#BlogTour! #Review – The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James (@CarolineJames12) @rararesources @RubyFiction

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First blog tour of the day and it’s for a Boomerville-icious hotel! Thank you to RaraResources for the blog tour invite, and Ruby Fiction for the ARC. Here is my review of ‘The Best Boomerville Hotel’ by Caroline James.

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Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty,
but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than
they bargained for at Boomerville?

What does TWG think?

I think I may have been a little late checking in Boomerville Hotel – I struggled to ‘find my way around’ and couldn’t seem to pinpoint the ‘oomph’ of the storyline until later on in the book.

That said, once I had gotten myself settled into my room and made myself familiar with all of the other residents in the hotel, the last half of the book and I became good friends. In fact, I ended up laughing out loud several times – Lucinda is a cracking character!

I did feel sorry for Kate and the situation she unfortunately found herself in, but I have to say that I did see it coming. However, it didn’t make Andy come across any less of the end of a bell. Seriously, what a boomerbleep!

‘The Best Boomerville Hotel’ has such a collection of colourful, memorable, and outright hilarious characters who were able to take this story on a ride of a lifetime. I am genuinely surprised that the author put such a mismatched group of people together, but it worked incredibly well and kept me thoroughly entertained.

Despite having reservations at the beginning (see what I did there?), I am pleased that I was able to have a little bit of fun in Boomerville Hotel! As soon as there is another room vacant, I’ll be back, that’s for sure!

The Best Boomerville Hotel Links:
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About the author.

Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles
and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun. So, You Think You’re A Celebrity…Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light- hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best- seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show. In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Caroline James Links:
Website // Twitter // FaceBook


#BlogTour! #Review – 37 Hours by J.F.Kirwan (@kirwanjf) @rararesources

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New month, new tour! Not a bad way to kick off a brand new month where books are concerned, is it? Thanks RaRaResources!

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After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.

But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…

The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?

What does TWG think?

To be perfectly honest, there was a part of me that thought I would end up disliking this book. Looking back now, I’m not entirely sure how I came to that conclusion after reading a small amount of the book. Maybe it was because the genre was completely out of my comfort zone and took a bit of warming up? Or maybe it was because of how different it was, and the frequency of graphic material? I wish I could say for sure. But, all I know (and to be honest, what’s mainly important), is how everything above means diddly squat where my final thoughts on the book are concerned.


Because reader; I bloody loved it!

Yes, the storyline was rather graphic.
Yes, the genre is a heck of a lot different to the loved-up, heart warming contemporary fiction novel I had read before this one.
And yes, it did take me a chapter or two to warm up to the overall feel of the book.

But by golly was that all worth it! Whilst reading ’37 Hours’, I learned that I love spy thrillers, that I can read several pages of the book with one eye open and one eye shut, AND how books like these make me feel like CatWoman and SuperWoman rolled into one. Well, I’m so accident prone that I might end up killing myself instead of the enemy, but y’know. The thought is there, right?

I must add that ’37 Hours’ is book two of the Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series (I found that out afterwards!), but, I found it 80% alright to read as a standalone, with the last 20% spent wishing I had more background information to enable me to understand certain parts of the book better.

Nadia Laksheva has spent the last two years in prison, and the only way she can get her freedom is to pay a ‘life or death’ type bail. The countdown is on; 37 hours until London disappears for good, but who can Nadia trust to be on her team? Who’s playing her for a fool, and who’s wanting her for a duel? The clock is ticking…you shoot and you die, you shoot and you live…

’37 Hours’ is a fast paced, high energy novel which will have you hanging off the edge of your seat, feeling as though you could take on Iron Man, AND end up being more addictive than chocolate. Truthfully? I have never read a book like this before in my life, and let me tell you, the author has his work cut out for the next book, that’s for sure.

I loved how the storyline was always buzzing with new events, new deaths, familiar faces, and secrets…lots of secrets. There was always something going on, with so much to sink my teeth into along the way. Nadia is such a ballsy protagonist and, whilst I didn’t really warm to her at first, I did find myself admiring her by the end of the book. The way in which she held herself through difficult situations whilst put herself on the line for other people, as well as being extremely feisty, ensured that Nadia was a main character you wouldn’t forget in a hurry.

