Posted in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Debut Book

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the brilliant debut One Summer in Santorini by Sandy Barker #debutnovel @sandybarker

Today I am sharing my review for the brilliant One Summer in Santorini by Sandy Barker.

This summer read is set in the stunning Greek islands and immediately makes you want to book a flight to enjoy some sunshine. I was keen to escape the rain outside and keep reading about Sarah’s adventures.

I loved the characters and the growing friendship between Sarah and her crew mates as they get used to living in such close quarters. I fell in love with the vibrant descriptions of the islands they were visiting and all of the delicious Greek food they were eating throughout their trip.

A brilliant feel good read that will leave you feeling light hearted and yearning for some winter sunshine. I can’t wait to see what adventures lay ahead for Sarah and if she will make the planned trip for New Year.

Book Blurb

There was something in the air that night. . .

Sarah has had enough of men. It’s time to rekindle her first true love – travel – so she books a sailing trip around the Greek islands with a group of strangers.

The very last thing Sarah wants is to meet someone new, but then a gorgeous American man boards her yacht… And when she also encounters a handsome silver fox who promises her the world, she realises that trouble really does come in twos.

Will Sarah dive into a holiday fling or stick to her plan to steer clear of men, continue her love affair with feta and find her own way after all?

Available to purchase here

About the Author

I’m a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list. I love exploring new places, outdoor adventures, and eating and drinking like a local when I travel, and many of my travel adventures have found homes in my novels. I’m also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob.

My first novel, a romantic comedy set in Greece and inspired by my real-life love story, was published in June 2019 by One More Chapter (HarperCollins). I’m currently editing my second and third books (the follow-ups to One Summer in Santorini) and writing my fourth and fifth. Excitingly, 2020 will see at least two new books out in the world!

Please like and share my review if you’ve enjoyed reading about this book and help spread the booklove for this lovely debut!

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Debut Book

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the wonderful holiday read The Little Theatre on the Seafront by Katie Ginger @KatieGAuthor

When I found out Katie Ginger was a local author to me writing one of my favourite genres for pure escapism I had to grab myself a copy, this was her debut release and I finally found 5 mins on holiday to devour this beauty.

This book is set in the fictional seaside setting of Greenley in Kent, which is a town trying to retain it’s community spirit. Lottie is the main character who is dealing with conflicting emotions as this story starts to unfold. Lottie is a character who is easy to empathise with and I love some of the new character traits that start to emerge as she finds her feet in a quest set by her Grandmother.

This is a gorgeous fuzzy read that demonstrates a wonderful friendship between Lottie and Sid, a fierce loyalty to Lottie’s Grandmother and the passion and love of a town coming together.

I really enjoyed this book and could visualise the rundown theatre they were fighting to save and the gorgeous seaside walks described throughout the book. A superb debut release that will make you smile and leave you with a tear in your eye.

 

Book Blurb

When Lottie’s Gran dies she leaves one last request; save Greenley Theatre.

Faced with a decaying building, a mayor who most definitely isn’t on board with the project and a group of actors who just can’t get along, Lottie has her hands full, but with best friend Sid by her side she knows she can do it somehow.

But the arrival of Jeremy, a hotshot London developer who sweeps Lottie off her feet, complicates things. Suddenly Sid gets a new girlfriend, the Greenley Players fall apart, and that crumbling building? Well it crumbles a whole lot more. With no one to turn to, Lottie has to find the courage to save the day.

 

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Well, hello there! Thanks for stopping by my author page!

I’m Katie, a writer of romantic fiction and a few cozy mystery short stories. I’ve written the Seafront series (The Little Theatre on the Seafront and Summer Season on the Seafront) and my stand-alone Christmas novel Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage comes out in October 2019.

I live in Kent with my hubby, two kids, and our King Charles Spaniel, Wotsit. As I love a good chinwag, do come and say hello over on Twitter: @KatieGAuthor or on Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/KatieGAuthor. I also blog about random stuff on my website: http://www.keginger.com.

