#BlogTour #Review – Annie’s Lovely Choir by the Sea by Liz Eeles @lizeelesauthor @Bookouture

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When twenty-nine-year-old Annie Trebarwith receives an unexpected letter from a great-aunt she’s never known, she leaves her shoebox-sized flat in London and catches a train to the rugged Cornish coast.

Salt Bay is beautiful and Annie begins to kindle a bond with her great-aunt Alice. Even though there is zero phone signal and the locals – including the gorgeous but brooding Josh Pasco – can be decidedly grumpy at times, Annie starts to feel at home in Salt Bay.

Soon Annie’s love of music leads her to relaunch the Salt Bay Choral Society, and she’s surprised to see how just much the choir means to the community – and she even starts to break through Josh’s surly exterior…

But London is calling Annie back, and she has to make a decision. Give up her old life completely, or leave Salt Bay, her new-found family – and the choir – behind?

What does TWG think?

Happy publication day to Liz Eeles and Annie’s Lovely Choir by the Sea! I am truly honoured to be kicking off the blog tour with a review. Hope you enjoy!

How STUNNING is that cover by the way!!

Let me just get this bit out-of-the-way first; I may have groaned a little when I saw that the book was set in Cornwall. I know, I know, it’s madness! Recently there seems to have been a rise in the amount of books set in Cornwall (not that it’s not a beautiful place btw!), and I did happen to think ‘not another one’. Wait, wait, let me explain! A lot of the novels that I’ve read that were set in Cornwall, seemed to be a bit ‘samey’; I was uber excited about Liz Eeles’ novel and I really was hopeful that it would be different from the rest.

You want to know something?

It only took until the end of the first chapter for me to decide that, Annie’s Lovely Choir by the Sea, is my MOST FAVOURITE book set in Cornwall so far, without a doubt! This book had everything I could have hoped for in a book and more. The main character, Annie, was introduced to Cornwall in the most unique and comical way; lets just say that that woman has a lot of balls!

I was hooked on Annie’s personality from the very beginning as she didn’t seem to take herself too seriously, unlike a certain other character in the book (naming no names)! I thoroughly enjoyed finding out Annie’s family secrets, as well as seeing Cornwall from a completely new angle. Honestly? It was fun. Most of the characters (again, naming no names) stood out in their own individual ways; each of them bringing something special to the storyline. Don’t get me wrong, there was a character or two (cough) that managed to rile me up the wrong way good and proper. No, seriously, I think I actually swore out loud whilst I was reading it; I couldn’t get over how self-absorbed one character was! I could not stand them! I have a slight feeling that I’m not going to be the only one either haha.

The direction in which the storyline took was unexpected and I loved it. Not only did it surprise me multiple times, reading Liz Eeles’ novel gave me a sense of belonging due to Salt Bay’s unity. I loved the fact that I was able to see Annie come out of her shell as the story went on; and as stupid as this sounds, I felt quite proud of her.

Annie’s Lovely Choir by the Sea truly was an idyllic, beautifully written, heart-warming story that made my heart swell with joy. There was something incredibly special about Liz Eeles’ novel and I can’t seem to put my finger on what that is. Maybe it was the storylines aura, I don’t know. It just gave me that feel good feeling, as well as the belief that anything is possible if you just get up and do it.

A phenomenal, mesmerising novel which is full of family secrets, heart-warming moments and the power to dream.
Absolutely beautiful; I love everything about this book and Liz Eeles’ captivating writing. Brava…really, Brava….

Thank you so much Bookouture!

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About the author

 Liz began her writing career as a journalist for newspapers and magazines before moving into the health sector as a communications manager and press officer. The low point of her career was abandoning an interview with Cliff Richard after two questions because she was about to faint – her excuse is that she was newly pregnant at the time.

Liz is from Gloucestershire but now lives by the sea in West Sussex with her husband and grown-up daughter. She spends a lot of time meaning to meditate, avoiding exercise, and missing her son who lives in London.

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The blog tour has only just begun! All the details of the hosts on this tour are below:

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#BlogTour! #Review of Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer by Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) @Bookouture

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Ella’s life just hit rock-bottom, but can a summer by the sea mend her broken heart? When life gives you lemons… make ice-cream!

Life hasn’t always been easy for single mum Ella, but she has just hit an all-time low; she’s jobless, loveless, very nearly homeless and, to make matters worse, now the owner of a pocket-sized pooch with a better wardrobe than her.

Packing her bags (and a bigger one for the dog), Ella sets off for the seaside town of Appledore in Devon to re-live the magical summers of her youth and claim her portion of the family ice-cream business: a clapped-out ice-cream van and a complicated mess of secrets.

There she meets gorgeous and free-spirited solicitor, Ben, who sees things differently: with a little bit of TLC he has a plan to get the van – and Ella – back up and running in no time.

Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer is a heart-warming and hilarious romance that will scoop you off your feet and prove it’s never too late for a fresh start. The ideal holiday read for fans of Lucy Diamond, Abby Clements and Debbie Johnson.

What does TWG think?

Eeeee!! Over the moon to be one of the stops today on Sue Watson’s blog tour for her brand new book, Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer! Love, love, LOVE HER! Hope you enjoy my review!

