#Reviews This evening I am sharing a review from Daisy for One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus #OneofUsisLying #KarenMcManus #YAbooks @writerkmc

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Hi Everyone I am Daisy and I am 12 years old.  I love to read and rarely go anywhere without a book to read, in case I get bored! Over the summer I read a lot of books some by authors I hadn’t read before and I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying as I didn’t know what was going to happen from one page to the next, this book was one of my favourite reads of the summer.

My two favourite characters were Bronwyn and Nate for multiple reasons, Bronwyn has a positive outlook on life. Nate and Bronwyn are both responsible in different ways and they are the most unexpected couple yet the best. I found that Simon’s death had a massive impact on the past. present and future and a mirror impact on Nate and Bronwyn’s relationship.

I didn’t know what to expect when I chose this book and it was really good, so good that I was reading in the middle of the night when I should have been asleep. I am already looking forward to reading Two Can Keep a Secret as I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, it combined all of my favourite genres action, thriller and romance.

 

Book Blurb

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son.

One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel. To learn more about her, go to her website, karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.

#Review Daisy is taking to our blog today and sharing her review for This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher #bookblogger #teenbooks #YAbooks #ThisLieWillKillYou @Chelsea_Pitcher

Today I am really excited as Daisy is sharing her review for This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher. Daisy is 12 years old and is fast approaching the age where she is finding the books on her bookshelf a bit too predictable, so we paid a visit to Waterstones and had a browse through the Teen/YA section to see if any books jumped out at her.

Daisy’s Review

I really enjoyed this book, I picked it up after reading the blurb and deciding that this could be a good fit for a different type of read to what I usually choose. This Lie Will Kill You is a thriller with a tiny hint of romance that I loved and found I couldn’t put down after the first couple of chapters. I became engrossed as I never knew what was going to happen next and found this an addictive read and finished it in just a couple of days.

My favourite characters were Juniper and Ruby as I found their personalities really interesting and wanted to know more about them.

This was my first book by Chelsea Pitcher but I would definitely read more as I loved this book. I have already recommended this book to my cousin who is the same age as me as it was such a great read.

 

Book Blurb

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens all played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.

Instead, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge who wants to finally unravel the truth about what actually happened that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

 

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Available to order here

 

About the Author

Chelsea Pitcher is the author of The S-Word and This Lie Will Kill You. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and loves twisty mysteries. Follow her on twitter at @Chelsea_Pitcher and visit her website at ChelseaPitcher.com.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read Daisy’s review today, please remember to like and share to help encourage our teens/YA to keep reading!

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

 

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

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

Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Photos of You by Tammy Robinson

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

 

Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart

Book Blurb

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

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

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

My 5* Review

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

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

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

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Available to purchase here

 

 

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy

Book Blurb

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

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

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

My 4* Review

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

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

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

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

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Available to purchase here

 

Photos of You by Tammy Robinson

Book Blurb

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

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

My 5* Review

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

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

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

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Available to purchase here

 

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Book Blurb

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

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

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

My 4* Review

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

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Available to purchase here

 

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

#Review Today I am sharing my review for one of my top reads of the year so far The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman #BlogTour #BackaBlogger #TheGirlAtTheWindow @rowancoleman @annecater

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Today I am sharing my review for one of my favourite reads of the year so far, a stunning story that I fell in love with upon arrival at the rundown Ponden Hall.

Trudy has returned to her beloved childhood home recently widowed with her son Will after an estrangement from her Mother. I found this story beautifully creepy and enthralling, it mixes modern day with events that happened hundreds of years ago. The ghosts trapped in the house have always spoken to Trudy and now they are leaving clues about events in the past.

This book has a dark and slightly gothic feel that made me want to just keep reading. It was a story of how the house had many stories to tell of loss and love over the years and through the generations of the Heaton’s.

As the past and present come colliding together the book keeps gaining momentum and I found more and more that I couldn’t put the book down as was so keen to see what would happen to Ma, Trudy and Will.

A truly brilliant and memorable read with superb characters that you will love and hate in equal measures, this book made my spine tingle and I loved it!

 

Book Blurb

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from…

Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.

While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Rowan Coleman’s first novel Growing Up Twice was a WHS Fresh Talent Winner. Since then, Rowan has written fifteen novels, including The Memory Book which was a Sunday Times bestseller. It was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub and awarded Love Reading Novel of the Year, as voted for by readers.

