#BlogBlitz! #Review – A Holiday to Remember by Susanne O’Leary (@susl) @Bookouture

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The next destination on the ‘A Holiday to Remember’ blog tour is TWG! Please have your passports and documentation ready for boarding! Big thank you to Bookouture for the invite to this world class destination, and for the upgrade to first class via the ARC. Here is my review, compliments of Captain TWG:

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A side-splittingly funny summer read about two best friends who decide to take a chance and travel the world, finding themselves – and finding love – along the way!

Until a few weeks ago, Leanne was a thirty-something who lived with her mother. And yes, she still slept under her Barbie bedspread.

Until recently, Maddy was married to a man whose golf club got more action than she did.

But not anymore.

Leanne and Maddy (and their miniature poodle Bridget) have packed their suitcases and bid goodbye to their dreary lives for the summer. After winding along Italy’s sun-dappled Adriatic Coast in a shiny red convertible, sailing around Croatia’s gorgeous Dalmatian Islands awaits them.

Days splashing around in sparkling turquoise waters and wine-fuelled nights under the stars are every girl’s dream. But with a devilishly handsome Italian on board, old flames to get over and holiday flings to contend with, there’s plenty of drama ahoy. One thing’s for certain, Leanne and Maddy’s trip promises to be a holiday to remember…

What does TWG think?

‘A Holiday to Remember’ is the long awaited sequel to Susanne O’Leary’s previous novel, ‘The Road Trip’, so I really do recommend reading the first book before you delve into this one. There is a lot of backstory to both Maddy and Leanne, and I feel that if you don’t have all of that then the rest of the story might not be appreciated in the way the author intended. Of course, that is just my opinion so if you’re not the type of person to do things in order, crack on with this book first! Both books are hilarious reads so you won’t be disappointed at all. Well, I don’t think so.

Maddy and Leanne are on the next part of their adventure as they take to the seas to appreciate the coast of Italy and Croatia in all of its glory. However, their holiday isn’t all sun, sea and……sexual endeavours, regardless of how much Leanne would want that to happen, especially when the communication between two of Leanne’s new found friends hits a wall and leaves Leanne wondering why on Earth she bothers with the opposite sex.

‘A Holiday to Remember’ is yet another fun-filled novel from Susanne O’Leary. I loved how we were able to pick back up with the characters as though we had only said good night, instead of seeming like the individual novel that it actually is. Very seamless – brilliant.

Maddy and Leanne’s endeavours had me laughing out loud and rolling my eyes more times than I care to admit, however, whilst the humour is brilliant, I felt that the previous novel was a little bit more funnier than ‘A Holiday to Remember’ and that is probably because there are a lot deeper situations going on this time round. I’m not saying that that is a bad thing by the way as I thought the intense elements were a brilliant addition to the author’s fantastic humour. There was a good balance, making me still feel as though I was reading a light-hearted book even when there were times I was reading anything but.

I would love to see Maddy and Leanne back again, as well as Bridget! Such a fun trio to read about, I don’t think I would ever get bored with their escapades!

Buy now!

About the author.

Susanne O’Leary is the bestselling author of fifteen novels, mainly in the romantic fiction genre. She has also written three crime novels and two in the historical fiction genre. She has been the wife of a diplomat (still is), a fitness teacher and a translator. She now writes full-time from either of two locations, a ramshackle house in County Tipperary, Ireland or a little cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Dingle, County Kerry. When she is not scaling the mountains of said counties (including MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, featured in Full Irish), or keeping fit in the local gym, she keeps writing, producing a book every six months.

Visit Susanne at her website or her blog. Find her on Facebook and on Twitter.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Strangers On A Bridge by Louise Mangos (@LouiseMangos) @HQDigitalUK

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Second blog tour for HQ today, this time I have the pleasure of closing the blog tour for Louise Mangos and ‘Strangers On A Bridge’. Big thanks to the team at HQ for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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She should never have saved him.

When Alice Reed goes on her regular morning jog in the peaceful Swiss Alps, she doesn’t expect to save a man from suicide. But she does. And it is her first mistake.

Adamant they have an instant connection, Manfred’s charming exterior grows darker and his obsession with Alice grows stronger.

In a country far from home, where the police don’t believe her, the locals don’t trust her and even her husband questions the truth about Manfred, Alice has nowhere to turn.

