#BlogTour! #Review – #TheMoments by Natalie Winter @OrionBooks

Hugest of thanks to Alainna and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC of ‘The Moments’ by Natalie Winter. Here is my review:

Life is made up of countless moments. Moments that make us who we are. But what if they don’t unfold the way they’re supposed to…?

What if you get on the wrong bus, or don’t speak to the right person at a party, or stay in a job that isn’t for you? Will you miss your one chance at happiness? Or will happiness find you eventually, when the moment is right?

Meet Matthew and Myrtle. They have never really felt like they fitted – in life or with anyone else. But they are meant to be together – if only they can find each other.

A powerful and emotional story about missed chances, interwoven lives and the moments that define us.

What does TWG think?

I have been racking my brain all day, trying to put my thoughts of this book into some sort of order. I don’t think I have managed it, but I’m giving it my best shot!

Have you ever wondered how your life would pan out, what animals you would get, who you would fall in love with? Of course you have, we are only human and the beauty of this book is that it puts characters loves and losses into the spotlight in a way which really makes the reader stop and think.

‘The Moments’ switches between various characters of various ages, however it starts off with two new lives being brought into the world. Two happy families, two new babies, two worlds being their oysters. Matthew and Myrtle are the ‘main’ characters of the story and we get to watch them grow up and find their feet. Obviously life is uncertain, and the two characters aren’t always surrounded by positive energy and happiness. In fact, a lot of what Matthew and Myrtle endure, and their loved ones endure, is relatable and incredibly emotion.

As a child you’re constantly wanting to grow up, whilst disbelieving the adult who tells you, ‘don’t waste your life away, life is too short’. But it really is short, even more so when someones life is crammed into 400 or so pages.

If you’re an animal lover, you will fall in love with the dogs that feature in this book. Yes, even the animals reach their end in the book and as bad as this sounds, I was more emotional about the demise of say, Worzel, than the demise of several of the characters. Please say I’m not the only one who gets like this?!

‘The Moments’ is such a unique story. I have never read a book told in a similar manner and yeah, it was a teeny bit confusing at first, but once I realised what the author was trying to achieve with the fast forwarding of life so to speak, I was more able to go with the flow.

Something which really hit home for me was how the author made every little moment, seem the most important thing ever. And they should be, because every moment in our lives got us to where we are now. Why should we settle for second best? Why should we just do things because other people are, even if we know deep down that it isn’t our destiny?

Like I say, I’ve never read a book like this before, and I don’t think I ever will. ‘The Moments’ and Natalie Winter, truly are one of a kind – i was mesmerised by the poignancy of the storyline and the way in which it made me think from deep within.

The premise of the book is deeply moving, raw, and sometimes unsettling due to the harsh reality of the situations, however Natalie Winter has created something incredibly special.

#TheMoments blew me away and even made the deepest part of my soul emotional! Such an incredibly beautiful, raw, insightful, and highly emotive read which will stay with me for a very long time. Please, please do put this on your wishlist as you will not regret it.

Pre-order now from Amazon (published 8th August)

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#BlogTour! #Review – #AHomeFromHome by Veronica Henry (@veronica_henry @Orionbooks @AnneCater

Next up on TWG is a delightful book from one of my all time favourite authors, Veronica Henry. Many thanks to Orion and Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and ARC. I hope you enjoy my review of ‘A Home From Home’!

Sunshine, cider and family secrets…

Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors – arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live on the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell.

For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved Great-Uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they’ve always belonged might now belong to them…

But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a Culbone. Gabriel has no idea why he’s been included, or what his connection to the farm – or the Melchiors – can be.

As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?

What does TWG think?

There is a reason why Veronica Henry is one of my all time favourite authors, and ‘A Home From Home’ is that very reason! Honestly, this is a home away from home read that delivered hope and beauty behind every word.

For as long as she can remember, Dragonfly Farm had been Tabitha’s home; a place where she felt safe. However one day, her life became a mismatched mess when a loved one passed away suddenly. Not only did Tabitha have grief to contend with, she also had the fear of whether she would end up losing her home.

