#Review! Marry Me Tomorrow by Carla Burgess (@MsBear123) @UKCarina

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Blurb.

Twelve days. Two gold rings. One BIG secret…

Emily needs a husband…fast. It’s just a few days until Christmas and to finally put a stop to her nagging mother’s matchmaking plans, Emily has convinced her that she’s already married!

And when her excited mum announces that she’s coming to stay, Emily can think of only one man to play the part: gorgeous ex-soldier, Sam. It’s the best part of her day, handing him a coffee every morning – but then, Emily never expected to offer him her hand in marriage, too…

All that’s left is for Sam to say ‘I do’ – it’s the perfect plan! So why then, do her ‘pretend’ feelings for Sam seem far too real?

What does TWG think?

When I first spotted this book on Carina’s Facebook account I just knew that I had to go and buy it. After all, with a title like ‘Marry Me Tomorrow’, how can anyone let that go by them without reading it?! Far too curious for my own good.

It’s Christmas time and that can only mean one thing: family time! It’s all well and good to see your family over Christmas; just as long as you haven’t told them that you have gotten married….

Oh, wait, it’s only Emily that does that isn’t it? Emily’s mum likes to think she is Cilla Black (may she rest in peace) and set her daughter up on dates; never mind the fact that she might actually be happy single! So, to make life ‘easier’ for herself, COUGH, Emily told her mum that she got married when she actually hadn’t. Where will Emily find a man who will willingly become her ‘husband’ over Christmas? Nothing says ‘marry me’ like a takeaway cup of Nescafe of a morning…

I’ll admit, I surrendered to this book and became its page mistress after reading the first couple of pages! I could NOT put it down. Even though I had an inkling of what Emily was up to, there was still a small part of me that thought she wouldn’t go through with it. If someone came up to me with a cup of coffee and asked me to do them a favour I would politely take the coffee and be miffed that they forgot the sugar! Never mind agreeing to Emily’s ‘genius’ idea (I wouldn’t by the way). Given the fact that I thought Emily’s idea was far from genius, it made me want to keep on reading. The absurdity and bizarreness of her offering made for excellent reading.

As more of the story unfolded I kept giggling because as readers, we were aware of the secret and her mum wasn’t, so ‘watching’ Emily and her beau trying to match their stories was absolutely hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed the spontaneity of the storyline and all of the characters involved, well, bar one (but you’ll find out for yourself which one I’m on about!).

I haven’t come across a book that was cringy, bizarre and hilarious all at once, until now. One thing has left me quite shocked though; Marry Me Tomorrow is the first novel by debut author Carla Burgess. FIRST! I had absolutely no idea that this book was her first because of the way it was written. The storyline didn’t scream ‘debut’ one bit; instead, it felt as though Carla had been publishing books for a long time.

A fun, bizarre and unexpected read from debut author Carla Burgess. Marry Me Tomorrow ticked all my boxes and some. The perfect pick me up type book that has flown into my top books of 2016. Fantastic book, cannot wait to see what Carla brings out next!

Marry Me Tomorrow by Carla Burgess, published by Carina, is available to buy now from Amazon UK

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Publication day #review! A Winter’s Wish by Alice Ross (@AliceRoss22) @UKCarina #bookboost

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Blurb.

Tis the season to be jolly…isn’t it?

Amelia is at breaking point. She’s just lost her job and Doug, the love of her life, still hasn’t broken up with his girlfriend. Surely a trip to the quiet countryside is just what she needs?

Phil is about to leave beautiful Buttersley for the other side of the world! The sunny shores of Australia will mean a new life with his girlfriend, but something is holding him back…

Ella has never felt this way before – Jake O’Donnell is the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. And the more time she spends babysitting his kids, the more her feelings grow!

Stan should be happy. He loves his wife and their adorable baby girl more than anything! So why, when everything’s finally going right, are they arguing more than ever?

One thing’s for sure, even when Buttersley’s first snowflakes begin to fall, it’s never too cold for love to blossom…

What does TWG think?

I feel a little bit sad writing this review as it is a little bittersweet. ‘A Winter’s Wish’ is the third and final instalment of the Countryside Dreams series. We first took a trip to Buttersley with the first book ‘An Autumn Affair’, we went back to Buttersley in the summer with ‘A Summer of Secrets’ and now we return to Buttersley one last time. Along the way we have met some very colourful characters with some being more memorable than others, and ‘A Winter’s Wish’ is no different.

