#CoverReveal! The Summer of Second Chances by Maddie Please @AvonBooksUK #romcom #womenfiction

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Nothing like seeing ‘hump day’ in with a cover reveal! A mid-week cover reveal, oh my goodness; I know, I know, I spoil you. Well, it isn’t me really, it’s Avon!

As I am sure you’re aware by now, I seem to reveal the covers of books that I reallyreallyreallyREALLY want to read. The thing is, I don’t know it until the see the cover, and let me tell you; I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY LIKE THIS!
(if you didn’t sing that to the tune of a Carly Rae Jepson song then I failed, miserably.)

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Lottie is about to discover that even when you think you’ve lost everything, hope and romance can be just around the corner . . .

It takes time to build your life. To get into a long-term (albeit boring) relationship. To find a job (you don’t completely hate) and settle into a house (that isn’t falling down). Lottie might not be thrilled with the life she’s put together, but it’s the one she’s got.

So when, in the course of one terrible evening, it all comes crashing down around her, Lottie has a choice: give herself over to grief at being broke, single and completely lacking in prospects.

Or, brick by brick, build herself a new life. And this time, with a little help from new friends, a crumbling cottage and a handsome stranger, maybe she can make it the one she always wanted.

The Summer of Second Chances is an irresistibly funny read about never giving up, whatever the world throws at you. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Jane Costello and Christie Barlow.

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See what I mean!! Glancing at the blurb, it seems as though A LOT of us will be able to relate to the storyline of this novel and I for one, cannot wait to curl up on my sofa and put the world to rights with ‘The Summer of Second Chances’.

The Summer of Second Chances by Maddie Please will be published in e-book on the 17th July, with the paperback following in September. If this book tickles your fancy and you wish to pre-order it, you can do so via the link below:

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#Tour #Review The Many Colours of Us – Rachel Burton @bookish_yogi @NeverlandBT @HQDigitalUK

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Finallyyyyy!!! It’s my turn to host today’s stop on Rachel Burton’s blog tour for her debut novel, The Many Colours of Us, which was published by HQDigitalUK on the 26th April 2017! I hope you enjoy reading my review as much as I enjoyed reading this book.

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What if your life was built on lies?

Julia Simmonds had never been bothered about not knowing who her father was. Having temperamental supermodel, Philadelphia Simmonds, as a mother was more than enough. Until she discovers she’s the secret love-child of the late, great artist Bruce Baldwin, and her life changes forever.

Uncovering the secrets of a man she never knew, Julia discovers that Bruce had written her one letter, every year until her eighteenth birthday, urging his daughter to learn from his mistakes.

Julia begins to dig deeper into the mysterious past of her parents, opening up a history she’d never have imagined, but as she discovers the truth she needs to decide if she is willing to forgive and forget…

What does TWG think?

What do I think….what do I think….

1. Julia’s mother needs a stern talking to and a ruddy good shake.
2. Julia’s father should have been made to see sense when he was alive.
3. Julia needs a bloody big hug, with someone trustworthy to lead her in the right and TRUTHFUL direction.

Review done. kthx.

Fine, I’ll do a proper one! Although if I was asked to say three things about this storyline, the above is what I would come out with! Now, seeing as I haven’t been asked for three things in particular, I can now squeal and ramble!

Sometimes when I sit down to read a novel, I ensure I am on Twitter at the same time as I quite like tweeting the author whilst I read their book; Rachel Burton was one of those authors!

I have to say one thing first though as it really shocked me, to be honest I still can’t get my head round it….

HOW THE PICASSO IS THIS RACHEL BURTON’S DEBUT NOVEL?! DEBUT?!? DEBUT!?! I didn’t realise it was her debut until afterwards! The entire novel read as though it was written by an author who had perfected her craft! Can you tell that I was gobsmacked? If this is what Rachel Burton manages to deliver with a debut novel, I cannot WAIT for book two.

Julia Simmonds has grown up knowing one parent, her mother. Every time Julia tried to bring up the subject about her father, her mother culled the conversation, using the excuse of lack of memory for lack of information. As far as Julia was concerned this was her life, she trusted her mother and the information she had been given over the years. Her mother hadn’t exactly given her cause for concern regarding her father….

How could you not be hooked with a storyline like this? I thought my family had a lot of skeletons in our closets but EEEESH! It didn’t take me long at all to sink my teeth into the gritty and intense storyline, as soon as I was hooked I couldn’t put the book down, hence why it only took me a matter of hours to read. Unfortunately, I was able to relate to several of the situations that unfolded in this book, especially where Julia’s father was concerned.

