#NewBeginningsatWynterHouse @EmilyHarvale @RaRaResources #review #blogtour #blogger

Huge thanks, as always, to Rachel for inviting me to take part in Emily Harvale’s blog tour today (and for the ARC). I am super excited to be reviewing yet another of this fabulous authors novels. Enjoy!

Neva Grey’s Christmas brought several surprises. Now a shocking secret has life-changing consequences for the Wynters, as the New Year brings revelations … and relatives to Wynter House.

It also brings Hazel Smart and Amelia Goodbody. And it’s not just Adam and Rafe Wynter who are pleased Hazel and Amelia have come to stay. Olivia Wynter will enjoy bossing nurse Hazel around and she also makes it clear Amelia – who is handling the marketing for Rafe’s new business venture – is far more suited to be her grandson’s girlfriend than Neva will ever be.

Whilst Amelia is ensconced at Wynter House, Neva is busy with her new hair and beauty salon in Merriment Bay. Perhaps she should enlist her niece, Sasha’s help because just when she thought she had found the love of her life, old secrets, ghosts from the past, and new arrivals might shatter all her dreams.

At least she has her best friend, Jo Duncan to lean on. But newly single, Jo is determined to have some fun, both at Wynter House and in Merriment Bay. And so is Adam Wynter.

This is book two in the Wyntersleap series but it can be read as a standalone. The Wyntersleap series is interlinked with the Merriment Bay series and several characters appear in both series.

What does TWG think?

Can I just start by saying that, even though the blurb does say that this novel can be read as a standalone, I wholeheartedly recommend that you do read the books in order so that you’re able to get the whole ‘Emily Harvale’ experience, and appreciate the characters and the storyline for their flow. Just my opinion of course.

I love being able to lose myself in one of Emily Harvale’s books, and ‘New Beginnings at Wynter House’ was no different. It felt like I had just opened the book before I was closing it again!

Neva doesnt beat about the bush and neither does Rafe! They say that ‘love moves in mysterious ways’, however I dont think I have ever seen it move so quickly! Can someone really fall in love with someone just like THAT? I’m only questioning it because I’m a slight cynic when it comes to that sort of thing! I’m not questioning it because I disbelieve the author…before anyone thinks that.

Anyway, there were a few characters which had me ‘pffffft-ing’ multiple times; Amelia and Jo. I knew straight away that Amelia was going to rub people up the wrong way, and rub Olivia up the right way. I mean, witches tend to migrate together, right haha? As for Jo, without giving anything away, I was quite surprised by the different side to her personality. I appreciate she had recently had a bit of trouble in her personal life, I just couldnt get to grips with the new her and it made me a little bit unsettled if I’m honest. Weird eh!

As always, Emily Harvale’s witty one liners make this story the triumphant read that it is destined to be. I loved the community spirit, the unconventional table talk, and Sasha’s brilliant personality. Mix those together with dry humour, a sprinkling of romance, and an overall tenderness that envelopes you like a big bear hug, and you end up with a story that you cant help falling in love with straight away. I guess falling in love at the click of fingers isnt just for people!

Did I say that I loved it?

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#FiveWakesandaWedding @ComedyKaren @0nemorechapter_ @RaRaResources #review

Huge apologies to OneMoreChapter, Karen Ross and of course Rachel for my delay in posting this review. It was a complete error on my part, however I have just this moment finished reading ‘Five Wakes and a Wedding’, so I hope my review makes up for the delay.

(Thank you to the publisher for the review copy)

Undertaker Nina Sherwood is full of good advice. For example, never wear lip gloss when you’re scattering ashes.

Nina is your average 30-year-old with a steady job, a nice home – and dead bodies in her basement. As an undertaker, she often prefers the company of the dead to the living – they’re obliging, good listeners and take secrets to the grave.
Nina is on a one-woman mission to persuade her peers that passing on is just another part of life. But the residents of Primrose Hill are adamant that a funeral parlour is the last thing they need… and they will stop at nothing to close down her dearly beloved shop. When Nina’s ‘big break’ funeral turns out to be a prank, it seems like it’s the final nail in the coffin for her new business. That is, until a (tall, dark and) mysterious investor shows up out of the blue, and she decides to take a leap of faith. Because, after all, it’s her funeral…

What does TWG think?

As soon as I saw the title of this book, my interest was piqued straight away. You’ve no doubt heard of the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’, so how about ‘Five Wakes and a Wedding’?

