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#CoverReveal! ‘The Things We Cannot Say’ by Kelly Rimmer (@KelRimmerwrites) @headlinepg @Phoebe_Swinburn

Ohhhhh I’m so excited today!!!! I have been asked by the lovely, Phoebe Swinburn from Headline books, to help reveal the cover of Kelly Rimmer’s new novel, ‘The Things We Cannot Say’. I am a hugeeeeeee, HUGE fan of Kelly’s – it’s an honour to help out with the cover reveal, so thank you!!

It feels like a bit of a ‘Kelly Rimmer’ day on TWG today as you’ll never guess what….I will be sharing my review of Kelly’s latest novel ‘Before I Let You Go’ as part of the blog tour for the paperback release! Make sure you check back later!

However, back to the task in hand and the beautiful new cover! Are you ready for this? I cannot wait to get my hands on this beauty!!

See what I mean? But that’s not all, for all of you blurb loving folks out there, here is a little bit more information about this intriguing novel:

What would you sacrifice for love?
Inspired by the author’s family history, a searing page-turner of war, family secrets and a love to defy all odds.

World War Two
Alina and Tomasz are childhood sweethearts. The night before he leaves for college, Tomasz proposes marriage. But when their village falls to the Nazis, Alina doesn’t know if Tomasz is alive or dead.

Present day
When Alice’s cherished grandmother is hospitalised, a hidden box of mementoes reveals a tattered photo of a young man, a tiny leather shoe and a letter. Her grandmother begs Alice to return to Poland to see what became of those she held dearest. 

In Poland separated from her family, Alice begins to uncover the story her grandmother is so desperate to tell, and discovers a love that bloomed in the winter of 1942. As a painful family history comes to light, will the struggles of the past and present finally reach a heartbreaking resolution?

If you like the sound of ‘The Things We Cannot Say’, the e-book is set to be released in March 2019, with the paperback set to follow in October 2019. If you wish to pre-order your copy now you can do so here:

Pre-order now from Amazon UK

I am so looking to reading this! What do you think? Is it up your street? Are you a fan of Kelly Rimmer? If so, which book is your favourite? Let me know your thoughts on the cover in the comments!

Please note that publication dates are subject to change at the publishers discretion! To keep up to date with the latest news from Headline, you can follow them on twitter Here. Or, if you wish to have the latest news of all things Kelly Rimmer, you can follow her on twitter Here!

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#BlogTour! #Review – A Christmas Gift by Sue Moorcroft (@SueMoorcroft) @AvonBooksUK

Take two on posting this review!! Anyway, I am delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘A Christmas Gift’ by Sue Moorcroft. Many thanks to Avon for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

One Christmas can change everything…

Georgine loves Christmas. The festive season always brings the little village of Middledip to life. But since her ex-boyfriend walked out, leaving her with crippling debts, Georgine’s struggled to make ends meet.

To keep her mind off her worries, she throws herself into organising the Christmas show at the local school. And when handsome Joe Blackthorn becomes her assistant, Georgine’s grateful for the help. But there’s something about Joe she can’t quite put her finger on. Could there be more to him than meets the eye?

Georgine’s past is going to catch up with her in ways she never expected. But can the help of friends new and old make this a Christmas to remember after all?

What does TWG think?

Oh my gosh, Sue Moorcroft never disappoints!!

Relatable? ✅

Festive? ✅

Cosy? ✅

Practically perfect in every single way? ✅

Sorry, Mary Poppins! Sue Moorcroft has stolen your crown!

I won’t delve into the bits and bobs about the storyline in fear of unintentional spoilers, especially as a lot of the storylines intricate detail is entwined with other parts of the book which need to be found out, in my opinion, by the readers very own eyes.

The theme which runs throughout the storyline is no doubt one which will end up resonating with readers of all ages. Both of the main characters, Georgine and Joe, have pasts they would rather never bring up again but, due to their present actions and thoughts, it doesn’t take either of them long to realise that they need to be the ‘bigger person’ where their pasts are concerned and show it who’s boss. Easier said than done, obviously, but watching these two characters, who are like chalk and cheese, embark on a journey of self discovery and self awareness was quite tender to read.

