Posted in Adult Fiction, Publication Day

Happy Publication Day to the lovely @emilyharvale who releases Summer at My Sister’s today!! 🎉🎉 #publicationday #backablogger @rararesources

I am very excited to be sharing some details of Emily’s new book ahead of the upcoming blog tour! I can’t wait to start reading this one and am looking forward to meeting a host of new characters.

Happy Publication Day!

Book Blurb

Twin sisters. One scorching summer.

A bucketful of secrets.

Diana’s life is perfect. Her twin sister, Josie’s – not so much.

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

Josie has a messy, compact flat, dates, but not relationships, and she can’t even keep a houseplant alive. She moves from job to job, goes clubbing with her friends and often looks as if she’s fallen through a hedge.

Although Josie loves Diana deeply, each year she declines the invitation to spend the summer with her sister. Or any other family holiday. Because Josie has a secret.

But is Diana’s life so perfect? Or is she also hiding something? When secrets are revealed this summer, everything will change. Josie could finally have the life she’s always wanted … if she’s brave enough to take a chance.

A Little Teaser from Chapter One

‘Are you okay, Di?’ I asked, peering at her face. ‘I mean, are you ill? You said you haven’t been feeling well lately. Is it something to worry about?’
‘No, no.’ She shook her head. Almost violently. ‘It’s nothing like that. Honestly. I’d tell you if it was. I think I’m just … a little out of sorts. A bit run down maybe. Nothing a sea breeze won’t cure.’
‘Cocktails always make me feel better so I’m with you on that.’
Now she did laugh. ‘I meant the sea air, not the drink. You know I don’t drink … anymore.’
‘And I don’t drink any less.’ I sniggered. I love those old jokes. ‘So it’s just you and the kids then?’
She looked anxious. ‘Me and the kids?’
‘Going to Seahorse Harbour.’ This conversation was definitely weird.
‘Oh yes. For now. And Henry of course.’
‘Ah yes. Henry. Who could forget that lovable hound?’
‘You could. Obviously.’
‘Yeah well. Dogs aren’t my thing. You know I don’t do well with living beings. With living anything, really. Which reminds me. I’m really sorry but that gorgeous plant you bought me a few weeks ago seems to have … er … decided it didn’t like living in the City.’
‘Josie, no!’ She shook her head and laughed, although it wasn’t a particularly happy sound. ‘Please don’t tell me you’ve killed it already.’
‘Okay. I won’t tell you that.’
‘But you have?’
‘I think it took its own life. I didn’t do anything, honestly.’
‘But you watered it, didn’t you?’
‘Er. I think I did. Once or twice. Possibly not. I meant to.’
She sighed and shook her head again. ‘Oh, Josie. What am I going to do with you?’
Don’t ask me why I said it. I had no intention of doing so. None whatsoever. But I did.
‘You could ask me to come and stay with you for the summer. Or at least until Alex is free to come and join you.’
She blinked a few times and stared at the screen, her perfectly arched and shaped brows raised skywards.
‘In Seahorse Harbour?’
‘No. Mars. Of course in Seahorse Harbour. That’s where you’re spending the summer, isn’t it?’
‘It’s where we spend every summer,’ she said, somewhat wistfully I thought.
I gave a little cough and she smiled wanly.
‘Do I have to ask twice?’
‘What? Are you serious? Are … are you actually asking if you can come and stay? You never come and stay with us.’
‘Well, I’d rather stay with that sexy hunk who now owns The Seahorse Inn but as I don’t know him, I’ll have to stay with you until he asks me. What did you say his name was again?’
‘Mikkel. Mikkel Meloy.’ She lowered her gaze.
‘I still think that sounds more Irish than it does Norwegian. But he does look like a Viking and he could ravage me anytime he likes.’
‘You’ve only seen him once, Josie and that was via my webcam at Easter.’
‘Okay. Don’t get snippy. You sounded just like mum.’ I laughed. ‘You only have to see a man like that once for him to make an impression. Is he still single?’
She looked away into the distance. ‘As far as I know he is.’
‘Hi, Josie!’ My niece Becca appeared in the background, waving frantically. ‘You two talking about Mikkel? He’s sooooo gorgeous. Everyone’s in love with him you know. Even though he’s old.
‘Hey you! He’s only a couple of years older than me and your mum, you cheeky minx.’
Becca giggled. ‘Yeah. Old. But not as old as Orla’s dad. He used to be the heartthrob in Seahorse Harbour until Mikkel moved there. He’s still hot, although Orla hates it when I say her dad is sexy – but he is. Not quite as hot as Mikkel though. Orla’s crushing on him too. We’ve been reading Georgette Heyer books. One of the women in Mum’s book club loves them. Most of the heroines marry guys much older, so we’re sort of getting into the whole, older men thing, even though it still seems a bit gross. They’re sexy to look at sometimes but to have actual sex with them.’ She shivered dramatically. ‘Makes me want to heave just a bit.’
‘You’re not having sex with anyone, young lady. You’re only fifteen.’ I tried to sound stern but I think I failed because I was laughing.
I tried to picture Liam’s face. That’s Orla’s dad. He’d love to know that the thought of having sex with him made someone want to heave. Personally, when I was younger, I quite liked the thought of having sex with Liam Fulbright. Mainly because he was such a nerd, especially with his huge glasses, and I wondered if, like a super hero, he had a far, far sexier alter ego. I definitely got the impression there was something bubbling just beneath his lightly tanned skin and that long, lean body. But I hadn’t seen Liam for years. The last time I saw him was when he was nineteen. He was getting married to Una Cole – the most beautiful girl in the world.

