#BlogTour #Review #Giveaway Unshackled by Rachael Stewart @rach_b52 @rararesources @Deep_Desires

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I’m excited to be kicking off the blog tour alongside some other fab bloggers for Unshackled by Rachael Stewart. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway after my review. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite.

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Unshackled by Rachael Stewart
Published: 1st May 2018
Publisher: Deep Desires Press
Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:

Unshackled is a thrilling ride of sexual awakening, love, money and corruption…

Trying to escape the evil hold of her stepfather, Abigail becomes a player in a wildly debauched world that has her body hitting a plethora of sexual highs, while her heart clings to her new-found love and the desire to be free. But can she break away and keep it all—the money, her freedom and the girl?

Or will she lose everything?

My Review:

Wow, this book is hot, hot, HOT! Now be warned there are a lot of sex scenes in this book so if that’s not for you don’t pick this book up! However despite there being a lot of sex this book is so much more than that. There is a decent storyline, the characters are flawed but interesting and the writing is good.

Abi was a great character, her step-fathers fiancee Emma is stirring up feelings that she never experienced before. Right from the time they meet you can feel the heat coming off the pages. The sexual tension is just immense and brilliantly written. I didn’t like her step-father though, but I still enjoyed reading the book.

Rachael’s writing was brilliant, the book is fast-paced and you get drawn in quickly to the pages. At first I wasn’t sure about the book, but after the first chapter I fell in love with Abi, Emma and Rachael’s writing so I stuck with it and I’m so glad I did! Both Emma and Abi are beautiful in their own ways and the romance between them seemed genuine. The emotions the characters experience are brilliantly written and I could really understand what they were going through.

Unshackled is a fast, gripping read that will have you blushing into the night. A cracking debut from Rachael and I’m excited to read more from her.

Buy now: Amazon

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Giveaway:

Win an e-copy of Unshackled by Rachael Stewart (Open Internationally)

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About the Author:

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Website: www.rachaelstewartauthor.com

Twitter: @rach_b52

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/

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#BlogTour #Review Confetti and Confusion by Daisy James @daisyjamesbooks @canelo_co #ConfettiandConfusion

I am thrilled to be closing down the blog tour for Confetti and Confusion by Daisy James. Huge thank you to Ellie at Canelo for the tour invite.

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Published: 9th July 2018
Publisher: Canelo
Series: #2 Paradise Cookery School
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

The Paradise Cookery School is officially open!

Stepping in for a celebrity chef, Millie Harper is feeling the pressure to make the first ever Paradise Cookery School classes a dazzling success and ensure that bride-to-be Imogen and friends have an unforgettable experience.

Meanwhile, Millie is trying to play it cool around handsome estate manager Zach Barker. But whenever he is near Millie cannot fail to notice the chemistry between them – until someone from Zach’s past arrives and any potential romance seems out of the question.

When disaster strikes and the wedding is in jeopardy, Millie realises she may have to go above and beyond to make sure the school is a success. Can Millie manage to create a day that dreams are made of, and will she find a way to tell Zach how she feels?

Allow yourself to be transported to the balmy St Lucian sunshine by his uplifting summer read – perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver and Sarah Morgan.

My Review:

Oh how lovely and a delight it was to be back in St Lucia with Millie, Ella, Lottie and Zach to name just a few. This can be read as a standalone and Daisy does provide enough information regarding the first book but please do read the first and find out how the cookery school got set up.

This follows straight off from the first book and Millie is still stepping in for Claudia being in charge of the school. We meet Imogen and her wedding party, Millie and Ella lead the girls in making cakes and all baked goods. Imogen and her friends are a lovely bunch, by the end I felt as if I was friends with them all.

Despite it being a novella there is plenty going on throughout the book and I quickly devoured it. My mouth watered from the goods that Millie and Ella cook up, the sights of St Lucia were just brilliant and it’s made me want to visit for sure. The adventure that Zach and Millie go on sounds amazing, Daisy please say you didn’t make the Tree Tops Adventure up?! The Paradise Cookery School is a delight to read about, I loved reading about how Millie and Ella are coping with the first guests at the school.

Daisy’s writing is stunning, she whisked me away to the gorgeous island and as before she has made me want to visit. The market sounded fabulous, I love markets in different countries, the sights, sounds and smells are always completely different to what we have in the UK.

The romance is lovely and charming as well as being believable, the characters are brilliant and the setting is just pure bliss. I’m excited for the next installment in this gorgeous series.

Buy now: Amazon

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About the Author:

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Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Twitter: @daisyjamesbooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daisyjamesbooks/

#BlogBlitz #Review #Giveaway The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye @SarahMarieGraye @rararesources

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Today is day two of the blog blitz for The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye. There’s a fabulous giveaway at the end of my post so check that out. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite.

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The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye
Published: 12th February 2018
Publisher: Pict Publishing
Series: #1 Butterfly Effect
Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:

Would your life unravel if someone you knew committed suicide? Theirs did.