As soon as I find out that Sue Watson is due to release a brand new book, I begin to feel the excitement (quite similar to Christmas Day as a child) start stirring, deep within. Now, of course, if I have to wait a few weeks for a Sue Watson book and I know that it’s on its way, well, I do become rather impatient. Reading a Sue Watson book is quite similar to the feeling of getting into a freshly made bed; the calmness, comfort and soothing touch, feeling all of your worries disappear from your mind for the duration of the book (or, as soon as you snuggle into your brand new duvet). Bliss, right?

Almost every single time that I finish one of her novels, I always wonder how on Earth she will top that particular book with her next one. But you know what? She does! Sue ALWAYS manages to up the ante on her own storylines.

Take Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer for example; a deliciously enticing front cover don’t you think? A cover that is bound to bring back childhood memories of visits to the beach, 99’s and the good ol’ marmite opinion flavour; Neapolitan. I’m sure you’re probably nodding your head in agreement right now, because it IS true. Now, the thing about Ella and her Ice-Cream Summer, well, the storyline goes wayyyyy beyond the calm childhood memories and it delves a lot further than I could have anticipated. I too, thought that this book was going to be a tutti-frutti style storyline; colourful, sweet and completely one of a kind, based on the cover. But, this storyline isn’t just tutti-frutti. No. There were moments where the storyline had the depth of chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream, the intensity of Karamel Sutra ice-cream, the vulnerability of raspberry ripple ice-cream and the uniqueness of a tiramisu ice-cream, topped with coffee sauce and a sprinkle of chopped nuts.

In a nutshell, Sue Watson’s novel contains everything you could ever dream of. Ella is stuck in a rut; her children are growing up and becoming less dependent, her living situation isn’t the most reliable, and a four-legged friend struggles to decide on a tutu or pjs for a lounge day. If Ella wanted a bit of excitement in her life, excitement is what she shall get (and no, I don’t mean that she bought an ice-cream with two flakes instead of one. Although….). Every family comes with their own collection of skeletons in closets, however, Ella had absolutely no idea about the amount of skeletons there were in her own family’s collection.

Road trip to Devon anyone?


Ella’s Ice-cream Summer tickled my taste buds from start to finish. I had only reached 5% completion on the Kindle when I had to put the book down to attractively snort in hysterics at the words in front of me. 5% was all it took to make that happen, imagine what the rest of the book must have been like! Oh, wait, I don’t need to imagine as I have read it, nerney ner ner! How mature of me…

I absolutely ADORED this book. The characters were incredibly written, full of surprises and incredibly memorable (Ben.cough.Ben), the overall theme of the novel uncovered itself really nicely throughout without rushing to a conclusion, and the hilarity really did continue until the very end of the book. Sublime.

When it comes to a Sue Watson novel, I usually feel sad that the story is coming to an end and I would have to wait a while for my fix; that was not the case this time (there’s another book in the series, but shhhhh). Don’t get me wrong, I felt like I was leaving my long-lost friends behind as they were amazing to get to know; their journey really was such an enticing read. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, without a doubt.

Sue Watson has written yet another hilarious, heart-warming and utterly inviting read, full to the brim of surprises, delightful treats and one of a kind characters. Whilst I adore everything that this author writes, Ella’s Ice-cream Summer has got to be my most favourite book of Sue Watson’s, ever. I really have no idea how she does it, but she does. Every.Single.Time.

I cannot recommend this book enough! You will be a tool not to go and buy a copy of it; surrender yourself to Sue Watson’s beautiful and comforting words, with this addictive and memorable storyline. Absolutely divine (as always)!

Thanks Bookouture!

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About the author
 

Sue Watson was a journalist on women’s magazines and national newspapers before leaving it all behind for a career in TV. As a producer with the BBC she worked on garden makeovers, kitchen takeovers and daytime sofas – all the time making copious notes so that one day she might escape to the country and turn it all into a book.

After much deliberation and copious consumption of cake, Sue eventually left her life in TV to write.  After a very successful debut novel, Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes Sue signed with Bookouture.
 
 

#BlogTour! #Review of Dead Souls by Angela Marsons (@WriteAngie) @Bookouture #DIKimStone

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The truth was dead and buried…until now.

When a collection of human bones is unearthed during a routine archaeological dig, a Black Country field suddenly becomes a complex crime scene for Detective Kim Stone.

As the bones are sorted, it becomes clear that the grave contains more than one victim. The bodies hint at unimaginable horror, bearing the markings of bullet holes and animal traps.

Forced to work alongside Detective Travis, with whom she shares a troubled past, Kim begins to uncover a dark secretive relationship between the families who own the land in which the bodies were found.

But while Kim is immersed in one of the most complicated investigations she’s ever led, her team are caught up in a spate of sickening hate crimes. Kim is close to revealing the truth behind the murders, yet soon finds one of her own is in jeopardy – and the clock is ticking. Can she solve the case and save them from grave danger – before it’s too late?

An addictive, sinister crime thriller that will have readers on the edge of their seat.

What does TWG think?

Such an honour to be one of today’s stop on Angela Marsons’ blog tour for her new book, Dead Souls, which was published by Bookouture on the 28th April 2017! Thank you to Kim Nash from Bookouture for inviting me to be involved in such an outstanding authors blog tour.

First DI Kim Stone novel, ever! Yes, I know, you’re probably wondering where on Earth have I been hiding to not have read any of the previous books in the series, I even wonder that myself!

