Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#BlogTour – Today I am sharing my review for When We Say Goodbye by Michelle Vernal #Backablogger #Review #WhenWeSayGoodbye @rararesources @michellevernal

Today I am excited to be joining the blog tour for When We Say Goodbye, I love trying new authors and this book by Michelle Vernal broke my heart. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

My Review

I found myself emotionally invested early on as you learn the back story that led to Sam being in a coma and how Ellie came to be living with her cousin.

Once I hit 25% I flew through the pages keen to get to know Ellie and the love she shared with Sam and how she is starting to piece her life back together the best she can.

This book packs an emotional punch throughout as is revolves around the love and loss that Ellie has experienced throughout her life. I felt all of the emotions as I read this rollercoaster of a story and watched Ellie work her way through her layers of grief.

A lovely story that touched on emotional subjects, grief, theft, relationships complexities and the importance of living in the moment.

Book Blurb

Can you love when all seems lost? Ellie Perkins life was right on track until her boyfriend Sam suffers a near-fatal car accident, leaving him in a coma and all their future plans in limbo. Desperately in need of something to fix, Ellie has to find a project and when her grandparents old house is put up for sale, she jumps at the chance. Because, like Ellie, the house is broken. And if she can fix the house, then surely, it’s just a matter of time before she and Sam are back on their path to happily-ever-after… In life, when the worst happens how do you pick up the pieces?

A heart-breaking story of love, loss and the path to forgiveness, perfect for fans of Faith Hogan and Amanda Prowse. To be read with tissues.

Purchase Links

Amazon

Amazon US

Kobo

Apple Books

Google Play

About the Author

Michelle Vernal loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband and their two boys in the beautiful and resilient city of Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone, and has recently taken up yoga—a sight to behold indeed. She writes books that she hopes make you feel you are curled up with your best friend having a cosy chat.

Social Media Links

https://www.michellevernalbooks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/michellevernalnovelist/

https://twitter.com/MichelleVernal

Many thanks for reading my review, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am sharing my review for The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page #BackaBlogger #BlogTour #The24HourCafe @tr4cyf3nt0n @libbypagewrites @orionbooks

Today I am really excited to be sharing my review for The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page, I was really excited to hear of this books upcoming release.

My Review


The 24 hour cafe in London sets the scene for this story, it is a safehaven for many people from different walks of life. Where they can visit in the dead of the night and the story is focused around the friendship between Hannah and Mona.

I was intrigued as to how this story would unfold as it is mainly set within 24hr window. As the story unfolds it exposes vulnerabilities and insights into what goes on behind closed doors. I found I had to really focus to ensure that I wasn’t missing anything crucial from anyone who spent time in the cafe.

Throughout this book you could see the cracks that had appeared in the friendship between Mona and Hannah and the impact of how events can fracture and damage a relationship if they are not nurtured. You could feel the tension left behind by poisonous relationships with boyfriends and how breaking points in friendships and relationships can come without warning.

A book that I thoroughly enjoyed, I loved the setting and the flashbacks to past memories to enable the reader to see what had happened for everyone to end up at the point where we meet them within this 24 hour period in their lives.


Book Blurb

Welcome to the café that never sleeps.

Day and night, Stella’s Café opens its doors to the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It’s a place where everyone is always welcome, where life can wait at the door.

Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They love working at Stella’s – the different people they meet, the small kindnesses exchanged. But is it time to step outside and make their own way in life?

Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café, where one day might just be enough to change your life . . .



Available to purchase here

About the Author

Libby Page wrote The Lido while working in marketing and moonlighting as a writer. The Lido has sold in over twenty territories around the world and film rights have been sold to Catalyst Global Media.
Libby lives in London where she enjoys finding pockets of community within the city.