Seeing as I read this book like an outsider looking in, I attempted to see the situation from each of the characters points of view to begin with, but I couldn’t help getting angry at Julia’s mother. Well, and her father! Their ‘logic’ was extremely selfish in my opinion. But like I said, I can relate to certain aspects of the book which is why my views are more emotionally based, and a lot harder than others.
Just to clarify, but views up to this point are solely on the storyline and not the way the author has written it, btw.

‘The Many Colours of Us’ blew me away on more than one occasion. It wasn’t all light-hearted and lovey dovey, the storyline was incredibly black and white at times (in a good way), powerful and unbelievably soulful. I don’t think I have ever read a debut novel that carried itself with such grace, intensity, and emotion, like Rachel Burton’s. I’m not going to lie, I couldn’t stand a couple of the characters in the book yet they brought another dimension to the novel, so they were put in the book for the right reasons (even if they did irk me).

Again, this is yet another review that I have to be rather vague about as every event and emotion in the book is linked to another. I don’t wish to get into trouble for causing a domino effect of spoilers!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Many Colours of Us’; Rachel Burton really has done herself proud by writing such a beautiful, but raw storyline. A lot of people are going to read this book and feel as though their own lives are being written about; yes, it really is that relatable.

Such a poignant and impressive debut novel. I loved it! Absolutely flawless.

Thank you HQ.

Buy now from Amazon UK

Author Bio:

Rachel Burton has been making up stories since she first learned to talk, prodigiously early. In 2013 she finally started making one up that was worth writing down. 

She has a BA in Classics and an MA in English and has never really known what to do when she grew up. She has worked as a waitress, a legal secretary, a yoga teacher and a paralegal. She never quite made it to law school.

She grew up in Cambridge and London but now lives in Leeds with her boyfriend and three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bookish_yogi

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#Review! One Endless Summer by @LaurieEllingham @HQDigitalUK @HQStories

Laurie Ellingham

Three best friends.

Three continents.

Three months to live.

How long can you keep a secret?

Three best friends are embarking on an all-expenses paid trip of their dreams. The only catch? Every moment will be documented on film.

Lizzie’s battle with cancer is coming to an end, and now she’s ready to embrace adventure for the very first time. There are only three months, but it is Lizzie’s time to finally start living!

Jaddi is known for her stunning looks, flirtatious attitude and many conquests. But Jaddi has a secret and on this last trip together she needs to decide whether her best friends will ever know the real her.

Samantha has always been the ‘grown up’ of the group, the one with a five year plan. What Lizzie and Jaddi don’t know is that Sam is trapped, and her perfect life isn’t quite what it seems…

As they trek across the globe Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha must come to terms with loss, love and trusting one another. But will it all be too late…

What does TWG think?

I know I keep saying this, BUT, I am so glad that I tend to avoid reading the blurbs of novels before I read them. I have just read the blurb for Laurie Ellingham’s book; if I had read it before I started reading, I would have been a tad miffed as it gives a little too much away for my liking. I chose this book to read because of the three sentences on the front cover; ‘Three best friends. Three continents. Three months to live.’. Those words (and the beautiful cover itself), were enough to make me go and buy this book for myself. Why? Because Laurie Ellingham has written the type of book that needs to be left to do the talking, it needs to speak for itself. The magic needs to be read in the moment…and not before.

‘One Endless Summer’ pulled me in by my heart-strings nion straight away; there was absolutely nothing I could do to prepare myself for any eventuality within the storyline. Lizzie, Jaddi and Samantha are three completely different women in terms of personalities and beliefs. One thinks with her heart, one thinks with her head and the other one leaves decisions to ‘fate’. I’m sure you can guess how problematic that would have been!

It didn’t take me long to focus on Lizzie’s story and everything else that went with it, including the camera man. Now, because my mind was focused on Lizzie’s hurdles, when another character was involved in a secretive situation, it completely caught me off guard. I had assumed that this storyline was going to centre around one circumstance in particular, so when the storyline spread its wings and took various different paths all at once, goosebumps covered my body from head to toe.

To be able to write a storyline containing several shocking situations involving most of the characters, as well as being able to maintain the high level of suspense and intensity, really does take a considerable amount of talent – Laurie Ellingham has done exactly that. Outstanding.

Throughout the entire novel it felt as though every time I turned the page, there was going to be even more shocking events, or rifts between characters, or something else utterly unexpected and bewildering. It most certainly kept my on my toes, but let’s just say that my emotions were becoming even more difficult to control.

