Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am really excited to be sharing my review for The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly as part of her 20th book release celebrations!

Today I am sharing my review for The Family Gift, I love to read Cathy Kelly books and have read them all over the years so I jumped at the chance to read this for the blog tour.

The Family Gift is the story of Freya and her family, set in Ireland just outside Dublin. Freya is a parent we can all connect with on some level, juggling to keep all the balls in the air with 3 kids and her own career. During this story you get to know Freya and her alter ego Mildred and you gain in insight into the grief she is experiencing due to a series of events that have taken place over the last 12 months.

A wonderful reminder of how fragile life is and how when you scratch below the shiny surface that life isn’t always as it appears on social media and how everyone chooses to tackle their grief in different ways. In a world where mental health is now being recognised and peoples views and opinions are slowly starting to shift to not shaming people. This books is a powerful reminder to the damage social media can cause to everyone regardless of their age and how people still feel they are weak or an inconvenience when they need to reach out for help.

 

Book Blurb

Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.

But that’s on the outside.

On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.

And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.

But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.

Can Freya put her family – and herself – back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly’s warmest, wisest and funniest book yet…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.

She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.

Find out more at http://www.cathykelly.com or follow her on Twitter @cathykellybooks

 

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Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the invite to take part, please remember to like and share to spread the book love for The Family Gift

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

#Review Today I am super excited to be helping kick off the blog tour for Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @rararesources @KatieGAuthor

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Today I am delighted to be helping kick off the blog tour for Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage, I have been eagerly awaiting this book and what a little gem it was.

Esme thinks she has life under control and everything heading in the right direction until the rug is pulled from under her feet. After a horrendously bad day Esme is forced to reassess her life decisions and moves back home to her parents in Sandchester.

I absolutely loved this book, it is a story full of hope, determination and at times desperation. Esme’s antics will make you laugh throughout and leave you craving home baked chocolate cake. The descriptions are vivid and allow you to visualise her in the cosy kitchen in Mistletoe Cottage. Esme is a superb character brimming with personality who I would love to have as a friend, especially with her wonderful cooking skills. She is the friend everyone needs in their lives and her Mum is a full force of nature that will make you giggle.

A book full of love and laughter that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, leaving you feeling you have a lost a friend in Esme when you reach the end. I devoured this book and whilst reading it looked forward to picking it up to keep reading, even forsaking chasing Daisy to get ready for school as I was so keen to keep reading.

Book Blurb

On a grey, London day, Esme’s world crumbles around her when she loses her glitzy job on a top TV programme, her gorgeous, city-slicker boyfriend and her stunning apartment, all in one fell swoop just before Christmas.

Esme is forced suddenly to move back to her sleepy hometown of Sandchester, and despite the snow blanketing the roof and the fairy lights that twinkle in her rustic little cottage, everything is looking bleak. That is until she reconnects with an old crush and finds herself unexpectedly getting swept away.

But Joe, handsome and charming as he is, is not all he seems. Esme soon realises that he has a tragic past which he just might not be able to overcome…

Surrounded by her loving, if harebrained, family and with the support of her hilarious friends, Esme is determined to have a go at forging her own path, even if it all comes to nothing. But one question still lingers in her mind: will she find someone to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

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Available to purchase on the links below:

Amazon UK Kindle: https://amzn.to/2NL7fhq

Amazon UK Paperback: https://amzn.to/2Y51uPP

Kobo: https://bit.ly/2LP8Ujm

Amazon US Kindle: https://amzn.to/2XHxFR1

About the Author

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KATIE GINGER lives in the South East of England, by the sea, and apart from holidays to very hot places where you can sit by a pool and drink cocktails as big your head, she wouldn’t really want to be anywhere else. Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage is her third novel. She is also author of the Seafront series – The Little Theatre on the Seafront, shortlisted for the Katie Fforde Debut Novel of the Year award, and Summer Season on the Seafront.

When she’s not writing, Katie spends her time drinking gin, or with her husband, trying to keep alive her two children: Ellie, who believes everything in life should be performed like a musical number from a West End show; and Sam, who is basically a monkey with a boy’s face. 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

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to take part and read this fabulous book, please remember to like and share and grab yourself a copy of this festive read!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult

#Review Happy Publication day to Lana Melyan! Today I am sharing my review for Legacy (The Weight of Magic Book Two) #PublicationDay #BackaBlogger #TBConFB @lanamelyan

Legacy picks up straight from the end of the first book where Nicky is left reeling following the death of her parents and with many unanswered questions. I was left hooked after the first instalment and keen to read this book which I devoured in a short sitting.

