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‘Reach for a Star’, climb every mountain higher @kathrynfreeman1! @RaRaResources @choclituk

Many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in Kathryn Freeman’s blog tour, and thank you to Choclituk for the ARC. Here is my review:

What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them?
How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor.

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?

What does TWG think?

Theres nothing worse than, after fangirling a celebrity for goodness knows how long, only to meet them and have your perception of them thoroughly destroyed. Has that ever happened to you? Well it happed to Jessie!!

After her two boys put her forward for a chance of a lifetime (which also meant meeting a man who’s voice turns her legs to jelly), Jessie found herself coming face to face with the man she has only dreamt of meeting. A man who certainly did NOT meet her expectations!

I didn’t really know quite what to think with this one, I must admit. The delivery of the storyline didn’t strike me as a ‘typical’ Kathryn Freeman novel. I know it’s good for authors to adapt their writing style depending on their idea, however I wasnt able to gel with the story quite as well as I have done with other books the author has written.

The relationship that Jessie has with her boys is super cute, and I really did enjoy reading the banter between the three of them. It came across so genuine and so full of love, it really was a pleasure to read.

I thought the idea of going after dreams, trying new things, and stepping out of comfort zones, was quite poignant as I know that a lot of people, myself included, are scared to do something different in case they fail. I think that Jessie’s journey will give a lot of readers hope when it comes to grabbing life by the ahems.

Overall, I did enjoy the premise of the storyline and the humour, I just wish that the author showed more of her personality through her writing like her other books. Either way, Kathryn Freeman is a fab writer!

Buy now.

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I will #RewriteTheStars for you, Emma Heatherington…@emmalou13 @fictionpubteam

This was a blog tour I was so eager to be on! Thank you SO much to the Harperfiction team for inviting me to take part, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…

It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…

The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’.

Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom? Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?

What does TWG think?

Wow, wow, WOW! I don’t usually do this as I believe that every book shouldn’t be compared to another as they’re all individual in their own right. However, I’m breaking my rule here as, if I had to liken ‘Rewrite the Stars’ to another book, the book which instantly comes to mind is ‘P.S. I Love You’. Whilst each storyline contain their own unique premise, both stories share similarities in the way that they each contain such deep rooted passion which could be deemed a fire hazard, and such earth shattering emotion that cannot be taught.

‘Rewrite the Stars’ tells the story of Charlie, a twenty something female who has the drive to do what she chooses with her life, yet also has the selfless nature to put her loved ones before her dreams. As the story progresses, we get to watch Charlie grow up and attempt to find her own to feet, whilst also watching heartbreak visit her doorstep various times over the years.

Charlie’s outlook on life, always wondering ‘what if?’, is one that I certainly related to, and I’m sure others will too. We have no idea what outcome our decisions will have on our futures, yet we embark on those decisions day in, day out, hoping that we have chosen to take a path we wont later regret. Of course, we may find that we regret the choices we made, or the routes we didn’t take, in turn beating ourselves up because we constantly wonder ‘what if?’. Charlie had to make a decision based on what someone else needed rather than what she wanted, and ends up spending many years being unable to live with the life she chose in case she has made the wrong decision. But how would you ever know?

I adore Emma Heatherington’s writing. In every book she produces, she always manages to get to the root cause of her characters emotions, their personalities, as well as maintaining the true heart of the storyline and the message she was aiming to convey. Personally, I think that ‘Rewrite the Stars’ highlights just how incredible Heatherington’s talent is, whilst also highlighting the intense depths of mental health and the feelings of regret.

This book blew my mind in more ways than one. I adored the sheer honesty of the mental health elements. I thought the characters were people I would love to know in real life, which is rare of me to say!

Yes, it’s safe to say that I absolutely adored every single thing of this book and what it stood for, from the heartache to the passion, from the family uncertainty to the lacking of self worth. ‘Rewrite the Stars’ is such a beautiful, beautiful book that I will remember forever. Watch out Cecelia Ahern is all I can say!

Buy now.

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My gift to @CathyKellyBooks is….#TheFamilyGift! Congratulations on your 20th book! @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

What an achievement! Massive congratulations to Cathy Kelly on the publication of her 20th novel, The Family Gift. Huge thanks to Tracy for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Orion for the ARC. Here is my review:

Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.

