Blog Tour. ‘Nice Day For A White Wedding’ by A.L.Michael (@ALMichael_) @UKCarina @NeverlandBT

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Absolutely thrilled to be on the blog tour for A.L.Michael’s ‘Nice Day For A White Wedding’. It is the second book in the Camden Square series, but it can be read as a standalone. In my opinion though, the first book is a brilliant read so you will definitely be missing out if you haven’t already read it! You can find my review for it right here: Goodbye Ruby Tuesday by A.L.Michael. Book Tour!.

Also, a couple of weeks ago, ‘Nice Day For A White Wedding’ appeared on my blog, well, Chelsea, a character from the series did. If you fancy dabbling in a bit of wedding planning that will take you the same amount of time as eating a cake, you can: TWG kicks off ‘Nice day for a white wedding’ (@ALMichael_) #blogtour! What would YOU choose? @UKCarina.

Back to today’s blog post, as it is TWG’s stop on the tour, courtesy of NeverlandBT, I am sharing my review of the book!

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Sometimes, Happy Ever After is where the real trouble begins…

Chelsea Donnolly wasn’t supposed to amount to anything. But if there’s one thing the bad girl from the estate liked better than trouble, it was a challenge. So, to the amusement of her best friends Evie, Mollie and Ruby – and the disbelief of her teachers – this bad girl turned good.

These days, Chelsea is the kind of girl people are proud to know – and, after a surprise trip to Venice, she has a ring on her finger to prove it. But to get there, she’s had to learn to keep her deepest secrets from everyone – even her fiancé. And when wedding preparations threaten to blow her cover, Chelsea can’t help but wonder: in her battle to the top, might she have left the best parts of herself behind?

What does TWG think?

This is one series of books that I have been extremely excited about, unfortunately though, the author has had me pestering her wondering when I would be able to read more! It is also bittersweet as the next book is the last one in the series, sniff sniff. That said, what better way to turn your frown upside down, than with a wedding. Right? As Billy Idol says ‘it’s a nice day, for a white wedding’!

In this book we follow Chelsea’s life whilst running into a few familiar names too. Those who know Chelsea well, know that she has a past, one that she thought she had broken away from as she grew up. It doesn’t quite work like that though, especially when there is a possibility of a wedding!

What did I like about this book? Seeing as it was yet another drama filled novel with bolshy characters and gritty storylines, what is there NOT to like? There was always something to sink your teeth into, regardless of what page you looked on. If the gritty storyline didn’t keep you hooked, a lot of the characters decided to show a different side to them, very interesting to say the least!

A.L.Michael’s trademark humour ran throughout the book like cookie monster down the biscuit aisle; very quickly and everywhere! I definitely had the giggles more than once while I was reading the book, the humour was just so matter of fact, I couldn’t help but laugh!

Despite the very humorous edge to the book, I did feel as though there was a hidden message. No doubt a lot of us are ashamed of our pasts, but I am quite sure that once you have read this book, you might think of it a different way!

Another brilliant book from A.L.Michael, whilst I don’t want the series to end, I am so looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

‘Nice Day For A White Wedding’ by A.L.Michael, published by Carina, is out to buy right now from Amazon UK.

If you fancy entering a little giveaway, courtesy of A.L.Michael, now is your chance!
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About the author.

A.L. Michael is hurtling towards the end of her twenties a little too quickly. She is the author of ‘Wine Dark, Sea Blue’, ‘The Last Word’, ‘My So Called (Love) Life’, ‘Driving Home for Christmas’, and ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, based upon her experiences as a London barista. Her new three book series, The House on Camden Square, starts with ‘Goodbye Ruby Tuesday’ and focuses on three friends as they try to open an arts centre in Camden, in memory of their rock star friend.

She is a Creative Therapeutic Facilitator, currently researching the power of creative writing to be helpful in recovering from eating disorders, and likes running writing workshops that link together the body and the mind. When she’s not writing, she likes yoga, trying to bake healthy treats and was a hipster before hipsters were hipster. Well, she likes Chai lattes and owns a Mac.

