#BlogTour! #Review – Snowflakes at Lavender Bay by Sarah Bennett (@sarahlou_writes) @HQDigitalUK

Happy publication day, Sarah Bennett! I have the honour of hosting the final stop on the blog tour. Many thanks to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

The most wonderful time of the year…

Libby Stone has lived in Lavender Bay all her life. She loves the little seaside town and has big dreams to turn her father’s greasy old chippy into a dainty teashop – not that she’s told him yet!

Finding love isn’t easy amongst the cluster of coastal houses, but it’s not every day that someone quite as handsome and mysterious as Owen Coburn walks into the local pub.

And as the snowflakes begin to swirl on the promenade, Libby realises she’s falling for him. But Owen has been keeping a secret that could destroy everything

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

What does TWG think?

Today feels like quite a bittersweet day as whilst I am so excited for the latest instalment in the ‘Lavender Bay’ series, it’s unfortunately the third and final visit to a place which captured my heart.

All books in the ‘Lavender Bay’ series can be read as a stand-alone, however I would suggest reading the books in order as there are some situations in book three which were mentioned in book two and may be considered as a spoiler. Although saying that, you wouldn’t know that said situation was in book two unless you had already read it sooooo!!!

In this book, the storyline focuses on Libby Stone, and the chip shop at the heart of the community. I know that sounds daft, but those who live in a small village or town will know that chip shops/pubs/antique shops etc can be seen as a hub of the community. I mean, a chippy needs to know how the locals like their sausages battered, right? Whilst that is an important thing to know, Libby’s chip shop isn’t entirely the main focus of the story.

If you have read book two, you’ll already know of Owen Coburn – a man who had come to Lavender Bay to find his next business venture and ended up supporting Libby’s friend, Sam and his dream. That wasn’t all Owen Coburn was good for though, and everything becomes clear in book three. What I thought was very clever was how we were able to watch things unfold from another point of view, despite having seen it from yet another point of view previously. I’ll say one word – Land Rover!

I did feel for Libby as she seemed like such a tortured soul. She wanted to do right by her friends and family, yet wanted to grab her life by the chip butty without offending anyone. Not only that she seemed to struggle with her looks and thought that everyone viewed her as a ‘freak’. I guess I resonated with that as I, just like many others, have (and still do) felt like that many times and it’s quite heartbreaking.

I really didn’t want this series to end as all of the characters brought so much to the series and their individual books, closing the book felt as though I was saying goodbye to a group of people I had come to love and adore. Honestly, I could go on reading about Libby, Beth, Eliza, Sam, Jack, Owen, and of course Bastien, without getting bored. I am gutted!

‘Snowflakes at Lavender Bay’ is a life affirming, touching, and cosy read which was brilliantly and beautifully written, laced with Sarah Bennett’s trademark hilarity and ability to reach into her readers souls on such a deep level.

I would recommend this series in a heartbeat – it is everything I could have wished for in a book and more. Lavender Bay, it has been an absolute pleasure!

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#BlogTour! #Review – ‘Tis the Season to be Single by Laura Ziepe (@lauraziepe) @HQDigitalUK

As soon as I saw the cover of Laura Ziepe’s novel, ‘Tis the season to be Single, on social media, I just knew I had to read it! Many thanks to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

Rachel is in shock. She was sure that her boyfriend was about to propose – not break up with her! Even worse, it turns out he’s been cheating on her…

Grace can’t bear the thought of spending another Christmas with her lazy, unappreciative husband. Surely it’s time to shake things up a bit?

Amber knows she should be happy that her best friend Jack is getting married, but there’s a little part of her that can’t help think ‘it was always meant to be me’!

With Christmas fast approaching, surely there’s no better time to be single – yet will the three friends manage to keep their promise and ban all men until the New Year?

What does TWG think?

Oh this is super fun!! I have to admit that I was a little bit apprehensive at first because i just couldn’t work out what everyone’s fixation with being in a relationship was! I know that some people don’t like being single, but just because some don’t, it doesn’t mean that everyone is going to. Plus, why should there be emphasis on a woman needing a man to make her complete?

