#Review! One Endless Summer by @LaurieEllingham @HQDigitalUK @HQStories

Laurie Ellingham

Three best friends.

Three continents.

Three months to live.

How long can you keep a secret?

Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.

Lizzie’s battle with cancer is coming to an end, and now she’s ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. There are only three months, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!

Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.

Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…

As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…

What does TWG think?

I know I keep saying this, BUT, I am so glad that I tend to avoid reading the blurbs of novels before I read them. I have just read the blurb for Laurie Ellingham’s book; if I had read it before I started reading, I would have been a tad miffed as it gives a little too much away for my liking. I chose this book to read because of the three sentences on the front cover; ‘Three best friends. Three continents. Three months to live.’. Those words (and the beautiful cover itself), were enough to make me go and buy this book for myself. Why? Because Laurie Ellingham has written the type of book that needs to be left to do the talking, it needs to speak for itself. The magic needs to be read in the moment…and not before.

‘One Endless Summer’ pulled me in by my heart-strings nion straight away; there was absolutely nothing I could do to prepare myself for any eventuality within the storyline. Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha are three completely different women in terms of personalities and beliefs. One thinks with her heart, one thinks with her head and the other one leaves decisions to ‘fate’. I’m sure you can guess how problematic that would have been!

It didn’t take me long to focus on Lizzie’s story and everything else that went with it, including the camera man. Now, because my mind was focused on Lizzie’s hurdles, when another character was involved in a secretive situation, it completely caught me off guard. I had assumed that this storyline was going to centre around one circumstance in particular, so when the storyline spread its wings and took various different paths all at once, goosebumps covered my body from head to toe.

To be able to write a storyline containing several shocking situations involving most of the characters, as well as being able to maintain the high level of suspense and intensity, really does take a considerable amount of talent – Laurie Ellingham has done exactly that. Outstanding.

Throughout the entire novel it felt as though every time I turned the page, there was going to be even more shocking events, or rifts between characters, or something else utterly unexpected and bewildering. It most certainly kept my on my toes, but let’s just say that my emotions were becoming even more difficult to control.

As I said above, I assumed that this storyline was going to follow one path from start to finish, it didn’t; I am so, so glad that my assumption was incorrect as ‘One Endless Summer’ just kept on giving.

It’s incredibly difficult to write a vague review for a book that I adored, as all I want to do is go ‘OMG! Did you read the part where….’, and I can’t say anything along those lines.

All I can say really is that your own eyes need to read this mind-blowing, enchanting, heart-breaking, moving, spell-binding and emotional novel. I have never, EVER read a book like ‘One Endless Summer’; to be honest, I hope that I never read another book like it because it really is one of a kind. In my eyes, it’s going to take something completely flawless (of a similar genre) to be able to knock Laurie Ellingham’s book off my favourites list.

Words cannot describe how much I loved ‘One Endless Summer’, it really is THAT beautiful as well as thousands of other adjectives. Laurie Ellingham has blown my mind with this phenomenal storyline that’s for sure!

‘One Endless Summer’ is one of my MUST READ books of 2017 without a doubt. It’s also a book that will stay in my heart for a very, very long time.

Buy ‘One Endless Summer’ NOW!

#BlogTour! #Review of Summer at Conwenna Cove by @DarcieBoleyn @canelo_co

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Thrilled to be one of the bloggers hosting Darcie Boleyn’s brand new book, Summer at Conwenna Cove, as part of the blog tour for Canelo! I hope you enjoy reading my review:

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In a gorgeous Cornish village, two brokenhearted people fall head over heels. But can the magic of Conwenna Cove heal the hurt of the past? A feel-good summer romance perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Phillipa Ashley and Jenny Hale.

Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fear aside and learn to love again?

Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday read about being brave enough to take a chance on love.

What does TWG think?

Every time Darcie Boleyn brings out a brand new book I seem to turn into an excited puppy, unable to sit still and pining with impatience. Seriously, I’m not even kidding. Oh, and by ‘pining’ I mean DM’ing the author asking when her next book is coming out, over and over again. I’m nice like that, SOOOO not annoying.

Anyway. Cornwall. Again. Deep down I really didn’t want to groan about the setting as Darcie Boleyn is one of my favourite authors, but the groan just shot out before I could stop it. Now, I don’t have anything against Cornwall as it sounds so beautiful, it’s just there are loads of books which are set in Cornwall, most of them being published recently!

