An ode to Gene Wilder and Roald Dahl’s Chocolate Factory.

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Ah, Roald Dahl, a literary mastermind behind the incredibly popular and magical book that is ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. A book that brought out millions of children’s sweet tooth over the years (not that they would have needed any assistance mind), as well as taking adults back to their childhood with a ‘whizz pop, whizz bang’. As many bookworm say, certain film adaptations do not live up to the original books. However, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was (and still is) one of the minority that stirs up delicious and inviting thoughts with the book AND the film.

Outstanding really isn’t it? Whilst the original concept of the book was obviously written by the extremely popular author; Roald Dahl, as well as being illustrated by his literary side-kick; Quentin Blake, the film adaptation will always be remembered because of one particular man. A man who brought one of the main characters to life in extraordinary ways, a man that will always be remembered for the personality and wisdom he brought to the character from a visual perspective.

Mr Gene Wilder, also known as, Mr Willy Wonka (and many more), passed away this week due to complications with Alzheimer’s. A disease that was kept out of the public eye so that he could keep the memory alive of Willy Wonka, instead of allowing innocent children to see Willy Wonka as anything other than the legend himself. Such a selfless act.

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(Willy Wonka – Roald Dahl)

As a child, it’s understandable that the words of wisdom that ooze from the book and the film, often go unnoticed. I mean, you have a humorous, witty line/quote on one hand, and a factory FULL of copious amounts of chocolate, edible treats, and sweet treats to make the Easter Bunny look stingy. Which one as a child would you choose?! After all, the ‘candy man can’, yes?

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The entertainment industry has lost such a valuable and iconic influence, one that will always be remembered for many years to come.

‘Come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination’.

Thanks to the creative mind that was Roald Dahl, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ wouldn’t exist. Thanks to Roald Dahl, children have grown up with, and will continue to grow up with, such wonderful books allowing them to be transported to a world of endless possibility.

Thanks to Gene Wilder as well, Willy Wonka was allowed to jump off the pages he had called home, and give children a golden ticket. A golden ticket not only for access to the chocolate factory itself, but a golden ticket to allow people to be proud of who they are and where they come from.

Gene Wilder, it has been a pleasure.

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TWG’s Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose Deal Day With…..(@WendyLouWriter)

The Summer sale on Amazon is drawing to a close, much faster than anyone actually anticipated! I mean, it was only Easter yesterday! Okay, it wasn’t, I wish it was though as I really fancy chocolate! Speaking of which, as I type this post, it has come to light that Gene Wilder, formally known as Willy Wonka, has passed away. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl was brought to life in such a memorable film. Your life is your own Golden Ticket. RIP Willy Wonka.

To perk you up a little bit after the sad news, I have three books for you today. All three books are on offer at 99p and will return to their full price at the end of the summer holidays. To avoid disappoint, it would be in your interest to buy now. Why? Because if you snooze, you’ll LOSE. Right? Here is all the information you will need to give yourself a lovely Monday treat with three brand new books.

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Finding Sarah is an emotionally captivating story of love, life and everything in between.
With her house sold from under her, Sarah finds herself moving to a small cottage in the country in order to make ends meet, but soon befriends, Maggie, the matriarch of Nutt Hill, a Texan and hopeless romantic.
But when Sarah meets a new man, her idyllic new life seems set to fracture.
Two very different souls searching for peace. One entire parish watching. In a small country village, nothing stays private for long…

You can buy the first book in the Echoes of Nutt Hill series from Amazon UK

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Sun on Sundays is an emotionally compelling tale of family and friendship and hope.

