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Thursday, 24 September 2020

#PromoPost NICK by MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH #nicknovel #NickCarraway #TheGreatGatsby @noexitpress @michael_f_smith

 


Delighted to be part of the 'Nick' promo Blitz today on behalf of NO EXIT PRESS who are happy to share the news with you today about this exciting prequel!! Publication date is 25th February 2021 so make a note of it!! This is a book you don't want to miss out on!! Today also marks what would have been  the 124th birthday of F. SCOTT FITZGERALD so what better day to share the news!

Plus there's a trailer too!!! We are spoiling you today!!


ABOUT THE BOOK


NICK CARRAWAY STEPS OUT OF THE SHADOWS AND INTO THE SPOTLIGHT IN THIS EXHILARATING PREQUEL TO THE GREAT GATSBY, LEADING UP TO CARRAWAY’S MEETING WITH THE ENIGMATIC JAY GATSBY

This rich and imaginative novel from critically acclaimed author Michael Farris Smith breathes new life into a character that many know only from the periphery. 

Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby’s world, he was at the centre of a very different story – one taking place along the trenches and deep within the tunnels of World War I. Floundering in the wake of the destruction he witnessed first-hand, Nick embarks on a redemptive journey that takes him from a whirlwind Paris romance – doomed from the very beginning – to the dizzying frenzy of New Orleans, rife with its own flavour of debauchery and violence.

 NICK is an inspired concept realised with delicate, rhythmic prose, profound characterisation and deep emotion. Charged with enough alcohol, heartbreak, and yearning to transfix even the heartiest of golden age scribes, NICK reveals the man behind the narrator who has captivated readers for decades.

PRE-ORDER LINKS

Publisher Website

Book Depository

waterstones


ABOUT THE AUTHOR



No Exit Press also publish Michael Farris Smith’s novels Desperation Road, The Fighter and most recently Blackwood. Farris Smith has been a finalist for the Gold Dagger Award in the UK, and the Grand Prix des Lectrices in France, and his essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife and daughters. 


Trailer time!!!




Wednesday, 23 September 2020

#AudioBookReview MY LIFE IN PLANTS by KATIE VAZ

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

From stumpy potted houseplants to intricate and delicate flower arrangements, My Life in Plants is a heartfelt, honest memoir that intertwines the complex nature of houseplants with a journey of self-discovery.

From Katie Vaz, author of Don’t Worry, Eat Cake, the beloved Make Yourself Cozy, and The Escape Manual for Introverts, comes My Life in Plants. Her newest book tells the story of her life through the thirty-nine plants that have played both leading and supporting roles, from her childhood to her wedding day. Plants include a homegrown wildflower bouquet wrapped in duct tape that she carried on stage at age three, to a fragrant basil plant that brought her and her kitchen back to life after grief.

The stories are personal, poignant, heartwarming, and relatable, and will prompt readers to recall plants of their own that have been witness to both the amazing moments of life and the ordinary ones. This illustrated memoir covers the simplicity of home, the sharpness of loss, the lesson of learning to be present, and the journey of finding your way.

PUBLISHED BY ANDREWS MCMEEL PUBLISHING


MY REVIEW

I listened to the audioversion of this book via Netgalley.

This was a sweet, easy listen as the author shares moments of her life through various plants! It is a fun way of looking back at her life and how certain plants remind her of some events and family members. She had a happy upbringing so there's lots of throwbacks to her parents or grandparents introducing her to different aspects of gardening and how, now she is older, she has learnt to appreciate those little moments more and a slower pace of life that a lot of gardening gives you.

Each chapter is very short and snappy and the whole audiobook only lasted for an hour and a half, so it's a little potted (no pun intended!) history of events in her life that have made her the person she is today. From school days, to living abroad by herself, to married life, I found it really easy to listen to and enjoyed her honesty about her flaws!!

★★★


#BookReview THE ZENNED OUT GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING CRYSTALS by CASSIE UHL #nonfiction #crystals #zennedout

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding Crystals covers everything you need to know about crystals and their unique healing properties.

