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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.

Purchase Link – https://amzn.to/38Kj9OY

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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Book Review – A Sunset In Sydney by Sandy Barker

Book Description:

How far would you go in the name of love?

Sarah Parsons has a choice ahead of her. After the trip of a lifetime she’s somehow returned home with TWO handsome men wanting to whisk her away into the sunset.

Pulled in two directions across the globe, it’s making life trickier than it sounds. Her gorgeous American, Josh, wants to meet Sarah in Hawaii for a holiday to remember. Meanwhile silver fox, James, plans to wine and dine her in London.

It’s a lot to handle for this Aussie girl, who had totally sworn off men!

Join Sarah after her adventure in One Summer in Santorini, for the heart-warming and uplifting third novel in The Holiday Romance series.

I’m very lucky to be part of the blog tour for A sunset in Sydney.

My review:

I absolutely loved this book. A love triangle with two hot men, that leaves you wanting more. The only way to know who Sarah ends up with, is to keep turning the pages. I had to know and couldn’t put this down. Highly addictive and very romantic its a must read. What team will you be on -Team Josh or Team James?

After spending the week in Santorini where Sarah meets Josh and James. Sarah is visiting her sister in London, before she goes back home to Sydney. Charming James, wants to see her straight away and show her the sights of London. Clearly keen. Sarah and James had a spark as soon as they met and you could feel the chemistry between them. I loved how it was easy with them and how James liked to tease Sarah. Taking her to all the best places and on some amazing, romantic dates. What a catch. Just wow!    

After seeing James again. Where does this then leave her with Josh? I loved the connection between Sarah and Josh. Friendship and lust, could you get a better combination?! Cute, young and still finding his way Josh, could he match up to the silver fox?!

We then move on to part two of the book, which was just brilliant and funny. 

Sandy takes you on an emotional roller coaster throughout this part. One minute happy and excited, having so much fun. Next your left thinking what’s going to happen and then, god no, I could cry.  We also got to meet fun Siobhan.  Another friendship Sarah instantly makes. Sarah has a way of drawing people in. Men and women. She forms lovely bonds wherever she goes.  I was laughing out loud at the Hotel and bellboy scene. I won’t spoil it for you.

Sarah is such a wonderful character I loved her. She doesn’t always get it right and is a typical girl finding her way after a bad breakup. As well as romance this was also a story about self-discovery. Sarah was flawed and knew she wasn’t perfect, yet I loved that about her. I love the changes she made at home. Happiness starts from within after all.  

Sandy has a way of you warming to her characters straight away.  I loved the easy relationship between Sarah and her sister Cat, who we got to know in book two, of the series. Also the friendship between Sarah and her best friend. Full of honestly, Sarah would be lost without her and Cat. There was not one character in the whole book I didn’t like.  Did I mention I love Sarah?!

Its one of those books where you are routing for one man one minute and then left feeling no what about the other. Team Josh or Team James. Hard one.  Both are brilliant. You can feel how torn Sarah is throughout, because of this. Imagine having two different kinds of amazing men wanting your attention. How hard must that be?!

I had tears reading the ending, it was just perfect.

Were you Team James or Team Josh? Let’s discuss when you have read the book.

You could read this as a standalone as there is enough references to the first book, but I would recommend One Summer in Santorini first. Just because its absolutely brilliant and i was a big fan. With it being one of my all time favourite books. You won’t be disappointed. You get to meet all the wonderful characters and and fall in love first and then want more. Which this book gives you.

Like her previous books Sandy writes about the destinations, that makes you feel like you are there and then wanting to go see it for yourself. My bucket list is growing thanks to her books.  

Purchase Links

AmazonUK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunset-Sydney-totally-uplifting-holiday-ebook/dp/B081MSC5S3

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Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/a-sunset-in-sydney/sandy-barker/9780008390020

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/a-sunset-in-sydney-the-holiday-romance-book-3

Author Bio –

Sandy Barker is an Australian writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list and a cheeky sense of humour. She’s also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob.
Many of Sandy’s travel adventures have found homes in her writing, including her debut novel, a contemporary romance set in Greece, which was inspired by her true-life love story.

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