#BlogTour! #Review – Lying To You by Amanda Reynolds (@amandareynoldsj) @wildfirebks @annecater

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Day 5 of the blog tour and it’s time for me, TWG, to host Amanda Reynolds and her latest novel! Trust me – I most certainly am NOT ‘Lying To You’ ;). Big thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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You’d know if you were lying to yourself, wouldn’t you?

When Jess Tidy was Mark Winter’s student, she made an accusation that ultimately saw him sentenced to three years in prison. A jury found him guilty, but he always maintained his innocence. Now, Jess’s mother’s death has brought her back to the village where she grew up, and where Mark still lives with his wife. And the truth about that night ten years ago which nearly destroyed them both is finally going to come out.

What does TWG think?

I have to apologise in advance for such a vague review, but, due to the nature of the storyline, I am having to be extremely careful with what I write as I don’t wish to give anything away.

Jess Tidy is back but, despite the several years of radio silence, a lot of people won’t be putting out the bunting to welcome Jess back to the village – even though she didn’t want to go back in the first place! The death of Jess’ mother has brought her childhood back to the forefront of her mind. All Jess wants to do is give her mother a respectful send off, re-pack her bag and go back to the place that she now calls home. Simple enough, right?

When the author makes it clear what the situation was with Jess, straight away I sided with her. I’m only human after all! But, as the storyline progressed and more things came to light, ‘confusion’ became my middle name and I had absolutely no idea who to believe. As the storyline is told from different viewpoints, each character explains the situation in the way that they have perceived it after all this time, taking readers even further away from the truth.

What an intense read! The storyline made my mind spiral out of control the more of it I read, telling myself to not believe a word that was coming out of anyone’s mouth, yet I had to find out the truth whatever that may be! The lead up to the truth was full of grit and questionable circumstances – Amanda Reynolds words engaged me with such force, I couldn’t help but be impressed. The pace of this book was on point for the majority of the book, yet I did feel that there were a few too many twiddle my thumbs moments half way through. However, the author soon rectified that with several red herrings, a little more spoon-feeding information, and another dose of grit.

A very cleverly written, suspenseful, and highly addictive read which is bound to make you go stir crazy trying to work out the truth.

Buy now from Amazon

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Wildflowers by Harriet Evans (@HarrietEvans) @headlinepg @Annecater @Bookish_becky

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It is such an honour to be helping Harriet Evans celebrate her tenth novel, as part of the blog tour organised by Headline and Anne Cater. Huge thanks to them both for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of ‘The Wildflowers’. Here is my review:

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The new novel by Sunday Times bestseller Harriet Evans will transport you to a Dorset beach house, where you can feel the sand between your toes. Enter the home of Tony and Althea Wilde – the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor of their generation and with a marriage every bit as stormy. This glorious tale of tangled family secrets and lies will leave you warm and glowing.

Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative … adulterous to the core.

They were my parents, actors known by everyone. They gave our lives love and colour in a house by the sea – the house that sheltered my orphaned father when he was a boy.

But the summer Mads arrived changed everything. She too had been abandoned and my father understood why. We Wildflowers took her in.

My father was my hero, he gave us a golden childhood, but the past was always going to catch up with him … it comes for us all, sooner or later.

This is my story. I am Cordelia Wilde. A singer without a voice. A daughter without a father. Let me take you inside.

What does TWG think?

Where on Earth do I begin with this review? Wow.

First of all, let me start by saying how gorgeous the book cover is! The image has captured the storyline absolutely brilliantly, but of course you don’t realise the reference until after you have read the book!

‘The Wildflowers’ wasn’t an easy read, and by that I don’t mean that it was hard to understand, because it was. It wasn’t an easy read because the storyline describes various, hard-hitting situations in such incredible detail, the reality of such emotional times hit home something chronic. Not only that, the author had chosen a path for her characters which some readers may find a little hard to digest. ‘The Wildflowers’, as a fast reader myself, isn’t a book that you’ll be able to read without thinking. It takes time for this storyline to come alive, and for that you need to be patient and just go with the flow. I urge readers not to give up on this book as yes, it does take a little while for the story to get going, but it really is worth the wait. Please trust me on that.

