The Gin O’Clock Club by Rosie Blake @RosieBBooks @LittleBrownUK #bookreview #feelgoodfiction #mustread

The Gin O’Clock Club written by Rosie Blake, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

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Book Blurb

Bring the sparkle and fizz back into your life with the help of The Gin O’Clock Club

Lottie is always in a hurry, rushing through her days ticking tasks off her to-do lists. Teddy is worried about his granddaughter – and he knows that his late wife, Lily, would have known exactly what to say to make things better. Now that Lily has gone, it’s up to Teddy to talk some sense into Lottie.

With the help of Arjun, Geoffrey and Howard, the elderly reprobates who make up his Gin O’Clock Club, Teddy makes a plan to help Lottie find her way back to the things that really matter – family, friendship and love. But as Lottie balances a high-powered job with her reluctant attendance at whist drives, ballroom dances and bingo, Teddy wonders if she’s really ready to open up her heart to the possibility of true happiness…

Laugh, cry and fall in love with this colourful cast of characters in THE feel-good novel of the year

REVIEW

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 cannot express how wonderful this novel is by Rosie Blake. This story is about life in all it’s glory through the happy times and through the sad. I knew before I started reading the book that the story focused on Teddy coping with the grief of his beloved wife so I was a little prepared for the emotional storyline. I have recently been struggling with my own grief over the death of my father but what surprised me with Rosie Blake’s novel is how I felt comforted with the story. It is sad and it is bringing back emotions of what I’ve been through but the overwhelming feeling I received from this book was hopefulness, energising, uplifting and just the tonic I needed. I was totally immersed in the storyline and was annoyed of having to keep stopping reading for housework and food!

The Gin O’Clock Club is a group of retired gentleman who meet regularly to catch up with each other over a glass or two of gin. Teddy has recently lost his beloved wife and he’s coping in his own way but he worries about his granddaughter Lottie. Lottie is trying to have it all; she’s got a high powered career and is striving for the top, a loving boyfriend, family and friends but when life starts to get more stressful things start tumbling around her and she struggles to pick up the pieces.

Lottie’s late grandmother Lily was a great agony aunt and would have known what to say and do to help Lottie but now she isn’t here Teddy knows it’s up to him to help. Teddy is at a loss with what to say and do with Lottie and he knows he cannot do this alone so he asks for the wisdom of his Gin O’Clock friends to help. The men come up with a plan of action to get Lottie to see the lighter side of life and learn to slow down and enjoy the journey one day at a time.

We follow Lottie and the Gin O’Clock crew bringing fun, friendship, laughter and love back to the forefront of her life.

I love stories with a mix of ages in characters, there’s wisdom and youth blending perfectly with a few smiles along the way. The Gin O’Clock Club will break your heart but it will piece it all together again.

After finishing the novel I could totally reimagine it as a blockbuster rom com movie and I’d love Michael Caine to be one of the members of the Gin Club. In fact he’d make a wonderful Teddy. Emily Blunt for Lottie and Leo Suter for Luke.

I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve swooned and I’ve sighed. The Gin O’clock Club is simply marvellous.

About the Author

Rosie is a writer, recovering TV presenter and mother of many children. She has written for Cosmopolitan, The Lady, Best and Reveal Magazines. She has appeared on ITV, Channel 4 and Sky. She enjoys hosting writing panels and running creative writing workshops.

She has written comic women’s fiction for Atlantic Books and Sphere Fiction. Her latest, The Gin O’Clock Club, a quirky inter-generational love story about friendship, gin, golf and whist, is out April 2020.

She continues to attempt to become Julia Robert’s best friend but is starting to worry it might never happen despite “liking” all her Instagram posts.

Do follow Rosie on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – she has twins so she is always keen to chat.

Twitter and Instagram: @RosieBBooks

Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop by Ali McNamara @AliMcNamara @ClaraHDiaz @littlebookcafe @littlebrownUK #feelgoodfiction #bookreview

kate and clara's curious cornish gift shop

Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop written by Ali McNamara, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook, audiobook and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Kate thinks all her wishes have come true when she opens her own little craft shop in the idyllic harbour town of St Felix.

But she soon finds a mystery lingers in her new shop – a sixty-year-old love story told through beautiful paintings and intricate embroideries.