I kept an open mind and as I ploughed into the storyline and got to know the characters, my ‘issue’ with the setting went completely out the window. Eve has hit rock bottom. No longer is she the confident, carefree, optimistic individual she once was; instead she is a woman who has reached her breaking point. All I wanted to do was give Eve a big hug and obviously I couldn’t. I felt so, so sorry for her as a character as her circumstances were quite heart wrenching to read about. Seeing as Eve needed a change of scenery, my mind was so occupied with the way that she was feeling I didn’t seem to mind where she went, as long as she took the time she needed to recuperate.

It was from that moment that the storyline itself took precedence over the setting. The setting was an eye-catching addition instead of being the star of the show. For me, that is more important. I wanted to be able to connect with the storyline and its characters BEFORE I was able to gaze at the scenery; it’s no use if the setting of a book overpowers the true essence of the story and the characters. Hats off to Darcie Boleyn for writing such a powerful storyline that was able to showcase its own beauty.

Alongside Eve as a main character, is a man called Jack. A man who prefers his own company after being ‘stabbed’ in the back but people he thought he could trust. We’ve all been there, eh? I didn’t know what to make of his character at first as it took a while for his guard to come down, so his inner personality was always hidden away. It was as though he was always putting on a front. As time went on, his ‘guard’ kept doing squats by coming down, then going back up again, which meant that my opinion of Jack kept changing.

For me, the absolute stars of the show were the dogs in the rescue centre. Well, one in particular but I don’t want to say too much as I might give snippets away. I am not ashamed to say that where those dogs were concerned, ‘teary’ became my middle name. Wow.

‘Summer at Conwenna Cove’ sure does pack a punch in terms of intensity and depth. I was amazed at how full of information the book was, there was just so much to sink my teeth into!

I really have no idea how Darcie Boleyn does it, but she does. Every. Single. Time. I cannot fault this book at all, not even for the setting! I loved the diversity of the characters, the intense situations, the deep and meaningful conversations and the heart-warming moments with the dogs. Most importantly, I loved how the author brought all of the different situations and emotions together to create this mesmerising, huggable, rollercoaster ride of a novel; all without losing any momentum.

‘Summer at Conwenna Cove’ is a book to be read, cherished and understood. A book to be your hug when you’re on your own. A book to give you that confidence to be able to admit when you need to re-group. A book to give you the kick up the backside to ensure that your own well-being is put before anyone else’s. Not just A BOOK, it’s THIS BOOK.

Out-flipping-standing.

Thank you Canelo.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34925197-summer-at-conwenna-cove

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Conwenna-Cove-heart-warming-feel-good-ebook/dp/B06ZYK46GW/

Author Information

 Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Author Links

Blog: https://darcieboleyn.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/darcieboleyn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/public/Darcie-Boleyn

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darcieboleynauthor/

#BlogTour! ‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’ – Barbara Bourland (@babsbourland) @QuercusBooks

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RAGE Fashion Book is the world’s most dynamic, ambitious magazine.
Its editors ­- like Cat Ono – have the power to change minds and the market.
They’re savvy, sisterly and polished to perfection. Even the one found dead in her office.

Everyone thinks Hillary starved to death – but Cat knows her friend’s dieting wasn’t a capital P problem. If beauty kills, it’d take more than that. Hot-headed and fiercely feminist, Cat’s sure she can match the investigating skills of Detective Mark Hutton, solve the case, and achieve sartorial fulfillment.

But going undercover, Cat’s in over her head, and soon becomes snared in a very stylish web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that will change her look – and outlook – forever.

Cat’s about to find out what it really means to be a fashion victim.

What does TWG think?

I have no idea where to begin with this one! -scratches head-.
Hmm. I guess I could start by saying how intrigued I was about this book after reading the title! I mean, with a title like ‘I’ll Eat When I’m Dead’, how on Earth could you be anything BUT curious? If I’m honest, I probably wouldn’t have picked up this book based on the cover alone, if it didn’t have that particular title. Why? Because the title is edgy, intriguing and incredibly eye-catching; ideal! That said, the book cover fits with the theme of the book which is really what it’s aim is, it isn’t going to care whether I like the image or not now is it?

I have never really been a trendsetter when it comes to dressing myself in the mornings. Let’s face it, if I was a celebrity I would find myself on the ‘worst dressed’ lists in magazines as I would be rocking the combats, trainers and cropped tank top look! When I realised that this book was going to centre around the fashion industry, I was half expecting myself to put the book down due to the reason above. But I didn’t. I became even more intrigued as I wanted to see the world behind the glossy pages and the enticing one liners of a magazine. Little did I know how colourful that world was going to be..

