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#BlogTour! #Review – The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman (@LucyColemanAuth) @Aria_Fiction @BrookCottageBKS

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Bit late to the party tonight, but it’s here now! I am super excited to be sharing my review of Lucy Coleman’s ‘The French Adventure’. Big thanks to BrookCottageBks for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC. Here is my review:

The French Adventure
Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents’ beautiful house in France for a much-needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.

Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents’ adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn’t expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist…

What does TWG think?

Right, I pride myself on being honest, so I need to lay my cards out on the table right here, right now. Personally, the beginning of this book grated on me, coming across as a bit too ‘Dear Diary’ for my liking. Now I’m not too sure whether that was the storyline, or whether it was the way the main character, Anna, came across, but it did make it a lot harder for me to completely gel with the storyline.

HOWEVER, at around the halfway mark, the authors writing style became more prominent, showcasing her true talent in all its glory. It was from that moment when I started to gel with the storyline and its characters, looking forward to what was coming up next. The ‘Dear Diary’ feeling had gone, and Anna came across as being more defined as a character. Please don’t think I’m being harsh by what I said above, I’m not at all. All of my comments in this review are solely based on my opinion and are in no way personally directed at the author…..and breathe!

When the storyline changed its location to France, I found myself becoming a lot more empathic to Anna and the situation she had found herself in. Of course I had a few choice words to say about the other ‘person’ in the equation, but I’ll let you find that out for yourself when you read it! I was so pleased to see her personality grow as the storyline went on, as it blossomed her confidence with made her seem a lot more likeable and a lot more ‘you know what, I see myself in her’.

Even though ‘The French Adventure’ does contain a romantic element, the story itself is a mixture of thought-provoking situations, dramatic scenes, and a good daffy of mystery. The romance didn’t overpower the gritty parts of the storyline, and the gritty parts didn’t overpower the romance. All in all, for me, I found the storyline to be rather well-balanced – I mean, it had everything you could want!

Despite not getting off to a good start with ‘The French Adventure’, I am so, SO glad that I listened to my gut an persevered with the book as I ended up thoroughly enjoying it, with my cheeks hurting due to a big beamer I had on my face. I loved how different the vibe of the story was, especially the uniqueness of the characters themselves and what the author got them doing. It wasn’t samey, it was completely refreshing.

Such a delightful, magnetic, enchanting and smile inducing read from the fabulously talented, Lucy Coleman. If you’re fed up with seeing snow every time you open the curtains in the morning, what better way to escape all of that than by going on ‘The French Adventure’ of a lifetime.

Buy now!

Excerpt.

The L Word
Two weeks today will be the first anniversary of our first real date. Being wined and
dined in a chic little French restaurant was a gigantic step forward; it signalled the
beginning of a new era in my relationship with Karl. Even though at least half of the
meal was spent talking about work, his intentions were clear – we were no longer
simply colleagues and romance was in the air.
Since then, Karl must have told me that he loves me more than a thousand times.
You might think I’m exaggerating, but I can assure you that’s not the case. He
usually manages to slip it into the conversation at least three times a day. The first
time he said the L word to me, it slid off his tongue so easily I could almost have
missed it. It wasn’t a staring into each other’s eyes moment of discovery, just a
casual ‘love you, babe’.
As the months rolled by, I pushed aside my growing fear that it was only a word to
him. Because it means so much more to me, I freeze whenever he tacks it onto a
sentence.
And, yes, I’m very aware that my air of disapproval does make me sound ungrateful
and undeserving. But it’s all about self-preservation, you see. I’ll never utter that
word again until I’m one hundred per cent certain that the man I’m saying it to
believes I’m their soul mate too – the perfect fit.
The last time I uttered the L word, was six years ago. It was to a guy I’d known since
childhood and the man I genuinely believed I would marry when the time was right.
He was handsome in a rugged way, fired up with ambition and exciting to be around.
Sadly, everyone we knew thought we were the perfect couple too, except the guy in
question, as it turned out…

About the author.

