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

Things Can Only Get Better blog tour

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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! 

 

 

 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Happy Publication Day, today I am sharing my review for The Light in the Hallway by Amanda Prowse #backablogger #publicationday @mrsamandaprowse

Happy Publication Day to the lovely Amanda Prowse, today she releases the heartwarming The Light in the Hallway.

I absolutely love reading Amanda’s books and this book was another superb read that pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading.

Nick and Olly are left reeling after the loss of Kerry and this story is about how piece by piece they start putting their lives back together. Nick learns how to stand up for what he believes in and demonstrates to Olly the importance of continuing to live, love and move on.

A book full of love and strength that is emotionally charged throughout. Amanda has such a way with words that makes you feel like you know these characters and can feel their emotions as they unfold. A brilliant story that will have you reaching for the tissues.

When Nick’s wife Kerry falls ill and dies, he realises for the first time how fragile his happiness has always been, and how much he’s been taking his good life and wonderful family for granted. Now, he suddenly finds himself navigating parenthood alone, unsure how to deal with his own grief, let alone that of his teenage son, Olly.

In the depths of his heartbreak, Nick must find a way to navigate life that pleases his son, his in-laws, his family and his friends—while honouring what Kerry meant to them all. But when it comes to his own emotions, Nick doesn’t know where to begin. Kerry was his childhood sweetheart—but was she really the only one who could ever make him happy?

And in the aftermath of tragedy, can Nick and his son find themselves again?

Available to purchase here

Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twenty-two novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is, and will always be, writing.

You can find her online at http://www.amandaprowse.com, on Twitter or Instagram @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/amandaprowsenogreaterlove

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am sharing my review for One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom, a superb 5* read that I loved from beginning to end! @Isabelle_Broom

Today I am sharing my review for One Winter Morning by Isabelle Broom. A heartbreaking story that takes you on a journey of loss and despair, where guilt is the winning emotion as Genie works to find a way forward through her grief. This is a truly beautiful story, I loved reading about Genie as she finds her way back from the darkness.

Supported by her father Genie decides to take a trip where she meets the wonderful Tui and Kit who she quickly develops a bond with and works to overcome her fear of horses that has set in since the tragedy the previous year.

A stunning book full of superb characters based in the beautiful location of New Zealand. I loved this book from beginning to end and felt I reached the end too quickly as I was so caught up in the story that was unfolding.

 

Book Blurb

Genie isn’t feeling very festive this December.

The frosty mornings and twinkling fairy lights only remind her it’s been a whole year since she lost her adoptive mother, who took her in as a baby and raised her as her own.

She’s never felt more alone – until she discovers her birth mother’s identity.

And where to find her: New Zealand, half the world away.

Travelling there could be her one chance to meet the woman who gave her up.

But will she find the answers she has been looking for? Or something she could never have expected?

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at Heat magazine, where she remains the Book Reviews editor. Always happiest when she is off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home – the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.

Posted in Adult Fiction, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am really excited to be sharing my review for The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly as part of her 20th book release celebrations!

Today I am sharing my review for The Family Gift, I love to read Cathy Kelly books and have read them all over the years so I jumped at the chance to read this for the blog tour.

The Family Gift is the story of Freya and her family, set in Ireland just outside Dublin. Freya is a parent we can all connect with on some level, juggling to keep all the balls in the air with 3 kids and her own career. During this story you get to know Freya and her alter ego Mildred and you gain in insight into the grief she is experiencing due to a series of events that have taken place over the last 12 months.

A wonderful reminder of how fragile life is and how when you scratch below the shiny surface that life isn’t always as it appears on social media and how everyone chooses to tackle their grief in different ways. In a world where mental health is now being recognised and peoples views and opinions are slowly starting to shift to not shaming people. This books is a powerful reminder to the damage social media can cause to everyone regardless of their age and how people still feel they are weak or an inconvenience when they need to reach out for help.

 

Book Blurb

Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.

But that’s on the outside.

On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.

And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.

But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.

Can Freya put her family – and herself – back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly’s warmest, wisest and funniest book yet…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.

She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.

