Today I am excited to be joining in the publication day celebrations for The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton #blogtour #cherrypop @rararesources @bookish_yogi

The Pieces of Me and You

When asked to take part in this blog tour I was really excited as I haven’t read a book by Rachel Burton before and I love to read new authors and the blurb really jumped out at me.  Thank you to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part and share my review on The Pieces of You and Me.

My Thoughts on The Pieces of You and Me

I found myself quickly caught in the bubble of Jess’ life when I picked up this book and felt a connection to her character based around some of her experiences being so similar to my own. Once I had started I was keen to keep reading and find out who Rupert was and just what connection he had with Jess and whether this was a connection that could be revived.

An uplifting story from start to finish about the highs and lows of life and how it can throw you curve balls you don’t anticipate and how you learn to deal with them. I loved Rupert & Jess they were brilliant characters and I felt like I was cheering them on from the sidelines throughout, hoping they would be able to reconnect and find their happily ever after.

 

Book Blurb

They say time can heal all wounds…

When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.

But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

The Pieces of You and Me

Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us. 

Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes.

Find her on social media Twitter, Instagram , Facebook or follow her blog.She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

 

 

I am really excited to share my review for Something to Live For by Richard Roper which I read at the beginning of the year @richardroper @orionbooks #netgalley

I love finding new authors and Something to Live For is a heartwarming and thought provoking book that will take you on a journey with Andrew.

Andrew lives an insular life and mainly interacts with his friends online who he has found through his love of trains. Throughout this book you are trying to piece together why Andrew has created a fictional family and gone to such lengths to maintain the pretence.

Andrew works for the council in a role that I had never even stop to consider and whilst reading this book it made me reflect on people who live alone and hoping that someone kind hearted like Andrew does exist for ensuring they receive the send off they deserve.

Andrew is a really complex character and I really enjoyed this brilliant and memorable book, it is heartwarming whilst heartbreaking and it makes you reflect and fall in love with Andrew.

Book Blurb

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…

Andrew works with death for a living. Searching for people’s next of kin and attending the funerals if they don’t have anyone, he’s desperate to avoid the same fate for himself. Which is fine, because he has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.

The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and the little white lie he once told is about to catch up with him.

Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

Available to pre order on Amazon

If Only I Could Tell You by Hannah Beckerman

If Only I Could Tell You is a beautiful story delivered through the voices of Audrey, Lily and Jess.

This story takes you on a heartbreaking journey of loss and anger that creates an uncrossable family rift, until Audrey finds out she has terminal cancer. This presents a final chance to heal the rift that has deepened over time and help her family find it’s way back to a happier place.

Throughout this book you are taken on a rollercoaster of emotions and the narrative makes you feel every word like it’s being written about people you know. Once I had started this book the world around me faded away and this brilliant book and it’s amazing characters captured me and took me on their journey.

A superb book that pulls on your heartstrings and leaves you grieving for everything the family have experienced.

 

Book Blurb

Audrey’s family has fallen apart. Her two grown-up daughters, Jess and Lily, are estranged, and her two teenage granddaughters have never been allowed to meet. A secret that echoes back thirty years has splintered the family in two, but is also the one thing keeping them connected.

As tensions reach breaking point, the irrevocable choice that one of them made all those years ago is about to surface. After years of secrets and silence, how can one broken family find their way back to each other?

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Hannah Beckerman is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She is a regular contributor to The Observer, The FT Weekend Magazine, and The Sunday Express, and was the book critic on Sara Cox’s Radio 2 Show. She chairs literary events around the UK and has been a judge on numerous book prizes including the Costa Book Awards.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Hannah was a TV Executive who spent fifteen years producing and commissioning documentaries about the Arts, History and Science for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery USA before turning her hand to writing.

Hannah lives in London with her husband and their daughter.

The Truths & Triumphs of Grace Atherton by Anstey Harris

What is not to love about this book, it emphasises the magic and emotional impact of music and how you can pick yourself up from your darkest moments and start again.