Author Links.

 

Website: www.almichael.com

Twitter: twitter.com/almichael_

Facebook: facebook.com/a.l.michael.writer

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/almichaelwriter/

 

Review – ‘Take A Chance On Me’ by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @bookouture #publicationday

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Happy publication day Carol!!

Blurb.

When Charlie’s husband leaves after ten years of marriage, her spirits hit an all-time low. She just isn’t sure how to pick herself up again. So, best friend Mercedes makes it her mission to put a spring back in Charlie’s step with the perfect bucket list.

As Charlie takes a chance and bungee jumps and belly dances her way through an array of adventures, her love life also begins to look up and she’s soon enjoying a few dates as a newly single woman. She begins to realise that finding romance, might not be so hard, especially when you’ve got someone like journalist Jake who has an adorable little boy and is very easy on the eye.

But is Jake too good to be true? As Charlie’s challenges on the bucket list get bigger, so do her questions about Jake. Should she continue to hold out for the fairy-tale? Or should she take a chance on Jake and hope for a happy ending?

What does TWG think?

Author of one of my favourite books, Carol Wyer, is back with yet another memorable story. However, it is memorable for a completely different reason than ‘Life Swap’ is. Before I read ‘Take A Chance On Me’, I was told that it would be nothing like ‘Life Swap in terms of the emotion and the hidden message. I did think to myself ‘nahhhh, it IS a Carol Wyer book afterall’. Oh how naïve I was!

Meet Charlie, a broken-hearted woman who tries to find her calling in life…again. With the help of her best friend, Mercedes, Charlie attempts things that are completely out of her comfort zone, thanks to the pact that she made with Mercedes. Despite all of the thrills and excitement the pact gives Charlie, a piece of her jigsaw is still missing. Will Charlie find the missing puzzle piece and be able to fix what she can control? Or will Charlie’s loss be too much to handle and the puzzle will forever be incomplete?

I can’t even begin this review properly with a joke, I may finish it with one, but it wouldn’t be right to begin with. I mean, how could I be anything but serious when the first few pages of the book gave me goosebumps and made me gasp? As I mentioned previously, I got told that this book would have a completely different edge to it than ‘Life Swap’, I didn’t quite believe just how much of an edge that it would have. I will now hold my hands up and say that the person who told me about the edge, was absolutely correct. After all, the author knows better about what they have written, right? -whistles-

When it comes to light in the book that Charlie and Mercedes have made a pact, also known as a good old bucket list, I couldn’t wait to see what challenges Charlie was going to face. There is powerful message behind the bucket list, but it isn’t what you would usually think. I’m not one for writing spoilers in my reviews and as this review is no different regarding that, I urge you to read the book and find out for yourself.

The complexity of each character and their personalities is outstanding. Every character has been beautifully written into the story, along with their own troubles and heartbreak, making ‘Take A Chance On Me’ extremely memorable for more than one reason. Memorable AND relatable.

Whilst Charlie and Mercedes’ bucket list has its own hidden message, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ has more than one powerful message hidden within. The word powerful is an understatement if I’m honest, the whole storyline had such a hold on me. It felt as though the story had put bricks in my feet to keep me from moving and then crawled into my soul and set up camp for the duration of the book. There was something about Carol’s writing that moved me,  I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was.

Many times as I was reading, I had to sit back and soak up what I had just read. The storyline felt real, incredibly real, and it is completely clear that Carol has written ‘Take a Chance On Me’ straight from her heart. To write such moving situations must have taken a lot of strength; as all of those intense situations moved me to tears (more than once). How does one person deal with so much heartbreak in such a short space of time, yet still be able to pay it forward for those around her? Charlie is such a beautiful character for sure, but Carol Wyer is such a beautifully, talented author for creating such, wow, intense moments. Plus, Carol has added her trademark humour all throughout the novel, creating a pillow for the emotional moments. A bit like chocolate for a women’s monthly moment, or bubbles for a bath, or a kazoo for….anytime. You know, comforting things. Where is my kazoo Carol, did you pinch it?!

