Snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Café by Rosie Green blogtour book review

 

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Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café written and self-published by Rosie Green is available NOW in ebook format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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The biggest snowfall in years has blanketed Sunnybrook, cutting the village off from the outside world. For Fen, who finds herself snowed in at The Little Duck Pond Cafe, it’s little more than a minor inconvenience. Her love life is finally running smoothly; it looks as if she’s found the perfect man for her.

But then a shocking secret threatens to destroy Fen’s new-found happiness.
Will being snowed in be the final straw? Or will Fen find a way through the snowdrifts to the perfect love?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rosie Green’s latest instalment in the Little Duck Pond Café series: Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café.

Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café was such a wonderful conclusion to what has been a gorgeous four part mini series by Rosie Green.  I’ve totally fallen in love with the village of Sunnybrook in the south east of England.  A small village with a café at the heart of the community that’s nestled in along a row of buildings opposite the little duck pond café.  A duck pond that has seen many romances bloom, has also witnessed a few catastrophes and has given comfort to some lost souls.

Snowed in at the Little Duck Pond Café continues after we left our friends Ellie, Jaz and Fen at Christmas.  With preparations for the New Year Party and Fen’s regional heat in a baking competition life is rolling along nicely until a big snow storm hits the village.  As much as the joy of seeing the village blanketed in a beautiful winter whiteness it brings so much more with it.  Chaos soon begins in the three friends lives and time is of the essence if the girls are to fulfil their dreams.

This was another delightful instalment in the Little Duck Pond Café series.  We had relationship woes, family struggles, catastrophe and chaos, drama and heroic escapades.  But what delighted me the most was the whole sense of community spirit which I felt in abundance.

What a wonderful gift for someone to buy them a kindle and pre-load it with a gorgeous feel-good series like this.

About the Author

Rosie Green Author PicRosie Green 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.

Rosie’s brand new series of novellas is centred on life in a village café. The first two stories in the series are: Spring at The Little Duck Pond Cafe and Summer at The Little Duck Pond Café.

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988

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A Gift from Woolworths by Elaine Everest blogtour book review

 

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A Gift from Woolworths written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and the ebook is available for kindle, kobo, Google and iBooks.

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Will the war be over by Christmas?
As the war moves into 1945 the lives of the women of Woolworths continue. When store manager, Betty Billington, announces she is expecting Douglas’s baby her future life is about to change more than she expects.
Freda has fallen in love with the handsome Scottish engineer but will it end happily?
Maisie loves being a mother and also caring for her two nieces although she still has her own dreams. When her brother appears on the scene he brings unexpected danger to the family.
Meanwhile Sarah dreams of her husband’s return and a cottage with roses around the door but Woolworths beckons.
Will our girls sail into times of peace, or will they experience more heartache and sorrow? With a wedding on the horizon, surely only happiness lies ahead – or does it?

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the next instalment in Elaine Everest’s Woolworth’s series; A Gift From Woolworths.

A Gift from Woolworths was nostalgia in abundance!  I absolutely adored this fifth story in the Woolworths series, it was a complete pleasure to read from start to finish.  I have to congratulate the author on creating the Woolworths series as it has brought to life an iconic, much-loved and greatly missed High Street store.  Not only has it had you dreaming of the pick-n-mix and the CD single chart from our childhood but it has brought with it the community of people living around Erith, Kent.  We learn of the hardship of families pulling together during times of uncertainty with the war years, we also learn of the daily struggles of loss, grief, fear and most of all of friendships old and new.

I loved returning back to Erith with the girls who first found friendship whilst working at Woolworths.  The girls have grown in strength and love and it’s now 1945 and we have glimmers of hope as the end of the war is in sight.  Our favourite young trio Freda, Maisie and Sarah are all facing new challenges with their lives with new babies and the prospect of a new love.  Betty, the manager of Woolworths that instigated the friendship of the girls, is also facing a new direction in her life, one that she thought would never happen and she’s having mixed feelings about it.

With the future looking positive with the end of the war the residents of Erith have lots to look forward to with a wedding also on the horizon.  However, all isn’t rosy and new acquaintances and a figure from the past bring danger and turmoil.  With an increasing intrigue and fear for the welfare of loved ones the drama increases and life for so many of our friends from Erith will not be the same again.

A story predominantly about life and love, of hardship, of making do and mend, of struggles and strife but most of all celebrating each small victory with your friends and a good old knees-up.

I hope one day Elaine Everest will revisit the Woolworths girls and give us another glimpse into the lives of Freda, Maisie, Sarah, Betty and Ruby.