I don’t think that this book could have had a better title if it tried! Why? Because, hand on heart, reading ‘A Christmas Gift’ was like receiving my own gift. A gift which hugged me from the inside and warmed me up like a hot water bottle. A gift which had me smiling like Wallace from ‘Wallace and Gromit’. I honestly couldn’t have wished for more in one book.

I loved how festive the entire storyline was, even if I did read it in October but, most importantly, I loved how Sue Moorcroft’s words reached deep within and made me feel as though she was telling the story to me, and me only.

A enchanting, poignant, and beautifully written; Sue Moorcroft has delivered a novel which is both heartwarming and emotive, absolutely flawlessly. A truly lovely, lovely read.

Buy now!

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Dark Night by Tom Bale (@t0mbale) @Bookouture

Next up is TWG popping her Tom Bale cherry!! How exciting! I am so pleased that I was able to read a book written by an author everyone talks about. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blitx invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

He sees his wife’s eyes watching him in the rear-view mirror, the kids up on their knees to get a better look. That’s when he hears the scream…

You’re driving home from a family outing one afternoon, when a speeding car cuts you up, nearly causing you to crash. Like anyone would, you pull over to confront the driver.

But a glance into the backseat of the speeding car reveals a woman fighting to escape. She is terrified and she’s screaming for your help: these men have murdered her husband…

What would you do?

What does TWG think?

Oh why helloooooooo, Mr Suspenseful!! Not having read a Tom Bale novel before, I had no idea what to expect. I mean, I had seen a lot of people talk about his novels on social media, yet I hadn’t managed to find a spare moment to read one for myself. Until now. I had everything crossed that ‘One Dark Night’ wasn’t going to be one of those ‘over hyped’ reads, and thankfully it wasn’t!

‘One Dark Night’ covered me in goosebumps with its thrilling and eventful storyline – I have seen people with road rage before, but I have never witnessed such events like the ones described in this book. I found the theme quite uncomfortable at times because of the fact that there were innocent children stuck in the middle of their parents bad decision, however I thought that the characters were very well thought out as they came across multi layered and highly intriguing. I just happen to like characters which allow me to react to them, even if it is in frustration!!

I was rather impressed by my first read by this author as the dark, rollercoaster ride of a storyline kept me hooked. The only slight irk for me personally, was with the pace of the book, as I felt the storyline had the power to go all of the way where that was concerned. That said, the slow pace didn’t lower the suspense level at all which was a huge bonus in itself.

So, would I read more books by Tom Bale? Without a doubt! It’s very clear that the author has a very vivid and twisted mind which came across in his storyline very, very well. I am looking forward to seeing just how far he can go in his further novels.

A twisted, dark, and frustratingly addictive read!

Buy now!

About the author.

Tom Bale is the author of nine books, including the bestsellers SEE HOW THEY RUN and ALL FALL DOWN. His latest book, ONE DARK NIGHT, is out October 23rd 2018.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul (@GillPaulauthor) @Headlinepg @annecater

Busy here on TWG today! First up is my review for the absolutely phenomenal new novel by Gill Paul, ‘The Lost Daughter’. Big thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for my review copy. Here is my review:

A Russian princess. An extraordinary sacrifice. A captivating secret

From the author of The Secret Wife, a gripping journey through decades and across continents, of love, devastating loss and courage against all odds.

With the country they once ruled turned against them, the future of Russia’s imperial family hangs in the balance. When middle daughter Maria Romanova captivates two of the guards, it will lead to a fateful choice between right and wrong.

Fifty-five years later . . .
Val rushes to her father’s side when she hears of his troubling end-of-life confession: ‘I didn’t want to kill her.’ As she unravels the secrets behind her mother’s disappearance when she was twelve years old, she finds herself caught up in one of the world’s greatest mysteries.

What does TWG think?

Omg I think I have just found my most favourite book of 2018!!!! Gill Paul is an incredibly intelligent and vivid storyteller who blurs the lines between fact and fiction. Put it this way, I struggled to work out what parts of the storyline were indeed fiction because, whilst I had heard of the ‘Romanov’s’ rather briefly, I didn’t know the ins and outs of the historical Russian family and knew that Gill Paul would do a better job than Google, at explaining what happened to the Romanov’s all those years ago.