‘The Wildflowers’ confused me at first because it wasn’t really clear when things were happening, especially as the storyline kept switching between various timelines and that clarity was a definite requirement. I knew that, because of the historical element to this book, the storyline would take a little while to get into as the author needed to set the scene with the various characters, as well as explain certain events which led characters to the place they are now. Patience isn’t my strong point where books are concerned, but deep down I knew that Harriet Evans wanted her story to bloom like a wild flower and that isn’t something that can be done over one or two chapters.

I shan’t give anything away, but I will say that I found myself getting a little emotional when certain things came to light. Even though certain characters chose their own path, I couldn’t help but feel a little empathy towards them because they must have been in such a dark place to warrant such drastic and devastating actions.

I really was able to lose myself in ‘The Wildflowers’ and the storyline which the author had so lovingly crafted, bringing it to life with such poise and poignancy. Everything about this book was raw, heart-wrenching, and severely dramatic – as a reader you have no time to think about anything other than the story you’re reading otherwise you’ll end up running to catch up with a character as they choose a different path on their journey.

I wanted to dislike some of the characters, really I did, but once all of the loose ends began to get tidied up, I just couldn’t find it in my heart to hate some of the characters who did so much wrong.

‘The Wildflowers’ got under my skin completely, and not in a bad way. Okay, I struggled with the first couple of chapters due to slight confusion, but once the ball started rolling, I couldn’t focus on anything else apart from the lives of Cord and Ben. Harriet Evans has written such a beautiful story which captures the essence of beauty, trust, loyalty, lies, death, and everything else in between. The author has left no stone unturned, yet has written about multiple hard-hitting themes with a lot of sensitivity, yet has also managed to keep them realistic and relatable.

If you feel like stepping out of your comfort zone, allowing yourself to be transported back to the 1940’s, I would recommend ‘The Wildflowers’ in a heartbeat. Such a gripping and devastatingly beautiful read which captivated my heart almost straight away.

Treat this book with the patience and kindness a flower deserves, even if they are ‘wildflowers’.

‘The Wildflowers’ is available now in e-book from Amazon, and the paperback version is due to be published on the 5th April and can be pre-ordered now.

#TWGDiscusses – Please STOP saying that e-books aren’t REAL books – it’s offensive! #authors #publishers #ebooks #paperbacks #lovebooks

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I feel like I’m stuck on repeat where this topic is concerned, yet STILL people continue to offend hundreds of authors, and readers, out there with comments such as ‘e-books aren’t real books’. How aren’t they real? An author spends the same amount if time writing a book whether it’s published in e-book, paperback, hardback or on a slate -eye roll-, so why do people continue to say that other formats of books aren’t real?

Let me ask you this….

You know those ‘friends’ you’ve made online yet haven’t currently met offline, would you say that they weren’t ‘real friends’ because they were made online? Probably not, so why is it okay to say that a book, published in a digital format, isn’t as real as those friends you have made using technology?

Think about it.

Authors can spend anything from a few months to a few years, perfecting their manuscript ready for publication, going through various steps such as multiple edits, restructures and so forth – it’s not like they wake up one morning, sit at their computer for an hour and produce a book. It takes time and a lot of patience. Once that manuscript is given to their publisher, it’s then digitalised and printed. Yes, contrary to popular belief, the same manuscript is used for a digital book AND a print book. Who would have thought it?! Obviously with a paperback/hardback you are physically turning the pages and holding the book with two hands, yet with a kindle you’re holding it differently and using one finger to change a page. BUT, have you thought about the different types of readers that are out there in the world? No?

Well you should.

Some readers can’t hold paperbacks/hardbacks due to illnesses.
Some readers can’t read books full stop because they’re blind and rely on audio.
Some readers are chronically ill and they require various different options, depending on their pain on that particular day.
Some readers have various different reasons as to why they would choose one format over another.

All of the above have one thing in common – they all want to read!!

I’ll be honest with you here. Several years ago I would have given you a filthy look if you had said about reading an e-book, but after realising that I was missing out on such fabulous books, I decided to give it a go. Not only that, several years ago I became a lot more ill and holding things for a long period of time was becoming impossible. E-books helped me to feel ‘normal’ and read books just like everyone else, on days where I felt like I couldn’t do anything like everyone else.

I appreciate that not everyone likes e-books and that they prefer paperbacks/hardbacks – that is totally fine! But what isn’t okay is when people say that they prefer ‘real’ books which is insinuating that a digital version of an authors book, is in fact fake. Can’t you see how offensive that is to the author? Just because a book is digitalised instead of being printed on paper, it doesn’t make it any less of a book!