Lucy Coleman always knew that one day she would write, but first life took her on a
wonderful journey of self-discovery for which she is very grateful. Family life and two very diverse careers later she now spends most days glued to a keyboard, which she refers to as her personal quality time.

‘It’s only when you know who you are that you truly understand what makes you
happy – and writing about love, life and relationships makes me leap out of bed
every morning!’

If she isn’t online she’s either playing with the kids, whose imaginations seem to
know no bounds, or painting something. As a serial house mover together with her
lovely husband, there is always a new challenge to keep her occupied!
Lucy also writes under the name Linn B. Halton.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Locked In by GB Williams (@GailBWilliams) @Bloodhoundbook

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What a way to kick off a brand new week here on TWG!! I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series, ‘Locked Up’, so I could not wait to get my hands on the next book in the series! Big thank you to Sarah Hardy and BloodHoundBooks for the ARC and the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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Ariadne Teddington is having a bad day. Then she finds herself staring down the barrel of a gun.

Stuck in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ariadne keeps her head down and her mouth shut; because if there is one thing criminals hate more than the police it’s prison guards.
Trapped with a child, a policeman, and a robber on the edge, Ariadne desperately searches for a way out for them.
Can they all escape unharmed?
And when everyone is locked in, will anyone get out alive?

What does TWG think?

Goodness me, Ariadne doesn’t have much luck, does she?! ‘Locked In’ is the second book in the series and whilst it can be read as a standalone, I would advise that you read the books in order to fully appreciate the characters relationships. Plus, the first book (Locked Up) is bloomin’ brilliant so it won’t exactly be a hardship to start that before this one!

I apologise for my extreme vagueness where this review is concerned, but a lot of the events are linked to situations which could end up giving the game away for many readers. I don’t do spoilers in my reviews, and I don’t intend on starting now. Of course I’m going to advise you to purchase this book as it is absolutely brilliant, plus, my review will make a lot more sense once you have read it! Win win!

Prison officer, Aridane Teddington has found herself caught up in a bank robbery. Is she actually involved? Or is she actually a victim and is being held hostage? Teddington realises that her identity needs to be kept quiet due to the media attention surrounding her name and what she is linked to, and the fact that she is a prison officer who may have put the robbers in prison in the past. Like I say, she realises that it NEEDS to be kept quiet. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen. Unfortunately (or fortunately, whichever way you want to look at it), Aridane isn’t the only person being held hostage in the bank. There is a child involved too. Will everyone make it out alive? Who are the robbers and why are they targeting this bank? So many questions, so little time..

If anyone doesn’t find themselves teetering on the edge of their seats whilst reading this book, then I’m sorry to say, but what the hell is wrong with you?! I had to remember that it wasn’t me being held hostage in the bank (even though the Minnie Mouse dressing gown I was wearing whilst reading this book, and view of my bedroom didn’t state the obvious) – my breathing was erratic and I was so glad I went to the loo before I started. I honestly thought my guts were going to fall out of me!

I didn’t think I would say this, but in my opinion, ‘Locked In’ is even better than the first book, ‘Locked Up’. Even though the differences between the storylines are quite large, I found myself becoming a lot more irate due to the high level of intensity with this book, than I did the previous novel. Having followed Ariadne’s story, I knew what she was capable of and, whilst I crossed my fingers for a happy ending, I couldn’t help but let the fear rise up me due to uncertainty of the situation. I had absolutely no idea if she was going to make it out alive. I had absolutely no idea if ANY of the hostages would make it out alive and, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t hopeful in the slightest.

What a fantastic, chilling, intense, and highly driven novel which had me hooked from the very beginning. I cannot fault this storyline or the way the author has written it, at all. Well, apart from the fact it had to end! With a cleverly written plot and a pace with the speed to rival a Formula 1 driver, ‘Locked In’ is an outstanding read.

