TWG’s #TopBooksOf2018! (@Bookouture @littlebookcafe @PanMacmillan @HarperImpulse @Headlinepg @TeamBATC @bwpublishing @MichaelJBooks @TransworldBooks @OrionBooks @AvonBooksUK @QuercusBooks @Aria_fiction) & more!

Oh my goodness me, what a PHENOMENAL year its been for books! I have had the pleasure of reading some truly amazing books this year, and whittling my 368 reads down to a selection of my favourites was incredibly difficult.

2018 has seen the growth of debut authors with debut novels, brilliant additions to intense series, and authors bringing out standalone novels which made me laugh out loud and my toes curl (clearly I mean two different genre’s…obviously!). Before I start sharing my favourite reads of 2018 with you all, let me just take this moment to say a MASSIVE thank you to all of the publishers who have sent me ARC’s in the post, approved me on Netgalley, asked me to be on blog tours – I am so honoured to work with every single one of you! Huge thank you to the publicists and blog tour organisers who also invite me to take part in some rather fabulous blog tours and who share my posts left right and centre, it is an absolute pleasure to work alongside you. Lastly, thank you SO much to all of the authors who continue to give me the escape and distraction I need from my everyday life with their incredible words – I am so excited to see what the new year brings for all of you. You are all amazing.

Actually, one last thing; thank you to all of my fellow bloggers for just being you and for supporting my posts, especially when I end up being on 6 blog tours in one day. Your support means the world to me and I cannot wait to follow your blogs again next year to see what fabulous reads have tickled your fancy.

So, let’s get to this list shall we? I’m cheating a little bit in my list as I have combined series as I couldn’t pick just one book from the series…so I chose them all. You’ll see what I mean when I get to it. This list is in no particular order, however when I get nearer the end, I will put a couple of the books in order to share my top read of 2018.

Ready? Let’s go!

#Review – The Endless Beach by @JennyColgan @littlebookcafe #TheEndlessBeach #publicationday

#BlogTour! #Review – #WeOwnTheSky by Luke Allnutt (@lukeallnutt) @TrapezeBooks

#BlogTour! #Review – #OnlyChild by Rhiannon Navin (@RhiannonNavin) @JessDuffyy @Panmacmillan

#BlogTour! #Review – The Little Wedding Island by Jaimie Admans (@Be_the_spark) @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

#BlogTour! #Review – The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley (@ZaraStoneley) @RaRaResources @HarperImpulse

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

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Next Girl by Carla Kovach (@CKovachAuthor) @Bookouture

#Review – You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac (@CatherineIsaac_) @TeamBATC @SimonSchusterUK @BookMinxSJV

#BlogTour! #Review – #LittleBigMan by Katy Regan (@katyreganwrites) @panmacmillan @MantleBooks @ChablisPoulet

#BlogBlitz! #Review – One Way or Another by Colleen Coleman (@CollColemanAuth) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – The Gravity of Love by Noelle Harrison (@NoelleHarrison) @bwpublishing

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Almost Wife by Jade Beer (@JadeBRIDES) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – The Island Villa by Lily Graham (@LilyGrahamBooks) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – No Further Questions by Gillian McAllister (@GillianMAuthor) @MichaelJBooks @JennyPlatt90

#BlogTour! #Review – #NowYouSeeHer by Heidi Perks (@HeidiPerksBooks) @arrowpublishing

#BlogTour! #Review – Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman (@KathrynFreeman1) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheLightBetweenUs by Katie Khan (@Katie_Khan) @TransworldBooks @hannahlbright29 @AnneCater #RandomThingsTours

#BlogTour! #Review -Sunset Over the Cherry Orchard by Jo Thomas (@jo_thomas1) @AnneCater @HeadlinePG @Bookish_Becky @DavidHHeadley

#Review – My Mad Dad by Robyn Hollingworth (@MyMadDadStory) @trapezebooks @orionbooks

#BlogTour! #Review – In Bloom by C.J.Skuse (@CJSkuse) @HQStories

#BlogTour! #Review – Kiss of Death by Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) @AvonBooksUK #KissOfDeath

#BlogTour! #MiniReview – #WhileIWasSleeping by Dani Atkins (@AtkinsDani) @simonschusteruk @TeamBATC

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

#BlogTour! #Extract – Perfect Silence by Helen Fields (@Helen_Fields) @AvonBooksUK

I’ve popped one book here for Lisa Regan and D.K.Hood, but for me the entire series are absolutely brilliant and I urge you to buy them all!