Posted in 5*, Debut Book, Young Adult

#Reviews This evening I am sharing a review from Daisy for One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus #OneofUsisLying #KarenMcManus #YAbooks @writerkmc

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Hi Everyone I am Daisy and I am 12 years old.  I love to read and rarely go anywhere without a book to read, in case I get bored! Over the summer I read a lot of books some by authors I hadn’t read before and I really enjoyed One of Us is Lying as I didn’t know what was going to happen from one page to the next, this book was one of my favourite reads of the summer.

My two favourite characters were Bronwyn and Nate for multiple reasons, Bronwyn has a positive outlook on life. Nate and Bronwyn are both responsible in different ways and they are the most unexpected couple yet the best. I found that Simon’s death had a massive impact on the past. present and future and a mirror impact on Nate and Bronwyn’s relationship.

I didn’t know what to expect when I chose this book and it was really good, so good that I was reading in the middle of the night when I should have been asleep. I am already looking forward to reading Two Can Keep a Secret as I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more.

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend, it combined all of my favourite genres action, thriller and romance.

 

Book Blurb

Five students go to detention. Only four leave alive.

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he’s doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad boy Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won’t ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it’s no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?
What really matters is how far you’ll go to protect them.

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Available to purchase here

 

About the Author

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. When she isn’t working or writing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, McManus loves to travel with her son.

One of Us Is Lying is her debut novel. To learn more about her, go to her website, karenmcmanus.com, or follow @writerkmc on Twitter.

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Debut Book

#Review Today I am sharing my review for the superb debut Instructions For Falling In Love Again by Lucy Mitchell #BlogTour #BackaBlogger #InstructionsForFallingInLoveAgain @blondewritemore @BOTBSPublicity

BLOG TOUR

I am so excited to be sharing my review today after reading this stunning debut as part of the blog tour, I can’t wait to see what comes next from Lucy Mitchell as I loved this book.

A combination of funny, chaotic and poignant, I loved the story and the style in which it was written. Be prepared to pick up this book and just want to keep reading as you experience a rollercoaster of emotions. I laughed throughout this book, empathised with the chaos of kids and yet it was tinged with sadness as you got to see how this family were dealing with their grief whilst Mum (Pippa) is trying to hold it all together and work out how the family can move on.

If you are looking for a book that will keep you wanting to turn the pages then look no further. A highly recommended read that I thoroughly enjoyed and I look forward to reading future releases by Lucy Mitchell, definitely a new author to watch out for.

 

Book Blurb

What would you do if your late husband left you a list of instructions on how to fall in love with someone else?

Pippa Browning is faced with this exact dilemma, three years after the death of her husband, Dan.

Buried at the bottom of a drawer are a collection of notebooks full of Dan’s advice on how to live without him.

Pippa’s notebook is red and contains his instructions on how to fall in love again.

But Dan doesn’t just want Pippa to fall in love with anyone – Dan’s crazy suggestion is that Pippa should date his handsome friend, Mikey Stenton, a known thrill-seeking ladies’ man.

Reluctant to follow Dan’s advice, Pippa enters the world of dating. She embarks on a humorous journey of self-discovery, with the help of her children and two best friends.

It isn’t long before Pippa is finding it hard to ignore Dan’s instructions and Mikey Stenton.

Is Mikey really the man that everyone thinks him to be? Or was Dan right, and Mikey’s simply been misunderstood?

A heart-warming romantic comedy about motherhood, friendship and finding love, the second time around.

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Available to purchase here

About the Author

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Instructions For Falling In Love Again is the debut novel from Lucy Mitchell. She lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats.
Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad.
When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine.

 

Many thanks to Books on the Brightside for the invite to take part in the blog tour

Posted in Adult Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Debut Book

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

Posted in 5*, Debut Book, Memoir / True Story

Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard #hardpushed #leahhazard #midwife #NHS @hazard_leah

OMG what a superb and memorable book, I requested this on Netgalley as I loved This Is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay and after reading Hard Pushed it leaves you in no doubt just how hard the Midwife’s in hospitals work and the pressure that sits firmly on their shoulders when bringing new lives into the world.

I loved the honesty and compassion in this book, being a Midwife is a massively important role and those of us who have had children will know the true magnitude they play when you are in labour and how they work tirelessly to ensure the safe arrival of your baby with as little intervention and dramatics as possible.

