#BlogTour! #Review – Keep Her Close by M.J.Ford (@MJFordBooks) @AvonBooksUK

Half way through today’s blog tours!! Thank you if you have been sharing my posts today, much appreciated! Third tour of the day and TWG is back with another fabulous AvonBooks author, M.J.Ford. I am delighted to be reviewing ‘Keep Her Close’ for my stop today, many thanks to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and ARC.

Someone is playing a deadly game…

When a young woman goes missing from Jesus College, Oxford, DS Josie Masters is plunged into a world of panic as fear grips the city. Along with Thames Valley Police’s newest recruit, the handsome DS Pryce, Josie must act fast – and when two more students disappear from Oriel and Somerville colleges, she realises the killer is sending her a deadly message in a cruel game of cat and mouse. This time, the case is personal – but who is the perpetrator?

In a desperate race against the clock, Josie hunts for the kidnapper, and soon discovers he could be a lot closer to home than she’d ever thought…

What does TWG think?

Let me just get this out of the way first; I wasn’t totally convinced about ‘Keep Her Close’ to begin with as I struggled to find something to hold onto. That sounds bad given the nature of the storyline, but what I’m meaning is that it took me a little while to find that all important hook. You know, the vital detail in a storyline which will either make you keep reading, or give up.

Thankfully the hook DID come out of the woodwork, meaning I ended up being utterly gripped by the sticky situation which DS Josie Masters and her team found themselves in. What started off as a ‘hmmm not sure’ type of read, ended up being an ‘OMG this book is BRILLIANT’ type of read!

Expect a lot of fireworks and a lot of red herrings as ‘Keep Her Close’ is fantastic at making readers ‘work’ for their pudding, so to speak. I really did think that I knew where the storyline was heading and who was involved…but I clearly didn’t. Was I surprised? Damn right I was!!! I couldn’t believe, and still cant believe, just how much of a snake one person can be. It was as though they carried a variety of masks with them the entire time – so fake. Of course I didn’t realise at the time because, like Josie, I couldn’t see the flaws. Just goes to show that not everyone is who they say and, it doesn’t matter how close someone is to you, it doesn’t stop them from turning into an end of a bell.

I couldn’t quite understand the issue Stratton had with Josie. There seemed to be an underlying tension building between the two characters for whatever reason, I don’t know, it just felt like her boss was letting the power go to his head.

‘Keep Her Close’ has a slow pace to begin with but, after several chapters the suspense goes up several notches and the pace ended up being like a race – I loved it. There is A LOT of information to contend with at times, and I felt that the psychological element to the book required that knowledge to work as well as it did.

M.J.Ford had my heart pounding and mouth resembling the Sahara desert – ‘Keep Her Close’ is definitely a rollercoaster ride of a read which made my jaw hit the floor. A very clever, psychologically brilliant novel.

Buy now.

#BlogTour! #Review – Your Secret’s Safe With Me by Rosie Travers (@rosietravers) @RaRaResources

Next up on TWG today is the start of a brand new blog tour! I am delighted to be kicking off Rosie Travers blog tour for ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ with a review. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met.

Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancé’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.

As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away.

But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?

What does TWG think?

Isn’t that cover GORGEOUS?! Oh it’s super pretty! Having said that, don’t judge the book by the cover here, and I don’t mean that negatively. I mean, just look at the pretty yet subtle colours, the softness of the overall cover – you would expect the story to be as soft as the cover, right? Wrong!!! I genuinely thought that Rosie Travers’ novel was going to be completely different to what it actually was, but boy did I enjoy it!

Becca has been living in her mums shadow for as long as she can remember. If Pearl says to jump, Becca will ask how high, so when Pearl drops a bombshell, Becca can’t help but think that her mum is having one of her ‘moments’. That is until Becca goes to visit Pearl’s new life and the pieces begin to fit together.

For the age that Becca actually is, she comes across as someone much, much younger as I felt that she was a bit immature at times. I fully appreciate that her life has to change because of Pearl’s wishes, but if she wasn’t happy about the situations she found herself in, why go along for the ride and then simply moan about it afterwards?