If you aren’t someone with a dark sense of humour that isnt afraid to giggle at the things that are a bit more farfetched, then I wholeheartedly suggest that you turn back now as you are more likely to be offended than anything else! For those who can laugh at things that arent deemed ‘appropriate’, or who doesn’t take themselves, or life too seriously, then you have come to the right place because this book is so wrong that its SO RIGHT!

For starters, death is what the storyline is centred around. Obviously grief is a very personal thing, as are funerals and, if you’re anything like Nina, you would agree that a person’s wishes regarding their final send off should be granted, regardless of how inappropriate their wishes may be. Personally I dont see the harm in having a not so typical funeral, why should I? As long as nobody else gets hurt in the process, i dont see the issue….to a point of course!

I thought ‘Five Wakes and a Wedding’ was such a brilliant, brilliant read. Death is usually seen as a macabre event, and no wonder, however the portrayal of it throughout the story was ingenious, humorous, heartwarming, memorable, and a true breath of fresh air.

I loved the random bunch of characters who, from afar, really shouldn’t have worked together, yet they fitted perfectly like puzzle pieces. Even the dog slotted straight into the fold as though he had been there all along! I thought Kelli Shapiro was bloody brilliant and definitely one of my favourites from the book.

Despite all of the giggles, Karen Ross leaves food for thought in her words along the lines of organ donation, life after death, same gender marriage, betrayal, infidelity, as well as many other topics. How the author managed to include a jam packed storyline without losing momentum is beyond me!

As I’ve already said, I throughly enjoyed every single that I read, and for a little while I was able to step away from ‘the norm’ and be a part of something so bonkers, so eye opening, and so cleverly done, I had to pinch myself to make sure I was still on this planet!

This genuinely light hearted giggle fest shouldn’t have worked, yet it definitely worked for me and left me with a massive beamer on my face. As far as I’m concerned, this book is a winner.

Buy now.

#TheLittleVillageLibrary @HJRolfe @OrionBooks @tr4cyf3nt0n #blogtour #womensfiction

Many thanks Tracy Fenton and Orion for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Here is my review:

It takes a village…

Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages, and now for its Library of Shared Things: a place where locals can borrow anything they might need, from badminton sets to waffle makers. A place where the community can come together.

Jennifer has devoted all her energy into launching the Library. When her sister Isla moves home, and single dad Adam agrees to run a mending workshop at the Library, new friendships start to blossom. But what is Isla hiding, and can Adam ever mind his broken past?

Then Adam’s daughter makes a startling discovery, and the people at the Library of Shared Things must pull together to help one family overcome its biggest challenge of all . . .

What does TWG think?

What I love most about Helen Rolfe is the fact that she can take any subject and turn it into a story that people sit up and listen to. I expected this book to be a light hearted read….until I remembered that, whilst Helen Rolfe does write light novels, she always incorporates deep and highly emotive topics into her storylines. Sometimes this makes the overall vibe of the book less pillow soft and more bean bag soft, however I appreciate stories like that as life isnt all candy floss and rainbows. Life is difficult and I respect the author for keeping her storyline authentic.

Community spirit plays a huge part in ‘The Little Village Library’, something which is always a joy to see in books. Adam’s situation was one that I became invested in pretty quickly, and I felt like his character kept a lot of his personality back. Maybe he was too afraid to show his true self after what he had gone through, I’m not sure. On the other hand, Isla took a little bit of time to get used to. She wasnt my most favourite character and her holier than thou attitude really grated on me after a while!

All in all, ‘The Little Village Library’ is a warm, relatable story which isnt too afraid to highlight some rather emotive topics.

Buy now.

#OnlyLivingWitness #TedBundy @MirrorBooks #TrueCrime #serialkiller #blogtour

Many thanks to Mirror Books for asking me to take part in the blog tour for ‘The Only Living Witness’ by Hugh Aynesworth and Stephen.G.Michaud, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

Two journalists with unprecedented direct access speak to Ted Bundy and those closest to him – friends and family.

What follows is a candid and chilling full account of the life and crimes of the most notorious serial killer in history.

What Bundy had to say in over 150 hours of face-to-face interviews is as relevant today as it was at the time.

What does TWG think?

