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Saturday, 19 October 2019

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - 19th October 2019


Hello!! Think I may have nailed my Christmas card shot with this photo this week! In between the rain showers this week, the robins have been happy to pose!

And on to books - it's been an ok week for reading with 3 books finished - all 5 star reads too!, no visits to Netgalley(!) and a glut of bookish loveliness being brought to me via the poor postman! Time for a look back....

BOOKS FINISHED







BOOKHAUL

A mix of purchases, review copies and prize wins!

STAY UP WITH HUGO BEST by ERIN SOMERS
review copy - out January 2020
An incredibly timely, terrifically witty and moving debut about a young writer's assistant on a late night comedy show and what transpires when she accepts an invitation from its enigmatic host to spend a long weekend at his mansion in Connecticut.

June Bloom is a broke, cynical twenty-nine-year-old writer's assistant on the late-night comedy show, Stay Up with Hugo Best. Hugo Best is in his sixties, a beloved icon of TV and humor, and a notorious womanizer. After he unexpectedly retires and a party is held for his now unemployed staff, June ends up at a dive bar for an open-mic night and prepares for the sad return to the anonymous comedian lifestyle. What she’s not prepared for is a run-in with Hugo at that dive bar. Nor for the invitation that swiftly follows: Hugo asks June to come to his mansion in Greenwich for the long Memorial Day weekend. “No funny business,” he insists.

June, in need of a job and money, confident she can handle herself, but secretly harboring the remains of a childhood crush on the charming older comedian and former role model, accepts. The exact terms of the visit are never spelled out, but June is realistic and clear-eyed enough to guess. Even so, as the weekend unfolds and the enigmatic Hugo gradually reveals himself, their dynamic proves to be much more complicated and less predictable than she expected.

At once hilarious and poignant, brilliantly incisive and terrifically propulsive, Stay Up with Hugo Best is an incredibly timely exploration of sexual politics in the #MeToo age, and the unforgettable story of one young woman’s poignant stumbling into adulthood.

THE CLOSER I GET  by PAUL BURSTON
 won a signed copy over at the lovely Shaz's Book Blog

A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological, social-media thriller from the bestselling author of The Black Path

’An intense, tightly calibrated thriller’ Huffington Post

Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone.
Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her father and her social-media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has.
When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on writing.
But things aren’t really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.
A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological thriller, The Closer I Get is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk just one ‘like’ away…

THE NASEBY HORSES by DOMINIC BROWNLOW
My signed supporter hardback edition arrived from the fabulous Louise Walters Books


Seventeen-year-old Simon’s sister Charlotte is missing. The lonely Fenland village the family recently moved to from London is odd, silent, and mysterious. Simon is epileptic and his seizures are increasing in severity, but when he is told of the local curse of the Naseby Horses, he is convinced it has something to do with Charlotte’s disappearance. Despite resistance from the villagers, the police, and his own family, Simon is determined to uncover the truth, and save his sister.

Under the oppressive Fenland skies and in the heat of a relentless June, Simon’s bond with Charlotte is fierce, all-consuming, and unbreakable; but can he find her? And does she even want to be found?

Drawing on philosophy, science, and the natural world, The Naseby Horses is a moving exploration of the bond between a brother and his sister; of love; and of the meaning of life itself.

MINE by SUSI FOX
proof copy from Penguin

The baby in the nursery is not your baby.

Waking up after an emergency caesarean, you demand to see your son.

But it's someone else's child.

No one believes you - not the hospital, not your father, not your loyal husband.

They say you're delusional. Dangerous.

They suspect you want to steal another baby.

All you know is that you must find your own child before he's out of reach forever.

And you're a doctor - you would know if you were losing your mind.

Right?


STARVE ACRE by ANDREW MICHAEL HURLEY
won a copy from Readers First

The worst thing possible has happened. Richard and Juliette Willoughby’s son, Ewan, has died suddenly at the age of five. Starve Acre, their house by the moors, was to be full of life, but is now a haunted place.

Juliette, convinced Ewan still lives there in some form, seeks the help of the Beacons, a seemingly benevolent group of occultists. Richard, to try and keep the boy out of his mind, has turned his attention to the field opposite the house, where he patiently digs the barren dirt in search of a legendary oak tree.

Starve Acre is a devastating new novel by the author of the prize-winning bestseller The Loney. It is a novel about the way in which grief splits the world in two and how, in searching for hope, we can so easily unearth horror.