Amelia, Stan, Phil and Ella are the focal points in this storyline as they try to deal with their own consciences and drama’s. However, one thing in particular brings them all together; Buttersley. Will they be able to put their lives back on the straight and narrow? Or will they soon realise the charms of Buttersley are stronger than the residents give them credit for?

I squealed ever so loudly when I read this book as both myself and my daughter, Eva, are in the acknowledgements and dedication of the book! I am truly honoured and thankful to Alice for doing that, it was such a lovely surprise. I do enjoy reading Alice’s stories as they’re always cosy reads and have the essence of speaking to a good friend through the words. I was hopeful that this particular book would feel like that too, especially with it being the last book. I needn’t have worried, straight away we are pushed into drama that gives The Real Housewives of New Jersey a run for their money! I couldn’t seem to work out why Amelia wasn’t liked by many people, she wasn’t exactly the most bubbly of people, but is that always a bad thing?

When the story delved into Phil’s life and his new journey, I couldn’t help buy think ‘oh just grow a pair!’, you’ll see why I am sure! As for Ella, definitely playing with fire as a character but I feel that the situation was written brilliantly and highlights a situation that is more common than people realise. Finally, there is Stan. Stan the man…except he was being more of a mouse than a man! I quite enjoyed reading Stan’s story as it was extremely unexpected and made for juicy reading!

It was lovely returning to Buttersley and trying to see if any old favourites reappeared in the storyline. Alice Ross has been very clever in writing the three books as even though they’re a brand new story overall, every time, there is something so comfortable about reading the books as it’s like visiting an old friend. I became curious about the other characters and what they were doing now, especially when their houses or workplaces got mentioned. Part of me was thinking ‘stop the book, I need to pop in and see them!’, but of course I couldn’t, because it was a book…ahem.

Another funny, warm and real read from author Alice Ross, one that I am going to be rather sad to see the back of. I hope that Alice decides to return to Buttersley in the not too distant future!

Thank you Netgalley/Carina for my copy of the book.

A Winter’s Wish by Alice Ross, published by Carina, is out to buy from today from Amazon UK



TWG’s Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose Deal Day With….(@SamTongeWriter) @UKCarina.

-sits on beach and looks out at the sea-
Hm? Sorry?
Can’t a girl relax aro….
Oh baconbutty, I’m meant to be telling you something aren’t I?
Sorry Sam, it won’t happen again ;).

Welcome, welcome, welcome to a new month and lots more fantastic book deals! There are so many brilliant ones to be had, it also means that I have spent a few bob already, and it’s only the third!

Kicking off the first deal day of September is a truly foody lady. A lady quite partial to well made desserts and Poldark. I cannot confirm or deny about the use of desserts with Poldark, but who is TWG to be nosey!

Author Samantha Tonge has a 99p book deal for you. Not just ANY book, no siree. It is her most recent book!!!

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Blurb.

Kate Golightly needs to move forward and what better way to do that then with a trip to the Cornish coast with best friend and boss, Izzy.

The sea wind is just what Kate needs to finally relax and begin to let go of her past. Except she’s suddenly got one big reason to panic! She RSVP’d ‘yes’ to the Queen Bee of her high school’s wedding saying she’s bringing her boyfriend (she doesn’t have one) who looks just like Ross Poldark!

With only two weeks to find the Poldark look-alike of her dreams Kate is under a lot of pressure for the Cornish coast to deliver…

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To buy your very own copy of ‘Breakfast Under A Cornish Sun’, head over to Amazon UK right now!

At 99p, it is a deal not to be missed. As always, unless specified, this deal is on for A LIMITED TIME ONLY. The price could go back up at any point with no prior notice. Therefore, you don’t want to snooze!

-begs- please, if you have already read this book, plan on reading it, or have read ANY other books of Sam’s, could you leave a review on Amazon/Goodreads. It doesn’t have to be War and Peace length, but ideally; constructive. Reviews to authors are like scones with clotted cream and jam; they go together and one without the other is just a recipe that even Mary Berry would not approve of!

Book review – ‘Waiting For You’ by Catherine Miller (@katylittlelady) @UKCarina

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Blurb.

You’d never guess that Fliss Chapron doesn’t have it all

All Fliss wants is to see two blue lines telling her she is pregnant with her much longed for second baby. But as the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless every day.