Carrie-Ann is 19 and in love with Tom; she always has been, yet their worlds only touch every other weekend. She had thought that by agreeing to work for Maggie on Nutt Hill she would get see far more of him, but sadly not. Fortunately, Maggie is a sucker for young love and despite Carrie-Ann keeping her years of yearning close to her chest, one day Tom turns up on the hill.
Will he ever see her the way she wants to be seen? Sometimes these things need a helping hand… 

You can buy the second book in the Echoes of Nutt Hill series from Amazon UK

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Luke is the man with the money, the fast car and the hot woman. There’s no way he would even think about getting serious, but a face he can’t remember soon threatens his calm.
Rebecca isn’t interested in a relationship, and definitely not with him. How could she, after all he put her through? She’s spent the last 4 years hiding away from society, a one woman crusade for children’s road safety. Who would have thought one fateful day, it might almost be her … again.
As two worlds collide, will opposites attract?
Not if she can help it.

You can buy the third book in the Echoes of Nutt Hill series from Amazon UK


I’ve said this once before, and I’ll say it again; Wendy Lou Jones has amazing book covers!!! Big thank you to Wendy for bringing this to my attention so that I can share it with you all. Please do be quick about it though if you, or a friend, would like to read these beautiful books. The clock is ticking!

Also, please do remember to leave a review on Amazon/Goodreads for Wendy, whether it is for these books, or any of her others! Reviews to authors are like mice with cheese, just gotta have it! Your reviews don’t have to be an essay, as long as they’re constructive then that will be ideal!

Book Review – ‘The Holiday Swap’ by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @HarperImpulse

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Blurb.

Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no doubt propose.
Only, he’s planning something far different, and Flo soon realises her life isn’t so perfect after all.

Home loving Daisy Fischer is perfectly happy in her idyllic home in the Cheshire countryside, with an on-off boyfriend who might be slightly dull but is totally dependable. Until he issues an ultimatum, and Daisy suddenly realises that there might be a whole different world out there that she’s missing out on.

Have Flo and Daisy come up with the perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak?
Can a snowbound Christmas in Cheshire – with aristocratic, handsome Hugo as her neighbour, a house full of animals and a leaking roof – help Flo mend her broken heart, and remind her of what she really wants in life?

Can a sunny break in beautiful Barcelona – with the dishy but brooding Javier, a never ending supply of cava, and a sea view to die for – prove to Daisy that playing safe isn’t always the answer?

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas – and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be for New Year?

What does TWG think?

Thank you to the TBConFB family for allowing me to get all festive in August!

I’ll be honest, the first thing that came to my mind when I read the title was the movie ‘The Holiday’! I think my fingers were slightly crossed for it to be similar because I ADORE that film, but I have never read a book that had the same feel to it. Until now.

I am quite ashamed to admit that this is the first book of Zara’s that my eyes have had the pleasure of reading! However,  it is safe to say that after reading ‘The Holiday Swap’, I will quickly become her groupie and buy her other books!

Florence and Daisy both live lives that people would dream of living but in completely different ways. Florence classes Barcelona as her home now, yet Daisy knows ‘no place like home’, after all, she hasn’t flown too far from the nest. Despite having quite obvious differences, both ladies have something in common; men. As both ladies try to figure out the next step in their love life journey, a change of scenery becomes their only option for self happiness. But how far are they willing to go?

I am probably not the only person that will dislike both men, I thought that they had been dragged up and not brought up! One of them was living in their own arrogant dream world, and the other, well, what an absolute…..read the book, the character can explain himself more than I ever could.

Every chapter of the book that I read, gave me the excitement and cosy feeling  you get when you’re unwrapping a present on Christmas morning. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the characters, their lives before and their lives now. Would Florence and Daisy get a happy ending? It was a question that didn’t leave my mind the whole way through. Zara’s cosy and warm writing pulled me into the book with such force, I just yearned for the ladies to be happy and to live with no regrets. They had such a fantastic opportunity, a chance to find themselves, it would have been a travesty not to go for it.

For me, the storyline was quite predictable. That said, it didn’t ruin the enjoyment that I got from reading the book as it was such a joy to read. I didn’t have to think too much, I literally curled up on my sofa with my Kindle and surrendered myself to Zara and her enchanting words within ‘The Holiday Swap’.