#BlogTour! #Review – Her Final Confession by Lisa Regan (@lisalregan) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – The Crying Season by D.K.Hood (@dkhood_author) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review -Before I Let You Go by Kelly Rimmer (@kelrimmerwrites) @headlinepg @phoebe_swinburn @annecater

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Last Lullaby by Carol Wyer (@carolewyer) @Bookouture

#BlogTour! #Review – The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul (@GillPaulauthor) @Headlinepg @annecater

Right, we are nearing the end now so here are my favourite reads of 2018 numbers 11-2 (in no order)

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood (@lwestwoodwriter) @aria_fiction @rararesources

#BlogTour! #Review – I Wanted To Tell You By Anna Mansell (@AnnaMansell) @Bookouture

#Review – How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (@katherinecenter) @Panmacmillan @EllisKeene

#BlogTour! #Review – The Songs of Us by Emma Cooper (@ItsEmmaCooper) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater

#BlogTour! #Review – The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis (@EmilyGunnis) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater @Phoebe_Swinburn

#BlogTour! #Review – This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell (@JillMansell) @Headlinepg @AnneCater

#BlogTour! #Review – The Memory Chamber by Holly Cave (@HollyACave) @QuercusBooks #MemoryChamber

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheConfession by Jo Spain (@spainjoanne) @QuercusFiction @AnneCater @QuercusBooks

#BlogTour! #Review – I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford (@sjfordauthor) @RaRaResources

#BlogTour! #Review – #MakeOrBreak by Catherine Bennetto (@cathbennetto) @Simonschusteruk @TeamBATC

I just want to say a special mention to Sarah Vaughan’s ‘Anatomy of a Scandal’ – I read that book this time last year before it was released early 2018, and it’s a book I will forever be shouting about until I am blue in the face. I’ll even go as far to say that it is still a top book of mine a year after reading it. You can read my review here:

#BlogTour! #Review – #AnatomyofaScandal by Sarah Vaughan (@Svaughanauthor) @simonschusterUK

We have reached TWG’s Top Book of 2018!!!! I may be slightly cheating here as this book isn’t out until 1st February 2019, but due to the fact that I actually read this book this year, I felt that I was able to include it in my favourite reads of this year. I’m sure you’re wondering what that is……

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I haven’t written a review of this book yet as I am on the blog tour for it next year. However, ‘The Day We Met’ by Roxie Cooper completely blew my mind and left tears rolling down my cheeks like a homemade waterfall. Stephanie and Jamie are two, highly complex, emotional and brilliantly written characters, I cannot see how anyone wouldn’t fall in love with them like I did. For me this book was everything I could have hoped for and more.

I will do a full review on the blog tour next year, but if you fancy pre-ordering your copy now based on my views above, you can do so now here!

That’s it folks! TWG’s Top Books of 2018! How many have you read? How many are you going to read? Let me know in the comments and keep me posted! Thank you all so much for sticking with me for another year, here’s to yet another fantastic year for books.

See you next year, folks!!

Kaisha x

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TWG’s Top SIX #ChristmasReads of 2018! (@SarahWaights @Donnashc @Karen_King @SarahMorgan_ @RebeccaMascull) @Bookouture @OrionBooks @HQStories

Wow! How on Earth are we at the end of 2018 already? This has been an exceptional year for books and, although that is obviously excellent to hear, it has made my job of narrowing my favourite reads down, MUCH harder! Usually I would bung it all in one post, however, I felt that this year I would do something different and put my favourite festive reads in one post.

