#BlogBlitz! #Review – Christmas at Butterfly Cove – @sarahlou_writes @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

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Delighted to have author, Sarah Bennett, back on the blog today! Big thanks to NeverlandBT for inviting me to take part in the weekend blitz for ‘Christmas at Butterfly Cove’, even if it is bittersweet -sniffs-. Here is my review:

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All she wants for Christmas…

When talented artist Nee Sutherland returns to Butterfly Cove for her sister’s wedding, it’s only a matter of time before she has to face her own bridegroom – Luke Spenser – the man she impulsively married, then left in the middle of the night.
Nee hasn’t picked up her paintbrushes in months, a part of her is broken. She knows Luke might never forgive her, leaving him was the biggest mistake of her life – but could coming home for Christmas be the best decision she’s ever made?
Maybe all she needs is a little Christmas miracle…

A delightfully feel-good festive romance, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

What does TWG think?

Firstly, if you’re only just starting Sarah Bennett’s books, where on Earth have you been hiding?!
Secondly, if you’re starting Sarah Bennett’s trilogy with THIS book first – SERIOUSLY?!
Thirdly, yes, this book can be read as a standalone although I personally wouldn’t recommend it. Why? Because whilst this storyline has its own voice, a lot of the situations mentioned in this book won’t really make much sense if you haven’t read the previous two books beforehand.
Lastly, these books are fabulous and I am unbelievably devastated that we have reached the last book in the series. I apologise in advance if I start wailing. Wait, no I don’t 😉 ..

Ahhh the rather intriguing and secretive Nee is back in town, but why did she leave in the first place? Why did she get married then up and leave him whilst he was getting his beauty sleep? **

**If this man is anything like the way my mind has envisaged him due to the authors descriptive writing, he most certainly does NOT need his beauty sleep. Ever. Not in a million years. #Neeyou’reanumpty

It’s quite clear that there is way more to Nee that meets the eye, yet whether we will get to find out what secrets she is hiding – remains to be seen. If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend a good portion of the book trying to work out what Nee isn’t telling people. Again, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be waaayyyyyyy off when it comes to revealing all.

There’s a phrase in this book that has now made its home in my heart; ‘Lost – but never alone’. If I could have that phrase printed and placed on the wall right near my desk, it would remind me every single day that when times are hard and you might have lost your way, all you need to do is turn around and you won’t be on your own. There is always someone there whether it’s in physical form, or at the end of the phone. I’m not ashamed to admit that I got a bit teary when I read that line of the book, especially as I was reading the emotional scenes which prompted that line as well. For me, that line has become a magic line, and Sarah Bennett has become my fairy godmother. As weird as this sounds, I needed to hear that line at that moment in time.

Right now, all I want to do is grab a cuppa and sit and tell you every single thing about this book and this series. I want to be able to talk about it and go, ‘what did you think of the part when such and such….?’ or ‘omg did you think that was going to happen?’. But I’m not mean. It is extremely clear that the author has put her heart and soul in this storyline and I would be devastated if I (or anyone else) spoilt it with our big mouths.

‘Christmas at Butterfly Cove’ is a one of a kind novel. The characters are extremely complex yet full of warmth. The heart-breaking situations are executed realistically, ensuring the rawness of the events are captured completely. Whilst the storyline does contain an element of romance, the author has made her characters work hard for it which means that I was able to see relationships blossom over the duration of the novel instead of boy meets girl and wham, they’re pregnant. I loved how the serious and warm parts of the story were given equal airtime throughout as that meant the storyline was extremely well-balanced without feeling overwhelmed by grief, or emotional due to a long-awaited romance.

I am devastated that we have reached the final book in the series. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I adore all three books; especially this one. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to one of the most touching group of characters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the two little cherubs who made my eyes leak quite frequently. I have become so invested in each of these characters lives, it’s as though I have come to know them personally as though they’re real people. I know they’re not…..before anyone starts laughing at me, but because of the way Sarah Bennett has written this book (and the others), she has made her characters and their lives appear real. As weird as this sounds, we have come through a lot together. By the way, can you imagine me telling this to a person who doesn’t read? Eeeeesh!!!

‘Christmas at Butterfly Cove’ filled my heart with joy, compassion and a truck load of emotion. This book also managed to leave me with a massive grin on my face when I reached the end (I think I had been smiling for a while before I realised – my cheeks hurt!).

If you’re wanting a book that can tug at the heart-strings, make you laugh out loud, and grin from ear to ear whilst reaching for another biscuit; this book is for you.
If you’re wanting a book that you can lose yourself in, feel as though you’re part of the fictional family whilst secretly wishing you genuinely were; this book is for you.
If you’re wanting a book that hugs you from the inside, leaves imprints in your mind whilst wishing you could read a book for the first time, every time; this book is for you.

I am severely jealous of every single reader who gets to read this book for the first time. I would do anything to be able to read this story for the first time, every time.

I absolutely loved this book, and I absolutely loved the series. Sarah Bennett is a wonder woman, a fairy godmother and a literary Queen, who has quickly become one of my all time favourite authors with her majestic and addictive reads. I cannot wait to get stuck into her new book series. If it’s anything like these, we are in for an absolute treat.

‘Christmas at Butterfly Cove’ needs to be devoured and loved. Trust me, the characters will love you back. You just watch.

Outstanding.

Thanks NeverlandBT & HQDigitalUK.

