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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Many thanks to Love Books Tours for the invitation to take part and read this book, please remember to like and share to spread the book love!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

Today I am joining the blog tour for Children of War by Ahmet Yorulmaz #ChildrenofWar #RandomThingsTours

Today I am joining the blog tour for Children of War which is a fiction story based on the Treaty of Lausanne. Translated from Turkish by Paula Darwish.

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My Review

When I picked up this book I wasn’t sure what to expect, I was aware it had been translated from Turkish to English and had been drawn in by the blurb of a historical event I knew little about. The blurb indicates that although this a book of fiction it was written using a diary of a refugee family.

The story is powerful and I have learnt so much about what happened in Crete during this period. When reading this, it drives home the suffering families experienced during the early 1900’s and the importance of stories about these periods in our history to ensure it is never forgotten. Whilst reading Children of War we follow Hassanaki from childhood and see the trials and loss the Muslim Cretans faced as the power changes hands and they are faced with life changing decisions and the fear that become a constant in their lives.

Book Blurb

Hassanakis is a young Muslim boy of Turkish descent growing up on Crete during WWI. Fifteen generations of his family have lived on the island and until now he has never had any reason not to think he is a Cretan. But with the Great Powers tussling over the collapsing Ottoman Empire and the island’s Christians in rebellion, an outbreak of ethnic violence forces his family to flee to the Cretan city of Chania. He begins to lay down roots and his snappy dress earns him the nickname of Hassan ‘the mirror’. As WWI draws to a close and the Turkish War of Independence rages, he begins a heady romance with the elegant Hüsniye. There are rumours that the Cretan Muslims will be sent to Turkey but Hassanakis can’t believe he will be sent to a country whose language he barely knows and where he knows no-one.

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Available to purchase here


About the Author



Ahmet Yorulmaz was a Turkish a journalist, author and translator. He was born in Ayvalik to a family of Cretan Turks deported to mainland Turkey as part of the Greek-Turkish population exchange decreed in the Treaty of Lausanne. He was fluent in modern Greek and translated novels and poems from contemporary Greek literature to Turkish. Most of his original works were written with the aim of making people learn about Ayvalık, the city where he grew up. He dedicated himself to Greek-Turkish friendship and rapprochement.

 

About the Translator

Paula Darwish is a freelance translator and professional musician. She read Turkish Language and Literature with Middle Eastern History at SOAS in London graduating with a First in 1997. She is a qualified member of the Institute of Translators and Interpreters (MITI).

 

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Many thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for my copy of this book and the opportunity to read and review!

Posted in Blog Tour, Cover Reveal

#CoverReveal Today I am excited to be helping reveal the cover for Hybrid Vengeance by Jennie Dorny

I recently took part in the Bookstagram tour for Hybrids Trouble and am excited to be able to share the cover for her new release with you which is due for release on 4th April. Lets start off by telling you a bit about the book, before we reveal the cover.

 

Book Blurb

Caught in a web of murder and vengeance, Theo must outsmart the Spylady to save her new friends.

Imprisoned in a male appearance, can Nand survive deportation without losing herself?

Forced to leave Eridan after her mental battle with Keith of Rain Forest, Theo travels to Earth Metropolis with SpaceSS agent Jack Finch. When Jack is arrested for murdering his husband, Farren, Theo’s plans for a new future collapse.

To impress Declan, Nand face-changes into her cousin’s appearance on the day of the Face Changer Assembly. But her moment of triumph turns into a nightmare when Keith launches an attack against the Face Changers.

Deported to Gambling Nova, the federal prison, with Ashta and a few Face Changers, will Declan be strong enough to overcome his guilt in order to help Nand keep her male appearance and safeguard Eridan’s future?

Convinced that Farren is still alive, Theo must outsmart the Spylady if she wants to get Jack released from the penitentiary and find Farren’s whereabouts. Yet when Sheer, the Savalwomen leader, orders her to rescue the Face Changers, Theo faces a new challenge: is she ready to return to Gambling Nova? And risk her life?

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About the Author

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Jennie Dorny was born in 1960 in Newton, Massachusetts. She lives and works in Paris with her three cats. She is both French and American. She studied American literature and civilization, Italian and history of art at three Parisian universities. She wrote her Master’s thesis about contemporary Irish poetry after spending a year in Dublin. She loves words and languages, and she can spend hours exploring a thesaurus. Over the years, she has studied Spanish, Japanese, Hindi and sign language, and recently took up Italian again. She has published in French Gambling Nova (1999), Eridan (2002) and Les Cupidons sont tombés sur la tête (Mischievous Cupids gone Crazy, 2007). Gambling Nova and Eridan are partial, earlier versions of Hybrids; science-fiction novels that in many ways deal with the question of gender.

