#CoverReveal! #BoomervilleHotel – @carolinejames12 @rararesources @choclituk @rubyfiction

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Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart
of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to
stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel
refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of
eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother
Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy
Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate
Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but
still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty,
but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than
they bargained for at Boomerville?

The Best Boomerville Hotel Links:

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About the author.

Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun. So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light- hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-
seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.

In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Links:

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Cover Up by Marnie Riches (@Marnie_Riches) @AvonBooksUK

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Today I am delighted to be sharing my review of ‘The Cover Up’ by Marnie Riches! Huge thanks to AvonBooksUK for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and for a copy of the book. Here is my review:

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Watch your back. Everyone else will be.

How far would you go to protect your empire?

Manchester’s criminal underworld is reeling from the loss of its leader, Paddy O’Brien. In the wake of her husband’s death, Sheila O’Brien takes charge of the city, and for once, she’s doing things her way.

But she hasn’t reckoned with the fearsome Nigel Bancroft, a threat from Birmingham who is determined to conquer Manchester next.

As a power tussle begins, Sheila is determined to keep control of the empire she has won – even if it means she has to die trying…

What does TWG think?

Please don’t shout, but I struggled with this book to begin with – I couldn’t get my teeth to sink into the storyline for what seemed like ages. Don’t get me wrong, the author was dangling the carrot right in front of me with her attention to detail regarding the storyline itself, I just felt like I was waiting a while for the gritty parts to get going.

However, once I had reached about halfway through, something within me just clicked and I sped through the rest of the book like a criminal trying to get away from the police (not speaking from experience of course – just to clarify!). 

Like always, there were characters I preferred, and characters I just totally disliked but, because every little piece of information within this book is linked to an overall banger, I am not going to say who I did or didn’t like so you can form your own opinions when you read the book for yourself. Which you’re totally going to because you’re intrigued…

As weird as this sounds, as soon as I got hooked on the storyline, I found myself enjoying reading the illegal activities of certain characters! That sounds bad doesn’t it? I’m hoping you get what I mean though! Being pretty innocent and legal myself, it was fun being able to be in the mindset of a ‘criminal’ and see what lengths they went to to blacken their name. It certainly was an exciting ride that’s for sure!

I am so, SO pleased that I was able to sink my teeth into this intense and gritty read. Even though I did find it to be a little slow burning, the rest of the storyline certainly made up for the parts I couldn’t work with to begin with. I finished this book thinking ‘what the hell….’ and ‘what book of hers shall I read next?’. Marnie Riches writes in a style which is so, so addictive, being able to pull her readers in with strong dialogue and exploding themes.

A fast paced, jaw-dropping read which allows you to be in the mind of a criminal for the duration of the novel. If you ever want to break the law…without actually breaking the law, then you’ll have a field day with this one!

Thanks AvonBooksUK.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – A Prosecco Christmas by Sylvia Ashby (@bysylvia_a) @NeverlandBT

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Family is where life begins.

And what better time to spend with your family than Christmas week?
Ashley and Giacomo go to Upper Swainswick, a postcard village ten minutes’ drive from Bath, to stay with Ashley’s mum and stepdad. It’s their last visit before the arrival of their first child. But babies have a habit of being unpredictable. So when Ashley goes into labour on Christmas Eve, three weeks ahead of schedule, it takes everyone by surprise.
She’s not ready! Her perfect Birth Plan is packed away in her hospital bag two hundred miles away, she has no going home outfit, and she has a live event planned for New Year’s Eve for her YouTube channel, The Sinking Chef.

People have been signing up for it for weeks. She can’t possibly disappoint them on the last day of the year. What is she to do? The tinsel gets even more tangled when Giacomo’s parents decide to fly from Italy to meet their first grandchild. Hotels are fully booked, so everyone has to stay under the same roof.

Would eleven people in the house, not counting the baby, turn out to be simply too much for Ashley?

What does TWG think?

Oh I really enjoyed this one! Best book of the three in my opinion!

I thought Ashley really came into her own in this storyline, even though she found things a lot harder than anticipated, she still kept it real. Hats off to Sylvia Ashby for delivering a brilliantly executed, highly relatable, and often misunderstood part of the storyline. It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of new parents message the author in solidarity to this storyline.