So, are you ready?

In no particular order, three of my top festive reads of 2018 are:

#BlogBlitz! #Review – Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King (@karen_king) @Bookouture

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#Review – The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan (@SarahMorgan_) @HQStories

I adored all three of the above books, each ticking off various different boxes in their own right. Now, there were three other festive reads which blew me away as well, and seeing as I cannot choose just ONE as my absolute favourite Christmas book of 2018, I’m being greedy and choosing all three.

Here are my most favourite Christmas books of 2018:

Just like the previous three, you can read my thoughts of my top three here:

#BlogTour! #Review – I’m Glad I Found You This Christmas by C.P.Ward (@imgladifoundyo1) @rararesources

#BlogTour! #Review – #25DaysTilChristmas by Poppy Alexander (@SarahWaights) @OrionBooks

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Have you read any of the Christmas books mentioned? If so, what did you think? If you haven’t, these books can be read any time of the year, they are just brilliant!

Thank you to the authors for writing such fabulous reads, and thank you to the publishers/publicists and blog tour organisers for allowing me to read them!

#Review – The Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan (@SarahMorgan_) @HQStories

It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree, but who’s around it that matters most.

All Suzanne McBride wants for Christmas is her three daughters happy and at home. But when sisters Posy, Hannah and Beth return to their family home in the Scottish Highlands, old tensions and buried secrets start bubbling to the surface.

Suzanne is determined to create the perfect family Christmas, but the McBrides must all face the past and address some home truths before they can celebrate together . . .

What does TWG think?

*Thank you to HQStories for the ARC*

Who would have thought that a lost toy would make my eyes spring a leak? I know – I wasn’t expecting it either yet there was just something so magical about the storyline of ‘The Christmas Sisters’ which made me realise that anything was possible.

Three sisters are coming together to celebrate Christmas at home but, due to their very varied personalities, their reasons for spending Christmas together couldn’t differ more if it tried. Whilst their parents are aware of their differences, it takes the season of ‘goodwill’ for emotions to be frayed and their lives to be put under the microscope. Although as an outsider looking in, I couldn’t help but wonder whether it was their sisterly competing which was putting a spanner in the works for the entire family.

Of course – my outsider opinion was thought waaaayyyy before the ‘truth’ came out and I will admit that I was not expecting it at all. The storyline really tugged at my heartstrings in various ways – how could a family come back from such devastation?

Sarah Morgan has gone above and beyond in this book, creating characters which add such emotion and depth to every nook and cranny in the story. I loved how poignant the overall vibe of the book was – it certainly brought out emotion in me which had been buried away for a long time.

I genuinely cannot recommend this book enough, as I truly believe that it will open the eyes and hearts of readers everywhere. As I said at the beginning, I have no idea how a lost toy managed to make me cry, but it did and it ended up being my all time favourite part of the book. Why? Because it spoke volumes about the characters and the author, showcasing just how far the storyline had grown in such a short space of time. I absolutely adored this delightfully emotional treat

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – #MissMarley by the late, Vanessa LaFaye and Rebecca Mascull (@RebeccaMascull) @HQStories

This is beautifully bittersweet, and I am sure a lot of you will understand why. Devastatingly, Vanessa LaFaye passed away earlier this year, which meant that ‘Miss Marley’ was unfinished. To keep Vanessa’s legacy, Rebecca Mascull finished writing the novel which Vanessa lovingly started, resulting in the finished product of ‘Miss Marley’. Today I have the honour of sharing my review on publication day as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to HQStories for the ARC and allowing me to be involved in the tour. Here is my review:

Before A Christmas Carol there was… Miss Marley

A seasonal tale of kindness and goodwill

Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley live by their wits, scavenging for scraps in the poorest alleyways of London, in the shadow of the workhouse. Every night, Jake promises his little sister ‘tomorrow will be better’ and when the chance to escape poverty comes their way, he seizes it despite the terrible price.