I was completely bowled over by such a heart wrenching yet historically brilliant storyline, as it not only kept me glued to the book until 2.30am, I also couldn’t help but feel as though I was witnessing the 1918 events with my own eyes. It was as though I was there, feeling the emotion which set Maria Romanov apart from the rest. Feeling the pain as she witnessed the aftermath, the end of life as she knew it.

Wow – I wish I could convey my opinions of the book a lot better than what I am currently doing it, but please trust me when I say that ‘The Lost Daughter’ is a gem to be discovered. A gem which, regardless of how much it fades, will always manage to shine bright and beautiful and, if I were to be perfectly honest, I would rather have this type of gem in my hands than a shiny diamond.

I adored how the author switched between the multiple viewpoints as it was just so effortless and natural. There was no confusion on my part at all. In fact, Val’s story blended exceptionally well with Maria’s – I have genuinely never read anything like it.

I urge each and every one of you to sit and read ‘The Lost Daughter’ – it blew me away more times than one book has ever done before. My heart broke for Maria and her family, and I could only hope for the best where Val and Nicole were concerned. The storyline was incredibly hard hitting at times, because the author has used a lot of historical facts in her storyline where the Romanov’s are concerned, as well as the events during 1918 Russia. I still cannot believe that people endured those horrific conditions, watching their loved ones being taken from their families in the blink of an eye.

‘The Lost Daughter’ is an outstanding, breathtaking, powerful, and utterly poignant read which I know will stay with me for a very, very long time. Gill Paul was a favourite author of mine before I read this book, but I can safely say that she is now my go to author for anything historical. This really is my top book of 2018 without a doubt. Absolutely brilliant – I wish I could give it more than 5 stars!

Buy now!

About the author.

Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in relatively recent history. Her new novel, Another Woman’s Husband, is about links you might not have been aware of between Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, and Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Gill’s other novels include The Secret Wife, published in 2016, about the romance between cavalry officer Dmitri Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second daughter of Russia’s last tsar, who first met in 1914. Women and Children First is about a young steward who works on the Titanic. The Affair was set in Rome in 1961–62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love while making Cleopatra. And No Place for a Lady is about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854–56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined.

Gill also writes historical non-fiction, including A History of Medicine in 50 Objects, and a series of Love Stories, each containing fourteen tales of real-life couples: how they met, why they fell for each other, and what happened in the end. Published around the world, this series includes Royal Love Stories, World War I Love Stories and Titanic Love Stories.

Gill was born in Glasgow and grew up there, apart from an eventful year at school in the US when she was ten. She studied Medicine at Glasgow University, then English Literature and History (she was a student for a long time), before moving to London to work in publishing. She started her own company producing books for publishers, along the way editing such luminaries as Griff Rhys Jones, John Suchet, John Julius Norwich, Ray Mears and Eartha Kitt. She also writes on health, nutrition and relationships.

Gill swims year-round in an open-air pond – “It’s good for you so long as it doesn’t kill you”– and is a devotee of Pilates. She also particularly enjoys travelling on what she calls “research trips” and attempting to match-make for friends.





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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Closer by K.L.Slater (@kimlslater) @Bookouture

Many congratulations to K.L.Slater on the publication of ‘Closer’! I am delighted to be sharing my review with you all today. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC:

I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment: it’s that Maisie is not ok.

My ex-husband Shaun and I are still friends.

We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie.

But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne and suddenly, Maisie has a brand new family.

And there’s something not quite right about it…I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen.

I need to discover what she’s hiding.
Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger.

What does TWG think?

Goodness gracious me, what a disturbing read! This may sound weird but there are times in life when you need to read a book which is far worse than your own life, right? Not that I’m saying I got enjoyment out of Emma’s misfortunes, however, it kept my mind occupied with the events which made my own life seem like a fairground!

‘Closer’ isn’t as fast paced as the author’s other reads, nevertheless it still packs a punch in its own unique way. I did find Emma’s character to be a little bit questionable for the majority of the book, as I couldn’t seem to work out the hows and wherefores where she was concerned. Some may say that I found her to be a little unnerving and untrustworthy, yet those feelings added a whole new depth to the overall vibe of the storyline.

I thoroughly enjoyed the strong, dark levels of suspense which laced the novel from start to finish, keeping me on tenterhooks. Yes, i found this book rather disturbing but it was still an absolute belter of a read.