‘The Holiday Swap’ is a story about second chances, grabbing life by its baubles and making every single moment count. It is also a book that will reignite the magic of the festive season, bringing the true meaning of ‘family’ and ‘love’ to the forefront of my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Holiday Swap’, a lovely, easy to read book to curl up with any time of the year.

The Holiday Swap by Zara Stoneley, published by Harper Impulse, will be released on the 2nd September 2016, but is available to pre-order right now from Amazon UK.


Book Review: Looking for Lucy by Julie Houston (@JulieHouston2)

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Clementine needs to find Lucy before it’s all too late. She also knows bringing up a child on your own down on Emerald Street where the street walkers ply their trade isn’t easy, even when your daughter’s as adorable as four-year-old Allegra. So when Peter Broadbent, wealthy, kind and possessed of the most beautiful house Clementine has ever seen, proposes, it seems almost too good to be true. It is…

What does TWG think?

I would like to say thank you to Julie Houston for inviting me to review her book, personally. The cover had me intrigued from the moment that I laid eyes on it on Twitter, and it was definitely one that kept making an appearance. I just HAD to read it.

Clementine lives on her own with her daughter Allegra, unfortunately, they don’t exactly live in a sought after area. Well, unless you’re a lady of the night that is. Clementine needed to give her daughter a roof over her head and ensure some stability was kept. But why Emerald Street? Aside from the fact everything was within walking distance, why take your child to an area where everyone looks down their noses at? Clementine gets some ‘luck’ thrown her way, and opportunity to up sticks and make a better life for herself and her daughter….with a man she can barely call an acquaintance. She’s only doing right by her daughter and keeping her safe, right? There’s got to be a catch….

I think I spent the first two chapters frowning at what I was reading! It wasn’t the fact that I didn’t like WHAT I was reading, I just kept thinking to myself ‘where does Lucy come into this? WHO is Lucy?’. Not that it would have been evident after the second chapter mind, but I’m clearly not the most patient of people!

After giving myself a stern talking to about my lack of patience, I carried on with the story. Funnily enough, things started to make an impact, and foundations were laid for a series of events that, at the time, I didn’t have a clue about (obviously). It’s amazing what happens when you’re patient eh!

It’s safe to say that I became rather sucked into the story and everything the storyline had to offer. It felt as though every single page had something on it to make me think, I kept trying to marry the ‘clues’ that I thought I had found, but they seemed to be a red herring. Either that or they weren’t clues!

I did feel sorry for Clementine throughout a lot of the book because she was trying to do her best and kept having the rug pulled from under her. Sometimes her ‘best’ came back to bite her on her junk in the trunk, but she still carried on regardless. Even though there was a lot within the book to keep my mind occupied, I felt as though the storyline was just taking a little stroll and flowing…nicely. I was waiting for something, the shock factor if you will.

But then, out of nowhere, the shock factor slapped me in the face. It was literally a case of mouth wide open, gasping, shouting at the book, and even teary! Part of me did think that maybe it came a little late in the book,  but then another part of me thought that if it had come too early, there would have been nothing to hold onto. By golly did I hold on though, and I’m glad that I did because it was such an unexpected book. By that I mean certain situations snuck up on me and my reaction to the events later on in the book were also unexpected. I finished this book 16 days ago and it is STILL fresh in my mind and a book that I keep thinking about.

‘Looking for Lucy’ is such a gritty and eventful book which also set multiple scenes for various types of emotion. I underestimated my reaction to this book quite drastically, but, ‘Looking for Lucy’ is definitely a book not to be underestimated. Julie Houston is very clever in writing characters with intense depth and bringing unfortunate circumstances to ‘life’, such a great read.

Looking for Lucy by Julie Houston, published by White Glove, is available to buy right now from Amazon UK.

Release Blitz!! Catch A Falling Star by Geralyn Corcillo (@geralyncorcillo)@karaneleniwrite #KEPRTours.