This is your spiritual guide to using crystals for healing, meditating, boosting energy, improving mood, elevating your health, and much more. Discover which crystal is right for you and harness its power as you become more balanced and centered. Approachable exercises make it easy for you to practice techniques for amplifying healing energy, manifesting your intentions, and enhancing your ritual work. A gorgeous illustrative guide to over 90 crystals helps you identify which crystals resonate with you the most. With this book, you'll:

Learn the significance of each crystal’s color and its relation to chakras, the best way to position it, and ideal crystal pairings.

Find out which moon phases, days of the week, zodiac signs, and chakras work best with each.

Learn how to best clean, program, and protect your crystals by using elements such as the moon and the sun, so you can enhance each crystal's power as you work with them.

Use crystals as intention-setting tools to manifest what you want to bring into your life and add more meaning to your spiritual craft.

Practice meditation techniques and protect your energy to raise your vibrations.

With The Zenned Out Guide to Understanding Crystals, you’ll deepen the connection between your mind, body, and spirit as you explore the earth's energy through crystals.  

  The Zenned Out series is an open invitation to seasoned and curious spiritualists who want to explore their craft. With Cassie Uhl’s approachable steps and explanations to mystical tools and symbolism, readers can start using the information right away. 

PUBLISHED BY ROCK POINT


MY REVIEW

As a fairly new arrival to the world of crystals, this was the perfect little handbook for me! Filled to the rafters with all you need to know about crystals, their healing powers and how to use them, I found myself learning so much in this really easy to follow guide.


It's also beautifully illustrated which helps to bring things to life, and I loved how it showed different exercises you can do to get the most out of your crystals now that they're in your life!

Set out in different chapters, it takes you through how crystals work, how you can cleanse and charge them, how to use the energy and the different meanings behind each crystal. This was really helpful as it gave you clear indications what crystals were best used for whatever issue you needed them for. The meanings were really well laid out and easy to read, and this book even introduced me to some new crystals so I look forward to adding them to my collection at some point!

There's also help to guide you through using crystal grids with illustrations that made it so clear to understand and follow along with guides to your chakras and overall this was such a helpful look into the different aspects of crystals.

★★★★★

My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the e-copy in return for a fair and honest review.

#CoverReveal CHRISTMAS IN COCKLEBERRY BAY by NICOLA MAY @rararesources

 


Exciting times!!!! It's time for the cover reveal of the next installment of the wonderful Cockleberry Bay series!!!  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!!!

Here's a little bit more about the book before the big reveal...... patience!!!!

Christmas in Cockleberry Bay

Meet old and new characters in the Bay for Christmas fun and frolics. With both the Corner Shop and Cockleberry CafΓ© in safe hands, Rosa turns her attention to Ned’s Gift, the charity set up in memory of the great-grandfather whose legacy turned her life around. Over at the Ship Hotel, Lucas has his work cut out with his devious new girlfriend and the mystery poisoning of an anonymous hotel inspector. Will the hotel still get its 3-star Seaside Rosette? Will Mary find true love at last? Can Titch cope with the demands of the shop and being heavily pregnant. And can Rosa, with a baby of her own, pull off the Cockleberry Bay Charity Christmas Concert in time? Christmas in Cockleberry Bay is a festive delight for fans of Rosa and her cheeky mini dachshund Hot, delivering a feast of unpredictable events and surprises.

Pre-order Links 

Kindle – UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08JHJKLQF/ 

Kindle - .com - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JHJKLQF/ 

Paperback - http://eye-books.com/books/christmas-in-cocklberry-bay

                                                    Publication Date – 4th December


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicola May is a rom-com superstar. She is the author of eleven romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. Two of them won awards at the Festival of Romance, and another was named ebook of the week in The Sun. The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay became the best-selling Kindle book in the UK, across all genres, in January 2019, and was Amazon’s third-bestselling novel in that year.

She lives near Ascot racecourse with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan.

Follow Nicola May 

Website - www.nicolamay.com 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NicolaMayAuthor 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/nicolamay1 

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/author_nicola/


And now for the moment you've all been waiting for!!! Here it is......