It didn’t take me long to fall for Kim Stone’s personality at all, in fact I think it only took me a couple of percent to agree with what other readers have been saying about her; FABULOUS. For me, Kim Stone’s character came across as such a down to earth and real individual, which I loved. It’s not often you read a novel where the leading character is severely kick ass and blunt, yet is still connected with her emotions.

I am a huge fan of storylines where there is a huge question mark looming from the very beginning, as watching the storyline unfold and waiting for the secrets to come to light, is what grips me and keeps me interested. I was so pleased when I noticed that ‘Dead Souls’ hopped, skipped, and jumped its way into that category. From the very start of the book, I was engulfed with information such as brand new characters, investigation information, as well as copious amounts of unanswered questions. And you know what? I literally rubbed my hands together in excitement, there was just so much grit and dirt to sink my teeth into! Part of me felt a tad apprehensive though, yet I have no idea why!

Even though the storyline was incredibly generous with its plot and levels of intrigue, there were several moments during the book where I felt like the speed of novel had slowed. Don’t get me wrong, it still kept me interested as more information was being given and the characters changed direction due to circumstances at the time, yet it seemed to take a while for everything to come together and the suspense levels to rise. When the storyline did come together it didn’t take long at all for goose bumps to cover my entire body and a nervous feeling to set up camp in the pit of my stomach. I just wish the last part of the book wasn’t so boom-boom-boom ‘the end’. That said, what a belter of a book!! Maybe it leaves the door open for Kim Stone to return, I don’t know. But, judging by the fact I wanted more, I really do hope that we get to see more of Kim Stone.

I thoroughly enjoyed Angela Marsons’ novel, especially the complex investigational skills and questionable character personalities; absolutely brilliant. I can definitely see why Angela Marsons’, ‘Kim Stone’, series has sold so many copies!! She certainly knows how to keep her readers dangling, and wanting more with her exceptional writing skills.

Again, remind me why I haven’t read a ‘Kim Stone’ novel before now? If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be making my way to Amazon right about now to hide in book one of this series!
Oh, and yes, I highly recommend this novel; such a brilliant and intense read that was led by a sassy and kick ass Detective. What more could you want?

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author.

Angela lives in the heart of the Black Country with her partner, bouncy puppy and potty mouthed parrot.

It has taken many novels to find that one character who just refused to go away. And so D.I. Kim Stone was born.  The D.I. Kim Stone series has now sold over 2 million copies.

www.angelamarsons-books.com
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The party isn’t over yet, folks!! There is still more to come where this blog tour is concerned, so feast your eyes on the graphic below to follow the rest of the tour!

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#BlogTour! #Review of Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell (@Caroline_writes) @Bookouture

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Close your eyes … Just pray you don’t wake up.

A killer stalks the streets of East London. All over the area, murdered young women are discovered, their bodies posed into disturbing recreations of fairytale princesses.

Detective Ruby Preston is determined to hunt down the murderer who is using the women to realise his dark fantasies. But when body parts are found at the home of her lover, Nathan Crosby, Ruby is torn between her job and her heart.
Convinced that he is being framed, Ruby must catch the killer before Nathan becomes the number one suspect. But as more victims are found, it becomes harder to prove his innocence.

As Ruby starts to close in on the twisted individual, can she stop him before he strikes again? And how well does she really know the man she loves?

A terrifying, addictive, serial killer thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, for readers of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.

What does TWG think?

Fairy tale princesses, murder investigation, AND a storyline full of more suspense than Snow White has dwarves; what more could you want from a book? There is a murderer on the loose who seems to be channelling their inner ‘Brothers Grimm’ by killing women and having their bodies pose; fairy tale style. Surely if they had wanted to see a real life version of Sleeping Beauty, it would have been easier to take a trip Disney World instead? Just a thought..

Detective Ruby Preston is on the case, once again as she hunts for the murderer of such a twisted and grim crime. Ruby Preston has a massive task ahead of her as she tries to find the culprit and answers to the questions that have been forming in her mind at an astonishing rate.

Geeeeeessshhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!! Never mind what was going through the murderers mind, I want to know what goes through the author’s mind!! To deliver yet another chilling, graphic and extremely suspenseful novel without losing any trademark grittiness hot on the heels of a previous novel, takes an incredible amount of talent. Talent that is instantly recognised as Caroline Mitchell’s. I shan’t be picking ‘Sleep Tight’ as my bedtime read any time soon, even if the title does suggest sleeping tight! I didn’t even sleep tight the first time I read the storyline! Well, I slept with my eyes open if that counts haha.

Ruby Preston is a belter of a character to read about, and follow the life of as she just oozes SASSINESS. I really wouldn’t want to cross her down a dark alley, that’s for sure! She is absolutely brilliant, it was as though this storyline was made for her (well, it was but you catch my drift).

It goes without saying that I read most of this book in between my fingers, not that that would have stopped the women getting killed but y’know! The storyline was graphic yet without that level of spine tingling description, I don’t think I would have enjoyed the novel as much. After all, if you’re going to write a storyline that involves murdered women posing as fairy tale princesses, it needs to look the part doesn’t it? So, yes, the goose bumps and slight nausea aside, the on point descriptions made Mitchell’s storyline come to life.