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Author Bio

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

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

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK. You can also look forward to a new series coming in 2018, set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Christmas at the Gin Shack-Catherine Miller @katylittlelady @HQDigitalUK

Wahey!! I am super excited to be kicking off Catherine Miller’s blog tour for her gin fuelled, festive read; ‘Christmas at the Gin Shack’, which will be published by HQDigitalUK on the 13th October! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Catherine Miller’s novel, so huge thanks to HQ for that! Here is my review:

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Welcome in the festive season with love, laughter and the perfect G&T
in Christmas at the Gin Shack – the most uplifting holiday read of 2017!
Gingle bells, gingle bells, gingle all the way…

Olive Turner might have lived through eighty-four Christmases, but she’ll never get bored of her favourite time of year. And this one’s set to be extra-special. It’s the Gin Shack’s first Christmas – and there’s a gin- themed weekend and a cocktail competition on the cards!

But, beneath the dazzle of fairy lights and the delicious scent of mince-pies, Olive smells a rat. From trespassers in her beloved beach hut to a very unfunny joke played on her friends, it seems that someone is missing a dose of good cheer.

Olive knows she’s getting on a bit – but is she really imagining that someone in the little seaside town is out to steal Christmas? More importantly, can she create the perfect gin cocktail before Christmas Eve – in time to save the day?

What does TWG think?

The GIN SHACK is a little old place where we can get together
GIN SHACK, baby (a-GIN SHACK, baby)
GIN SHACK, baby, GIN SHACK 
GIN SHACK, (GIN, baby, that’s where it’s at) baby, GIN SHACK

Please say that I’m not the only one who changed the lyrics of B-52’s song? I think I did it in my last review of the first book in the series as well, thinking about it! Speaking of which, whilst I believe that ‘Christmas at the Gin Shack’ can be read as a standalone, I would recommend you read the first book ‘The Gin Shack on the Beach’ beforehand, just so that you’re clued up on the history behind certain friendships and banter. There is nothing worse than reading a book with humour in, only to find out that you haven’t a clue what they’re on about because the information is in the first book of the series. Plus, the first book in the series is a fab read, so either way you’re going to be gaining!

We are back with Olive and the gang at the Gin Shack and unfortunately, things aren’t as plain sailing as they would have liked. Whilst the Gin Shack has made itself known and routines are in place, a devastating even occurs and all the locals are quite shaken due to the what if’s surrounding it. Not only that, Olive and the gang feel as though someone is out to bring the Gin Shack down and, to be honest, whoever they are, are quite brave for going up against Olive. Rather them than me!

Oh how I love Olive, how can anyone not?! She is such a sprightly, fiery and loveable character who is able to stick in your mind a long while after you have finished reading the book. & yes, I am speaking from experience. By the way, it’s pretty clear that Catherine Miller’s new novel is based on gin. Don’t start thinking that you need to be a gin connoisseur to enjoy this storyline, because you don’t. You may find that you become one by the end of the book, but you don’t have to be one to begin with. Hell, you don’t even need to like gin! Sorry Olive….I didn’t mean to swear…

I’ll admit, I’m not a massive fan of gin, but seeing as I have only had it with tonic, I’ll be more than willing to try some of the flavours Olive and her gang concoct. Well, and the one I saw online – Bakewell tart gin anyone?

There is more to this storyline that meets the eye, I’ve got to say. Yes, it is fuelled by gin. And yes, it is also fuelled by the gin shack. BUT, there are quite a few serious topics going on around the gin which is highly likely to make you stop and think. I loved how the author was able to go from describing Olive’s latest purchase and having me in hysterics at her antics, to taking the storyline down an emotional path more than once. Obviously I’m not going to go into detail, but the transition from hilarity to heart-warming was absolutely spot on. It was flawless, unexpected and gave the storyline a whole new dimension. Fantastic writing.

The only irk I have with the storyline is how I struggled to agree with all of the characters having a place in the book. I have to be honest, there was a character from the first book who had come back in this one and, whilst they had a place in the first book, I couldn’t quite understand why they had come back in this one. Without being rude, I personally didn’t see the point and I feel that the story would still have worked if they haven’t been in it.

Aside from that, Catherine Miller has down Olive and the gang proud. I loved seeing how much each character had grown up since the previous book, especially her son Richard. My opinion of him changed greatly in ‘Christmas at the Gin Shack’ – he wasn’t the numpty I thought he was. Far from it if I’m honest!

I hope we see more of Olive and the gang, I really don’t want to have to say goodbye to some truly memorable, heart-warming and fantastic characters, because it would be such a travesty if so.

Full of giggles, smiles, unbelievable friendship and gin; ‘Christmas at the Gin Shack’ had me smiling until the very end. Definitely the perfect escapism, as well as the perfect book to snuggle up with.

Thanks HQ.

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Author Bio

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren’t full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with HQDigital UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time.
Her debut novel, Waiting For You, came out in March 2016. She is now the author of four books and hopes there will be many more now her twins have started school. Either that, or she’ll conduct more gin research on Olive’s behalf.

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#BlogTour #Review – The Flower Shop on Foxley ST by @WriterDove @HQDigitalUK @brookcottagebks

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TWG is thrilled to welcome Rachel Dove back to the blog today! It seems like ages ago when the lovely lady was popping her TWG cherry, but by golly hasn’t she come far in this last year!  Rachel Dove has been published by HQDigitalUK and her new book, ‘The Flower Shop on Foxley St’, is out to by right now! Don’t worry, all the important ‘to buy’ links will appear further down, but first I am super excited to share my review with you today:

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A new love could be about to bloom for Lily in this bright, warm women’s fiction title that fans of Holly Hepburn and Cathy Bramley will love.

Lily Rose Baxter loves her little flower shop on Foxley Street and the freedom and
independence from her family that it represents.

Lily can’t help but feel that something is missing from her life…, but when mysterious
stranger Will Singer comes into her shop looking for the perfect bouquet of roses, all that
could be about to change.

What does TWG think?

