#BlogTour! #Review – I’m Glad I Found You This Christmas by C.P.Ward (@imgladifoundyo1) @rararesources

Another Christmas book for you all this evening, as I kick off the blog tour for it! I am so excited to be sharing my review of C.P.Ward’s ‘I’m Glad I Found You This Christmas’. Huge thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:



Maggie Coates is frustrated. Her longterm boyfriend, Dirk, recently moved to London to take a job she fears puts him out of her league. Despite the assurances of her best friend Renee, Maggie is convinced Dirk is slowly drifting away. All Maggie wants is to get married and settle down, but maybe Dirk has other ideas.

Convinced by Renee to make one last throw of the dice, Maggie books a romantic holiday for two in the quaint Scottish village of Hollydell. But will Dirk show up?

And if he doesn’t, what if there is a perfect man waiting for her among the Christmas magic of Hollydell’s snow-laden streets? What if Henry, the humble reindeer farmer with the kind smile, turns out to be the man of Maggie’s dreams?

What does TWG think?

If this doesn’t get you singing Christmas songs at the top of your voice, then I don’t know what will!! Why oh why is this C.P.Ward’s first and only Christmas book?!?! I am literally BEGGING for another one next year. Seriously.

Maggie’s boyfriend is an absolute CACTUS! As far as she is concerned, they’re still in a relationship, even though he always seems to find an excuse to not pick up the phone or make an effort to meet her. After multiple heart to hearts with her best friend, Renee, Maggie decides to whisk Mr Cactus away to Hollydell. I say ‘whisk’…he said he would follow her up there. But the thought was there nonetheless.

I did feel for Maggie as she clearly wanted to keep her relationship going despite the bright warning signs overhead – the poor thing couldn’t help but worry as she didn’t want to be let down. Who can blame her?

Wow….Hollydell. The only way I can describe it is – you know the Christmas movies on TV? You know the ones which are shown on a dedicated Christmas channel on Sky? Well, Hollydell reminded me of one of those movies where the magic was rife, the romance was beautifully done yet addictively cheesy, and the Christmas spirit was so over the top that you would have been a fool not to join in. I’m sure you know the ones I’m on about as they’re shown every single year, and every single year we all cosy up watching them, losing ourselves in the magic that is Christmas.

I felt like a big kid reading this book. There’s reindeer, snow, Christmas songs, festive feasts, snowmen, Christmas lights. Everything! I couldn’t get over how much detail the author put into his storyline, making the characters and Hollydell come alive in the blink of an eye. I adored how everyone came together whether they knew each other or not, helping them when things were tough or they had had a few too many mulled wines. You know, usual stuff.

I lost myself in this book and I would lose myself in it again in a heartbeat. Why C.P.Ward hasn’t written a Christmas book before now, I don’t know, but I really do hope that he continues to do them for adults….and maybe even children.

Never mind ‘I’m Glad I Found You This Christmas’, I’m Glad I Found this book this christmas!!! Such a beautiful, majestic, enchanting read which made me want to Rock Around the Christmas Tree on a not so Silent Night, singing Jingle Bells at the top of my voice. Hell, if Christmas was just like it was in this book, I would even go as far to say that ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday. I adored this book!!

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CP Ward is a writer from the UK who currently lives and works in Japan. This is his first Christmas book.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

Third and final day of Carol Wyer’s blog blitz is upon us, and I am delighted to be one of the three bloggers closing the blitz. Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Charlotte’s baby is safe. But is she?

When the body of mother Charlotte Brannon is discovered by her husband Adam, in their bedroom, Detective Natalie Ward is first on the scene. The killer has left a chilling calling card: The word ‘Why?’ written on the wall in blood. 

As Natalie begins to delve deeper into the couple’s lives, she discovers that Adam has a dark past he’s been hiding and she’s sure that the Brannon’s teenage babysitter Inge has secrets of her own.

Then another mother is murdered on her doorstep in front of her young son, the word ‘why’ scrawled on the wall next to her. 

All the key suspects have alibis and with her own marriage hanging by a thread, Natalie is struggling to stay focused on cracking her toughest case yet.

