#ChristmasAtTheChateau is here!! @0nemorechapter_ @RaRaResources #blogtour #review

Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC.

Poppy is looking forward to spending her first Christmas in France at her boyfriend, Leo’s, Château. And as the snow falls softly around the dramatic castle, Poppy can’t think of anything more magical.

There are new traditions to discover, a cosy Christmas market to explore and best of all, a promise of a secret treasure hunt from gorgeous Leo. The clues take Poppy on a magical tour of the chateau, each place holding special memories for her and Leo – their first date, their first kiss, the list goes on.

And at the end, hidden beneath the mistletoe, is one last surprise for Poppy. A simple question that could change her life forever….

What does TWG think?

At just shy of 50 pages, ‘Christmas at the Chateau’ is the perfect starter to anyone’s festivities this year. If you haven’t read the first book in the ‘A French Escape’ series, don’t fret because it’s fine to read this book as a standalone. Now, I really enjoyed the first book so I do advise you all to get it on your TBR piles!

For such a such a compact read, it sure does pack a punch! I am impressed at how much content Lorraine Wilson managed to fit into her storyline and, even so, everything in the story had its place. Of course I do wish that it was a full length novel, purely because I felt that Poppy and Leo had so much more to say, and I think that the situation that they found themselves in this time round, could have had more detail included in it instead of halting so abruptly.

That said, in my eyes, it’s a mere finer detail! I really enjoyed this pint sized, festive treat, and I absolutely love the four legged friends that fill this story with such humour and uniqueness.

Buy now.

I’m #Single, right now, that’s where I want to beeeee #Review #BlogTour @Bookouture @KimLSlater

Huge apologies for being several days late with my blog post for this tour. I have had a horrendous migraine and it’s set me back quite a bit. I am trying to catch up with any posts missed so do bear with me!

Thank you to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Single’ by K.L.Slater, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

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‘I keep feeling like I’m being watched – dropping the boys off at school, choosing wine at the supermarket – but when I turn around there’s nobody there…’

When single mother Darcy’s son falls from a rope bridge at a local playground, life stands still. She clutches his small, limp body, frozen, until a pair of strong hands push her aside, and she watches as George, a local doctor, saves her son’s life.

George is a single parent too, and with his twinkling hazel eyes, easy charm, and lack of wedding band is almost too good to be true, but coffee becomes lunch, lunch becomes dinner, and soon they can’t go an evening without seeing each other. When he invites her to move into his beautiful home with its sprawling garden for her boys, Darcy doesn’t hesitate.

But as Darcy is settling in, she receives a bunch of flowers with a chilling message. George says they’re from an obsessed ex-girlfriend, Opal, and days later Opal turns up at Darcy’s son’s football match. She claims to have shocking information that could threaten George’s custody of his daughter.

Darcy doesn’t know who to trust, but she’s starting to suspect that, whatever the truth, she might have put her beloved boys into terrible danger …

What does TWG think?

It’s books like this which make me feel grateful that I am nowhere near the dating scene!!

Darcy hasn’t had it easy at all. She admits that she has made many mistakes, yet she is determined to stay on the strait and narrow for her two little boys. However, what should have been a straight forward task ends up becoming something which snowballs out of control. Are Darcy’s boys in danger again?

I thought the premise of this book was rather chilling and highly promising. The character development, especially Darcy’s, was very intriguing and held that all important hook one needs when reading a book.

That said, I couldn’t help but feel that the delivery of the suspense and intensity was a bit stilted. There were times when new characters were introduced as though we were seeing them again in the book, even though we weren’t. On it’s own, something like that isn’t problematic, but because of the way these characters appeared out of nowhere, or an event was brought up as though the readers should have known about it, made me feel very confused as it felt like I had missed several pages of the book. I didn’t find the overall storyline to be as consistent as other K.L.Slater books I have read, which is a shame.