But that’s on the outside.

On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.

And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.

But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.

What does TWG think?

With ‘The Family Gift’ having a bit of a slow, uncertain start to it, I wasn’t sure whether the storyline was going to have enough to keep me hanging on. Why did I want to know about a woman who was struggling to deal with her emotions? Why did I want to hear about a family who had picked the short straw in their life?

Well, I’ll tell you why I DID want to know all of that – because it’s real life. ‘The Family Gift’ had a jam packed storyline that contained more than enough to keep me hanging on until the end.

Freya IS struggling with her emotions after being the victim of a late night attack. Freya IS struggling with her emotions due to an unwanted person returning to her life, and yes, she is also struggling with her emotions because some of the people she loves the most, are hurting and she cannot do anything to help them.

Throughout the book, Freya welcomes her subconscious, Mildred, into the fold. You know, the voice in the back of our heads that we all love to hate. The one who ALWAYS has an answer for anything.

The fact that Freya was frightened to talk about her feelings in fear of disappointing her loved ones, coming across as weak, or ruining her career because she didn’t lead the positive, bouncy life that she had been told her fans wanted to see; struck a chord with me. Nobody should feel ashamed when it comes to talking about their worries, their fears, their mental health. Nobody should feel as though they need to pretend to be happy in case people dont like them anymore. Nobody should be ashamed of being true to themselves, all because of what someone else believes.

I think that the message, Cathy Kelly, conveyed in her storyline was such an important one, and something I truly think that everyone needs to know. Its heartbreaking feeling as though you cant talk about what’s concerning you, whether it’s big or small, because of other people. I am talking from personal experience here, especially now as I am in a similar mindset to Freya and I needed to hear that it’s okay to admit that you’re struggling, or that you’re not coping. We are human and NOBODY has the right to invalidate our feelings because others think that the only way through is to just ‘get on with it’. I know I have veered off slightly here, and I do apologise, I just think that Cathy Kelly did something momentous by including a topic so stigmatic, in her book.

I finished ‘The Family Gift’ with a sense of belonging. I adored the heart and the concept of the book, and I felt that Cathy Kelly had executed the emotion and realism, absolutely beautifully. This was, by far, one of the most humbling, hopeful, and pivotal books I have ever read. A true diamond in the rough.

Buy now.

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We’ve all got ‘Broken Souls’, just take a look at #LottieParker! @trisha460 @Bookouture

Thank you, Bookouture, for inviting me to take part in Patricia Gibney’s blog tour, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

‘She shivered, though the kitchen was warm. Icicles of foreboding trickled down her spine. With trembling hands she whipped back her hair at the nape of her neck. As she turned away from the window, she missed the shadow passing by.’

One dark winter’s morning, bride-to-be Cara Dunne is found hanging in her home, dressed in her wedding dress, with a lock of hair removed. Detective Lottie Parker is first on the scene. Looking at Cara’s bruised and battered body, she wonders who could have hated her enough to kill her at the happiest time of her life.

The case takes a darker turn that afternoon with another shocking discovery – the broken body of a second young woman, pushed from the roof of the hospital where she worked. Fiona Heffernan was also due to be married, and her body is clad in a wedding dress, a lock of her hair cut off.

The killings seem so personal that Lottie is convinced the girls have been killed by someone they knew. When she goes to break the news to Fiona’s family, she’s on the alert for anything suspicious. But then she makes a discovery that causes her blood to run cold – Fiona’s eight-year-old daughter Lily didn’t return home from her dance recital that afternoon. Terrified that Lily will be the next victim of a twisted and dangerous individual, Lottie takes the case into her own hands, risking her life when she comes face-to-face with the killer…

What does TWG think?

Poor Lottie Parker can’t catch a break, can she! I’m genuinely surprised that, seeing as we are on book seven in the series, Lottie Parker isn’t spending her time rocking backwards and forwards in the corner! One person can only handle so much! As selfish as this sounds, I’m glad that she is having a lot of rubbish dumped on her because it means that we will get more books! Of course I don’t wish her harm, I just don’t want this series to end.