‘Sleep Tight’ is my most favourite Caroline Mitchell book to date due to the never-ending suspense and shocking moments. You definitely WON’T be sleeping tight after reading this, and you most certainly won’t be putting the book down until you have finished reading every single word. Guaranteed. I have no idea how Caroline Mitchell writes flawless plots and knifey characters, but I can tell you something, she is absolutely sublime at it.

Big thanks to Noelle from Bookouture.

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About the Author:

A former police detective, Caroline has worked in CID and specialised in roles dealing with vulnerable victims, high risk victims of domestic abuse, and serious sexual offences. Originally from Ireland, Caroline lives with her family in a pretty village on the coast of Essex.  She now writes full time.


#BlogTour! #Review of Lie to Me by Jess Ryder (@jessryderauthor) @Bookouture

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How can you tell the truth… if all you’ve ever known is a lie?

Three minutes. That’s all it takes for Meredith’s entire world to fall apart when she watches the videotape of her four-year-old self with Becca, the mother who abandoned her.

Meredith can’t believe what her eyes have seen. Yet what if her memory has locked away the painful reality of her childhood? Can there be any truth in the strange and dangerous story her mother forced her to tell on camera? 

The search for answers leads Meredith to Darkwater Pool, the scene of the murder of a young woman, Cara, over 30 years ago. What could possibly be the link between her mother and the victim?

To find the truth Meredith must search through a past that is not her own. The problem is, she’s not the only one looking…

What does TWG think?

‘Lie to Me’ intrigued me from the very first moment I laid my eyes on the cover and the title; I couldn’t wait to get stuck into what I hoped would be a rollercoaster storyline.

Meredith is at the age where she has the ability to stand on her own two feet, as well as having the option to use her own mind to work out whether something should be pursued or not. Whether Meredith CHOOSES to think for herself or stand on her own two feet, is another thing entirely; especially where her father is concerned. After all, aren’t daughters the apple of their fathers eyes?

To begin with, there was no tip toeing around a storyline or the characters emotions, it was as though I had nose dived into a quicksand moment in the plot; all I could do was watch the events unfold without budging. I tried to get my head around what was happening but seeing as I had only come across one small piece of a MASSIVE jigsaw puzzle, I knew I had to be patient and bide my time by getting to know the characters, look for vital clues and not over think each situation. It’s safe to say that I was rather gripped by the book nihon straight away, hard not to be with an opening like that!

A very, very promising start to the novel made TWG rather happy, I raced through the first third of the story as though my life depended on it.

There was a point in the storyline where things started to travel in slow motion; the characters seemed unsure of their destinations and the plot seemed to struggle between ‘weak’ or ‘strong’. Don’t get me wrong, there were times where my palms became sweaty and Jess Ryder’s fantastic, descriptive writing created vivid imagery in my head, yet every now and then it just…dipped. For me, the parts where Meredith took control by going one step further when she shouldn’t have done, were my most favourite parts as they were the most gripping to read. However, what confused me the most was getting told brand new information, new characters getting involved yet none of which led to any clear resolutions. Instead, I found myself with a lot more questions than answers, all of which I hoped would conclude further on in the book; unfortunately I found that to not be the case.

I can clearly see what the author had set out to do in terms of suspense and grit, she did manage to achieve the desired effect for a lot of the book in my opinion. However, the lack of conclusion left me feeling a little bit unfulfilled. Now, if Ryder came back with another book following on from ‘Lie to Me’, that would be a whole new story and one I would LOVE to see happen. It really does have the premise to expand into another book and I really do feel as though it may give the author more scope to tie up some loose ends.

Overall, I did quite enjoy ‘Lie to Me’, thanks to its rather gritty and descriptive storyline, as well as it’s punch main character, Meredith. ‘Lie to Me’ has the punch, the suspense and enough skeletons in its closet to rival The Addams Family. Even though I couldn’t gel with a proportion of the storyline, I am really looking forward to seeing what Jess Ryder releases next.

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author

Jess Ryder is the pseudonym of Jan Page, author, screenwriter, playwright and award-winning television producer.  After many years working in children’s media, she has recently embarked on a life of crime.  Writing, that is.   So she’s very excited about the publication of her debut thriller Lie to Me.  Her other big love is making pots.

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We have come to the end of Jess Ryder’s blog tour for her debut novel, Lie to Me! Incase you have missed any of the previous stops on the blog tour, you can find the blog details below. Huge thanks to Bookouture for including me on this tour!

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#BlogTour! #Review – A Wedding in Italy by Tilly Tennant (@tillytenwriter) @Bookouture

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Sun, spaghetti and sparkling prosecco. When it comes to finding love, there’s no place like Rome…

Kate is living the dream with her gorgeous boyfriend Alessandro in his native city, but the reality is sometimes a little less romantic than she’d hoped. Every day in her new home is a fight against leaking pipes, her cantankerous landlord and her less-than-perfect grasp of the Italian lingo. 

All around her there is talk of weddings, but when a secret from her past is thrust out into the open, Kate must fight to prove to Alessandro’s Mamma – and the rest of his formidable family – that she truly is Italian marriage material. 

With the women in Alessandro’s life on a mission to break them apart, the cracks begin to show and Kate starts to question if Alessandro really is the man of her dreams. Can love and the city of romance conquer all, or is that just a fairy-tale?

Let Rome steal your heart this summer in this gorgeously romantic escapist read. Perfect for fans of Jo Thomas and Abby Clements.

What does TWG think?

