#BlogTour! #Review #TheThingsWeThoughtWeKnew by @mahsudasnaith @TransworldBooks @Thomassshill

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Day nine of #TheThingsWeThoughtWeKnew blog tour, courtesy of Thomas Hill @ Transworld Books, is with me; TWG! It is such an honour to be able to share my review of such an eye-opening novel. Big thanks to Thomas Hill for asking me to be part of Mahsuda Snaith’s blog tour.

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Ravine and Marianne were best friends. They practised handstands together, raced slugs and went into the woods to play.

But now everything has changed.

Ten years later, Ravine lies in a bed plagued by chronic pain syndrome. And her best friend Marianne is gone.

How did their last adventure go so wrong? Who is to blame? And where is Marianne?

Heartbreaking, bittersweet and utterly unforgettable, The Things We Thought We Knew is a powerful novel about the things we remember and the things we wish we could forget.

What does TWG think?

This review may be brief as there isn’t a lot that I can say without giving anything away, but I will do my best.

The Things We Thought We Knew is centred around Ravine and her chronic pain syndrome, as well as a memory she just cannot forget. There seem to be a limited amount of books which cover chronic, invisible illnesses within their storyline. So, when I realised that Mahsuda Snaith had included just that, I actually became a little emotional.

Why?

Because it’s a subject which is severely misunderstood, yet a lot of people like to assume and judge. I have seven chronic illnesses and one of my branch off symptoms includes this, chronic pain syndrome. To see your daily battle (well, one of) written in black and white was incredibly surreal. ‘At last!’ I thought to myself, maybe people would stop the judgemental comments. Not only was it surreal, it was quite difficult to actually read. I mean, I was sitting there reading this book, reading about a topic I know all too well, thinking to myself ‘that.is.like.me’. That was quite hard. Whilst I applaud the author for approaching such a controversial subject and putting it out there, I found the latter part of Ravine’s syndrome to be a bit ‘that’s why we are judged’. I do apologise for being vague, but I really don’t want to give anything away. Let’s just say that a certain part of Ravine’s story ended up being a tad unbelievable in my eyes, unfortunately.

However, when the storyline took another direction involving Ravine’s best friend, as well as other complex characters, the book felt a bit like Pandora’s box! I wanted to know more yet I was unsure on what I might discover, yet I couldn’t resist delving deeper into the storyline. A Pandora’s box ft. a treasure chest style story. That is the only way that I can describe it without going ‘well what about the part when…’!

Mahsuda Snaith really has written such an eye-opening and emotional read. The Things We Thought We Knew is a book which requires attention, devotion, and an open mind. A book which you may relate to. A book which may leave you with a hand print over your mouth. A book that, despite some challenging circumstances, it would be incredibly difficult to put down and leave unfinished.

I want to thank the author for including the chronic pain syndrome in her storyline, and for being the voice of many.

Thanks Thomas Hill & Transworld Books.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by @janelinfoot @HarperImpulse

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Welcome to day two of the Blog Tour at the Little Wedding Shop! Even though I have already reviewed this lovely book, I have re-pasted my review below which was originally posted here:
#Review! Summer at the Little Wedding Shop by Jane Linfoot (@janelinfoot) @HarperImpulse

Everyone loves a good wedding, especially during the summer so why not give this book the spotlight more than once! If you wish to follow the rest of the tour, all of the bloggers details are on the graphic above.

 

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The third book in the bestselling series, ‘The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea’.

When the owner of Brides by the Sea, Cornwall’s cutest little wedding shop, offers Lily a job as their new wedding stylist, her first thought is – can she possibly pull it off?

Before she’s even sourced a fairy light or tasted a cupcake, Kip Penryn hires her services – but he’s opened an exclusive wedding venue in direct competition to her friend Poppy!

Lily feels like a traitor working for Kip, only everyone knows Penryn men are gorgeous but unreliable. All she has to do is sit back and watch him mess it up…doesn’t she?

Love is in the Cornish sea breeze this summer as the girls tackle their busiest wedding season yet. There’s plenty of bunting, bubbly and baking – but who is going to catch the bouquet?

What does TWG think?