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Book Information

Title: Catch a Falling Star
Author: Geralyn Corcillo
Series: In Love in the Limelight Book 3
Standalone?: Yes
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Geralyn Corcillo

 

Summary

When TV star Wendy Hunter is about to have her most closely guarded secret viciously exposed by the paparazzi, she desperately tosses out a juicy bone to distract them: she announces her engagement to southern high school football coach Colin Scott. One problem. She’s not really engaged to him. In fact, she barely knows him. Um … barely. But will one unforgettable night last year be enough to get him to go along with her charade? 

Wendy goes to Louisiana to see him and discovers that Colin is not so thrilled to be suddenly “engaged” to her. He’s got some secrets of his own that his famous “fiancée” is putting in serious jeopardy. Still, he agrees to her fake engagement … as long as she agrees to play by his rules: Wendy has to stay in town for three weeks to play the part of Colin’s one true love, all without wrecking his life. 

Let the games begin. But when their time together is up, will either of them be able to–or want to–go back to the way things were? 

**This novel reads as a stand alone story within the In Love in the Limelight universe, where the stars and paths of different characters might cross, and where the paparazzi is always ready to sink in its glittery talons.

 Buy Links

Universal Amazon Link: http://getBook.at/CatchStarQueen

Amazon US: https://amzn.com/B01G8REF36

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01G8REF36

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01G8REF36

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30399105-catch-a-falling-star

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Author Biography

When she was a kid growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo dreamed of one day becoming the superhero Dyna Girl. So, she did her best and grew up to constantly pick up litter and rescue animals. At home, she loves watching black & white movies, British mysteries, and the NY Giants. Corcillo lives in a drafty old house in Hollywood with her husband Ron, a guy who’s even cooler than Kip Dynamite.

Social Networking Links

Website: geralyncorcillo.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8394712.Geralyn_Corcillo

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/geralyncorcillo

Amazon Author: http://author.to/GeralynCorcillo

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#Discussion – What’s on your mind TWG? Do readers expect too much from books, or are we easily pleased?

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TWG is back for another ‘What’s on your mind TWG?’! Fellow blogger Rachel Gilbey inspired this weeks discussion after one of her posts in a blogger group.

This week I am asking you; as readers, do we expect too much from books? Does reading a lot of books make you harder to please? OR are we as readers easily pleased? Do we go for the books that other people LOVE and make ourselves LOVE them to fit in?

I must say, I am incredibly curious as to what your replies to this discussion will be! It’s a topic that is incredibly in-depth and will take more than TWG to understand it, but a girl can try…right?

Have you ever read multiple books from one genre and found that you were harder to please, the more you read? Years ago I used to think that if you’ve read one chick flick book, then you’ve read them all. Complete ignorance on my part. Whilst a lot of people associate chick flicks with ‘boy meets girl, get married, happily ever after’, that is definitely not the case. Don’t get me wrong, chick flicks/romantic comedies have a higher rate of happily ever afters, but to judge the books by that concept is like judging a crime novel for having too many murders!

I have read a lot of romantic comedies, and I will continue to do so because different authors have different approaches to the genre. After all, different people lead different lives and interpret situations in multiple ways. Back in the day, I was quite hard to please in terms of books as I had gotten far too comfortable with the same author, the same style of books. Ultimately you’re setting yourself up to be picky doing that. There are thousands of books out there these days, books that will suit every type of reader, but do we STILL expect too much?

It’s a hard question to answer, very hard. Some readers may expect a lot from the books that they read and put certain authors on a pedestal, and then get miffed if their next books don’t live up to their expectations. Writing that last sentence made me feel so bad for authors. I’m aware that they need to be prepared for their work to be critiqued, that’s the hardship of putting something out in the big wide world as everyone has got an opinion. But, are we being too fussy?

When you pick up a book to read based on other people’s opinions, there is a chance that you will have their thoughts in your mind as you read the book. When you pick up a book based on your own wants from a book, you’re probably choosing the book based on what you’ve read before, or what you know.