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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

#GuestPost A WEDDING ON THE RIVIERA by EVONNE WAREHAM #PublicationDay @ChocLituk @evonnewareham

 


Hello!! Happy Tuesday! And Happy Publication Day to Evonne Wareham for the fabulous  A WEDDING ON THE RIVIERA! She's sharing a post here today to share a little more info about the book and hopefully get you to grab your copy straight away!!

Over to you Evonne.........

Release Day Post: A Wedding on the Riviera by Evonne Wareham

A Wedding on the Riviera is my fifth book for Choc Lit and the second in what I hope will be a Riviera series. It can be read as a stand-alone, with a new central couple, but if you have read Summer in San Remo you have the chance to catch up with a few of the characters from that book, and see how their lives have moved on. It’s a romantic suspense, so you get some mayhem mixed in with the romance. I have to say that in this one not all the mayhem comes from the villains. The action centres around a group of friends taking on a con man, and to do that they set up a sting. Of course things are never quite that straightforward, and two of the group are on the verge of falling for each other, so it all gets quite exciting – or at least I hope it does!

It opens with a wedding in Bath, and a runaway groom who absconds with a large amount of money. He gets found out because my hero, Ryan, recognises him. Ryan is a professional escort, who is attending the event with Nadine, who is his favourite client. That professional relationship is the first stumbling block to any romance between them, but both of them are beginning to wonder if there may be a chance of something more. When the group sets out to try to trap the thief, they are thrown together. You can see where this is going, can’t you?

The sting operation gave me the opportunity to plan the most glitzy wedding in the South of France, which is the lure to draw the con man. I created a beautiful Art Deco villa outside Nice, with fabulous grounds and its own chapel, and had immense fun researching all the things I could include to make it the wedding of the century, and a few embellishments of my own on top. I have a weakness for glamorous settings and sunshine, and this book gave me the chance to channel those 1950’s films – blue sky, blue sea, fast sports cars on the coast road, motor boats …

I hope A Wedding on the Riviera will conjure up the spirit of a fabulous holiday in a gorgeous part of the world, but as it is a romantic suspense, it also has its dark side, as Nadine and Ryan realise that the con trick may be part of something a lot more sinister …

For various reasons I haven’t been able to travel abroad for a while, so the first draft of the book was written from memories of holidays in the past. I had a trip to the Riviera booked in May, when I was going to soak up atmosphere, collect quirky little details, take photographs… Well, we all know what happened to that. I’ve had to rely on memory and my trusty guide books, and the Internet, which is brilliant for images and even virtual tours. I was able to wander round the Cours Saleya market in Nice and around the Marais district in Paris, without leaving home. The scene in Paris didn’t make it into the final version of the book, but it’s still lurking there. I would love to write a Paris book. One for the ‘to do’ list. The one I’m working on next is set in equally glamorous Portofino. Riviera number three.

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About the book:

A return to the Riviera on the trail of a runaway groom ... When out-of-work actor Ryan Calder attends a wedding as the plus-one of successful businesswoman, Nadine Wells, he doesn’t expect to get in a scuffle with the groom. But Ryan has a good reason. He recognises the groom from another wedding where the same man made a quick getaway, taking the wedding money and leaving a heartbroken bride in his wake. It seems he's struck again, and Nadine's poor friend is the target. Ryan and Nadine decide they can’t let it happen to another woman, so with a group of friends they hatch a plan that will take them to the French Riviera, hot on the heels of the crooked groom. But could their scheme to bring him to justice also succeed in bringing them closer together?

