#BlogTour! #Review – Doctor Perry by Kirsten McKenzie (@Kiwimrsmac) @RaRaResources


It’s blog tour kick off day, and I am one of the bloggers who are getting the ball rolling for ‘Doctor Perry’ by Kirsten McKenzie! Thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite as well as the ARC of the book. Here is my review:


Under the Hippocratic Oath, a doctor swears to remember that warmth, sympathy, and
understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

Doctor Perry assures his elderly patients at the Rose Haven Retirement Home that he can offer
warmth, sympathy, and understanding. Doctor Perry is a liar.

Hiding from a traumatic past, Elijah Cone wants nothing to do with the other residents at the Rose
Haven, content to sit at his window waiting to die. He’s about to learn that under Doctor Perry death
is the easy option…

What does TWG think?

I might end up contradicting myself with my thoughts on Kirsten McKenzie’s ‘Doctor Perry’, but once you read why that is, you’ll hopefully understand why it cannot be helped!

Seeing as I seem to spend half my life in my doctor’s surgery, the fact that this book is about a doctors antics, if I wasn’t nervous about going back to the doctor before, I certainly am now! Here is where the contradictory begins; ‘Doctor Perry’ was miles out of my comfort zone and, despite the fact that I felt incredibly nauseous, my stomach kept churning, and I felt as though I could no longer read the book anymore, my hands wouldn’t allow me to close my e-reader to finish the book early. To be perfectly honest, there was a huge part of me that didn’t want to finish the book prematurely, as curiosity seemed to override everything else. It was though the author had cast a spell over me or something, because my feelings about the storyline were very, very conflicted yet I was extremely addicted to the storyline and the characters. See what I mean about contradictions now?

I’m not going to even go into details about the contents of the storyline as that would ruin it for you. Basically, ‘Doctor Perry’ is the type of book that needs to be read with the least amount of information known beforehand. The shock factor needs to work its magic on the readers, without them sitting and waiting for something that was supposedly meant to happen.

Like I said above, ‘Doctor Perry’ isn’t my usual read, yet the genre of ‘medical thriller’ intrigued me massively. I admit that I was very shocked by Doctor Perry’s antics and several of the situations in the book, yet I do think that all of it added to the overall vibe of the book. I would suggest that you read this book with an open mind as some of the scenes can be rather bewildering, yet incredibly intense.

Overall, I am genuinely surprised by my reaction to Kirsten McKenzie’s book! This author is clearly very talented otherwise I would have finished the book early if the storyline hadn’t been so addictive and reeled me in, despite my reservations. ‘Doctor Perry’ is a very, very addictive and highly suspenseful novel that was written rather well! Just don’t eat whilst you’re reading this book….unless you have a cast iron stomach, of course!!

Buy now from Amazon US // Buy now from Amazon UK

About the author.

For many years Kirsten McKenzie worked in her family’s antique store, where she went from being
allowed to sell the 50c postcards as a child, to selling $5,000 Worcester vases and seventeenth
century silverware, providing a unique insight into the world of antiques which touches every aspect
of her writing.

Her historical fiction novels ‘Fifteen Postcards’ and it’s sequel ‘The Last Letter’ have been described
as ‘Time Travellers Wife meets Far Pavilions’, and ‘Antiques Roadshow gone viral’. The third book in
the series ‘Telegram Home’ will be released in November 2018 by Accent Press.
Her bestselling gothic horror novel ‘Painted’ was released in 2017, with her medical thriller ‘Doctor
Perry’ following closely in April 2018.

She lives in New Zealand with her husband, her daughters, an SPCA rescue cat and a kitten found in
the neighbour's shed, and can usually be found procrastinating on Twitter under the handle
@kiwimrsmac.

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#BlogTour! #Promo – The Guilt of a Sparrow by Jess B Moore (@authorjessb) @RaRaResources


Once again I thank Rachel Gilbey for her patience and understanding with my extremely frustrating technology issues. I apologise that this post is one day late, however, I am delighted to be doing a promo posted for ‘The Guilt of a Sparrow’ by Jess B Moore.


