#BlogBlitz! #Review – A Holiday to Remember by Susanne O’Leary (@susl) @Bookouture

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The next destination on the ‘A Holiday to Remember’ blog tour is TWG! Please have your passports and documentation ready for boarding! Big thank you to Bookouture for the invite to this world class destination, and for the upgrade to first class via the ARC. Here is my review, compliments of Captain TWG:

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A side-splittingly funny summer read about two best friends who decide to take a chance and travel the world, finding themselves – and finding love – along the way!

Until a few weeks ago, Leanne was a thirty-something who lived with her mother. And yes, she still slept under her Barbie bedspread.

Until recently, Maddy was married to a man whose golf club got more action than she did.

But not anymore.

Leanne and Maddy (and their miniature poodle Bridget) have packed their suitcases and bid goodbye to their dreary lives for the summer. After winding along Italy’s sun-dappled Adriatic Coast in a shiny red convertible, sailing around Croatia’s gorgeous Dalmatian Islands awaits them.

Days splashing around in sparkling turquoise waters and wine-fuelled nights under the stars are every girl’s dream. But with a devilishly handsome Italian on board, old flames to get over and holiday flings to contend with, there’s plenty of drama ahoy. One thing’s for certain, Leanne and Maddy’s trip promises to be a holiday to remember…

What does TWG think?

‘A Holiday to Remember’ is the long awaited sequel to Susanne O’Leary’s previous novel, ‘The Road Trip’, so I really do recommend reading the first book before you delve into this one. There is a lot of backstory to both Maddy and Leanne, and I feel that if you don’t have all of that then the rest of the story might not be appreciated in the way the author intended. Of course, that is just my opinion so if you’re not the type of person to do things in order, crack on with this book first! Both books are hilarious reads so you won’t be disappointed at all. Well, I don’t think so.

Maddy and Leanne are on the next part of their adventure as they take to the seas to appreciate the coast of Italy and Croatia in all of its glory. However, their holiday isn’t all sun, sea and……sexual endeavours, regardless of how much Leanne would want that to happen, especially when the communication between two of Leanne’s new found friends hits a wall and leaves Leanne wondering why on Earth she bothers with the opposite sex.

‘A Holiday to Remember’ is yet another fun-filled novel from Susanne O’Leary. I loved how we were able to pick back up with the characters as though we had only said good night, instead of seeming like the individual novel that it actually is. Very seamless – brilliant.

Maddy and Leanne’s endeavours had me laughing out loud and rolling my eyes more times than I care to admit, however, whilst the humour is brilliant, I felt that the previous novel was a little bit more funnier than ‘A Holiday to Remember’ and that is probably because there are a lot deeper situations going on this time round. I’m not saying that that is a bad thing by the way as I thought the intense elements were a brilliant addition to the author’s fantastic humour. There was a good balance, making me still feel as though I was reading a light-hearted book even when there were times I was reading anything but.

I would love to see Maddy and Leanne back again, as well as Bridget! Such a fun trio to read about, I don’t think I would ever get bored with their escapades!

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About the author.

Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties (including MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, featured in Full Irish), or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

Visit Susanne at her website or her blog. Find her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Affair by Sheryl Browne (@SherylBrowne) @Bookouture


Day two of Sheryl Browne’s blog blitz is here!! I am trying my hardest not to pee in excitement as I get to share my review of ‘The Affair’. What an absolute BELTER of a book this is. Honestly, you won’t be disappointed! If you don’t believe me with that alone, you can read my review below. Big thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC.


The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.

What does TWG think?

Seriously folks, what the FUDGE! Oh….my…actual…flipping…goodness! I just….HAH. Apologies, I will try to fill this review with proper sentences, honestly. I’m just struggling to get my head around what I have recently read. ‘The Affair’ isn’t a novel that will give you a bit of a headfunk then leave you to finish your cornflakes in peace. No. Completely the opposite in fact! Not only did my head seem content with going at the speed of light, every time I turned the page of the book, the storyline decided to take over my thoughts and if I didn’t sleep properly before now, I certainly didn’t last night!