The whole boxset of the paperbacks with a brown betty teapot, tin of loose-leaf tea and a bag of pick-n-mix sweets would make a fabulous gift for any occasion.  It would be a great ‘wellness’ treat as the books have that wonderful air about them.

About the Author

Elaine EverestElaine Everest, author of Bestselling novels The Woolworths Girls, The Butlins Girls, Christmas at Woolworths, and Wartime at Woolworths was born and brought up in North West Kent, where many of her books are set. She has been a freelance writer for twenty years and has written widely for women’s magazines and national newspapers, with both short stories and features. Her non-fiction books for dog owners have been very popular and led to broadcasting on radio about our four legged friends. Elaine has been heard discussing many topics on radio from canine subjects to living with a husband under her feet when redundancy looms.

When she isn’t writing, Elaine runs The Write Place creative writing school at The Howard Venue in Hextable, Kent and has a long list of published students.

Elaine lives with her husband, Michael, and their Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Henry, in Swanley, Kent and is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, The Crime Writers Association, The Society of Women Writers & Journalists and The Society of Authors.

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/elaineeverest
Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/ElaineEverestAuthor/

 

 

Dreaming of Christmas by T.A. Williams blogtour book review

 

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Dreaming of Christmas written by T.A. Williams, publisher Canelo, is available NOW in ebook format.

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It’s the dream Christmas: snow, mountains… and, er, an ex-boyfriend. But can Zoe still find love in the Alps?
Dumped on Christmas Eve by her long-term boyfriend, it’s been a rough year for Zoe Lumsley. But then she gets an invitation she can’t refuse: an all expenses paid skiing holiday with old university friends.
The bad news: her ex, Grant, will be there with his new girlfriend. But so will her former flatmate Billy, the organiser, and in the meantime he’s done rather well for himself. As Christmas in the Alps approaches, it’ll be great to see the old gang. Some more than others…
Perfect for readers of Tilly Tenant, Holly Martin and Philippa Ashley, this is the perfect magical Christmas getaway from the bestselling T.A. Williams.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

This was another gorgeous read from author T.A. Williams who once again takes his readers to an idyllic setting and makes you want your own snowy Austrian Christmas.

With every book that the author has written you can sense the depth of research he has undertaken with the locations of his novels.  The details of the setting was superb and you can almost feel the wintry chill and the tantalising aromas from the many traditional feasts and foodie delights that the characters enjoyed.

Zoe Lumsley has had a difficult year emotionally leading up to this Christmas with the aftermath of a break-up of her 10 year relationship with Grant, whom she met whilst at university.  When an unexpected invite arrives in the post to a reunion of all the students that lived in the same student house Zoe is very hesitant with the RSVP as she knows that Grant would have had the same invite.  However, this reunion is somewhat special, it’s a week in a luxury hotel in Austria and their host and fellow graduate is the shy, introvert geek Billy.  With the encouragement of her friend Zoe makes the trip and awaits her first encounter with Grant since the break-up.

This was a lovely festive story of catching-up with friends from 10 years ago and an awful lot of changes have happened with the addition of husbands, wives, children and an adorable black Labrador puppy.  Yay, we have our regular furry friend that the author T.A. Williams loves to include in his stories.  These additions changed the dynamic and personalities of the group.  For Zoe and all of the others they could immediately see a change in their host Billy who was now the owner of a successful international computer business and had accrued an almost allusive celebrity status with the addition of riches beyond our wildest dreams.  But Zoe could still see glimpses of the shy young man from university.

A story that will make you feel all festive and warm with it’s cosy romance.  A story that will delight you with the stunning setting that will take your breath away.

About the Author

T.A. Williams lives in Devon with his Italian wife. He was born in England of a Scottish mother and Welsh father. After a degree in modern languages at Nottingham University, he lived and worked in Switzerland, France and Italy, before returning to run one of the best-known language schools in the UK. He’s taught Arab princes, Brazilian beauty queens and Italian billionaires. He speaks a number of languages and has travelled extensively. He has eaten snake, still-alive fish, and alligator. A Spanish dog, a Russian bug and a Korean parasite have done their best to eat him in return. His hobby is long-distance cycling, but his passion is writing.

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TAWilliamsBooks

Website: https://tawilliamsbooks.com/

Practising for Christmas by Rachael Richey book review

 

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Practising for Christmas written by Rachael Richey, publisher The Wild Rose Press Inc, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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A remote coastal cottage; a group of old friends; the Christmas holidays. It’s just the break Olivia needs to help her relax and forget her worries. What could be more perfect? But that was before she found a handsome unconscious stranger on the beach. Add in a case of mistaken identity, a lot of kissing practice, and an inquisitive best friend, and things begin to get more than a little complicated.