When a young woman and her baby disappear, a member of Natalie’s own team is put in terrible danger. Can Natalie stop this twisted serial killer and save one of her own before more families are torn apart forever?

What does TWG think?

Oh my -insert expletive beginning with F here- goodness!!!!!! What a book! OMG! I finished reading Carol Wyer’s latest literary brilliance in the early hours of the morning, and can I just say that I am extremely glad that I do not read blurbs! I only read the blurb after I had read the book and the things which had my jaw dropping, were written in it. Not all of them mind. So, if you trust my judgement on books, read this novel without reading the blurb.

Anyway, that’s my insight on that and is in no way a reflection of my opinion on the book at all.

I do say this a lot where Wyer’s books are concerned, but ‘The Last Lullaby’ is by far her best book yet. The intensity of the storyline was impeccable, along with the calculated brilliance of each individual character. If I know that there is a possibility of children being part of a thriller storyline, I am always filled with dread until I know that they’re not in the firing line so to speak – ‘The Last Lullaby’ was no different. My heart was in mouth from the onset. That sounds like I didn’t care about the victims in the book even though I did, but it’s children….you know?

I couldn’t get over how cleverly written the storyline was from start to finish – it was as though the book kept on giving shocking moments with every new chapter. Just like most police procedurals/thrillers, there is usually a few characters with fingers being pointed at them from the start, and the same happened here. I tried to look at the bigger picture but I couldn’t help but lean towards one character already in the firing line. Everything just seemed….convincing, if you catch my drift. They certainly didn’t help themselves against Natalie award though, that’s for sure!

I won’t say who I thought was ‘the one’ due to spoilers, but let’s just say that Wyer had me utterly convinced I was bang on the money…..until the moment I wasn’t. Geeeeez – did I see that coming? Did I fudge!!!! There was a point in the book where my heart rate quickened and my mouth became dry. Would they reach the bastard in time? Time wasn’t on Natalie Ward and her teams side and my legs were wiggling, urging them to move their backsides! It’s easy for me to say that, obviously, I’m not a police officer who has to follow procedure!

‘The Last Lullaby’ was absolutely brilliant – an ice cold, cut throat, highly intense read which made me lose my own capability of thinking clearly. The characters were chilling yet perfectly crafted and, whilst it feels weird to say this, even the ‘whodunnit dude’ was outstanding! Their actions weren’t, obviously, but the way Wyer created their mindset and thought process was incredible. I can’t even begin to imagine the extent of the research that went into creating that character and the situation they found themselves in.

What an absolute belter of a read this is – could someone point me in the direction of Carol Wyer Anonymous please as I’m addicted!!

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About the author.

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.

#BlogTour! #Review – Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin by Helen Rolfe (@helenjrolfe) @rararesources

Apologies for how late in the day this is, because of internet issues the most of November, I’ve only just been able to read this book and have literally just finished it. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises. 

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track. 

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever? 

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

What does TWG think?

My namesake is baaacckkk!! Not even joking – there’s a character called ‘Kaisha’ in this book and I LOVE it! This character appeared for the first time in a previous book in the series, so my excitement certainly piqued when I saw her make a comeback in this one.

I adore Helen Rolfe’s novels as they’re always so tenderly written and full of such warmth; ‘Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin’ was no different, although I will have to admit that I did struggle with elements of the book.

Whilst the storyline was very poignant regarding first impressions, assumptions, and looking further than a persons exterior, for me there was a lot of information given without many decisions of where it should go. I enjoyed reading about Holly’s journey, especially where Mitch was concerned, but I did feel as though it was missing a bit of magic that usually comes along with this author’s style.

Don’t get me wrong at all, I thought that the message within the storyline itself, is one that a lot of people should take heed of sooner rather than later, and I loved seeing different characters popping up from previous books in the series. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy the book because I did – I cannot fault Helen Rolfe on her huggable writing style and the way she brings communities together with minimal effort.

For me personally, I needed that extra spark that was all. However, ‘Christmas Miracles at the Little Log Cabin’ still is such a powerful and tender novel which highlights the true meaning of Christmas absolutely beautifully. It was such a joy to be wrapped up in Helen Rolfe’s magnetic words once again.