Just to clarify, Summer at the Little Wedding Shop IS the third book in the series, however, the books can be read as a standalone and it isn’t a necessity to have read the previous books before you start this one. That said, you might find it easier to connect with the characters if you have already read the other books. Jane Linfoot does give reminders of the characters lives as the story unfolds, but it really would stop those ‘huh?!’ moments when various characters popped up (again).

Personally, Summer at the Little Wedding shop has got to be my one of my most favourite books from the series, with the previous novel Christmas at the Little Wedding Shop, coming a close second.

Lily is stuck in a rut and has a huge, grey rain cloud camping above her head, just waiting to rain on her parade; especially seeing as Lily’s mother seems to enjoy leaving a bitter taste in her mouth by trying to be the Cornish version of, Cilla Black! To bide her time, Lily has been given the role of ‘wedding stylist’ in the wedding shop itself, a role where no Lily has gone before. Literally. All she would need is one larger than life (personality) bride who knows what she wants, to ease her into the role gently….right? Ha…ha…..

Once again, Jess manages to make me laugh out loud whilst covering my face with my hands. She is such an amazing character to read about, even if her ideas are extremely farfetched! Got to give her her due though, she manages to pull them all off, including giving Lily the new role!

I could just imagine the look on Lily’s face when she went to meet with the rivals in the storyline, seeing as there is a lot of history with the rival and his family. I’m sorry to say, but, I could not stand the bloke at first. His arrogance, pigheadedness and ability to not see further than his nose, REALLY got my back up! If it wasn’t for Lily’s vocal castration, I don’t think I would have put up with his character for much longer. Luckily though, Lily had her one liners down to a fine art which made me giggle. You know the sort I’m on about, ‘right place right time’ one liners. Genius.

I realised with the previous book that it wasn’t a good idea to read it on an empty stomach. Did I take my advice for this book? No, I did not. Poppy’s mouth-watering treats feature rather heavily throughout the entire book! The way Jane Linfoot had written about those sweet treats made it seem like the pages had turned into cakes…mmmmm. Seriously though, the descriptions of Poppy’s baking was beautifully executed, even down to the tastes. It’s safe to say that my stomach was rumbling and dribble may have, erm, landed on my kindle once or twice. #sorrynotsorry.

The pace of the storyline was excellent, nothing was rushed, nor were there any empty moments; Summer at the Little Wedding Shop kept me entertained from start to finish. There always seemed to be something to giggle at, a character to dream about, items to lust over, characters to get annoyed at (for me, the rival and one other person!), as well as multiple situations to think about. What more could you honestly want? Well, except real cake of course…

I was worried that certain characters and their personalities would end up taking centre stage, turning the novel into a serious, complex situation as opposed to the lighthearted and heart warming book we all know and love. Due to my concern above, I loved the storyline contained a couple of hidden messages yet it didn’t let those messages over power the rest of the storyline.

‘Summer at the Little Wedding Shop’ really is a beautiful, heartfelt and cosy read, which really needs to have its own space on your bookshelf (as well as the other two). Jane Linfoot’s beautiful writing is the star of the show; the entire novel was such a breath of fresh air and a lot of fun.

Highly recommended!

Thanks Jane/Harper Impulse.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour #Review – The Truth About Gemma Grey by Sophie Ranald @sophieranald @BrookCottagebks

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Genre: Chick lit/romantic comedy

Release Date: 19 June 2017

Life isn’t working out quite as Gemma had planned. Her breakthrough job turns out to involve writing clickbait articles about cats. Her boyfriend Jack is off travelling the world with his glamorous BFF and her mum’s social life puts Gemma’s own to shame.

Then, after a late-night online rant, Gemma’s YouTube channel goes viral and everything changes.

Suddenly, she’s living the dream – only it’s not turning out entirely as she imagined.

Gemma realises she’ll have to choose between fame, real love and being true to herself – because she can’t have it all. Or can she?

What does TWG think?

I must admit, ‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’ really took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting the storyline to be quite as deep as it turned out to be, nor was I expecting the rollercoaster ride of various emotions.

Gemma Grey is  a vlogger. Instead of typing blogs, she video’s them and uploads them to Youtube. To Gemma, it’s a hobby. An escape. But when she started her new job, her vlogging seemed to take a completely different turn, leaving her wondering if her vlog is actually hers. Theres nothing like posting things out of your comfort zone…right?

