#Review! Invisible Women by Sarah Long @BonnierZaffre @Emily_BookPR #InvisibleWomen

invisible women

Isn’t it about time we talked about YOU?

Tessa, Sandra and Harriet have been best friends through first crushes, careers, marriage and the trials of motherhood. After twenty years of taking care of everyone else’s every need, they’ve found themselves hitting the big 5-0 and suddenly asking themselves: ‘what about me?!’

Sandra has a sordid secret, and Harriet is landed with her ailing mother-in-law. Tessa is looking for something to fill the gaping hole left by her youngest daughter’s departure for uni, where it seems she’s now engaged in all sorts of unsavoury activities, if Tessa’s obsessive late-night Facebook stalking is anything to go by.

When Tessa impulsively responds to an online message from an old flame, she soon finds herself waiting at Heathrow Airport for The One That Got Away.

But what will the plane from New York bring her? The man of her dreams, or a whole heap of trouble?

And could this be the long-awaited moment for Tessa to seize her life, for herself, with both hands?

What does TWG think?

One day, as I was feeling so downtrodden and incredibly invisible, I decided to find myself a new book to get stuck into. After less than a minutes worth of searching, a book appeared on my screen which couldn’t have been more apt if it had tried; Invisible Women. Coincidence or match made in heaven? I’m going to go with the latter! I really was in a funk of a mood, so to find a book which seemed to fit the bill with how I was feeling right at that very moment, I just knew I had to read it.

So I did.

Even before I had had time to settle myself into the storyline, the book had already thrown me a curveball which left me somewhat curious and somewhat impatient. I wanted to know what the monkeys was going on but seeing as the question mark loomed at the very start, I knew that I had a long wait to find out what was happening. Three women, three very different lives, yet all three ladies have one big thing in common; they are all about to hit the big FIVE-OH. Now, I’ve always known the age of mid-life crisis’ to be 40 (no offence to anyone 40 or over, just what I’ve seen about!). To see a storyline focus on the age of fifty and the realistic issues that could crop up at that time, well, it was like a little breath of fresh air and an eye-opener all in one go!

Sandra, Tess and Harriett have all reached the times in their lives where their children have flown the nest, they release that they can’t stop defying gravity for much longer and they think about all of the things that they SHOULD have done. No, no, no, I don’t mean going on a family vacation to a different country, or eating different food in a restaurant when your staple is always fish, chips and mushy peas. No. Things for them. Things that would make themselves happier, boost their confidence or actually make them feel….visible?

Whilst it may seem all to easy to just go and do things for yourself, when you have husbands like Tessa, Sandra and Harriett’s, the only thing that you’re likely to do for yourself is….er…..

Oh, my, god. All three men were absolute PIGS! One husband is like the spokesperson for selfishness and gluttony, another husband seems to have gotten muck in his eyes and forgets that his wife is indeed his wife, and not his maid, and the third one seems to have had his own issues but is now hell-bent on using the ‘woe is me’ card. Even.in.the.aftermath. Man flu doesn’t seem as bad now when you compare it to those three!!

There were times where I found the book to be a little slow, but, I actually think the storyline needed those slow moments to make the realism of the three situations more evident. Sarah Long hasn’t made all of the storyline bubbly, optimistic and cosy; she has made a lot of it modern, realistic and bulshy. I felt really sorry for one of the ladies as they were treated like absolute shizzmanizzle and I found myself getting rather irate. I say ‘rather’, I think I may have shouted at the book once or twice. I hope we weren’t meant to like the husbands in this book, because I can assure you that I did not!

‘Invisible Women’ is very cleverly written, witty and the underlying message throughout the storyline is a very important one. I was really hopeful that all three women would manage to find their callings in life, their happiness and their reason to keep going. At times I was urging them to just go for it but as an outsider, it was easy for me to sit here and say that.

Sarah Long is very witty in her dialogue and knows how to keep her readers enthralled by her words. Whilst ‘Invisible Women’ didn’t blow me away, it really was the tonic I needed when I felt low myself. Lots of giggles, powerful friendships and bucketfuls of determination, this book will really keep your attention from start to finish.

Thank you Bonnier Zaffre.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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#Review of Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland (@under_blue_sky) @bonnierzaffre

Lost for words

THIS BOOKSHOP KEEPS MANY SECRETS . . .

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never show you.

Into her refuge – the York book emporium where she works – come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories.

Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past and she can’t hide any longer. She must decide who around her she can trust. Can she find the courage to right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she ever find the words to tell her own story?

It’s time to turn the pages of her past . . .

What does TWG think?

Oh, wow. Just…wow. The title of this book couldn’t have been more apt if it tried. Why? Because, after whizzing through this novel as though my life depended on it, I was actually Lost for Words.

Set in a good, old-fashioned style bookshop (where else could be better for a storyline setting!!) we follow the life of Loveday Cardew; the bookworm of all bookworms if you will. Or, to go one better, she’s the prologue as opposed to the epilogue. Loveday sees the bookshop as the only place that she can truly be herself and not be expected to be something that she isn’t. It’s as though the bookshop is her safe haven…for now anyway..

As a massive bookworm myself, getting stuck into ‘Lost for Words’ really was a dream come true. Errrr, hello, a book about books!! Do I REALLY need to go into any more detail? No, didn’t think so!

As the storyline started to unfold, we weren’t just reading a story about books, deliveries and old memories. Due to Stephanie Butland’s majestic and beautiful use of descriptions, it was as though I could reach my hand out and touch a book, or smell the scent of historical hardbacks and various homes. Butland’s spellbinding writing made every single word jump off the page and imprint itself in my mind, as though I was physically seeing the books for myself. Extremely vivid imagery, it was as though the book came to life before my very eyes.