Magnolia Porter has spent the entirety of her twenty-four years satisfying her mother’s guilt. She
was the good girl to her trouble making brother, Lucian – the one left behind to hold her mother
together after he died. She is an invisible girl in a small town carrying the burden of her family’s loss
and pain. Maggie was nobody trying desperately to be somebody.

Cotton MacKenna is the one with the temper. Of the five MacKenna boys, he’s the one most likely to
throw the first punch. Never mind all those fights were a decade ago, all in an attempt to save a
sweet girl from her bullying older brother. Now, Cotton has grown up, with his own photography
business, yet as the fourth in the line of MacKennas, he would only ever be known for his past. Time
for a change.

Maggie and Cotton are more than the labels placed on them, put there by their families, the town,
and themselves.

A meddling best friend. Bluegrass jams. Small town gossiping. Love, loss, and family ties. Learning
how to be who you are outside of who you were told to be. With humor and plenty of romance, of
course.

Buy now!

About the author.

Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented
and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never
finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many
pictures of her cat, thinking the Internet loves him as much as she does. She is a firm believer of
swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.
The Guilt of a Sparrowis her debut novel combining her interests in family, music, and small towns
into a thoughtful tale of growing up and falling in love. Her second book,Fierce Grace, follows
similar themes in a whole new way, and will be available later in 2018.

Please leave a review to tell other readers what you thought. Reviews are everything for writers!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Here Comes The Best Man by Angela Britnell (@angelabritnell) @ChocLitUK @RaRaResources


Can I just say a massive thank you to Rachel Gilbey for her patience over the last 24 hours. I do apologise that this post is late, but due to technology issues out of my control, I am just glad that I am able to share my review of ‘Here Comes The Best Man’, with you all now, even if it is late. Big thank you to Rachel for the blog tour invite, and thank you to ChocLitUk for the copy of the book.

Being the best man is a lot to live up to …

When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best
man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.
But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow
guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.

Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise
that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?

What does TWG think?

I have absolutely no idea why I haven’t read any of Angela Britnell’s books before, especially seeing as ‘Here Comes The Best Man’ was so much fun to read.

Set in Nashville, Chad and Maggie are trying not to get stressed out about their upcoming nuptials. With so many people around them that they want to please, the happy couple end up losing sight of what they want, instead settling for things others want. But is that a way to start their new life as a married couple? Chad has requested that his elder brother, Josh, return to Nashville to be the best man at his upcoming wedding, but due to uncertain family relationships, Josh’s homecoming might not be as plain sailing as the groom to be originally thought.

Whilst ‘Here Comes The Best Man’ has a slightly predictable vibe, the way that Angela Britnell wrote her characters actually made the lead up to the ‘I know what’s going to happen’ type ending, such a laugh out loud yet somewhat deep, story to read. I was pleasantly surprised by the storyline as there seemed to be a lot more to Josh than I originally thought, given the fact that the more the storyline progressed, the more willing Josh became to delve into his past. Let’s just say that that man hasn’t had it easy.

All in all, ‘Here Comes The Best Man’ was an easy to read, lively and addictive novel which has opened the doors to me reading a lot more from this author.

Buy from Amazon UK // Buy from Amazon US

About the author.

Angela grew up in Cornwall, England and returns frequently from her new home in Nashville,
Tennessee. A lifelong love of reading turned into a passion for writing contemporary romance and
her novels are usually set in the many places she’s visited or lived on her extensive travels. After
more than three decades of marriage to her American husband she’s a huge fan of transatlantic
romance and always makes sure her characters get their own happy-ever-after. Over the last twelve
years she’s published over 20 novels and several short stories for women’s magazines. She is a
member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, the Romance Writers of America and the Music City
Romance Writers.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green (@Rosie_Green1988) @RaRaResources

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I cannot wait for you all to read my review of ‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ by Rosie Green. Big thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and the copy of the book. Here is my review:

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Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

What does TWG think?

