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Book Review – The Twins by J.S. Lark

When Rachel sent out the details for this book The Twins. I was excited. I read the synopsis and jumped at the chance to join the blog tour. Firstly, it sounded amazing and interesting and secondly being an identical twin, I of course was intrigued by it. Being a twin is a special bond which Jane touches on in her book. Its a connection like no other. You know how the other one is feeling, you feel what they feel but more importantly you are never alone.

If you like physiological thrillers, then you will love this. I highly recommend it and am very glad to be part of the blog tour. 

My identical twin.

Synopsis 

If you liked Blood Orange you will love this!

From the moment they are born, twins Susan and Sarah are inseparable.  Through good and bad, the girls will always be together…forever.
 
Until they meet Jonny.
 
Older, charming and handsome, Jonny offers the girls the much-needed love and attention they crave.  But he can only choose one and for the first time in their lives the girls find themselves split apart – the invisible thread that binds them severed.

Set-free from her twin, Sarah builds a new life for herself, marries, has a daughter.  But Susan’s life spirals further and further out of control.

And now Susan is back.  And she’s determined to reclaim everything she feels Sarah has taken from her. 

Her home, her husband…her life?

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twins-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07Z5K6TPB

US – https://www.amazon.com/Twins-J-S-Lark-ebook/dp/B07Z5K6TPB

My Review

It’s one of those books that leaves you wanting to pause life, to continue reading. I started reading this Wednesday night and finished it by Friday morning. I was engrossed from the first page and really did not know what was going to happen from one page to another and I was left on tender hooks thinking what next. 

It was gripping, intense, full of so many twists even right up to the end page and disturbing but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a book that really pulls at your heartstrings.

The twins had such a hard upbringing, I really felt for them and  was emotionally involved from the beginning, especially when the story was told from their childhood. What they went through was totally soul destroying, heart-breaking and what no child should ever have to witness or be a part of. What I did love was the bond they had, even with all that going on around them, they felt safe together and wanted to protect each other. It really is like that being twin, someone always there for you as a sister and best friend. Someone you can always rely on no matter what, it’s definitely the most wonderful thing about being a twin. That and sharing clothes! 

I liked the element of the twins meeting and getting to know Jonny as he brought some much-needed happiness into their life. It was a way for them to escape their home life. Just a shame there wasn’t two of him!

I felt invested in the girls from the beginning so of course when Sarah and Susan then got separated, I really felt sorry for them. Years later Susan turns up on Sarah’s doorstep and it sparks all sort of emotions. Sarah is happily married, with a daughter, and really not interested in Susan at all. Susan having had a harder life wants to make amends and be a family.  It was great how the story went back and forth from past to present. Which built up the story and allowed you to get the picture of what happened to cause these heighten emotions and the separation of the twins. 

As well as the growing up aspect, with what the girls faced, it was also everything after that happened. Being an identical twin, I think that was one of the main reasons I found it hard and disturbing in parts. Without giving too much away, I just couldn’t imagine the jealously, lies and secrets that could come between them. That was before the story started to unravel and I soon understood! I can see why being a twin could cause competition, but this was next level. Luckily, we didn’t experience any of what they did. Or ever fancied the same boy! 

I finished the last page and just couldn’t stop thinking about it. To the point I was told by a few people close to me, it’s just a book. It didn’t happen. 

A book well written, even if dark, with deep issues, that were really sad – I loved it, and how it flowed and kept you guessing throughout. I can’t wait to read other bloggers reviews and discuss it with them. 

Author Bio – 

Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction.

Jane’s books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

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Book Review – One Kiss Before Christmas by Emma Jackson

Grab a hot chocolate,  put the fire on, add a scented candle and settle down to read this, this Christmas. You wont be disappointed. I’m very glad to have been part of the blog tour.

Synopsis

A gorgeously romantic festive read from the author of A Mistletoe Miracle, guaranteed to warm your heart this Christmas!