Theres a lot of history behind Dragonfly Farm, and whilst some of it may be hearsay and what not, a lot of it has been kept a secret from those who were involved the most. Now we all know what secrets do to people, including families! I would have been surprised if the storyline didn’t contain fireworks!

Alongside Tabitha is her cousin, Georgia – literally chalk and cheese. One is fiery and very hot headed, yet the other is more logical. It was interesting to watch their two lives combine as they came together bound by their family ties and grief.

There are a lot of characters to keep an eye on in this storyline, especially as the book is dual timeline and visits the past with more characters. I did struggle to keep up with who was related to who, who dabbled with who, who was still alive and what not, but I think I got the gist of it! By the way, can I just say what AWESOME character names are in this book!!!!

I thought ‘A Home From Home’ was such a magical novel. I really didn’t want it to end and felt as though I had lost my right arm when it did! Veronica Henry, in my opinion, is the queen of comfort reads, and she certainly went above and beyond with her storyline this time round. I was spellbound by the family histories of the Melchiors and Culbones, and i fell in love with the cosy Dragonfly Farm that seemed to hold the key to eternal happiness.

Reading ‘A Home From Home’ is the perfect book to escape into and forget reality. I mean, who needs politics when you have characters like Plum and Gabriel? A truly wonderful, humble, and touching novel that lit up my light for the duration of the story. I adored it.

‘A Home From Home’ will be published on the 25th July. Pre-order now from Amazon.

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheEscapeRoom by Megan Goldin (@megangoldin) @orionbooks @orion_crime @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Omg this book! Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC of ‘The Escape Room’ by Megan Goldin. I am delighted to be today’s stop on the tour. Hope you enjoy my review!

Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.

In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they’ll do anything to get ahead.

When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive.

Tempers fray and the escape room’s clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they’ll have to solve one more final puzzle: which one of them is a killer?

What does TWG think?

Wow! I am so glad that I don’t read blurbs of books as I don’t think the book would have had the same effect otherwise! I fully suggest you ignore the blurb on this and read ‘The Escape Room’ blind. Don’t worry, my review won’t contain spoilers either!

I really wasn’t sure what to make of this book at first, I’ll be honest. There seemed to be a lot of storyline up in the air, with nothing connecting the individual situations to the overall novel. That said, I was so glad that I kept on reading as oh.my.goodness.me it delivered!! I have never read such a unsettling, uncertain, and chilling read as this one. If you find yourself teetering with uncertainty after the first few chapters, please trust me when I say stick with it! It’s worth it, honestly!!

As I’m sure you can guess by the cover, ‘The Escape Room’ has a large part of the storyline set in a lift. Now usually that sort of thing wouldn’t bother me, that was until I walked into Tesco yesterday to find that someone was in the lift shaft fixing it! I hadn’t long finished reading the book! My legs turned to jelly, I was freaked out!

Many times whilst reading Megan Goldin’s novel, the words ‘what the…..’ fluttered around in my mind. My eyes couldn’t believe what I was reading, and my brain could not understand the lengths which people went to for an extra buck. The whole ‘do you know who you can trust’ vibe is very eye-opening and had me wondering which of the characters I could trust. In all honesty, every single one of them gave me the impression that i couldn’t trust a single word they came out with. It was such a weird predicament to be in as usually there is at least one character you can keep in your corner. Not this time!

I was hooked by ‘The Escape Room’ and its addictive storyline. I have no idea how Megan Goldin managed to weave all of the intricate details of the characters lives together, but she did and I have to say that it was very cleverly done.

For a book which had me perching on the fence to begin with, i can hand on heart say that i bloody enjoyed it! Such a compelling and complex read which continued to surprise me with every new page. I am so excited to read more from Megan Goldin – what a cracking start!

‘The Escape Room’ will be published on the 25th July. Pre-order your copy now from Amazon.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Garden on Holly Street by Megan Attley (@MeganAttley) @OrionBooks

Huge thanks to Alex Layyt for the blog tour invite and ARC, it gives me great pleasure to host author of ‘The Garden on Holly Street’, Megan Attley’ today on TWG.

Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to get the life you want . . .

Abby Hamilton’s world has turned upside down in a matter of months – it seems that change is definitely in the air. But moving into Willow Court might just be the fresh start and happy distraction she needed.

