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#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 Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary Fiction

#Review – Today to celebrate Valentine’s Day I am sharing my review of the wonderful The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver #BackaBlogger #LydiaBird #ValentinesDay @josiesilver_ @penguinrandom @EllieeHud

Today I am sharing my review for The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver, I was lucky enough to be sent a copy by Ellie at Penguin Randomhouse – thank you I absolutely loved it!!

My Review

I loved One Day in December and was really excited to see that Josie Silver was releasing another book, this story sucks you in from the very 1st pages and makes you want to keep reading. 

Lydia is the main character and she is lost after losing the love of her life, she is worrying those around her and her mother and sister are making sure she eats and trying to get her to sleep. From the offset you can feel the power of the loss for Lydia and it tugs your heartstrings and draws you further in.

A story oozing with love and loss and it makes you reflect on how would you even contemplate moving on when you had your whole life mapped out. Lydia and her family are all grieving after the tragedy that has struck them and this story touches on how it impacts relationships with others around you and how would you go about building new relationships as you put yourself back together.

A really raw story that makes you think and gives you all of the feels as you read and get to know Lydia and the wonderful love of her life.

 

Book Blurb

What if you could live your great love story again?

Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’ve been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.

But she’s wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a tragic accident.

So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob ’til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live – perhaps even to love – again.

Then something unbelievable happens, and Lydia gets another chance at her old life with Freddie. But what if there’s someone in her new life who wants her to stay?

A heart-breaking, uplifting story for fans of PS I Love You and Me Before You, this gorgeously romantic novel will make you laugh, cry and remind you of what a wonderful gift it is to love and to be loved.

 

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Currently just 99p on kindle!! 

 

About the Author

Josie Silver is a writer of love stories.

Her debut novel One Day in December was a Sunday Times & NY Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Josie lives in the midlands with her husband, their sons, and an ever changing cast of animals.

 

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#BlogTour – Today I am sharing my review for When We Say Goodbye by Michelle Vernal #Backablogger #Review #WhenWeSayGoodbye @rararesources @michellevernal

Today I am excited to be joining the blog tour for When We Say Goodbye, I love trying new authors and this book by Michelle Vernal broke my heart. Many thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part.

My Review

I found myself emotionally invested early on as you learn the back story that led to Sam being in a coma and how Ellie came to be living with her cousin.

Once I hit 25% I flew through the pages keen to get to know Ellie and the love she shared with Sam and how she is starting to piece her life back together the best she can.

This book packs an emotional punch throughout as is revolves around the love and loss that Ellie has experienced throughout her life. I felt all of the emotions as I read this rollercoaster of a story and watched Ellie work her way through her layers of grief.

A lovely story that touched on emotional subjects, grief, theft, relationships complexities and the importance of living in the moment.

Book Blurb

Can you love when all seems lost? Ellie Perkins life was right on track until her boyfriend Sam suffers a near-fatal car accident, leaving him in a coma and all their future plans in limbo. Desperately in need of something to fix, Ellie has to find a project and when her grandparents old house is put up for sale, she jumps at the chance. Because, like Ellie, the house is broken. And if she can fix the house, then surely, it’s just a matter of time before she and Sam are back on their path to happily-ever-after… In life, when the worst happens how do you pick up the pieces?

A heart-breaking story of love, loss and the path to forgiveness, perfect for fans of Faith Hogan and Amanda Prowse. To be read with tissues.

Purchase Links

Amazon

Amazon US

Kobo

Apple Books

Google Play

About the Author

Michelle Vernal loves a happy ending. She lives with her husband and their two boys in the beautiful and resilient city of Christchurch, New Zealand. She’s partial to a glass of wine, loves a cheese scone, and has recently taken up yoga—a sight to behold indeed. She writes books that she hopes make you feel you are curled up with your best friend having a cosy chat.

Social Media Links

https://www.michellevernalbooks.com/

https://www.facebook.com/michellevernalnovelist/

https://twitter.com/MichelleVernal

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Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am sharing my review for The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page #BackaBlogger #BlogTour #The24HourCafe @tr4cyf3nt0n @libbypagewrites @orionbooks

Today I am really excited to be sharing my review for The 24-Hour Cafe by Libby Page, I was really excited to hear of this books upcoming release.