The graphic parts of the storyline were exactly that, graphic. But in all honesty, I don’t think the story would have worked had the deaths been written about less graphically. Whilst I did end up reading those parts with one eye open and one eye shut, I found myself more drawn to those events as opposed to the calm and serene situations. As weird as this sounds, it created more depth and grit. More things to sink my teeth into.

Don’t get me wrong, there were times I thought ‘huh?’ or ‘what the heck is that?’, especially as I’m not exactly clued up on spy jargon, but that didn’t even slow me down at all.

’37 Hours’ is an extremely addictive, gruesome (yet fabulous), and shocking novel which (pardon the pun) blew me away. There hasn’t been a lot of things able to keep my attention lately, yet J.F.Kirwan managed to keep my attention and then some.
What a fantastic novel. I am so glad I didn’t choose to listen to myself at the start of the novel, as I would have missed out on a belter of a read.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Author bio:

J.F. Kirwan is a writer for Harper Collins, under their HQ digital imprint. By day he works in aviation and nuclear safety, but at night, during bouts of insomnia, he writes thrillers with significant body counts. He’s an ex-diving instructor, so there is an underwater element in each of his two novels, 66 Metres and 37 Hours. Most readers find his writing has a cinematic feel, as if you are there with the characters. The original inspiration for the protagonist, Nadia, came from Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the dragon tattoo, though David Baldacci and Lee Child have had significant impact on the writing style, plotting and pace. He is currently writing the third book in the series.

Author links:
Website: http://www.jfkirwan.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kirwanjf
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/66metres


#BlogTour! #Review – The Promise by Sally Jenkins (@sallyjenkinsuk) @RaRaResources

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Today on TWG, I have the pleasure of reviewing Sally Jenkins’ ‘The Promise’ as part of the blog tour organised by RaRaResources. Big thank you for the blog tour invite and the ARC. Here is my review:

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A man has been stabbed. A woman is bloodstained. The nightmares from her teenage years have begun again for Olivia Field – just as she is preparing to marry.

Ex-convict, Tina is terminally ill. Before she dies, the care of her younger, psychologically unwell brother, Wayne must be ensured. So Tina calls in a promise made to her thirty years ago in a prison cell. A promise that was written down and placed with crucial evidence illustrating a miscarriage of justice in a murder case.

Tina believes Olivia is perfectly placed to provide the care Wayne needs, but to do so, Olivia must be forced to cancel her own wedding and wreck the lives of those close to her. Tina’s terrible blackmail demands put Olivia’s entire future and, ultimately, her freedom under threat.

The Promise is a fast-paced psychological thriller told from several third person viewpoints. The novel explores the lengths to which people are prepared go in order to protect those they love and the impossibility of ever fully escaping our past actions.

What does TWG think?

Cor blimey – this book is intense!!

Not that I should feel sorry for a couple of the main characters in this book, but they are a bunch which seem to attract a lot of negativity. I mean, how many bad things can one person endure?

Olivia is such a one tracked minded type of character, often coming across as quite self obsessed. Tina, well, it’s hard NOT to feel sympathetic to her….well, that is until you get to know her character then any sort of empathy goes out of the window. And then there’s Wayne, Tina’s brother. I really don’t think it would be useful to you if I gave my opinion on this character, as there is a high chance I may end up giving something away. Who knows, other readers may view his character in a completely different way as I did, but a lot of my opinions were formed on his actions throughout the novel. Intrigued? Understandable!

Whilst ‘The Promise’ gripped me as much as I would grip someone if I saw cookies, I have to be honest and say that the last portion of the book really didn’t do it for me as there was far too many loose ends still loose. I really do think that ‘The Promise’ has room for a sequel and, due to the extremely open ending, I would welcome another book  just so that I could get answers.