As a blogger myself, I found myself agreeing with Gemma on various things. Is she posting things that she wants, or is she posting things because someone else wants her to? Personally, I thought that her boyfriend, Jack, needed a slap. What a bumhole!

Sophie Ranald seemed to include the topic of ‘ghosting’, in a roundabout way. It seems to be the most popular thing for folk to do these days. For those you don’t know what ghosting is, it’s basically being ignored by someone who you considered to be a friend and who considered you to be a friend, for no apparent reason. One minute they’re online chatting to you about contouring your bum cheeks, the next they have blocked you all over social media and disappeared into thin air. I’ve been ghosted multiple times and it bloody hurts. I’m glad that the author included it in her story as so many people seem to do it, yet so many people are completely oblivious to it.

Like I said at the very start of this post, the unexpected deep issues within the storyline, caught me off guard, and in a good way! A couple of sensitive subjects were approached by the author, and were handled in such a realistic yet sensitive manner. Don’t get me wrong, they were quite difficult to read due to the emotional factor, but the rawness of the whole situation was incredible to read as the author had done the topic justice.

‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’ reminds me of a modern-day ‘Julie & Julia’ (if you haven’t seen the film, definite must). Gemma Grey is unique. She is relatable. She has got a voice and she isn’t afraid to use it. For me, this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read as it kept me entertained and engrossed. The author has such a unique writing style, but what a way to showcase that style in ‘The Truth About Gemma Grey’. I definitely recommend this one!

Thanks JB.

BUY LINKS

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071KKJ5JL

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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 a fifth is due for release in Spring 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SophieRanald/
Twitter: @sophieranald
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7233995.Sophie_Ranald
Website: https://www.sophieranald.com

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#CoverReveal!! The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer @carolewyer @Bookouture #DIRobynCarter

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If you haven’t a clue who DI Robyn Carter is, well on Earth have you been?!
I’ll forgive you, in time…well, you can pre-order this little beauty though?

Are you ready to see the cover for Carol Wyer’s upcoming novel?

Uhhhhhhh, YAH!!!

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THE MISSING GIRLS by Carol Wyer

An absolutely nail-biting serial killer thriller with a heart-stopping twist (Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series Book 3)

 
Out on 14th September 2017

Pre-order now:

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One girl found dead. Another girl gone…

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever…

When, a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial killer. 

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart. 

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!

Major, major squeal! This sounds AMAZING! If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, the links are above go, go, go!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher (@caseykelleher) @Bookouture

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I am super excited to be kicking off Casey Kelleher’s blog tour today, alongside Jen Med’s Book Reviews! Happy publication day!! Nothing like starting a new day with a bit of betrayal, is there? Make sure you take a nosey at all of the other bloggers on the tour, all of their blog names are in the graphic above!

Shall I just weesht and get to the review?

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Colleen Byrne is wife to one of the biggest faces on the streets of Soho, Jimmy Byrne.  He promised her the life of luxury, but behind the diamonds and fur coats is a dangerous world of violence and lies.  With her two children, Nancy and Daniel, Colleen is in too deep, bound to Jimmy forever.

TWENTY YEARS LATER

Nancy has grown into her father’s daughter, strong, calculated – and ruthless, while Colleen blots out the pain of her marriage any way she can. When Jimmy is found brutally murdered, Nancy is hell bent on finding the culprit.  She’s going to make them pay for what they did.

Only the perpetrator is someone close to home. Someone who betrayed them all. To catch a killer, mother and daughter must find the secrets tearing their family apart…

A totally gripping and gritty thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of Kimberly Chambers, Martina Cole and Jessie Keane.

What does TWG think?

How does one start ones review about a book like this?

Wait, one knows exactly how….

OH MY FREAKING GOD. OH MY FREAKING GOD. OH MY FREAKING GOD!!!!! This book is like a never-ending head funk of intense brilliance!

I must admit, the whole Colleen situation – I saw it coming to begin with! It was pretty clear that Jimmy Byrne was amazing at acting, I even found myself falling under his spell a couple of times; giving him the benefit of the doubt. What completely threw me off guard were all of the events that happened after Nancy was born. Oh my god! Just when I thought I feeling steady with the storyline, something completely out of the blue happened which shocked me to the core. I felt extremely on edge, I had no idea which character I could trust or which one was telling the truth; I couldn’t turn the pages of the book quick enough!