The large bump on Adam’s head hurts, but he refuses to go to the hospital—or back home—and eventually accepts Olivia’s offer of hospitality. When her friends arrive the following morning, a chance remark catapults them both into a bizarre and amusing situation that promises to make it a Christmas to remember.

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Happy Publication Day to Rachael Richey; Practising for Christmas is the author’s sixth book and is a standalone seasonal story.

This was an adorable, sexy, fun read that I devoured.  It felt like an up-to-date Cinderella-esque story and it was filled with some very dreamy and desirable moments.

Spending Christmas at a remote cottage in the southwest with your boyfriend and close friends was all Olivia had been looking forward to.  But when you’ve recently split from your boyfriend days before Christmas the prospect of being the only single person in the cottage is not so welcoming.  However, finding an unconscious attractive man on the beach may just give Olivia some breathing time from her relationship woes.

Adam too is suffering from relationship misery so escaping to the coast was the perfect space for him until he slipped on rocks, banging his head and being woken and cared for by a lovely young woman.  Olivia had kindly offered for Adam to rest at the cottage but in the end Adam stayed for the whole Christmas break bringing more than a little chaos, confusion and a great deal of chemistry to the festivities.

Practising for Christmas is another gorgeous contemporary romance from Rachael Richey that felt like a delicious indulgence.  A sexy fairytale-esque romance to brighten up any winter’s day.

About the Author

Rachael Richey lives in Cornwall with her husband and children. She writes Women’s Fiction, and Storm Rising is the first book in the NightHawk Series. She has been writing since she was a child, starting with stories about her teddy bears and dolls.

She lived in the Hebrides for nearly fourteen years, having originally gone there to work for the summer season. She met and married her husband David whilst there, and had two children, before moving to Cornwall at the end of 2000.

There are currently four titles in the NightHawk Series; Storm Rising, published in February 2015; Rhythm of Deceit, July 2015, Cobwebs in the Dark, February 2016, and The Girl in the Painting, July 2016.

Breaking All The Rules, a standalone romantic comedy, was released on 5th May, 2017, and Practising for Christmas, a seasonal romcom is due for publication on 12th November, 2018.

Website:  https://rachaelricheybooks.weebly.com/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RachaelRBooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachaelRicheyAuthor/

The Glorious Dead by Tim Atkinson blogtour book review

 

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The Glorious Dead written by Tim Atkinson, publisher Unbound, is available NOW in ebook and hardcover format.

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What happened when the Great War ended and the guns stopped firing? Who cleared the battlefields and buried the dead? It’s 1918 and the war may be over but Lance-Corporal Jack Patterson and the men of his platoon are still knee-deep in Flanders mud, searching the battlefields for the remains of comrades killed in action. But duty isn’t all that’s keeping Jack in Flanders. For one there is Katia, the daughter of a local publican, with whom he has struck up a romance. And then there is something else, a secret that lies buried in Jack’s past, one he hopes isn’t about to be dug up…

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Tim Atkinson’s novel: The Glorious Dead.

In August this year I felt very privileged to go on a visit to Flanders Field, near Ypres, Belgium.  Flanders Field was a major battle site during the First World War 1914-1918 and now it is home to many WWI War Cemeteries, Commemorative monuments and historical areas of interest.  I visited many of the war grave cemeteries including Essex Farm and Tyne Cot and the whole visit completely moved me.  When I was invited to read and review this novel by Tim Atkinson I had no hesitation in accepting.

The author, Tim Atkinson, has undertaken vast research with this book which is based on fact surrounding the men who had been employed by the War Graves Commission.  Men that had witnessed the daily grind of war, a war that had taken the lives of so many of their comrades but had spared them to now search the land to find the remains of the men who had lost their lives, to identify them in order for them to be reburied with dignity at one of the many war graves in an around Ypres.

Reading through the pages of The Glorious Dead I felt like I was reliving my visit to the cemeteries but this time I was visiting back in 1918.  Tim Atkinson has written a raw, honest interpretation of a time back in 1918 and 1919 to a task that was so brutally painful and gritty and was also very dangerous with the debris of ammunitions still lying around.  Interspersed between the horrors of the remains of the war Tim Atkinson has woven humour, camaraderie and romance within the storyline.  At times the story is very difficult to read and you are wracked with emotion but these glimpses of humanity and life still going on give the story hints of warmth.

I was completely enthralled by this novel, it was very poignant with it’s raw account of events, it had touches of mystery and of unjust.  You could feel a sense of belonging to the time and to the place and you could also understand why so many men and women found life very difficult after the war.  A story of war that is not always told.