I am a huge fan of K.L.Slater’s novels, and I was impressed by how complex she made the family dynamics within the story. A definite talking point, and something which stirred up mixed emotions while I was reading it!

All in all I found this to be an on the fence type of read, but I thought the character’s were brilliantly thought out, even the horrible ones!

Buy now from Amazon UK.

Are you a #WomanOnTheEdge? @SBaileyBooks @headlinepg @AnneCater

Many thanks to Anne Cater and Headline for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘Woman on the Edge’ by Samantha.M.Bailey:

A moment on the platform changes two lives for ever. But nothing is as it seems…

In a split second, Morgan’s life changes for ever. A stranger hands her a baby, then jumps in front of a train.

Morgan has never seen the woman before and she can’t understand what would cause a person to give away her child and take her own life.

When the police question Morgan, she discovers none of the witnesses can corroborate her version of events. And when they learn Morgan longs for a baby of her own, she becomes a suspect.

To prove her innocence, Morgan frantically tries to retrace the last days of the woman’s life. She begins to understand that Nicole Markham believed she and her baby were in danger. Now Morgan might be in danger, too.

Was Nicole a new mother struggling with paranoia?

Or is something much darker going on?

What does TWG think?

OMG!!! What on Earth did I read? I’m just going to come out and say it….

I fluffing loved this!!!

What would you do if a stranger approached you, handed you their baby and then proceeded to jump in front of a moving train? Well, apart from being in severe shock of course! Funnily enough, Morgan didn’t quite know what to do either, yet there she was, standing on the platform with someone else’s baby in her arms.

‘Woman on the Edge’ is a psychological mind funk! We know WHAT happened, yet we dont know WHY. We know WHO the lady on the platform is, yet we dont know the name of the stranger or why they chose to do what they did. Would we ever know the truth? Are we only being told what we want to know?

The plot of this book is a very uncomfortable read and, like many things in life, there is a lot more to the story that meets the eye. Set in the present day as well as a couple of weeks prior, ‘Woman on the Edge’ focuses on the emotional side of being a new parent, as well as highlighting how past decisions have a way of coming back to bite you on the backside if not dealt with properly.

I sped through this novel like a dog on heat! I wanted to find out the truth and attempt to understand what exactly happened on that day on the platform. I wasnt expecting to be taken on a journey where I was left questioning every detail including my own name, however I will definitely take that as a good thing as it shows that the author, and her storyline, got right under my skin.

This is such an addictive, psychologically brilliant, complex and compulsive read that had mu jaw unhinged from the get go. I loved how the author created many suspenseful situations, racking up the intensity as she went. Everything about this book worked and the only thing I can say bad about it, was the fact the darn thing had to end!

Love, love, love!!!

Buy now.

#ThePact begins today! Dun dun dunnnnnn!!!! @AmyHeydenrych @ZaffreBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogger #Review

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It’s an honour to be kicking off the blog tour for ‘The Pact’ by Amy Heydenrych today – huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite, and to Zaffre for the ARC. Here is my review:

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When Freya arrives at her dream job with the city’s hottest start-up, she can’t wait to begin a new and exciting life, including dating her new colleague Jay.

However, Nicole, Jay’s ex and fellow employee, seems intent on making her life a misery. After a big deadline, where Nicole continually picks on her, Freya snaps and tells Jay about the bullying and together they concoct a revenge prank.

The next morning, Nicole is found dead in her apartment . . .

Is this just a prank gone wrong? Or does Freya know someone who is capable of murder – and could she be next?

What does TWG think?

‘The Pact’ just oozed promise! If you like your books to have a strong ‘whodunnit?’ feel to them, then this will be right up your street. Personally, I felt that the secretive premise and the uncertainty of the characters, really grabbed my attention. We all know that bullying isn’t acceptable, but then again is revenge acceptable either?

I loved how the author crafted her characters, ensuring that her readers believed in Freya’s emotions and the troubles she faced with Nicole. Given the nature of the storyline, I was very impressed by the character direction as their personalities could have gotten quite lost in amongst everything else, and they didn’t. Which is good!