Find out more at http://www.cathykelly.com or follow her on Twitter @cathykellybooks

 

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Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the invite to take part, please remember to like and share to spread the book love for The Family Gift

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Happy Publication Day for I Wanted You to Know by Laura Pearson #backablogger #IWantedYoutoKnow #netgalley @laurapauthor @AgoraBooksLDN

OMG I don’t even know where to start this book is heartbreaking and one of my favourite reads of the year, I am not even sure I can do it justice in a review as I loved it that much!

As soon as I picked this book up I knew I was in for the long haul and I read it in under a day over two sittings. I love a book that gives you all of the feels and this book gave me a barrage of emotions throughout. I shed my first tear around 50% and at 80% had to break a box of tissues out.

This book is so heartfelt I could literally feel the words jumping off the page and was so absorbed and emotionally invested in the wonderful Jess & Edie from beginning to end that even now looking back I can feel the emotional punch of this story and the lovely characters that Laura created.

Massive praise to Laura Pearson on this amazing book and all of the feels it bought with it. This is one of those rare books where 5* just isn’t enough!

 

Book Blurb

Dear Edie, I wanted you to know so many things. I wanted to tell you them in person, as you grew. But it wasn’t to be.

Jess never imagined she’d be navigating single motherhood, let alone while facing breast cancer. A life that should be just beginning is interrupted by worried looks, heavy conversations, and the possibility of leaving her daughter to grow up without her.

Propelled by a ticking clock, Jess knows what she has to do: tell her daughter everything. How to love, how to lose, how to forgive, and, most importantly, how to live when you never know how long you have.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

 

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#Review Today I am taking part in the blog tour for Live A Little by Madeleine Reiss #LiveaLittle #BlogTour #BackaBlogger @compulsivereaders @madeleinereiss @zaffrebooks

Live A Little

Today I am sharing my review for Live a Little as part of the blog tour, this was a first from this author for me and I enjoyed the style in which it was written.

The story is focused on sisters Lottie & Tina who have very different personalities and their road trip across America in memory of their sister Mia. This is an emotionally charged story where lots of things are both said and left unsaid and they both have to deal with their conflicting emotions about what really happened to their sister.

I really enjoyed this book and the differing yet addictive personalities of both sisters, it will make you laugh and it will make you feel the deep loss both sisters have experienced. A lovely heartwarming story that will make you hug your sister a little tighter next time you see her.

Book Blurb

Lottie has always followed the rules, her life is comfortable and she is – finally, finally – marrying her long-term, reliable, boyfriend Dean.

Tina is carefree, wild and, maybe, just a little bit careless. She doesn’t understand Lottie’s obsession with settling down with ‘dull Dean’, there’s so much to explore in the world.

The two sisters have drifted apart, living in different countries until the death of their older sister, Mia. Mia was the glue that held them together, made them a family and without her Lottie and Tina realise how little they know each other.

Desperate to remedy this, Tina convinces Lottie to cancel her hen do, fly halfway around the world and set out on a road trip across the US, just the two of them.

But Tina has one more thing up her sleeve to shake up Lottie’s life – she must say yes to everything Tina suggests, no matter what.

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

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Madeleine Reiss was born in Athens. She worked for some years in an agency for street performers and comedians and then as a journalist and publicist. She currently works part-time at a brain injury charity and writes novels for the rest of the week. She has two sons and one grandson and lives in Cambridge with her husband and an extremely paranoid cat called Ruby.

She wrote her first novel at the age of fifty after her mother badgered her to enter a book writing competition that was being advertised on The Alan Titchmarsh Show. In order to stop her mother phoning her up and asking if she had done anything about it yet, she sent off three chapters of a book she had started and abandoned a few years before. To her amazement she won the competition and a publishing contract with Harper Collins. Joy was quickly followed by anxiety since she knew she then had to actually write the book.

This book was ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’. Since then she has written two more – ‘This Last Kiss’ and ‘Before We Say Goodbye.’