To what lengths will Alice go to protect herself and her family?

What does TWG think?

I really didn’t know what to think of the storyline at first. My opinion about Alice’s actions was surrounded by a big question mark as, whilst I thought it was admirable, I couldn’t help but wonder why she did it. Maybe it was her job which gave her the nudge to take that step towards a stranger? Maybe it was her own conscience which enable her to put one foot in front of the other towards a stranger? I don’t know. Personally, the concept of suicide is extremely cut throat due to my own dad committing suicide two years ago, and the fact that someone got saved from that was pretty surreal.  But honestly, how many of us would do that for a stranger? Our first instincts may be to say a big, fat yes, but would that outcome change if we were faced with that choice one day whilst we were minding our own business?

I expected the stranger’s reaction to be what it was, and I also had an inkling that they thought they were going to find their new BFF in Alice. However, what I didn’t foresee was the extent of the stranger’s actions – they seemed to go from nought to one hundred in the blink of an eye! I was very impressed by the intricate details that were woven flawlessly into the storyline, there were times where I even found myself thinking ‘errrrrrr come again?’. Unfortunately the stranger did in fact, come again, but the longer he had Alice in sight, the more determined the stranger seemed to become.

I probably shouldn’t say this, but the stranger’s personality intrigued me greatly as I just wanted to delve into his psyche to find out the root of his actions, that’s even if he knew them himself.

The more the story progressed, the more I became accustom to the rollercoaster ride that was Alice’s life. She became so…what’s the word…obsessed with the stranger, her logical thinking was well and truly clouded. Did she bring on the family rift herself? Or did she end up unknowingly becoming the person she tries to stop her clients from becoming?

I loved the psychological aspect to ‘Strangers On The Bridge’ as it is a subject that greatly interests me, so I was very engrossed in how the author managed to make that theme the forefront of her storyline as though she woke up one day and decided to have a blueberry muffin instead of a chocolate one. It was made out not to be a big deal, even though it most definitely WAS a big deal and for that, Louise Mangos’ goes up in my estimations dramatically.

Overall I thought that ‘Strangers On A Bridge’ was a gritty, engaging, and psychologically addictive debut novel, which was written in a way that made me sit up and take notice. Very, very promising – I am rather intrigued to see what Louise Mangos’ brings out next!

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogTour! #Review – In Bloom by C.J.Skuse (@CJSkuse) @HQStories

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It may be raining in places but, thanks to C.J.Skuse, something is definitely ‘In Bloom’! Maybe a few sweet pea’s or something, I don’t know! Anyway, I am delighted to be reviewing ‘In Bloom’ as part of the blog tour organised by HQStories. Big thanks to the team for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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If only they knew the real truth. It should be my face on those front pages. My headlines. I did those things, not him. I just want to stand on that doorstep and scream it: IT WAS ME. ME. ME. ME. ME!

Rhiannon Lewis has successfully fooled the world and framed her cheating fiancé Craig for the depraved and bloody killing spree she committed. She should be ecstatic that she’s free.

Except for one small problem. She’s pregnant with her ex lover’s child. The ex-lover she only recently chopped up and buried in her in-laws garden. And as much as Rhiannon wants to continue making her way through her kill lists, a small voice inside is trying to make her stop.

But can a killer’s urges ever really be curbed?

What does TWG think?

Don’t shout at me, but I read ‘In Bloom’ without reading the prequel to this, ‘Sweetpea’. I know, I know – I’m bad!  Thankfully I was able to read ‘In Bloom’ perfectly fine without reading the previous novel, however, I would recommend reading ‘Sweetpea’ as there were references to the flower in this book and I had no idea how or why Rhiannon was associated to them.

Having heard so much about ‘Sweetpea’, I was so excited to delve into C.J.Skuse’s latest novel. I didn’t really have any expectations in mind before I started reading, but even if I did, they would have been completely blown out of the water anyway!

I couldn’t help laughing out loud throughout the entire novel, and I couldn’t help feeling quite bad about my laughter considering the nature of the storyline! Please note – I wasn’t laughing at the theme’s, I was laughing at how Rhiannon was portrayed, her actions, as well as the stuff that flew out of her mouth. I would say that I have found a new favourite line, but I think that may be a spoiler. It does contain several ‘fs’, so I will leave it up to you to find that line in the book yourself. Put it this way, I was glad I put my cup of tea down before I turned the page otherwise I would have spat it out laughing!