K.L.Slater does not disappoint where ‘ Closer’ is concerned that’s for sure, even if I have to admit that it isn’t my most favourite book the author has written (hello, Blink!)! I just love how dark K.L.Slater is becoming and I cannot wait to see where she takes us next.

A twisted, multi-layered, and deeply dark read which showcases some of the most flawed and unlikeable (in a fabulous way) characters I have ever read. What a book!

Buy now from Amazon

About the author.

Kim is the bestselling author of psychological crime thrillers ‘Safe With Me,’ ‘Blink,’ ‘Liar,’ ‘The Mistake’ and ‘The Visitor.’ Her latest thriller, ‘The Secret’ was published by Bookouture on 27th July 2018 and her new thriller CLOSER will be published 24th October 2018 and is now available for pre-order. 

Kim’s titles are soon to be published in paperback by Sphere in the UK and Grand Central in the USA.

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents and a book deal which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’

Kim is a full-time writer, has one grown-up daughter, Francesca, and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac. 

She also writes award-winning YA fiction for Macmillan Children’s Books, writing as Kim Slater.

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#BlogTour! #Review – No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley (@zarastoneley) @HarperImpulse @rararesources

As a massive fan of Zara Stoneley, it gives me great pleasure in welcoming her back to TWG as part of the blog tour for ‘No One Cancels Christmas’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to HarperImpulse for the ARC. Here is my review:

It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….

But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.

With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

What does TWG think?

Oh I do love a Zara Stoneley novel!! I love how I can always count on this author to transport me into a storyline which not only makes me unattractively snort at high decibels, but also makes me look at things in a complete different (let’s not forget ‘logical’) manner.

I have noticed that the last couple of Zara Stoneley’s novels have had more of a relaxed feel to them, and I just love how that has made the author bring her trademark humour to the surface in a way which would make readers go; ‘omg she didn’t just say that’, in regards to her characters. Take a look at Sarah in ‘No One Cancels Christmas’ and her award winning customer service for example – that character highlights what you shouldn’t really call someone you have never met before, in the most realistic way ever. Seriously. How many of us have sat at our desks or stood behind counters and have been faced with a customer or client who raises our blood pressure? And how many of us have thought one thing but said the other due to the fact they had had a utility bill through the mail, or the kid had just purchased something on the iPad because £250 was a bargain, all because we couldn’t lose our jobs? Yeah, well, Sarah says those things you shouldn’t really say, and she owns it like the colourful peacock she is!

Given the underlying nature of the book in terms of Sarah’s family history as well as her new friend’s situation, there were times where I thought that the humour wasn’t taking those situations seriously. However, humour is how Sarah deals with her emotions and once I realised that, the entire storyline took on a whole new meaning. I guess you could say that I was finding it all a bit emotional…

Wait. Understatement of the century. Sigh, okay I cried, and no I am not ashamed. I found that watching Sarah’s barriers come down, was such an emotionally rewarding experience as I got to see a side of her I had never seen before.

There is a lot more to ‘No One Cancels Christmas’ than Sarah’s pitiful picnic skills, but trust me when I say that this storyline is like a treasure trove. A never ending one at that. Honestly, every time I turned the page I felt as though I was being given a gift! It certainly takes a special kind of author who is able to pull that off and Zara Stoneley did with ease and grace.

Once again Zara Stoneley has shown me that there is more to people that meets the eyes, and finding out how someone ticks is all part of the journey, regardless of how long it takes.

‘No One Cancels Christmas’ is one of the best festive reads I have read so far this year (I’ve read a few!), with its Christmas spirit, family rifts and enough food to warrant putting Slimming World on speed dial. A beautiful, laugh out loud novel which ticked every single box of candy canes and more – I absolutely loved it. A fantastic, festive treat that is guaranteed to keep your fairy lights on this Christmas!

Buy now from Amazon UK

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About the author.

Born in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true. 

I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh‘.

I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Where you can find her

Twitter: @ZaraStoneley


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#BlogTour! #Review – A Ration Book Christmas by Jean Fullerton (@JeanFullerton_) @Rararesources @CorvusBooks

Swooon!!!! Day two of the blog tour for ‘A Ration Book Christmas’ is here and I am so excited to be a part of it! Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, here is my review:

With Christmas approaching, the Brogan family of London’s East End are braving the horrors of the Blitz. With the men away fighting for King and Country and the ever-present dangers of the German Luftwaffe’s nightly reign of death and destruction, the family must do all they can to keep a stiff upper lip.

