Posted in Blog Tour, Young Readers 5-9

Pop over to my blog and check out my review for Magic Marmalade by Petra Quelch

Today I am sharing my review for Magic Marmalade by Petra Quelch, which is a lovely illustrated book perfect for when kids are first starting to read independently.

My Review

I read Lottie Sparkles last year for the blog tour and was excited to read the next children’s book by this lovely author. Petra Quelch has a wonderful way with words and I love helping spread the love for younger readers.

I enjoyed this colourful storybook packed with bright illustrations to capture your little people’s imaginations and an easy storyline for them to understand. In this story we follow Mabel for a few days as she works with her Grandpa to make travel from her home to his easier and more interesting. This is a wonderful adventure that will capture imaginations and help to visualise what is happening for the words they are unsure of.

The story is laid out in a nice clear font with good spacing to make it easier for younger readers. A really enjoyable, fun read to capture imaginations and encourage your little ones to read that they can read individually or you can read to them at bedtime.

Book Blurb

Imagine you didn’t have to travel the ordinary way of transport. You could get from one place to the other quickly and without any delays. Wouldn’t that be fantastic? Mabel Bloom doesn’t like to travel the ordinary way. She dislikes buses, cars, trains or even planes. But one day she receives a very important invitation from the Other Side of the world, so she turns to her grandpa for help. Grandpa sends Mabel a recipe which, when made correctly, will give her the power to travel a very unusual way. And Mabel’s extraordinary adventure begins.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Hi there! I am the author of Magic Marmalade and Lottie Sparkles Magical Discovery. I love everything sparkly, glittery, magical and mysterious.

Aside from all the glitz and glamour, I am a collector of books, pens, tea sets and a huge fan of chocolate.

I have two little girls, also known as “The Little Book-Fairies with a BIG imagination.

Most days, I find myself conjuring up stories for children or reading books in my favourite spot by the window.

Website: https://www.petraquelchauthor.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chronicleofbooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/acaseofbooks?lang=en

Many thanks for the invitation to join the blog tour and for my copy of the book to read and review.

Massive thanks to everyone who has stopped by to visit my blog, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love far and wide!

Have a great day

Kel x

Posted in Blog Tour, Young Readers 5-9

I love to read books for our younger bookworms and today I am sharing my review for One Night in Beartown by Nick Jones

Today I am really excited to be jumping on the blog tour for One Night in Beartown, it is so important to encourage our younger readers and I love being able to read and review books that will capture their attention.

My Review

I have been an avid reader since childhood and am lucky that my daughter also followed in my footsteps and loves to lose herself in a book. Even as my daughter now branches into YA fiction I still enjoy reading stories for younger children as I love the magic and wonder that they hold. It was an absolute pleasure to read this wonderful story inspired by Congleton’s Bear Mania in 2011.

We are quickly introduced to Sandy who reminded me of my daughter at that age, she loves her teddies and loves being able to take them with her wherever she goes. So when one of the boys at school teases her and her teddy is confiscated as a result, she has no clue on the adventure that she is about to embark on.

I love a magical story and this one captured me straight away, it reminded me of elements of The Snowman with laughing and dancing teddy bears that captured Sandy’s heart and took her on a wonderful adventure.

This book has a nicely spaced layout in a clear font, I loved the storyline and the colourful pictures help to translate the book for those who may struggle with some of the words. There were a few words I’m not sure if younger children would understand if reading alone but I loved how this story spike about emotions and feelings and I found it magical from beginning to end.

A perfect bedtime read to sit and read either with or to your young reader to capture their imaginations and reinforce their belief in a magical story.

Book Blurb

From the award-winning duo that brought you Sarah’s Shadow comes another magical adventure…

When bear-mad schoolgirl Sandy Lane has her beloved teddy bear Berisford confiscated at school, she dreads the thought of going a whole night without his cuddles.

Little does she know that a bear-rilliant night awaits her, involving Berisford, a bear statue and many other wonderful friends!

Purchase Links are Author Website / Amazon / Full Media

Meet the Author

I’m Nick Jones, an award-winning author originally from Bristol but now living in Congleton, Cheshire. I write books for kids and I’ve also written several joke books for adults. My first book, Gagged and Bound – A Book of Puns, One-liners and Dad Jokes, was a best-seller under Puns and Wordplay on Amazon UK, and two sequels soon followed. You can download a FREE collection of my jokes here.

