#Review! A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom (@Isabelle_Broom) @MichaelJBooks

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Blurb.

Welcome to a city where wishes are everywhere

For Megan, a winter escape to Prague with her friend Ollie is a chance to find some inspiration for her upcoming photography exhibition. But she’s determined to keep their friendship from becoming anything more. Because if Megan lets Ollie find out about her past, she risks losing everything – and she won’t let that happen again . . .

For Hope, the trip is a surprise treat from Charlie, her new partner. But she’s struggling to enjoy the beauty of the city when she knows how angry her daughter is back home. And that it’s all her fault . . .

For Sophie, the city has always been a magical place. This time she can’t stop counting down the moments until her boyfriend Robin joins her. But in historic Prague you can never escape the past . . .

What does TWG think?

Ollie is a teacher and he has asked his photography minded friend, Megan, to accompany him on a trip to Prague. It’s a win-win situation really, Ollie wants to take historical findings back to his students, and Megan gets to take photographs for her upcoming exhibition. The thing is, despite Megan and Ollie being really good friends, Megan is unable to let her guard down and shed light on what has been eating her up inside for many years. On their trip they end up getting involved with three other people and their lives. Little do Megan and Ollie know, how involved that they will end up becoming in those strangers lives..

Oh my goodness..what a book! The first third of the book seems to be focused on Megan and Ollie’s lives before switching between the other characters in the story. Everything in the story at that moment felt calm, light, enjoyable and just going with the flow, little did I know what was ahead.

I rather enjoyed taking a little holiday in Prague, via the book. I have never ventured outside of the UK so to read a book set in a different country, which was written so beautifully, made me feel as though I was right there, soaking up the history and phenomenal views. Even though I haven’t seen the city for myself, I did feel as though Isabelle’s description of the city was extremely detailed, vivid and undeniably…stunning. She captured by heart from the very moment I ‘stepped’ off of the plane.

As I became more invested in the storyline, I noticed how intense it became, ever so quickly. The characters became even stronger, the storyline became bolder and I no longer plodded along with the book. Not in a bad way either. I couldn’t do anything else except focus on the book; even my galaxy chocolate wasn’t grabbing my attention as I continued to read. I was utterly mesmerised.

The mood turned sombre, my emotions were on high alert; yet I had absolutely no idea what the overall outcome of the storyline would be. I had a few guesses along the way, but I wasn’t a hundred percent sure. All I knew was that the book wouldn’t be leaving my hands until the very end.

Ever felt as though your heart was going to beat out of your chest? Ever felt so anxious about a situation, but you were far too involved to let go? Ever read a storyline where everything was transferred to your mind in slow motion, as if you were in the moment with the other characters? I’ll admit, I hadn’t had all of the above happen to me whilst reading one book…until now. ‘A Year and a Day’ made me feel that way, and more.

The entire book took me on an emotional journey to the historic city of Prague. I started the book completely unaware, with no expectations and in my own world. I ended the book with tears rolling down my cheeks.

‘A Year and a Day’ is such a beautiful, intense and highly charged storyline which highlights the true meaning of love and loss. A truly magnificent, breath-taking read which has left its marks deep within my soul. One of my top books for 2016 by miles.

Thank you Netgalley & MJ!

A Year and a Day by Isabelle Broom, published by MichaelJBooks, is available to buy from TODAY (17th November 2016) from Amazon

#Bookreview of ‘That Girl’ by Rachel Strong – Blog Tour.

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Today is my stop on the blog tour for Rachel Strong’s ‘That Girl’! Big thank you to Aimee & Rachel for giving me a copy of the book in return for my thoughts!

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That Girl
By author: Rachel Strong

Blurb:

After serving half of a three-year prison sentence, James is out and ready to try and get his life back on track, which means forgetting about the girl who sent him to prison in the first place – despite the fact he’s still in love with her!
Katie knows that she can’t see James, but that doesn’t make it any easier. If she does it could send him straight back to prison, but, she still loves him and is desperate to make things right and tell him how sorry she is for ruining his life.
After accidently bumping into each other, James and Katie can’t stay away from one another and so begin to see each other in secret. After a slight wobble on James’s part, when he decides he can’t take the risk of going back to prison, Katie decides enough is enough and it really is time to move on and put James behind her.
Heartbroken, James decides to try and get his life in order. But due to his conviction it’s not as straightforward as he would like, leaving him miserable and despairing at what his life has become.
When a job opportunity comes up hundreds of miles away he doesn’t hesitate to head south and put his troubles behind him.
Can James and Katie forget each other and move on with their lives without one another?