Straight away the author drops a metaphoric bomb on the book. No joke. There’s no easing in the storyline, no holding your hand and preparing you for situations later on down the line. None of that. If you’re wanting a read which keeps you on the edge of your seat from the word ‘go’, turns your spine into a tingling mess, and completely rips your emotions apart, you certainly won’t go wrong with ‘The Affair’.

I was aware that Sheryl Browne was good at tearing me apart after reading her previous novel, but this one is a whole new ball game. It didn’t just tear me apart, it hung me out to dry and left me completely and utterly broken. I wish I was being overdramatic but I’m actually not. Browne has outdone herself with the intense depth, cleverly crafted storyline, and copious amounts of ‘what ifs’, ‘whodunit’, ‘whys’ and goodness knows what else. Having read a lot of psychological thrillers already this year, it is taking a lot to impress me. That said, Browne clearly had no problem whatsoever in impressing me with ‘The Affair’, and I am still blown away by the hard-hitting words my mind digested.

The only thing I would say as a slight irk, is that I found Alicia an extremely weak character, even when she was thrown into situations which required copious amounts of strength personally, as well as a lot of strength involving her family. However, it certainly helped matters that her character was supported by a very three dimensional, secretive and uncertain man, aka her husband. I say secretive not because of the fact he was hiding things, but more to do with the fact his emotions were kept under lock and key. Well, sometimes it felt as though his emotions were triple locked but lets not be pedantic!

It is abundantly clear that I absolutely loved ‘The Affair’ and, given the nature of the storyline itself, I probably shouldn’t have as it completely broke my heart as well – clearly the signs of a very, very, VERY good novel.

A twisty, dark, emotive, addictive, and utterly brilliant novel from Sheryl Browne. This author is one to watch and I intend to stalk her and her books in the nicest way possible….

Buy now!

About the author.

Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE AFFAIR – the second of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. 

To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Forgotten by Casey Kelleher (@caseykelleher) @Bookouture


Late in the day this may be, but I hadn’t forgotten to post! (See what I did there?!) I’ll see myself out….
Anyway, second and final day of the blog blitz for Casey Kelleher and ‘The Forgotten’, and I am delighted to be sharing my review as part of it. Big thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


The more people you love, the more you have to lose…

Nancy Byrne might be the head of the notorious Byrne crime family, but she’s determined to give her little daughter, Scarlett, the best start possible.

After the death of her beloved father, the notorious gangster Jimmy Byrne, nothing’s stopping Nancy from making money on her own terms – even if she has to combine motherhood with providing for her entire family. But with enemies at their door, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her loved ones.

But then comes the day when Scarlett goes missing, snatched by a stranger during a trip to the local park, and Nancy’s world is torn apart. Amidst the terror of losing her precious daughter, Nancy is sure of only two things. Someone has taken her daughter … and when she finds them, there’s going to be hell to pay.

Can she find Scarlett – before it’s too late? Or will Nancy’s life of crime come back to haunt her in the worst way possible?

What does TWG think?

If I didn’t wonder what went through the author’s head before now, I certainly do now!! What an explosive, heart in mouth, gut wrenching novel this is! ‘The Forgotten’ may be the third and final book in the ‘Byrne Family’ trilogy, but it certainly packs a punch!

I don’t want to reveal too much in case I accidentally give anything away, however I do urge you to switch off/unplug any phone before you begin Casey Kelleher’s latest release as it requires your undivided attention and, if you’re anything like me, you would be incredibly annoyed if you were to get to the nitty gritty parts of the book and get disturbed by someone telling you that you have had an accident. Y’know, THOSE calls.

There are a lot of unlikeable characters in this book, yet weirdly enough, there are also a few characters who you just can’t help but like. Even if they are amongst the ‘bad guys’. I love Nancy’s persona and her fiery attitude – she certainly knows how to put people in their place! Okay her actions are somewhat questionable, yet she is a character who I just love. She’s one hell of a b…..ch, I love it!

