#Blogtour! #Review – The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper (@toodletinkbaby) @AnneCater @tesshenderson1 @EburyPublishing

Finally! It’s my turn on the blog tour for Roxie Cooper and her phenomenal new book, ‘The Day We Met’. Many thanks to Tess Henderson for the ARC, and thanks to Anne for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has. 

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything…

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story

What does TWG think?

Stop everything, unplug the phones, grab all of the tissues from your local supermarket, and get ready to go on the journey of a lifetime. Hell, I don’t even know how much you can prepare yourself for this book because I thought I was mentally prepared, but I was far from it.

Steph and Jamie meet each other by chance, and end up with a connection even BT would be proud of. So what is the problem? Well, the two characters may have found themselves getting on very well with each other, and they may understand each other on all sorts of levels, but the thing is – there can’t be no ‘thing’ between them as one is married and one is engaged.

Steph thought she had everything. She thought she was with a man who understood her little quirks, accepted her flaws, and loved her for who she was. And Jamie, he really had really found the love of his life. The yin to his yang. Hence why he married her, so why was he willing to risk everything for a stranger?

Without divulging too much, ‘The Day We Met’ is a very unique, yet very realistic portrayal of romance and the ups and downs of relationships. Roxie Cooper has created characters which are flawed, and have deep routed issues. She has also created characters who are sure of themselves and have their own five year plan, planned to perfection. The beauty of the contrasting characters in this book is that they work so well together and make the storyline come alive absolutely brilliantly.

Now, I was lucky enough to read this book last year and I am not ashamed to admit that I ugly cried to the point my body felt as though it had run out of water. I’m not even being dramatic as I instagrammed the fetching picture!

As the storyline progresses, the author drops hints about what lay ahead. If you’re anything like me, you would ignore those hints and pretend that the author has no idea what she is talking about. Yes, I refused to accept the possibility of an event. And yes, it did come back to bite me on the booty but only because I had fallen head over heels in love with both of the main characters and their journeys. I wanted them to celebrate, to be happy in each of their newfound situations, but life isn’t like that, is it?

I was utterly devastated by the turn of events later on in the story, but I couldn’t help but but be mesmerised by the beauty of how everything came together.

Yes, ‘One Day We Met’ is extremely emotional, but it is, beyond belief, the most beautifully written, heart wrenching, touching, and poignant novel I have ever read.

Roxie Cooper has written a movie worthy, highly enchanting, wonderfully crafted novel which has taken my heart hostage forever. Such a phenomenal, phenomenal read – I loved it!

Buy now!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #OnlyWhenItsLove by Olivia Spring (@ospringauthor)

I am sooooo excited to be today’s stop on Olivia Spring’s blog tour for her latest release, ‘Only When it’s love’. Huge thanks to the author for the blog tour invite and ARC – here is my review:

Alex’s love life is a disaster. Will accepting a crazy seven-step dating challenge lead to more heartbreak or help her find Mr Right? 

Alex is tired of getting ghosted. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’s destined to be eternally single. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right? 

Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her. 

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

What does TWG think?

Snigger. Laurie Love. Snigger. What a name!! No, I haven’t just decided to pluck names out of thin air. Laurie Love is the author of a self-help book which Alex’s work colleague, Stacey, recommended to her due to her amazing luck with guys.

I jest.

Alex’s track record is shocking when it comes to the opposite gender. Obviously I’m not laying all of the blame at her door, she must have met some right shockers! Anyway, to help her find the man of her dreams, she attempts to follow the rules that Laurie Love has set.

I thought that the concept of this book was brilliant fun! When Alex was ‘interviewing’ potential partners, I ended up holding up a scoreboard in my mind, a bit like Strictly Come Dancing for dates except they don’t voluntarily shout, ‘omg what a cactus!’.

Alex is such a relatable and down to Earth character – her personality had me in hysterics because she just didn’t give a monkeys whilst also trying too hard. She was brilliant. Randy. But brilliant!