And so Jacob Marley is set on a path that leads to his infamous partnership with Ebenezer Scrooge. As Jacob builds a fortress of wealth to keep the world out, only Clara can warn him of the hideous fate that awaits him if he refuses to let love and kindness into his heart…

What does TWG think?

‘A Christmas Carol’ is a classic piece of literature which I am sure a lot of people have either heard of and/or read. Whilst a lot of Dickens’ tale focuses on the man with a frozen heart, Ebenezer Scrooge, his right hand man, Jacob Marley, is still a poignant character in the tale. However, have you ever wondered about what went on in Jacob’s mind? How he became who he was? That’s where the delightful, ‘Miss Marley’ comes in, Jacob’s sister. A character who was specifically created for this book, thus being a beautifully written introduction to the festive tale we have all come to know and love.

‘Miss Marley’ tells the story of Jacob and Clara’s life on the streets and how Jacob became the man who many loved to hate. Whilst the siblings were indeed close growing up as they only had each other, life as adults made their relationship much more strained than they would have liked. Jacob Marley was so focused on his work, on trying to keep a roof over their heads, yet point blank refused to look at the bigger picture, despite the urges from his sister. They were both aware of the struggles that came with being poor, not knowing where their next meal came from, not knowing whether they would be killed in their sleep by a thief or the weather. So why did Jacob refuse to look at the situations of others? The situations that weren’t quite so dissimilar to his very own, instead making other people’s lives a lot harder – including his sisters.

‘Miss Marley’ is a beautiful, beautiful tale which has been written from the hearts of two incredible authors. Authors who have clearly researched Dickens and the Victorian era before embarking on their prequel to a classic tale. Reading this book was incredibly bittersweet due to the fact the original author had passed away before her book was out in the world. However, Rebecca Mascull seamlessly finished the story, making me feel as though I was reading a book by one author and not two. Mascull has done LaFaye incredibly proud by her enchanting storytelling, and by bringing ‘Miss Marley’ to life in the most memorable way possible.

Until now, I had never envisioned a prequel to ‘A Christmas Carol’, but now I can honestly say that ‘Miss Marley’ is an outstanding addition and something which the literary world never knew it needed. A truly fantastic story told by two hearts which became one.

Buy now!

#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!

#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.

Buy now from Amazon UK
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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.

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – In Bloom by C.J.Skuse (@CJSkuse) @HQStories

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It may be raining in places but, thanks to C.J.Skuse, something is definitely ‘In Bloom’! Maybe a few sweet pea’s or something, I don’t know! Anyway, I am delighted to be reviewing ‘In Bloom’ as part of the blog tour organised by HQStories. Big thanks to the team for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free.

Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

But can a killer’s urges ever really be curbed?

What does TWG think?

Don’t shout at me, but I read ‘In Bloom’ without reading the prequel to this, ‘Sweetpea’. I know, I know – I’m bad!  Thankfully I was able to read ‘In Bloom’ perfectly fine without reading the previous novel, however, I would recommend reading ‘Sweetpea’ as there were references to the flower in this book and I had no idea how or why Rhiannon was associated to them.

Having heard so much about ‘Sweetpea’, I was so excited to delve into C.J.Skuse’s latest novel. I didn’t really have any expectations in mind before I started reading, but even if I did, they would have been completely blown out of the water anyway!

I couldn’t help laughing out loud throughout the entire novel, and I couldn’t help feeling quite bad about my laughter considering the nature of the storyline! Please note – I wasn’t laughing at the theme’s, I was laughing at how Rhiannon was portrayed, her actions, as well as the stuff that flew out of her mouth. I would say that I have found a new favourite line, but I think that may be a spoiler. It does contain several ‘fs’, so I will leave it up to you to find that line in the book yourself. Put it this way, I was glad I put my cup of tea down before I turned the page otherwise I would have spat it out laughing!