Social Media

Follow Libby on twitter @libbypagewrites




Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the invite to take part in this blog tour. Please remember to like and share and spread the book love!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

#Review Today I am sharing my review as part of the blog tour for The Hopes and Triumphs of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain #Backablogger #BlogTour #AmirSisters @begumnadiya @HQStories

My Review

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Hopes and Triumphs of the Amir Sisters, this is the third book in the series but I read as a stand alone and still loved it.

In this story we are following younger sister Mae as she faces major life changes as she embarks on University but realises during her first year that she has always been the younger sister and doesn’t feel she has her own identity.

I found this a refreshing and informative insight into the turmoil and potential racism that can be experienced. Mae was from a very traditional family which meant she had never had a boyfriend and was used to spending most of her time with her family and had never had a large friendship group which meant Uni was a massive culture shock.

A lovely light hearted read that helps highlight the multiculturalism within society and how Mae learns to adapt and how her parents react to Mae breaking away from tradition.

I loved this book and devoured it in just a few sittings. I missed reading about Mae and her sisters after finishing it and am keen to see if there will be a fourth book as she was really finding her feet and discovering who she was as a person rather than just being the youngest Amir sister.

Book Blurb

Mae has watched as her three older sisters have gone through the process of finding their place in the world and faced the challenges of parenthood head on. Now ready to spread her wings beyond her close-knit family, Mae is ready to take the world by storm.

Mae has watched as her three older sisters have gone through the process of finding their place in the world and faced the challenges of parenthood head on. Now ready to spread her wings beyond her close-knit family, Mae is ready to take the world by storm.

But a series of events will shake the strong self-belief Mae has always had in herself and will leave her questioning where it is she really fits in. The Amir sisters will need to draw on all the love they have for each other, if they are going to navigate the challenges life has to throw at them and help Mae along the path to self-discovery.

Available to purchase here


About the Author

Over 14 million people tuned in to see Nadiya win 2015’s Great British Bake Off. Since then she has captured the heart of the nation. A columnist for The Times and Essentials, Nadiya is also a regular reporter for The One Show and presented a two part series, The Chronicles of Nadiya on BBC One. She is the author Nadiya’s Kitchen (Michael Joseph), Bake me a Story (Hodder) and has been named as one of the top five most influential Asians in the UK.

Over 14 million people tuned in to see Nadiya win 2015’s Great British Bake Off. Since then she has captured the heart of the nation. A columnist for The Times and Essentials, Nadiya is also a regular reporter for The One Show and presented a two part series, The Chronicles of Nadiya on BBC One. She is the author Nadiya’s Kitchen (Michael Joseph), Bake me a Story (Hodder) and has been named as one of the top five most influential Asians in the UK.



Many thanks to Jessica Lee at HQ for the invitation to take read and review this lovely heartwarming book.
Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am joining the blog tour for Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson #MixTapeBook #RandomThingsTours @SandersonJane @annecater @penguinrandom

My Review

Today I am joining the blog tour for the Mix Tape which is a wonderful love story with music intertwined throughout.

Set across two timelines and three destinations this book is a lovely read that once you pick it up you just want to keep reading. Whilst reading this book you visit Adelaide, Edinburgh and Sheffield, the descriptions of the destinations are really visual and make you feel the vibe of each city that you are visiting. The characters are a balance of supportive and controlling with their own character quirks. I personally loved Ali’s extended family in Australia and really connected with the relationship she had with them and how they made her feel.

The story focuses on Alison and Dan who knew each other in their teens and reconnect many years later through the power of social media. They are both passionate about music and communicate through the power of music and sending songs that both carry meaning to each other.

Throughout this book the song choices were superb and as the story progresses they create a new mix tape which conveys their feelings and things they want to say to each other. I absolutely loved this book and found listening to the songs they sent really helped to enforce the story being told.

This is the ultimate story about love, music and perfect timing, the power of music should never be under estimated and this spot lights the memories songs hold even in our subconscious and how the lyrics allow us to say things we can’t always find the words for.

Book Blurb

We all remember the soundtrack to our first love.

