A Forsaken Friend by Sue Featherstone & Susan Pape blogtour book review

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A Forsaken Friend written by Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape, publisher Lakewater Press, is available in ebook format from 21st March 2018.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To pre-order link:  https://goo.gl/Rcyovk

Product Details (as per amazon page)

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband! Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help.

But then there’s Declan, not to mention Duck’s Arse back in Yorkshire…

It’s not as if Lee Harper set out to fall in love with her best friend’s ex-husband. But, for once, her love life is looking up – except for all the elephants in the room, not to mention Mammy’s opinion on her dating a twice-divorced man. Perhaps things aren’t as rosy as she first thought. And now with one family crisis after another, Lee’s juggling more roles – and emotions – than she ever imagined.

Maybe sharing her life with a man wasn’t such a grand idea.

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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 A Forsaken Friend, book two in the Friends trilogy.  I haven’t had the pleasure of reading book one: A Falling Friend, so I read this book with fresh eyes and treated it as a standalone.  However, after finishing reading book two I am keen to continue with Teri and Lee’s story and look forward to book three.

I have to admit it did take me a little while to get into the characters but with the short snappy chapters it didn’t take me long to visualise each character’s personality.  The story is written with two voices: Teri’s and Lee’s and it was quite an interesting concept hearing each character’s point of view.  Teri and Lee have been best friends since childhood and have weathered many storms in the past but the most recent challenge is proving harder to endure.  Lee is now in a relationship with Teri’s ex-husband and Teri has just been fired from her job at the university, the same university that Lee works at.  The girls are quite different in personalities but I think this is why the friendship has lasted so long.  Teri is quite self-centred and always up for fun, abit too much fun at times.  Lee is quite shy and level-headed and is the sensible one of the pair.  Both ladies are very well-educated but this does not always help with the hurdles in life.

With Teri now single and fancy-free and also unemployed she needs to re-assess her life.  New employment and sorting out matters of the heart are first on her agenda.

Lee’s life is also facing new challenges and she is soon becoming emotionally wrought.

Can the girl’s friendship get back to how they were before all the complications took control?

A Forsaken Friend felt like a grown-up’s romcom.  The girls had lived a little and were at a different stage of their lives and had to consider many aspects and responsibilities that were not evident in their early twenties.  The humour was quite frank and honest and also refreshing to read.  The authors weren’t afraid to include a storyline that touched on a very poignant serious subject and this honest approach with words of witticism was a welcome distraction breaking the sadness.

A refreshing romcom that is real and honest.  I’m looking forward to the final instalment in the Friends trilogy.

About the Authors

Sue Featherstone and Susan Paper are both former newspaper journalists with extensive experience for working with national and regional papers and magazines, and in public relations.  More recently they have worked in higher education, teaching journalism – Sue at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity University.

The pair, who have been friends for 25 years, wrote two successful journalism text
books together – Newspaper Journalism: A Practical Introduction and Feature Writing:
A Practical Introduction (both published by Sage).

Their debut novel, A Falling Friend, published by Lakewater Press, has been followed
by a second book, A Forsaken Friend, in their Friends trilogy.

Sue, who is married with two grown-up daughters, loves reading, writing and Nordic
walking in the beautiful countryside near her Yorkshire home.

Susan is married and lives in a village near Leeds, and, when not writing, loves
walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales. She is also a member of a local ukulele
orchestra. They blog about books at https://bookloversbooklist.com/
You can find both Sue and Susan on Twitter: @SueF_Writer and @wordfocus



A Little of Chantelle Rose by Cristina Hodgson book review

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A Little of Chantelle Rose written and self-published by Cristina Hodgson is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/XtJvMP

Product Details (as per amazon page)

A role to play that may strip her of everything. Except her name…

At the age of twenty-four, Chantelle Rose has all a city girl can expect: a tiny bed-sit in South London, a lousy poorly-paid job, a tyrannical boss, and quite a few exes added to an ever-growing list.

Desperate for change, she becomes an extra in a seedy crime film. When that leads to the opportunity of a lifetime – a role to play with a million dollars to win and seemingly nothing to lose – she accepts without thinking twice. After all, what could possibly go wrong? In any event, she´ll earn enough to buy her dream home, set up her own business and never worry about money again.

And what about love? Two men have won her heart: Robbie – sultry, silent, mysterious; and Lionel – Hollywood heart-throb, charm, wealth, adventure.