‘In Bloom’ is blooming hilarious and it really shouldn’t be, but it is, and it works! Don’t get me wrong, the antics of several of the characters was very cut throat, gruesome, and rather, ermm……twisted, but the way in which C.J.Skuse delivered those actions in such a hilariously dark, gritty and fiery manner, made me feel less guilty for laughing at axe’s and things….

Like I said above, I had no expectations regarding ‘In Bloom’ at all. I had a feeling that I would need to read the book with an open mind after what I had seen on social media, so I did and, because of that, I was able to appreciate the storyline in its entirety without any preconceptions of the contents.

There were moments whilst reading this novel where I felt like I shouldn’t be liking it as it is everything that I’m not, however, that is also the reason why I really did enjoy ‘In Bloom’ as it IS unique. It IS memorable. It IS one of those books that you will either love or hate, bit like marmite and seeing as I love marmite, I am so thrilled that I ended up loving this book.

‘In Bloom’ is a novel that, if you had given it to me several years back, I would have said that it was completely out of my comfort zone. But now? I can honestly say that this is an outrageously hilarious, twisted, dark, shocking novel which left my sides aching with laughter and my mind going ‘what the begonia did I just read?!’.

I have everything crossed that Rhiannon comes back again as I have a feeling that her story is far from over!! What a book!

Buy now from Amazon

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Affair by Sheryl Browne (@SherylBrowne) @Bookouture


Day two of Sheryl Browne’s blog blitz is here!! I am trying my hardest not to pee in excitement as I get to share my review of ‘The Affair’. What an absolute BELTER of a book this is. Honestly, you won’t be disappointed! If you don’t believe me with that alone, you can read my review below. Big thanks to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC.


The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong.

What does TWG think?

Seriously folks, what the FUDGE! Oh….my…actual…flipping…goodness! I just….HAH. Apologies, I will try to fill this review with proper sentences, honestly. I’m just struggling to get my head around what I have recently read. ‘The Affair’ isn’t a novel that will give you a bit of a headfunk then leave you to finish your cornflakes in peace. No. Completely the opposite in fact! Not only did my head seem content with going at the speed of light, every time I turned the page of the book, the storyline decided to take over my thoughts and if I didn’t sleep properly before now, I certainly didn’t last night!

Straight away the author drops a metaphoric bomb on the book. No joke. There’s no easing in the storyline, no holding your hand and preparing you for situations later on down the line. None of that. If you’re wanting a read which keeps you on the edge of your seat from the word ‘go’, turns your spine into a tingling mess, and completely rips your emotions apart, you certainly won’t go wrong with ‘The Affair’.

I was aware that Sheryl Browne was good at tearing me apart after reading her previous novel, but this one is a whole new ball game. It didn’t just tear me apart, it hung me out to dry and left me completely and utterly broken. I wish I was being overdramatic but I’m actually not. Browne has outdone herself with the intense depth, cleverly crafted storyline, and copious amounts of ‘what ifs’, ‘whodunit’, ‘whys’ and goodness knows what else. Having read a lot of psychological thrillers already this year, it is taking a lot to impress me. That said, Browne clearly had no problem whatsoever in impressing me with ‘The Affair’, and I am still blown away by the hard-hitting words my mind digested.

The only thing I would say as a slight irk, is that I found Alicia an extremely weak character, even when she was thrown into situations which required copious amounts of strength personally, as well as a lot of strength involving her family. However, it certainly helped matters that her character was supported by a very three dimensional, secretive and uncertain man, aka her husband. I say secretive not because of the fact he was hiding things, but more to do with the fact his emotions were kept under lock and key. Well, sometimes it felt as though his emotions were triple locked but lets not be pedantic!

It is abundantly clear that I absolutely loved ‘The Affair’ and, given the nature of the storyline itself, I probably shouldn’t have as it completely broke my heart as well – clearly the signs of a very, very, VERY good novel.

A twisty, dark, emotive, addictive, and utterly brilliant novel from Sheryl Browne. This author is one to watch and I intend to stalk her and her books in the nicest way possible….

