#Review – Turn Towards the Sun by Emma Davies (@Emdavies68) @RNATweets #publicationday

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Lizzie wants nothing more than to start over and put the past behind her. So when she is offered the chance to live and work at Rowan Hill, a beautiful country estate and bustling community of artists, it feels like a dream come true.

But soon after her arrival a series of accidents and misunderstandings begins to threaten the happiness and livelihoods of everyone at Rowan Hill. And when suspicion quickly falls on Lizzie, she discovers that the past is not so easily forgotten.

To keep the life she has just begun to build, Lizzie will have to race to uncover the truth before there are disastrous repercussions for everyone involved. In this heartwarming story of friendship, loss and love, the stakes are high but so are the rewards. If Lizzie can find a way to stay true to herself, she might have a chance at something she has always wanted: a place to call home.

What does TWG think?

There are moments in our lives where we just think ‘screw this, I’m worth more’ and finally unearth the courage to move on from the hurt; aiming to start a new life. There are also moments in our lives where we have to gloss over certain aspects of our pasts in fear of rejection and embarrassment; stopping us from turning towards the sun. Just ask Lizzie; she has a chance to make things better for herself at Rowan Hill, start fresh and be loved for the REAL Lizzie.
However, glossing over our pasts isn’t always as permanent as we would like; the cracks begin to show and you’re left with a decision which could change everything: gloss over it again on a whim, or strip it bare and do it properly.

I want to live at Rowan Hill, end of haha. Emma Davies didn’t just describe the location as a few trees with the odd flower and that it has a bunch of people making bits and bobs and eating cake. No, Emma Davies wrote about the tree as though it was significant and right outside my window. She described the locations noises in such a vivid way, I tilted my head to the side to see if I could hear those same noises. Every blade of grass, every flower petal and every pattern on the tablecloths were given meaning; an identity if you will. Does that make sense? Basically, she did a bit of an M&S advert through her book! Such wonderful, enchanting words which sent shivers down my spine.

As for the characters; there were a few that rubbed me up the wrong way throughout the storyline (not saying who as I don’t want to give anything away). I loved the diversity of them all as each character had its own individual personality and brought something to the table which another character didn’t.

In ‘Turn Towards the Sun’, circumstances aren’t always picnics in fields; things started to take a turn as trust, friendships and loyalty were all put to the test. How well do you truly know someone? Are things always best left unsaid?

The storyline had me laughing, smiling and even imagining Emma’s words being brought to life. That said, the storyline had me slightly teary, shocked and a bit heartbroken. I had become so invested in the characters lives and Rowan Hill that my emotions ended up being a fly on the wall character (in my mind I was IN the story). Incredible writing from the author without a shadow of a doubt.

Turn Towards the Sun is a tale of loyalty, fresh starts, truth and listening to your heart. A tale which will have you giggling one moment and a bit down the next. A tale which let you escape to the beautiful place that is; Rowan Hill.

An outstanding, poignant and heart warming novel from best-selling author, Emma Davies. Such an absolute joy to read.

Thank you Netgalley.

You too can visit Rowan Hill from the comfort of your own home (or wherever you choose to read it):
Buy ‘Turn Towards the Sun’ from Amazon UK
Buy ‘Turn Towards the Sun’ from Amazon US

#BlogTour! #Review of The Food Of Love by @MrsAmandaProwse @MrSimeonProwse

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Wow, last year I was reading Amanda’s books, I never thought I would be personally asked to take part in her blog tour. But I was (thank you Mr & Mrs Prowse), and this post can only mean one thing….today it’s TWG’S stop on the tour!! Before I start making a speech about how thrilled I am to be involved, forgetting that my blog isn’t an award ceremony (shocking), let’s get on with the review shall we?

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Blurb.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.

What does TWG think?

This is probably one of the hardest reviews I have ever needed to write. Not because of who the review is for, but because of contents of the storyline.

In the blink of an eye, Freya’s vision of a perfect life shatters right in front of her. Relationships that she thought were honest and open, turn out to be closed and tainted. Children who she thought were happy and glowing, were actually sad and spiralling out of control. Freya has a big decision to make; fight…or flee?

I had a slight feeling that I would maybe shed a tear or two throughout the book, I completely underestimated my feelings. I didn’t shed a tear or two; I sobbed my little heart out. Why? Because I was Lexi. Just like Lexi, I spent most of my life battling with the number on the scales and seeing food as a negative substance. I had to keep pausing as I read this book to ensure that I had digested every single emotion.

‘The Food Of Love’ is not a book to rush read. It is not a book that will give you self-help or tips on how to cope with anorexia, especially given the fact that each character, just like every person, will respond to situations differently. It’s a book which highlights the complexity surrounding anorexia, bulimia and mental illness. I found it very hard to read Lockie’s feelings on anorexia as they were so brutal! Don’t get me wrong, I understand that some people might not believe anorexia to be a ‘real thing’, or can’t work out how hard it is for the sufferer to do what everyone else classes ‘easy’. But, having had Lockie’s words shouted at my face multiple times by people who couldn’t understand, it was really cutting.