‘In Bloom’ is blooming hilarious and it really shouldn’t be, but it is, and it works! Don’t get me wrong, the antics of several of the characters was very cut throat, gruesome, and rather, ermm……twisted, but the way in which C.J.Skuse delivered those actions in such a hilariously dark, gritty and fiery manner, made me feel less guilty for laughing at axe’s and things….

Like I said above, I had no expectations regarding ‘In Bloom’ at all. I had a feeling that I would need to read the book with an open mind after what I had seen on social media, so I did and, because of that, I was able to appreciate the storyline in its entirety without any preconceptions of the contents.

There were moments whilst reading this novel where I felt like I shouldn’t be liking it as it is everything that I’m not, however, that is also the reason why I really did enjoy ‘In Bloom’ as it IS unique. It IS memorable. It IS one of those books that you will either love or hate, bit like marmite and seeing as I love marmite, I am so thrilled that I ended up loving this book.

‘In Bloom’ is a novel that, if you had given it to me several years back, I would have said that it was completely out of my comfort zone. But now? I can honestly say that this is an outrageously hilarious, twisted, dark, shocking novel which left my sides aching with laughter and my mind going ‘what the begonia did I just read?!’.

I have everything crossed that Rhiannon comes back again as I have a feeling that her story is far from over!! What a book!

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Place We Called Home by Jenny Oliver (@JenOliverBooks) @HQStories


The third and final blog tour for today is for ‘The House We Called Home’ by Jenny Oliver! Thank you to HQStories for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

The house where Stella and her sister Amy grew up never changes – the red front door, the breath-taking view over the Cornish coast, her parents in their usual spots on the sofa. Except this summer, things feel a little different…

Stella’s father is nowhere to be seen, yet her mother – in suspiciously new Per Una jeans – seems curiously unfazed by his absence, and more eager to talk about her mysterious dog-walking buddy Mitch.

Stella’s sister Amy has returned home with a new boyfriend she can barely stand and a secret to hide, and Stella’s husband Jack has something he wants to get off his chest too. Even Frank Sinatra, the dog, has a guilty air about him.

This summer, change is in the air for the Whitethorns…

What does TWG think?

Well, I am sure that a lot of us, if not all of us, have been involved in heated family issues at some point in our lives! For the Whitethorns however, family disputes seem to be a rather regular occurrence, but they wouldn’t know that would they? Seeing as communication isn’t exactly their fortes!

I don’t know if it’s just me, but Jenny Oliver’s writing style seemed to be a bit different this time round. I’m not too sure if that’s because of the subject she was writing about, or whether her writing has changed direction, either way it did make me sit up and take notice. I guess part of me didn’t find this book to be as cosy as her other reads, which is why I probably noticed the change.

That said, the overall storyline is definitely full of hope and I thoroughly enjoyed the humour that was evident throughout the entire novel. I ADORED Sonny and the guy, Amy, had brought back home to meet her family. I thought that they were absolutely hilarious, especially the way that they lifted the storyline due to their carefree attitudes.

‘The House We Called Home’ is an enjoyable read which highlights a very important message regarding family disputes, relationships, and what to do with a drain cover. The theme of the book is one that needs to be given a lot of attention as there is a lot going on, but I don’t think that that is a bad thing at all. I loved the way that Jenny Oliver incorporated her trademark humour into a deep storyline, making me laugh like a seal more than once.

Jenny Oliver has a real knack in creating some rather memorable and hilarious characters, making her stories come to life quicker than a dog is able to pick up a piece of food that has fallen to the ground. ‘The House We Called Home’ is written in such a poignant manner, you may even wish to remodel your own house or your relationships after reading this book!

Enjoyable, hopeful and very touching, roll on the next book!