For such a calm and serene looking book thanks to the colourful book cover, ‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ surely packs a punch! What a wonderful little book this is! Even though this book is part of a series, it is perfectly easy to read on its own as up until now, I haven’t been able to read the first book, ‘Spring at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’. Trust me when I say that that will be changing, pronto!

I don’t want to give anything away as ‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ is a novella, so it is shorter than a full length novel and I wouldn’t want to ruin any of the story for you. However, there is a lot more to main character, Jaz, that meets the eye and oh my goodness me, I couldn’t help but be in her corner from the very beginning. Due to the calm book cover as I’ve said above, I did think that the overall storyline was going to be soft and such, but it wasn’t! And no, that isn’t a bad thing! Rosie Green has written such a multi-layered book! So much so, I felt like it was my birthday all over again as, the more I read, the more layers I was peeling away to reveal the wonderful goods underneath.

‘Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’ is a story that you can curl up with and forget the outside world, pretty much as soon as you start reading it. I couldn’t help but notice the enchanting vibe that the overall storyline gave off, making me feel as though I had won the lottery every time I turned the page. I’m not sure if this is obvious or not, but I absolutely adored reading this book. I laughed, I smiled, I felt empathy towards certain characters and, most importantly, it ended up being the feel-good book I didn’t know that I needed to read.

A truly huggable, feel-good, and laugh out loud read. I cannot wait to read the other books in the series – I could read about these characters for ages, they’re so addictive! Brilliant. Just brilliant.

Buy from Amazon UK

This novella is part of a trilogy:

Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café
Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café
Winter at The Little Duck Pond Café

About the author.

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18 th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

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#BlogTour! #Review – Greek Millionaire, Unruly Wife by Sun Chara (@Sunchara3) @RaRaResources

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A tempestuous fling…a marriage…a betrayal?

When Michalis Leonadis’ bride jumps ship at the first sign of rough waters, he’s annoyed.
When she costs him a marriage and a billion-dollar deal, he’s furious; but when he discovers she ditched him whilst harboring a secret…he’s out for revenge.

Ex-model, Julia Armstrong gave up everything for Michalis but when she catches him with another woman, crushed, she jets out of his life. The proud Greek blasts back into her world seeking retribution—in exchange for a divorce, he demands she relinquish the one thing she cannot. Her daughter. Only one other bargaining chip remains…Julia herself.

What does TWG think?

I am usually against the colour green, but can I just say how pretty the green of that dress on the cover is! Not something I would wear I must admit, but it is certainly eye-catching!

I’ll hold my hands up and say that me and romantic notions aren’t the best of friends. If anything, I turn into Mo Farah the moment I catch a whiff of the lovey dovey stuff. However, I do love reading books with romance in…to a point.

I loved the setting and how descriptive the author was as she told her story. Sun Chara has a very care free way of writing and whilst I wasn’t overly convinced at first, I actually really appreciated the flowing vibe to the overall storyline.

However (sorry!), the content left me feeling a little rigid. The communication between the two characters was pretty much non-existent, which I guess couples can have issues with. But the problems Julia and Michalis came across, could have easily been rectified over a cocktail and a chat. In my eyes, the drama wasn’t all that necessary, and Michalis ideas regarding how a female should act in a relationship, felt a little bit dated. I would have loved it if the kick bottom attitude that Julia showed when she jetted off, carried on throughout the book.

Despite several reservations, I did enjoy Sun Chara unique way of storytelling and even though I wasn’t on the same page as her characters, I could see what the author was trying to convey. I am just more of a realistic type of person, but this book was fab for getting away from the realities of true life, so all is not lost.

Buy now.

Giveaway!

Giveaway – Win an e-copy of Greek Millionaire, Unruly Wife and a Greek style bracelet (Open Internationally)
The design of bracelet will vary depending on where in the world you live.

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Author Bio 

Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary
romance for HarperImpulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaires’ series’ She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Masters Degree in Education, and
membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping
Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making
everyday a celebration!