Faye knows her heart still belongs to her first love, Jack. She also knows he might have moved on, but when she decides to track him down, nothing prepares her for the news that he’s taken his own life.

Faye is left wondering how to move forward – and whether or not Jack’s best friend Ethan will let her down again. And the news of Jack’s death ripples through the lives of her friends too.

Abbie finds herself questioning her marriage, and wondering if she was right to leave her first love behind. Poor Olivia is juggling her job and her boyfriend and trying to deal with a death of her own. And Jack’s death has hit Beth the hardest, even though she never knew him.

Is Beth about to take her own life too?

My Review:

The Second Cup is a brilliant, well-written debut novel written by Sarah Marie Graye. It’s a look at the struggles a group of friends face which is hard-hitting and relatable.

Each chapter is written from a different character’s point of view, at first I struggled to connect to the writing however I stuck with it. As a result the more I read, the more I fell in love with Sarah’s writing style. Each character has their own distinctive voice and Sarah has done brilliantly to create four completely different people.

Each of the characters have their own struggles and battles that they are going through, there will be something that each reader can relate to. Sarah has written this book with extreme passion and care which you can really feel coming through the writing. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters however I did enjoy reading about them and their lives.

Now you’ll have noticed I haven’t said anything about the actual plot line, I found the less I knew about this book before going in the better. I had a brief glance at the blurb but it was only due to reading some reviews a few months ago that I wanted to read it. I knew it was about a suicide but to me the book is so much more than that. Yes there is a suicide in the book but I found it was more about how each of the characters reacted to this event and what happened after. This is the type of book that will get each reader thinking and everyone will read into it differently.

Sarah’s writing was fabulous but like I said before I did struggle at the beginning. Once I got used to it the pages just flew by as I was hooked. We have real life issues explored in this book by some characters that I could see as real people. I loved the flashbacks to events in the past and the exploration of how everyone became friends.

The Second Cup is a fascinating, thought-provoking read that will pull at your heart-strings. I’m excited to see what Sarah will write next.

Buy now: Amazon

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Giveaway

Win 3 x Signed copies of The Second Cup by Sarah Marie Graye (Open Internationally)

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About the Author:

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Sarah Marie Graye was born in Manchester in 1975, to English Catholic parents. To the outside world Sarah Marie’s childhood followed a relatively typical Manchester upbringing, until aged nine, when she was diagnosed with depression.

It’s a diagnosis that has stayed with Sarah Marie over three decades, and something she believes has coloured every life decision, including the one to write a novel.

Sarah Marie wrote The Second Cup as part of an MA Creative Writing practice as research degree at London South Bank University – where she was the vice-chancellor’s scholarship holder.

Sarah Marie was diagnosed with ADHD in November 2017 and published an extended edition of The Second Cup in February 2018 that included character interviews so she could diagnose one of her characters with the same condition.

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#BlogTour #Review #PublicationDay Dortmund Hibernate by CJ Sutton @c_j_sutton @crookedcatbooks @rararesources

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I am also sharing my review of Dortmund Hibernate today by CJ Sutton which is also out today. Happy Publication Day! Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite.

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Dortmund Hibernate by CJ Sutton
Published: 18th July 2018
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

Psychologist Dr Magnus Paul is tasked with the patients of Dortmund Asylum – nine criminally insane souls hidden from the world due to the extremity of their acts.

Magnus has six weeks to prove them sane for transfer to a maximum-security prison, or label them as incurable and recommend a death sentence under a new government act.

As Magnus delves into the darkness of the incarcerated minds, his own sanity is challenged. Secrets squeeze through the cracks of the asylum, blurring the line between reality and nightmare, urging Magnus towards a new life of crime…

The rural western town of Dortmund and its inhabitants are the backdrop to the mayhem on the hill.

It’s Silence of the Lambs meets Shutter Island in this tale of loss, fear and diminishing hope.

My Review:

Wow, where can I even begin to review this incredibly dark and disturbing read?! I will apologise now if this review is a bit vaguer than I normally write, this book is one to be read yourself!

From the very first chapters I was giggling in glee when I realised this book is gruesome and sadistic – all things that I love in a book! Wait, does that make me sound weird?! I’m nice, honest! Dortmund Hibernate is a bit of a slow-burner, you will need time to let the book sink into your soul and before you know it you’ll be hooked.

Asylums always have interested me so as soon as I saw this was based in an asylum I just had to read it. The characters were all twisted in their own ways, I loved reading about them and why they were in the asylum. Each character has their own distinctive voice and CJ Sutton has done brilliantly to create some dark minds. Magnus was an interesting character, the deeper he gets into the minds of the patients, the more he doesn’t know who to trust.

CJ Sutton’s writing was brilliant, he has created one dark and twisted book, thank you for that! I’m excited to read what he can create next, if this is anything to go by I’m sure it’ll be incredible and disturbing.

Dortmund Hibernate was a surprise read, I didn’t expect it be as disturbing or for me to love it as much as I did. It’s a book to be savoured, to think about and discuss with people who have read it before. This book is perfect to buddy read with someone, you’ll be dying to want to discuss it with someone, I know I was! Fabulous book, go read it now!