I’m not saying that I disliked Becca, because I did like her and thought that she was a vital puzzle piece in the overall storyline – she just irked me at times, just like some of the other characters in the book.

I said at the start of this review that the book cover is softer than the actual storyline, and I still stand by that because the further into the storyline I read, the more surprised I became by the events that were unfolding. ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ has the soft romance and uplifting outlook on life, yet it also has the fractured family dynamics and intense uncertainty regarding both the past, and the future.

I loved how the author incorporated some quite in depth themes into the storyline such as marriage woes, single parenting, dark secrets, and health. Such a mixture of content in one place and i just loved how it all came together in the end.

Rosie Travers is such a magnetic author who blew me away with her delivery of grit, as well as both likeable and dislikeable characters. ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ is such an unexpected gem of a book, and I am absolutely gutted that it came to an end.

Buy now!

About the author.

Rosie Travers grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. Rosie’s debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, was published by Crooked Cats Books in August 2018. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Part Three of Wildflower Park: Oopsy Daisy by Bella Osborne (@osborne_bella) @AvonbooksUK

Today is one of those days on TWG as I take part in six blog tours! First up is a review of the third part in Bella Osborne’s ‘Wildflower Park’ series, ‘Oopsy Daisy’. Huge thanks to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Life’s not always a walk in the park…

When Anna is dumped by her fiancé, she moves in to her own place on the edge of the gorgeous Wildflower Park and pledges to stay off men and focus on her career, but a handsome new colleague seems to thwart her attempts at every turn. And when she receives an accidental text from a mystery man, could it be the new start she needs? Or someone she really shouldn’t be falling for?

Anna’s neighbour Sophie is a stressed-out mum-of-two with a third on the way. Her husband is a constant frustration, and their children are a regular source of newly-invented swear words and unidentifiable sticky surfaces.

Luckily, Anna and Sophie have each other – and Wildflower Park proves to be a sanctuary as they map out a path to find the happiness they both deserve…

What does TWG think?

Oh I am LOVING this series so far! I can’t believe that we have reached part three already, with only one installment left before the entire book is published as one!

So, Sophie is still struggling with her man child of a husband, and Anna is debating whether she wants to date a guy who is merely….nice, or a guy who shares her enthusiasm when the cat uses his new cat flap for the first time. Couple goals, clearly, even though they aren’t a couple but between you and me, I totally think Anna and cat flap man should be together. I’m not saying the names for a reason here, purely because I don’t wish to influence readers with their opinion on the guys in Anna’s life…unless you read the book in context!

Once again Bella’s relaxed writing vibe and humour had me snorting with laughter! Without giving too much away here…again, I will admit that when Anna went to visit her friend, Bert, I could feel a lump forming in my throat due to the kindness she showed him. I could just picture what he looked like sitting there and, whilst it also broke my heart, it warmed it as well and left me with a rather big (albeit emotional) smile on my face.

As for Sophie, she is a brilliant (if a teeny bit whingy) character who does not give a fluff. Her outlook on life is a bit jaded at times but her humour is out of this world.

I cannot wait to find out how the book concludes, but I’m a little bit sad that Anna and Sophie’s story will come to an end. I throughly enjoyed ‘Oopsy Daisy’, and I wholeheartedly think that you will too (just make sure you read the parts in order). Loved it!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – #AGiftForDying by M.J.Arlidge (@mjarlidge) @Tr4cyF3nt0n @MichaelJBooks

Next up on the blog today is my review of ‘A Gift for Dying’ by M J Arlidge. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Michael J Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

With just one look, she knows how and when you will die . . .

Nothing surprises Adam Brandt anymore. As a forensic psychologist, he’s seen and heard everything.

That is, until he meets Kassie.

Because she claims to have a terrible gift – with one look into your eyes, she can see when and how you will die.

Adam doesn’t believe her, obviously.