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About the author.

 Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending. 

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Into the Night by Sarah Bailey (@sarahbailey1982) @corvusbooks @annecater

Today is the final day on the #IntoTheNight blog tour, and I am delighted to be able to close the tour alongside my blogging pal, @noveldeelights! Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and many thanks to Corvus for the ARC. Here is my review:

Senior Detective Gemma Woodstock is a small-town policewoman working on the biggest homicide cases in Melbourne. When an up-and-coming movie star is stabbed to death while the cameras are rolling on his new blockbuster, Gemma, eager to prove herself, is assigned to the case.

 With the whole thing caught from multiple angles, how hard can it be to catch the crazed culprit? And who would want to hurt Australia’s adored boy-next-door? As Gemma uncovers the deadly underside of fame, her investigation turns into a dangerous game against those with money, power and everything to lose…

 

What does TWG think?

‘Into the Night’ is the second book in the series which follows senior detective, Gemma Woodstock. I haven’t yet read the first book, The Dark Lake, but I felt quite able to read this instalment on its own to an extent. I would recommend reading the first book so that events and timelines are a lot clearer. I wish I had done that, I must admit! My error though.

As a huge fan of Australia, the setting of this book definitely got me all excited! I haven’t even been to the country before either! Gemma Woodstock is a very interesting character to follow because she seems to hold her cards very close to her chest, which often meant I was second guessing her views and train of thought. Not a negative thing by any means. The fact she was interesting and unique, piqued my interest as well as heightening my paranoia ready for the events that would follow later on.

Sarah Bailey is a very atmospheric writer and, whilst the storyline didn’t blow me off my feet per se, I did enjoy the questionable circumstances and the way the author had me on edge due to the every growing intensity.

A new author for me, but one I will definitely be reading more of.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #NicisChristmasTale by Jean Gill (@writerjeangill) @AnneCater

Third and final post for the day is my review of ‘Nici’s Christmas Tale’ by Jean Gill. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and review copy.

A stand-alone short story in the multi-award-winning Troubadours Quartet series


1157: Aquitaine. The wolves are coming! At midnight on Christmas Eve, while the blizzard blasts snow through every crack in the castle walls, Nici the Shepherd’s Dog stands guard in the sheepfold.


   Beside him as usual are his pack and the flock they protect but this night is not usual at all. A small boy braves the snowy night, seeking the protection of his great friend while he is banned from his parents’ quarters in the castle.


   Nici recalls other times and other dangers, his trials and failures, the reasons why he ran away with a young girl, now the little boy’s mother. He would still give his life in a heartbeat for Lady Estela. And yet, on this snowy night, he cannot help her. So, while he waits and comforts Estela’s son, he tells his own puppies the story of a dog’s life.

What does TWG think?

I am rather ashamed to say that, until now, I had never picked up a Jean Gill book. How have I only managed to hear about the ‘Troubadours series’ at book number 5?! Don’t panic though, this story can be read as a stand-alone so you don’t need to have read the previous books first.

‘Nici’s Christmas Tale’ is only the second book I have read where the main character was an animal. Having read a lot more books with humans as the main character, trying to change my mindset and remember that if the storyline speaks about urination, it’s the norm for it to be outside!

Nici is such a strong and powerful character, his story telling swept me up in an instance. I was captivated by the way he described his life before the puppies, yet my heart went out to him due to the way he was treated, or should I say ‘mistreated’. No-one should ever be treated like that, especially an animal who wouldn’t be able to defend themself against a human.

Bear in mind that this is a short story with an estimated 58 pages, yet it certainly packed a punch in its own special way.

Jean Gill writes with such authority and poise, I must start this series from the beginning! A unique and captivating story – I really enjoyed it.

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About the author.