Many thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part and please remember to like and share!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Reviews Today I am sharing my summer holiday reads from our relaxed week in France #summerholidays #reading #relaxing @annastuartbooks @tgarvisgraves @TammyRobinson76 @EmmaKennedy

 

I love gathering up a pile of paperbacks ready for a holiday as it is the one time of year I don’t tend to use my kindle as I love to read physical books. This year I opted to take a couple of books that had been in my pile a while and a couple of more recent/upcoming releases.

This year our summer holiday was in France just outside Ligueil at the brilliant Camping De La Touche where we all had an amazing time. Whilst Daisy was making the most of the swimming pool, I found a comfy chair and made the most of some relaxed reading time in the sunshine. This year my holiday reading pile consisted of the following:

Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Photos of You by Tammy Robinson

Keep reading for the book blurbs, purchase links and my reviews, a superb selection that were brilliant holiday reading.

 

Bonnie & Stan by Anna Stuart

Book Blurb

After 50 years together Stan still adores his wife… so why is he dating again?

Bonnie and Stan are soulmates. They met during the Swinging Sixties, to the soundtrack of The Beatles and the Merseybeat scene. Now they’ve grown up and grown old together, had children and grandchildren. They are finally building their dream home, when disaster strikes.

Stan is running out of time, and can’t bear the thought of leaving Bonnie alone. Alongside his teenage granddaughter Greya, he forms a plan to find Bonnie a new love of her life. And she must never find out…

My 5* Review

I decided to take Bonnie and Stan on holiday as it had come highly recommended and wow what a book. This is a story that will make you laugh and cry, it is beautifully written from the first to the last page and I loved it.

Stan absolutely adores Bonnie and this story is written on a dual timeline between when they met over 50 years ago to present day. As the book progresses the timelines begin to merge together as past and present come colliding together and Bonnie & Stan revisit old memories and make new ones.

An exceptional love story that will leave a mark on your heart!

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Available to purchase here

 

 

The Things We Left Unsaid by Emma Kennedy

Book Blurb

Rachel’s relationship with her mother, Eleanor, has always been far from perfect. Eleanor is a renowned artist born from the swinging sixties, and Rachel has forever lived in the shadow of her success.

When Rachel is left by her fiancé on the morning of their wedding she has no choice but to move back into her family home and spend an unbearably hot summer with a mother she feels distant from – in the presence of many painful memories.

It will take another turn of events before Rachel realises that sometimes the past holds exactly the comfort we need. And that behind the words left unsaid are untold stories that have the power to define us.

My 4* Review

I chose to add this to my holiday reading pile after seeing some fantastic reviews and I can see why this book has captured people.

Rachel has her dream wedding ripped from under her feet and stays with her mother Eleanor whilst trying to get back on her feet.

This book will break your heart as the lovely Rachel keeps fighting to overcome obstacles that life is throwing in her path. It is a story about determination to uncover her mother’s past to help her heal and feel whole again.

A brilliant book that will have you reading late into the night as the past and present come together to give Rachel the answers she has been looking for.

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Available to purchase here

 

Photos of You by Tammy Robinson

Book Blurb

When Ava Green turns twenty-eight, she discovers this will be her last birthday. The cancer she thought she’d beaten three years ago is back, only this time it’s terminal: and she’s not going to waste any of the time she has left. There’s one thing she’s been dreaming of since she was a small girl: her wedding. There’s only one problem. She doesn’t have a groom.

Her friends and family rally around her and decide they will help her throw the wedding of her dreams, just without the actual vows. A mammoth organisation begins. As word spreads, people offer help. In an uncertain time, the whole country seizes the story of a woman whose dying dream is simple, and they unite to give her a wedding to remember. But when a photographer called Lucas Gable volunteers to help document the whole event, it becomes painfully clear that it’s never too late to discover the love of your life.

My 5* Review

I absolutely loved the Photos of You, just when you don’t think your heart can break anymore Tammy goes and breaks your heart again with this stunning read.

I find Tammy’s books to be beautifully written and emotionally charged so you know at some point she will reduce you to tears streaming down your face and this book broke my heart.

A stunning story of love and loss and how even on the darkest days you never know what is round the corner.