Whilst I enjoyed the overall building blocks of ‘The Pact’, I did feel as though the storyline wasn’t consistent. I do realise that suspense novels like this, do need the slow pace to build the tension and what not, however the storyline seemed to peak and then nosedive back to a pace that made me feel as though I was reading a different book. Amy Heydenrych is an extremely talented writer, and I loved her delivery during the moments where the book blindsided me and left me on the edge of my seat. I just really wish that it was like that the entire way through.

All in all, ‘The Pact’ is an intriguing read which delivers suspense, intensity and character personalisation with great force.

The Pact will be published on the 28th November by Zaffre Books – pre-order now from Amazon

The Mother I Could Have Been, or the mother I want to be? #TheMotherICouldHaveBeen @KerryFSwayne #KerryFisher @Bookouture #blogger

Thanks so much to Bookouture for the ARC and tour invite for Kerry Fisher and ‘The Mother I Could Have Been’. Here is my review:

Why would you walk away from the one person you can’t live without?

As a child, Vicky Hall never had the sort of family she wanted. The least important person in her new step-family, ignored by her mother in favour of her two younger half-siblings, Vicky was always an afterthought. Sitting alone at her graduation ceremony at the age of twenty-one, she vows to create her own family and her own life, one which is full of the love and attention she has always craved.

When Vicky meets William and falls pregnant in Greece that summer, it isn’t planned. But the two of them believe they can make it work, showering their child with the love which they believe should be enough.

But when her son Theo is two, Vicky leaves him in the care of her mother-in-law, walks out of her front door and drives to a hotel where she takes a room for the night. She doesn’t return.

It’s unthinkable.

What kind of mother does that?

The kind who is hiding a story you can never imagine.

What does TWG think?

Please say that I wasnt the only one to read this thinking, ‘how could anyone walk away from their own child?’

Now before anyone reading this thinks I’m judging, I’m not because, even though the above thought kept going through my mind as though stuck on repeat, there are times where we have no idea what goes through someone else’s mind in one particular moment. Naturally, as the story progressed, the reasons behind Vicky’s departure became clear. But, just like Caro, another character who appears later in the book, thought, were those reasons a justifiable reason overall?

I could see where Vicky was coming from. Her sons grandmother even got my back up and yes, I had the urge to shout at the interfering witch through my kindle. Vicky had next to no confidence. She couldn’t even trust herself to make the right decision because she didn’t believe that those decisions were right. She doubted every move she made, every thought that crossed her mind – everything. I did feel for her as I could see that she was battling against her own mind and herself. In all honesty, I found it quite heartbreaking that Vicky felt so lost, like she couldnt reach out to her family in fear of judgement. Scary how powerful fear can be, isnt it?

I mentioned Caro further up in my review and, just like Vicky, she was also battling with herself because of the mislaid communication with her family, especially daughter, India. Again, it would be quick of us, as readers, to judge the situations in this book, and it would be so easy for us to sit and shout about how we would do things differently. Would we though? India was such an immature character who seriously needed to grow up and, even though I wanted to shout that, I was also able to see that the character had her own demons to deal with.

Kerry Fisher, as I’m sure you can tell, gave me a lot of food for thought with her latest book. It also goes to show that, whilst our eyes want to see one thing, our minds want to believe something completely different. Fisher highlighted how life isn’t always plain sailing and that people find themselves making decisions which will change their life, and the lives of others, for a good long while.

I’m going round the houses here, apologies. I appreciated the strength of the storyline and the sheer power and determination of every single character mentioned. Yes, they all had their flaws, but to them they were doing the best that they possibly could.

I thought Kerry Fisher absolutely nailed this book. It was suspenseful, relatable, emotional, intense, yet still an unbreakable novel which had the power of the entire world in its hands. I loved it.

Buy now.

