Today I am sharing my review for the brilliant Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan

I jumped at the chance to read Time Will Tell by Eva Jordan the third and final instalment for the TBC reviewer group when I had the opportunity as I have loved the previous books in this series.

In this story the family are still reeling from the loss of a pivotal family member the previous Christmas and the events that had taken place in the lead up. I found this a cleverly crafted book that reminded me of key moments from the previous books whilst telling a new and different story by looping back to the 1960’s and Lizzie’s early childhood. As the book picks up pace events that have taken place in the 1960’s start to bear relevance in present day and buried secrets start to come to light.

I loved this book and couldn’t put it down for the final 40%, I was absolutely hooked by the way it built the story up and pulled the past and present together.

A truly superb book with some emotional and poignant moments throughout. It was lovely to learn more about Lizzie’s beloved Dad and her childhood and felt this book pulled the trilogy to a close perfectly.

Book Blurb

Writer, Lizzie Lemalf, and her loving but somewhat dysfunctional family are still grieving over the loss of a much-loved family member. Lizzie is doing her best to keep her family together but why does the recent death of a well-known celebrity have them all in a spin? The police suspect foul play; Lizzie and other family members suspect one another. Lizzie begins searching for answers only to find herself being dragged back to the past, to 1960’s London to be exact, and to the former life of her father, that up until now she has never been privy to. Every family has its secrets but how can the past hold the key to a present day celebrity death? They say the past comes back to haunt you. Surely the truth will out? Maybe, but only time will tell…

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon

About the Author

Eva Jordan was born in Kent but has lived most of her life in a small Cambridgeshire town. She describes herself as a lover of words, books, travel and chocolate, and is also partial to the odd glass or two of wine. Eva is both a mum and step mum to four adult children, all of whom have, at times, inspired her writing and her family based novels. Her career has been varied including working for the library service and at a women’s refuge. A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Eva also writes a monthly column for a local magazine and says storytelling through the art of writing is her passion. 183 Times A Year is Eva’s debut novel, followed by All The Colours In Between, and Time Will Tell.

I am really excited to share my review for Something to Live For by Richard Roper which I read at the beginning of the year @richardroper @orionbooks #netgalley

I love finding new authors and Something to Live For is a heartwarming and thought provoking book that will take you on a journey with Andrew.

Andrew lives an insular life and mainly interacts with his friends online who he has found through his love of trains. Throughout this book you are trying to piece together why Andrew has created a fictional family and gone to such lengths to maintain the pretence.

Andrew works for the council in a role that I had never even stop to consider and whilst reading this book it made me reflect on people who live alone and hoping that someone kind hearted like Andrew does exist for ensuring they receive the send off they deserve.

Andrew is a really complex character and I really enjoyed this brilliant and memorable book, it is heartwarming whilst heartbreaking and it makes you reflect and fall in love with Andrew.

Book Blurb

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

Andrew works with death for a living. Searching for people’s next of kin and attending the funerals if they don’t have anyone, he’s desperate to avoid the same fate for himself. Which is fine, because he has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and the little white lie he once told is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

Available to pre order on Amazon

Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard #hardpushed #leahhazard #midwife #NHS @hazard_leah

OMG what a superb and memorable book, I requested this on Netgalley as I loved This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay and after reading Hard Pushed it leaves you in no doubt just how hard the Midwife’s in hospitals work and the pressure that sits firmly on their shoulders when bringing new lives into the world.

I loved the honesty and compassion in this book, being a Midwife is a massively important role and those of us who have had children will know the true magnitude they play when you are in labour and how they work tirelessly to ensure the safe arrival of your baby with as little intervention and dramatics as possible.

I loved this book and will be recommending it to everyone as it left me in absolute awe of the brilliant work Midwife’s do and how Leah even when pushed to her upmost limits is still 100% dedicated to providing the best care and experience she possibly can for all mothers.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Leah and for continuing to help bring new lives into the world.

Book Blurb

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife. 

Life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of utter vulnerability to remarkable displays of strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, midwife Leah Hazard has seen it all.

Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Star, birthing in a room heady with essential oils and love until an enemy intrudes and Pei Hsuan, who has carried her tale of exploitation and endurance thousands of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah’s ward.

 

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Available to pre order on Amazon

 

About the Author

Leah Hazard is a serving NHS midwife in Scotland. Having studied at Harvard, she left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women’s health after the birth of her first daughter in 2003. She soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across the country. The birth of Leah’s second daughter in 2006 prompted Leah to make the leap into midwifery. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, including antenatal clinics, triage units and labour wards.

Easy guide to illustration apps for kids

Some brilliant tips here and really interesting if you have a budding young artist, I’ll definitely be sharing this with Daisy as she loves to sketch

Thanks to @lexi_rees and Charlotte for sharing today!