I know what books I like to read, but as I get older, I enjoy finding the books that are out of my comfort zone, trying something new or finding a new author. It’s exciting to find a book that you can sink your teeth into, or cry at. That type of involvement from a book can be priceless and sometimes our own expectations can hinder it. When I read books, I don’t sit with a checklist and compare it against other books because that isn’t fair to the author. Every author writes their own books based on their own research, simple. A new book is a fresh start, and in my opinion, reading a lot of books doesn’t make you expect too much, it just makes you more aware of what you like and what you don’t.

That being said, I would never insult an author personally if their book was not my type of book, I chose the book to read, they didn’t force it upon me. I also wouldn’t be nasty about a book that I didn’t enjoy and whilst I always find the positives, some authors do need to know that every book isn’t going to be a 4 star rating from every reader.

What are your thoughts? Do you have high expectations? As always, please do let me know, get involved! Thank you to Rachel Gilbey for being my inspiration behind this weeks post!

Blog tour – Review and author guest post; ‘The House of Kane’ by Barbara Casey.

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Blurb.

Aislinn Marchánt, a writer and editorial consultant, is hired by the major New York publishing company, Kane Publishing House, to help determine why several submissions sent to them have mysteriously disappeared only to be published later by another publisher. Are the editors at Kane simply not being diligent enough with the in-coming material, or is there something more sinister going on? Working from her West Palm Beach home, Aislinn quickly becomes involved with the House of Kane as well as with Caldwell Kane, the man who hired her.

As Aislinn works toward uncovering the various layers of truth of her former husband, her elderly neighbor, and Kane Publishing House, she continues to research her own novel, the story of a love between two people that becomes fractured because of the misunderstandings created by two different cultures. Her research takes her to abotanica where a Santerian priest reveals the truth in her own life and a destiny that is joined to that of Caldwell Kane.

What does TWG think?

I must admit, when the iRead team sent me the information and cover for this book, I was intrigued. Being honest, the cover did nothing for me at all, and, being a huge book cover fan, I knew I needed to not judge a book by its cover (just this once). The fact that ‘The House of Kane’ is set in a publishing house is quite clever. I got to see the publishing world from another angle.

It did take me a while to warm up the book however, I struggled to gel with the characters and found that I was spending a lot of time sitting on the fence. I ensured I carried on reading though as it’s a different type of book that I would usually read.

Whilst the main concept of the book is about the life within a publishing house, there is a hint of romance which breaks up the story rather nicely. The more of the book I read, the more I warmed to it due to Barbara’s writing. For me, her writing made the book. Seeing as this was the first book of Barbara’s that I had read, I had no idea what her style of writing would be like.

‘The House of Kane’ is a nice book to read that has various situations going on at one time, enough to keep you occupied. Barbara Casey’s writing, as a whole, completed the book for me and made me continue reading it.

(I received this book in return for an honest review)

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Guest post from author Barbara Casey.

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There are few things that can be so rewarding as seeing your book in print. There are also few things that are so difficult to accomplish.

In my novel, The House of Kane, which was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, I use the publishing industry as my backdrop and reveal some of the problems and difficulties that can arise not only with the writer, but within the publishing house itself. Aislinn Marchánt, the main protagonist in the story, is hired by a major New York publisher as a consultant to find out why so many of its submissions are suddenly getting published by another publishing house before it has even had a chance to take them through the review process. It is through this theme that I introduce amidst the joys, recognition, and rewards that come from getting published the underbelly of publishing that includes greed, misplaced ambition, and plagiarism.

The House of Kane is fiction, but it mirrors a reality that exists today in publishing, and particularly for writers. In that reality, writing is difficult, editing is difficult, and rejections are even more so. Ernest Hemingway once described the ordeal represented by that first blank piece of paper in the typewriter as:  “It is facing the white bull which is paper with no words on it.”