Ted Bundy was a very profilic killer. He died on death row in 1989 after being convicted of multiple murders but, due to the nature of those murders and the ‘treasure hunt’ he sent the police on, the actual amount of people he killed couldnt be confirmed. So, because of this, two journalists were given access to Ted Bundy as he wished to tell his story in a book. Would they get him to confess to other murders? Would they be able to find out what made him destroy the lives of many families?

In short, the answer is no. Ted Bundy was an extremely clever man and refused to give the police extra confessions as he knew what would happen. Hugh and Stephen describe the intimate discussions they both had with Bundy, and the way in which he responded to certain questions.

The detail discussed in the book is chilling and definitely not for the faint hearted. Information about the murders is laid bare, with the victims last movements put down on paper to give people the bigger picture, instead of simply saying Bundy murdered someone in Arizona for example.

This book is a heavy one to read and, in all honesty, what I read was not what I had expected at all. I guess I was expecting Bundy to be a bit more black and white than what he was, but then I also had to remember that his mind worked very differently to the mind of someone who hasn’t murdered.

Due to the fact that I am currently studying Criminology, ‘The Only Living Witness’ was such an eye opening and compelling read. Hugh and Stephen had so much patience and what they achieved with Bundy was incredible. I cant even begin to imagine what their own mental health was like coming face to face with such a dangerous man.

If you love true crime then this will definitely feed your appetite!

Buy now.

#NewBeginningsatGlendaleHall @herabooks @RaRaResources @Vicky_Walters #blogtour #review #blogger

Many thanks to Rachel and Hera Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Victoria Walters’ brand new book, and for the ARC. It gives me great pleasure to host today’s stop on the tour with a review:

Emily Prescott’s life isn’t going to plan. Her dreams of starting a family with fireman boyfriend Greg and opening up her own bakery in London feel like they will never come true. So when a wedding
invite arrives from her oldest friend, Beth Williams, Emily is thrilled. Not only will she get to return to her childhood home in Scotland, but best of all – Beth wants her to bake the wedding cake!

However, her excitement is cut short when she discovers that Greg has cheated on her. Devastated by his betrayal, Emily flees to Glendale Hall, Beth’s grand estate in the Highlands, and tries to distracts herself with helping with the wedding plans, but that’s not easy when Greg keeps hounding her to forgive him. Then she’s introduced to Glendale’s new young and handsome vicar Brodie, and things become even more complicated.

When Emily discovers that Greg’s betrayal runs deeper than she imagined, she finds herself with a whole host of decisions to make, especially when she discovers her long awaited dream is finally being fulfilled – at exactly at the wrong time…

What does TWG think?

I’m sorry to say this straight away, but Greg is a a twonk!!!! Yes, yes, he has issues. Yes, yes, he ended up losing nearly everything because of his own bad choices. But geezus! I didnt like him at all! He got my back up from the very beginning and I’m afraid to say that that opinion lasted until the very end of the book.

Right, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way…..

OMG.WHAT.A.BOOK!!!!!!! I really think that this novel has ‘movie’ written ALL over it! You know when you’re in a rubbish mood and all you want to do is curl up with heartwarming, romantic movie that makes you laugh right from the bottom of your gut? Victoria Walters’ book was all of that and more. It had serious topics entwined with humour. 1354643 calories entwined with morning sickness. Hot vicars entwined with the entire female population of the village. It had strong friendships entwined with fractured families. Honestly, I dont think I could have wanted for more (apart from the cake, obviously).

It was such a joy to be back at Glendale Hall, and I really do hope there is more to come from the quaint little village. I would be devastated if there wasnt!

Emily is such a relatable character, and I felt myself instantly drawn to her personality – a bit like Beth’s actually. There are several characters in the book which I feel deserve their own time in the spotlight aside from the two I have just mentioned, and that’s Molly, Aunt Sally, Brodie and Caroline. Dont get me wrong, Caroline is very marmite, however she did something so moving for Emily, I couldnt help but be proud of her and the family. They have all come such a long way and its been such an interesting journey to be a part of.

‘New Beginnings at Glendale Hall’ should come with a warning; BEWARE! MAY MAKE YOU HUNGRY.

I hadn’t tried half the stuff that was mentioned in the book yet I would have easily demolished all of the cakes if they had been put in front of me! Seriously! This novel isnt just delectable because of the cosy vibe and genuine characters, no, it’s also delectable because of the amount of cakes, bread and other sweet treats that made their way onto the paper! And anyway, what happened to good old bakers these days? It really isnt the same walking into Tesco to pick up an iced finger or a fresh loaf of bread!