For Jo, the youngest of the Brogan sisters, the perils of war also offer a new-found freedom. Jo falls in love with Tommy, a man known for his dangerous reputation as much as his charm. But as the falling bombs devastate their neighbourhood and rationing begins to bite, will the Brogans manage to pull together a traditional family Christmas? And will Jo find the love and security she seeks in a time of such grave peril?

What does TWG think?

If you aren’t aware of this fact already, I LOVE historical fiction novels, and I have always been fixated with ration books and the unfortunate circumstances which led to those books becoming a way of life. So you see, my excitement for this book was through the roof; history, romance, more history, ration books….what’s not to like?

The cover of ‘A Ration Book Christmas’ is rather pretty, but please don’t be sitting there thinking that the storyline is going to be all pristine and happy because it’s not. It’s far from it, and I do not mean that in a bad way at all. Yes, the storyline does contain happiness, but not the sort that comes with ease. It’s the type of happiness which breaks your heart because you have been championing a character to finally have some good luck, or you have witnessed a family reach their breaking point yet when something positive comes their way the sun seems to shine brighter than ever before.

This book is deep. Very deep. I mean, the storyline is based on events during the Blitz; an emotional, powerful time which saw thousands of people lose their lives. How couldn’t it be deep? It needed to be to convey that strong historical element. Okay, I did find it hard going at times because it is thickly laced with facts versus fiction, harrowing circumstances, and characters you wish you could do things for, yet all of that put together just worked.

I can’t even begin to imagine what life was like during that time, trying to save people in amongst rubble yet finding out later that they would be making their way to the mortuary instead of back with their families. Watching Jo and Mattie tend to those people made my heart sore in such an emotional manner. The community spirit in this book was second to none and would definitely put a lot of people in this day and age, to shame.

I loved how raw and poignant Jean Fullerton’s story telling was, as it brought the storyline to life on so many different levels and captured my heart at the same time.

‘A Ration Book Christmas’ is a book to be savoured, but it’s also a book which highlights the importance of ‘being’ and being able to find happiness in the little things in life despite the strong storms which may loom overhead.

A wonderfully written, heartwarming and poignant story. I cannot wait to read more from this author.

Buy now!

About the author.

Jean Fullerton is the author of eleven novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer.  She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Christmas Wish by Tilly Tennant (@TillyTenWriter) @Bookouture

Happy publication day, Tilly Tennant! I am so thrilled to be sharing my review of Tilly’s latest novel, ‘The Christmas Wish’, on publication day. Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC – here is my review:

Christmas is coming but it doesn’t feel that way for Esme. Jilted by her cheating fiancée Warren and mourning the death of her beloved grandmother she’s determined not to let life beat her and books a trip to Lapland, on a holiday that her grandmother had always dreamed of taking.

Beneath the indigo skies of Lapland, love is the last thing on Esme’s mind but she can’t ignore a spark with Zach, a broodingly handsome actor, also nursing a broken heart. But when Esme is bombarded by messages from Warren promising he’s changed and she discovers that Zach is hiding something-will her head be turned? And when a trip to the northern lights reveals the full extent Zach’s own secret past is there any hope that Esme will get the happy ending that her grandmother wished for her?

What does TWG think?

I think I say whenever I review a Tilly Tennant novel, BUT I mean it every single time and this time is no exception – I have absolutely no idea how she does it, but once again she has written her best book yet. Oh my goodness!! There was no doubt in my mind before I started reading the book as to whether I would like it or not, because I knew I would enjoy it just like Tennant’s other novels. What I didn’t expect however, was just how much I ended up enjoying it. ‘The Christmas Wish’ isn’t just a special story, it’s more than that. It’s a captivating, magnetic, beautiful, powerful novel which made the word ‘special’ seem very tame.

Esme has so much love for her grandmother, Matilda, but after spending several years wrapped up in her relationship with Warren, Esme ended up not visiting Matilda as much as she would have liked. So, when the time comes for Esme to stand on Matilda’s doorstep, nobody could have expected lives to change as drastically as they were going to…

A lot of the storyline is governed by Esme’s relationship (if you can call it that) with Warren, and I have to admit that it was a little bit uncomfortable to read at times because of the relatable and raw element. I won’t delve into details due to spoilers, but where Warren is concerned, the storyline certainly lives up to its winter theme, that’s for sure.