My Review


The 24 hour cafe in London sets the scene for this story, it is a safehaven for many people from different walks of life. Where they can visit in the dead of the night and the story is focused around the friendship between Hannah and Mona.

I was intrigued as to how this story would unfold as it is mainly set within 24hr window. As the story unfolds it exposes vulnerabilities and insights into what goes on behind closed doors. I found I had to really focus to ensure that I wasn’t missing anything crucial from anyone who spent time in the cafe.

Throughout this book you could see the cracks that had appeared in the friendship between Mona and Hannah and the impact of how events can fracture and damage a relationship if they are not nurtured. You could feel the tension left behind by poisonous relationships with boyfriends and how breaking points in friendships and relationships can come without warning.

A book that I thoroughly enjoyed, I loved the setting and the flashbacks to past memories to enable the reader to see what had happened for everyone to end up at the point where we meet them within this 24 hour period in their lives.


Book Blurb

Welcome to the café that never sleeps.

Day and night, Stella’s Café opens its doors to the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It’s a place where everyone is always welcome, where life can wait at the door.

Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They love working at Stella’s – the different people they meet, the small kindnesses exchanged. But is it time to step outside and make their own way in life?

Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café, where one day might just be enough to change your life . . .



Available to purchase here

About the Author

Libby Page wrote The Lido while working in marketing and moonlighting as a writer. The Lido has sold in over twenty territories around the world and film rights have been sold to Catalyst Global Media.
Libby lives in London where she enjoys finding pockets of community within the city.


Social Media

Follow Libby on twitter @libbypagewrites




Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the invite to take part in this blog tour. Please remember to like and share and spread the book love!

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am joining the blog tour for Mix Tape by Jane Sanderson #MixTapeBook #RandomThingsTours @SandersonJane @annecater @penguinrandom

My Review

Today I am joining the blog tour for the Mix Tape which is a wonderful love story with music intertwined throughout.

Set across two timelines and three destinations this book is a lovely read that once you pick it up you just want to keep reading. Whilst reading this book you visit Adelaide, Edinburgh and Sheffield, the descriptions of the destinations are really visual and make you feel the vibe of each city that you are visiting. The characters are a balance of supportive and controlling with their own character quirks. I personally loved Ali’s extended family in Australia and really connected with the relationship she had with them and how they made her feel.

The story focuses on Alison and Dan who knew each other in their teens and reconnect many years later through the power of social media. They are both passionate about music and communicate through the power of music and sending songs that both carry meaning to each other.

Throughout this book the song choices were superb and as the story progresses they create a new mix tape which conveys their feelings and things they want to say to each other. I absolutely loved this book and found listening to the songs they sent really helped to enforce the story being told.

This is the ultimate story about love, music and perfect timing, the power of music should never be under estimated and this spot lights the memories songs hold even in our subconscious and how the lyrics allow us to say things we can’t always find the words for.

Book Blurb

We all remember the soundtrack to our first love.

Daniel was the first boy to make Alison a mix tape. But that was years ago and Ali hasn’t thought about him in a very long time. Even if she had, she might not have called him ‘the one that got away’; she’d been the one to run away, after all.

Then Dan’s name pops up on her phone, with a link to a song from their shared past. For two blissful minutes, Alison is no longer an adult in Adelaide with temperamental daughters; she is sixteen in Sheffield, dancing in her too-tight jeans. She cannot help but respond in kind. And so begins a new mix tape.

Ali and Dan exchange songs across oceans and time zones, across a lifetime of different
experiences, until one of them breaks the rules and sends a message that will change everything…

Full of heartache and promises, joy and disappointment, Mix Tape asks the biggest question of them all: what if ‘what could have been’ is still to come?

Packed with music – some old, some new – and featuring playlists of songs you’ll want to
discover for yourself

Available to purchase here

About the Author

Jane Sanderson is a writer and journalist. She has worked as a producer for BBC Radio 4, first on the World at One, and then on Woman’s Hour. She lives with her husband and children in rural Herefordshire.

Jane has poured much her own story into this book; from the boyfriend who gifted her a mix tape introducing her to the likes of Van Morrison, to the carefully curated playlist (featured in the book) which includes songs that have helped to shape her life and pay homage to her own youth.