All in all, I did enjoy the storyline and the way in which the chilling themes engulfed me right from the very beginning. The author has cleverly entwined several devastating events with the minimal amount of effort, resulting in such a shocking reaction from myself. Like I said at the beginning of this review – this book is extremely intense, make sure you remember to breathe!!

Buy now from Amazon UK
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Author Bio –
Sally Jenkins lives in the West Midlands. She is a member of a Speakers’ Club, a volunteer library reading group coordinator and a church bell ringer. Sally’s first psychological thriller, Bedsit Three won the Ian Govan Award.

Social Media Links –

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#BlogTour! #Review – 66 Metres by J.F.Kirwan (@kirwanjf) @HQDigitalUK @RaRaResources

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As far as I am concerned, this author needs no introduction!! Here is my review!!

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The only thing worth killing for is family.

Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly
cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.

Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.

And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her… 

Book One of Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series

What does TWG think?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am a HUGE fan of J.F.Kirwan and this series. Now, usually I would suggest reading book serial’s in order and, whilst you can get away with reading the second book in this series BEFORE the first one (just like I did), I found that I was unable to enjoy the first book as much as I would have liked because I knew what was going to happen later on down the line. Make sense? Let me just clarify though, that it totally my error and in no way a critique of the author.

My stupidity aside, let’s just focus on the storyline itself – intense!! Never in a million years did I think I would adore a spy series, but I do! Yes, because my own stupidity with the book order left a bad taste in my mouth, I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to see how Nadia was in the beginning of the series, and she happened to be on the path that was going to haunt her for the rest of her life. I’ll say it again – INTENSE!!

The psychological element to this storyline was exceptionally clever. I never expected a lot of the things that happened as my mind was in such a head funk, I wouldn’t have even been able to tell you where I lived, never mind trying to work out where the storyline was going. I mean c’mon!!

J.F.Kirwan is a fantastic author, he really knows how to pull his readers in with his fast paced, chilling and devastatingly inviting storylines – you know you probably shouldn’t be head over heels in lust with this book, but you just cannot help it. In my eyes, that is an example of an author who knows his craft and knows how to use it to his advantage.

’66 Metres’ isn’t my most favourite of the three books, but it is still an enlightening teaser for what’s to come later on. If you find yourself enjoying this book, you’ll absolutely love the next book in the series.


Buy now from Amazon

Author Bio

J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having
worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

Website // Blog // Facebook // Twitter

#BlogTour! #Review – The Magic of Stars by Jackie Ladbury (@JackieLadbury) @RaRaResources

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It’s TWG’s turn on ‘The Magic of Stars’ blog tour for Jackie Ladbury, and RaRaResources! Huge thanks to Rachel for the tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Sapphire Montrose always felt like a loser in the struggle of life, but when she becomes the airline manager of a run-down airline she starts to believe she is a winner – until she unwittingly propositions her new boss and all her hard work is undone.

In a moment of recklessness air stewardess, Sapphire Montrose throws caution and her dress to the wind by propositioning a handsome stranger in a hotel in Florence, only to find herself waking up alone and embarrassed in her hotel room.

Unfortunately for Sapphire, it turns out that her new boss, Marco Cavarelli, is the man she failed to seduce and she is now fighting for her job and her self-respect when he tells her there is no place in his revamped airline for an alcoholic woman with lascivious tendencies. To make matters worse she is increasingly attracted to him and he seems to be giving out the same vibes. Or is he simply testing her?

One wrong move could be the end of her career. But what if he really is offering love – and is he worth the risk?

What does TWG think?

Have you ever done something on a whim and then regretted it the next day?

Have you ever forgotten a piece of information which, once it has come back to bite you on the booty, ensures embarrassment takes over quicker than Gemma Collins falling down a trap door at an event?

If you answered yes to both – congratulations! You’re human! You also relate to the main character of this book without even realising it! I have to say though, due to Sapphire’s lack of thinking with her brain one night, I found myself laughing at what she got up to. I probably shouldn’t laugh though, especially as she was going through an iffy time, but c’mon – it was so cringey it was funny. So realistic too!