Her latest novel, The Summer of Impossible Things, is a Zoe Ball TV Book Club selection.

Rowan lives with her husband and their five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire, juggling writing novels with raising her family. She really wishes someone would invent time travel.

You can find out more about Rowan at http://www.rowancoleman.co.uk or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @rowancoleman

 

Many thanks to Random Things Tours for my invite to take part in this blog tour 

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the superb debut Instructions For Falling In Love Again by Lucy Mitchell #BlogTour #BackaBlogger #InstructionsForFallingInLoveAgain @blondewritemore @BOTBSPublicity

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I am so excited to be sharing my review today after reading this stunning debut as part of the blog tour, I can’t wait to see what comes next from Lucy Mitchell as I loved this book.

A combination of funny, chaotic and poignant, I loved the story and the style in which it was written. Be prepared to pick up this book and just want to keep reading as you experience a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed throughout this book, empathised with the chaos of kids and yet it was tinged with sadness as you got to see how this family were dealing with their grief whilst Mum (Pippa) is trying to hold it all together and work out how the family can move on.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you wanting to turn the pages then look no further. A highly recommended read that I thoroughly enjoyed and I look forward to reading future releases by Lucy Mitchell, definitely a new author to watch out for.

 

Book Blurb

What would you do if your late husband left you a list of instructions on how to fall in love with someone else?

Pippa Browning is faced with this exact dilemma, three years after the death of her husband, Dan.

Buried at the bottom of a drawer are a collection of notebooks full of Dan’s advice on how to live without him.

Pippa’s notebook is red and contains his instructions on how to fall in love again.

But Dan doesn’t just want Pippa to fall in love with anyone – Dan’s crazy suggestion is that Pippa should date his handsome friend, Mikey Stenton, a known thrill-seeking ladies’ man.

Reluctant to follow Dan’s advice, Pippa enters the world of dating. She embarks on a humorous journey of self-discovery, with the help of her children and two best friends.

It isn’t long before Pippa is finding it hard to ignore Dan’s instructions and Mikey Stenton.

Is Mikey really the man that everyone thinks him to be? Or was Dan right, and Mikey’s simply been misunderstood?

A heart-warming romantic comedy about motherhood, friendship and finding love, the second time around.

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About the Author

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Instructions For Falling In Love Again is the debut novel from Lucy Mitchell. She lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats.
Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad.
When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine.

 

Many thanks to Books on the Brightside for the invite to take part in the blog tour

#Review Today I am really excited to share my review for the eagerly awaited second release by Jenni Keer – The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows #MaisieMeadows #BlogBlitz #backablogger #publicationday @rararesources @JenniKeer

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Today I am taking part in the blog blitz for The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows. I was so excited to see this book pop up as I loved Lucy Baker and this book did not disappoint Jenni Keer has once again created some superb characters.

Maisie Meadows is a character that needs order in her life and is super organised, as the story progresses you start to see what led to her character traits and how she is constantly trying to remain in control of everything. I absolutely loved Maisie and her complicated family that she is trying in vain to pull back together.

Jenni Keer has a way of pulling you into her writing so you can’t help but keep reading. This story is focused on Maisie trying to reunite her own broken family, whilst embarking on a new career. Where she meets some brilliant people who lead her to rediscover a link to her childhood through Meredith’s tea set that she feels drawn too in a way she can’t explain.

I read this book in just a couple of days and was disappointed when I reached the end as I had fallen in love with the characters so much that I just wanted to keep reading more about them. Another brilliant triumph from Jenni Keer and I am excited to see what comes next as I have absolutely loved Lucy Baker & Maisie Meadows.

 

Book Blurb

When Maisie Meadows finds herself single and jobless on New Year’s Day, she resolves that this will be the year she focuses on bringing her scattered family back together. Romance is all very well, but it’s the people you grew up with that matter the most.

But a new job working at an auction house puts her in the path of Theo, a gorgeous but unattainable man who she can’t help but be distracted by. As their bond begins to grow, Maisie finds herself struggling to fulfil the promise she made to herself – but the universe has other ideas, and it’s not long before the Meadows family are thrown back together in the most unlikely of circumstances…

Can dealing with other people’s treasures help Maisie to let go of the past, and teach her who she ought to treasure the most?

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker was published in January 2019.