If this has tickled your fancy, keep reading for the purchase details.

Welcome to Seahorse Harbour

Seahorse Harbour the village this story is based in and this map will help you with surroundings whilst your reading Summer at my Sister’s.

Book Cover and Purchase Details

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About the Author

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

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

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

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

Today I am very excited to be joining the blog tour for Below the Big Blue Sky by Anna McPartlin

I am absolutely buzzing today to share my review for Below the Big Blue Sky, the wonderful new release from Anna McPartlin.

 

My Review

This book picks up in the immediate aftermath and heartbreak of Rabbit’s death it is heartbreaking from the very first page and there is a balance of extreme sadness and happiness as the family tries to figure it’s way forward without the glue that was Rabbit.

I absolutely loved this book, I loved reading The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes and loved how this book just followed straight on and the story of this wonderful family continued. This story confronts the many different ways that grief manifests itself as you follow the journey of the Hayes family over the year that follows immediately and beyond.

At times this book made me laugh but the grief with tangible throughout you could almost reach out and touch it and I cried at many stages during this wonderful book.

A truly brilliant book that is one of those rare gems that will stay with me as these characters remain firmly imprinted in my imagination.

 

Book Blurb

When forty-year-old Rabbit Hayes dies, she leaves behind a family broken by grief. Her mother Molly is distraught and in danger of losing her faith. Her father Jack spends hour upon hour in the family attic, poring over his old diaries, losing himself in the past.

Rabbit’s brother Davey finds himself suddenly guardian to her twelve-year-old daughter Juliet. Juliet might be able to fill a hole in Davey’s heart – but how can he help Juliet through her grief when he can barely cope with his own?

Meanwhile, Rabbit’s sister Grace is struggling with the knowledge that she carries the same gene that made her sister ill, and Rabbit’s best friend Marjorie is lost, struggling to remain a part of a family she has always wished was her own now that her link to them is gone.

But even though the Hayes family are all fighting their own battles, they are drawn together by their love for Rabbit, and their love for each other. In the years that follow her death they find new ways to celebrate and remember her, to find humour and hope in the face of tragedy, and to live life to its fullest, as Rabbit would have wanted.