I really felt that Olivia Spring’s writing style had relaxed in this book, meaning that everything just seemed to flow so naturally, I ended up forgetting that I was actually reading a book because I was so engrossed in whether Alex’s interviewees would be ends of a bell, a spikey cactus or a part of a males anatomy. Or all three. Of course I was hoping that she would find the man of her dreams who would treat her properly both inside of the bedroom, and out.

The humour is absolutely brilliant and the overall vibe is so unique an addictive – I really did enjoy ‘Only When It’s Love’!

Such a uniquely told, laugh out loud, dirty and flirty, addictive novel which puts romance on the map in the least slushy way possible, in the most brilliant of ways.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – The Happiness Project by Pippa James (@PippaJamesBooks)

Many congratulations to Pippa James on the publication of ‘The Happiness Project’. Today is the first day of the tour and I am delighted to be kicking it off with a review. Thank you to Bookouture for both the tour invite and ARC.

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

What does TWG think?

We are back with Frankie, Alison and Kate for another relatable tale about motherhood and regaining your confidence after a baby. ‘The Happiness Project’ is the second book in the series and, if you haven’t read the first book, ‘I Will Survive’, don’t worry too much as each one can be read as a stand-alone.

Out of the two books I think this one has to be my favourite because the vibe was more relaxed and less forced. I will admit that I wasn’t too sure of the storyline to begin with as I couldn’t work out what was happening in amongst the whinging between characters, however as the story progressed the main characters seemed to relax a bit more and I found myself giggling at the one liners more often than not.

It was great to see a different side to Alison, especially as she was thought of as the ‘up her own backside’ one who was ‘practically perfect in every way’. Of course that wasn’t the case as she was just organised and thought a lot about what people thought of her and her choices.

All in all, ‘The Happiness Project’ left me with a big smile on my face. The way in which certain characters came together at the end just made me feel as though I was on a cloud. Sometimes, even though you may be annoyed at something someone has done or what they’ve said, you end up realising that being the bigger person is more advantageous to your own mental health. I thought the way in which Kate stood up for her choices whilst pregnant (finally) was brilliant and it just highlighted how different everyone is, which of course isn’t bad at all.

An uplifting, sitting on a cloud read which made me giggle many times.

Buy now!

About the author.

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or Facebook.com/PippaJamesAuthor 

#BlogTour! #Review – The Talisman – Molly’s Story by Eliza Scott (@elizajscott1) @RaRaResources

We have reached the final day on the blog tour for ‘The Talisman – Molly’s Story’ by Eliza Scott. Many thanks, as always, to Rachel from RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.


Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

What does TWG think?

Molly’s Story is book number 2 in Eliza Scott’s ‘Life on the Moors’ series and, while I would usually say about reading books in order, these are perfectly fine to read any way you wish.

Now, because I have followed the series from book one, I had gotten to know some of the characters beforehand (Molly included).

I couldn’t stop snorting with laughter! The humour that was in this book was brilliant. I adored the sarcasm and banter between each of the characters – they really did make the story to be what it was.

Heck it, I’m just going to just come out and say it – at one point in the story I ended up disliking the author because I just wanted to shout ‘OMG HOW COULD YOU!!!!!’. I was utterly devastated by what I read and I am sure I heard my heart breaking into millions of pieces!!!! Obviously I can’t divulge what point in the book that was due to spoilers, but for those who have already read this book I am sure you are aware of what part I’m referring to!

I don’t mean it nastily that I disliked the author for a little bit, so nobody come at me with spikes or anything! I really wasn’t expecting those turn of events and it did take me several chapters before the author made it up to me for what she ‘did’ haha. Yes, my heart was fixed by the end of the book and Eliza Scott came back smelling of roses.

This book is such an emotionally intense, thunderstorm of a read which showed me rainbows as well as rain. Yes, my heart broke but it was written in such a poignant and realistic manner, it was as though the events were happening before my very eyes.

I thoroughly enjoyed being back on the moors with Molly, Kitty and the rest of the gang – my most favourite book of the series yet.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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About the author.

 Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

 

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Blog: elizajscott.com

Twitter: @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: @elizajscott

Facebook: @elizajscottauthor

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/ElizaJScott

Bookbub: www.bookbub.com/authors/eliza-j-scott

#BirthdayBlitz! #Review – The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke (@VictoriaCooke10) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

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Second blog post of the day is for a book birthday for Victoria Cooke and ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’. Happy book birthday!! I am delighted to be reviewing the book on such a special day. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

What does TWG think?

If you had asked me another day what I thought the secret to falling in love was, I would have turned around with a blank look on my face and said; ‘I don’t know, I don’t care’. However if you were to ask me the same question right now, I would, hand on heart, say that the secret to falling in love was in a Victoria Cooke novel. I’m not the most romantic teddy on the shelf, nor do i pretend to be, but i can appreciate when an author is talking my language where romance is concerned, and Ms.Cooke did just that.

We all love social media, well most of us do. We all spend a lot of time on it regardless of whether we like it or not, so the fact that the main character in this book, Melissa, goes social media free for a month, it was actually quite refreshing. That said, I don’t think that i could not go on social media for a month unless it was forced and not my choice to do so.

I ADORED how modern and relatable every little morsel of ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’ was! Melissa comes across as a character who has a lot of determination but lacks in confidence (much like a lot of us readers), and the fact that she just wants to be happy in all aspects of her life makes her someone you just want to sit and put the world to rights with.

Victoria Cooke has such an addictive writing style which had me ignoring everything around me for the duration of the book! That in itself was the secret to falling in love in my eyes, as I was under the authors spell completely.

This story reminds me of a modern day fairytale with a character who, whilst she may want a man on her arm, doesn’t necessarily NEED one. A laugh out loud, one of a kind read by an author who just knows how to make her readers fall in love with her characters as well as her writing.

Buy now!

About the author.

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in
pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’, in 2016.

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#BlogTour! #Review -Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman (@LucyColemanAuth) @Aria_fiction @RaRaResources

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It’s a RaRaResources day today as all of my blog posts are for this tour host! I hope you will join me for the three reviews I have lined up (I say lined up….i’m yet to type them but y’know!). First of three posts is my review of Lucy Coleman’s ‘Summer on the Italian Lakes’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and many thanks to the publisher for the ARC.

Lakes yellowBestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping – and steamy – love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling… Not only does she have writer’s block, but she’s a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.

So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer’s retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda – owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson – could this be just the thing to fire up Brie’s writing – and romantic – mojo?
Brie’s sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer’s very own happy-ever-after…

What does TWG think?

If you’ve ever wanted to go behind the scenes of an author’s life, then you’re in luck as the main character of this book is a best-selling romance author. I have a slight hunch that Lucy Coleman used her own personal experiences with writing to bring Brie’s character to life, by highlighting the highs and the lows of putting pen to paper. I thought it was brilliant as well how the author made people think about the romance genre as it had, and continues to do, negative press because people can’t understand the complexity behind writing romantic novels. Obviously that’s a nice way of putting it! Even though I am pleased that Lucy Coleman has openly, well, indirectly, defended her genre, I felt sad because why should she? Nobody gives bad press about thriller novels and people getting their heads lopped off, so why should romance authors defend the fact that they want to spread a little love around the place? You’ll have to excuse me – I’m going off on a tangent,  it’s just something i feel quite strongly about….if you hadn’t guessed already!

Anyway! Poor Brie not only has writers block, she also has self-confidence block because of just how much recent events have made her want to hide. People automatically assume that, just because Brie likes to write things that get her readers a little hot under the collar, that her own bed is getting a lot of attention. And no, I don’t mean sleep.

When Brie goes to Lake Garda to assist another author and his retreats, she manages to re-evaluate her life in more ways than one. Obviously I won’t say how she does that, but i definitely became her cheerleader that’s for sure!

I am probably going to sound like a pessimist here, but I spent a lot of the story sitting waiting for Arran to run. It’s not that i don’t believe in love, I just felt that Arran’s situation was incredibly fast and I suppose I couldn’t really invest in it because I was uncertain of the overall outcome. Like i say, I know i sound a bit pessimistic when I say this, especially as i wanted the ‘happily ever after’ as much as the next person, i just found it a little too….shall we say, convenient? Just to clarify – the above isn’t a negative remark towards the author and the way that she has delivered the storyline, it’s just my opinion on the characters lifestyle choices. I know the author put them there, obviously, it’s just hard not to think of them as real people.