‘Cause every night I lie in bed, the brightest colours fill my head, #AMillionDreams are keeping me awake @AtkinsDani @HoZ_Books

Huge thanks to Head Of Zeus for the blog tour invite for Dani Atkins and ‘A Million Dreams’, as well as the ARC. I am delighted to be hosting a review today.

Beth Brandon always dreamed of owning a florist, but today the bouquets of peonies and bright spring flowers are failing to calm her nerves. Because today, Beth has a life-changing decision to share with her husband.

Izzy Vaughan thought she and her husband would stay together forever, but sometime last year, their love began to fade. They both find such joy in their young son Noah – but is he enough to keep them together?

Eight years ago, something happened to these two women. Something that is about to bring them together in a way no-one thought possible…

What does TWG think?

I really didn’t know what to expect with this one, but it sure as hell wasn’t this!! Oh my goodness me!

Two different women, both connected by one devastating move.

Two strangers, both connected by the loss of their beloved partners.

One story, connected by the journeys of multiple people, all with conflicting and powerful emotions. Nevermind a million dreams, a million THOUGHTS went through my head reading this, with the main one being ‘what would I have done in that situation?’. Looking back now, i can’t help but think that that was a very stupid question of me to ask myself, because how on earth would anyone know what they would do about a situation they may never find themselves in? We can only surmise about situations, but can any of us really put ourselves in a particular position when our lives are completely different?

Tough one to answer. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what went through the minds of the individuals involved, even though as readers, we had more of an insight to personal thoughts than the other characters. One wrong move caused so much devastation, not just for one person, but many. A decision made by people who have a lot of faith invested in them by communities.

Dani Atkins is incredible. Her attention to detail in this book is second to none and her empathetic tone shone through her words like a beacon. Not only that, the way she described such a rare, yet life changing situation, was both gutsy and very poignant. Atkins didn’t seem to sugar coat the frustration, the motherly instinct, nor the fear of wanting to flee to protect who you love. Her honesty was outstanding, which just goes to show just how much research was done to get the storyline bang on.

As a reader, I felt as though I was intruding on such a personal moment, yet on the other hand I couldnt tear my eyes away from what was unravelling before me.

‘A Million Dreams’ is a story that will have you invested in its poignancy in no time. A story that will test your emotions, whilst also questioning your own choices. A story that puts grief in the spotlight in a way that rendered me speechless, and even THAT is no mean feat.

Beautiful beyond belief, and probably the best book that Dani Atkins has written to date – outstanding and life changing, I loved it. This is a book that is going to stay with me for a very, very long time to come.

Buy now.

How many things have been ticked off ‘The Wish List of Albie Young’? @HummingbirdRuby @Bookouture #blogtour #review

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Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite for ‘The Wish List of Albie Young’ by Ruby Hummingbird, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before you can float to the top.

Maria Birch is seventy years old and, for her, every week is the same.

On Monday, she does her weekly shop. On Tuesday, she goes for a blow-dry. On Wednesday, she visits the laundrette. But Thursday is her favourite day of all – everything hurts less on a Thursday.

Every Thursday Maria walks to her local café. Waiting for her at one of the red gingham-topped tables is Albie Young, a charming man with a twinkle in his eye and an impressive collection of tweed flat caps. Every week, the pair share a slice of marble cake and a pot of tea.

Except, one week, Albie doesn’t turn up.

When Maria finds out what has happened, her perfectly ordered life is ripped apart at the seams. Suddenly, she is very lonely. Without her Thursday friend – her only friend – she no longer has the energy to circle the weekly TV listings, she has no reason to leave her apartment, no reason to laugh.

Then she discovers that Albie isn’t who she thought he was, and she’s left wondering if she knew her friend at all. But Albie has left behind a legacy – a handwritten list of wishes he never got the chance to complete.

Maria is resigned to facing the rest of her days heartbroken and alone. But fulfilling Albie’s wishes could hold the key to her happiness – if only she’s able to look past his secret…

What does TWG think?

