#BlogTour! #Review – My Mother, The Liar by Ann Troup (@TroupAnn) @HQDigitalUK

Despite the blog tour banner saying otherwise, today it is my turn to host Ann Troup and ‘My Mother, The Liar’, as I close the blog tour organised by HQDigitalUK. Thank you to the team for my ARC of the book, as well as the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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Every family has a secret…

When Rachel Porter’s estranged mother dies, she returns to her family home filled with dread about having to face her past, and the people who populated it.

Little does she know that there are dead bodies waiting to be discovered, and a lifetime of secrets are about to unravel.

Secrets kept by her mother, the liar.

What does TWG think?

I don’t even know where to begin with this review! There is so much of the storyline which I could comment on, but due to the fact I may end dropping a spoiler, I am having to contain myself!

Let me just get this out of the way first – I struggled with the first part of the story. Yes there was a lot of ‘dundundun‘ moments, but it seemed to take a little while for the storyline to actually go anywhere with the information. So, for that reason, I really do think that the pace of the book could have been a lot faster. I wasn’t too keen on the hanging around waiting for things to happen, even though it was quite clear that the characters had already made things happen – I had to stop myself from saying ‘get on with it!’.

However, when the pace finally picked up, I found myself enjoying the nitty-gritty moments A LOT more! The entire storyline was laced with secrets, drama, psychological issues – you name it, it had it. And, weirdly enough, despite the being more jam-packed than a jam and cream scone, I wasn’t at all confused and relished the busy story as there was just so much for me to sink my teeth into.

Of course, like usual, there were a couple of characters who tugged on my heart-strings a little (naming no names!) – I wanted the truth to come out for their piece of mind, even though by the time it came to the book finishing, I was a little bit confused as to what the truth actually was. Part of me thought that the ending was a left a little open, and part of me felt like something was missing. Had something happened in the storyline which I had missed? I had gone back several pages to check, but I did still feel like there was a little gap in the storyline itself. 

Personally, ‘My Mother, The Liar’ held a lot of promise. The storyline has everything there to reel its readers in and keep them guessing; I just felt that the delivery could have done with a little more tweaking. I am sitting on the fence where this book is concerned because, whilst I was gripped by all of the eventualities, something for me was still missing.

Overall, I was impressed by the content and how the author had thought about each individual character, crafting them into someone you wouldn’t really want to come across down a dark alley (not all of them, just some). It is such a promising book, and an addictive one at that! I’m looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.

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#BlogTour! #Review – A Long Way From Home by Cathy Glass (@CathyGlassUK) @HarperNonFic @RosieMargesson

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It is such an honour to be taking part in yet another one of Cathy Glass’ blog tours – thank you to the team at HarperNonFic for the blog tour invite, it really does mean the world to me! Unfortunately, we have reached the end of the blog tour and it gives me great pleasure to close the tour with my review of Cathy Glass’ brand new novel, ‘A Long Way From Home’.

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The true story of 2 year-old Anna, abandoned by her natural parents, left alone in a neglected orphanage.

Elaine and Ian had travelled half way round the world to adopt little Anna. She couldn’t have been more wanted, loved and cherished. So why was she now in foster care and living with me? It didn’t make sense.

Until I learned what had happened. …

Dressed only in nappies and ragged T-shirts the children were incarcerated in their cots. Their large eyes stared out blankly from emaciated faces. Some were obviously disabled, others not, but all were badly undernourished. Flies circled around the broken ceiling fans and buzzed against the grids covering the windows. The only toys were a few balls and a handful of building bricks, but no child played with them. The silence was deafening and unnatural. Not one of the thirty or so infants cried, let alone spoke.

What does TWG think?

Just like every other Cathy Glass novel, what is written is a true story with all of the important details (names, places etc) changed to protect the identity of those involved. If you think that you’re going to be reading a novel that tells you what you want to hear when it comes to adoption – think again. Whilst Cathy Glass does state multiple times throughout that adoption is fantastic, and how many adoptions are completed with no issues whatsoever, there are situations where adoption becomes the polar opposite to what you had originally thought. Unfortunately, this story is one of them.