Below a Big Blue Sky will make you laugh, cry and shout with joy for the colourful, unruly Hayes family as they battle with the loss of their beloved Rabbit, the daughter, mother, sister and friend, who in her own crazy way taught each of them how to live, and goes on showing them how to love from beyond the grave.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Anna McPartlin is an international best selling author, currently published in 15 languages across 18 countries. Pack Up The Moon and The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes were nominated for Irish book awards. Rabbit Hayes also won a silver readers book award in Germany. In the UK it was a Simon Mayo and Richard and Judy book club pick and in the USA it was a Barnes & Nobel Book of the Month.


In the last few years Anna has been honing her TV scriptwriting skills working on medical drama ‘Holby City’ for the BBC (UK), legal drama ‘Striking Out,’ for RTE (IRE) and historical adaptation Jesus His Life for History Channel (USA).


Anna was nominated for an Irish Film & Television Academy award for her one off bi-lingual drama ‘School Run,’ and is currently in development with Hot Drop Films / Treasure Entertainment and funded by Screen Ireland for the film adaptation of ‘Rabbit Hayes.’ She is also in development for a crime series ‘Serious Crimes,’ with Blinder Productions (Virgin Media) in IRE. A historical crime drama with Noho Film & TV (UK) and ‘Richter,’ an RTE/NZ TV co-production crime drama with Blinder Productions.
Anna’s first children’s book the ‘Fearless Five’ came out May 2019. Her next fiction novel ‘Below The Big Blue Sky,’ is on shelves in UK and IRE in April 2020 and she is currently working on her ninth commercial fiction title.


Anna started out briefly as an actress and stand-up comedian but although her heart wasn’t in performance, she revels in storytelling and shining a light in dark places. Anna’s USP is in tackling difficult subjects with understanding, empathy and humour that spills onto every page.

 

Anna McPartlin July Blogtour

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Lucy’s Great Escape (Little Duck Pond Cafe Series) by Rosie Green

Today I am sharing my review for the next book in the wonderful Little Duck Pond Cafe series – Lucy’s Great Escape. I am really enjoying reading this light hearted series and hope my review captures your imagination and encourages you to grab a copy!

Lucys Great Escape

My Review

I am absolutely loving this series by Rosie Green and loved revisiting Pengully Sands. In this book we spend time with Lucy who is still reeling from the loss of her Mum, we met her briefly in the last book and now get to know what bought her to that chance meeting with Madison.

A story that pulled me in from the offset and made me want to keep reading, it was a book that portrayed manipulative personalities really well and the effects they can have on a person over a period of time.

Lucy is a wonderful character who I instantly warmed too, with her great love of Effie her campervan and amazing talent with watercolours I was routing for her from the off and hated seeing her being taken advantage of. I love it when a book has the ability to make you sad, angry or even happy on the characters behalves as the more you feel for the characters the more invested you become in what is going to happen next.

A wonderful addition to the Little Duck Pond Cafe Series and I can’t wait to read the next one as it sounds fab and really cosy!

 

Book Blurb

Lucy never wanted to abandon her friends and family, and travel to the other side of the country to start a new life. And all without telling anyone where she was going. But these are desperate times. And finding herself with a nightmare of a dilemma, fleeing her home town seems like the only way she can protect herself and those she loves.

The Cornish town of Pengully Sands holds happy childhood memories for Lucy and seems the perfect place to escape to, although having little money and no friends, life at first seems grim.

But a chance meeting with Madison and the rest of the Little Duck Pond Café girls, plus a decidedly attractive local guy who won’t take no for an answer, gives Lucy a glimmer of hope for the future. Could she really settle in Pengully Sands and make a living by selling her watercolours?