Ashley’s mum had me in absolute hysterics – she’s bonkers!! I’m surprised that I managed to get through the book at all due to the amount that I was laughing! You can tell where Ashley inherited her bonkersness from!!

Despite all of the hilarity and festivities, Sylvia Ashby kept all of her characters real as they faced up to some quite tough situations. I mean, Ashley went through some things with her YouTube channel which nobody ever teaches you how to deal with it. Situations like that don’t discriminate in age and, whilst it can happen to anyone and everyone, it’s often brushed under the carpet and ignored..especially when it comes to adults dealing with it. Once again, this author deserves a round of applause for incorporating yet another often misunderstood topic into her storyline, executing it beautifully and sensitively.

All in all, I couldn’t recommend this book enough. I laughed a lot, smiled a lot, awwwww’ed a lot, whilst also enjoying the ride despite the emotional situations which Ashley and her family faced.

Relatable, hilarious, touching, and more-ish, ‘Prosecco Christmas’ really is a hug in a book.

Thanks to the author and NeverlandBT.

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Giveaway!

To be in with a chance of winning an e-copy of Sylvia Ashby’s ‘Prosecco Christmas’, all you need to do is enter the giveaway here! Good luck!
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Author bio:

Sylvia Ashby is fond of the written word: books, blog posts, recipes, even an explanation to the HM Revenue & Customs as to why she thinks skirts should be exempt from VAT – she’s written it all!

She likes travelling and has lived all over Europe – London, Brussels, Amsterdam and Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently, she lives in Leuven, Belgium with her husband, daughter, son and a sparrow called Jack, who comes occasionally to peck the seeds she leaves for him on top of the garden shed.

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#BlogTour #Review – The Long Walk Back – Rachel Dove @WriterDove @HQDigitalUK @brookcottagebks

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Does everyone deserve a second chance?

As an army trauma surgeon Kate knows how to keep her cool in the most high
pressure of situations. Although back at home in England her marriage is falling
apart, out in the desert she’s happy knowing that she’s saving lives.

Until she meets Cooper. It’s up to Kate to make a split-second decision to save
Cooper’s life. Yet Cooper doesn’t want to be saved. Can Kate convince him to
give his life a second chance even though its turning out dramatically different
from how he planned?

What does TWG think?

What an opening!! The first couple of pages of this novel had me absolutely gripped. Will they survive or won’t they? How would they come back from the devastating situation they witnessed? Only time would tell, but it was going to be a rollercoaster ride of a journey, whichever way it went.

It was pretty clear from the onset that the storyline was going to be highly emotive – I just didn’t expect it to be THAT emotional. ‘The Long Walk Back’ covers a variety of topics, always giving you something to sink your teeth into when you turn the page. Obviously I can’t discuss my thoughts on the plot too much, as that would result in spoilers!

I have to admit though, there were times when I could not stand Kate. I found a lot of her actions to be extremely selfish and self-centred, especially given the nature of her circumstances. Whilst I realise that people react in different ways during troublesome times, I found Kate’s reactions to be jaw dropping. And not in a good way. On the other side of the coin though, there were times where I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her journey, hoping for the best outcome for her current situation. Kate had gone through so much in such a short space of time, I’m not disputing that at all, I just wish she didn’t make me go ‘hmmmmm’ a lot of times, that’s all.

As for Cooper, well, I think the author hit the nail on the head regarding his character traits, especially how he reacted to a certain life changing event. His heart always seemed to be in the right place which, whilst was so lovely to read, I felt it was wasted on Kate. God I sound nasty don’t I haha. Just to clarify, these are my opinions of the characters and not my opinion of the authors writing. I treat characters in books like real  people!

Overall, I really did enjoy reading ‘The Long Walk Back’ as it was so refreshing to read a storyline which laid a lot of ‘taboo’ subjects bare, showing readers that there are people in the real world who deal with things like the characters in the book. It was realistic, relatable and of course, emotionally charged. I absolutely love Rachel Dove’s writing style as she always seems to get into the heart of her characters, ensuring that they deliver the storyline to the highest level. Once again, I do think that the author has delivered on that, and I feel that Rachel Dove should be exceptionally proud of the rock solid storyline she has created.

Emotional, heart-warming, and most definitely eye-opening; ‘The Long Walk Back’ will make you look at your life in a completely different way, changing your mindset from just ‘being’ to ‘living’.