Pretty bonkers if you ask me, and that’s not in a sneering way! It really was like reading the modernised version of The Devil Wears Prada// NCIS collaboration! Hillary Whitney is dead. Her death isn’t obvious yet rumours fly around the office in regards to her death; after all, she worked in fashion and the first thing which people associate with that is body image. Sorry, BAD body image (eating disorders etc). Even though that subject was briefly touched upon in places, I still found it difficult to read due to it being rather close to home. However, it was a brave (yet clever) move on the authors part to include that topic as well as many others (drugs/alcohol), because it’s something that is ALL over social media these days. It really is everywhere. I really was impressed at how the author  managed to bring the storyline up to date with such a complex plot.

However, I struggled to find the gritty parts of the storyline, especially the investigation surrounding Hillary Whitney’s death. Personally, I felt as though the whole fashion, magazine, and glamour parts of the storyline overpowered the rest of the book. I would have enjoyed it more if the investigation took more of a centre stage, whilst also having that raw, intense feeling to the situation.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was pleasant enough read and it certainly kept me entertained in parts. It made me chuckle as well as making me want to find a job in fashion (I was sucked into the glamour!!)!

I’ll Eat When I’m Dead is such a bizarre, bonkers and entertaining read; completely different to anything I have ever read before. It’s unique, modern and full of enough glamour and fashion tips to turn you into Gok Wan by the end of the book. On that premise alone, I enjoyed it. On the other hand, the entire storyline didn’t gel with me as much as I would have liked it to, but, I don’t regret reading it at all.

Thanks Quercus Books.

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#Review of Lost For Words by Stephanie Butland (@under_blue_sky) @bonnierzaffre

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THIS BOOKSHOP KEEPS MANY SECRETS . . .

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never show you.

Into her refuge – the York book emporium where she works – come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories.

Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past and she can’t hide any longer. She must decide who around her she can trust. Can she find the courage to right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she ever find the words to tell her own story?

It’s time to turn the pages of her past . . .

What does TWG think?

Oh, wow. Just…wow. The title of this book couldn’t have been more apt if it tried. Why? Because, after whizzing through this novel as though my life depended on it, I was actually Lost for Words.

Set in a good, old-fashioned style bookshop (where else could be better for a storyline setting!!) we follow the life of Loveday Cardew; the bookworm of all bookworms if you will. Or, to go one better, she’s the prologue as opposed to the epilogue. Loveday sees the bookshop as the only place that she can truly be herself and not be expected to be something that she isn’t. It’s as though the bookshop is her safe haven…for now anyway..

As a massive bookworm myself, getting stuck into ‘Lost for Words’ really was a dream come true. Errrr, hello, a book about books!! Do I REALLY need to go into any more detail? No, didn’t think so!

As the storyline started to unfold, we weren’t just reading a story about books, deliveries and old memories. Due to Stephanie Butland’s majestic and beautiful use of descriptions, it was as though I could reach my hand out and touch a book, or smell the scent of historical hardbacks and various homes. Butland’s spellbinding writing made every single word jump off the page and imprint itself in my mind, as though I was physically seeing the books for myself. Extremely vivid imagery, it was as though the book came to life before my very eyes.

Again, ‘Lost For Words’ has one of those types of storylines where you want to sit with a coffee and talk AT someone about what you’ve read, wanting to tell them all the special things about the novel, and seeing as I want to do that right now, this review is proving to be quite tricky to write!

Now, even though I adore everything about books, I was rather pleased to learn that this particular storyline had even more beautiful things to discover, aside from books. The characters in ‘Lost for Words’ are definitely a mixed bunch, there were maybe one or two that I disliked. Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not saying. Cough. However, there were so many loveable and huggable characters waiting to be discovered on every page. Well, to me it felt like that. I can tell you that my favourite character was indeed, Loveday. There were many moments throughout the novel where I just wanted to scoop her up into a big hug, and try to protect her from anymore harm. Loveday is such a beautiful spirited, angelic minded character with fiery twist to her. In my opinion, Butland has created such an unforgettable character with such a heartwarming soul, to get all of those positive traits in one person was such a joy to discover.

‘Lost for Words’ isn’t just beautiful covers, iconic authors and magical, literary moments; no. One moment it seemed as though the storyline was plodding along in its own little world, then the next moment a characters life came crashing down on them with no warning. Truthfully? I don’t remember breathing during those parts, I don’t remember any other expression on my face except shock (my mouth was open), all I remember was that my heart was pounding and I was afraid. It was as though the storyline was brought to a standstill except for this one, extremely vivid moment…

I cried, multiple emotions came tumbling out of my eyes and I thought to myself, ‘this author is phenomenal’.