If you hadn’t guessed already, Rachel Dove’s new book is set in a flower shop. A flower shop even people with hay fever can enjoy – how brilliant is that! Oh, and of course the main character is named after a flower….or two. I’m just grateful it wasn’t a modern-day ‘Hyacinth Bouquet’! Anywhoo, Lily is in her element tending to her stems every day, wrapping up delightful blooms for anyone who graces her shop alongside her best friend, Roger (who by the way, is an absolute hoot!).

Being a florist seems to run in Lily’s family, as the previous owners of the shop were her parents. What a small buttercup world we live in! Lily has always pondered through life in a world of her own, believing that she had everything she ever wanted. Including happiness. True happiness. Well, that was until local heart-throb, Will Singer, entered the building, making Lily bloom like a sunflower towards the sun. Things aren’t always as straight forward as they seem, are they….

What a lovely read this is! The characters were well thought out (even if one deserved a prick on the tooshmanoosh by a rose thorn), naming no names of course. The character makes themselves known so I’m sure it won’t take you long to figure out who I am on about! Look, I can’t help having strong opinions about characters in storylines, especially if they’re an absolute cockscomb like ‘theywhoshallremainnameless’ is. Can you tell they got on my nerves? Geeeeee whizz! I’m afraid to say that Lily’s response to said person earlier on the book, annoyed me as well because I felt like she was allowing herself to be a doormat, despite having reservations about this persons actions. I wanted her to stand up for herself, so I’m sorry to say that I wasn’t impressed with her for a little while.

It just goes to show that I enjoyed ‘The Flower Shop on Foxley St’ seeing as multiple characters made me react in various ways. If the storyline was pants, I wouldn’t think twice about the characters, nor would one of them still get my back up several days after reading it haha!

The storyline itself was such a funny read, making me laugh out loud on several occasions. Even when the story ventured down a more serious path, I didn’t feel as though the book lost its humour, or that it was overwhelmed by the toned down scenarios at that point in the story. Rachel Dove managed to keep the tension light, regardless of how stressed out one of the characters became. Personally, I enjoyed that little touch as it meant I was able to sit back, relax and just enjoy the book without feeling as though I had become an agony aunt to the characters without even knowing it.

Whilst ‘The Flower Shop on Foxley St.’ was such an enjoyable, light-hearted, and fun-filled novel, there were times where I felt that certain situations within the book ended up being a little predictable. Of course, there isn’t anything wrong with romance being obvious or even predictable, but for me it was a teeny bit TOO obvious. It fit with the overall theme of the book, don’t get me wrong, and if it works then great. That’s just my opinion and its in no way a reflection on the authors overall writing.

Speaking of writing style; Rachel Dove wrote this novel as though she was sitting down with her reader having a cup of tea and a natter. It was as though the author was telling the story directly to the reader as opposed to using the main character as a buffer. I loved that, it added a lot of warmth to the overall feel of the book in my eyes.

‘The Flower Shop on Foxley St’ is definitely a treasure trove of a read; full of wonderful and memorable characters, alongside priceless antics and heartfelt moments. I am so pleased that this book is part of a series because I am so looking forward to getting stuck into another huggable novel by Rachel Dove. Predictability schmicdictabilty – this author get me entertained regardless. What’s not to love?

Thanks Brookcottagebks and Rachel Dove.

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EXTRACT

Will Singer looked every inch the thirty-two- year-old man he was. The bathroom mirror
rarely did anyone any favours, but this particular winter morning it appeared to be magically channelling the mirror from Snow White in terms of stark clarity and downright truth. Who’s the hottest man of them all? Certainly not you, dude.
He had badly needed a shave. People were starting to comment on it, but the clean-shaven Will was not a great improvement. At least his dark stubble had detracted from the huge Kardashian-sized luggage wedged under his eyes. Without his hairy mask, Will felt naked, unable to hide. Even worse was the fact that the lack of hair on his face left people free to roam over his other features, in particular the mop of hair sprouting from his head. He looked like Lionel Messi mixed with Mufasa the lion. It did well for them, but Will wasn’t sure it was such a great style for him. Any longer and he would have to buy an Alice band like Beckham. Start sporting a man bun. He was pretty sure the villagers had never seen a man bun. It might scare them enough to dust off the pitchforks and torches. He had a sudden vision of his uncle Archie dressed like Braveheart, rallying the twin set and mohair-clad villagers into action from atop a horse. ‘People of Westfield, we shall not lie down and die. The man bun must be
destroyed!’ He chuckled to himself at his own humour. He would have to tell Lily that joke later.

About the author.

I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.
In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.
In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback, and the follow up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

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#Review – The Season of Hopes and Dreams – Lynsey James @Lynsey1991 @NeverlandBT @HQDigitalUK

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Delighted to be kicking off Lynsey James’ blog tour for her new release’ A Season of Hopes and Dreams’. Hugs thanks to NeverlandBT for inviting me onto the tour. Here is my review:

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It’s been a difficult year for Cleo Jones. The car accident that crushed her leg didn’t just destroy the village baker’s dreams of becoming a dancer, but crushed her confidence too. And recovering from that has been harder than healing from any number of broken bones…

But this summer is going to be different. Life is turning around for Cleo! Maybe it’s the invitation from her childhood bully to their high-school reunion that’s shocked her out of a ten-year slump. Or joining Carb Counters and finally starting to shed the weight she’d piled on during her recovery – or maybe it’s catching the eye of her gorgeous personal trainer!

Whatever the answer, this is going to be a summer she never forgets… watch out world, Cleo Jones is finally fighting back!

What does TWG think?

After reading Lynsey James’ latest offering, all I wanted to do was grab the author and give her an almighty big hug. Now, whilst I have enjoyed Lynsey James’ previous novels, I have always felt as though the author was holding something back with her storylines. Well folks, that certainly is not the case anymore! Everything I wanted the author to deliver from a reader point of view; she delivered and she delivered it well.