Jack, the owner of the nearby art shop, volunteers to help Kate unravel the mystery, but in doing so they realise their own lives share some uncanny similarities with Clara and Arty, their 1950s counterparts . . .

Can Kate and Jack put right a decades-old wrong, and maybe find their own happy ending on the way?

To buy links

The book is available to buy from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.  It can also be purchased from Waterstones, WHSmith and many other independent book stores. The book can also be purchased online from amazon and Hive.

amazon:  https://amzn.to/2WK1y5h

Hive:  https://bit.ly/2D0EuIw

REVIEW

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

First of all I’d like to wish the author, Ali McNamara, a Happy Publication Day for her latest novel: Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop.  I also have to confess that this is the first book I’ve read by Ali McNamara and after finally reading her work she is going straight to my favourites author list.  Ali McNamara’s wonderful words envelope you into a story that makes you feel comforted and leaves you with a glorious sense of joy.  I am so glad that I’ve finally experienced the work of this author and have the knowledge of a lovely back catalogue of stories to catch up with.

Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop is a story that sees us return to St Felix, a fictional coastal village in Cornwall, that has played host to a few of the authors stories.  The story starts with the opening of a new art exhibition at the gallery celebrating the life and work of one of St Felix very own artists.  The Cornish coast  inspires many crafts people now and in the past so local craft shop owner Kate is one of the VIP guests at the event.

Kate with her teenage daughter have lived in the area a few years now and loves having her own shop but when she finds out another art supplies shop is to open in the village she becomes very protective of her business.  Her first encounter with the new art shop owner, Jack, doesn’t get off to a good start but when mysterious happenings start occurring simultaneously in each craft/art shop both Kate and Jack put their heads together to work out the mystery that is literally unfolding before their eyes.

Ali McNamara has written a wonderful tale of chance encounters and new beginnings and of a lost treasure that’s taken nearly sixty years to unearth the truth.  An enchanting story with Cornish myth and magic in the air bringing lost souls together with the past merging with the present.

Kate and Clara’s Curious Cornish Craft Shop is a time slip romance that captivates and bewitches the reader.

About the Author

ALI MCNAMARA is a writer, and author of eleven novels. Her debut From Notting Hill with Love…Actually, published in 2010, became an instant bestseller, and her novels Step Back in Time and Letters from Lighthouse Cottage were nominated for the Romantic Novel of the Year. She lives in Cambridgeshire with her family and suffers with several auto-immune illnesses: UTCD (Undifferentiated connective tissue disease.), Graves’ Disease and M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.).

To find out more about Ali visit her website: http://www.alimcnamara.co.uk
or follow her on Twitter: @AliMcNamara, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Victory for the East End Angels by Rosie Hendry @hendry_rosie @LittleBrownUK @littlebookcafe @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #WWIIsaga #familysaga

 

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Victory for the East End Angels written by Rosie Hendry, publisher Sphere (an imprint of Little, Brown Books) is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2YagK9T

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The war is almost over – and it’s up to the East End Angels to keep the home fires burning!

Frankie‘s fiance, a doctor, is away looking after the troops in Europe – will he return safely home?

Winnie has a happy secret – but can she carry on at Station 75 when she’s going to have a baby?

Bella is intrigued by her new friend, a Polish airman.

As the war ends and victory is in sight, what next for the girls of Station 75?

A gorgeously uplifting saga for fans of Ellie Dean and Donna Douglas

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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 Rosie Hendry’s latest novel: Victory for the East End Angels.  This was my first introduction to the work of Rosie Henry.  Even though Victory for the East End Angels is Book Four in the series the author managed to captivate me with her characters and I was fascinated with how the social dynamics had changed in wartime with many women taking on the roles that were formerly destined for men.  Although the book can be read as a standalone, as I have proved, there were moments that I wished I knew the history more of the characters and storyline so I would whole-heartedly recommend reading all the books in the series in order to get the full enjoyment and overall reading experience.  The books in the series are:

  • East End Angels
  • Secrets of the East End Angels
  • Christmas with the East End Angels
  • Victory for the East End Angels

Winnie, Rose, Frankie and Bella are four friends that for the last few years have been working as ambulance crew for the London Auxiliary Ambulance Service – Station 75 in the heart of London.  During their time they have experienced many traumatic scenes first-hand but the valiant work that these brave men and women volunteers do has unfortunately been a necessity of war.

