#BlogTour! #Review – The Morning After the Wedding Before by Laura Ziepe (@LauraZiepe) @HQDigitalUK

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I am closing the blog tour for Laura Ziepe and ‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ today, which will be published by HQDigital on the 10th June. I really enjoyed Laura’s previous book, ”Tis the Season to be Single’! Many thanks to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Did she really say ‘I do’?!

Holly is happily single with two gorgeous kids but when she finds out her ex is moving on she jumps at the chance of attending her friend Emma’s wedding in Vegas – it’s the perfect distraction…

Kim used to be the life and soul of the party, but now there’s nothing she loves more than a quiet night at home with the family. But in Vegas her past quickly catches up with her – in a way that could make or break her marriage!

Emma is getting married! She knows it should be the happiest time of her life, but she can’t help feeling she’s marrying the wrong man. So when she wakes up on her wedding day with a ring already on her finger, she panics – who did she marry last night?

What does TWG think?

Wow, I wasn’t expecting that! Have you ever heard of the term ‘coercive control’? Not many people have. The definition of ‘coercive control’ from the Women’s Aid website states that:

‘Domestic abuse isn’t always physical. Coercive control is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

This controlling behaviour is designed to make a person dependent by isolating them from support, exploiting them, depriving them of independence and regulating their everyday behaviour.’

With the above in mind, and the fact that this novel is predominantly lighthearted and fun, the topic of coercive control is rife via one of the main characters, Emma. Now I won’t go into detail due to spoilers, however I felt exceptionally sorry for her because, as readers, we get to see all sides of the coin as it were. We get to witness things that characters haven’t found out yet. So when this character goes through her day to day life as an Instagram influencer, it’s pretty hard not to shout and scream at the book to tell her to run. Reality hadn’t hit Emma at that point. She wasn’t aware that what her fiancé was doing, could in fact be deemed as abuse. Actually, the reality is that not many people in that situation realise that controlling, abusive behaviour is actually abuse. People automatically assume that domestic abuse needs to be physical. It doesn’t. I am talking from experience unfortunately.

Anyway, despite the in-depth topic of the storyline, ‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ has a lot of scenarios which readers will be able to relate too, especially if they’re a parent who is struggling with their relationship with their partner, or if they’re a single mum who has done nothing except care for her children for however many years.

I was impressed by how the author managed to incorporate a lot of relatable subjects in amongst the fun and laughter of the book. At times I did feel as though the womanising of several of the characters got a bit much and didn’t really add anymore depth to the overall vibe of the book. I appreciated why those particular characters were involved in the story, don’t get me wrong, it just made me feel a little exasperated at times.

I really do recommend Laura Ziepe’s writing as she manages to make me laugh at the most random of times! I enjoyed the overall premise of the book, and like I said before, I felt that the author wrote about certain topics brilliantly and sensitively.

‘The Morning After the Wedding Before’ is the ideal poolside read both for a holiday read, and for a read by the blow up pool in the garden!

Pre-order now from Amazon

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#BlogTour! #Review – Little Darlings by Melanie Golding (@mk_golding) @HQStories

Many thanks to HQ for the blog tour invite and ARC. Apologies for the day late blog tour post, but here is my review of Little Darlings by Melanie Golding.

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THE TWINS ARE CRYING.
THE TWINS ARE HUNGRY.

LAUREN IS CRYING.
LAUREN IS EXHAUSTED.

Behind the hospital curtain, someone is waiting . . .

Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Lauren, desperate with fear, locks herself and her sons in the bathroom until the police arrive to investigate.

When DS Joanna Harper picks up the list of overnight incidents that have been reported, she expects the usual calls from drunks and wrong numbers. But then a report of an attempted abduction catches her eye. The only thing is that it was flagged as a false alarm just fifteen minutes later.

Harper’s superior officer tells her there’s no case here, but Harper can’t let it go so she visits the hospital anyway. There’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes this woman was ever there. And yet, Lauren claims that she keeps seeing the woman and that her babies are in danger, and soon Harper is sucked into Lauren’s spiral of fear. But how far will they go to save children who may not even be in danger?

What does TWG think?

How to review this book without giving too much away…..

Yes, ‘Little Darlings’ is one of those books where reviews need to be thought about even more carefully because of spoiler drops. I’m not saying that my review will contain spoilers, because I will make sure that it won’t. However, please don’t be expecting me to write a review that isn’t at all vague, because this will be!