Cleo Jones has a dream, and Royal Mail seem to want to crush that dream with every letter they send her. Does she have the support of her family every time a rejection letter comes through the mail? Does she heck! Poor Cleo has next to no confidence and, as a sufferer of low confidence myself, my heart went out to the character because it can be quite an emotional time. Not only that, I could tell that Cleo just wanted to grab life by its tutu and live – but something always seemed to stop her from doing that, whether it was her mum, multiple rejection letters, her confidence or her past coming back to haunt her. Cleo needed a break let’s put it that way.

Let me tell you now, ‘A Season of Hopes and Dreams’ isn’t all rainbows, candyfloss and wishful thinking; the storyline has quite a serious topic running throughout the storyline. A topic which a lot of people may find themselves relating to in various different ways. Without giving anything away, what I am about to say is a nod to the author and anyone who has read the book already; Cleo’s situation with her weight and the way the storyline approached on the other side of that situation via a different character – I used to be that person. Not Cleo, but the other character. Reading a story which covered such a taboo and stigmatic topic felt as though a huge weight was being lifted off my shoulders. I know that sounds selfish, but seeing as reading is such a personal experience as we will all read storylines in a completely different manner; I truly felt as though the author had done the topic justice by putting it into her storyline in the first place. Of course I could easily say that I would have preferred the storyline to be written more from the fleeting characters point of view, but that would only be because I connected to it more. Yet, the point of view in which the author chose to write the storyline still left me with a lot of admiration for Lynsey James.

Another part of the storyline which brought my past back to the forefront of my mind was the theme of bullying. All I’m going to say on that matter in this review is THAT is why I wanted to give the author a huge. THANK YOU for including that in the story. THANK YOU for making it clear that spiteful comments are still classed as bullying. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

All in all, ‘A Season of Hopes and Dreams’ ticked all my boxes and then some. I laughed, I smiled, and I empathised whilst tears pricked my eyes. This modern, relatable, romantic, and laugh out loud novel is by far Lynsey James’ best book to date. Not only has the author included serious themes which a lot of people choose not to talk about due to the stigma attached; the author also included loveable and heart-warming moments which are guaranteed to make you go ‘awwwww!’.

Lynsey James’ novel warmed my heart. THIS novel is exactly what I have been waiting for from this author, and what an absolute belter of a novel it is.

Touching, romantic, relatable and thought-provoking; ‘A Season of Hopes and Dreams’ has it all. A truly inspiring novel which is Lynsey James’ best book yet.

Thanks NeverlandBT.

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Author bio:

Lynsey James was born in Fife in 1991 and has been telling people how to spell her name
ever since. She’s an incurable bookworm who loves nothing more than getting lost in a good story with memorable characters. She started writing when she was really young and credits her lovely Grandad- and possibly a bump on the head from a Mr Frosty machine- with her love of telling stories. She used to write her own episodes of Friends and act them out in front of her family (in fact she’s sure she put Ross and Rachel together first!)

A careers adviser at school once told Lynsey writing wasn’t a “good option” and for a few years, she believed her. She tried a little bit of everything, including make-up artistry, teaching and doing admin for a chocolate fountain company. The free chocolate was brilliant. When Lynsey left her job a couple of years ago, she started writing full-time while she looked for another one. As soon as she started working on her story, Lynsey fell in love and decided to finally pursue her dream. She haven’t looked back since.
When Lynsey’s not writing, eating cake or drinking tea, she’s daydreaming about the day Dylan O’Brien FINALLY realises they’re meant to be together. It’ll happen one day…

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#Tour! #Review – The Christmas Holiday.Maxine Morrey @Scribbler_Maxi @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

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Fall in love this winter on a romantic trip around the world ending in a fairy-tale
winter wedding!

As winter comes to London, journalist Mia Walker is desperately hoping for her big break as a travel writer, dreaming of exotic locations and sun-soaked beaches. When she’s invited to write a romantic travel piece that ends in a huge winter wedding in Scotland, she jumps at the chance. The only trouble is, the photographer is renowned adventure-junkie Hunter Scott, who Mia last saw five years ago when she ended their engagement.

It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and Mia knows she’d be mad to say no – even if it does
mean spending weeks traveling round the world with the one man she never wanted to see again! But as the wedding approaches, and the magic of Christmas begins to take hold, Mia can’t help looking out for mistletoe – and wishing she hadn’t cancelled her own engagement after all…

What does TWG think?

Maxine Morrey has got to be one of my most favourite romantic comedy authors. Why? It’s quite simple really; this authors hilariously heart-warming writing style is enough to make me go weak at the knees. No joke. Having loved Morrey’s previous novel; ‘The Christmas Project’, I was beyond excited to read her latest offering; ‘The Christmas Holiday’. Of course I had high expectations, I’m not going to lie! After all, her previous novel did earn a coveted five stars…

Did ‘The Christmas Holiday’ match up to my expectations? Yes, yes and YES it did!

Have you ever split up with an ex and told yourself that the last thing you would ever want to do, is to be in the same room as them or worse still – having to work with them? -raises hand- To be honest, I’m quite sure that there will be a lot of readers answering ‘yes’ to that question. But let’s see what your answer is to this one: with the same ex in mind, have you ever come face to face with them and felt a large pang of regret for letting that person slide out of your life? Yes, yes, you can stop laughing now. It IS a fair question though! Even the main character in this story felt like laughing when her conscience decided to tell her not to dislike the man! But is that regret merely just…regret? Or is it just a mistake waiting to happen if followed through with?