As I said above, I assumed that this storyline was going to follow one path from start to finish, it didn’t; I am so, so glad that my assumption was incorrect as ‘One Endless Summer’ just kept on giving.

It’s incredibly difficult to write a vague review for a book that I adored, as all I want to do is go ‘OMG! Did you read the part where….’, and I can’t say anything along those lines.

All I can say really is that your own eyes need to read this mind-blowing, enchanting, heart-breaking, moving, spell-binding and emotional novel. I have never, EVER read a book like ‘One Endless Summer’; to be honest, I hope that I never read another book like it because it really is one of a kind. In my eyes, it’s going to take something completely flawless (of a similar genre) to be able to knock Laurie Ellingham’s book off my favourites list.

Words cannot describe how much I loved ‘One Endless Summer’, it really is THAT beautiful as well as thousands of other adjectives. Laurie Ellingham has blown my mind with this phenomenal storyline that’s for sure!

‘One Endless Summer’ is one of my MUST READ books of 2017 without a doubt. It’s also a book that will stay in my heart for a very, very long time.

Buy ‘One Endless Summer’ NOW!

#BlogTour! #Review of Summer at Conwenna Cove by @DarcieBoleyn @canelo_co

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Thrilled to be one of the bloggers hosting Darcie Boleyn’s brand new book, Summer at Conwenna Cove, as part of the blog tour for Canelo! I hope you enjoy reading my review:

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In a gorgeous Cornish village, two brokenhearted people fall head over heels. But can the magic of Conwenna Cove heal the hurt of the past? A feel-good summer romance perfect for fans of Holly Martin, Phillipa Ashley and Jenny Hale.

Eve has a glittering career, a loving husband and a future. But a terrible twist of fate means she loses it all, and with nowhere left to turn she flees to her Aunt Mary’s home in Cornwall. The last thing on her mind is romance – until she meets Jack.

Jack has seen the worst things people can do to each other and realised he is better off alone. He settles in Conwenna Cove, and saves his affections for the rescue dogs he cares for. But when Eve arrives in the village he can’t deny his attraction to her.

Eve and Jack are both scared to trust, but when they come together it’s impossible for either to ignore their feelings. Can they put their fear aside and learn to love again?

Summer at Conwenna Cove is an emotional and heart-warming holiday read about being brave enough to take a chance on love.

What does TWG think?

Every time Darcie Boleyn brings out a brand new book I seem to turn into an excited puppy, unable to sit still and pining with impatience. Seriously, I’m not even kidding. Oh, and by ‘pining’ I mean DM’ing the author asking when her next book is coming out, over and over again. I’m nice like that, SOOOO not annoying.

Anyway. Cornwall. Again. Deep down I really didn’t want to groan about the setting as Darcie Boleyn is one of my favourite authors, but the groan just shot out before I could stop it. Now, I don’t have anything against Cornwall as it sounds so beautiful, it’s just there are loads of books which are set in Cornwall, most of them being published recently!

I kept an open mind and as I ploughed into the storyline and got to know the characters, my ‘issue’ with the setting went completely out the window. Eve has hit rock bottom. No longer is she the confident, carefree, optimistic individual she once was; instead she is a woman who has reached her breaking point. All I wanted to do was give Eve a big hug and obviously I couldn’t. I felt so, so sorry for her as a character as her circumstances were quite heart wrenching to read about. Seeing as Eve needed a change of scenery, my mind was so occupied with the way that she was feeling I didn’t seem to mind where she went, as long as she took the time she needed to recuperate.

It was from that moment that the storyline itself took precedence over the setting. The setting was an eye-catching addition instead of being the star of the show. For me, that is more important. I wanted to be able to connect with the storyline and its characters BEFORE I was able to gaze at the scenery; it’s no use if the setting of a book overpowers the true essence of the story and the characters. Hats off to Darcie Boleyn for writing such a powerful storyline that was able to showcase its own beauty.

Alongside Eve as a main character, is a man called Jack. A man who prefers his own company after being ‘stabbed’ in the back but people he thought he could trust. We’ve all been there, eh? I didn’t know what to make of his character at first as it took a while for his guard to come down, so his inner personality was always hidden away. It was as though he was always putting on a front. As time went on, his ‘guard’ kept doing squats by coming down, then going back up again, which meant that my opinion of Jack kept changing.

For me, the absolute stars of the show were the dogs in the rescue centre. Well, one in particular but I don’t want to say too much as I might give snippets away. I am not ashamed to say that where those dogs were concerned, ‘teary’ became my middle name. Wow.