With the ability to leave me gasping in shock at the end, I cannot recommend ‘Locked In’ enough. Just make sure you are in fact, Locked In, before you start reading it. You know, just in case…

Buy now from Amazon UK
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About the author.

After being made redundant in 2012, GB started taking her life-long passion for writing more seriously and looking to sell her work. Specialising in complex, fast-paced crime novels. Her debut novel, Locked Up, was released in September 2017, Locked In follows in February 2018, and Locked Down in September 2018.

GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook. She is also a
feature writer and occasional comic book reviewer. Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, erotica and general fiction. 

 With bills to pay, she’s back working as a systems architect by day, a freelance fiction editor and keen writer of an evening and weekend. GB really needs to
learn to sleep.

Originally from Kent, GB moved to South Wales as a supposed first step on a year around the world.  Then she met a guy.  Kept the guy, kissed the travel goodbye. Knowing that the best way to travel is by book anyway, she has always read,always written. GB now has two grown-up children, the world’s most imperious cat, a house full of books and a hard drive full of manuscripts (though some will never be allowed out of a locked basement).

Links:

Twitter:       @GailBWilliams

Facebook:  @GBWilliamsCrimeWriter

Blog:           thewriteroute.wordpress.com

Website:     www.gailbwilliams.co.uk

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#BlogTour! #Review – Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett (@Sarahlou_writes) @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

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Sarah Bennett is back with a brand new serial, and I am delighted to be sharing my review of the first book in the series, ‘Spring at Lavender Bay’. Big thank you to the publisher and the author for the ARC, and thank you to NeverlandBT for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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A season for change…?

Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a- brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!

Vowing to restore it to its former glory, she only intends to stay until the end of the season. Although the longer she spends in the colourful seaside town, the more she falls back in love with everything she left behind…and quite possibly, with her best friend Eliza’s older brother, local chef Sam Barnes!

Why didn’t she notice he was quite this gorgeous before? And will their spring fling be enough to convince her to stay?

Don’t miss Spring at Lavender Bay, the first book in the enchanting Lavender Bay trilogy!

Book 1: Spring at Lavender Bay
Book 2: Summer at Lavender Bay
Book 3: Snowflakes at Lavender Bay

What does TWG think?

After falling in love with the authors first serial (and not just because it contained the word ‘Butterfly’), I had absolutely no idea how she was going to trump that serial. I mean really, if you’ve read the ‘Butterfly Cove’ series, you’ll know fine well what I’m talking about. Whilst I knew deep down that Sarah Bennett would not disappoint, I felt like I was cheating on the characters of the previous series. I think I have a problem – I struggled to let them go!

After giving myself a pep talk and telling myself that the previous bunch of characters would be happy that I’ve moved on, knowing that I would never forget them (ahem), I snuggled down in bed with ‘Spring at Lavender Bay’, excited to see what waited for me beyond the front cover…

Oh Sarah Bennett, what have you done to me woman!!!! I knew it all along that this author wouldn’t disappoint with her new book, after all she never disappoints me with any of the books she produces, but reading about Beth’s new venture made me feel like I was coming home. How? I have absolutely no idea, but it did. I cannot explain it. I really wish I could. All I know is that Sarah Bennett is an absolute genius.

Poor Beth Reynolds was merely going through the motions in her day to day life. Feeling as though she had the weight on her shoulders, Beth’s day gets a lot worse when she finds out someone she knew has passed away. From then on, everything else that was bothering her seemed unimportant and frivolous. Life is far too short to be working with a twonkwomble, right?

What I loved most about Beth was how real she was. She didn’t pretend to be something she wasn’t which, considering the amount of rubbish she had gone through in such a short space of time, is highly commendable. I adored the community spirit which seemed to engulf the storyline from the get go, holding Beth up when things became too much for her to handle (or when she decided to give up after a short amount of time). Even though I could understand why she felt like giving up, the way she went about it really irked me as it was like she was slapping all of the people who went out of their way to help her, round their faces. I’m probably going to sound a little mean here, but I found her to be a little selfish because of that. That said, I still absolutely loved her as she was hilarious and, like I said above, real.

