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 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 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 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Maybe One Day by Debbie Johnson #BlogTour #BackaBlogger #MaybeOneDay

I have previously loved reading books by Debbie Johnson and jumped at the chance to join the blog tour for her latest release Maybe One Day!

 

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My Review

Wow where to start with this heartbreakingly beautiful book. From the very first paragraph I was hooked and I just wanted to find somewhere to hide and keep reading.

This is a story of true love and soul shattering loss where the characters jump off the page as you learn the heartbreaking story of Jess and Joe and the curve ball that changed their lives forever.

A rollercoaster of emotions are entwined in this book and you will want to laugh and cry as you get to know them and all the people who have touched and shaped their lives.

I have previously read and loved the Comfort Food Series by Debbie Johnson but this book was a whole other level and I loved it from the first to last page.

 

Book Blurb

What if you had the chance to find a lost love?

Jess still thinks about the man who disappeared from her life seventeen years ago, and the tragedy that tore them apart. So when she discovers a hidden box of letters in her mother’s attic, Jess realises that the truth about why he walked away has been kept from her all this time.

Jess sets out to follow the faded postmarks across the country, determined that her journey will bring her closer to him. As each clue falls into place, Jess discovers new things about herself – and the man who once broke her heart. Maybe she can find him. Maybe their love story isn’t over.

Maybe one day, they will be together again…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Debbie Johnson is an award-winning author who lives and works in Liverpool, where she divides her time between writing, caring for a small tribe of children and animals, and not doing the housework.

She writes feel-good emotional women’s fiction, and has sold more than 1,000,000 books worldwide. She is published globally in nine different languages, and has had two books optioned for film and TV.

Her books include the best-selling Comfort Food Cafe series,The A-Z of Everything, and the upcoming Maybe One Day.

She is also the author of supernatural crime thriller, Fear No Evil, and urban fantasies Dark Vision and Dark Touch.

 

Social Media Links

You can find out more at www.debbiejohnsonauthor.com, www.facebook.com/debbiejohnsonauthor or twitter.com/debbiemjohnson

 

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Many thanks to Orion Publishing for the opportunity to join this blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love for this superb book!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction, Debut Book

Today I am sharing my review for the fabulous The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Today I am sharing my review for the brilliant debut The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary, this is a superb feel good read that once you pick it up you will just want to keep reading! 

My Review

I have seen so many wonderful reviews for The Flatshare that I had to pick it up and what a brilliant book!

Tiffy is a wonderful larger than life character with a quirky dress sense who is trying to move on and overcome her emotions from her previous relationship and find somewhere affordable to live. Whilst Leon is battling just to keep his head above water, working constant night shifts and trying to help his brother and feeling like he isn’t getting anywhere. 

I loved the whole concept of this story and how it just jumps from the page, you quickly get to know how lovely Tiffy is and how her and Leon in the most unlikely of circumstances start to forge a friendship through post it notes and leftovers.

An emotionally charged read that will keep you reading into the early hours of the morning as you just have to know what comes next for these wonderful characters. This book is like a virtual hug and I absolutely loved it! 

 

Book Blurb

Tiffy and Leon share a flat
Tiffy and Leon share a bed
Tiffy and Leon have never met…


Tiffy Moore needs a cheap flat, and fast. Leon Twomey works nights and needs cash. Their friends think they’re crazy, but it’s the perfect solution: Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time.

But with obsessive ex-boyfriends, demanding clients at work, wrongly imprisoned brothers and, of course, the fact that they still haven’t met yet, they’re about to discover that if you want the perfect home you need to throw the rulebook out the window…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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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).

 

A superb debut that I absolutely loved and I can’t wait to share my review for her upcoming release The Switch with you! 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit

A massive Happy Publication day to the lovely Katie Ginger who releases the 1st book in her new series Spring Tides at Swallowtail Bay today! #review #backablogger #publicationday @katiegauthor @hqdigitaluk

Happy Publication day to Katie, I can’t wait to see this book on the shelves in May as I absolutely loved it and it’s the perfect feel good read to bring a little cheer to those who need it!

My Review

OMG Katie Ginger has done it again! She has such a wonderful way of drawing you into her books and writing so that the characters feel like your best friends and you feel like your along for the ride on their adventures.

In this new series you meet Stella as she embarks on a new adventure with her trusty King Charles Spaniel, Lexie who is juggling her two young children and trying to pay the bills and Miles who desperately wanted to buy the shop where Stella is licking her wounds.

