#BlogBlitz! #Review – Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead (@JayJayBus) @RaRaResources

Delighted to be joining in with the one day blog blitz for ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’ by Sue Wickstead. Many thanks to RaRaResources for having me involved, and for the ARC. Here is my review:

Jay-Jay the bus is rescued from the dirty scrap yard, where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. Feeling nervous yet excited, he is taken to an airport where he is magically transformed into a ‘Playbus’ full of toys, games and adventure.

A fictional tale based on a real-life bus ‘Supersonic’, which flew in the imaginations of the many young children who visited it.

What does TWG think?

As a fan of buses (looking at not riding on as she gets travel sick), my five year old daughter was so excited to read about Jay-Jay. Shes at the stage where she is able to read certain words, so I am sure you can guess just how proud she was with this book.

I may be an adult but even I enjoyed this lovely little book, and its illustrations are just so fun and colourful! I think that this is an idea book for both adult and children alike. A very magic and enchanting read, guaranteed to keep your child entertained time and time again.

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About the author.

I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

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#BlogTour! #Review – The Inheritance by Anne Allen (@AnneAllen21) @RaRaResources

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Many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for Anne Allen and ‘The Inheritance’. I am delighted to be sharing my review for my stop on the tour, and thank you to Rachel for the ARC also.

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1862 Young widow Eugénie faces an uncertain future in Guernsey when her husband dies at sea. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, exiled on the island and living in his voluptuous house only yards away from Eugénie. Their meeting changes her life and she begins working for him as a copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet. 

2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, born in Guernsey, now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she listened to Aunt Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the father of her child? Tess doubts it, but inheriting the house allows her to make a fresh start in her beloved island. 

Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.

What does TWG think?

If you’re a fan of all things Guernsey then you’ll be pleased to know that ‘The Inheritance’ has 6 other brothers and sisters relating to the same topic! Yes, that’s right, this is book number 7 in the Guernsey series but it can be read on its own, so there is no to worry about whether you need to bulk read 6 novels before starting ‘The Inheritance’.

What a clever, multi-layered and complex story! Set during one of my most favourite periods in history, the Victoria era, ‘The Inheritance’ tells the story of Eugenie in diary form, as well as Eugenie’s very distant relative many, many years down the line, Tess. Both very different times, with both very different lifestyles, yet both stories were combined beautifully in a way that held my attention with bated breath.

Dual narratives always impress me as I cannot even begin to imagine just how technical the planning must be to ensure fluidity between the sections. Anne Allen has raised the bar sky high with her delivery of multiple narratives which include a lot of information both about the characters and the lives they led, and lead.

I did find that if I lost my focus on the storyline or stopped reading to go and do real life stuff, trying to pick back up where I left off was a task as I had lost the momentum. Putting it simply, you need to focus on the storyline 100%. ‘The Inheritance’ is such a complex storyline which requires your full attention and thought – ideal if you’re a fan of in-depth and heavy novels, but a bit confusing if you enjoy a simpler read.

Overall, I enjoyed the historic essence surrounding Eugenie’s past and the future she would never be aware of. I also loved learning more about Guernsey, a place I have yet to visit personally. ‘The Inheritance’ is an emotive, delicate yet atmospheric read which puts historic fiction on the map with a Big Bang. Beautifully written, Anne Allen really has done herself and her readers, very proud.

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About the author.

Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby.  Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.

By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Maybe Baby by Carol Thomas (@carol_thomas2) @RaRaResources

We have reached the end of the blog tour for ‘Maybe Baby’ by Carol Thomas, where I will be sharing a review for my stop on the tour. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC.

Just when you thought you had it all worked out …

Best friends Lisa and Felicity think – maybe, just maybe – they finally have everything sorted out in their lives.

Lisa is in a happy relationship with her old flame, and busy mum Felicity has managed to reignite the passion with her husband, Pete after a romantic getaway.

But when Lisa walks in on a half-naked woman in her boyfriend’s flat and Felicity is left reeling from a shocking discovery, it becomes clear that life is nothing but full of surprises …

What does TWG think?

If you’ve read Carol Thomas’ previous novel, ‘The Purrfect Pet Sitter’, you might find that you’ll be recognising one or two of the characters in this book! That’s right, Lisa and her gang of furry friends are back! I do believe that this can be read as a standalone as the author explains any references to the previous book, so don’t worry too much if you haven’t read it yet.

