I Don’t Want to be Friends by Camilla Isley book review

I Don't Want to be Friends

I Don’t Want to be Friends written by Camilla Isley, publisher Pink Bloom Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Boxset of all four books in the series:  https://amzn.to/2KB5HUw

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David is waiting in a bar for a date who’s not going to show… bitter and alone, will he give up on the girl he loves?

After a summer spent apart Scott and Haley are back together, but something has changed between them… Will their relationship ever feel the same as before?

Madison’s new mantra in life is: stay strong and survive senior year. She’s in love with her best friend’s boyfriend, but Scott only sees her as a friend, and her broken heart can’t take it much longer. She needs to finish college and turn the page on an impossible love story… but can she be stronger than her feelings?

Two brothers in love with the same girl.
Two best friends in love with the same guy.
A love triangle within a love triangle…

pink heart scrollI Don’t Want to be Friends is Book 4 in the Just Friends series. The Just Friends series is a set of four stories centred around the friendship of a group of college students in Boston. We follow the friends as they start their next adventure in life; moving home, starting college, finding new friends and new loves and this is all mixed in with life’s everyday hurdles. The books are part of a series and to fully appreciate the full enjoyment of the stories I would highly recommend reading them all in order:
Let’s Just Be Friends, Friend Zone, My Best Friend’s Boyfriend, I Don’t Want to be Friends.

It was great to be back in Boston to the young friends we have learned about in this series. This story focuses on Haley and her dilemma with her very confused emotions revolved around the Williams brother; David and Scott. For nearly a year Haley has been dating Scott but when he went away for a few months to work on his internship their relationship cooled and Haley was left hurt and unsure of where she stood with Scott. During these few months Haley and David built up a friendly rapport but when Scott returned Haley was so excited to see him again she welcomed him home with open arms. Seeing his brother return home into the arms of the girl David secretly loved angered him and he thought he knew how Haley’s heart truly felt.

With confused hearts and angered souls the two brothers and Haley were struggling with their emotions. However, there is another victim in this love triangle that is suffering with her feelings towards someone that is already taken.

I loved how the author in this story created two very different brothers, both strikingly handsome but each with their own personality. David the older brother had a devilishly dynamic about him but there was a side to him that appealed to many and he was so astute understanding people and situations. He was also deeply loyal to his family but ultimately when he wanted something he went for it. Scott was more level headed but I felt at times he could be a little selfish.

This was another great instalment in this emotive YA series. I’m certainly not at the age of a YA character but I love reading about the emotive feelings between characters in YA stories as whatever age we are our feelings on life and it’s struggles and complications are pretty much the same.

A gorgeous, sexy, emotive series.

To learn more about the author Camilla Isley please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://camillaisley.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/camillaisley

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

 

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One Week to Wed by Laurie Benson blogblitz Q n A

 

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One Week to Wed (The Sommersby Brides Book 1) written by Laurie Benson, publisher Mills & Boon Historical, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The paperback is available from all good book retailers and the ebook is available to download via kindle, kobo and iBooks.

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To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2yFVwJm

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One stolen night…
…leads to unexpected wedding vows!
Part of The Sommersby Brides: widowed Lady Charlotte Gregory believes she’ll never marry again after losing her husband—until meeting dashing Lord Andrew Pearce brings her respectable lonely world back to vibrant life! Left alone one night, they give in to their desires—only to find their secret passion leads to shock, scandal…and a sudden marriage of convenience!

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogblitz on the publication day for Laurie Benson’s latest Historical Romance series The Sommersby Brides, with One Week to Wed as Book 1.  I’m sad that I haven’t had the time to read this novel yet as I adore a Regency romance but it will definitely be going on my TBR.  So, instead of a review I have a treat; a Q and A with the lovely author Laurie Benson.

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Hi Laurie welcome to my blog.  I love reading Regency romance as courtships and relationships were very different and almost orchestrated.

Hi, thanks so much for having me on your Kraftireader blog.   I love your blog header! It sums me up perfectly. I love to snuggle up with a cup of tea and read.

