself.

Just like Mandy Baggot’s other novels, romance plays a large part in the storyline and is written effortlessly as though anyone can hop onto a plane to Corfu and find themselves a partner just like that!

Beth and Heidi are such fun characters – I thoroughly enjoyed following their holiday of a lifetime. Alex, as well, was another memorable character due to his relatable traits and family issues.

I can’t really fault Mandy Baggot’s story telling at all – she writes with such joy that it ends up being infectious and I always end up finishing one of her books with a huge smile on my face.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Something To Live For by Richard Roper (@RichardRoper) @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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It’s another busy day here at TWG, and first up is my review of Richard Roper’s ‘Something To Live For’. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

What does TWG think?

You’re bound to have seen the hashtag #FindYourSomething on Twitter over the last few weeks, but if you haven’t, that particular hashtag refers to the all important message within Richard Roper’s new novel, ‘Something To Live For’. We all know that it is far too easy to go through life in a daze, merely going through the motions out of habit. But what would we say if someone pulled us aside and asked us about our life? Would we be able to answer honestly and say that our life isn’t fulfilling us? Or would we lie and say that our lives are perfect when its not?

Why is there a lot of stigma attached to being honest about being unhappy in your life? Why must people pretend that everything is hunky-dory?

Well, to Andrew, having the ‘perfect life’ and ‘perfect family’ is what is expected of him. He thinks that to be ‘normal’, he needs to be married with a pigeon pair, socialise weekly, and be exactly where he wants to be at a forty-something man. By pretending to have the perfect life, Andrew has forgotten to do something extremely important. He’s forgotten to live.

I know, I know. Sounds such a simple thing to do, doesn’t it?

Andrew has a job which made me stop and think to myself, ‘omg, people actually have to do that?!’. Yes, in simple terms Andrew works for a company which strives to put relatives in touch with a deceased next of kin. Albeit too late to rebuild any bridges admittedly, but there’s something pretty eye-opening about it because if Andrew and his colleagues didn’t find the all important next of kin, the deceased will be buried in what’s known as a ‘paupers grave’, with nobody likely to be at the funeral. It’s a shame.

I have seen so many people fall in love with Richard Roper’s novel, and I can see exactly why they have. I will admit that I probably didn’t fall in love with it as much as other readers have, yet I was able to appreciate the importance behind the authors words, especially about living your life before its too late.

Richard Roper has written an incredibly profound and poignant novel which took me on a journey I wasn’t expecting to go on at the age of 29. I’m glad that I was able to embark on the journey of perspective and self discovery, as I would have hated reaching Andrew’s age and feeling as though I had no more path left to walk on, or be too afraid of changing habits I had spent so long perfecting.

‘Something To Live For’ is a very fulfilling and emotive read, guaranteed to stop you in your tracks and take a good hard look at your life and what you want from it. There’s too much force being put on trying to fit in, when instead we should all be loved for who we are. However, we need to learn to love ourselves first. If you can’t ‘find your something’, at least be your own ‘something to live for’.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – 99 Days With You by Catherine Miller (@Katylittlelady) @Bookouture

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Second Bookouture blog tour post of the day is for ’99 Days With You’ by Catherine Miller – congratulations on your publication day! Many thanks, once again, to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and chance to read. Here is my review:

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Sometimes the end is the start of forever…

Emma and Nathan couldn’t be more different. But when they meet in a hospital waiting room, to the sound of a ticking clock and surrounded by faded magazines, they are both terrified, nervous and alone. And they have one fatal thing in common…

Emma lives a quiet life. She looks after her disabled mother. She lives vicariously through the well-thumbed pages and cracked spines of her beloved books.

Nathan spends his days fifteen thousand feet above the ground, soaring through the air, stomach somersaulting, as a sky diving instructor. After a lifetime of having a recurring dream that he would die at twenty-seven, he treats every day like it’s his last.

As fate throws Emma and Nathan together, everything is about to change.

Emma has never been kissed, or tasted champagne, or travelled abroad. Nathan has never fallen in love, worn odd socks, or grown a sunflower from a seed.

Emma and Nathan vow never to waste an hour, knowing that goodbye could come all too soon. But as they lose their hearts to one another against all the odds, have they found each other too late?

What does TWG think?

It’s the little things in life which count the most, aren’t they? Feeling the sand between your toes for the very first time. A bar of chocolate being bought for you just because. A little note left on your pillow. Spending 5 minutes outside just dancing in the rain. Little things to one person can end up being massive things for others, and the two people who cement that fact sublimely are Emma and Nathan.

