Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour

Next up today is my review for the latest release by Victoria Cooke – Sun, Sea and Sangria #blogtour #review #sunseasangria #rachelsrandomresources @rararesources @Victoriacooke10

Next up today I am very excited to share my review for Sun, Sea and Sangria from an author who always makes me smile when reading her books.

My Review

I am a massive fan of Victoria Cooke and loved being swept away to the Canary Islands in this summer read.

Kat was a wonderful character who you could empathise with and also get frustrated with as she couldn’t make up her mind what she wanted or trust her feelings after the end of her marriage. She fled to Tenerife 8 years before and built up a business managing the Heavenly Hunks.

I loved the Heavenly Hunks and the story is a perfect romcom about the escapades they get up to as they travel round the Canary Islands performing at hotels and driving the mainly female audiences wild.

A story with a great blend of real life issues, fun in the sun and a touch of romance scattered throughout. A brilliant summer read that will have you reaching for the jug of Sangria as you visit the sunny shores and get to know Kat and her wonderful boys.

Book Blurb

Kat swore off dating many years ago, after her marriage ended in a catastrophic mess. Having moved to the Canary Islands for a fresh start, she has never had much time for romance, channelling all her energy into managing all-male dance troupe – the Heavenly Hunks.

With golden beaches, sparkling blue water and relaxing after work with a glass of sangria – or three – for Kat, it’s summer all year round. But despite life being postcard perfect, Kat can’t help but wonder if she is missing out on the most important thing of all… love.

The dancers are all well-known for their flirtatious antics and aren’t looking for anything serious… except Jay. Sitting by the pool, watching the sun reflecting in the water, Kat feels like she can tell him anything.

Handsome, caring and a good listener, he ignites a fire in Kat’s heart that scares her witless. But her relationship with Jay should stay strictly professional… right? There is absolutely no way that she can be his boss and his date.

As the temperature rises, will Kat be able to take the plunge, let go of her past and find romance in paradise?

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016 which was selected for onscreen adaptation in April 2020.

Her third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

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Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part in the blog tour for this fun summer read.

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

First up today I am sharing my review for the wonderful 5* read – Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow by Jessica Redland #blogtour #hedgehoghollow #rachelsrandomresources @rararesources @jessicaredland @boldwoodbooks

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Finding Love at Hedgehog Hollow, the title caught my attention and when I read the blurb I was really looking forward to reading it. Jessica Redland is a new author to me and I can’t wait to read more of her books as this book was simply wonderful.

My Review

I loved this book from the first few chapters, Sammie was a superb main character who always looked after those around her and tried her best to remain upbeat and positive.

Hedgehog Hollow is my absolute dream home, a farmhouse with barns and the description of the meadow made me fall in love with it instantly, for me it’s a perfect setting and I could instantly conjure it up in my imagination.

A gorgeous book about love and hope, that made me laugh, feel indignant and want to cry. Hedgehogs are wonderful animals and whilst reading I was transported back in time to memories of when I first saw them in my garden as a child.

This book was like a giant hug, I absolutely loved it and was so disappointed to be nearing the end that I wanted to stop reading as I felt connected to the characters and story and didn’t want it to end! This was my first book by Jessica Redland and I am delighted to have found a wonderful new author and am excited to read more of her books.

Book Blurb

Can love really be found when you stop looking for it…?

As Samantha Wishaw watches the love of her life marry another woman, she’s ready to give up hope of finding her happy ever after.

But when a chance encounter leads Sam to find friendship in Thomas – a lonely, grumpy elderly widower living at derelict Hedgehog Hollow – her life is about to change forever.

Glad to have a distraction from family feuds and match-making, Sam vows to fulfill Thomas and his wife, Gwendoline’s, dreams of restoring Hedgehog Hollow to its former glory, and to open a hedgehog rescue centre.

Throwing herself into the task at hand, little does Sam realise that the keys to love and happiness may also be found at Hedgehog Hollow, when she least expects it…

Escape to Hedgehog Hollow this summer with top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland for the perfect uplifting, feel-good read.

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of Whitsborough Bay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part in the blog tour for this wonderful 5* read.

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Join me today for a trip to Cornwall and check out my review for Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James #backablogger #daisyjames #blogtour #rachelsrandomresources @rararesources @daisyjamesbooks

Today I am very excited to be sharing my review for Summertime at the Cornish Confetti Agency. I have loved reading books by Daisy James for many years and am thrilled to share my review today.

