#review! The Christmas Cake Café by Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) @Bookouture

7 days until Christmas! Reblogging a Christmas book by one of my most favourite authors, enjoy my review!

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Heart-warming and hilarious, a story that will make you laugh, cry and bring a smile to your face.  Get ready for another deliciously amazing Christmas treat from Sue Watson….

As the Prosecco chills and Bing Crosby croons, Jen Barker just knows that her long-term boyfriend is about to propose.  But instead of a diamond ring nestled in her champagne flute, Jen finds cold flat rejection.  Her once perfect life and dreams of a husband and family seem even further from reach. 

A working holiday to the Swiss Alps with her younger sister Jody might not be the Christmas Jen had it mind, but it offers her the chance to recharge her batteries and recover from heartbreak.

When Jen meets handsome ski instructor Jon Zutter her hopes for a happy-ever-after seem within her grasp again. Jon is kind and gorgeous and as they bond over Sachetorte at the picturesque Cake…

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Review of Jenny Hale’s (@jhaleauthor) ‘All I Want For Christmas’ @bookouture

8 days until Christmas, just HAD to reblog this beautiful book by Jenny Hale!

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Snowflakes are falling, there’s carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother’s majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won’t be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams.

But there’s a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn’t heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her.

Now David is all grown up. He’s gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house.

They can’t agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes…

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#coverreveal! Secrets We Keep by Faith Hogan (@GerHogan) @Aria_Fiction

Two cover reveals in two days, how exciting!! Now, I am sure a lot of you have heard of this author and/or read her first novel; if you haven’t, you can find my review of her debut novel here: #Review! My Husband’s Wives by Faith Hogan (@GerHogan) @Aria_Fiction #AriaAddict.

Today I get to help reveal the cover of her next novel, Secrets We Keep, and it is a stunner!! Ready??

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Two distant relatives, drawn together in companionship are forced to confront their pasts and learn that some people are good at keeping secrets and some secrets are never meant to be kept. A bittersweet story of love, loss and life. Perfect for the fans of Patricia Scanlan and Adele Parks.
The beautiful old Bath House in Ballytokeep has lain empty and abandoned for decades. For devoted pensioners Archie and Iris, it holds too many conflicting memories of their adolescent dalliances and tragic consequences – sometimes it’s better to leave the past where it belongs.
For highflying, top London divorce lawyer Kate Hunt, it’s a fresh start – maybe even her future. On a winter visit to see her estranged Aunt Iris she falls in love with the Bath House. Inspired, she moves to Ballytokeep leaving her past heartache 600 miles away – but can you ever escape your past or your destiny?

Cannot wait to read this, sounds and looks incredible! The Amazon link is below if you fancy pre-ordering it!!

Links to buy:

Amazon:
Kobo
iBooks
Google Play

About the author

Faith lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked as a fashion model and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.

Follow Faith Hogan

Facebook: @FaithHoganAuthor
Twitter: @GerHogan
Instagram: @FaithHoganAuthor
Website: http://www.faithhogan.com

#CoverReveal – After I’ve Gone by @Lindagreenisms! @QuercusBooks @QuercusFiction @TeamBookends

It feels like ages ago since the last cover reveal on my blog, but, fear not, as today I have a corker of a cover reveal for you all!! Author of ‘While My Eyes Were Closed’ is BACK with her new novel, ‘After I’ve Gone’. Here are all the details:

Here’s the blurb:
A gripping new thriller from the #1 bestselling author of While My Eyes Were Closed.
On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount receives the devastating news that she hasn’t got long left to live. She doesn’t hear it from a doctor, though. She discovers it when her Facebook timeline skips forward eighteen months and friends and family start posting tributes to her, following her death in a terrible and mysterious accident.
At first, Jess thinks this must be a sick joke by a colleague jealous of her handsome new boyfriend. But as the posts continue and it becomes clear that no one else can see what she can, Jess is forced to confront that her impending death might be all too real . . .

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I don’t know about you, but that cover just gave my goosebumps! I CANNOT wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. ‘After I’ve Gone’ will be published in e-book on the 18th May 2017, with the paperback following in July 2017. If you want to ensure your copy is…well…yours and waiting, you can now pre-order a copy from Amazon UK!

Big thank you to Quercus for asking me to be involved in the cover reveal, it looks fantastic! Roll on May!

 

#Review of Who Does He Think He Is? by @EmilyKerrWrites @crookedcatbooks #publicationday

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Blurb.