Buy now: Amazon

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About the Author:

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C.J. Sutton is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Master of Communication with majors in journalism and creative writing, and supports the value of study through correspondence. His fictional writing delves into the unpredictability of the human mind and the fears that drive us.

As a professional writer C.J. Sutton has worked within the hustle and bustle of newsrooms, the competitive offices of advertising and the trenches of marketing. But his interest in creating new characters and worlds has seen a move into fiction, which has always pleaded for complete attention. Dortmund Hibernate is his debut novel.

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#BlogBlitz #Review Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl @nicholl06 @Bloodhoundbook

It’s the third and final day of the blog blitz for Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl and I’m so glad it’s my turn for me to share my views on this book. Thank you as always to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for the invite onto the blitz.

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Portraits of the Dead by John Nicholl
Published: 16th July 2018
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

Emma didn’t know how long he hid in the large Victorian wardrobe to the side of her single bed. She didn’t know how long he peered between the two heavy oak doors, and watched, as she slowly drifted into fitful sleep. She didn’t know what time he pushed the doors open and crept towards her in the darkness of the night.

Detective Inspector Gravel finds himself faced with a difficult case when a local nineteen-year-old university student is abducted and imprisoned by a sadistic serial killer, who has already tortured and killed at least five young women.

Can Gravel find the girl and stop the murderer?

He will learn that the greater the evil, the deadlier the game…

My Review:

Wow, John Nicholl has done it again, he has written another disturbing and brutal book that chilled me to the bone. Portraits of the Dead is as creepy as the cover suggests, it was sheer brilliance! This is the third book of John’s that I’ve read over the past few months and it had me hooked from the very first page.

Emma is a student at Cardiff university when she is abducted in the middle of the night by someone hiding in her wardrobe. Yikes. Next thing she knows she is being held in a room by some unknown person. DI Gravel is assigned the case and when other young women start turning up dead he knows he has a serial killer on his hands. Will Emma be found in time? Who is the killer?

We first met DI Gravel in White is the Coldest Colour but with this book being more about the investigation it was good to get to know him as a character more. I loved how the book was part police procedural, part sadistic psychological thriller, it was an excellent mix. John’s writing was as brilliant as ever, he drew me in right from the start and didn’t let me go until that final word.

I loved how John revealed the killer to the reader but left the police in the dark, I was almost screaming at my kindle, come on DI Gravel, you can figure it out! Bloody brilliant John. I devoured this book quickly, it goes along at a steady pace and after each chapter you just have to keep reading.

Portraits of the Dead is a dark, disturbing, brutal serial killer thriller written in a gripping way that I’ve grown to love with John’s books. The killer is sadistic and it was just brilliant. John I must say you are quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

Buy now: Amazon

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About the Author:

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John Nicholl, an ex-police officer, child protection social worker and lecturer, has written six darkly psychological suspense thrillers, each of which has been an Amazon # 1 bestseller. John is happily married, lives in rural west Wales, and has three adult children and one grandchild, with a second expected in August 2018. He began writing after leaving his job heading up child protection services for Carmarthenshire.

John is represented by Toby Mundy – Literary agent at TMA.

You can find out more about John and his books at: http://www.johnnicholl.com

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#BlogBlitz #Review #PublicationDay One Day Like This by Laura Briggs @PaperDollWrites @bookouture

I’m kicking off the blog blitz for this cracking book One Day Like This by Laura Briggs which is out today! Happy Publication Day Laura! Thank you to Noelle at Bookouture for the tour invite.

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One Day Like This by Laura Briggs
Published: 17th July 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

Could you plan a wedding if you’d never been in love?

Tessa has always dreamed of her own business. And when a beautiful tumbledown house comes up for sale in the Southern town of Bellegrove, she knows it has perfect potential to be an amazing one-stop wedding shop.

Teaming up with three talented friends, they’re ready for big things. They’ve even found their first client – a sweet old lady called Bianca, who’s desperate to give her grandson a spectacular wedding. (Even though he’s equally determined to keep it simple and romantic.)

But as the big day approaches, things start to go wrong. Handsome handyman Blake Ellinghambreaks the news that the building needs re-wiring and the bill for renovations is longer than a royal wedding train. And then one of her friends suddenly quits their fledgling business

Can Tessa pull off the dream wedding? Can Blake be convinced to help? And if the electrics are broken, why are so many sparks flying between him and Tessa?

The perfect feel-good summer romance for 2018 for fans of Debbie Macomber, Jenny Hale and Debbie Johnson.

My Review:

One Day Like This was everything I wanted it to be and then some more. I absolutely loved this gorgeous story, straight from the beginning I was hooked on the characters and the storyline. I have read a few of Laura’s previous books so I was so excited for her to be published by Bookouture, they know how to pick some fabulous authors!

Tessa is following her dreams of owning her own business, along with some friends she’s making it a reality, you go girl! It’s hard work but they slowly get there with their wedding planning business. Enter their first client Bianca who wants a fabulous wedding for her grandson and his fiancee. Can they pull off the wedding?