My Review

I do love a book by Daisy James and this book combines a brilliant author, in a beautiful location and with the ultimate role of making sure a wedding goes off without a hitch.

Lexie had the odds stacked against her as random pranks are played against the obnoxious best man who appears to have no sense of humour and is intent on rubbing everyone up the wrong way.

So amongst planning the wedding she is trying to ensure that nothing else happens that could pose a problem to Dylan & Kay’s dream wedding.

A wonderful read that I really enjoyed, this book had great characters and I loved the descriptions and theme behind the dream wedding. A totally inspired idea that was easy to visualise as it all came together.

A book that grabs your attention so you just want to hide away and read uninterrupted for a few hours.

Book Blurb

It’s Summertime at The Cornish Confetti Agency!

When Lexie Harrington is asked to co-ordinate Kat and Dylan’s ‘English village fête’ wedding, she’s determined that this time everything will go according to her carefully laid plans; no ice bucket challenges, no whoopee cushions, and absolutely no googly eyes attached to everything in sight!

With gorgeous journalist-cum-wedding columnist Theo Barker to offer a helping hand, Lexie is optimistic that she can deliver the fairy tale wedding her clients have always dreamed of…. until the best man Noah is targeted by a loose hosepipe, the wedding rings go walk-about, and his beloved scarlet Porsche takes on a distinctly unpleasant aroma.

Can Lexie and Theo uncover what’s behind the mysterious goings on, or will the Cornish Confetti Agency be forced to close its doors to the future brides and grooms of glorious Cornwall?

Available to purchase on Amazon UK / Amazon.com

About the Author

Daisy James loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. She especially likes to create sunshine-filled settings in exotic locations – the Caribbean, Tuscany, Cornwall, Provence – so she can spend her time envisioning her characters enjoying the fabulous scenery and sampling the local food and drink.

When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Social Media

Facebook – Daisy James

Twitter @daisyjamesbooks

Instagram @daisyjamesstories

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to take part in the blog tour for this fantastic book. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

I am very excited to be sharing my review today for Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay by Katie Ginger #backablogger #blogtour #swallowtailbay @rararesources @katiegauthor

I love it when you click with an author and I love reading books by Katie Ginger as they are always light hearted which is the perfect read right now. Today I am sharing my review for her new release Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay.

My Review

I loved my first trip to Swallowtail Bay and was very excited to see the second book in the series advertised.

I love the location of the book, set along the Kent coast in a fictional town with the countryside just a stone throw away. I love living close to the sea and it really brings the setting to life with the thrum of the chatter on the beaches on a sunny day and seagulls lurking, these scenes are picture perfect.

In this story we get to know Hetty who has her own business as an events organiser and is looking for a way to branch out and create more business. This is how she comes to meet John who lives in a rundown house that is always in need of maintenance with its sprawling fields and and the gorgeous scent of roses in the gardens.

I loved the details of the planning for the event as I read and the new relationships we were introduced too, as well as revisiting some of the lovely characters who we had initially met in our first trip to Swallowtail Bay.

A wonderful second visit to the gorgeous seaside town where you get to know more wonderful characters. An absolutely pleasure to read, I loved delving into these pages and was smiling as I reached the end.

Book Blurb

Grab your strawberries and cream and get ready to return to the beautiful Swallowtail Bay!

Summer is in full swing and the locals are getting excited for the launch of the Swallowtail Bay strawberry food festival. But will all run smoothly when festival organiser Hetty’s heart is torn between lord of the manor John Thornhill and successful bakery owner Ben?

Available to purchase Amazon UK / Amazon US

About the Author

KATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and she really wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Summer Strawberries at Swallowtail Bay is her fifth novel. The first, Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay is available now. Her debut novel The Little Theatre on the Seafront was shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and her stand- alone Christmas novel Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage was a US Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive their two children, Ellie and Sam. And there’s also their adorable King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit (yes, he is named after the crisps!).

For more about Katie you can visit her website: www.keginger.com, find her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatieGAuthor, or follow her on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor

Instagram: @katie_ginger_author

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part on the blog tour. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love for this lovely light hearted read!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Pop over to my blog today to read my review for One Day in Summer by Shari Low #backablogger #onedayinsummer #rachelsrandomresources @rararesources @sharilow

Today I am joining the blog tour for One Day in Summer by Shari Low. I absolutely loved this book and am excited to recommend you add it to your TBR pile.

