#Review Today I am taking part in the blog tour for The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis-Graves #Blogtour #CompulsiveReaders #BackaBlogger #TheGirlHeUsedToKnow @tgarvisgraves @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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The Girl He Used to Know is a story about the complex Annika and her ex boyfriend Jonathan from 10 years ago.

I took this book on holiday with me and quickly became keen to keep reading and was getting up early to sneak in some reading time whilst everyone else was asleep. I liked how the story switched from 1991 to 2001 so you got to know the characters for who they were and who they have become.

The journey of Annika gave you insight into how she viewed the world and the daily judgement she encountered. It demonstrated how over time she had changed and learnt to fit in with those around her as people still don’t accept everyone as they are.

A brilliant uplifting love story of how the grass isn’t always greener and how if you truly love someone you accept them and don’t try to change them or worry about other people’s views.

This story covers coping mechanisms through counselling enabling Annika to achieve her career ambitions and face her fears despite feeling that she doesn’t always understand the world that she live in. A true love story about conquering fears that as the book drew to a close had me frantically turning the pages.

I really enjoyed this book and feel it is a story that people would benefit from reading and remind people that we should all be loved for who we are.

 

Book Blurb

Annika Rose likes being alone.
She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way. She just can’t read people. She prefers the quiet solitude of books or playing chess to being around others. Apart from Jonathan. She liked being around him, but she hasn’t seen him for ten years. Until now that is. And she’s not sure he’ll want to see her again after what happened all those years ago.

Annika Rose likes being alone.
Except that, actually, she doesn’t like being alone at all.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Tracey Garvis-Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and dog Chloe.

She blogs at http://www.traceygarvisgraves.com, and can also be found on Twitter @tgarvisgraves and Facebook at facebook.com/tgarvisgraves.

 

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Massive thanks to Tracy Fenton at Compulsive Readers for my invite to take part in this blog tour. Please remember to like and share to help share the love for this brilliant book.

#Review Today I am sharing my review for When You Were Mine by Lisa Swift #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @rararesources @LisaSwiftAuthor

When You Were Mine

Today I am sharing my review for When You Were Mine by Lisa Swift, this is my first book from this author and I absolutely loved it.

This book is brimming with fantastic characters that I loved getting to know. Ibby. Maggie and Other Max have been friends since their student days and as the story progresses you get an insight into events that happened during that time that they no longer talk about.

I love the family dynamic between Maggie, Ibby & Amelia, Amelia is a typical teenager mood changes and all from one breath to the next and is thrown a total curve ball when the famous Jordan Nash comes to stay.

I really enjoyed this book and loved reading about how Maggie, Ibby & Jordan’s lives were once intertwined and over the course of this story how they developed both new relationships and re-established old ones.

I read this book over a couple of days and found that once I had hit 50% I flew through the pages as the characters seemed to be jumping out of the book at me and I just had to keep reading to see what would happen next.

If you looking for a lovely light hearted read, I would highly recommend this book.

 

Book Blurb

Life is a love song when you find the right notes

Maggie and Ibby make up a happy – if unconventional – family. After meeting at university, they now live in the village of Applecroft on the beautiful West Country coast.

Okay, so Ibby’s gay and prone to disastrous dates, while couples’ counsellor Maggie spends her days helping people with their relationship problems despite having no sex life of her own. Nevertheless, they’re devoted to bringing up teenage daughter Amelia – the result of a drunken one-night stand when they were students – in a stable and loving family.

Until a face from the past – in the form of hard-partying rock star Jordan Nash – disrupts their quiet lives. As Jordan struggles with his personal demons and old secrets are revealed, can Maggie and Ibby stay strong? Or will bringing back the past threaten all that they’ve built in the present?

 

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Purchase links below:

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Kobo http://bit.ly/2JHTLO6

 

About the Author

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Lisa Swift is a romance author from West Yorkshire in the UK. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at MBA Literary Agents. Her first book is due to be published by Hera Books in August 2019.

As Mary Jayne Baker, Lisa also writes romantic comedies for Aria Fiction.

Lisa is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Social Media Links

https://twitter.com/LisaSwiftAuthor

http://www.lisaswiftauthor.co.uk/

Facebook.com/LisaSwiftWrites

 

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, please remember to like and share as everyone loves a recommendation! 

#Reviews Today I am sharing my summer holiday reads from our relaxed week in France #summerholidays #reading #relaxing @annastuartbooks @tgarvisgraves @TammyRobinson76 @EmmaKennedy

 

I love gathering up a pile of paperbacks ready for a holiday as it is the one time of year I don’t tend to use my kindle as I love to read physical books. This year I opted to take a couple of books that had been in my pile a while and a couple of more recent/upcoming releases.