WOMEN'S WEIRD - strange stories by woman 1890-1940
bought a copy from HANDHELD PRESS


Early Weird fiction embraces the supernatural, horror, science fiction, fantasy and the Gothic, and was explored with enthusiasm by many women writers in the United Kingdom and in the USA in the late Victorian period and in the early twentieth century. Melissa Edmundson has brought together a compelling collection of the best Weird short stories by women from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to thrill new readers and delight these authors’ fans.


SEA OF LOST LOVE by SANTA MONTEFIORE
Another Twitter win!

From the author of The Gypsy Madonna and The Last Voyage of the Valentina, a breathless novel that sweeps its heroine from the Cornish coast to the rugged beauty of Puglia Italy, where she discovers a shocking truth about her family and the way to save her ancestral home.

Celestria Montague always spends her summers at Pendrift Hall, the rambling, shabby mansion adorned with wisteria and clematis that has been home to the Montague family for generations. It is 1958, and the family is celebrating her father's fiftieth birthday at a lavish ball. The celebratory night ends in death and tragedy, however, and young Celestria learns that the family may lose Pendrift Hall. Her grandfather urges Celestria to play detective, to solve the mysteries surrounding the night's events, and to save the ancient mansion if at all possible. Her quest takes her to Italy's rugged and beautiful Puglia, and into the dark, cool cloisters of the Convento di Santa Maria del Mare. Here Celestria meets an enigmatic stranger and confronts unwelcome truths about her family—and herself.

Sea of Lost Love is Santa Montefiore at her very best—sensitive, sensual, and complex.

THEY MOVE BELOW by KARL DRINKWATER
Won this copy via an author giveaway on Twitter

Fifteen tense tales. One sleepless night.

Horror lives in the shadows.

It exists under the earth's surface in ancient caves; below the vast sea's undulating waves; under dense forest cover; within a storm's thick, rolling clouds; downstairs in our homes, when we hear the knife drawer rattle in the night. Even our minds and bodies harbour the alien under the skin, the childhood nightmares in our subconscious.

In this collection of fifteen tales Karl Drinkwater sews flesh onto the bones of our worst fears whilst revisiting some of horror's classic settings, such as the teen party, the boat in trouble, the thing in the cellar, the haunted museum, the ghost in the machine, and the urban legends that come true. No-one is safe. Darkness hides things, no matter how much we strain our eyes. And sometimes those things are looking back at us.

WHO CARES IF THEY DIE by WENDY DRANFIELD
copy sent from the publishers - along with chocolate! - as I read this via the taster panel and it's now been released in paperback!



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I've enjoyed that look back! And no wonder I'm sat here looking at various piles of books stacked up around me! I feel a giant clear out is required while I try and get myself organised..... but first I'd best sit down and open another book!

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Friday, 18 October 2019

#BookReview THE WHISPER MAN by ALEX NORTH





ABOUT THE BOOK

If you leave a door half-open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken...
Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.
But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as 'The Whisper Man'.
Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.
He says he hears a whispering at his window...

PUBLISHED BY MICHAEL JOSEPH
PURCHASE LINKS

MY REVIEW
If you're lonely, sad or blue, The Whisper Man will come for you....

And that phrase just about sets the tone perfectly for this brilliantly creepy and gripping thriller, that centres around missing children and the relationship between a father and son struggling to deal with grief and how it affects them living day to day.

A little boy has gone missing in Featherbank. The police know that the longer it takes to find him, the more the possibility of a body being found and it mirrors the happenings of a case involving Frank Carter 20 years ago. He's still in jail but the investigating officer, Pete, who caught Frank at the time is still troubled by the thought that he had an accomplice all those years ago, and a body is still missing which haunts him as he can't give closure to that poor boys' family. He still goes to visit Frank in the hope that he'll slip up and reveal something but he just seems to enjoy taunting Pete and getting under his skin.  
And with the disappearance of boys happening again, it looks like Pete's hunch was right.

Tom and Jake move into the area after the death of Tom's wife. Young Jake is a sweet little boy who was the first to see his mum after her death and that has played on his mind so he retreats into his own little world and talks to his imaginary friends. Tom just wants his boy to be normal and their relationship is often strained as he tries to do the best for him but often doesn't know the best way to get through to him.

Their new home unsettles Tom from the start - and me too!! Hearing noises upstairs and hearing whispering outside the window would be enough to have me running for the hills!! The more he finds out about the past of the house, the more shocked he becomes and a discovery soon leads the police to his door which means more unsettling times for him and Jake.