Like most psychological thrillers, ‘Broken Souls’ spends a lot of time creeping around building a picture, and setting the scene. This isn’t a storyline that can be rushed, simply because the author incorporates a lot of complexities around her characters, and that in turn, means that the tension needs to be built slowly to enable the realism to fly. If you’re anything like me and want to get to the crux of a storyline pronto, a slow starting novel can be quite frustrating. Thankfully, Patricia Gibney knows her craft and her readers, and makes the wait certainly worthwhile.

If you haven’t picked up a Lottie Parker novel yet, where have you been?! Don’t worry if you’re wanting to read ‘Broken Souls’ first as each book is fine to read as a standalone. However, if you like to follow characters journeys in order, then I highly suggest you start at book one so that you can make sense of Lottie’s personal timeline and why she is the way she is.

I really enjoyed this book! There was a lot of guessing who was in the firing line and, even though I did work it out before it was written in black and white, it didn’t stop me from enjoying it at all. You never know with Patricia Gibney, which way her books are going to head, and I have to say that the tension of this instalment was severely chilling and very realistic. I also thought it was great to see yet another side to Lottie, even if she doesnt exactly do herself many favours with the way she projects herself at times. I mean, shes a brilliant, brilliant character, but I will admit to wanting to grab her shoulders and shake her, just to make her see sense!!

Now, ‘Broken Souls’ ended in a way that irked me and excited me in equal measures. It irked me because of the mini cliffhanger, yet it excited me because I am so eager to find out what happens next! I dislike the waiting though, but I just know that it will be worth it!

Patricia Gibney is one of my go to authors, one that never fails to put goosebumps on my arms and a chill in the air. ‘Broken Souls’ is an addictive, brilliantly written addition to the Lottie Parker series – I loved it!

Buy now!

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One thing is for certain, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’…will you? @karenclarke123 @bookouture

Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. I am delighted to be closing the tour for Karen Clarke today.

Nina Bailey loves Christmas. Except this year she doesn’t. Because it turns out that her husband-to-be has been cheating on her – and her beautiful wedding ceremony in the snow is cancelled.

She’s not really in the mood to be jolly, sing carols, or go anywhere near gingerbread men – in fact, what Nina wants is to avoid the whole thing. So she’s come to stay at her Aunt Dolly’s cosy café to nurse her broken heart.

Nina is determined to get through Christmas with no tinsel, no fuss – and definitely no flirting. So when she arrives and meets infuriatingly handsome Ryan Sadler, with his gorgeous forest-green eyes, she is not best pleased. And when Nina overhears him making fun of her, she is furious. (There might have been an incident with a koala onesie and a spilled bottle of milk, but that really wasn’t her fault!) So despite the spark between them, and the fact that he can whip up a fabulous dinner faster than she can say Michelin star, romance and Christmas are off the menu this year.

Unfortunately, Aunt Dolly hasn’t quite got the message, going to great lengths to provide a proper British Christmas for her beloved niece: a true home away from home. With sparkling lights adorning every wall and a tree to equal the Rockefeller Center’s and, yes, mistletoe above every doorway, can Nina resist the magic of Christmas – and stick to her no-romance rule?

What does TWG think?

I wasn’t mentally prepared for this series to end BEFORE I had even begun reading the final installment, and now, having demolished the read in a matter of hours, I am utterly devastated that the series is now finished!! I have read many of Karen Clarke’s novels, and I can honestly say that this is, by far, the best series she has ever written.

‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ sees the return of Dolly, Charlie, and all of the memorable gang in France. This time however, Dolly’s niece, Nina, has decided to take a breather from the recent heartbreak at home. She wants to try and steer clear from the festivities this year, but her Aunt Dolly has other ideas.

Nina’s French escape didn’t exactly start the way she was wanting it to, especially after finding out that her home away from home has ended up being an escape for Charlie’s friend, Ryan; a man who has more drama following him than the Kardashians!

The chemistry between Nina and Ryan was instant, and the banter they shared had me in hysterics multiple times. I loved the ‘he said/she said what??’ moments more than anything.