But just as life is starting to look a little rosier, it becomes clear that someone back home – the last person she ever wanted to see – has tracked her down…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little. Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’. Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love. Rosie’s Little Duck Pond Cafe series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. Each book can be read as a stand-alone story. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now. Watch out for further tales of the Little Duck Pond Cafe, including the delicious ‘Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake’, which will be published in autumn 2020.

 

Social Media Links

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

 

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Posted in Blog Tour, Younger Readers Age 9-12

Today I am teaming up with Daisy to review Time School – We Will Honour Them by Nikki Young #TimeSchoolSeries #UKMG #backablogger @nikki_cyoung @hashtag_press @literallypr

Today Daisy is joining me on the blog tour for the new Time School release. She is currently reading the book and and I am sharing my review.

My Review

I really enjoy dipping into Middle Grade and YA fiction and enjoyed reading this historical fiction for children.

Nikki Young has written a book packed full of historical references for children to help them be aware of how the Polish families were treated at the end of World War II. Stories like these are so important to helping preserve our history and helping children to learn more through reading fiction as well as non fiction.

We havent read the first book so hadn’t met these characters before but that didn’t affect the story. The language of the book was easy to understand and the paperback has a good size font to ensure that children don’t lose their place as they read. This is a book that they can read independently or could be read with or by a parent.

Reading this story has sparked a thirst for more knowledge from me and would be a great book for schools as there are talking points throughout the story that could be explored in a group environment.

A great storyline to keep readers engaged whilst helping to enforce some knowledge of events that happened as a result of the war.

Daisy’s Thoughts So Far…

I am really enjoying reading this book. I am now about halfway and have found it easy to read and understand. The characters are varied and I like that they have different personalities so I can imagine them as I read.

I like learning more about our history and am looking forward to finishing the story and seeing what they discover on their train trip this time and what year it will be based in.

Book Blurb

Nadia Kaminski knows very little about her Polish grandfather so how is she going to write a speech about him to read at his funeral? She’s never really considered her Polish roots, so a trip back in time to time (to the end of the Second World War) and an encounter with Marcel, a Polish refugee, might be just what Nadia needs. Along with fellow time-travellers, Jess, Tomma and Ash, this is the group’s second experience of Hickley School in the past, and a chance to discover the struggles of those who found themselves stranded in a country that wasn’t their own. It’s time to board the train for another exciting journey back in time.

Available to purchase here

About the Author


Nikki Young is a freelance writer, copywriter and author. She is the author of ‘The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants’ an adventure story aimed at 7-9 year olds and reluctant readers.

Nikki also writes health-related articles, reviews and recipes on her blog, ‘A free-from life’. This blog was a finalist in the 2017 UK Allergy Blog Awards, recognising its provision of health information for food allergy and intolerance sufferers. Having a son and a husband, both with different dietary needs has been a challenge and one which has tested her knowledge.

As well as writing middle grade and young adult fiction, Nikki runs Storymakers, a creative writing club for children, which provides weekly courses and holiday workshops for children aged seven and above.

Many thanks to Helen at Literally PR for the invitation to join the blog tour and our copy of the book to read.

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Debut Book

Today I am sharing my review for Something to Live For by Richard Roper to celebrate the recent release in paperback #somethingtolivefor #backablogger #paperbackrelease @richardroper @orionbooks

Check out the new updated paperback cover for Something to Live For by Richard Roper which is out now!!

My Review

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 purchase here

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

It’s the weekend and I am delighted to be sharing my review for Wedding Bells at Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale

Happy Saturday everyone, today I am excited to be sharing my review for Wedding Bells at Merriment Bay, which is the last book in this series. I have loved getting to know these wonderful characters and hope you all pick up a copy to read after reading my review.

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My Review

This week I have binge read Emily Harvale and loved it, I love the characters in the Merriment Bay and Wyntersleap series and the crossover has been really well written with exact wording mirroring on a couple of occasions.