I am probably the last person anyone should come to when they require empathy; Sapphire included, especially as her issue was self-induced. Well, I guess I did feel a LITTLE sorry for her at first. Only a little!

I was so looking forward to finding out what happened to Sapphire due to her antics and my goodness me, Jackie Ladbury did not disappoint. She kept Sapphire’s naive, yet bulshy personality on top form throughout the entire book, even when her boss pushed her buttons a lot more than he should have. I have to say that I did find Marco’s and Sapphire’s working relationship a little bit jaw-dropping as I felt like I was watching High School Musical or something. I have obviously been working at the wrong places because my boss was never like that (probably best that he wasn’t either but y’know).

Even though there were parts of this book which made me roll my eyes, I found myself enjoying ‘The Magic of Stars’ a lot more than I thought I would. Sapphire’s best friend is hilarious beyond belief – he really was the star in this book!

‘The Magic of Stars’ is a great little read when you need to rid your mind of negativity, whilst also fancying a giggle. Definitely a unique tale.

Buy now from Amazon UK

About Jackie Ladbury

Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen. Short and sharp lesson learned. Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.
Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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#BlogBlitz! #Review – No Ordinary Girl by Cheryl Elaine (@CherylElaine15) @Rararesources

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It’s my turn on the third, and final day of the ‘No Ordinary Girl, blog blitz. Big thanks to RaRaResources for the invite, as well as an ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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What started out as a night of celebration for Aimee soon turned into a nightmare. Snatched by cruel, sadistic monsters – the worst creatures mankind has ever produced – she’s thrown into a metal container, among other victims too frightened to make a single sound. The game-keepers force everyone to play. They deliver torment and pain in equal measure. Every hunter has their own agenda and reasons to maim and torture.

Detective Johnson is one step away from catching the killers. Wrestling with his instincts as a father to serve justice his own way, this is no ordinary case for him. Can he stop the vile sadists before they damage more young girls, as well as his own daughter?

Aimee’s ordeal within the compound brings her to the conclusion that she’s no ordinary girl. But can she hang onto her sanity long enough to escape? And will she find a different way to play?

This crime thriller will keep you riveted. It’s no ordinary story.

Warning – contains extremely graphic content which may be upsetting to some readers.

What does TWG think?

Oh my (*insert swear word here*) goodness!!!!! Before I go any further, please be aware that this book contains extremely graphic, violent and sadistic scenes. If you’re not a fan of highly graphic, non-consensual sexual violence, then this book is 100% not for you.

Right, now the warnings are out of the way, let’s talk about my thoughts of the book!

The fact that I don’t read blurbs, really did come back to bite me on my behind when I started to read ‘No Ordinary Girl’. I had seen people talking about it on social media, saying how it was certainly a different type of thriller to what they have read before. I didn’t take their views on board as I naively thought to myself, ‘nahhhh, it can’t be that bad!’. Do I wish I had paid attention to what other people were saying about the book? No, because my thoughts were right – the book wasn’t THAT BAD at all. Not in that sense anyway!

The characters were worse than bad – they were evil (well, most of them!). Despite being severely unsure of the book the more of it I read, I couldn’t even put it down. There were times where I thought I was going to be physically sick due to the disgusting actions of multiple characters, yet in a weird sort of way, that spurred me on to get through the book to find out what happened. Part of head kept shouting ‘put the book down, this is sick!!’, yet the another part of my head went; ‘OMG what happens next? Is everyone safe?’. I was torn, yet there was just something so disgustingly gripping about ‘No Ordinary Girl’, I had to see it through to the end.

I cannot believe how much attention to detail the author included in this storyline. I have to admit, I did question the authors’ sanity (no offence haha) as everything seemed so vivid. What on Earth was going through the author’s mind to write such vile scenarios? How the heck did she know about these sorts of things?! I am actually meaning all of this in a good way, just to clarify! Cheryl Elaine quite clearly has an incredible talent for writing – she certainly knows how to pull her readers in and never let them go! Bit like several of her characters as well!