Many thanks Laurie, tea and books are a perfect coupling 🙂

Q: Why did you choose the Regency era as your focus on writing?
There are so many things about that era that I love. The early nineteenth century is such a culturally rich time in history. I adore Georgian architecture, art, and the clothes that were worn were so romantic. I really do have a thing for a man in breeches and boots! And, as a writer, I love being able to craft romances that can play with the restricted manners of the day. Just the simple brush of one hand against another could have been high erotic. It’s fun to find ways for your hero and heroine to have clandestine encounters.

Q: The book covers of historical romances are so beautiful.  Just for fun if you could choose any celeb to be on your book cover (be it a couple or a hero or heroine) who would it be?
I agree, I think historical romance covers are beautiful. When I send my cover ideas to my publisher, I always include photos of who I think the hero and heroine look like, so this is easy to answer. I would have Chris Hemsworth play my hero, Lord Andrew Pearce. Lord Andrew is an agent of the crown and is this tall, muscular guy with a killer smile. My heroine is Lady Charlotte Gregory, who is an independent widow. I envisioned Meghan Fox when I was writing her.

Q: Just for fun who would you secretly love as your biggest fan?
This is a tough one to answer. There isn’t anyone that I can think of.  I’m just happy when readers find my books and let me know that they’ve enjoyed them.

Q: Book 1 in your new trilogy is out today. How do you decide if your WIP is going to be serialised?
All of the Regency romances that I’ve written so far are part of a series and take place in the same world. It’s how I envision my Regency era England, I suppose. I enjoy reading series romances, so it was probably natural that I would write them. I like writing stories about a group of friends or siblings and have characters appeared in other stories. There are a few characters from my first series, The Secret Lives of the Ton, that appear in The Sommersby Brides series.

Q: Please tell me a little about the trilogy and what we have to look forward to in the trilogy?
The Sommersby Brides series is comprised of three stand-alone stories about the three Sommersby sisters, who find themselves in three scandalous situations that lead to three very different proposals. The first book is ONE WEEK TO WED which, as you said, is out today. It’s the story of an independent widow and a dangerous Lord who share one unexpected night of passion that results in an unknowing betrayal and a marriage of convenience. The second story is actually a Christmas novella entitled ONE NIGHT UNDER THE MISTLETOE. It will be released in November. I had some fun with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet when I was writing that story and wondered what would have happened if Romeo or Juliet had decided they weren’t ready to run away together and then they met up years later. And the final book is HIS THREE-DAY DUCHESS, which is a road trip, enemies-to-lovers romance which will be out in February.

Thanks again for having me on Kraftireader.  It’s been fun.

Thank you so much to Laurie Benson joining me today.  To learn more about Laurie Benson please visit the following sites:

Website:  http://lauriebenson.net/

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Sisterly Love by Michelle Vernal blogtour book review

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Sisterly Love written and self-published by Michelle Vernal is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Nobody’s Perfect Are They?
Rebecca Loughton’s bumbled her way through her thirty-something years making a few cock-ups along the way. Of course, these wouldn’t be so obvious if it wasn’t for her golden haired, older sister Jennifer.
In a bid to escape Jennifer’s lengthy shadow and to find her happy ever after Rebecca, high-tails it out of her hometown of Christchurch to the other side of the world landing a legal secretary job in the buzzing city of Dublin. A few drinks later, all she has to show for her new life is an embarrassing one-night stand and a dollop of flirtatious banter with her boss Ciaran, who just happens to have a predatory receptionist in hot pursuit of him.
Amidst plans of preventing such a merger, Rebecca receives news that Jennifer’s picture perfect life has a big, fat crack down the middle of it in the form of a philandering husband. Summoned home to look after her sister’s children and cooking school while she works on her marriage, Rebecca finds the reality of looking after two young children along with the bizarre array of guests booked into the cooking school grim. The only bright spot on her horizon are Ciaran’s e-mails but then she meets David Seagar whom she thinks might just be the ending to her happy ever after but will he prove to be far from perfect too?

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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 Michelle Vernal’s debut novel Sisterly Love that was first published back in 2013. Sisterly Love was previously published with the title The Brazilian Job. I have read a few books now by Michelle Vernal and she is fast becoming one of my ‘go to’ authors with her descriptive locations and fab character analysis.

This was such a fun read that had me smiling through the pages.