I really enjoyed the realistic portrayal of a writers life alongside such wonderful, and heartfelt humour. The characters were such a fun bunch to get to know and I thought that Lucy Coleman did a sterling job at making readers (ie me) resonate with their personalities on various levels.

Brie has got to be one of my most favourite characters that Lucy Coleman has written, mainly due to the relatability of her personality but also because she shone with both her perfections and imperfections.

‘Summer on the Italian Lakes’ is such an uplifting, humorous, poignant read which will have you yearning for your own happily ever after.

Buy now from Amazon UK
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About the author.

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Year of Starting Over by Karen King (@karen_king) @Bookouture #publicationday

Massive congratulations to Karen King on the publication of ‘The Year of Starting Over’! I am absolutely delighted to be kicking off the blog tour today with a review – many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Last year was meant to be when Holly got her happy-ever-after. But stuck in a job that’s going nowhere, and a relationship that feels more like it’s going backwards… thisyear Holly hasdecided it’s time to change her life. She just has to:

– End the relationship with the commitment-phobic boyfriend
– Go on a proper adventure
– Learn to be herself again
– Definitely, categorically not fall in love.

Cramming her belongings into her little yellow Mini, Holly drives on to a ferry bound to Spain, to stay at a remote farmhouse near a beautiful village in the Andalusian hills.

But the day she arrives she nearly crashes her car into a gorgeous guy on a motorbike. He’s called Matias and their paths keep crossing, much to Holly’s irritation. Because as she learns to speak Spanish from the locals, finally starts laying out plans for her own design business, and sips sangria in the sunlit village square, Holly is beginning to remember who she is and what she wants.

So she won’t allow herself be distracted by Matias. Because this year – for Holly – there are more important things in life than love. And she won’t let yet another bad relationship ruin everything… will she?

What does TWG think?

Sometimes when things happen in our lives, we have to decide between fighting….or flighting. Not everyone has the luxury over going to a different country to think things over, so a lot of us only have the option to flee to the toilet to contemplate our lives whilst inhaling the new, seasonal toilet duck smell, as though cinnamon and spice will make us see things much clearer than good ol’ pine. Thankfully Holly had the option to think things through in Spain….

Poor Holly has lost sight of herself and what she wants from life. Instead of doing things or wearing things that SHE wants, she has been making choices based on what other people want, in fear that they won’t like her for who she really is. It’s a sad state of affairs when people feel the need to do that, isn’t it?

‘The Year of Starting Over’ really is a book which makes you think about the bare bones of your own life and everything you wish to achieve in the not too distant future. It wouldn’t be a Karen King novel if there wasn’t a man involved, so of course the storyline contains multiple eligible bachelors for Holly to think about….even though she has sworn off men due to the actions of snakey Scott.

I loved how tender and uplifting the novel was, and I absolutely fell in love with little Luna. What a character!! It was wonderful how we got to see Holly start the story as a little bud who got weathered along the way, finally flourishing in a way that she should have all along. It was a beautiful sight to see and Karen King has done an exceptional job of bringing Holly’s story to life in such a natural and humorous manner, whilst also ensuring that her readers took a step back to think about their own lives.

A cosy, fun filled and poignant novel that will highlight just how ‘okay’ it is to not be okay in life. Such a wonderful little book.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review -Wildflower Park Part Two – A Budding Romance by Bella Osborne (@osborne_bella) @AvonBooksUK

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I am sharing my review today, of part two in the Wildflower Park series, A Budding Romance. I fell in love with this series from part one, so I am delighted to be back on the blog tour for the next installment. Huge thanks to Avon Books for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Life’s not always a walk in the park…

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

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

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

What does TWG think?

This probably goes without saying but I had better say it anyway – ‘A Budding Romance’ IS part of a series, and because the novellas follow simultaneously, each of the books need to be read in order otherwise you’d end up missing out on some of the storyline.