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Sometimes you meet people whose talent just blows your mind! So today I have the very great pleasure of introducing Charlotte who is going to share her illustration app tips. She’s already planning a career in art and I see a bright future for her.

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She entered my illustration competition, and not only were her drawings amazing, but she was the only computer based entry which really caught my attention. I asked her, via her Dad, if she would mind sharing her knowledge on computer based illustration to help other youngsters try it out. I’m delighted too share this blog from her, and being a super cool tech-savvy kid, she’s made us a YouTube video too!

So over to Charlotte …

Hi, I’m Charlotte and I am 11 years old. I love to draw; it’s one of the things that I like to do most in my free time and…

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Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello by Daisy James

I love Daisy James and jumped at the chance to read her latest release as her books have such a heartwarming nature to them and never fail to cheer me up.

As soon as Izzie was set up with the trip to Italy to help plan the wedding shoot, I just knew I was going to love it. This book was set in the beautiful run down Limoncello Villa amongst the stunning backdrop of Tuscany and the time planning the wedding provides the opportunity for Izzie to deal with some feelings that she has continued to keep buried.

A wonderful light hearted read full of Italian charm and lovely locals who are on a mission to ensure that everything goes to plan with the wedding. A highly recommended light read, perfect for a sunny day that will make you laugh and want to keep turning the pages.

 

Book Blurb

Escape to Villa Limoncello… where dreams come true in unexpected ways. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Kat French

When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs.

But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzie and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian get away turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.

Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…

 

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Available to pre order on Amazon

 

About the Author

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 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 pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

Daisy would love to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter @daisyjamesbooks or on Instagram @booksdaisyjames.

 

If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

If Only I Could Tell You is a beautiful story delivered through the voices of Audrey, Lily and Jess.

This story takes you on a heartbreaking journey of loss and anger that creates an uncrossable family rift, until Audrey finds out she has terminal cancer. This presents a final chance to heal the rift that has deepened over time and help her family find it’s way back to a happier place.

Throughout this book you are taken on a rollercoaster of emotions and the narrative makes you feel every word like it’s being written about people you know. Once I had started this book the world around me faded away and this brilliant book and it’s amazing characters captured me and took me on their journey.

A superb book that pulls on your heartstrings and leaves you grieving for everything the family have experienced.

 

Book Blurb

Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Hannah Beckerman is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She is a regular contributor to The Observer, The FT Weekend Magazine, and The Sunday Express, and was the book critic on Sara Cox’s Radio 2 Show. She chairs literary events around the UK and has been a judge on numerous book prizes including the Costa Book Awards.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Hannah was a TV Executive who spent fifteen years producing and commissioning documentaries about the Arts, History and Science for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery USA before turning her hand to writing.

Hannah lives in London with her husband and their daughter.

Today I am sharing my review for Louis & Louise by Julie Cohen

A cleverly crafted story about a baby born in 1978 and how when you enter and leave the world your gender isn’t important but how your defined by everything in the middle.

Throughout this book you follow Louis / Louise from birth through childhood into adulthood. There are many similarities growing up the same friends and family but different decisions and paths forged by a chain reaction of events as they near adulthood.

When they are both called on to return to their hometown when their Mother becomes poorly, they both have the opportunity to reflect on events that happened prior to them leaving and the impact this has had.

A book that I struggled to put down as after reading Louis’ perspective , I wanted to keeping turning the pages to read Louise’s, as you were never quite sure where the story was going to take you.

It was a unique way to write the story, that I really enjoyed, it’s like reading a mirror image with some events being set in stone and others varying between Louis and Louise. A very memorable story that really makes you think of how times have changed for men and women and how society continues to evolve.

 

Book Blurb

If you could look at one life in two different ways, what would you see?

Louis and Louise are separated by a single moment in time, a strike of chance that decided their future. The day they were born is when their story began.

In one, Louis David Alder is born a male.
In the other, Louise Dawn Alder is born a female.

Louis and Louise are the same in many ways – they have the same best friends, the same parents, the same dream of being a writer and leaving their hometown in Maine as soon as they can. But because of their gender, everything looks different. Certain things will happen in their lives to shape them, hurt them, build them back up again. But what will bring them back home?

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Julie Cohen grew up in the western mountains of Maine. Her house was just up the hill from the library and she spent many hours walking back and forth, her nose in a book. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Cambridge University and is a popular speaker and teacher of creative writing, including classes for The Guardian and Literature Wales. Her books have been translated into fifteen languages and have sold nearly a million copies; DEAR THING was a Richard and Judy Book Club pick. Julie lives in Berkshire with her husband, son and a terrier of dubious origin.

You can find Julie on Twitter: @julie_cohen or you can visit her website: http://www.julie-cohen.com.

The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

What is not to love about this book, it emphasises the magic and emotional impact of music and how you can pick yourself up from your darkest moments and start again.