The book is now really picking up the pace as it is unfolding and during this short story you learn more about the families history and how this links to the chain of events that are currently taking place and the dangers that they are facing.

A brilliant second instalment that I flew through eager to see where to story was headed and I am looking forward to continuing to read this series.

 

Book Blurb

I’m a witch now.

I have my powers, but the price I paid was too high.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the responsibility dropped on my shoulders by Callahan magic is too heavy to carry alone.

The only one who can help me is Nathan.
But can I trust him?

 

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Available to purchase here on kindle

Many thanks to the TBC Reviewer Group for the opportunity to read and review this series so far and don’t forget to check out my earlier blog post for the first book in The Weight of Magic series

 

 

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

#Review Today is my turn on the blog tour for A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton #ARationBookChildhood #BlogTour #BackaBlogger #HistoricalFiction @rararesources @JeanFullerton_

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Today I am takin part in the blog tour for A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton.

I absolutely loved this book it is historical fiction at its best a brilliant story following the Brogan family in the heart of London during World War II. A great demonstration of how families pulled together and looked out for one another during this tough time. A story reflective of how families used to look after their own and no matter how bad their circumstances they found a way to move forward and look on the brightside.

Queenie was a superb character that made me smile, she was full of the Irish charm that just jumped off of the page as you were reading. A book that gave an insight to a close knit family during the destruction of war and how blood is always thicker than water.

 

Book Blurb

In the darkest days of the Blitz, family is more important than ever.

With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. The Blitz has hit the Brogans hard, and rationing is more challenging than ever, but they are doing all they can to help the war effort.

When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town, sick and in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens not only Ida’s marriage, but the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida let go of the past and see a way to forgive her friend? And can she overcome her sadness to find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon UK / US

 

About the Author

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Jean Fullerton is the author of twelve novels all set in East London where she was born. She also a retired district nurse and university lecturer.  She won the Harry Bowling prise in 2006 and after initially signing for two East London historical series with Orion she moved to Corvus, part of Atlantic Publishing and is half way through her WW2 East London series featuring the Brogan family.

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://jeanfullerton.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Fullerton-202631736433230/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter:  @JeanFullerton_

 

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to take part in the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help share the book love! 

Posted in Blog Tour, Non Fiction, Younger Readers Age 9-12

#Review Today we are really excited to be joining the blog blitz for Creative Writing Skills by Lexi Rees #CreativeWritingSkills #BackaBlogger #BlogBlitz @rararesources @lexi_rees

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Today I am teaming up with Daisy and we are joining the blog blitz to share our review for Creative Writing Skills by Lexi Rees.

I love the brightly coloured book cover and have had great fun completing some of the activities alongside Daisy, I found the tasks fun and interactive and we have completed different exercises and shared ideas with each other. The book has great images throughout to help make it fun for younger children whilst the exercises are also relevant for the older age range that this booked is aimed at. It is a really visual book with clear fonts and fab chapter banners, I also liked the space left for the activities to be completed to allow us to really get stuck in.

 

Daisy’s Review

 

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Last year I read Eternal Seas by this author and was really happy to help with looking at this book as I love to write stories. The book cover is really creative and cool, I found the book really interesting and it is easy to read with good illustrations.

My favourite sections were Character Profiles and Story Sparks. If you want to write a story you need a main character and this helped me create a character who can take the lead in my story, I enjoyed thinking about the likes, dislike and hobbies the characters might have.  The activities also helped my creative thinking, exploring ideas for different stories on paper.

I am looking forward to using this book when I write stories as it is full of great tips. I have found it really helpful, I particularly liked where we could write a story about my teacher being an alien, this helps you think more creatively whilst being fun.

A good author for both creating stories to read and sharing ideas to help her readers write their own stories.

Overall Thoughts

I think it is safe to say that both myself and Daisy have loved reading this book and working through some of the activities, we will definitely be keeping this one on the bookshelf so that we can work through the remaining activities and use it for inspiration and story building in the future.