Elaine and Ian were a couple who were determined to have a family of their own. You can’t really fault them for that now, can you? After going through all of the legal documentation, dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s, the couple chose to adopt outside of the UK. Naively, I had absolutely no idea that children were left to suffer in such neglected conditions due to the high level of poverty in various countries. Was this an eye-opener? Most definitely. By page 6 of the book, a lump had already formed in my throat – if children can go through such heartbreaking times, I can read the book until the end. The lump in my throat was nothing compared to what those children had to endure.

Elaine and Ian believed that they were doing the right thing by adopting out of the UK, potentially saving a child from a bleak future if they were to be left in the orphanage. Judging by the couples reactions to what they saw that day, I truly believe that their eyes were opened as well. I think that they knew things were bad overseas, but I don’t think that they were quite expecting what they saw with their very own eyes. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t expecting it either. Obviously, adoption overseas comes with a lot of barriers, with the most important one being language – would the staff in the orphanage understand what the couple were trying to say? Would the child they were going to adopt, learn to understand this new funny language? It isn’t as easy as filling out a few forms, ticking a few boxes and then going to pick up your new child like you were going to pick up a click and collect order from your local Argos. There is so much involved and what really opened my eyes, was the fact that bringing your new addition to the family home is just the tip of the iceberg.

When the storyline changed to Cathy’s viewpoint, my heart sank as I knew what was going to happen, but I couldn’t believe it. I think my heart broke for the child and everyone involved. I applaud Cathy for what she did with Anna and how she managed to turn a questionable situation into something more manageable. That said, part of me felt quite deflated in regards to the adoptive parents. Granted I wasn’t in their situation, nor was I there to witness Anna’s personality, but I couldn’t quite understand their reaction to an older Anna. Here was a child, screaming out to be loved in the only way she knew how, with her new mummy looking at her like a blank piece of paper. I am not judging the parents because like I say, I wasn’t in their situation so I cannot form an opinion on how they acted. However, I can form an opinion from what I read and I would be lying if I said it didn’t catch me, because it did.

‘A Long Way From Home’ really opened my eyes to the side of adoption which people fail to mention. Yes it broke my heart, and yes I found it quite difficult to read, but I needed to be educated about that sort of thing and I am glad that Cathy Glass was the person to do that. As a huge fan of this author for many years, Cathy Glass’ work never fails to let me down, nor does any new release make me less inclined to read another of her books – in fact, with every book I read of hers, I have to go and buy a new one straight away just so that I can get into the mindset of children who find themselves in a situation no child should ever be in.

This book is heart-wrenching, I’m not going to lie, but it is also beautifully written and something which everyone needs to learn about. Not everything is all sunshine and roses, but with Cathy Glass supporting children, I really do think that she is a special type of angel.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Spring at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett (@Sarahlou_writes) @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

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Sarah Bennett is back with a brand new serial, and I am delighted to be sharing my review of the first book in the series, ‘Spring at Lavender Bay’. Big thank you to the publisher and the author for the ARC, and thank you to NeverlandBT for the blog tour invite. Here is my review:

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A season for change…?

Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a- brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!

Vowing to restore it to its former glory, she only intends to stay until the end of the season. Although the longer she spends in the colourful seaside town, the more she falls back in love with everything she left behind…and quite possibly, with her best friend Eliza’s older brother, local chef Sam Barnes!

Why didn’t she notice he was quite this gorgeous before? And will their spring fling be enough to convince her to stay?

Don’t miss Spring at Lavender Bay, the first book in the enchanting Lavender Bay trilogy!

Book 1: Spring at Lavender Bay
Book 2: Summer at Lavender Bay
Book 3: Snowflakes at Lavender Bay

What does TWG think?