Huge thanks HQDigitalUK.

Amazon UK // Kobo // Barnes and Noble 

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Kate was in a real mood; Trevor could tell from the way she pounded across the tent to him.
He was doing his rounds, and they had had a good night. A good night here was when they still had the same number alive as the day before. A great day was when there were no casualties at all, but Trevor was hard pushed to remember many days like that.
‘Who’s upset you? Neil whingeing about doing the dishwasher again, is he?’ Trevor asked, and immediately regretted cracking the joke when the icicles from Kate’s frosty glare jabbed him in the chest.
‘Captain Cooper thinks he is hilarious. I’m just waiting for him to call me ‘toots’ and slap me on the behind,’ Kate said, seething. Trevor checked the vitals on his sleeping patient, and satisfied, made notes on his chart.
‘So he’s awake? That’s amazing! How is he doing?’
‘Oh he’s doing just fine, for a male chauvinist pig.’
Kate,’ Trevor admonished, trying not to laugh at her furious expression. ‘How are his vitals?’
Kate pursed her lips, taking a breath to focus on the job. ‘He’s stable, the chest drain is
working well. I’m still concerned about his leg though. He has limited blood flow to the area, and I’m worried about sepsis.’
Trevor nodded sadly. ‘So he will probably lose the leg, if we try to keep him alive.’ He
rubbed at his temples. ‘Not told him any of this, have you?’
Kate shook her head. ‘I told him you would explain on this morning’s ward round. I wanted to go through everything again, monitor him closely for as long as we safely can before we make a decision.’
Trevor looked at her, his face unreadable. ‘It may not be our decision, it’s up to him.’
Kate looked nonplussed. ‘The evac chopper is coming in two days. At present, he’s too
unstable to move. We need to get him home then, leg or no leg. A decision between losing a limb and dying is not a great thing to have thrust at you, granted – but he wants to live,
surely?’
Trevor placed the chart at the foot of the bed and started to walk towards the next patient, issuing medication instructions to the nurse as he walked.
‘Kate,’ he began in a tone he might have used to tell his child that Father Christmas wasn’t real. ‘I have worked on men like Captain Cooper since this whole nightmare started. These are army men to the core. Sometimes going home means no family, no buddies, no job, and a lifetime of relying on other people. They are proud, and sometimes, to them, the reality is worse than death. Don’t take anything for granted when it comes to patient wishes.’
‘A boy died yesterday, to save these men. Surely that’s reason enough to want to live?’
Kate ran her fingers through her hair, suddenly feeling tired all over again.
‘Cooper knows that. Better than most, probably. It’s still his decision, he has to live with it. Understood?’ Trevor spoke firmly now.
Kate opened her mouth to argue, but she thought better of it. She respected her mentor,
always had, and she didn’t want to argue. Not when the fact that life was so short and
precious was evident in every face, every feature she saw over here. ‘Understood.’

Giveaway!!

To be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of ‘The Long Walk Back by Rachel Dove’, enter the giveaway by clicking the link below. Open internationally.

Enter the giveaway here!

About the author.

I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.
In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.
In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in e-book and paperback, and the follow-up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

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#BlogTour! Review – I’ll Keep You Safe by Peter May (@authorpetermay) @quercusfiction

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Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own the Hebridean company Ranish Tweed. On a business trip to Paris to promote their luxury brand, Niamh learns of Ruairidh’s affair, and then looks on as he and his lover are killed by a car bomb. She returns home to Lewis, bereft.

Niamh begins to look back on her life with Ruairidh, desperate to identify anyone who may have held a grudge against him. The French police, meanwhile, have ruled out terrorism, and ruled in murder – and sent Detective Sylvie Braque to shadow their prime suspect: Niamh.

As one woman works back through her memories, and the other moves forward with her investigation, the two draw ever closer to a deadly enemy with their own, murderous, designs.

What does TWG think?

I am actually quite ashamed with myself – how on Earth have I not read a Peter May novel before?! I was drawn to this book a lot, not only because of it being by a ‘new author’ for me, but because the cover creeped the hell out of me!