If you are looking for a light hearted read then I recommend this series and it can be read as a standalone series or alongside the Wyntersleap books. Emily has a wonderful way with words that make you smile as you read, she writes with passion for her characters and uses little details to add that little bit extra which helps you visualise what she is describing and the feelings and emotions she is conveying in her characters.

In this story we spend more time with Cat & Kyra as they both fall in love and pack up their old lives. Mary is considering selling Devon Villa and finding herself somewhere else to settle and forge a new path for herself with Cat & Kyra now back in her life.

I feel I have gotten to know these characters and have loved reading about them and their adventures. A highly enjoyable series and I am already excited to read what Emily releases next.

 

Book Blurb

Change is in the air as wedding bells ring out in Merriment Bay 

Cat’s determined to propose to Amias. Well, it is a leap year so it’s fine for women to do the asking, and besides, it took him eighteen years to tell her how he felt. She’s not going to wait for him to pop the question. All she needs to do is find the perfect time and place.

Kyra’s fallen for Francis Raine, who seems happy to flirt and exchange banter but hasn’t actually asked her out. Does he reciprocate her feelings, or is he this way with every girl he meets? There’s only one way to find out. She’ll ask him on a date … as soon as he returns to Merriment Bay.

Mary’s leaving Devon Villa after a lifetime spent in the house. She’s never lived alone so it’s both an exciting and a terrifying prospect. But change is good, isn’t it? Perhaps it’s time she tried a few other new things too. 

The Devon women want to move on to the next chapters in their lives. And as Viola Devon used to say before she died, “The only one who can write your own life story as you want it, is you.” Although Viola’s didn’t work out too well. Will Cat, Kyra, and Mary have better luck with theirs?

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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

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

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

 

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

Pop over to my blog to check out my review for the new heartfelt release- The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley #backablogger #hqstories #bookreview @msameliahenley @hqstories

Today I am sharing my review for this gorgeous story by Amelia Henley, a truly heartfelt book that I loved from start to finish.

My Review

When I started this book I had no idea of the heart breaking journey it would take me on. Adam & Anna are a couple who have loved eachother fiercely but feel like they lost their way whilst trying for a baby.

This book is a compelling and emotional read, it discusses how the brain can work in mysterious ways and how sometimes we see and hear what we want rather than what might be there. The characters are complex and you get a fantastic insight into the highs and lows of Adam & Anna’s relationship and how sometimes the world works in mysterious ways.

A wonderful love story that I absolutely loved, my heart broke whilst reading but I was left feeling calm and restored as I reached the end. I highly recommend reading this book with a box of chocolates and tissues.

Book Blurb

This is not a typical love story, but it’s our love story.

Anna wasn’t looking for love when Adam swept her off her feet but there was no denying their connection, and she believed they would be together forever.

Years later, cracks have appeared in their relationship. Anna is questioning whether their love can really be eternal when a cruel twist of fate delivers a crushing blow, and Anna and Adam are completely lost to one another. Now, Anna needs Adam more than ever, but the way back to him has life-changing consequences.

Is a second chance at first love really worth the sacrifice? Anna needs to decide and time is running out…

Available to purchase here

About the Author


Amelia Henley is a hopeless romantic who has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heart-breaking, high-concept love stories.

Amelia also writes psychological thrillers under her real name, Louise Jensen. As Louise Jensen she has sold over a million copies of her global number one bestsellers. Her stories have been translated into twenty-five languages and optioned for TV as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers list. Louise’s books have been nominated for multiple awards.

‘The Life We Almost Had’ is the first story she’s written as Amelia Henley and it’s out now.

Thank you so much to the HQ PR team for my copy to read and review, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love for this gorgeous story!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Happy Monday, today I have a wonderful review to kick the week off. I am reviewing the final story in the Wyntersleap Series – A Wedding at Wynter House by Emily Harvale

Today I am very excited to be helping kick off the blog tour for A Wedding at Wynter House which is the final book in the wonderful Wyntersleap series.