Buy now!

About the author.

Sheryl Browne brings you powerful psychological thriller and contemporary fiction. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller THE AFFAIR – the second of a three-book deal – comes to you from fabulous BOOKOUTURE. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and previously writing for award winning Choc Lit, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.

So why does Sheryl write in two genres? Quoting E. L. Doctorow, Sheryl says: “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights…” This she thinks sums up a writer’s journey, you never quite know where you are going until you get there. You might start with an outline, but a strong character will always divert from the plot. If Sheryl’s not sure where a character is going, she simply has to trust him to show her the way. Plus, according to one reviewer, she also has a scary insight into the mind of a psychopath. 

To find out more about Sheryl, go to www.sherylbrowne.com

#BlogTour! #Review – Little Pink Taxi by Marie Laval (@MarieLaval1) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources


What fantastic transport for this blog tour! I am so excited to be taking a ride in the ‘Little Pink Taxi’ as I kick off the blog tour for Marie Laval! Huge thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to ChocLitUK for the copy. Here is my review:


Rosalie Heart is a well-known face in Irlwick – well, if you drive a bright pink taxi and your signature
style is a pink anorak, you’re going to draw a bit of attention! But Rosalie’s company Love Taxis is
more than just a gimmick – for many people in the remote Scottish village, it’s a lifeline.

Which is something that Marc Petersen will never understand. Marc’s ruthless approach to business
doesn’t extend to pink taxi companies running at a loss. When he arrives in Irlwick to see to a new
acquisition – Raventhorn, a rundown castle – it’s apparent he poses a threat to Rosalie’s entire
existence; not just her business, but her childhood home too.

On the face of it Marc and Rosalie should loathe each other, but what they didn’t count on was
somebody playing cupid …

What does TWG think?

Who wouldn’t be intrigued about a book with a pink car on the front?! I have to say that it was that car that made me want to read the book (I don’t read blurbs!). I have to say that at first, my opinion did echo Marc Peterson’s. I wasn’t sure whether Rosalie was a gimmick or not, however as the storyline progressed, I found myself warming to Rosalie’s life super quickly. Gone were my thoughts about the book being a gimmick – the storyline couldn’t be further from it if it tried!

Pardon my vagueness in this review, but seeing as ‘Little Pink Taxi’ is quite similar to a treasure trove, I want you to feel the same intense anticipation when you turn the pages, just like I did. There is a lot more to the story than just a pink taxi. In fact, the taxi is the true heart of the village and despite outsider, Marc Peterson’s, reservations on the little Scottish village, the castle he had just purchased, AND Rosalie’s business, he can’t help but be swept away by the community spirit. Well, not every villager is as welcoming as Rosalie and co are!

I’ve never been a believer in Caspar the ghost and friends, and despite this storyline having a few of Caspar’s distant relatives making themselves known, it didn’t put me off at all as it certainly gave the novel a unique bite. I ended up absolutely loving ‘Little Pink Taxi’ (no, not just because of the pink car!) as I was constantly surprised by character revelations, suspense, family secrets, romance, and oodles of determination. I felt as though it was my birthday every time I turned the page!

‘Little Pink Taxi’ is an intriguing, more-ish, loveable read which tugged at the heart-strings as many times as the power went out in Raventhorn castle (a lot, FYI!). I am so glad that I ignored my first impressions of the book as Marie Laval’s novel definitely turned out to be a one of a kind, fiery yet cosy read which I would read over again in a heartbeat.

Buy now from Amazon UK
Buy now from Amazon US

About the author.

Originally from Lyon in France, Marie now lives in Lancashire with her family. She works full-time as
a modern languages teacher, and in her spare times loves writing romance and dreaming about
romantic heroes. She writes both historical and contemporary romance, and her historical romance
The Lion’s Embrace won the Gold Medal at the Global eBook Awards 2015 (category Historical
Romance). She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors. Her
native France, as well as her passion for history and research, very much influences her writing, and
all her novels have what she likes to call ‘a French twist’!