Despite Nancy’s frosty exterior, her softer side was awakened when she had her daughter, Scarlett. However, things don’t always go to plan and when Scarlett went missing, I felt physically sick. I had no idea what was going to happen, but based on the outcomes for other characters in the book, I didn’t hold out much hope. You would need to be made of stone for that part of the storyline not to affect you in some way!

Casey Kelleher never fails to deliver on suspense, grit, powerful situations, and thrilling circumstances. ‘The Forgotten’ is one book that you won’t be forgetting in a hurry what with its cut throat storyline, its rollercoaster themes, and enough grit to cover the length of the M25….twice.

Buy now!

About the author.

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. 

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. 

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise, The Betrayed, The Broken and her latest release The Forgotten is due for publication on the 7thAugust 2018.

For all news and updates:

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

#BlogTour! #Review – The Lost Letters by Sarah Mitchell (@SarahMwriter_) @Bookouture


Last but not least is my review for ‘The Lost Letters’ by Sarah Mitchell. Huge thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Here is my review:


Canada, present day 

When Martha’s beloved father dies, he leaves her two things: a mysterious stash of letters to an English woman called ‘Catkins’ and directions to a beach hut in the English seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea. Martha is at a painful crossroads in her own life, and seizes this chance for a trip to England – to discover more about her family’s past, and the identity of her father’s secret correspondent.

Norfolk, 1940

Sylvia’s husband Howard has gone off to war, and she is struggling to raise her two children alone. Her only solace is her beach hut in Wells, and her friendship with Connie, a woman she meets on the beach. The two women form a bond that will last a lifetime, and Sylvia tells Connie something that no-one else knows: about a secret lover… and a child.

But the tragedy of war brings heartbreaking choices. And a promise made between the two women will echo down the years, and could change everything for Martha…

What does TWG think?

Can I just take a moment to appreciate just how STUNNING this cover is?! This has got to be one of my all-time favourite covers that Bookouture have ever created – simply stunning!

Oh this is a little gem of a read! Instead of being a told a story set in the present day, us readers are lucky enough to not only meet characters from the present, but to be able to step back in time to where it all began….so to speak. If you’re the type of person who enjoys finding out how things became the way that they are now, you are in an absolute treat as Sarah Mitchell has done just that with her characters, Martha, Connie and Sylvia. With Martha still grieving the loss of her father, anything she comes across reminds her of him, especially when she finds letters written to a mysterious ‘Catkins’. Yes, I know, who is Catkins, and why were she and Martha’s father in contact? If Martha delved into her father’s past, would she end up unearthing things that she would have preferred not to know? Or will those letters end up being the key to finding out more about where she came from?

Such a sticky situation with no correct answer. My heart went out to Martha, but selfishly I was eager to find out the truth about her past and her future. I wasn’t going to sit there and relish in it, nothing like that at all, I guess I was just curious about Martha’s past. As I said to begin with, Martha’s life is in the present, yet the story does switch between the ‘now’ and 1940, where the war was raging and uncertainty was rife. Especially for Sylvia. However, when I first came across Sylvia’s character, I couldn’t help thinking that there was a lot more to her that meets the eye, I just couldn’t put my finger on what or why that was. Sylvia certainly is one of a kind and whilst I did find myself becoming emotionally attached to her situation, I struggled to feel complete empathy towards her decisions. That said, how can anyone judge someone’s situation when they’re not living it themselves?

The historical element to ‘The Lost Letters’ was beautifully written, and the characters were delicately crafted, creating a very spirited and emotive storyline for readers to lose themselves in. If you’re after a storyline where the pace is faster than a train, you will be disappointed as the true beauty of this book isn’t in how fast it flows, it’s in how much it gets under your skin.

An enchanting, thought-provoking and dynamic read – I am looking forward to reading more from Sarah Mitchell in the future.