Could it be the start of her happy ever after?

Ashleigh could use a little Christmas magic. She’s still living in Brighton with her Nan — who could give the Grinch lessons in how to be miserable — her acting career has been reduced to playing one of Santa’s elves, and not even the prospect of a friend’s winter wedding can cheer her up…

That is until Olivier, the gorgeous French chef, reappears in her life. Or more accurately, next door.

When they were teenagers, Olivier would spend every other Christmas with his mother, who just happens to be Ash’s neighbour and owner of the best chocolate shop in England. 


If anyone can bring a little sparkle back to Ash’s life, it’sOlivier. All she needs is one kiss before Christmas…

Feel-good and festive, this is the perfect romance to curl up with this winter!

Pre-order Link – http://bit.ly/OneKissBeforeXmas

My Review

I enjoyed reading this romantic, feel good, Christmas book, filled with humour and lots of cosy moments. I was squealing into my hot chocolate curled up, with my Yankee candy cane candle on. It really got me in the festive mood. This was a will they wont they romance – which I just love. I love a slow burn – the anticipation of what is going to happen and was routing for them from the onset.

 Ashleigh was a bit lost, working as an elf, living with her nan and obeying by her rules. She was sweet and found it hard to let people in. Even with a few lovely friends,  she was definitely missing something extra in her life.  When Olivier her teenager friend comes back from Paris, who happens to be her next door neighbour, he would definitely life her spirits. Going through his own issues, he could also use a friend and some cheer in his life. Didn’t he sound just as delicious as his cooking, hehe! I loved their easy friendship and how comfortable they were with each other. 

Set in Brighton, which gave it a great setting and many pretty scenes.  I wont give any spoilers away, but will just touch on the basics. The Christmas market – it sounded fun and exactly what I am missing right now. The sea front  – I loved how Ashleigh just let go and had fun. Beth’s wedding – the romance of it. But my most favourite scene was the sea life centre.  It was just written perfectly, it fitted well and was just very lovely. I had all the feels reading this. It reminded me a bit like the fish tank scene in Romeo and Juliet.

This wasn’t just a book based on romance it also included family issues, being unhappy with the past and opening up to tell the people close to you how you really feel. I enjoyed this part of the story as it added another element to the story.

As well as Ashleigh and Olivier there was the wonderful Romesh, who was just a darling. I want him as a best friend. I loved how he had Ashleigh’s back all the time. They had such a sweet loving friendship. He was full of mischief, so much fun and could give Cilla Black a run for her money. He did make me laugh. Even if he was going through hard issues too.

Ashleigh’s nan was likeable even if she was a Grinch.  She meant well, with a strong personality, no wonder Ashleigh spoke her mind. I could literally picture her as that sweet little old lady, who says it how it is, sitting by her window watching the street go by.   

I do love a Christmas book and in my opinion its never too early to read them. After all what brings you joy, you should do more off and this book did just that. I have about 12 Christmas books on my list after this one. I just love the magical time of year and love reading about people taking risks more then they usually would to make themselves happy.

Author Bio – Author of the Best Selling A MISTLETOE MIRACLE and contender for the Joan Hessayon Award 2020, Emma has been a devoted bookworm and secret-story-scribbler since she was 6 years old. When she’s not running around after her two daughters and trying to complete her current work-in-progress, Emma loves to read, bake, catch up on binge-watching TV programmes with her partner and plan lots of craft projects that will inevitably end up unfinished. Her latest romantic comedy, SUMMER IN THE CITY, was released in June 2020.

Emma also writes historical and fantasy fiction as Emma S Jackson. THE DEVIL’S BRIDE was published by DarkStrokein February 2020.