Having read (and enjoyed) the first book of this series, ‘Rome is Where the Heart is’, I was rather intrigued to see what would be in store for book number two (this one in case you didn’t know 😉 ). I had to leave my character reservations from the previous novel in the past, and begin the latest novel severely unbiased. It was hard!

Kate wanted to be with the man that she fell in love with on her holiday; should she stay or should she go? Well, just like the saying goes, ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’! In Kate’s mind, her new life was going to be the romantic, stress free fresh start that she was desperately craving. In reality though? You’ll need to find out for yourself and read the book!

Even though I tried to keep an open mind where the characters were concerned, I found myself getting rather irked with the same ones, especially Alessandro. I know a lot of readers loved him, BUT, I found his controlling nature extremely over powering. It bugged me, I’m not going to lie. Saying that, it was lovely to see Kate’s personality blossom and her own individual confidence to start shining through.

I really did enjoy the punchy storyline and the dramatic feel to the entire novel. There was ALWAYS something going on for me to sink my teeth into, and I found myself constantly tapping my kindle screen to turn the pages as I was reading it that fast!

I have to say though, out of both of the books in the series so far, ‘A Wedding in Italy’ is my most favourite as it had a completely different vibe to it. For me, this book had more of a relaxed overall storyline, mixed in with more lifestyle drama and the gutsy friction; does that make sense? I’m all for a bit of girl power I must admit!

‘A Wedding in Italy’ made me go weak at the knees due to the beautifully written descriptions and character confidence. Kate really held her own in this storyline; it was wonderful to see her shine, it really was.

Tilly Tennant’s novel made me laugh, angry, as well as making me feel extremely overjoyed at being on yet another FABULOUS, Tilly Tennant book journey. I thoroughly enjoyed going back to Italy and being part of a beautiful journey of self discovery and true love. Such a lovely, lovely book.

Thanks Bookouture.

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About the author

From a young age, Tilly Tennant was convinced that she was destined for the stage.  Once she realised she wasn’t actually very good at anything that would put her on the stage, she started to write stories instead. There were lots of terrible ones, like The Pet Rescue Gang (aged eight), which definitely should not see the light of day ever again. Thankfully, her debut novel, Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was not one of those, and since it hit the Amazon best seller lists she hasn’t looked back. Born in Dorset, she currently lives in Staffordshire with her husband, two daughters, three guitars, four ukuleles, two violins and a kazoo.
 
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That’s a wrap ladies and gents!! If you have missed any of the stops on Tilly Tennant’s blog tour, you can find the blog names of all the hosts on the picture below. Huge thanks to Kim Nash at Bookouture for inviting me on the tour!

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#BlogTour! #Review: The Beachside Flower Stall by Karen Clarke (@KarenClarke123) @Bookouture

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A heartening and uplifting read about lost love, true friendship, and blossoming romance. Perfect for fans of Cressida McLaughlin, Cathy Bramley, and Debbie Johnson.

Carrie Dashwood fled Dorset ten years ago when her best friend Megan stole her love, local heart-throb Tom. Now she’s back to help run her aunt Ruby’s flower stall in idyllic Shipley.

Trying to persuade herself that her feelings for Tom are in the past, Carrie plans to avoid him and Megan completely. But it’s not to be, because Ruby’s Blooms are arranging the flowers for Megan and Tom’s wedding.

Soon Carrie’s crawling under the stall to hide and accidentally inventing an imaginary boyfriend… But with the stall’s finances in jeopardy and Ruby needing her niece more than ever, Carrie has to keep her emotions in check.

With bouquets to arrange, family secrets to uncover, and Tom unavoidably a part of her life again, can Carrie keep her cool, save the stall, and find her very own happy ever after?

What does TWG think?

I am thrilled to be popping back to Beachside Bay for another visit, as today I have the pleasure of being one of the hosts on Karen Clarke’s blog tour! ‘The Beachside Flower Stall’ is book two from the Beachside Bay series with ‘The Beachside Sweet Shop’ being book one. You can find my review of that book right here: #BlogTour! #Review of The Beachside Sweet Shop by Karen Clarke (@karenclarke123) @bookouture.

What a book! Carrie Dashwood is back in her hometown after many, many years and, whilst a lot of things have changed, one thing in particular has remained the same over the years; her feelings for Tom. Whilst Carrie continues to brush those feelings under the carpet (or flower stall), she remains blissfully aware (for now) that her feelings for Tom will be making their presence known, as will Tom himself.

Considering Carrie’s working background, I didn’t know whether to laugh or hold my head in my hands when she went to work on the flower stall for her aunt. I’m not being nasty by giggling, but she really was completely out of her comfort zone there yet she handled it like a pro. Okay, the customers may have thought that their children could produce tidier bouquet’s than she did, but her ‘go with the flow’ work ethic and trying her hardest despite being a complete novice, relaxed the storyline and instantly made Carrie THE most relatable character.

I know that fiction is allowed to create ‘perfect’ characters who complete every job, or task like they’re dab hand at everything and anything. I get that, but sometimes it’s quite nice to come across a character who isn’t perfect at a new job at first and they don’t take to it like a duck to water. It makes them seem ‘one of us’, does that make sense? I think it’s safe to say that Carrie was my favourite character in book, that’s for sure. I found the other characters nice in their own ways, well, except one, and they all brought something different to the over all feel to the book.