Because there is A LOT happening in this book, my review will be quite vague so not to give any of the storyline away. However, I will be honest and say that I did find myself sitting on the fence a lot with what I was reading. Each of the characters names seemed to melt into one another as there was just so many to keep tabs on! Don’t get me wrong, the characters themselves were memorable, it’s just trying to remember who was who was not. Of course, Niamh was the most memorable character of them all and rightly so (you’ll see what I mean when you read the book).

I did think it was clever how the author’s settings changed along the way, giving his readers an insight to three very well-known countries in the world. Personally, the way in which the storyline flowed seamlessly between those setting changes really made me see the book in a different light.

All in all, despite my slight confusion and sitting on the fence, I did find myself enjoying the complex and thrilling storyline the more of it I read. I’m glad I decided to read a Peter May novel for the first time, and I am glad that my curiosity took over so that I could sit back and enjoy the ride which this author had taken me on.

Certainly different, but I am looking forward to reading another Peter May novel in the future.

Thanks MidasPR.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – An Act of Silence by @colettemcbeth @wildfirebks (@annecater)

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The third blog tour bus is for Colette McBeth and it stops with me, TWG, as I review her newest novel, ‘An Act of Silence’. Huge thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and Wildfire Books for a copy of the book. Here is my review:

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MOTHER. WIFE. POLITICIAN. LIAR.

THEN: How far did she go to conceal the truth?

Politician Linda Moscow sacrificed everything to protect her son: her beliefs, her career, her marriage. All she wanted was to keep him safe.

NOW: What will she risk to expose the lies?

When the voices she silenced come back to haunt her, Linda is faced with another impossible choice. Only this time, it’s her life on the line . . .

An Act of Silence is about the abuse of power, the devastating effects of keeping the truth buried, and the lengths a mother will go to save her child.

What does TWG think?

I have to say, unfortunately, that this book was such a slow starter for me. I was unsure whether I should continue reading, or whether I should give up and try again later as I just couldn’t seem to gel with it. Seeing as I am writing this review, it’s pretty clear which option I did – yes I finished reading it! I found the first five or six chapters quite confusing as there seemed to be a lot going happening, yet nothing seemed to stick.

I am really glad that I listened to my gut and continued to read this book as about halfway through, the pace started to quicken up and things became really interesting. In all honesty, it felt like I was reading a completely different book! The whole vibe of the storyline went up a notch, with the strength of the characters were close to rivalling The Hulk!

I had absolutely no idea which character to believe, especially since the story was told from various different characters points of view. One moment I was siding with one character, then as soon as the next chapter arrived with yet another character at the forefront, I soon changed my mind and got myself completely and utterly blindsided by the complex events.

I think Colette McBeth has hit the nail on the head in regards to the theme of her book as power and accusations are two, highly current and talked about at the moment. Whilst there were a lot of hard to read situations within the book, I found myself in awe of the author for approaching the subject with such realistic and relatable descriptions. I’m glad I felt uncomfortable at times because if I felt comfortable during the abuse of power moments, I would be questioning my morals one hundred percent.

Now, seeing as I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, I will only say that I have a favourite character in the book who has not been mentioned in the blurb, therefore I won’t mention who they are so I don’t ruin anything for those who still need to read this book. I say favourite like I’m talking about my favourite pair of shoes, but, given the nature of this book it’s not quite like that. I think that perhaps ‘admired’ might be a better way to phrase it. Yes, I admired this character!

Personally, the latter half of the book stole the show and made ‘An Act of Silence’ worth reading. I loved the grit, the intensity and the overall vibe of what the author set out to achieve.

A nail-biting, current, and exceptionally gritty read from Colette McBeth.

‘An Act of Silence’ can be bought now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review & #Extract – Games with the Dead by James Nally (@JimNally) @AvonBooksUK

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I am so excited to be able to share my review of James Nally’s ‘Games with the Dead’, with you all today!! Big thanks to AvonBooksUK for the blog tour invite, as well as a copy of the book. The blog tour bus stops with me, TWG, today as I not only share my review with you, but an extract of the book as well! I hope you are as excited as I am!

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Irish runaway. Insomniac. Functioning alcoholic.

Life is about to get complicated for DC Donal Lynch.

 When a young woman is kidnapped, Donal is brought in to deliver the ransom money. But the tightly-planned drop off goes wrong, Julie Draper is discovered dead, and Donal finds his job on the line – a scapegoat for the officers in charge.