You can find out news about Emma via her website, by signing up to her newsletter at www.esjackson.co.uk or on:
Twitter: @ESJackson1

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Book Review – What If? By Shari Low

You know a book is going to be great; when two chapters in you have lost count of the amount of times you have laughed out loud. This book was fun, funny and absolutely fantastic. I was captivated from the beginning and lost a few late nights to Carly and her dramas.  With many brilliant one liners. I laughed out loud the whole way through. This is a must read and I was so happy to be part of such a wonderful blog tour.

Synopsis

The book that started it all! A classic retro romcom from #1 bestselling author Shari Low.

1999.
Carly Cooper is 30, single, and after coming close to saying ‘I Do’ to six different men, she’s wondering if she accidentally said ‘goodbye’ to Mr Right.
But there is a problem.
Her ex-boyfriends are scattered all over the world and Carly lives in 1999; an era before Facebook, Google, smartphones, 4G and Broadband, when it was impossible to track people down with a few clicks of a mouse.
On a mission to discover if she walked away from her ‘happy ever after’, Carly quits her job, her flat, her whole life and sets off on a quest to track down all the men she has ever loved.
Her Mr Right is out there, but can she find him?
And what if he’s moved on from the ex-girlfriend who said goodbye? A wonderful classic 20th-anniversary re-release.

Purchase Link – http://buff.ly/35NYMkW

My review

I loved this book very much. Carly was hardworking, persistent, had the biggest heart, strong as an ox, and full of so much courage! Yes she was a walking disaster and a spontaneous nightmare. You couldn’t help but love her. With the best group of friends, friends since high school, they were more like family. They had her back since day one, even through all of her dating mishaps. I loved their easy, caring, strong friendship, its one you would want to be apart of. They were all literally amazing and I loved them all. Especially how much they adored and cared for each other.

Carly in my eyes was a legend and a character I’m going to miss for a long time.

The girls first holiday to Benidorm had me in stiches and took me right back to my first girls holiday. Jess and her rules. LOL.

The men…Carly’s men!…So much to say about all of these but I wont give away any spoilers. If you have read this, did you have a favourite? I think mine was the Irish one or was it the one in China. Both! I loved all of the adventures she went on. My best was maybe her time in China. I liked reading about her journey from a young women, the first time she met these men, to when she was then 30 ,going back on the journey to meet them all again. Some shocking discoveries and moment during this time. There never was a dull moment, both times!  

The chapters were written so well, I loved how they went back and forth from her previous adventures to now. Each chapter reeled you in and left you wanting more. The song names and artists as a chapter title were a nice touch and left me singing along to that song at the start of each chapter.

My favourite line had to be ‘Since when was he so direct? This is the same guy who took five weeks to snog me. Has he been on an assertiveness course?’ haha priceless. I was howling with laughter.

Who else thought about their past reading this? and what if?!  I’m such an over thinker as it is, and am happy in a relationship but I will admit this book got me thinking a lot. Not crazy like Carly to go chase them half way around the world. For starters a few of them didn’t deserve it! Ha! And I definitely dont want to go looking for them, but more on a personal level. Could I have done things differently, did I make the right choices growing up, especially when younger and my first love. Did they get the best of me….did I let them they treat me right, if only I was as wise as now.  All what if’s. But I also am a believer in everything happens for a reason.

This is the first book I have read by this author and I will be reading more. I really enjoyed it.

Author Bio – 

Shari Low is the #1 bestselling author of over 25 novels, including One Day In Summer and My One Month Marriage and a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. She lives near Glasgow.

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Book Review – Log Fires & Toffee Apple Cake at the Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green

What a great book to start autumn off with. I was just over my summer holiday and then dived right into this autumn delight. I adored the title and thought it was charming. Sitting with my scented pumpkin spiced latte candle on, reading this with a coffee and slice of cake, pretending it was toffee apple cake. Pure bliss.