From the beginning where we meet a young Tessa who is rather bossy to the end I was hooked on this sweet and charming book. The setting was brilliant, I really felt I was there in the Southern town with everyone, it was a pleasure to spend time in the town.

Laura’s writing is brilliant, it was an easy read that I couldn’t get enough of. Normally I stay away from wedding books but this one I absolutely adored. The characters were well-written and I loved getting to know them all.

One Day Like This is a wonderful, sweet, feel-good read that is just perfect for the summer. Get whisked away by Laura to the charming town and enjoy your stay there. I’m so glad that this is just the start of a series, I can’t wait to read more!

Buy now: Amazon

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About the Author:

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Laura Briggs is the author of several lighthearted romance novels and novellas, including the bestselling Amazon UK series A Wedding in Cornwall. She has a fondness for vintage-style dresses (especially ones with polka dots) and reads everything from Jane Austen to modern day mysteries. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with family, caring for her pets, going to movies and plays, and trying new restaurants.

Website: https://paperdollwrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PaperDollWrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorlaurabriggs/

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/230209.Laura_Briggs?from_search=true

#BlogTour #Review #Giveaway An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson @KiltieJackson @rararesources

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My second blog tour review for today is for An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson. Do check out the giveaway after my review if you fancy it. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the tour invite.

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An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson
Published: 28th June 2018
Series: #2 Lovestyle Series
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?
Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of
finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

My Review:

After falling in love with Kiltie’s first book A Rock n Roll Lovestyle last year I did wonder how she could top it. Well I didn’t have to worry, this book was just brilliant! Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first book, this will read perfectly well as a standalone. Some characters from the first book pop up but there’s enough background for readers who haven’t read the first to be able to follow.

Elsa is widowed and has lost her spark, she’s struggling without Harry and despite some years passing she’s just thinking about him. Danny just does enough to get by, he seems to be stuck in a rut and doesn’t know how to get out of it. On New Years Eve, both Elsa and Danny die in different accidents. Harry and Danny’s old art teacher strikes them a deal which Death agrees with – they must both complete three tasks over the coming year in order to stay alive.

Right, that’s all I’m saying about the plot, it sounds a bit crazy and far-fetched but Kiltie has written it so brilliantly I was able to fully believe the plot. I loved the characters, they are all so well-written and have depth that I fully believed I had made some friends in them. Death was my favourite character, he was funny and loved to get drunk while playing poker, who’d have thought that?!

This book had me hooked, I got involved in the lives of Danny and Elsa, I just had to read on to see if they’d complete the tasks. I loved the theme of second chances running throughout the book as well as personal growth and discovering things about themselves. This book is perfect if you want uplifting, realising you can do those things you’ve always wanted to and it was a wonderful feel-good read.

An Artisan Lovestyle is a warm, funny and well-written book that is not only funny but will also pull at your heart-strings as well. The characters are brilliant, except for one! But they’re all fabulously written that I even enjoyed reading about the character I didn’t like! I’m so excited to read the next book by Kiltie, she’s a fabulous talent and deserves all the recognition for her excellent books.

Buy now: Amazon

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About the Author:

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Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,
This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.
When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then,
after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are
finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having
plenty of moggies, there are no towers!

The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the
condition they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles.
She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job
and write her stories for a living.

 

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won

a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.

She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved
it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun
her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished

manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.
Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)
in the Summer of 2018.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a
fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and
the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

 

Website www.kiltiejackson.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KiltieJackson

#BlogBlitz #Review #PublicationDay The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland @ShaliniBoland @bookouture

It’s the start of another week and I have not only one review for you all today but two! You lucky people! Anyway the first blog blitz review is for The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland which is out today, happy publication day Shalini! Huge thank you to Kim at Bookouture for the tour invite.

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The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland
Published: 16th July 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

‘You don’t deserve a sister…’

Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she hears a strange noise. Running downstairs to check, she discovers a threatening letter addressed to her. But who sent it?

As Lizzy receives more unsettling messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her neighbours, her friends. Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her.

And they want to destroy her perfect life.

Desperate for answers, Lizzy contacts her sisterEmma. She used to be her best friend. But they haven’t spoken in years. Not since the terrible argument which tore their relationship apart…

Surrounded by secrets and lies, can Lizzy trust her sister? Or is the shocking truth more dangerous than Lizzy ever imagined?

From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you guessing with every heart-stopping twist. If you loved Gone GirlThe Girl on the Train and The Sister, this book is for you.

My Review:

Where do I begin with this review? I loved everything about this book – the characters, the writing and the suspense, oh the suspense! I will admit I started this book and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, it was a little slow to start but once those twists starting dropping I was gripped to my kindle, quite literally!

The less I say about the plot the better, Lizzy starts receiving threatening letters to her house and to her work. Who could be sending them? The behaviour increases and Lizzy really does have no clue who to turn to. As I was reading the book, pretty much every character was a suspect in my eyes, it could have been any of them! Lizzy was a likeable character, I really felt for her when the letters came, who is behind the letters?

