Sunday, 15 July 2018

Friendship Never Ends by Ella Dyson @orionbooks #CoverReveal

I'm delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for Friendship Never Ends by Ella Dyson.

So let's take a look...

So what do you think?

Now we have seen the fab cover let's take a look at the description for the book...

1996. The year the Tamagotchi was born, Charles and Diana divorced, England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and five British women told the world what they really, really wanted.
Sarah, Laura, Gemma, Benny and Carmen have been best friends all their lives. They have survived high school, finding salvation in their friendship and through the guidance of their ringleader Carmen. However, the year they turn 13 is the year everything changes. In order to find love Carmen enters the group into the school talent show, thrusting her reluctant friends into the limelight. Forming a Spice Girls tribute act called The Spice Rack, Carmen assigns each of her friends a role in the band. The gig is a disaster, and the group never speak again.
2018. The year the Tamigotchi is reborn on iOS, Harry and Meghan get married, England crash out of the World Cup and five women put aside their differences and reunited for a Goodbye tour.
Carmen tracks down Sarah, Laura, Gemma and Benny on Facebook and in an attempt to rekindle their friendship invites them to a school reunion to perform as The Spice Rack. The easy friendship they once shared returns, and whilst the costumes are a little less forgiving they comfortably settle back into the roles of their childhood. But on the morning of the reunion disaster strikes. Will they be able to put aside their differences? Or will things never be the same again?

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New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett by Katy Lilley @KatyLilley #BlogTour @BooksManatee @Tr4cyF3nt0n #Review

 I'm delighted to be sharing my review for New Beginnings for Bryony Bennett by Katy Lilley as part of the blog tour today.

First of all though lets take a look at the description for the book...

When Bryony Bennett’s godmother dies and leaves her a huge inheritance, Bryony jumps at the chance to get away from it all and start again.

She packs up her life and moves into the (almost) idyllic Cliff Cottage…only to find that starting over is never quite as simple as you imagine. Faced with grumpy neighbours, hostile locals and more than her fair share of disasters, Bryony embarks on a mission to make sure her new life is everything she wants it to be…but will she ever win over the locals and truly be happy in her new life?

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In this story we meet Bryony who has just received life changing news and decides to start afresh in a brand new place. What follows is a fun and uplifting story guaranteed to make you smile as Bryony meets new friends but also finds conflict with certain villagers too! I'm sure you will fall in love with the story and a lot of that will be down to Bryony. She has a brilliant quirky personality that I couldn't help but find endearing.

This is a wonderful story about new beginnings but also has a lovely sweet romance too! Some of the highlights for me were Bryony's pets especially Mop along with the interactions with the very infuriating Lottie. The story moves at a good pace and I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters.

It's fun and light hearted, making a perfect combination for a summer story!

With thanks to Tracy and Manatee Books for my copy.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

A Summer Scandal by Kat French @KFrenchBooks #BlogTour @AvonBooksUK #Review

I'm delighted to be sharing my review for A Summer Scandal by Kat French as part of the blog tour today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

A feel-good summer romance guaranteed to make you laugh out loud!

Summer has never been so scandalous…

When Violet moves to Swallow Beach, she inherits a small Victorian pier with an empty arcade perched on the end of it, and falls in love immediately. She wants nothing more than to rejuvenate it and make it grand again – but how?

When she meets hunky Calvin, inspiration strikes. What if she turned the arcade into an adult-themed arcade full of artisan shops?

Not everyone in the town is happy with the idea, but Violet loves her arcade and business begins to boom. But as tensions worsen and the heat between her and Calvin begins to grow, life at Swallow Beach becomes tricky. Is it worth staying to ride out the storm? And can Violet find her own happy ending before the swallows fly south for the winter?

Sexy, sassy and full of heart, Kat French is back in a new summer sizzler.

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Kat French definitely knows how to make a story come to life with characters that are fun but also make you feel a connection with them. I loved that there was a slight mystery within the story as Violet looks to her grandmother's past. This story moves quickly and was a joy to read in one go as we follow Violet and her new friends in bringing the pier back to life. The diary entries were a lovely touch especially seeing Violet begin to understand what happened to her grandmother. 

There is a gorgeous romance that was flirty and just that little bit sizzling, which I loved! Cal is someone who I probably fell a little for myself although I could have had strong words with him at one point! Their chemistry is wonderful but it isn't all plain sailing which added a perfect tension to the story and left me hoping for a happy ever after.

Whether you are on a beach or curled up on the sofa A Summer Scandal will be perfect at whisking you away from everyday life. There is a lovely charm and even a magical touch to the story that really pulled me in. From wonderful descriptions of the pier to the characters who will have you rooting for them. I also have to admit to getting a little teary eyed at certain points which shows you how attached I was to the characters. A Summer Scandal has a gorgeous balance of love, friendship, laughs and warmth. I loved it!  