Synopsis

Get set for a wonderful celebration of autumn with all your favourite characters at the Little Duck Pond Café!
An autumn fair is coming to Sunnybrook, much to the delight of the villagers. But for Madison, whose personal life seems to be spinning out of control, a roller-coaster is the last thing she needs – especially when it’s her emotions at stake.
Can she convince the delectable Jack that their relationship is worth another shot? Or has their romance ground to a permanent halt like a faulty big wheel? Will she solve the mystery of the missing name on her birth certificate? Or will her discoveries take her on a journey even bumpier than the dodgem cars? One thing’s for sure. Madison is going to need more than a fairground fortune teller to find the answers to her questions, if she’s going to ‘waltz-er’ into the happiest of sunsets…

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/38v98Fz

My Review

Madison is going through some tough times, with one thing after another. At first I found it hard to warm to her as there were some situations she could have avoided and at times I questioned her decisions.  But I think that’s all part of growing up. However I soon realised why she was the way she was and having that shock hit her head on – I felt for her how much it affected her. I just wanted her to love herself and think before she did things.

Luckily Madison has some of the realist friends too. Who were there to guide and tell her honestly what they thought. Even if Jaz was a bit too honest at times. I really liked Ellie and Carrie, they were definitely my favourite characters. They seemed such sweet, kind ladies and great friends. I loved the side story to Carrie and was routing for her throughout.

I haven’t read the other books, so at first I was trying to keep up with whose who, but I really enjoyed getting to know all of the characters – (Madison’s friends) which I’m sure would be in the previous books. I have added them all to my to be read list, as I would love to get to know them all before this book too 🙂 

As well as friendship and self discovery, I loved the family storyline element too. What a great support network, Madison had. You could tell they all had such a wonderful bond and just wanted what’s best for her.  

I loved Jack. Did anyone else just want to give him a big hug? I did ! What a sweet man he was.

I definitely wasn’t a fan of Marcus at all – sorry!  I wanted to shake some empathy into him and not be so selfish! That man drove me insane.

This was a really cute book, that I whizzed through. I now want to take a trip to The Little Duck Pond Café and sample some of that toffee cake, which sounds delicious.

Author Bio – 

Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lucy’s Great Escape’, is out now.

Rosie will be revisiting the Little Duck Pond Café with a beautiful story of love and friendship at Christmas time, entitled A Kiss in the Snow, out in October 2020.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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Book Review – Coming Back To You By Lily Hayden

There is so much to say about this book, especially without giving any spoilers away. When I closed the page, I had to have a few hours out as it touched me that much. I was an emotional wreck. Thank you for letting me be part of this blog tour.

Synopsis  

Some loves last for just a short time, but ours lasted a lifetime.

From the moment that Emma met Ryan, she knew he was the one for her, but he leaves her heartbroken when he betrays her and disappears from her life, only to return and shatter her heart for a second time.

We were never meant to be, we just happened against the odds.

It feels like fate when life throws them back together as adults, but Emma has moved on now and she can’t throw everything away for the man who left her heartbroken twice.

Emma is living a charmed life with a beautiful family and her art career beginning to take off, but she can’t help feeling like her heart is pulling her back to her first love.

I keep on coming back to you.

One chance encounter with Ryan, so unexpected that it feels like it was written in the stars, throws them back together and she can’t deny the connection between them is stronger than ever. Emma learns that Ryan has been keeping a secret from her, and she has to decide whether to turn away from him forever or keep fighting for their love against all odds.

Purchase Links 

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08HXW3621/

US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HXW3621/

All 2020 royalties from this book will be going to Huntington’s Disease Association (https://www.hda.org.uk/)

My Review

A story about first love, getting your heart broken, fate, chemistry, second chances and soulmates. Friendships and family issues – It had it all. It’s a must read. 

I was captivated from the first page. Powerful, emotional and romantic. Stick it to the top of your to be read pile, you won’t be sorry.

This book played on my heart strings all throughout. It was a rollercoaster of a story that left you feeling high one minute – absolutely loving what was happening and then the next – an emotional mess and completely heartbroken. My emotions were all over the place. 