Shalini has created a very compelling and dramatic novel that has twists and red herrings to keep you on your toes. The writing was brilliant, I’m a huge fan of Shalini’s books and this one is an excellent addition to her books. The pages flowed and for me it was a rather quick read, I just had to know who the stalker was!

If you like your psychological thrillers full of plot twists and it trundle along at a fast-pace then I definitely recommend The Silent Sister. It was brilliant, I absolutely loved it! I’m excited to read what tense delights Shalini can create next!

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Shalini Boland is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers ‘THE GIRL FROM THE SEA’ (No 1, US Audible charts), ‘THE BEST FRIEND’ (No 2, US Audible charts), ‘THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE’ (No 9, UK Kindle charts), ‘THE SECRET MOTHER’ (No 2, US Kindle charts), THE CHILD NEXT DOOR (No 11, UK Kindle charts).

Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing psychological thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

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She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as an atmospheric WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

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#CoverReveal Friendship Never Ends by Ella Dyson @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n

I am so excited to be a part of an amazing group of bloggers sharing the cover reveal of this brilliant sounding book. If you like the sound of it, check out my review as part of the blog tour in September. Thank you to Tracy for inviting me to be part of the reveal.

Friendship Never Ends by Ella Dyson

Publisher: Trapeze

Published: 6th September 2018

Blurb:

  1. 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.

  1. 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?

Doesn’t it sound brilliant?! I for one cannot wait to read it! Now for that cover:

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Pre-order here: Amazon

 

#BlogBlitz #Review The Day I Lost You by Alex Sinclair @ASinclairAuthor @bookouture

Today I have my review of The Day I Lost You by Alex Sinclair as part of the blog blitz. Thank you to Noelle at Bookouture for the tour invite.

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The Day I Lost You by Alex Sinclair
Published: 13th July 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

You only let her go for a second… Now she’s gone.

Erika Rice is in an elevator with her four-year-old daughter Alice when it stops on the wrong floor and her little girl runs out. The doors close before Erika can follow, and the daughter she loves more than anything is suddenly nowhere to be seen.

Erika can’t bear the thought of her daughter in danger or afraid, and will do anything to get her back. But with no sign of Alice, Erika has no idea where to begin.

The residents of the apartment block claim not to have seen anything, but Erika realises someone’s lying to her – and that there’s something darker at play.

How could a four-year-old disappear into thin air?

A gripping and addictive psychological thriller that will have you holding on tight to the ones you love. If you enjoyed Behind Closed DoorsSilent Child and I Let You Go, you won’t want to miss The Day I Lost You!

My Review:

The Day I Lost You is a chilling and addictive thriller that will have you turning the pages frantically as you try and figure out what is going on. This book has played on one of my fears – children going missing but Alex has written something completely different and original to the usual children going missing theme.

Erika is with her daughter Alice in an apartment block on their way to pick up a toy from Alice’s fathers place. The lift stops on a floor and Alice runs out. Erika can’t find Alice, where did she go? Erika tries to get help but can she trust anyone?

The twists and turns throughout the book kept me hooked, my mind kept switching back and forth as to what could have happened. Many of the twists I didn’t see coming and I just couldn’t stop reading until I read the final chapters. I loved the way it switched between the present day and the past when Erika left Michael (Alice’s father), it really kept me engaged with the story.

I loved Alex’s writing style, he was able to hook me in and didn’t let me go until I’d reached that conclusion. And wow, what a conclusion. If you need me, I’ll be in the corner with a bottle of wine and trying to catch my breath after finishing this book! This book managed to chill me and that’s a rare thing to do – that’s the sign of a brilliant book!

The Day I Lost You is a captivating, gripping, all-consuming thriller that you’ll want to devour once you start it. It’s a quick read as you’ll be hooked to the storyline and the characters. Suspenseful and exciting – do make sure you have no plans when you start this book. This was my first book I’ve read by Alex but I must go back and read his debut now!

Buy now: Amazon

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Alex Sinclair is a thirty-two-year-old psychological thriller author from a quiet country town outside of Melbourne, Australia. He currently works full-time for a small business and writes in the early hours of the morning before his daughter and wife wake up for the day.

Alex has a background in IT, bookkeeping, and 3D animation. He loves all things creative but especially loves writing. He is an avid reader of all genres, but loves psychological thrillers more than anything else. He also has a passion for good storytelling in all forms of media such as addictive TV shows and movies.

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WEBSITE: www.alexsinclairwrites.com

 

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

My second blog post today is the blog blitz for The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant. Thank you to Noelle at Bookouture for the tour invite.

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The Summer Getaway by Tilly Tennant
Published: 11th July 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:

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 heartbroken 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 practise their French on friendly locals. And just when Ashley thought things couldn’t get any better, comes the news of a handsome new occupant in the villa next door.

But fate has other plans for Ashley. One look into 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 to spend more and more time together, will Ashley find the courage to tell him who she is – and more importantly, who Molly is?