Anyway, before I go off on a rant, I am so pleased that Laura Ziepe allowed her characters to take a step back from relationships to find out where they truly fit in. Okay, one of her characters didn’t really have a choice (even if he did do her a favour, I mean what a bleeeeeep!!!), another character realised that she deserved better than to mother her husband who is more than capable of sticking his smelly boxers in the wash, and then there was the third character who would rather slap and tickle at an allotted time.

So you see, these three women all have their own outlooks on relationships, and they all have their own way of coping when things go baubles up. I adored the girl power element to the book and the whole sisterhood vibe – it certainly made a change rather than reading a book where all the women are knocking each other down with their Manolo Blahniks knock offs.

‘Tis the season to be single, is the type of story which doesn’t take itself seriously at all. Yes, it does have a few dramatic moments combined with some which require the reader to be a bit more empathetic than usual, but there is the perfect balance between all of that and the festivities.

Laura Ziepe made me giggle for a large portion of the book, certainly not disappointing me with her storyline that I was so excited to read. This is such a feel good, cosy Christmas read which shows readers that sometimes taking a step back and seeing things not covered in tinsel can help you realise that you too deserve to be the star of the Christmas tree.

A fun, festive and fabulous read – I cannot wait to read more from Laura Ziepe!!

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner (@ronnie__turner) @HQDigitalUK

Apologies for the late one this evening, however, I am absolutely DELIGHTED to be welcoming blogger turned debut author, Ronnie Turner to TWG tonight as I review her debut novel!!! I am so, so proud of her! Many thanks to HQ for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review of ‘Lies Between Us’:

Three people, leading very different lives, are about to be brought together  with devastating consequences . . .

 John has a perfect life, until the day his daughter goes missing.

 Maisie cares for her patients, but hides her own traumatic past.

 Miller should be an innocent child, but is obsessed with something he cant have.

 They all have something in common, though none of them know it  and the truth wont stay hidden for long . . .

What does TWG think?

I cannot believe that I am reviewing Ronnie Turner’s debut novel! How exciting!!

I couldn’t help but be highly impressed by the complex intensity of this storyline. From the very beginning, Ronnie Turner created an element of suspense which was incredibly intense and very gritty.

For me personally, I ended up becoming very confused by all of the different characters, the different names, and the multiple throwbacks to the past. Usually I am okay with storylines which contain multiple characters, yet I felt as though I was missing something. It was as though there should have been another book before this one. Maybe it’s just me, maybe I’m just easily confused (which wouldn’t surprise me!) as I ended up losing track of the storyline which made me struggle a bit.

However, I would say that the multiple characters weren’t so overwhelming in the last third of book and I pretty much had a lightbulb moment when things started to come together! I was so pleased that I was able to get into the swing of things, it made the whole thing even more enjoyable!

Despite my confusion, I cannot fault Ronnie Turner on her dark and twisted concept! I had tingles up and down my spine all the way through, and I would definitely say that this author has the skeleton of darkness and grit at the end of her fingertips, ready for another book.

A heart in mouth, chilling, pitch black read which made me severely nervous. A very promising debut novel – I’m really looking forward to reading that Ronnie Turner comes up with next.

Buy from Amazon UK

About the author.

Ronnie Turner grew up in Cornwall, the youngest in a large family. At an early age, she discovered a love of literature and dreamed of being a published author. Ronnie now lives in Dorset with her family and three dogs. In her spare time, she reviews books on her blog and enjoys long walks on the coast. She is currently working on her second novel.

Ronnie’s debut novel, Lies Between Us, will be published by HQ Digital in October 2018.

 

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#BlogTour! #Review – I Invited Her In by Adele Parks (@adeleparks) HQStories


Second tour of the day is for the incredible, Adele Parks, and ‘I Invited Her In’. Massive thank you to the HQStories team for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

I invited her in… and she took everything.’

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life, until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies.

Now, seventeen years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children.