Again, ‘Lost For Words’ has one of those types of storylines where you want to sit with a coffee and talk AT someone about what you’ve read, wanting to tell them all the special things about the novel, and seeing as I want to do that right now, this review is proving to be quite tricky to write!

Now, even though I adore everything about books, I was rather pleased to learn that this particular storyline had even more beautiful things to discover, aside from books. The characters in ‘Lost for Words’ are definitely a mixed bunch, there were maybe one or two that I disliked. Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not saying. Cough. However, there were so many loveable and huggable characters waiting to be discovered on every page. Well, to me it felt like that. I can tell you that my favourite character was indeed, Loveday. There were many moments throughout the novel where I just wanted to scoop her up into a big hug, and try to protect her from anymore harm. Loveday is such a beautiful spirited, angelic minded character with fiery twist to her. In my opinion, Butland has created such an unforgettable character with such a heartwarming soul, to get all of those positive traits in one person was such a joy to discover.

‘Lost for Words’ isn’t just beautiful covers, iconic authors and magical, literary moments; no. One moment it seemed as though the storyline was plodding along in its own little world, then the next moment a characters life came crashing down on them with no warning. Truthfully? I don’t remember breathing during those parts, I don’t remember any other expression on my face except shock (my mouth was open), all I remember was that my heart was pounding and I was afraid. It was as though the storyline was brought to a standstill except for this one, extremely vivid moment…

I cried, multiple emotions came tumbling out of my eyes and I thought to myself, ‘this author is phenomenal’.

To create ONE storyline full of endless emotions, good memories and bad memories, multiple layered characters, AND an exceptional plot and setting, is just…mind-blowing. I have never read anything like ‘Lost for Words’ before, ever. It truly is in a league of its own and to be honest, not many other books come close to this one.

‘Lost for Words’ is a powerful, thought-provoking tale about one person’s journey to self discovery and learning how to be loved. Stephanie Butland’s outstanding writing style is what makes this storyline stand out from the rest, alongside her beautiful creation that is; Loveday.

Poignant, heart warming, and totally unforgettable; ‘Lost for Words’ is the soul-searching, exceptional novel that I have been waiting for.

With all my heart; wow.

Huge thanks to Bonnier Zaffre.

‘Lost for Words’ is available to buy now from: Amazon UK // Amazon US

#Review! The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even by @AnnaBell_writes @zaffrebooks

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When Lexi’s sport-mad boyfriend Will skips her friend’s wedding to watch football – after pretending to have food poisoning – it might just be the final whistle for their relationship.

But fed up of just getting mad, Lexi decides to even the score. And, when a couple of lost tickets and an ‘accidentally’ broken television lead to them spending extra time together, she’s delighted to realise that revenge might be the best thing that’s happened to their relationship.

And if her clever acts of sabotage prove to be a popular subject for her blog, what harm can that do? It’s not as if he’ll ever find out . . .

What does TWG think?

First thing’s first, I have been a mahoosive fan of Anna Bell’s novels since her ‘Don’t Tell the…’ books. Now, seeing as I am one of THOSE types of females that likes to keep the scorecard level(ish) in a relationship, I knew straight away that her brand new novel, The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even, had to land on my lap one way or another.

Between you and me, lets just say that I am not as bad (or as good, depends how you see it) as Lexi! Damn gurllllll!!!! There is getting even, and then there is getting even Lexi style. Just like a large percentage of the male population, Lexi’s boyfriend, Will, is sports obsessed. If a football match is on T.V he will move heaven and Earth to watch it, same goes for getting tickets to a stadium match. No, really, everything in Will’s life comes AFTER sport. Well, that’s what Lexi seems to think anyway, especially as her boyfriend lied to avoid going with her to her friends wedding…for sport.

It really is a female thing to put two and two together and end up with five, I’m sure we have all done it. If you haven’t, don’t worry as Lexi makes up for it! Lexi does not take the lie laying down and she makes him pay by hitting him where it hurts (noo, not THERE! oh just read the book).

I’m not going to lie, most of the lengths that Lexi went to had me in hysterics as they were extremely over the top! She seemed to have the nerve to do the sorts of things a lot of us are too wussy to do, and she totally ran with those ideas. Oh, by ran I don’t mean ‘jogging to the shop for a packet of biscuits’ type run, I mean a marathon type run. Lexi wasn’t going to be stopping her revenge anytime soon, let me tell you!

Whilst I did find most of her antics hilarious, I did end up feeling a little sorry for Will as I felt as though she was taking it a little too far. For me personally, the revenge parts went on a little bit too long. However, when Lexi had had her Snickers bar as she’s not herself when she’s hungry, the storyline took a belter of a turn and made me slap my hand to my mouth in shock.

Oh yes, I really wasn’t expecting the direction it took, but I most certainly welcomed the change with open arms. It was such a clever idea on the authors part and it really kept me on my toes. Look, I’m not the most romantic person, but Anna Bell’s novel chiselled some of the ice away from my heart with its romance and heart warming concept. If an author can do that to a renown Ice Queen then I am sold.

‘The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even’ is such a fun, bonkers, romantic, and hilarious read which will keep you entertained from start to finish. Full of shocking antics, cringy circumstances and a truck load of ‘what not to do’s’, TGGGtGE is the perfect book to forget all your troubles and get happy with!

Thanks Emily Burns & Bonnier Zaffre.

Buy now from Amazon UK