Lady Aurelia Osbourne-Lloyd has long wished her bank balance was as big as her name. But her home, Leydale Park, is more of a pile in a state than stately pile, and with her father off ‘finding himself’ in Thailand, it’s up to her to turn the family fortunes around by entertaining demanding tourists.

When – thanks to her father’s interference – a Hollywood production company chooses the estate as a location for a Regency movie, a whole new level of chaos enters Aurelia’s life. Her quiet days shattered and privacy non-existent, she has no choice but to go with the flow and let them take over.

Never mind the added distraction of dishy leading man, Xander Lord, who may have an ulterior motive for wanting to get close to her…

Can Aurelia keep her cool in light of all the upheaval?

What does TWG think?

I would like to start by saying a HUGE congratulations to Emily Kerr, as today is the publication day for her debut novel, ‘Why does he think he is?’! How exciting!
I noticed the cover of the book straight away as it began to do its rounds on Twitter a few weeks ago. OF COURSE I made a lot of noise about it. Who wouldn’t? I must have shouted really loudly as Emily contacted me asking if I would review her book! After I did a little dance around the living room in my Minnie Mouse pjs (don’t laugh), I got settled with her book.

Due to the little clues on the cover, there is a little bit of ‘lights, camera, ACTION’ going on in the storyline which gave me a few giggles along the way. What I didn’t expect though, was for the storyline to go from a Hollywood buzz to a stately home needing funds. I’m not complaining in the slightest as it was impressive seeing the storyline change so effortlessly. One moment we were being taken on a tour and surrounded by historical features, and the next we were seeing how the other half live on a film set! Honestly, you won’t be bored reading this book as there is so much going on. It’s the right amount of hustle and bustle for a book, if that makes sense?

Not only that, by golly is there a few colourful characters in this novel! I am not going to say who as that will spoil the surprise! Lets just say that they’re FABULOUS and hilarious and have a few things up their sleeves. The only thing that irked me was that I felt like a couple of the characters were lacking purpose. Don’t get me wrong, they seemed nice enough, but they just didn’t seem to be beneficial to the story. Again, I won’t say who they are as it is my personal opinion about the book and not a negative point towards the author.

‘Who Does He Think He Is?’ is a laugh out loud, warming tale that highlights the importance of the word ‘believe’. Emily has written such a timid main character who, thanks to path she has to walk down, learns to believe in what has been under her nose the whole time. It’s hard to believe that this is a debut novel so hats off to Emily Kerr and her book full of giggles.

Thank you Emily!

Who Does He Think He Is? is out NOW to buy from Amazon UK

#Review of The Gift by Louise Jensen (@Fab_fiction) @Bookouture #psychologicalthriller

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The perfect daughter. The perfect girlfriend. The perfect murder?

Jenna is given another shot at life when she receives a donor heart from a girl called Callie. Eternally grateful to Callie and her family, Jenna gets closer to them, but she soon discovers that Callie’s perfect family is hiding some very dark secrets …

Callie’s parents are grieving, yet Jenna knows they’re only telling her half the story. Where is Callie’s sister Sophie? She’s been ‘abroad’ since her sister’s death but something about her absence doesn’t add up. And when Jenna meets Callie’s boyfriend Nathan, she makes a shocking discovery.

Jenna knows that Callie didn’t die in an accident. But how did she die? Jenna is determined to discover the truth but it could cost her everything; her loved ones, her sanity, even her life.

What does TWG think?

Number 1 best selling author, Louise Jensen, is BACK! Earlier this year (July to be precise), Louise wowed readers and critics alike with her debut novel, The Sister, accumulating a whopping 702 5* reviews on Amazon UK (figure correct as of 14/12/16)! After the incredible success of ‘The Sister’, readers (including myself) were eagerly awaiting publication of her second novel, ‘The Gift’. Well ladies and gentleman, fear not as publication day is a mere TWO DAYS AWAY! Bookouture and Louise Jensen are all set to release our Christmas present this year on the 16th December, ‘The Gift’. Luckily for me, I was able to get my hands on this highly anticipated second novel before publication day, and wow what a book it is.
If you have ever had a book in your hand that you were rather eager to read, you will probably be able to resonate with what I am going to say next…
I cursed, well, as much as I could with a three year old. I’m just thankful she isn’t a mind-reader put it that way. I didn’t curse at the book. I cursed at the fact I had to be a grown up and do ADULT things, how unfair is that? I cursed at every day life being a pain in the, ahem, as all I wanted to do was READ THIS BLOOMIN BOOK!!!! Every spare moment I had (or had made spare on purpose), my nose was buried in Louise’s gripping and heart pounding words. I’m sure you have worked it out by now; yes, I was absolutely hooked…from the very first page too, no lie. Every word on the page was laced with hidden truths, secrets and copious amounts of fear. Never have I ever experience a storyline to pull me in, make me sweat and have me jumping around my house as though I was on a pogo stick, like ‘The Gift’.