After falling in love with the authors first serial (and not just because it contained the word ‘Butterfly’), I had absolutely no idea how she was going to trump that serial. I mean really, if you’ve read the ‘Butterfly Cove’ series, you’ll know fine well what I’m talking about. Whilst I knew deep down that Sarah Bennett would not disappoint, I felt like I was cheating on the characters of the previous series. I think I have a problem – I struggled to let them go!

After giving myself a pep talk and telling myself that the previous bunch of characters would be happy that I’ve moved on, knowing that I would never forget them (ahem), I snuggled down in bed with ‘Spring at Lavender Bay’, excited to see what waited for me beyond the front cover…

Oh Sarah Bennett, what have you done to me woman!!!! I knew it all along that this author wouldn’t disappoint with her new book, after all she never disappoints me with any of the books she produces, but reading about Beth’s new venture made me feel like I was coming home. How? I have absolutely no idea, but it did. I cannot explain it. I really wish I could. All I know is that Sarah Bennett is an absolute genius.

Poor Beth Reynolds was merely going through the motions in her day to day life. Feeling as though she had the weight on her shoulders, Beth’s day gets a lot worse when she finds out someone she knew has passed away. From then on, everything else that was bothering her seemed unimportant and frivolous. Life is far too short to be working with a twonkwomble, right?

What I loved most about Beth was how real she was. She didn’t pretend to be something she wasn’t which, considering the amount of rubbish she had gone through in such a short space of time, is highly commendable. I adored the community spirit which seemed to engulf the storyline from the get go, holding Beth up when things became too much for her to handle (or when she decided to give up after a short amount of time). Even though I could understand why she felt like giving up, the way she went about it really irked me as it was like she was slapping all of the people who went out of their way to help her, round their faces. I’m probably going to sound a little mean here, but I found her to be a little selfish because of that. That said, I still absolutely loved her as she was hilarious and, like I said above, real.

The storyline itself is full of hilarious anecdotes, heart-warming situations, and enough love to warm every single person’s hearts ten times over. Yes it was pretty clear where a certain situation was heading, but weirdly enough, it didn’t bother me as it just fit with the vibe of the book and everything the storyline stood for. A match made in heaven if you will.

‘Spring at Lavender Bay’ highlights the importance of not giving up, regardless of how hard things are. It also highlights the importance of bouncing back, even after you have given up. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. If you really want something, you’ll walk through fire and rain to do it. Plus, more importantly, it made me realise that there is always someone there for you – the one’s who really love you will always be by your side, regardless of the time.

Sarah Bennett’s new book brought many smiles to my face, made me giggle like a little child, and brought tears to my eyes due to sadness and warmth. This new series has started off with a bang and, in al honesty, it truly is the start of something incredibly special.

Delightful, touching, beautiful, and the hug in a book I so desperately needed, Sarah Bennett has written a story which will be there for you in your time of need. A story which will hug you from the inside out, reminding you that even books can be there for you when you need someone to care. A story which will make you realise that showing negative emotion is in no way a bad thing, so why hide it? I wish I could bottle up the feeling this book gave me, just so that I could hold onto it forever. Especially when I’m feeling lonely.

This is…..beautiful.

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About the author.

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of
bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is
sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK.
Her new series is set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay, and will follow the lives of three best friends – Beth, Eliza and Libby.

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#CoverReveal! The WindMill Cafe (Book 1) by Poppy Blake (@Poppyblakebooks) @HarperImpulse

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I am a teeny bit late with this blog post as the main cover reveal was actually last night, but, because the cover is beautiful and I wanted to make sure everyone saw it more than once, I am posting it on my blog today!!

If you’re fed up with the dark and dreary weather, hoping that spring will be blossoming before your very own eyes – don’t fret as you will think that spring as sprung when you feast your eyes on Poppy Blake’s book cover!!

Here we go folks….

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The Windmill Cafe is open for business!