But when Donal is delivered a cryptic message in the night, he learns that Julie was killed long before the botched rescue mission. As he digs further into the murder in a bid to clear his own name, dark revelations make one thing certain: the police are chasing the wrong man, and the killer has far more blood on his hands than they could even imagine.

What does TWG think?

Oh my goodness me, where has this author been hiding!! I am SO annoyed that it has taken me long to get stuck into James Nally’s ‘PC Donal Lynch’ thriller! That said, I realised whilst reading this book that there have been two other books in the series – HELLO BINGE READING!! I wasn’t even 60 pages through ‘Games with the Dead’ when I found myself online, buying the first book in the series! Seriously! I didn’t even put the book down to do that either – are you impressed?!

Just to clear up any concerns, whilst ‘Games with the Dead’ is the third book in the ‘PC Donal Lynch’ thrillers, I found it totally fine to be read as a standalone so do not panic if you haven’t read the other two books beforehand. However, if you’re anything like me, this book will hook you like fish before you’ve even had chance to make an imprint of your backside on the sofa.

At first I dislike PC Donal Lynch quite a bit. His arrogance rubbed me up the wrong way something chronic, and there were moments when I wanted to reach into the book, give him a good shake and go ‘GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR….’. But obviously, I didn’t. Clearly. I really did think his character would put me off reading anymore of the book but, weirdly enough, it actually did the opposite. Donal Lynch’s attitude seem to pull me further into the storyline because of my sheer curiosity. I wanted to know why Lynch was walking around with a stick up his….ahem, why he seemed to have an issue with the world, and why a brewery was his best friend. Despite Lynch’s shocking personal life, he seems to be exceptionally good at his job!

You are in for an absolute treat with this book. The storyline is incredibly complex and full of life (and death), it’s hard not to put yourself amongst the hustle and bustle, trying to work out the ifs, buts and whys of every scenario the storyline highlights.

‘Games with the Dead’ had me on the edge of my seat the entire way through – I absolutely flipping loved this book and I really cannot recommend this book enough. If you like fast paced, intense, complex and utterly chilling novels – James Nally might just be your ticket to an addictive new read. What a book!

‘Games with the Dead’ can be bought now in both e-book and paperback formats from Amazon UK.

Thanks Avon.

If you’re not convinced just yet, here is an extract from ‘Games with the Dead’. Enjoy!

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My eyes are drawn to the far corner of the graveyard and a pair of all-business ravens.
They’re patrolling a candy-striped bundle under a creaking oak. As I get closer, I see it’s a
pink-and- white striped sheet trussed up with green cord. The sheet ends are tied together and stained dark. The rope winds about the package three times widthways and once lengthways.

‘Expertly wrapped,’ says Fintan.

‘Got anything sharp?’

‘Try these,’ he says, handing me the car keys.

I tear a strip in the sheet. The stench knocks us backwards. A black cloud of flies descends.

‘What is that?’ screams Ellen.

‘It’s Julie,’ I say, turning to her and, despite my best efforts, failing to suppress a smile. But what I’ve just smelled means I’m not responsible for her murder. ‘Looks like she’s been dead for at least twenty-four hours. Thank God,’ I sigh, shaking my head out of sheer relief.

Fintan leans in close: ‘I think we’d better make an anonymous call.’

We turn to see Ellen jabbing at her mobile phone.

‘No wait,’ I say, but she’s already spilling to a 999 operator.

I look at Fintan. ‘How the hell are we going to explain this?’

‘Games with the Dead’ can be bought now in both e-book and paperback formats from Amazon UK.

 

#BlogTour! #Review – Dreaming of Florence by T.A.Williams (@TAWilliamsBooks) @canelo_co

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First up on the blog today is my review of T.A.Williams’ dreamy novel, ‘Dreaming of Florence’. I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today – huge thanks to Canelo for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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When Debbie Waterson’s bicycle crashes into handsome doctor Pierluigi, she wonders if her luck has changed. Determinedly single after ending a long relationship, at last, a man worth bumping into!

Inspired to visit Florence, she soon runs headlong into that old foe: reality. But is Pierluigi the man of her dreams? Then there’s her booze obsessed boss, his forbidding secretary and her noisy inconsiderate neighbours. But could her luck be about to change? Will she find love after all?

What does TWG think?