We left the last instalment on a cliffhanger. Obviously I won’t tell you what that cliffhanger entailed, but trust me when I say that it was enough to read part two straight away. I just couldn’t wait to find out where the storyline was heading in regards to Sophie’s frustration and Anna’s annoyance. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t have a negative vibe at all, it’s just that when Anna’s ex appears at a place she feels herself, she can’t help feeling a bit miffed. Why won’t he just leave her alone? Surely he has done enough damage?

Things will make perfect sense if you have already read the first two books, but if you haven’t then i do highly recommend losing yourself in Wildflower Park.

Like I said above, this novella follows on from the first so I am trying my best to be quite vague with my review – I’m not doing it to annoy anyone!! ‘A Budding Romance’, once again, had me in hysterics due to Sophie’s humour, and the way that Anna’s working relationship is blossoming with her colleague. I say ‘blossoming’ very loosely as it isn’t as straight forward as it should be.

I really enjoyed the latest addition to the Wildflower Park series, and I thought the way that Bella Osborne created tension in such a loveable and hilarious manner, was an absolute joy to read.

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series – it’s safe to say that I am hooked!!

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – Maybe This Time by Jill Mansell (@JillMansell) @AnneCater @Headlinepg

It’s the final day of the ‘Maybe This Time’ blog tour, and I have the honour of closing the tour with a review. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Headline for the ARC. Here is my review:

When Mimi first visits her dad’s new home in the Cotswolds, she falls in love with Goosebrook and the people who live there. (Well, maybe not snooty Henrietta, who lets Mimi walk miles in the rain rather than give her a lift.)

There’s Paddy, with his flashing eyes and seductive charm. Friendly and funny Lois makes Mimi laugh. And seriously gorgeous Cal is welcoming and charismatic. Though Mimi loves her city life and her career, she’d be very happy to return to Goosebrook if it means seeing more of him.

Life is about to take some unexpected and shocking twists and turns. And Mimi’s path and Cal’s are set to cross again and again – but will it ever be the right time for both of them?

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to come right out and say it – Jill Mansell has done it once again! ‘Maybe This Time’ has the perfect amount of romance, drama, emotion – hell to put it simply, just everything.

From the word go, I was hooked on Mimi’s story. She had such a likeable personality, I really couldn’t wait to find out what was in store for her as the story progressed.

Without giving anything away, there is a lot of heartache in the story, a lot of which I was not expecting at all! My heart went out to everyone involved but I still had everything crossed that the people of Goosebrook would get their long awaited happily ever after. Believe it or not, that included Felix’s mum, Henrietta! She wasn’t the most likeable character in the book, heck, at times I wondered if she even knew HOW to be nice. Surely it must be exhausting being that bitter?!

It was very clear that Mimi had her heart set on one particular gentleman, and there were times when I nearly shouted at the book because I wanted her to do something about it! She clearly wanted to, so why didn’t she? Easy for me to say I know, but still – I just couldn’t help becoming invested in the lives of the villagers in Goosebrook. They were such a colourful bunch who gave so much to the storyline, it was so hard to choose a favourite.

Jill Mansell’s humour set the story alight in more ways than one. Many times I thought I was about to wake up my daughter with my laughing out loud! ‘Maybe This Time’ is such an energetic, beautifully written, captivating novel which held my heart in its hands until the very last page. With every Jill Mansell book I read, I am always sure that she can’t beat it with a new release, but she has. I adored this author’s previous book, and yes I did think it was her best book yet, but ‘Maybe This Time’ showcases Mansell’s talent in a way I never thought was possible.

I adored every single morsel of this book, it really was a story that just kept on giving. I don’t often reread books but I will be definitely reading this beauty again sooner rather than later.