Like that old man who fished along in a skiff in the Gulf Stream for eighty-four days without taking a fish in Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea, a writer must be prepared to face just as many difficulties. It requires the same blind faith and dogged determination. And even when you catch the fish, you must be prepared to fight the sharks that come to eat it as you try to get it back to port. And, in the end, you must be prepared to finish your journey with nothing but bones tied to the side of your boat, for it may be that your book will never sell because it is no good, or because the editor who can recognize its worth doesn’t exist. That is when you try again—because that is what makes you a writer.

About Barbara.

Barbara Casey is a partner in Strategic Media Books, and president of the Barbara Casey Agency, representing authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan. She is also a manuscript consultant and the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories.

Her award-winning novels have received national recognition, including the Independent Publishers Book Award. Her novel, The House of Kane, was considered for a Pulitzer nomination, and The Gospel According to Prissy, also a contemporary adult novel received several awards including the prestigious IPPY Award for Best Regional Fiction. Her most recent young adult novel, The Cadence of Gypsies, received the Independent Publishers Living Now Award and was reviewed by the Smithsonian for its list of Best Books.

Ms. Casey makes her home on the top of a mountain in northwest Georgia with her husband and three dogs who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix, Fitz, a miniature dachshund, and Gert, a Jack Russell terrier of sorts.

Barbara’s Website.

 

#Blogtour take 2! ‘Found’ by Elle Field (@ellefie)

‘It takes two babyyyyy, it takes two babyyyyyy, me and you, it takes two!’ because ‘tonight we’re lost and founddddddd’.

Two different songs brought together, with my AMAZING voice, both fitting with this blog post! Clever TWG! Oh….you want me to stop singing at you? Oh, but, but….oh fine! I’m reviewing Elle’s ‘Found’ book today (didn’t know it was ‘Lost’, but I’m sure I had ‘Kept’ it on the ‘B-side’, maybe not ;).

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Blurb.

Who knew one flight could change everything? When Arielle Lockley stepped on the plane at Heathrow, she never realised how different her life would be when she touched down in New York City. Now she’s dealing with that aftermath, as well as trying to find common ground with Etta, her new and unexpected business partner.

But, trying to sort out business in London whilst her fiancé, Piers, recovers from surgery in New York, is starting to take its toll on their relationship. Can Arielle and Etta work together to continue Felicity’s legacy without destroying it, and will Arielle and Piers even make it down the aisle to say “I do”?

Find out what happens in the final part of the warm and wonderful Arielle Lockley chick lit series.

What does TWG think?

Thank you to Elle for providing me with a copy of the book in return for my thoughts!

For those of you that don’t know, ‘Found’ is the third book in the ‘Arielle Lockley’ series. A little birdy (the author) told me that whilst it COULD be read as a standalone, it would be more beneficial to you to at least read the previous book in the series first – ‘Lost’. If you don’t, you could end up pretty confused. I did take Elle’s advice and read ‘Lost’ before ‘Found’, but because I was entering the series halfway through (my own fault), I had to sit on the fence and get to know the characters and familiarise myself with Elle’s writing before I could settle myself in the story.

Going into the last book in the series, Arielle still hasn’t managed to walk down the aisle and get married. There has been obstacle after obstacle and life wasn’t being kind. Unfortunately, Arielle and Piers have another obstacle in their way as Piers finds himself in hospital. Arielle can’t be in two places at once so she is either with her business in London, or with Piers in New York. When she is working, her mind isn’t fully on the task in hand, understandably.

I have never been to New York so it was a wonderful experience being transported there through Elle’s writing, so realistic. I must admit, some of the characters too me longer to warm up to than Arielle. I warmed to her straight away because her character comes across as though she is one of us. Not pretentious, just herself. That in itself is refreshing to see in a book.

Whilst I did spend a lot of my time sitting on the fence whilst reading this book, I was captured by Elle’s writing. She writes in such a special way, as though she is sitting in front of you and reading the story to you herself. I could definitely tell that the book was written from the heart.