Abi, meanwhile, followed her lover to LA for a glamorous life of parties, celebrity and indulgence. Everything was perfect, until she discovered her partner had been cheating on her. Seventeen years wasted, and nothing to show for it. So what Abi needs now is a true friend to lean on, to share her grief over a glass of wine, and to have some time to heal. And what better place than Mel’s house, with her lovely kids, and supportive husband…

What does TWG think?

At the end of the day, we are all human; we see someone with a different life to our own with the chances of us turning a rather fetching shade of green is quite high. Of course we are the ones who hold the key to our destinies and such, but isn’t it only natural to feel slightly envious of different lifestyles? Notice the ‘slightly’ envious. Abi obviously didn’t get that memo!

I absolutely loved the drama that was rife in this book! I’m not usually one to plonk myself in the middle of other people’s dramas, yet I decided to sit amongst Mel and Abi’s with my legs crossed and a picnic! ‘I Invited Her In’ has friendship drama down to a fine art, whilst also encouraging readers to ponder about who they can trust in their own lives. Just because you were best friends with someone when you were the age of throwing worms at other children, does it mean that you’re automatically still their best friend years down the line? Could you still trust someone who dropped everything they knew to follow their dreams, yet come back to you with their tail between their legs and jealously stamped on their forehead?

Mel and Abi really are marmite characters; you either love them or you hate them. I won’t divulge where my opinion lie, but I have to say that these two made the storyline what it was. Yeah, maybe the whole putting women against each other was a bit too predictable, yet in a weird and roundabout way, it worked because of who they were and what their lives entailed.

I think Adele Parks has written her best book with ‘I Invited Her In’, as the suspense, twisty, rollercoaster ride of a storyline ticked a lot of my boxes and kept me holding onto the book for dear life.

A gripping, addictive, and incredibly realistic and relatable novel which will leave you questioning all of your friendships both past AND present!

Buy now!

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Holiday Cruise by Victoria Cooke (@VictoriaCooke10) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources #Bookbirthday

The Holiday Cruise
Happy book birthday to ‘The Holiday Cruise’!!! A year down the line and I am STILL recommending this book to everyone who wants a feel-good, truly fabulous read. I said it a year ago, and I’m still saying it now – THERE NEEDS TO BE A SEQUEL!!! If you don’t believe me, read it – you really won’t be disappointed.

I have the pleasure of re-sharing my review of Victoria Cooke’s novel, so again I would like to say thank you to HQDigitalUK for the copy of the book, and thank you to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in today’s celebrations. Congratulations Victoria!

The Holiday Cruise Cover

The high seas are calling!

As if it weren’t enough to be cheated on by her husband of ten years, Yorkshire lass Hannah Davis is losing her beauty salon business too. Luckily, her big sister is there to pick up the pieces, but Hannah is desperate to find some independence.

Impulsively, Hannah applies for a spa job…on a cruise ship! Christmas in the Caribbean, springtime in the Mediterranean, what’s not to like? But, despite being in her thirties, Hannah has never done anything on her own before, and she’s terrified.

As the ship sets sail, Hannah has never been further from home…or closer to discovering who she is and who she wants to be.

What does TWG think?

Take me back to this cruise ship!! Have you ever been so caught up in a storyline and its characters that when the story does come to and end, it’s as though you have lost one of your arms, whilst also wanting to run back to the book with your arms wide open screaming; ‘I’m sorry I left youuuuuuu. I’m sorry I had to finish youuuuu’? For those of you who have read Victoria Cooke’s novel, I am sure you’ll be nodding your heads in agreement right now. For those who haven’t read Victoria Cooke’s novel, your answer to my question will also be a yes once you pick up this book and read it!

I’m not even joking. Finishing ‘The Holiday Cruise’ was like having to leave my mum at the school gates when I was little! All I wanted to do was run back! I wholeheartedly agree with reviewer Rachel Gilbey – there has to be a sequel for this! Even though the main situation in this book reached its natural conclusion, there is oodles amounts of ways for old characters to reappear and new ones to make their presence known when it comes to a follow on book. I would be utterly devastated if we didn’t go back to visit some of these characters, I really would.