But who can she trust? Who is bent on scaring her away, and why?

There seems to be more at stake than just her heart. Will a million dollars be worth 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.

A Little of Chantelle Rose is the debut novel from author Cristina Hodgson and what a fabulously fun read it was.  Cristina Hodgson has made a debut novel that is full of romcom attributes that we readers love, an author that I am now desperately looking forward to more from.

When Chantelle Rose was offered a million dollar deal she couldn’t quite believe it and would have been a fool to turn it down.  Whisked away to the States with first class treatment will stardom be all that Chantelle’s dreamed of?  Or will Chantelle get mixed up in her own real-life movie drama?

I loved Chantelle’s character she had a vulnerability about her that made her very real and honest.  She was a little crazy and chaotic at times resulting in some very funny scenes.  One minute Chantelle would be all shy and unassuming and the next she’d be Wonder Woman and conveying strong female powers and vibes.  I enjoyed the glitz, glamour and Hollywood gossip part of the storyline, I’m sure we all have a secret wish to live in the shoes of our favourite stars.  Most of all though I loved the  romance interwoven within the storyline.

Such a brilliant debut novel from Cristina Hodgson and what an ending!  I’m channelling all positive vibes for Team …?  Well, you’ll just have to read the book to decide who your allegiances lie with! 😉

To learn more about Cristina Hodgson and her work please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://cristinahodgson.com/

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

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


Cover Reveal: Watching You by Lynda Renham

I am so pleased to share with you news of Lynda Renham’s latest gripping edge-of-the-seat thriller.  Watching You is now available to pre-order on amazon and will be published on the 5th April 2018.  The ebook will also be included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To pre-order link:  https://goo.gl/Qss7je

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Ewan Galbreith is out of prison.

Libby Owen is scared.

Fifteen years earlier she saw Ewan murder her aunt and uncle with their own shotgun, and now he’s coming for her.



… A striking cover that stands-out and looks quite chilling.

To learn more about Lynda Renham’s work please visit the following pages:

Website  http://www.renham.co.uk/

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

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

The Summer of Secrets by Tilly Tennant blogtour book review


The Summer of Secrets written by Tilly Tennant, publisher Bookouture, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/SbQLmy

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Harper Woods wakes up every morning on Silver Hill Farm feeling like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to the tall, dark dreamy Shay and just downstairs are the gorgeous tea rooms she’s always dreamed of owning.

But Harper is about to discover something that will change her luck forever. For better or worse? She has no idea. Not until an expert can identify whether the stunning collection of jewellery she found hidden in the farm’s foundations is priceless, or more trouble than it’s worth…

As news of the discovery spreads through the Silver Hill, it seems everyone has a secret history making them the rightful owner. In particular, Will Frampton, stubborn and irritatingly handsome Lord of Silver Hill House, the crumbling stately home the other side of the hill. Too busy trying to untangle the truth, Harper doesn’t notice Shay getting rather close to his ex from the village.

Harper thought she had everything she ever wanted. If she solves the mystery of her sparkling prize, can she hold onto her dream, or will she lose it all, and be left broken-hearted?

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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 Tilly Tennant’s latest novel: The Summer of Secrets.

I adored this wonderful heart-warming story that captured my soul and left me glued to my ereader and I didn’t want the story to end.  Alas, I’m now bereft and missing my dose of feel-good from Harper and her friends at Silver Hill Farm.

I’ve always loved the idea of living on a farm and also having my own tearoom so this new novel by Tilly Tennant was a must read for me.  Harper Woods, the main character, has now been established at her little oasis of calm amongst the natural beautiful landscape in and around Silver Hill Farm with it’s small animal petting zoo and tearoom for a year now.  After escaping an unpleasant relationship back in Weymouth Harper and her best friend Pip moved to Cerne Hay to start anew and now feel accepted in the village. This new venture has given Harper back her confidence and she is starting to enjoy life again.

Unearthing an embossed box in the grounds of the farm which looks to hold some antique jewellery Harper’s life is about to get a lot more interesting and bringing her unwanted attention from the press and treasure hunters.  With the help of a historian working at the local museum a quest is started to find the original owners of the find.  Finding proof of the original owners is proving to be more difficult than first expected.  I loved this side of the story investigated the past of long lost treasure, it was fascinating and made a great diversion in the storyline.  Will the chance of fortune alter the course of Harper’s future?