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#BlogTour! #Review – How To Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan (@SarahMorgan_) @HQStories

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Many congratulations to, Sarah Morgan, on the publication of ‘How To Keep a Secret’! It is an absolute honour to be able to kick off the blog tour for this incredible novel. Huge thanks to HQ Stories for the blog tour invite, as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

How to Keep a Secret

Three generations of Stewart women, all with secrets to keep…

Matriarch Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother but how can she ever tell her daughters the reason why? Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sisters can be and they made a pact years ago to keep a devastating secret from their mother – but is it time to come clean? Lauren’s teenage daughter Mackenzie masks her own pain by keeping her mother at a distance. Her mother, aunt and grandmother keep trying to reach her but will it take a stranger to show her the true meaning of family?

When life changes in an instant, the Stewart women are thrown together for a summer and suddenly they must relearn how to be a family. And whilst unravelling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, it could also be their finest moment . . .

What does TWG think?

Avid Sarah Morgan fans may have noticed on social media that ‘How To Keep a Secret’ is the authors’ first, more in-depth novel which has allowed her a lot more scope on the intimate details of her characters and their lives, in comparison to Sarah Morgan’s previous novels. As a huge fan myself, the fact that this book was going to have a different vibe to it, really did intrigue me as I didn’t think anything needed to change. However, after reading ‘How To Keep a Secret’, a novel that is 100% standalone and not linked to other books in a serial, I was able to understand why the author put a different spin on her work.

‘How To Keep a Secret’ is told from the viewpoints of three generations; Nancy (mum), Jenna and Lauren (daughters), and Mackenzie (Lauren’s daughter). All parts are set out well and written with the characters personality in mind – I loved being able to view a situation from a different perspective, whilst also being able to think like the character whose viewpoint is at the forefront of the story.

It was a little hard to remember that all of the women are related as they are all incredibly different! According to Jenna and Lauren, Nancy hasn’t been the ideal ‘mum’, so their relationship isn’t one of a typical mother-daughter – it’s very, very fragile. According to Mackenzie, Lauren is a very strict, obsessive mum who is constantly on her case – how many teenagers HAVEN’T thought that about their parents? According to Jenna, Lauren is the perfect sister, the one who has everything under control 24/7, but to Lauren, Jenna has the ideal life and the confidence to be daring. But, the more the ladies focus on the other members of their family, they are losing touch of their own credibilities in the process. These women do not know how to communicate efficiently, not about things that matter like feelings, worries, that type of thing. They’re dab hand at talking about the weather or their careers, but when it comes down to the things that will either make or break their family, it seems that NOT talking about the secrets will be the thing to break the family, and not the secrets themselves.

I adore Sarah Morgan’s writing as she keeps her style modern and in tune with what is going on in society at that time, especially where her previous novels are concerned. When I found out that ‘How To Keep a Secret’ was going to be different from all of the rest, I did wonder how this author could get even better, because as far as I was concerned, she had already hit perfection in my eyes. It’s safe to say now, however, that the change in direction with her latest storyline has pushed Sarah Morgan above and beyond that perfection line.

The grit that oozed from every single page was outstanding. The entire storyline was laced with fragility, yet still came across as being unbreakable due to the bond of the Stewart women (even if they didn’t realise it themselves). Yes, the style of this book is different from the others because of, in my opinion, the more mature vibe. ‘How To Keep a Secret’ isn’t a book which is guaranteed to give you a happily ever after, but it is a book that shows you the reality of bad decisions, the reality of marriage, the reality of parenthood, the reality of friendships and relationships. Sarah Morgan doesn’t pussyfoot around delicate situations in this book, instead she grabs hold of them, dissects them, and then watches her characters rebuild them in their own way.

I personally believe that ‘How To Keep a Secret’ is Sarah Morgan’s best book yet. Not only has she kept her iconic, romantic style of writing, she has taken it up several notches and encased it in something so raw and powerful, I was genuinely surprised that I wasn’t physically blown away. This book ticks every single box and more. From the moment I started reading, until the moment I finished, I was gripped by the magnetic force on every single page.

An outstanding portrayal of reality at its worst and at its best, with characters who are so flawed, they end up looking flawless. Powerful, thought-provoking, inspiring, and highly entertaining – ‘How To Keep a Secret’ kept a smile on my face and a spring in my step. Perfection.

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