It seemed as though every chapter contained a brand new shocker, something else to sink our teeth into; ‘The Betrayed’ really is a book that keeps on giving! Funnily enough, it didn’t betray me either!

I’m trying not to delve too deep with this review as I obviously don’t wish to give away any parts of the storyline, but, it’s quite hard not to scream about a book that nearly tipped you over the edge. No, wait, it actually did. Three quarters of the way into Casey Kelleher’s novel, I was far too engrossed with yet another Byrne catastrophe to notice how far on the edge of the sofa my butt was. Let’s just say it didn’t stay on the edge for long as I fell off the sofa. I’m not even ashamed! It just goes to show how much ‘The Betrayed’ held my attention and kept me hanging, literally.

Even though the storyline contains a lot of characters, each individual person has their own place in the book and isn’t added to make up numbers. I’m not saying that I liked all of the characters, because I didn’t. A couple of them aggravated me a lot more than the rest, but as for who they are, I’m keeping my mouth firmly shut!

‘The Betrayed’ had me hooked from page one, and continued to own my attention until the very last page. There were intense moments, shocking moments, gritty moments, eye-opening moments, stomach churning moments; you name it, Casey Kelleher has included it. This book took me by surprise on more than one occasion, and I am in awe at how the author has managed to include multiple diversions within the storyline, whilst also maintaining the suspense level, yet upping the level of intensity.

Personally, ‘The Betrayed’ start off good…

…..and it ended with me thinking ‘holy shizzles, this book!’. Aka, BRILLIANT.

It really is no wonder that readers love Casey Kelleher’s novels with a storyline like this! I am completely addicted to Kelleher’s fantastic, vibrant, black and white style of writing, and I am also addicted to her books as of now.

Absolutely phenomenal. Helloooo new favourite author!

Thanks Bookouture!

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US 🇺🇸 http://amzn.to/2mSi9UL

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Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. 

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. 

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise and her latest release, The Betrayed is due for publication on the 21st June 2017.

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

#BlogTour! #Review – Until Love Do Us Part by Anna Premoli @Aria_Fiction #romcom

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What happens when two people who hate each other are forced to cooperate by law? A fun, feisty, feel-good romance for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

Amalia and Ryan met at Yale Law School, from which their mutual dislike for one another was born.

Amalia Berger is a successful, high society New York lawyer. Chicago-based lawyer Ryan O’Moore is the eldest of four sons whose chaotic family run a pub in the heart of the Big Apple.

New York beckons after Ryan is offered a promotion. But when the defence lawyer of his first case is the one and only Amalia Berger, things become complicated.

The courtroom clash escalates between them to the point that the judge sentences them both to a punishment of community service, forcing them to spend time together…

What does TWG think?

I never usually do this, but, before I started reading ULDUP, I had a quick nose at the reviews on Goodreads. I was already on there anyway as I was putting the book as ‘currently reading’, so when I spotted swarms of two star reviews I became even more curious about what was beneath the eye-catching front cover. I mean really, two stars? Whilst I was intrigued due to the ratings I spotted, I was also a little bit apprehensive.

In ULDUP there are two main characters, Amalia and Ryan. Seeing as both characters are lawyers, there would be a slim chance of them bumping into each other, right? Especially given the fact that one is a New York lawyer, whilst the other is a lawyer from Chicago. Right? WRONG.

Amalia and Ryan have a history, a very loose history, and seeing each other has brought up some rather tetchy memories. From an outsiders point of view, Amalia and Ryan absolutely hate each other. But, from an insiders point of view? To be honest, I don’t think THEY even know!

I’ll admit, I did do a childish ‘HA HA’ when the two characters came face to face with each other, animosity was just oozing from the pages and I was looking forward to seeing some fireworks appear! That’s quite bad of me to admit, isn’t it haha.

Amalia and Ryan’s relationship was extremely volatile, yet there were times when it came across rather snooty and childish. It was like reading about two siblings bickering over who ate the last cookie! To be fair, based on their relationship alone – I was absolutely hooked on the book and all of its drama.

At the start of this review I said that I was a little apprehensive about reading this book due to the reviews I had spotted beforehand. Do I agree with those reviews? No, I actually don’t. Obviously, each to their own as everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

BUT….