Giving birth to your own child, or becoming a parent for the very first time via other means, is one of the worlds greatest thing, if not THE worlds greatest thing. However, for some parents, predominately mothers, that time where you are in a fog of love and dirty nappies isn’t quite a happy one. For others, such as Lauren, becoming a new mother can be incredibly confusing and some what….psychologically challenging. But how can we be certain that the goings on in a new mothers head is down to lack of sleep, paranoia, etc, and isn’t simply a case of, oh I don’t know, being the truth?

That question went through my head continuously while I read this book. Is Lauren telling the truth? Is she merely seeing things? Is reality being stilted by lack of sleep, having two babies suck milk out of you as though they’re drinking a McDonald’s milkshake, or because your partner refuses to….man up? Sorry, I hate that term, but Lauren’s husband annoyed me something chronic, so it fits in my opinion.

Obviously when a 999 call is triggered, the emergency services are required to look into it. However, the Police are not required to follow up on something which, according to the system, has been deemed as ‘closed’. I’m not too sure if DS Harper actually saw that on the notes, or whether she pretended not to see it, either way she refused to let the little niggle in her belly get the better of her as she gave Lauren’s case a bit more attention than her boss would have liked.

‘Little Darlings’ has been dubbed ‘chilling’ on social media by fellow bloggers and I can see why! That said, I didn’t find myself as creeped out by the storyline as I thought I would be. I mean, I, like many other people, adore Fairytales, so with the storyline grazing over that theme periodically throughout the book, I found myself becoming so invested in the concept as a whole, I think I blurred the lines between reality and fairytales in my own mind, therefore not finding the storyline creepy because I was looking at both sides of the coin with enthusiasm. If that makes sense.

I thought that ‘Little Darlings’ was very cleverly written and has got suspense down to a fine art. There are a lot of characters in the storyline who, in my opinion, don’t really add much to the book, but I think that’s because I disliked them. That said, the fact that I have an opinion on them full stop, just goes to show that the author did well by including them.

All in all, I flew through ‘Little Darlings’ like a baby bird spreading its wings. It’s dark. It’s intense. And it’s definitely a read which keeps your mind on its toes, so to speak!

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Promo – Coming Home to Wishington Bay by Maxine Morrey (@scribbler_maxi) @RaRaResources

Happy publication day, Maxine Morrey! I am on two blog tours for this book this month! First up is a promo about the book and a fabulous giveaway for you all to enter. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite.

Home is where the heart is…

Holly doesn’t have time for a holiday this year. But when her job threatens to send her over the brink, her boss insists she take a sabbatical. So she packs her bags and escapes to her beloved grandmother Gigi’s house on Wishington Bay, which has sat empty since Gigi passed away.

But Holly’s dreams of a coastal escape take an unexpected turn. Holly didn’t expect to spend time with any man this summer – let alone an Aussie Adonis…but when she meets her next door neighbour Gabe and his little dog Bryan, it’s clear her quiet summer of strolling along the sand and wandering through the seaside village’s tiny streets on her own will come with a hefty dose of distraction.

With a summer to fill and Gigi’s wonderful and surprising house to sort through, Holly knew it would be a summer packed with old memories. She just didn’t expect to make so many new ones…

Buy now from Amazon UK

Buy now from Amazon US.

About the author.

Maxine has wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember and wrote her first (very short) book for school when she was ten.

As time went by, she continued to write, but ‘normal’ work often got in the way. She has written articles on a variety of subjects, as well as a local history book on Brighton. However, novels are her first love.

In August 2015, she won Harper Collins/Carina UK’s ‘Write Christmas’ competition with her first romantic comedy, ‘Winter’s Fairytale’.

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words loves to read, sew and listen to podcasts. Being a fan of tea and cake, she can (should!) also be found doing something vaguely physical at the gym.

Follow Maxine Morrey

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Giveaway to Win a Wishington Bay notebook, a Wishington Bay canvas shopper bag, and an e copy of the book. (Open to UK only)

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#BlogTour! #Review – #AsFarAsTheStars by Virginia Macgregor (@VirginiaWrites) @HQStories

Many thanks to the team at HQStories for the blog tour invite and ARC, I am delighted to be reviewing ‘As Far As The Stars’ by Virginia Macgregor this evening on TWG.