This was such an intense read! With the different viewpoints there was always something going on - from the family viewpoint side, to the thoughts of the police and their investigations and even the occasional soundbite from the 'killer' and what the boys mean to him - it was just all such compounding stuff that I was often afraid to read on, scared of what else might be lurking round the corner! I'm glad I did though as it was full of the right amount of tension and chills and a great backstory playing alongside which made for a terrifying but engrossing story!
 
★★★★★







Thursday, 17 October 2019

#BookReview THE BROKEN GIRLS by SIMONE ST JAMES #TheBrokenGirls


1950 - At the crumbling Idlewild Hall school for unwanted girls, four room-mates begin to bond over dark secrets and whispered fears - until one of them mysteriously disappears . . .

2014 - Journalist Fiona Sheridan can't get over the murder of her sister twenty years ago, near the ruins of Idlewild. And when another body is found during renovations of the school, she begins to uncover horrors that were meant to remain hidden - and a voice that won't be silenced.

For fans of Lisa Jewell and S.K. Tremayne, The Broken Girls is a chilling story of murder, revenge, and secrets that refuse to stay buried . . .
 

published by  Wildfire


MY REVIEW


Knew very little about this book when I started it but it was the pick for the online book club I'm part of, and it was an inspired choice as I devoured it!! Full of mystery, murders and creepy goings on at an old school - it had the perfect mix of intrigue for me, alongside great storytelling and a mix of really fascinating characters, especially looking back at the 1950 timeline.

The story starts in 2014 with Fiona, a journalist, who is still haunted by the loss of her sister 20 years earlier. There's a man in prison for the murder of Debbie, but there are still too many unanswered questions in Fiona's head and her journalist brain won't switch off until she feels settled with what went on that night. Her sister was found murdered on the playing fields of Idlewild Hall, an empty and long abandoned girls' school, so when she hears that it has a new owner who plans to reopen the school she's intent on finding out who the new owners are and what their plans are.

In the 1950 timeline we get to visit with girls who are at the school. And what a fascinating and creepy school it is! This is a darker version of Mallory Towers! The pupils all seemingly have their issues and have been sent there by their parents who have almost given up on them. So to the girls, they become family to one another. They all have differing pasts and quite traumatic too so you can't help but feel sorry for these girls as they each reveal their story and their issues with the ghosts of Idlewild Hall. And the main ghost of Idlewild is Mary Hand - messages have been left in textbooks by girls over the years of their encounters with this scary girl and I really loved this aspect of the story - quite chilling! When one of the girls goes missing in 1950 her friends are quite shocked that very little effort is put into finding her and the effect that had on the remaining friends was quite profound.
The more that Fiona delves into the past of the school, and the link to her sisters' murder, the more darkness is revealed and there's also the intrigue behind the new owners and their links to the school. There are so many layers in this story that I always found something new to wonder over and try to figure out the significance and the sense of mystery and darkness kept me on tenterhooks throughout! Loved it!! Highly recommended!!

★★★★★

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

#BlogTour #Giveaway REACH FOR A STAR by KATHRYN FREEMAN #bookreview @rararesources @ChocLituk


Hello! Welcome along to the start of this Blog Tour for the fabulous REACH FOR A STAR by KATHRYN FREEMAN. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all, alongside a great bunch of other book bloggers!

As well as my review, there's a fabulous giveaway, so scroll down for further details of that!! 


Reach for a Star


What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them?
How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor.

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?


Purchase Links




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is
a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.
With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card
(yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change
proves love isn't always about hearts and flowers - and heroes come in many disguises.

Social Media Links –
Website: http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kathrynfreeman
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1



Giveaway to Win a PB copy of Oh Crumbs by Kathryn Freeman (Open INT)

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MY REVIEW

Another stunner of a story from Kathryn and this one had me under its' spell from page one!  Who hasn't dreamed of meeting their favourite singer and have them fall in love with them?!!  One of my favourite films is 'Win A Date with Tad Hamilton' and this book gave me all those feels!  Superstar celeb meets a 'normal' person and sparks fly! And that is exactly what happens to Jessie when she gets to meet Michael on a TV show!