Usually in my reviews I summarise the book in a very basic way; I’m not going to this time as you need to read it all yourself without anyone feeding you anything. Why? Well, why not? ‘The Gift’ has such a jam packed storyline with such prickly characters; it was exceptionally difficult to work out who was being genuine and who was not.  I read through the book feeling all smug with a ‘hah, I know what’s going to happen’ type attitude thinking that I KNEW. Put it this way, I didn’t know. Every single character took turns in wiping the smug look off my face, leaving me completely powerless to their actions, and the actions of the storyline. I surrendered to ‘The Gift’. I surrendered to Jenna’s beliefs. I surrendered to Louise Jensen’s trapping words. I couldn’t move and I couldn’t think about anything else except the storyline in front of me. Just, wow.

As well as the hair raising aspects of the novel, Louise Jensen has covered such an interesting subject within the storyline. that makes for excellent and mind-blowing reading. I had no idea that that particular topic even existed and I was absolutely fascinated by it. Top marks to Louise for incorporating that into the book as I am positive it’ll be a talking point fairly soon.

I am truly amazed at the work of art that is ‘The Gift’, as it is very cleverly written and completely exceeded my expectations; times ten. I could go on and on about how brilliant I think this book is, but there is only so many times that I can say ‘OMG I LOVE IT’, because I do. You just need to trust me on what I’ve said and go and pre-order it right now, you really do.

‘The Gift’ is literally a head-funk in a book, mixed with betrayal, skin prickling moments and enough intensity to leave you questioning everything; even your own name. It is definitely a book NOT to be missed.
Louise has outdone herself with this AMAZING book, it truly is outstanding on so many levels.
So outstanding in fact I would like to say that:

Louise Jensen’s ‘The Gift’ blew me away so much, it is officially…..

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Yep! ‘The Gift’ has jumped over A LOT of books and is sitting pretty at my most favourite psychological thriller of all time. Wow, just….wow.
(Louise, you can take the pic fyi).

Thank you Bookouture for giving me the opportunity.

‘The Gift’ by Louise Jensen will be released on the 16th December 2016. However, you can pre-order it right now from: Amazon UK

 

 

#Tour #Review – The Silent Pool by @philkurthausen @NeverlandBT #giveaway @HQDigitalUK

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Brand new week with a brand new blog tour, what more could you want?! Today, the blog tour for ‘The Silent Pool’ by Phil Kurthausen kicks off! I am thrilled to be one of the blogs helping to kick things off! Sit tight as not only do I have a review for you, there is also a giveaway!

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How long can the past be kept secret?

It is a time of austerity. Financial cuts are biting hard and the once great City of Liverpool finds itself now almost bankrupt. At the eleventh hour funding is found in the form of enigmatic billionaire Kirk Bovind, a religious zealot, determined to change the moral and religious fibre of his old hometown and bringing salvation to the streets.
So when a man disappears without trace solitary lawyer, Erasmus Jones, agrees to track down missing Stephen, but quickly discovers that this is more than just a missing person case. Men are being brutally murdered across the city and Erasmus suspects the deaths are all linked. As the search for Stephen grows and the ripples from the past begin to spread Erasmus has to ask himself whether Bovind could be behind the killings or if someone is trying to frame him and weaken the strangle hold he has over the city?
Who will be the next to die…?

What does TWG think?

 I am probably not the only one to say this, or the last, but WHAT A NAME! The hero of this book is sure to be remembered with a name like ‘Erasmus’! Again, what a name! There is more to ‘The Silent Pool’ than just the main characters name. A lot more in fact; I did have to pay a lot more attention to the storyline and the information given, in case I missed anything.

Truthfully, ‘The Silent Pool’ is a book that took me out of my comfort zone. I had a feeling it might, and seeing as I do like to push my book boundaries, I kept going. Erasmus has been asked to take on a ‘missing person’ case; a gentleman named Stephen. Erasmus soon realises that it isn’t just a case of a missing person and is about to uncover a lot more than he bargained for..