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About the author.

After graduating from Cambridge University, Sarah Mitchell practised as a barrister in London for 20 years, working in the field of human rights and European Law. She was tempted to write fiction for a long while and finally signed up for an introductory creative writing course with the Open University. Two years later she took a sabbatical from the bar to do an MA in Creative Writing at the UEA and has never looked back. THE LOST LETTERS is her first novel, inspired by a walk on the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea to calm her nerves before starting the MA, and the decision her grandparents almost made to evacuate her mother to Canada at the start of the Second World War. Sarah now lives back in Norfolk – where she grew up – with her husband and three almost-grown-up children, and combines writing with some legal work.

You can follow Sarah Mitchell on Twitter at @SarahM_writer

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Telegrams and Teacakes by Amy Miller (@AmyBratley1) @Bookouture


Day two of the blog blitz for ‘Telegrams and Teacakes’, and it is an absolute pleasure to be able to share my review as part of it. Big thank you, as always, to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


‘There was no denying it, being cheerful was a challenge. You just had to be grateful for small mercies: a sunny day, a night without an air raid, an extra rasher of bacon from the butcher.’

England, 1942: 23-year-old Betty runs away from Bristol to make a new life for herself. Betrayed by her husband, Betty flees to the seaside town of Bournemouth, where she has fond memories of childhood holidays. There, she finds a small family bakery, in desperate need of a new shop girl…

At the Barton BakeryBetty finds a sanctuary with shopkeeper Audrey Barton, but Audrey is fighting battles of her own. Her husband is at war and in grave danger, she is heavily pregnant, and her customers are horrified by the demands imposed by rationing.

Audrey’s stepsister Lily receives a letter from a man she once loved very much, a man she thought was lost to her forever. He offers her a new future with him, but one that will mean sacrificing so many of her hopes and dreams…

As Winston Churchill tells the country to ‘never give in’, the women of the Barton Bakery struggle on to keep their families, homes and loved ones safe in a time of turmoil.

What does TWG think?

Book three in the ‘Wartime Bakery’ series, and what a corker it is! I have loved this series from book one, and I can honestly say that with every book Amy Miller releases in this series, the storylines just go from strength to strength and the bar gets raised even higher.

Even though I have read a fair few books between the previous book and ‘Telegrams and Teacakes’, I was able to slot back into life at Barton Bakery very easily. I guess that each book could be read as a standalone perfectly fine, but I would definitely recommend that you read the books in order as there are a lot of characters who come and go throughout the series.  I think some readers may find that they will miss out on little snippets of information which may later become important, if they chose to read the books out-of-order. However, if you think you can cope with that, then by all means read them whichever way you choose – just as long as you read them all! They’re fabulous!

Oh Audrey…what a selfless, warmhearted, caring and considerate lady she is. I was worried sick that she might end up working herself to the ground, especially when the family bakery becomes full to the brim of people who Audrey can’t see go without. It just goes to show how fierce the level of community spirit was in the wartime, because a lot of people would get their noses pushed out of joint if they did what Audrey did. She is definitely a cut above the rest, even though I wanted to shout at her to take it easy. But again, it just goes to show just how times have changed in regards to pregnancy and what not.

Hand on heart, I don’t think that I would ever get bored with this series. Please say that there is another book coming soon?!

‘Telegrams and Teacakes’ certainly gave me food for thought and made me appreciate the little things in life that little bit more. Once again, Amy Miller has delivered a touching, jam-packed novel which delivers in excellence from start to finish. A truly wonderful and inspiring read, one that I won’t be tiring of anytime soon.

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About the author.

Amy Miller lives in Dorset with her husband and two children. New to saga, she has previously written women’s fiction under a different name.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – My Very Italian Holiday by Sue Roberts (@suerobertsautho) @Bookouture


Huge thanks, as always to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in this blog blitz. Here is my review of ‘My Very Italian Holiday’ by Sue Roberts.