This year our summer holiday was in France just outside Ligueil at the brilliant Camping De La Touche where we all had an amazing time. Whilst Daisy was making the most of the swimming pool, I found a comfy chair and made the most of some relaxed reading time in the sunshine. This year my holiday reading pile consisted of the following:

Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Photos of You by Tammy Robinson

Keep reading for the book blurbs, purchase links and my reviews, a superb selection that were brilliant holiday reading.

 

Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart

Book Blurb

After 50 years together Stan still adores his wife… so why is he dating again?

Bonnie and Stan are soulmates. They met during the Swinging Sixties, to the soundtrack of The Beatles and the Merseybeat scene. Now they’ve grown up and grown old together, had children and grandchildren. They are finally building their dream home, when disaster strikes.

Stan is running out of time, and can’t bear the thought of leaving Bonnie alone. Alongside his teenage granddaughter Greya, he forms a plan to find Bonnie a new love of her life. And she must never find out…

My 5* Review

I decided to take Bonnie and Stan on holiday as it had come highly recommended and wow what a book. This is a story that will make you laugh and cry, it is beautifully written from the first to the last page and I loved it.

Stan absolutely adores Bonnie and this story is written on a dual timeline between when they met over 50 years ago to present day. As the book progresses the timelines begin to merge together as past and present come colliding together and Bonnie & Stan revisit old memories and make new ones.

An exceptional love story that will leave a mark on your heart!

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Available to purchase here

 

 

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy

Book Blurb

Rachel’s relationship with her mother, Eleanor, has always been far from perfect. Eleanor is a renowned artist born from the swinging sixties, and Rachel has forever lived in the shadow of her success.

When Rachel is left by her fiancé on the morning of their wedding she has no choice but to move back into her family home and spend an unbearably hot summer with a mother she feels distant from – in the presence of many painful memories.

It will take another turn of events before Rachel realises that sometimes the past holds exactly the comfort we need. And that behind the words left unsaid are untold stories that have the power to define us.

My 4* Review

I chose to add this to my holiday reading pile after seeing some fantastic reviews and I can see why this book has captured people.

Rachel has her dream wedding ripped from under her feet and stays with her mother Eleanor whilst trying to get back on her feet.

This book will break your heart as the lovely Rachel keeps fighting to overcome obstacles that life is throwing in her path. It is a story about determination to uncover her mother’s past to help her heal and feel whole again.

A brilliant book that will have you reading late into the night as the past and present come together to give Rachel the answers she has been looking for.

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Available to purchase here

 

Photos of You by Tammy Robinson

Book Blurb

When Ava Green turns twenty-eight, she discovers this will be her last birthday. The cancer she thought she’d beaten three years ago is back, only this time it’s terminal: and she’s not going to waste any of the time she has left. There’s one thing she’s been dreaming of since she was a small girl: her wedding. There’s only one problem. She doesn’t have a groom.

Her friends and family rally around her and decide they will help her throw the wedding of her dreams, just without the actual vows. A mammoth organisation begins. As word spreads, people offer help. In an uncertain time, the whole country seizes the story of a woman whose dying dream is simple, and they unite to give her a wedding to remember. But when a photographer called Lucas Gable volunteers to help document the whole event, it becomes painfully clear that it’s never too late to discover the love of your life.

My 5* Review

I absolutely loved the Photos of You, just when you don’t think your heart can break anymore Tammy goes and breaks your heart again with this stunning read.

I find Tammy’s books to be beautifully written and emotionally charged so you know at some point she will reduce you to tears streaming down your face and this book broke my heart.

A stunning story of love and loss and how even on the darkest days you never know what is round the corner.

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Available to purchase here

 

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Book Blurb

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game–and his heart–to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

My 4* Review

Watch this space for my review being published later next week as part of the blog tour. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to share my review!

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Thanks for taking the time to read and please remember to like and share, have a fab day!

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the new release Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle by Sarah Bennet #blogtour #sunshineoverbluebellcastle #BackaBlogger @rararesources @Sarahlou_writes

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Today I am really excited to be part of the blog tour for this lovely light hearted summer read.

I love Sarah Bennett’s books and this was another brilliant book with superb characters that captured me from the start.

Iggy was totally my sort of girl, happy to get stuck in and absolutely in love with her heritage and doing her best to make it successful with her brothers.

This is a story about the importance of family and a deep routed passion behind keeping the beloved family home Bluebell Castle.