My Review

When you first meet the free spirited red head known as Aggs you wonder what adventures you are going to go on throughout this story. She is the quieter of the friends who has fallen in love whilst visiting sunny LA on her latest trip with Celeste.

The story then fast forward a couple of decades and you meet Aggs and her twin daughter’s and get to know her current story.

Set over a dual time line two decades apart the events of the trip to LA unfold whilst you meet the people who totally unravelled her life and the devastating losses she has suffered over the years inbetween.

A wonderful story that tugs your heart strings throughout as you wonder how Aggs can be so nice despite the events that have unfolded. This story unpicks the events and provides a real sense of how deep her friendship with Celeste ran before the devastating betrayal.

I loved this book, it took me on an adventure as Aggs looks for the person she once was as she nears her 45th birthday. Overflowing with wonderful characters and secrets that are finding their way to the surface. A superb heartwarming story that will make you want to laugh, cry and it’ll lift your soul as you delve deeper into the book.

Book Blurb

Coming soon from #1 bestseller Shari Low, an emotional roller-coaster, that keeps you guessing…

One day in summer, three lives are about to change forever.

After two decades of looking after others, this is the day that Agnetha McMaster is reclaiming her life. It’s her turn, her time but will she have the courage to start again?

Ten years ago, Mitchell McMaster divorced Agnetha and married her best friend, Celeste. Now he suspects his second wife is having an affair. This is the day he’ll discover if karma has come back to bite him.

Thanks to a DNA test, this is the day that Hope McTeer will finally meet her biological father. But will the reunion bring Hope the answers that she’s looking for?

Three people. Twenty-four hours. A lifetime of secrets to unravel.

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 20 novels, including One Day In Winter and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to join the blog tour for this heartwarming book. Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

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#CoverReveal Check out the fabulous cover for Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall by Victoria Walters #backablogger #preordernow @vicky_walters @herabooks

I love a cover reveal and today I am so excited to be sharing the wonderful cover for the Christmas release by Victoria Walters – Hopeful Hearts at Glendale Hall. I love Christmas and can’t wait to read this one!

Book Blurb

What happens when love takes you to unexpected places?

Heather Douglas appears to have it all. But living on a farm in the Scottish Highlands with her partner, Rory Fraser, all while bringing up their adorable toddler, Harry, isn’t easy. As a former librarian, Heather is worried that she’ll never fully fit into life on Fraser Farm. And after the death of her beloved mum five years ago, Heather feels lost, as well as guilty for holding back accepting Rory’s marriage proposal because she can’t imagine her wedding without her mother.

So when ex-boyfriend, Stewart, appears in the village of Glendale, it’s a shock to the system. The man who broke her heart years ago now has big plans for the neighbouring farm and wants Heather to be part of the development. Knowing that she’s living a very different life to the one they had planned at university leaves Heather wondering if she has made the right choices since she and Stewart broke up. Especially when things start to go very wrong on the farm …

This Christmas, Heather will need to face her fears and let go of the past or risk losing everything. She will need love, faith, and a whole lot of hope!

Return to the beautiful Highlands village of Glendale with the latest book in the bestselling Glendale series – the perfect cosy, uplifting, romantic read for fans of Heidi Swain, Milly Johnson and Holly Martin.

Due for release on 2nd September 2020, keep reading to find the pre-order links.

About the Author

Victoria Walters has always been a bookworm and loved making up stories whilst growing up in Surrey. After studying a BA degree in Sociology at Warwick university, she worked in human resources before deciding to pursue writing more seriously. She now works part-time as a bookseller and loves recommending books.

Victoria is slightly too fond of cake and shopping, and might be the only writer who hates coffee. She has a kitten called Harry (named after Potter, not Styles) and posts too many pictures of him on Twitter.
Dancing in the Fire, her New Adult romance, was the winner of a short story competition run by Simon and Schuster and is available as an eBook exclusive now.

If you haven’t read the other books in the series, you can grab them now and enjoy them over summer whilst awaiting the release of this Christmas instalment. Now it’s time to share the wonderful new cover with you!!

Available to pre-order below

Amazon https://amzn.to/2Y6P1dt

Apple https://apple.co/3emKwBn

Kobo https://bit.ly/37AMc7D

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#CoverReveal This morning I am so happy to help reveal the cover for the upcoming release by Emily Harvale – Summer at My Sisters #backablogger #summeratmysisters @rararesources @emilyharvale

This morning I’m very excited to be sharing the cover for the upcoming release by Emily Harvale.

