#BirthdayBlitz! #Review – The Migraine Relief Plan by Stephanie Weaver (@sweavermph) @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blitz invite and review copy, here is my review:

The Migraine Relief Plan: An 8-Week Transition to Better Eating, Fewer Headaches, and Optimal Health

In The Migraine Relief Plan, certified health and wellness coach Stephanie Weaver outlines a new, step-by-step lifestyle approach to reducing migraine frequency and severity.

Using the latest research, her own migraine diagnosis, and extensive testing, Weaver has designed an accessible plan to help those living with migraine, headaches, or Meniere’s disease. Over the course of eight weeks, the plan gradually transitions readers into a healthier lifestyle, including key behaviors such as regular sleep, trigger-free eating, gentle exercise, and relaxation techniques. The book also collects resources—shopping lists, meal plans, symptom tracking charts, and kitchen-tested recipes for breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—to provide readers with the tools they need to be successful.

The Migraine Relief Plan encourages readers to eat within the guidelines while still helping them follow personal dietary choices, like vegan or Paleo, and navigate challenges, such as parties, work, and travel. A must-have resource for anyone who lives with head pain, this book will inspire you to rethink your attitude toward health and wellness.

What does TWG think?

I, as well as thousands of other people, suffer with migraines on a regular basis. They’re often quite debilitating and, seeing as I suffer them alongside many other illnesses and symptoms, it can all get a bit too much to bear.

‘The Migraine Relief Plan’ is such a colourful and easy to follow book for those who wish to change their diet to see if it helps their head pain. I have been meaning to try the recipes in this book, but fatigue has run away with me. However there are a lot of recipes in this book which has given me much food for thought (pardon the pun), and I’m looking forward to trying a different route to reducing, and hopefully diminishing, my head pain.

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About the author.

Stephanie Weaver, MPH, CWHC, is an author, blogger, and certified wellness and health coach. Her recipes have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, Parade, and more. She lives in San Diego, CA. 

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#BlogTour! #Review – Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald (@SophieRanald) @Bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review:

Is this all there is? I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl. But being good is getting boring…

She’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls…

What does TWG think?

Geeez, poor Charlotte!! I felt so sorry for her throughout the book as she always seemed to draw the short straw in life. It was as though her friends saw her as the butt of all jokes and her work saw her as a skivvy who would pick up the pieces anytime things went wrong. How much could one character endure?!

I didn’t find this book to be as laugh out loud as I would have expected, given that it’s in the tag line on the front cover. However I did snigger at some of the colourful personalities which make themselves known as the storyline progresses.

I honestly expected a proper light hearted read and, whilst there were moments where I felt as though the storyline was on cloud nine, it was quite deep and serious.

I loved getting to know Xander – he was so fun and made Charlotte’s personality shine like it was meant to all along.

I did enjoy ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, what with the unique characters and unpredictable storyline, and I think that this is a read which is perfect for reading by the side of a pool. Sassy, colourful and unique – I am SOOO not sorry that I read this one!!

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About the author.

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

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#BlogTour! #Review – #OnlyWhenItsLove by Olivia Spring (@ospringauthor)

I am sooooo excited to be today’s stop on Olivia Spring’s blog tour for her latest release, ‘Only When it’s love’. Huge thanks to the author for the blog tour invite and ARC – here is my review:

Alex’s love life is a disaster. Will accepting a crazy seven-step dating challenge lead to more heartbreak or help her find Mr Right? 

Alex is tired of getting ghosted. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’s destined to be eternally single. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right? 

Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her. 

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

What does TWG think?

Snigger. Laurie Love. Snigger. What a name!! No, I haven’t just decided to pluck names out of thin air. Laurie Love is the author of a self-help book which Alex’s work colleague, Stacey, recommended to her due to her amazing luck with guys.

I jest.

Alex’s track record is shocking when it comes to the opposite gender. Obviously I’m not laying all of the blame at her door, she must have met some right shockers! Anyway, to help her find the man of her dreams, she attempts to follow the rules that Laurie Love has set.

I thought that the concept of this book was brilliant fun! When Alex was ‘interviewing’ potential partners, I ended up holding up a scoreboard in my mind, a bit like Strictly Come Dancing for dates except they don’t voluntarily shout, ‘omg what a cactus!’.

Alex is such a relatable and down to Earth character – her personality had me in hysterics because she just didn’t give a monkeys whilst also trying too hard. She was brilliant. Randy. But brilliant!