Victory for the East End Angels is a story of friendship and love.  It’s also a story of survival in a world of uncertainty.  There’s a real sense of camaraderie during wartime periods and you can appreciate and acknowledge that the ‘make do and mend’ and ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitudes helped tremendously and are a perspective in life that we need to remember and replicate.

Rosie Hendry has written a wonderful family saga set in WWII, there were some highs and lows of life during conflict and our hearts were battered with the separations of our loved ones but the warmth spread within the community helped those in need at the time.  I felt a gentleness with the authors writing but I was conscious of the authentic atmosphere of the times.  A lovely heart-warming, honest and tender read.

About the Author

Victory author photoRosie Hendry lives by the sea in Norfolk with her husband, two children, chickens and a snake. She’s worked in a variety of jobs from fruit picking, waitressing, teaching and as a research scientist but has always loving reading and writing. Starting off writing short stories for women’s magazines, her stories have gradually become longer as her children have grown bigger.

Listening to her father’s tales of life during the Second World War sparked Rosie’s interest in this period and she’s especially intrigued by how women’s lives changed during the war years. She loves researching further, searching out gems of real-life events which inspire her writing.

When she’s not working, Rosie enjoys walking along the beach, reading and is grateful for the fact that her husband is a much better cook than her.

Website: www.rosiehendry.com

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/RosieHendrybooks/

Twitter – www.twitter.com/hendry_rosie

 

 

My Sisters and Me by Lisa Dickenson book review

 

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My Sisters and Me written by Lisa Dickenson, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

The ebook is available to download for amazon kindle, kobo, Google Play and iBooks.

The paperback is available to buy from all good book retailers including Waterstones, WHSmith, Foyles and amazon.

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

To buy link (Waterstones):  https://bit.ly/2CfILqR

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They’re fixing up their childhood home. It’s going to get messy.
When Willow Lake asks her daughters for help renovating the family home, each has a reason to hesitate about returning to Maplewood . . .
For quiet and bookish Emmy going back to the town that ridiculed her fills her with dread.
The youngest Noelle is perfectly comfortable in herself now, but once wanted to fit in so badly that she walked away from her first love. A first love who still lives in Maplewood.
And outspoken Rae is painfully aware of how much the townspeople hurt her little sisters growing up. She didn’t protect them then, but there’s no way she’ll let history repeat itself.
The sisters agree to go home and make the best of it. After all if they’ve changed over the years, it’s possible the townspeople have too . . . isn’t it?

image of my sisters and me from instaI 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 absolutely adored this new book by Lisa Dickenson.  Her stories are filled with fabulous females that are fun, frivolous and a little bit feisty.  My Sisters and Me had all the wonderful formula from previous stories by the author but to me it had much more and I devoured it.

My Sisters and Me is about three sisters that are now in their early/mid thirties successful in their respective careers.  The girls were born and brought up in a small town in Devon.  The house they lived in was on the outskirts of the town in a small wood and at times it looked a little eerie.  The girls’ parents weren’t afraid to live their lives how they wanted, they were free spirited, embraced nature and had a little hippy vibe in the mix.  The sisters when they were younger were ridiculed because of their parents and also for their own individualities.  When the time came for them to leave home they couldn’t wait to escape the townsfolk.  So when their mother asks them to help renovate the house the girls each have their own trepidations about returning to the family home and to the town that left them with bad memories.

Rae, the eldest, very often played the protector of the three and would fight her sisters corners.  Then there was Emmy who was painfully shy and hid within herself happy with her books.  Which left Noelle the youngest who was very much like her parents with her love of nature and hippy vibes but was also aware of her own differences which some struggled to understand.

Moving back to their family home gave the girls time to regress and enjoy the joys of youth again when reminiscing over the memorabilia left in their bedrooms.  Renovating the house also felt like a cleansing process for all of them as it opened up old wounds of the bullying, also the sense of loss but it brought back a whole lot of nostalgic good times.