To create ONE storyline full of endless emotions, good memories and bad memories, multiple layered characters, AND an exceptional plot and setting, is just…mind-blowing. I have never read anything like ‘Lost for Words’ before, ever. It truly is in a league of its own and to be honest, not many other books come close to this one.

‘Lost for Words’ is a powerful, thought-provoking tale about one person’s journey to self discovery and learning how to be loved. Stephanie Butland’s outstanding writing style is what makes this storyline stand out from the rest, alongside her beautiful creation that is; Loveday.

Poignant, heart warming, and totally unforgettable; ‘Lost for Words’ is the soul-searching, exceptional novel that I have been waiting for.

With all my heart; wow.

Huge thanks to Bonnier Zaffre.

‘Lost for Words’ is available to buy now from: Amazon UK // Amazon US

#BlogTour! #Review of #TheNightVisitor by Lucy Atkins (@lucyatkins) @QuercusBooks #TheNightVisitor

It’s my turn to host a stop on Lucy Atkins’ blog tour for her new book, The Night Visitor, which was published by Quercus Books on the 4th May! Huge thanks to Quercus for inviting me on the tour, I hope you enjoy my review!

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Professor Olivia Sweetman has worked hard to achieve the life she loves, with a high-flying career as a TV presenter and historian, three children and a talented husband. But as she stands before a crowd at the launch of her new bestseller she can barely pretend to smile. Her life has spiralled into deceit and if the truth comes out, she will lose everything.

Only one person knows what Olivia has done. Vivian Tester is the socially awkward sixty-year-old housekeeper of a Sussex manor who found the Victorian diary on which Olivia’s book is based. She has now become Olivia’s unofficial research assistant. And Vivian has secrets of her own.

As events move between London, Sussex and the idyllic South of France, the relationship between these two women grows more entangled and complex. Then a bizarre act of violence changes everything.

The Night Visitor is a compelling exploration of ambition, morality and deception that asks the question: how far would you go to save your reputation?

What does TWG think?

Well, well, well, I haven’t got a clue how I am going to review this one!! For someone who reviews a lot of books, the words for this refuse to put themselves onto my screen just now; soooo not helpful!

As over used as the following phrase is, it really cannot be more apt if it tried; ‘The Night Visitor’ needs to be read with your own eyes to be able to get the most out of the storyline. Just like other books, readers will interpret the storylines in a completely different way to, say, their neighbour for example. No two people EVER read the same book and I believe that Lucy Atkins’ novel sits comfortably under that heading.

‘The Night Visitor’ really got under my skin in more ways than one. Not only was the cover eye-catchingly intriguing, the storyline was so a complete head-funk! Even though I struggled following bits and pieces of the plot and found myself a little confused once or twice, putting the book down wasn’t even an option! I must have been put under a spell as soon as my eyes had clocked the first word on the first page, or something!

You know when you have things to do and you start to feel anxious or edgy about getting everything done and dusted, so your body and mind goes into over drive and speeds up? Well, that’s probably the only way which I can describe how I felt whilst reading this novel. My mind was no longer mine to control, the storyline had taken me prisoner and I just HAD to keep reading. I couldn’t do anything, not even go for a pee! The book wouldn’t let me!

I really do wish that I could explain it properly, but I can’t. There was just something so enchanting yet secretive, about the whole novel. Even the characters came across as though they were holding their cards close to their chests, yet in a good way! Does that make sense? So, so many layers to ‘The Night Visitor’, it really is one of a kind.

I am in awe at what the author has managed to achieve with ‘The Night Visitor’; her writing style is just incredible and very well thought out. I have a feeling that the book could end up being a ‘marmite book’ and will no doubt leave readers questioning multiple things; including how certain loose ends were managed within the storyline. Yes, okay, I struggled with the book in terms of using more of brain than normal, however, I cannot fault Lucy Atkins on the overall concept of the storyline as well as the execution of it. It’s not her fault that my mind can be a little bit slow!

‘The Night Visitor’ is such a beautifully written, thought-provoking, powerful and intense read that will have you questioning every relationship that you have ever made, as well as every professional decision. Believe me when I say that after reading this book, you will NOT look at things the same way as you did before you started reading. Atkins’ novel is in a league of its own. There really is no doubt about that.

Thank you Quercus.

Buy now from Amazon UK

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#BlogTour! #Review – Little Gold by Allie Rogers (@alliewhowrites) @legend_press #LittleGold

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Day three of the blog tour today, and the tour bus has stopped at TWG HQ! I have had the privilege of reviewing ‘Little Gold’ by Allie Rogers, and I am honoured to be sharing that review with you today. Enjoy!