A beautiful guesthouse, a fresh start and a hunky Italian. Does it sound too good to be true?

Once upon a time, thirty-year-old Gina was on top of the world. Running a gorgeous hotel in the Lake District with her husband Adam was a dream come true. But then her world was turned upside down.

When Adam tragically passes away, Gina is left all alone. Her friends and her sister try to cheer Gina up with wine-fuelled karaoke nights and plenty of gossip – yet life has never quite been the same.

But when an Italian guest comes to stay at her B&B, change is in the air. Before long, Gina finds herself in Lake Como, thousands of miles away from her life – and her heartbreak. But it’s not all picturesque mountains, pizza and prosecco. The crumbling lakeside guesthouse that Fabio has inherited from his family needs some serious TLC. Is she up to the challenge?

As Gina and Fabio work in close quarters, sparks start to fly. But Fabio has a secret he is scared to share, and Gina has her past to come to terms with. Does her heart belong back home or is a life in the sun – with a very handsome Italian – just the change of scenery she needs?

What does TWG think?

Overall, I enjoyed the premise of Sue Roberts’ novel. There was romance. A hunky man from overseas. A main character who was determined to restart her life after being made a widow. As well as a rather positive message which the author delivers via her characters actions.

However, as I have never stepped foot onto Italian soil myself, I had rather hoped that the storyline would incorporate the country a little more than it actually did, which was a shame. Don’t get me wrong, I am sure Fabio’s Italian made a lot of readers go weak at the knees, so at least there is that!

‘My Very Italian Holiday’ is fun, carefree and full of enchanting positive vibes. I do think that the author is good at making her characters come across relatable and ‘one of us’, which for me is a definite thumbs up. However, I did find the main concept of the storyline a bit too predictable, but for a book that didn’t require too much extensive thought, I would definitely recommend Sue Roberts’ novel if you’re fancying a bit of fun.

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About the author.

I live in Lancashire with my long term partner Derek and have had a lifelong love of writing, encouraged by winning a school writing competition at the age of 11.

I always assumed that ‘one day’ I would write a book, always having a busy household and a job, the idea remained firmly on the back burner but never forgotten.

The inspiration for my first novel came to me on a holiday to a Greek village. My daughters had left home and suddenly the time had come to write that book! 
 

#BlogTour! #Review – Murder on the Marshes by Clare Chase (@ClareChase_) @Bookouture

The third blog tour today is for Clare Chase and ‘Murder on the Marshes’. Big thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:


As the sun rises, a wealthy young woman – Samantha Seabrook – is found drowned in the ornamental fountain of a deserted Cambridge courtyard, the only clue – an antique silver chain wound tightly around her throat. 

It’s Tara Thorpe’s job to discover what happened to Miss Seabrook – but the case becomes personal when she learns that Samantha had been receiving death threats… rather like the one that landed on Tara’s doorstep the night the woman died.

Together with Detective Inspector Garstin Blake, Tara tracks the killer to the dank and dangerous fens on the outskirts of the city. 

But there’s something Tara can’t quite admit to Blake about her past – and it could make all the difference to whether they live… or die.

What does TWG think?

Please say that I’m not the only one who finds this cover intriguing?! For quite a simplistic image, it sure as hell packs a punch, that’s for sure!

There is a lot to sink your teeth into where this storyline is concerned, especially when a local woman is found deceased, and local journalist, Tara Thorpe, finds herself on the receiving end of some not so nice post. Is Tara’s package related to the death of college professor, Samantha Seabrook? Or has Tara’s past finally caught up with her? With so many questions to answer, it becomes the job of DI Blake’s to get to the bottom of the issues that are arising in Cambridge.

I think I have found my new favourite duo! Tara may not be a DI, but her insight to Cambridge through her job as journalist, helps the DI paint a bigger picture when it comes to trying to nail Samantha’s killer. Unfortunately, seeing as Cambridge isn’t exactly small and the majority of the book is set near a college campus, the list of suspects rises dramatically almost straight away. DI Blake and Tara give the storyline a different lease of life due to their relationship and how well they work together, and I feel that the author was very clever in giving the characters their own spotlight with individual chapters as it meant that I was able to lose myself into the storyline via two different perspectives.