The storyline itself is full of hilarious anecdotes, heart-warming situations, and enough love to warm every single person’s hearts ten times over. Yes it was pretty clear where a certain situation was heading, but weirdly enough, it didn’t bother me as it just fit with the vibe of the book and everything the storyline stood for. A match made in heaven if you will.

‘Spring at Lavender Bay’ highlights the importance of not giving up, regardless of how hard things are. It also highlights the importance of bouncing back, even after you have given up. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. If you really want something, you’ll walk through fire and rain to do it. Plus, more importantly, it made me realise that there is always someone there for you – the one’s who really love you will always be by your side, regardless of the time.

Sarah Bennett’s new book brought many smiles to my face, made me giggle like a little child, and brought tears to my eyes due to sadness and warmth. This new series has started off with a bang and, in al honesty, it truly is the start of something incredibly special.

Delightful, touching, beautiful, and the hug in a book I so desperately needed, Sarah Bennett has written a story which will be there for you in your time of need. A story which will hug you from the inside out, reminding you that even books can be there for you when you need someone to care. A story which will make you realise that showing negative emotion is in no way a bad thing, so why hide it? I wish I could bottle up the feeling this book gave me, just so that I could hold onto it forever. Especially when I’m feeling lonely.

This is…..beautiful.

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About the author.

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of
bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is
sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK.
Her new series is set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay, and will follow the lives of three best friends – Beth, Eliza and Libby.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Reunion by Samantha Hayes (@SamHayes) @Bookouture

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I cannot tell you how excited I am to be sharing my review of ‘The Reunion’ by Samantha Hayes, today!! Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review, squeal!!!

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THEN – In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom.

Eleanor never came back.

NOW – The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organising a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing.

When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface. One of the group hides the darkest secret of them all…

What does TWG think?

Oh how I am glad that I didn’t read the blurb of this book beforehand!! If I could get away with it, my review for this book would be:

‘OH MY BLEEPING GOODNESS THIS BOOK IS BLEEPING GOOD. BLEEP ME I HAVE NEVER READ ANYTHING LIKE IT.’

But, whilst I think the above sentence is worthy of literary awards everywhere (cough), it does not do the book justice at all.

Hand on heart, I absolutely fluffing loved this book!!! From the very beginning I was absolutely hooked, even though I had no idea what was going to come next. I had no inkling apart from what I was being told in black and white.

Where did Eleanor go? Why is her case now a cold case?

Believe me, there will be a lot more questions needing answered along the way! Claire’s family have been through the ringer where Eleanor is concerned, and due to an idea set to help her dad with his health, the past is about to come back and haunt the family. Every time Claire looks at her brother, or one of her friends, her mind can’t help wandering back to the day of Eleanor’s (her sister) disappearance. Why didn’t she go with her to get the ice-cream? What else could Claire have done differently to ensure Eleanor would still be with them today? So much guilt for one person to harbour, and even more questions remaining unanswered.

I really do wish that I could find the right words to do this book justice, but I just can’t. I really have no read anything like this before – my legs turned to jelly! I was a quivering mess!! I formed opinions of the characters rather quickly (when do I not), with one coming under my radar (in a bad way) far too quickly. I won’t say who that person was because it’s connected to a major part of the book, but all I will say is that this person is an absolute fudgemuffin. At the time I couldn’t work out what it was that I disliked about them. They hadn’t done anything major, yet the vibe they gave off was enough to make my hackles rise. As far as I was concerned, this character’s cards were marked.