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape. But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.

Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past. For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind. And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different
experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…

Full of heartache and promises, joy and disappointment, Mix Tape asks the biggest question of them all: what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

Packed with music – some old, some new – and featuring playlists of songs you’ll want to
discover for yourself

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Jane Sanderson is a writer and journalist. She has worked as a producer for BBC Radio 4, first on the World at One, and then on Woman’s Hour. She lives with her husband and children in rural Herefordshire.

Jane has poured much her own story into this book; from the boyfriend who gifted her a mix tape introducing her to the likes of Van Morrison, to the carefully curated playlist (featured in the book) which includes songs that have helped to shape her life and pay homage to her own youth.

Many thanks to Ann Cater for the invitation to take part in this blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love for this lovely story!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

#Review Today I am joining the birthday celebrations and sharing my review for the Perfect Match by Zoe May #BackaBlogger #BirthdayBlitz @rararesources @zoe_writes

Perfect Match

My Review

Today we are celebrating with a Book Birthday Blitz for Perfect Match by Zoe May.  Perfect Match is a light hearted read that will make you giggle as Sophia goes from one disastrous date to another on the mission for the Perfect Match.

Sophia was a kind hearted character who loved the creature comforts in life and being surrounded by her family and friends. Throughout the course of this book she meets a variety of characters who she wants to be her Perfect Match.

A story based on modern day dating and a great demonstration of how what can work for one person might not work for others. In a world where we spend so much time glued to our phones or on social media this book is a great reflection of how changing your outlook can alter the direction that your heading in and give you new priorities. 

Book Blurb

Can you ever find true love online?Sophia Jones is an expert in all things online dating: the best sites, how to write a decent bio, which questions to ask and the right type of photos to use. The only thing she’s not so great at? Picking the guys…After sitting through yet another dreadful date with a man who isn’t quite what she expected, Sophia is just about ready to give up on the whole dating scene. But her flatmate, Kate, persuades her to give it one more chance, only this time she must create a profile describing her ‘perfect’ man.Yes, he must look like Robert Pattinson and needs to own a multi-million pound business, but there are a couple of other deal breakers, too! So, when a guy comes along who ticks every box, surely there’s got to be a catch?A laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, perfect for fans of Catherine Bennetto and Rosie Blake!

Available to purchase on Amazon UK & Amazon US

 

About the Author

Zoe May lives in southeast London and writes romantic comedies. Zoe has dreamt of being a novelist since she was a teenager. She worked in journalism and copywriting before writing her debut novel, Perfect Match. Having experienced the London dating scene first hand, Zoe could not resist writing a novel about dating, since it seems to supply endless amounts of weird and wonderful material!

Perfect Match was one of Apple’s top-selling books of 2018. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award, with judges describing it as ‘a laugh out loud look at love and self-discovery – fresh and very funny’.

As well as writing, Zoe enjoys walking her dog, painting and, of course, reading! She adores animals and if she’s not taking a photo of a vegan meal, she’s probably tweeting about the dairy industry. She is half Greek and half Irish and can make a mean baklava. Zoe has a thing for horror films, India, swimming, hip hop and Radiohead. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of handbags having spent several years working in fashion copywriting and could probably win Mastermind if this was her specialist subject!

 

Social Media Links 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/zoe_writes

Instagram – https://instagram.com/zoe_writes

Website www.zoemayauthor.co.uk  

Facebook – www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

  

Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part and please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!   

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

#Review Today I am very excited to sharing my review for The Cake Fairies by Isabella May #BlogTour #CakeFairies #BackaBlogger @IsabellaMayBks @rararesources

The Cake Fairies

My Review

Today I am excited to be joining the blog tour for The Cake Fairies by Isabella May. I am a massive fan of Isabella’s foodie books and this one was pure genius. Who can’t help but fall in love with cake fairies!