The Unlikely Life of Maisie Meadows is out in July 2019.

Social Media Links –

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Twitter @JenniKeer

Instagram jennikeer

Website – https://jennikeer.co.uk/

 

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#Review #Blogtour Daisy is joining me on my blog today to share her thoughts on Space Dragons by Robin Bennett #SpaceDragons #YoungReaders #MiddleGrade #Childrensbooks @rararesources @MonsterBooksRaw

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Today my daughter Daisy is joining me on my blog to share her thoughts on Space Dragons which she has recently finished reading.

Daisy has just had her 12th birthday so sits in the higher age group for this book which is aimed at 8-12 year olds. She always has a book in her hand and was really excited to receive her copy and get stuck in.

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Daisy’s Review

It all started when Stan looked up through his broken telescope and saw Venus’ eye. It’s an amazing story, about dragons that live on the planets of our solar system. The story was about stopping Hades (Pluto) putting the particle of light back to where it belongs and saving Stan’s sister.

My favourite character is Mercury because he’s funny and very talkative.

I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend reading Space Dragons, it was a book that kept me hooked as I wanted to know if Stan would be able to stop Hades and save his sister.

 

Book Blurb

If Stan Pollux had known he would be spending his summer holidays in the outer reaches of our solar system, he would have put on different underpants.

But when he gets kidnapped by the Planet Dragon Mercury, most things suddenly seem small and insignificant. Stan finds himself in a universe of dragons who had once ruled the skies as gods: Mars, Venus, Saturn and even Uranus way out back. This is shaping up to be the best summer holiday in the history of the cosmos until Stan discovers his stupid sister is missing and that Pluto (AKA Hades) is trying to use her to destroy the Solar System. And it will be all Stan’s fault if he doesn’t get Poppy back.

So, all Stan has to do is learn how to fight like a hero in space armour, defeat the dragon god of the Underworld, Hades, rescue his sister and save the world. All before his parents realise she is missing.

 

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Available to from Amazon UK / US

About the Author

Robin Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children, adults, and everything in between. Listed in the Who’s Who of British Business Excellence at 29, his 2016 documentary “Fantastic Britain”, about the British obsession with fantasy and folklore, won best foreign feature at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards, and his first book for young adults, Picus the Thief, won the Writer’s News Indie Published Book of the Year Award in 2012. Robin is also a director at Firefly Press

Twitter – https://twitter.com/MonsterBooksRaw

 

Giveaway to Win 10 x Hardcover Copies of Space Dragons – UK Only

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

#Review Today I am really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for The Ice Cream Parlour by Isabella May #blogtour #backablogger @isabellamaybks @rararesources

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Today I am really excited to be taking part in the blog tour for The Ice Cream Parlour, it is a lovely feel good read about the lovely Giovanna and her dreams. Gi is a character you will instantly love, she is full of determination and sass and continues to miss her home country after her family moved when she was a child.

This is the story of Gi embarking on her childhood dream to create her own Ice Cream Parlour after she has a falling out with her family which leads to her being estranged. She starts this process by returning to her home country to sample their flavours to help inspire her own creations of wonderful treats for when she returns to Bath.

I love the food themes that run through Isabella May’s books and was so excited to read this wonderful book. I loved Gi from the first few pages and found that I couldn’t put the book down and that I just had to keep reading to see what was in store next.

The Ice Cream Parlour is my favourite of Isabella May’s books to date, it is full of the drama of families and is brimming with love and dreams with the most amazing  edible creations. A superb read to enjoy in the sunshine with a massive scoop of your favourite ice cream.

 

Book Blurb

Giovanna Tonioli is a successful stockbroker with a famous sports star boyfriend, but things aren’t as sweet as they seem. When life in the city of Bath goes from Vanilla to Rocky Road, she takes herself off to Italy for an ‘Eat Pray Love’ style tour of all things gelateria. What she doesn’t expect to find on her travels is one smooth, hot dollop of temptation that she just can’t shake. 

How will her spiteful twin sister react when Giovanna returns to open a rival ice cream parlour? Will Natalia get her just desserts? Or will things become even stickier? All’s fair in love, war and ice cream. Isn’t it?

*Marian Keyes meets Paulo Coelho meets Nigella*

The Ice Cream Parlour is a mouthwatering tale of fate, family, love and jealousy – with a delectable drizzle of alchemy besides.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. 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, gelato, and travel obsessed, she also loves nothing more than to (quietly) break life’s ‘rules’. 