Social Media Links

Find more at www.jenniedorny.com and feel free to join the club.

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Now is everyone ready to see the colourful cover for Hybrids Vol 2. Vengeance ….

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Available to pre-order here

Many thanks to Love Books Tours for the invitation to help with this stunning cover reveal, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love and don’t forget to pre-order your copy!

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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 Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Psychological Thriller

#BlogTour Today I am joining the blog tour for the superb Mine by Clare Empson #review #mine

My Review

Today I am very excited to be sharing my review for this superb read by Clare Empson. This is a new author for me and I can’t wait to read more after diving into this one!

Mine is a book that lures you in really quickly, the dual time line flits between Alice in the seventies and Luke present day. As you get to know the characters you start to realise there is more to events that are happening than meets the eye.

A vivid book where the colours and music burst out of the story, I love the musicality throughout this story and the links to art. The sketches are well described and it helps you to visualise them as the story progresses.

I liked the split time line and how they tied together as the story progressed and more was revealed about the characters in the family as the story picked up momentum.

Overall a superb book that will make you smile, break your heart and make your heart race as you grip the book a little tighter as I was never quite sure where the story was going to go next.

 

 

Book Blurb


‘Who am I? Why am I here? Why did my mother give me away?’

On the surface, Luke and his girlfriend Hannah seem to have a perfect life. He’s an A&R man, she’s an arts correspondent and they are devoted to their new-born son Samuel.

But beneath the gloss Luke has always felt like an outsider. So when he finds his birth mother Alice, the instant connection with her is a little like falling in love.

When Hannah goes back to work, Luke asks Alice to look after their son. But Alice – fuelled with grief from when her baby was taken from her 27 years ago – starts to fall in love with Samuel. And Luke won’t settle for his mother pushing him aside once again…

 

About the Author

Clare Empson is a journalist with a background in national newspapers and has worked as a small business editor, finance correspondent and fashion at the Mail on Sunday and the Daily Express. Clare freelances for The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and Tatler amongst others. She currently works as editor/founder of experiential lifestyle website http://www.countrycalling.co.uk. Him is her debut novel. Her second novel Mine is an exploration of the fraught relationship between a birth mother and her adopted son set against a backdrop of a passionate love affair in the 70s. Mine will be available August 2019.

Many thanks to Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to take part and please remember to like and share to help spread the love on this blog tour!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Today I am delighted to be sharing a review for the uplifting read Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman #BackaBlogger #BookBlogger #Review #BlogTour #SummerinProvence #Rachelsrandomresources

Today I am sharing my review for Summer in Provence by Lucy Coleman, I absolutely loved this book when I read it a few weeks ago and highly recommend it as it is a book to transport you away from the current realities and transport you to a beautiful destination.

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My Review

Summer in Provence set in a stunning location at a retreat where Fern finds herself after her husband has decided he would like a year’s sabbatical from their marriage. I loved reading about Fern as she discovered herself without being the other half of Aiden and learnt to slow down and stop worrying about everyone else and look after herself.

The concept of the retreat really appealed to me as sometimes we all need to switch off and move away from the norm for a few days to give ourselves some quality uninterrupted time. Set in a gorgeous location with lots of time spent outdoors, your once again treated to some stunning views and descriptions from Lucy Coleman.

I love finding a new author and she is quickly becoming a goto author for me as her destinations are stunning and the descriptions are vivid and colourful and so easy to visualise. I loved reading this book and am excited to see what she releases next as her books just whisk me off and provide some gorgeous away time from the real world.

 

Book Blurb

Is a change as good as a rest?

When married couple Fern and Aiden have a windfall, their reactions could not be more different. While Fern is content to pay off their mortgage and build a nest egg before starting a family, her husband is set on traveling the world.

Fern’s not much of a back-packer so, before she knows it, the idea of a ‘marriage gap year’ takes shape. And, as Aiden heads off to the wilds of Australia, Fern chooses the more restful Provence for her year out.

Set amidst the glorious French scenery, Château de Vernon offers a retreat from the hustle and bustle of normal life, and Fern agrees to help out in return for painting lessons from the owner – renowned, but rather troubled, painter Nico.

As their year unfolds in very different ways, will the time apart transform their marriage, or will it drive Fern and Aiden even further apart…

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Available to pre-order here

 

About the Author

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From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Visit Linn & Lucy’s website at: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://lucycolemanromance.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyColemanAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanauth

 

Giveaway to Win a signed paperback of ‘A Springtime to Remember’ and a Boldwood Tote bag (Open INT)

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Click here to enter!