Social Media Links 
www.twitter.com/MarieLaval1
http://marielaval.blogspot.co.uk/

#BlogBlitz! #Review – The Forgotten by Casey Kelleher (@caseykelleher) @Bookouture


Late in the day this may be, but I hadn’t forgotten to post! (See what I did there?!) I’ll see myself out….
Anyway, second and final day of the blog blitz for Casey Kelleher and ‘The Forgotten’, and I am delighted to be sharing my review as part of it. Big thanks, as always, to Bookouture for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


The more people you love, the more you have to lose…

Nancy Byrne might be the head of the notorious Byrne crime family, but she’s determined to give her little daughter, Scarlett, the best start possible.

After the death of her beloved father, the notorious gangster Jimmy Byrne, nothing’s stopping Nancy from making money on her own terms – even if she has to combine motherhood with providing for her entire family. But with enemies at their door, she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her loved ones.

But then comes the day when Scarlett goes missing, snatched by a stranger during a trip to the local park, and Nancy’s world is torn apart. Amidst the terror of losing her precious daughter, Nancy is sure of only two things. Someone has taken her daughter … and when she finds them, there’s going to be hell to pay.

Can she find Scarlett – before it’s too late? Or will Nancy’s life of crime come back to haunt her in the worst way possible?

What does TWG think?

If I didn’t wonder what went through the author’s head before now, I certainly do now!! What an explosive, heart in mouth, gut wrenching novel this is! ‘The Forgotten’ may be the third and final book in the ‘Byrne Family’ trilogy, but it certainly packs a punch!

I don’t want to reveal too much in case I accidentally give anything away, however I do urge you to switch off/unplug any phone before you begin Casey Kelleher’s latest release as it requires your undivided attention and, if you’re anything like me, you would be incredibly annoyed if you were to get to the nitty gritty parts of the book and get disturbed by someone telling you that you have had an accident. Y’know, THOSE calls.

There are a lot of unlikeable characters in this book, yet weirdly enough, there are also a few characters who you just can’t help but like. Even if they are amongst the ‘bad guys’. I love Nancy’s persona and her fiery attitude – she certainly knows how to put people in their place! Okay her actions are somewhat questionable, yet she is a character who I just love. She’s one hell of a b…..ch, I love it!

Despite Nancy’s frosty exterior, her softer side was awakened when she had her daughter, Scarlett. However, things don’t always go to plan and when Scarlett went missing, I felt physically sick. I had no idea what was going to happen, but based on the outcomes for other characters in the book, I didn’t hold out much hope. You would need to be made of stone for that part of the storyline not to affect you in some way!

Casey Kelleher never fails to deliver on suspense, grit, powerful situations, and thrilling circumstances. ‘The Forgotten’ is one book that you won’t be forgetting in a hurry what with its cut throat storyline, its rollercoaster themes, and enough grit to cover the length of the M25….twice.

Buy now!

About the author.

Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole. 

Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time. 

She has since published Rise and Fall, Heartless, Bad Blood, The Taken, The Promise, The Betrayed, The Broken and her latest release The Forgotten is due for publication on the 7thAugust 2018.

For all news and updates:

www.caseykelleher.co.uk

www.facebook.com/officialcaseykelleher

http://caseykelleher.wordpress.com

Twitter: @caseykelleher

#BlogTour! #Review – The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis (@EmilyGunnis) @HeadlinePG @AnneCater @Phoebe_Swinburn


I am so excited to be sharing my review of Emily Gunnis’ outstanding novel, ‘The Girl in the Letter’, which was published in e-book by Headline on the 1st August. Don’t despair if you’re more of a paperback lover, as the paperback is due to be released next year. It really is worth the wait! Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite, and thank you to Phoebe Swinburn for the ARC via Netgalley. Here is my review:


A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away.  A mystery to be solved.

1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret’s, a dark, brooding
house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave.

Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a
letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother,
begging to be rescued from St Margaret’s. Before it is too late. 
Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the
woman and her child. With St Margaret’s set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece
together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for
ever…

Read her letter. Remember her story…

What does TWG think?

I am fully prepared for the fact that my review may not do the book justice at all, but I aim to give it my best shot.

-falls on the floor- If I could get away with a review merely stating, ‘OutFLIPPINGstanding – EVERYONE MUST BUY!’, I totally would. In fact, I couldn’t have summed it up better in four words if I had tried. Luckily (or unluckily, depends which way you look at it), I enjoy talking and I feel that ‘The Girl in the Letter’ deserves to be in the spotlight for as long as possible, sooooo, sorry to my four words, but even I know I’m going to need to do better.