Vibrant, flirty and fun!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to Sabah at Avon for my copy.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Q&A with Rebecca Raisin @jaxandwillsmum

Thank you for stopping by I'm thrilled to be able to share a Q&A with Rebecca Raisin today!

Hi Rebecca!

 Thank you for taking part in this Q&A, so let's get started…

1 – What three words best describe your personality?
Ooh, great question! I’d say a happy, bibliophile, dreamer!

2 - Is there a book you wish you could have written?
I adored Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I thought it was brilliantly crafted and just what the world needs now, for people to accept other’s as they are, quirks and all.

3 – What was the last book you read?
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay. Another fantastic book, this time a memoir of a junior doctor in the UK.

4 – If you were stranded on a desert island what three books would you want with you?
Gosh, probably something like War and Peace because I’d have to read it a bazillion times so at least I’d eventually understand such a lengthy tome! I also really want to read How to Bake a New Beginning by Lucy Osterfeld, and probably a John Green novel because he’s my go-to author, and I love him!

5 - Do you have any strange writing habits?
Hmmm, I don’t think I have any strange habits, but I do have a particular process plagued with self-doubt! After writing so many novels for HQ I can at least recognise now that it’s a stage and just push through it! It starts by absolutely loving the book, to suffering a crippling lack of confidence once it’s done, to wondering why I ever thought I could write. I think it’s called Imposter Syndrome and I face it every single time! What a job, hey?!

6 – Is there a specific place where you write?
I have a lovely office space at the front of my house, but I tend to write at the dining room table because it’s sunnier and I can do bits and pieces and still supervise the kids.

7 – Do you share any personality traits with the characters you have created?
Yes, I would say that’s the case! I share their worst traits, usually! The ones where they say stupid inane things when they’re nervous, or are anxious and clumsy. I’m the one who makes the jokes that fall flat but sound so good in my mind, which makes for some fun scenes. Food is a central part of lots of my books; we love cooking and trying new foods, so it’s always fun to write about that side of things. And also the travel aspect, I would love nothing more than to wander from place to place, but it’s not a perfect world and I’m stuck in suburbia, so I let my characters take me there!

8 - Can you choose three words to describe your book The Little Perfume Shop Off The Champs-Élysées?
Oh that is so tricky! Umm, Paris, Perfume, Hope.

9 – Are you working on anything now?
Yes, I’m working on a Christmas novella which I am really enjoying! The main character is a little different to any I’ve written before so I hope everyone will love Dot as much as I do.

Quick fire questions - 
Which do you prefer?

Paperback or eBook?

Classic novel or Contemporary?

Cinema or Theatre?

Crisps or Chocolate?

Tea or Coffee?

Night out or Day out?
Day out!

Thank you again for taking the time to answer the Q&A

At the moment you can get The Little Perfume Shop Off The Champs-Élysées for £2.99 in the UK or in the US for 99c! 

So let's have a look at the description for the book...

What is French for falling in love?

When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!

Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…

Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?

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Rebecca Raisin is a true bibliophile. This love of books morphed into the desire to write them. She's been widely published in short story anthologies, and in fiction magazines. And now she is focusing on writing romance.

Rebecca aims to write characters you can see yourself being friends with. People with big hearts who care about relationships and believe in true love.

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman @JoJakemanWrites #BlogTour @HarvillSecker @Mia_QS @DeadGoodBooks #SticksAndStones #Review

I'm delighted to be one of the stops on the blog tour for Sticks and Stones by Jo Jakeman and sharing my review today. First of all though let's take a look at the description for the book...

Imogen’s husband is a bad man. His ex-wife and his new mistress might have different perspectives but Imogen thinks she knows the truth. And now he’s given her an ultimatum: get out of the family home in the next fortnight or I’ll fight you for custody of our son.
In a moment of madness, Imogen does something unthinkable: she locks her husband in the cellar. Now she’s in control. But how far will she go to protect her son and punish her husband? And what will happen when his ex and his girlfriend get tangled up in her plans?
Sticks and Stones is a deliciously twisting psychological thriller from an unforgettable new voice.

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The opening easily caught my attention as we get to meet three women with one man in common. Philip has no redeeming features and is a character that you just want to hate, I guess this makes it so easy to engage and feel sympathy with the other characters.

One of the things that drew me into this story was the dark humour that was used it made this book even more interesting for me. There are a few edge of your seat moments as I was left wondering what would happen next. I loved the fact that a split second decision can change everything and I was eager to see what Imogen would do next. With a selection of flawed characters, some more dangerous than others. However I think this is what made the book even more compelling, for me anyway. 