This books is brimming with love and energy, it draws you in and doesn’t let you go again until you reach the final page. I loved the descriptions of the beautiful vintage dresses that Lexie wears and how it is set in a lovely seaside destination. It oozes charm in Swallowtail Bay and I can’t wait to go back for another visit in the next book in the series.

I can’t wait to recommend this one and will be eagerly awaiting (slightly impatiently) the release of Book 2 in the Swallowtail Bay series.

Book Blurb

Escape to the cosy seaside town of Swallowtail Bay, the perfect place for a fresh start – but is Stella’s new beginning over before it’s begun?

Licking her wounds from her divorce, Stella impulsively buys a gift shop and two holiday lets in glorious Swallowtail Bay, hoping for a fresh start with her King Charles Spaniel Frank.

When the neighbours meet her with a warm welcome, Stella knows she’s found the new home she was looking for. Even gorgeous but grumpy local Miles can’t take the shine off things. But then her ex-husband announces he’s getting married again, and someone in the village starts gossiping about Stella…

Is Stella’s dream over already? Or, with her new friends behind her, can Stella fight back and save her new life – and find the happy ever after she’s been waiting for?

About the Author

Well, hello there! Thanks for stopping by my author page!

I’m Katie, a writer of romantic fiction and a few cozy mystery short stories. I’ve written the Seafront series (The Little Theatre on the Seafront and Summer Season on the Seafront) and my stand-alone Christmas novel Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage comes out in October 2019.

I live in Kent with my hubby, two kids, and our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit. As I love a good chinwag, do come and say hello over on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor or on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/KatieGAuthor. I also blog about random stuff on my website: http://www.keginger.com

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

#Review – Today I am so excited to be sharing my review for The Foundling by Stacey Halls #BlogTour #TheFoundling @stacey_halls @tr4cyf3nt0n @ZaffreBooks

Today I am really excited to be joining the blog tour for The Foundling by Stacey Halls. Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour.

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My Review

A superb 5* read that is already up there in my favourite reads of the year. I literally read this in a sitting as I just couldn’t put it down and keep recommending it as it was so memorable.

Bess is a desperate unmarried mother who works alongside her father in the market to help keep her family afloat. Her brother tells her about The Foundling and this is where her desperate journey begins with her newborn child. I had never heard of The Foundling hospital before reading this book and would now love to know more.

The characters are well described and so vivid that they jump off of the pages. The story is set in Pre-Victorian London and is a sensory overload of smells, noises and squalor. I really loved the story and found myself further absorbed the more it unfolded and was so sad to reach the end as I had truly loved losing myself in the story.

 A truly addictive read that just pulls you in brimming with fantastic characters. It is beautifully written and a story that will stay with me, it was so memorable with a stunning cover that looks gorgeous on my book shelf.

 

Book Blurb

Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything . . .

London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, she is astonished when she is told she has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.

Less than a mile from Bess’s lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.

From the bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds . . .

 

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Available to purchase here

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

#Review Today I am very excited to be kicking off the blog tour for Four Minutes to Save a Life by Anna Stuart #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @tr4cyf3nt0n @annastuartbooks

Today I am excited to be kicking off the blog tour for Four Minutes to Save a Life, I loved Bonnie and Stan and am really excited to be joining the blog tour for Anna Stuart’s new release.

4 Mins Blog Tour

My Review

Four Minutes to Save a Life is a beautiful story that pulls on your heartstrings throughout. As the story unfolds you get to know Charlie who has just started delivering groceries and what has lead him to this point in his life.

Whilst delivering groceries Charlie encounters people who as the story progresses you grow to love and whose insecurities and isolation begins to become apparent as well as what has lead them to the points they are at in their lives. This story demonstrates the impact of loneliness and how relationships grow with nurturing and time as Charlie realises four minutes will never been enough.

I loved this book it touches on depression, alcoholism and the powers of social media which are all massive influences in todays society. Anna Stuart has a wonderful way with words and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future.

 

Book Blurb

There’s always time to help out a stranger…isn’t there?

Supermarket delivery driver Charlie enjoys his new job, because he doesn’t have to spend too long with people, who, he’s found, are nothing but trouble. But when he’s assigned the Hope Row street, he realises there are a lot of lonely people out there – and for some, he’s their only interaction.