‘Summer at Conwenna Cove’ sure does pack a punch in terms of intensity and depth. I was amazed at how full of information the book was, there was just so much to sink my teeth into!

I really have no idea how Darcie Boleyn does it, but she does. Every. Single. Time. I cannot fault this book at all, not even for the setting! I loved the diversity of the characters, the intense situations, the deep and meaningful conversations and the heart-warming moments with the dogs. Most importantly, I loved how the author brought all of the different situations and emotions together to create this mesmerising, huggable, rollercoaster ride of a novel; all without losing any momentum.

‘Summer at Conwenna Cove’ is a book to be read, cherished and understood. A book to be your hug when you’re on your own. A book to give you that confidence to be able to admit when you need to re-group. A book to give you the kick up the backside to ensure that your own well-being is put before anyone else’s. Not just A BOOK, it’s THIS BOOK.

Out-flipping-standing.

Thank you Canelo.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34925197-summer-at-conwenna-cove

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Summer-Conwenna-Cove-heart-warming-feel-good-ebook/dp/B06ZYK46GW/

Author Information

 Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

Author Links

Blog: https://darcieboleyn.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/darcieboleyn

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#BlogTour #Review – Annie’s Lovely Choir by the Sea by Liz Eeles @lizeelesauthor @Bookouture

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When twenty-nine-year-old Annie Trebarwith receives an unexpected letter from a great-aunt she’s never known, she leaves her shoebox-sized flat in London and catches a train to the rugged Cornish coast.

Salt Bay is beautiful and Annie begins to kindle a bond with her great-aunt Alice. Even though there is zero phone signal and the locals – including the gorgeous but brooding Josh Pasco – can be decidedly grumpy at times, Annie starts to feel at home in Salt Bay.

Soon Annie’s love of music leads her to relaunch the Salt Bay Choral Society, and she’s surprised to see how just much the choir means to the community – and she even starts to break through Josh’s surly exterior…

But London is calling Annie back, and she has to make a decision. Give up her old life completely, or leave Salt Bay, her new-found family – and the choir – behind?

What does TWG think?

Happy publication day to Liz Eeles and Annie’s Lovely Choir by the Sea! I am truly honoured to be kicking off the blog tour with a review. Hope you enjoy!

How STUNNING is that cover by the way!!

Let me just get this bit out-of-the-way first; I may have groaned a little when I saw that the book was set in Cornwall. I know, I know, it’s madness! Recently there seems to have been a rise in the amount of books set in Cornwall (not that it’s not a beautiful place btw!), and I did happen to think ‘not another one’. Wait, wait, let me explain! A lot of the novels that I’ve read that were set in Cornwall, seemed to be a bit ‘samey’; I was uber excited about Liz Eeles’ novel and I really was hopeful that it would be different from the rest.

You want to know something?

It only took until the end of the first chapter for me to decide that, Annie’s Lovely Choir by the Sea, is my MOST FAVOURITE book set in Cornwall so far, without a doubt! This book had everything I could have hoped for in a book and more. The main character, Annie, was introduced to Cornwall in the most unique and comical way; lets just say that that woman has a lot of balls!

I was hooked on Annie’s personality from the very beginning as she didn’t seem to take herself too seriously, unlike a certain other character in the book (naming no names)! I thoroughly enjoyed finding out Annie’s family secrets, as well as seeing Cornwall from a completely new angle. Honestly? It was fun. Most of the characters (again, naming no names) stood out in their own individual ways; each of them bringing something special to the storyline. Don’t get me wrong, there was a character or two (cough) that managed to rile me up the wrong way good and proper. No, seriously, I think I actually swore out loud whilst I was reading it; I couldn’t get over how self-absorbed one character was! I could not stand them! I have a slight feeling that I’m not going to be the only one either haha.

The direction in which the storyline took was unexpected and I loved it. Not only did it surprise me multiple times, reading Liz Eeles’ novel gave me a sense of belonging due to Salt Bay’s unity. I loved the fact that I was able to see Annie come out of her shell as the story went on; and as stupid as this sounds, I felt quite proud of her.

Annie’s Lovely Choir by the Sea truly was an idyllic, beautifully written, heart-warming story that made my heart swell with joy. There was something incredibly special about Liz Eeles’ novel and I can’t seem to put my finger on what that is. Maybe it was the storylines aura, I don’t know. It just gave me that feel good feeling, as well as the belief that anything is possible if you just get up and do it.

A phenomenal, mesmerising novel which is full of family secrets, heart-warming moments and the power to dream.
Absolutely beautiful; I love everything about this book and Liz Eeles’ captivating writing. Brava…really, Brava….

