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

Today I am excited to be sharing my review for Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale

Today I am really excited to be on the blog tour for Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay by Emily Harvale. I am loving the Merriment Bay series and picked this up looking for a bit of escapism and that’s exactly what I got.

Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to join the blog tour.

Chasing Moonbeams in Merriment Bay

My Review

I love how when reading these books they pick straight up from the end of the last one. The Merriment Bay and Wyntersleap series are brimming with fantastic characters that are now starting to cross over more in the storylines and it is great to see a different side to the characters in each story. 

Emily Harvale has quickly become a goto author for a guaranteed read that will make you smile and lift your spirit. I read this instalment in one sitting as I wanted to know where the story would go next. As Cat grows closer to Amias and secrets from the past of the Devon family come back to haunt them, I found the story grow in intensity and I was so disappointed to reach the end. 

I loved this book and can not wait to read the next one as I want to know what will come next for the Wells, Wynter and Devon families!

 

Book Blurb

Cat has found true happiness in Merriment Bay. Will a discovery in Devon Villa change that?

Cat Devon is finally with the love of her life – and she couldn’t be happier about that. But discovering the identity of her real dad and the fact she has two half-brothers was a shock. Getting to know her new family is now a priority.

Kyra Devon is only eighteen, but she’s more mature than her mum in many ways and is coping far better with everything that’s happened. Kyra knows what she wants and unlike Cat, she’s not going to let opportunities slip away.

Mary Devon has regained her daughter and her granddaughter, but she’s grieving for her mother, and also for the loss of the love she thought she’d found. Putting on a brave face may not be the best way for Mary to get over it.

When a long-lost painting called Moonbeams Kiss is discovered in a hidden cellar beneath the floorboards in Devon Villa, a story of love, loss and treachery unfolds, bringing with it repercussions for each of the Devon women.

This is Book Two in Emily Harvale’s Merriment Bay series which is interconnected to her Wyntersleap series. Each series can be read alone, but several characters appear in both series.

 

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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 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 and the RWA, 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

Today I am joining the blog tour and sharing my review for The Museum of Broken Promises by Elizabeth Buchan

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Museum of Broken Promises, a wonderful historical fiction read about broken promises hosted by Random Things Tours

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My Review

A story set on a dual timeline where you follow Laure and her time spent as an au pair in Prague and modern day in Paris.

Laure is half English and half French and finds herself in Prague in the late eighties, where she meets and falls in love with Tomaz who is a musician. This is a love story of how two people from different walks of life meet who meet in a turbulent time in the history of prague and fall in love with repercussions for everyone involved.

The Museum of Broken Promises is what Laure has created many years later based on her experiences in Prague and where other people can request to display items that also demonstrate broken promises that have influenced their lives.

Whilst reading this book I gained an insight into events that took place in Prague during this time and the political history created. 

A brilliant book with lots of historical information layered inside the love story that was created. I loved the dual timelines and how the reflection of events Laure experienced in Prague still influenced her life in present day.

 

Book Blurb

Welcome to The Museum of Broken Promises, a place of wonder and sadness. And hope.

 Inside lies a treasure trove of objects – a baby’s shoe, a wedding veil, a railway ticket – all revealing real moments of loss and betrayal. It is a place where people come to speak to the ghosts of the past. The owner, Laure, is also one of those people.

As a young woman in the 1980s Laure fled to Prague, where her life changed forever. Now, years later, she must confront the origins of her heart-breaking exhibition: A love affair with a dissident musician, a secret life behind the iron curtain, and a broken promise that she will never forget.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Elizabeth Buchan

Elizabeth Buchan was a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full time. Her novels include the prizewinning Consider the Lily, international bestseller Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman and The New Mrs Clifton. Buchan’s short stories are broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in magazines. She reviews for the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail, and she has chaired the Betty Trask and Desmond Elliot literary prizes.