In December 2017, I tried something different: a children’s picture book about a girl who loses her shadow. Illustrated by the super-talented Si Clark, Sarah’s Shadow has proved popular with kids and parents alike. In 2018 it won Best Children’s Picture Book in the 2018 Book Awards on international book review site Readers’ Favorite. My claim to fame is that the same award was previously won by none other than Jim Carrey, the Hollywood actor-cum-children’s author! Sarah’s Shadow also won Runner-Up in the Book Excellence Awards and received a Purple Dragonfly Book Award as one of the best picture ebooks for children aged 6+.

In 2020 I ran a Kickstarter campaign during lockdown to fund my next book, One Night in Beartown. It was inspired by the Bearmania event that took place in 2011. Thanks to amazing support from businesses and individuals in Congleton and beyond, I raised £4,000 to illustrate and print the book. It was published on 1 December and you can buy it on my online shop, on my publisher’s website or as an ebook on Amazon. For updates, please follow me on social media or subscribe to my newsletter!

Social Media Links

Twitter – https://twitter.com/nickjonesauthor

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

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/nickjones_author/

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

Love kicking off a sunny day with a 5* review – The Greek Heart by Kate Frost

Let’s kick off this sunny Wednesday morning with a light hearted 5* read that transports you to the sunny Greek Islands.

My Review

My first read by Kate Frost and wow what a book to kick off with, I totally lost myself in this book and barely looked up as I just wanted to keep reading. I loved meeting Lottie and joining her on an adventure to the Greek Islands.

Lottie is an ambitious and successful business woman who after a failed marriage feels the need to take time and rediscover herself. This leads her to looking for someone she knew as a child and to the stunning coast of Santorini. This was one of those stories that puts massive ticks in every box, it was the perfect balance between light hearted and emotional, the location was stunning, the scene was set perfectly and as the reader all you need to do is sit back and lap it up.

I love to travel and I love travelling through books and this is a wonderful read that transports you so you can feel the sun on your skin and admire the wonderful views as Lottie sits and soaks them up. A story full of love and heartache, that transported me and left me smiling and filled my happy bucket to the brim. A highly recommended read for some well needed escapism.

Book Blurb

A broken heart, an island escape, a boy from the past. Will Lottie’s search lead to love?

When a special anniversary takes Lottie on a journey to find the little boy she once knew, it’s a chance to put heartache behind her.

Lottie’s search takes her to Greece and a family who have known about her for decades. A warm welcome gives her some much-needed time out and the chance to reflect. Yet an emotional revelation and two handsome but complicated brothers make her question her past decisions. 

Learning to love herself and be content on her own is the first step. But will Lottie be able to follow her heart and find lasting happiness?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Kate Frost is the author of character-driven women’s fiction (The Butterfly Storm series and Beneath the Apple Blossom), romantic escape novels (The Baobab Beach Retreat, A Starlit Summer, The Greek Heart and The Amsterdam Affair), and Time Shifters, a time travel adventure trilogy for children. She has a MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she also taught lifewriting to creative writing undergraduates.

Kate lives in Bristol with her husband, young son, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Frodo. She feels very lucky to spend her days writing, but when she’s not working on a novel, she’s the Director of Storytale Festival, a new city-wide children’s book festival that she co-founded in Bristol in 2019 with the ethos of making books accessible to all and encouraging children and teens to read, write and be creative. 

Social Media Links

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katefrostauthor/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/katefrostauthor

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVhcSLhVZrTwDq9OteyFmHA

Website: http://kate-frost.co.uk/

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Historical Fiction

If you love historical fiction pop over to my blog and check out my review for The Mothers Day Club by Rosie Hendry

My second review today is for a totally different genre as we step into historical fiction with The Mothers Day Club set at the beginning of World War II.

My Review

I love historical fiction based in this era and was excited to see this pop up in my inbox as I have previous read Rosie Hendry and loved her books.

I have read lots of books covering this era but have never read one about the expectant mothers being evacuated and am not sure I was even aware that they were. I loved being swept away to Norfolk and getting to read about the expectant mothers who were unsure about leaving London and the bustle of the city for a much quieter location.

This is a story that reinforces the links with our past, whilst circumstances and locations might be fictitious these stories stop us forgetting the wonderful men and women who sacrificed so much for us. I loved the characters in this story, Thea and her siblings are wonderful and it was great to get to know them. They had all suffered a great loss during the Great War and lots of feelings were highlighted as to how those who had already survived the Great War felt at the outbreak of World War II.

