The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice by Katarina West book review/blogtour

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The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice, written and self-published by Katarina West is available NOW in ebook format.  The book is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Meet Irene Nylander, a frumpy housewife from Finland … and a yo-yo dieter. She feels trapped in an unhappy marriage, looking after her domineering mother-in-law and living vicariously through romantic movies.

Meanwhile, in Florence, Mimi Kavanough’s star is rising. She has the body of a Barbie princess, the iron will of an army sergeant – and Hollywood in her sights.

On her fiftieth birthday, Irene discovers her husband is having an affair. Devastated, she prays for a way out: she wants to die.

In heaven, a mischievous angel called Aaron hears her prayers. He decides to make Irene and Mimi swap bodies.

How will the two women cope with their unexpected, and very different, second lives? And will Aaron’s meddling get him evicted from heaven? What will happen if he has to transform into a human being and live on Earth?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Katarina West’s new book series Angel Aid with book 1 in the series out now titled; The Thousand Tiny Miracles of Living Twice.

This was such an extraordinary read that has left me feeling quite inspired and hopeful.  The story is unlike any other I’ve read, it’s about real life emotions mixed with fantasy, make believe, or is it?

We meet Irene Nylander in Helsinki about to celebrate her 50th birthday.  She is fed up with her existence, fed up of being ignored by her husband, fed up of having to forego her dreams.  After being stood up in the restaurant by her best friend she makes a startling discovery that shocks her to her core.  She dashes heartbroken and crushed from the restaurant and driving through a blur of tears she crashes her car.  When she next awakes she is in surroundings unbeknown to her, the room exudes wealth and she soon realises she is on water and in a cabin of a wealthy yacht.  She also realises to her alarm that her body is not the same.  Many miles away we meet actress Mimi Kavanagh waking up in strange surroundings, a hospital none the less in a strange country due to the accents she is hearing.  To her dismay her body has aged and doubled in weight.  The two women from totally different backgrounds and lifestyles have woken from a trauma to find they have switched bodies.  Millions of miles away in another world a mischievous Angel called Aaron is in shock, of all the pranks he’s done in his life this one of transferring human bodies is the most extreme.  The Angel community and hierarchy are in uproar and Aaron is immediately shunned for his actions.  His thought process behind was purely good and he only wanted to help.

The story follows the journeys of Irene and Mimi confronting their new lives and of Aaron’s desperate attempt to make amends.

I have to admit I loved the idea of this story but I did get slightly lost and confused with the hierarchy in the Angel Kingdom and all the different rules but saying this at the end of the story I felt inspired and eager to continue the story with part 2 of Angel Aid.

The storyline is full of relatable characters with a Cinderella-esque tale; from rags to riches, from beauty to beast.  The ladies facing the body switch were given a wonderful opportunity to reassess their lives and pick out the best from their body switch personas.  It had gorgeous idyllic sunny settings and also awe inspiring Icelandic panorama.  The author Katarina West interwoven the storyline with wonderful wit and humour spreading lots of warmth throughout.  Romance blossomed and grew and hearts were once again filled with compassion.

A wonderful fantasy fuelled romance leaving you exhilarated and optimistic 4/5*

I’d like to share one of my favourite quotes from the novel:

Yes this is an educational dream with a message.  And the message is, it’s never too late to live again.  To make your dreams come true.

Katarina West has kindly offered to give away a kindle copy of the book.  To enter please click on the rafflecopter link below:

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To find out more about Katarina West and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.katarinawest.com/

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

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Grace & The Ghost by Estelle Maher book review

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Grace & The Ghost written by Estelle Maher, publisher Team Author UK, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.  The book is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.

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Is our life dictated by us, fate or divine intervention? On her way home from the office, thirty-year-old Grace Hammond stumbles across a tramp named Crowley who is found dead in her village the following day. Crowley soon returns to Grace looking for her help so he can cross over.  He just needs to complete a task that will have a positive effect on her life. Unfortunately, neither knows where to start! Help comes in the form of her landlord, her elderly neighbour, her gay best friend, a good looking American and Frank Sinatra! Can Grace help Crowley be with his family? Can she get her own life back on track?

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Is our life in the hands of fate or destiny?  This was such a wonderful debut novel by Estelle Maher that I feel quite privileged to have read.  The cover is strikingly simple and perfect for the storyline and is quite mesmerising with its swirls and tones of blue.  I do love a good romance and this was such an unusual storyline for a romance, a storyline filled with paranormal activities that are utterly charming in a quintessential way and I was hooked from the start.

Grace Hammond on her way home from work comes across a tramp called Crowley and has a brief conversation with him.  The next day he is sadly found dead but Crowley returns to Grace looking for assistance from her to help him carry on in his journey.  Grace is quite alarmed but seeing Crowley all cleaned up and dressed impeccably she is soon charmed by him and a friendship of trust and companionship is soon formed.

Grace and Crowley’s journey helping each other is filled with much emotion.  Estelle Maher has cleverly interwoven wit and humour with sadness and your tears  are soon dried out with a heart full of warmth.  You feel yourself falling in love with Crowley, his history is so heart breaking but he is taking this new journey in his life in his stride and is literally having a ball.  The connection he has made with Grace is beautiful and you feel that destiny has definitely pulled them together.  Along the journey we meet Grace’s friends the cantankerous Mrs Mortimer who is now in her 80’s and has lived in the village a good while.  Grace has formed a wonderful friendship with Mrs Mortimer and they share many happy times over a cup of tea.  Mrs Mortimer was to provide Grace with many positive attributes for the future including her very handsome American nephew Todd.  I adored Sean, Grace’s gay bff, he was vivacious and irresistible also I believe every village should have their own Big Mick and Patsy duo act.  The small village that Grace lives in sounds very charming and idyllic with it’s mix match of characters who all become united when one of their own is in need of help.  This soon becomes evident and it was really humbling to read about this community spirit.

This was a truly wonderful debut story and had me laughing and crying and left me swooning over a ghost called Crowley.  I look forward to more from Estelle Maher in the future.

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

To find out more about Estelle Maher please visit the following pages:

Website:  https://estellemaher.com/

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

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