I have never been to Italy before and, to be perfectly honest, I only have google images to see what the incredibly popular holiday destination looks like. However, after being transported to Italy via T.A.Williams’ delectable storytelling, I felt like I was taking steps around Italy with every turn of the page. Obviously I would love to see the country for myself, but, seeing as this author brought the country alive with his storyline, I would quite happily settle with books like this for the near future.

The phrase ‘falling head over heels’ where romance is concerned has never been more apt, especially seeing as Debbie Waterson managed to do that in front of a doctor. Well, she crashed into him when she was on her bike; same thing though, right?

I gelled with Debbie’s character from the get go. Her feistiness with a hint of naivety was a breath of fresh air as it made Debbie come across more likeable. Plus, she made me giggle a few times as well which always helps!

Debbie has always dreamt of going to Florence but, because of job and the lack of never-ending funds, Debbie had to put her dream on hold. As soon as a chance to fulfil her dream arises, Debbie is filled with nerves – what if the reality of Florence doesn’t match up with her dreams?

I really don’t want to give anything away, so please do excuse my vagueness! That said, Debbie’s adventure in this book makes excellent reading, as it highlights the importance of going after your dreams and living in the moment instead of just….being. Despite Debbie’s character starting off a little bit shy, it was great to see her come out of her shell when she realised the world was her oyster and other people needed her help.

‘Dreaming of Florence’, despite being fiction, gave me a well needed kick up the rear and made me realise that my dreams won’t come true unless I actually go and do something about them.

Once again T.A.Williams has brought beauty to readers doorsteps, courtesy of his delightful new book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Debbie’s journey and I am sure you will too.

Enchanting, heart-warming and beautifully written, ‘Dreaming of Florence’ is the book which will turn a blue January into a majestic January.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Keep Her Safe by Richard Parker (@BookWalter) @Bookouture

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Thrilled to be taking part in the second day of Richard Parker’s blog blitz for his new release, ‘Keep Her Safe’. Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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How far would you go to protect your child?

Maggie’s daughter Penny is her whole world… and she’d do anything to protect her. So when Maggie wakes one night to find a strange woman in her home, she runs to lock herself in her bedroom with her child. But Maggie knows why she’s come… 

Someone has been targeting mothers and offering them a choice: do as he says or their child disappears. This stranger in her home has until dawn to follow his orders… but Maggie too has the ‘choice’ to make. Can she put the pieces together to stop the cycle before her time is up?

What does TWG think?

Richard Parker is back with yet another nail-biting, ‘heart in your mouth’ novel – and what a novel it is! Having read Parker’s previous two novels, I was super excited to find out what was in store for me when I opened the book. ‘Keep Her Safe’, in my eyes, is considerably different to the authors previous novels, as the theme is a lot more intense due to the topic which the storyline covers. As a mother myself, I find this book to be quite a difficult read. Let’s just say I moved a lot closer to my daughter in bed when I finished reading this book!

‘Keep Her Safe’ certainly kept me on my toes, whilst also threatening to knock me off the edge of my seat the further into the storyline I got. Yes, it was all fiction, but by golly did it feel exceptionally real. I was petrified for the characters myself, yet I wasn’t going through it! My heart seemed to put up a camp in my mouth whenever the children were mentioned, with my fingers getting cramp due to the constant crossing them in hope that the younger generation remained unscathed.

I did enjoy this book, but I have to be honest and say that I had to read a much lighter novel before I went to bed – I was scared! Hats off to the author for producing such a realistic and intense storyline which highlighted a mother’s biggest fears.

A rollercoaster ride from start to finish, ‘Keep Her Safe’ took me on a hair-raising, heart stopping and nerve-wracking journey which I couldn’t stop reading. Even if I wanted to, I had to know how the book ended. I had to know the outcome. My only irk about this book was the ending, as I felt that it didn’t really fit with the other 280 odd pages I had previously read – a bit too abrupt for my liking with some loose ends still loose. That said, I am hoping that there is a follow on book to this one as I really do feel that the author has left the ending incredibly open. Who knows!

All in all, ‘Keep Her Safe’ is an addictive, hard to read novel with some rather gruesome, yet brilliantly executed (pardon the pun) and memorable situations.