A wonderfully heart-warming story of first love and second chances for fans of Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond.

My Review:

The Summer Getaway was a joy to read, it was the perfect read to escape some of the World Cup madness that was going on! While most people were watching the games, I had my head glued to my kindle while reading The Summer Getaway!

I will admit, I did find the plot a bit far-fetched however Tilly has written such a wonderful story that I didn’t mind too much about the plot! Ashley Moon found herself pregnant after a holiday fling, she doesn’t tell the father so raises Molly on her own. Now 15 years later, Ashley is taking Molly on her first ever holiday to a French resort. Staying in the villa next door is Haydon, now who is Haydon? You’ll have to read the book to find out!

I absolutely adored the descriptions that was in this book, I was whisked away to a gorgeous French resort without leaving my house. Tilly has done a beautiful job of setting the scene and creating some characters who I did genuinely care about. Ashley was a brilliant character, she was determined to do right by her daughter and she was very protective of her which is understandable. Haydon was a likeable character, I really liked him and it was delight to read about him.

There are some deeper issues addressed in this storyline and I will admit on some occasions my heart strings were pulled as these were explored. I did love Tilly’s writing style, it was easy to get lost in and she drew me in to the pages. I would love to know what happens next for these characters, they were a pure delight to read about.

The Summer Getaway is a lovely summery read that is perfect for when the sun is shining and the drinks are flowing. Escape to France this summer with Tilly Tennant with this heart-warming read.

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About the Author:

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Tilly Tennant was born in Dorset, the oldest of four children, but now lives in Staffordshire with a family of her own. After years of dismal and disastrous jobs, including paper plate stacking, shop girl, newspaper promotions and waitressing (she never could carry a bowl of soup without spilling a bit), she decided to indulge her passion for the written word by embarking on a degree in English and creative writing. She wrote a novel in 2007 during her first summer break at university and has not stopped writing since. She also works as a freelance fiction editor, and considers herself very lucky that this enables her to read many wonderful books before the rest of the world gets them.

Hopelessly Devoted to Holden Finn was her debut novel; published in 2014 it was an Amazon bestseller in both the UK and Australia. In 2016 she signed to the hugely successful Bookouture and is currently working on her next Tilly Tennant novel. She also writes as Sharon Sant, where she explores the darker side of life, and Poppy Galbraith, where things get a little crazier. 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TillyTennant/

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/TillyTenWriter

WEBSITE: www.tillytennant.com

#BlogTour #Review Confessions of a First-Time Mum by Poppy Dolan @PoppyDwriter @canelo_co

Woohoo, we’ve made it to the end of yet another week, is it me or are the weeks flying by?! Today I have my review of the absolutely hilarious Confessions of a First-Time Mum by Poppy Dolan. Huge thank you to Ellie at Canelo for the invite onto the tour.

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Confessions of a First-Time Mum by Poppy Dolan
Published: 25th June 2018
Publisher: Canelo
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

Stevie’s life has changed beyond recognition since having her first baby.

Stevie loves being a mum, but between the isolation and being vomited on five times a day, she really wishes she had someone to talk to.

With husband Ted working hard to keep the family afloat, Stevie really doesn’t want to burden him with her feelings. Turning to the internet, Stevie starts the anonymous First-Time Mum blog and blasts the rose-tinted glasses of parenthood right off her readers.

In the real world, Stevie meets the formidable Nelle and gorgeous Will, along with their own little treasures, and starts to realise that being a ‘perfect mum’ isn’t everything. But when the secret blog goes viral, Stevie must make some tough choices about who she wants to be, and whether she’s ready for the world to know the truth…

A perfect laugh-out-loud read for fans of The Unmumsy Mum, Gill Sims and Emma Robinson.

My Review:

Confessions of a First-Time Mum is my first book that I’ve read by Poppy Dolan and my word, it’s an absolute corker. Right from the first page I was laughing out loud, not just a little chuckle but a full on laugh and I just knew that I was going to love and devour this book.

Stevie has just had her first baby, the adorable Cherry. However her life isn’t what she imagined, Cherry vomits a lot and cries a lot, Ted her husband works a lot and Stevie is well feeling lonely. She meets two new parent friends Nelle and Will who help her realise she is a brilliant Mum. Stevie also pours her heart out onto a blog where she has a realistic outlook on her parenting experience which I loved reading about.

Now I don’t have kids yet but after having worked with small children/babies in the past I related a lot more than I thought I would have done. I laughed my way through this brilliant book where it made me realise that not everyone knows what they’re doing when they have kids. I will admit I am petrified of having my own kids, what if they’re not what I expected? What if I regret having them? This book has made me realise that no matter how bad I think I’m going to be, there will be people out there who can relate to me!

I absolutely loved the characters of Stevie, Will and Nelle, I would love to have friends like that in real life. By the end of this book I felt I had made some fabulous friends in these characters. Poppy, please can we have another book with these relatable, well-written and brilliant characters? Cherry although she was a monster at times, she was so adorable and you couldn’t help but love her.