My Review

I have loved reading the Wyntersleap series and really enjoyed the crossover with Merriment Bay and how the stories run alongside eachother.

Each of the books in this series has made me smile and provided me with a pick me up. I laughed out loud at points during this book as insecurities come to light and relationships from the past come back to haunt people. A lovely story brimming with love, joy and a few tears, with characters old and new arriving at Wynter House in the lead up to the launch of the gin distillery. All systems are definitely a go in this book and there may even be a wedding amongst the chaos. A very fitting conclusion to this series, although I am sad that I won’t get to spend more time with these characters as they now feel like family.

Since reading these books I have become a massive fan of Emily Harvale as she has a wonderful way with words. I recommend reading this series and visiting the stunning Wynter House and it’s wonderful residents, a series guaranteed to leave you feeling upbeat in these uncertain times.

Book Blurb

Not everyone at Wynter House is thrilled about this wedding.

Secrets have been revealed and new relationships begun. Now it’s time to look to the future. Neva and Rafe are in love and so are Adam and Hazel. Jo’s love life leaves a lot to be desired, although Gavin could remedy that.

But Rafe’s grandmother, Olivia still hopes that something will tear Rafe and Neva apart. Hazel’s new assignment means nursing someone back to health … and there’s history between them. And Jo’s receiving texts from her ex-fiancé.

Then Rafe’s first wife, Pippa – the woman who broke his heart, unexpectedly arrives. And she’s even more beautiful and irresistible than Rafe remembers.

When everyone is looking to the future, will the past prove to be too strong? 

There will be a wedding at Wynter House … but who will be the bride and groom?

Available to purchase here

About the Author

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

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

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

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

If you love historical fiction, pop over to my blog and read my review for Rose’s Choice by Chrissie Bradshaw #rachelsrandomresources #backablogger #blogtour @rararesources @chrissiebeee

Today I am joining the blog tour for Rose’s Choice. I love historical fiction and this book was set at the end of World War II and is a superb first book in the Colliery Rows series.

My Review

Rose’s Choice was my first book by Chrissie Bradshaw and I flew through it as the words flowed together so effortlessly.

I felt as if I was sitting on the sidelines watching as life unfolded for Rose and her family. Set during World War II this story follows a coal miner’s daughter Rose and their family, it takes your through their highs and lows as they work hard to survive the war and forge a path forwards in the aftermath.

A story of heartbreak after heartbreak that makes you want to hug Rose and her younger brothers. I loved how the story took unexpected twists as I kept reading and I didn’t feel like I could predict what would happen next to Rose and her family as I kept reading.

A book brimming with wonderful characters, who all chip in and help eachother. Community spirit was at an all time high in this era and this coal miner’s family reflect wonderfully how family and friends pull together. A wonderful insight into what life was like for a coal miner and their family.

I loved this story and am pleased it is book 1 of a saga as I can’t wait to read the next one!

Book Blurb

Rose’s Choice – a heart-wrenching wartime saga of love, family and secrets.

Rationing, bombing, disease and pit disasters are part of Rose Kelly’s World War 2 childhood. When the spirited coalminer’s daughter discovers a family secret, she makes a choice that overshadows her teenage years.

Rose tries to make the most of post-war opportunities but family tragedy pulls her back to a life in the colliery rows. She relinquishes her bright future for domestic duties because her family comes first. Will family ties get in the way of her dreams?

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Amazon US

About the Author

Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker and a tenacious trainer of her welsh terrier, Oscar. She has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. She has written two contemporary sagas, A JARFUL of MOONDREAMS, a contemporary story about family relationships, secrets and how dreams can come true, and THE BARN OF BURIED DREAMS, a contemporary story about two sisters who are struggling after the death of their mother. ROSE’S CHOICE is her first historical saga and is set where Chrissie lives in Northumberland.

When she is not writing or reading, you will find Chrissie walking Oscar on the beautiful Northumbrian coastline, travelling or spending time with her family and friends.