This two month sabbatical for Rae, Emmy and Noelle was a time to reflect, to grieve, to embrace and to accept.  It was also a time to gain strength from what they have shared.  The renovation project wasn’t without lots of fun and mishaps and the author’s bubbly personality shone through the pages.

My Sisters and Me was such an enjoyable read.  I was totally entertained by the antics the girls got themselves into.  The laughter, the tears, the family spirit and the strength overcoming hurdles left me feeling invigorated and I was quite emotional at the end as I felt like I’d travelled with all three of them through their journey.  A belter of a book!

About the Author

Lisa Dickenson is the pseudonym for Beyoncé. OK, FINE, THAT’S NOT TRUE.

Lisa lives by the Devon seaside, stuffing cream teas in the gobs of anyone who comes to visit, and writing stuff down that she hopes is funny. Her first novel was the copyright-infringing Sweet Valley Twins: The Twins Holiday Horror, which she wrote in primary school and gave up on after five pages. Twenty-ish years later Lisa went on to be a *real author* and wrote the Novelicious Debut of the Year, THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS. Since then she’s dropped two summer reads – YOU HAD ME AT MERLOT and CATCH ME IF YOU CANNES – and another festive feast, MISTLETOE ON 34TH STREET. Her fifth novel, MY SISTERS AND ME, will be just the autumnal read you’ll need as the leaves start to rust.

Follow Lisa online for all her book news and Beyoncé-obsessing:
http://www.lisadickenson.com
Twitter @LisaWritesStuff
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The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green book review

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club

The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club written by Sophie Green, publisher Sphere is available in ebook format on 1st March 2018.

To pre-order/buy link:  https://goo.gl/cJjqRU

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In 1978 in Australia’s Northern Territory, life is hard and people are isolated. Telephones are not yet a common fixture. But five women find a way to connect.

Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction, while Kate, Sybil’s daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.

Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.

Rita, Sybil’s oldest friend, is living far away in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

And Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land, needs some purpose in her life.

Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship: they all love to read, and she starts a book club. As these five women bond over their love of books, they form friendships that will last a lifetime.

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 wonderfully warm, uplifting story about five different women with diverse backgrounds, professing differing strengths, ages but all with a shared love of books and reading.

The women lived and worked in the Northern Territory of Australia.  An area so vast your nearest neighbour could be 25km away.  An area that had natural beauty with it’s deep earthy colours but the locality experienced two diverse seasons; a wet season that cut off families and friends for months on end and a dry season that could be equally as harsh to the livelihoods of the farmers.

Sybil had created the Fairvale Reading Club initially with the intention on introducing new friends to her daughter-in-law who had recently moved in to Fairvale with her husband, Sybil’s youngest son Ben.  Kate had travelled thousands of miles away from her family in England to start a new life with her husband.  A very daunting experience lay ahead for Kate as she had never met her husband’s family and hadn’t visited Australia before.  Sybil is the head of the household of Fairvale and I felt like she had a huge weight on her shoulders keeping the family and workers of the estate happy and healthy as well as sharing the load of running the farm with her husband Joe.  Sybil had this in-built knack of finding certain individuals that she believed needed help of some sort or other and bringing them together to learn and gain strength as a collective of women and this is were the book club came into it’s own.  Little did Sybil know at the time of founding the club that each member would be a valuable asset to each and every one of them.

The friendships that developed would give the ladies a strength, encouragement and love to face many hurdles that would fall their way. The ladies would also feel a community of overwhelming comfort from each other when times were rough.  With life’s hurdles challenges were faced and the ladies found a way of coping and moving on.

I really enjoyed the landscape of this story.  A landscape I wasn’t familiar with but the author soon made me feel like I was there.  The strength of all the women living in the outback and the small isolated towns was evident and I felt that the women were the glue that held many families and businesses together.

A wonderful tale of friendships, of love, of grief and of life.

To learn more about the author Sophie Green please visit the following pages:

Publisher Website:  https://www.hachette.com.au/sophie-green/

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

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

 

Catch Me if you Cannes by Lisa Dickenson blogtour/book review

Catch Me If You Cannes

Catch Me if you Cannes written by Lisa Dickenson, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

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Jess has decided it’s time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of sun, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs.

Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they’re staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony’s expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It’s just this once. No harm done . . . right?