Emma and Nathan meet by chance. An unfortunate, heart-breaking chance which involves an illness which many of us know the devastation of. Cancer. Love has no limit, yet for these two characters, everything now has a limit. I couldn’t get over Emma and Nathan’s approach to their emotional news. Both people handled it in completely different ways, highlighting the differences between how things can be perceived from one person to another. They may have one thing in common, yet the way it affects each of them couldn’t be more different.

Watching the relationship blossom between Emma and Nathan was simply breathtaking. It was intimate. Profound. And of course, incredibly emotional as I ‘watched’ their lives come together from diagnosis.

’99 Days With You’ has a very important message attached to it about living life to the full, to the best of our abilities, and making every little moment in our lives count. Including those all important little ones.

Catherine Miller, in my opinion, takes a subject which a lot of people are weary of, pulls it back to its bare bones and rebuilds it with her incredible storytelling, and eyeopening emotion a way that leaves me lost for words and breathless. I was spellbound by the sheer beauty of ’99 Days With You’ and the atmospheric portrayal of life itself.

Go and hug your loved ones. Hug yourself. Buy that pair of shoes. Buy this book – nobody wants to be the most rich bitch in the cemetery who regrets a single thing.

Buy now!

About the author.

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016.

Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn’t do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine’s writing competition. Soon afterwards she signed with Carina. Soon after that, she collapsed in a heap and was eventually revived by chocolate.

Since then she’s had four novels published and hasn’t found a week that didn’t require revival by chocolate. She is one eighth of The Romaniacs – a group of writing friends who’ve supported each other since meeting through The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme.

#BlogTour! #Review – Summer at Firefly Beach by Jenny Hale (@jhaleauthor) @Bookouture

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It’s a Bookouture kind of day on the blog today! First up is my review of ‘Summer at Firefly Beach’ by Jenny Hale. Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and thank you for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Hallie Flynn’s favourite place in the world is her great Aunt Clara’s beautiful beachside house, with its inviting wraparound porch and enchanting views across the sparkling turquoise ocean. For Hallie, going to Firefly Beach, filled with magical childhood memories, feels like coming home. But all that is about to change…

In one moment Hallie’s world is turned upside down. She’s left broken-hearted when her adored Aunt Clara passes away.

As always, Aunt Clara has thought of everything. In her last letter she included the bucket list Hallie wrote when she was twelve-years-old—and Clara’s final wish is for her to complete it. For once, Hallie decides not to hesitate. Stepping away from her dead-end job and predictable schedule, she embraces Aunt Clara’s words.

Spending the summer at Firefly Beach, Hallie encounters old friends and begins to remember the things that matter most to her. All the time her childhood friend Ben Murray is there, supporting her every step of the way. But following the bucket list isn’t an easy journey. And if that wasn’t all, a run in with wealthy Gavin Wilson, a newcomer to Firefly Beach, leaves her questioning her future, and facing something buried deep in her heart which she’d rather not admit to.

Will Hallie be able to complete the list and change her life? Or will the secret she’s been keeping destroy her new beginning—and the chance to fall in love?

What does TWG think?

I am a massive fan of Jenny Hale’s novels – just look at the absolutely STUNNING cover of this book? How could you not be a massive fan? With Jenny Hale’s novels, you know exactly what you’re going to get; a story full of heart and promise from beginning to end, and ‘Summer at Firefly Beach’ ticked those boxes.

Personally, I did find the storyline a little bit samey in terms of the bucket list and completing it for someone who had passed away. I appreciated the warmth behind the premise, and I thought the way that the author told Clara’s and Hallie’s stories was incredibly tender to read, I just didn’t feel that excitement which surrounded something new.

That said, ‘Summer at Firefly Beach’ is loaded with romance and tender notions between several characters. At times I felt like I just wanted to give Hallie a huge hug as her grief for her Aunt Clara was so, so emotional. Beautiful emotional if that makes sense and doesn’t make me sound like a complete weirdo!

So, did I enjoy it despite several reservations? Yes. Yes I definitely did, and it was the feel-good, uplifting factor which turned it around for me. ‘Summer at Firefly Beach’ is a spirited, warm novel which really hugged me from the inside out and made me feel as though I was able to escape into the lives of the characters in the book. For me, I may have found that the book had a similar premise to other books I have read, however none of those books had had a Jenny Hale spin put on them in the only way that she knows how. A beautiful, enchanting read.