 

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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Publication Day

My final review of the day – Happy Publication Day to @olearybeth and here is my review for The Switch #theswitch #publicationday #backablogger #Netgalley @quercusbooks

My Review


I loved The Flatshare and was so excited to see The Switch pop up and it didn’t disappoint. The Switch is a superb concept that reels you in from the first few pages and holds you firmly in the grip of Eileen and Leena until you reach the very last page.

This book is full of heart and is overflowing with love and compassion, it demonstrates the value of true friends and highlights loneliness in the older generation across the country.

I loved the energy of Eileen and the determined attitude of Leena and know without a doubt they are who you would always want in your corner as they are a force to be reckoned with. I laughed and cried reading this book and I have definitely found an author who I will be eagerly awaiting further releases. If you want something to make your heart burst and feel full of all that is important love and family then grab yourself a copy!

Book Blurb

Eileen is sick of being 79.

Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.Maybe it’s time they swapped places…
When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.


Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.


Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

Available to purchase here

About the Author



Beth studied English at university before going into children’s publishing. She lives as close to the countryside as she can get while still being in reach of London, and wrote her first novel, The Flatshare, on her train journey to and from work.

She is now writing novels full time, and if she’s not at her desk, you’ll usually find her curled up somewhere with a book, a cup of tea, and several woolly jumpers (whatever the weather)

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Publication Day

Happy Publication Day Anna Bell, here is my review for We Just Clicked #wejustclicked #publicationday #backablogger #netgalley @annabell_writes @hqstories

My Review


I was so excited to see Anna Bell was releasing another book as I love her style of writing. She tackles real life issues but with a twist of comedy and a lovely light hearted feel.

In this story Izzy is trying to escape real life through her Instagram account and I think this is a brilliant reflection of the impact of social media and how everything is filtered to perfection. I love the characters and themes created in this book and kept picking it up every chance I had to read a few more pages.

A book that was a pure joy to read that kept me entertained from the offset and made me laugh and cringe throughout. Another brilliant read from an author I love that is the perfect balance of emotions to leave you smiling as you reach the end.

Book Blurb

A fabulously funny, feel-good novel that will make you laugh until you cry, for anyone who’s ever presented a perfectly-filtered life online to hide the unglamorous reality.
Izzy Brown has always dreamed of being an Instagram influencer. So when her colleague and fellow Instagrammer Luke suggests they ‘fake date’ to boost their profiles, Izzy says yes – against her better judgement.
Now Izzy’s profile tells the story of a confident, glamorous thirty-something with the perfect boyfriend, and her follower numbers are shooting upwards. So what if Izzy can’t stop bickering with Luke, his habit of checking his quiff in every single mirror is driving her insane, and behind the scenes she’s hiding a secret heartache? Everyone tells a few fibs on social media, right?
But when Izzy runs into Aidan, the mysterious stranger who saved her the day her world fell apart two years ago, major sparks start to fly between them. Izzy’s sure she can have the online success she’s always dreamed of, whilst continuing to fall in love – and heal her heart – in real life. After all, Aidan doesn’t use social media… what could possibly go wrong?

Available to purchase here



About the Author

Anna lives in the South of France with her young family and energetic labrador. When not chained to her laptop, Anna can be found basking in the sun in the summer, heading to the ski slopes in the winter (to drink hot chocolate and watch – she can’t ski) or having a sneaky treat from the patisserie – all year round!

You can find our more about Anna on her website – http://www.annabellwrites.com or follow her on Twitter @annabell_writes


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Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit

Happy Publication Day to Heidi Swain, today I am sharing my review of The Secret Seaside Escape #thesecretseasideescape #wynmouth #publicationday #backablogger @heidi_swain

My Review

You know your on a winner when you read a book in less than 24 hours and don’t want to put it down.

I love Heidi Swain books and this was no exception, I love the characters and the warmth they generate. You feel like they are people you see on a daily basis and can picture them and the beautiful Norfolk scenery perfectly in your imagination.