I really felt that Olivia Spring’s writing style had relaxed in this book, meaning that everything just seemed to flow so naturally, I ended up forgetting that I was actually reading a book because I was so engrossed in whether Alex’s interviewees would be ends of a bell, a spikey cactus or a part of a males anatomy. Or all three. Of course I was hoping that she would find the man of her dreams who would treat her properly both inside of the bedroom, and out.

The humour is absolutely brilliant and the overall vibe is so unique an addictive – I really did enjoy ‘Only When It’s Love’!

Such a uniquely told, laugh out loud, dirty and flirty, addictive novel which puts romance on the map in the least slushy way possible, in the most brilliant of ways.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Happiness Project by Pippa James (@PippaJamesBooks)

Many congratulations to Pippa James on the publication of ‘The Happiness Project’. Today is the first day of the tour and I am delighted to be kicking it off with a review. Thank you to Bookouture for both the tour invite and ARC.

Alison’s perfect world has fallen apart. Her beloved larger than life mother-in-law, Maggie, has just passed away. Every afternoon they’d talk and laugh over a pot of tea – and Maggie was secretly the glue that held Alison’s family together. Now she’s trying to figure out a future without her…

With a little help from her two best friends, Alison resolves to try and find her happy place and be more Maggie. Vowing to step outside of their comfort zones and make the most of every day, the three women each have their own challenges to overcome in the year ahead – a baby on the way, a romance to save and a much-needed confidence boost.

But as Alison finds herself drinking more wine than she ever has in her life and signing up for an extreme sports charity event, she starts to wonder if this is really the change she needed in her life? Or will she re-discover her happiness closer to home?

What does TWG think?

We are back with Frankie, Alison and Kate for another relatable tale about motherhood and regaining your confidence after a baby. ‘The Happiness Project’ is the second book in the series and, if you haven’t read the first book, ‘I Will Survive’, don’t worry too much as each one can be read as a stand-alone.

Out of the two books I think this one has to be my favourite because the vibe was more relaxed and less forced. I will admit that I wasn’t too sure of the storyline to begin with as I couldn’t work out what was happening in amongst the whinging between characters, however as the story progressed the main characters seemed to relax a bit more and I found myself giggling at the one liners more often than not.

It was great to see a different side to Alison, especially as she was thought of as the ‘up her own backside’ one who was ‘practically perfect in every way’. Of course that wasn’t the case as she was just organised and thought a lot about what people thought of her and her choices.

All in all, ‘The Happiness Project’ left me with a big smile on my face. The way in which certain characters came together at the end just made me feel as though I was on a cloud. Sometimes, even though you may be annoyed at something someone has done or what they’ve said, you end up realising that being the bigger person is more advantageous to your own mental health. I thought the way in which Kate stood up for her choices whilst pregnant (finally) was brilliant and it just highlighted how different everyone is, which of course isn’t bad at all.

An uplifting, sitting on a cloud read which made me giggle many times.

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About the author.

Growing up in Birmingham, Pippa James was never without at least one book on the go and therefore lived several different lives concurrently. As an adult, she would like to spend much of her time the same way, but she now lives a chaotic life in a small Derbyshire town with her husband and two children. Her writing is frequently interrupted by parenting duties and her day job as a teacher and the only way she can find a quiet space to think, is by taking her laptop to the pub to drink tea and write, which she does at every opportunity.

You can follow Pippa on Twitter @PippaJamesBooks or Facebook.com/PippaJamesAuthor 

#BlogTour! #Review – The Talisman – Molly’s Story by Eliza Scott (@elizajscott1) @RaRaResources

We have reached the final day on the blog tour for ‘The Talisman – Molly’s Story’ by Eliza Scott. Many thanks, as always, to Rachel from RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Molly’s dream of taking over her childhood home at Withrin Hill Farm with husband Pip and their three children has finally come true. And, as they settle into the stunning Georgian farmhouse, with their plans to diversify into glamping nicely taking shape, the family couldn’t be happier.
But tragedy suddenly strikes, and Molly’s world is turned upside down.


Heartbroken and devastated, she struggles to face each day. True to form, her fiercely loyal best friends, Kitty and Violet, rally round offering love and support, but Molly doesn’t think she’ll ever be able to smile again. Until the day a tall, dark stranger with twinkly eyes arrives…

Follow Molly’s story in book 2 of the Life on the Moors Series set in Lytell Stangdale, a picture-perfect village in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors, where life is anything but quiet.

What does TWG think?

Molly’s Story is book number 2 in Eliza Scott’s ‘Life on the Moors’ series and, while I would usually say about reading books in order, these are perfectly fine to read any way you wish.

Now, because I have followed the series from book one, I had gotten to know some of the characters beforehand (Molly included).