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#BlogTour! #Review Poppy’s Place in the Sun by Lorraine Wilson (@Romanceminx) @HarperImpulse @RaRaResources

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It gives me great pleasure to be one of the bloggers closing Lorraine Wilson’s blog tour for ‘Poppy’s Place in the Sun’. Big thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and thank you to HarperImpulse for the ARC. Here is my review:

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‘She had me at Bonjour! Warm, funny, deliciously French…this lovely story filled my heart with sunshine’ Jane Linfoot

Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way home…

With only her trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side, Poppy Kirkbride could be forgiven for having doubts about her move to a quiet village in rural France. But as the sun shines down on her ramshackle new home, Poppy knows she’s made the right decision. A lick of paint, and some TLC and her rustic farmhouse will be the perfect holiday retreat – Poppy’s dream come true.

Poppy is welcomed by her fellow villagers, except for brooding local vet Leo Dubois, who
makes it clear Poppy isn’t welcome in his village – or his life! Leo might be gorgeous, but
Poppy won’t be told what to do by an arrogant Frenchman – no matter how kind and gentle he is to her dogs!

Determined to stay, Poppy tries to understand the enigmatic Frenchman better. But as the two get closer, Poppy sees another side to Leo – a man with heartbreak of his own. Falling in love with Leo is easy, but can he ever return Poppy’s love? And what would this mean for her dream life and place in the sun?

What does TWG think?

If you’re after a bit of girl power, look no further as Lorraine Wilson has upped the ante in that department, that’s for sure!!

I adored this book pretty much from the beginning, as the author seemed to connect with her readers on an emotional basis when we first meet Poppy. Unfortunately for Poppy, luck wasn’t on her side and everything she thought she knew was taken away from her in the blink of an eye. Any plans she had made had to be rearranged, putting her newfound life in a spin before it’s even begun. It was from that moment where I knew that Poppy was going to be an incredibly special character. Thankfully Lorraine Wilson didn’t allow my opinion to falter throughout the story.

Due to the rough start Poppy had in her new life, she was determined not to let anyone get in the way of her future happiness, especially a charming vet! I say charming, Poppy may say arrogant and I’ll agree, because at first he was the type of person I would walk away from. Yet there was something about him which made me feel as though he was being led by a personal barrier. What that may be, however, I had no idea.

‘Poppy’s Place in the Sun’ is such a feel-good, smiley read which left me wanting more. Not only that, this book contains dogs and oh my goodness, they are a HOOT! I couldn’t stop laughing at their antics and, whilst Poppy and Leo were very endearing characters, I couldn’t help but be bowled over by the personalities of the fantastically named pooches.

Despite the vibe of the book being quite romantic, the author doesn’t shove it down your throat. Funnily enough, even though I enjoy reading romance novels, I am the least romantic person ever so I did appreciate the romance element being a bit rugged. For me, it added depth to the storyline as I was excited by what may or may not happen, without things being evident from the onset.

I won’t be forgetting ‘Poppy’s Place in the Sun’ anytime soon as it is such a wonderful read. Lorraine Wilson is an incredible storyteller, creating stories which hug you from the inside out and warm your heart like a coal fire on a winter’s day. A truly enchanting and feel-good novel, I absolutely it!

Buy now!

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About the author.

Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for Harper Impulse – a Harper Collins imprint – and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.
She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.

You can find her online either via her website: http://www.lorraine-wilson.com or on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/LorraineWilsonWriter and Twitter @Romanceminx

#BlogTour! #Review – The Letter (Kitty’s Story) by Eliza J Scott (@ElizajScott1) @RaRaResources

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Next up today is my review for ‘The Letter – Kitty’s Story’ by Eliza J Scott. Big thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away,

Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…

Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…

Will she stand by Dan, or will Kitty be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

What does TWG think?

Wow, can I just say how many feels this book gave me? I really wasn’t expecting to read what was waiting for me when I first began reading the book, especially seeing as the front cover is very colourful, and doesn’t give any hints to the rollercoaster ride patiently waiting for its readers to uncover.

My first opinion of, Dan, was not a pleasant one. In fact, my opinion of him cannot be written here as Amazon wouldn’t accept my review if I did such a thing! I’m sure from that, you’ll be able to guess my language usage!