Whilst ‘No Ordinary Girl’ repulsed me on various levels, it also took me prisoner with its clever, enigmatic and severely chilling storyline. Yes this book is the most graphic book I think I have ever read, but good golly Miss Molly – Cheryl Elaine has managed to pull it off one hundred percent.

‘No Ordinary Girl’ is one of those books where you feel like you should hate it due to what the storyline contains, yet you can’t help being gripped by it, bringing the book into multiple conversations afterwards (yes, I have done that!).

I am extremely impressed by Cheryl Elaine’s skills! This book went so far over the line it disappeared but, I have to admit, it was very cleverly executed (pardon the pun) and highly chilling. Am I weird for saying I really enjoyed this one?

Buy now from Amazon

Author bio

Cheryl Elaine was born in Germany but moved to Northern Ireland as a young child. She then moved to Yorkshire where she spent most of her childhood and this is where she currently resides with her husband and 3 daughters. 

Cheryl Elaine is an avid reader and enjoys watching horror movies – the more gruesome the better! She enjoys travelling and socialising but also loves spending time at home with her family and her ever expanding menagerie which currently includes 2 dogs, a budgie, 2 fish and a rat called Rocky!

Website – http://www.cherylelaine.co.uk
Twitter – @CherylElaine15
Insta – cherylelaine15


To be in with the chance of winning 1 of 3 signed copies of ‘No Ordinary Girl’ by Cheryl Elaine, all you need to do is enter the giveaway here. Good luck!

#BlogTour! #Promo – Blackmail, Sex and Lies – Kathryn McMaster @Truecrimenovels @Rararesources

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Here at TWG, it’s pretty clear that we like to shout about books whether they cost 99p/c or £99. Now, whilst price is irrelevant where books are concerned in my humble opinion, I would be lying if I said I didn’t get excited about 99p e-books (even though I do feel guilty about the minimal author return on said books). However, today I am bringing you information of a book which has had its cost lowered for the duration of this blog tour. Bargain!

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Blackmail, Sex and Lies is a story of deception, scandal, and fractured traditional Victorian social values. It is the tale of a naïve, young woman caught up in a whirlwind romance with a much older man. However, both have personality flaws that result in poor choices, and ultimately lead to a tragic end.

For 160 years, people have believed Madeleine Smith to have been guilty of murder. But was she? Could she have been innocent after all?

This Victorian murder mystery, based on a true story, takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, 1857. It explores the disastrous romance between the vivacious socialite, Madeleine Hamilton Smith, and her working class lover, Pierre Emile L’Angelier.

After a two-year torrid, and forbidden relationship with L’Angelier, that takes place against her parents’ wishes, the situation changes dramatically when William Minnoch enters the scene. This new man in Madeleine’s life is handsome, rich, and of her social class. He is also a man of whom her family approve.

Sadly, insane jealous rages, and threats of blackmail, are suddenly silenced by an untimely death.

If you’re into historical crime novels, then perhaps ‘Blackmail, Sex and Lies’ by Kathryn McMaster, might just be the book for you! For a limited time only, the author has lowered the price of the book to a mere 99p/c! To make use of this fantastic price drop, you too can purchase a copy today from Amazon UK // Amazon US.

Author Bio –

Kathryn McMaster is a writer, entrepreneur, wife, mother, and champion of good indie
authors. She co-owns the book promotion company One Stop Fiction, where readers can sign up to receive news of free and discounted 4 and 5 star reviewed books. She is also a bestselling author of historical murder mysteries set in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

Her debut novel, ‘Who Killed Little Johnny Gill?’ was well received. All her novels are based on true stories, and she melds fact with fiction, writing in the creative nonfiction style. She lives on her 30 acre farm in the beautiful Casentino Valley, Italy for 6 months of the year, and during the other half of the year, on the small island of Gozo, Malta.

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#Review – #TheBigEvent Part 1 – by Ann John-Legali (@AnneJohnLigali) @rararesources

You are cordially invited to the party of the season where you’ll meet Constance and friends in action. 