An emotional, cosy, heartfelt novel which absolutely blew me away. Spellbinding and one of a kind – I loved it!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Finding Jess by Julia Ibbotson (@juliaibbotson) @RaRaResources #DrumbeatsTrilogy

Today is my third and final stop on The Drumbeats Trilogy blog tour, and what a ride it has been! Huge thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of the third book in the trilogy, Finding Jess:

Single mother, Jess, has struggled to get her life back on track after the betrayal of her beloved husband and her best friend. When she is on the brink of losing everything, including her family and her job, she feels that she can no longer trust anyone. Then she is sent a mysterious newspaper clipping of a temporary post back in Ghana. Could this be her lifeline? Can Jess turn back time and find herself again? And what, exactly, will she find?

Finding Jess is a passionate story of love, betrayal and second chances – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity.

What does TWG think?

Is it weird that I now feel a little bereft that I have reached the end of the trilogy? I’ve literally watched Jess grow up over the space of three books, walked alongside her as she made multiple journeys which carved both her present and her future, as well as feeling an emotional connection towards her and the unfortunate events she became involved in.

Jess has come a long way since the beginning, and in the third instalment of the trilogy, she still finds herself battling with that character who I would not wee on if they were on fire. At times I wanted to shake her because they had no longer had a hold over her so why was she turning into a doormat? I guess confidence is one thing….or lack of, especially as it had been knocked. It was just hard watching her melt as though she was in the wrong. No. The only thing she was in the wrong about was not telling them to go and fornicate oneself!!!

Whilst it was brilliant that the author wanted to keep readers up to date with snippets from previous books, (I’m assuming it was mainly for readers who were reading the books out of order), I did feel a little bit cheated by the fact that there were quite large chunks of a previous storyline merely pasted into the new one. It did feel as though I was just rereading past storylines when I just wanted to read more of ‘Finding Jess’. Like I say, I can see why the author did it and I can’t fault her for that at all, I just think that there could have been smaller references to the two previous books as opposed to substantial blocks.

However, I really did enjoy the storyline of ‘Finding Jess’ – I couldn’t believe how invested I had become! I got so annoyed by certain things that it affected me when I wasn’t even reading. I mean, that just goes to show how powerful Julia Ibbotson’s writing is!

I loved the way that Jess came into her own and flourished as her own person, yet part of me couldn’t help wonder whether we might see a storyline coming from Katy’s viewpoint instead. She seemed like such a troubled individual who needed steering in the right direction – it would be very interesting to see how her personality flourishes, I must admit!

‘Finding Jess’ cements Jess’ journey to self discovery and learning the ability to try to love the skin that you’re in. Jess’ story highlighted the fact that not everyone will like you, love you, want to be around you, and that’s okay because as long as you’re proud of yourself, and as long as you love a part of yourself or are willing to try to love yourself, that is what matters the most.

This storyline, as well as Julia Ibbotson’s poignant narrative, took me on my own little journey. I am so thankful that I was able to get the chance to open my eyes to a path I never would have found otherwise. Jess’ story is one that I will remember for a very long time and, as long as Julia Ibbotson keeps producing novels, I will be reading her meaningful, heartfelt and enchanting words for a very long time to come.

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About the author.

Award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher, then a university lecturer and researcher. Finding Jess(2018) is her sixth book and the last of the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins and ends in Ghana). Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.

Acclaimed author of:

Drumbeats (2015), the first of the trilogy set in 1960s Ghana: sometimes you have to escape to find yourself.

Walking in the Rain (2016), the second in the trilogy set in 1970s and 1980s England: never give up on your dreams.

Finding Jess (2018), the last of the trilogy set in 1990s England and Ghana: can the past ever be left behind?

Also by Julia Ibbotson:

A Shape on the Air (2017): historical (Dark Ages/early medieval) timeslip romance. Two women 1,500 years apart, with one aim: to reclaim their dreams and fight the dangers that threaten them both across the ages …

The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, (first published 2011, rereleased 2017) a feel-good story of the renovation of a Victorian rectory interwoven with period recipes to feed the soul, all from the rectory kitchen.

S.C.A.R.S (first published 2012, rereleased 2016) (children’s novel): a troubled boy slips through a tear in the fabric of the universe into a parallel medieval fantasy world of knights, dragons, and a quest for the triumph of Good over Evil. But can he save himself?

 

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