The Ice Cream Parlour is her fourth novel.

 

Social Media Links –

Website – www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

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

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in the blog tour and read this fabulous book

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#Review – Happy Publication Day to Amanda Prowse – Today I am sharing my review for the superb The Things I Know #TheThingsIKnow #publicationday #backablogger @mrsamandaprowse

Amanda Prowse is one of my absolute favourite authors and I always pick up her books when I am looking for a book to immerse myself into and this book was no exception.

Amanda writes with such passion and relevance her books never fail to pull you in from the first few pages. The Things I Know introduces you to the lovely Thomasina (Hitch), giving you an insight into her life on her families beloved Waycott farm with Daphne her favourite chicken and her faithful dog Buddy.

Hitch has only ever wanted what all girls want, to feel pretty, wear pretty shoes, to be able to make plans and have dreams with someone to share it all with. In this story you embark on a journey with her where you get glimpses of her childhood that have shaped and created the feelings she now experiences and where you see her meet Grayson when he arrives to stay at the B&B on the farm and this sets a chain of events into motion.

I absolutely loved this book, it was a beautiful story full of love and compassion that carries such a relevant and important message that is especially important in todays society when people seem happy to openly pass judgement and share negative comments on social media. This book highlights how goals and dreams are not defined by what society considers the perfect person that they are anyone’s for the taking and how no one should be making anyone else feel that they aren’t entitled to have dreams and ambitions.

Amanda Prowse has a superb knack of tapping into her characters and visually creating them in her stories, she makes you feel as if you are standing alongside her watching her characters and stories unfold. She leaves a part of herself in each book and manages to evoke emotion and happiness through her writing and her books are always an absolute pleasure to read.

 

Book Blurb

Thomasina ‘Hitch’ Waycott loves living and working on the remote family farm and B&B. But she also wants more. To see the world. To own her own home. To fall madly in love.

But those are fairy tales, and if her life is a fairy tale, then she’s the ugly duckling. Her deformed lip, her crooked limbs and her weak heart have kept her from taking chances. But that’s about to change.

When Grayson Potts comes to stay, he’s unlike anyone Thomasina has ever met. He’s aloof, eccentric and exceptionally kind. He’s also totally unconcerned with the physical flaws that have always defined Thomasina.

The two form a bond that neither has had before. It’s possible that it could become something more, but Thomasina also wonders if it’s too good to be true. By putting her heart on the line, Thomasina may open herself to heartbreak. But she may also open herself to so much more.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twenty-one novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary-fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is, and will always be, writing.

You can find her online at http://www.amandaprowse.com, on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AmandaProwseAuthor.

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the truly superb – When All Is Said by Anne Griffin #WhenAllIsSaid #5* @AnneGriffin_

Today I am sharing my review for the truly superb When All Is Said by Anne Griffin, I took this book on holiday to Disney with me and was waking up early to be able to keep reading whilst everyone else slept.

I chose to bump When All Is Said up the TBR pile after reading so many fantastic reviews and I am so pleased that I did. This is a book based on a wonderful love story that takes you on a journey from childhood to marriage and through to old age. It is brimming with love, loss, commitment and regrets.

A wonderful story told from the perspective of Maurice who sits down in the very significant Rainford House Hotel one night and tells us his story accompanied by his five chosen drinks to toast the most important people in his life.

I loved this book and just had to keep reading, I chose this to read whilst on holiday and picked it back up every time I sat down and got up early as I was so keen to keep reading. A truly lovely story that will leave you with all of the emotions and feelings.

Book Blurb

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said and done?

This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.

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About the Author

Anne Griffin is an Irish novelist living in Ireland. Anne was awarded the John McGahern Award for Literature, recognising previous and current works. Amongst others, she has been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and the Sunday Business Post Short Story Award.

Anne’s debut novel ‘When All Is Said’ will be published by Sceptre in the UK and Ireland on 24th January, 2019 and by Thomas Dunne Books in the US and Canada on the 5th March, 2019. It will also be published by Rowohlt Verlag in Germany, Delcourt in France, by Harper Collins Holland in the Netherlands, by Wydawnictwo Czarna in Poland, and by Tyto Alba in Lithuania.

www.annegriffinwriter.com

Twitter – @AnneGriffin_