Jessie is a normal kind of woman! Mother to 2 boys ,who love to tease her over her crushes on celebs, her escape in life is trashy TV and fantasizing over sexy blokes! One of which is Michael Tennant who is a dreamy star Tenor!  When a new TV show is announced where a singer is paired up with a 'non singer' (to put it politely!), her boys apply on her behalf and she gets chosen!!  She's excited and petrified in equal measures but knows this is a chance to get more from her very beige life! Time to start living!

As often happens, it's not the greatest of first meetings between them for the show but once they're at ease with one another and there's something about her that has Michael smitten! That thing is not her voice though, but seeing them rehearse together is really sweet and as they get to spend more time with one another, the attraction on both sides is clear for all to see.

The TV show becomes a very small part of the book as their story explores the downsides of dating a celebrity who is away touring so much and the different circles that they both live in.    Is she ready for the press attention? Is she just a passing attraction for him? I really enjoyed seeing these different aspects of a relationship explored.  

Their chemistry is amazing and I was just willing for them to find a way to make things work.  For him it seemed nice to spend time with someone dealing with normal life, not the normally shallow  and fame hungry women he meets, and for her she got to see the man behind the image and the glamour.

Full of fun and romance - I loved it!!

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

#BlogTour THE GLITTERING HOUR by IONA GREY #BookReview #RandomThingsTours #TheGlitteringHour @Iona_Grey @simonschusterUK


A huge delight to be the stop today on the Blog Tour for the beautiful THE GLITTERING HOUR by IONA GREY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for the copy of the book and for putting the tour together, and letting me be part of it all!


17th October 2019 | Paperback Original | £8.99

 ‘An epic story of joyous hedonism and desperate heartache. Just beautiful’ CATHERINE ISAAC 

'Stunning' VERONICA HENRY 
'Gorgeously written ... I loved it' JILL MANSELL
 'An enchanting, evocative read  'THE SUN 


1925. The war is over and a new generation is coming of age, keen to put the trauma of the previous one behind them. Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing whose life is dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure; to parties and drinking and staying just the right side of scandal. Lawrence Weston is a struggling artist, desperate to escape the poverty of his upbringing and make something of himself. 

When their worlds collide one summer night, neither can resist the thrill of the forbidden, the lure of a love affair that they know cannot possibly last. But there is a dark side to pleasure and a price to be paid for breaking the rules. By the end of that summer everything has changed. A decade later, nine year old Alice is staying at Blackwood Hall with her distant grandparents, piecing together clues from her mother’s letters to discover the secrets of the past, the truth about the present, and hope for the future.

PRE-ORDER LINKS





ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Iona Grey has a degree in English Literature and Language from Manchester University, an obsession with history and an enduring fascination with the lives of women in the twentieth century. She lives in rural Cheshire with her husband and three daughters. She tweets @iona_grey.


MY REVIEW

A book that made time reading it fly by  and totally transported me back in time and into the lives of Selina and Lawrence, who were from totally diffeent backgrounds but for one summer circumstances brought them together.  And that Summer has big consequences for little Alice 10 years later, and it was mesmerizing to see what transpired through her eyes and the letters she uncovered.

In 1925 the war is over and Selina is living a footloose and fancy free life! She is on the 'bright young things' and her biggest struggles in life are deciding what to wear to the numerous parties she frequents!  One of the parties she's at is a treasure hunt party and while she's out with her friends deciphering the clues, she finds herself taking care of an animal and gets help from Lawrence. He's a struggling artist who is aware of who she is, but goes out of his way to help her that night and that kindness really strikes a chord with her and she can't stop thinking about him.  She finds herself spotting him at various exhibitions and parties and the more time they spend together, the more they find they can't live without one another - despite it not being the done thing considering their backgrounds.  Selina has never been one to follow the rules anyway so any chance she gets to spend time with him, she grabs it!

Fast forward 10 years and we follow the story of Alice, who is 10 and living with her grandparents at Blackwood Hall. Her life is one of being left alone, aloof grandparents and governesses, and she  clings to the letters that her mother sends her while she's away on business with her father. Her mother sets her a treasure hunt through the letters in the form of riddles to help her understand who she is and where she comes from as she gets to see the events of 1925 played out through memories of her mother.

The switching of timelines is perfectly played out throughout this story.  And it really adds to the emotional aspect that runs from the first page to last.  You can't help but feel sad for Alice who is seemingly so alone and just wants the comfort of her family.  The riddles she is set are wonderful for her inquisitive mind though and gives her hope that she'll be back with her family soon.