The lead mother Marianne was such a lovely character who was trying to start a new life for her and her baby away from where she knew people in the hope that she could stop her child feeling judged by others. Through reading this book I experienced a range of emotions as there were some highs and lows for all concerned, I also learnt more about the conscientious objectors and gained the insight into how these cases were handled through going to trial.

A truly wonderful read brimming with wonderful characters that I highly adding to your TBR pile!

Book Blurb

Meet the women on the home front . . .

1939. When the residents of Great Plumstead offer to open up their homes to evacuees from London, they’re preparing to care for children. So when a train carrying expectant mothers pulls into the station, the town must come together to accommodate their unexpected new arrivals . . .

Sisters Prue and Thea welcome the mothers with open arms, while others fear their peaceful community will be disrupted. But all pregnant Marianne seeks is a fresh start for herself and her unborn child. Though she knows that is only possible as long as her new neighbours don’t discover the truth about her situation.

The women of Great Plumstead, old and new, are fighting their own battles on the home front. Can the community come together in a time of need to do their bit for the war effort?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Rosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband and children. A former teacher and research scientist, she’s always loving reading and writing. She started off writing short stories for magazines, her stories gradually becoming longer as her children grew bigger.

Listening to her father’s tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie’s interest in this period and she’s especially intrigued by how women’s lives changed during the war years. She loves researching further, searching out gems of real life events which inspire her writing.

When she’s not working, Rosie enjoys walking along the beach, reading and is grateful for the fact that her husband is a much better cook than her.


Social Media Links

Twitter @hendry_rosie

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

website www.rosiehendry.com

Instagram rosiehendryauthor

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit, Publication Day

Happy Publication Day to the lovely TA Williams who releases Second Chances in Chianti today!!

I am very excited to be celebrating publication day for one of my favourite authors when it comes to escapism reads in wonderful locations.

My Review

I am loving the Escape to Tuscany series and am always excited to see this author is releasing a new book. His books always offer escapism as well as a wonderful insight into local history of the area and lots of exploration. I honestly feel like I have been on holiday, especially with the wonderful sunny locations we have been treated too recently and who doesn’t love Italian food. A perfect read for a cold and wet February afternoon to help add some vitamin D to my life.

In this story we meet Alice who has left the high life in America and returned to the UK to finish the degree she had previously started. We quickly gained her back story as to how she ended up in America and what she had been doing in life over the past 5 years, which is where her previous and her new life start to bleed together as she receives an invite to meet the cast members in Italy. A story packed with wonderful characters and the adorable Guiness who straight away I wanted to know more about. As you read you gain a wonderful insight into the varying relationships both personally and for the on screen characters. I found Alice a lovely down to earth character and I loved spending time with her exploring and sharing her love of history.

A book featuring a range of emotions, with both romantic and platonic relationships dotted throughout the story. A lovely light hearted read that I reached the end of far too quickly as I read into the evening after being captured by the story of the lovely Alice.

Book Blurb

Alice thought her future was set in stone, until her past came knocking…

Alice Butler starred in a successful US sitcom until tensions in the cast and crew caused the show to be cancelled. Now, five years later and working towards her dream job in art history, she’s called back for a revival of the show. It can only end in disaster, surely?

Flown to a villa in Chianti to meet with the rest of the cast, Alice must decide where her future lies – with her boyfriend, David, who laps up the Hollywood company, or with the mysterious Matt, who shies away from public attention?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

I’m a man. And a pretty old man as well. I did languages at university a long time ago and then lived and worked in France and Switzerland before going to Italy for seven years as a teacher of English. My Italian wife and I then came back to the UK with our little daughter (now long-since grown up) where I ran a big English language school for many years. We now live in a sleepy little village in Devonshire. I’ve been writing almost all my life but it was only seven years ago that I finally managed to find a publisher who liked my work enough to offer me my first contract.

The fact that I am now writing romantic comedy is something I still find hard to explain. My early books were thrillers and historical novels. Maybe it’s because there are so many horrible things happening in the world today that I feel I need to do my best to provide something to cheer my readers up. My books provide escapism to some gorgeous locations, even if travel to them is currently difficult.