Grace Atherton is in a long term relationship with an emotionally unavailable man and is happy to let her life revolve around him and his other commitments, her other great love is her musical instruments that she lovingly restores but does not have the confidence to play in front of anyone any longer.

This book is a brilliant story of self discovery, how when you think that life has nothing else left to offer you that there is always a reason to pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and start again. A story that oozes compassion, the emotional impact of music and how you can find the inner strength and self belief to be happy again.

I read this emotional story over a few days and absolutely fell in love with Grace and her wonderful friends Mr Williams and Nadia. The descriptions were amazing and it left you feeling the journey of each musical instrument and the pieces of music that they were playing. This was my first read by Antsey Harris but certainly won’t be my last as it was such a beautiful story.

 

Book Blurb

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is the story of a woman who has her heart broken, but then puts it back together again in the most uplifting and exquisite way.

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Anstey Harris is based by the seaside in south-east England where she lives with her violinmaker husband and two dogs. She teaches creative writing in the community, local schools, and as an associate lecturer for Christchurch University in Canterbury.

Anstey writes about the things that make people tick, the things that bind us and the things that can rip us apart. In 2015, she won the H G Wells Short Story Prize for her story, Ruby. In novels, Anstey tries to celebrate uplifting ideas and prove that life is good and that happiness is available to everyone once we work out where to look (usually inside ourselves). Her short stories tend not to end quite so well…

Things that interest Anstey include her children and granddaughter, green issues and conservation, adoption and adoption reunion (she is an adopted child, born in an unmarried mothers’ home in Liverpool in 1965), stepfamilies, dogs, and food. Always food. She would love to be on Masterchef but would never recover from the humiliation if she got sent home in the first round.

 

Today I am sharing my review for It Started with a Note by Victoria Cooke #blogblitz #lovethesmellofabook @victoriacooke10 hosted by @rararesources

I love reading authors I haven’t read before and jumped at the chance to take part in this blog blitz when asked by Rachel’s Random Resources.

A story of adventure and self discovery, where Cath puts herself first for once and takes the plunge to go on an adventure of a lifetime in the hope of learning more about her Great Grandfather who was killed in France during World War I.

I loved the historical references in this book, alongside the brilliant friendships that Cath makes during her adventures. I feel like I have visited these places due to the vivid and brilliant descriptions and I was reminded of how I felt when I visited Ypres.

A truly brilliant book filled with friendship, adventure and a touch of romance, I loved reading this book and will definitely be reading more by Victoria Cooke.

Book Blurb

One lost letter. A chance to change her life!
Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty.

So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps.

Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…

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Available to purchase from Amazon UK, Amazon US and Kobo

About the Author

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her 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 her 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 romantic comedy novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

Cooke’s third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

Social Media Links

You can stay up to date with Victoria’s upcoming releases via Goodreads, Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Today I am delighted to be taking part in the cover reveal for A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs #coverreveal #alittlehotelincornwall @paperdollwrites hosted by @rararesources

A Little Hotel in Cornwall Cover Reveal

Today I am excited to be taking part in the cover reveal for A Little Hotel in Cornwall by Laura Briggs which is due for release on 30th April.

Thank you so much to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to be involved.

 

Book Blurb

Struggling American waitress and aspiring novelist Maisie Clark dreams of becoming a full-time writer — even though in real life she’s just lost her chance at an exclusive writer’s mentorship program that would give her novel its big break. Desperate, she decides to take a chance and ask her favourite writer, a celebrated but reclusive English novelist, to help her find a second chance. 

When she receives the author’s reply in an envelope with a Cornish postmark, Maisie decides not to take the writer’s half-hearted ‘no’ for an answer. With nothing to lose, she takes off for the author’s last known location, a beautiful hotel on Cornwall’s western coast. But when the hotel mistakes her for the latest applicant for a maid’s position, Maisie finds herself given an opportunity too good to lose … and a chance for a summer adventure far bigger than she ever imagined.

Surrounded by breathtaking Cornwall and working in an elegant hotel, Maisie’s world becomes one of secret identities, quirky friends, and unintentional mishaps — and despite reminders of past relationship disasters, a certain handsome, charming local resident Sidney Daniels has her conflicted about her heart’s desires, too. 

Will Maisie find the chance she’s been waiting for — and a possible new romance — in her perfect Cornish summer?

Cover Reveal

I love this cover, it is so bright and cheerful and I hope you do as well! I can’t wait to read and share my review on the upcoming Blog Tour as I love Cornwall love the sound of this light hearted read.

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Available to preorder here 

 

About the Author

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Laura Briggs is the author of several chick lit and romance stories, including the Top 100 Amazon UK seller ‘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.

To stay upto date with Laura and upcoming releases you can follow her on Facebook & Twitter