I love reading Emily’s books and am very excited to meet some new characters in Summer at My Sister’s

Hopefully you will be as excited as me and also keen to hit the pre-order link after reading the blurb and seeing the wonderful cover!

Book Blurb

Twin sisters. One scorching summer. A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much. They aren’t identical twins. Perhaps the only things they have in common are agreeing their mother can be a nightmare – and their birthdays. This summer they’ll be thirty-five.

Diana has the perfect husband, two talented youngsters, and an adorable dog. She runs a successful business from home, a popular book club, and hosts sparkling parties for her wealthy husband. She always looks as if she’s stepped from the cover of a magazine. Her immaculate second home by the sea, for idyllic summers with her perfect family, was actually featured in one.

Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends, and always looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge. She loves Diana, deeply, but each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.

But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she hiding something too? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance. And it all begins with a phone call from their mother.

Publication Date: 31st July

Keep reading to see the wonderful new cover and pre order link

About the Author

Emily writes novels, novellas and short stories about friendship, family and falling in love. She loves a happy ending but knows that life doesn’t always go to plan. Her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.

Emily loves to connect with her readers and has a readers’ group in which many have become good friends. To catch up with Emily, find out about the group, or connect with her on social media, go to her website at http://www.emilyharvale.com.

Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now writes full-time. She’s a member of the SoA, an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. When not writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both. Emily has two mischievous rescue cats that like to sprawl across her keyboard, regardless of whether Emily is typing on it, or not.

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Now it’s time for the best bit, Emily always has wonderful bright vibrant book covers and I’m excited to show you the wonderful colours for Summer at My Sister’s

Available to pre order here

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and keep an eye out for my review coming soon as part of the blog tour!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

On this sunny Sunday, I am sharing my review for The Little Teashop in Toyko by Julie Caplin

My Review

The Little Teashop in Tokyo is the perfect read if you are looking to loose yourself, this is pure escapism and I loved my trip to Toyko whilst reading this book. It oozed Japanese culture and traditions and took us on a tour of landmarks and let us relish in what their culture means to them. The descriptions were vivid and portrayed a love of Japan and gave great insight into the food and culture.

The characters were delightful and I loved getting to know them. Fiona was a complex character who was finding her feet after having her confidence shattered; making her bucket list trip and determined to take in as much culture and immerse herself in Japan both as a tourist and as a resident. Whereas Gabe was showing Fiona round Japan as a favour and had forgotten the beauty of the country where he had been submerged in his every day life and his previous on/off relationship.

I absolutely loved this book, Japan as a country is somewhere I would love to visit and reading about the amazing sights and traditions just made me want to visit even more. I would love to see the gorgeous cherry blossom and know my daughter would love the digital art museum. This book is escapism at its best, I was transported to Tokyo and felt like I was sitting in the teashop soaking up the culture and enjoying the amazing views from Mount Fiji.

A superb story, with a wonderful balance of characters that makes your heart break and soar as you lose yourself between the pages.

Book Blurb

Grab your passport and escape to a land of dazzling skycrapers, steaming bowls of comforting noodles, and a page-turning love story that will make you swoon!

For travel blogger Fiona, Japan has always been top of her bucket list so when she wins an all-expenses paid trip, it looks like her dreams are coming true.

Until she arrives in vibrant, bustling Tokyo and comes face-to-face with the man who broke her heart ten years ago, gorgeous photographer Gabe.

Fiona can’t help but remember the heartache of their last meeting but amidst the temples and clouds of soft pink cherry blossoms, can Fiona and Gabe start to see life – and each other – differently?

Available to purchase on Amazon UK / US

About the Author

Jules Wake announced at the age of ten that she planned to be a writer. Along the way she was diverted by the glamorous world of PR and worked on many luxury brands, taking journalists on press trips to awful places like Turin, Milan, Geneva, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam and occasionally losing the odd member of the press in an airport. This proved fabulous training for writing novels as it provided her with the opportunity to eat amazing food, drink free alcohol, hone her writing skills on press releases and to research European cities for her books. 

She writes best-selling warm-hearted contemporary fiction for HarperImpulse.

Under her pen name, Julie Caplin, her thirteenth novel, The Little Teashop in Tokyo will be published in ebook and paperback this June.

Social Media Links

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/JulieCaplinAuthor 

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to read this wonderful book, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction

Pop over to my blog today to check out my review of the wonderful The Summer We Ran Away by Jenny Oliver

The perfect book for spending the afternoon sitting in the sunshine reading. I loved this book and will really miss the eager to please Julia and the fiesty Amber as they were such great characters.