‘Murder on the Marshes’ is a highly engaging, very promising start to an exciting new series. Clare Chase intense and descriptive story telling made for excellent reading, and I cannot wait to find out what’s in store for Tara Thorpe next time.

Buy now!

About the author.

Clare Chase writes women sleuth mysteries and recently signed a three-book deal with Bookouture for a new crime series set in Cambridge. The opening book, Murder on the Marshes, is available for pre-order and will publish in July 2018. The mystery follows investigative journalist Tara Thorpe as she teams up with Detective Garstin Blake to solve the murder of a young female professor at Cambridge University. The case takes them through the dark underbelly of Cambridge and in to the murky fens that surround the centuries-old city. The second and third books in the series are scheduled for publication in late 2018/early 2019.

After graduating from London University with a degree in English Literature, Clare moved to Cambridge and has lived there ever since. She’s fascinated by the city’s contrasts and contradictions, which feed into her writing. She’s worked in diverse settings – from the 800-year-old University to one of the local prisons – and lived everywhere from the house of a Lord to a slug-infested flat. The terrace she now occupies, with her husband and teenage children, presents a good happy medium.

As well as writing, Clare loves family time, art and architecture, cooking, and of course, reading other people’s books.

Clare’s debut novel, You Think You Know Me, was shortlisted for the Novelicious Undiscovered Award 2012, and an EPIC award in 2015. It was also chosen as a debut of the month by Lovereading.

You can find Clare’s website and blog at www.clarechase.com

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald (@DMacDonaldAuth) @Bookouture


Happy publication day to Dee MacDonald and ‘The Getaway Girls’! It isn’t often that I break a few day blog break to do a blog tour, but when Kim Nash from Bookouture asked me to be involved, I just couldn’t say no, especially after reading her debut, ‘The Runaway Wife’. Huge thank you to Bookouture for both the blitz invite, and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


One morning, Connie McColl wakes up and decides to swap her ordinary life, for an extraordinary adventure…

Connie McColl is finally free to make her own decisions for the first time in decades. And when she meets glamorous Gill and downtrodden Maggie, at a rather dull flower arranging class, it seems that she’s not the only one dreaming of adventure. The three very different women all agree it’s about time they had a holiday to remember.

So they make a pact for this summer to be their best yet – and drive off into the sunset together…

As they meander their way along the beautiful beaches of France and onto the glorious delights of Italy in their luxury campervan, the new friends have plenty of fun and frolics in the sunshine. But the vacation isn’t quite what they expected…

Gill will do anything to have one last holiday romance, Connie has a surprise inheritance awaiting her in Italy, and Maggie has a secret that is going to catch up with them all…

In the end, all three women discover that the journey they thought would be their last really is just the beginning…

What does TWG think?

Having read, loved, and absolutely adored the first meeting with Connie in ‘The Runaway Wife’, I was SO excited to get my hands on ‘The Getaway Girls’. Once again, Connie is getting itchy feet from staying in one place ‘too long’ and, now that she has the confidence to live her life to the fullest, the urge to embark on new adventures it’s too strong to ignore. Connie is at the stage in her life where she is expected to ‘act’ like someone in their late sixties, however someone of a certain age is meant to act that is, but she is more than willing to stick her two fingers up to anyone who chooses to stand in her way.

This time round, however, Connie has decided to drive to Italy, stopping off at some rather delightful sights on the way – but this is an adventure with a difference! She isn’t on her own! Connie and two other colourful characters, Gill and Maggie, have decided to accompany Connie on her travels. I’m just glad that they didn’t talk about expectations about their holiday before they set off, as I think that they would be rather shocked by the reality!