Those ‘real book’ comments are not only offensive to the author who has written them, it’s also offensive to a reader reading them as if the 100 kindle books read last year shouldn’t be included in their Goodreads challenge because they’re ‘not real’. And yes, someone has said that before. If you don’t like e-books, fine! If you don’t like paperbacks, that’s also fine!

But please, please, please STOP saying that e-books aren’t real when they’re as real as the money you paid for them.

Oh, and as those comments are being made on a DIGITAL website, I can’t help but think ‘well isn’t that ironic’. Put your nose where it belongs, remove your snobbery and let people read the books they choose, in the format that they choose without offending a truck load of people in the process.

ALL books are real.
Instead of bashing people with the stupid ‘they aren’t real books’ comments, be happy that people are actually reading and supporting authors in any way they can. Surely that is more important than your snobbery?

#TWGTurnsTwo! Happy 2nd birthday The Writing Garnet! #blogbirthday #blogaversary #blogger #TheWritingGarnet

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Happy birthday to TWG!!!! I cannot believe that my little blog turns two years old today, what a corker of a year it has been! When I started The Writing Garnet back in 2016, never in a million years did I think it would blow up like this, nor did I think I would win awards for my blog. I started my blog as a way of saying thank you to authors who continue to allow me to escape my every day hell with stories that make me laugh, make me cry, give me chills – you name it. I’m not even being dramatic when I say that off the blog, my life is a challenge. In this last year, my health has taken even more of a nosedive, with little things like standing up in a queue, starting to become impossible. But, aside from my daughter (obviously), the only other ‘thing’ that helps me keep going is my blog and the community which surrounds it.

In 2016, I was a newbie. I knew nobody yet everyone else knew somebody and, whilst there are still cliques around, I have the most supportive bloggers, publishers, publicists etc around me, I feel like I can do anything with these people beside me. This last year has seen friendships blossom even more so and I am so, SO grateful that I can call these people my friends. I just want to say a massive thank you to Lucy Vine, Katie Marsh, Darcie Boleyn, Jo Robertson, Clair Boor, Katherine Sunderland, Mary Jayne Baker, Vicki Dickinson, Jules Wake, Sarah Hardy, Anne Cater, Noelle Holten, Betsy Reavley, Isabelle Broom, SJV, JB, Linda Green, Sam Carrington, Mairead O’Driscoll Hearne, Nica Hawkins de Koenigswarter, and many, many more, for always having my back, giving me advice, supporting me and giving me a well needed pep talk when I feel like I’m about to give up. I also want to say a massive thank you to all of the publishers and publicists I work with on a day to day basis, for allowing me to read such wonderful books and embark on a journey with them and the author. I also want to say thank you to all of the bloggers who share my posts daily and who continue to make me laugh with their squirrel antics and goodness what else! Also, a big thank you to everyone else who continues to share my posts, like my posts on the facebook page/instagram, and supports me. All of you mean the world to me and I wouldn’t be here without your support. Thank you all for believing in me and being the light at the end of a dark tunnel. I will forever be grateful for your friendship.

So, what has happened this last year? Well, SO MUCH! I was crowned the winner of ‘Most Inspirational Blog’ at the 2017 Annual Blogger Bash Awards – thank you so much to everyone who voted for me! Such an honour!

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I also turned into a mushy mess at the Edinburgh Book Festival where I got to meet one of my idols, Jenny Colgan (yes, I nearly cried). Jenny has been one of my favourite authors for as long as I can remember so it really was a dream come true to finally meet her, AND be quoted on a graphic in support of her new book!

Last year I also got to meet one of my blogger besties, Jo Robertson! You might know her as ‘MyChestnutReadingTree’, and my daughter now knows her as the person who plays Shopkins!

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You know on book covers there is usually a quote from a best selling author? Yeah? Well, HarperImpulse and Mary Jayne Baker made my dream come true last year by putting my quote on the front of MJB’s book. Yes, ON THE FRONT!

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Another highlight from the last year was getting an e-mail from a member of the RNA, stating that I was a nominee for ‘Media/Blog Star of the Year’ in the RNA Industry Awards. Yes, me. I had to double check the e-mail to check that they had sent it to the right person! Unfortunately I didn’t win, but it was still an honour to be nominated and then receive a ‘Runner up’ award – thank you so much.