I loved this book and will be recommending it to everyone as it left me in absolute awe of the brilliant work Midwife’s do and how Leah even when pushed to her upmost limits is still 100% dedicated to providing the best care and experience she possibly can for all mothers.

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Leah and for continuing to help bring new lives into the world.

Book Blurb

No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife. 

Life on the NHS front line, working within a system at breaking point, is more extreme than you could ever imagine. From the bloody to the beautiful, from moments of utter vulnerability to remarkable displays of strength, from camaraderie to raw desperation, from heart-wrenching grief to the pure, perfect joy of a new-born baby, midwife Leah Hazard has seen it all.

Through her eyes, we meet Eleanor, whose wife is a walking miracle of modern medicine, their baby a feat of reproductive science; Crystal, pregnant at just fifteen, the precarious, flickering life within her threatening to come far too soon; Star, birthing in a room heady with essential oils and love until an enemy intrudes and Pei Hsuan, who has carried her tale of exploitation and endurance thousands of miles to somehow find herself at the open door of Leah’s ward.

 

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Available to pre order on Amazon

 

About the Author

Leah Hazard is a serving NHS midwife in Scotland. Having studied at Harvard, she left a career in television to pursue her lifelong interest in women’s health after the birth of her first daughter in 2003. She soon began working as a doula, supporting women in pregnancy and attending numerous births in homes and hospitals across the country. The birth of Leah’s second daughter in 2006 prompted Leah to make the leap into midwifery. Since qualifying, she has worked in a variety of clinical areas within the NHS maternity services, including antenatal clinics, triage units and labour wards.

Posted in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Debut Book

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer

The beautiful cover of this book caught my eye and I love trying a new author so I grabbed a copy of The Hope and Dreams of Lucy Baker and got comfortable.

Lucy Baker is a kind and giving character who always shies away from the lime light and leaves her best friend Jess and her sister Emily to bask in the attention. I loved the character of Lucy and how with her lovely friend Brenda’s guidance she starts to think outside her current constraints and put herself out into the big wide world a bit more.

This is a remarkable story of how Lucy is gifted a locket from her elderly friend with instructions to do as the locket says. Following this you are then taken on a whirlwind journey where Lucy gains a new friend due to a magical black cat that turns up and takes residence with the sneezing George.

I loved this book it is the perfect feel good read with a touch of magic and mystery thrown in. I felt like the characters were my neighbours and I wanted to keep reading to see what happens to Lucy next and whether she finally starts to believe in herself. This is a heart warming debut novel and I look forward to seeing what gems Jenni Keer has in store for us in the future.

Book Blurb

Meet Lucy, aged 25, and Brenda, aged 79. Neighbours, and unlikely friends.

Lucy Baker is not your usual 25-year-old. She is more at home reading and knitting in her cluttered little flat than going out partying and socialising.

79-year-old Brenda is full of wise and wonderful advice, but when she’s diagnosed with dementia her life begins to change. Before her memories slip away for ever, Brenda is desperate to fulfil one last wish – to see Lucy happy.

Gifting Lucy the locket that helped Brenda find her own true love, she hopes to push her reticent neighbour in the right direction. But is Lucy Baker ready for the opportunities and heartbreaks of the real world? It’s about time she put her knitting needles aside and found out…

A bit about the Author

Jenni Keer is a history graduate who embarked on a career in contract flooring before settling in the middle of the Suffolk countryside with her antique furniture restorer husband. She has valiantly attempted to master the ancient art of housework but with four teenage boys in the house it remains a mystery. Instead, she spends her time at the keyboard writing women’s fiction to combat the testosterone-fuelled atmosphere with her number one fan #Blindcat by her side. Much younger in her head than she is on paper, she adores any excuse for fancy-dress and is part of a disco formation dance team.

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker is her first book, it is being published by Avon Books UK and will be available in January 2019

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The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker grab your copy on Amazon
           "The most heart-warming book you’ll read this year" 
Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Childhood Classic, Debut Book, Historical Fiction, Memoir / True Story, Monthly Round Up, Seasonal, Young Adult

2018 – A Small Chink out of my TBR Pile!