 

Book Blurb

Discover the secrets to becoming an amazing author

  • Find your creative spark
  • Grow your skills and confidence
  • Have more fun with your writing

Packed with top tips, this awesome workbook has everything you need to know about creating colourful characters, perfect plots, dynamite dialogue, and lots more …

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon UK / US

 

About the Author

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Lexi Rees writes action packed adventures for children. As well as the Creative Writing Skills workbook, the first book in The Relic Hunters Series, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids and is currently longlisted for a Chanticleer award. The sequel, Wild Sky, will be published in November.

When not writing, she’s usually covered in straw or glitter, and frequently both.

She also runs a free club for kids designed to encourage a love of reading and writing which you can check out here https://lexirees.co.uk/kidsclub/

 

Social Media Links

Website https://lexirees.co.uk/

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

Twitter https://twitter.com/lexi_rees

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lexi.rees/

 

Win 2 copies of Creative Writing Skills 

Choice of paperback or pdf for UK winners and pdf for international winners.

https://kingsumo.com/g/gw6isv/creative-writing-skills-workbook

 

Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite for Daisy and myself to take part in the blog tour, please remember to like and share! 

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

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the lovely festive read Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley #FourChristmasesandaSecret #FestiveRead #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @rararesources @zarastoneley

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Today I am taking really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Four Christmases and a Secret by Zara Stoneley.

OMG I absolutely loved this! Daisy is a character that I loved from the off, her rivalry and friendship with Ollie that has spurned since childhood and is reignited every Christmas as their parents compete over their achievements. Whilst Uncle T is the slightly eccentric Uncle everyone needs in their lives a beacon of light guiding the way and keeping everyone anchored together, with his annual Christmas eve parties.

This book is brimming with fantastic characters that you would love to attend a Christmas eve party with as they all bring a little something different to the lovely little bookshop each year. Daisy’s dog Stanley reminds me of my own dog, always on the hunt for food and cuddles.

I love Zara Stoneley’s books and I was really excited to hear that she had another book due for release before Christmas. Four Christmases and a Secret has just become my new favourite, it was a lovely story that draws you in and the last 40% flew by as I just had to keep reading as was loving how the story was unfolding. This was a book that I finished and then felt disappointed that I had read it so quickly as I had loved the characters so much. I love a festive read and this is a fab one to add to your pile to help you get in the Christmas spirit.

 

Book Blurb

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Except for Daisy Christmas means another of Uncle T’s dreaded Christmas parties, complete with Christmas jumper and flashing antlers.  And Oliver Cartwright.  Gorgeous Oliver Cartwright. Who she hates.

Every year Daisy has to face insufferable Ollie and hear all about how BRILLIANT he is.  Whereas Daisy has no job, no man and no idea how to fix things.

This Christmas however Daisy is determined things will be different.  There will be no snogging Ollie under the mistletoe like when they were teenagers.  No, this year she’ll show Ollie that she’s a Responsible Adult too.

But as the champagne corks pop, and the tinsel sparkles, Uncle T has news of his own to share…and it could change Daisy’s life forever…

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Available to purchase on Amazon UK/US

 

About the Author

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of ‘The Wedding Date’.

She lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Born in a small village in the UK, Zara wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. She now writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley

Instagram: zarastoneley

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/zara-stoneley?follow=true

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B007WK307G

 

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to take part in the blog tour, please like and share to help spread the love for this brilliant book!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Happy Publication Day for I Wanted You to Know by Laura Pearson #backablogger #IWantedYoutoKnow #netgalley @laurapauthor @AgoraBooksLDN

OMG I don’t even know where to start this book is heartbreaking and one of my favourite reads of the year, I am not even sure I can do it justice in a review as I loved it that much!

As soon as I picked this book up I knew I was in for the long haul and I read it in under a day over two sittings. I love a book that gives you all of the feels and this book gave me a barrage of emotions throughout. I shed my first tear around 50% and at 80% had to break a box of tissues out.

This book is so heartfelt I could literally feel the words jumping off the page and was so absorbed and emotionally invested in the wonderful Jess & Edie from beginning to end that even now looking back I can feel the emotional punch of this story and the lovely characters that Laura created.

Massive praise to Laura Pearson on this amazing book and all of the feels it bought with it. This is one of those rare books where 5* just isn’t enough!

 

Book Blurb

Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.

Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her.

Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.

 

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