Heidi always creates a long lasting warm and fuzzy feelings for her readers and her wonderful writing style makes them perfect to read no what your mood.

I loved this visit to Wynbridge and can’t wait to read more by this amazing author!!

Book Blurb

Escape to the seaside with the brand new novel from Heidi Swain, the Sunday Times bestselling author of feel-good women’s fiction!
 
Tess Tyler needs a break. Weighed down by her high-pressure job and her demanding father, she’s left little time to take care of herself. But after a shocking discovery sends her spiralling, she flees to Wynmouth, the seaside town she fell in love with as a child, to escape it all.

With its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community, Tess feels like she can finally breathe again. And as she grows ever closer to local barman Sam, she dares to dream that she might never return to her real life. But when a familiar face returns to town, Tess realises that there are secrets in Wynmouth too, and that her own past may be about to catch up with her . . .  



Available to purchase here

About the Author


Heidi Swain is the Sunday Times bestselling author of five novels. She lives in Norfolk with her husband, two allegedly grown-up children and a mischievous black cat called Storm. She is passionate about gardening, the countryside and collects vintage paraphernalia. To find out more, follow Heidi on twitter @Heidi_Swain or visit her website: heidiswain.co.uk.



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Posted in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Debut Book

#Review – Today I am sharing my review for Never Saw You Coming the wonderful debut by Hayley Doyle. Currently just 99p on kindle so grab yourself a copy! #NeverSawYouComing #Netgalley @HayleyDWrites @avonbooksuk

This morning I finished Never Saw You Coming, the brilliant debut by Hayley Doyle, published by Avon on 2nd April.

My Review

A superb book that I loved from start to finish, I loved getting to know Jim & Zara whilst reading this story. The story is told from both of their perspectives so you get to know them both and their separate thought processes.

I flew through the pages and loved the style in which it was written and the differences in terminology determining the different cultures they had grown up in.

I love a book that makes me want to pick it up and the characters were so relatable that it was an absolute pleasure to keep reading. A true feel good read proving that anything can happen if you instigate the change.

Book Blurb

Some people go looking for love. Others crash right into it.

Zara Khoury believes in love – so much so that she flies from Dubai to Liverpool to be with a man she barely knows. It’s a risk, but she’s certain that uprooting her life for Nick is the new start she needs.

Jim Glover is stuck. Since his Dad died, he’s put his dreams aside and stayed at home in Liverpool to care for his mum. Trapped in a dead-end job, he’s going nowhere – that is, until he gets a phone call that just might change his life..

Zara and Jim aren’t supposed to meet. But then fate steps in, and when their worlds – and cars! – collide, the real journey begins…

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Hayley Doyle was born in Liverpool, and graduated with a BA (hon) in Acting from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. She pursued a career in acting, making her West End debut playing Ali in Mamma Mia! at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. During this time, Hayley wrote her first novel ‘Lazy Days and Lullabies’. After graduating from Brunel University with a Masters in Creative Writing, ‘The Day She Met Shirley Temple’ was chosen as the winner of the Curtis Brown Award 2010 for a Brunel MA Student. Hayley currently lives in Dubai where she runs her own children’s theatre and creative writing company, Hayley’s Comet, and can be heard as a presenter on Dubai Eye radio.

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Fantasy

Today I am sharing my publication day review for The Book of Koli (The Rampart Trilogy 1) by M.R Carey

Today I am joining the blog tour for The Book of Koli by M.R Carey, this is a new author to me and this is a book with an interesting storyline with a dystopian twist and vivid descriptions.

Book Review


Koli is set in a post apolyptic world where life is a constant struggle for survival in a small population where you can not venture beyond the boundaries in place.

The story is written from the perspective of  Koli who lives in Mythen Rood not too close to the trees that have become dangerous. The world they now live in with its choker trees is a testing world full of manual hard work for Koli’s family as the balance between nature, humans and technology swings back to nature having more control.