Even though I am here to review the book, I need to make it clear that Kitty’s decisions should not be judged by any readers. Whilst it is incredibly easy for people out of the situation to come out with ‘she should just leave him’, it is much harder for those in the situation to act on that. Deep down they know what they should do, trust me, I have been where Kitty has. I just wanted to put that out there as I am fully aware that Kitty’s situation is often seen as ‘taboo’ because of people’s lack of understanding, and I wanted to ensure that people read the book for what it was, and not with what THEY would do at the forefront of their mind.

I adored Kitty. I thought her personality was vibrant and highly loveable – no wonder she was turning heads! What stuck with me most about Kitty, was how her character came across as relatable and real. There will be a lot of readers relating to her and her situation, and I think that this character might just be a voice that people need to hear from.

I would be lying if I said that some parts of this book weren’t difficult to read, because they were. I did find myself reading several portions of the storyline through my fingertips – very, very emotional and black and white. Whilst those parts weren’t very nice to read, I can appreciate why they needed to be included in the storyline. I just want to thank the author for keeping it real whilst also being sensitive to the topic.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘The Letter – Kitty’s Story’! I especially loved Kitty’s cousin Molly as she had me in hysterics more than once. In fact, I adored all of the characters except for Dan and Gwyneth (obviously!!!). I am so tempted to get my own version of Reg, ready for anyone who attempts to annoy me!

An emotional, rollercoaster of a read which had me laughing and needing a hug in the blink of an eye. Heart-breakingly raw in multiple places, ‘The Letter – Kitty’s Story’ is such a relatable gem. I am so eager to read more from this author after reading this book.

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Author Bio

I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and
two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.

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Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1
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Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

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#BlogTour! #Review – Arlette’s Story by Angela Barton (@AngeBarton) @RaRaResources

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How are we at the end of June already? Ending the month on a high, I am delighted to be sharing my review of ‘Arlette’s Story’ by Angela Barton. Big thanks to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite!

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One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.

When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane?

But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realise that her peaceful existence might be gone for good…

What does TWG think?

Given the nature of this storyline, part of me feels incredibly bad for sitting here and typing that I loved this book. How can someone love a storyline about a world war? Even though the contents of ‘Arlette’s Story’ is heart-breaking, eye-opening and very emotional, the way in which author, Angela Barton, delivered the story made me fall in love with the characters and the premise of the book. Not only that, I found myself becoming rather emotional at how many people put their lives on the line to save people like Arlette, and indeed, us.

Yes, this book is devastating in parts, but it is also bewitching and magnetic.
Yes, ‘Arlette’s Story’ describes the chaos of a world war in an eye-opening manner, yet it is also a beautiful representation of people coming together and supporting each other when they need it the most.

Angela Barton has written about a time where futures were uncertain with such poise, whilst also keeping in mind how sensitive of a subject this could be for multiple readers. I appreciated the emotional scenes as it made the story come alive. Obviously I wasn’t around during any of the world wars, yet due to my love of history, I loved how on point the entire storyline was without taking anything away from anyone who was actually involved in the devastating events.

‘Arlette’s Story’ moved me to tears, but thanks to Angela Barton’s insanely beautiful writing, I also felt like I was getting hugged from the inside out.

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below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

About the author.

Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children. Passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction, Angela loves researching for her books and is an avid reader. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a friendly and supportive publishing team. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.
Having recently moved to France, Angela (alongside her husband, Paul) is now a lavender farmer, creating products from the oil that’s distilled. Angela says she’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the company of her two spaniels while sitting on her veranda overlooking the breath-taking countryside of Charente.

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#BlogTour! #Review – No Reception by Maisie Porter (@eyeointment) @RaRaResources

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The second and final blog post for this evening is one where I have the honour of closing the tour for ‘No Reception’ by Maisie Porter. Big thank you to RaRaResources for the blog tour invite and the ARC of the book. Here is my review:

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For hyper-successful wedding photographer and blogger, Zody Lee Swabler, anonymous death threats come with the territory. When warned by email not to continue booking jobs, she responds by accepting the next request that comes in.