When I picked this up I expected to enjoy it as I love reading Jenny Oliver’s books but once I had started it just captured my imagination and I didn’t want to put it down. It transported me to France and took me on the summer holiday we can currently only dream of. I love a nice trip to France and this book just oozed French bakeries and fragrant expresso.

During this story I was taken in many directions with different outcomes down each path, whilst managing to encompass many every day family scenarios all within the one story. I laughed out loud whilst reading this book and wanted a cushion to hide behind as Julia realises everyone has seen her whats app message. A book that will make you feel the emotions as you read them, about the importance of being true to yourself and not trying to please others all the time. An unforgettable adventure that leads to new relationships and the hope that some old ones can be revived.

A brilliant book that I can’t wait to recommend as it kept me hooked right until the very last page.

Book Blurb

It was meant to be the party of the summer…

In Cedar Road, everyone is preparing for Lexi’s ‘White Hot’ summer party. For one night, parking squabbles and petitions are put aside as neighbours sip Prosecco under the fairy lights and gather by the hot tub to marvel at Lexi’s effortlessly glamorous life with Hot Hamish.

For Julia, it’s a chance to coax husband Charlie out of his potting shed and into a shirt so they can have a welcome break from the hellish house renovation they’ve been wrestling with. And it’s a chance for Julia to pretend – just for a night – that her life is as perfect as Lexi’s.

But when, during the party, one of Julia’s WhatsApp messages falls into the wrong hands and reveals her most intimate thoughts, things reach boiling point…
    
And when all the neighbours know exactly what you’re thinking, there’s only one thing to do.

Run away.

It’s going to be a summer Julia will never forget…

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Jenny Oliver is a bestselling author of contemporary fiction. She has been an elf in the Disney Store, a personal trainer, journalist, editor and, by far the best, a writer. Twice nominated for the RNA Best Contemporary Novel award, Jenny’s books explore the ups and downs of relationships and an unwavering belief in happily ever after. In her spare time, she can be found cajoling her family out to car boot sales, trying to reign in her competitiveness on the netball court and subtly eavesdropping on strangers’ conversations as inspiration for her next book.

Follow her on Twitter @JenOliverBooks, Instagram @JenOliverBooks, and Facebook @JennyOliverBooks.

Many thanks to HQ Stories for the opportunity to join the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction, Debut Book

Today I am sharing my review for debut novel Keeping Mum by James Gould-Bourn

My Review

A heart warming debut novel about Danny and his son Will and how they are trying to keep their heads above water following the tragic loss of wife/mother Liz and the aftermath of Will’s recovery.

As you get to know Danny, you realise he is doing all he can to keep a roof over their heads whilst grieving the loss of his wife and trying to contend with Will who has been mute since the accident. Danny is fast approaching rock bottom and is running out of ideas to make enough money to pay the rent and put food on the table.

After losing his job Danny becomes desperate to find a new job and this journey takes him to a whole other world, where he meets new people and eventually learns to start moving on. During this journey he accidentally unlocks the key to getting Will to speak but then he faces new challenges as Will doesn’t realise that he has confided in his Dad.

A story of hope, that will lift your spirits as you keep reading and leave your heart soaring with happiness for them as you reach the end. I really enjoyed this book and found that the more I read the more I was routing for Danny, Will and their unlikely collection of friends.

Book Blurb

Danny Malooley’s life is falling apart.

He’s a single parent with an eleven-year-old son, Will, who hasn’t spoken since the death of his mother in a car crash fourteen months ago. He’s being pursued by a dodgy landlord for unpaid rent and he’s just lost his job. Struggling to find work, and desperate for money, Danny decides to do what anyone in his position would do.

He becomes a dancing panda.

After seeing street performers in his local park raking it in, he spends his last fiver on a costume… but the humiliation is worth it when Will finally speaks to him for the first time since his mother’s death. The problem is Will doesn’t know that the panda is in fact his father, and Danny doesn’t want to reveal his true identity in case Will stops talking again.

But Danny can’t keep up the ruse forever…

Available to purchase here

About the Author

James Gould-Bourn was born and raised in Manchester.

He is an award-winning screenwriter, and has previously worked for various landmine-clearance NGOs in Africa and the Middle East. 

Keeping Mum is his first novel

Many thanks to Alainna at Orion for the opportunity to join the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!