Meeting her intriguing new neighbours helps push Abby out of her comfort zone. Then she finds an overgrown patch of garden in desperate need of love and time – something Abby has in spades! Throwing herself into bringing the garden back to life, Abby discovers that new beginnings can come from the most surprising places…

What does TWG think?

Whilst the theme of heartbroken-woman-being-cheated-on-and-starting-new-life is pretty popular in books, I have to admit that Megan Attley put her own unique spin on it which stopped me rolling my eyes.

Abby is such a likeable character, and the fact that shes willing to give something love having being hurt herself, was quite endearing. Granted she was giving a garden and plants some love, but let’s not split hairs shall we?

Abby isn’t the only character with a story to tell; Arthur and Ernie have had their own fair share of heartbreak! I loved how unlikely the friendships were as they weren’t in the same age bracket, not that that means you can only be friends with people your own age, that’s not what I’m saying at all. I mean it more in the way that their connections were unexpected. It was super sweet. They were all so different, and their stories were only slightly similar too.

The one thing that stood out the most about this book was the amount of hope it was filled with. Abby, Arthur and Ernie may be finding things tough in their own ways, yet they still tried to find hope to help the new void in their life.

Megan Attley has given her characters a voice, and I was moved by how the entire storyline felt as though it was written from the authors heart as if she had endured her own heartbreak in her personal life. It was like passing her own strength onto Abby and co which, if you really think about it, is such a touching and poignant thing to do.

I cannot wait to read more from Megan Attley, and I highly reccomend losing yourself in ‘The Garden on Holly Street’.

Buy now.

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheChain by Adrian McKinty (@AdrianMckinty) @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #DontBreakTheChain

Are you afraid of The Chain?

No?

Well you should be….

I am delighted to be reviewing ‘The Chain’ by Adrian McKinty today, for my stop on the blog tour. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite and ARC.

YOUR PHONE RINGS.

A STRANGER HAS KIDNAPPED YOUR CHILD.

TO FREE THEM YOU MUST ABDUCT SOMEONE ELSE’S CHILD.

YOUR CHILD WILL BE RELEASED WHEN YOUR VICTIM’S PARENTS KIDNAP ANOTHER CHILD.

IF ANY OF THESE THINGS DON’T HAPPEN:
YOUR CHILD WILL BE KILLED.

YOU ARE NOW PART OF THE CHAIN

What does TWG think?

‘The Chain’ has been one of the most talked about books on social media in recent weeks. There was so much hype surrounding it, I was both excited and apprehensive. Excited because of the fact the book sounded AWESOME, and apprehensive because I wanted to love it as much as everyone else did. I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype! However, I needn’t have worried one iota. Why? Because ‘The Chain’ blew my mind and held me hostage! I mean, if I didn’t know any better, I could have easily been mistaken for being part of the chain myself!!!

What would you do if someone phoned you to tell you that they had kidnapped your child? Anyones first instinct would be to call the police, wouldn’t it? You’d want the geezers caught pronto!! But what if those same people told you that you weren’t allowed to contact the police because if you did, your child would end up dead?

In situations like these, it’s a bit difficult to surmise what you would do unless you were actually in a situation like it. Heaven forbid nobody is!

I went through a range of emotions very quickly whilst reading this. I was angry with The Chain, emotional because of the poor innocent children, worried, shocked, anxious….you name it. I just wanted to go to sleep once I put the book down, I was exhausted!!

I have never, EVER read a book as twisted and as complex as ‘The Chain’. It was eye opening seeing how the characters dealt with the predicament they found themselves in, especially as their actions were governed by extreme emotion to begin with which actually hindered their rational thinking.

Not stereotyping anyone, but I also thought that the Male, burly characters would end up being the ones to be afraid of but, whilst they were indeed macho, I couldn’t help but feel more weary of the females in each pairing.

Honestly, this was an outstanding, chilling and severely mind blowing read. My nerves were shot to smithereens by the end and I had everything crossed that my phone wasn’t going to ring!

Adrian McKinty is a very, VERY talented man, and definitely an author to stalk…I mean, watch.