Victoria Walters has such a enchanting way of bringing her stories and characters to life, whilst managing to keep her readers involved for the duration. Her attention to detail is second to none, and the way in which she created a story that’s heartwarming, humorous, relatable, AND emotive, is really inspiring.

I adored everything about this book (apart from Greg), but most importantly I loved being able to feel as though I had come back home whilst i was reading the book. That feeling cannot be bought and can only be created by authors who write from their heart and soul, exactly like Victoria Walters. A movie company would be a fool not to snap this up!

Buy now.

The Likely Resolutions of #OliverClock #Review #blogger @janerileyauthor @amazonpub @ed_pr

Huge thanks to EdPr for inviting me to take part in Jane Riley’s blog tour for ‘The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock, and for the ARC – here is my review:

His life is perfectly regimented. Is there really room for something as unpredictable as love?

Oliver Clock has everything arranged just so. A steady job running the family funeral parlour. A fridge stocked with ready meals. A drawer full of colour-coded socks. A plan (of sorts) to stay trim enough for a standard-sized coffin. And in florist Marie, he’s even found the love of his life—not that she’s aware of it.

When a terrible tragedy takes Marie out of his life but leaves him with her private journal, he discovers too late that she secretly loved him back. Faced now with an empty love life, a family funeral business in trouble, a fast-approaching fortieth birthday and a notebook of resolutions he’s never achieved, Oliver resolves to open himself up to love—and all the mess that comes along with it.

But, with a habit of burying his feelings, can he learn to embrace his lovability and find the woman who will make him feel whole?

What does TWG think?

If you have a dark sense of humour and aren’t easily offended by death related jokes, then this novel will be right up your street. However, if you’re a person who believes in decorum when it comes to funerals and what not, either take this book in the way that its intended, or don’t read it. I’m not saying that the entire storyline has death related innuendos, ‘inappropriate’ suggestions for a funeral etc, because it doesn’t, its just definitely appropriate given the fact that the book is set in a funeral parlour….

Oliver Clock is a quirky character. A man who is very set in his ways, and one that has such a huggable personality. Some may say that he is too nice, yet I felt that he was quite misunderstood. Oliver Clock likes a list….or ten. He prefers having his thoughts laid out where he can see them instead of being jumbled in his head like a cake mixture. We all have our own little quirks, right?

Working in a funeral parlour and aside from the death of his father, Oliver has only ever been on the other side of death and not fully immersed. He knows the right thing to say to a loved one of the deceased. He knows how to give them a send off worth celebrating. But does he know what to do if death literally stares him straight in the face?

Despite having many responsibilities, Oliver has quite an immature edge to him and, even tho it was quite endearing at times, it was also frustrating as I just wanted to tell him to grow up.

From the outside looking in, this novel can seem a little macabre, however the humour was absolutely brilliant and kept the storyline away from the dark depths of grief, and kept it under the more charming header. I appreciated the fact that the author enables her readers to look at death and grief from an alternative point of view, and I thought the way in which many emotions were contested throughout the book, was very sensitively brought to life in a relatable way, especially as grief is something that people deal with in their own ways.

‘The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock’ is a unique tale of life, loss and the aftermath. I enjoyed this charming, endearing read and I truly believe that a lot of readers will be able to appreciate the authors humourous delivery of topic filled with such finality.

Buy now.

If only cafes like #The24HourCafe existed everywhere! @LibbyPageWrites @OrionBooks @tr4cyf3nt0n #review #blogger

Huge thanks to Orion for the beautiful ARC, and to Tracy Fenton for inviting me to take part in Libby Page’s blog tour for ‘The 24 Hour Cafe’.

Welcome to the café that never sleeps.

Day and night, Stella’s Café opens its doors to the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It’s a place where everyone is always welcome, where life can wait at the door.

Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They love working at Stella’s – the different people they meet, the small kindnesses exchanged. But is it time to step outside and make their own way in life?

Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café, where one day might just be enough to changeyour life . . .

What does TWG think?

Before I opened up the pages of ‘The 24 Hour Cafe’, I had found myself in a reading slump. In fact, I’d go as far to say that it was pretty much a life slump. For various reasons (some of which shouldn’t really go into a review), I just couldn’t find the urge to pick up a book and, when I did, I found myself staring at everything but the pages.