Once again I found the storyline very hard to get into at first. There wasn’t the immediate hook that I would have hoped for, but seeing as the same thing happened with book one and I ended up really enjoying it, I decided to bide my time and hope that Lisa and Felicity were going to do more than a job along the prom.

And they did! After several chapters of being unsure, I was able to lose myself in the drama surrounding the not so mysterious woman who popped up in Lisa’s boyfriends flat, as well as the drama with Felicity’s knife tongue MIL, Sue. Plus, Felicity’s kids had me in hysterics – out the mouth of babes 100%. Brilliant.

The further into the book I got, the more I fell in sync with what was going on – there are a lot of surprises!

‘Maybe Baby’ does what it says on the tin, so to speak, and I adored watching that theme flourish throughout the book. Obviously I can’t say too much but the happiness and joy was evident, pouring out of the characters like a waterfall. I’m no softie yet even I found myself getting a little emosh!

A joyful, lighthearted and uber touching read – even my cheeks hurt from smiling so much!

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About the author.

Carol Thomas lives on the south coast of England with her husband, four children and lively young Labrador. She has been a playgroup supervisor and taught in primary schools for over fifteen years, before dedicating more of her time to writing. Carol is a regular volunteer at her local Cancer Research UK shop. She has a passion for reading, writing and people watching and can often be found loitering in local cafes working on her next book.

Carol writes contemporary romance novels, with relatable heroines whose stories are layered with emotion, sprinkled with laughter and topped with irresistible male leads.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Island in the Sun by Janice Horton (@JaniceHorton) @RaRaResources

Many thanks to RaRaResources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for ‘Island in the Sun’ by Janice Horton, as well as the ARC. Here is my review:

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before.

She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

What does TWG think?

Can you tell that summer is on the way? No? Well you should, because if you don’t, ‘Island in the Sun’ will be changing that before you can choose your seat on your TUI flight!

I wasn’t feeling this book at first to be honest. An entitled, high and mighty family member with the power newly bestowed upon her to either make a community stronger, or ruin a lot of peoples lives. It was Isla’s arrogance that irked me, and like I say, the fact she thought she was entitled because of what and who she came from. It just bugged me – it took me a little while to gel with the storyline and to try and understand where it was heading.

The more of the story I read, the more Isla began to make sense and, the more her past was uncovered, the more I felt empathy towards her. Ironic really, isn’t it? It just goes to show that an authors attention to detail is paramount when it comes to a reader disliking, or liking a novel. Thankfully I ended up being the latter despite my uncertainty at the start.

I loved the setting and imagining feeling the sand between my toes and the warmth of the sun on my cheeks. Janice Horton brought that to life beautifully. I honestly think it’s one of the best settings I have ever had the pleasure of losing myself in.

‘Island in the Sun’ is a sunshine on a rainy day type of book, which blends both romantic situations with emotional and devastating events in a touching and enriching manner. It really was a joyful and pleasant read, perfect for staycations and vacations.

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About the author.

Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

Visit ‘The Backpacking Housewife’ website.

#BlogTour! #Review – It’s My Birthday by Hannah Pearl (@HannahPearl_1) @RaRaResources @RubyFiction

Late one tonight as my daughter lost her first tooth today! So brave! Anyway, I have a review of Hannah Pearl’s novel, ‘It’s My Birthday’ for my stop on the blog tour. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite, and thank you to the publisher for the ARC.

It’s My Birthday

… I’ll cry if I want to.

Oh boy, another birthday …

Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back.

Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up.

As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?

What does TWG think?

If you haven’t already guessed, Hannah Pearl’s novel is about a birthday. Not just any birthday actually, a milestone 40th for Karen! Unfortunately Karen isn’t really feeling in the birthday spirit after recent happenings in her personal life, and you can’t really blame her to be honest. I mean, would you feel like getting down on the dance floor and stuffing your face with birthday cake if you found out that your husband was making a move stateside…permanently?

Forgive me for saying this, but I wasn’t a fan of the story at first as it felt a bit like a midlife whinge. Not that I’m saying that Karen should have gotten over her upset as quick as lightening, not at all. I just wasn’t feeling it, and I wanted to.