Reading ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’, I noticed exactly how much Arielle had grown, she does carry a lot of weight on her shoulders in the last book, and I personally think that one of those weights is Piers! Sorry, I’m not his biggest fan, I just could not warm to him at all, he grated on me in the last book, and he grated on me in this book too.

Elle has written a story following the ups and downs of Ms Lockley. A story that not only takes Arielle on her own journey of self discovery, it will take you on the journey too. Such a fun 21st Century twist on Sex and the City. I am looking forward to see what Elle delivers next!

You too can have your own copy of ‘Found’: Buy ‘Found’ from Amazon UK.

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Elle’s other books can be found: here.

To keep up to date with the other blogs on the tour, take a look at the banner to see where the tour bus stops next!

It’s TWG’s Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose Deal Day With….(@ZaraStoneley) @HarperImpulse

We like a deal don’t we? Although, where books are concerned, any price is a deal because we’re addicted to them! The wonderful (and fellow bookworm) Zara Stoneley, is the lady behind TWG’s deal day today! Perfect timing too as she has ANOTHER book out in September, but more on that in a moment!

Today’s book will give you change from £2. Plus, it’s also part of a series (can be read standalone though), and ar £1.99, it would be rude not to indulge in the third book. Right?

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Dashing eventer Rory is ready to button up his breeches and settle down. His gorgeous wife, Lottie, wants a bank balance in the black so she can protect the beautiful family estate for future generations.

But with the wedding business at Tipping House going up in flames, and rumours that it was arson not accident, Lottie begins to wonder who she can trust with her future.

Tranquil Tippermere is under siege as movies moguls and insurance investigators invade the countryside, and as events gather pace rescue plans start to look too good to be true, and intentions may not be as honourable as they seem.

As a moody, but definitely marvellous, polo player enters the fray and squares up to the eventing hero of Tippermere, does Lottie stand to lose her husband as well as her home?

Country Rivals can be yours for only £1.99 from Amazon UK! If you snooze on this you’ll definitely be losing out! If you have had the pleasure of reading this book already, or any others of Zara’s, please do write a constructive review on Amazon. Reviews to authors are like cookies to the cookie monster!

I did say I would tell you about Zara’s new book:

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Two women, two very different lives – one perfect solution to a Christmas holiday fraught with potential pitfalls.

The Holiday Swap.

Florence Cortes has the perfect life – an apartment in the trendiest district of Barcelona, a job she loves and a boyfriend who’s whisking her away on a romantic break to Paris to no doubt propose.
Only, he’s planning something far different, and Flo soon realises her life isn’t so perfect after all.

Home loving Daisy Fischer is perfectly happy in her idyllic home in the Cheshire countryside, with an on-off boyfriend who might be slightly dull but is totally dependable. Until he issues an ultimatum, and Daisy suddenly realises that there might be a whole different world out there that she’s missing out on.

Have Flo and Daisy come up with the perfect solution to escape festive heartbreak?
Can a snowbound Christmas in Cheshire – with aristocratic, handsome Hugo as her neighbour, a house full of animals and a leaking roof – help Flo mend her broken heart, and remind her of what she really wants in life?

Can a sunny break in beautiful Barcelona – with the dishy but brooding Javier, a never-ending supply of cava, and a sea view to die for – prove to Daisy that playing safe isn’t always the answer?

Love actually does seem to be all around this Christmas – and in the places Flo and Daisy least expect to find it, but where will they be for New Year.

I am rather excited about this one, and luckily for me, I don’t have to wait too long to read it as it is next on my TBR list #bloggerperks. If this book sounds right up your snow-covered alley, you can pre-order it right now from Amazon UK. The magic book fairy will ping it onto your kindle on the 2nd September! Keep and eye out for TWG’s review before then, and I will keep an eye out for all your reviews of Zara’s books too!

 

Book review – My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse (@MrsAmandaProwse) @HoZ_Books

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Blurb.

Once a week, Rosie Tipcott counts her blessings.