It was wonderful to be able to catch up with Aunt Dolly again, but as I said before, I am gutted that it also happened to be the final book in the series.

I LOVED ‘I’ll be Home for Christmas’, and I wish I had enough words to explain just how much I fell in love with the story and the characters. Everthing about the story just worked; from the heartbreak to the emotional moments, to the touching and hilarious ones. Honestly, this book had everything for me and I would quite happily read it again in an instant.

The perfect festive treat that’s full of warmth, humour, romance, and a big sprinkle of christmas spirit. What more could you want?

Buy now.

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Have you ever written an accidental love letter? #TheAccidentalLoveLetter @olivia_beirne @headlinepg @annecater #blogtour #review

Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Olivia Beirne’s ‘The Accidental Love Letter’. Also thanks to the publisher for the ARC.

What would you do if you received a love letter that wasn’t meant for you?

Bea used to feel confident, outgoing and fun, but she’s not sure where that person went.

Over the last few months, she’s found herself becoming reclusive and withdrawn. And despite living with her two best friends, she’s never felt lonelier. To make things worse, she’s become so dependent on her daily routine, she’s started to slip out of everyone else’s.

But when a mysterious battered envelope covered in stars lands on her doormat, Bea wonders if she could find the courage to open it.

It isn’t addressed to her, but it could be… if you squinted…

What does TWG think?

I really did enjoy the premise of this book. Olivia Beirne did a brilliant job at bringing her characters together utilising the theme of ‘family’. Whilst a lot of people associate relatives with who they are blood related to, there are a lot of people who include people who aren’t related to them. Sometimes they find themselves closer to the family members that they chose themselves as opposed to the ones that they were given.

Throughout the storyline, the focus on relationships and loneliness is incredibly rife. Bea didn’t seem to think much of herself, and her confidence both in her professional life and personal life, really held her back in terms of just ‘going for it’. Even though her personality was endearing, I did feel as though the author missed a trick as we didn’t really know much about her, only where she worked, who she lived with, what she was afraid of and her mum. There wasnt much of a backstory given about her and I felt that I was unable to connect with her as well as I would have liked, meaning that, even near the end of the story, Bea still felt like a stranger.

Like I said at the beginning, the premise of the book was enjoyable, and there were many strong elements to it which the author executed brilliantly, namely the care home. I wasnt too convinced that Bea’s flatmate issues had a necessary part in the story as they didn’t seem to fit with the overall consensus of the book. That said, I loved the warmth of the storyline and the journey it took in the latter half of the book – Olivia Beirne’s talents really shone through for me then.

‘The Accidental Love Letter’ is a heartwarming and hopeful novel, one that I wasnt putting down until the very end.

The Accidental Love Letter by Olivia Beirne, is published on the 17th October by Headline.

Pre-order now.

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#TWGReviews ft #BabyGarnet – ‘Izzy’s Magical Football Adventure by Emma Larkin @emmalarkinbooks @RaRaResources

Pardon the late review, but this evening I am delighted to be sharing my blog with someone a lot of you may already know; Baby Garnet aka my little girl, Eva. Many thanks to Emma Larkin for sending a copy of the book to review, and thank you to Rachel for asking us to be involved in the tour. Here is what TWG and BG think:

Izzy is a seven-year-old girl who lives in Ireland and loves all sport, especially Gaelic Football. Izzy plays football with her brothers on a regular basis in their back garden and dreams of playing for her county in the All Ireland Ladies Football Final in Croke Park when she is older.One day, Izzy puts on her great grandmother’s bracelet, which is made of old All Ireland medals that her great grandmother won a long time ago, and something unexpected and magical happens, which may make Izzy’s Croke Park dream a reality sooner than she expected…………….

What does TWG and BG think?

Izzy is just like most children; she wants to win at everything. Baby Garnet definitely agreed with Izzy’s way of thinking there, let me tell you!

The thing with that, as us parents know, is that when a child is determined to win at every game, they end up becoming very mad if they lose. (Baby Garnet is nodding her head here). Even though trying to make a child understand that it isnt all about winning, is no mean feat, it can be a little bit frustrating having to tell them that they cant win everytime. So, the fact that this book has a moral of the story to highlight winning and losing, is absolutely brilliant.