I absolutely adored this book! It was SO much fun! I welcomed the copious amounts of drama with both hands as I hadn’t read a book like that in a while. I needed something different to read, and Until Love Do Us Part, completely hit the nail on the head. The judge who dished out, Amalia and Ryan’s punishment, was an absolute genius! The things that he came up with for the characters to do, was very cleverly written and such a unique addition to the storyline. Because of that, I felt like I got to see different sides to both of the characters, as opposed to just seeing them both throw their teddies out of their prams. Thoroughly enjoyed those parts the most as I also got to see the characters grow into their stubbornness, and out of their arrogance (to a point).

Until Love Do Us Part truly was such a breath of fresh air. Even though the book is labelled as a romance, it isn’t the type of book where you’re suffocated by romance, heart-shaped balloons and soaking wet kisses. In my opinion, Anna Premoli’s novel is more of an understated, modern romance novel, where the romance part is worked for as opposed to just being a given, or expected.

I throughly enjoyed every part of this novel, although what I will say is that I would have preferred a little more detail in some areas of the storyline. At times I felt like certain situations could have been given a little more oomph, I just wanted that little extra. Does that make sense?

Aside from that, Until Love Do Us Part is definitely a ‘curl up on the sofa & forget the whole world’ type of book. Anna Premoli has written a modern, laugh out loud, unexpected and fun novel which allowed me to do just that; curl up on the sofa and forget the whole world. Bliss.

Thanks Aria Fiction.

Buy links

Amazon // Kobo // iBooks // Google Play

Anna’s previous books, LOVE TO HATE YOU and YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY are out now: click here to buy

Author bio

Anna Premoli is a bestselling author in Italy. She began writing to relieve stress while working as a financial consultant for a private bank. Her previous novel, Love to Hate You won the Bancarella prize in 2013.

The blog tour isn’t over yet! Today’s stop was only day two, there are still ten stops left to go! Excited? All of the bloggers involved in the ‘Until Love Do Us Part’ blog tour, are listed on the picture below:

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#CoverReveal! Waking by Helen Richardson (@helen_r_writes) @AccentPress

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It’s c-c-c-c-over reveal time!!

Debut author, cover reveal and Accent Press – what’s NOT to like? The book cover I am about to show you, sounds ah-MAZING! Unfortunately we have to wait until September to get it -cries-, but it sure sounds worth the wait!

It is with great pleasure that I reveal to you……

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Title: Waking
Author: Helen Richardson
Publication date: September 14th 2017
Publisher: Accent Press
ISBN: 9781786153449 (paperback) – 9781786153227 (ebook)

There are dark corners in your mind that even you can’t get to.

Anna Caldwell is terrified of falling asleep. A nightmare, her very own, will be there waiting for her. After sharing her bed with the same vision for fifteen years, she’s desperate to shake it. But it only holds on tighter.

Then Anna meets Jack. She’s drawn to the strange, alluring tension that she feels when she’s around him. It’s as though it’s meant to be. But creeping beneath the roots of their intimacy is darkness.

If you knew your dreams were trying to tell you something terrible, would you listen?

Helen Richardson is a producer for branded content and documentary productions. She lives in London. This is her first novel.

Pre-order link: PB http://amzn.to/2qYcQFe  EB: http://amzn.eu/8c5Wngz

Just want to say thank you to Accent Press for asking me to help reveal Helen Richardson’s book cover!

Does this book sound right up your street? Are you intrigued by the cover? Like always, let me know!!

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#WeekendBlitz – The Little Kiosk by the Sea by Jennifer Bohnet (@jenniewriter) @NeverlandBT

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One summer they’ll never forget…

Meet Sabine, desperately fighting to save her little kiosk from closure whilst turning down her friend Owen’s proposals, time and time again.

Cue Harriet, returning to Dartmouth after thirty years, haunted by the scandal that drove her away and shocked by a legacy that threatens her relationship with her journalist daughter.

Enter Rachel, the mysterious newcomer who has an unexpected chemistry with a local widower, and who sets in motion a chain of events she could never have predicted…

One thing’s for sure, as the autumn tide turns, there’ll be more than one secret laid bare!

What does TWG think?

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the front cover of this book!! It’s so pretty!! I must admit, based on the cover alone, I thought Jennifer Bohnet’s book was going to be the sunshine on a rainy day, sand between your toes – type of read. But it wasn’t, not really! There is A LOT more to this novel that meets the eye. Each situation took me by surprise as I really wasn’t expecting them at all.