Many thanks to Ann Cater for the invitation to take part in this blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the book love for this lovely story!

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

#Review Today I am excited to share my review for Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart by Katey Lovell #BlogBlast #MakeDoAndMend @Katey5678 @katyaellis_ @QuercusBooks

My Review

Today I am joining the blog tour for Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart by Katey Lovell, this is a superb story that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy after reading.

A story brimming with love, set locally to me which was an added charm as it made it really easy to visualise the beaches and the weather when walking along the seawall. I loved the mentality of the locals, they were superb characters who formed special bonds with Leanne all in their own way and reminded me of village life when I was younger.

Leanne is a character that displays all of the emotions during this story as she tackles her biggest challenge to date and in entirely different circumstances to those she was expecting when she decided to relocate.

Whilst reading this story I experienced all of the emotions that are wound into the story as Leanne learns to live and move forward, this book made me laugh and cry and I wish I could read it all over again and get to meet these amazing characters afresh.

 

Book Blurb

When you know how, you can make anything from scratch, including a new life after love…
When Leanne and Richard bought a dilapidated old seaside cottage to renovate together as their forever home, their future was full of hope and promise.

But heartbreak was just around the corner: fast forward a few months and Richard is gone. With his death, Leanne finds herself stony broke, faced with an uninhabitable home and lacking even the basic skills to do it up herself.

With the help of the friendly woman who runs the library and the reluctant assistance of the man who works in the local hardware shop, the cottage is lovingly restored. But broken hearts aren’t so easy to fix… are they?

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Katey Lovell’s feel-good novels are about people overcoming everyday challenges with the support of their friends, family and local community. She has also penned a series of coffee-break romances and a hot romance novella for Tirgearr’s City Nights series.

Originally from South Wales, Katey now lives in Sheffield with her husband, son and friendly moggie Clarence. When she’s not writing she’ll most likely be found watching musicals, enjoying live music or reading anything and everything she can lay her hands on.

Make Do and Mend a Broken Heart will be published by Quercus in January 2020.

 

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Many thanks to Katya at Quercus Books for the invite to take part in the blog blast, please remember to like and share to help spread the love for this superb book! 

 

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am joining the blog tour to celebrate the paperback publication of You Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins #damppebblesblogtours #Blogtour #YouMeandtheMovies @FionaJaneBooks @TransworldBooks @damppebbles

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My Review

Today I am joining the blog tour to celebrate the paperback publication for You Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins. This was my first read by Fiona Collins and I am really pleased I picked a copy up, it is a lovely story focused around the relationship of Mac & Arden.

Mac & Arden knew each other many years ago when Arden was still a student and by chance she stumbles across a mute Mac years on from their original relationship. Whilst reading this story it explores past and present day and how they can recall their relationship through the movies. I loved getting to know both Arden and Mac through the film references he recalls and the memories that it triggers for Arden.

A beautiful story that deals with layers of complex issues as you delve deeper into the past, a lovely uplifting story that will make you smile and leave you feeling warmhearted, a true love story.

 

Book Blurb

Arden has just started university when she meets Mac – and quickly falls head over heels for the
handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love affair is dramatic, exciting and all consuming; the
sort of thing you only see in the movies. It couldn’t last.
But thirty years later, leading a very different life, Arden is visiting a friend in hospital when she
suddenly comes across the man she never forgot. Badly injured in an accident, Mac can only make
brief references to the classic films they once watched together: Casablanca, A Star is Born, Pretty
Woman among others… and they make Arden remember everything.
The bittersweet memories of their relationship help Arden re-connect with the world in a way she
no longer thought was possible.
But will a movie-worthy love ever be hers again?

 

You, Me and the Movies

Available to purchase at the outlets below:

Amazon UK

WHSmith

Waterstones

Book Depository

Foyles

 

About the Author

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Fiona Collins grew up in an Essex village, and after stints in Hong Kong and London, returned to the
Essex countryside where she lives with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Film and
Literature and has had many former careers including TV presenting in Hong Kong, traffic and
weather presenter for BBC local radio and film/TV extra. You can find her on Twitter
@FionaJaneBooks.

 

Social Media Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FionaJaneBooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fionacollinsauthor/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fionacollinsauthor/

 

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Many thanks to Emma at Damppebbles for the invite to join the blog tour, please remember to like and share to help spread the booklove! 