The story starts with Emma as a teenager, you get to follow her journey of life, until she is a grown woman with her own family. I think I felt so much for this story as you grew up with Emma and you wanted the best for her. I connected and warmed to her from the beginning. I just adored her. As a teenager she met her first love Ryan and fell head over heels. Emma didn’t have a lot of friends at school, so I loved this bit when she was happy. I felt her emotions and feels through the pages. Ryan stirred something inside her and really made her happy. Their connection was special. 

I also felt for Emma at times with the relationship with her dad. He was extremely hard on her and doing the normal teenager things were a struggle for her at times, due to him being strict and not understanding. Missing out on a group outing with her friends, she is left heartbroken by the turn of events. 

Of course, years later, fate has other ideas and then its all about getting that second chance, opening your heart again. Emma was brave and did what any girl would do. I was worried for her, like she was an actual friend of mine. Crazy how you can get fully engaged in a book that it seemed real. I was guessing what was going to happen all throughout and was always was trying to work out what was coming next. Always failing. 

I loved how the story was told several years apart at different stages of Emma’s life from finishing school, university, moving on with her life to settling down. 

Emma faced a lot of heartache and I really felt for her, I was so sad. Lucky Emma had met an amazing best friend at University called Patch. Patch was there to sort her out and help her through all the difficult times. I loved how they got through everything together. Patch was up there with the best friend ever – she was so good to Emma and they had a great relationship. It made me laugh how straight talking Patch was and always calling Emma out on her feelings, in an endearing way. 

Having her own family and things really looking up on the career front Emma is faced again with fate. You can’t keep meeting with fate and let it pass you by. Can you?! 

Emma was torn at times, she had to deal with some hard choices and with a lot of sadness. I just wanted her to put herself first and make herself happy. Not always please other people. I really was team Emma all throughout this story. As you can probably tell. 

Chemistry and love really are the best things and I can see why Emma made some of the choices she did. Sometimes you really cannot ignore that connection and just have to go with it. The Christmas market scene well that was intense. I was literally screaming for her.

The twists and secrets in this book were brilliantly done. It also touched on tough issues. I will leave my thoughts and feelings there as I could speak about this story all day and night and I do not want to give any spoilers away. Overall this book left me feeling happy, sad, angry and heartbroken. It was brilliant. Everything you could want in a book.

Author Bio – 

Lily Hayden writes chick lit with a kick.

Modern day women want modern day heroines and Lily’s characters want sizzling romance, rewarding careers and equal partnerships, but like all of us, they face many challenges and it isn’t always easy.

A mother to four children, Lily graduated with a degree in Business in her hometown in South Wales and enjoyed a successful career in Financial Services before fulfilling a lifelong ambition to write books.

Her debut novel Butterflies, a heartwarming alternative to the traditional boy-meets-girl story, was released in 2018, reaching readers all over the world and she is the author of five books, including a Young Adult Dystopian novel Project Terra under the alias SJ Woods (because who doesn’t love a bit of action and defeating bad guys every now and again).

Follow Lily on social media for the latest releases, promotions and occasional photos of her dogs.

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Book Review – Stuck On You by Portia Macintosh

I do love romance and hand written notes, so when I read what this was about I jumped at the chance to join the blog tour. It sounded interesting and something I would really enjoy. I thought the name of the book was clever and witty. Thank you for letting me part of a fab tour. Plus I have read My Great Ex-Scape by Portia which was brilliant. 

Synopsis

Could a post-it note really lead to love…?

Sadie doesn’t have time for finding love. She’s too busy as PA for famous artist Damian Banks. When she’s not arranging exhibitions, she’s organising his dry cleaning or dumping his never ending stream of girlfriends.

But when she strikes up an unusual friendship with her desk share buddy, she finds a confidante and a new potential love interest. Problem is, they’ve never actually met…

With Christmas just around the corner, can Sadie put herself first for a change and find what she’s been looking for all along?