I will never be able to find the words to fully describe how ‘Take a Chance On Me’ has left its mark on me. There aren’t enough words to explain how many tears I shed at the end of this book. If I could have given Carol a hug whilst reading her incredible book, I would have. I needed to. I needed to be there for her characters through her. I’m tearing up now writing this as Carol’s words hit home, I related a lot to the personal limitations of a couple of her characters. I was not expected to feel as though I was reading about my life, not a characters.

‘Take a Chance On Me’ is a story about love, loss and finding the strength to move forward. A story about just going for it and trying to accept life’s limitations in the moment, no matter how hard it is. A story about letting go (and no, not Disney’s Frozen) and believing that YOU are worthy and that you are NOT defined by your heartache. ‘Take A Chance On Me’ oozes emotion from start to finish and I cannot recommend this book enough. Yes, I cried. Yes, I laughed. Yes, I cried some more. But I will tell you this, Carol Wyer is a literary genius with a heart of gold, ‘Take A Chance On Me’ is now in my Top 5 favourite books, ever.

No, don’t ‘Take A Chance On Me’, take a chance on Carol Wyer and her beautifully written, powerful and intense book that will have you reaching for the tissues multiple times. Magically moving, with added hilarity, this book is incredible.

Take A Chance On Me by Carol Wyer, published by Bookouture, is available to buy from today (23rd September) on Amazon UK

 

Blog tour: Alzheimers Research – Little Kitty by Caterina Longtail & co! @brookcottagebks @aruknews

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This morning’s blog post is a rather special one as it extremely significant. As soon as I saw the information about this book, I knew I had to show my support in any way that I could, granted, not as much as the authors involved have!

All of the authors involved in ‘Little Kitty the Cat Burglar’ have donated their time free of charge and have written one chapter of the book each. All proceeds from the book will go to Alzheimers Research UK. You can find out more about the charity right here. The amazing authors involved are: Suzan Collins, Tottie Limejuice, Jo Wilde, JB Johnston, Lucy Rayner, Ros Lyons, Ann Bowyer and Tracy Terry. Together, they became known as Caterina Longtail!

Buying this cute book will not only give you a lovely bedtime story to read (for yourself or to a child!), it will also help to support a charity carry on their vital work in aid of such a devastating disease.

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‘We are the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia. We power world class studies that give us the best chance of beating dementia sooner. Our pioneering work focuses on prevention, treatment and cure. We are energising a movement across society to support, fund and take part in dementia research. We aim to empower people across all generations through greater understanding of dementia. Together we have the power to defeat dementia.’

‘Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, but there are other types of dementia too. It is possible to have more than one type of dementia at the same time. Alzheimer’s is sometimes seen with vascular dementia or dementia with Lewy bodies. You might hear this called ‘mixed dementia’. (all info taken from Alzheimer’s Research UK website).

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What does TWG think?

With a beautiful looking book like this, how can you NOT like it? This gorgeous book is a perfect little read for both and adults and children. Plus, it has outstanding illustrations, so if you don’t fancy reading it, at least you have the option to look at the cats! My three-year old daughter loves looking at this book and has claimed it as her new bedtime story. If, like me, you’re an avid reader and may want something lighter to read in between your other books; ‘Little Kitty the cat burglar’ will be perfect. Perfect length, stunning illustrations AND all for a good cause too. It really is a win win situation.

Want a chance at winning your own paperback copy of the book? You can enter the giveaway here:
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Cover Reveal! April Showers and Wedding Flowers by Lindsey Paley (@LindseyPaley1) @NeverlandBT

Good afternoon my lovely readers! This afternoon on TWG, I have a cover reveal of Lindsey Paley’s latest novel; April Showers and Wedding Flowers! Without further ado, feast your eyes on this:

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According to my 3 year old, the bride on the cover looks like Cinderella!

Blurb.

The wedding cake is baked and decorated, the champagne is on ice and the bridesmaid dress is a perfect fit. Everything is ready for Hannah and Archie’s wedding at the picture-perfect church in the sleepy village of Aisford in the Lake District.