Once again it didn’t take me long to lose myself in Maxine Morrey’s storyline, and the main characters life; including her rather impressive work ethic. It was pretty clear when the strapping man walked into Mia’s work, that she was going to have some sort of history with him. Thankfully the surprise element was still included in the storyline, as we weren’t told at the beginning just HOW much history both characters had. All we knew was that Mia knew Hunter Scott, and Hunter Scott knew Mia. In regards to her job, Mia knew that her boss had given her the opportunity of a lifetime and regardless of any personal history with the photographer, she wasn’t going to let the ex love of her life, ruin her chances with the job assignment. Regardless of how much Hunter Scott wasn’t going to let sleeping dogs lie. Snore.

If you ever need a book to natter about with your friends, I beg of you to buy this one and demand a coffee morning with your good pals, purely so you can chat about Hunter Scott’s peachy backside. Oh, and the storyline…of course. I absolutely adored every single word, every single page, and every single element of Maxine Morrey’s – The Christmas Holiday. Not only did my heart get warmed by the romantic themes throughout the story, I also got to experience various different cultures when the setting of the book changed destination several times. Obviously my experiences were third hand, but due to the authors vivid writing style, I felt like I was able to experience each individual destination with all of the characters involved. There aren’t many books which you can say that about, is there?

I said this last time, but I’m not afraid to say it again – Maxine Morrey has exceeded my expectations by writing such a moreish and touching novel about love, regrets, and working out how to make the right decision for the moment that you’re in. The entire novel was extremely relatable due to its realistic situations and relatable scenarios. If the novel itself didn’t contain those features, I really don’t think the storyline would have worked as well, as it could quite easily be dubbed as ‘predictable’. Personally, ‘The Christmas Holiday’ is in no way predictable. Yes it was clear that the main characters would have some sort of connection at the beginning, but aside from that any predictability became hope.

‘The Christmas Holiday’ is such a heart warming, huggable, and delectable treat which is full of everything you could ever want from a book. Hilarity, strong characters and believeable storylines; Maxine Morrey’s latest novel ticked all of my boxes, and left me feeling like I was floating on air after I had finished reading.

Maxine Morrey certainly is an author to watch…and not just to see when her next book will be coming out! Absolutely brilliant.

Thanks NeverlandBT.

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Author bio:

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. Coming in first, she won a handful of
book tokens – perfect for a bookworm!

As years 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 book on Brighton for a Local History
publisher. However, novels are what she loves writing the most. After self publishing her first novel when a contract fell through, thanks to the recession, she continued to look for opportunities.

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

Maxine lives on the south coast of England, and when not wrangling with words, can be
found tackling her To Be Read pile, sewing, listening to podcasts, and walking.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Doll House by @Phoebe_A_Morgan @HQDigitalUK @HelenaSheffield

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I am beyond thrilled to be hosting day three of Phoebe Morgan’s blog tour for her debut novel, ‘The Doll House’, which was published on the 14th September by HQDigitalUK! Huge thanks to Helena Sheffield for personally selecting me to be involved in Phoebe’s blog tour, it is such an honour! I am delighted to share my review with you today, as well as a guest post from the lovely lady herself, Phoebe Morgan. Enjoy!!

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You never know who’s watching…

Corinne’s life might look perfect on the outside, but after three failed IVF attempts it’s her last chance to have a baby. And when she finds a tiny part of a doll house outside her flat, it feels as if it’s a sign.

But as more pieces begin to turn up, Corinne realises that they are far too familiar. Someone knows about the miniature rocking horse and the little doll with its red velvet dress. Someone has been inside her house…

How does the stranger know so much about her life? How long have they been watching? And what are they waiting for…?

A gripping debut psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of I See You and The Widow.

What does TWG think?

You know when you REALLLYYYYYYYY want to read a book, but you leave it until the last-minute to finally read it just so you could savour every single detail, hoping it would be as good as you had envisioned, only to then read it in a few hours? Sound familiar? That was exactly what happened with Phoebe Morgan’s debut novel. No joke. I was sooooooo eager to grab a copy of the book so that I could finally read it, when what I actually did was leave it as long as possible because I wanted to savour the ‘first time reading a book’ for as long as humanly possible. If you call a couple of hours as long as possible then I did great!

Seriously folks, what a book!!!!!! I feel like crying because I am so jealous of everyone who gets to read it for the first time! How the hell is this a debut novel? Where has Phoebe Morgan been all my life? Why doesn’t she have her second book out already? WHEN CAN I READ MORE?! -wails-. I have never, EVER read a book like this one before and, if I’m perfectly honest, it’s going to take a lot to beat!

I’m not even going to outline my thoughts of the storyline in this review because I can’t without letting something slip. I may represent a female dog sometimes, but I’m not mean enough to write spoilers!

However, what I will say about the storyline is how gritty and complex it is. The amount of characters involved in the storyline is minimal, yet I still had absolutely no idea who was involved in what until the storyline got to that point. To be honest, I really don’t think that having minimal characters in a storyline is a bad thing. Yes the storyline needs to be extremely tight due to the lack of bodies to point the finger at, but in my opinion, if an author can write such a flawless storyline with a select few characters whilst also leaving me guessing, I can’t really see a reason to complain. Can you?

I just cannot believe how brilliant this book is! So many red herrings, wrong turns and questionable circumstances; I genuinely was on the edge of my seat with my eyes glued to the words on the page, trying to work out what on Earth everything meant. What was going to happen next. During the vital last chapters of the book, my dog selfishly decided he needed to have his midnight snack in the garden and, seeing as he can’t open the door for himself, I had to stop reading this book and let him out (there’s a point to this btw). What I didn’t expect was to walk into the garden, hear high-pitched wailing and then jump out of my skin as though there was someone behind me.

Note: DON’T ADULT WHEN YOU’RE READING THIS BOOK, YOU’LL END UP THINKING THE GARDEN GNOME IS ABOUT TO GET YOU. Or in my case, a daddy-long-legs and the pup’s tail. I know, I know….