A light hearted read to cheer you up on the dreariest of days. This book oozes charm as you travel around the UK with the delicious creations of the cake fairies. I loved the contrast in personalities between cousins Polly and Annabelle and how they each bought something entirely different to the story.  They met some wonderful people on their journey who featured throughout their mysterious cake fairy adventures.

The concept behind the book is brilliant, the characters jump off of the page and you can literally taste the wonderful creations as you turn the pages. The cakes featured in this book are stunning and described so well you can literally visualise them as well as taste them whilst reading. I find whenever I read one of Isabella’s books that I then develop a craving for her theme of the book as they always sound so amazing!

A superb book to kick of 2020 with and a memorable read that I will definitely be recommending.

 

Book Blurb

1960’s Somerset is no fun for cousins Polly and Annabelle Williams. Mourning their non-existent love lives, and the mundanity of village life, their only pleasure is baking – until a chance encounter has them magically transported to the bright lights of London… in 2019!

Promised a chance of love, first they must teach the people of the future about the simpler pleasures of life by becoming Cake Fairies. Over the course of a year they set off on a delectable tour of the UK, dropping off cakes in the most unexpected of places and replacing the lure of technology with much sweeter temptations.

But will their philanthropical endeavours lead them to everlasting love? Or will they discover you can’t have your cake and eat it?

 

The Cake Fairies Cover

Available to purchase Amazon UK & Amazon US

 

About the Author

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Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalusia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the mountains and the sea. Having grown up on Glastonbury’s ley lines however, she’s unable to completely shake off her spiritual inner child, and is a Law of Attraction fanatic.

Cake, cocktail, churros, ice cream and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s rules.

The Cake Fairies is her fifth novel.

 

Social Media Links

Website – www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

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

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

 

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part and keep an eye out for other reviews as part of the blog tour over the next few days. Please like and share to help spread the book love for this lovely author! 

 

 

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

#Review Today I am excited to share my review for Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart by Katey Lovell #BlogBlast #MakeDoAndMend @Katey5678 @katyaellis_ @QuercusBooks

My Review

Today I am joining the blog tour for Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart by Katey Lovell, this is a superb story that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy after reading.

A story brimming with love, set locally to me which was an added charm as it made it really easy to visualise the beaches and the weather when walking along the seawall. I loved the mentality of the locals, they were superb characters who formed special bonds with Leanne all in their own way and reminded me of village life when I was younger.

Leanne is a character that displays all of the emotions during this story as she tackles her biggest challenge to date and in entirely different circumstances to those she was expecting when she decided to relocate.

Whilst reading this story I experienced all of the emotions that are wound into the story as Leanne learns to live and move forward, this book made me laugh and cry and I wish I could read it all over again and get to meet these amazing characters afresh.

 

Book Blurb

When you know how, you can make anything from scratch, including a new life after love…
When Leanne and Richard bought a dilapidated old seaside cottage to renovate together as their forever home, their future was full of hope and promise.

But heartbreak was just around the corner: fast forward a few months and Richard is gone. With his death, Leanne finds herself stony broke, faced with an uninhabitable home and lacking even the basic skills to do it up herself.

With the help of the friendly woman who runs the library and the reluctant assistance of the man who works in the local hardware shop, the cottage is lovingly restored. But broken hearts aren’t so easy to fix… are they?

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Katey Lovell’s feel-good novels are about people overcoming everyday challenges with the support of their friends, family and local community. She has also penned a series of coffee-break romances and a hot romance novella for Tirgearr’s City Nights series.

Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Sheffield with her husband, son and friendly moggie Clarence. When she’s not writing she’ll most likely be found watching musicals, enjoying live music or reading anything and everything she can lay her hands on.

Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart will be published by Quercus in January 2020.

 

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Many thanks to Katya at Quercus Books for the invite to take part in the blog blast, please remember to like and share to help spread the love for this superb book! 