Jean Gill is a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with two scruffy dogs, a beehive named ‘Endeavour’, a Nikon D750 and a man. For many years, she taught English and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Wales. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life was hectic.
Publications are varied, including prize-winning poetry and novels, military history, translated books on dog training, and a cookery book on goat cheese. With Scottish parents, an English birthplace and French residence, she can usually support the winning team on most sporting occasions.
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#BlogTour! Interview with author of ‘Facing a Twisted Judgement, K.J.McGillick (@kjmcgillickauth) @rararesources

What happens when tunnel vision clouds a police investigation? Is it true that once you are labeled a person of interest you really are the prime suspect? Can you trust the legal system?  Probably not.

 

After a bitterly contested legal battle over inherited property, the hard-won art collection and its owner Samantha Bennington disappear. Both have vanished without a trace. 

 

When blood spatter is discovered under the freshly painted wall of the room in which two of the paintings were hung, the theft becomes the opening act in a twisted tale of jealousy, revenge, and murder leading to a final judgment for all involved. 

 

As the list of suspects narrows, the focus lands squarely on the husband. Some labeled Samantha’s husband a corrupt attorney, others an opportunist. Either way, he’s in the crosshairs of law enforcement and they are calling him a murderer. But is he the only viable suspect? What about the missing woman’s drug-addicted sister and her convicted felon brother? Both were furious over their loss at court and have more than enough reason to hate Samantha.  

 

Guilty until proven innocent leaves Alexander Clarke facing a twisted judgment.

 

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I am delighted to welcome the author of ‘Facing a Twisted Judgement’, K.J.McGillick, to TWG today for an interview. Enjoy!

Where did/do you get your ideas from?

 

The ideas from my books come from my varied and usual background in the law and medicine. I find that most people have a keen interest in how the law works and most especially how people escape justice due to technicalities of the law. I try to think of a crime that would hold my readers interest and then delve into the mechanics of it. If I can throw in how medicine enhances or interferes’ with the crime all the better. I like to use my books as a teaching experience.

 

Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?

 

My last book’s main character was loosely based on a girl that disappeared under suspicious circumstances in the ‘90’s and never found. Although it was not someone I knew personally it was someone who a friend had come in contact with and I found the story intriguing. None of my other books are based on people I have come in contact with although I find a lot of myself in Aunt Mary.

 

How do you pick your characters names?

 

Some just come to me and others I try to pick based upon theethnicity after doing some research. 

 

Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?

 

With some books I start with a seven point plot wheel to outline the plot on one piece of paper. Then I jot down some information about the characters and flesh them out. Once I have the plot and characters in place I then spend about 2 hours in the morning writing a chapter and an hour in the evening editing it. However some books I have no outline or plot wheel and start with my first sentence and see where the story leads me. Often I’m surprised as the reader with the how the book ends when I use this method and I seem to enjoy the unexpected outcome.

 

Who are your top favourite authors?

 

Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, Dan Silva, Kristen Ashley, J. A. Huss, Lee Child 

 

If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

 

J.A. Huss who is an indie author. How do you write 8 books a year and do everything yourself in house and not hire anyone to help you.

 

Were you a big reader as a child?

 

Yes and my favourite series was Nancy Drew.

 

When did you start to write?

 

As an attorney I have to write briefs and legal papers all the time. However, my first stab at creative writing was when I returned from a concentration camp in Germany in 2005 and started a book on the Nazi pillage of art. I didn’t have the writing tools availablethen that I do now and the manuscript sat dormant not to be resuscitated. I became enthused about writing again last year and took a writing class and researched the craft of writing until I was ready to start writing. After I returned last year from a visit to London and Paris I was ready to write.

 

If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?

 

Gone With the Wind. Scarlett and Rhett would have a happily ever after.

 

 Is there a book you wish you had written?

 

The DaVinci Code

 

If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?

 

The Struggle Was Worth It

 

If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?

 

Gabriel Allon from Dan Silva’s novels and it would be a coffee house in my area.

 

What are you working on right now?

 

The continuation of Facing A Twisted Judgement . Facing A Twisted Judgment can be read as a standalone with a conclusion to it. But early readers felt they wanted more, an expansion of the conclusion and that is what I’m working to give them. 

 

Do you have a new release due?

 

Facing A Twisted JudgmentDecember. The next one February

 

What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day?

 

Have a special lunch with a friend

 

How can readers keep in touch with you?