When a strangely eager woman approaches her about the emails, she accepts the woman’s invitation to visit her home. So begins Helena Hoath’s elaborate plan to take over the life and profession of the photographer she wishes she could be.
And when Zody unleashes her own revenge scheme, she discovers that the unhinged woman may still have the wit to turn a successful photographer’s own talents against her.

Zody and Helena’s lives begin to intertwine in ways that neither could have foreseen…

What does TWG think?

This might sound daft, but I feel a little bit empathetic towards authors of novella’s, as they are well aware that although the story may be shorter, it has to pack a punch and do the job of a full length novel, a lot quicker. With that in mind, I do end up with high expectations for novella’s and I probably shouldn’t as it could end in disappointment.

I needn’t have worried as ‘No Reception’ left my mind in a head funk and my tail in a spin, with the feeling of ‘disappointment’ to be miles away on its own. What a cracking read this turned out to be!

‘No Reception’ led me into a flash sense of security from the moment I started reading. I had all of the characters sussed out. Well, let me rephrase that; I THOUGHT that I had all of the characters sussed out, but I didn’t. In fact, what I thought was going on was in fact NOT going on. And, you want to know what the frightening thing is? People do in fact, go through similar things to the characters in this book. I would hazard a guess that a lot of you have as well!

It was hard NOT to get swept up in the misery of the characters, whilst also being swept up in the thrilling and intense discovery of the conclusion and the overall storyline.

‘No Reception’ may be short, but it certainly was long enough to keep me on my toes the entire time!

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Author Bio

Maisie Porter works as a professional photographer in Australia, with wide experience
covering weddings, though she has neither abducted nor been abducted by any competitors. No Reception is Maisie’s first novel.

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#PublicationDayBlitz! #Review – Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne (@osborne_bella) @RaRaResources @AvonBooksUK

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Happy publication day to Bella Osborne and ‘Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay’! I am delighted to be sharing my review of the complete novel, thank you to RaRaResources for asking me to take part, and thank you to Avon Books for the ARC. Here is my review:

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Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

What does TWG think?

Daisy Wickens has got to be one of my most favourite characters – her feistiness and sass is such fun to read as, when finding herself in sticky situations, she doesn’t let emotion or vulnerability get in the way, instead using her fiery personality to get her through whatever she has to face. Yes, sometimes it can come across a little bit arrogant, especially when the person doesn’t have all the facts, however, whilst Daisy was indeed quite similar to a raging bull sometimes, she always admitted when she was wrong. Eventually….

‘Coming Home To Ottercombe Bay’ was such a fun book to read from the onset, as Bella Osborne’s writing pulled me into the storyline like a cosy blanket on a cold day. There was just something pretty special about the way in which the author delivered her story to her readers, and the way she gave her characters their distinct voices throughout the book. In other books with a lot of characters, just like this one, it can be a bit confusing to separate one character from another, especially if they’re from the same family as they’re not often given their own minds – ‘Coming Home To Ottercombe Bay’ was completely different as every character in this story had a place and a reason to be there. At first the reason isn’t clear, but the more of the story I read, the bigger the picture became and the more answers to unknown questions I received.

Obviously I don’t wish to give anything away, so I won’t tell you the reasons behind Daisy’s homecoming to Ottercombe Bay, however, I can tell you that you may end up taking a step back and looking at the minute details of your own life, before it’s too late. I’m not saying that this book has the power to give you the answers you need to get through your own personal hurdles, but it Bella Osborne’s words certainly have enough power to make you think about the decisions you make, as well as any repercussions.

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Coming Home To Ottercombe Bay’ as it was such a pleasure to read and kept me entertained from start to finish. I would have no qualms about shouting in the middle of town, that everyone needs to buy a copy of this book. No qualms at all. I cannot WAIT to read more from Bella Osborne!

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About the author.

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.
She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

For more about Bella, visit her website at http://www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on Twitter – @osborne_bella
Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

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Giveaway – Win signed copies of It Started At Sunset Cottage and A Family Holiday (Open Internationally)
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or
delivery of the prize.

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