As I said above, there is a lot of information to get your head round as the storyline seemed to branch off in every direction and uncover even more red tape situations. I found myself trying to work out what had happened and who was involved in things throughout the whole book. I wouldn’t make a good detective though; I became rather indecisive and at one point, I put the blame on myself! Yes, I questioned my own sanity multiple times reading this.

‘The Silent Pool’ is full of mystery, gritty circumstances and a treasure chest full of ‘whodunnits’, it is exceptionally hard not to involve yourself in the storyline. Poor Erasmus gets pulled everywhere as his list of hero antics becomes even longer! I enjoyed the too-ing and fro-ing of evidence, as well as the constant turbulence in regards to the disasters.

Even though ‘The Silent Pool’ isn’t in my ‘go to’ genre, I am glad that I took a chance on it as I did enjoy the nitty gritty parts, even though I struggled to absorb all of the information written.

A nail-biting, busy read, which will keep you on your toes and have you questioning everything that you thought you knew.

Thank you HQ & NeverlandBT

The Silent Pool is available to buy now from Amazon UK

About the author:

Phil Kurthausen was brought up in Merseyside where he dreamt of being a

novelist but ended up working as a lawyer. He has travelled the world working as a flower
salesman, a light bulb repair technician and, though scared of heights, painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Ken Dodd once put him in a headlock for being annoying.
He has had work broadcast on BBC radio 4 extra, published some short stories and his novel ‘The Killing Pool’ won the Thriller Round in the Harper Collins People’s Novelist Competition broadcast on ITV in November 2011 and appeared in the final. It was later
shortlisted for the Dundee International Literary Prize in 2012. He lives in Chester.

Giveaway:

The giveaway is for a £10 Amazon gift card (UK ONLY) and to have a character

named after the winner in Phil Kurthausen’s next book. It is for one winner. 
Ends 19th December 2016.

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! Good luck!


#Review of A Pug Like Percy by Fiona Harrison (@Fionajourno) @HQStories @PuglikePercy

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A furry festive miracle who’s there for you with a helping paw. Percy definitely isn’t just for Christmas…

Percy is homeless, abandoned by his owner at an animal rescue centre on a cold winter’s night. So when he finds a loving new home with Gail and her family, his deepest wish is that this time, it’s forever.

Gail hopes that Percy will be the little miracle that her family so desperately needs. Her young daughter, Jenny, is in and out of hospital and she’s only just holding things together with her husband, Simon.

With the family at breaking point, and Christmas just around the corner, is Percy the furry friend they’ve all been waiting for?

What does TWG think?

This Christmas, there seems to be an influx of novels with animals as the main character, in the ‘voice’ of the animal. I have seen reviews of those books, even this one, where people say ‘how silly’ it is to have a dog ‘talking’ to the readers. WELL! Some of you say silly, I say GIVE ME MORE! I’ll be honest, I did originally think that these books were aimed at children or young adults, purely because of the covers and general assumption. However, once I actually opened the book and started reading, I quickly discovered that these books are in fact novels for adults yet they could suit young adults also.

‘A Pug Like Percy’ has such a gentle, yet bold looking cover, which will no doubt get many fans cooing over Percy’s cuteness! I did expect the book to be rather sweet and sickly, but oh my goodness, I couldn’t have been more wrong.

We meet Percy in an animal rescue centre where he is scared, lonely and worried that nobody will come and give him his forever home. Soon enough, Percy’s worries go out the window when he meets Gail, a lady who falls in love with him straight away. But, for poor Percy, things aren’t as they seem and it looks like the little pug will be doing more than just being a dog this Christmas..

Just like Gail, I fell in love with Percy straight away! He has got such a loveable personality which is laced with cheekiness. Some of the things that Percy got up to had me in absolute stitches, especially when we got to read his thoughts about certain situations. Felt a little powerful if I’m honest, I got to read Percy’s mind! No wonder he’s a smug pug!

Gail’s family situation is rather heart-breaking as her daughter, Jenny, is very poorly yet spends most of her time worrying about her parents constant arguing. The fact that Gail and Simon couldn’t put their issues aside during Jenny’s time of need, irked me. I know that in stressful situations people say and do things that are out of character, but I did find it to be a little selfish of them. However, Percy got to have a little fun with it and tried his best to fix things with his doggy pals, especially Peg.

Do not, under any circumstance, judge this book by its cover thinking that it is for children, as you will be missing an absolute treat of a book. With ‘A Pug Like Percy’, the storyline speaks volumes by highlighting exactly how much love pets have for their owners. I adored this story from start to finish; it had me smiling, laughing and going ‘aww’ as the storyline tugged at my heart-strings on more than one occasion.