But if Camille Carter, ‘Queen of Culinary Chaos’, thought everything would go according to plan for a change, then she was wrong. When tragedy strikes at the Stag Party weekend there’s a risk the wedding will have to be called off.

Will Millie team up once again with irritating-but-hunky Fergus McKenzie to untangle the mystery and ensure the wedding of the year goes ahead without a hitch? Or should she leave well alone and return to her little Parisian patisserie to concentrate on her fledgling Afternoon Tea business?

April Showers and Wedding Flowers is sure to delight lovers of a good wedding as well as fans of the Camille Carter cosy mystery series.

To buy your own copy of Lindsey Paley’s novel, head to Amazon UK!

Author Bio.

Lindsey Paley is the author of contemporary romance novels and a cosy murder/mystery series set in the English Lake District. When not scribbling away in her peppermint and cream writers retreat (shed) she loves baking cakes and indulging in a spot of Afternoon Tea with her friends where a glass of pink fizz is often the highlight. She loves walking in the countryside and is also a keen archer!

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Review: ‘The Day I Lost You’ by Fionnuala Kearney (@fionnualatweets) @HQstories

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THE DAY I LOST YOU WAS THE DAY I DISCOVERED I NEVER REALLY KNEW YOU

When Jess’s daughter, Anna, is reported lost in an avalanche, everything changes.

Jess’s first instinct is to protect Rose, Anna’s five-year-old daughter. But then she starts to uncover Anna’s other life – unearthing a secret that alters their whole world irrevocably . . .

THE DAY I LOST YOU WAS THE DAY YOU TORE OUR FAMILY APART

What does TWG think?

I would like to start my review by saying congratulations to Fionnuala, as today is paperback publication day for ‘The Day I Lost You’! The picture does not do this cover justice in the slightest, in the flesh it is even more beautiful. The beauty doesn’t stop at the cover though, no way, the beauty continues throughout the whole story.

‘The Day I Lost You’ has been sitting on my desk waiting for me to read it since the moment it came through my door. Now, it wasn’t that I didn’t have time to read this particular book, it was the fact that I didn’t want to lose the ‘first time’ feeling with it. I kept putting off reading it time and time again until I realised that the paperback publication day loomed, so I had to give in. I wanted to savour the story page by page, emotion by emotion, but I couldn’t. Why? Because after reading a mere couple of pages, this book had my emotion on a lead and was in control of it, I wasn’t. I was absolutely transfixed with the entire storyline and the intensity of each and every character.

The fact that of not being able to savour it piece by piece, wasn’t a bad thing, it just meant that my heart belonged to the book for the duration, and I needed to find out what happened. I wanted answers and it wasn’t even me going through it, it was Jess and her family. The raw emotional and pain sliced through the words that Fionnuala wrote, I truly felt as though Jess was talking to me face to face about her devastation. The storyline felt so…real, I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading a book.

When the storyline developed even more, the realistic feeling got even more intense. Several circumstances in particular were described with incredible poignancy, I buckled. I had to put the book down as I couldn’t see through my tears. Just, wow. It wasn’t the first and last time that I cried either.

‘The Day I Lost You’ is a book about heartbreak, loss and sheer devastation, most definitely. But, it is also a book about finding the strength within to do what you know is right and never wasting the special moments with your loved ones.

This is definitely a book that, regardless of how many reviews are read, is one that needs to be appreciated with your very own eyes. You need to experience Fionnuala’s incredible writing. You need to experience the powerful and intense storyline in between your very own tears. You need to experience feelings that you have never felt before, and go to a place in your heart that you never knew existed.  An emotional masterpiece.

Thank you to HarperCollins (HQStories) and Fionnuala, for my complimentary copy in return for my honest opinion.

The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney, published by HarperCollins, is available to buy in paperback format from today, as well as kindle format – Amazon UK

Review: ‘Cupcakes at Carrington’s’ by Alexandra Brown (@alexbrownbooks) @HQstories.