 

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, Contemporary Fiction

#Review – Today I am excited to be sharing my review for Unexpected Lessons in Love by Lucy Dillon

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Today I am super excited to be joining the blog tour for Unexpected Lessons in Love, I absolutely love Lucy’s books and was really excited to be able to review this one as part of the blog tour.

Whenever I pick up a book by Lucy I know I need to clear some time as her books always make me feel all of the emotions and make me want to keep reading. This was another wonderful story, the main character Jeannie was a wonderfully composed character who will appeal to all of us who have ever doubted ourselves. She was wonderfully skilled at music but lacked in self belief and confidence in her own abilities. I loved watching Jeannie grow as a character throughout this book and how she coped in such difficult circumstances and managed to find her true self throughout her journey in this story.

A truly heartwarming read with gorgeous puppies who make your heart burst as you want to adopt them all and make them feel loved. A brilliant 5* read that I loved from start to finish and would highly recommend.

 

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What happens when ‘I do’ turns into ‘I don’t know’?

Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she’s finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan’s gorgeous, he’s a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is.

But now she’s on her way to the wedding she can’t shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. It is just nerves . . . or is this all happening a bit too fast?

Jeannie has one last chance to shout, ‘Stop!’ But just as she grabs it, a bizarre twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever . .

 

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Available to purchase here

 

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Lucy Dillon grew up in Cumbria and read English at Cambridge, then read a lot of magazines as a press assistant in London, then read other people’s manuscripts as a junior fiction editor. She now lives in a village outside Hereford with a Border terrier, an Otterhound and her husband.

Lucy won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Contemporary Romantic Novel prize in 2015 for A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME, and the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for LOST DOGS AND LONELY HEARTS.

 

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You can follow her at her website http://www.lucydillon.com, on Twitter @lucy_dillon or find her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/LucyDillonBooks.

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today is my stop on the blog tour for Things Can Only Get Better by David M Barnett

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I am very excited to be taking part in the blog tour today, this is my second book by this author and it is a book you will again fall in love with the more that you read.

A story that slowly draws you in as you get to know the characters and compels you to keep reading. It discusses social inequality and how opportunities do not always present themselves easily but with enough fight you can go after what you want to make the life you want for yourself.

I found that the more I got to know Arthur and his companions who he spoke to in the graveyard each morning, the more I wanted to keep reading to find out what had led Arthur to be leading such a solitary life. At least Arthur did lead a quiet life until the kids who you will grow to love as you keep reading indadvertedly find themselves at the door of the chapel and you begin to wonder what can blossom from this budding relationship.

I found this an enlightening read that I would recommend to my teenage daughter as it highlights bullying and social issues that need more awareness drawn to them to help behaviours change in the future.

Another stunning read by David Barnett that I thoroughly enjoyed, it is brimming with wonderful characters, the attention to detail is amazing and it makes this whole story unravel in your imagination so clearly and leaves you feeling warm hearted and with a happy glow.

 

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For elderly churchwarden Arthur Calderbank, there’s no place like home. His home just so happens to be a graveyard.

He keeps himself to himself, gets on with his job, and visits his wife everyday for a chat. When one day he finds someone else has been to see his wife – and has left flowers on her grave – he is determined to solve the mystery of who and why. He receives unlikely help from a group of teenage girls as he tries to solve the mystery, and soon learns that there is more to life than his little graveyard.

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Available to purchase here

 

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David Barnett is an award-winning journalist and author based in West Yorkshire. He was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1970 and has worked in regional newspapers since 1989. He is the author of the Gideon Smith alternate history series from Tor Books, beginning in 2013 with Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl. David is also the author of Hinterland (2005, reprinted 2008), Angelglass (2007) and The Janus House and Other Two-Faced Tales (2009), all published by Immanion Press, as well as popCULT!, published in 2011 from Pendragon Press. His work has been translated into Czech, Russian and German. He is represented by the literary agent John Jarrold. David is married to Claire, also an award-winning journalist, and they have two children, Charlie and Alice.

 

Many thanks to Alex at Orion Publishing for the opportunity to read and review this lovely book, please remember to like and share to spread the book love!