Thank you so much Bookouture!

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About the author

 Liz began her writing career as a journalist for newspapers and magazines before moving into the health sector as a communications manager and press officer. The low point of her career was abandoning an interview with Cliff Richard after two questions because she was about to faint – her excuse is that she was newly pregnant at the time.

Liz is from Gloucestershire but now lives by the sea in West Sussex with her husband and grown-up daughter. She spends a lot of time meaning to meditate, avoiding exercise, and missing her son who lives in London.

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The blog tour has only just begun! All the details of the hosts on this tour are below:

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#BlogTour! #Review of Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer by Sue Watson (@suewatsonwriter) @Bookouture

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Ella’s life just hit rock-bottom, but can a summer by the sea mend her broken heart? When life gives you lemons… make ice-cream!

Life hasn’t always been easy for single mum Ella, but she has just hit an all-time low; she’s jobless, loveless, very nearly homeless and, to make matters worse, now the owner of a pocket-sized pooch with a better wardrobe than her.

Packing her bags (and a bigger one for the dog), Ella sets off for the seaside town of Appledore in Devon to re-live the magical summers of her youth and claim her portion of the family ice-cream business: a clapped-out ice-cream van and a complicated mess of secrets.

There she meets gorgeous and free-spirited solicitor, Ben, who sees things differently: with a little bit of TLC he has a plan to get the van – and Ella – back up and running in no time.

Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer is a heart-warming and hilarious romance that will scoop you off your feet and prove it’s never too late for a fresh start. The ideal holiday read for fans of Lucy Diamond, Abby Clements and Debbie Johnson.

What does TWG think?

Eeeee!! Over the moon to be one of the stops today on Sue Watson’s blog tour for her brand new book, Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer! Love, love, LOVE HER! Hope you enjoy my review!

As soon as I find out that Sue Watson is due to release a brand new book, I begin to feel the excitement (quite similar to Christmas Day as a child) start stirring, deep within. Now, of course, if I have to wait a few weeks for a Sue Watson book and I know that it’s on its way, well, I do become rather impatient. Reading a Sue Watson book is quite similar to the feeling of getting into a freshly made bed; the calmness, comfort and soothing touch, feeling all of your worries disappear from your mind for the duration of the book (or, as soon as you snuggle into your brand new duvet). Bliss, right?

Almost every single time that I finish one of her novels, I always wonder how on Earth she will top that particular book with her next one. But you know what? She does! Sue ALWAYS manages to up the ante on her own storylines.

Take Ella’s Ice-Cream Summer for example; a deliciously enticing front cover don’t you think? A cover that is bound to bring back childhood memories of visits to the beach, 99’s and the good ol’ marmite opinion flavour; Neapolitan. I’m sure you’re probably nodding your head in agreement right now, because it IS true. Now, the thing about Ella and her Ice-Cream Summer, well, the storyline goes wayyyyy beyond the calm childhood memories and it delves a lot further than I could have anticipated. I too, thought that this book was going to be a tutti-frutti style storyline; colourful, sweet and completely one of a kind, based on the cover. But, this storyline isn’t just tutti-frutti. No. There were moments where the storyline had the depth of chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream, the intensity of Karamel Sutra ice-cream, the vulnerability of raspberry ripple ice-cream and the uniqueness of a tiramisu ice-cream, topped with coffee sauce and a sprinkle of chopped nuts.

In a nutshell, Sue Watson’s novel contains everything you could ever dream of. Ella is stuck in a rut; her children are growing up and becoming less dependent, her living situation isn’t the most reliable, and a four-legged friend struggles to decide on a tutu or pjs for a lounge day. If Ella wanted a bit of excitement in her life, excitement is what she shall get (and no, I don’t mean that she bought an ice-cream with two flakes instead of one. Although….). Every family comes with their own collection of skeletons in closets, however, Ella had absolutely no idea about the amount of skeletons there were in her own family’s collection.

Road trip to Devon anyone?


Ella’s Ice-cream Summer tickled my taste buds from start to finish. I had only reached 5% completion on the Kindle when I had to put the book down to attractively snort in hysterics at the words in front of me. 5% was all it took to make that happen, imagine what the rest of the book must have been like! Oh, wait, I don’t need to imagine as I have read it, nerney ner ner! How mature of me…

I absolutely ADORED this book. The characters were incredibly written, full of surprises and incredibly memorable (Ben.cough.Ben), the overall theme of the novel uncovered itself really nicely throughout without rushing to a conclusion, and the hilarity really did continue until the very end of the book. Sublime.

When it comes to a Sue Watson novel, I usually feel sad that the story is coming to an end and I would have to wait a while for my fix; that was not the case this time (there’s another book in the series, but shhhhh). Don’t get me wrong, I felt like I was leaving my long-lost friends behind as they were amazing to get to know; their journey really was such an enticing read. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series, without a doubt.

Sue Watson has written yet another hilarious, heart-warming and utterly inviting read, full to the brim of surprises, delightful treats and one of a kind characters. Whilst I adore everything that this author writes, Ella’s Ice-cream Summer has got to be my most favourite book of Sue Watson’s, ever. I really have no idea how she does it, but she does. Every.Single.Time.

I cannot recommend this book enough! You will be a tool not to go and buy a copy of it; surrender yourself to Sue Watson’s beautiful and comforting words, with this addictive and memorable storyline. Absolutely divine (as always)!

Thanks Bookouture!

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About the author
 

Sue Watson was a journalist on women’s magazines and national newspapers before leaving it all behind for a career in TV. As a producer with the BBC she worked on garden makeovers, kitchen takeovers and daytime sofas – all the time making copious notes so that one day she might escape to the country and turn it all into a book.

After much deliberation and copious consumption of cake, Sue eventually left her life in TV to write.  After a very successful debut novel, Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes Sue signed with Bookouture.
 
 

#EarlyReview of The Last Piece of My Heart – @PaigeToonAuthor @SimonSchusterUK @JessBarratt88

Paige Toon

When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it’s the small pieces that make up the bigger picture… Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.

Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole’s grieving husband, Charlie

What does TWG think?

I was lucky enough to have been given a copy of Paige Toon’s new book, long before publication date. The only downside to that was how I ended up having multiple arguments with myself about it. They went something like this;

Me: AHHHHH read it already!!
Me: Nooo, I can’t read it yet, I need to savour it for as long as possible!
Me: But you need to read it!!
Me: Savour it!! It’s PAIGE TOON FOR GOODNESS SAKE
Me: READ IT BECAUSE IT IS PAIGE TOON!!!
Me: But then if I read it, I’ll end up finishing it!
Me: Well yes, that’s the whole point!

Soooooo, much to the annoyance of…me, I read it. Now, I say annoyance like I didn’t want to read it, when I would have done anything TO read this book. As you saw by the argument with myself (above), I just didn’t want to read it and then end up being disappointed because it had finished, meaning I would need to wait for another book (which I’m going to have to do anyway!!).
Right, if you’re a bookworm, you’ll understand what I’m trying to get at here, right? I hope so!

Anyway, I did attempt to savour this book, so much so that I ended up reading 60 odd percent in one day. Yeah, totally savouring it! Even if I wanted to, I could not have put it down. Whilst I struggled to gel with Bridget at first, I automatically clicked with the general feel of the storyline, and I couldn’t put my finger on why that was exactly. It just felt…magic. Does that make sense?

‘The Last Piece of My Heart’ really came into its own, in my opinion, when the setting changed to Cornwall. It felt like the entire feel of the storyline, as well as the strength of the characters and their emotions, became settled and I was able to really get comfortable with the book. It was also at that moment when my emotions began to get the better of me.

Why?

Because, one of the characters in particular grabbed a hold of my heart and wouldn’t let go. It sounds pretty daft now when I think about how emotional that one character made me, but I’m just being honest. I’m trying to be extremely vague and not say too much here as I guess it could be seen as an interlinked spoiler, BUT, the character I’m referring to was by far my favourite character in the book. Such a beautiful, beautiful character.
(If you read the book when it comes out, you’ll no doubt see who I’m on about!)

Charlie and Bridget’s relationship truly was a breath of fresh air. Their banter was on point and the way their personalities complimented each other, really did make for excellent reading. Paige Toon certainly knows how to create such loveable, memorable  characters that reel you into the heart of the storyline like long-lost friends.

I have been a HUGE fan of Toon’s work for many, many years and I have to say that ‘The Last Piece of My Heart’ is definitely her best book to date, and one of my most favourite books of all time. She just has that skill of making a storyline come to life as though you’re living in the pages with the characters; a comforting author I would say. Whilst this novel delved deeper into some rather emotional and raw topics, it also made me laugh out loud and end up with sore cheeks from smiling so much.

Toon’s brand new novel, in my eyes, is flawless. From the moment I began reading, until the moment the book unfortunately came to an end, I was addicted to Bridget, Charlie and Nicole’s life. I would say that Paige Toon had me at hello, but the book didn’t start like that! You catch my drift though I’m sure..

‘The Last Piece of My Heart’ is yet another of Paige’s books which I could sit and talk about for an age, but I can’t. I am absolutely devastated that the book had to come to an end, I didn’t want it to! I wanted to keep on reading and stay in the safe haven of Toon’s delightful and exhilarating words.

An addictive, heart warming, thought-provoking, and beautiful read from the incredibly talented, Paige Toon. The Last Piece of My Heart is an outstanding tale of love, loss and having the strength to make the most out of your life, no matter what the circumstances are.

Paige Toon and her brand new novel now have a piece of my heart, and you know what? I don’t want it back either because I will remember this phenomenal book for a very long time.

P.S. Welcome to my list of top books ever, Paige. This novel flew on there. Amazing, truly amazing.

Thank you S&S!

‘The Last Piece of My Heart’ by Paige Toon, will be published by Simon and Shuster on the 18th May 2017. You can ensure your copy is secure by preordering it via the links below (you’ll be mad not to, honestly):

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Repost due to error: #Review of This Love by Dani Atkins (@AtkinsDani) @SimonSchusterUK

Posting again due to error on the previous one. Apologies.

Dani Atkins

Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a long time ago, but could this love change all of that?

Sophie Winter lives in a self-imposed cocoon – she’s a single, 31-year-old translator who works from home in her one-bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of, but then Sophie stopped believing in dreams when she was a teenager and tragedy struck her family.
 
So, to be safe, she keeps everyone at arm’s length. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.

One night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers. Sophie is trapped in the burning building until a passer-by, Ben, sees her and rescues her.
 
Suddenly her cocoon is shattered – what will be the consequences of this second life-changing event?

What does TWG think?


You MUST read this book, okay? Review done. kthnx

If only this review would be as easy to right as that ^^^. Unfortunately due to the fact that Dani Atkins’ novel made my inner Ice Queen surrender to every single emotion in the storyline, I am feeling a smidge tongue-tied and may also end up in tears (again) by the time I have reached the end of this review.
(Yes folks, again)


Before I started reading, I had seen on social media that Atkins’ novel was receiving tweets stating that it was ‘extremely emotional’. Honestly? No disrespect to the author, I rolled my eyes and went ‘PFFT’ when I read that. Why? Because it can sometimes take a lot for me to truly get emotional about something, y’know, actually feel emotions -shudders-. Seeing as I was going to read ‘This Love’ anyway, the emotional responses made me rather intrigued. I knew deep down that I would probably end up being one of the few people to not cry at this book, because I am an Ice Queen….

After reading the book:

Me, not cry? Seriously? What on EARTH possessed me to be all cocky about not getting emotional?! I bawled like a baby, except it being the ugly version. If you don’t believe me nose on my Instagram as I felt the absolute need to tweet the author with my ugly crying face, seconds after reading her book. I’m nice like that.
(Dani, I’ll pay for your therapy).

‘This Love’ melted me like the snowman from the movie, The Snowman. It wasn’t the general type of emotional either (if there is one, but you know what I mean). It was the sort of emotion that comes from deep within your soul, absolutely cripples your senses and logical thinking, whilst also making you feel as though your own heart is breaking for the characters within the storyline. Raw.

Once again I am having to be slightly careful with my words to ensure that I don’t accidentally give any of the plot away. It’s pretty clear that Atkins’ has written ‘This Love’ from her own heart as her attention to detail where the storyline is concerned, is outstanding. Atkins’ hasn’t just written the bare necessities of a storyline and let the characters do the talking, no. She has created a life within the pages of the book. A life where we are able to visualise each character, every heart breaking moment, every momentous occasion, and yes, even being able to visualise the materialistic aspects too. Take a door for example. To us it would be just a door, it opens and closes, simple. If Dani Atkins’ were to describe a door in this storyline, it would be the most beautiful, iconic, majestic door you have ever seen. It may do the same things as our door, but which one would you remember out of the two?

I have read a lot of books where the characters love stories attempt to rival that of Romeo and Juliet’s or Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (I jest on the latter…I think), and whilst those love stories are always ‘awwww you guys!!!’, I struggle to relate because I am not a romantic. However, the love-type-story contained in THIS novel really made me believe that there is a little thing called love, out there. It was believable and realistic; what more could you ask for?

As for the characters in Atkins’ book, I would LOVE to sit here and have the opportunity to write my full opinion on them, however, I think my wrists would be slapped as spoiler central. So, I will try to be as vague as I can by saying that I LOVED reading about Sophie’s journey, as well as Ben’s journey. Their individual personalities were wonderfully written and a sheer joy to read.

‘THIS LOVE’ HAS TAKEN ITS TOLL ON MEEEEEEEEEEE, I SAID GOODBYE, TOO MANY TIMES BEFOREEEEEEE,

Please say I wasn’t the only one to do that….? Maroon 5-age!

Anyway, I veered off. Apologies.

‘This Love’ is such a beautifully written, literary work of art. Atkins’ outstanding portrayal of love, life and new starts, truly opened my eyes to things I never would have paid attention to before now. I would be lying if I said that this book didn’t completely blow my mind; because it did.
Absolutely phenomenal – if I could give it more than 5*’s, I would in a heartbeat.

Thank you S&S!

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#BlogTour! #Review – Always and Forever by Sian O’Gorman (@msogorman) @Aria_Fiction

Day two of the blog tour is here!! Delighted to be today’s stop on Sian O’Gorman’s blog tour for her brand new book, Always and Forever. I only feels like yesterday that I was revealing the book cover for her and Aria Fiction! My word, how time has flown! Sian’s novel has intrigued me from the moment I laid eyes on the cover, which makes me even more glad to be able to share my review with you!! Enjoy!

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How can you find yourself again, when you can’t face what you’ve lost?

Joanna Woulfe is looking to get her life back on track after her husband John leaves their family home. Once a high-flying PR Director, Jo now looks after her son Harry and seeks support only from her mother Marietta and her best friend Nicole. But Nicole’s own marriage is facing its greatest ever crisis, and Marietta, too, is distracted by the reappearance of an old flame, ex-Showband-singer and lothario Patrick Realta.

Soon Jo enrols with a colourful local amateur dramatics group and begins a flirtation with the handsome young Ronan Forest. But is she really ready to move on from her old life – and from her years of marriage to John? And what was it that happened three years ago that sent the couple into free-fall?

Before long Jo will realise that is only by looking back that she will ever truly be able to move forward…

What does TWG think?

I’m not going to lie, I had absolutely no idea what to except with this book. Personally, the cover gave nothing away, and seeing as I don’t read blurbs, I began the book without even a hint of information.

By golly wasn’t I glad about that…

I am SO glad that the cover didn’t give anything way! The entire storyline was full of surprise, after surprise, after shock; if you think you’re getting a light-hearted novel due to the colourful cover, think again. Don’t get me wrong, the storyline was hilarious and had some rather questionable (but brilliant) characters for even more entertainment. However, a lot of the plot was deep and meaningful as well. There were times where I struggled to keep up with the ongoing dramas and shocking situations as there was a lot of information to take in. Not only that, as soon as I was able to digest one shocker, another one took its place almost immediately! Before you start thinking that I am stating negatives here, I’m not. Having a storyline which contains drama, shocking situations and even hilarity, can be quite rare. If done ‘correctly’ it can be a wonderful read.

Thankfully, I thought O’Gorman nailed it. There seemed to be the right amount of everything (except maybe a smidge too much info all at once). O’Gorman’s book is definitely one to keep you busy, that’s for sure!

I didn’t really quite know what to make of Joanna and John’s relationship; to be honest, neither did they! Joanna’s mother proved to be quite a fiery character and completely different to her daughter! Joanna’s best friend, Nicole, also had a little bit of a situation going on and whilst I probably shouldn’t have laughed at times, I couldn’t help myself! Somewhat OTT but enjoyable nonetheless. I did feel sorry for Nicole though I must say; I’m curious to hear other people’s opinions on her situation so once you buy the book and read it, come back and let me know what your thoughts are (without spoilers).

‘Always and Forever’ really is a book that keeps on giving right until the very end. One moment you might be laughing, the next moment you might be thinking ‘what the…’, and then you may even end up shocked. It’s safe to say that storyline really does contain such a wide variety of emotional situations. Sian O’Gorman has put her own spin on a realistic situation (marital issues) by modernising it and making it a storyline to remember.

Yes, there was a lot for me to take in, and yes some of the situations were a tad OTT. BUT, ‘Always and Forever’ made me laugh, and it gave me an escape which I so desperately needed because of its uniqueness.

A mixture of everything, a storyline to remember, as well as giggles aplenty; ‘Always and Forever’ is the ideal pick me up on a day when you need it the most.

Thanks Aria Fiction.

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Sian’s previous novel, FRIENDS LIKE US is out now.

Author bio

Siân was born in Ireland, is an RTÉ radio producer and lives in the seaside suburb of Dalkey, Dublin with her seven-nearly-eight-year-old daughter, Ruby.

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Twitter: @msogorman

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