The brand new romantic comedy from top 10 bestseller Portia MacIntosh. Perfect for fans of Sophie Ranald, Mhairi McFarlane and Zara Stoneley.

Purchase Link – buff.ly/3f9Yy8M

My Review

Sadie was a cool, down to earth character, a typical single girl you could relate to. Independent but also with good family values that spent every Christmas with her family. She made me laugh. It was like she couldn’t make up her mind if she loved or hated her job, especially being at her boss, Damian’s beck and call 24/7. She went along with anything to keep the peace.

As much as Damian annoyed her. I liked Sadie and Damian’s easy working relationship. It was like he was a bit misunderstood and still discovering life out, with Sadie’s help. It was good when we got to dig deeper into him and his past as the story went on. He did rope Sadie into some interesting work assignments though. 

Post it notes – this was where it started off and was my first favourite thing of the book. I loved the little post it notes going back and forward between Sadie and her desk buddy Adam. I was invested in this from the beginning and was really excited to see where it went. There is something personal and special with receiving a hand written note. Especially when you can see it building up into something romantic. Just like Sadie and Adam.

Then christmas happened and I kind of forgot about the notes and got lost in all things festive. It was written perfectly. Reading this book makes me want Christmas to hurry up. The delicious food and drinks (gingerbread latte) are making me wish the days by. Not to forget all the wonderful festive activities, the roaring fire, the wonderfully smelling scented candles, the Christmas market. The bucks fizz at breakfast – this is exactly what my partner and I do. Boiled eggs for breakfast – one of my favourite breakfast. Portia got this spot on, it’s like she read my Christmas mind and I absolutely loved it. 

I do love a book when you think you know what is going to happen and it actually doesn’t. I was taken by surprise with this one and in a good way. So I won’t give anything away. The little romantic surprise elements were great. 

Its a must read for anyone who loves romance and Christmas.

Author Bio – 

Portia MacIntosh is a bestselling romantic comedy author of 12 novels, including It’s Not You, It’s Them and Honeymoon For One. Previously a music journalist, Portia writes hilarious stories, drawing on her real life experiences.

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Book Review – Christmas At Carly’s Cupcakes by Jessica Redland

Synopsis

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…


It’s December on Castle Street; the fairy lights are twinkling, snow has settled and the festive season is in full swing.


For Carly, the owner of Carly’s Cupcakes, it’s the busiest time of year getting everyone’s Christmas treats ready on time. However with her clumsy sister, Bethany, as a co-worker, it’s proving a difficult task. They say you shouldn’t mix work with family. Maybe they have a point…

As Christmas approaches, Carly is also eagerly awaiting the return of her best friend to Whitborough Bay. Liam has no idea he’s been the object of her affection since their schooldays. After years of pining after him, can Carly pluck up the courage to finally tell him how she really feels by 25th December?

Could a little festive magic make all of Carly’s wishes come true this Christmas…?

A heartwarming, short festive story of friendship and family from bestseller Jessica Redland. You can find out what happens to Carly next through exploring her best friend Tara’s story in Starry Skies Over The Chocolate Pot Café.

My Review

Christmas cracker of a book

Warning ***You will be craving cake/cupcakes whilst reading this book***

I started this Tuesday night and had finished by Wednesday night. It left me feeling warm all throughout. There was a lovely sister bond, beautiful caring friendships and a girl/boy best friend situation. Add a winter wonderland wedding, with the most magical, beautiful setting. It will leave you wanting Christmas to hurry up.

Set mostly in a cake shop, it sounded wonderful. I want to visit castle street, full of loads of little cute shops and lovely shop owners. Set in north Yorkshire seaside town, it sounded idyllic. You only need to look at the cover of the book to see how dreamy and magical it looks. 