I initially found this book hard to connect with as I struggled to find a reading pace as the terminology and words used aren’t how we would use them and it kept making me question and double back. However I am pleased I stuck with it as the story as it started to unfold captured my imagination.

As I kept reading the pace increased and as I hit 50%, I became more intrigued and keen to keep reading to see what would come next and as I adapted to the writing style I found myself wanting to pick it up to find out where Koli was taking us and what he would do on leaving Mythen Rood.

Book Blurb

EVERYTHING THAT LIVES HATES US . . .

Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognisable landscape. A place where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, the Shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He believes the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture too far beyond the walls.

He’s wrong.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

M. R. Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. His novel The Girl With All the Gifts was a word-of-mouth bestseller and is now a major motion picture based on his own screenplay. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His creator-owned series The Unwritten appeared regularly in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He also has several previous novels, games, radio plays, and TV and movie screenplays to his credit.

 

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Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to read and review this book, please remember to like and share! 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Ghosts/Horror, Psychological Thriller

Today I am very excited to be joining the blog tour for I Am Dust by Louise Beech which is one of my favourite reads of the year so far!

Today I am so excited to be joining the blog tour for I am Dust by Louise Beech, a superb author whose books I love to read. A massive thanks to Anne at Random Things Tours for the invitation to take part in this blog tour.

 

My Review

OMG Louise has done it again, this book left me with chills!!

I loved it from the offset, it told a brilliant story over a dual timeline that was creepy and addictive to read. I was so excited when it arrived on my kindle on publication day and immediately started to read. This was one of those books that once you start to read  I couldn’t stop and I was disappointed to reach the end as it had totally captured me and I felt like I was in the theatre with Chloe as the events unfolded.

The descriptions were vivid and the words jumped off the page. Louise has a true skill when putting pen to paper and I absolutely loved this book. A true page turner that was creepy, emotional and memorable. The characters created were easy to connect to and have left a gaping hole as I loved them and the intensity of the story throughout and was left with goosebumps when I reached the end.

A superb 5* read that has left me with a massive book hangover!

 

Book Blurb

A haunted theatre
A murdered actress
Three cursed teenagers
A secret that devastates them all…


The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer…

Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after twenty years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room?

Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games?

Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe’s past about to catch up with her?
Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you’re in the theatre shadows, you see everything.

And Chloe has been watching…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Louise’s debut novel, How to be Brave, was a Guardian Readers’ pick in 2015 and a top ten bestseller on Amazon. The Mountain in my Shoe longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2016. The Sunday Mirror called Maria in the Moon ‘quirky, darkly comic, original and heartfelt’. It was also a Must Read in the Sunday Express and a Book of the Year at LoveReadingUK. The Lion Tamer Who Lost was described as ‘engrossing and captivating’ by the Daily Express. It also shortlisted for the RNA’s Romantic Novel of the Year and longlisted for the Polari Prize 2019. Call Me Star Girl hit number one on Kobo. It also longlisted for the Not The Booker Prize and won the Best magazine Big Book Award 2019. I Am Dust is out in 2020.

Link to her website – http://louisebeech.co.uk/

 

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Posted in Blog Tour, Young Adult

#BlogTour Today we are sharing our review for Can Dreams Come True by Kristen Lindsay Hager (The Cecily Taylor Series Book 1) #review #backablogger #yaread #rachelsrandomresources @rararesources @krystenlindsay

Today we are joining the blog tour for Can Dreams Come True (Book 1) The Cecily Taylor Series by Krysten Lindsay Hager.

Our Review

This was Daisy’s first read by Kristen Lindsay Hager and she loves a series so was keen to read and discuss with me.

She was lucky enough to receive a paperback copy and she loved how easy it was to read and the format of the book.

She enjoyed the style in which it was written and quickly wanted to keep reading about Cecily and to see how she handles being around Andrew who she has a major crush on.

She flew through it in just a few days and is keen to read the next one in the series and see what comes next for lead character Cecily.