The Writing Garnet seems to get busier and busier, the more time that passes and, whilst a lot of people think I’m bonkers for taking on over 40 blog tours a month (haha), I am in my element. I really do hope that this year is the year when all of my hard work pays off and I can find a job working from home – that really would be a dream come true.

Whilst all of the above are just highlights, there has been so many things which I am proud of – getting quoted on multiple graphics, having Fern Briton follow me on Twitter, winning multiple competitions via social media, receiving signed books in the post (as well as other amazing book post), and soooo much more. Sometimes I feel like I am dreaming, I really do. I really didn’t expect all of this when I first started my blog and, if I’m being perfectly honest, there are moments where I find that I don’t fit in with the community, and I worry that my words will never be enough, but my passion for books outweighs everything else and even though those worries continue to be there, I just think about how far I have come and why I started this blog in the first place.

Thank you for supporting me and TWG!!

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#BlogTour! #Review – #ThePerfectGirlfriend by Karen Hamilton (@KJHauthor) @headlinepg @wildfirebks @Bookish_becky @annecater

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The TWG flight to #ThePerfectGirlfriend is due for take off any moment now. Please put your seatbelts on ready for take off – this could be a bumpy ride!!

Big thanks to HeadlinePG for the ARC of ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’! Delighted to be taking part in the blog tour organised by Anne Cater. Here is my review:

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Juliette loves Nate.
She will follow him anywhere. She’s even become a flight
attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him.

They are meant to be.
The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing.
Because Juliette has a plan to win him back.

She is the perfect girlfriend.
And she’ll make sure no one stops her from
getting exactly what she wants.

True love hurts, but Juliette knows it’s worth all the pain…

What does TWG think?

I could not WAIT to begin reading ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ as there had been so much hype surrounding the publication of it, with not a lot of information about the storyline being given in the process. Nothing like intriguing your readers, is there!

I’m just going to get straight to the point – Juliette is severely unhinged. She seems to think that if someone breaks up with you, it means that they ‘made a mistake’ and still want you back (whether they actually know that or not, remains to be seen). With those delusional thoughts in mind, Juliette makes it her mission to win her ex-boyfriend back both legally AND illegally. I have no idea why she seems to think that being a stalker may turn on the ex-boyfriend of hers, but there we go!

Juliette knows where Nate is, who he is texting, and when he will be returning from his flights. The problem with that is (well, ONE of them) that Nate has absolutely NO idea about what Juliette is doing. None whatsoever. A far as he is concerned, that chapter is closed and his relationship with Juliette is no more. But, as far as SHE is concerned, their relationship is only just beginning and she will do anything to get Nate back. Seriously, anything.

Surely obsessing over someone like this isn’t healthy? I know that some readers have found Juliette’s actions endearing, especially as they were rooting for her, but I found her to be incredibly weird. Her obsessive nature freaked me out, especially as she couldn’t seem to see what she was doing was wrong, whilst also believing that she was in fact ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’. I mean, if she thinks that she is a perfect girlfriend, it makes those who aren’t obsessive and stalkers, out to be the worlds worst partners!

Despite my incredibly black and white opinion of Juliette, I couldn’t help but become addicted to the storyline. I had to find out what stupid thing she embarked on next, and I was curious to see just how low she would stoop where Nate was concerned. How anyone around her didn’t see through her facade, is quite remarkable. I give her 10/10 for being able to fool people!

I really enjoyed reading ‘The Perfect Girlfriend’ as it was such a unique, twisted tale which ended up becoming a highly addictive read. Unfortunately, the downside for me was the ending. I was a little bit disappointed by the way in which I was left hanging, with no loose ends tied up or any explanations as to why Juliette embarked on her ‘get Nate back’ mission. I know that we were made aware of her reasonings early on in the book, but because the entire storyline was told via Juliette’s point of view with no input from any other character, it was as though I only had her word against everyone else’s. I would have liked the book even more if the carrot wasn’t left dangling, that’s for sure.

However, due to the wide open ending, I haven’t been able to get this book out of my head from the moment I finished it two days ago! I can’t really fault the book now, can I?

I am extremely impressed with Karen Hamilton’s debut novel, and the way in which she delivered on intensity and addictiveness, with characters who will bring out the best and worst in yourself as you read the book. If this is what her debut novel is like, I am excited to see what is in store for her second book!