As Rosie Barnes serves glasses of tangy lemonade and ice-cold prosecco at her summer garden party, she couldn’t be happier. The Windmill Café, with its peppermint green sails is a roaring success and has given Rosie a chance to escape the heartbreak of her busy life in London.

But then disaster strikes when popstar Suki Richards is taken unexpectedly ill at the party. Now all eyes are on Rosie…have her famous raspberry cupcakes poisoned her most high-profile guest? Or is someone else trying to damage Suki’s chance of stardom?

If Rosie wants to save her picture-perfect life, and the reputation of her beloved Windmill Café, she’s going to have to get to the bottom of the mystery…and fast!

See what I mean?! Summer Breeze – The Windmill Cafe, Book 1, is due to be published on the 9th March and you can pre-order your copy now from Amazon UK.

I cannot wait to get stuck into this!!

#BlogTour! #Review – A Year of New Adventures by Maddie Please (@MaddiePlease1) @AvonBooksUK

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This afternoon I am delighted to bring you my review of Maddie Please’s brand new novel, ‘A Year of New Adventures’. Big thank you to AvonBooks for the blog tour invite and the ARC.

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It’s time for Billie Summers to have an adventure … but it might not be exactly what she expected.

Billie Summers has always been quite content in her little cottage in the Cotswolds, sure half the house hasn’t been renovated, but what’s the point when it’s only her! Working part-time at her uncle’s bookshop and planning 3-4 writer retreats with her best friend allows her to pay the bills. What more could anyone want?

That is until Oliver Forest, the bad boy of the book world, turns up to one of her retreats and points out that Billie hasn’t done anything very adventurous. Couple that with her best friend falling head over heels and beginning to drift away from their Friday night wine and dinner plans, Billie is starting to wonder if it isn’t time she take control of her life.

So she starts a list: get fitted (properly) for a bra, fix up rest of house, find a ‘career’ and well, get a tattoo … Her life might just get the makeover it needs, too bad irritating and far-too-attractive for his own good, Oliver keeps showing up …

Because sometimes you need an adventure!

What does TWG think?

I’m just going to get straight to the point – no need to beat around the bush now is there?

At the moment it takes a lot to make me smile. Now, before you go thinking that I am like a certain farmyard animal of the moooooooody variety, it takes a lot to make me smile because of many, many things. So, when I find myself with a massive grin on my face upon finishing a book, it’s safe to say that that particular storyline was something special. Yes, ‘A Year of New Adventures’ really is that ‘special something‘.

From getting to know Billie’s hilarious and addictive personality, to watching another farmyard animal of the mooooday variety attempt to take on someone with Billie’s personality. That alone was worth reading the book for, I mean come on! You don’t get on the wrong side of someone like Billie – she would eat you for breakfast!! (Once she’s cooked you first of course!).

Oliver Forest came across as the typical, self obsessed male who thought his poo didn’t stink, alongside having opinions which, according to Mr ‘I Have No Manners’, were far more important than those of the people around him. Yes, I did think to myself on more than one occasion, ‘what an absolute twonk’. However, I gave him another chance because I’m such a nosy reader, and left his memorable personality try to win me over.

I saw a lot of myself in Billie, and at times, that was quite difficult to read. I admired her get up and go, yet I felt sad because of the way she viewed herself, deeming herself unworthy of happiness just like everybody else. Along the way it was made clear that Billie thought a lot about what other people thought of her, yet wasn’t able to take into consideration what she loved about her own self, despite being willing to make changes due to other people’s comments. That made me sad. Why? Because we all know someone like that, even if it’s ourselves, but to read it black and white hits home a lot harder than just thinking about it whilst you brush your teeth.

I absolutely loved everything about this book – it made me laugh, made me smile, ignited a fire in my belly which I thought had been put out a long time ago, whilst also making me believe.

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would, and not just because it made me laugh, but because it gave me hope that through the rain, the sun is always bound to shine.