She goes to sit on her favourite bench on the north Devon cliffs, and thanks her lucky stars for her wonderful husband, her mischievous young daughters, and her neat little house by the sea. She vows to dedicate every waking hour to making her family happy.

But then her husband unexpectedly leaves her for another woman and takes the children. Now she must ask the question: what is left in her life? Can Rosie find the strength to rebuild herself? More importantly, does she even want to?

What does TWG think?

We all have a special place to think or zone out, some may call it their ‘happy place’. A place to be alone with your thoughts, both positive and negative ones. For Rosie Tipcott, that ‘happy place’ is a bench, the place where she can think about those that are dear to her as well as memories she didn’t have a chance to make. Her husband and her daughters are her world. Rosie knows how to be a mum and a wife, it’s all she has ever known. Suddenly, Rosie’s ‘known’ life becomes the unknown, will Rosie find the strength to swim before she sinks, or will she always be known as ‘My Husband’s Wife?’

Before I begin, I would like to say thank you to the Prowse’s for allowing me to have an ARC in return for my honest opinion.

I have been staring at my screen for the last half an hour, trying to create a functional sentence that isn’t made up of just adjectives. It is proving to be quite tricky I must say, especially as the author of this book is THE Amanda Prowse. Reviewing Mrs Prowse is as nerve-wracking as reviewing the Queen (I can only assume!). ‘My Husband’s Wife’ put a spell on me from the first chapter; I couldn’t put it down, and I most certainly didn’t want to put it down. Rosie Tipcott has quickly turned into one of my favourite female main characters. I warmed to her loveable and enticing nature straight away as her heart is filled with so much love, it spills outside the book. Throughout her life, Rosie has felt a sense of abandonment, especially as no-one close to her was willing to fill in the gaps of her life she so desperately craved.

Reading about Rosie’s feelings of abandonment struck a chord with me, I wanted to hug her, tell her that I understood her feelings. But I couldn’t. I couldn’t let her know her feelings were justified and that made me quite sad. Just like Rosie, I feel abandoned due to events in my personal life, such an unexplainable feeling that can only be reassured by the gaps being filled. The impossible gaps.

All Rosie wants is a happy life, not much to ask is it really? As far as she is concerned, her life with her husband and two daughters is just that, unfortunately her husband disagrees. As soon as I realised what was about to happen with Rosie’s children, I held my breath, I couldn’t imagine for one second how that must feel to have your own children taken away. To watch them leave without any word of when you will see them next, rendering you absolutely useless. At that point in the book, my heart broke for Rosie and her children. Her whole life was turned upside down because her husband didn’t feel like thinking with his brain.

As you can tell, I’m sure, I like to get rather involved in storylines and characters within a book.  Previous books that I have read, I have gotten involved in,  but never have I ever gotten so involved in a storyline that I lost sight of my surroundings. ‘My Husband’s Wife’ pulled me onto the rollercoaster ride of emotions, and I couldn’t have stopped if I tried. It was just me and the book. I laughed, and I cried (a lot); all I wanted to do after I had read it was give Amanda a hug.

‘My Husband’s Wife’ took me on a journey, a journey that I have never experienced before and one that I will never, ever forget. Every single word that Amanda wrote was backed with emotion, powerful emotion that would easily knock you off your feet. Reading Amanda’s work of art didn’t feel like reading a book, it felt real. Imagine watching situations happen in front of you in your every day life, it was exactly like that.

‘My Husband’s Wife’ is a book about motherly love, loss and finding the strength to carry on, no matter what. A book that you will always carry with you in your heart to remind you that it is okay to feel emotion. It’s okay to cry, your feelings are justified. I will forever carry Amanda’s book with me in my heart and my soul, something that I never thought would be a possibility. I am in awe of the complexity of this book, yet it is relatable in so many ways. A powerful gem of a book that will fill your arms with goosebumps, and hypnotize you in ways you never could have imagined.

My Husband’s Wife by Amanda Prowse, published by Head Of Zeus, is available to buy right now from Amazon UK