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide 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.

 

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Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take part and t for taking the time to read my review, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love of this wonderful book!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#BlogTour – Pop over to my blog and check out my review for Her Husband’s Mistake by Sheila O’Flanagan #BackaBlogger #BookBlogger #Review #HerHusbandsMistake @annecater @sheilaoflanagan @headlinepg

Today I am joining the blog tour for the latest release by Sheila O’Flanagan – Her Husband’s Mistake. Many thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me to read this book and share my review. When I saw this blog tour pop up in my inbox I couldn’t wait to read the book as it sounded right up my street. 

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My Review

Roxy has just lost her father and has been running his chauffeur business whilst he was poorly to help keep it afloat in his absence. Just when she thinks life can’t deal her any more blows she catches her husband cheating on her with a neighbour and this story follows her as she goes from being in a carefree marriage to having the weight of the world on her shoulders.

A book full of family loyalty, love, trust and mistrust, Roxy has some big decisions to make – can she trust Dave again? afterall he was her childhood sweetheart but she is also aware she has two children to support and she is still grieving the loss of her Dad and trying to be there for her Mum.

I loved Roxy she was the shoulder for all of the family and as her character comes out as you keep reading you realise just how determined she is to be a success as she decides on the next steps in her life. She is passionate and driven and I love the demonstration of how the onus is often on Mum to keep all of the balls in the air when it comes to childcare and making sure that there is dinner on the table for everyone.

A book that I found gathered momentum the more I read and I found myself routing for Roxy as she looks to move forward with her life. A brilliant book that is easy to pick up and put down and oozing with brilliant strong female characters.

 

Book Blurb


Roxy’s marriage has always been rock solid.

After twenty years, and with two carefree kids, she and Dave are still the perfect couple.

Until the day she comes home unexpectedly, and finds Dave in bed with their attractive, single neighbour.

Suddenly Roxy isn’t sure about anything – her past, the business she’s taken over from her dad, or what her family’s future might be. She’s spent so long caring about everyone else that she’s forgotten what she actually wants. But something has changed. And Roxy has a decision to make.

Whether it’s with Dave, or without him, it’s time for Roxy to start living for herself…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Ireland is famed for its writers, but for me growing up most of the novels were rural in both their settings and their points of view. I wanted to read books about people like me, who lived in the city and struggled with the chaotic bus timetable and had dreams and ambitions that had nothing to do with the farm. I also wanted to read novels in which the women were the heroes of their own stories and not simply there because they were someone’s wife, mother or daughter.

Although I was constantly writing, the idea of being a novelist was a bit of a pipe dream. I had to earn a living and so I got a job in finance. It was the complete opposite of anything I’d ever expected to do but – at least for a time – I enjoyed it and I did well.

But the dream wouldn’t go away and in my thirties I decided that I would make a real effort to write my novel. Eventually, after a couple of false starts, Dreaming of A Stranger was written and published and became an Irish bestseller.

Since then I’ve written more than 20 novels as well as 3 collections of short stories and 2 novels for children all of which have been bestsellers both in Ireland and overseas. They include The Hideaway, What Happened That Night, Isobel’s Wedding and Suddenly Single and my sales have topped 8 million around the world. My next book will be published on 30th May 2019 and is called Her Husband’s Mistake. In it, Roxy, my heroine, has to reassess her rock-solid marriage after a shattering discovery.

In most of my books, I put women in situations where they have to dig deep inside themselves to find their inner strength even though sometimes they struggle to realise it’s there. Readers often ask who my favourite characters are, but every one of the women in my books is as close to me as a member of my family. (For the time when I’m writing a book they’re even closer because they’re in my head 24/7. At least with the family I can put the phone down!)

Regardless of who my readers are, I always try to do three things when I’m writing:

Tell a good story
Make the reader feel like they know the characters
Make each book better than the last

I’ve been very lucky in having so many books published and hearing from readers all around the world. And I’m glad that, when times were tough, I remembered the quote that ‘a professional writer is an amateur who wouldn’t quit”

I’m a passionate avocate for increasing literacy and helping people who have come to reading late in life so that they can find the same pleasure in reading as I’ve had. I’ve taken part in a number of different televised projects to help people who’ve struggled with reading and writing and I’ve contributed to both the Quick Reads and Open Doors series of novellas for new readers. I’m also a board member of Fighting Words, the creative writing centre set up by Booker prize-winner Roddy Doyle where I’ve worked with teenagers to write their own published stories and retired people who are working on their memoirs.