I really fell for this storyline hook line and sinker because of its warmth and heartfelt layers, the entire novel gave me such a fuzzy feeling! Probably will explain how I managed to finish the novel in one day then…

When the storyline branched out, we were able to find out more about Ruby, Carrie’s aunt. Let’s just say that for several chapters my heart broke for her and I really did wish for her dream to become a reality. I kept my fingers crossed haha.

‘The Beachside Flower Stall’ is by far my most favourite book of the series! I loved how the overall feeling of the book was able to change dependant on each individual character, as it gave the storyline the edge. I did find a certain situation to be a touch on the predictable side which was a shame for all of 0.5 seconds, however, it didn’t ruin how I ended up feeling about the book as a whole.

A beautiful, touching storyline which will have you feeling fuzzy from your head to your toes, and possibly your shoulders and knees in between. I thoroughly enjoyed The Beachside Flower Stall, especially as I was able to enjoy flowers without sneezing due to hayfever! I’m looking forward to seeing what Karen Clarke brings out next.

Thanks Bookouture & Netgalley.

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About the author

After giving up her job as a library assistant, Karen now writes full-time. She’s had over 300 stories published in women’s magazines in the UK and abroad, and has written three paranormal romantic comedies, published by Little, Brown/Corsair. When she’s not writing she reads avidly, walks dogs at her local rescue centre, and is eagerly awaiting the next season of The Walking Dead. She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (@RobertBryndza) @Bookouture

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He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

What does TWG think?

Eeeee!! So excited to be one of todays stops on Robert Bryndza’s blog tour for his brand new book, Last Breath, which was published by Bookouture on the 12th April! Big thanks to Kim Nash for inviting me onto the tour! Hope you enjoy reading my review.

I left reading ‘Last Breath’ until the last-minute as after reading the prologue a few weeks back, I found myself being a humongous wuss. As I’m sure you’re aware by now, thriller/killer novels haven’t always been at the top of my radar so when I do actually read one, i’m hopping, skipping AND jumping over my comfort zone line. I really had no idea what to expect with the latest Erika Foster novel, hell, I haven’t even read the previous ones! It was that apprehension which made me wait after all,  I needed to read the book anyway for my blog tour stop! After giving myself a kick up the youknowwhat –  I sat down to read the ‘Last Breath’ on the 10th April, the 10th April saw me finish the novel as well.

Yes, it took me a matter of hours to read.

OH.MY.GOD
OH.MY.GOD
OH.MY.GOD
THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As soon as I re-read the prologue I was absolutely hooked. I even had to pause and think to myself, ‘wait brain, you usually twat about right about now!?’. But I didn’t twat about, in fact, I just kept reading and cursed under my breath when my bladder required emptying, or my little person required food for the 17575738596th time that day. I JUST WANTED TO READ GODDAMMIT!

I can’t even summarise the storyline because I know I would end up typing something I shouldn’t. Every single piece of information needs in this book needs to be experienced through your very own eyes. It’s all well and good someone saying ‘oh my god it was so intense!’, if you haven’t experienced it for yourself. Plus, there aren’t enough adjectives to describe JUST how brilliant this storyline is. Being told that it is ‘an intense read’ does not do the book justice at all.

My heart felt as though it was going to pound out of my chest at around the halfway point, I was unable to think rationally, and my hand was getting so tired from being raised to my mouth, that it just rested against my cheek ready for the next ‘mouth open’ moment. The descriptions weren’t gorey in a horrible, scary kind of way; they were gorey in a way that shocked me yet taught me something. That sounds daft but I really had no idea about certain circumstances until now.

I kept fidgeting on the sofa whilst I was reading, as I had a horrible feeling that Erika Foster and her team were going to be too late. But as soon as that thought crossed my mind, something else happened. At that moment in time I felt like I was watching the drama unfold with my very own eyes as though I was able to see the scenery for myself, being able to smell an accumulation of aftershave and perfume mixed with car fumes. It was so surreal. The more vivid the imagery became in my mind, the more on edge I became and a mixture of anger, disgust and apprehension took over.

Have I said that I was hooked by the storyline? Haha.

After reading ‘Last Breath’ I cannot believe that I have never read an Erika Foster novel before. She is such a kick ass, mouthy and on point detective; I loved her!! Pardon the pun but ‘Last Breath’ too MY breath away. Never mind the X-Factor, Robert Bryndza has the SHOCK factor and my goodness he is PHENOMENAL at creating such nail-biting, intense and flawless storylines.

‘Last Breath’ is most definitely a book NOT to be missed. This book is full of complexity, suspense and kick ass characters, and to top it off, it also has a storyline which starts off brilliant yet it gets even better with every turn of the page. I never knew that was possible.

A unbelievably gritty, spell binding, intense read that is FULL to the brim of ‘hand in mouth’ moments. Absolutely incredible. I feel like I’ve missed out by not reading Robert’s previous novels in the series, but thanks to his AHHHHHHHMAZING novel, I will be binging on the rest of Erika Foster for Easter, no joke.

I think some of the books on my ‘top books ever’ list will be getting shunted down a peg or two! Move aside as Mr.Bryndza has now got a place on TWG’s most favourite books EVER.

Huge thanks to Bookouture!