Set in 1956 when mother and baby houses were around for unmarried mothers to cleanse their souls and deal with their ‘sins’, ‘The Girl in the Letter’ tells the emotional story of a young girl called Ivy, who had her path chosen for her against her will. Her life in St Margaret’s was very, very tough. She saw things that people her age and younger should never see, let alone have to deal with. But what could she do? The nuns were set in their ways, and their punishments were very severe – whichever way she looked at it, Ivy was well and truly screwed but, as always, she couldn’t help but hope for the best.

The majority of ‘The Girl in the Letter’ is set in the present day, as we follow the life of a journalist who is struggling to find the right balance between her work life, and her life with her daughter. However, without even realising it, something had been sitting under Samantha’s nose for a very long time. With her work hat on, Sam is determined to get to the bottom of the situation without thinking of the consequences. To be perfectly honest, I couldn’t help but wonder why she should think of the consequences when she didn’t know where the path would lead. How could Sam foresee the future? She couldn’t.

I finished ‘The Girl in the Letter’ in the early hours of this morning whilst trying to put my jaw back in its rightful position. I knew that my review would take some thinking about, yet despite having all day to formulate some sort of review, I am still struggling to get my opinion out in a way that makes perfect sense. I even demanded that my mother buy this book and, seeing as she isn’t much of a reader, i have to ensure that the books I demand her to read are ones that I feel cannot be missed. And this is certainly one of them.

Whilst the contents of ‘The Girl in the Letter’ makes for quite a hard-hitting, severely intense and emotive read, the entire storyline is written absolutely beautifully and does the theme justice. Emily Gunnis does state at the end of the book that the storyline is a work of fiction, with themes inspired by real life mother and child homes in Ireland. I think that because I knew that women actually endured living in those conditions, gave birth in those conditions, as well as being told that their unborn child was a sin, it hit home a lot more because it was real. I am in still in shock that conditions like these existed and, if the laws were to be the same now here in the UK and I were to think about my current situation as a single mum, I would be in the same position as the women mentioned in this book. Isn’t that scary?

I loved how ‘The Girl in the Letter’ had a historical feel to it, as well as a thick layer of something a lot grittier as it made the suspense level far more intense than I could have ever imagined.

Emily Gunnis’ literary skill blew me away and left me dumbfounded by its beauty. What an enchanting, heart-wrenching, beautifully written and intense read this is. This book gave me everything I could have ever wanted in a storyline, and then some. I fell in love with the story almost straight away and, whilst my heart shattered multiple times throughout, I still found myself loving ‘The Girl in the Letter’ and everything it stands for.

If I were to be asked to choose just ONE book that I think everyone should buy and read urgently, ‘The Girl in the Letter’ would fall from my lips (or my fingers) before the question had even been fully asked. I genuinely cannot recommend this enough, and I truly feel that everyone would be missing out on a diamond of a read if they didn’t get their hands on a copy.

By far one of my all time favourite novels, Emily Gunnis has swooped in as a new favourite author, and one who I will now be watching very, very closely for future releases. Incredible….absolutely incredible.

Buy now in e-book from Amazon

About the author.

Emily Gunnis previously worked in TV drama and lives in Brighton with her young family. She is
one of the four daughters of Sunday Times bestselling author Penny Vincenzi.

Follow her on Twitter @EmilyGunnis
Instagram @emilygunnis
and Facebook @emilygunnisauthor.

#BlogBlitz! #Review – No Place Like Home by Rebecca Muddiman (@RebeccaMuddiman) @BloodHoundBook


Today I am joining in with yet another BloodHoundBooks blog blitz, but this time it’s for ‘No Place Like Home’ by Rebecca Muddiman. Big thanks to BloodHoundBooks for the blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

What would you do if you came home to find someone in your house?
This is the predicament Polly Cooke faces when she returns to her new home.The first weeks in the house had been idyllic, but soon Jacob, a local man, is watching her.
What does he want and why is he so obsessed with Polly?
In a situation where nothing is what it seems, you might end up regretting letting some people in.

What does TWG think?

Holy cheeseballs, this book!!!!

Gripping – TICK
Addictive – TICK
Complete and utter head funk – TICK, TICK, TICK!