Grace Atherton is in a long term relationship with an emotionally unavailable man and is happy to let her life revolve around him and his other commitments, her other great love is her musical instruments that she lovingly restores but does not have the confidence to play in front of anyone any longer.

This book is a brilliant story of self discovery, how when you think that life has nothing else left to offer you that there is always a reason to pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and start again. A story that oozes compassion, the emotional impact of music and how you can find the inner strength and self belief to be happy again.

I read this emotional story over a few days and absolutely fell in love with Grace and her wonderful friends Mr Williams and Nadia. The descriptions were amazing and it left you feeling the journey of each musical instrument and the pieces of music that they were playing. This was my first read by Antsey Harris but certainly won’t be my last as it was such a beautiful story.

 

Book Blurb

The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton is the story of a woman who has her heart broken, but then puts it back together again in the most uplifting and exquisite way.

Between the simple melody of running her violin shop and the full-blown orchestra of her romantic interludes in Paris with David, her devoted partner of eight years, Grace Atherton has always set her life to music.

Her world revolves entirely around David, for Grace’s own secrets have kept everyone else at bay. Until, suddenly and shockingly, one act tips Grace’s life upside down, and the music seems to stop.

It takes a vivacious old man and a straight-talking teenager to kickstart a new chapter for Grace. In the process, she learns that she is not as alone in the world as she had once thought, that no mistake is insurmountable, and that the quiet moments in life can be something to shout about …

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Anstey Harris is based by the seaside in south-east England where she lives with her violinmaker husband and two dogs. She teaches creative writing in the community, local schools, and as an associate lecturer for Christchurch University in Canterbury.

Anstey writes about the things that make people tick, the things that bind us and the things that can rip us apart. In 2015, she won the H G Wells Short Story Prize for her story, Ruby. In novels, Anstey tries to celebrate uplifting ideas and prove that life is good and that happiness is available to everyone once we work out where to look (usually inside ourselves). Her short stories tend not to end quite so well…

Things that interest Anstey include her children and granddaughter, green issues and conservation, adoption and adoption reunion (she is an adopted child, born in an unmarried mothers’ home in Liverpool in 1965), stepfamilies, dogs, and food. Always food. She would love to be on Masterchef but would never recover from the humiliation if she got sent home in the first round.

 

Today I am sharing my review for It Started with a Note by Victoria Cooke #blogblitz #lovethesmellofabook @victoriacooke10 hosted by @rararesources

I love reading authors I haven’t read before and jumped at the chance to take part in this blog blitz when asked by Rachel’s Random Resources.

A story of adventure and self discovery, where Cath puts herself first for once and takes the plunge to go on an adventure of a lifetime in the hope of learning more about her Great Grandfather who was killed in France during World War I.

I loved the historical references in this book, alongside the brilliant friendships that Cath makes during her adventures. I feel like I have visited these places due to the vivid and brilliant descriptions and I was reminded of how I felt when I visited Ypres.

A truly brilliant book filled with friendship, adventure and a touch of romance, I loved reading this book and will definitely be reading more by Victoria Cooke.

Book Blurb

One lost letter. A chance to change her life!
Superhero single mum Cath always puts other people first. But now that she’s seen her son safely off to university (phew!), life seems a little, well…empty.

So when Cath unexpectedly discovers some letters written by her great-grandfather during the First World War, she decides to take herself on an adventure to France to retrace his footsteps.

Cath expects to spend her holiday visiting famous battlefields and testing out her French phrase book. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her tour guide, the handsome Olivier, will be quite so charming! Soon Cath isn’t simply unearthing the stories of the past – she’s writing a brand new one of her own, which might end up taking her in a very unexpected direction…

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Available to purchase from Amazon UK, Amazon US and Kobo

About the Author

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of her career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in her hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first romantic comedy novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

Cooke’s third novel, Who Needs Men Anyway? became a digital bestseller in 2018.

Social Media Links

You can stay up to date with Victoria’s upcoming releases via Goodreads, Facebook,
Twitter and Instagram.

 

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