But then a serial killer starts wreaking havoc across the city, and only Kassie seems to know where he’ll strike next.

Against all his intuition, Adam starts to believe her.

He just doesn’t realise how dangerous this trust might be . . .

What does TWG think?

Holy baloney, I was not expecting THIS!!! I’m not ashamed to admit that my nerves were fried by the end of this book. I mean, some random person claiming that they know when your time is up just by looking into your eyes is enough to make anyone look behind them!

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when said person with said gift made it known to people what she could see, that they looked at her as though she had two heads. Can you imagine having that sort of ability? Would you call it a gift? I probably wouldn’t but then I’m not entirely sure that I believe in psychics and jazz. Well, I was certain of my belief BEFORE I read this book. Now? I’m not entirely sure whether I disbelieve or whether I’m still caught up in the moment.

This storyline isn’t one for the faint hearted at all, in fact it is incredibly gruesome. As weird as this sounds, the more graphic the story became, the faster my hands turned the pages because I became more hooked. I sound weird now, don’t I?! M J Arlidge held me hostage, just like the characters in the books. Even if I wanted to (which I didnt), I could not put the book down. I just had to find out whether Kassie was right, what would happen to Adam, would the truth about the victims be brought to light. I wanted to know every little detail regarding the jaw dropping situation. I’m not even being over dramatic, the entire storyline left my jaw unhinged in the most gruseomely fabulous way, ever.

I didn’t even see Adam’s situation being the way that it was and yet he was the one trained to see the signs!!

I’m not sure if I have dropped enough hints or not, but if you couldn’t tell already I thought this book was bloody brilliant!!! What a high speed, descriptive and highly addictive read this was! I am absolutely gutted the book finished (wow to that btw too), but it now means I have more books to purchase from M J Arlidge!! What belter!!!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Woman I Was Before by Kerry Fisher (@KerryFSwayne) @Bookouture

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It gives me great pleasure to be hosting Kerry Fisher today as part of the blog tour for ‘The Woman I Was Before’, where I will be sharing a review. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC.

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A new home can be a happy ending. Or a fresh start. Or a hiding place…

Of all the emotions single mother Kate Jones feels as she walks into her brand new house on Parkview Road, hope is the most unexpected. She has changed her name and her daughter’s, and moved across the country to escape the single mistake that destroyed their lives.

Kate isn’t the only woman on the street starting afresh. Warm, whirlwind Gisela with her busy life and confident children, and sharp, composed Sally, with her spontaneous marriage and high-flying career, are the first new friends Kate has allowed herself in years. While she can’t help but envy their seemingly perfect lives, their friendship might help her leave her guilt behind.

Until one day, everything changes. Kate is called to the scene of a devastating car accident, the consequences of which will test everything the women thought they knew about each other, and themselves.

Can Kate stop her own secrets from unravelling, or was her hope for a new life in vain?

What does TWG think?

Wow….just, wow.

Can I get away with just writing that for my review?

No?

Damn it! I don’t even know where to begin. I have the thoughts in my head but they just don’t want to spill out in a coherent manner, so I do apologise in advance if the phrase ‘wow, just wow’ appears multiple times throughout this review!

‘The Woman I Was Before’ is a drama filled, wow-tastic, mystifying, magnetic, thought-provoking read which made me say ‘oh my word….’ out loud more than once. Wow…(see, told you).

Three narratives, three different women, three VERY different lifestyles, all joined together by one little detail; they’re neighbours. A single mum, a mum with two children, and a lady who wants to be a mum, yet each of the women think that the other ladies in the street have much better lives than theirs. Why do they feel like that? Because of social media. Because of the ‘perfect’ lifestyles people showcase on their social pages, showing off to people that they are very happy and that they’re living a drama free life…..

If only it were that simple…right?