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A deliciously indulgent read from a hot debut writer and first in a series of books set in Carrington’s Department Store – where life is sweeter…

Perfect for fans of Meet Me in the Cupcake Cafe and Breakfast at Darcy’s.

Georgie Hart loves her job – running the luxury handbag concession at Carrington’s Department store in the pretty seaside town of Mulberry Bay, and treating herself (once too often!) to a red velvet cupcake with buttercream icing in Carrington’s café.

But Georgie is thrown into disarray when Carrington’s is plunged into a recession-busting makeover, cueing the arrival of femme fatale Maxine, who wields the axe in her immaculately-manicured hands.

It spells a recipe for disaster for Georgie and soon she is fighting not only for her job, but also for the attentions of her gorgeous boss, James. And when hot newcomer Tom arrives, who may or may not be the best thing since sliced bread, Georgie must decide where her loyalties really lie…

What does TWG think?

Anyone who knows me really well; will know that monochrome will catch my eye quicker than Cookie Monster will catch a cookie (and that is saying something!). As I was trawling through Amazon, trying to find myself a little cheer up treat, this beautiful book caught my eye. Not only did the monochrome look shout ‘elegance’, it also made me rather intrigued, especially with a title like ‘Cupcakes at Carringtons‘ and a sleek cover with no sign of a cupcake. It tickled my taste buds…

Oh my! Have you ever watched the TV show ‘Mr Selfridge’? As Alex Brown set the scene of the department store with the luxurious items, tip-top decor and workers badges that you could see your face in, it made me feel as though I was walking into the store in that TV show. I was incredibly impressed that Alex’s detailed writing made me visualise the store as though I was standing in it; and that was all within the first few chapters. Now that is talent!

Georgie Hart is the main character within the story, as readers, we follow her life and get an insight of the other characters personalities from a different angle. She loves her job (and the cupcakes in the cafe), but before long, she realises that she would rather be anywhere else than be at her workplace. I did enjoy trying to work out the characters who I thought were hiding things, things are definitely not as they seem to be in Carringtons!

As I am not one for reading blurbs (usually), my initial thoughts of the book were that I was entering a world of sweet treats, cupcakes and more cupcakes. You know, a book with cupcakes at its main focus. But, as I browsed Carringtons, it soon became clear that the cupcakes would be a tantalising addition to an already gourmet read.

The whole feel of the storyline was elegantly executed and written with such grace; I adored feeling as though I was being pampered. Pampered by an authors extraordinary writing mind. Pampered by the intense truth as the drama unfolded further on in the story. Pampered by a truly wonderful, exciting and charismatic read. I WILL be going to Carrington’s again with the next book in the series, but this time, I will ensure I wear a fascinator so that I can ooze elegance exactly like the author and her words.

Cupcakes at Carringtons by Alex Brown, published by HarperCollins, is available to buy now from Amazon UK.


Blog Tour! Review of ‘To Have, Not Hold!’ by Carina McEvoy (@mcevoy_carina)

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Embrace a healthy attitude towards sudden outbursts of laughter; oh and maybe grab some tissues as you escape into the lives of three remarkable friends, as they each navigate their own catastrophic mess. Discover the strength of friendship while you submerge yourself in suspense, fury and humour. Let the drama unfold… Emma’s doing her best to raise the adorable Amy while hanging on to the ghost of her past. But is she really the crazy, deranged woman she eventually feels compelled to be? Beneath Siobhan’s picture perfect exterior, the struggle of deception is exhausting. However when life slaps her in the face with an unforeseen twist, will she be able to salvage any of her future, perfect or not? With mounting money problems and an unwanted visit from his expertly suppressed past, Jack must confront his inner demons for once and for all. Can he defeat them and emerge as the true person he really is?

What does TWG think?

My first impressions of the book, mainly the title, screamed complete chick lit and I automatically thought wedding. What I wasn’t expecting though, was the way the storyline unfolded, completely different to my first impressions in terms of the slush puppy feelings you might get with a chick lit book.