I loved how down to earth, relatable, and care free ‘The Getaway Girls’ was! Whilst I thought the overall vibe of the storyline was a little bit more serious and slightly less funny than the previous book, I still rather enjoyed catching up with Connie again and following her as she finally lives her life the way that she chooses. Of course, her summer came with a few hurdles, but it just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you are in life, you’ll always be tested by life itself, making those moments of peace very well deserved.

I thought Gill was absolutely brilliant, and I am so glad that Maggie chose to come out of her shell by the end of the book. My opinion of both characters to begin with, were very uncertain as they kept their guards up for reasons which only become clear further into the storyline. I felt quite emotional towards the end of ‘The Getaway Girls’ – all three ladies had been on quite a journey, seeing different sights for the first time, finding themselves, as well as opening their hearts whilst they still could, the friendships that they had forged as the reached the end of their journey was very touching and extremely poignant. I would consider myself incredibly lucky if I were to reach my sixties and find myself surrounded with ladies as loyal as Gill, Maggie and Connie.

A thought-provoking, energetic, promising, and huggable read which fills your heart quicker than a box full of puppies. Another delightful treat from Dee MacDonald!

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About the author 

The Runaway Wife is Dee’s first (published) novel but in fact she wrote her very first book – at around seven years of age! This was a love story which she duly illustrated before sewing all the pages together up one side. Writing was what she ‘was good at’ in school and she won several essay competitions, but then life got in the way and she didn’t pick up a pen again until after retirement.

Dee left Scotland and headed for London at the beginning of the swinging sixties. After typing her way round the West End she became an air stewardess on long haul routes with BA (then BOAC) for eight years. After that she did market research at Heathrow for both the government statistics and for BA, she became a sales rep., and was the receptionist at the Thames Television Studios in Teddington when they had the franchise.

She then ran a small B&B for ten years in Cornwall, where she lives with her husband. Dee has one son and two grandsons who live locally.

Her second book, The Getaway Girls, will be published in August.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Last Witness by Chris Merritt (@DrCJMerritt) @Bookouture


I am delighted to be one of today’s stop on Chris Merritt’s blog tour for ‘Last Witness’ – what a book! Huge thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


What if you made one mistake and it came back to kill you? 

Detective Zac Boateng’s old friend, Troy McEwen, is found dead in his home. The official verdict is suicide. But Boateng believes it was murder. And he thinks he might be next on the killer’s list.

If Troy didn’t take his own life, then who did? As he investigates, Boateng discovers a link to an incident from decades earlier. Mistakes were made that day. Lives were lost and secrets kept. Until now…

As more people who were there on that fateful day are found dead, Boateng knows that the killer is closing in on him…

What does TWG think?

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic opening!!! I have to say that my timing for reading ‘Last Witness’ was unbelievably shocking as the way which Troy was found deceased, was very close to home on a personal level. It probably should have done, but it didn’t put me off continuing to read the book at all, in fact, it made me more intrigued about what was going to happen throughout the rest of the storyline.

‘Last Witness’ is such a heart in mouth, fast paced and chilling read which kept my jaw on the floor, and my bottom on the edge of my seat. I’m not even going to give my opinion on certain parts of the storyline, as I really do think that you should read this book with the least amount of information beforehand. Trust me, the shock factor is amplified big time.

Zac is such an extraordinarily complex character and to be honest, you can’t really blame him for that. If you have read the first book in the series, you would be able to understand more. However if you haven’t, don’t worry though as ‘Last Witness’ can be read very well as a standalone. Zac’s complexity is weirdly endearing, even though I don’t think that we would ever be able to fully understand his personality, even if the author wrote another ten books with him at the forefront of the storyline. That isn’t a bad thing by the way, at all!

‘Last Witness’ is definitely a read which will raise your heart rate, lower your oxygen levels, and make your skin crawl. Hell, I heard a noise outside and literally jumped off the bed!