After years of disappointment, Fliss’s husband Ben is spending more time at the office than in their marital bed, and Fliss finds herself wondering who could be responsible for their inability to conceive another child. Yet, where do you lay the blame when it comes to having a child – and can anyone really be at fault…

As Ben becomes increasingly distant, Fliss begins to question whether her desire for a baby is just a sticking plaster to save her marriage. Because in the end, how well can you ever know another person…even the man you’re married to?

Don’t miss the new novel from Catherine Miller, All That is Left of Us coming soon!

What does TWG think?

Happily married, a wonderful child, but something is missing. Fliss desperately wants a second child with her husband Ben. After years and countless pregnancy tests, the lines still reveal a negative. But why? An opportunity arises to check them both for fertility issues, just to rule out any problems and find out why Fliss cannot get pregnant. I mean, they have been married for years, been trying for a baby for years, surely now is the time for answers? After all, neither of them have anything to hide….right?

I’m ashamed to admit that this book has been sitting on my Kindle since June, unread! I am annoyed with myself for leaving it this long to read, but I am rather glad that I did read it.

The desperation of Fliss’ want for another baby is pretty clear from the word GO. Understandably too though, trying for years to get pregnant and still constant negative results. The only way to find out what is going on is through testing. Fliss wants to, she wants to find out whether she has the problem, however, Ben finds a reason to slow the testing down. The subject of infertility struck a chord with me because of issues in my personal life and I felt that Catherine wrote about it in such an incredible way. It is such an emotional and often devastating topic, one that quite rightly needs to be spoken about and explored.

I took an instant dislike to Ben. I found him quite an arrogant and selfish man and often wondered what he was hiding. The way he acted came across rather dodgy, yet I couldn’t put my finger on why.

‘Waiting for you’ is an emotional rollercoaster from the first chapter, to the last. I felt helpless, I just wanted to help Fliss, I wanted her to be happy and get the life that she deserved…but I couldn’t. I got rather involved and attached to the whole book, and Fliss, probably more than I should have, but I thank Catherine’s fantastic writing for making it that way.

It is incredibly hard to believe that this book is a debut novel because of the soul capturing chapters. ‘Waiting for you’ took me on a journey, a journey I felt that I was walking with Fliss. I laughed, I cried and I became angry. For me, that makes a brilliant read. I want to feel raw emotion when I read a book, I want to try to capture the true essence of a book with my own emotions, I want to feel what the author felt when she wrote the book.

The last two chapters I read through tears. I sobbed my heart out due to circumstances that arose later on in the book, far too close to home, and brilliantly written.

‘Waiting for you’ is a book that will take you on a journey, a very emotional journey. Follow the journey of a mother’s want for another baby and the rollercoaster life that she leads. Catherine Miller has written such a thought-provoking, sensitive read with such feeling and intensity, I am in awe of her talent. Catherine’s words speak volumes and they carry emotion at such varied levels I never knew was possible to reach.
A mind-blowing, powerful and highly emotional read that will capture your heart and soul the whole way through, an amazing book from a debut author.

Waiting for you by Catherine Miller, published by Carina, is available to buy right now from Amazon UK


It’s publication day for Daisy James’ – ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’. When better for a review?!

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Blurb.


‘When life gives you lemons, make lemon-drizzle cupcakes…

Lucie thought that proposing to her boyfriend in Tiffany’s would be the best day of her life. Until he said no. In just a few seconds, her whole world is turned upside-down! And when she accidentally switches cocoa powder for chilli powder at work, she finds herself out of a job, too…

Baking has always made life better in the past, but can Lucie really bake her way to happiness? Starting her own company, selling cupcakes out of an old ice cream van might just be the second chance that Lucie needs!

Of course, she never expected to find love along the way…’


What does TWG think?

Thank you to Carina and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest thoughts!

Ever since I was involved in the cover reveal for this book, ‘impatient’ became my middle name. I love cake. The title has ‘cupCAKE’ in it, therefore, I had to read it! I had my fingers crossed because I didn’t want to be disappointed. I hoped my excitement for the book hadn’t hyped it up too much…

Ah, Tiffany’s. What female has never heard of Tiffany’s? I’m sure a lot of females would love to have their engagement ring from that particular jewellers, especially if they got proposed to right in the building! How incredible would that be?! Lucie thought that getting engaged in Tiffany’s would be surreal, and SHE had arranged to do the proposing! Oh how romantic! Well, it would have been romantic, if her boyfriend had said yes….
Thank goodness for cupcakes eh?!