It’s clear from the onset that Hannah is pretty much sitting with her whole life broken around her. Not only has her husband decided to cheat on her, she’s also losing her business to a rival company after her so-called friend decided to be a loofah. Charming eh! With the list of people she can trust safely on the back of a stamp, Hannah decides to jump ship (literally) by working on a cruise ship. Lucky beggar…

I wanted to squish Hannah almost straight away! So much rubbish for one person, how can those people live with themselves after such betrayal? I loved how a person who loved routine, decided to do something completely against her usual values, and went to work in a spa on a cruise ship. I mean, there’s grabbing life by the starboard, and then there’s grabbing life for the starboard! I think…(yes, THINK), I may have maybe (ahem) yelped out loud ‘YOU GO GIRL!!!!’ whilst reading this book. Take away the ‘think’ and the ‘maybe’ and there is a definite chance that I did just that. Luckily my daughter was in bed at the time so I didn’t have to face the Spanish Inquisition from a four-year old. Those things are brutal!!

I have never, ever been on a cruise ship before but I can tell you now, after reading ‘The Holiday Cruise’ I would book a cruise holiday in a jiffy if I had the money. I never realised just how much there was on a cruise ship, as well as being able to stop in certain countries along the way for a bit of sightseeing. To be honest, it felt like the author was on a cruise whilst writing the novel as everything came across so realistic, pristine and pretty amazing.

I also loved how, despite Hannah’s earlier personality reservations, as soon as she found her feet on the ship, she got stuck in like a woman on a mission. To see such a broken character come out of their shell in such a short space of time was pretty emotional. It was as though Hannah was being given a second chance in life to find happiness, yet it was the first chance to do something for herself. Certainly makes you think eh?

Obviously I’m not going to go into detail about everything I loved about the book as I will end up giving spoilers, and I like to pride myself in not ruining an authors work by giving spoilers! However, I’m just going to say…..

I LOVED THIS BOOK
I LOVED THIS BOOK
I LOVED THIS BOOK
I LOVED THIS BOOK
VICTORIA COOKE COME READ ME A BED TIME STORY!

I fell in love with ‘The Holiday Cruise’ the moment Hannah stepped onto the ship. Everything about this book blew me away whilst also making me feel emotional at the same time. Throughout the book I witnessed a character find herself, new-found friends finding the courage to come out of their shells and start afresh, as well as taking notice of the underlying message the storyline contained; there are good and bad times in life, but through the bad times you must always do what is right for YOU and nobody else. Life your life YOUR way and not the way someone else wishes you would live your life. Find the courage to do things you wouldn’t usually do. Take the time out to just be, without feeling guilty. Most of all, just live…

Victoria Cooke has written such a stunning, thought-provoking and loveable read. I genuinely wish that I could read ‘The Holiday Cruise’ for the first time, every time. It’s clear that I found parts of the storyline quite emotional, but I also managed to laugh out loud multiple times. ‘The Holiday Cruise’ truly is one of the best books I have read so far this year, with author Victoria Cooke, cruising her way into my all time favourite authors list.

A majestic, inspiring, heart-warming and confidence boosting storyline – which is guaranteed to put a smile on your face, tears in your eyes, fire in your belly and love in your heart. Absolutely fantastic. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Victoria Cooke for writing a book I didn’t know I needed to read, but for also being one I know that I could never be without.

You can buy you very own copy of ‘The Holiday Cruise’ now from Amazon.

NEW BOOK NEWS!

If you haven’t seen the news on social media already, Victoria Cooke will be releasing her brand new novel, ‘It Started With A Note’ on the 2nd December.

If you wish to read more about it and pre-order your copy now, you can do so via Amazon

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 – Where Has Mummy Gone? by Cathy Glass (@CathyGlassUK) @RosieMargesson @HarperNonFic

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As a massive fan of Cathy Glass’ novels, I was over the moon to be asked to take part in the blog by the lovely Rosie from HarperCollins. Thank you so much for having me, and thank you for the ARC. Here is my review:

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The true story of Melody, aged 8, the last of five siblings to be taken from her drug dependent single mother and brought into care.