The author isn’t saying that people who update their social sites with pictures and updates, telling others what they’re up to and such, are falsifying their lifestyles. She’s not saying that everyone on social media is pretending to be something that they’re not. Instead, Kerry Fisher, along with help from Gisela, Sally and Kate, highlights just how flawed society is when it comes to social media, and how people are very quick to compare their own lives against a little snapshot which only gives a glimpse into 5 seconds of a person’s life. I’m sure we have all scrolled down Facebook, looking at people’s pictures and feeling a pang of jealousy at how happy people look, or how we wished our lives were like there’s, right? But how many of us have actually stood back and thought that we don’t know what else is going on in their lives?

‘The Woman I Was Before’ isn’t several chapters of women comparing themselves to each other, it’s wayyyy more than that and, to be honest with you all, I wasn’t expecting just how deep the storyline ended up being. I have to be careful of spoilers here, but there is a lot more to Kate, Gisela, and Sally which meets the eye. They all have their own reasons for the way that they come across, yet they are all so afraid of showing their flaws in case people no longer want to be around them. It’s a shame that we have reached a time where people are too afraid to be themselves because of how other people perceive them, and yes, I am guilty of doing that. We all are. However, when you read just how devastating it can be for a family involved in the constant pretending and uncertainty of who they actually are, it can be quite an emotional thing to read.

Kerry Fisher always amazes me with every story she produces, yet with ‘The Woman I Was Before’, this author has gone above and beyond and produced what I think is her best book to date. I was in awe at the complexity of each character and their journeys – they’re all so different yet still very similar. One character in particular was involved in a situation which put my heart in my mouth in shock. I guess part of me saw something like that happening, but it still came out of nowhere and left me flying through the pages to find out the outcome of the event. I mean, why does it always take a shock to the system for someone to realise that things aren’t right?

I went through a variety of feelings whilst reading Kerry Fisher’s latest novel, such as anger, devastation, empathy and of course sadness. I was hooked by the dramatic suspense and constant urge to find out more. Whilst I wanted everyone involved to be happy and have the ending that they deserved, I knew fine well that life really isn’t like that and, seeing as the author had written a story which was so in keeping with modern day society and the challenges that come with that, I knew that the conclusion would be a realistic one.

Wearing my heart on my sleeve, ‘The Woman I Was Before’ captured my heart and soul from the very beginning. The suspense was out of this world and the fact that the characters went through relatable things meant that I was able to fall into their lives as though they were really happening. I absolutely LOVED this book and I wish I could climb to the top of a hill with a megaphone and shout about it until I’m blue in the face. Honestly, wow – this book is everything I could have wished for and more. A stunning, addictive, and empowering read which made realise that I deserve to NOT compare my life to Jane Doe’s on Facebook because I am worth way more than that because I am me, and there is only one of you. What could be better than that?

Buy now!

About the author.

Kerry Fisher is the bestselling author of five novels, including The Silent Wife and The Secret Child. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenage children and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy.
 

#BlogTour! #Review – The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton (@bookish_yogi) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources

I am a huge fan of Rachel’s books, so it gives me great pleasure to be reviewing her latest novel, ‘The Pieces of You and Me’. Its quite ironic that, being a book about illnesses, my post is late due to my own mental health and physical health issues. I do apologise and I thank RaRaResources for her patience and for asking me to be involved in the tour. Also, thank you to HQDigitalUK for the ARC. Here is my review:

They say time can heal all wounds…

When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.

But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

What does TWG think?

If I were to choose one voice which could speak on my behalf regarding my thoughts and feelings surrounding invisible illnesses, i would pick this book every single time. Not only does the author make it clear that she suffers from ME/chronic fatigue syndrome herself, she puts the reality of day to day life with illnesses, into the storyline in a way which non sufferers will understand.

Granted, there’s a character in this book which unknowingly ends up representing a percentage of people who invisible illness sufferers unfortunately come across (spoiler – shes a battleaxe), but the characters who mattered gave me hope for the future.

As I mentioned above, the theme of ‘The Pieces of You and Me’ centres around Jess’ journey with ME and Rupert’s journey with mental health, and I think a lot of people could learn a thing or two from every inch of this book.