When talking to Daisy I loved how she could compare this to real life and take away from it how relationships can be complicated. I am hoping that these YA reads will help her navigate her teenage years and this was a great example that she really enjoyed.

Book Blurb

Cecily has always had a huge crush on singer Andrew Holiday and she wants to be an actress, so she tags along when her friend auditions for his new video. However, the director isn’t looking for an actress, but rather the girl next door—and so is Andrew. Cecily gets a part in the video and all of Andrew’s attention on the set. Her friend begins to see red and Cecily’s boyfriend is seeing green—as in major jealousy. A misunderstanding leaves Cecily and her boyfriend on the outs and Andrew hopes to pick up the pieces as he’s looking for someone more stable in his life than the models he’s dated. Soon Cecily begins to realize Andrew understands her more than her small-town boyfriend—but can her perfect love match really be her favorite rock star?

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, crushes, fame, first loves, and values. She is the author of True Colors, Best Friends…Forever?, Next Door to a Star, Landry in Like, Competing with the Star (The Star Series: Book 2) and Da-ting the It Guy. True Colors, won the Readers Favorite award for best preteen book and the Dayton Book Expo Bestseller Award for childen/teens. Competing with the Star is a Read-ers’ Favorite Book Award Finalist. Krysten’s work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune, the Beavercreek Current, the Bellbrook Times, Springfield News-Sun, Grand Blanc View, Dayton Daily News and on Living Dayton.

Posted in Blog Tour, Non Fiction

Today I am joining the Bookstagram tour for Feasible Planet by Ken Kroes #feasibleplanet #lovebookstour @ken_kroes @lovebookstours

Today I am joining the bookstagram tour for Feasible Planet by Ken Kroes, a book highlighting concerns about the sustainability of our planet.

My Review

This is a book written around a number of talk points to help to make us more knowledgeable about sustainable living.

I particularly enjoyed the chapter about Getting Around as this covers the differences between Petrol v Hybrid v Electric cars. It discusses the the pros and cons of second hand cars compared to brand new cars and considerations to think about prior to purchase. It is informative and gives stats as well as explanations to help people grow in their understanding of how they can contribute to a sustainable lifestyle.

This is a book that educates people who have no idea what sustainable living involves whilst offering information to help increase knowledge to those who have an interest but are looking for further ideas through the subjects that it covers. I loved the style in which it was written as the format is clear and the language is designed to be understandable. I found the stays interesting as I was reading as it helped me with the perspective and turned it into just more than theory for some of the chapters.

A recommended read to help everyone acknowledge where they can make a difference and help create a more sustainable lifestyle.

Book Blurb

Are we doing enough?

Are you concerned about the state of our planet and hope that governments and corporations will find a sustainable way for us to live? If you do not think about it too hard, that may work, but will it? Left on their own, with drivers of popularity and profits, I am not too convinced that it will.

The missing part of this equation is you and me. Individuals who believe that corporations and governments can do better. Individuals who believe that through action, we can buy a bit more time to develop and implement solutions to our critical issues.

Did I hear a groan out there when you read the word ‘actions’? Do not worry! Most of the actions that I am referring to will not only help save the planet, but will benefit you right away through saving money, time, better health, and having a happier life in general.

Sustainability goes beyond controlling our consumption and pollution. There are key social, political, and economic areas that need to be addressed as well, and there are several steps that individuals can take to help in these areas.

For those of you who feel we could do more, this book is for you and is loaded with actionable activities, the reasons for doing them, and explores why we are not doing them already.

Every journey starts with a first step. Hopefully, this book will lead to those first sustainable steps and that will change the world.

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

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Ken Kroes is the author of the Percipience Eco-Fiction Series and the non-fiction books, Feasible Planet and Feasible Living. He is passionate about our relationship with our planet and applies his diverse background which includes agriculture, mechanical engineering and information systems into his writing. Born in Calgary, Canada he has bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has had the pleasure of living in many locations in North America and has travelled extensively.

He can be reached at Ken@feasibleplanet.com

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