Carly was a right workaholic with her cake business her life and happy working to forget her best friend posted in the army. Who she adored. Having a few friends; quality is better than quantity was Carly’s happy approach. Her cakes sounded amazing.

I loved the whole knowing what’s right in front of you and guessing of the relationship between Carly and Liam. Friends since school, was they both ready to finally take it to the next stage?! Like Tara I could feel the chemistry. 

Her younger sister Bethany at 23 was stuck in a rut of changing jobs and ended up working with her. Which at times was a disaster. Some parts I was thinking grow up Bethany and take some action for you own life but then you got to dig deeper, and it come out why she was the way she was. Which left me feeling rather sorry for her and wanting her to be happy at the same time. 

I really enjoyed the build up of the story, as it was written from 4 weeks to Christmas. I enjoy the build up as much as Christmas day so this made me just wish it was Christmas already. The festive spirit, the setting, the cakes, the snow – it was all written so beautifully.

This wasn’t all romance and cakes there was some really good topics covered in this book, especially one around mental health. Its that saying again ‘you really do not know what someone else is dealing with’. Be kind to everyone. 

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/3i98oKO

Author Bio – 

Jessica Redland is the author of nine novels, including The Secret to Happiness, which are all set around the fictional location of WhitsboroughBay. Inspired by her hometown of Scarborough she writes uplifting women’s fiction which has garnered many devoted fans.

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Book Review Blooms Of War by Suzanne Tierney

I am absolutely loving my historical literature at the moment. Last week it was 1950s and this week WW1 – 1918/19. I really find these books powerful, emotional and fascinating.

Synopsis 

In war, she fell in love.

Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of espionage. Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying. When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?

In peace, she fell apart.

A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect? What secrets does he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.

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UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

US – https://www.amazon.com/Blooms-War-Evocative-Emotional-Story-ebook/dp/B08CY87LW9/

My review 

I am going to start off by saying how wonderful Vera Betts was! Fearless, courageous and brave. Nothing would stop her from helping people, no matter who, she just wanted to nurse them better. I loved how she would not stop until she got  to the truth or what she wanted, even if this meant putting her life in danger. Basically there was nothing she was scared of!  Also wasn’t her wit great ! The one liners and how she spoke to people when they was against her was brilliant!

I adored her but also felt sorry for her with her family past. It broke my heart for what she went through with her mum and also her dad. When they was fighting. I just wanted her to break her walls down and be nice to him.

The story was told from 1918 – 1919 going back and forth between the two times to tell the story. This kept you guessing right until the end. There was several great twists; some that left me proud of Vera, some that shocked me about her family members and then without giving away any spoilers, Vera in court! Well what a performance. How she managed that was great.

I just loved the plot and really thought it was interesting. The war, the medicine aspect, the romance. I do love a slow build up, good old romance, especially when they both would do anything for each other. Love conquers all. I enjoyed it all. Not to forget the secrets, lies and deception back then. God this was dreadful ! No wonder Vera found it hard who to trust!

You really can tell the amount of research that goes into these historical books. I learnt a great deal from reading this and have more knowledge of what happened back then. The nurses/doctors what they had to see and deal with was just outstanding. It’s amazing what our fellow countrymen went through, and after the war that wasn’t it over with. The mental scars those poor boys had to deal with. Just so sad. A nice touch mentioned about no man’s land Christmas truce.  

I feel I got a lot more out of this book than I ever did in history class! I wish I paid more attention in school but it never was this interesting! It’s all just very fascinating the way it was told. So thank you Suzanne.

Author Bio – 

Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America.

Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers.

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Book Review – The Girl You Forgot by Giselle Green

Synopsis

Does the heart never really forget?

When Ava’s partner Will is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour, the doctors give Will one chance to survive – an operation which means he will lose his recent memory. Ava begs him to take the chance, sure that she can cope with Will forgetting her. After all, they have something very special to live for.