You think you’re on the same path as your partner, ready to take the next step in your relationship, until one night, the rug takes taken from under your feet. Everything you thought you had, the romance, the plans, the dreams….all gone. Of course you’re going to be heartbroken, who in their right mind wouldn’t be? But there does come a time when you need to put on your big girl pants from Asda and own the situation. Move on. That doesn’t mean putting chilli flakes on top of a dessert though….no really…it doesn’t!

Never mind Lucie being heartbroken, I was heartbroken for her! What a plonker of a boyfriend! Life did have to go on, bills needed to be paid, so of course Lucie had to work. I found the events in the kitchen where she worked, absolutely hilarious. I probably shouldn’t have, I mean, I would be a tad miffed if I was on the receiving end of it in a restaurant. But, I wasn’t, so I could laugh ;).

The way positive events popped up for Lucie had me clapping my hands like a sugar hyped school child. You’ll see what I mean when you read the book! Several paths that Lucie went down created such a fun and vibrant atmosphere within the whole book. Yes, she did face heartbreak and loneliness, but the way she coped with it all made the book even more of an enjoyable read.

Cupcakes do feature quite a lot in ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’, which is obviously a good sign what with them being in the title!  However, all the different varieties of yumminess made me exceptionally hungry! I think a warning should be on the front ‘Only read with a CAKE in your hand’.

I could see where the storyline was heading, especially in terms of the ending, BUT, it didn’t ruin the book or the feeling that I got whilst reading it. I was extremely excited to read this book, and no, it most certainly didn’t disappoint. ‘When Only Cupcakes Will do’ is such a light-hearted and fun read containing characters that will keep you thoroughly entertained. Not only that, it’s the perfect book to read when times are hard in your own life. ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’ is the ideal book to escape in; where better to escape than with cake?

 When only cupcakes will do by Daisy James, published by Carina, is available to buy and download right now from: Amazon Uk

TWG’s Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose Deal Day With….@daisyjamesbooks

It’s Tuesday…which means…it’s SNOOZE day!! Wait, no, it’s not snooze day…if you snooze you’ll miss a deal, yes? Ahhh, that makes more sense now. Shall we try again? Tuesday’s on TWG mean it is…..’Don’t-Snooze-You’ll-Lose’ Deal Day With the lovely Daisy James!
Daisy James is the author of ‘If the dress fits’ which was released in paperback format not so long ago! She is also the author of today’s deal AND, as of the 4th August 2016, her third novel ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’.

Today’s deal you definitely do not want to snooze for because it’s another 99p deal!! Yes, that’s right, 99p for a book! If you fancy a nice chic lit/rom com style read, then feast your eyes on this:

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What a girl wants…

Squeezing herself into a frothy, flouncy, bubble-gum pink dress, Rosie Hamilton thinks that being a bridesmaid for her spoilt little sister Freya can’t get any worse.

But discovering her boyfriend in a cupboard with the bride, ten minutes before Freya is due to say ‘I do’, is the icing on the sequined wedding cake – and Rosie’s cue to pack her bags.

Swapping her Louboutins for Wellingtons, Rosie throws her bridesmaid bouquet in the air and flies from bustling New York to sleepy Devon. Her late Aunt Bernice’s cosy countryside cottage is the only place that’s ever felt like home.

Now, for the first time in her life, and with the help of her beloved Aunt’s diaries, Rosie must put herself first for a change – and decide what she really wants…’

Please note: The Runaway Bridesmaid is 99p for a LIMITED TIME ONLY. I do not know when the deal will end. If you don’t want to miss out, then it’s best if you don’t snooze or you’ll lose.

To grab yourself a copy of ‘The Runaway Bridesmaid’: Click Here
To grab yourself a copy of Daisy’s debut novel ‘If the Dress Fits’: Click Here
To pre-order your copy of Daisy’s new novel ‘When Only Cupcakes Will Do’: Click Here 

I have this book sitting on my kindle waiting to be read! Actually, I fib, I have all three of Daisy’s books haha. If you have read them too, please do leave a review on Amazon etc. It doesn’t have to be an essay, as long as constructive, it will help and support the author. Thank you!

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