However, I wanted to find out what happened with Karen and whether her life turned back around, so I persevered. Oh my gosh, I’m glad that I did! The line about grey hair had me laughing out loud. The humour in this book is absolutely insane!! So witty! I actually lost count of how many times I giggled at the perfectly placed one liners. Karen is such a breath of fresh air once you get to know her, and I am so relieved that I gave her character a chance.

I enjoyed following her journey with Elliott and Sophie and, despite getting the giggles, I thought the author wrote the topics of parenthood, relationships and blended families, in such a sensitive yet relatable manner. Hannah Pearl didn’t hide away from the dark sides of those topics, nor did she tone down the positives. I respected the author a lot for the way she approached it and I truly believe that other readers will too.

So, what started off as an uncertain read, ended up being thoroughly enjoyed by me. ‘It’s My Birthday’ is a witty, humourous, and heart warming novel. Feel free to cry if you want to because it’s your birthday! But, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be crying with laughter!

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About the author.

Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning eReader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017 she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

#BlogTour! #Review – A Wedding on Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale (@EmilyHarvale) @RaRaResources

It’s a nice day for a, white wedding…

Actually, it isn’t which is fine because it isn’t snowing…yet. Although there is a wedding, and you’re all invited! I am so excited to be dusting off my wedding hat today for my stop on Emily Harvale’s latest blog tour. Huge thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC, here is my review of ‘A Wedding on Lily Pond Lane’:

The Angel Bell is ringing for Mia and Jet’s Big Day – but will the Wedding of the Year go without a hitch?

Every bride wants the perfect wedding and Mia Ward is no exception. But she is the only bride in Little Pondale and everyone in the village has ideas for her Big Day. Drowning in suggestions, Mia needs some help.

When she bumps into childhood friend, Breanna Wright on a shopping trip to London, Mia’s convinced it’s Fate. Breanna’s only ambition was to be a wedding planner with her own business, The Wright Wedding … so Mia doesn’t hesitate.

Breanna’s now got three months to plan a wedding where the sky’s the limit, budget-wise. She should be over the moon. Especially as she’ll get a chance to see old friends again, including her first love. There’s just one tiny hitch … Breanna doesn’t have a wedding-planning business.

She should tell Mia there has been a slight mistake, but as usual Breanna’s life isn’t running smoothly and she could really use a break. And when you’ve dreamt about planning weddings all your life, how difficult can it be?

Will this be the chance Breanna’s longed for? Or will Mia’s Dream Wedding be Breanna’s biggest disaster yet?

What does TWG think?

Love is in the air, do do do do doooooooo!!!

It wasn’t that long ago that we visited Mia, Jet, Ella, Gill, and the rest of the gang in Little Pondale, and now we are back for a wedding!! I do love a good wedding, do you?

This latest treat from Emily Harvale IS part of a series and can be read fine on its own. However like I say everytime, I highly recommend reading the books in order so that you can appreciate just how the characters got to where they are now.

If you have already dipped your little toe into the Little Pondale series, you’ll already know just how special these books are. If you haven’t, well, now is the time to start!!

‘A Wedding on Lily Pond Lane’ has got to be my most favourite book of the series. I mean, the fairytale vibe of the storyline and the magicalesque way the author brought the book together, just blew my mind. I actually could not stop smiling. Bree’s accident prone personality had me in hysterics because she was just so real. She didn’t pretend to be something she wasn’t. I guess she reminded me a little of Mia because of it.

As bad as this sounds considering I have been to my own mothers wedding, Mia and Jet’s wedding is definitely the best wedding I have ever been to. Everything about their day just screamed their personality. It was them to a T and it highlighted the power of their relationship, beautifully. I loved it.

I would LOVE to sit here and talk about Bree’s situation but because of spoilers, I can’t! Ahhhhhh!!!!! Let’s just say both love AND magic is in the air for that particular character. I actually felt quite emotional when something came to light and I have no idea why. Maybe it was because I believed in the beauty of the situation. Or maybe it was because I could see that the author believed in her characters. I don’t know. I just nearly blubbered, that’s all I am certain of!!

I have everything crossed that this isn’t the end of the series. I would be absolutely devastated if I couldn’t go and visit Mia and the gang every few months, and I totally think that there is another book just calling out for Bree’s involvement once again.