I was curious to see how the little kiosk tied into the storyline as I just assumed it would be the centre of attention. Whilst it did play an important part in the story, it seemed to be more of a background addition as opposed to a focal point. A bit like a meeting point. I loved how much Sabine adored the kiosk, it was cute!

There are a lot of overlapping situations in this book as villagers reappeared, some  made themselves more known than others, yet every character seemed to have a big question mark looming over their heads. At the start of the book, we obviously aren’t aware as to why they have that question mark, but as time goes on and the storyline begins to unfold, the reasons become clear and the overlap of situations becomes even more complicated.

Personally, there seemed to be quite a few characters with a lot of issues which took a while to become resolved. It was as though there was a constant conveyor belt of issues without anyone having a clue what to do with them. I couldn’t gel with that part of the storyline, however, when those situations started getting resolved in the last part of the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

For such a beautiful looking book, it does contain quite a few shockers, all of which were written with such a realistic feel. I could tell that the author had written those parts from her heart.

Overall, I loved how diverse the characters were, no two were the same and they all brought something different to the feel of the book. I genuinely can’t pick just one favourite. Whilst the pace of the novel seemed to stop and start, I enjoyed the storyline based on the fuzzy feeling it gave me. The Little Kiosk by the Sea made me smile, go ‘awwww!’, get angry, as well as cover my mouth in shock. It kept me entertained and was brilliant for laying on the sofa with, ignoring the outside world.

Thanks NeverlandBT.

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Author Bio:

I’m English but I’ve lived in France for the past 17 years. After 11 years down on the Cote d’Azur where Richard my husband was a guardian for a villa, we moved from the Mediterranean coast to a small quirky cottage in Finistere, Brittany. A bit of a culture shock to say the least! When I’m not writing I love reading, cooking and having friends around for lunch – lunches that follow the French tradition of lasting for several hours. The Little Kiosk By The Sea is set in my absolute favourite place in England, Dartmouth South Devon, where we lived for several years before moving to France.

Website: http://www.jenniferbohnet.com/index.html

Amazon book page: http://goo.gl/UzPSMx

FACBOOK author page: goo.gl/6hsfZw

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@jenniewriter

#BlogTour! #Review of Trust Me by Angela Clarke (@TheAngelaClarke) @AvonBooksUK

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Thrilled to be hosting day two of Angela Clarke’s blog tour for her recently released novel, Trust Me, which is the third book from the Social Media Murders series. Here is my review:

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YOU SAW IT HAPPEN. DIDN’T YOU?

What do you do if you witness a crime…but no-one believes you?

When Kate sees a horrific attack streamed live on her laptop, she calls the police in a state of shock. But when they arrive, the video has disappeared – and she can’t prove anything. Desperate to be believed, Kate tries to find out who the girl in the video could be – and who attacked her.

Freddie and Nas are working on a missing persons case, but the trail has gone cold. When Kate contacts them, they are the only ones to listen and they start to wonder – are the two cases connected?

Dark, gripping, and flawlessly paced, Trust Me is the brilliant third novel in the hugely popular social media murderer series.

What does TWG think?

Even though ‘Trust Me’ is the third book in the ‘Social Media Murders’ series, I found it relatively easy to keep up with the storyline, despite having not read the first book in the series. There are a lot of characters in this storyline, but given the nature of the investigation and how complex it seems to be, I would be rather shocked if it did contain less characters. At least this way, the investigation comes across more realistic and closer to the real deal. I really enjoyed the complexity of the plot, especially as usually I am the first one to get confused by really complex storylines with a lot of characters! Angela Clarke made the plot extremely easy to understand without losing any of the momentum.

What would you do if you saw some rather horrific events via a Facebook live video?

You’d go to the police, right? Of course you would!

But, what if you nobody believed you? It IS social media after all….

Well, that is what happened when Kate contacted the police about a video posted on Facebook. No proof = no case. Was Kate seeing things? Was the video actually there, or is her memory starting to fail her? When Kate gets in contact with another two officers, a lightbulb begins to flicker at the end of the tunnel…but for how long?

The entire case, of which the storyline is focus on, brought me out in chills. It could happen. Anything can be posted on social media and then deleted, it’s so scary to think about what can happen, and then removed, in a blink of an eye.