When Cathy is told about Melody’s terrible childhood, she is sure she’s heard it all before. But it isn’t long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of. Although Melody is angry at having to leave her mother, as many children coming into care are, she also worries about her obsessively – far more than is usual. Amanda, Melody’s mother, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, which again is something Cathy has experienced before. Yet there is a lost and vulnerable look about Amanda, and Cathy starts to see why Melody worries about her and feels she needs looking after.

When Amanda misses contact, it is assumed she has forgotten, but nothing could have been further from the truth…

What does TWG think?

I have read many novels written by this author, and each time I read them I have to mentally prepare myself for what might be waiting for me underneath the front cover. Now, some people might take that as a criticism, however, if you have read a ‘Cathy Glass’ novel before, you will be well aware that every one of her books is based on the true story of a child she has fostered. It doesn’t take a visit to Google to cement the fact that fostering can be very emotional to read about (and very emotional to actually do), and Melody’s story is no different. With a title of ‘Where Has Mummy Gone?’, I could hazard a guess that a child would be asking where their mummy had gone, but what I didn’t expect, however, was just how eye opening that innocent question was.

Where did her mummy go?

I warmed to Melody straight away, even though she came across a little aggressive. There was obviously something deep-rooted within her to feel like that, but again, nothing could have prepared me for the storyline that unfolded.

‘Where Has Mummy Gone?’ is such an emotionally charged, heart-breaking and raw novel which highlights drug dependency, as well as the very emotional and devastating life changes which children in care have to endure. Bear in mind that Melody is only eight years old. Yes, children can be taken into care at any age, but even so, eight is still a very young age to have to deal with what Melody did. She really is a little gem and I am sure that all of the people around her are extremely proud of her. I know I am and I haven’t even met her!

Don’t worry if you haven’t picked up a Cathy Glass novel before, or if you have never read a book with foster care as the core theme, as Cathy Glass keeps the language very simple without coming across as patronising. For example, if a social work term is used, Cathy Glass ensures that that term is explained as an ‘off the cuff’ sort of comment instead of making the reader feel like they should know what those terms mean. You aren’t supposed to. Plus, I think the way in which Cathy Glass explains things is probably ingrained in her due to her many years as a foster carer.

Obviously I don’t want to bad mouth the system as they’re there for a reason, however I couldn’t help feel frustrated at one of the social workers attitude to certain aspects of this book. I understand that they have a right of care to the child and have certain boxes to tick, but I just think this person in particular could have been a bit….how can I put this…compassionate.

Once again, Cathy Glass has blown me away with a poignant story about Melody’s life, allowing her readers to watch the little girl spread her wings and have a life that all children should have. I won’t lie, this is incredibly emotional and pulled at my heartstrings something chronic, even the parts which were focused on Melody’s mum, Amanda. I couldn’t help but feel very touched by her story and how that was concluded.

A beautiful, heartwarming, and devastatingly raw novel – I would recommend it in a heartbeat.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne Thayne (@Raeannethayne) @MillsandBoon


Yes, it’s September, and yes, I am on a blog tour for a festive read several months before the festive season – given the beauty of this book, you would be grabbing it with both hands before Christmas as well, so…..!!!! I am thrilled to be today’s stop on the blog tour for ‘Snow Angel Cove’ by RaeAnne Thayne. Big thank you, as always, to HQStories & Mills and Boon for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

The first book in the New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s Haven Point series.

A fresh start is all Eliza wants for Christmas…

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward’s Christmas spirit. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke and now she’s stuck in an unfamiliar, little town for Christmas.

Enter Aidan Caine. He can help Eliza find the perfect Christmas project – the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge. Soon he see how quickly he could fall for her. But is he’s willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever?

What does TWG think?