 

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

#BlogTour Pop over and have a read of my review for A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman #BackaBlogger #Review @rararesources @lucycolemanauth

Today I am very excited to be joining the blog tour for A Springtime to Remember by Lucy Coleman, this was my first book by this author and I loved it and am excited to read more books by this author.

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A lovely story set in Versailles that will make you keen to keep reading and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. Lexie has headed to Versailles to follow in her Grandmother’s footsteps and try to discover more about a year of her life she never discussed. 

Set against a stunning back drop I loved devouring the story of Lexie and getting to know the story of her Grandmother and what really happened in the year she spent in Versailles. The story pulled me in early on as I love gardening and was fascinated by the gorgeous descriptions of the stunning gardens. My Grandad was a keen gardener and I really connected with this story on a personal level as it triggered happy memories from childhood and I wanted to take join Lexie on the journey and discover her families long lost secrets.

A book bursting with colour and vibrant descriptions that will make you want to go and visit the stunning locations, exploring the streets of Versailles and discovering the charm of the area for yourself. A wonderful feel good read that just swept me along and made me feel the sun on my skin as Lexie discovered a bit more of her family history each day.

 

Book Blurb

Let Lucy Coleman transport you to glorious, sun-drenched France, for the perfect feel-good read.

Paris and the Palace of Versailles have always meant a lot to TV producer Lexie. Her grandma Viv spent a year there, but her adventures and memories were never discussed, and Lexie has long wondered why they were a family secret.

When work presents the perfect excuse to spend Springtime in Versailles, Lexie delves into Viv’s old diaries and scrapbooks, and with the help of handsome interpreter Ronan, she is soon learning more about the characters
that tend to the magnificent gardens, now and in the past.

In amongst the beauty and splendour of the French countryside, a story of lost love, rivalry and tragedy unfolds. Can Lexie and Ronan right the wrongs of the past, and will France play its tricks on them both before Lexie has to go home? 

Will this truly be a Springtime to Remember…?

 

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Purchase Links

Amazon: https://smarturl.it/SpringtimeToRemember

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-springtime-to-remember

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/a-springtime-to-remember/id1481640123

 

 

About the Author

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From interior designer to author, Linn B. Halton – who also writes under the pen name of Lucy Coleman – says ‘it’s been a fantastic journey!’

Linn is the bestselling author of more than a dozen novels – including Summer on the Italian Lakes, Snowflakes over Holly Cove, The French Adventure and A Cottage in the Country. She is represented by Sara Keane of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

When she’s not writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden.

Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards.

Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic.

Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the SoA. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Visit Linn & Lucy’s website at: http://linnbhalton.co.uk/

 

Social Media Links

Website: http://lucycolemanromance.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucyColemanAuthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LucyColemanauth

 

 

Springtime Prize

Giveaway to Win a signed paperback of ‘A French Adventure’ and a metal leaf bookmark. (Open INT)

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide 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.

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

#Review – Today I am joining the Blog Blitz for When Polly Met Olly by Zoe May #BackaBlogger #WhenPollyMetOlly @rararesources @zoe_writes

Today I am really excited to be joining the mini blog blitz for When Polly met Olly by Zoe May. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to take read and review this light hearted book.

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My Review

A brilliant light hearted read of pure escapism set in the heart of New York.

Polly is a bubbly vibrant character that you instantly like who is determined to live her dream and be a success in New York. When Polly  lands a new jobs she is sent to the offices where Olly works and she realises that she might fancy him.

This book oozes wonderful characters from the deceitful Alicia, to the charming Olly and her room mate who loves drag in his spare time. There is something for everyone as you explore New York and meet these wonderful characters and spend time with them all.

A light hearted read that will make you laugh and cringe as you read, a great read to snuggle up with on a cold evening and this is now my new favourite book from this author.

 

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Book Blurb

Polly and Olly were never supposed to meet…

Polly might spend her days searching for eligible matches for her elite list of clients at her New York dating agency, but her own love life is starting to go up in smoke.

Even worse, she can’t stop thinking about the very person she’s meant to be setting her latest client up with… surely it can’t get any worse!

But then Polly bumps into oh-so-handsome Olly, who heads up a rival agency, and realizes that perhaps all really is fair in love and dating war…

Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and Debbie Viggiano.

 

 

About the Author

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

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

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

Zoe loves to hear from readers, you can contact her on Twitter and Instagram at: @zoe_writes. Zoe’s Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/zoemayauthor/

She posts updates and blogs on her website, http://www.zoemayauthor.co.uk

 

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#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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