I was hooked by the multiple shock factors within the story – they kept me on my toes, send shivers down my spine, and even remove all of the moisture from my mouth. All the events in the book were so real it unnerved me. I am no longer a wuss when it comes to books of this genre (yay me), yet whilst I enjoyed the intensity of the graphic events, I did end up feeling a teensy bit queasy. I can’t even pinpoint why. Maybe it was how cold-blooded they came across? Or how realistic? Or how shocking? Or even a mixture? I’m not saying that I love feeling nauseous, I don’t, but feeling queasy thanks to certain events of this book I didn’t even consider a bad thing. Does that make me weird?

I LOVED Freddie’s attitude to her work! It’s as though she has thrown the ‘how to act at work’ manual out of the window, ripped up the file of procedures to follow, and has decided to just follow her own gut and hope for the best. Even the times she gets her knuckles tapped she doesn’t change her ways, instead she sticks her two fingers up at her superiors and looks smug when her instincts were right. To be honest, I’m surprised she didn’t end up losing her job! Freddie is my favourite character out of the entire book, I would be devastated if she didn’t appear again. She really is the breath of fresh air, sassy, fiery character who made me giggle when I probably shouldn’t have. My bad.

As for Detective Inspector Nasreen, I couldn’t gel with her as much as Freddie. Don’t get me wrong she is a fantastic addition to the storyline, but a lot more hard-nosed than Freddie.

So, what did I think of ‘Trust Me’ overall? I bloody loved it! If I was put on the edge of my seat any more, I would have fallen off and landed on my backside. THAT’S how immersed in the storyline I was! It truly was a rollercoaster ride of intensity, complexity, and multiple shockers.

Yet anther fantastic book from creative genius, Angela Clarke, an author whose mind you wouldn’t want to cross down a dark alley! Outstanding.

Thanks Angela & Avon Books.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Serial Killer’s Daughter by Lesley Welsh @Bookouture.

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Suzanne Tyler barely knew her father. But when she’s given a series of secret diaries and eight mysterious photographs of women from his possessions, she knows she won’t be able to rest until she knows the truth about him. 

To Suzanne’s shock, one of the photos is of her friend Sophie, who died ten years ago in an unexplained and devastating fire.

But Don only met Sophie once, on an unsettling visit he paid Suzanne just days before Sophie’s death… So why did he have a picture of her?

Unable to let Sophie’s memory alone, Suzanne begins to dig into her father’s life. What horrors is she about to unearth in his diaries? And who is it that’s out there, watching her every move?

Chilling and utterly page-turning, The Serial Killer’s Daughter is a compelling thriller, perfect for fans of C.L. Taylor, Rachel Abbott, and Tom Bale.

What does TWG think?

‘The Serial Killer’s Daughter’ is such a sick, twisted, and severely uncomfortable read. Did I stop reading it? Er no, course I didn’t. Yes, I grimaced a lot. Yes, I thought I ‘what the actual f…..’ more times than I care to admit. Yes, I had to stop reading every now and then, swiping my Facebook for those couple of minutes before returning to the book.

Don, the main characters father, reminded me of a puppet master, with all of the other characters being his puppets. His daughter, Suzanne, seemed to be caught in the middle of the whole debacle, and rightly enough, she wants to get to the bottom of the secretive information which was thrown her way.

Whilst there were a lot of ‘oh my god’ chapters, I did feel as though some parts of the plot was missing the realistic feel. I felt like a couple of the circumstances weren’t as believable as I would have liked them to be, which meant that I ended up with more unanswered questions than ever. Don’t get me wrong, Lesley Welsh’s novel had me gripped, it’s just a shame that a few of the events weren’t completely believable.

The serial killer theme overall was really well executed, especially as the author seemed to know what would make her readers tick and latch onto the plot. I’m not going to lie, this book was really intense. I didn’t want to read it, yet I couldn’t tear my eyes away, yet I thought my heart was going to explode.

Thank you Bookouture.

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US 🇺🇸 http://amzn.to/2p01fQO

Lesley Welsh
Whilst it’s an honour to be on the blog tour for Lesley Welsh’s book, it’s incredibly bittersweet as unfortunately she passed away in April. On behalf of myself and all of my readers, I would like to send our condolences to Lesley Welsh’s family and friends.

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