As someone who has multiple chronic illnesses and who suffers with their mental health, I found the content of the story both emotional and hopeful. Emotional because it was hard reading the similarities between fact and fiction, watching Jess struggle with something that was so far out of her control and being able to empathise with her. Emotional because the author wrote the words which I struggle to speak. Emotional because I wanted to thank the author for doing justice for chronic illness warriors everywhere. Emotional because it made my own situation become more real. Emotional because it made me realise just how much people expect of me….

Not forgetting hopeful, I mean you only have to pay attention to Jess’ mum and the word ‘hope’s ends up being everywhere. Caro is like an angel – I want one!

There were several dislikeable characters in this book for me, and I will hold my hands up and say that Rupert, a lot of the time, fit that criteria well. I know he had a hard time, and still was, yet the way in which he conducted himself at times made me feel as though he was throwing a tantrum purely because of his personality. Some may say a bit marmite.

I thought the split narrative was done brilliantly and gave the storyline a great variation. That said, I did struggle to work out what the ‘IT’ was for the storyline. You know, what the hook was if you took away the illnesses. I mean, I could see what Jess and Rupert were trying to achieve, but if they didn’t have the illnesses they had, what would have been their final destination because I actually thought they didn’t fit that well together!

All in all, I loved the fact that chronic illnesses are being written about, and I adored how Rachel Burton conveyed the harsh truths alongside the hope and belief. I am in awe at the authors strength, as well as the strength of her characters and if I could reach inside the book and give them all a big hug, I totally would.

A beautiful portrayal of missing puzzle pieces, the power of hope and understanding, as well as the thought provoking realities of hidden illnesses – I would recommend Rachel Burton’s words in a heartbeat.

Buy now.

About the author.

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us.

Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

#BlogTour! #Review ! A Body in the Lakes by Graham Smith (@GrahamSmith1972) @Bookouture

We have reached the end of Graham Smith’s blog tour for ‘A Body in the Lakes’ and today I will be sharing my review. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC.

The woman’s limbs were so thin; the skin on her arms as translucent as tracing paper. Around her neck lay a faint string of purple bruises. In one so frail, darker, angrier marks might be expected but Beth knew the bruising would have stopped the moment her heart stopped beating.

When a walker finds the body of a woman by the shores of Lake Ullswater, the police are put on high alert. Felicia Evans was known to be a tough character, but who would have strangled her?
Detective Beth Young quickly spots the links to three cold cases. Three women strangled and discarded in the stunning, wild hills of the Lake District.
As Beth begins tracking down witnesses, the team receives an anonymous letter claiming the charming mayor of Carlisle is behind the murders. There’s pressure from the top to clear his name. But Beth is determined to find the truth no matter whose feathers she ruffles in the process.
Beth knows the clock is ticking. The killer is hunting again. And it’s down to her to find who’s responsible before another woman becomes his prey…

What does TWG think?

Oh bloomin’ eck!!!! Graham Smith’s new novel is not an easy read at all. Of course a novel containing descriptions of rape wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, be easy for folk to swallow! I will admit that I disliked the fact that I am indeed a female whilst reading this, but only because the theme got right under my skin for various personal reasons.

You cannot fault the authors knowledge of suspense at all – Graham Smith delivered the bones of the storyline brilliantly and in a way that will definitely make readers sit up and take notice. Now whether that would be helped due to the amount of shocking scenes covered in the storyline, I can only say yes due to my own thoughts of the book as everyone is different.

Detective Beth Young is back again and, whilst I thought her sass was endearing in the previous book (please note that ‘A body in the Lakes’ is the second book in the series), I struggled to gel with her outlook this time around. She was good at her job, don’t get me wrong, but geez she had such an arrogance vibe about her this time round. It actually made me dislike her a bit at times which was a shame.

That aside, Graham Smith’s red herrings left me reeling until the very last page, and kept me on the edge of my seat due to fear and being held hostage.

Buy now

About the author.