How do you change what’s already written in the stars?

Christopher is the sort of guy that no one notices, yet when Air catches sight of him making intricate paper birds in the airport, she can’t look away.

But their worlds are about to collide in ways they never expected. Someone they love is on Flight 0217 from London Heathrow. And it’s missing.

Convinced that her brother was on a different flight, Air drives them hundreds of miles across the country, on a trip that will change their lives forever.

But how do you tell the person you’re falling for that you might just be the reason their life has fallen apart?

What does TWG think?

Have you ever sat and pondered about the stars, wondering why some are much brighter than others?

Have you ever sat and questioned your existence, your family relationships, and wonder whether you have ever truly belonged?

Have you ever been faced with a situation you don’t want to believe, knowing full well that, when you finally admit to yourself that it is indeed true, your world is about to come crashing down?

Air has. Christopher has. Up until that faithful day, Air and Christopher were strangers. They didn’t know the other one existed, nor did their paths unknowingly cross. Until that day in the airport. The day both of their lives changed forever…

The main character of this book, Air, is a 17 year old girl whose main aim in life is to go into space. Impressive. Reading a book from the viewpoint of a teenager isn’t something that happens very often. Not the entire book anyway. I was in awe at how in tune the author was with her character, and just how much detail she put into the personality of a young girl. It must be quite hard to channel an inner age, just so a storyline becomes more authentic.

I felt empathy towards Air as I felt that she had the whole world on her shoulders at times. It was a shame that, despite knowing which route to take career wise, her family dynamics were quite fractured and stressful.

‘As Far As The Stars’ has a premise which is highly emotional and one which caught me off guard. I mean, how can anyone deal with the aftermath of a plane missing at sea, hoping their loved ones will reappear as though the event never happened? I would be lying if I said I wasn’t affected by the turn of events, because I was. I thought that the author dealt with the topic incredibly sensitively and realistically and, whilst I found it very emotional, i couldn’t help but be impressed by the way in which it was delivered and incorporated into the overall storyline.

Personally, i found the storyline to be very slow at times, which made it a little difficult to regain my focus when things picked back up again. I thought that the soul searching between Air and Christopher was very powerful, but the storyline itself didn’t flow as seamlessly as I would have hoped.

However, I did enjoy the poignancy of the book and I adored Leda – what a character. An insightful, emotive read with an eye opening premise.

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#BlogTour! #Review – One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan (@SarahMorgan_) @HQStories

Apologies for the late post, suffering with multiple chronic illness pain. I’m sure you can forgive me though after reading my review for ‘One Summer in Paris’ by Sarah Morgan. It is such a joy to be on the blog tour today! Many thanks to HQ Stories for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever…

Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone.

Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes…

Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

What does TWG think?

Omg I loved this book!!!! I have no idea how Sarah Morgan does it, but every book she produces seems to raise the bar even higher. Honestly, I was blown away by the relatable character flaws, the realistic family heartbreak, and the warm dose of hope that filled every chapter.

‘One Summer in Paris’ is written from three different viewpoints; Audrey’s, Mimi’s and Grace’s. Such chalk and cheese personalities, even though two of the ladies are related!

Audrey is a little firecracker. A firecracker who you just want to mother because you can tell that shes pretty broken but refuses to show that to the world. Actually, it’s not that she refuses, it’s probably because shes afraid of lowering her guard and the repercussions if she did. Her humour had me in hysterics! Audrey probably is my most favourite character in the book, and watching her flourish between the pages was such a joy to watch.

Grace, oh Grace. She lives by the book. Living any other way terrifies her. Sarah Morgan, despite putting a poignant and sore topic at the forefront of her novel, she dealt with it all in a sensitive manner. There was no judgement in her words, nor was there anything to be afraid of. I would even go as far to say that, if anyone finds themselves relating to Audrey and Grace’s past, there is a lot of helpful material in this storyline to help you on your way should you need it. I thought Grace was a soul with the biggest heart I think i have ever seen. As weird as this may sound, I became a little emotional at times as I just wanted to hug her and tell her to take a moment for herself.