‘No Place Like Home’ is proof that nothing is ever as it seems. It is also proof that readers automatically side with the person who they deem the weakest leak, or the person who they feel is the ‘victim’. Well, it’s proof that I did, anyway. The author tells the story of Polly, a woman who, as far as we are made aware, has had a turbulent life so far. Her trust in people is non-existent, and she is fearing for her life due to an unsavoury character from her past reappearing. Polly has tried to rebuild her life and start anew in a new house which she can now call her own. Who wouldn’t feel sorry for Polly?

Again, nothing is ever as it seems and Rebecca Muddiman cements that fact time and time again in ‘No Place Like Home’.

There were a a couple things in the book which shocked me and made me feel pretty uncomfortable, yet they weirdly tied in with the overall storyline brilliantly – even if my mouth did resemble a desert….

I am very impressed by Muddiman’s cleverly crafted storyline, as well as her ability to dangle pieces of information in front of her readers, only to change her mind and the situation rather suddenly. Anytime I thought that I could understand Polly’s character, it didn’t take long for it to become clear that I actually didn’t understand Polly, and to be honest, I don’t think I ever would be able to. I’m not complaining either, in fact it raised my curiosity tenfold.

‘No Place Like Home’ completely funked over my mind. It really did. From start to finish the author had a hold over me, with the only way out being the end of the book. If you’re after a book which keeps you guessing, takes you on a rollercoaster ride, AND completely stuffs up your way of logical thinking, then this book is definitely for you. Rebecca Muddiman is a new author for me, but after reading this comprehensive, gripping, and uncomfortable addictive storyline, I can guarantee that this won’t be the last book I read of hers either.

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About the author.

Rebecca Muddiman was born and raised in the North East and worked in the NHS for many years. She has published four crime novels – Stolen, Gone, Tell Me Lies, and Murder in Slow Motion. Stolen won a Northern Writers Award in 2010 and the Northern Crime Competition in 2012. She is also a screenwriter and was selected for the London Screenwriters Festival Talent Campus in 2016.
Most of her spare time is spent re-watching Game of Thrones, trying to learn Danish, and dealing with two unruly dogs. Sometimes all at the same time.

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – Telegrams and Teacakes by Amy Miller (@AmyBratley1) @Bookouture


Day two of the blog blitz for ‘Telegrams and Teacakes’, and it is an absolute pleasure to be able to share my review as part of it. Big thank you, as always, to Bookouture for the blog blitz invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


‘There was no denying it, being cheerful was a challenge. You just had to be grateful for small mercies: a sunny day, a night without an air raid, an extra rasher of bacon from the butcher.’

England, 1942: 23-year-old Betty runs away from Bristol to make a new life for herself. Betrayed by her husband, Betty flees to the seaside town of Bournemouth, where she has fond memories of childhood holidays. There, she finds a small family bakery, in desperate need of a new shop girl…

At the Barton BakeryBetty finds a sanctuary with shopkeeper Audrey Barton, but Audrey is fighting battles of her own. Her husband is at war and in grave danger, she is heavily pregnant, and her customers are horrified by the demands imposed by rationing.

Audrey’s stepsister Lily receives a letter from a man she once loved very much, a man she thought was lost to her forever. He offers her a new future with him, but one that will mean sacrificing so many of her hopes and dreams…

As Winston Churchill tells the country to ‘never give in’, the women of the Barton Bakery struggle on to keep their families, homes and loved ones safe in a time of turmoil.

What does TWG think?

Book three in the ‘Wartime Bakery’ series, and what a corker it is! I have loved this series from book one, and I can honestly say that with every book Amy Miller releases in this series, the storylines just go from strength to strength and the bar gets raised even higher.

Even though I have read a fair few books between the previous book and ‘Telegrams and Teacakes’, I was able to slot back into life at Barton Bakery very easily. I guess that each book could be read as a standalone perfectly fine, but I would definitely recommend that you read the books in order as there are a lot of characters who come and go throughout the series.  I think some readers may find that they will miss out on little snippets of information which may later become important, if they chose to read the books out-of-order. However, if you think you can cope with that, then by all means read them whichever way you choose – just as long as you read them all! They’re fabulous!