Social Media Links

Website: www.tawilliamsbooks.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tawilliamsbooks

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

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

I very excited to be joining the blog tour for one of my favourite reads of the year so far – The Dog Sitter by Zara Stoneley

Today I am really excited to join the blog tour for the wonderful The Dog Sitter by Zara Stoneley

My Review

What is there not to love about this story!

Becky is a wonderful character whose had her confidence knocked and needs to recapture her energy and self belief from childhood, with this in mind she embarks on dog sitting the gorgeous Bella.

Set in a stunning location, I loved the wonderful walks and descriptions of the lakes. The energy of Bella was wonderful and reminded me of my springer spaniel also named Bella who is always ready to launch into full on zoomies.

There was a bit of everything in this story, a touch of romance, lots of laughter, exploration, adventure and a wonderful reminder to stop and appreciate your surroundings whilst conquering your fears and following your heart.

A highly recommended read that I’m already recommending to friends and family. The perfect story for any dog lover as the gorgeous Bella is the very essence of this wonderful story and will leave you smiling and feeling happy.

Book Blurb

One dog. Two strangers. An unfurgettable romance.

Wanted: someone nice, normal and trustworthy to housesit a beautiful cottage in the Lake District while the owner is away on a business trip. Must like dogs.

Wanting to escape from crap bosses and useless boyfriends, Becky jumps at the chance of being a dog sitter and the perfect escape – rest, relaxation and a very cute pooch called Bella.

But looking after Bella comes with a catch, namely gorgeous, brooding, Chris Hemsworth-worthy Ash James, who claims Bella is his dog and will stop at nothing to get her back!

Becky’s not about to hand over lovely Bella to any Tom, Dick or Ash.  She’s determined to watch every move Ash James makes…even if it gets her very hot under the collar.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.

Born in a small village in the UK, she wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true.

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels include ‘The First Date’, ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘No One Cancels Christmas’, ‘The Wedding Date’, ‘The Holiday Swap’, ‘Summer with the Country Village Vet’, ‘Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage’ and the popular Tippermere series – ‘Stable Mates’, ‘Country Affairs’ and ‘Country Rivals’.

Social Media Links

Website: http://www.zarastoneley.com
Twitter: @ZaraStoneley
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZaraStoneley

Instagram: zarastoneley (and Harry has his own! Harrys_pawprints)

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/zara-stoneley?follow=true

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B007WK307G

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

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

Only When It’s Love by Olivia Spring

Today I am taking part in the Birthday Blitz for Only When It’s Love by Olivia Spring

My Review

I have only recently discovered Olivia Spring and this was another book that made it easy to curl up and keep reading.

Alex is a girl who needs a change after a series of failed dates and being ghosted on more than one occasion. So when her friend Stacy tells her about the book she read to help her find a deep and meaningful relationship she scoffs at first and then changes her mind.

I loved that the two men Alex dated during her challenge had such majorly different personalities and I quickly had one I despised and was keen to keep reading to see which direction Alex would choose.

A brilliant read for anyone who fancies a romantic read as this is a proper romcom of a story. Wonderfully written and enjoyable from beginning to end. I can’t wait to read the sequel as I loved the characters and want to see what comes next for Alex.

Book Blurb

Alex is tired of being single. After years of disastrous hook-ups and relationships that lead to the bedroom but nowhere else, Alex is convinced she’ll never find her Mr Right. Then her newly married friend Stacey recommends what worked for her: a self-help book that guarantees Alex will find true love in just seven steps. Sounds simple, right?

Except Alex soon discovers that each step is more difficult than the last, and one of the rules involves dating, but not sleeping with a guy for six months. Absolutely no intimate contact whatsoever. Zero. Nada. Rien. A big challenge for Alex, who has never been one to hold back from jumping straight into the sack, hoping it will help a man fall for her.

Will any guys be willing to wait? Will Alex find her Mr Right? And if she does, will she be strong enough to resist temptation and hold out for true love?

Join Alex on her roller coaster romantic journey as she tries to cope with the emotional and physical ups and downs of dating whilst following a lengthy list of rigid rules.

Only When It’s Love is a fun, feel-good, romantic comedy by British author Olivia Spring, about self-acceptance, determination, love and the challenge of finding the one.

The sequel, When’s The Wedding? will be published on 25th March 2021.

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Olivia Spring is a British, London-based writer of contemporary women’s fiction, sexy chick lit and romantic comedy. Her uplifting debut novel The Middle-Aged Virgin, which was released in July 2018, deals with being newly single in your thirties and beyond, dating, relationships, love, sex and living life to the full.