I couldn’t stop snorting with laughter! The humour that was in this book was brilliant. I adored the sarcasm and banter between each of the characters – they really did make the story to be what it was.

Heck it, I’m just going to just come out and say it – at one point in the story I ended up disliking the author because I just wanted to shout ‘OMG HOW COULD YOU!!!!!’. I was utterly devastated by what I read and I am sure I heard my heart breaking into millions of pieces!!!! Obviously I can’t divulge what point in the book that was due to spoilers, but for those who have already read this book I am sure you are aware of what part I’m referring to!

I don’t mean it nastily that I disliked the author for a little bit, so nobody come at me with spikes or anything! I really wasn’t expecting those turn of events and it did take me several chapters before the author made it up to me for what she ‘did’ haha. Yes, my heart was fixed by the end of the book and Eliza Scott came back smelling of roses.

This book is such an emotionally intense, thunderstorm of a read which showed me rainbows as well as rain. Yes, my heart broke but it was written in such a poignant and realistic manner, it was as though the events were happening before my very eyes.

I thoroughly enjoyed being back on the moors with Molly, Kitty and the rest of the gang – my most favourite book of the series yet.

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About the author.

 Eliza lives in a 17th-century cottage on the edge of a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with her husband, their two daughters and two mischievous black Labradors. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book/glued to her Kindle or working in her garden. Eliza also enjoys bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off by a visit to a teashop where she can indulge in another two of her favourite things: tea and cake.

Eliza is inspired by her beautiful surroundings and loves to write heart-warming stories with happy endings.

 

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#BlogTour! #Review – A Rebel at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble (@RachelBrimble) @RaRaResources @Aria_Fiction

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Third and final blog post of the day is for ‘A Rebel at Pennington’s’ by Rachel Brimble. Many thanks, once again to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC.

Thank you all for joining me today and following my reviews!

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1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington’s Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women’s progression and will do anything to help secure the vote. 
Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.

When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life’s challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed. 
With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists’ determination to secure the vote.

Will Esther’s rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

What does TWG think?

Oh my goodness me – this book had my name ALL over it!! Not literally of course, because I couldn’t deface a book, BUT, I am sure you know what I’m meaning! If i know that a storyline contains anything to do with the suffragette movement, you can bet your bottom dollar that i would be in my absolute element and loving every minute of it. And yes, that was certainly the case with ‘A Rebel at Pennington’s’.

Rachel Brimble’s latest novel is the second book in the series, but do not let that worry you as this story can be read as a standalone without having to have read the previous book. that said, if you’re the sort of reader who just has to read books in order then you won’t be disappointed with either read. Of course, that is just my opinion!

Set in 1911 with the coronation of king-emperor George V looming, ‘A Rebel at Pennington’s’ tells the story of one young woman’s journey as she attempts to put women’s rights on the map. As we all know, the suffragettes didn’t exactly have the easiest of time where the vote was concerned, and they certainly put themselves in harm’s way for what they believed in. Now, with someone as, how shall i put this, blunt as Esther, her mouth struggled to connect with her brain. Put it this way – her heart was in the right place but her delivery left a lot to be desired.

I really enjoyed watching Esther’s journey with Lawrence as she tried her best to not let her head rule her heart. On one hand she needed Lawrence’s help to put women’s progression on the map, but then on the other hand she wanted him in her life on a much deeper level. Whether she could manage the two without causing too much disruption to anyone involved on either side, remained to be seen.

Out of both books in the series, i will have to say that ‘A Rebel at Pennington’s’ has got to be my favourite book so far. I just loved the strength behind the storyline and how well the author had brought her characters to life, whilst also keeping history at the heart of her words.

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About the author.

Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath in the
UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

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#BirthdayBlitz! #Review – The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke (@VictoriaCooke10) @RaRaResources @HQDigitalUK

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Second blog post of the day is for a book birthday for Victoria Cooke and ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’. Happy book birthday!! I am delighted to be reviewing the book on such a special day. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Status Update: I’m going offline for a while… Wish me luck! xx

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

What does TWG think?

If you had asked me another day what I thought the secret to falling in love was, I would have turned around with a blank look on my face and said; ‘I don’t know, I don’t care’. However if you were to ask me the same question right now, I would, hand on heart, say that the secret to falling in love was in a Victoria Cooke novel. I’m not the most romantic teddy on the shelf, nor do i pretend to be, but i can appreciate when an author is talking my language where romance is concerned, and Ms.Cooke did just that.

We all love social media, well most of us do. We all spend a lot of time on it regardless of whether we like it or not, so the fact that the main character in this book, Melissa, goes social media free for a month, it was actually quite refreshing. That said, I don’t think that i could not go on social media for a month unless it was forced and not my choice to do so.