Whilst reading ‘The Reunion’, there were many moments where I thought I knew what was going to happen and who I thought was guaranteed to be involved. I hold my hands up now – I was wrong on both accounts, so not only does the author pull you into the storyline with a minimal amount of effort; she also has the talent of drip feeding you clues about who could be involved, before taking the storyline in a completely different direction. Yes, it screwed with my head, but oh my goodness Samantha Hayes can screw with my head anytime because by golly can this woman write!!!

I cannot recommend this book enough! The pace was absolutely spot-on, the characters were extremely well developed and in tune with the storyline, the plot was very well crafted and thought out, and the entire storyline was phenomenally written. I mean, how could you NOT like this book? I loved how the entire story was laced with grit, intensity and extremely high levels of shock – Samantha Hayes really has done no wrong with ‘The Reunion’, that’s for sure!

I struggle to choose what a want for breakfast most days, but I am certain about one thing – ‘The Reunion’ is a book which needs to be read pronto! The whole thing blew me away and left me wanting more, so much so, I actually want to read it again!

‘The Reunion’ is definitely one of my top reads of 2018 so far, thanks to its powerful and addictive storyline. Samantha Hayes is certainly an author to watch, and ‘The Reunion’ is certainly a book to be read – you will NOT be disappointed!!

Buy now!

About the author: 

Samantha Hayes grew up in a creative family where her love of writing began as a child. Samantha has written eight thrillers in total, including the bestselling Until You’re Mine. The Independent said “fantastically written and very tense” while Good Housekeeping said “Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping.” Samantha’s books are published in 22 languages at the last count.

When not writing, Samantha loves to cook, go to the gym, see friends and drink nice wine. She is also studying for a degree in psychotherapy. She has three grown-up children and lives in Warwickshire.

www.samanthahayes.co.uk

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#CoverReveal! The WindMill Cafe (Book 1) by Poppy Blake (@Poppyblakebooks) @HarperImpulse

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I am a teeny bit late with this blog post as the main cover reveal was actually last night, but, because the cover is beautiful and I wanted to make sure everyone saw it more than once, I am posting it on my blog today!!

If you’re fed up with the dark and dreary weather, hoping that spring will be blossoming before your very own eyes – don’t fret as you will think that spring as sprung when you feast your eyes on Poppy Blake’s book cover!!

Here we go folks….

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The Windmill Cafe is open for business!

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

See what I mean?! Summer Breeze – The Windmill Cafe, Book 1, is due to be published on the 9th March and you can pre-order your copy now from Amazon UK.

I cannot wait to get stuck into this!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #TheToymakers by Robert Dinsdale (@Robert_Dinsdale) @EburyPublishing

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I am delighted to bring you my review of Robert Dinsdale’s magical novel, ‘The Toymakers’. Thank you to Ebury for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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The Emporium opens with the first frost of winter. It is the same every year. Across the city, when children wake to see ferns of white stretched across their windows, or walk to school to hear ice crackling underfoot, the whispers begin: the Emporium is open! Christmas is coming, and the goose is getting fat…

It is 1917, and London has spent years in the shadow of the First World War. In the heart of Mayfair, though, there is a place of hope. A place where children’s dreams can come true, where the impossible becomes possible – that place is Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium.

For years Papa Jack has created and sold his famous magical toys: hobby horses, patchwork dogs and bears that seem alive, toy boxes bigger on the inside than out, ‘instant trees’ that sprout from boxes, tin soldiers that can fight battles on their own. Now his sons, Kaspar and Emil, are just old enough to join the family trade. Into this family comes a young Cathy Wray – homeless and vulnerable. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own. But Cathy is about to discover that while all toy shops are places of wonder, only one is truly magical..

What does TWG think?

Do you believe in magic?

No, I don’t mean the ‘saw you in half’ or making a dove appear, type of magic. I mean the magic of childhood. The magic of walking into a toy shop and feeling your jaw drop as your eyes focused on the rows and rows of beautiful, colourful and enchanting toys which you just HAD to have. THAT magic.