Sisterly Love is a story about sibling rivalry but also having your sister’s back and being there when needed.  But it’s also a story of misconceptions; what you presumed you knew of your sibling was not always the true picture.

I loved Rebecca’s character, the carefree younger sister who is a single lady from New Zealand working in Ireland.  Rebecca is loving life in Ireland working as a PA for a law firm and her first lesson moving to the area was a quick fire tutorial in pronouncing Irish names.  Rebecca has this sizzling chemistry thing going on with her boss Ciaran but she’s not committed herself to taking the next step as she’s afraid it would ruin the great friendship and working relationship that they have now.  When Rebecca hears her sister Jennifer needs help back home in New Zealand she doesn’t hesitate to hop on a plane to be there for her family.  However, as much as Rebecca loves her sister she hadn’t had much experience looking after her niece and nephew aged 3 and 7 respectively.  Rebecca learns pretty quickly the randomness that is young children; their moods and funny quirks.  I loved the scenes with Rebecca and her young charges, Hannah and Jack, there were some lovely endearing moments and some fabulous funny scenes.

Jennifer was very organised in her personal and professional life and runs an international cooking school on the site of her home.  She has enlisted the help of a fellow foodie Betty who is another character I particularly warmed to.  There are some great scenes in the cooking school with Betty and the students.

Rebecca soon learns that there are perks to doing the school run when she bumps into handsome single father David Seagar.  Rebecca has some serious thinking to do in her personal life regarding her feelings for her boss Ciaran especially now David Seagar has caught her eye.

This was a gorgeous, heartwarming, fun romance with characters you will soon learn to love.  I hope one day the author Michelle Vernal will revisit these characters.

About the Author

Hello, my name is Michelle Vernal, and by way of introduction, I’m Mum to Josh and Daniel and am married to the super supportive Paul. We live in the garden city of Christchurch, New Zealand with our three-legged, black cat called Blue. BC (before children) Paul and I lived and worked in Ireland, the experiences we had there have flavoured my books.
I’ve always written, but it was only after my first son was born that I decided to attend a creative writing course at Canterbury University. Oh the guilt dropping him at pre-school so I could learn the basics of story writing, but oh the joy of having conversation to contribute other than the price of nappies that week! The first piece I ever penned post course was published by a New Zealand parenting magazine. I went on to write humorous; opinion styled pieces of my take on parenting, but when the necessity for being politically correct got too much, I set myself the challenge of writing a novel. Six books later and a publishing deal with Harper Impulse here I am. These days I write for a North Canterbury lifestyle magazine and my latest book Sweet Home Summer has just been released by Harper Impulse.

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Mary Rosie’s War by Catherine M Byrne blogtour excerpt

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Mary Rosie’s War written by Catherine M Byrne, publisher Overtheord Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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WW2 has been declared. A strange find on the beach gives Mary Rosie the chance to fulfil her dreams and contribute to her country, but all is not what she imagined.

After witnessing the first bomb to be dropped on mainland Britain, Mary watches her friends leave to join the forces and longs to be with them, but is held back by loyalty to her widowed mother.

France has capitulated. Johnny Allan’s regiment has been annihilated by German troops. Johnny has to evade capture and somehow get home to the girl who no longer waits for him.

Liesel is a German Jew who lost her family to the Nazis and has to make her way in Britain, a strange new country, while harbouring a desire for revenge.

Their lives become entangled in a way that no one could have envisaged.

A story about war, family ties, love, loyalty and loss.

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Catherine M Byrne’s latest novel: Mary Rosie’s War.

Catherine M Byrne has kindly offered to share an excerpt from the book for you all:

WW2. France. As the sole survivor of a German attack on his platoon, Johnny finally makes his way to the south of France from where he has to attempt the perilous journey across the Pyrenees to freedom.