The supermarket boss tells Charlie he’s a driver, not a social worker – but Charlie can’t abandon the Hope Row residents and he sets about trying to draw them out of their shells and back into the world. But will his helping hand make everything worse?

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Anna wanted to be an author from the moment she could pick up a pen and was writing boarding-school novels behind the sofa by the age of nine. She made the early mistake of thinking she ought to get a ‘proper job’ and went into Factory Planning – a career that gave her some wonderful experiences, amazing friends and even a fantastic husband, but did not offer much creative scope. So when she stopped to have children she took the chance to start the ‘improper job’ of writing. During the baby years she wrote in those gaps provided by sleeps, playschools and obliging grandparents, publishing short stories and serials in all the women’s magazines.

Her ultimate aim was to write longer fiction and several years ago she published a series of successful historical novels under the pseudonym Joanna Courtney. She will continue to publish under that name but is delighted, as Anna Stuart, to also be able to write Bonnie and Stan – a real-life romance set in both the present day and sixties Liverpool.

 

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Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the invitation to take part in the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love! 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Seasonal

#Review Today I am sharing my review for Rewrite the Stars by Emma Heatherington @emmalou13

Today I am sharing my review for the latest release by the amazingly talented Emma Heatherington. I have loved reading Emma’s previous books so couldn’t resist it being just 99p on kindle and jumped it up the TBR pile to read straight away.

The characters in this book hooked me right from the start. Charlotte jumped off the pages as she was a character who embraced life who lived and made mistakes. I loved her vivasciousness for life and all it had to offer.

Whilst reading this book your taken on an emotional rollercoaster that leaves you remembering you never know what’s round the corner and to grab life with both hands whilst you can. A story that will make you laugh, love and left me with tears as I reached the end. This book is a delightful blend of wonderful characters set in the heart of Ireland and I loved it from start to finish.

Book Blurb

From the moment they meet one December day there’s something between Charlotte Taylor and her brother’s best friend, Tom Farley. But Tom’s already taken and Charlie has to let him go…

It’s another five years before their paths cross again only a secret from the past forces Charlie to make a choice. She promises herself she’ll never look back…

The years pass and Charlie moves on with her life but she can never forget Tom. He’s always there whispering ‘What if?’.

Can Charlie leave the life she has built for one last chance with Tom?  Or is the one that got away not really the one at all…?

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Emma Heatherington has penned more than thirty educational short films, plays and musicals as well as eleven novels, two of which were written under the pseudonym Emma Louise Jordan.
Emma’s novel, The Legacy of Lucy Harte, was an eBook bestseller in both the UK and US.
She lives in her native Donaghmore, Co Tyrone, with her partner Jim McKee and their children Jordyn, Jade, Dualta, Adam and Sonny James.

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

#Review Today I am helping to close the blog tour for Coming Home to Merriment Bay – Part Four: Starry Skies by Emily Harvale

Coming home to Merriment Bay Part 4

Today I am helping close the blog tour for the final trip to Coming Home to Merriment Bay Part Four: Starry Skies.

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A superb conclusion to this lovely series compiled of short stories ahead of the full book being released. I have loved reading these stories and have been eagerly awaiting the release of the each instalment.

The stories feature a lovely selection of characters that capture your hearts and as the stories continue to unfold you get to see more of the personalities of those who Cat & Kyra hold most dear.

I have loved reading about Cat and the misadventures of her heart as she gets used to life back in Merriment Bay. Fingers crossed that Emily writes another book so we get to see what comes next for these brilliant characters.

 

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Part Four of this heartwarming four-part serial about finding the strength to put the past behind you and to reach out for a future filled with happiness and love.

Cat is reeling from the unexpected events of Christmas and as Merriment Bay prepares to toast in the New Year, she’s facing choices she never thought she’d have to make. Her head and her heart are pulling her in very different directions.

Bailey is sitting by Viola’s bedside, regaling everyone with tales from the past but is there any chance he’ll get to see a smile on the lips of the woman he still loves?

Having realised she has made mistakes, will Mary finally tell Cat what she really wants to know?

And what will the New Year bring for Kyra? Will she fulfil the plans she made before she came to Merriment Bay?

When distressing events end more than one person’s dream, can Cat find the strength to fight for the Love she deserves? Sometimes it takes a crisis to make someone realise what they truly want. And Cat has decided what – and who – that really is. But is she too late?

 

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Available to purchase Amazon UK / Amazon US

 

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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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Many thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to join this superb blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!