You know what’s squeal worthy after reading a book that you absolutely LOVED? FINDING OUT THERE IS A WHOLE SERIES!! Yes! I know!!!! ‘Snow Angel Cove’ is the first book in RaeAnne Thayne’s ‘Haven Point’ series, and there is another SEVEN books after this one! I had no idea that that was the case before I started the book as I don’t do blurbs, but I am sure you can imagine my face when I clicked onto Amazon after seeing a snippet at the back of the book – it really was like Christmas had come early. Pardon the pun, naturally.

I had absolutely no idea who RaeAnne Thayne was before I read ‘Snow Angel Cove’, yet I am so glad that I am a bit of a cover nut because this book cover is what attracted me to the story first of all. Isn’t it divine?

Anyway, onto the story. Eliza has packed her old life away, ready to start a new life in a new town with her daughter, Maddie. She’s nervous. Apprehensive. Unsure as to whether she has made a mistake or not as, when Eliza and her daughter arrive at their destination, it soon becomes clear that Eliza’s new job has ended before it had even begun. With no job, nowhere to stay, and an uncertain future ahead of them both, Eliza knows that she needs to come up with a plan and fast. She didn’t quite expect to hit the deck first though….

I don’t want to give too much of the storyline away as it is such a treasure trove of beauty, however, imagine the feeling of Christmas morning as a child, or with children of your own, and imagine that amount of excitement staying with you throughout the entire duration of the novel. ‘Snow Angel Cove’ really is something else. Don’t get me wrong, the book isn’t all snowflakes and Christmas songs as quite a few of the characters, including Eliza, have gone through their own fair share of heartache, devastation, and emotional turbulence. Yet as weird as this sounds, the fact that a lot of the characters came across as slightly vulnerable, raw, and genuine, meant that I was able to connect to the storyline on a much deeper level than if the characters had kept their guards up and hadn’t gone through what they did. If that makes sense. Obviously I’m not using their rocky moments purely for my entertainment, not at all, but because the characters had chinks in their armour, wet tissues under their pillows, and scars both emotionally and physically, it made ‘Snow Angel Cove’ appear even more beautiful.

Eliza’s daughter was such a breath of fresh air. Her one liners were utterly brilliant and I just adored how she was able to see the beauty of every little thing. I have a five-year old myself and I am just mesmerised by how resilient little people can be. They certainly show us adults how to view life.

‘Snow Angel Cove’ ticked every single box for me. From start to finish I was invested in Eliza and Aiden’s life, as well as the community of Haven Point. Sue and Jim were like the grandparents of the book who made me yearn for my own set grandparents just like them. RaeAnne Thayne did a phenomenal job of giving each character their own individual airtime in the book, but I am sure that a lot of readers will have their own favourites. I know I do!

I love, love, LOVE every single thing about ‘Snow Angel Cove’ and everything it stands for. Reading this book made me feel as though I was unwrapping a Christmas present every time I turned the page – it really is such a magical, magical book.

‘Snow Angel Cove’ is like a gigantic hug which warms you from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, and I was absolutely gutted when it came to an end. Such a heart-warming, beautifully written, cosy hug-fest which made me feel as though I was flying in the sky in Santa’s sleigh until the very last page.

I may not have known who RaeAnne Thayne was before but, after reading this outstanding novel, I can assure you that this author now has a fan for life as my bank balance will be taking a massive hit when I get the other books! I really cannot recommend this book enough.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Memory Collector by Fiona Harper (@FiHarper_Author) @HQStories

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Fiona Harper and ‘The Memory Collector’ – happy publication day! Many thanks to HQStories for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:


Heather Lucas lives her life through other people’s memories.

Heather doesn’t want to remember her childhood, not when her mother’s extreme hoarding cast her family life into disarray.

For Heather’s mother, every possession was intimately connected to a memory, so when Heather uncovers a secret about her past that could reveal why her mother never let anything go, she knows there’s only one place she’ll find answers – behind the locked door of her spare room, where the remains of her mother’s hoard lie hidden.

As Heather uncovers both objects and memories, will the truth set her free? Or will she discover she’s more like her mother than she ever thought possible?

What does TWG think?