There were a lot of highs and lows for the characters to deal with, a few of the characters represented the true reality of devastating situations, as well as others sprinkling humour around like fairy dust. I feel that a lot of readers that come across Carina’s book will relate to a character or two because of their personalities of the circumstances that they’re faced with.

I have to say, I did find the storyline a bit difficult to gel with a times, however, Carina’s enthusiastic and humourous writing, how could I not want to keep reading? The whole book did make me curious, I feel that there is a lot more to be uncovered about each of the characters and their lives and I am looking forward to see whether they appear in Carina’s next book, or whether she will give the emotion and humour to a completely different person.

Despite my initial gelling issues, I found myself sobbing to the gut wrenching moments of the story, and there were many. Carina has written a powerful debut novel that speaks volumes in a multitude of ways, and, despite the sprinklings of humour dust, it doesn’t take a scientist to work out that Carina has put her heart and soul into her words. Emotional and inquisitive debut, roll on book number two!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for my unbiased opinion*

To Have, Not Hold by Carina McEvoy, can be bought from Amazon UK right now.

What’s on your mind #TWG? Can storylines ever be ‘too real’? #Discussion.

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I know, I know, I’m sorry! There has been plenty on TWG’s mind since we last took a trip there, but I haven’t been able to extract my thoughts just for you, until now! Honoured? Should be!

I have a feeling that this weeks topic might cause a large discussion as I believe that a lot of you will have an opinion about it. Please don’t shy away, get involved in this discussion, as well as any others, by commenting on this post! Let me know what YOU think!

TWG is talking about storylines this week. Can a storyline ever be TOO real? I know that people often read for amusement or to escape their personal struggles and reading a book mirroring those struggles, might be distressing. Do those types of books put you off? Do you prefer reading books that have storylines that are completely different from your own life and what you have been through or are going through? Or, do you find those storylines refreshing?

Tough one really, isn’t it? Personally, I read for amusement and I aim for books that are hilariously different. For example; Kitty French – Melody Bittersweet and the Girls Ghostbusting Agency or Carol Wyer – Life Swap. There are many, many more that take me away from my struggles for the time it takes to read that particular book. However, I find it extremely refreshing to read a book that has a character with an illness the same, or similar to one of mine, or a storyline based on something that I have been through. Whilst reading about those topics can be quite emotional and often gut wrenching, I think that tough situations need to get highlighted within books. Sometimes, if an illness or event gets brought up in the media, there is a higher chance of a negative spin on it because people are uneducated about it. But, put that into a book where the reader is absorbing the information in their own way, the topic is seen in a completely different light. It’s as though the fictional book is educating the reader.

Several months ago I read a book that highlighted an illness that a lot of people know OF, but they don’t know IT; The Years Of Loving You by Ella Harper. For me, seeing my symptoms in black  and white, but really being the characters symptoms, was emotionally refreshing. It gave me hope that maybe just ONE person will read it and be able to approach the situation completely differently to help a loved one. I do think that books that are close to the reader’s life, often take away the ‘taboo’ heading for that particular topic. Even though they are fictional characters, it as though you have an ally, someone who knows what you’re going through. Either that makes me sound extremely odd now, or it’s widely agreed with. Someone please say yes…

Don’t get me wrong, I can see that reading a book that reminds you of a time you’d rather forget, isn’t good and that’s where the ‘too real’ factor might come in.

It really is a tough one to gauge, especially when every reader has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to books, as well as having their own troubles to contend with. I am really intrigued to hear your thoughts on this one so please do comment on the post, or tweet me @kaishajayneh and let me know if there is such a thing as being too real, where books are concerned!

Blog Tour! TWG wants to know what ‘Love is..’ – Haley Hill (@HaleyHillNow) @HQStories. #Review

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Dating Agency doyenne Ellie Rigby always thought that helping people find love with the hard part…

But now she’s all loved up with husband Nick and has hundreds of matchmaking successes under her belt, Ellie ought to know all there is to know about love.

As her struggles to get pregnant put strain on her marriage, and her matchmaking service starts losing clients, Ellie realises she has so much more to learn. So setting off on a global research trip, Ellie makes it her mission to find out what makes love last forever, and whether it’s enough to save her own romance.