As so often in village life any relationship entanglements are scrutinised and gossiped about and indiscretions in the past often find a way of being misinterpreted.  Will these secrets from the past stay hidden?

A gorgeous story with a wonderful feel-good warmth emanating from the storyline.  After our recent late onslaught of winter weather The Summer of Secrets has been a vital boost to the soul, thank you Tilly Tennant for bringing some much needed sunshine.

To learn more about Tilly Tennant please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://tillytennant.com/

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

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

Among the Branded by Linda Smolkin blogtour book review

Among The Branded

Among the Branded written and self-published by Linda Smolkin, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/e4r87r

Product Details (as per amazon page)

What if a 70-year-old letter from World War II changed the course of your life?

While attending Valor of the ’40s, art director Stephanie Britain stumbles upon a flea market selling letters from the war. She buys a handful, hoping they’ll inspire the redesign for a client’s website at her branding and design firm. At first, she’s drawn by the lost art of penmanship, but soon discovers a hidden treasure nestled inside declarations of love from homesick soldiers.

Stephanie enlists a coworker to translate one and realizes it’s not a love letter after all. When a shocking discovery about a client causes Stephanie to question her principles and dedication to her firm’s business, she’s forced to make a difficult decision—one that could give her peace of mind, yet ruin her career in the process.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating Linda Smolkin’s debut novel, Among the Branded.

I honestly wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting with this novel.  The story starts off with an American family starting a new venture in their life packing their eldest son off to college.  I recognised the emotions in this part of the storyline as I have experienced them myself and this scene evoked many emotions in me and felt very real and honest.  Stephanie with her husband and youngest son were keen to learn more about WWII and visited Valor which held many 1940’s re-enactment scenarios of servicemen and women from all regiments around the world.  During their visit Stephanie purchased a bundle of love letters dating back to the era and was intrigued by the stories behind these letters.  One letter in particular sparked an interest in Stephanie and she was keen to learn more about the recipient and the members of the family mentioned in the letter.

This letter was to ignite a journey of discovering for Stephanie and her extended family and friends.  A very thought provoking discovery that would lead to Stephanie making serious decisions about her work and the clients she was representing at the Advertising Agency.

I too soon became intrigued with the letters Stephanie had found and was eager to learn about the past lives she had discovered.  My heart was aching for the lost lives and families from a very traumatic couple of years.  A time which would stay with the families involved for the rest of their lives.  A very emotive, thought provoking read that also had a wonderful warmth within the storyline that left you feeling hopeful.  A storyline with words that will never be forgotten and need to be said.  I look forward to more work from Linda Smolkin.

About the Author

Linda Smolkin always wanted to be a writer—ever since she saw her first TV commercial and wondered how to pen those clever ads. She got her degree in journalism and became a copywriter. Linda landed a job at an ad agency, where she worked for several years before joining the nonprofit world. She’s currently working on her second novel, which will be released in Spring 2018. When not in front of the computer, she’s behind the drums (slightly) annoying her husband, son, and their 70-pound dog.

Website:  http://www.lindasmolkin.com

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/@lindasmolkin

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLindaSmolkin



The Flower Seller by Linda Finlay blogtour book review

the flower seller

The Flower Seller written by Linda Finlay, publisher HQ, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

To buy link: https://goo.gl/BDMhwY

Product Details (as per amazon page)

Isabella Carrington has been brought up in a life of privilege in London. Her life seems perfect, until her father suddenly announces bankruptcy. To save Isabella from destitution he sends her to stay with family she has never met, far away on a violet farm deep in Devon.
Isabella is horrified to find her uncle expects her to work for her keep, packing up the flowers and selling them in the nearby market. However she soon discovers that life on a violet farm may not be so bad, especially when she meets handsome local farmer Felix Furneaux…

Flower Seller Blog Tour

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 Linda Finlay’s latest novel; The Flower Seller.  This is my first introduction to the work of Linda Finlay and after being completely captivated by this delightful family saga that transported me back in time to the late 19th century I will definitely check out Linda Finlay’s back catalogue of novels.

Twenty year old Isabella Carrington’s privileged life in London was comfortable and full of the elegance of the late 1800’s.  Isabella didn’t want for anything but her life was about to change drastically after her father’s announcement of impending financial doom she was to be relocated to her Uncle’s house in Devon.  Isabella hadn’t met any of her late mother’s family and hadn’t even been to Dawlish before.  Isabella was in for a complete surprise to be greeted a farmhouse full of children and of an Aunt and Uncle who expected all members of the family to graft to earn their keep and maintain all aspects of violet farming.