Chris Merritt is an amazing author who creates such magnetic and well-rounded stories, paving the way for his readers to be able to lose themselves in and unknowingly become an extra in the book. I really enjoyed ‘Last Witness’ and I cannot wait to find out what happens in Zac’s life next time – what a corker of a book this is!

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About the author.

Chris Merritt is a Clinical Psychologist and former diplomat based in London, who has been writing on psychology since 2010. In 2014 he decided to combine his Bring Her Back, his debut novel. He currently works on a mental health research project at King’s College London, and part-time as a psychologist in the NHS. When not working or writing, he loves climbing and basketball, and dreams of one day being able to work from home enough to own a whippet.

 Author Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrCJMerritt

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17558172.Chris_Merritt

#BlogTour! #Review – Her Mother’s Grave by Lisa Regan (@Lisalregan) @Bookouture


I could literally scream with excitement right now as I get to share my review of ‘Her Mother’s Grave’ by Lisa Regan! Big, big thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


When two young boys discover human bones buried beneath a tree in a trailer park, Detective Josie Quinn races to join her team at the scene. She used to play in those woods as a child, happier outside and away from her abusive mother, Belinda Rose.

Josie’s past crashes into her present when a rare dental condition confirms the bones belong to a teenage foster-child who was murdered thirty years ago. A girl named Belinda Rose…

Josie hasn’t seen her mother in years but, with an undeniable connection between her mother and the dead girl, does she dare track her down?

Just as Josie gets closer to uncovering a secret that will shatter her world forever, another body is uncovered. It’s suddenly clear that someone very close to Josie will stop at nothing to keep the truth buried forever.

As she battles the demons from her past, can Josie stop this killer before another precious life is taken?

What does TWG think?

OMG OMG OMG OMG! Just when I thought Lisa Regan couldn’t get any better, she goes and releases this bad boy! What a FANTASTIC book! I am a huge fan of Lisa Regan’s ‘Josie Quinn’ series, but I have to say that Regan has pulled all of the stops out with this one – her best book yet in my opinion!

I actually feel quite sorry for Detective Josie Quinn, she doesn’t exactly have it easy does she? Instead of being in the firing line indirectly due to other cases, this time round Josie Quinn is slap bang in the firing line and whoever has put her there isn’t going to cut her any slack until they say so. But why is Josie Quinn directly in the firing line this time? Who has she annoyed that much, that they feel the need to make her life a living hell? With so many questions filling Josie Quinn’s mind at record speed, she finds herself being supported by her team when things get a little bit, how do I put this, too close for comfort.

I’ve already said it once, but I’m saying it again – THIS BOOK IS F’BRILLIANT!!!!! From the very beginning, Lisa Regan lit the match on the suspense, upping the ante with every new chapter. ‘Her Mother’s Grave’ messed with my head and hung me out to dry – I honestly could not have wished for anything better as this book ticked every single box of mine, and then some.

Not only did I think the suspense and grit was bang on, I thought that the author’s cleverly crafted storyline was written incredibly well. Regan seemed to find the perfect balance between her rollercoaster storyline, and her colourful and larger than life characters. There wasn’t a moment where I thought one was overpowering the other, because everything just….worked.

As for the pace….wow, just wow! I was so hooked on the book that even though the pace was pretty steady, I couldn’t sit still as my legs just wouldn’t stop jiggling! It was as though I was close to running into the storyline myself, just to find out the truth! Yes, I realise that I couldn’t have actually done that, but when you’re that invested in a storyline, you can’t help but feel as though the situations are playing out right in front of you. Well, I do anyway!

I cannot recommend this book enough. For me, everything was spot on – I absolutely loved every single thing about ‘Her Mother’s Grave’ and I am in awe at just how brilliant this book is. You really won’t be disappointed!

Buy now!

About the author.

Lisa Regan is an Amazon bestselling crime novelist.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University.  She is a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. Find out more at her website: www.lisaregan.com

 Author Social Media Links:

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Lisa-Regan-189735444395923/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Lisalregan

WEBSITE: www.lisaregan.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6443334.Lisa_Regan