A beautiful, heartfelt and touching novel – I recommend this to everyone and anyone who wishes to have their face aching through smiling. Just fantastic.

Available in e-book now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – 66 Metres by J.F.Kirwan (@kirwanjf) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources

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As far as I am concerned, this author needs no introduction!! Here is my review!!

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The only thing worth killing for is family.

Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly
cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.

Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.

And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her… 

Book One of Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series

What does TWG think?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am a HUGE fan of J.F.Kirwan and this series. Now, usually I would suggest reading book serial’s in order and, whilst you can get away with reading the second book in this series BEFORE the first one (just like I did), I found that I was unable to enjoy the first book as much as I would have liked because I knew what was going to happen later on down the line. Make sense? Let me just clarify though, that it totally my error and in no way a critique of the author.

My stupidity aside, let’s just focus on the storyline itself – intense!! Never in a million years did I think I would adore a spy series, but I do! Yes, because my own stupidity with the book order left a bad taste in my mouth, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to see how Nadia was in the beginning of the series, and she happened to be on the path that was going to haunt her for the rest of her life. I’ll say it again – INTENSE!!

The psychological element to this storyline was exceptionally clever. I never expected a lot of the things that happened as my mind was in such a head funk, I wouldn’t have even been able to tell you where I lived, never mind trying to work out where the storyline was going. I mean c’mon!!

J.F.Kirwan is a fantastic author, he really knows how to pull his readers in with his fast paced, chilling and devastatingly inviting storylines – you know you probably shouldn’t be head over heels in lust with this book, but you just cannot help it. In my eyes, that is an example of an author who knows his craft and knows how to use it to his advantage.

’66 Metres’ isn’t my most favourite of the three books, but it is still an enlightening teaser for what’s to come later on. If you find yourself enjoying this book, you’ll absolutely love the next book in the series.

Brilliant.

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Author Bio

J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having
worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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#BlogTour! #Review – #AWeekToBeWild by JC Harroway (@JCHarroway) @MillsandBoon #MillsandBoonDare

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I am rather excited (no, not like THAT) to share my review of ‘A Week to be Wild’ by Jc Harroway today, as part of the blog tour to coincide with the authors’ book release, AND to help celebrate the publishers revamp. Just look at the cover! Big thanks to the team at Mills and Boon and HarperCollins for the blog tour invite as well as the ARC. Here is my review:

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A daring game of temptation

She’ll play his game—but only by her rules!

Alex Lancaster is an adrenaline junkie. He’s also a sexy British billionaire who should come with his own warning signs. When Libby insists she is done with men who live on the edge, Alex coaxes her out of her comfort zone—professionally and very, very personally. Libby’s taking a high-stakes gamble, but the pay-off could win her everything…

What does TWG think?

*Caution* – may require a cold shower upon completion!

My goodness me, haven’t Mills and Boon changed over the years!! Growing up I was always told that Mills and Boon books were for ‘lonely women’. Now, seeing as I was a young girl, I was hardly going to walk into Woolworths (going back a bit now!) and grab myself one (would I have even been able to I wonder?!). Thankfully though, I am now a woman with a mind of my own who gets to pick and choose every single book she reads – of course I was going to pick a Mills and Boon! I was far too curious not to, so when the lovely team at Mills and Boon got in contact about reading a book from their new series #DareToShare I jumped at the chance, turning off my phone in the process. If I was going to read my first Mills and Boon book, I was going to do it properly without any interruptions!

I dare anyone to try to read ‘A Week To Be Wild’ in more than one sitting. Even if I had wanted to split it into two sittings, I couldn’t. I was absolutely hooked on Libby and Alex’s story – were they going to step out of their comfort zone, or were they going to continue walking down the same route as before? It goes without saying that this book contains scenes of a sexual nature (I sound like one of those warnings on a TV program!). If you’re a prude or turn your nose up at any sexual descriptions in your novels, clearly this book isn’t for you. However, if you like things a little bit steamy with the addition of romance, professional main characters who come across more work minded than fussed by sex – there is every chance you will lap up this book and then some.