I’d like to share a quote from the novel which particularly resonated with me:

lives made heavy by the weight of Flanders mud that still sticks to them like clay.

About the Author

Tim Atkinson Author PictureTim Atkinson is a teacher, author and award-winning blogger. He studied philosophy at the University of Hull and has worked variously as a filing clerk, lay-clerk, chain-man and school teacher. He was born in Colchester, brought up in Yorkshire and now lives in Lincolnshire.

 

Website:  https://www.timatkinson.info/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/dotterel

I’d also like to share a few of the photos I took during my visit to Flanders Fields in the summer.

 

 

 

A Meeting of a Different Kind; The Alone Alternative by Linda MacDonald two book blogtour book review

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I am so pleased to be involved in the two book blogtour for author Linda MacDonald with a review for A Meeting of a Different Kind (book two in the Lydia series) and a review of The Alone Alternative (book three in the Lydia series).  I was first introduced to the works of Linda MacDonald this time last year when I read and reviewed The Man in the Needlecord Jacket and this Spring I read and reviewed Meeting Lydia.  

Meeting of a Different KindA Meeting of a Different Kind is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  During the duration of the blogtour the ebook is available at a special price of 99p.

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BLURB: When archaeologist Edward Harvey’s wife Felicity inherits almost a million, she gives up her job, buys a restaurant and, as a devotee of Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall, starts turning their home into a small eco-farm. Edward is not happy, not least because she seems to be losing interest in him. Taryn is a borderline manic-depressive, a scheming minx, a seductress and user of men. Edward and Taryn don’t know each other but they both know Marianne. To Edward, Marianne is a former classmate who sends him crazy emails. She is Taryn’s best friend, and when Marianne meets Edward, she tells Taryn how wonderful he is and that he is not the philandering type. Taryn sees a challenge and concocts a devious plan to meet him during a series of lectures he is giving at the British Museum. When Edward and Taryn’s paths cross, questions of friendship, loyalty and betrayal are played out against a backdrop of mental fragility and the destabilising effects of a large inheritance… Set in Broadclyst and Beckenham, with a chapter on the Isles of Scilly, A Meeting of a Different Kind is the stand-alone sequel to Meeting Lydia, continuing the story from the perspectives of two very different characters. Like its prequel, it will appeal to fans of adult fiction, especially those interested in the psychology of relationships.

Review:

A Meeting of a Different Kind is Books Two in the Lydia series and it is another fine example of the contemporary fiction work by the author Linda MacDonald.  Linda MacDonald shows a great understanding of the human mind and of people and relationships.

This story shows the full complexities of people and that all of us have flaws.  Decisions and roads that we take in our lives shape our future and sometimes other influences may help or hinder.  This is the case for Edward who for 20 years his wife Felicity has been behind him helping him with his career at the university and when they started a family she was more than happy to postpone her dreams to bring up the children.  But with the children growing and with the sudden increase in wealth due to her inheritance Felicity’s dreams are now taking precedence to her life as a wife and mother.  Edward is not sure how to react with this new independent, assertive wife who is making many new decisions without him.

With a blossoming renewed friendship from a woman he went to school with life starts to get very complicated for Edward.  His professional life is looking up but his personal life feels like it’s at a crossroads and he’s not sure whether he fits in with his wife’s new road.

Linda MacDonald has created a very interesting family saga, a story of people surviving life, love and a whole lot more.  I’m looking forward to the next ‘episode’ of this series as Lydia feels like a TV drama unfolding across the pages as you are drawn into each and every character.

The Alone Alternative CoverThe Alone Alternative is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  During the duration of the blogtour the ebook is available at a special price of 99p.

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BLURB: Former classmates Edward and Marianne, now fifty-five, have experienced a turbulent few years having lost contact with each other and suffered painful disruption to their home lives. Reunited again, this time through Twitter, they set about a search for personal fulfilment, but once again there are obstacles in the way – not least in the form of twice-widowed Jessica, Edward’s neighbour, who threatens to destroy their pursuit of happiness and whose behaviour has alarming consequences.
The extraordinary weather conditions prompt Edward and a former colleague to resurrect an idea for a documentary series that sets to challenge consumerist lifestyles. The Isles of Scilly become a model for sustainability and a filming trip to the islands provides an idyllic backdrop to the unfolding romantic tensions.

Set in 2012, the year of the London Olympics, the action alternates between Broadclyst and Beckenham and examines the difficult issues faced in committing to a new relationship in midlife. Could being alone be a preferable alternative?
Continuing themes of psychology, relationships and environmental sustainability, The Alone Alternative is the sequel to A Meeting of a Different Kind and the third and final part of the ‘Lydia’ series. Written from both male and female perspectives, it also stands alone as a fascinating read for both men and women who enjoy thought-provoking fiction, keeping readers guessing until the very end.