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The heat is oppressive and storms are brewing in Brighton in the summer of 1982. Little Gold, a boyish girl on the brink of adolescence, is struggling with the reality of her broken family and a home descending into chaos. Her only refuge is the tree at the end of her garden.

Into her fractured life steps elderly neighbour, Peggy Baxter. The connection between the two is instant, but just when it seems that Little Gold has found solace, outsiders appear who seek to take advantage of her frail family in the worst way possible. In an era when so much is hard to speak aloud, can Little Gold share enough of her life to avert disaster? And can Peggy Baxter, a woman running out of time and with her own secrets to bear, recognise the danger before it’s too late?

What does TWG think?

For a 288 page novel, ‘Little Gold’ certainly packs a punch. Set in Brighton, 1982, the storyline centres around Little Gold and her family. Well, her broken family to be exact. Life for Little Gold isn’t as straightforward as a childhood should be and her only safety net is a tree at the bottom of the garden. Whenever LG climbs up that tree she feels as free as a bird but as soon as her feet touch the ground again, reality switches off the light and takes her back to the dark place once again.

I’m not going to lie, I really did struggle with this storyline whilst I was reading it. I could understand most of the concept, yet I struggled to connect it all together to form a complete storyline. I’m not sure whether that was because the plot contained really intense messages and dark circumstances, or whether it was because I couldn’t connect to pieces of the book emotionally.

It wasn’t until a day or so after I had completed the book, that I had a lightbulb moment where the storyline was concerned. All of the various circumstances within the book, as well as all of the different emotions, FINALLY pieced themselves together in my mind. I finally had worked out what the complete message of the novel was! Obviously I’m not going to give anything away, but, make sure that you keep an open mind whilst reading ‘Little Gold’, don’t expect things to make sense automatically as you need to read between the lines without overthinking.

Now I finally understand the beauty of ‘Little Gold’, I can appreciate what the author was trying to do with Little Gold and Peggy Baxter. Two complete different characters to look at, yet two very similar characters personality wise. I’ll admit, several things which LG and her family went through really caught me, as Rogers had described each situation with such intensity and realism, creating powerful and vivid imagery in my mind. It was moments like that which took my breath away.

I am so glad that the beauty of Little Gold revealed itself to me in it’s own way. I would have been so disappointed in myself if I hadn’t been able to work out what message the author was trying to convey within her words. Such beautiful, beautiful words which were full of promise, hope and strength; just like Little Gold.

Heart-warming, powerful and thought provoking; ‘Little Gold’ will have you wearing your heart on your sleeve; you just need to surrender to the intensity of Allie Rogers words. Trust me, they’re gold; Little Gold.

Thank you Legend Press.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BlogTour! #Review – Trust Me by Gemma Metcalfe (@gemmakmetcalfe) @NeverlandBT @HQDigitalUK

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One phone call. Two lives. Their darkest secrets.

Lana needs to sell a holiday, fast. Stuck in Tenerife, in a dead end job, she never expected a response quite like Liam’s. Thousands of miles away a phone rings. Liam never intended to pick up, he’s too busy choosing the quickest way to die. But at least someone should know the truth before he goes, even if that someone is a stranger.
As time runs out both are drawn to the other, expressing thoughts they never thought they would share.

What does TWG think?

I am STILL trying to get my head around this storyline itself, and the fact that it is also the authors debut novel! For a debut, I was rather surprised to see that ‘Trust Me’ had the type of storyline that will leave its mark, as well as making itself known in your mind for a very long time. It certainly was a memorable read!

Lana is in a job with no future (in her eyes), yet she still has to do her job and sell holidays. In the process of doing so, Lana reaches out to a stranger (Liam) whose mind is on everything BUT a holiday. Basically, Liam wants to kill himself and Lana is the only person that can either talk him out of it, or be the one to listen to his final thoughts…

Can you see why I am STILL trying to get my head around this novel? Not in a bad way btw! The storyline is quite complex and severely intense that my mind had to work a little bit harder to keep up with everything that was going on. ‘Trust Me’ brings to light a topic that is unfortunately more ‘popular’ than a lot of us realise; suicide. Hats off to the author for writing about such a tangled, emotional and misunderstood topic, whilst keeping the subject as realistic as possible. In my opinion, it takes a lot of guts and determination to pinpoint a bold subject and run with it, especially in your very first book. I must admit that I was impressed by the way Metcalfe approached the overall concept.

There were, unfortunately, some parts of the novel that I found tricky to gel with and dissect, but because of the strong premise overall, it didn’t bother me too much.