‘A Wedding on Lily Pond Lane’ is like Kiki Dee to Elton John, like Minnie Mouse to Mickey Mouse, like Chandler Bing to Joey Tribianni, like cookies to milk. It puts the word ‘perfect’ into the word ‘perfection’ – can you tell I loved it? I really did, it was such a beautiful, heart-warming novel that made me feel as though I was coming home.

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About the author.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

#BlogTour! #Promo – Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Cursed Serpent by Columbkill Noonan (@columbkillnoon1) @RaRaResources

Happy first day of the blog tour, Columbkill Noonan! For my stop on the tour I will be doing a little bit of promo by sharing all the details of the book, as well as the all important ‘to buy’ links.

“For Queen, for Country, and for….Uncle Rabbit?”

Just when Barnabas and Wilfred thought the world was safe at last, along comes a new threat: the Mayan Lords of Death have hatched a plan to overthrow the natural order of things, involving a cursed serpent god, two untrustworthy sets of twins, and a dead bunny that must be resuscitated at all costs. Only Barnabas and Wilfred can possibly unravel the convoluted plot, but they face danger after danger as they attempt to do so. If they fail, up will be down and down will be up, and the evil Lords of Death will take over the heavens.

Do Barnabas and Wilfred have the courage, skill (and luck!) to save the world yet again?

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About the author.

Columbkill Noonan is the author of the bestselling “Barnabas Tew” series, which features the bumbling-yet-lovable Victorian detective Barnabas and his trusty sidekick, Wilfred. Columbkill combines her love of mythology and her affinity for period fiction to craft unique cozy mysteries that will leave you guessing (and chuckling!) till the very end.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Return to Lily Pond Lane by Emily Harvale (@emilyharvale) @rararesources

TWG is returning to Lily Pond Lane today as part of the blog tour for Emily Harvale. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Life couldn’t be better for Mia and her friends in Little Pondale – until tragedy strikes…

Mia Ward is on cloud nine after a magical Christmas and New Year and she isn’t the only one. Everyone on Lily Pond Lane seems to be living in blissful harmony. Until tragedy strikes… not once, but twice. And as Hettie Turner points out: ‘Bad things always come in threes.’

Whilst the other residents of Little Pondale are wondering what might happen next, Mia is busy worrying about her friends and trying to help them with their grief. But she needs to be careful. Just when she thought she had everything, there’s a very real chance she might lose the only thing she truly wants.

What does TWG think?

If you are new to Emily Harvale’s ‘Lily Pond Lane’ series, don’t fret as a few of the books can be read as standalone, this one included. However in my opinion, I do recommend that you read the main series so that you have better knowledge of the back story of the characters. As I say though, it’s not required for enjoyment, I just personally think that it would be advantageous. Plus, they are brilliant reads so it’s a win win situation.

Mia keeps having bad dreams and her anxiety that something devastating is going to happen, is through the roof. Whilst Jet keeps telling her that everything is fine and dandy, Mia cant help feeling unsettled that a bombshell is about to be dropped.

Whilst we all know that life isn’t as stress free as we all would like, several of the characters lives in ‘Return to Lily Pond Lane’ certainly have picked the short straw. Obviously I can’t go into detail as to what those stresses were, be prepared for fireworks and a lot of uncertainty.

I have loved this series so far, and I continue to fall in loved with Lily Pond Lane with every new visit. Personally though, I didn’t love this installment as much as the others because I found Jet and Mia a little immature at times due to their involvement in a particular situation.

Overall, ‘Return to Lily Pond Lane’ is an emotive and heartwarming read which made me want to hug my loved ones even tighter. An enjoyable addition to the ‘Lily Pond Lane’ series.

Buy now.

About the author.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

#BlogTour! #Review – Let’s Make Pom Poms by Katie Scott (@bloggerkscott) @RaRaResources

Final blog tour of the day is for something a little bit different – pom poms! I am excited to be one of the bloggers closing Katie Scott’s blog tour today. Huge thanks, as always, to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Fun and easy makes for all the family. Get crafty with pom poms with 15 easy to follow step by step guides. Make your own set of fluffy dice, sushi that looks good enough to eat and an everlasting Christmas tree as well as many other exciting projects.

What does TWG think?