Buying links:

Amazon

Kobo

Apple Books


About the Author:

Evonne Wareham was born in South Wales and spent her childhood there. After university she migrated to London, where she worked in local government, scribbled novels in her spare time and went to the theatre a lot. Now she’s back in Wales, living by the sea, writing and studying a PHD in history. She still loves the theatre, likes staying in hotels and enjoys the company of other authors through her membership of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Evonne’s debut novel, Never Coming Home won the 2012 Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award, the 2013 Colorado Romance Writers’ Award for Romantic Suspense, the Oklahoma National Readers’ Choice Award for Romantic Suspense plus was a nominee for a Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews. 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/evonnewareham


Monday, 21 September 2020

#MusicMonday TINY DANCER by ELTON JOHN

 


Happy Monday one and all! Time for more tunes to take part in the Music Monday tag, hosted weekly by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek, it's a chance to share a song or video that you love!

And one song that has stuck in my mind this week after seeing it on a Twitch/Periscope stream is Tiny Dancer by Elton John! Choon!!!!


Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must've seen her dancing in the sand
And now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand
Jesus freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back, she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad
Piano man, he makes his stand
In the auditorium
Looking on, she sings the songs
The words she knows, the tune she hums
But oh, how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you, and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today
Blue jean baby, L.A. lady, seamstress for the band
Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you'll marry a music man
Ballerina, you must've seen her dancing in the sand
Now she's in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand
Oh, how it feels so real
Lying here with no one near
Only you, and you can hear me
When I say softly, slowly
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today
Hold me closer, tiny dancer
Count the headlights on the highway
Lay me down in sheets of linen
You had a busy day today
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Bernie Taupin / Elton John
Tiny Dancer lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group



Sunday, 20 September 2020

#BookReview TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI #TSIASOS

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

"To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a brand new epic novel from New York Times bestselling author Christopher Paolini.

Kira NavΓ‘rez dreamed of life on new worlds.

Now she's awakened a nightmare.

During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she's delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move.

As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn't at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human.

While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity's greatest and final hope . . ."

PUBLISHED BY  TOR


PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon £12.98

blackwell's - signed edition £20

Book Depository  £12.99


MY REVIEW

Epic!! Outstanding!! Awesome!!

What is it about space operas that are just so fascinating and captivating??! I was a little daunted when I got my mitts on this beast of a book - 870 pages or so - and prepared myself for those normal 'filler' bits in a book of this size BUT found none!! It all just flowed so perfectly as you follow Kira and the crew of the Wallfish as they face up to alien wars and personal battles and I'm already itching to read it again just to soak up more of the atmosphere and pick up on extra little nuggets of info that I may have passed by on the first read through!

Kira is the female star of the show here. And what a fascinating character she is! She's all loved up with Alan and preparing for a new chapter in their lives together, but that's all about to change when she discovers an alien relic on an uncolonized planet - her initial joy of finding this rarity soon turns to terror and sets them all on a different course.

What follows is a rollercoaster ride as they encounter battles with aliens and fellow space travellers and it's a journey of chaos, emotions and humour as they search out the meaning of the changes that have happened to Kira and try to make sense of it all! And often none of it makes sense, and that's what makes it even more enthralling!! Any idea you think you have of how things may play out are always way off base and that's why I often couldn't put it down - despite the weight of the book giving my arms a rather decent workout!!

I also have to point out the stunning illustrations/artwork that is littered throughout - of planets, ships ... all the space vibes and info you need it is here and it really just added to the whole experience. Their quest evolves over many months and years so you really begin to understand their pain and suffering

This is all the good bits of science fiction and drama without all the pages of technical info that can often leave readers feeling cold! There's such an eclectic mix of characters throughout that you get to build up a rapport with thanks to the way they are written. You can see why it took the author so long to write - almost 10 years - as it is so involved and extravagant but it's always a triumph when it pays off in spectacular fashion like this story! It also has a wonderful change of gear throughout - sometimes you'll find yourself holding your breath at the action unfolding in front of you, other times the pace is much gentler allowing you to spend more time with each character to hear their thoughts and see them finding their feet once more.

Out of this world!!

★★★★★

Huge thankyou to the team at Tor for my advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review. It is always highly appreciated.

Saturday, 19 September 2020

#BookReview OLIVE by EMMA GANNON

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

The debut novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author, Emma Gannon.

Independent.
Adrift.
Anxious.
Loyal.
Kind.
Knows her own mind.