With a trip of a lifetime close to Esme’s fingertips, I wanted to reach into the book and shake her shoulders, telling her to not be so stupid by not going on the trip! Her grandmother obviously wanted her to go, so why not do one last thing in memory? Obviously I could understand why Esme felt on the fence, but it was very hard to watch her teeter on that decision by giving the power to someone who didn’t deserve any ounce of it.

I adored every snowflake of ‘The Christmas Wish’, with the not so festive moments making the storyline such a powerful and poignant read which a lot of readers may end up resonating with. From start to finish, I held the characters in my heart – yes, they were flawed, complex and somewhat frustrating, yet those traits alongside their humour, tender hearts, and addictive personalities made them who they were. Personally, I couldn’t have asked for more – you only have to take a look at Herontese!!!

Tilly Tennant has blown me away once again with this phenomenal storyline. I ended up closing the book with a massive smile on my face, yet I couldn’t help but feel bereft at what I had just left behind. This is a truly magnificent, beautifully written, thought provoking and enchanting read – Tilly Tennant has done herself and her characters proud with this gem. Definitely her best book yet – wow, I loved it!

Buy now!

About the author.

Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier.


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#BlogTour! #Review – Trap by Lilja Sigurdardóttir (@lilja1972) @orendabooks @annecater

Huge thank you to Orenda Books and Anne Cater for having me on the blog tour for ‘Trap’! Here is my review:

Happily settled in Florida, Sonja believes she’s finally escaped the trap set by unscrupulous drug lords. But when her son Tomas is taken, she’s back to square one … and Iceland.

Her lover, Agla, is awaiting sentencing for financial misconduct after the banking crash, and Sonja refuses to see her. And that’s not all … Agla owes money to some extremely powerful men, and they’ll stop at nothing to get it back.

With her former nemesis, customs officer Bragi on her side, Sonja puts her own plan into motion, to bring down the drug barons and her scheming ex-husband, and get Tomas back safely. But things aren’t as straightforward as they seem, and Sonja finds herself caught in the centre of a trap that will put all of their lives at risk…

What Does TWG think?

I hold my hands up and say that up until ‘Trap’, I hadn’t read the author’s previous book, Snare, which I have since found out that it is the first book in the series. I quite happily read ‘Trap’ as a stand-alone though, that said, just like other series, you may benefit from reading the books in order so that you don’t miss out on any little pieces of information.

I’m not sure what to think of this book to be honest – whilst I found the suspense brilliantly crafted, I felt a little out of my depth due to being a newbie on the ‘Nordic noir’ front. Not the author’s issue at all, it just means that I need to read more! Even with the translator making things easier for readers at the beginning, I couldn’t even begin to work out how to say some of the place names! This is coming from someone who struggles to say ‘railway station’.

Even though I spent a lot of the book out of my depth, I could still appreciate just how well the author can tell a story. I was transfixed by Sonja’s journey and out of the different journeys covered in the storyline, I enjoyed the dynamics behind Sonja’s life the best.

All in all, ‘Trap’ was a pleasant, unique read which kept me thoroughly entertained – I enjoyed stepping out of my comfort zone with this one!

About the author.

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

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#BlogTour! #Review of BLINK by K.L.Slater (@KimLSlater) @Bookouture #blink #ohmy

Happy paperback publication day! I wrote this review for the e-book publication, and its still a massive favourite of mine. Let’s show the author some love as I reshare the review!!

The Writing Garnet


Today is the last day of K.L.Slater’s blog tour for, Blink, and I have the honour of being one of two blogs to help close the tour! If you have missed any of the tour stops so far, all the blogs that were involved are stated in the picture above! For my stop today, I have a review of ‘Blink’ where you will find out whether I BLINKed and I missed it, or whether I BLINKed just once due to being super engrossed. Enjoy!


What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger … because of you?

Three years ago, Toni’s five-year-old daughter Evie disappeared after leaving school. The police have never been able to find her. There were no witnesses, no CCTV, no trace.

But Toni believes her daughter is alive. And as she begins to silently piece together her memories, the full story…

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