I know I keep saying it, but wow, ‘The Chain’ was bloody brilliant and by far one of the best books I think I have ever read.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Extract from #Tightrope by Marnie Riches (@Marnie_Riches) @OrionBooks

I am so excited to be taking part in Marnie Riches’ blog tour today for ‘Tightrope’, many thanks to Orion for my invite. I was hoping to review the book today, however I didn’t receive a copy until too late so I will be sharing an extract from the book inside. I will be reading and reviewing as soon as i can though!

What happens when a private investigator ends up being the one uncovered?

Having lost everything after a failed marriage, Beverley Saunders now lodges in the basement flat of a house owned by her best friend Sophie and her husband, Tim. With Bev’s former glittering marketing career in the gutter, she begins to do investigative work for other wronged women, gathering dirt on philanderers, bosses and exes.

But when Beverley takes on the case of Sophie’s friend Angela, who is seeking to uncover grounds for divorce from her controlling husband, Jerry, the shadow Science Minister, she soon discovers that she isn’t the only one doing the investigating…

Beverley has a secret history she doesn’t want coming out – but will she manage to stay hidden long enough to give Angela the freedom she deserves?

‘Tightrope’ will be published by Orion on the 11th July and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon

Extract.

CHAPTER 1
Bev

‘Balls to Dr Mo and his group-therapy cobblers,’ she said, savouring the sight of the object of her desire. Endorphins

fizzed in her bloodstream. The rush of a conquest was always a narcotic, numbing the jab, jab, jab of her conscience that insisted she was derailing her own fasttrain back to a future worth having. With a quick glance up the double-parked street of elegant Edwardian brick terraces, she negotiated a traffic hump. The car shuddered and her teeth clacked. OK, perhaps she was going a little too fast. Eyes back on the prize. ‘Oh, Mama. I cannot wait to get you home and rip off your—’

When the 4×4 ploughed into her at speed, Beverley Saunders’ little VW Polo lurched improbably to the right, missing the parked Audi on the opposite side of the road by only inches. Her airbag inflated immediately.

‘Jesuf pft.’ A muffled outcry was all she could manage until the bag deflated, leaving her gripping the steering wheel with white-knuckled, shaking hands. Stunned, she stared at the bag that now looked like an oversized, spent johnny. ‘What bastard . . . ?’

Flushed through with adrenaline, she applied her handbrake, punched her hazard warning lights into life and

stepped out of the car. The culprit was looking down at her from the elevated vantage point of an Overfinch Range

Rover. Staring directly at Bev open-mouthed as though she

couldn’t quite believe what had just come to pass.

Bev took in the devastation wrought on her beloved little VW by the unforgiving bulk of this pimped-up Chelsea Tractor – or rather, Hale Tractor in this overpriced pocket of Cheshire. Enraged, she marched up to the driver’s side window of the 4×4, expecting to find some washed up soap

actress or footballer’s wife.

‘Get out of the fucking car, lady !’ she yelled.

The woman raised her hand to her mouth, but otherwise didn’t move.

She didn’t seem to be a celebrity, but Bev knew her type well. High blonde ponytail. Pearl earrings. Expensive looking fur gilet that showed off the owner’s reed-like arms, accented with a shitty taupe silk scarf that chimed

in perfect harmony with the Farrow and Ball-painted doors and window frames of the surrounding houses. Rocks on those bony fingers that could fund a developing country.

That much she could see through the glass.

‘Entitled shitbag. I’m talking to you !’

Bev eyed the stoved-in passenger side of her Polo, noticing how the tyre was facing inwards at an untenable angle. A flicker of guilt strobed at the back of her mind, telling her that a crash was karmic payback for being weak. But that didn’t excuse this stupid cow. She thumped the bonnet of the Range Rover.

‘You killed my car !’

Shutters were twitching either side of the street. Cleaners and nannies peered out at the scene, no doubt making

morality judgements as Bev cursed and the blonde finally emerged, tugging at the ties of her gilet.

‘I’m so, so sorry. My foot slipped and I just shot out.’

The blonde looked back regretfully at the give-way markings on the road.

‘I take it you’re not hurt.’ Bev eyed the pristine white Range Rover. It didn’t have a single dent in it. Naturally.