In addition to The Middle-Aged Virgin, Olivia has published four novels: The Middle-Aged Virgin in Italy, Love Offline, Losing My Inhibitions and Only When It’s Love. When’s The Wedding?, the hotly anticipated sequel to Only When It’s Love and Olivia’s sixth novel, will be published in March 2021.

When she’s not writing, Olivia can be found travelling to Italy to indulge in pasta, pizza and gelato and of course, seeking inspiration for her next book!

Social Media Links

Twitter/Instagram/Facebook: @ospringauthor

#OnlyWhenItsLove

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/olivia-spring

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

As the weekend fast approaches I am sharing my review for the comical – The Juggle by Emma Murray

Today I am jumping on the blog tour for a laugh out loud read that will brighten your day.

My Review

The Juggle is one of those books where you read the blurb and just know you are going to love it. Within the first few pages I knew I was going to really love Saoirse, she is the kind of Mum that I loved chatting to on the school run as she was much more down to earth and realistic. I laughed at her references to the organic mum’s who used their scooters to and from school as it was like stepping back in time to when my daughter started school.

A book packed full of great characters with tears of laughter and sadness throughout, this is a real insight into the battles you choose to pick with your children and how sometimes you don’t have the time and decide to settle for a quick win. Being a working parent is tough at times and it does require a lot of juggling and so much judgement is passed on parenting styles, rather than people just focusing on making their little humans as nice as possible.

This was my first book by Emma Murray but I loved it and I really hope we get to meet Saoirse and her family again as this story made me giggle throughout and I love a light hearted read.

Book Blurb

‘Clever, wise and achingly funny.’ Cathy Kelly

‘You can have it all,’ they said. ‘Happy children, happy marriage, great career – no problem,’ they said…

Mother-of-one Saoirse is just about holding it all together – combining part time work with the school run, while her husband David gets to focus on his career. But when David loses his job, everything has to change.

With no hesitation, Saoirse suggests she takes on the role of main breadwinner. After all, how hard can it be? And when a new client offers her a life-changing sum of money, Saoirse can look the other over-achieving Woodvale school-run mums in the eye with pride.

But there’s a problem with keeping too many balls in the air – eventually one is bound to drop. And when that happens – well, who knows what the consequences could be…

Laugh-out-loud funny, achingly relatable, but with a heart of gold, and warmth running through every page. This is the perfect read for anyone who has way too many balls in the air! The novel may or may not have been inspired by real life…

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Emma Murray is originally from Co. Dublin and moved to London in her early twenties. After a successful career as a ghostwriter, she felt it was high time she fulfilled her childhood dream to write fiction.

Social Media Links

Newsletter sign up: http://bit.ly/EmmaMurrayNewsletter

Website – http://www.emmamurray.net/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/murrayemma

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

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/emmamurrayauthor/

Bookbub – https://www.bookbub.com/authors/emma-murray

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

Please remember to like and share to help spread the book love!

Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

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

Lets kick off today with a 5* review for a book by one of my favourite authors – An Ordinary Life by Amanda Prowse

Today I am delighted to join the blog tour for one of my favourite authors Amanda Prowse, I absolutely loved meeting Molly in this wonderful story and can’t wait to share my review with you.

My Review

Well what isn’t there to love about this story, I always eagely await a release by Amanda Prowse and couldn’t wait to get stuck to An Ordinary Life. As always Amanda weaves a wonderful story from the offset with characters that are relatable and jump off of the pages.

Molly is a wonderful female lead in this story and we meet Molly towards the end of World War II as a young lady working to support her family. Throughout this story we jump between her memories and present day as we discover how her decisions have influenced her life and she reflects to see if she would have done anything differently given the choice.

I loved this story, it was aptly named as all Molly was ever aiming for was an ordinary life. This story delves into loss, love and how women had far less choices in the years following the war than we do now.

Once again Amanda Prowse has delivered a wonderful story that pulls you in and leaves you frantically turning the pages to see what comes next. I loved this step into historical fiction set during one of my favourite time periods, another massive 5* from me – I loved it from start to finish.

Book Blurb

From the bestselling author of The Girl in the Corner comes a tale of love, loss—and one last extraordinary dance.