Constance Jeffries is excited when she gets the chance to meet up with virtual friends at a get- together in a London hotel. She’s been tweeting and messaging her lovely friends for years and feels they must be just as excited to finally meet her in person too. Or so she hopes. 

The Big Event is first part in a short story series about the importance of ‘real’ friendships and how it’s the little things that matter the most.

A Gorgeous Venue, A Room Full of Friends, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

What does TWG think?

Can I just state that this review for ‘The Big Event’, is actually for part one as the book is being released in the format of several short stories. Therefore, this book isn’t a full length novel as it is in actual fact, a short story which can be read in approximately ten minutes.

For such a short story, ‘The Big Event’ certainly left a mark on my soul. Using social media as the overall theme throughout the story, ”The Big Event’ follows Constance as she meets her social media buddies offline, for the first time. Of course there is a chance that the life her online buddies have led via Instagram for example, may be completely different to the physical persona which Constance comes face to face with. Naively maybe, but Constance was hopeful that people would be who they said they were. She was hopeful that they weren’t stringing her along by stretching the truth via social media. Ahem.

I thought the theme was brilliant as it fit in with the here and now, especially as a lot of people live their lives via social media, without realising (or remembering) that other people can see what they write. Even though a lot happened in such a short space of time, I was a little bit defeated by the fact that this book was a short story due to how thought-provoking the situation regarding ‘real friendships’ came across. I would have loved to have been able to read and enjoy such a poignant story, without worrying that the story was going to finish at any time.

There is such a lovely, hidden message in this story and, if you’re like Constance and have some really good online friends you would do anything to meet in the flesh, ‘The Big Event’ is going to warm your heart big time whilst also making you realise that having friends isn’t just about who comes to your house most. No. It’s about who was there when you needed it – online, or offline.

I am really looking forward to reading the next part in this series.

Thanks Rararesources.

Buy now from Amazon UK

About The Author

Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews.  She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

When Anne is not writing, she is likely to be at soft play with her kids, taking long evening walks in Hyde Park, making green smoothies, window shopping, or having a pampering session at her local beauty salon (whenever she gets the chance). She can also be found watching box sets (albeit with a bit of shame at still having to catch up on Scandal, Grey’s, and Downton).

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

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#BirthdayBlitz! #Review – Christmas at the Little Knitting Box by @HJRolfe @Rararesources

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Happy book birthday to ‘Christmas at the Little Knitting Box’! A year ago today, Helen J Rolfe released this magical, memorable, and damn right fabulous Christmas treat. To help Helen celebrate, several bloggers are taking part in today’s ‘book birthday blitz’ where not only reviews will be shared, but also information about a giveaway AND information about the next book in the series. Squeal!! Originally posted on TWG this time last year, I am over the moon that I get to share my review of this book once again. So, if you remember reading it last year, don’t worry, I have meant to copy and paste it!


Christmas is coming and New York is in full swing for the snowy season. But at The Little Knitting Box in the West Village, things are about to change …

The Little Knitting Box has been in Cleo’s family for nearly four decades, and since she arrived fresh off the plane from the Cotswolds four years ago, Cleo has been doing a stellar job of running the store. But instead of an early Christmas card in the mail this year, she gets a letter that tips her world on its axis.
Dylan has had a tumultuous few years. His marriage broke down, his mother passed away and he’s been trying to pick up the pieces as a stay-at-home dad. All he wants this Christmas is to give his kids the home and stability they need. But when he meets Cleo at a party one night, he begins to see it’s not always so easy to move on and pick up the pieces, especially when his ex seems determined to win him back.

When the snow starts to fall in New York City, both Cleo and Dylan realise life is rarely so black and white and both of them have choices to make. Will Dylan follow his heart or his head? And will Cleo ever allow herself to be a part of another family when her own fell apart at the seams?

What does TWG think?

Have you ever fallen so in love with book that you feel a loss when it ends? Have you ever fallen so in love with a book that the entire thing just felt…right? I have. I was really excited to read Helen’s new book even before it was released (I will explain why shortly), so when I had the added bonus of falling in love with the storyline and the characters, I just knew I had to shout loud and proud about this one.