And those gleaming black alloys were intact. Naturally. Only the Polo looked like it had been in a fight with

Godzilla. ‘Details !’ Her heartbeat was thunderous as she proffered the brown envelope from a recent, terrifying

HMRC communiqué and a pencil she’d stolen from IKEA.

‘I think we’ve got to call the police, get a reference number or something, but first, we exchange details.’

‘Yes. Of course.’ The blonde dithered, clearly looking for something to lean on. Opted for her bonnet. She wrote,

‘Angela Fitzwilliam’ in a shaky hand.

The crash threatened to send Bev careening to the rock bottom of a cliff face she had already been struggling to cling to, let alone scale. She was just about to subject the woman to another tirade of expletives, when the guilt flickered on again ; brighter and steadier, this time, like a searchlight

shining on her shortcomings. She privately acknowledged that she hadn’t really been paying attention either. Too busy staring at the extremely rare, mint origami kit she’d bought off the old guy in Rusholme. A moment of eBay madness, indulging in the very compulsion she had sworn she would eschew. Dr Mo would remind her that she had taken four steps backwards in the board game of her life, sliding down yet another damned snake at a point where she’d hoped to climb the next ladder. Well, the self-appointed saviour of the obsessive, the compulsive and the habitually disorderly would have to damn well find out first.

Maybe she was equally to blame for being unobservant. But this woman looked loaded. She could almost certainly afford to lose her no claims bonus and pay the excess. Bev, on the other hand, had a stack of unopened bills waiting on the side in her crappy flat, not to mention the tax demand. Screw it.

‘So, you admit, it was your fault ?’

The woman closed her large, deep-set eyes and held up hands that were beautifully manicured. ‘Oh, absolutely.

Mine entirely.’

A fixed-up car, a month or two of lovely physio, being pummelled with warm oils by some beefcake – the nearest Bev would get to a massage now that she was permanently broke. A couple of grand in damages would clear some of those debts. Bish, bash, bosh. Bev mentally rubbed her hands together and thanked God for silver linings.

#BlogTour! #Review – The Reunion by Guillaume Mosso @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Many thanks to Orion and Tracy Fenton for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘The Reunion’ by Guillaume Mosso:

Welcome to a school reunion you won’t forget

FRENCH RIVIERA, WINTER 1992
On a freezing night, as her high school campus is engulfed by a snowstorm, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell runs away with Alexis, her philosophy teacher.

No one will ever see them again.

FRENCH RIVIERA, SPRING 2017
Formerly inseparable, Thomas, Maxime and Fanny – Vinca’s best friends – have not spoken in twenty-five years. But when they receive an invitation to their school reunion, they know they must go back one final time.

Because there is a body buried in that school…

…and they’re the ones who put it there.

What does TWG think?

I have never even to a school reunion before and, if I’m perfectly honest, I don’t think I want to either! I don’t think I’ve ever read a good thing about reunions in any books which feature it. I mean, someone either disappears, gets murdered, a fight breaks out, or someone reveals a dark secret which shocks everyone around them. Plus, I’m only 29….

‘The Reunion’ is a very intriguing novel. I will admit that I don’t think it was entirely my cup of tea, however I did appreciate the authors literary talent and outstanding compilation of intensity and suspense.

The novel is set within two different years; 1992 where the disaster happened, and 2017 which is the present and where the characters try and find out what had happened twenty five years prior.

I thought that the characters were very well crafted, especially as some of their personalities oozed colour, whilst others couldn’t have been more like chalk and cheese if they tried.

I cannot fault the way the storyline came together, nor can I fault the cold tingles that shimmied up and down my spine whilst reading it.

Pre-order now (published 11th July)

#BlogTour! #Review – #TheLiesWeTell by Niki Mackay (@NikiMackayBooks) @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

Next up on TWG is a review of ‘The Lies We Tell’ by Niki Mackay. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC.

Miriam Jackson is a famous radio presenter. Married to a successful film director, she has created the perfect life for herself.

Then her daughter goes missing.

Miriam is desperate to find her before her husband finds out and her perfect life crumbles around her. So she calls the only person who can help: Private Investigator Madison Attallee, who has just solved the biggest case of her career.