Completely out of her comfort zone Isabella found the transition very difficult but with hopes of her stay being temporary she soon decided to muck in with the others.  I loved learning and reading about the violet farm.  It’s not a subject I’ve known about before but it sounded like such an idyllic farming trade to be in with the glorious colour and scent of the plant transforming the landscape around you.  As Isabella got to learn more about her family in Devon she started to pick up on glimpses of her mother’s past and soon realised there were many secrets to be uncovered.

The country life wasn’t without danger for Isabella and she found herself in a few situations that posed a risk to her life.  However, her new family were always there offering her guidance and support when needed.

This was such a delightful, charming, nostalgic read.  The storyline flowed effortlessly and I found myself fascinated by this glimpse into the past.  I loved the inclusion of Devonshire dialect making the story feel more honest and giving it a certain charm.  A story full of family drama and secrets, of hope and new beginnings, of a community spirit and of a beautiful love.

To learn more about the author Linda Finlay please do visit the following pages:



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Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen! (Or so Mother Says) by Colette Kebell book review

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Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen! (Or so Mother Says) written and self-published by Colette Kebell is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

To buy link:  https://goo.gl/uekhXz

Product Details (as per amazon page)
GiGi (well, Griselda Griswald actually, but everybody calls her GiGi) is a woman with a mission: to help people improve the way they look, increase their self-esteem, and eventually, make them happier. Being a personal shopper is a dark art, with few tangible rewards. Spread by word of mouth, her clients would never admit they needed her assistance. Not even if they were put under torture. Let us be honest, who would admit to being in need of a style consultant?
It is like being an alcoholic: the first step is to admit you need help, and acknowledge that that pair of leggings, now that you are in your mid-fifties, do not suit you anymore. When you have recognized it, you are on the path to recovery, and GiGi’s services will help you, despite her mother nagging that what she is doing is not a “real” job.
People need advice and often a fresh point of view helps in rejuvenating a wardrobe that, with time, has become boring. Would they admit it? Not a chance!
So, it is just a matter of going around and helping people buying clothes and shoes?
Not quite so. Money is tight; GiGi has to work with rich and very eccentric people, who often do not have any idea about what they want. She and her business partner Ritchie are in a constant struggle to keep the business afloat, but as they say in Dragon’s Den, she is very investable. But, with success comes the difficulties, the Battersea Fashion Center is going to open soon, just opposite of her office, and they claim they will be fierce competitors.
A powerful enemy is lining up ready to make a meal out of her, knowing very well that GiGi’s approach, eventually, will make her a force to be reckon with. Whilst she invents new ways to make her consultancy firm successful, she finds who could be the love of her life, thanks to some of her best friends.
The business is eventually expanding and they take onboard new partners along the way, making them one of the most influential fashion consultancy firms in London. But, with a very demanding job, hours and hours spent working, will she be able to balance her career and her private life?
Will she reach a point where she loses focus on what is important in life?
Do not worry; mother is there to remind her, with her nagging.

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This was such a fabulously, fun read from debut novelist Colette Kebell. Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen was published in 2014 and has deservedly received many 4 and 5 star reviews on amazon.

I loved Gigi’s character even though she hit a few hurdles in her pursuit of following her dream she never gave up and was committed to put in the hours and often sold her own belongings to help her reach her goal. Gigi’s dream at first sounded like she would cater for the rich and privileged but when you read further in to her story and see the in-depth consultations she has with each individual customer you can understand that she is doing more than updating a person’s wardrobe, she is giving that individual the strength and courage to shine.

I also enjoyed reading about the sub-characters in the storyline, especially her mother and Ritchie her business partner) they were as fun and fabulous as our main character Gigi and I hope that the author will return to these characters in future stories.

This was a great debut novel full of chicklit sparkle and had a gorgeous romance interwoven within the storyline.  I can’t wait for more from Colette Kebell.

About the Author
Colette Kebell is an author of Chicklit, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational. She has also found avenues to translate both into Italian (thanks to her husband), and one, thus far, into French, Spanish and Portuguese via Babelcube.

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant. After few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and spends some time, when not writing and marketing her books, cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home. Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.

She can be found on twitter @ColetteKebell though doesn’t tweet a vast amount.

Author website: http://www.colettekebell.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ColetteKebell
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColetteKebellAuthor/