Blog Tour! Review of ‘The Christmas Promise’ by Sue Moorcroft (@SueMoorcroft) @AvonbooksUK

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Blurb.

Countdown to Christmas with your new must-have author, as you step into the wonderful world of bespoke hat-maker Ava Bliss…

For Ava Bliss, it’s going to be a Christmas to remember…

On a snowy December evening, Sam Jermyn steps into the life of bespoke hat maker Ava. Sparks fly, and not necessarily the good ones.

Times are tough for Ava – she’s struggling to make ends meet, her ex-boyfriend is a bully, and worst of all, it’s nearly Christmas.

So when Sam commissions Ava to make a hat for someone special, she makes a promise that will change her life. She just doesn’t know it yet…

What does TWG think?

Absolutely thrilled to be today’s stop on Sue Moorcroft’s blog tour for #MyPromise!!
‘The Christmas Promise’ is definitely a book that shouldn’t be judged by its cover this Christmas. Whilst the cover is very beautiful, the storyline has incredible depth to it and it managed to change my original perception of the book as a whole. Why? Because I did what I’ve just said that shouldn’t be done; I judged the book by its cover. I thought it was going to be a twinkly, dancing in the snow type of read. But, even though it has the Christmas magic element perfected, Sue’s story tells a shockingly honest tale.

Ava’s working life hasn’t been going to plan if her dreams are anything to go by. Unfortunately she finds herself in the position of worrying about money and ensuring she can keep a roof over her head. That in itself is enough to stress anyone out. Ava’s bad luck doesn’t stop there though. Her ex-boyfriend thinks he is being big and clever, when in reality, he’s being a bully. An evil, repulsive bully that could cost Ava everything that she has worked hard for, and more. The bully’s actions are the basis of the shockingly honest tale. One that even made me stop and think, as well as being outraged at his actions, obviously.

I am sure that the tale will make a lot of people stop and think. Hats off to Sue for writing about a very important topic in a truly honest, yet sensitive way. Speaking of hats, oh my gosh!!! Finding out about how hats are made, was absolutely incredible! The way that Ava managed to create a ‘basic’ hat so simply blew my mind, and I wasn’t even there. Until now, hats had been off my radar and I thought of them to be just that, hats. However, after ‘watching’ Ava at work, I see hats in a completely different light. To be fair, it was all in Sue’s writing as the way she described all of the intricate details was outstanding. I hope that if I decide to get a hat made, that I can just take Sue’s description of one in the book with me and say ‘make that’!

For me, the storyline got better and better the more of it I read; characters became stronger and there was even more things popping up to keep me hooked. ‘The Christmas Promise’ is definitely a book that gets top marks for holding my attention, as just when I thought a situation was on the up, something else swooped in and made me think ‘where the hell did that come from?’. The whole book caught me by surprise on more than one occasion, even when I had, cough, something in my eye, cough.

I cannot fault ‘The Christmas Promise’ at all, even though it was a rollercoaster of emotion, it was a magnificent one. An enticing, shocking and loveable read that managed to keep my attention from chapter to chapter. A true Christmas work of art and hats off to Sue Moorcroft for writing her best book yet!

Thank you to the publishers for my copy of the book.

The Christmas Promise by Sue Moorcroft, published by Avon, is available to buy now from Amazon UK. The paperback will be available to buy from the 1st December but can be pre-ordered here.

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Blog tour! Review of ‘Sunshine on a Rainy Day’ by Bryony Fraser (@bryony_fraser)@AvonBooksUK

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It’s Zoe and Jack’s first wedding anniversary party. They’ve got an announcement! They’re getting divorced.
Marriage isn’t for everyone – something that Zoe and Jack discovered only after they’d walked down the aisle. Bad timing, huh?
So now they’re stuck together in their once harmonious marital home, neither one of them willing to move out of their lovely house.
With Zoe’s three sisters always wanting a say, and Jack’s best friend trying his best to fix things between them, misunderstandings arise. Tempers flare. ‘Accidents’ happen…
Zoe and Jack are going to be lucky if they’re still alive when the twelve months are up. But maybe things aren’t quite as final as they seem?

What does TWG think?

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate how STUNNING both the book cover and tour banner are?! Hats off to the team at Avon Books. What is even more fab about the cover is the fact the lettering on the paperback has a 3D texture (links to buy will follow!). Thank you to Avon for offering me the ARC in return for my unbiased and professional opinion!

I have the honour of kicking off Bryony’s blog tour and what better day to kick it off than…PUBLICATION DAY! Huge congratulations to Bryony Fraser on the publication of this gorgeous book! TWG wishes you every success!

Zoe and Jack recently got married, they should still be in the honeymoon period, right? WRONG, they’re not. They love each other, they cannot see their futures with anyone else, so what EXACTLY went wrong? Surely after two months of marriage you’ll still be loved up and sickly sweet, not finding divorce lawyers? Lets hope there is ‘Sunshine on a Rainy Day’!!

I read the first line of the blurb, then stopped. I didn’t want the blurb to tell me any more, but, because I was frowning and thinking ‘what the raindrops?!’, chapter 1 was under my nose quicker than I can eat a cookie (and that’s saying something!). One of the beauties of this book is that not only do you get to read the story of their relationship now, you also get to read about how they got together. Both the past and present stories flowed brilliantly and I think that one without the other just would not have worked as well as it did.