The only way I can truly describe my thoughts on ‘The Memory Collector’, is if I were to liken it to a flower. Bear with me here. For several chapters, the storyline was like a little bud, waiting to blossom to its true potential, with me, its reader, waiting with bated breath to see if it would indeed flower. Of course, not every single flower blossoms, so I wasn’t too sure whether it would or not. However, after several more chapters of bud like storyline, several chapters of perfect warmth and rain, ‘The Memory Collector’ blossomed into something which took my breath away.

Heather Lucas’ childhood wasn’t ‘typical’. Her upbringing wasn’t ‘typical’. Her mother’s hobby wasn’t ‘typical’. Unfortunately due to all of that, Heather’s future ended up being the ‘typical’ response of someone who has endured what she has. The author doesn’t let us into the secrets of Heather’s past at first, and it felt as though the author wanted her character to trust her readers, therefore keeping her guard up until she felt safe to explain. Yes, I guess that meant that the storyline was pretty slow to begin with, and yes, I didn’t appreciate why it was like that until later on in the book. But now? I can appreciate why the author wrote the storyline in the way that she did, and I am in awe at the strength of her main character, Heather. The fact that Heather’s life seemed to remain under lock and key until she came face to face with the photographic proof, is likely to resonate with a lot of readers because come on, how many of us have reached for the photo album to remember a certain point in time? How many of us have lost a loved one, with the image of their face becoming cloudy due to how long ago they passed, only to feel closer to them when they rub their hands over a picture that was taken many years before their death?

We all have memories, both positive and negative. We all bring our pasts into our futures, especially if we haven’t dealt with certain emotions at the time. Some people may say that you should leave the past in the past and, whilst I would agree with that to an extent, the past is proof that you have grown as a person and I love just how much Heather proves that throughout the book. She knows her life was rocky. She knows the path of her future is in her hands, but at the end of the day, she is only human. She can only do what she can do and for me personally, I felt like celebrating when that message hit home towards the end of the book. Fiona Harper has taken on board real life situations, real life experiences, and real life emotions towards certain things, bringing them to life in a way that will no doubt make a lot of readers think, ‘wow, so I’m not a freak after all’. I think that is a very, very powerful message to convey in a story and I am in awe of the way that Fiona Harper has accomplished that.

‘The Memory Collector’ is an insightful, beautifully written, emotional, engaging, and thought-provoking read which made me feel like it’s okay not to be okay. Sometimes you just need to be told that, and thanks to Fiona Harper’s heartfelt story telling, I now feel proud of any wobbles that I have. I am in awe of Heather’s story and am extremely grateful to the author for bringing her into our lives.

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#BlogTour! #Review – He Will Find You by Diane Jeffrey (@dianefjeffrey) @HQDigitalUK


Day four of the ‘He Will Find You’ blog tour and the tour stops with me, TWG! Massive thank you to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

No matter where you hide…

Kaitlyn Best is stuck in a rut. So when she discovers she’s pregnant after a one-night-stand with Alex, her school crush, she throws caution to the wind and accepts his offer to make a new life together in the depths of the Lake District, far from her home… and her demons.

He will find you.

But Alex is not what he seems. And when Kaitlyn’s world begins to crumble before her eyes, she realises she barely knows the man she has agreed to spend the rest of her life with.

Since Alex won’t tell her his secrets, Kaitlyn vows to find them out for herself. But when she uncovers the truth, she realises she has made a terrible mistake…

What does TWG think?

Anyone know a locksmith who can put 2385869483 locks on my door like….now?

Oh my goodness – what a book! I actually think that ‘He Will Find You’ might just be the fastest full length novel I have ever read. No joke. This bad boy was started and finished within about 2.5 hours – I just couldn’t put it down. What would happen to Kaitlyn if I did? I know, this is fiction, but after losing myself in Kaitlyn’s story and investing myself in her emotions, the line between reality and fiction was pretty much non-existent. As far as I was concerned, Alex was going to be knocking on my door any moment. He wasn’t….clearly! Most people end up regretting a one night stand and Kaitlyn is just another person to add to that list as, after her one night stand, she finds out she’s pregnant and does what she thinks is the right thing. She moves in with her one night stand, Alex.