Yes this book had its minor faults, but with unhinged, bonkers yet weirdly addictive characters such as Juliette, I cannot help but like this authors work of art. Juliette is definitely a character to remember, that’s for sure!

Buy now from Amazon

#CoverReveal! The Hideaway by Sheila O’Flanagan (@Sheilaoflanagan) @Headlinepg @Bookish_Becky

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Rather excited to be bringing you another cover reveal today! This time it’s for Sheila O’Flanagan and her upcoming novel, ‘The Hideaway’. Thank you to Becky from Headline, for asking me to be involved in this reveal. I love this author!!

So, without keeping you waiting too long, here is the cover of Sheila’s upcoming release:

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What would you do if you discovered you were living a lie?

When a shocking news report shatters Juno Ryan’s world, she suddenly finds herself without the man she loves – and with no way of getting the answers she so desperately needs.

A distraught Juno flees to the enchanting Villa Naranja in Spain. The blue skies and bountiful orange groves – along with Pep, the winemaker’s handsome son – begin to soothe her broken heart, but only Juno herself can mend it.

Just when she begins to feel whole again another bombshell falls. Can Juno put the past behind her? And will she ever learn to trust herself again?

Okay, now I am intrigued!! ‘The Hideaway’ will be published on the 31st May, but you can pre-order your copy right now from Amazon UK!

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#CoverReveal! #IWillFindYou by Daniela Sacerdoti (@Danisacerdoti) @Bookish_Becky @Headlinepg

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I am delighted to be bringing you a STUNNING cover reveal this afternoon! I was incredibly honoured to have been asked by Becky Hunter from Headline, to help reveal the new cover of Daniela Sacerdoti’s brand new novel, ‘I Will Find You’. Thanks so much for asking me!

Here we go!!

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Daniela Sacerdoti is adored by over 1 million readers. Set on the mysterious Seal Island, this is a beautiful, heartrending and gripping novel, perfect for those who loved The Time Traveller’s Wifeand The Notebook. ‘A treat for fans of Jodi Picoult or Dorothy Koomson’ Daily Express on Keep Me Safe

When her mother dies, heartbroken Cora seeks solace on a remote Scottish island. Alone in a crumbling cottage inaccessible at high tide, she discovers the stones have their secrets. Nearly three hundred years ago, a young woman sought shelter here, also racked with sorrow. As Cora unravels a haunting story of love and loss, she realises the past may hold the key to her own future happiness…

Oh my goodness – isn’t it stunning? I want to know why she’s running away! What gave her cause to run away? I cannot wait to find out – this book sounds like an absolute corker. Hopefully I won’t have to wait too long to find out!!

‘I Will Find You’ is due to be published in e-book on the 17th May, with the paperback following on the 29th November. If you want to ensure your copy of either formats, you can do so by pre-ordering Daniela Sacerdoti’s book right now from Amazon.

Whilst you go and do that, I’m going to swoon at the cover for a little bit longer!!

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TWG’s #TopBooksof2017! @Bookouture @TeamBATC @Headlinepg @HQDigitalUK @AvonBooksUK @ChoclitUK

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It’s that time of year again when most publishers, bloggers, readers, publicists, (you catch my drift) go through their ‘read’ books of the year, ready to compile a list of their most favourite books. A yearly ritual which sees ‘TBR’ piles growing even bigger, lists being compared, and readers finding new books they wouldn’t have dared to pick up until they read that particular list. A ritual where all the fabulous books us readers/bloggers have fallen in love with over the past year, get celebrated once again.

In lament terms, we get to gush. Having read a total of 318 books in 2017, I knew my #TopBooks list wasn’t going to be small. Have you SEEN the books published this year!? 2017 has been an outstanding year for books. So many debut authors have shone with their debut novels, whilst other authors many already love have upped their game with yet another novel. I have managed to get my list down to a Top 40 otherwise we would have been here until next year going through them, but, in all honesty, I could have happily put most of those 318 books on this list!

In absolutely NO particular order, here are TWG’s #TopBooksof2017!