‘Trust Me’ is definitely the novel that will require your full attention, and nothing BUT your full attention. It will know that you’re not focused, trust me! The twisty, rollercoaster ride of a storyline will take you on a journey that you have never embarked on before. A journey which will leave you speechless, catching flies and unable to remove yourself from its tangled web of intensity. Trust me, you’re going to remember this one..

Thanks to HQDigital/NeverlandBT & Gemma.

Buy now from Amazon UK

About Gemma Metcalfe

Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny

Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel  Trust Me,  is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite
sure who would answer the phone…
Twitter: @gemmakmetcalfe

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#Review of Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon (@bryony_gordon) @headlinepg #MentalHealth

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THE NUMBER 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB 2017 PICK

A new Sunday Times bestseller from Bryony Gordon, Telegraph columnist and author of the bestselling The Wrong Knickers. For readers who enjoyed Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive and Ruby Wax’s Sane New World, Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.

‘I loved it. A brilliant fast and funny and frank look at something that absolutely needs to be talked about in this way’ Matt Haig

Bryony Gordon has OCD.

It’s the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn’t repeat a phrase 5 times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It’s caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.

A hugely successful columnist for the Telegraph, a bestselling author, and a happily married mother of an adorable daughter, Bryony has managed to laugh and live well while simultaneously grappling with her illness. Now it’s time for her to speak out. Writing with her characteristic warmth and dark humour, Bryony explores her relationship with her OCD and depression as only she can.

Mad Girl is a shocking, funny, unpredictable, heart-wrenching, raw and jaw-droppingly truthful celebration of life with mental illness.

What does TWG think?

As I’m sure you’re all aware of by now, if I review a book that is based on real life or personal experiences, my review style changes dramatically. After all, I can’t exactly start saying that the book has an ‘uneventful storyline’ if it’s about the author’s life, it’s not like they’re going to tweet me back and say ‘OH SOZ that my life wasn’t exciting enough for YOU’. I mean, REALLY?!

I bought ‘Mad Girl’ from my local Tesco as I had just popped in for a few necessities (some might say milk, some might say books), and I was at the point in my life where I was an absolute mess with constant bad news related to my health. I needed some help and clarification without being judged, that’s where ‘Mad Girl’ came in.

Bryony Gordon has really had her fair share of shitake; OCD, drugs, depression…you name it, she has probably been through it. ‘Mad Girl’ seemed to be Bryony’s chosen platform to open up about issues that are often seen as ‘taboo’, misunderstood and are frequently hidden away (not through choice). In her novel, Bryony explains just how she felt when she was faced with a trigger or a judgemental person, absolutely perfectly and I am in awe of how black and white that she vocalises those emotions.

‘Mad Girl’ struck a chord with me as I have had to battle similar things as Bryony, just like a lot of people no doubt. But, on a personal level, the novel made me return to a time in my past and face it. Let’s just say that I now consider Bryony Gordon to be my new therapist! Bloody cheap therapy though!

Bryony’s writing is incredibly honest, real and exactly what everyone needs to hear. She says it how it is. She doesn’t feel the need to apologise for her thoughts and feelings or troublesome moments, even though a lot of us feel like we have to apologise to others for being unwell. What I loved the most about this novel was how the author challenged that notion and made me feel as though she was rooting for every single person with a mental illness, whether she knew them or not. It was like she turned into a little angel to sit on our shoulders, spraffing profanities to the judgemental bar-stewards that crossed our paths, or the nasty individuals who tried to make it their mission to make us feel smaller than what we already are.

I am in awe at Bryony Gordon’s story, and the amount of hurdles that she has had to jump over so far in her life time. Not only that, she has brought those extremely difficult moments to light, for thousands of people to read and relate to. The amount of strength that that must have taken to do…

Just like many (if not all) of us, there are sure to have been moments when we have felt worthless, unloved and misunderstood; I know that I have, and thanks to depression, anxiety and five other chronic illnesses, it is a regular occurrence.

Bryony Gordon and ‘Mad Girl’ made me feel as though I had someone rooting for me and wanting me to succeed. That probably sounds stupid seeing as she has never spoken to me personally, yet her written words spoke to me in a way that I will never forget.

The world needs a lot more people like Bryony Gordon, and your bookshelf needs a copy of ‘Mad Girl’ on it. Such an honest, eye-opening and inspirational story of one woman’s journey of self discovery and celebration. Full of hilarious moments and on point truths, ‘Mad Girl’ sticks two fingers up to the word ‘taboo’, whilst also being your best friend in a book.