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Available to purchase here

 

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

Book Blurb

Annika (rhymes with Monica) Rose is an English major at the University of Illinois. Anxious in social situations where she finds most people’s behavior confusing, she’d rather be surrounded by the order and discipline of books or the quiet solitude of playing chess.

Jonathan Hoffman joined the chess club and lost his first game–and his heart–to the shy and awkward, yet brilliant and beautiful Annika. He admires her ability to be true to herself, quirks and all, and accepts the challenges involved in pursuing a relationship with her. Jonathan and Annika bring out the best in each other, finding the confidence and courage within themselves to plan a future together. What follows is a tumultuous yet tender love affair that withstands everything except the unforeseen tragedy that forces them apart, shattering their connection and leaving them to navigate their lives alone.

Now, a decade later, fate reunites Annika and Jonathan in Chicago. She’s living the life she wanted as a librarian. He’s a Wall Street whiz, recovering from a divorce and seeking a fresh start. The attraction and strong feelings they once shared are instantly rekindled, but until they confront the fears and anxieties that drove them apart, their second chance will end before it truly begins.

My 4* Review

Watch this space for my review being published later next week as part of the blog tour. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to share my review!

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Available to purchase here

 

Thanks for taking the time to read and please remember to like and share, have a fab day!

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#Review Today I am sharing my review for one of my top reads of the year so far The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman #BlogTour #BackaBlogger #TheGirlAtTheWindow @rowancoleman @annecater

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Today I am sharing my review for one of my favourite reads of the year so far, a stunning story that I fell in love with upon arrival at the rundown Ponden Hall.

Trudy has returned to her beloved childhood home recently widowed with her son Will after an estrangement from her Mother. I found this story beautifully creepy and enthralling, it mixes modern day with events that happened hundreds of years ago. The ghosts trapped in the house have always spoken to Trudy and now they are leaving clues about events in the past.

This book has a dark and slightly gothic feel that made me want to just keep reading. It was a story of how the house had many stories to tell of loss and love over the years and through the generations of the Heaton’s.

As the past and present come colliding together the book keeps gaining momentum and I found more and more that I couldn’t put the book down as was so keen to see what would happen to Ma, Trudy and Will.

A truly brilliant and memorable read with superb characters that you will love and hate in equal measures, this book made my spine tingle and I loved it!

 

Book Blurb

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from…

Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.

While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present…

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

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Rowan Coleman’s first novel Growing Up Twice was a WHS Fresh Talent Winner. Since then, Rowan has written fifteen novels, including The Memory Book which was a Sunday Times bestseller. It was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub and awarded Love Reading Novel of the Year, as voted for by readers.

Her latest novel, The Summer of Impossible Things, is a Zoe Ball TV Book Club selection.

Rowan lives with her husband and their five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire, juggling writing novels with raising her family. She really wishes someone would invent time travel.

You can find out more about Rowan at http://www.rowancoleman.co.uk or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @rowancoleman

 

Many thanks to Random Things Tours for my invite to take part in this blog tour 

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review – Happy Publication Day to Amanda Prowse – Today I am sharing my review for the superb The Things I Know #TheThingsIKnow #publicationday #backablogger @mrsamandaprowse

Amanda Prowse is one of my absolute favourite authors and I always pick up her books when I am looking for a book to immerse myself into and this book was no exception.

Amanda writes with such passion and relevance her books never fail to pull you in from the first few pages. The Things I Know introduces you to the lovely Thomasina (Hitch), giving you an insight into her life on her families beloved Waycott farm with Daphne her favourite chicken and her faithful dog Buddy.

Hitch has only ever wanted what all girls want, to feel pretty, wear pretty shoes, to be able to make plans and have dreams with someone to share it all with. In this story you embark on a journey with her where you get glimpses of her childhood that have shaped and created the feelings she now experiences and where you see her meet Grayson when he arrives to stay at the B&B on the farm and this sets a chain of events into motion.

I absolutely loved this book, it was a beautiful story full of love and compassion that carries such a relevant and important message that is especially important in todays society when people seem happy to openly pass judgement and share negative comments on social media. This book highlights how goals and dreams are not defined by what society considers the perfect person that they are anyone’s for the taking and how no one should be making anyone else feel that they aren’t entitled to have dreams and ambitions.