Overall the pacing of the plot is pretty fast so it didn't take me long to finish this book. Sticks and Stones has a brilliantly dark plot with some addictive and tense moments. 

Gripping and dark - you won't be able to put this book down!

With thanks to Mia at Penguin Random House for my copy.

The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant @TillyTenWriter @bookouture #Review

ARC received from publisher via Netgalley.

Ashley Moon is all set for a dream holiday with her daughter in the glittering French Riviera. But nothing can prepare her for the shock of discovering who’s staying in the villa next door… 

Ashley Moon
 got much more than a suntan on her first ever foreign holiday; one whirlwind romance and nine months later she had a daughter, Molly.

Too heart-broken and proud to ever contact the father, Ashley made a decision to go it alone and raise her daughter herself. Fifteen hard and lonely years later, she finally has the chance to take Molly on her first ever holiday; a gorgeous, all-expenses paid trip to the charming French resort of St Raphael. 

It is the perfect setting for a week of quality time together; they plan to cycle through the sun-drenched vineyards, lounge by the glistening pool and practice their French on friendly locals. And just when Ashley thought things couldn’t get any better, comes the news of a handsome new occupant to the villa next door. 

But fate has other plans for Ashley. One look in to her neighbour’s dark hazel eyes is all it takes to give her the shock of her life. Standing in front of her is Haydon, Molly’s long lost father and the holiday fling she thought she’d never see again. 

As the temperature on the Cote D’Azure steadily rises and Ashley and Haydon begin spend more and more time together, will Ashley find the courage to tell him who she is – and more importantly, who Molly is? 

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If you are looking for the ideal holiday story or even just to sit back and relax with then I have to recommend The Summer Getaway, especially if you want to escape to France! As ever Tilly Tennant manages to create some warm and likeable characters. In this book we meet Ashley and her daughter Molly who are on holiday in France but life throws a curve ball at Ashley when she is confronted with her past in the shape of Haydon. What follows is a story that shows missed opportunities but also the fact that maybe you can get a second chance.

I have to admit there were times when I wanted to jump in the story and make some of the characters see sense! They will make you feel all the emotions with them which is always a good thing as it shows you have made that connection with the characters. There is the addition of a little bit of tension to the story with miscommunication along with the reluctance and nerves on Ashley's part to discuss the past.  

If you are in need of a pick me up then The Summer Getaway will be ideal there is a lovely relaxed but heartwarming feeling to it that will guarantee the reader will be left smiling. At its heart this story is about family and how complicated life can be along with showing a sweet and beautiful romance!

Charmed from start to finish, a perfect summer story!

With thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

The Happiness List by Annie Lyons @1AnnieLyons @HQDigitalUK #Review

Copy received from HQ Digital via Netgalley.

Life is about to change forever…

Heather is finally back on Hope Street after running from the memories for so long. She hasn’t bumped into many neighbours yet but with her upcoming wedding to plan there’s plenty to keep her busy!
Fran is still trying to get used to a life without her husband by her side. It’s hard enough raising two children on her own – she doesn’t have time to even think about dating…
Pamela is fed up of being taken for granted by her grown-up children and grumbling husband. She’s ready to shake things up a little, but will her family even notice?
So when the three women hear about a ‘happiness course’ starting on Hope Street, surely it’s the perfect opportunity to let their hair down, laugh with new friends and maybe even change their lives in ways they never expected…
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After really enjoying The Choir on Hope Street I couldn't wait to pick up The Happiness List. Even though we return to Hope Street as a setting this book easily reads as a standalone story. In this book we follow Heather, Fran and Pamela who all meet and become friends when they attend a happiness course. This trio are down to earth and so very easy to relate to due to their situations. They were constantly making me smile, especially Fran I loved her no nonsense and straight talking approach but also her softer more vulnerable side. Annie Lyons has managed to create a snapshot of life from three different perspectives. With an emphasis on supporting one another through life, both the good parts and the bad. 

In this book there is a wonderful balance of lighter funnier moments against the more emotional side. The Happiness List is a story that takes us on quite a journey one where each character grows in confidence. I really enjoyed the idea of sitting back and reflecting on the smaller things that will make you just as a happy but that we sometimes overlook. This story created an emotional but overall uplifting feeling that I thought was perfect. I have to admit there were a few tears but this just shows how much of a connection I felt to both the characters and story. I didn't want to put this book down but I also felt sad that I had to leave the characters behind! While I was reading this book it made me feel as if I was wrapped up in a bubble of warmth, love and contentment.

The Happiness List is emotional, funny and amazingly heartfelt. A truly beautiful story!

Five stars from me!

With thanks to HQ Digital for my copy.

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