Oh, Albie Young, you little heartbreaker, you! Well, and Ruby Hummingbird, you’ve certainly set a bar for yourself, haven’t you?

Maria is a character I wish I could just hug. It’s pretty clear that she doesn’t exactly ooze happiness, nor does she seem to have a reason to get up and go….until Albie Young. Maria loved getting prepped for her Thursday jaunt to the local cafe with Albie, until one day she turned up but he didn’t. At the time, Maria had absolutely no idea as to why he never showed up, so she tried again the following week. Again, the same thing happened, and once again she was clueless as to why he didn’t show up. Could something have happened to him? Or did he just not want to join Maria for a pot of tea on a Thursday, and wasn’t entirely sure on how to break it to her?

All becomes clear as the storyline goes on, so I won’t spoil it for you all, however the story highlighted just how deceiving appearances can be, and how strangers are so quick to judge someone based on a two second meeting or a two second glance. I mean come on, surely everyone is entitled to a bit more than that?

For me, Rosie is such an understated, shining star of a character who acted like Maria’s fairy godmother, despite being 54 years her junior. Like they say though; age is merely a number. The unexpected friendship was so heartwarming, but I do think that Rosie deserves a huge mention in my review for simply being such a wonderful, wonderful human.

There is a lot to ‘The Wish List of Albie Young’ that will bring emotions of any sort, to the surface for anyone who reads the book and, whilst I didn’t find the storyline to be a tearjerker, I was still able to appreciate the warmth and the determination behind the authors creation.

This is a storyline that is full of hope, second chances, and unexpected emotions; a story that is beautifully written and one that captures the true essence of friendship, happiness, and finding the courage to take that all important step into the unknown.

If this is the strength of books to come from Ruby Hummingbird, then we are all in for an absolute treat! Such a genuine, humbling, poignant read – I don’t envy the author now as for a debut novel, she has set the bar incredibly high!

Buy now.

‘A Christmas Wish and a Cranberry Kiss at the Cosy Kettle’ – can’t say fairer than that really, can you? @Bookouture @LizEelesAuthor

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I adore this series! Thank you so much to Bookouture for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Liz Eeles’ latest book, and for the ARC! Here is my review:

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Running from heartbreak, twenty-five-year-old Becca has moved to the cosy village of Honeyford. Living with her best friend Zac in a little stone cottage and serving mince pies and steaming gingerbread lattes at the Cosy Kettle, is the perfect escape from her past.

But starting over isn’t always plain sailing, and Becca’s shyness is holding her back from making her mark on the café. To make matters worse, her crush on blond-haired, blue-eyed local heartthrob Logan gets stronger by the day – but he can barely remember her name. So as the snow starts to fall in Honeyford, Becca has one big Christmas wish: to completely reinvent herself. Becca dreams of bringing the Cosy Kettle success and finding romance with Logan under the mistletoe.

As she gets a makeover, cosies up to Logan over mulled wine and plans the most festive celebration the café has ever seen, Becca wonders why she waited so long to step out of her comfort zone… Zac, on the other hand, thought she was perfect before – always caring for others – and he misses the quirky girl with the bright blue hair.

When Logan turns out to not be all he seems, Becca is left wondering if he’s really the one for her. With her party plans also going awry, can Becca save her beloved Cosy Kettle in time for Christmas? And has the key to her happiness been in front of her all along?

What does TWG think?

Third instalment of the ‘Cosy Kettle’ reads is here, and goodness me, it certainly lives up to its Christmas-esque vibes of the cover! If you have yet to read this series, each book can be read as a standalone and don’t really need to be read in order. That said, if you’re a reader who prefers to know the in-depth details of characters friendships and how they got to the place they are in this book, then I wholeheartedly suggest that you start with book one. Just my opinion of course!

In previous books, Becca has taken more of a backseat and, whilst we do get to know her a bit, this is the first time that we get to really get to know her and what makes her tick. The Cosy Kettle book group are also back again, with Stanley shocking people with his youthful decisions. Ahem. I say youthful…it’s Stanley…enough said!