OLIVE is many things, and it’s ok that she’s still figuring it all out, navigating her world without a compass. But life comes with expectations, there are choices to be made, boxes to tick and – sometimes – stereotypes to fulfil. And when her best friends’ lives start to branch away towards marriage and motherhood, leaving the path they’ve always followed together, Olive starts to question her choices – because life according to Olive looks a little bit different.

Moving, memorable and a mirror for every woman at a crossroads, OLIVE has a little bit of all of us. Told with great warmth and nostalgia, this is a modern tale about the obstacle course of adulthood, milestone decisions and the ‘taboo’ about choosing not to have children.

PUBLISHED BY HARPERCOLLINS


MY REVIEW

This was a refreshing read as it features a character who has chosen not to have children, and they seem very rare in a lot of fiction nowadays! It centres around her and her group of friends who have been together since Uni and the ups and downs that follow the lives of the women as they follow different paths.

Olive has a really great career as a journalist and you get the impression she always has her writer head on all the time as she does tend to over analyze every situation she finds herself on - my only gripe about the character! - and those thoughts then plague her response as she lets them fester.

As her friends around her begin to get married and have kids, she finds herself becoming an 'outsider' to their conversations and I can totally relate to her on that account! When she is suffering personally she doesn't find it easy to share what she is going through as there's always something else going on in their lives so she tends to keep things to herself and try to work through them, but does find salvation in the form of her elderly neighbour Dorothy and that was a really touching aspect of the book.

Her ex is still on the scene as they obviously still care for each other, it was just the issue of babies that split them. He wanted them, she didn't. And it really captured the battle of emotions - the little comments of 'you'll change your mind' to name but one! - that she faces over 'her choice'! This book really does explore the judgement of others over a choice made by an individual that doesn't fit the social norm! Why should young girls just grow up wanting to get married and have babies?! And why are those who choose not to do those things judged so much by others?

Olive gets to see that the life choices of her friends who she thinks have it all together, aren't quite as great as she imagined and I think that helps show the balance between women on either side of the debate! As she investigates the 'child free' lifestyle for part of the article she is writing she meets a variety of people who think the same way as her, and those who offer therapy for women to change their mind.

I really enjoyed the wide range of angles about the debate that this book throws up and found it a really easy read. Seeing how their lives change over the years when looking back but what counts is the friendships that endure over the years despite the hiccups along the way. A really interesting read and nice to see a character in Olive that doesn't conform! If only we lived in a world where others respected other people's choices!!

★★★★


#BookReview HER SISTER'S SECRET by JAN BAYNHAM

 


ABOUT THE BOOK

Another wonderful sixties saga from the author of Her Mother's Secret.

How far would you travel to find the truth?

It’s the 1960s and Jennifer Howells is a young woman with the world at her feet, just on the cusp of leaving her Welsh village for an exciting life in the city.
Then the contents of an inconspicuous brown envelope turn Jennifer’s world upside down. The discovery leaves her spiralling, unsure who she is. Overnight, Miss Goody Two Shoes is replaced by a mini-skirted wild child who lives for parties and rock’n’roll.

But Jennifer’s experience with the excesses of sixties’ culture leaves her no closer to her true identity. She soon realises she’ll have to travel further – first to Cardiff, then across the ocean to Sicily – if she wants to find out who she really is ...

PUBLISHED BY CHOC LIT


PURCHASE LINKS


MY REVIEW

Another stunning story from Jan showing how quickly your life can be turned upside down, and all that you believed turns out to be a lie and the damage that can do to you as a person.

It's the 1960's and Jennifer has been living a blessed life - surrounded by family and friends, playing by the rules! A proper little good girl! But just as she's about to set off for college she finds out something that tears down her settled world and leaves her distrusting those closest to her. She wants answers and wants to know who she really is.

The story also goes back to the 1940's where life is tough for everyone - deaths in the family because of war, making the best of bad situations, and young Rose is just starting out as she gets a job working locally to help her family out. She always clashes with her father anyway but it's getting tougher for them to be around one another so she's grateful for the way out. But he's always watching over her, waiting for her to slip up and when a budding romance between her and Marco begins to heat up things are about to get even more traumatic for the family. Rose is forced to make a decision she hates and it causes great division in the family.