To Cleo, The Little Knitting Box is everything. It’s her safety net, her lifeline and the place where she can fill her heart with memories of her family as she works. Just as Cleo feels settled, something is about to threaten The Little Knitting Box’s livelihood..

One of the reasons why I was bouncing around like a lunatic before the book was released, was because Helen had created a character…with MY name! Oh yes folks, The Little Knitting Box has a character in it called Kaisha! Even though I knew my name would crop up, I still felt quite emotional seeing it in black and white. Absolutely surreal. I was already beginning to feel involved in Cleo’s life myself, then my character doppelgänger turned up and was also involved in Cleo’s life! Yes, the character has my name, but despite that, the way that she was written into the storyline with such feistiness and bolshiness, Kaisha quickly became one of my favourites.

As Helen was describing The Knitting Box interior with such attention to detail, I felt like I was walking around the shop myself. Every feature she described, I could see it. Every smell she described, I began to smell it. Everything. That may sound daft but it is true. Such beautiful descriptions of such memorable features; if this was an actual shop in my town, I would be living in it, mark my words!

The storyline goes between Cleo’s life, and Dylan’s life. Unfortunately, we meet Dylan at a very sad time in his life, and people around him seem to be using that to his advantage. His naivety was a little questionable at times, but it was a joy to see Dylan grow as a character throughout the book. By the end of the story, my opinion had changed as I had gotten to see a different side of him and get to know him much better. The only way that I can describe Dylan would be; ‘teddy bear’, you’ll see why in the story!

It’s not often I say this but I really would love to see this storyline carry on into another book. Whilst the ending wasn’t left unfinished, it still has been left with room to expand due to where the characters are in their lives at the end of the book. For me, the book just stopped. I wanted to know more and I am really hoping that Helen does make it into a series because it is such a beautiful book. Every single thing was…perfect. I felt like I was opening a present as I turned each page and read the magically words in front of me.

Christmas at The Little Knitting Box has gotten under my skin in ways I never thought were possible. I feel like have lost something due to finishing the book, crazy huh?
Helen Rolfe has written such a warm and cosy read, which will fill your heart with sheer joy from first page to the last. I ended the book feeling as though I had gained a lot of new friends, and there is no doubt in my mind that you will feel that too.

Beautiful, magical and incredibly moving; Christmas at The Little Knitting Box is a book that keeps on giving. Easily one of my favourite books, ever.

You too can buy a piece of Christmas magic from Amazon UK, enjoy!


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If you fancy the chance of winning a paperback of ‘Christmas at the Little Knitting Box’ and a bag of chocolate, all you need to do is enter the giveaway via the link below. Good luck!

Enter the giveaway!!

Fancy knowing some hot of the press information? Of course you do! Read on 😉

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Helen Rolfe has publicly announced the details of her long-awaited book number two in this series! I am so excited to read this one as I loved the first book SO much!

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Snowflakes and Mistletoe at the Inglenook Inn (New York Ever After, Book 2)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but is it the time to fall in love? 
As the flames on the log fire flicker and the snowflakes swirl above the New York streets, maybe this Christmas could be the one that changes everything…

When Darcy returns to Manhattan, she’s put in charge of the Inglenook Inn, a cosy boutique hotel in the heart of Greenwich Village. The Inn needs a boost in bookings if it’s to survive the competition, so Darcy is convinced that hosting Christmas this year is the answer. What she doesn’t expect is to meet a face from the past, which can only spell trouble.

Myles left England behind and took a job in New York. It’s a step forwards in his career, and has the added bonus of being nowhere near his family. He’s also hoping to avoid Christmas, the worst time of the year. But when his company puts him up at the Inglenook Inn and he recognises Darcy, it isn’t long before they clash. 

When disaster strikes, can Myles and Darcy put their differences aside to make Christmas at the Inglenook Inn a success?

Publication Date – 12th December 2017

Pre-order Now! Amazon UK // Amazon US

I’ve just pre-ordered my copy, have you?!

Happy birthday ‘Christmas at the Little Knitting Box’!!