A brilliant story that is perfect for hot sunny days whilst your by the beach or enjoying a sneaky few hours in the garden with a book

Book Blurb

The summer she will never forget…

Time’s running out for Iggy Ludworth to restore the wild gardens of Camland Castle in time for the Summer Fete, so she ropes in hotshot gardener Will Talbot…

But she regrets her decision as soon as he sets foot in the historic grounds – not only is Will arrogant and bossy, he’s totally gorgeous!

And very soon, sparks are flying amongst the bluebells. Yet with summer nearly over, will their summer fling convince Will and Iggy to go the distance?

Book 1: Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle
Book 2: Sunshine Over Bluebell Castle
Book 3: Starlight Over Bluebell Castle

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Available to purchase at all the retailers below

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/sunshine-over-bluebell-castle-bluebell-castle-book-2

iBooks – https://books.apple.com/gb/book/sunshine-over-bluebell-castle/id1444226105?mt=11&app=itunes

Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Sarah_Bennett_Sunshine_Over_Bluebell_Castle_Bluebe?id=rSN7DwAAQBAJ

Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunshine-Over-Bluebell-Castle-Book-ebook/dp/B07KQQ9X3Y/

About the Author

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Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove, Lavender Bay and Bluebell Castle trilogies, published by HQ Digital UK.

Social Media Links

Twitter https://twitter.com/Sarahlou_writes

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

Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarah-Bennett/e/B01N6J6ZE1/

Many thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my invite to take part in this fantastic blog tour, please check out the reviews from these other fantastic bloggers as part of this tour

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#Review Today I am sharing my review for the newly released The Ingredients to Happiness by Lucy Knott #Backablogger #TheIngredientstoHappiness @lucycknott

Today I am sharing my review for The Ingredients of Happiness by the lovely Lucy Knott

A superb follow up instalment to visit the lovely Italian sisters Amanda, Sabrina and Louisa as they all embark on following their dreams.

I loved the first book and quickly became keen to keep reading and find out how they had been getting on since we had last spent time with them.

A story about the strong bonds and ties of family, following your dreams and believing in yourself. I laughed out loud and felt the emotions at key parts of this brilliant book. I am so excited to read book 3 and can’t wait for it to be released!

Book Blurb

Three sisters, a stash of family recipes, the chance to make their dreams come true…

Amanda is about to open her very own café. She has the pastry sorted, but hasn’t a clue about the plumbing. With the love of her life by her side, surely nothing else can go wrong?

Sabrina has struck out on her own and is proving to the global music industry she has what it takes. However, balancing the business side of the band with her personal life will end up being more than she bargained for.

Louisa is drawing inspiration from the beautiful Amalfi coast, channelling it into creating gorgeous gowns for modern day Sophia Lorens. But putting herself out there in the fashion industry will present its own challenges, even with the ever-supportive Luca by her side.

With the right mix of perseverance, love and plenty of Italian delicacies, these three sisters are about to discover that when they support each other, the sky really is the limit!

Available to purchase on Amazon

A superb follow up to the How to Bake a New Beginning and I look forward to visiting these lovely sisters again!

#CoverReveal Today I am really excited to share with you the cover for The Christmas Calendar Girls by Samantha Tonge #TheChristmasCalendarGirls @rararesources @samtongewriter

I love a Christmas themed read and am really excited to be able to help reveal this gorgeous cover. However before I get too carried away, here is some details about the book.

Book Blurb

This Christmas fall in love with the town of Chesterwood…
Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going to get the town to create a living advent calendar.

Fern, and her best friends, call for help from the local community to bring this calendar to life. When Kit, the new man in town, offers his assistance Fern’s heart can’t help but skip a beat (or two).

As they grow ever closer, Fern must admit that Kit’s breaking down the barriers she built after the death of her husband. But his past is holding him back and Fern doesn’t know how to reach him. No matter how hard she tries.

In this town, Kit’s not the only one with secrets. Domestic goddess Cara is behaving oddly, burning meals in the oven and clothes whilst ironing, and Davina’s perfect children are causing trouble at school leaving her son, Jasper, desperately unhappy.
Can the Christmas Calendar Girls find a way to bring the community together in time to save the food bank, while still supporting their families and each other? Can Fern find love again with Kit?

This is a story about kindness and letting go of the past. It’s about looking out for your neighbours and about making every day feel like Christmas.

Available to pre-order from the retailers below

Amazon
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iBooks

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About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK with her husband and children. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
She is represented by the Darley Anderson literary agency.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category. In 2018 Forgive Me Not, heralded a new direction into darker women’s fiction with publisher Canelo. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association romantic comedy award.

Social Media Links –
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Are we now ready to see the gorgeous cover for The Christmas Calendar Girls due for publication on 3rd October 2019

Just this cover alone is making me feel festive and I am looking forward to it being released so I read and share my review with you!