 

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Debut Book

#Review Today I am joining the blog tour for A Year of Chasing Love by Rosie Chambers #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @RosieCBooks @HQDigitalUK

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My Review

Today I am excited to be joining the blog tour for the superb debut A Year of Chasing Love by Rosie Chambers, published by HQ Digital.

I loved this light hearted read, the destinations that Liv visited were stunning, with great descriptions that enabled me during the gloom of winter to feel like I was actually enjoying the sunny destinations and basking in the sunshine.

The actual idea behind the story was brilliant and I loved the approach to the lessons in love and the theme as they threaded their way through the story and on the journey of Liv. I loved the character of Liv and her work crazy life and how she gradually managed to establish a new balance and find the answers to move on with her life.

This book was funny and heartwarming, a truly brilliant love story that I really enjoyed. A debut novel that left me smiling and with tears in my eyes, I can’t wait to read more by Rosie Chambers.

 

Book Blurb

One moment can change a lifetime…

The last thing top divorce lawyer Olivia Hamilton ever expected was to be served her own divorce papers! To escape her marriage troubles, she agrees to go on a year-long trip to find the ultimate guide to love.

Travelling the world, surrounded by stories of love and happiness, it’s not long before her thoughts turn to Nathan, her soon-to-be ex-husband, and she starts to take note of her own lessons in love…

But with Nathan over a thousand miles away, will it be too late?

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

Rosie Chambers loves writing uplifting, feel-good stories set in sun-filled locations around the world. Her stories are filled with fun, friendship and foodie treats, which Rosie hopes will bring a smile to her readers’ faces.
She’s always in the market for quirky stationery and is never happier than with a pen in one hand and a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit in the other. A YEAR OF CHASING LOVE is her debut novel.

Many thanks to Jess at HQ Digital for the invite to take part in the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am joining the blog tour to celebrate the paperback publication of You Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins #damppebblesblogtours #Blogtour #YouMeandtheMovies @FionaJaneBooks @TransworldBooks @damppebbles

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My Review

Today I am joining the blog tour to celebrate the paperback publication for You Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins. This was my first read by Fiona Collins and I am really pleased I picked a copy up, it is a lovely story focused around the relationship of Mac & Arden.

Mac & Arden knew each other many years ago when Arden was still a student and by chance she stumbles across a mute Mac years on from their original relationship. Whilst reading this story it explores past and present day and how they can recall their relationship through the movies. I loved getting to know both Arden and Mac through the film references he recalls and the memories that it triggers for Arden.

A beautiful story that deals with layers of complex issues as you delve deeper into the past, a lovely uplifting story that will make you smile and leave you feeling warmhearted, a true love story.

 

Book Blurb

Arden has just started university when she meets Mac – and quickly falls head over heels for the
handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love affair is dramatic, exciting and all consuming; the
sort of thing you only see in the movies. It couldn’t last.
But thirty years later, leading a very different life, Arden is visiting a friend in hospital when she
suddenly comes across the man she never forgot. Badly injured in an accident, Mac can only make
brief references to the classic films they once watched together: Casablanca, A Star is Born, Pretty
Woman among others… and they make Arden remember everything.
The bittersweet memories of their relationship help Arden re-connect with the world in a way she
no longer thought was possible.
But will a movie-worthy love ever be hers again?

 

You, Me and the Movies

Available to purchase at the outlets below:

Amazon UK

WHSmith

Waterstones

Book Depository

Foyles

 

About the Author

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Fiona Collins grew up in an Essex village, and after stints in Hong Kong and London, returned to the
Essex countryside where she lives with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Film and
Literature and has had many former careers including TV presenting in Hong Kong, traffic and
weather presenter for BBC local radio and film/TV extra. You can find her on Twitter
@FionaJaneBooks.

 

Social Media Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FionaJaneBooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fionacollinsauthor/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fionacollinsauthor/

 

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Many thanks to Emma at Damppebbles for the invite to join the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the booklove!