Watching the stories over the '40s and '60s was fascinating - seeing life being much freer in the sixties but also watching similar things happen to characters shows that life can never be predicted, no matter the circumstances. Rose decides to rebel in response to the news she received and she won't settle down until she is told the truth.

I really enjoyed this story as you just felt so connected to the characters and storylines. You try and put yourself in their shoes and wonder how you would react. It's a story showing the impact of family secrets, personality clashes and determination to discover the truth. Highly recommended!

★★★★★

My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up - 19th September 2020

 


Hello and Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is well! Spotted Christmas bits in the shops this week.... no, no and no!!!!! Just stop it LOL!!

Been a quiet bookish week as I've been rather involved with a beast of a book (850 pages!) so that's taken up most of my time, but still got 2 books read, only one new addition to the netgalley shelf and nothing new through the post..... yet!!

So here's my look back!

BOOKS FINISHED

TO SLEEP IN A SEA OF STARS by CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI - 5 STARS


ALL THE WORDS UNSPOKEN by SERENA KAUR - 4 STARS


BOOKHAUL

Just one new approval from netgalley this week....

MIRRORLAND by CAROLE JOHNSTONE 

out April 2021

A thrilling work of psychological suspense with the startling twists of Gone Girl and the haunting emotional power of Room, Mirrorland is the story of twin sisters, the man they both love, and the dark childhood they can’t leave behind.

Cat lives in Los Angeles, about as far away as she can get from her estranged twin sister El and No. 36 Westeryk Road, the imposing gothic house in Edinburgh where they grew up. As girls, they invented Mirrorland, a dark, imaginary place under the pantry stairs full of pirates, witches, and clowns. These days Cat rarely thinks about their childhood home, or the fact that El now lives there with her husband Ross.

But when El mysteriously disappears after going out on her sailboat, Cat is forced to return to the grand old house, which has scarcely changed in twenty years. No. 36 Westeryk Road is still full of shadowy, hidden corners, and at every turn Cat finds herself stumbling on long-held secrets and terrifying ghosts from the past. Because someone—El?—has left Cat clues all over the house: a treasure hunt that leads right back to Mirrorland, where she knows the truth lies crouched and waiting...

A twisty, dark, and brilliantly crafted thriller about love and betrayal, redemption and revenge, Mirrorland is a propulsive, page-turning debut about the power of imagination and the price of freedom.



CURRENLTLY READING

OLIVE by EMMA GANNON


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#BlogTour SECRETS OF THE RAILWAY GIRLS by MAISIE THOMAS #BookReview @arrowpublishing @rachel90kennedy @MaisieThomas99

 


A huge delight to be taking in this wonderful Blog Tour today for SECRETS OF THE RAILWAY GIRLS by MAISIE THOMAS. My thanks to the author and Rachel at Arrow Publishing for letting me be part of this tour and sharing my thoughts on the latest installment from The Railway Girls!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Manchester, November 1940

As the war continues and secrets threaten the railway girls, they will discover the true meaning of friendship.

For Dot, her job on the railways is everything. Transporting parcels around the country gives her pride that she is doing her bit for the war effort, but a growing friendship causes problems when home and work collide.

Joan loves her boyfriend Bob dearly, but when tragedy strikes, her heart is torn apart and she is forced to make a decision that could hurt those she loves most.

Meanwhile Mabel has finally found a place to call home and her relationship seems to be going from strength to strength. However, the relentless bombing in the Christmas blitz is about to destroy everything she holds dear and she will need her friends’ courage and generosity now more than ever.

Brought together by their work on Manchester’s railways, the three women find that with the support and encouragement of each other, they can get through even the most challenging of times.

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Maisie Thomas was born and brought up in Manchester, which provides the location for her Railway Girls novels. She loves writing stories with strong female characters, set in times when women needed determination and vision to make their mark. The Railway Girls series is inspired by her great aunt Jessie, who worked as a railway clerk during the First World War.