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My thoughts on the book:

To begin with, I found ‘That Girl’ quite a difficult book to get into because the majority of the story was written through Katie’s eyes, a younger girl. Nothing against younger girls, but trying to make my mind think like a youngster was quite tricky. However, the more of the story I read and events started to unfold, I began to enjoy it and realised that the book wasn’t going to be leaving my hands anytime soon!
The amount of descriptive content Rachel has managed to incorporate into the storyline is rather impressive. I found that it made it far more realistic going into the finer details as opposed to skimming over the subject. ‘That Girl’ isn’t an easy book to read. I don’t mean that in terms of language use or the way that it’s written, but because of the storyline itself. Unfortunately, many people may find it far too realistic if they have come across it themselves in their own lives. In my opinion, Rachel has approached the subject delicately yet strongly. Just goes to show that choices can turn into mistakes which then can come and bite you on the booty!
I am in awe of Rachel because of the strength it may have taken her to write such a harrowing and poignant story. You can feel the emotion throughout alongside the realisation that those you love can be fiercely protective when required. The loyalty captured in the words moved me. Very powerful.
I did enjoy reading ‘That Girl’ but there were a few times that I questioned a few of the characters and the reality of their decisions. I couldn’t understand why because I wouldn’t have been so forgiving. But that’s just me!
If you’re wanting to read a poignant and raw novel filled with mixed emotions and soul moving words then ‘That Girl’ is the perfect read. Just make sure you read it with no distractions as you wouldn’t want to miss a thing!

About the Author:

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Rachel Strong

Bio:

Rachel Strong is a romance author and lives in Lancashire, England, with her husband, three children and little dog Daisy. Rachel works part time as a Health Care Assistant at her local hospital, but her real passion is writing.

Ever since she can remember, Rachel has been writing stories but didn’t really take it seriously until summer 2012 when her husband discovered one of her stories, read it and convinced her that it was good. She loves writing and creating characters, sometimes a whole day can pass her by, just sitting at her laptop, typing away.
When she’s not writing, Rachel loves to read slushy romance novels, chick-lit and a good thriller. When she finds a spare moment she will be found curled up on the sofa with her nose in a book.

Rachel’s debut novel ‘Complicated Love’ is out now with her second novel ‘That Girl’ is due to be released this coming June.

Find her here:

http://www.rachel-jayne-strong.co.uk/
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Visit All the Stops on the Tour:

June 13th

The Bookworm Lodge – http://www.thebookwormlodge.com – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
Little Shop of Readers – http://littleshopofreaders.com/ – Book Promo Post
T&L Book Reviews – http://tasz1976.wordpress.com – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
One Book At A Time – Booksandwinearelovely.blogspot.com – Book Promo Post
The Writing Garnet – HTTPS://Thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com – Book Review

June 14th

Grass monster – Amazon/GoodReads – Book Review
Vikbat – http://vikbat.blogspot.co.uk/ – Book Review/Promo Post
The Bookdragon – http://sheisadude.blogspot.com/ – Book Review
Boundless Minds – http://www.boundlessminds.org – Author Guest Post
ItsShelbyMariee – http://itsshelbymariee.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1 – Book Review

June 15th

JustaBooklovinJunkie – http://jabooklovinjunkie.blogspot/ – Book Review/Excerpt/Promo Post
Liz Ellyn – https://lizellyn.com – Book Review
Fervently Curious – ferventlycurious.wordpress.com – Book Review/Excerpt
Love Sex and Other Dirty Words – http://lovesexandotherdirtywords.com – Book Promo Post
Little Novelist – Www.littlenovelist.com – Book Excerpt
Hello…Chick Lit – http://hellochicklit.com – Book Promo Post

June 16th

Rachel Brimble Romance – http://www.rachelbrimble.blogspot.co.uk/ – Author Guest Post
Have books, Will read – http://www.havebookswillread.wordpress.com – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
Bookmyopia – http://www.bookmyopia.wordpress.com – Book Excerpt
Book Lover in Florida – https://bookloverfl12.wordpress.com/ – Book Excerpt/Promo Post
Ali – The Dragon Slayer – http://cancersuckscouk.ipage.com/ – Book Review
The Book Basics – https://thebookbasics.wordpress.com/ – Book Review/Promo Post

June 17th

Steamy Book Momma – http://steamybookmomma0.blogspot.com – Book Review
Book Groupies – http://bookgroupies2.blogspot.com/ – Book Promo Post
Brittany’s Book Blog – http://www.brittanysbookblog.com – Book Review
Sparkles at Midnight – http://www.sparklesatmidnight.com – Book Review
MsWanderlust – http://www.mswanderlust1963.wordpress.com – Book Review/Excerpt

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now booking tours for July/August/September

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