The premise of this book is super lovely, and it made such a change to have Becca at the heart of the story for once. I enjoyed catching up with all of the characters again, and I especially enjoyed to see a different side to Millicent. For once she came across a bit more human than merely showing her Maleficent tendencies.

Becca doesn’t have much confidence and constantly compares herself to her twin sister, Jasmine. To try and do something about her confidence, Becca makes a Christmas wish list for herself in the attempt to reinvent herself and make her personality more….Jasmine. Now, I’m sure a lot of us have wished that we were someone else, or wished that we were a bit more assertive and what not. I certainly have…until I realised that changing myself because other people had an issue, was actually a lot more problematic than I had originally thought. I found the whole situation to do with Becca, a little disheartening because it came across that her personality traits were not good ones to have. I couldn’t help but feel that, in order to be happy, one had to change themselves and that left me with a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth.

However, I was very pleased that the storyline took the route that I thought it would, and I was very happy that Becca was able to see herself in a light that was right for her and nobody else.

I enjoyed the festivities of this Cosy Kettle read and, despite my slight irks, I found the book to be a very thought-provoking and cosy read. I now have a massive craving for mince pies though….I wonder why!

Cosy, hopeful, and full of Christmas hope (and mince pies) – a lovely little series!

Buy now.

I’m looking forward to that #OneChristmasNight in particular…. @HayleyThough #HayleyWebster @KatieVEBrown @TrapezeBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour

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I have been SO looking forward to this book, and I am absolutely delighted to be hosting Hayley Webster and ‘One Christmas Night’ on my blog tour. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Trapeze for the tour invite and ARC.

‘One Christmas Night’ by Hayley Webster will be published by Trapeze on the 14th November.

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Nine lives. One street. And a secret behind every door.

Christmas is ruined on Newbury Street, Norwich.

Presents have been going missing from resident’s homes. There are rumours going around that it’s one of their own who’s been stealing from the neighbours. Festive spirit is being replaced with suspicion and the inhabitants of Newbury Street don’t know who to trust. The police presence isn’t helping matters, especially when they all have something to hide.

But Christmas is a time for miracles… and if they open themselves up to hope and look out for each other, they might discover the biggest miracle of all..

What does TWG think?

WHERE DOES ONE BEGIN TO WRITE ONES REVIEW FOR THIS!!!!!! HELP!

I have literally not long finished reading this book so I am still in a ‘One Christmas Night’ bubble of excitement. I mean, WOWZA!

Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got, I’m still, I’m still Jenny from the block…..

Well, evidently I’m NOT, but what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t be fooled by the cover of this book. I’m not saying it isn’t pretty, because it is! There is just truck loads more to the storyline than the cover lets on.

Firstly, there is a strong mysterious, crime element to the book as a thief is on the loose and they’re making the most of the fact that people have been Christmas shopping for their pilfering.

Secondly, the storyline is set during the most festive time of the year, so all of the characters are getting into the Christmas spirit with their families. That said, I think that that one was evident due to the title!

Thirdly, the author has lightly touched on topics such as grief, coercive control, emotional abuse, blended families – just to name a few.

So, you see, there is so much for readers to discover under the cover, and I still cannot quite believe just how much the author has spoiled us with all of this content! If I could liken ‘One Christmas Night’ to something, I would say that Hayley Webster’s book is like a pick’n’mix; a story that jam packed with treats of all different sizes, with something for everyone in the never-ending paper bag of joy. I absolutely ADORED ‘One Christmas Night’! I loved the mixture of topics and the way that the author created many colourful characters that seemed to blend together like a rainbow. I thought the opening to the story was such a brilliant hook! I was so eager to turn the pages and find out more, yet there was also a part of me that didn’t want to turn them as I didn’t want the book to end, or the bubble to pop.

