Paris By The Book by Liam Callanan book review

 

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Paris by the Book written by Liam Callanan, publisher HQ, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audiobook format.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2JuodJE

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Some stories are still waiting to be found.
In a city of millions, it’s easy to lose someone…
Twelve weeks before Leah Eady arrived in France, her husband disappeared. Early one morning, he walked out the door and never came back. All he left behind was a scrumpled note in a cereal box, leading her to the bustling streets of Paris.
Once she arrives, she discovers a mysterious unfinished manuscript written by her husband, and set in the very same city. Hoping to uncover more clues, Leah takes over a crumbling bookshop with her two young daughters, only to realise that he might just be closer than any of them ever imagined…
…but what if he doesn’t want to be found?

 

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When clues to her husband’s disappearance leads to Paris, Leah with her two daughter’s Ellie and Daphne decide to take their lives and move temporarily to France.  With their love of the fictional character Madeline and the book The Red Balloon, Leah and her girls had witnessed through the pages of their beloved stories many areas of the city and now at last they could walk these sights that had so often appeared on a page.  Wherever, they went they hoped to come across Robert the husband and father.

The girls soon adapted to this new Parisian lifestyle and were learning fast but behind their smiles was a sadness.  For all the encouragement of a new temporary life in Paris Leah could only achieve so much brightness in to her daughter’s lives.  There was an ever present cloud hanging over them, or a shadow or an imagined sighting.

Leah and Robert found each other through the love of books and then lost each other with their hearts and souls etched out between the pages.  Will these same pages bring Leah and Robert back together?

Walking through the streets of Paris with the characters that the author Liam Callanan had created was quite captivating and I loved hearing about the significance of different sights that related to stories set in Paris.  This part of the story made me envious and I wanted to open the pages of these books and take my own literal steps.

I did find the story a little slow to start and there was a certain melancholy about it.  But I felt an overall feeling of strength, of hope and of belief.  By the end I was overcome with emotion and was still full of hope for this young American family struggling with loss, grief and the uncertainty of new beginnings.  A book for lovers, a book for admirers of Paris and a book for literary fans.

To learn more about the author Liam Callanan please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://www.liamcallanan.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/liamcallanan

 

 

 

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The Things We Need to Say by Rachel Burton book review

 

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The Things We Need to Say written by Rachel Burton, publisher HQ Digital, is available NOW in ebook and audiobook.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2JsO5Fy

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Sometimes the things we never say are the most important.
Fran loves Will with all her heart. They had a whirlwind romance, a perfect marriage and a wonderful life. Until everything changed. Now Fran needs to find her way again and teaching a yoga retreat in Spain offers her just that. Leaving behind a broken marriage she has some very important decisions to make.
Will needs his wife, he needs her to open up to him if they’re to ever return to the way things once were. But he may have damaged any possibility he had of mending their relationship and now Fran is in Spain and Will is alone.
As both Fran and Will begin to let go of a life that could have been, fate may just find a way of bringing them back together.

blue swirly lineI 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.

The Things We Need to Say is Rachel Burton’s second novel and it’s also my first introduction to her work. Even though this is only the author’s second novel Rachel Burton is already showing signs of a seasoned author.  This was superb storytelling and the writing flowed throughout the story. I was drawn into the characters’ lives instantly and felt their emotions whenever they peaked high or low.  The Things We Need to Say is a story that would resonate to many, it’s a story with real, raw, heart wrenching moments that leave scars permanently etched on your heart but with time these scars would fade.  It’s a story that pulls at the heart strings and leaves you pondering the decisions made that ultimately change the focus and direction of the characters lives.

I felt pain and anguish for both Fran and Will who both had so many silent thoughts and fears in their heads but were afraid to let their voices be heard, resulting in a pain that was almost unbearable.

Fran and Will had been through so much turmoil in their lives, their dreams and hopes for the future had been shattered more than once.  Could they continue with this one goal?

With Fran’s pre-arranged yoga retreat looming it was an opportune moment to take stock of where she is now, make acceptance of what has been before and free her mind to the fear of what may lay ahead.  With another scar forcing it’s way onto Fran’s heart teaching yoga at the retreat in Spain couldn’t have come at a better time.  Teaching students to relax and free their minds helps Fran refocus and regroup her own feelings.

Back home in Sussex Will is fighting his own demons and is struggling with so much.

The Things We Need to Say is a story about grief, about loss, about love and about acceptance.  It’s so beautifully told and I felt that the author truly wrote from the heart and the research she undertook for certain scenes was well accomplished.  Rachel Burton is an author to watch; she tugs at your heart and captures you into the lives of the characters so well drawn out amongst the pages.  I loved how the chapters were short and from different POV, I felt myself finishing one chapter and eager to read on to the next.  Stunning story.

To learn more about Rachel Burton please visit the following pages:

Amazon Author Page: https://amzn.to/2L3ESt2

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/bookish_yogi

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Rachel-Burton-353151308524664/

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/bookish_yogi/

*Cover Reveal* Forgive Me Not by Samantha Tonge

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Forgive Me Not written by Samantha Tonge, publisher Canelo is available in ebook format from Monday 23rd July 2018.

To purchase and pre-order any of Samantha Tonge’s novels please visit her amazon author page:

https://amzn.to/2tMw1S0

I am so pleased to be able to reveal the cover for Samantha Tonge’s latest book, Forgive Me Not and here it is; such a beautiful cover.

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About the book

Forgive Me Not
Forgiveness can be hard to come by… An unputdownable new novel from bestseller Samantha Tonge
How far would you go to make amends?
When Emma fled her home at Foxglove Farm, she’d let down and hurt those who cared for her most. But now, two years later, she’s ready to face up to her past; she’s ready to go back.
But Emma’s unannounced return causes more problems than she could have foreseen. The people she knew and loved aren’t ready to forget, let alone forgive. And the one person she wants to reconnect with the most, her mother, can’t remember who she is.
Just as Emma starts to rebuild trust, an uncovered family secret and a shocking past crime threaten her newly forged future…
Sometimes simply saying sorry isn’t enough.
Perfect for readers of Ruth Hogan or Amanda Prowse, this is an extraordinary and unforgettable novel about running away from yourself – and finding a way back.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris. She has travelled widely.
When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.
In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Links
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

 

Forgive Me Not looks a beautiful, intriguing, emotive read and would be perfect to add to your summer reading schedule.

 

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.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2lOIgsG

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

Product Details (as per amazon page)

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/

 

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.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2tsykJO

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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 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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Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/michellevernalnovelist/
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Website:  https://www.michellevernalbooks.com/

 

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.

To buy link:  https://amzn.to/2ts5SYw

Product Details (as per amazon page)

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/

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

Product Details (as per amazon page)

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.

To learn more about the Author Sarah Morgan please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://sarahmorgan.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SarahMorgan_

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