When the clock struck midnight they entered the mission where the six weary soldiers, now dressed in the new clothes, stood waiting for instructions. Stuart opened the door. ‘Good, there’s no moon. Collect your gear now.’
He led the men inside where each was issued with a stout pair of boots, a padded jacket and a backpack. ‘These are all donated by helpful French,’ explained Stuart, to Johnny’s unasked question. ‘You will be climbing in the mountains. Be assured, this is no easy walk.’
Once kitted out, the party filed through the door. ‘Keep close to the wall until you get into the country, then stay among the trees as far as you can. Make as little noise as possible until then and stay in single file. You have the map?’
Marie, dressed like a boy, nodded an affirmative. No one spoke until the streets gave way to scattered farm houses. When there was no sign of pursuit, they relaxed and began to chat quietly.
‘Have you always lived here?’ Johnny said to Marie as she fell in step beside him.
She didn’t reply immediately.
‘I think I know your accent,’ she said at last. ‘You are from Scotland, yes?’
‘How do you know that?’ Most foreigners could not tell the difference between the dialects.
‘Many of your countrymen pass through here.’
‘Really? Maybe I know them if they speak like me.’
‘I never ask their names.’
The night was still, with only the whisper of the men’s feet and their low voices.
They walked for a while in silence. ‘Where are you from?’ asked Johnny at last.
‘I will only tell you that I work for the German army, but that is a cover. Leading stranded servicemen to safety, this I chose to do myself. We had to find a way to get your servicemen out of France. Also there are many British living here. They are in grave danger of being incarcerated.’ She fell into silence.
‘Are you English?’ he asked, amazed by her command of the language.
She shook her head. ‘No, but I’ve already said too much.’

When a grey dawn broke the horizon, Marie held up her hand. We will rest during the daytime,’ she said, ‘and travel by night. Ahead is Perpignan and an innkeeper there will provide us with refreshments, then we’ll grab some sleep in his basement.’
The mountains were tall and rugged, sharp peaks reaching into the sky. They looked almost impossible to navigate on foot, but he had to trust Marie to know what she was doing.
Johnny hoped to get her by herself, to get more information from her, but it was as if from then on, she purposely avoided him.
The innkeeper gave them soup, bitter chicory coffee and bread, and he provided them with blankets. In the morning, after a breakfast of broth and coffee, Marie, looking perturbed, held up her hand. ‘I have news that our route has been blocked. We will have to take the alternative.’
Once more, Johnny fell into step beside her. ‘You don’t look too happy,’ he said.
‘I don’t have an easy feeling. This is most unusual, but it is possible the pass has been blocked by an avalanche. And the message seems genuine enough.’
He tried to engage her in further conversation, but she held her fingers to her lips. ‘It is better we remain silent,’ she whispered.
As they ascended, the temperature dropped and the men changed into their boots and heavy jackets. Before long, it began to snow. They had all fallen silent, no sound but the crunch of boots on snow and the high wind through thin pines. In places the ascent was steep and they slipped and struggled to keep a footing. Tired, cold, hungry and footsore they continued to drag themselves uphill. Johnny tried to remember how much he’d loved the snow as a child. It meant many hours of fun: sledging, snowball fights, snowmen, snow houses, running indoors to warm frozen fingers and toes, just to rush out again as soon as possible. He imagined a blazing range, leaping flames, hot soup. Ahead of them, Marie stopped and held up a hand. She tilted her head as though sniffing the air.
‘Get down,’ she shouted, too late.
German soldiers suddenly appeared from behind high rocks and out of gullies, firing indiscriminately. The men dropped like skittles. Johnny grabbed Marie’s arm and together they rolled into a ditch, miraculously dodging the flying bullets. Hardly daring to breathe, they lay still until they could not feel their hands and feet.
Even after the gunfire had ceased, they did not move. Unsure if she was still alive, Johnny reached out to touch Marie, relieved when he heard her intake of breath. He indicated that she should remain as she was, and he inched his way to the top of the chasm where he raised his head enough to see what was happening. A few other men hid nearby. He heard the Germans crashing through the undergrowth, shouting at the men they uncovered to get on their feet, then marching them away at gunpoint, hands on heads.
Johnny slipped back down, put his hand on Marie’s head and held her face against the freezing ground. He dare not even whisper, only hoped she understood the need to lie still, half buried in snow. Surely, after all he had endured, it could not end now, here like this, when he was so near freedom he could almost taste it. All he could do was press his own forehead against the snowy earth, now warmed by his tears.

 

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Girl in the Castle by Lizzie Lamb blogtour excerpt

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Girl in the Castle written by Lizzie Lamb, publisher New Romantics Press, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.  The ebook is currently in a special Kindle Countdown Price of 99p for the next few days only.