 

www.kjmcgillick.com and kjmcgillick@gmail.com

 

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

 

Every bit of my personal history has brought me to the place I am now where I use it all in my books. I like to think that when my readers finish my books thy are more educated about art, medicine and the law and find my endings satisfactory.

 

 

#BlogTour! #Review – Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat by Angela Britnell (@angelabritnell) @choclituk @rararesources

First up on the blog this evening is my review for Angela Britnell’s ‘Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat’. Huge thanks, as always, to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and the publisher for the ARC. Here is my review:

What if you had nowhere to call home for Christmas? 
When Fee Winter books a winter break at the remote Black Cherry Retreat in the small town of Pine Ridge, Tennessee, it’s with the idea that the peace and quiet will help her recuperate from her hectic life as a photographer.

But what she didn’t bank on was meeting Tom Chambers and his huge, interfering yet lovable family. With them, could Fee finally experience the warmth and support that’s been missing from her own life – and maybe even find a place to call home in time for Christmas?

What does TWG think?

What a lovely little book this is! I actually found it quite comforting which, even after reading parts of the storyline that were highly emotive, I felt quite comforted by the characters and their lives.

Fee Winter is needing a bit of respite. Her life has been travelling down the fast lane for goodness knows how long, and her health is suffering as a result of that. One thing I loved most about Fee was her feisty naivety. She wasn’t a person who had spent a lot of time taking part in family traditions or being looked after daily by loved ones, so watching her in that situation showed how inexperienced she was which was a shame, yet also endearing.

I could tell a mile off what was going to pan out for Fee in the romantic sense, but watching it unfold was something different altogether. Some might say that it was a perfect match!

I will admit that Tom Chambers charm worked wonders from a reader point of view, even though there were times when I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and tell him to stop being such an arrogant doofus. That said, Tom didn’t exactly have a plain sailing past behind him and it was very powerful to watch his heart flourish.

Can I just say….oh Mee Maw – what a woman!!! My family had our own version of her! Heck, don’t most families? She had to be my most favourite character alongside little LuLu – Angela Britnell certainly puts her heart and soul into her characters, that’s for sure!!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Christmas at Black Cherry Retreat’ and, even though the title shows hints of festivities, the storyline isn’t a glitter dump of baubles and everything else. It’s subtly done which is ideal as that means this book can be read all throughout the year.

A lovely, comforting, uplifting novel – an absolute pleasure to read.

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About the author.

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville, Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve years she’s been multi-published and sold over 25 novels. She also writes short stories for women’s magazines. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City Romance Writers.

 

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#BlogTour! #Review – #25DaysTilChristmas by Poppy Alexander (@SarahWaights) @OrionBooks

Usually I am not a fan of odd numbers, however for one day only I am getting all excited! Huge, huge thank you to Orion for asking me to take part in this fabulous blog tour, and of course for the ARC. Here is my review of ’25 Days til Christmas’ by Poppy Alexander:

Christmas is a time to get together… 

Kate Thompson used to love Christmas. But that was before her husband went away with the army and didn’t come home. Now she can hardly stand the festive season.

But Kate knows there is more to life than this, and her son Jack needs a Christmas to remember. What she needs is a Christmas miracle, and if there isn’t one on its way, she’ll just have to make her own.

So begins Kate’s advent countdown to the best Christmas ever. She has it all planned out, but you can’t plan for the unexpected, and when her life starts to unravel can her friends and the community around her help her save Christmas for all of them…?

What does TWG think?

‘What is your Christmas wish this year?’ – when I saw that question on the back of a postcard, I racked my brain trying to think of something dazzling, when in fact my ACTUAL Christmas wish seemed a bit selfish as I would love my body to be pain free on Christmas Day. If only. I asked my 5 year old the same question and her answer was ‘to actually meet Father Christmas’. I know – why do kids have the best answers to everything? So, with Christmas on my mind, meeting a main character who would like nothing more than to go to sleep on Christmas Eve and wake up on the 26th, was definitely a wake up call.