Believe it or not, I get really embarrassed speaking about sexual endeavours in my personal life as it is exactly that, personal, but I did not get embarrassed in the slightest whilst reading this book! I loved how we got to know the characters a bit better before the sexual tension escalated, as it meant I was able to see them as characters in their own right instead of characters who will be getting jiggy with it at any moment.

Libby comes across as a woman who a lot of female readers may relate to in terms of her personality and out look on relationships. That said, I found her a little bit annoying at times and couldn’t work out why Alex was determined to go after her like a little lap dog. Alex has the personality of an egotistical man and, whilst that would turn me off almost straight away, for Alex and Libby’s situation it seemed to work. Their relationship seemed one of dominance, power and determination. To pull that off you need to have characters who have a personality with some of those traits included – exactly like JC Harroway did. The characters needed to be a bit unlikable in order for the consensual, sexual scenes to work as well as they did.

I have to say, I wish there was an alternative for the word ‘panties’ as I find it makes me cringe in the middle of an extremely steamy chapter in the book.

All in all, ‘A Week To Be Wild’ warmed up every inch of my body and left me wanting more. I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed the story itself without focussing on the steamy parts. A big thumbs up from me to the author for her magnetic story telling.

Mills and Boon have now got another fan – I cannot wait to get all of the other books in the #Dare series!

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#BlogTour! #Review – It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell (@MCampbellBooks) @HQStories

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It’s Always the Husband…unless it’s the best friend.

Kate, Aubrey and Jenny are inseparable at college – friends who promised they’d always be there for each other.

But twenty years later, their friendship is about to take a deadly turn.

Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door, but when one of the friends dies in shocking circumstances, will everyone assume that it’s always the husband? Or could it be the best friend?

What does TWG think?

With a title and a tagline such as ‘It’s Always the Husband…unless it’s the best friend’, how on Earth are you just meant to walk past the book without picking it up? Yes, I hold my hands up and say that that is exactly the reason why I chose to read this book – because of the title. It intrigued me so much, I just had to find out whether it was in actual fact, always the husband. Or whether it was actually the best friend.

You’ll just have to read it to find out then, won’t you?

My opinion of the storyline kept changing the more of the book I read, ending up with me getting splinters in my backside from sitting on the fence. Personally, despite finding ‘It’s Always the Husband’ full of promise, I did find it to be a little slow. You know when you’re walking behind slow people in a supermarket and you’re silently willing them to move, whilst waving your arms about in frustration? I found the first part of the book to be a little bit like that. I was frustrated because the book had everything else it needed to be a gripping read, but the pace was all wrong.

That said, the pace did in fact pick up later on in the book and, whilst I appreciated that a lot, I still wished that it had picked up a lot sooner.

If I disregarded the pace of the book for one moment, and gave my opinion of the book without that, I would say that ‘It’s Always the Husband’ is incredibly addictive and highlights the lengths in which scorned women go to. I loved the strong presence of friendship especially. I did enjoy this book – trying to get to the bottom of the lies was such fun! I really did appreciate what the author was trying to do with her storyline and her characters, and whilst I do feel like she has achieved in getting her message across, it was the speed in which the dots were connected which I found hard to gauge.

All in all ‘It’s Always the Husband’ was a fun, exciting book to read. My only wish was that the pace and the delivery had a bit more guts to it.

I am looking forward to reading more from Michele Campbell, that’s for sure!

Thanks HQStories.

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#BlogTour! #Extract – A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by @FaithBleasdale @AvonBooksUK

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It’s TWG’s turn to host Faith Bleasdale and ‘A Year at Meadowbrook Manor’ today! Unfortunately I didn’t quite have time to read the book to review for my stop today (but do watch this space!)! However, I am delighted to share an extract from Faith Bleasdale’s book! Hope you enjoy!