‘The 24 Hour Cafe’ was a book which I had heard so much about and was so eager to read, I would have been incredibly disappointed if I had been unable to review based on the issues I was, and still am, facing. So, I opened the pages…..

People say that books are magic. That they enable people to visit their subconscious’ in a subtle way. That they open doors to a world where mental health, race, lifestyle and what not, is completely irrelevant and you’re accepted for who you are. ‘The 24 Hour Cafe’ is magic because it removed me from my reading slump and gave me back the excitement I was so desperately craving. Not only that, this book allowed me to find solace in the characters journeys which meant that I was able to step away from my own life for a short space of time.

The cafe, in general, is more than an eatery that is open 24 hours. It’s more than a place of work for Pablo, Hannah, Mona, Sofia and co. It’s more than just bricks and mortar. To the characters that walked through those doors, the cafe is an escape. A respite. A place to hide away from the weather or issues which didnt involve food or drink. To them it’s a place to reminisce. To find themselves again. And, even for the members of staff, ‘The 24 Hour Cafe’ is a home away from home.

This book is literally a story full of other stories, and I absolutely loved it. Every character was given their moment to find themselves before going back and revisiting them a year later. Some of the stories were quite emotional; dealing with grief, homelessness, mental health troubles. Whereas others gave me hope as well. Each serious topic was dealt with very sensitively, highlighting the importance of admitting to yourself you need help, or lowering your guard to allow someone to point you in the right direction. I loved the way that the story showed that asking for help isnt weak, nor is striving for your own definition of perfection instead of doing what is expected.

With every new page I turned, the storyline became cosier and cosier, so much so that I was bereft when the book ended. If heartwarming is what you are after, you cannot get more touching than the words on the pages of ‘The 24 Hour Cafe’. I wish I had the types of friendships mentioned in this book, I really do. They were so beautiful to read about and reminded me that, even though the world can be such a dark and uncertain place to be, if you look hard enough you can find the things, or people, that light up your world when you truly need it.

As someone who truly needed to be lit up by this incredible, incredible novel, I want to thank Libby Page for the hope that was infused in her story. I genuinely cannot recommend this tender, magnetic, magical read enough.

Buy now.

Shhhh….#ItStartedWithASecret @jillmansell @headlinepg @annecater #blogtour

Many thanks to Anne Cater and Headline for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Jill Mansell’s new novel, ‘It Started With a Secret’, which is published 23rd January (and for the ARC of course). Here is my review:

The trouble with secrets is that you can’t guess what the consequences will be . . .

Lainey has lost everything. Luckily one little fib (OK, quite a big fib) helps nail her dream job. Soon she’s living in a stunning house by the sea, fending off obsessed fans for a retired – if far-from-retiring – actor and organising his charming but chaotic family. It’s definitely worth the challenge of keeping her secret.

At least Lainey isn’t looking for love. It’s time for a break from all that. And yet . . . Seth, the actor’s grandson, really is rather attractive. There’s growing chemistry and a definite connection between them. But how would he react if he knew she hadn’t been honest with him?

Lainey’s not the only one with a secret, though. Seth has one of his own. And everything’s about to start unravelling . .

What does TWG think?

Jill Mansell has done it AGAIN!!! Flawlessly written, intriguing beyond belief, with the most intricately crafted characters I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know.

Lainey is the type of character who does the wrong things so you dont have to. If you’ve ever wondered what happens if you tell a gigantic porky when trying to get a new job, thanks to Lainey you get to know the outcome! Obviously fibbing isnt advantageous and more trouble than it’s worth, yet it makes an excellent starting point to Jill Mansell’s new novel!

Just like other Jill Mansell novels, a gentleman makes himself known and leaves a lasting impression on Lainey. However due to her bad, bad move, he ends up slipping through her fingers a tad and she ends up kicking herself. So, moral of the story is – if you want a hot guy, dont ruin it for yourself by fibbing!!!

I adored getting myself involved in the drama of this book and the aftermath of the characters decisions! I found the entire thing so addictive and so moreish, i could have kept on reading! How dare the book have to end!!

Entertaining, relatable, cosy and romantic, Jill Mansell delivers once again as she uses her incredible talent to her advantage and ours, with this outstanding novel. Looooooved it!!

Buy now.