Buy now!

About the author.

When I graduated college, one of my friends said, “Look out for this one; she’s going to be an author one day.” Despite being an avid reader and a natural storyteller, it wasn’t until that very moment that the idea of writing novels occurred to me.

Sometimes our friends can see the things that we can’t.

While I didn’t start straight away, that comment sowed a seed and several years, two children, and hundreds of thousands of words later, I completed a novel that I felt was worthy of publication. The result was Coming Home for Christmas, a heart-warming story about the magic of love at Christmas, and 2017 TV movie on The Hallmark Channel. 

The rest is history. 

When I’m not writing, I’m a mother of two boys and a wife to a very supportive husband.

 

 Author Social Media Links:

Website: https://www.itsjennyhale.com/

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/jhaleauthor

#BlogTour! #Review – To the Stars and Back by Camilla Isley (@CamillaIsley) @RaRaResources

Second RaRaResources blog tour of the day is for a review of ‘To the Stars and Back’ by Camilla Isley. Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite and ARC.

When Hollywood’s sexiest bachelor meets the girl next door their relationship doesn’t follow the script…

On-screen, Christian Slade is America’s favorite heartthrob. Off-screen, letting romance into his life isn’t as easy. The women he dates all seem to want a piece of his glamorous life rather than his heart, and trust doesn’t come easy for him.

Then along comes Lana. A beautiful rocket scientist who’s also sweet, smart, sexy, and has absolutely no idea who he is. But what will happen when she finds out?

Will their worlds prove too far apart or could love really be like in the movies?

What does TWG think?

What would you do if the guy you started dating was in fact a top Hollywood actor, but he didn’t tell you? Would you be mad? Would you feel deceived? Lana, after being betrayed by her best friend, found herself in that exact position and she doesn’t quite know how she feels about it.

Like, Lana is an engineer, not someone who spends her time keeping up to date with the latest fashion trends, or has money to burn like Christian Slade does. Two people, two completely different lifestyles. Chalk and cheese or a match made in heaven?

This was such a fun story to read, and one I was able to lose myself in very quickly. The premise of the book isn’t too taxing, and the pace is ideal if you’re just wanting a book to cruise along with, without the addition of too emotional events and what not.

I love how Camilla Isley has included characters from other books in the series so seamlessly, as if they were meant to be there all along. Don’t be panicking though – this book is part of a series but each book can be read as a standalone with no issues.

If you’re into highly romantic, boy meets girl type of novels, ‘To the Stars and Back’ would be right up your street. I’m not a romantic, yet I could still appreciate the attention to detail in the characters relationships and how their lives came together throughout the book.

Another fun, humourous, and enjoyable read from the very more-ish, Camilla Isley.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green (@Rosie_Green1988) @RaRaResources

TWG is back visiting the Little Duck Pond cafe today, huge thanks to RaRaResources and the author for having me! Here is my review of Rosie Green’s latest installment to her serial:

Wedding fever is in the air in the village of Sunnybrook.

With Ellie and Zak’s Big Day on the horizon, the sun is shining brightly on the Little Duck Pond Cafe community. But when dark clouds begin to roll in from more than one direction, several close relationships look to be under threat.

Will the wedding of the year actually take place at all?

What does TWG think?

I was NOT expecting to be getting into a tizzy whilst visiting the Little Duck Pond Cafe. Not at all! But I did and, whilst I would love to sit and have a natter about what made me stressed up to the eyeballs, it may be considered a spoiler. It literally came from nowhere and certainly put the characters to a test regarding their relationships and best laid plans.

‘Confetti at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ IS part of a series, and I wholeheartedly recommend that you do read the books in order so that you are more aware of how the characters got where they are now, who they are, and why they are (if they are) involved in any ruckus’ with anyone else.

I love this series, especially as it just gets better and better with every new story. I must admit that I found Ellie quite annoying this time around as she just seemed in a rush to tick boxes regarding her wedding without thinking about the logistics behind it, especially seeing as other people were involved and it wasn’t all about Ellie. For someone who has always taken time to think about her actions and how they affected others, she couldn’t have been further from that person if she tried.

That said, the story wasn’t all romance and confetti, there was a lot more to this novella than I had anticipated and I thought that it did the book wonders in terms of depth and atmosphere.

Rosie Green, once again, has left me with a massive smile on my face thanks to this heartwarming and more-ish addition to the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. A wonderful, wonderful story which was an pleasure to devour.

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