Why did Kate dislike Christmas? She sold Christmas trees for a living (well, kinda). In hindsight, maybe that’s why she wasn’t exactly feeling jovial. Of course the real reason comes out eventually and my goodness I felt like I was winded. How on earth must Kate and her little boy, Jack, feel? Not only that, the other main character in the book, Daniel, was trying to keep is head above water on an emotional level, as he tried to find his new purpose in life after losing his reason to live so to speak.

With my heartstrings being tugged on with some great force from the get go, I had absolutely no idea how I was going to get through the rest of the book. I’m not complaining at all, don’t get me wrong! The author was very generous with her writing as this storyline was certainly one that just kept on giving! It was as though I was opening my own little advent calendar every time I turned the page!!

I’m trying very hard not to spill any spoilers in my review, and yes it’s bloody difficult as all I want to do is shout about the storyline. Especially little Jacks situation. All I will say on that front is that I am sure a lot of readers will be able to relate to the unfortunate situation the poor boy and Kate got put in. It was tough to read and just like Kate, my ‘mama bear’ instinct came out, even though he wasn’t my child nor real. I thought that Poppy Alexander was brilliant in writing that particular theme into her storyline in a way that is going to shock people.

I did feel for Kate big time – would that woman ever catch a break? I wanted to give her a big cuddle and help her, but alas I couldn’t.

I adored the festivities throughout the story as they helped to highlight the fact that everyone celebrates Christmas in their own ways, and that the meaning of Christmas is different with every person you ask. Not everyone has money to spend on gifts at Christmas, yet they create memories in other ways and, on the other hand, some people can afford to splash out at Christmas – either way, as long as the important people in your life are happy, why should anyone judge someone else on how much or how little they spend, who they spend it with, or whether they actually celebrate the day or not?

As the book neared the end, a massive lump formed in my throat because it really was magical book to read. I tried my best not to cry but I was so overcome with emotion for Daniel, Kate, Jack, and Noel, the tears just kept on falling.

’25 Days til Christmas’ is a beautiful, beautiful story which had my heart under its Christmas tree from the very beginning. I loved how every little detail in the book was an important part of the storyline. I loved being a part of the magic and the incredible hidden messages throughout. I loved being able to laugh one minute, turn into a lion the next minute, and then bawl like a baby the next. I have been on a journey with ’25 Days til Christmas’ and I absolutely LOVED every single moment of it.

Honestly, wow – this is the creme de la creme of Christmas books and definitely one of my top books of the year. I don’t think I can find enough adjectives to describe how much I adored this book, so I urge you all to grab yourself a copy now and just trust me when I say that this is a definite must read.

Wholeheartedly one of the best books I think I have ever read, ’25 Days til Christmas’ puts the jingle back in ‘Jingle Bells’ and will light up more hearts than the lights on the Christmas tree in NYC. Stunning!!!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Cuckoo by Sophie Draper (@sophiedraper9) @AvonBooksUK #canyoukeepasecret

Apologies for how late in the day this post is, but I have literally just finished reading it thanks to internet issues! However, I am rather excited to be sharing my review of Sophie Draper’s ‘Cuckoo’ as part of the blog tour. Many thanks, as always, to Sabah and Avon for the blog tour invite and ARC.

There’s a stranger in your house…

When her stepmother dies unexpectedly, Caro returns to her childhood home in Derbyshire. She hadn’t seen Elizabeth in years, but the remote farmhouse offers refuge from a bad relationship, and a chance to start again.

But going through Elizabeth’s belongings unearths memories Caro would rather stay buried. In particular, the story her stepmother would tell her, about two little girls and the terrible thing they do.

As heavy snow traps Caro in the village, where her neighbours stare and whisper, Caro is forced to question why Elizabeth hated her so much, and what she was hiding. But does she really want to uncover the truth?

What does TWG think?

Let me just get this bit out of the way first – ‘Cuckoo’ was so far out of my comfort zone that it needed its own nest. But you know what? What a creepy and addictive read it was! I love being able to step outside of my comfort zone with my reading choices, especially when I end up rather enjoying the novel.

Ten out of ten to the prologue – it had me on tenterhooks straight away and I couldn’t wait to uncover the nitty gritty details behind it!