 

1. A Song for Tomorrow by Alice Peterson
(You can read my review here)
2. The Legacy of Lucy Harte by Emma Heatherington
(You can read my review here)
3. Before You Go by Clare Swatman
(You can read my review here)
4. Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin
(You can read my review here)
5. The Quiet Man by James Carol
(You can read my review here)
6. The Second Chance Tea Shop by Fay Kennan
(You can read my review here)
7. The Year of Saying Yes by Hannah Doyle
(I am still due a full review for all parts of this book – watch this space!)
8. Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland
(You can read my review here)
9. The Woman at Number 24 by Juliet Ashton
(You can read my review here)
10. The Wedding Girls by Kate Thompson.
(You can read my review here)

11. Blink by K.L.Slater
(You can read my review here)
12. A Time to Change by Callie Langridge
(You can read my review here)
13. The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan
(You can read my review here)
14. Too Damn Nice by Kathryn Freeman
(You can read my review here)
15. Another Woman’s Husband by Gill Paul
(You can read my review here)
16. The Law of Attraction by Roxie Cooper
(You can read my review here)
17. I’m Still Standing (previously titled ‘Reach For the Stars) by Colleen Coleman
(You can read my review here)
18. 37 Hours by J.F.Kirwan
(You can read my review here)
19. If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton
(You can read my review here)
20. Til The Dust Settles by Pat Young
(You can read my review here)

21. The Betrayed by Casey Kelleher
(You can read my review here)
22. The Detriment by David Videcette
(You can read my review here)
23. The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters by Jaimie Admans
(You can read my review here)
24. Skin Deep by Laura Wilkinson
(You can read my review here)
25. Trust Me by Angela Clarke
(You can read my review here)
26. Summer at the Dog and Duck by Jill Steeples
(You can read my review here)
27. Hot Mess by Lucy Vine
(You can read my review here)
28. It Started With a Tweet by Anna Bell
(You can read my review here)
29. A Little Christmas Faith by Kathryn Freeman
(You can read my review here)
30. A Little Luck, A Lot of Faith by Linn.B.Halton
(You can read my review here)

31. Dying Breath by Helen Phifer
(You can read my review here)
32. Dying Day by Stephen Edgar
(You can read my review here)
33. Scream Blue Murder by Tony.J.Forder
(You can read my review here)
34. The Little Clock House series (book 1&2) by Eve Devon
(Reviews can be found here and here)
35. Murder Game by Caroline Mitchell
(You can find my review here)
36. The Lost Child by Patricia Gibney
(You can find my review here)
37. The Man Who Died by Antti Tuomainen
(You can read my review here)
38. How To Be Champion by Sarah Millican
(I still need to write my review for this book – watch this space!)
39. Bad Sister by Sam Carrington
(You can read my review here)
40. The Other Mother by Judith Baker
(You can read my review here)

Phew! I’m knackered now! If any of the above books tickle your fancy, all purchase links can be found on the review link below each title. So many incredible books written by such fantastic authors – it has been an absolute honour to have been given ARC’s of a majority of the above books. I would like to say a huge thank you to:

Simon&Shuster // ChocLitUK // Harper Impulse // PanMacMillan // Bookouture // Aria
Headline // Bombshell Books/Bloodhound Books // HQDigitalUK // Faber Books 
Accent Press // Avon // Orion // Orenda & Bonnier Zaffre

for giving me the opportunity to read all of the above books. I would also like to thank all of the authors above for writing such jaw dropping and emotional reads! I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again – this year has been a fantastic year for books and I want to extend another thank you to every author and publisher behind each and every one of the 318 books I have read this year. Just like many readers, I use books to escape and without you writing/publishing those books, I truly don’t think that I would be able to cope.

Whilst 2017 has blown me away, 2018 is set to be another brilliant year for books as well – my number one novel to watch out for in 2018 is ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ by Sarah Vaughan which is due to be published on the 11th January 2018. I was very lucky to receive an ARC of this book before publication and you can read my review (as well as pre-order the book) by clicking here.

Did any of YOUR favourites pop up in my #TopBooksof2017? Let me know in the comments if any have, or whether you have decided to nab a few of these books for your own TBR piles!

2017, it has been a bookish pleasure. I cannot WAIT to see what 2018 brings in terms of books!

#CoverReveal! #BeforeILetYouGo by Kelly Rimmer (@KelRimmerWrites) @HeadlinePG

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To be asked to help out with a cover reveal by one of your favourite publishers is majorly exciting. To be asked to help reveal the book cover for an author who gave you the biggest book hangover of your life with her previous novel, well, that is amazing. Thank you to Becky Hunter from Headline, for asking me to be involved in this. So excited!!

Let’s get this show on the road then, shall we?