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About the author
 

Robert Bryndza grew up on the east coast of England, but now lives in Slovakia with his Slovak husband. His debut romantic comedy The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard became an Amazon bestseller. He’s published further Coco Pinchard adventures and two more best selling stand-alone romantic comedies, but has always harboured a desire to write crime, and was a finalist in the BBC Writersroom Drama Academy.

Bookouture publish Robert’s crime fiction series featuring Detective Erika Foster and the first book in the series The Girl in the Ice has sold over 1 million copies.

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The blog tour for ‘Last Breath’ is nowhere near over! If you wish to check out the other stops on the tour, check out the details on the picture below!

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#Tour! #Review: Spring at Blueberry Bay – Holly Martin (@HollyMAuthor) @Bookouture #tuesnews

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Welcome to beautiful Hope Island where the sea sparkles, the daffodils are blooming and a blossoming romance is just around the corner…

Bella has always had a sunny outlook and caring nature, despite recently falling on hard times. When she finds a handsome homeless man on her doorstep, her kind heart tells her she must help him. So, she invites Isaac into her cottage and into her life in ways she could never have imagined…

But Isaac is not what he seems. He’s keeping a huge secret from Bella, yet he never expected to fall for this open, generous and charming woman.

Bella can’t ignore the chemistry between her and Isaac, but she’s had her trust badly broken in her past. Will she run when she learns the truth about Isaac, or will he be the one man who can help Bella believe in love again?

A gorgeously romantic and heartwarming story to completely lose yourself in. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jane Costello and Miranda Dickinson.

What does TWG think?

Being chosen as one of the lucky few bloggers to host a stop on the fabulous Holly Martin’s blog tour, is a HUGE honour. Thank you so, so much! I am beyond thrilled to be able to share with you my review of Holly’s latest release; Spring at Blueberry Bay, which was published by Bookouture on the 7th April 2017. I hope you enjoy my review!

Have you ever fallen so deeply in love that you cannot see anything else around you? Have you ever fallen so deeply in love that your thoughts are completely occupied by them, and not even the prospect of chocolate will be able to turn your thoughts elsewhere?

Me too -daydreams-.
Ahem!
What? You want more information?
Er, yes.
Okay. Fine.
Which man did you fall in love with?
With a man? Don’t be so stupid!
Errrr, did you fall in love with yourself?
No!!!!!! OH MY GOD, I cannot keep it to myself any longer…I fell head over heels in love with…..

THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m not even joking! It’s not the sort of thing you joke about, I mean, the book has taken my heart and has occupied my thoughts since I finished it! (Which reminds me Holly M, next book please kthx!). I also found myself a new book boyfriend although judging by the comments on social media at the moment, it’s looking like I’m going to be joining the huge queue! He seems to be a rather popular fellow and it’s no wonder really as he managed to get me RATHER hot under the collar once or twice.

Ha, ha, ha oh who am I kidding, more than once and I’m not embarrassed to admit that either! I also decided that Issac is ‘The One’ so his personality characteristics will be shown to prospective boyfriends. Gone are the days of swiping left and right on Tinder or poking someone on Facebook; instead the new thing is to shove a character in front of the person and be like ‘OI, if you aren’t a replica of this character then it’s a big, fat NUH’.

The main female lead in the storyline is called Bella. She has had such a difficult upbringing and has unfortunately found herself merely surviving, as opposed to living her life to the full. When a homeless man gets comfortable on Bella’s doorstep, the storyline then introduces the male lead, Issac. Despite Bella’s circumstances her heart still remains selfless, and other people’s needs are put higher on her list of priorities instead of her own. Now, there is a lot more to Bella’s and Issac’s situation that meets the eye, yet that seemed unimportant at first due to the firecracker chemistry between the two strangers.

What an incredible storyline though! Not only does the book contain two people who are fiercely attracted to each other with chemistry and sexual frustration that just jumps off the page and find its way to us readers, it also contains heart ache of a completely different nature which really made me think. As the storyline unfolded and Bella’s past became even more clear, I wondered how on Earth she has managed to stay so strong and be able to live her life with those thoughts in her head. I can’t even begin to imagine how Bella must have felt but Holly Martin certainly did a fantastic job of conveying Bella’s feelings and emotions into the storyline. I must admit that it really did blow me away.

I’ve already mentioned that the book contained scenes of a sexual and flirtatious nature -fans self-, and thought-provoking circumstances, yet the entire storyline seemed to constantly blossom in ways I can’t even describe. At one point my eyes were welling up at the sheer beauty of certain events.

If Holly Martin bottled the beautiful, poignant, raw, flirtatious and loving feelings which oozed from her book, she would make an absolute fortune. I wish I could fully explain just how beautiful the storyline was to read, and just how much it too my breath away. I honestly felt as though I was transported to Blueberry Bay itself, and you know what? I would have given anything to be able to stay alongside such humbling and diverse characters in such a wonderful setting.

I cannot recommend this book enough, truly. You really will be missing out on something unforgettable if you do not grab yourself a copy.

Spring at Blueberry Bay is a book EVERYONE needs to read and lose themselves in. Full of three-dimensional characters with such more-ish personalities, scenarios to keep you fulfilled in every single way (phwoar), and multiple emotional moments to keep your heart full and your soul loved.

A truly majestic and unputdownable book from the unbelievably talented, Holly Martin. Not only is this my most favourite book of hers to date, it has also become one of my most favourite books ever. I loved it.

Thank you Bookouture and Holly.