I ADORED how modern and relatable every little morsel of ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’ was! Melissa comes across as a character who has a lot of determination but lacks in confidence (much like a lot of us readers), and the fact that she just wants to be happy in all aspects of her life makes her someone you just want to sit and put the world to rights with.

Victoria Cooke has such an addictive writing style which had me ignoring everything around me for the duration of the book! That in itself was the secret to falling in love in my eyes, as I was under the authors spell completely.

This story reminds me of a modern day fairytale with a character who, whilst she may want a man on her arm, doesn’t necessarily NEED one. A laugh out loud, one of a kind read by an author who just knows how to make her readers fall in love with her characters as well as her writing.

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About the author.

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in
pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love’, in 2016.

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#BlogTour! #Review -Summer on the Italian Lakes by Lucy Coleman (@LucyColemanAuth) @Aria_fiction @RaRaResources

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It’s a RaRaResources day today as all of my blog posts are for this tour host! I hope you will join me for the three reviews I have lined up (I say lined up….i’m yet to type them but y’know!). First of three posts is my review of Lucy Coleman’s ‘Summer on the Italian Lakes’. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and many thanks to the publisher for the ARC.

Lakes yellowBestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping – and steamy – love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling… Not only does she have writer’s block, but she’s a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.

So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer’s retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda – owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson – could this be just the thing to fire up Brie’s writing – and romantic – mojo?
Brie’s sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer’s very own happy-ever-after…

What does TWG think?

If you’ve ever wanted to go behind the scenes of an author’s life, then you’re in luck as the main character of this book is a best-selling romance author. I have a slight hunch that Lucy Coleman used her own personal experiences with writing to bring Brie’s character to life, by highlighting the highs and the lows of putting pen to paper. I thought it was brilliant as well how the author made people think about the romance genre as it had, and continues to do, negative press because people can’t understand the complexity behind writing romantic novels. Obviously that’s a nice way of putting it! Even though I am pleased that Lucy Coleman has openly, well, indirectly, defended her genre, I felt sad because why should she? Nobody gives bad press about thriller novels and people getting their heads lopped off, so why should romance authors defend the fact that they want to spread a little love around the place? You’ll have to excuse me – I’m going off on a tangent,  it’s just something i feel quite strongly about….if you hadn’t guessed already!

Anyway! Poor Brie not only has writers block, she also has self-confidence block because of just how much recent events have made her want to hide. People automatically assume that, just because Brie likes to write things that get her readers a little hot under the collar, that her own bed is getting a lot of attention. And no, I don’t mean sleep.

When Brie goes to Lake Garda to assist another author and his retreats, she manages to re-evaluate her life in more ways than one. Obviously I won’t say how she does that, but i definitely became her cheerleader that’s for sure!

I am probably going to sound like a pessimist here, but I spent a lot of the story sitting waiting for Arran to run. It’s not that i don’t believe in love, I just felt that Arran’s situation was incredibly fast and I suppose I couldn’t really invest in it because I was uncertain of the overall outcome. Like i say, I know i sound a bit pessimistic when I say this, especially as i wanted the ‘happily ever after’ as much as the next person, i just found it a little too….shall we say, convenient? Just to clarify – the above isn’t a negative remark towards the author and the way that she has delivered the storyline, it’s just my opinion on the characters lifestyle choices. I know the author put them there, obviously, it’s just hard not to think of them as real people.

I really enjoyed the realistic portrayal of a writers life alongside such wonderful, and heartfelt humour. The characters were such a fun bunch to get to know and I thought that Lucy Coleman did a sterling job at making readers (ie me) resonate with their personalities on various levels.

Brie has got to be one of my most favourite characters that Lucy Coleman has written, mainly due to the relatability of her personality but also because she shone with both her perfections and imperfections.

‘Summer on the Italian Lakes’ is such an uplifting, humorous, poignant read which will have you yearning for your own happily ever after.

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About the author.

From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and is excited to be writing for both Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus) and Harper Impulse (Harper Collins); she’s represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.
Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan (@alexkhanauthor) @HeraBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Third and final tour of the day is for a book full of glamour; Bollywood Wives by Alex Khan. Huge congratulations to both Alex, and Hera Books on the publication of this release. I am delighted to share my review with you all today, many thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Hera Books for the ARC.

Zara Das is Bollywood’s hottest property, her every move watched by the eyes of the press. Riding high from the success of a string of blockbusters, she has the world at her feet, but the scandal from her latest film threatens to dethrone her as Bollywood’s reigning queen. 