Bryony Gordon, you are an inspirational, hilarious bad ass. If Marvel don’t make you into a super hero then there is something SERIOUSLY wrong!!

Buy ‘Mad Girl’ now from Amazon UK
Buy ‘Mad Girl’ from Amazon US

#Review! The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even by @AnnaBell_writes @zaffrebooks

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When Lexi’s sport-mad boyfriend Will skips her friend’s wedding to watch football – after pretending to have food poisoning – it might just be the final whistle for their relationship.

But fed up of just getting mad, Lexi decides to even the score. And, when a couple of lost tickets and an ‘accidentally’ broken television lead to them spending extra time together, she’s delighted to realise that revenge might be the best thing that’s happened to their relationship.

And if her clever acts of sabotage prove to be a popular subject for her blog, what harm can that do? It’s not as if he’ll ever find out . . .

What does TWG think?

First thing’s first, I have been a mahoosive fan of Anna Bell’s novels since her ‘Don’t Tell the…’ books. Now, seeing as I am one of THOSE types of females that likes to keep the scorecard level(ish) in a relationship, I knew straight away that her brand new novel, The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even, had to land on my lap one way or another.

Between you and me, lets just say that I am not as bad (or as good, depends how you see it) as Lexi! Damn gurllllll!!!! There is getting even, and then there is getting even Lexi style. Just like a large percentage of the male population, Lexi’s boyfriend, Will, is sports obsessed. If a football match is on T.V he will move heaven and Earth to watch it, same goes for getting tickets to a stadium match. No, really, everything in Will’s life comes AFTER sport. Well, that’s what Lexi seems to think anyway, especially as her boyfriend lied to avoid going with her to her friends wedding…for sport.

It really is a female thing to put two and two together and end up with five, I’m sure we have all done it. If you haven’t, don’t worry as Lexi makes up for it! Lexi does not take the lie laying down and she makes him pay by hitting him where it hurts (noo, not THERE! oh just read the book).

I’m not going to lie, most of the lengths that Lexi went to had me in hysterics as they were extremely over the top! She seemed to have the nerve to do the sorts of things a lot of us are too wussy to do, and she totally ran with those ideas. Oh, by ran I don’t mean ‘jogging to the shop for a packet of biscuits’ type run, I mean a marathon type run. Lexi wasn’t going to be stopping her revenge anytime soon, let me tell you!

Whilst I did find most of her antics hilarious, I did end up feeling a little sorry for Will as I felt as though she was taking it a little too far. For me personally, the revenge parts went on a little bit too long. However, when Lexi had had her Snickers bar as she’s not herself when she’s hungry, the storyline took a belter of a turn and made me slap my hand to my mouth in shock.

Oh yes, I really wasn’t expecting the direction it took, but I most certainly welcomed the change with open arms. It was such a clever idea on the authors part and it really kept me on my toes. Look, I’m not the most romantic person, but Anna Bell’s novel chiselled some of the ice away from my heart with its romance and heart warming concept. If an author can do that to a renown Ice Queen then I am sold.

‘The Good Girlfriend’s Guide to Getting Even’ is such a fun, bonkers, romantic, and hilarious read which will keep you entertained from start to finish. Full of shocking antics, cringy circumstances and a truck load of ‘what not to do’s’, TGGGtGE is the perfect book to forget all your troubles and get happy with!

Thanks Emily Burns & Bonnier Zaffre.

Buy now from Amazon UK

#BookReview! The First Time Mums’ Club by Lucie Wheeler (@lucie_wheeler) @HarperImpulse

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A gorgeous, heartwarming debut for fans of Giovanna Fletcher, Paige Toon and The Unmumsy Mum!

Meet Pippa…

After years of trying and a failed IVF attempt, Pippa is thrilled to see two little lines appear on a pregnancy test. Finally a precious baby to call her own. This is all Pippa has ever wanted…if only husband Jason could show just a little excitement.

Imogen…

A baby is the icing on the cake for Imogen and Alice – proof that their love for each other can overcome any obstacle. But when Imogen starts receiving malicious texts, it’s clear that not everyone is thrilled about the girls’ good news.

And Ellie…

A drunken one-night stand and Ellie’s life is ruined! Pregnant, jobless and the relationship with her best friend, Chris, over- forever. Because Chris just happens to be the father of Ellie’s baby…and potentially the love of her life!

For these first time mums the road to motherhood is bumpier than most!

What does TWG think?