Fiona has written such a cosy and heart warming read, bringing the loveable Percy into our hearts this Christmas. Such a cleverly written novel which will leave you feeling snuggly and full of love, trust me, it happened to me. Merry Christmas Percy, you loveable pug, you.

Thank you Fiona & HQ.

A Pug Like Percy is available to buy now from most supermarkets AND Amazon UK. The perfect stocking filler this Christmas.

#Review! The Little Pieces of You and Me by Vanessa Greene (@VanessaGBooks) @LittleBrownUK

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When life as you know it changes, will it define you, destroy you or make you stronger?

Best friends Isla and Sophie made each other a promise a long time ago: to never let life pass them by. Years later, Isla is in love, living abroad and fulfilling her dreams. But for Sophie, things haven’t turned out the way she was expecting and she hasn’t achieved any of the things she and Isla talked about.

And then, in one sudden moment, life irrevocably changes for both women.

Isla and Sophie have hard decisions to make but above all else they must face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead. It’s only when they realise that this is easier together, two friends standing side by side, that each woman can embrace whatever the future holds for them.

What does TWG think?

Did you ever make a list when you were at school, about things you wanted to achieve when you grew up? For those who did and didn’t lose their list, how many things did you tick off the list? I’ll admit, it never crossed my mind so it was lovely to read a book where people have actually written a list like that. Sophie and Isla both wanted to live their lives like a constant bucket list by ensuring everything was ticked off. However, Isla seemed to be much more determined to live by her list than Sophie…for now anyway. Based on the blurb, I assumed that the story was going to be about two friends that go through a LITTLE bit of heartbreak. I was not mentally prepared for what the two ladies ended up facing.

A lot of the book was centred around Sophie and Isla’s list of dreams, as well as working out WHY Sophie wasn’t becoming tick happy when it came to her own list. Then, out of nowhere, the entire storyline got turned upside down. Isla went from being the life of the party, to wondering whether she would even be able to party. Everything Isla thought she knew was no more, and the only certainty in her life was that realising that everything was now uncertain..

The way Vanessa wrote about such an eye opening situation, was outstanding. Having gone through (and going through) similar situations to Isla, her heartbreak affected me in many ways. I thought I would cry, but I didn’t. Instead, Vanessa’s realistic portrayal of a devastating circumstance, left me numb and heartbroken. Never have I ever had a storyline make me feel like that, and it’s not a bad thing either. It just goes to show that Vanessa quite clearly did her research on the situation and knew it would affect her readers in a multitude of ways. For me, all the above is proof of a very good writer.

Usually when books cover such big storylines, the finer details are often not as fine as they should be; apart from this book. Vanessa seemed to have all the minor details down to a fine art as nothing seemed out of place within the storyline.

The only thing that irked me about ‘The Little Pieces of You and Me’, was how quickly a situation went from very negative to rather positive. For me, I found that part to not be overly realistic as it seemed to downplay the credibility of the topic in general.

However, despite that, I did enjoy the storyline and the very different personalities of each character. It was lovely to have such diversity across the book as I never knew what one of the characters would come out with next. Especially Isla!

Overall, The Little Pieces of You and Me is a really heart warming tale; which focuses on the true meaning of friendship through the good times and the bad. Vanessa has created two best friends which a lot of readers are going to aspire to be like, and that in itself is a talent.
A really poignant, and warm storyline which will stay in your mind weeks after you have finished reading it. It’s still in my mind a month on.

Thank you Little Brown.

The Little Pieces of You and Me by Vanessa Greene, is available to buy now from Amazon UK

#Review of Miss Wrong and Mr Right by Robert Bryndza (@RobertBryndza) @Bookouture

Happy publication day Mr B!!

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‘This is men,’ said Gran. ‘When they vant you, but you don’t vant them, they stay. But let them know you vant them, they no longer need you, and they go! It’s like that movie, Nanny McPhee.’

Natalie Love has worked hard to have it all. She runs a successful London theatre that’s about to host one of Hollywood’s leading stars, Ryan Harrison. She’s pretty sure she’s found her man in yoga boyfriend Benjamin, despite his annoying habit of saying Namaste! every time he speaks. And her eccentric, glamorous Hungarian gran is always on hand to offer sage advice and steaming bowls of goulash.

Life in the bright lights of London has always been Natalie’s escape from her chaotic family in rural Devon and Jamie, the childhood sweetheart she left at the altar fifteen years ago. Until he turns up at her theatre door…

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