I couldn’t help but feel off about the whole Alex situation from the very beginning, I just couldn’t put my finger on why. Some people may say that Alex seems to good to be true, yet I felt that he was hiding a lot more than he was letting on.

‘He Will Find You’ is such a rollercoaster ride of a read which gripped me from the very start. Kaitlyn’s life was rather difficult and uncomfortable to read at times, yet that created a much higher level of suspense and intensity, pulling me into the hard-hitting situations a lot quicker than I had anticipated.

Despite becoming extremely nervous and very uncomfortable, I couldn’t stop reading and I thought that Diane Jeffrey did an incredible job at creating characters who were both highly unlikeable, and highly likeable. Putting domestic abuse at the forefront of a storyline, in my opinion, is a very brave move as every single human being has an opinion on the subject whether they’re involved or not. I would like to think that readers will side with the victim in this instance and not to what society seems good at at the moment by victim shaming, but I would be very intrigued to see why anyone, if any, would side with the culprit. I am being very vague with my review as there is a lot of scenes in the storyline with twist in with various others, however, I knew very early on which side I was on.

‘He Will Find You’ is such a gripping, dark, twisted, and highly uncomfortable read which highlights Diane Jeffrey’s outstanding story telling in the way that it deserves – outstandingly. If you fancy a read which will leave you needing an oxygen mask and questioning your personal information, I cannot recommend this book enough.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Strangers On A Bridge by Louise Mangos (@LouiseMangos) @HQDigitalUK

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Second blog tour for HQ today, this time I have the pleasure of closing the blog tour for Louise Mangos and ‘Strangers On A Bridge’. Big thanks to the team at HQ for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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She should never have saved him.

When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake.

Adamant they have an instant connection, Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.

In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.

To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?

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I really didn’t know what to think of the storyline at first. My opinion about Alice’s actions was surrounded by a big question mark as, whilst I thought it was admirable, I couldn’t help but wonder why she did it. Maybe it was her job which gave her the nudge to take that step towards a stranger? Maybe it was her own conscience which enable her to put one foot in front of the other towards a stranger? I don’t know. Personally, the concept of suicide is extremely cut throat due to my own dad committing suicide two years ago, and the fact that someone got saved from that was pretty surreal.  But honestly, how many of us would do that for a stranger? Our first instincts may be to say a big, fat yes, but would that outcome change if we were faced with that choice one day whilst we were minding our own business?

I expected the stranger’s reaction to be what it was, and I also had an inkling that they thought they were going to find their new BFF in Alice. However, what I didn’t foresee was the extent of the stranger’s actions – they seemed to go from nought to one hundred in the blink of an eye! I was very impressed by the intricate details that were woven flawlessly into the storyline, there were times where I even found myself thinking ‘errrrrrr come again?’. Unfortunately the stranger did in fact, come again, but the longer he had Alice in sight, the more determined the stranger seemed to become.

I probably shouldn’t say this, but the stranger’s personality intrigued me greatly as I just wanted to delve into his psyche to find out the root of his actions, that’s even if he knew them himself.

The more the story progressed, the more I became accustom to the rollercoaster ride that was Alice’s life. She became so…what’s the word…obsessed with the stranger, her logical thinking was well and truly clouded. Did she bring on the family rift herself? Or did she end up unknowingly becoming the person she tries to stop her clients from becoming?

I loved the psychological aspect to ‘Strangers On The Bridge’ as it is a subject that greatly interests me, so I was very engrossed in how the author managed to make that theme the forefront of her storyline as though she woke up one day and decided to have a blueberry muffin instead of a chocolate one. It was made out not to be a big deal, even though it most definitely WAS a big deal and for that, Louise Mangos’ goes up in my estimations dramatically.

Overall I thought that ‘Strangers On A Bridge’ was a gritty, engaging, and psychologically addictive debut novel, which was written in a way that made me sit up and take notice. Very, very promising – I am rather intrigued to see what Louise Mangos’ brings out next!

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