But they are also keeping a heart-breaking secret, and if Will loses his memory, Ava will have to carry that secret alone.

Can they rebuild their love from scratch or will their secrets and past come between them? Will Ava really be a stranger when Will wakes up – or does the heart never really forget…

Giselle Green returns with a heart-breakingdeeply moving story of love, loss, and what it really means to be alive. Perfect for all fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis and Diane Chamberlain.

Purchase Link- https://amzn.to/3eapMfK

My Review

Oh this book really was heartbreaking and emotional. One that really pulls on your heartstrings with some lovely characters. I loved it.

I thought Will and Ava together seemed like a great couple, clearly with so much love between them. Until a mistake cost them both so much sadness. Following this mistake, they received some awful news about Will. Could it get any worse for them as a couple?!

 I was truly heartbroken for them both. For Will for having to have the operation that risked so much for him and also risk losing his memory. Maybe having to start again. Then for Ava,  a decision she had to make knowing how much hurt it could cause if Will found out.  What a hard positon to be in for her. You could literally feel her pain through the pages. The torture she felt on having to make these choices on her own, feeling like she couldnt talk to anyone. Yet with a promise she kept, that left her torn.

I love how they both were strong characters and really went for what they believed in. Even if they were a little lost along the way.

 I loved how the story was told from both their points of views so you got to know how they were both feeling.

I loved Harry too, what a little delight he was. How special was Ava’s relationship with him.

This is a story based on love, secrets, lies and doing the right thing. Its a book that you feel invested in from the start and really wish they sort their issues out and both be ok. Not just with each other but with life. The sadness and heartbreak for them both was so emotional. Such a brilliant book.

Author Bio – 


Giselle Green is an award-winning, bestselling contemporary women’s fiction author. Mum to six boys (half of whom have flown the nest) and owner of one bright orange-and-cinnamon canary who hopefully never will, Giselle enjoys creating emotionally-gripping storylines about family and relationships.

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Book Review – The Guilty Wife by Nina Manning

Thank you for letting me be part of this blog tour for this brilliant psychological thriller.

Blurb

One woman’s past could cost her everything..
Frankie Keegan is struggling.
While she tries to make strides in her career, life at home is slowly unravelling as she is haunted by the secrets of her past.

Someone else remembers…
As the dark nights draw in, the anniversary of the loss of her brother looms and Frankie is drawn back to the memories of that fateful night 20 years previously. As she descends into a guilt-ridden state, she begins to suspect that someone else is also remembering that night and they are determined to terrify her…

Can she confront her past before it’s too late?

From the international bestselling author of The Daughter In Law, a gripping psychological thriller about family, secrecy and grief – with a twist you won’t see coming. Perfect for fans of K L Slater, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.

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My Review

I really enjoyed this psychological thriller, before I knew it, I was on 42%. I whizzed through this and read it in just over 24 hours. Emotional, engaging and with the right intensity it’s a must read.

The story alternates between two parts of Frankie’s life, when she was sixteen and then now, 20 years later.  You get to know Frankie as a girl.  How she felt to be in love, the build up to the incident and how she come to be the way she was. I loved the change it chapters, it unravelled the story and was easy to keep up with.

Clearly having gone through such an emotional trauma of losing her brother I felt sad for Frankie throughout the story. The now part of the story, I really feared for her safety. You truly felt for her and her struggles. Yet at the same time I wanted her to stop burying her head in the sand. How she blocked things out was very sad. I think Damian could have been a bit kinder to her too. She was such a vulnerable character and due to this you never knew what she was going to do next. Which I loved as it kept you wanting more.

I didn’t suspect who could be messing with Frankie. All throughout the story got you thinking all sorts and second guessing everyone that was close to Frankie. The twist was done very well. I loved the ending it was perfect.

I really liked Nina’s writing style and certainly will be reading more. I’ve got my eye on The Daughter In Law. Has anyone read it?

Author Bio –

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.

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