Amanda Prowse has a superb knack of tapping into her characters and visually creating them in her stories, she makes you feel as if you are standing alongside her watching her characters and stories unfold. She leaves a part of herself in each book and manages to evoke emotion and happiness through her writing and her books are always an absolute pleasure to read.

 

Book Blurb

Thomasina ‘Hitch’ Waycott loves living and working on the remote family farm and B&B. But she also wants more. To see the world. To own her own home. To fall madly in love.

But those are fairy tales, and if her life is a fairy tale, then she’s the ugly duckling. Her deformed lip, her crooked limbs and her weak heart have kept her from taking chances. But that’s about to change.

When Grayson Potts comes to stay, he’s unlike anyone Thomasina has ever met. He’s aloof, eccentric and exceptionally kind. He’s also totally unconcerned with the physical flaws that have always defined Thomasina.

The two form a bond that neither has had before. It’s possible that it could become something more, but Thomasina also wonders if it’s too good to be true. By putting her heart on the line, Thomasina may open herself to heartbreak. But she may also open herself to so much more.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Amanda Prowse likens her own life story to those she writes about in her books. After self-publishing her debut novel, Poppy Day, in 2011, she has gone on to author twenty-one novels and six novellas. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and she regularly tops bestseller charts all over the world. Remaining true to her ethos, Amanda writes stories of ordinary women and their families who find their strength, courage and love tested in ways they never imagined. The most prolific female contemporary-fiction writer in the UK, with a legion of loyal readers, she goes from strength to strength. Being crowned ‘queen of domestic drama’ by the Daily Mail was one of her finest moments. Amanda is a regular contributor on TV and radio but her first love is, and will always be, writing.

You can find her online at http://www.amandaprowse.com, on Twitter @MrsAmandaProwse, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AmandaProwseAuthor.

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the truly superb – When All Is Said by Anne Griffin #WhenAllIsSaid #5* @AnneGriffin_

Today I am sharing my review for the truly superb When All Is Said by Anne Griffin, I took this book on holiday to Disney with me and was waking up early to be able to keep reading whilst everyone else slept.

I chose to bump When All Is Said up the TBR pile after reading so many fantastic reviews and I am so pleased that I did. This is a book based on a wonderful love story that takes you on a journey from childhood to marriage and through to old age. It is brimming with love, loss, commitment and regrets.

A wonderful story told from the perspective of Maurice who sits down in the very significant Rainford House Hotel one night and tells us his story accompanied by his five chosen drinks to toast the most important people in his life.

I loved this book and just had to keep reading, I chose this to read whilst on holiday and picked it back up every time I sat down and got up early as I was so keen to keep reading. A truly lovely story that will leave you with all of the emotions and feelings.

Book Blurb

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? If you were to raise a glass to each of them, what would you say? And what would you learn about yourself, when all is said and done?

This is the story of Maurice Hannigan, who, over the course of a Saturday night in June, orders five different drinks at the Rainford House Hotel. With each he toasts a person vital to him: his doomed older brother, his troubled sister-in-law, his daughter of fifteen minutes, his son far off in America, and his late, lamented wife. And through these people, the ones who left him behind, he tells the story of his own life, with all its regrets and feuds, loves and triumphs.

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Available to purchase on Amazon

 

About the Author

Anne Griffin is an Irish novelist living in Ireland. Anne was awarded the John McGahern Award for Literature, recognising previous and current works. Amongst others, she has been shortlisted for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Award and the Sunday Business Post Short Story Award.

Anne’s debut novel ‘When All Is Said’ will be published by Sceptre in the UK and Ireland on 24th January, 2019 and by Thomas Dunne Books in the US and Canada on the 5th March, 2019. It will also be published by Rowohlt Verlag in Germany, Delcourt in France, by Harper Collins Holland in the Netherlands, by Wydawnictwo Czarna in Poland, and by Tyto Alba in Lithuania.

www.annegriffinwriter.com

Twitter – @AnneGriffin_