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Her academic career in tatters, Dr Henriette Bruar needs somewhere to lay low, plan her comeback and restore her tarnished reputation. Fate takes her to a remote Scottish castle to auction the contents of an ancient library to pay the laird’s mounting debts. The family are in deep mourning over a tragedy which happened years before, resulting in a toxic relationship between the laird and his son, Keir MacKenzie. Cue a phantom piper, a lost Jacobite treasure, and a cast of characters who – with Henri’s help, encourage the MacKenzies to confront the past and move on. However – will the Girl in the Castle be able to return to university once her task is completed, and leave gorgeous, sexy Keir MacKenzie behind?

Book trailer for Girl in the Castle (YouTube): https://tinyurl.com/GITCvideo

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the Girl in the Castle.  The author Lizzie Lamb  has kindly offered to share an excerpt with you today.

Keir, wearing full Highland dress with unconscious grace and style was every inch the laird she’d dreamed about in the library. She stepped out of the shadows and into the hall. Seemingly sensing her presence, Keir slowly turned towards her. Had this been a scene in a movie, they would have been the only two in focus, the rest of the guests drifting past like smoky-grey shadows. Their matching MacKenzie plaids providing the only colour and Henri’s rapid breathing, underscored by the lilting tune played on the clarsach, the only sound. Keir said Henri’s name under his breath and looked at her wonderingly, as if unable to comprehend how quickly their relationship was moving forward; how time had seemed to speed up since that kiss on the boat. Henri whispered his name, too, mirroring his actions, and that released Keir from being held in a freeze-frame shot, as though this really was a movie. After the moment of stillness, his purposeful stride towards Henri alerted guests that something unusual and dramatic was unfolding in front of their eyes. The electricity between Keir and Henri was palpable and when he reached Henri, Keir took both her hands in his and twined their fingers. Then he pulled her close and kissed her on both cheeks, the embrace seemed no more than the polite double-kiss one might exchange with a relative, or close friend. However, as Keir kissed first her right cheek and then her left, his lips brushed across her mouth, tantalisingly. Henri’s gasp was audible, the other guests heard it and were transfixed.

About the Author

After teaching her 1000th pupil and working as a deputy head teacher in a large primary school, Lizzie decided to pursue her first love: writing. She joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, wrote Tall, Dark and Kilted (2012), quickly followed by Boot Camp Bride. Although much of her time is taken up publicising her novels she published Scotch on the Rocks, which achieved Best Seller status within two weeks of appearing on Amazon. Her next novel, Girl in the Castle, reached #3 in the Amazon charts. Lizzie is a founder member of indie publishing group – New Romantics Press – and has co-hosted author events at Aspinall, St Pancras and Waterstones, Kensington, talking about writing and the research which underpins her novels. Lizzie hopes to publish her next romance Sweet Little Lies Summer 2018, and has more Scottish-themed romances planned. As for the years she spent as a teacher, they haven’t quite gone to waste as she is building up a reputation as a go-to speaker on indie publishing, and how to plan, write, and publish a debut novel. Lizzie lives in Leicestershire (UK) with her husband and a naughty parrot called Jasper.

Website:  https://lizzielamb.co.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/lizzie_lamb/

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

Wartime at Woolworths by Elaine Everest book review

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Wartime at Woolworths written by Elaine Everest, publisher Pan Macmillan, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

The paperback is available from all good retailers and the ebook is available to download on kindle, kobo and iBooks.

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The Woolworths girls have come a long way together . . .
Fun loving Maisie, is devoted to her young family and her work at Woolworths. But her happy life with her RAF officer husband, their baby daughter leads her to think of the family she left behind . . . With the war now into its fourth year, what will she find when she sets about searching for them?
Sarah and her husband, Alan, are blissfully happy and long for a sibling for their daughter. But dark days lay ahead for this close family.
Freda heads home to Birmingham, to go in search of her family, back to the life she fled – far from the safety of Woolworths and her new friends.
With families’ separated by war, will the Woolworths girls be able to pull together?

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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 such a lovely treat to return to Kent and to the girls that spend their days working in Woolworths but their hearts belong to the people they love and the community of Erith.