I fluffing loved every single thing about this book! The pace was intense. The overall storyline was laced with so many unanswered questions. Each character seemed to have a question mark looming over their head from the get go, which meant that I ended up thinking everyone was guilty. The storyline was addictive. Gritty. Surreal. Shocking…everything you could want from a book.

Phoebe Morgan certainly is one to watch for the near future. Her writing style is unique and flawlessly presented, I really do believe that this author is going to spoil us with many more phenomenal books.

‘The Doll House’, ladies and gents, is EXACTLY how a psychological thriller should be written, and it is EXACTLY what the book world has been after without even knowing it.

2017 seems to be an exceptionally strong year where books are concerned, but I can safely say that when I write my ‘Top Books of 2017’ list at the end of the year, Phoebe Morgan’s ‘The Doll House’ will be flying high near the top, without a doubt.

Huge thanks to Phoebe Morgan and HQDigitalUK.

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Before you go, I’ll leave you with a guest post from Phoebe Morgan, about how she chose which genre to write for!

What drew you to this genre?

My book actually had an interesting development and changed quite a bit through various drafts to the finished version that it is now – a process fuelled by a lot of coffee and late nights. My wonderful agent Camilla Wray was invaluable with this – she pulled out the darker suspense elements of the novel and helped me shape it into what it is today. I’d started off wanting to write about sisters – I don’t have a sister, I have two brothers – so I find that sisterly connection fascinating. I think there’s more opportunities for jealousy between sisters, because they’re more likely to have shared experiences, and I wanted to explore that with The Doll House.

The psychological thriller is a genre that has been booming for a while now, and it’s what I primarily love reading too so it made sense to write in that field. I knew I wanted to explore the idea of family and the secrets that lie within that nuclear unit, and I also wanted to make the reader think about memory. I think often our childhood memories can get distorted, and when we look back with new information we realise that things were maybe not quite as they seemed. That was the central point for starting this novel.
In my day job as an editor, I’m always watching market trends – checking the Amazon top 100 to see what people are reading, reading The Bookseller to hear about new acquisitions from other publishers (basically scouting out the competition!)

The psychological suspense genre is one that despite everyone’s initial scepticism has gone on to prove itself as a genre that just keeps on giving; there is still an appetite for these books and it’s all about pushing the boundaries of your novel to see if you can find a fresh take on the genre and surprise readers with something new. It is a popular
genre, but I think it’s popular for a reason and there’s room enough for everyone – as long as there are readers, that is! With The Doll House, I decided to make my central characters as likeable as possible – so that the reader is on their side when an external threat comes into play. The twist, though, is that the threat ends up being not quite as external as you’re led to believe – and the book really plays with those ideas of home, family and safety, which are not always what they seem…

#BlogTour! #Review – The Law of Attraction by Roxie Cooper @toodletinkbaby @NeverlandBT

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I am delighted to be kick off Roxie Cooper’s blog tour today! Roxie Cooper’s debut novel, The Law of Attraction, was published by HQDigital on the 23rd June 2017. Although to be perfectly honest, after reading Roxie Cooper’s novel, I can hardly believe that it is only her debut. Wow. To kick off the blog tour, I am thrilled to be sharing my review of ‘The Law of Attraction’, as well as details of a giveaway! Not guilty….honest.

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Amanda Bentley has always dreamed of being a barrister…

But as a platinum blonde bombshell from the wrong side of town, with a perfect tan and sleek high heels, she doesn’t exactly look the part – or fit in with the brash public school boys and cold posh girls of Newcastle Crown Court’s robing room. Amanda’s never been one to back down from a challenge, and so when she wins a prestigious pupillage following law school, she’s determined to make the most of her chance – and make all her dreams come true.

Only three things stand in her way: Sid Ryder – the sexy, irresistible barrister who she absolutely cannot, under any circumstances, sleep with. At all. Marty Gregg – her smarmy law school nemesis, who she’s in direct competition with for the top job. And her big, dark secret that could jeopardise everything she’s worked so hard for.

Who said that following the laws of attraction was going to be easy…?

What does TWG think?

I spotted Roxie Cooper’s debut novel (well, the cover) circulating on social media a while before it was released into the wild, and boy was I excited to read it! I honestly felt like I was squealing at the author about wanting to read her book, week in week out via Instagram. Let’s face it, the chances of that actually being the case are extremely high!

Anyway, it took me less than a day to read ‘The Law of Attraction’ and my heart broke when the time came for the book to end. I mean, how dare the author put ‘the end’? Personally, I wasn’t emotionally ready for ‘The Law of Attraction’ to end.

Amanda Bentley has the rather prestigious nickname of ‘Barbie’ – platinum blonde hair, a figure to die for, and a wardrobe that could actually beat Barbie’s hands down. Don’t even get me started on the shoes! Everyone automatically assumes that if your hair is blonde and your boobs are large, then you’re either as thick as two short planks or you spend your Friday nights shaking your ass to ‘I’m Too Sexy’ by Right Said Fred. When Amanda Bentley wins a pupilage once out of law school, she believes that the only thing she would need to worry about was the task in hand – winning the tenancy and getting the long-awaited dream job of becoming a barrister. However, it didn’t take long for Amanda’s dream path to be littered with hurdles, as well as people she would much rather forget than spend every day with.

I need to get one thing out-of-the-way; my opinion of Marty Gregg. What an absolute cockerel!!!!! How Amanda managed to not stick her fist through his face, I have no idea! What a smarmy little twerp! As soon as his creepy, smirking, dirty little face appeared in the book, I disliked him straight away. Naively I thought to myself ‘can this boy GET any worse?!’, and what does he go and do? He gets even worse. I absolutely despised him.