So, I’ll ask you again. Do you believe in magic?

Unfortunately it did take me a while to get into this throws of the storyline. Maybe it was because I wasn’t in a good mood when I started it, I don’t know. I just found it to be a bit on the slow side. To be honest, I will blame myself for that because if you’re in a bad mood at the start of a new book, you’re hardly going to be able to enjoy the true essence behind the story.

Once I switched off from the outside world and found my inner child, the magic behind the Emporium started to shine through. I was able to appreciate the story and how the toys came to life. I was able to appreciate why Cathy was there and the hold brothers, Kaspar and Emil had over her. Personally, I felt that the love triangle didn’t need to be there as I really do think that the storyline would have held its own with his focus being on Papa Jack’s Toy Emporium. But that’s just me, obviously.

Robert Dinsdale certainly is such an enigmatic writer, with his passion shining through like a beacon. Over thinking this storyline is a no go. You need to let go of your own thoughts before even starting this book so that you can appreciate what the author was trying to do. ‘The Toymakers’ isn’t the sort of book which you can just pick up and fly through like other books – you need to take your time reading it, appreciating the magic, appreciating Papa Jack’s story, otherwise what is the point?

I did enjoy reading ‘The Toymakers’, but I feel that I would benefit from reading the book for a second time as I don’t think I appreciated the book enough from my own point of view. Plus, I have a valid excuse to lose myself in the magic of toys again, what’s not to like? The historic feel in this novel, seeing as it is set in the 1900’s, really caught my eye and made me travel back in time to where everything began. Personally, the magic and the history is what made this book for me.

It’s clear that this author knows his craft and how to deliver it – I was blown away by the magical concept and being able to feel like a child again. That in itself is priceless.

Beautiful, enchanting and utterly addictive – what’s not to like?

Buy now from Amazon UK

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#BlogTour! #Review – A Year of New Adventures by Maddie Please (@MaddiePlease1) @AvonBooksUK

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This afternoon I am delighted to bring you my review of Maddie Please’s brand new novel, ‘A Year of New Adventures’. Big thank you to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite and the ARC.

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It’s time for Billie Summers to have an adventure … but it might not be exactly what she expected.

Billie Summers has always been quite content in her little cottage in the Cotswolds, sure half the house hasn’t been renovated, but what’s the point when it’s only her! Working part-time at her uncle’s bookshop and planning 3-4 writer retreats with her best friend allows her to pay the bills. What more could anyone want?

That is until Oliver Forest, the bad boy of the book world, turns up to one of her retreats and points out that Billie hasn’t done anything very adventurous. Couple that with her best friend falling head over heels and beginning to drift away from their Friday night wine and dinner plans, Billie is starting to wonder if it isn’t time she take control of her life.

So she starts a list: get fitted (properly) for a bra, fix up rest of house, find a ‘career’ and well, get a tattoo … Her life might just get the makeover it needs, too bad irritating and far-too-attractive for his own good, Oliver keeps showing up …

Because sometimes you need an adventure!

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to get straight to the point – no need to beat around the bush now is there?

At the moment it takes a lot to make me smile. Now, before you go thinking that I am like a certain farmyard animal of the moooooooody variety, it takes a lot to make me smile because of many, many things. So, when I find myself with a massive grin on my face upon finishing a book, it’s safe to say that that particular storyline was something special. Yes, ‘A Year of New Adventures’ really is that ‘special something‘.

From getting to know Billie’s hilarious and addictive personality, to watching another farmyard animal of the mooooday variety attempt to take on someone with Billie’s personality. That alone was worth reading the book for, I mean come on! You don’t get on the wrong side of someone like Billie – she would eat you for breakfast!! (Once she’s cooked you first of course!).