Review:

The Alone Alternative is Book Three in the Lydia series and once again the author Linda MacDonald shows a great understanding in the complexities of people and relationships.  The Alone Alternative picks up the story of Edward and Marianne some five years since we left them in Book Two: A Meeting of a Different Kind.

A lot has happened in both Edward’s and Marianne’s lives, events that have left a crucial hole in their lives and has left them with anxious thoughts for the future.  Both Edward and Marianne are having to deal with emotions of loss and grief, emotions of anger and bewilderment.  Their friendship had cooled over the five years but Edward is pondering whether during this new state of emotional upheaval whether the time is right to get back in touch with his old school friend.

With the promise of a new venture in Edward’s professional life and one project that could benefit with the expertise from Marianne it looks like it could be a tentative start to bringing their friendship back together.

I enjoyed this instalment in the series it opened up new questions for both Edward and Marianne.  Now in their mid fifties they were both experiencing an emotional hole in their lives.  The thought of filling that hole was proving too big a task with so many variables to contemplate.  Starting a relationship when you are young without any responsibilities is exciting, exhilarating and very carefree but when you have responsibilities that come from a long-standing relationship such as children, properties, employment starting anew is full of many hurdles to overcome.

The Alone Alternative had so many hurdles for Edward and Marianne to face.  I was captivated by the project they were to work on and with the prospect of blossoming romance it left you with a ‘will they won’t they’ feeling.  With the added drama and danger thrown in life for Edward and Marianne would never be the same again.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series by Linda MacDonald and my statement above stating that I could picture the story laid out in episodes for a TV drama stands true.  The author has created a contemporary romance that is relatable and believable with characters that have experienced life and much more.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of both books. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

About the Author

Linda - Author PhotoLinda MacDonald is the author of four novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. All Linda’s books are contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. The first two novels took ten years in writing and publishing, using snatched moments in the evenings, weekends and holidays. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham in Kent.

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The Stepsister by Jenny O’Brien blogtour #authorguestpost #giveaway

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The Stepsister written and self-published by Jenny O’Brien is available NOW in ebook format.

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When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.

But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.
Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.

Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Jenny O’Brien’s latest novel: The Stepsister.  I have the pleasure of a guest post from the author Jenny O’Brien on my blog today:

The Handbag’s Tale

First, thank you for inviting me to participate on your blog, I’m delighted to be here.
Like most women I rely on my handbag to get through me the day. But bags for me are not just functional things of beauty. For me they hold memories alongside my wallet and phone.

I can’t remember the last time I had to buy a bag because it’s something my children and husband usually purchase as gifts. They’re not Chanel or Gucci but, to me they’re priceless.

Kraftireader - owl bagMy first Owl Bag, yes there have been more than one, was bought on a family holiday to Lanzarote a few years ago. I still have it but more for sentimental reasons than anything. This one is a recent addition. Bought this year in Biarritz it still has that gritty feeling from too many days baking on the hot sand—but not only that. It holds my life in its cavernous folds.

Apart from the essentials of phone, keys and wallet I always carry round both a notebook and a Kindle. I’m one of those people that’s unable to sit still so, when I have five minutes I’m either reading or writing. I also carry round a little owl make-up bag, even though I rarely wear the stuff. Instead of lipstick and the like it hides a strip of paracetamol, a couple of plasters and, unusually a needle and thread. I don’t have to use it often. In fact, the last time was a few years back at a friend’s wedding. I found myself dragged from the church to perform emergency surgery on one of the bridesmaid’s dresses that had ripped at the seam. They all know my reputation for always being prepared.

What else?
I always have a pair of surgical gloves lurking. As, a nurse I’m required to stop and offer my help in the event of an accident. So, gloves for me are a necessity. The last time I had to wear them was when I was attending to a girl in the south of France who’d split her leg on some rocks. Trying to explain to an hysterical teenager that she needed to go to hospital to get her leg stitched, when languages aren’t really your thing, is not something I’d wish on anybody.

Finally, there’s always a pack of cards, usually out of their packet and scattered to all four corners. With three teenagers we are, like the rest of the world, battling the perennial demon of technology usage. Funnily enough I seem to have given birth to a pack of card sharks. We can often be found in the middle of a game of Gin Rummy. You’ll be pleased to note I have no idea how to play poker.
Jenny x

Thank you so much Jenny, a great post and I hate to admit what I have in my bag!

About the Author

Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.
She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.

In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.

Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog:  https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JennyOBrienWriter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScribblerJB

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