If I wasn’t broody before I read this novel, I sure as hell am now!!! Waiting for Lucie Wheeler’s book to land amongst the blogger community was quite similar to the last month of pregnancy; long and couldn’t come quick enough! The thing is though folks, I am rather disappointed. You know when you wait an absolute age for something whilst getting more and more excited as each day passes, the day finally arrives and you end up feeling ‘OH’, ever get that? I am at that point, so I am rather disappointed.

I mean, WHY THE MATERNITY DID THE BOOK HAVE TO END?!?!?! Nobody told me that it would end…I wasn’t prepared for the story to finish and be left sitting there. -cries eyes out- I WANTED TO STAY WITH IMOGENNNNNNNN, WAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Ohhhhhhh, sorry, did you think I was going to say that I was disappointed with the book? Er hell no! Being a mummy myself I was able to relate to a lot of the storyline, especially Ellie’s situation (to a point). Pippa, Imogen and Ellie all have babies on the brain, after all, all three ladies are expecting! At first the ladies are complete strangers yet they are all drawn to a certain café. Well, seeing as it’s Ellie’s sister who owns the café it would be a bit tricky for her not to be drawn to it…

Each lady has their own individual story; Pippa is married to husband Jason and after a failed attempt at IVF, they’re FINALLY going to be parents, Imogen is married to wife Alice and despite all of the hurdles their relationship has had to jump over, they are about to complete their family with a baby of their very own. Oh, and finally, there is Ellie who is probably the least maternal woman of the group, yet ta-daaaa she is about to become a mummy after a drunken sha….shenanigan left her eating for two. And you know what? They’re all unbelievably fabulous!

If you’re a pregnant, first time mum and are currently experiencing feelings such as the ones mentioned in this storyline, or if you have already had your baby(ies), you’ll know that finding out you’re pregnant has got to be one of the most phenomenal yet terrifying experiences. Yes, even if the pregnancy is planned! Lucie Wheeler has captured those fears, apprehension and sheer enjoyment, in every part of her storyline absolutely magnificently. A lot of people may think that pregnancy and impending parenthood will be a vision of white roses and bouncing rabbits (well, that was how you got there), when in reality it’s not always like that. Lucie Wheeler has taken the topic of pregnancy, laid it bare and written about it in such a black and white manner; aka realistically. Take Ellie for example; as soon as she found out she was pregnant she felt as though her whole world had nose-dived, yet that is quite a common reaction to pregnancy, especially if unplanned!

Falling pregnant isn’t a case of wham, bam, thank you mam and a baby is made. No. Some women may need additional help or may be classed as high risk, so their feelings are going to be completely different to women who do fall pregnant on the first sniff of the Sea Man. What really impressed me with the entire storyline was how nearly every avenue was explored; fertility issues, same-sex marriage, single parent, rocky marriage and so on. Hand on heart, how many storylines do you know of that cover all of the above in one sitting?

Even though I adored every character (bar one), I resonated more with Imogen’s personality and beliefs. She became my ‘go to’ character very quickly and it was her labour that caught me more than the others. Daft eh? On a very personal level what with being considered ‘higher risk’, just like Imogen I’ve always know that I wanted to be a mummy; her fears and levels of uncertainty was as though I was watching a video of myself pregnant. Maybe that’s why I found her to be my ‘go to’ character, I don’t know.

For me, ‘The First Time Mums’ Club’ was such a flawless representation of motherhood, even where the labour was concerned! I could go on and on about Lucie Wheeler’s book all night, it really is THAT good. But I won’t though!

It is incredibly rare to read a storyline which not only captures your heart, your soul and your ovaries, it also leaves you feeling a level of fulfilment that you have never, ever felt before; just like The First Time Mums’ Club. I cannot put into words how much I adored every word and every feeling that this storyline contained; every single thing was…perfection.
Personally, ‘The First Time Mums’ Club’ had the right amount of giggles, the right amount of solidarity and girl power, the right ratio of serious to light-hearted moments, and even the right way of showing all first time mums (and mums in general) that it’s more than okay to not have everything together ALL of the time.

Lucie Wheeler’s debut novel, ‘The First Time Mums’ Club’ is such an outstanding and beautifully written tale about motherhood and friendship; I cannot tell you how much I LOVED reading this belter of a book. I was absolutely devastated to reach the end of such an empowering and fantastic book, so much so I am debating whether to read it for a second time already!

Phenomenal debut novel from the inspirational, Lucie Wheeler. It’s safe to say that ‘The First Time Mums’ Club’ is ranking in TWG’s Top 5 books of 2017 so far; roll on book two!!

Thank you HarperImpulse!

‘The First Time Mums’ Club’ will be published by HarperImpulse on the 5th May 2017 – you can pre-order the novel now from Amazon UK.