Oliver Forest came across as the typical, self obsessed male who thought his poo didn’t stink, alongside having opinions which, according to Mr ‘I Have No Manners’, were far more important than those of the people around him. Yes, I did think to myself on more than one occasion, ‘what an absolute twonk’. However, I gave him another chance because I’m such a nosy reader, and left his memorable personality try to win me over.

I saw a lot of myself in Billie, and at times, that was quite difficult to read. I admired her get up and go, yet I felt sad because of the way she viewed herself, deeming herself unworthy of happiness just like everybody else. Along the way it was made clear that Billie thought a lot about what other people thought of her, yet wasn’t able to take into consideration what she loved about her own self, despite being willing to make changes due to other people’s comments. That made me sad. Why? Because we all know someone like that, even if it’s ourselves, but to read it black and white hits home a lot harder than just thinking about it whilst you brush your teeth.

I absolutely loved everything about this book – it made me laugh, made me smile, ignited a fire in my belly which I thought had been put out a long time ago, whilst also making me believe.

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would, and not just because it made me laugh, but because it gave me hope that through the rain, the sun is always bound to shine.

A beautiful, heartfelt and touching novel – I recommend this to everyone and anyone who wishes to have their face aching through smiling. Just fantastic.

Available in e-book now from Amazon UK

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Lying Kind by Alison James (@AlisonJBooks) @Bookouture

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Day two of ‘The Lying Kind’ blog tour and the tour bus stops with me, TWG! Please note that this book was previously titled ‘The Missing Child’. Thank you to Bookouture for the tour invite and the ARC.

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The little girl stirred and opened her eyes. A light from the landing played a shadow across her toy cupboard. It was then she realised… There was someone else in the room. 

Six-year-old Lola Jade Harper has gone missing from her bedroom on a safe, suburban street. 

Her mother says her ex-husband has stolen their daughter. Lola’s father denies it was him.

Family, friends and neighbours all say they didn’t see a thing. But someone must know where the little girl is. Who is lying? And who is telling the truth?

Detective Rachel Prince knows the longer a child is unaccounted for, the less likely they are to be found alive. 

The clock is ticking. It’s up to Rachel to find Lola Jade, before it’s too late.

And then another little girl is taken…

What does TWG think?

Have you ever had the urge to read a book which makes you feel as though you are actually in amongst the hubbub?

Have you ever read a book which makes you feel as though your hair is standing on end like you have just had an electric shock?

Have you ever been so engrossed in a story that the chances of you becoming a killer should anyone even dare to disturb you, went from 0-60 in the matter of seconds?

If you have answered ‘yes’ to the above questions, hold on tight folks because OHMYGOD you’re in for the ride of lifetime. I have been waiting for a police procedural just like this one, which focused on the investigation side more than the gore of the crime – ‘The Lying Kind’ did not disappoint.

What an intense, rollercoaster ride of a read this is! If there were prizes for the amount of times you said the same word whilst reading a book, I would probably win hands down for my multiple use of ‘OHMYGOD’. As soon as something happened, a rather loud ‘OHMYGOD’ followed shortly after – I’m not even joking!

‘The Lying Kind’ is phenomenal, and I don’t use that word often!!! The only thing I could fault about the book was the fact that it had ended. The theme itself was brilliantly written, psychologically twisting, with a perfect pace which kept its momentum for the duration of the novel.

Each character, in my eyes, was well thought out as they all had a part to play in the book without coming across like they were just filling empty spaces (if that makes sense). I thought Detective Rachel Prince was incredibly ballsy and, even though she did come across as a bit of a wet blanket sometimes, her personality was more realistic because of it.

I honestly felt as though I was involved in a high-speed chase every time I turned the page of ‘The Lying Kind’ – I kept waiting with bated breath every time I thought the investigation was going to be concluded! In my head I was shouting ‘HURRY UP!!!!’ because I was just so gripped by what I was reading.