Graham Smith is the bestselling author of four explosive crime thrillers in the Jake Boulder series, Watching the Bodies, The Kindred Killers, Past Echoes and Die Cold. Watching the Bodies spent over two weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and Amazon CA charts. Graham is also the author of the popular DI Harry Evans series and has collections of short stories and novellas. His latest novel with Bookouture is set in Cumbria and the Lake District, featuring DC Beth Young.

He is the proud father of a young son. As a time served joiner he has built bridges, houses, dug drains and slated roofs to make ends meet. Since 2000 he has been manager of a busy hotel and wedding venue near Gretna Green, Scotland.
An avid fan of crime fiction since being given one of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books at the age of eight, he has also been a regular reviewer for the well-respected review site Crimesquad.com since 2010.
When not working, his time is spent reading, writing and playing games with his son. He enjoys socialising and spending time with friends and family.

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#BlogTour! #Review – No Looking Back by Alex Kane (@AlexKaneWriter) @BOTBSPublicity @HeraBooks

Happy publication day, Alex Kane! I am honoured to be kicking off the blog tour for ‘No Looking Back’. Many thanks to BOTBS for the blog tour invite, and to Hera Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

He’ll find you… unless you find him first.

Kat Denton is a woman running away from her past. For the past sixteen years, her life has been a living hell as Jimmy, the man she fell in love with as a teenager, becomes ever more cruel and abusive. Following the fire that killed her parents, leaving her an orphan when she was just a teenager, Kat is utterly alone and can’t see a way out.

Until the day she finds out that she’s pregnant. Vowing to protect her child from Jimmy’s violence, Kat decides to fight for survival – for her and her unborn baby.

Fleeing the traveller camp that has been her lifelong home isn’t easy. But along with her sister in law, Kat escapes with just the clothes on her back and the one photograph she has of her parents.

Kat, along with her baby girl Lucia, starts to build a better life. But when she looks into what really happened in her parents’ death Kat uncovers dark secrets – including a revelation that will lead Kat back to the place she had been so desperate to run away from. Is she strong enough to uncover the truthand save everything that she loves most, or will Jimmy Denton have his revenge?

Previously published as Chasing the Traveller

What does TWG think?

This is dramatic, gritty, suspenseful and oh so addictive!

I wasn’t sure what to expect before I read ‘No Looking Back’, but I was excited to find out. Kat has exactly had an easy life due to the death of her parents when she was younger, and then finding herself being a human punch bag for her partner. But, as soon as Kat realises that shes pregnant, she finds herself making the biggest decision of her life.

The whole ‘will he find her’ had me fidgeting in anticipation. Whilst I would have loved Kat to have her happily ever after and walk into the sunset with her daughter and potential love interest, I couldn’t help but be worried for her. It’s clear that she knew what she was doing was dangerous, yet I applaud her for her strength in taking that all important first step to a new life.

‘No Looking Back’ isn’t just about Kat’s relationship and moving forward, it’s also about her uncovering things that she probably wished would have stayed covered. The element of suspense in this novel is through the roof and, even though the title of the book references no looking back, I couldn’t help but look over my shoulder whilst I read the book. I don’t know why, it wasn’t like anyone would be able to jump through my brick wall…but still. That’s what I get for being so invested in a book!

Alex Kane is such a well rounded, magnetic author who certainly knows how to write a storyline which grabs her readers by the youknowwhattys. I am SO looking forward to reading more from this author, especially if ‘No Looking Back’ is anything to go by!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Cornish Lady by Nicola Pryce (@NPryce_Author) @corvusbooks @RaRaResources

Third and final blog tour of the day and TWG is stepping back in time with Nicola Pryce and ‘The Cornish Lady’. Apologies for the delay in posting this review, I have had a few fainting episodes this afternoon. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Cornwall:1796

Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors, and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.
When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he want? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?

What does TWG think?

Oh I did enjoy this one! Historical fiction lovers, you are in for a treat! I didn’t quite pay attention to the fact that ‘The Cornish Lady’ is indeed the fourth book in the ‘Cornish Saga’ series. Thankfully though, I was more than capable of reading this installment as a standalone – ideal seeing as I hadn’t read the previous books.