What does TWG think?

Well folks, today is the last stop of Haley Hill’s blog tour for ‘Love is..’! There have been some cracking blogs featured on this tour and I am very humbled to be amongst them. To mark the finale here is my review of Haley’s book:

Honestly, I cannot think about this book without giggling! I hadn’t heard of Haley before now, so I must say my curiosity definitely soared. Especially after I turned the title into a song. Well, I didn’t, it’s already a song. I WANNA KNOW WHAT LOVE ISSSSSS. Please say that I’m not the only one to do that?

Moooooving on! As soon as I started reading, I was taken aback by the power behind the unfolding storyline. It was a make or break situation, one that was made even more emotional by the dreading comparing that everyone does. Eleanor Rigby (‘picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been’),  then has to put her personal issues aside and go to work, conquering the world with her very own Dating Agency! No, really. Think of Patti Stanger from The Millionaire Matchmaker, except in the UK, and maybe no millionaires…

Eleanor and her colleagues quickly realise that the divorce statistics are skyrocketing and divorce parties are becoming the ‘next big thing’. Not ideal news for a matchmaking agency is it? On a plus side, Ellie gets to gallivant around the world in search of information regarding divorce, meeting with multiple professionals within the field, as well as getting naked in a pool with two naked males (purely for work answers, obviously).

There are a lot of hilarious moments in the book that had me snorting like the warthog Ellie met. Not only that, ‘Love Is..’ shares the reality behind divorce statistics and how many divorces could be avoided if, oh I don’t know, two people spoke? The harsh truth behind those statistics even had me shocked, and I have never been married! Haley Hill’s humour is absolutely brilliant, sarcastic one liners jumped off the page with such force, I could just imagine Haley writing those lines with a ‘what the…warthog?’ look on her face.

I have to say though, Ellie’s best friend; Matthew, is my favourite character by far. He had me laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my face. The energy that oozed from his character whenever he popped up in the storyline was incredible. Absolutely brilliant. I want a best friend like that.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Haley’s book. Such a refreshing take on an otherwise troublesome topic, with humour to rival Jason Manford! I am rather looking forward to seeing what mischief the characters get up to in Haley’s next book, maybe another pool scene?!

*I received a copy of this book from the publishers in return for my unbiased and honest thoughts. Thank you Cara, Haley, HQ and Netgalley.*

‘Love Is..’ by Haley Hill, published by Mira (HQ Stories), is available to buy right now from Amazon UK

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Blog Tour! Promo: Helen Phifer’s (@helenphifer1) ‘The Girls in the Woods’ @neverlandbt

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Blurb:
Don’t go into the woods. Because you’re in for a big surprise…
In an old album there is a beautiful Victorian photo that captures three young sisters, staring silently at one another. Only the trained eye can see the truth hiding in plain view. One of the sisters is already dead. Annie Ashworth is currently off duty. With her baby bump growing fast, she is under strict instructions to stay away from police work and look after herself, especially as she has a history of leading danger right to her door. So when her police officer husband, Will, is called to the discovery of a skeleton buried out in the local woods, Annie tries to keep out of the investigation.
But as another body is discovered and her own niece suddenly goes missing, staying away just isn’t an option. As Annie is soon to discover, a picture really does tell a thousand stories. But which one leads to a killer?
The gripping new detective thriller that will haunt you

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About the author:
Helen lives in a small town called Barrow-­in-­Furness with her husband and five children and has done since she was born. It gets some bad press, but really is a lovely place to live. Surrounded by coastline and not far from the beautiful Lake District. She has always loved writing and reading, she loves reading books which make the hair on the back of her neck stand on end. Unable to find enough scary stories to read she decided to write her own.
Her debut novel ‘The Ghost House’ was published by Carina UK in October 2013 and went on to become a best seller along with the rest of the Annie Graham series.

The Secrets of the Shadows, The Forgotten Cottage, The Lake House and The Girls in the Woods. Her next book The Good Sisters which is a stand alone ghost story, is released on the 13th October 2016.

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