Poppy’s writing was just flawless, from that hilarious first page to the excellent ending I was hooked. I couldn’t tear myself away from the lives of Stevie and co. The humour is there throughout the book as well as some emotional moments that did pull at my heartstrings on occasions.

Confessions of a First-Time Mum is a stunning, fun, hilarious and relatable read that will appeal to to not only parents but really to anyone who loves their books funny and full of well-written characters.

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About the Author:

Poppy Dolan is in her mid thirties and lives in Berkshire with her husband. She’s a near-obsessive baker and a keen crafter, so on a typical weekend can be found moving between the haberdashery and kitchenware floors of a department store, adding to her birthday wish list. She has written three novels: The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp, There’s More to Life than Cupcakes and most recently The Bluebell Bunting Society. The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp made it into the Amazon top 100 bestseller chart, so clearly someone other than her mum must have read it. She’s currently working on her fourth novel – it’s about friends, siblings and crafty things – and drinking far too much tea.

You can get in touch with Poppy on Twitter @poppydwriter and on Facebook at PoppyDolanBooks. She doesn’t bite. Unless you are a dark chocolate digestive.

#BlogBlitz #Review The Third Rule by Andrew Barrett @AndrewBarrettUK @Bloodhoundbook

Welcome to the second day of the blog blitz for The Third Rule by Andrew Barrett, I will be sharing my review of it today. Thank you to Sarah at Bloodhound Books for the tour invite.

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The Third Rule by Andrew Barrett
Published: 10th July 2018
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Series: #1 Eddie Collins
Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:

Propelled by a wave of atrocities, the government introduces a severe code of capital punishment. They designed The Rules to rid England of serious crime, but they failed. They said The Rules were infallible, but they lied.

Christian Ledger, an innocent man and a talented artist is charged with a fatal stabbing. Christian is heading for the ‘slaughterhouse’ because no one will listen to his pleas. Is the secret he carries enough to save his life?

CSI Eddie Collins, a reluctant hero with one failed suicide attempt behind him, suddenly wants to live when the police hunt him down for shooting a colleague. And now he’s on the government’s list too, and he’s running. But they’re getting closer by the minute…

My Review:

The Third Rule is a thrilling concept of a book, one that did grip me however at the beginning I felt there were a lot of characters being introduced and I did worry I’d struggle to keep track. The further I progressed with the book, the more I got into it and I stopped worrying!

It’s set in the near future and England has introduced the Rules, a kind of future that could actually happen. That’s what made it scary, it could genuinely happen. We meet Eddie Collins a CSI who I developed a love hate relationship with. At times I connected with him and then other times I just didn’t like him. I think that shows how well-written the character was, kudos to you Andrew.

The other characters are also brilliantly written, they were flawed and relatable as they were 100% realistic. The writing is raw and gritty, Andrew hooked me in and by the end of the book I couldn’t put it down. The dry humour throughout this book is brilliant, several times I was chuckling to myself. The plot is well thought out and quite different to anything I’ve read recently.

The Third Rule was an interesting, gripping political thriller that will appeal to people who like their characters flawed and their humour dry. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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Andrew Barrett has enjoyed variety in his professional life, from engine-builder to farmer, from Oilfield Service Technician in Kuwait, to his current role of Senior CSI in Yorkshire.

He’s been a CSI since 1996, and has worked on all scene types from terrorism to murder, suicide to rape, drugs manufacture to bomb scenes. One way or another, Andrew’s life revolves around crime.

In 1997 he finished his first crime thriller, A Long Time Dead, and it’s still a readers’ favourite today, some 200,000 copies later, topping the Amazon charts several times. Two more books featuring SOCO Roger Conniston completed the trilogy.

Today, Andrew is still producing high-quality, authentic crime thrillers with a forensic flavour that attract attention from readers worldwide. He’s also attracted attention from the Yorkshire media, having been featured in the Yorkshire Post, and twice interviewed on BBC Radio Leeds.

He’s best known for his lead character, CSI Eddie Collins, and the acerbic way in which he roots out criminals and administers justice. Eddie’s series is four books and two short stories in length, and there’s still more to come.

Andrew is a proud Yorkshireman and sets all of his novels there, using his home city of Leeds as another major, and complementary, character in each of the stories.

 

#BlogTour #Review Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green @Rosie_Green1988 @rararesources

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I am so excited to be able to share my review of the second novella in the trilogy by Rosie Green. Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite onto the tour.

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Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green
Published: 18th June 2018
Series: #2 Little Duck Pond Cafe
Rating: 5 stars

Blurb:

Jaz Winters stuck a pin in a map and fled to the village of Sunnybrook, looking for a brand new life – and after a rocky start, it’s beginning to look as if she made the right decision. Her blossoming friendship with Ellie and Fen has seen her through some dark times, and she’s managed to land two jobs – waitress at The Little Duck Pond Café and working as a weekend tour guide at Brambleberry Manor, the country house that’s been in Fen’s family for generations.