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One divided family, one life-changing year…

Harriet Singer hasn’t been home in ten years. When her beloved dad dies suddenly, she races to be there for her estranged siblings, despite the memories it brings back.

Then Harriet learns that all four Singer siblings must live together for one year, caring for their dad’s Animal Sanctuary, or forfeit their inheritance.

Living under the same roof could make or break the family, but it’s time Harriet stopped running and faced her past. Especially when her first love turns up…

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Harriet studied her youngest brother. They were all aware, since moving back to Meadowbrook, how much Freddie was drinking but normally only in the evening. Yes, she had caught him passed out by the swimming pool that one time, but he was Freddie. The partying, fun one of the family. And although she thought, privately, that he drank too much, she had put it down to his business falling apart and losing Dad. After all she had been through, she wanted to drink herself into a stupor most nights, so she could hardly blame him. But he clearly was using drink as a crutch and something would need to be done about it if he continued this way.
‘Why? Why would you do that?’ Pippa asked, she still sounded annoyed, in the sweetest way. 
‘Things are getting a bit on top of me, to be totally honest. Moving here, losing Dad, feeling lost, and then Loretta . . . She wants me to settle down a bit and when she says that it freaks me out.’
‘But why?’
‘I don’t know, I can’t explain it, I just feel out of my depth. But, I promise I’ll drink less, and I’ll apologise to the fête committee. I’ll do everything properly but don’t try to make me make sense of it because I can’t.’ Freddie put his head in his hands and his body shuddered; he was crying. Harriet couldn’t remember the last time she’d seen him upset, even at the funeral he’d been cracking jokes.
‘Oh, Fred, I’m sorry.’ She sat next to him and put her arms around him.
‘I miss Dad. He always knew what to do and I never listened to him, but if he was here now, I would.’
Tears filled Gwen’s eyes, they streamed down Pippa’s cheeks, Harriet felt emotions choking her. It was all such a mess still. And they were all grieving, sometimes she forgot they were in the grip of grief, but then there were the ugly reminders.
‘It’ll be OK,’ Harriet said, and she fervently hoped it would be.

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#CoverReveal!! #OneSummerInRome by Samantha Tonge (@SamTongeWriter) @rararesources @HQDigitalUK

Weekly Wrap Up! (1)
I do like a cover reveal, especially when the cover is as gorgeous as the one I am about to show you!! Samantha Tonge is back (well, in May), with a brand new book and I for one CANNOT wait.

Need a change of scenery?
Need to go somewhere where the temperature is a lot higher than the -1 we are relishing in just now?

If you answered ‘YES’ to the above questions, you’re in for a treat!! You ready?

Of course you are!!

one summer final cover
To Rome…with love?

Mary Smith is turning her very ordinary life upside-down! She’s bought herself a
one-way ticket to Rome and is ready for a summer she’ll never forget.
Men might be off the cards for waitress Mary, but within hours of arriving at the
utterly charming family-run La Dolce Vita pizzeria, she’s already fallen in love
with the bustling capital!

Only Dante Rossi, the mysterious (and drop-dead gorgeous) chef seems
displeased with her arrival. And in the heat of the kitchen, it doesn’t take long for
long-buried secrets to surface and sparks to fly…

A deliciously heartwarming romance to have you dreaming of summer.
Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson and Caroline Roberts.

Oh, doesn’t that cover bring an instant smile to your face? Such a summery, colourful cover.

‘One Summer in Rome’ is due to be published by HQDigital in May, but you can pre-order your copy of the book right now from Amazon

Bio

Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat who
thinks it’s a dog. When not writing she spends her days cycling, willing
cakes to rise and avoiding housework. She has sold over 80 short
stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting
Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook
award in 2014. Game of Scones hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won
the Best Romantic Ebook category at the 2015 Love Stories Awards.

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one summer never forget