Originally I thought this book was going to be a ‘typical’ chick flick, but it isn’t! Zoe and Jack’s situation isn’t a straight forward ‘boy meets girl’ like other chick flicks, instead it’s a drama filled, modernised and hilarious take on real life relationships. When I was growing up, marriage seemed to be the next step before children and there always seemed to be such emphasis on couples getting married. However, Bryony Fraser has put marriage on the naughty step, stuck two fingers up at it, and gotten on with her day. And you know what?! I LOVE her for that!!

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all the various characters within the book, I can honestly say that I didn’t dislike any of them either! I did find myself siding with Zoe though, even though the antics between them both were childishly hilarious, we need girlpower!!

After finishing ‘Sunshine on a Rainy Day’ with a smile on my face, I am very excited to see what Bryony releases next.

‘Sunshine on a Rainy Day’ is a book about being true to yourself, doing what is right for YOU, and making sure you have a laugh whilst doing so. Bryony Fraser has written such a refreshingly hilarious read; that has the power to pull at your heartstrings, all in one go. Writing this book, Bryony brought sunshine to my soul and melted my ice queen interior (slightly), in the process. It will definitely be ‘Sunshine on a Rainy Day’ if Bryony Fraser has anything to do with it. Fabulous and fun, fantastic read.

‘Sunshine on a Rainy Day’ by Bryony Fraser, published by Avon Books is out TODAY (8th September 2016) and is available to buy from Amazon UK

 

Blog Tour – Review of ‘The Secret Wife’ by Gill Paul (@GillPaulAuthor) @AvonBooksUK

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Blurb.

A Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . .
Love. Guilt. Heartbreak.

1914
Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future. Grand Duchess Tatiana has fallen in love with cavalry officer Dmitri, but events take a catastrophic turn, placing their romance – and their lives – in danger . . .

2016
Kitty Fisher escapes to her great-grandfather’s remote cabin in America, after a devastating revelation makes her flee London. There, on the shores of Lake Akanabee, she discovers the spectacular jewelled pendant that will lead her to a long-buried family secret . . .

Haunting, moving and beautifully written, The Secret Wife effortlessly crosses centuries, as past merges with present in an unforgettable story of love, loss and resilience.

What does TWG think?

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Big thank you to the publishers for allowing me to read the ARC of this book!

As soon as I saw the cover of ‘The Secret Wife’, I knew I wanted to read it. The cover, whilst simple, made me extremely curious, after all, we all have our own secrets, right? Never did I think that the secrets within this story would be so complex and emotional. Relationships bound to secrecy to ensure their safety, as well as secret relationships that hurt other people due to their own selfish choices.

But what happens when a family members past unlocks great history as well tragedy and multiple secrets?

‘The Secret Wife’ switches between 1914 and 2016, enlightening the readers to the tragic events of Russia’s history during those years. Whilst also opening readers eyes to the complexity of certain relationships and the consequences those relationships could entail if the wrong person, or people, became aware. You can’t help who you fall in love with, and Dmitri and Tatiana weren’t any different.

I don’t usually read historic fiction, but, because my curiosity got the better of me, I just had to give this book a try. It also meant that this was the first book of Gill Paul’s that I had ever read. It is without a doubt that the topic of Russia’s history was researched with sensitivity and honesty, bringing to life tragedies. It is probably my naivety, but I guess I wasn’t quite aware of the life or death situations people were faced with back in the day. Reading about those events made me incredibly emotion and rocked me to the core.

Add all of those feelings to the present day and the storyline creates such a whirlwind read. Kitty Fisher has had her own fair share of heartbreak thanks to a moment of idiocy. But, unknown to her, she begins to uncover another treasure chest of emotion, one that will either make her see her life in a completely different way, and open her eyes to the true reality of her great-grandfathers life. Or, the contents of the emotional treasure chest will break her heart in a way that it has never been broken before.

Despite my moments of confusion and some parts of the book being quite difficult to read, I love the way that Gill Paul has written about such tragic moments in history.

‘The Secret Wife’ is a historic masterpiece entwined with complex levels of emotion that I never knew was possible to reach. Devastating yet intense, ‘The Secret Wife’ sheds a light on the true meaning of love and the lengths people went to, to protect their loved ones, regardless of the consequences.

The Secret Wife by Gill Paul, published by Avon books, is available to buy now from Amazon UK.

To keep up to date with the other blogs on ‘The Secret Wife’ blog tour, here is the blog tour banner:

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**Cover Reveal!** It’s a Wonderful Life by Julia Williams (@JCCWilliams) @avonbooksuk.

Second reveal of the week ladies and gentleman! Fancy unwrapping a book with your eyes? Well, seeing as the cover is pretty much a present in itself! Ready to see why?

Introducing:

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Publishing in eBook and Paperback: 3rd November
Pre-order now from Amazon

Blurb

Christmas with the family. Cosy, relaxing…and a total nightmare?
Driving home for Christmas, Beth has everything she wants. The kids and the house, the career and the husband. So why is it that when the New Year comes, she can’t stop thinking about her old college boyfriend?
Her husband Daniel is tasked with bringing a struggling school up to scratch, but when family life catches up to him, can he be a good father and a good teacher at the same time?
Beth’s sister Lou has just been dumped…again. Single and childless, she can’t help but be jealous of her sibling’s success. But is the grass really always greener?
It’s a Wonderful Life is a heart-warming novel about the lives that could have been, and what happens when you start to question the choices you made…

See what I mean?! How gorgeous is that?? Definitely feeling Christmassy already and it’s only August! Cannot wait to curl up with this book!