Elaine Everest has created a wonderful series centred around the girls working in the emporium store called Woolworths.  Every town back in the day had a Woolworths that was lovingly called Woolies.  Back then it sold a lot more than the pick ‘n mix that most of us would remember.  Woolies was a store you could get most things from and you could also include a chat with the counter assistant, a cuppa and piece of cake in the café and your day would be made.

We step back to 1943 to Wartime Britain, to a time when many of the menfolk were overseas at war and the women were taking on many of the tasks and roles that were previously held by men.

Sarah, Maisie and Freda the young women who have become great friends are coping with their own lives with Sarah and Maisie now having their own little family to look after.  Their friendship has helped them through many struggles in the past but these next couple of months the friends will need each other more then ever with conflict and casualties of war reaching their own ‘backyard’.

Once again Ruby, the stalwart to all that live around Erith provides much comfort, assurance and wise words.  I love Ruby, she has this tough exterior and is so calm in a crisis but has the biggest heart of gold.

I really appreciated how the author, Elaine Everest, used authentic dialect within the storyline and we were treated to some charming sayings that have long been forgotten.  I could picture the characters and scenes in my head with the great dialogue bringing the story to life.

Another nostalgic trip down memory lane.  A story of friendship, of community spirit, of making do, of coping under adverse conditions and always of a hope for a silver lining.  I don’t want this series to end.

To learn more about the author Elaine Everest please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://elaineeverestauthor.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ElaineEverest

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How to Keep a Secret by Sarah Morgan book review

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How to Keep a Secret written by Sarah Morgan, publisher HQ, is available NOW in ebook, paperback, audiobook and audio CD format.

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

To buy link (amazon UK):  https://amzn.to/2JT7aBL

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Three generations of Stewart women, all with secrets to keep…
Matriarch Nancy knows she hasn’t been the best mother but how can she ever tell her daughters the reason why? Lauren and Jenna are as close as two sisters can be and they made a pact years ago to keep a devastating secret from their mother – but is it time to come clean? Lauren’s teenage daughter Mackenzie masks her own pain by keeping her mother at a distance. Her mother, aunt and grandmother keep trying to reach her but will it take a stranger to show her the true meaning of family?
When life changes in an instant, the Stewart women are thrown together for a summer and suddenly they must relearn how to be a family. And whilst unravelling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, it could also be their finest moment . . .

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Whilst reading this novel I was drawn to the descriptions of the houses in Martha’s Vineyard especially those on the beach. This image is taken from a google search.

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 a wonderful, descriptive story of life, love, letting go of the past and new beginnings. A story of three generations of women from one family all holding back secrets until one night when one of the Stewart women’s lives is turned completely upside down. She turns to her family for support and the past they all thought they’d left locked away starts opening up bit by bit.

A mother, a daughter, a sister, a granddaughter all facing different junctions in their lives. What they thought they knew of each other from the past wasn’t always the true picture and once the ladies start opening up and revealing their secrets that were kept hidden in dark places they start to see a different picture of how their attitudes and feelings to each other were like as a child and now as an adult.

Lauren with her teenage daughter, Mack, have to face drastic changes to their lives after a tragic event. When further revelations are revealed can this teenager and mum ever have the closeness they once had? Lots of questions need to be asked and the answers rake up many emotions that have been safely secured.

Jenna the younger sister of Lauren has been holding back on her own emotions from her mother and sister in particular. Emotions at home with her husband are becoming strained and the couple are struggling with how to help each other.

Nancy the mother and grandmother has for so long been the strong independent figure of the family but for the last few years she’s struggled. Her secrets can no longer be hidden as they’ve reached a point of no return. Secrets she knows that will upset and shake the family.

Mack has always struggled to fit in with the ‘cool’ crowd. Reinventing herself to be liked but not really letting herself be the truer version. It takes strength and courage for her to overcome her feelings of loss, grief, desperation and isolation.

I loved how the author Sarah Morgan wove this story of relationships between one family. It was interesting to see that once the secrets came tumbling out that the bond between them all was becoming stronger.

A truly gorgeous story that at times were emotive however, the general feeling was of warmth and uplifting, life affirming and full of unexpected romances at a time when you weren’t looking.

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