Right, onto the good bits! I LOVED how Roxie Cooper’s debut incorporated experiences from her own personal life, although I did spend a lot of time wondering whether any situations in the book were based on real life events. The author has made no secret of the fact that she was a barrister before she was an author, and I found that quite endearing because the storyline came across as being written from her heart, as opposed to being written from Google’s heart.

Whilst all of Newcastle Crown Court seem to judge Amanda on how she looks, the storyline itself runs a lot deeper than the contents of her make-up bag. I felt so sorry for Amanda as it was made clear early on how her childhood wasn’t worth remembering due to horrific emotional and physical trauma. When I say made clear, the readers are told that about her childhood, yet the reasoning behind her trauma doesn’t become clear until much later in the book. If you’re anything like me, you’ll put two and two together and come up with five. It’s lucky that I never wanted to be a barrister, eh!

‘The Law of Attraction’ is filled with some rather lovely characters, as well as some rather horrible characters who seemed to have popped over from ‘The Mean Girls’ as extras in Roxie Cooper’s novels. I cannot STAND people like that! I’ll admit, I found myself getting angry about those particular characters far too often, but I realise that the storyline required those colourful characters in order to get the point across. Of course, just like other books, I did have my favourite characters but I’m not going to tell you who, just incase I end up influencing your choices indirectly!

As soon as I had finished reading ‘The Law of Attraction’, I messaged the author and let her know about a part of the book which made me cry. Now, because I don’t want to give anything away, I won’t state which part it was, but let’s just say that it caught me off guard big time. I wasn’t expecting my eyes to leak. If you’re reading this book and end up crying at a part, let me know which part that was! Who knows, it might be the same one!

I absolutely loved every single thing about this book. It was gutsy. It was addictive. It was hilarious. It was kickass. It was deep. It had ‘errrrr come again?’ moments. It was intriguing. It made me feel a lot more emotions than I care to admit, in such a short space of time. I could tell a mile off that the author wrote ‘The Law of Attraction’ with pride, integrity, realism and a truck load of love. Yes, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think of ‘Legally Blonde’ whilst I was reading this. But, in all honesty, ‘The Law of Attraction’ beats ‘Legally Blonde’ hands down and, seeing as I am a huge fan of that particular movie, that is definitely saying something.

Heart-warming, addictively written with oodles of beautiful and shocking moments, ‘The Law of Attraction’ really is one of my Top Reads of 2017. I could not have asked for anything else in one book, it truly had it all. If not more. I laughed. I cried. I smiled. I became angry. I was empathetic. But most importantly, I found ‘The Law of Attraction’ GUILTY for being such a phenomenal read from start to finish; an all-round, pleasurable read which I will be remembering for such a long, long time.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book.

Thank you HQDigitalUK and NeverlandBT.

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AUTHOR BIO

Roxie was born and bred in Middlesbrough. After studying Classics at University, she
became a dancer in a nightclub for a few years, before going travelling and living in
Australia. When she returned, she swapped dancing on a bar, to practising at the Bar,
and became a barrister for 7 years.
It was after being constantly told “Ooh! You don’t look like a barrister!” by absolutely
everyone she met, that the idea for her debut novel was born.
Roxie lives in Yarm, a pretty little market town in the North-East. She’s a bit (lot)
obsessed with Prince and spends far too much time watching him on YouTube. Her
hobbies include watching musicals, making her hair as big (and blonde) as possible, and
wishing she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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#BlogTour! #Review – 37 Hours by J.F.Kirwan @kirwanjf @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT #giveaway

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After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.

But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…

The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?

What does TWG think?

To be perfectly honest, there was a part of me that thought I would end up disliking this book. Looking back now, I’m not entirely sure how I came to that conclusion after reading a small amount of the book. Maybe it was because the genre was completely out of my comfort zone and took a bit of warming up? Or maybe it was because of how different it was, and the frequency of graphic material? I wish I could say for sure. But, all I know (and to be honest, what’s mainly important), is how everything above means diddly squat where my final thoughts on the book are concerned.

Why?

Because reader; I bloody loved it!

Yes, the storyline was rather graphic.
Yes, the genre is a heck of a lot different to the loved-up, heart warming contemporary fiction novel I had read before this one.
And yes, it did take me a chapter or two to warm up to the overall feel of the book.

But by golly was that all worth it! Whilst reading ’37 Hours’, I learned that I love spy thrillers, that I can read several pages of the book with one eye open and one eye shut, AND how books like these make me feel like CatWoman and SuperWoman rolled into one. Well, I’m so accident prone that I might end up killing myself instead of the enemy, but y’know. The thought is there, right?

I must add that ’37 Hours’ is book two of the Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series (I found that out afterwards!), but, I found it 80% alright to read as a standalone, with the last 20% spent wishing I had more background information to enable me to understand certain parts of the book better.

Nadia Laksheva has spent the last two years in prison, and the only way she can get her freedom is to pay a ‘life or death’ type bail. The countdown is on; 37 hours until London disappears for good, but who can Nadia trust to be on her team? Who’s playing her for a fool, and who’s wanting her for a duel? The clock is ticking…you shoot and you die, you shoot and you live…

’37 Hours’ is a fast paced, high energy novel which will have you hanging off the edge of your seat, feeling as though you could take on Iron Man, AND end up being more addictive than chocolate. Truthfully? I have never read a book like this before in my life, and let me tell you, the author has his work cut out for the next book, that’s for sure.

I loved how the storyline was always buzzing with new events, new deaths, familiar faces, and secrets…lots of secrets. There was always something going on, with so much to sink my teeth into along the way. Nadia is such a ballsy protagonist and, whilst I didn’t really warm to her at first, I did find myself admiring her by the end of the book. The way in which she held herself through difficult situations whilst put herself on the line for other people, as well as being extremely feisty, ensured that Nadia was a main character you wouldn’t forget in a hurry.