Like other Amanda Prowse books, ‘The Food Of Love’ contains moments that will leave you thinking the worst, wondering what’s going to happen as tears fall down your face. After I read the book, I went nosing at other reviews elsewhere; I’ll be honest, the content of them shocked me as they were insulting the mental illness overall. Amanda obviously did her research on the topic, especially given the fact that I felt as though I was reading a story of my life due to Lexi’s struggles. Every emotion Lexi let out, I felt. Every negative comment towards herself, I said the same. But there is a difference between going through it yourself, and reading it in black and white, it hits home dramatically.

My heart went out to Freya and Charlotte as well. Freya was trying to be a mum to her very poorly daughter and was often torn over whether to be a mum or remove her emotions from the situation. Now that is a tough decision for ANY parent as all we want to do is keep our children safe, but we aren’t in their heads are we? The family’s devastation cut straight through the storyline in multiple ways, it was incredibly hard to watch a family fall apart with no understanding on how to pick it all back up again, with no guarantee that the pieces would glue back together either.

Yes, I found this book exceptionally harrowing and difficult to read. BUT, if someone finds this topic easy to read, I want to know why. Amanda has written the entire storyline with incredible realism and power; the topic is real, the emotions were real and she has captured them all beautifully. Amanda hasn’t touched upon the subject with a feather duster; lightly. She touched upon the subject with fire, poignancy and true grit; and for that, I applaud her. I applaud her for helping to highlight an illness that gets laughed at and is surrounded by a truck load of stigma. I applaud her for capturing my heart and soul (yet again), with such powerful writing.

‘The Food Of Love’ made me cry, a lot. It made me smile. It made me laugh. Most importantly, it made me feel as though I am no longer weird for having anorexia. Thank you to Amanda Prowse for writing the words us sufferers couldn’t even say, let alone write. Thank you for writing such a heart-wrenching yet beautiful book that captured my heart and soul almost immediately. You have completely outdone yourself with this book, I need to hug you now.

Thank you Mr & Mrs Prowse.

The Food Of Love by Amanda Prowse is available to buy in multiple formats NOW from Amazon UK, I highly recommend it. Just ensure you have tissues with you.

Make sure you keep following the blog tour for ‘The Food Of Love’ as there are a lot more fabulous blogs coming up! The picture below is just HALF of the bloggers that are involved in the tour, I am humbled to be one of them.

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#Review of ‘Mad Love’ by Nick Spalding (@NickSpalding) #LakeUnionPublishing #humour

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Blurb.

Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it.

What better way to show that your ‘love algorithms’ work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you’re the perfect match, it doesn’t make it so!

Two million Sociality subscribers and the media are following the happy couple’s progress, and they have to make a go of it or they’ll lose everything, look like idiots, and destroy Sociality’s reputation. But can the mismatched pair, who seem to be constantly at each other’s throats, put their differences aside and work their way into each other’s hearts?

Nick Spalding, bestselling author of Fat Chance and Bricking It, will make you cry with laughter at this story of marital warfare—complete with sinking boats, badly aimed flatulence, well aimed tennis balls and some very suggestive pastry.

What does TWG think?

You see a familiar name crop up on the book scene, act like Buddy from Elf with ‘I KNOW HIM/HER I KNOW HIM/HER’, then realise you only recognise the name but haven’t read any of their books before..
Sound familiar? ‘Mad Love’ was one of those moments. How I haven’t ever read any of Nick’s books is beyond me. For that, I apologise, don’t tell me off -sniff-.

I truly think that the title sums this book up completely. Well, the ‘mad’ part anyway! Seeing as I knew OF Nick’s work, I knew that he wrote rather funny books, so I was waiting for the giggles from the beginning. Unfortunately, it did take me a couple of chapters until I laughed, BUT, once I started laughing like a seal, I couldn’t stop. The predicaments that Adam and Jessica, got themselves into was a mixture of cringeworthy, hilarious and ‘omg you didn’t!?!’, moments. Put it this way, all the ’embarrassing’ things that people hide or deny in relationships; Jessica and Adam showed them in all their glory.

Despite the way that the couple found each other, they did make a pretty good go of it and their arguments were absolutely HILARIOUS to read. I mean, I will never look at a tennis match in the same way…or the Eiffel Tower.

Seeing as my laughter button seemed to a bit hit and miss for the first two chapters of the book, I did sit on the fence about the storyline as it was sheer bonkers. I didn’t know what to expect at all, but I was a little bit concerned that I would be able to keep up with the bonkers lifestyle which Jessica and Adam, live. (I did btw!)

Nick Spalding has such a laid back way with words;  it really is genius the way he can write embarrassing situations as if they’re the ‘in thing’, in such a fabulous way. Even though the storyline is sheer bonkers, and the insults are more laughable than hurtful, ‘Mad Love’ gave me a much welcome distraction with its breath of fresh air vibe.
If you need a light hearted, guaranteed to belly laugh read, you would be MAD not to read Nick Spalding’s latest read.

Cheers Nick & Netgalley!

‘Mad Love’ by Nick Spalding will be released on the 6th December and can be pre-ordered/ordered from Amazon