Social Media Links

Chrissie enjoys tweeting to readers on @ChrissieBeee

Her instagram account is chrissie_bradshaw_author

Her blog is http://www.chrissiebradshaw.com/

and she has a Chrissie Bradshaw author page on Facebook.

She would love to hear from readers.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part in the blog tour for this wonderfully written historical saga.

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

If your looking for a new book to settle down with today, pop over to my blog and read my review for The Day She Came Back by Amanda Prowse #backablogger #thedayshecameback #blogtour #bookreview @mrsamandaprowse @botbpublicity

Today I am delighted to be sharing my review for Day She Came Back to help wind up the blog tour for one of my favourite authors Amanda Prowse.

My Review

I was so excited to see Amanda releasing another book as she is one of my favourite authors and I love the way her characters jump off the page and suck me into the story.

This story focuses around Victoria, Prim and Sarah, three very amazing ladies. The characters are well described throughout with character traits and physical appearances being drip fed into the story, as I continued to read I felt as if I was watching the story play out in front of me.

Set between the beauty of Oslo where Amanda always speaks fondly of and the gorgeous family home Rosebank in Surrey with its gorgeous garden room and lake. This book grabs you from the first few chapters and takes you on a journey through addiction, bereavement, love and loss. The emotions are so raw they gave me goosebumps as I felt the intensity of the pain these wonderful ladies were experiencing.

I flew through this book as I wanted to keep reading to see where the path Victoria was walking would take her and now feel bereft as I no longer get to read about these fantastic characters. Amanda Prowse always knows to create an emotionally charged read and this book ticks that box and then some. A superb read that is well worthy of its 5 stars!!

Book Blurb

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a story that asks: how do you forgive the family that lied to you, and love the mum you never had?

When her loving, free-spirited grandmother Primrose passes away, Victoria is bereft, yet resilient—she has survived tragedy before. But even her strength is tested when a mysterious woman attends Prim’s funeral and claims to be the mother Victoria thought was dead.

As the two women get to know each other and Victoria begins to learn more about her past, it becomes clear that her beloved grandmother had been keeping life-changing secrets from her. Desperate for answers, she still struggles to trust anyone to tell her the truth.

To live a full and happy life, Victoria knows she must not only uncover the truth, but find a way to forgive her family. But after so many years, is trusting them even possible?

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Amanda Prowse is one of the UK’s most prolific and loved storytellers with global sales of 8 million copies and legions of loyal readers. Based in the West Country, Amanda is the author of 25 novels and 7 novellas with books sold in 22 countries and translated into 12 languages– no mean feat when you consider her first novel was only published in 2012!

A passionate reader since her first visit to the local library aged 6, Amanda would read everything and anything and – armed with her precious library ticket – would spend hours reading loved Enid Blyton, Anna Sewell, Judi Blume, Nina Bawden while scribbling short stories of her own. As time passed, she moved onto the more risqué delights of Lace, The Thorn Birds and A Woman of Substance; gritty, emotional stories that would inform her writing.

A powerful storyteller and a master of the addictive plot, Amanda’s rich imagination and prolific writing talent has seen her write over 20 bestsellers with millions of copies sold across the world. She often writes for 15 hours a day and sees her plots like movies in her mind that she’s compelled to get down on paper. These heartfelt human stories have made her one of the most successful female writers of contemporary fiction today and she has become a regular interviewee on TV and radio as well as a successful journalistic writer.

Amanda’s ambition has always been to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night; great characters that stay with you and stories that inhabit your mind so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades. She is also a passionate supporter of military charities and those that support women’s causes and holds regular ‘Evenings with Amanda’ events as fundraisers for her chosen charities.

Social Media Links

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Facebook Author Page

Thank you to Book on the Bright Side publicity for the invitation to take part in the blog tour for this wonderful 5* read by one of my favourite authors.

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