I am so excited to be revealing the book cover for the incredible, Kelly Rimmer! Her new novel, ‘Before I Let You Go’, will be published in e-book in February 2018, with the paperback format coming in October 2018.

Here is the cover:

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Your sister needs you. But her child needs you more…

The 2:00 a.m. call is the first time Lexie Vidler has heard her sister’s voice
in years. Annie is a drug addict, a thief, a liar-and in trouble, again. Lexie
has always bailed Annie out, given her money, a place to sleep, sent her to
every kind of rehab. But this time, she’s not just strung out-she’s pregnant
and in premature labor. If she goes to the hospital, she’ll lose custody of
her baby-maybe even go to prison. But the alternative is unthinkable.

As weeks unfold, Lexie finds herself caring for her fragile newborn niece
while her carefully ordered life is collapsing around her. She’s in danger of
losing her job, and her fiancé only has so much patience for Annie’s drama.
In court-ordered rehab, Annie attempts to halt her downward spiral by
confronting long-buried secrets from the sisters’ childhood, ghosts that
Lexie doesn’t want to face. But will the journey heal Annie, or lead her
down a darker path?

I have a feeling that this book is going to be incredibly, incredibly emotional and I for one, cannot wait to be put under Kelly Rimmer’s spell once again.

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#BlogTour! #Review – See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt (@ikillnovel) @TinderPress

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Excited to be today’s stop on Sarah Schmidt’s blog tour for the paperback release of ‘See What I Have Done’. Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour, and thank you to the publisher for a copy of the book. Here is my review:

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Just after 11am on 4th August 1892, the bodies of Andrew and Abby Borden are discovered. He’s found on the sitting room sofa, she upstairs on the bedroom floor, both murdered with an axe.

It is younger daughter Lizzie who is first on the scene, so it is Lizzie who the police first question, but there are others in the household with stories to tell: older sister Emma, Irish maid Bridget, the girls’ Uncle John, and a boy who knows more than anyone realises.

In a dazzlingly original and chilling reimagining of this most notorious of unsolved mysteries, Sarah Schmidt opens the door to the Borden home and leads us into its murkiest corners, where jealousies, slow-brewed rivalries and the darkest of thoughts reside.

What does TWG think?

I have been wanting to read Sarah Schmidt’s, ‘See What I Have Done’, from the first moment I saw it doing the rounds on social media back in May. Yes, it has been on my TBR pile that long! One thing I also noticed at the time was just how varied each readers opinions were. Of course, that made me even more curious to get stuck in.

Using events of a real life situation as inspiration, Sarah Schmidt has taken facts from the historic ‘Lizzie Borden’ case in 1892, and has put a personal spin on the storyline itself. Wikipedia states that Lizzie Borden was acquitted for the murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, but who DID kill Lizzie’s parents? Still an unsolved case 125 years later, a lot of people seem to reach their own conclusions on the double murder. Sarah Schmidt however, had her own ideas about what really went on that day, thus being the inspiration for this novel.

I have to admit; I hadn’t heard of Lizzie Borden until the day I picked up ‘See What I Have Done’. I had to spend a little while trawling through Google so that I had a rough idea of the situation itself. Not that I didn’t trust the authors factual knowledge, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to historical based novels, I like to ensure I have some of the facts clear in my own head before I proceed.

I finished reading ‘See What I Have Done’ about ten minutes before I started writing this review as I wanted to keep everything fresh in my mind. I really don’t know where my mind is with this book after all. I loved the authors literary skills and story telling – it was clear that Sarah Schmidt had done her research whilst also ensuring that she incorporated fiction alongside the facts to keep the reader interested. For me, the authors skills were the star of the show. I cannot fault the way in which the storyline was executed overall.

However, I found the content of the storyline incredibly difficult to gel with. Although, I guess having a theme of murder in a storyline isn’t going to make you reaching for the party poppers, but you know what I mean (I hope). I really wanted to fall in love with this book, especially given the fact that historical fiction is one of my go to genres. But there was just something about the book which left me feeling as though I was missing something. What, I have no idea. I did fall in love with the authors words themselves though, does that count?!

Whilst ‘See What I Have Done’ didn’t meet my expectations, the authors story telling and fantastic writing talent made the book come alive. Sarah Schmidt is exceptionally talented at her craft and I am rather looking forward to what she puts her pen to next.

Thanks Tinder Press.

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