Can you tell that I loved this book? I cannot stress it enough – you HAVE to go and read Alison James’ novel as it blew me away at the speed of lightning.
Such a fast paced, gripping, highly detailed read which left me begging for more. Oh I am so glad that this is the start of a brand new series otherwise you guys would be needing to peel me off the floor and stop me crying. I need more….now!!

Fluffing, fluffing brilliant. Seriously. What a corker!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Promise by Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenkinsuk) @RaRaResources

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Today on TWG, I have the pleasure of reviewing Sally Jenkins’ ‘The Promise’ as part of the blog tour organised by RaRaResources. Big thank you for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

The Promise by Sally Jenkins
A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.

Ex-convict, Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.

Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.

The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions.

What does TWG think?

Cor blimey – this book is intense!!

Not that I should feel sorry for a couple of the main characters in this book, but they are a bunch which seem to attract a lot of negativity. I mean, how many bad things can one person endure?

Olivia is such a one tracked minded type of character, often coming across as quite self obsessed. Tina, well, it’s hard NOT to feel sympathetic to her….well, that is until you get to know her character then any sort of empathy goes out of the window. And then there’s Wayne, Tina’s brother. I really don’t think it would be useful to you if I gave my opinion on this character, as there is a high chance I may end up giving something away. Who knows, other readers may view his character in a completely different way as I did, but a lot of my opinions were formed on his actions throughout the novel. Intrigued? Understandable!

Whilst ‘The Promise’ gripped me as much as I would grip someone if I saw cookies, I have to be honest and say that the last portion of the book really didn’t do it for me as there was far too many loose ends still loose. I really do think that ‘The Promise’ has room for a sequel and, due to the extremely open ending, I would welcome another book  just so that I could get answers.

All in all, I did enjoy the storyline and the way in which the chilling themes engulfed me right from the very beginning. The author has cleverly entwined several devastating events with the minimal amount of effort, resulting in such a shocking reaction from myself. Like I said at the beginning of this review – this book is extremely intense, make sure you remember to breathe!!

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Author Bio –
Sally Jenkins lives in the West Midlands. She is a member of a Speakers’ Club, a volunteer library reading group coordinator and a church bell ringer. Sally’s first psychological thriller, Bedsit Three won the Ian Govan Award.

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#BlogTour! #Review – 66 Metres by J.F.Kirwan (@kirwanjf) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources

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As far as I am concerned, this author needs no introduction!! Here is my review!!

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The only thing worth killing for is family.

Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly
cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.

Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.

And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her… 

Book One of Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series

What does TWG think?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am a HUGE fan of J.F.Kirwan and this series. Now, usually I would suggest reading book serial’s in order and, whilst you can get away with reading the second book in this series BEFORE the first one (just like I did), I found that I was unable to enjoy the first book as much as I would have liked because I knew what was going to happen later on down the line. Make sense? Let me just clarify though, that it totally my error and in no way a critique of the author.

My stupidity aside, let’s just focus on the storyline itself – intense!! Never in a million years did I think I would adore a spy series, but I do! Yes, because my own stupidity with the book order left a bad taste in my mouth, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to see how Nadia was in the beginning of the series, and she happened to be on the path that was going to haunt her for the rest of her life. I’ll say it again – INTENSE!!

The psychological element to this storyline was exceptionally clever. I never expected a lot of the things that happened as my mind was in such a head funk, I wouldn’t have even been able to tell you where I lived, never mind trying to work out where the storyline was going. I mean c’mon!!

J.F.Kirwan is a fantastic author, he really knows how to pull his readers in with his fast paced, chilling and devastatingly inviting storylines – you know you probably shouldn’t be head over heels in lust with this book, but you just cannot help it. In my eyes, that is an example of an author who knows his craft and knows how to use it to his advantage.

’66 Metres’ isn’t my most favourite of the three books, but it is still an enlightening teaser for what’s to come later on. If you find yourself enjoying this book, you’ll absolutely love the next book in the series.

Brilliant.

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Author Bio

J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having
worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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