So when superstar director Raj Dillon stages a lavish retelling of Pride and Prejudice, moving the shoot from Mumbai’s soundstages to London, Zara knows this is the role that could put her back on top. Coming with them are the Bollywood Wives – Jackie, Sasha, and Rani – bringing their own off-screen drama.

But behind the diamonds, designer clothes and seven-star hotels lies the truth of how Zara reached the top. And when a dead body is found in her hotel room, it seems that someone is determined to take Zara down – and will stop at nothing to expose her darkest secrets. 

Zara has spent years running from her past. But now it’s caught up with her… 

What does TWG think?

Wow – I don’t think I have ever read a book like this before! I will admit that I was a little bit unsure of the storyline at first as I couldn’t really work out where things were going, or whose life I should be paying attention to the most. Of course there was the main character, Zara, who we get to know very well throughout the book, but there were other women in the book with such strong personalities that they were all fighting for the main spotlight.

I would say that the book reminded me of ITVBe program, ‘The Only Way is Essex’, but that may be deemed a negative remark, and it isn’t. I think the concept of ‘how the other half live’ so to speak, was what reminded me of the outspoken TV program, yet it was very clear that there was no competition for who won the glamour and sassy stakes – the Bollywood Wives.

The storyline is very unique due to it containing high end, glamorous Indian lifestyles alongside dark and thrilling elements, enough to grab you by the collar and hold you hostage like a bit of BDSM (with your consent…obviously 😉 ). I will admit, again, that I wasn’t really taken by the main character, Zara, as she had more of an unlikable vibe than likeable. That said, Minnie was farrrr worse than she was! Alex Khan is brilliant at creating such colourful and highly complex characters which can both grate you one minute, and then have you feeling like their BFF the next. Rani was good at that!!

So, despite my earlier uncertainty, I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how the storyline all came together and I cannot wait to see what Alex Khan brings to the table next – more sass I hope!

A addictive, glamorous and intense read which left me wanting more.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Year of Starting Over by Karen King (@karen_king) @Bookouture #publicationday

Massive congratulations to Karen King on the publication of ‘The Year of Starting Over’! I am absolutely delighted to be kicking off the blog tour today with a review – many thanks to Bookouture for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Last year was meant to be when Holly got her happy-ever-after. But stuck in a job that’s going nowhere, and a relationship that feels more like it’s going backwards… thisyear Holly hasdecided it’s time to change her life. She just has to:

– End the relationship with the commitment-phobic boyfriend
– Go on a proper adventure
– Learn to be herself again
– Definitely, categorically not fall in love.

Cramming her belongings into her little yellow Mini, Holly drives on to a ferry bound to Spain, to stay at a remote farmhouse near a beautiful village in the Andalusian hills.

But the day she arrives she nearly crashes her car into a gorgeous guy on a motorbike. He’s called Matias and their paths keep crossing, much to Holly’s irritation. Because as she learns to speak Spanish from the locals, finally starts laying out plans for her own design business, and sips sangria in the sunlit village square, Holly is beginning to remember who she is and what she wants.

So she won’t allow herself be distracted by Matias. Because this year – for Holly – there are more important things in life than love. And she won’t let yet another bad relationship ruin everything… will she?

What does TWG think?

Sometimes when things happen in our lives, we have to decide between fighting….or flighting. Not everyone has the luxury over going to a different country to think things over, so a lot of us only have the option to flee to the toilet to contemplate our lives whilst inhaling the new, seasonal toilet duck smell, as though cinnamon and spice will make us see things much clearer than good ol’ pine. Thankfully Holly had the option to think things through in Spain….

Poor Holly has lost sight of herself and what she wants from life. Instead of doing things or wearing things that SHE wants, she has been making choices based on what other people want, in fear that they won’t like her for who she really is. It’s a sad state of affairs when people feel the need to do that, isn’t it?

‘The Year of Starting Over’ really is a book which makes you think about the bare bones of your own life and everything you wish to achieve in the not too distant future. It wouldn’t be a Karen King novel if there wasn’t a man involved, so of course the storyline contains multiple eligible bachelors for Holly to think about….even though she has sworn off men due to the actions of snakey Scott.

I loved how tender and uplifting the novel was, and I absolutely fell in love with little Luna. What a character!! It was wonderful how we got to see Holly start the story as a little bud who got weathered along the way, finally flourishing in a way that she should have all along. It was a beautiful sight to see and Karen King has done an exceptional job of bringing Holly’s story to life in such a natural and humorous manner, whilst also ensuring that her readers took a step back to think about their own lives.

A cosy, fun filled and poignant novel that will highlight just how ‘okay’ it is to not be okay in life. Such a wonderful little book.

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