It isn’t often that I review books like this, not because I don’t like them, but because they don’t crop up that often! I was hoping to try making some of the pom poms to go alongside my review, unfortunately I didn’t have time.

That said, the guides look very easy to follow, even for those who aren’t natural crafters. I remember making pom poms as a child so this book took me right back to my childhood!

What’s ideal about this book is that it looks like a perfect activity for children and families to get involved in, come rain or shine.

I cannot wait to show my little girl the quirkiness that is pom poms, thanks to Katie Scott’s fun little guide.

Buy now.

About the author.

Katie Scott is a craft and book blogger who lives in the county of Kent, UK. Living at home with her husband and infant daughter, Katie loves nothing more than long evenings in with a good book, a pile of crafting goodies and a very large pot of tea.
Let’s Make Pom Poms is her first crafting book.

Find more work from Katie Scott on her blog: https://www.bloomingfiction.co.uk

#BlogTour! #Review – Your Secret’s Safe With Me by Rosie Travers (@rosietravers) @RaRaResources

Next up on TWG today is the start of a brand new blog tour! I am delighted to be kicking off Rosie Travers blog tour for ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ with a review. Many thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and ARC. Here is my review:

Career girl Becca Gates’ organised life is thrown into chaos when her mother, romantic novelist Pearl, announces her surprise engagement to Jack, a man she has only just met.

Worse news follows when Pearl tells Becca she intends to leave London, quit writing, and retire to her new fiancé’s idyllic waterside home on the south coast. Becca is determined to prevent Pearl from making a disastrous mistake, but when she at arrives at Rivermede, more shocks await when she stumbles upon a familiar yet unwelcome face from her past.

As Pearl embraces her new life amongst the local sailing fraternity, Becca receives a grim warning that all is not as calm as it seems at picturesque Rivermede, and if she wants to keep her family safe, she should keep them away.

But why should Becca trust the man who has betrayed her before, the man who broke her heart, the man who thinks he knows all her secrets?

What does TWG think?

Isn’t that cover GORGEOUS?! Oh it’s super pretty! Having said that, don’t judge the book by the cover here, and I don’t mean that negatively. I mean, just look at the pretty yet subtle colours, the softness of the overall cover – you would expect the story to be as soft as the cover, right? Wrong!!! I genuinely thought that Rosie Travers’ novel was going to be completely different to what it actually was, but boy did I enjoy it!

Becca has been living in her mums shadow for as long as she can remember. If Pearl says to jump, Becca will ask how high, so when Pearl drops a bombshell, Becca can’t help but think that her mum is having one of her ‘moments’. That is until Becca goes to visit Pearl’s new life and the pieces begin to fit together.

For the age that Becca actually is, she comes across as someone much, much younger as I felt that she was a bit immature at times. I fully appreciate that her life has to change because of Pearl’s wishes, but if she wasn’t happy about the situations she found herself in, why go along for the ride and then simply moan about it afterwards?

I’m not saying that I disliked Becca, because I did like her and thought that she was a vital puzzle piece in the overall storyline – she just irked me at times, just like some of the other characters in the book.

I said at the start of this review that the book cover is softer than the actual storyline, and I still stand by that because the further into the storyline I read, the more surprised I became by the events that were unfolding. ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ has the soft romance and uplifting outlook on life, yet it also has the fractured family dynamics and intense uncertainty regarding both the past, and the future.

I loved how the author incorporated some quite in depth themes into the storyline such as marriage woes, single parenting, dark secrets, and health. Such a mixture of content in one place and i just loved how it all came together in the end.

Rosie Travers is such a magnetic author who blew me away with her delivery of grit, as well as both likeable and dislikeable characters. ‘Your Secret’s Safe With Me’ is such an unexpected gem of a book, and I am absolutely gutted that it came to an end.

Buy now!

About the author.

Rosie Travers grew up in Southampton on the south coast of England and loved escaping into a good book at a very early age. After many years juggling motherhood and a variety of jobs in local government she moved to Southern California in 2009. With time on her hands she started a blog about the perils of ex-pat life which rekindled a teenage desire to become a writer. Now permanently settled back in the UK, Rosie takes inspiration from the towns and landscape of her native south coast and enjoys writing heart-warming stories sprinkled with mystery, tragedy, comedy and romance. Rosie’s debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, was published by Crooked Cats Books in August 2018. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

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