Not only that, the fact that the story is centred around football, something which a lot of children can get excited about, means that many children who read this book will end up being able to relate to it in one way or another.

I’m getting shouted at now as Baby Garnet wants to say something;

I really enjoyed the story, even if I am like Izzy and always want to win at things, mumma does tell me that it’s more important to try than win. Also, the colours of the pictures were pretty cool.

I think we both enjoyed Izzy’s story, and I thought the magical element was ingenious and definitely something to get children talking.

Buy now.

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Anyone want to join Tilly Tennant and I, as we visit ‘The Garden on Sparrow Street’? @TillyTenWriter @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in Tilly Tennant’s blog tour, and for the ARC. I am delighted to be sharing my review.

As the cold winter nights draw in, escape to the sleepy town of Wrenwick, where the streets sparkle with snow and a lonely young widow is about to find that true love really can strike twice…

As Christmas cheer fills Sparrow Street with excitement, grieving widow Nina is having a hard time. December is always a difficult month to face without her beloved husband Gray, the days feel long and bleak, and to cap it all, she’s just lost her job.

So when Nina hears that Sparrow Street’s Community Garden, one of Gray’s favourite places, is to be put up for sale she knows she must do something. Filled with purpose, she gathers the residents of Sparrow Street around her to turn the neglected patch of land into a Garden of Memories.

Working with her neighbours, single mum Kelly and eighty-year-old Ada, Nina soon finds that she’s not the only lonely soul on Sparrow Street. And as the community comes together and the garden flourishes, Nina can’t help but be drawn to Irish gardener Colm with his sparkling blue eyes and kind heart, finding herself confiding in him about all her recent troubles.

But just as Colm and Nina grow closer and he opens up to her about his own secret loss, Colm’s estranged wife returns from Scotland, wanting to try again. Nina knows she should let the man she’s falling for go – it’s the right thing to do. But what if fate has other plans in store? Will the beautiful garden on Sparrow Street have brought two people together only for Nina’s cautious heart to push them apart?

What does TWG think?

Now THIS is what I was waiting for!! Emotion, heartwarming events, colourful characters, uncertain romances, and the right amount of humour to even out the tender times. THIS is Tilly Tennant at her finest.

The concept of rebuilding a garden for the local community, isn’t one that i found to be unique. I have read several books which have centred around that particular thing and, in all honesty, I was a bit unsure as to how Tilly Tennant would make it her own. I know that there isnt really much that can be done to make the idea of a garden something to remember, but I must say that Tilly Tennant DID make the idea her own and I thoroughly enjoyed the way she made the community come to life.

Nina and Robyn have both suffered losses that have torn their lives apart. Whilst Robyn has more of an outgoing personality in terms of grabbing another romance by the begonias, Nina is more of an introvert and someone who cant help but worry about every little thing. I found Robyn a little much at times, often a little bit arrogant. I know that she was a bubbly person, however that seemed to make her think that she could walk into any situation like a bull in a china shop. I guess you could say that i related more to Nina due to her type of personality.

What I loved most about the book was that a group of people from all walks of life, came together to support one another, regardless of the issues that they were facing in their personal lives. On the outside, the residents of Sparrow Street seemed to have their stuff together, yet once the walls were brought down, they all ended up showing a different side to their personalities. Nobody judged each other for their issues, their worries and what not. They just helped in their own little ways and I loved that! It was such a heartwarming thing to see and I actually felt a little bit of hope, something which I’ve not genuinely felt in a while.

‘The Garden on Sparrow Street’ is more than just a garden, it’s about journies through life after loss, life after heartache, and living life before it ends up being a loss. I loved the amount of heart that the author invested in the storyline, and I loved being able to watch various characters feel confident enough to spread their wings, even whilst feeling uncertain. A genuinely touching, hopeful, and tender novel – I loved it.

Buy now.

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#IWillMakeYouPay. Well, I won’t but @teresadriscoll might! @amazonpub @ed_pr

Apologies for how late in the day this is, but massive thank you to EdPr for the blog tour invite and ARC of Teresa Driscoll’s ‘I Will Make You Pay’. Here is my review:

Every Wednesday, like clockwork, the terror returns.