My heart went out to Irma, Mrs Finch, and Joanie mainly, however I also had a soft spot for Rocky. He struck me as such an understated character who would have appreciated being noticed for who he was, rather than being noticed for everything he wasn’t, just like his brother. I did wonder whether Rocky felt a bit stuck in the background due to being a ‘nice guy’, or whether he just blended in because he couldn’t deal with the firework type confrontation.

As I have said multiple times, there is so much in this book to sink your teeth into and, whilst I would usually find a book like this to be a bit overcrowded and overwhelming, I thought it worked BLOODY well. Not only that, the humour in the story was laugh out loud brilliant, and definitely an antidote for all of the other heartbreaking elements of the book. If you’re after a book that leaves you in a bubble of hope, power, and festive fun, I couldn’t recommend this one more if I tried!

Can I just say that Hayley Webster has written one of my all-time favourite books with ‘One Christmas Night’. This read was everything I could have wished for, and more. I am honestly in awe of the authors incredible talent to combine such diverse topics in a storyline that has literally rocked my world! This is One Christmas Night that I won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

Absolutely flipping brilliant! If I could rate this as high as all the stars in the sky I would, without a doubt!!!!

Pre-order now! Published 14th November.

If only ALL addresses sound as intriguing as #17ChurchRow! @JamesCarolBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n @ZaffreBooks

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Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for the blog tour invite and ARC, I am delighted to be hosting day two of the blog tour for James Carol and ’17 Church Row’. Here is my review:

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Three years ago, Nikki and Ethan Rhodes suffered a devastating loss when their four-year-old daughter Grace was tragically killed in a road accident. Ethan, a radio personality, escapes into work, leaving Nikki to care for their remaining child, Bella, who hasn’t spoken since that day.

Seeking a fresh start, the family moves into a revolutionary new house designed by renowned architect, Catriona Fisher. The house features a state-of-the-art security system, along with every amenity you could dream of.

For the Rhodes’ this is a chance to finally pick up the pieces and get on with their lives in a place where they feel totally safe.

But what if 17 Church Row isn’t the safe haven that they think it is?

What does TWG think?

As a huge fan of James Carol’s ‘Jefferson Winter’ series, I could NOT wait to get my hands on his latest book! This author is a machine when it comes to instigating suspense and leaving readers hanging, and I had high hopes that this book would follow suit.

I can’t even begin to imagine what Nikki and Ethan went through when they lost their young daughter – the thought of it sends shivers down my spine and, even though the subject is one guaranteed to trigger some sort of emotion, I thought it was a very intriguing way to grab the readers attention. Especially seeing as their other daughter, Bella, is no longer vocal.

Straight away my mind flooded with questions. Why is Bella no longer able to speak? What is stopping her talking? Is it the shock? The fact that she has lost her sibling? Or is something else troubling Bella? With so much heartbreak already in her young life, Bella’s parents move house to create a fresh start with fresh memories. But, once again, the family got more than what they bargained for.

We have all heard of Alexa and her distantly related cousins, but how safe are those gadgets? A lot of us have them in our homes, shouting for Alexa, or Google, to turn on music for us when we cannot be bothered to push buttons ourselves. Plus, those with children know how easy it is for young ones to communicate with a magic box that talks to you. Jame Carol was very clever to hone in on a subject that is incredibly topical in today’s society, and is something that will definitely get people talking about. Well, after re-checking their gadgets settings of course!

I thought that the intrigue level to the storyline had James Carol’s signature style written all over it (pardon the pun)! I must say that I did find the storyline to be very predictable and didn’t leave much room for surprises, which meant that, despite being intrigued about the next move in Nikki and Ethan’s lives, I felt as though I could already see the aftermath of their chosen choices before it was written in black and white.

I enjoyed the vibe of the concept, and I enjoyed the way in which the author really got into the readers sub conscience. It’s not my most favourite book that the author has written, yet I still appreciated the multi-layered storyline and clever hook. All in all, I cannot really complain at all!

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