Like most other historical fiction novels, the pace of this particular storyline wasn’t incredibly fast, and the author took her time in revealing pieces of information at a pace which suited the consensus of the overall book. If you’re not a patient person, slow burning novels can be a little frustrating to read. However if they are written in a way that is as magnetic as this, patience certainly becomes a virtue.

Angelica is a feisty character who tries to be something she isn’t, as though she constantly has to prove a point. Her fiery nature had me rooting for her from the start, especially as she was adamant that she wasn’t going to be how society wanted her to be in terms of marriage. ‘The Cornish Lady’ is set during a time where it was considered to be a ‘mans world’, but it was clear that Angelica would go above and beyond to not adhere to that.

I loved just how magnetic the overall storyline was, pulling me into an enthusiastically written story with minimal effort. I struggled to connect with several of the other characters in the book, I will admit, but the lack of connection didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the overall book.

I am so pleased that I took a chance on this book what with it being so far in a series; Nicola Pryce didn’t disappoint and left my historical tastebuds wanting more.

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About the author.

Nicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.

The Cornish Lady is her fourth book: The others are Pengelly’s Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.

Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Escape to the Little French Cafe by Karen Clarke (@KarenClarke123) @Bookouture

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Second Bookouture blog tour of the day is for Karen Clarke and ‘Escape to the Little French Cafe’. Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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On the beautiful French coast lies the Café Belle Vie, a peaceful haven offering a warm welcome and delicious pains au chocolat – and where Natalie’s quiet life is about to be turned upside down…

When thirty-one-year-old Natalie Bright’s boyfriend dumps her and immediately gets engaged to his ex-girlfriend, she escapes her heartbreak and moves to the charming village of Chamillon on the Île de Ré.

She’s determined to build a new life there: writing about farmer’s markets for a local magazine, exploring the local vineyards on her bike, and taking advantage of the sunshine. And in the Café Belle Vie she finds a bustling community – including new best friend Charlie – and a near-constant supply of cakes.

All in all, things are looking pretty good.

So when a blast from the past – her teenage crush Jay Merino – suddenly turns up in Chamillon, Natalie’s thrown. She’s sworn off men ever since she moved to France, but she and Jay have a connection that stretches back years.

But could taking a chance on an old flame complete her new life – or ruin everything she’s worked so hard for?

What does TWG think?

Oh bonjour mon ami!!! I felt as though I was on French soil whilst I was reading this!

I am a massive fan of Karen Clarke’s novels as they always deliver on the cosiness factor! I did feel as though the storyline was a little bit different to the authors usual writing style, however I still enjoyed following Natalie’s journey as the story progressed.

At times I forgot just how old Natalie was as, despite being in her thirties, she came across as such a naive and younger minded character. Not that that is a bad thing of course, because it isn’t! I just thought that she was a bit of a lost soul who wanted to finally have their happy ending.

I adored the humour that was throughout the entire book, including Natalie’s reaction to one of the characters dog! Oh I did laugh!! All of the giggles seemed so natural and unforced, it really did up the pleasure element for me, for sure.

Romance is the big theme in ‘Escape to the Little French Cafe’, if you hadn’t guessed that already…being set in France and everything! I’m not a big slushy, romance type of person  but you know what, I absolutely bloomin’ LOVED reading this Cinderella-esque, Snow White type of storyline which made me want to order a wedding hat…even though there wasn’t a wedding. I believed in true love where Natalie’s journey was concerned, and that’s all down to Karen Clarke’s delectable storytelling.

If you fancy a novel which can make you laugh, reach for the wedding confetti, AND put on ten stone just by thinking of cakes and other treats, ‘Escape to the Little French Cafe’ would be right up your ‘rue’. Such an uplifting, cosy novel which will make your heart leap with joy…or, if you’re like me, it’ll make the ice around your heart melt!

Buy now!

About the author.

Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon. 

Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she’s not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women’s magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…and other Tales with a Twist’ 

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.

 

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