Events of 1925 aren't all fun and games though and it was so fascinating to see the light and dark aspects of what appeared to have been so glamorous and carefree.  As more revelations of what happened over that summer and the years after come to light, I was enthralled to see just how the stories would resolve and didn't realise just how emotionally I had become attached to Alice in her journey of discovery.  Captivating!

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#CoverReveal IZZY'S CHRISTMAS STAR by BERNI STEVENS @ChocLituk

COVER REVEAL



Hello !!! Hope you're happy it's Tuesday as that means another cover reveal to share with you all! And it's another beauty to get you in the festive mood!

Here's a little more about the book to set the scene!!


ABOUT THE BOOK


You don’t only find stars on top of the Christmas tree …

Student and Zumba instructor Izzy Grant leads a pretty normal life, but in the run-up to Christmas an unusual encounter with a friendly Santa paves the way for the most wonderful and star-studded Christmas she’s ever experienced.

Because at almost exactly the same time, Izzy also meets Seth Roberts – as in the Seth Roberts, bona fide rock star and lead singer of Scarlet Gryphon. As their connection grows, Izzy’s Christmas countdown becomes a glittering whirlwind of after-show parties and classy restaurants – and does she have her mystery Santa to thank?


Izzy’s Christmas Star will be published by Choc Lit on 2nd December and will be available to purchase as an eBook on all platforms and also in audio.

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HO HO HO!!! Isn't it fabulous?! Watch out there's a Santa about!!! I can't wait for December now and hope you're as excited about this release as I am!!

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Monday, 14 October 2019

#MusicMonday Iris by Goo Goo Dolls




It's what makes a Monday a good thing! Time for MUSIC MONDAY once more - hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek - it is your chance to share a piece of music that means something to you!

And this week I've chosen a song I love by GOO GOO DOLLS called Iris!  Still have the feels for this song even after all these years!




LYRICS
And I'd give up forever to touch you
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
And I don't want to go home right now
And all I can taste is this moment
And all I can breathe is your life
And sooner or later it's over
I just don't wanna miss you tonight
And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
Or the moment of truth in your lies
When everything feels like the movies
Yeah you bleed just to know you're alive
And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
And I don't want the world to see me
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's meant to be broken
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am
I just want you to know who I am

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#BlogTour MAKE IT UP TO YOU by LUCY KEELING #bookreview @rararesources @Lucy_K_Author @ChocLituk


A huge delight to be taking part in this Blog Tour for MAKE IT UP TO YOU by LUCY KEELING. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!




Make It Up To You

What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common? 

Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure. 

Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …


Purchase Links 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Lucy Keeling is an author writing fun, sexy, stories with all of the happily ever afters. When she’s not typing at the kitchen table, she's arranging and then re-arranging to see her friends for the occasional spot of day drinking. Lucy is currently writing the third book in a Contemporary Romance series, the first of which has been Shortlisted by Choc-Lit 'Search for a Star' Competition. 

Facebook Page: @lucykeelingbooks 
Twitter: @Lucy_K_Author
Instagram: @lucy_k_author

MY REVIEW

Wow!!  This was one sizzling read and I'm still a little hot under the collar after the chemistry between Sophie and Marcus!!  Where do I go to find a gardener like Marcus!!?Serious book boyfriend crush!!

Sophie and Marcus have known each other for years. Marcus' sister Polly is her friend and he's always seen Sophie as high maintenance! With a blossoming career on YouTube as  a make- up vlogger, she is totally focussed on raising her profile and reaping the rewards.  You just wish sometimes she'd step away from the camera sometimes and have a bit of fun back in her life!

When the idea of using Marcus in the videos, it's hoped to raise the profile of his gardening business and when he appears on camera her numbers shoot up!! Could this be the start of big things ... for both of them!!
I just loved how much fun this story was! Using the vlogging aspect really made it feel up to date, and any mention of gardening gets a big tick from me so it was great to read things from such different business and career viewpoints. Marcus was kind of stuck in his ways on how to advertise his business, so having Sophie there to advise him on the benefits of using social media was an eye opener for him.

Sophie gets a little too obsessive at times over the numbers watching her channel, and even her parents want her to get a 'proper' job! But she's very determined to make things work - I just loved how Marcus makes her see that there's more to life than getting videos uploaded and watching subscriber numbers! The chemistry between them is there for all to see - even more so when there's a camera rolling and filming their time together!!

Loved every single page!!  Really excited to read more from this author in the future!! More hot gardeners please!!

★★★★★