Just like other Sarah Morgan novels, romance plays a big part in this storyline, and it isn’t always plain sailing or black and white. Personally, I didn’t agree with a certain decision that one particular character made but, having not been in the situation of having my heart that full, I’m probably not the best person to comment. However, I could empathise with one of the characters due to the predicament they unfortunately found themselves in – in fact, a lot of readers will as I’m sure most have been in that position! Yes, I’m being vague, just read the book and it will all make sense!

‘One Summer in Paris’ is full of joy, sorrow, and hope. This is a book which delivers on warmth and comfort even more than a gas fire on a winters day. A beautiful, laugh out loud novel which started off as a little bud, ended up turning into the most amazing iris I have ever seen (if you haven’t made the connection, an iris is the flower for France 😉 ). I truly believe that this is Sarah Morgan’s best book ever, and is easily one of my top reads of 2019. I adored every single word in this book, and I adored the fact that I finished the book full of hope. A feeling I haven’t felt in a little while.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Love and Other Things to Live For by Louise Leverett (@louiseleverett) @ninadouglaspr @hqstories

Are you feeling the lurve? Last blog post of the day is my review of Louise Leverett’s, ‘Love and Other Things To Live For’. Many thanks to HQStories for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Jessica Wood is an aspiring photographer living in London. She’s had her heart broken, and her friends have pieced it back together again.

But across the neon lights of Soho, in the smell of alcohol and cigarette smoke, on every night bus, in every song, every time she tries to forget: she remembers him.

Now, in a battle between the past and the future, choosing between having a life and making a living, finding her feet or spreading her wings, Jessica must ask herself: who is she really living for?

What does TWG think?

We’ve all been broken hearted, right? Unable to hear a song in fear of ugly crying down the veg aisle in Tesco, or smelling an odour which reminds you of the best date ever where you ate hula hoops and wore a Haribo gummy ring on your finger, you know, just to see. But what happens now? How do you move on from the person who you thought was the one? How do you remember to live your life for you, and only you?

Poor Jessica has found herself in that predicament. She has no idea how to live her life anymore, and shes too scared to spread her wings in case her heart gets broken again. Thankfully Jessica had a support network to help her on her way, and show her that sometimes you just need to love yourself before you can love other things.

This was a nifty little read. It didn’t blow me away, I’m not going to lie, but the premise of the storyline definitely gave me food for thought. I think that the author has written a modern day tale which a lot of readers will be able to relate to. I loved how the concept of the book and Jessica’s journey portrayed certain life events in a way which young adults may take notice of and look up to.

I’m I’m saying that this novel is specifically for young adults as such, but if something like this was around when I was at the age of being confused by the crossroads of life, I would have welcomed Jessica’s story in a heartbeat.

A warm, enjoyable and relatable read.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan (@Phoebe_A_Morgan) @HQStories

Apologies for the late in the day posting, but I have just this moment finished reading the book after a little mix up! I am very excited to be reviewing Phoebe Morgan’s latest novel, The Girl Next Door, on my blog today. Many thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

One little lie just became deadly…

Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.

So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.

Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…

What does TWG think?

Bloomin’ eck!!! I feel like I need to sit in a cold, dark room and think after reading that!

There’s one thing being an inquisitive neighbour, and then there’s another thing being the type of neighbour who breathes the movements of who they live next door. Jane is definitely the latter, however to other people she is the creme de la creme of the village, and her neighbour, Clare, is like a big jar of honey for Winnie the Pooh. Basically all the boys want her!

‘The Girl Next Door’ is a psychological rollercoaster ride of a read! I didn’t know who to believe, where to look, or what to think! I felt sorry for Jane because of the situation I thought she was in, yet she had to be brave for her children – at what price though?

I am knackered after being severely invested in the comings and goings of the villagers in Ashdown. And no, that is not a bad thing as Phoebe Morgan kept me on my toes throughout the entire novel.

What I loved most about this book was just how twisted the storyline was and how much it mucked around with my mind. It was as though the author put me into a false sense of security, what with the sheer level of turns and red herrings she had incorporated into the story.

‘The Girl Next Door’ is a brilliant, suspenseful novel which left my mind racing. The level of grit in the book was outstanding and I loved the fact that I was left questioning every little detail in the book, as well as the characters actions. I absolutely loved losing myself in the twisted lives of each and every character – I can not recommend it enough!

Buy now!

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

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!