Can Madison find Miriam’s daughter? And will Miriam share the truth about her past?

What does TWG think?

A kick ass, female protagonist with a speedy, thrilling storyline to boot – it’s safe to say that ‘The Lies We Tell’ ticked many of my boxes. And then some!

With a missing child at the heart of the storyline, Niki Mackay has written a dark tale that is both emotive and suspenseful. The dynamics between the characters made for a hard hitting read as well. I was torn between sitting on the edge of my seat, and wanting to pace the floor due to restlessness.

Such a punchy, addictive novel which had me addicted from the get go. Yes, I’m being vague, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll be devouring ‘The Lies We Tell’ to find out the truth, in a heartbeat. Fantastic read.

Buy now.

#BlogTour! #Review – #BringMeSunshine by Laura Kemp (@LauraJaneKemp) @OrionBooks

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Day two of the #BringMeSunshine blog tour is here! Seeing as the weather is pretty darn cold here, I am so excited for a little bit of sunshine, even if it is merely book form! Many thanks, as always, to Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Charlotte Bold is nothing like her name – she is shy and timid and just wants a quiet life. When her job doing the traffic news on the radio in London is relocated to Sunshine FM in Mumbles, she jumps at the chance for a new start in Wales.

But when she arrives she discovers that she’s not there to do the travel news – she’s there to front the graveyard evening show. And she’s not sure she can do it.

Thrust into the limelight, she must find her voice and a way to cope. And soon she realises that she’s not the only person who finds life hard – out there her listeners are lonely too. And her show is the one keeping them going.

Can Charlotte seize the day and make the most of her new home? And will she be able to breathe new life into the tiny radio station too…?

What does TWG think?

I have no idea how I am going to do Laura Kemp’s novel justice with my review. I mean, really, the book literally does bring you sunshine, so my words saying how much I loved the story aren’t going to win against sunshine, now are they?

Well, I’ve said it already so I may as well cement the fact that yes, I did indeed LOVE ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, what with its uplifting storyline, flawed and fabulous characters, and humour which makes you channel your inner seal. Perfection? I think so!

Charlotte is one for planning. She likes to know what she’s doing pretty much all of the time, and if ‘routine’ could be her middle name, I really think that she would lap that up. Before anyone says anything, no, there isn’t anything wrong with wanting to live life by a strict plan. Nothing wrong with it all, however life itself doesn’t stick to a plan and is far to quick to throw hurdles any time it chooses. Just like it did to Charlotte’s life. She’s got the option to build a brand new life in sunny Wales, so why isn’t she over the moon?

Simple – it’s the fear of change, and the fear of trying something new in case her past comes back to bite her on the backside. Unfortunately for us readers, we don’t get the nitty gritty details on what happened in her past until much later on in the book, and we have to keep our opinions to ourselves (yeah right) in regards to her boyfriend, Jonny. Spoiler – he’s a cactus. Wales ends up being Charlotte’s saving grace in a way which completely blindsided her. She was adamant that Wales would be a waste of her time, and her new job at Sunshine FM would end before it had even begun, but once Charlotte began to believe in herself just a teeny bit, her life seemed to reward her in the best way possible; with confidence.

Whilst Charlotte’s life is the biggest focus of the storyline, there are two other characters which share the limelight of ‘main character’ with Ms.Bold; Delme, and Tina. Delme has his own skeletons in his closest, some of which make for quite an emotional read and, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t like Delme at first because of his arrogant bravado. However, it didn’t take long for me to realise that he was in fact, hiding behind that and wasn’t at all arrogant. He actually had quite a big heart and was willing to help anyone out. He was just afraid of being hurt. Can’t really fault him for that, eh?

And then there was Tina. Her story was very complex and contained a lot of heartache and emotion, yet watching her blossom throughout the book made me feel like a proud parent. I won’t delve into why her situation was so heartbreaking as it definitely is a spoiler, however it’s one which will make you think. Actually, all three of the main characters have stories which will stop you in your tracks, and no doubt look at the bigger picture of life.