Caroline has gone back to the ‘family home’ after the death of her stepmother, Elizabeth. Her own personal life hasn’t taken the path she would have liked, and she welcomed being able to relieve the stress from her finances until she got back on her feet. Or so she thought. Being back in the place she once called home, ended up stirring up a lot of the past which Caroline thought had long been buried. No pun intended. You know how it is though. You end up forgetting things yet once you’re in the vicinity of the memory, everything comes flooding back…

I wasn’t too sure on the first few chapters after the prologue, as I was rather confused by all of the information given which didn’t seem to lead to anything in particular. I know that books like this need to start off slow, so that wasn’t my issue at all. It was simply the information overload in a short space of time before things started happening. Having said that, once the storyline did get rolling and things began to get twisty, snippets of the information previously given allowed me to have multiple lightbulb moments where things made sense. I just didn’t make sense of it at the time it was given.

‘Cuckoo’ is such an complex novel with a lot of mini storylines coming together to create one, big firebomb of a storyline. I have to say – it was cleverly done and certainly kept me on my toes. I genuinely didn’t see the conclusion coming at all and, like most readers, I had formed my own ending in my head because of the way I reacted to every situation in the book. I had my suspicions about some things, but the rest had my jaw dropping!

Sophie Draper has written such an atmospheric, twisted, and addictively intense novel which left me reeling in every sense of the word. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Cuckoo’, and I am so pleased that I decided to spread my wings and venture out of the nest!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Her Final Confession by Lisa Regan (@lisalregan) @Bookouture

It’s TWG’s turn to host ‘Her Final Confession’ by Lisa Regan today as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Watching her friend dragged away in handcuffs, Josie couldn’t believe for one second that Gretchen had killed that poor boy. Confession or not, someone else was involved. She would find out who…

When the body of a young student is found on the driveway of a local Denton home, a photograph pinned to his collar, Detective Josie Quinn is first on the scene. The house belongs to Gretchen Palmer, a dedicated member of Josie’s team, missing for the last twenty-four hours.

Working around the clock, Josie is stopped in her tracks when Gretchen hands herself in to the police. She knows that there’s no way Gretchen could ever be a killer, so why would she confess to a murder she didn’t commit? 

Digging deep into Gretchen’s secretive life, Josie uncovers a link between the boy, the photograph and a devastating case in Gretchen’s past. But just when Josie thinks she has it all figured out, the bodies of a young couple surface on the other side of town. Can Josie get to the truth in time to save her friend from a life in prison or certain death? 

What does TWG think?

I’m not going to even attempt to beat around the bush here – what an absolutely twisted, cutthroat and severely intense novel! I LOVED it!!! I am thankful that my doctors appointment was before finishing this book, because I certainly wouldn’t have been able to explain the high blood pressure – they probably wouldn’t have believed me either!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous novels in the ‘Josie Quinn’ series, but I have to say that ‘Her Final Confession’ is soaring above the rest!

There are unexplained deaths, multiple questions awaiting answers, guilty consciences, gut instincts waiting to be believed, as well as truck loads of lies and truths fighting to become the ‘one and only’. Gretchen is at the heart of Lisa Regan’s latest storyline, and not in a good way. If you’ve read the previous books you’ll know just how black and white Gretchen’s character is. However, her personality and traits certainly get tested in this book! Facts obviously play a large part in the way the story is processed, yet the author leaves room for the readers to interpret their own version of events. Who do you believe? Who do you want to believe?

Yes, ‘Her Final Confession’ is part of a series, but I believe that each book can be read as a stand-alone. That said, because I loved the books, I wholeheartedly recommend that you read the books in order so that you can enjoy the series from the very beginning.

I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again – what a bloody brilliant book this is. My heart was in my mouth, my jaw was mopping the floor, and my legs were like jelly as though I had just stepped off a rollercoaster ride!

It’s gripping. It’s dark. It’s twisted. It’s addictive. It’s everything I could have wanted one book to contain. Lisa Regan has outdone herself – I cannot recommend ‘Her Final Confession’ enough!

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About the author.

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com