I have had an absolutely amazing year for reading, I have smashed my target of 100 books which I thought was optimistic when I set it and have been lucky enough to read some truly amazing and memorable reads that have stayed with me.
I have been trying to think about my Top 5-10 books for the year and it is so hard to decide and so I am still debating if I can actually condense it down into a few books that are my absolute favourites.
So far as of mid December I have read 109 books which translates to a massive 31892 pages! This is a number that will continue to increase as I am planning on some major reading sessions over the Christmas holidays as that is my favourite way to relax.
Here is a visual summary of the books I have read so far in 2018, this is a mixture of authors I have read before and loved, some cherry pop reads and some debut releases!
If you are looking for a read over the festive season I can promise that all of the books featured above are all fantastic reads with a bit of something for everyone and I am really excited to see what new releases 2019 will have to offer!
Posted in Adult Fiction, Chick Lit, Debut Book, Seasonal

Day 13 – How to Bake a New Beginning by Lucy Knott

I absolutely loved this book and find it hard to believe this was a debut novel as she had pulled me in from the first few pages!

The story is based around the sisters, food and their Italian heritage. I loved Amanda’s love of cooking and how important good homemade food was for these sisters. This story oozed love and the importance of family from the very first page and highlights just how vital these relationships can be, making you long to be surrounded by your family and tucking into Christmas dinner together.

A brilliant story that I absolutely loved and has made me want to bake and nibble on Italian treats. How to Bake a New Beginning is the perfect book to curl up with on a chilly evening in the lead up to Christmas and has made me really look forward to the upcoming festivities with my family. I look forward to seeing what Lucy Knott releases next, definitely an author that I will be looking out for!

 

Book Blurb

Three sisters. One trip to Italy. The chance to change their lives.

Amanda has always taken the role of big sister seriously. She has her life in order; a fantastic job in a great restaurant, a wonderful house and a best friend who’s a Rockstar. But, Amanda’s beginning to realise that her life is missing one monumental piece…

Sabrina is living the high life in LA. Her Instagram is full of lavish parties, her tweets are brimming with celebrity names, but in reality she’s stuck behind a desk working for a boss who is determined to make her suffer. Is it time for her to stand up and take charge of her life?

Louisa has always been drowned out by her sister’s successes. As the university drop-out she’s always felt third best. But a chance encounter in a little Italian village may be about to change that…

When their beloved grandfather passes away these sisters are forced to take another look at their lives. These three sisters are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery that could just lead them down a road of romance (with a little help from the kitchen)!

 

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Available to purchase on Amazon

Posted in 5*, Adult Fiction, Debut Book, Historical Fiction

The Foyles Bookshop Girls by Elaine Roberts (The Foyles Girls Book 1)

In this story you get to know the girls and their families as World War I commences. I loved the girls in this book and how the story gave you an insight into events leading up to this story.

This story drew you in so that you felt part of the family and gave you the need to know what happened next with so much at stake for all of the families involved as their boys go off to war.

A brilliant historical fiction read based around the hardworking girls at Foyles Bookshop, this offers a heart wrenching insight into how hard life was for the women left at home and how emotions ran high as war continued. A highly recommended read that will pull at your heart strings.

Book Blurb

London, 1914: one ordinary day, three girls arrive for work at London’s renowned Foyles bookshop. But when war with Germany is declared their lives will never be the same again…

Alice has always been the ‘sensible’ one in her family – especially in comparison with her suffrage-supporting sister! But decidedly against her father’s wishes, she accepts a job at Foyles Bookshop; and for bookworm Alice it’s a dream come true.

But with the country at war, Alice’s happy world is shattered in an instant. Determined to do what she can, Alice works in the bookshop by day, and risks her own life driving an ambulance around bomb-ravaged London by night. But however busy she keeps herself, she can’t help but think of the constant danger those she loves are facing on the frontline…

Alice, Victoria and Molly couldn’t be more different and yet they share a friendship that stems back to their childhood – a friendship that provides everyday solace from the tribulations and heartbreak of war.

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Available to purchase on Amazon