Maisie now lives on the beautiful North Wales coast with her railway enthusiast husband and their two rescue cats. They often enjoy holidays chugging up and down the UK’s heritage steam railways.


MY REVIEW

The girls are back and it's so lovely to be reunited with them once more in this stunning series.  With the war ramping up around them, times are proving tougher than ever so to see these women having to face up to really serious times was just so gripping and emotional!  There may have been tears shed on my part! That's how involved I've become in the lives of the railway girls!!

This book is a great look at the lives of normal people during the war - how life carries on despite the fear and danger they are all surrounded by.  The women are working harder than ever with the threat of bombing getting closer and closer.  

But real life has to continue as normal as possible, so the women are having to face  problems at home, dealing with grief and they're still up against a few derisive attitudes from men at them working on the railways.

I found this book to be more dramatic than the last book and shows that the girls are having to grow up fast with what they're facing and dealing with.  Really enjoyed seeing how the war was impacting on them day to day with rationing, and just how the s*** that life throws at you doesn't let up in the midst of a war!  

Work for these girls is a distraction from the horrors and the support they receive from one another is so touching. They've become like family to one another and are always there when needed.

I'm hoping there'll be more visits back to the railway girls as I just adore seeing them and how their lives continue to chop and change so dramatically, whilst counting on those around them to be supportive and show what real friendship is all about.

Loved it!!!

★★★★★



Friday, 18 September 2020

#BlogTour OTHER WOMEN by JEAN LEVY #BookReview @DomePress

 


Huge thank you to Emily at Dome Press for letting me be part of this wonderful blog tour for OTHER WOMEN by JEAN LEVY.  Read on for my thoughts on this twisty tale!!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Sophie thought she and Jonah were happy, bringing up their small daughter, until one summer's day, she discovers that Jonah is far from the man she thought he was. Sam - an attractive English teacher - seems to offer her some comfort, and new friendships are a support. But is Sam really who he says he is? Where have her new friends appeared from? Is anyone telling the truth? As Jonah's lies threaten Sophie and her daughter, can anyone be trusted?

PUBLISHED BY THE DOME PRESS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jean spent several years in genetics research before abandoning the laboratory to pursue a career in academic publishing both in Holland the UK. She has been a database troubleshooter, an editor, and a writer for publishing houses, pharmaceutical companies and the EU. She has degrees in Botany, Pathology, Philosophy, English, Law and Creative Writing and is currently completing a doctorate in Linguistics. In her spare time she has campaigned for the environment and read a lot of books, the most memorable being Alice in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, everything by Margaret Atwood and Jeanette Winterson, and a few things by Sebastian Faulks, Calvino, Ian McEwan, David Mitchell and Shakespeare. She currently lives in a converted barn in the South Downs with her husband and a Heritage Plant Collection, accumulates Christmas tree decorations and aspires to writing multi-genre fiction, travelling on the Orient Express and seeing the Northern Lights.

Twitter: @jeanelevy

 Instagram: @mintperson2018


MY REVIEW

This is one of those books that grabs you from the get go and doesn't let up until the end! And I loved every minute of this twisty, dark and snappy thriller!  Alarm bells went off in my head about most of the characters at some point and just when I think I'd worked out where the story was going to take me... wrong!!

There are stories within the story here to keep you on your toes and the suspense never lets up.  From the dead body uncovered in the woods after a storm, to a married couple having a domestic until an accident shatters an illusion of a life shared.  And that's when the fun (!) starts!!

I loved the introduction of characters to the storyline of Sophie as she starts to uncover the truth about her marriage. As new people enter her life she wonders how more messed up the situation she finds herself in can get, and shows just how normal family life soon can become dark and dangerous!

The story races along at a great pace and it's full of twists, turns and deceptions - just showing that even those you think you know so well can have their secrets - and not all secrets are good ones!!

A fabulous read and I cannot wait to see what Jean Levy has in store for us next as she's fast becoming one of my favourite authors! 


★★★★★