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Author Bio:
Richard Parker was formerly a TV script writer, script editor and producer before turning his hand to penning twisted standalone thrillers.
KEEP HER SAFE is his latest book published by Bookouture on January 11 th 2018.
HIDE AND SEEK was his fifth book published in August 2017.
FOLLOW YOU was his fourth psychological thriller. Reviewers are saying it’s Bookouture’s darkest crime novel to date.
STALK ME was his third and rode high in the UK and US charts.
SCARE ME was his second. Hollywood movie rights have been acquired by major US
studio, Relativity Media. Star of PRISON BREAK and screenwriter of dark horror thriller
STOKER, Wentworth Miller, has written the big screen adaptation.
STOP ME, Richard’s darkly fiendish debut, was shortlisted for the John Creasey (New
Blood) Dagger Award.

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#Review – The Endless Beach by @JennyColgan @littlebookcafe #TheEndlessBeach #publicationday

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On the quayside next to the Endless Beach sits the Summer Seaside Kitchen. It’s a haven for tourists and locals alike, who all come to eat the freshest local produce on the island and catch up with the gossip. Flora, who runs the cafe, feels safe and content – unless she thinks too hard about her relationship with Joel, her gorgeous but emotionally (and physically) distant boyfriend.

While Flora is in turmoil about her relationship. her best friend Lorna is pining after the local doctor. Saif came to the island as a refugee, having lost all of his family. But he’s about to get some shocking news which will change everything for him.

As cold winter nights shift to long summer days, can Flora find her happy-ever-after with Joel?

What does TWG think?

I will warn you now – my review of Jenny Colgan’s new novel will not do the book justice in the slightest. The only way you’re going to be able to appreciate such outstanding, literary craftsmanship, is by grabbing a copy for yourself, turning off every link to the outside world, and delve into a story which you will never want to leave.

I have been a huge fan of Jenny Colgan’s novels for as long as I can remember, with every new release raising the bar just that little bit higher in terms of brilliance. Until now. ‘The Endless Beach’ hasn’t just raised the bar of brilliance a smidge, no. It has completely sent the bar skyrocketing into space. ‘What do you mean by that?’, I hear you ask. Well my lovely readers, I mean that Jenny Colgan has written her best book ever with ‘The Endless Beach’, without a doubt.

Hand on heart, I have never read a book which I took me a couple of hours to read without stopping, due to me not wanting to break the hold which the author unknowingly had on me. The storyline pulled me in to a world I never knew existed. A place where friendships weren’t just friendships, they were lifelines. A place where helping each other wasn’t expected, yet the community helped those who needed it without question, or judgement. A place where a cafe wasn’t just a place to grab a coffee and a quick bite to it, it was a place where the community could go whenever they felt lonely, knowing full well that someone would be willing to have a natter. A place where romance isn’t determined by whats in your trousers, but what is in your heart.

Before starting ‘The Endless Beach’, I had absolutely no idea what sort of journey the book would take me on and, if I’m being totally honest, even after reading the book I couldn’t even begin to tell you what sort of journey I went on. All I know is that it was a journey I had never been on before. A journey which I will be remembering for a very, very long time.

I wish I could go into detail about what I loved about this book, but because I don’t want to give anything away, you’re just going to have to trust me when I say that you need to read this book without stopping. Seriously. Ignore everyone. Ignore your bladder, and just read. This enchanting storyline needs to be cherished without the spell being broken.

Not only did ‘The Endless Beach’ make me smile until my cheeks hurt, it made me cry tears of joy and tears of pain. I felt the pain which certain characters endured. I felt the joy within joyous situations. Everything about this book was perfection – I cannot recommend ‘The Endless Beach’ enough.

Never mind being a book about an ‘Endless Beach’, it’s a storyline with ‘endless’ possibilities, ‘endless’ joy, with ‘endless’ reasons to keep fighting when life throws you sand balls.

‘The Endless Beach’ has blown me away and ignited the fire in my belly which has been hidden for a very, very long time. This is, without a doubt, Jenny Colgan’s best book yet, and it deserves to be cherished like the magnificent book that it is.

Beautifully written, enchanting, heart stopping, and utterly poignant; ‘The Endless Beach’ will warm your heart like the sun on a summer’s day – absolutely incredible.

Thanks LittleBrownBooks.

‘The Endless Beach’ by Jenny Colgan is published today! You can grab your copy right now from Amazon UK