It only takes one day to be #TheDayThatChangedEveryrhing @katylittlelady @bookouture

Many thanks to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in Catherine Miller’s blog tour today, and for the ARC. It gives me great pleasure to host a review of ‘The Day That Changed Everything’ on my blog this evening.

When you lose the love of your life, how do you find yourself again?

For Tabitha, the day that changed everything started like any other.

She woke up, slid her feet into fluffy slippers, wrapped herself in a dressing gown and tiptoed out of her bedroom, leaving her husband Andy sleeping. Downstairs, she boiled the kettle and enjoyed a cup of tea as the sun rose.

Upstairs, Andy’s alarm sounded, and Tabitha took him a freshly brewed coffee, like every other morning. Except today, the incessant beeping rang out and her husband hadn’t stirred. She called his name, she nudged his shoulder. But Andy wouldn’t wake up.

Three years later Tabitha is trying her hardest to get by in the shadow of her grief. She may have lost the love of her life but she won’t give up on the family they dreamed of. Fostering troublesome teenage girls and a newborn baby is a chance to piece together her broken heart.

But being a mother isn’t easy, and neither is healing the heartache she carries around. After losing everything, could saving these three children help Tabitha save herself too?

What does TWG think?

Emotion and strong family bonds are at the heart of this novel. From the very beginning, heartstrings were threatened to be tugged, with the author setting the scene for poignancy and relatibility.

Tabby thought hearts were only meant to fall in love once, afterall, she had already found the man that she wanted to have at her side for the rest of her life…

Tabby has the personality that I believe a lot of readers will really like. Shes so down to earth, kind hearted and comes across so genuine – I really felt for her when life threw her curveballs and her spirit diminished. I know that’s life, yet she really didn’t deserve to be dealt the hand that she was.

Throughout the story Catherine Miller teases readers with a fractured friendship, not revealing the truth behind that until much later on in the book. Whilst I can appreciate how heartbreaking broken friendships can be, I felt that the real reason to the two friends not speaking, was a bit of an anti climax because I was expecting something incredibly devastating, when in actual fact it wasnt as bad as what the author had made it out to be.

Grief, fostering, life changes and relationships are discussed a lot of times throughout, some more than others, and I was so impressed by the delivery of those topics and the sensitivity of the author as she put those subjects in the spotlight.

‘The Day That Changed Everything’ is such a touching, enlightening, powerful novel which will make readers sit up and take notice. It may even be a novel that helps to mend fractured friendships. I really enjoyed the emotion of the book and I truly felt that the author believed the story that she was telling. Personally, when you can feel that from an authors words, you cant really ask for much more can you? Beautiful.

Buy now.

If you had to choose songs for your own #MixTape, which ones would you choose? #MixTapeBook @TransworldBooks @SandersonJane @AnneCater #blogtour

Many thanks to Anne Cater and Transworld for the blog tour invite and ARC of ‘Mixtape’ by Jane Sanderson.

You never forget the one that got away. But what if ‘what could have been’ is yet to come?

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape.

But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; after all, she’d been the one to run.

Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past.

For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her skin-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind.

And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs – some new, some old – across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…

Because what if ‘what could have been’ is yet to come?

What does TWG think?

‘Mixtape’ is a romance novel with a difference.

How many of you used to sit and record the music charts every sunday? How many of you made a collection of songs to give to someone? Quite a few I would imagine! As I’m sure you may have already realised, Jane Sanderson’s novel is about exactly that; a special collection of songs. A mixtape if you will.

The concept of this story is unique and highly sentimental, full of a power playlist that will have all music buffs dancing in their chairs. I enjoyed the musical element of the book. I enjoyed the unique and heartfelt storyline. I enjoyed the mixture of colourful personalities and how each song told a personal story for the characters involved.

With that said, I found the storyline to be quite a hard to engage type read, with a pace that stayed very slow until the end. In my opinion, i felt as though there was not an all important hook for me to keep hold of which meant my attention was constantly wavering.

Despite being full of emotive and insightful songs, there were a lot of topics put in the spotlight which could, for those who have been through similar, be quite difficult to read. I was very impressed by the way in which the author dealt with those tough subjects, highlighting them in a realistic and sensitive manner.

All in all, whilst ‘Mixtape’ wasnt completely my cup of tea, I was really moved by the poignancy of the characters journeys, and the delivery of exceptionally placed songs to cement the emotions of the entire storyline.

Pre-order now (published 23rd January)