The 24 Hour Café by Libby Page @LibbyPageWrites @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookreview #The24HourCafe #Contemporaryromance

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The 24 Hour Café written by Libby Page, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/36KR4EU

Book Blurb

Welcome to the café that never sleeps.

Day and night, Stella’s Café opens its doors to the lonely and the lost, the morning people and the night owls. It’s a place where everyone is always welcome, where life can wait at the door.
Meet Hannah and Mona: best friends, waitresses, dreamers. They love working at Stella’s – the different people they meet, the small kindnesses exchanged. But is it time to step outside and make their own way in life?
Come inside and spend twenty-four hours at Stella’s Café, where one day might just be enough to change your life . . .

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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 Libby Page’s latest novel: The 24 Hour Café.

I think I may have found my new favourite read. The 24 Hour Café is my first introduction to the work of Libby Page and it ticked all the boxes and more in my little reading heart. This is the story of a café in the centre of the city of London that is open 24 hours a day serving teas, coffees, food and is a place to feel welcomed whatever the time of day.

We follow the lives of Hannah and Mona, two waitresses at the café, who are best friends and share a home and their dreams together. This story is one 24 hour snapshot in the goings on in the café when a momentous event changes everything in Hannah and Mona’s lives. As the drama of the night and day unfolds the story focuses on each waitress as they go through the rituals of their allocated shift at work. We get to hear the story of how they met, how they interpret their friendship and their personal and professional lives. Hannah and Mona are creative souls and have dreams to express their talents and entertain people. Hannah wishes to sing and make people happy and Mona wishes to dance as a career so waitressing is not their calling it is just a stop gap and a means to pay the bills.

As Hannah’s shift at work progresses through the night customers come and go but a few stay in our minds as we are introduced to their stories. I think this is what makes The 24 Hour Café special. Stella’s café not only serves refreshments but it is a place to convene, to meet, to escape, to relax and to feel safe. The visitors of the café, or any café, have their own stories and as we see the little snippets of their lives our hearts are opened to let them in. When the girls change shifts we get to hear of Mona’s life, concerns and hopes.

The 24 Hour Café is such a poignant, thought provoking read that will touch your heart and will never let it go. People come and go in your life but sometimes a time and place will set off a new road of enlightenment, opportunity and possibilities.

Beautiful, heartfelt and truly wonderful story telling.

About the Author

LIBBY PAGE is the author of the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller and runaway success of 2018, THE LIDO. THE LIDO has sold in over twenty territories around the world and film rights have been sold to Catalyst Global Media. After writing, Libby’s second passion is outdoor swimming. Libby lives in London where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city. She and her sister run a blog and Instagram account @ theswimmingsisters, documenting their swims and the benefits of outdoor exercise for mental health. Follow Libby on twitter @libbypagewrites

Website: https://libbypage.co.uk/

The Family Gift by Cathy Kelly @cathykellybooks @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookreview #TheFamilyGift #contemporaryfiction

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The Family Gift written by Cathy Kelly, publisher Orion, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and paperback format.

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

Book Blurb

Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family, a fantastic career, and a new house.

But that’s on the outside.
On the inside, she’s got Mildred – the name she’s given to that nagging inner critic who tells us all we’re not good enough.
And now Freya’s beloved blended family is under threat. Dan’s first wife Elisa, the glamorous, manipulative woman who happily abandoned her daughter to Freya and Dan’s care and left the country, has elbowed her way back into their lives.
But Freya knows that when life gives you lemons, you throw them right back.
Can Freya put her family – and herself – back together? Find out in Cathy Kelly’s warmest, wisest and funniest book yet…

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 the release of the paperback of Cathy Kelly’s latest novel: The Family Gift.  It’s an honour to be one of the 20 bloggers celebrating Cathy Kelly’s 20th book.

The Family Gift is a wonderful family drama for the modern world we live in now.  Freya is a wife, mother, daughter, top celebrity chef but she’s also a victim to many hurdles in life that have been thrown her way.  This last year so much tragedy, trauma, heartache and strain has been dumped onto Freya and her family but Freya has tried to shoulder all the worries, concerns and struggles by herself but it’s now catching up with her.

Moving house was hopefully the fresh start she needed but with her life in a chaotic shambles of a multitude of boxes Freya soon loses sight of her focus.  However, the move has given her the gift of new friends with the owners of a local café providing much needed solace and a dear elderly lady customer of the café proves to be of great comfort to Freya.

However, when someone from the past starts to reintegrate back in their lives Freya starts to feel threatened and is afraid her family structure she’s so lovingly built will be broken.

Cathy Kelly writes wonderful, heartfelt stories about people and their everyday lives.  She has a real skill of getting to know the intricacies of peoples minds and personalities and she weaves her words to create a magical, heartfelt, honest family saga.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Family Gift, Freya’s story resonated with me on so many levels.  Cathy Kelly’s characters are written with warmth and charm and you will feel a connection to them sympathising and acknowledging their plights.  Warm-hearted, charming and very real.

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. Cathy is the bestselling author of The Honey Queen, Once in a Lifetime and Between Sisters, and is a No.1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Her trademark is warm and witty Irish storytelling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, a sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.
She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS

Website: http://www.cathykelly.com/

Twitter:  @cathykellybooks

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

 

Something To Live For by Richard Roper @richardroper @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #blogtour #bookreview

 

something to live for

Something To Live For written by Richard Roper, publisher Orion, is available in ebook, hardcover and audiobook format from 27th June 2019.

To pre-order/buy link (Watertstones): https://bit.ly/2FumhS9

Book Blurb

Sometimes you have to risk everything to find your something…
All Andrew wants is to be normal. He has the perfect wife and 2.4 children waiting at home for him after a long day. At least, that’s what he’s told people.
The truth is, his life isn’t exactly as people think and his little white lie is about to catch up with him.
Because in all Andrew’s efforts to fit in, he’s forgotten one important thing: how to really live. And maybe, it’s about time for him to start.

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 for Richard Roper’s debut novel: Something to Live For. This book is published in the US under the title How Not to Die Alone.

Something to Live For is a unique, quirky novel that will captivate you and steal a little bit of your heart.  Andrew, our leading man, is not handsome, sexy, brave or wealthy he’s just human.  A man that has experienced so much heartache as a child and growing up that now as an adult he’s found his comfortable life and is just going through the motions.

His job with the Council is not glamorous but it’s an essential cog in the wheel of many people’s lives.  People that sadly find themselves all alone as their life draws to an end.  Andrew’s job is to find any evidence of a next of kin and investigate if the deceased has any funds to pay for their own funeral.  The job brought more cons than pros however, the author injected a lovely dark humour breaking the dread of the task at hand.

When a new colleague starts in the office Andrew’s life takes a different slant.  Peggy brings out something in Andrew he’s not felt in a long time.  He feels companionship, light, fun and hope.

Andrew is one of those endearing characters that have so much sadness about them but they are also comforted by their routines and objects.

Something to Live For is such a beautiful, poignant story with a very important message.  The story has left me feeling quite uplifted and the ethos behind the storyline will stay with me for a long time.  A fabulous debut novel that I wish the author, Richard Roper, huge success with.

About the Author

Richard Roper is an author and editor. He grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon and now lives in London. SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR (published as HOW NOT TO DIE ALONE in the US), is his first novel. It has been translated into 19 languages and TV rights have been sold to Expectation Entertainment.

Website: http://richardroperauthor.com/

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

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