It seems like an ordinary Wednesday, until the phone rings. A mysterious caller with a chilling threat. Journalist Alice Henderson hangs up, ready to dismiss it as a hoax against the newspaper. But the next Wednesday, the stalker makes another move—and it becomes clear that this is all about Alice.

Someone wants her to suffer, but for what? Her articles have made her a popular local champion—could it be her past rather than her work that’s put her life in danger? Alice is determined not to give in to fear, but with the police investigation at a dead end, her boyfriend insists on hiring private investigator Matthew Hill.

With every passing Wednesday the warnings escalate, until it’s not only Alice but also her family in the stalker’s sights. As her tormentor closes in, can Alice uncover what she’s being punished for before the terrifying threats become an unthinkable reality?

What does TWG think?

Goodness me – what a shocker!! I stayed up until 1.47am (to be precise) to finish reading this book. At first I was a bit ‘uhhhhhh another typical psychological thriller’, however once I got into the story, I soon realised that ‘I Will Make You Pay’ wasn’t typical at all. In fact, I was gobsmacked by how evil people could be! To some, Alice may come across as a bit of a doormat, to me I thought that she was just rather unlucky. She wanted to see the best in people and refused to see how conniving some people could actually be. A little naive, perhaps, espcially given the fact that she was a journalist, but she didn’t exactly ask to be treated like dirt by people. I mean, why would anyone do that?

I loved how devious and addictive the storyline was, with dark events and shocking characters making the storyline even more disturbing than I originally anticipated.

Of course I felt sorry for Alice – her life was in turmoil and her mother was terminally ill. The fact that a human would use that against another human is sickening. It did make for a bloody good read though!!

‘I Will Make You Pay’ has revenge at the core of its storyline, as well as multiple shocking undertones. Teresa Driscoll wrote the story in such a way, it felt as though it was happening in real life. The devastation that Alice felt was so powerful, I couldn’t help but be moved by what she had endured in such a short space of time.

If you’re after a shocking, multi layered and devious read, I cannot recommend this enough. A cracking read!

‘I Will Make You Pay’ by Teresa Driscoll is out now, published by Thomas & Mercer, priced £8.99 in paperback original

Buy now.

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Kate Bradley wants ‘To Keep You Safe’, how nice is that! #review @kate_bradley @Tr4cyF3nt0n @ZaffreBooks #blogtour

Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC.

You don’t know who they are. You don’t know why they’re hunting her. But you know she’s in danger.

What do you do?

When teacher Jenni Wales sees 15-year-old Destiny’s black eye, she’s immediately worried. Destiny isn’t your average student: she’s smart, genius IQ smart, and she’s in care. But concern turns to fear when Jenni witnesses an attempt to abduct Jenni from school.

Who are these men and what can Destiny know to make them hunt her?

With those around her not taking the threat seriously, Jenni does the only thing she can think of to keep Destiny safe: she takes her.

What does TWG think?

What on Earth did I just read?!? ‘To Keep You Safe’ is the perfect example of how people see things in their own way, regardless of what the truth is. The main characters, Jenni and Destiny, find themselves tangled in something very dark, and very sinister. But who is being truthful?

As a teacher, Jenni has her students best interests at heart, and is required, by law, to protect the children in her care and raise any concerns. Obviously that would be a lot easier if honesty was the name of the game.

This storyline is such a unique and psychologically twisted read that often put my head in a spin. Who did I believe? Who did I WANT to believe? As the storyline progressed, my empathy towards the characters kept cchanging – one minute I felt sorry for Jenni, and then the next I felt sorry for Destiny. What I thought was so clever about the book was the way the author made her readers think. She wrote the storyline in such a way that most readers, ie me, would end up not seeing what was directly in front of them. Then again, was that all part of the game too?

The thoughts of ‘what on earth did I just read’, visited my mind multiple times. I couldn’t get my head around the purpose of various characters actions, nor could I work out the intent of the storyline itself. Either way, I flew through this book because i was so addicted to its compelling vibe and uncertain futures for the characters. This may have been my first Kate Bradley book, but I don’t think that it would be my last, either!

Buy now.