The graphic parts of the storyline were exactly that, graphic. But in all honesty, I don’t think the story would have worked had the deaths been written about less graphically. Whilst I did end up reading those parts with one eye open and one eye shut, I found myself more drawn to those events as opposed to the calm and serene situations. As weird as this sounds, it created more depth and grit. More things to sink my teeth into.

Don’t get me wrong, there were times I thought ‘huh?’ or ‘what the heck is that?’, especially as I’m not exactly clued up on spy jargon, but that didn’t even slow me down at all.

’37 Hours’ is an extremely addictive, gruesome (yet fabulous), and shocking novel which (pardon the pun) blew me away. There hasn’t been a lot of things able to keep my attention lately, yet J.F.Kirwan managed to keep my attention and then some.
What a fantastic novel. I am so glad I didn’t choose to listen to myself at the start of the novel, as I would have missed out on a belter of a read.

Thanks NeverlandBT & HQ Digital.

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J.F. Kirwan is a writer for Harper Collins, under their HQ digital imprint. By day he works in aviation and nuclear safety, but at night, during bouts of insomnia, he writes thrillers with significant body counts. He’s an ex-diving instructor, so there is an underwater element in each of his two novels, 66 Metres and 37 Hours. Most readers find his writing has a cinematic feel, as if you are there with the characters. The original inspiration for the protagonist, Nadia, came from Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the dragon tattoo, though David Baldacci and Lee Child have had significant impact on the writing style, plotting and pace. He is currently writing the third book in the series.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Sunshine After the Rain by @DaisyJamesBooks @NeverlandBT

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Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she’s blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down.
Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead- gorgeous Sam Bradbury – and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel!
A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind…

What does TWG think?

Daisy James is back with yet another light-hearted and easy read, perfect for the hidden Picasso’s and Corfu lovers! Just like Daisy James’ previous novels, I adored the concept of ‘Sunshine After the Rain’ – beautiful setting, nicely thought out characters, and of course a budding romance.

So, Evie lost her job in the art galley she worked at in bustling London. With a huge dent in her pride and self-esteem, Evie takes herself off to Corfu for a life re-evaluation, including opening her box full of dreams which she has kept locked away for far too long.

Whilst I enjoyed the shell of this novel, I struggled to find a happy medium with the art influence that was captured within the storyline itself. I don’t know much about art, but I do feel that I have learnt something thanks to Daisy James’ book. Maybe ‘Sunshine After the Rain’ is more aimed at people who know a little more about art than a Campbell’s tin of soup.

As always, the romance part of the novel was totally ‘awwwww’ worthy. It was lovely to see a different, flirty side to Evie; even if the romance candle took a while to burn.

Overall I thought that ‘Sunshine After the Rain’ was a pleasant enough read with such a cosy interior. Not my favourite Daisy James novel I’ll be honest, but still an enjoyable read nonetheless.

Thanks Netgalley.

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Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and- green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. Her husband and young son were willing samplers of her baking creations which were triple-tested for her debut novel, The Runaway Bridesmaid. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Say My Name by Allegra Huston (@allegrahuston) @HQStories

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Say My Name is a dazzling debut about a highly-charged and very sensual affair. Skilfully crafted, original and beautifully written, I loved it!’ – Santa Montefiore

‘This is the time to run away, she thinks, to call it a mistake, to race back to home and safety. If I don’t go home I will never feel safe again.’

On meeting Micajah Burnett, the son of an old school friend, Eve Armanton is faced with a choice. Years of a miserable marriage means she’s as broken as the beautiful antique violin she’s just found, and Micajah offers a spark of life, an opportunity to reawaken her sense.

If Eve takes a leap into this new world, she’ll be leaving behind her old self for good. Her happiness depends on forging a new life, but at the end of her journey who will Eve have become?

What does TWG think?

I knew straight away that ‘Say My Name’ would be a unique read, just take a look at that cover! The only reference I have to the title ‘Say My Name’ is from the song by Destiny’s Child, it’s quite clear that Allegra Huston is a lot more unique with her style of writing than Destiny’s Child are with theirs!

Whilst the cover reveals no secrets, requiring the reader to unwrap every single page as though it were a present, it seemed to raise my intrigue level exceptionally high. What was the cover hiding? I had to find out.

‘Say My Name’ explores the incredibly popular topic of moving on with your life, attempting to re-find the happiness you once lost, all whilst being aware of the personal losses that could occur. Eve isn’t happy in her marriage and, if she were to lay her cards on the table, she would admit that she hasn’t been happy for a while. Now, thanks to a new bunch of testosterone, Eve can take a chance with her life and jump out of her comfort zone. The thing is, does she want happiness enough, to go and do that? Is she able to say goodbye to the life she has grown accustom to? Or if she didn’t, will she end up being seen as a martyr? The world is her oyster, and her life is her journey; Eve needs to decide, and soon, before it’s too late.

There’s a particular line from the book which made me stop reading as soon as my eyes flickered over it;

“Do you really think it’s possible to have love without hurt?”

Such a simple question, yet it warrants such heart-breaking answers. How many readers will be on Eve’s side? How many readers will think Eve to be selfish?

Honestly, I don’t think that I can answer that, even now. There were moments when I was on Eve side’s and could see the situation from her point of view, but then there were times when I was sitting on the fence as Eve’s situation seemed to amplify when the moment suited her.

Allegra Huston has such an enchanting way of telling a story, I loved the way that the author was able to pull me into the storyline just by using a few select, yet beautiful, words.

‘Say My Name’ is such a unique and memorable read which has the capability to let you look at life from the outside, instead of inside. Allegra Huston certainly knows how to captivate her readers by taking them on a journey of a lifetime. That said, whether I was completely invested in Eve’s world, or whether I was merely on the fence, still remains unanswered.

Thanks HQ.

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