We often get told, when sad or down, that we should take time out to do something for ourselves. A task that is so simple to say, yet one of the hardest things to actually do. That said, before reading ‘Bring Me Sunshine’, I took self care for granted because I felt selfish for doing something for myself instead of doing something for other people. Yet funnily enough, it seems to be the most underrated solution to rebuilding your confidence – by doing something for yourself, taking time out to try something new, doing something that YOU want to do, even if its just cooking a meal that you haven’t had in ages. Such a simple, simple thing.

I can guarantee that a lot of readers will find themselves relating to the characters in this book, whether it’s Charlotte, Delme, Tina, or even Leonie. Every single character in this book has their own story to tell, and it was such a joy to be able to learn from them. I loved being able to watch them spread their wings once they realise they deserve happiness in their lives. Again, something a lot of us take for granted because we don’t believe that we deserve anything.

‘Bring Me Sunshine’ does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak. It brings sunshine to readers from the very first page, until the very end. I loved Laura Kemp’s wisdom and warmth which made the story come alive beautifully. Honestly, the humour throughout the book was hysterical, and the entire storyline made me feel as though I was being hugged from the inside out. I have no idea how Laura Kemp does this, but she fills my little heart with joy with each and every one of her stories. However, I have to say that she has raised the bar incredibly high with ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ and the way she gave her characters, and readers out there too afraid to speak up, the voice that they so desperately crave.

If you’re in need of a little sunshine in your life, you sure as hell would NOT go wrong with Laura Kemp’s ‘Bring Me Sunshine’ – a heartfelt, heartwarming, and picture perfect read which made my heart soar. Utterly divine.

Buy now!

#BlogTour! #Review – Something To Live For by Richard Roper (@RichardRoper) @OrionBooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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It’s another busy day here at TWG, and first up is my review of Richard Roper’s ‘Something To Live For’. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Orion for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

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Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

What does TWG think?

You’re bound to have seen the hashtag #FindYourSomething on Twitter over the last few weeks, but if you haven’t, that particular hashtag refers to the all important message within Richard Roper’s new novel, ‘Something To Live For’. We all know that it is far too easy to go through life in a daze, merely going through the motions out of habit. But what would we say if someone pulled us aside and asked us about our life? Would we be able to answer honestly and say that our life isn’t fulfilling us? Or would we lie and say that our lives are perfect when its not?

Why is there a lot of stigma attached to being honest about being unhappy in your life? Why must people pretend that everything is hunky-dory?

Well, to Andrew, having the ‘perfect life’ and ‘perfect family’ is what is expected of him. He thinks that to be ‘normal’, he needs to be married with a pigeon pair, socialise weekly, and be exactly where he wants to be at a forty-something man. By pretending to have the perfect life, Andrew has forgotten to do something extremely important. He’s forgotten to live.

I know, I know. Sounds such a simple thing to do, doesn’t it?

Andrew has a job which made me stop and think to myself, ‘omg, people actually have to do that?!’. Yes, in simple terms Andrew works for a company which strives to put relatives in touch with a deceased next of kin. Albeit too late to rebuild any bridges admittedly, but there’s something pretty eye-opening about it because if Andrew and his colleagues didn’t find the all important next of kin, the deceased will be buried in what’s known as a ‘paupers grave’, with nobody likely to be at the funeral. It’s a shame.

I have seen so many people fall in love with Richard Roper’s novel, and I can see exactly why they have. I will admit that I probably didn’t fall in love with it as much as other readers have, yet I was able to appreciate the importance behind the authors words, especially about living your life before its too late.

Richard Roper has written an incredibly profound and poignant novel which took me on a journey I wasn’t expecting to go on at the age of 29. I’m glad that I was able to embark on the journey of perspective and self discovery, as I would have hated reaching Andrew’s age and feeling as though I had no more path left to walk on, or be too afraid of changing habits I had spent so long perfecting.

‘Something To Live For’ is a very fulfilling and emotive read, guaranteed to stop you in your tracks and take a good hard look at your life and what you want from it. There’s too much force being put on trying to fit in, when instead we should all be loved for who we are. However, we need to learn to love ourselves first. If you can’t ‘find your something’, at least be your own ‘something to live for’.

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