Sure, life isn’t totally perfect. There’s the irritating know-it-all guy who keeps popping up on her manor tours, for a start. He seems determined to get under Jaz’s skin whether she likes it or not. But she supposes it’s a small price to pay for the relative peace she’s found, living in Sunnybrook.

But just as Jaz is beginning to think rosier times are on the horizon, a shock encounter looks set to shatter her fragile happiness.

Will she be forced to flee from Sunnybrook and everyone she’s grown so fond of? Or will she find the strength to stand her ground and finally face up to the nightmares of the past?

My Review:

I was so excited to be back in Sunnybrook with this wonderful cast of characters that we first met in the first novella. This novella focuses on Jaz and how she came to live in Sunnybrook. I do get a little apprehensive when a book focuses on a different character than the first as I loved Ellie and her story so much. However I shouldn’t have worried, I fell in love with this novella by the end of the first chapter.

Jaz is fleeing from her old life when she turns up in Sunnybrook with little money. Soon she’s giving yoga and zumba classes and she lands a job being a tour guide at Brambleberry Manor which is Fen’s home. As this book follows on from the first we catch up with Ellie and see how her life is progressing however you could easily read this as a standalone.

I adored getting to know Jaz better and it was fun reading about Lady R (Fen’s mother) as she tries to open her home up to the public. Lady R at first comes across as cold but as the story goes on we see a different side to her which was lovely to read about. Harry was a delight to read about, there was more to his character which we learnt about and it was sweet seeing him and Jaz get closer.

Rosie has again written a brilliant novella that I completely got lost in, I devoured it in one glorious sitting. The characters are brilliant and I’d love to be a part of the community in Sunnybrook. I’m excited (and also sad) to read the final part of this trilogy (I’ll be sad when it’s finished!)

Buy now: Amazon

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About the Author:

Rosie Green has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all, unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café, published on 18th June 2018, follows the first in the series, Spring at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

#BlogBlitz #Review #PublicationDay Happily Never After by Emma Robinson @emmarobinsonuk @bookouture

I’m delighted to be one of the bloggers kicking off the blog blitz for Happily Never After by Emma Robinson. Happy Publication Day to Emma as it’s out today! Many thanks to Kim at Bookouture for the tour invite.

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Published: 10th July 2018
Publisher: Bookouture
Rating: 4 stars

Blurb:

She closed her eyes. Think with your head. Your heart can’t be trusted. Life is not a fairytale…

Rory doesn’t believe in love. She’s got far too many real problems to deal with.

She’s just bought a tumbledown house. Her mother is generally behaving like a wicked witch, insisting on calling her Aurora, and generally interfering in her (admittedly pitiful lack of) love life. And her 16-year-old daughter has finally grown out of Disney princesses and discovered dating…

But Rory’s adamant that she doesn’t need saving. In fact, the only thing she’s wishing on a star for is a bit of practical help. However, when she meets a builder whose name is John Prince and who seems to be in the habit of rescuing her (right down to finding her lost shoe one evening) she might have to face a truth as uncomfortable as hobbling home barefoot – that maybe there’s something enchanted in the air.

Her mother, daughter and friends are convinced her prince has come, but Rory just wishes everyone could let it go. Especially when she hears a story that makes her question whether he is really the hero everyone thinks he is…

A hilarious, romantic love story about mothers, daughters and how on earth to find Prince Charming, for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes and Cecelia Ahern.

My Review:

Happily Never After is a charming read that I read while lazing around after work one afternoon. It was easy to get lost in the plot and the characters were fabulous. I have Emma’s first book on my TBR so I’m excited to read it after reading this offering by her.

Rory (or Aurora) is a single mum to teenage Belle, she’s a teacher but she has also bought a rundown house to do up. Rory’s mum, Sheila likes to interfere and thinks Rory needs a man which of course we all know we don’t need a man! Enter John, who Rory meets at the hardware store, John is a builder so he helps Rory out with her house.

I found this book easy to read, there are several laugh out loud moments however from the tagline on the book I was expecting there to be more. Instead we get a book that is so much more deeper than just jokes on every page. We hit on some serious themes of family and what it’s like to be a single mum. At times I could feel the emotions pouring off the pages.

I loved the parts in the school and having worked in a school previously there were lots of moments that rang true with me. The characters are well-developed and well-written, there were some that I liked more than others but overall I liked reading about all of them.

Happily Never After is an entertaining read that is perfect for a few hours on a sun-lounger over the holidays. The book is jam-packed full of romance, real emotions, drama and family. It’s heart-warming and a delight to read.

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Emma Robinson thinks of herself as one of the ‘Bridget Jones generation’ – who are now grown up and having children – and writes novels for women who feel the same.

She also has a blog, Motherhood for Slackers, which takes a humorous look at parenthood, and includes poems such as ‘Dear Teacher’ about her son starting school which has been shared around the world. Emma is an English teacher and lives in Essex with a patient husband and two children who are an endless source of material.

Website: www.motherhoodforslackers.com
Facebook: facebook.com/motherhoodforslackers
Twitter: @emmarobinsonuk
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