Christmas Eve, 2019. Ninety-four-year-old Molly lies in her hospital bed. A stroke and a fall may have broken her body—but her mind is alive with memories.

London, 1940s. Molly is a bright young woman, determined to help the war effort and keep her head up despite it all. Life becomes brighter when she meets and falls in love with a man who makes her forget everything with one dance. But then war forces her to make an unforgettable sacrifice, and when she’s brought to her knees by a daring undercover mission with the French Resistance, only her sister knows the secret weighing heavily on Molly’s heart.

Now, lying in her hospital bed, Molly can’t escape the memories of what she lost all those years ago. But she is not as alone as she thinks.

Will she be able to find peace—and finally understand that what seemed to be an ordinary life was anything but?

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Amanda Prowse is an International Bestselling author whose twenty six novels and seven novellas have been published in dozens of languages around the world. Published by Lake Union, Amanda is the most prolific writer of bestselling contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also consistently score the highest online review approval ratings across several genres. Her books, including the chart topping No.1 titles ‘What Have I Done?’, ‘Perfect Daughter’, ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘The Girl in the Corner’, ‘The Things I Know’ and ‘The Day She Came Back’ have sold millions of copies across the globe.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda is a regular panellist on Channel 5’s ‘The Jeremy Vine Show’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She also makes countless guest appearances on BBC national independent Radio stations including LBC and Talk FM, where she is well known for her insightful observations and her infectious humour. Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The queen of family drama’ Amanda’s novel, ‘A Mother’s Story’ won the coveted Sainsbury’s eBook of the year Award while ‘Perfect Daughter’ was selected as a World Book Night title in 2016.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

Praise for Amanda Prowse:

‘A powerful and emotional work of fiction’ – Piers Morgan
‘Deeply moving and emotional, Amanda Prowse handles her explosive subjects with delicate skill’ – Daily Mail
‘Uplifting and positive, but you will still need a box of tissues’ – Hello!
‘A gut-wrenching and absolutely brilliant read’ – The Irish Sun
‘You’ll fall in love with this…’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Deeply moving and eye opening. Powerful and emotional drama that packs a real punch.’ – Heat
‘Magical’ – Now magazine

Social Media Links

Say hello on Twitter:  @MrsAmandaProwse

Friend me on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/AmandaProwseAuthor

Tag me on Instagram:  www.instagram.com/MrsAmandaProwse

Visit my Amazon Author Page:  Amanda Prowse Author  

Check out my website: www.amandaprowse.com

Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to jump on the blog tour and for all the wonderful books you invite us to read.

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Thanks for visiting Love the Smell of a Book today and I hope you have a great day!

Kel x

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Chick Lit

As we reach the end of the week, here is my review for Faking It by Portia Macintosh

Massive thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to join this blog tour!

My Review

In a time where we all need a giggle this book is the perfect prescription.

I loved the storyline – I mean who wouldn’t want to imitate their sister and get a chance to see if the grass really is greener and what it is really like to be a wife and mother.

I laughed throughout this book, it is the sort of story to make you giggle out loud and smile as you read. Ella is a vibrant character who is the polar opposite to her twin sister Emma, so as soon as Emma reveals her plan you just know its going to be hilarious. Ella is fiesty and a much more impulsive person and as you read you begin to wonder if this is a part of her personality she can keep in check whilst she is living undercover as her sister.

A great read that I really enjoyed reading, the characters were great and I loved the scrapes that Ella got herself into and then tried to wiggle back out of. I love it when a book calls to you and I kept picking this back up at every opportunity to see what Ella was going to do or say next.

Book Blurb

The perfect house, the perfect husband and the perfect life… or is she just faking it?


Life has been a bit of a rollercoaster for Ella. Growing up as the ‘less successful’ identical twin to her ‘perfectly successful’ sister, Emma, has left her feeling isolated, inadequate and let’s face it.. a little bitter.

When Emma unexpectedly reaches out to Ella in a time of need, Ella suddenly finds herself with the opportunity to fill in for her sister and experience how the other half live.

But as Ella navigates the world of gossiping mothers, rebellious teens and trying to play the model housewife (not to mention avoiding the temptation of attractive men at the school gates…) will she discover that all is not always as it seems on the other side?

Discover the brilliantly funny new romantic comedy from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Sophie Ranald and Lindsey Kelk

Available to purchase here

Meet the Author

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of over 15 novels, including My Great Ex-Scape and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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