Buy ‘Spring at Blueberry Bay’ by Holly Martin now, from Amazon UK
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You will be a fool not to stop by the other incredible bloggers on this tour, you can check out their details on the picture below. Thank you so much to Holly Martin, and Bookouture, for inviting me on this tour!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Cornish Escape by Lily Graham (@lilygrahambooks) @bookouture

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Get swept away along the beautiful Cornish coast, where a love story in a long forgotten diary has the power to change one woman’s life forever.

Victoria Langley’s world crumbles when her husband leaves, but she knows exactly where to go to mend her broken heart. The rugged shores of Cornwall will be her perfect sanctuary. 

In the quaint, little village of Tregollan, nestled in the sea cliffs, Victoria is drawn to Seafall Cottage, covered in vines and gracefully falling apart. Inside she finds a diary full of secrets, from 1905.

Victoria is determined to unravel the diary’s mystery, but the residents of Tregollan are tight-lipped about Tilly Asprey, the cottage’s last owner. Just as she reaches a dead end, Victoria meets Adam Waters, the lawyer handling the cottage’s sale. He’s handsome, charming, and has a missing piece of the puzzle.

Tilly’s diary tells a devastating love story that mirrors Victoria’s own. Can Victoria learn from Tilly’s mistakes, and give herself a second chance at love? Or is history doomed to repeat itself?

An unputdownable and gorgeously romantic read about lost love and new beginnings set in the green hills and rocky cliffs of the breath-taking Cornish coast.

What does TWG think?

I am SOOOOO excited to be kicking off the blog tour for the AMAZING Lily Graham, alongside the also fabulous, Linda from Books Of All Kinds! What a way to kick off the tour!! Today is doubly special as it’s also Lily’s publication day for her new book, The Cornish Escape (published by Bookouture), from all the readers and I, a HUGE congratulations Lily! Kicking off a blog tour for one of your favourite authors is incredibly nerve-wracking (and an honour), as you want to do them proud. So, if you see this post around social media today please do share it everywhere (and Linda’s) so that we can create a huge buzz for Lily and her book. Thank you!
I hope you enjoy my review of Lily’s brand new book, The Cornish Escape.

When things in our personal lives don’t go to plan, we often feel the need to flee. ‘Why run away from your problems?’ you might ask, but when your heart has been broken and a life you thought you knew very well was no more, why NOT flee? Change of scenery, time to think; what’s so wrong about that? Who are we to judge, we aren’t Victoria.

Victoria’s marriage had come to an abrupt end, and instead of staying around to deal with pitying looks and bad memories, she takes off to a small village in Cornwall, Tregollan. Victoria has bitten the bullet and started her life anew, but what happens now? Well, it seems as though Victoria is in the mind-set that her life cannot get any worse than it is now so she decides to use that to her advantage by thinking with her heart instead of her head. Yes, yes, I know. I held my head in my hands as well! Such a BOLD move to think with your heart when logistics tell you something completely different, after all, we have all done it, right? -reminds self to not think with my heart for the last piece of cake….-

You know, I have never read a book of Lily Graham’s that I didn’t enjoy, yet with every new book you begin to wonder how on Earth will the author top the last novel. I’m not going to lie, I did wonder that seeing as I had given Lily’s previous novels 5*’s each and I had my fingers crossed for her newest one.

When I began reading the novel I knew straight away that it wasn’t going to be like her others. ‘The Cornish Escape’ had a lot more grit and power attached to it from an independent character point of view, as opposed to an emotional overall storyline. Two rather different storyline examples yet both brilliant.

Yes my friends, Lily Graham has done it yet again. Not only has she created a main character who is sticking her two fingers up at heart ache, heart break…and her husband, Lily has turned that character into a sassy fireball who still wears her heart on her sleeve and isn’t afraid to think with it either.

As the storyline unfolds, Victoria unearths an old diary which had been written by a lady called, Tilly. A lady who, (after careful detective work by Victoria and her new friend), has had her own fair share of heart-break. Be warned, you may need a tissue or two (or the whole box). Tilly’s story is, wow, beautifully sad. Is that even a thing? I’m sure you know what I mean, I was mesmerised by the whole diary if I’m honest.

Putting Victoria’s and Tilly’s stories together to create a heart warming, waterfall of emotion, was an absolute genius idea. It was different, poignant and totally relatable. Not every story will have the candy floss vibe to it and if I’m honest, ‘The Cornish Escape’ did not require any additional bulking out by fluff of the candy floss nature. This storyline has the power behind it to stand tall and fly the flag for real life situations, with REAL emotional values.

Once again I cannot fault a single thing of Lily Graham’s novel; she has written an outstanding storyline which may even end up being a heart-broken woman’s mantra.

A beautiful novel written from a beautiful heart. Outstanding.

A cosy, heart warming and beautiful read which transports you to a majestic Cornwall, all by the turn of a page. In my eyes, Lily Graham can do no wrong; this is her best book yet (and all hers are fab!).

Thank you Bookouture.

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About the author

Lily has been telling stories since she was a child, starting with her imaginary rabbit, Stephanus, and their adventures in the enchanted peach tree in her garden, which she envisioned as a magical portal to Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree. She’s never really got out of the habit of making things up, and still thinks of Stephanus rather fondly.

She lives with her husband and her English bulldog, Fudge, and brings her love for the sea and country-living to her fiction.

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