Oh Audrey…what a selfless, warmhearted, caring and considerate lady she is. I was worried sick that she might end up working herself to the ground, especially when the family bakery becomes full to the brim of people who Audrey can’t see go without. It just goes to show how fierce the level of community spirit was in the wartime, because a lot of people would get their noses pushed out of joint if they did what Audrey did. She is definitely a cut above the rest, even though I wanted to shout at her to take it easy. But again, it just goes to show just how times have changed in regards to pregnancy and what not.

Hand on heart, I don’t think that I would ever get bored with this series. Please say that there is another book coming soon?!

‘Telegrams and Teacakes’ certainly gave me food for thought and made me appreciate the little things in life that little bit more. Once again, Amy Miller has delivered a touching, jam-packed novel which delivers in excellence from start to finish. A truly wonderful and inspiring read, one that I won’t be tiring of anytime soon.

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About the author.

Amy Miller lives in Dorset with her husband and two children. New to saga, she has previously written women’s fiction under a different name.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Little Unicorn Gift Shop by Kellie Hailes (@KellieHailes) @HQDigitalUK


Kicking off a very busy day here at TWG, is my review for the very sparkly, ‘The Little Unicorn Gift Shop’ by Kellie Hailes. Thank you to HQDigitalUK for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Life’s always better with a little bit of sparkle.

Poppy and Ben have been best friends forever and now they’re embarking on a new adventure together – opening a joint unicorn gift shop and cafe. Ben has one rule; no unicorn paraphernalia is to cross into his tea shop. But Poppy has other ideas…

They’ve always been there for each other, at least until Poppy went travelling around the world – without Ben. But now she’s back and she’s determined to stay put, bringing a little bit of magic back into Ben’s life.

Can they go back to the way things once were or will the years of distance stand in the way of their new shop and blossoming romance?

What does TWG think?

I’m going to sound a bit bad here, but there was a little part of me that couldn’t help thinking that I wasn’t going to like this book, all because I don’t see the fascination with unicorns. However, before anyone asks me why I chose to read the book with that thought in my head, it was also the unicorns and the fact that they were going to be living in a gift shop (the unicorns, not the characters) which piqued my interest at the same time. I mean, why unicorns? Why a gift shop?

It didn’t take me too long to find out the answers to both of those questions, nor did it take me long to find out that my original opinion of the book was in fact a load of tosh, making me hold my hands up and shouting, ‘I FLUFFYUNICORN LOVE THIS BOOK’. I am not even exaggerating either. What a fantastic read this is and, in my opinion, it is Kellie Hailes’ finest book to date. ‘The Little Unicorn Gift Shop’ has everything I adore from a book in this genre; romance, humour, colourful pasts, a character who puts a spanner in the works, and two main characters who are trying to battle their own individual devils. The concept of Kellie Hailes’ latest release was unique, hilarious and so more-ish. In fact, I’d even go as far to say that unicorns have grown on me a tad too! I won’t be making my jammy dodgers glittery anytime soon though, and no that is not a euphemism! Oh god, now I have an image in my head that I really didn’t want!!

Poppy isn’t your ‘typical’ girl next door type of character, she is the type of character who was made in a broken yet fabulous mould. Basically one of us. Yes, she has her own emotional scars to deal with, but how many of us don’t? She isn’t perfect, but then again what constitutes as perfection where people are concerned? I loved her personality and I found her character to be extremely hilarious and totally genuine. I have everything crossed that Kellie Hailes brings Poppy and Ben back in another book as I would love to see what they get up to next.

I have been known to invest myself in one character in a book, but it is rare that I ever invest myself in both of the main character from the same book. However, that all changed when I stepped foot into ‘Sparkle and Steep’. Goodness, I may have even found my most favourite duo yet – these two are fabulous and Ben’s lack of confidence is weirdly endearing. Okay, the unicorn aspect of the book makes the storyline what it is, yet I have to give the author a round of applause for creating two enchanting and memorable characters who completely and utterly stole my heart.

Well…..aside from Joe’s uniform…obviously. Hellooooo, envious!

‘The Little Unicorn Gift Shop’ is the perfect antidote to a rainy day. The perfect thing to turn a frown upside down. And, I can’t believe I am about to say this….but Kellie Hailes’ book is even better than a bar of chocolate. I cannot recommend this book enough, I want to read it all over again – utterly divine!

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