Full of hilarious one-liners, sparkling blue seas and plenty of romantic moments, Catch Me If You Cannes is the story of two friends, a few white lies and one very sticky situation . . .

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Catch Me if you Cannes was previously released as an ebook mini series.  I am thrilled to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of the full story in paperback.

Catch Me if you Cannes is fabulously funny, gloriously girlie and I absolutely loved it!

Jess and Bryony are best friends but as Bryony is now a journalist for a gossip mag in London she doesn’t get much time to see her friend Jess who lives in Cornwall running her own café.  Jess feels like her life isn’t going anywhere, she’s lived and worked in the same village all her life so when Bryony’s job takes her to Cannes Film Festival Jess leaps at the chance to go with her.

The girls are soon star struck and gob smacked with Cannes.  The beauty of the coastal town, it’s opulent hotels, the designer stores, the rich and the famous are in abundance, the girls are literally left goggle-eyed.  They want these two weeks away in this wonderful place, full of amazing people to be an adventure.  Their limited budget takes them to a backstreet hotel but the girls don their glad rags and set out for a night out and charm their way into a fancy restaurant and soon make friends with a group of people who so happen to be stylists for the stars.

We follow the girls on their two week adventure living amongst the glitterati pretending to be one of them.  When Jess meets a gorgeous man who lives on a yacht Jess continues with her pretence of feeling at home with the rich.

How long can Jess go without revealing her true identity?  Can Bryony reveal the juiciest story from the festival?

I love Lisa Dickenson’s writing style she takes you on a wonderful romantic interlude with characters you instantly warm to.  I was swept away with the glamour of Cannes and loved discovering  it through the eyes of Jess and Bryony.  Fun and frolics galore with the girls escaping from many situations that went a little awry!

Lisa’s stories are a breath of fresh air, they are gloriously girlie with plenty of laugh out loud moments.  You are left with a satisfied smile and eagerly await the next novel from Lisa Dickenson 5/5*

To find out more about Lisa Dickenson and her books please do visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.lisadickenson.com/

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

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

When My Ship Comes In by Sue Wilsher book review

 

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When My Ship Comes In written by Sue Wilsher, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, paperback and audio download format.

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If you love Call The Midwife, you won’t be able to resist this heartwrenching emotional saga set in 1950s Essex.

Keep the family together, that’s what her old mum always said. Put up and shut up. And that’s what everyone else did around there.

Essex, 1959. Flo earns her money as a scrubber, cleaning the cruise ships and dreaming of a day when she might sail away from her life in the Dwellings, the squalid tenements of Tilbury docks. Then the Blundell family are evicted from their home.

Fred, Flo’s husband, finds work at Monday’s, a utopian factory town. Suddenly, it seems like everything is on the up for Flo Blundell and her children. Even Jeanie, Flo’s sulking teenage daughter, seems to be thawing a little in her shiny new surroundings.

But when Flo’s abusive husband Fred starts drinking again, he jeopardises the family’s chance to escape poverty for good.

Flo is faced with a terrible decision. Must she fight to keep her family together? Or could she strive for the life of her dreams – the kind of life she could have when her ship comes in?

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I read this debut novel by Sue Wilsher back in in January but I wanted my review to be posted near the release date of the paperback which was a mere few days ago.

This was such a raw, honest story of life as it really was back in 1959.  The story is set at Tilbury Docks, Essex but it could be set anywhere in the country as families, men and women, had certain roles to play back in that era. Women had a hard life back in the 50’s, some worked to help with the housekeeping funds but they were also expected to cook, clean and look after the children around their work schedule.  The men went to work and very often visited a public house before coming home to dinner of the table.  It was just the way of the world back then but Flo was a very strong minded lady and had to find a way of swimming with the world on the cusp of change in women’s equality at work.

After Flo’s husband Fred lost his job at the docks he reluctantly found work at a leather goods factory in a nearby town.  This was a self-made town that the owner of the factory had built.  Mr Monday Senior, of Monday’s Leather Goods, had a vision of a factory making quality goods with his employees living in purpose built houses encased in their own village which included bars, sports facilities and events were held bringing the workforce together as a team.

Flo loved it at Monday’s she had managed to get a job herself and soon picked up the skills required and was encouraged to train to further her career.  This was totally unheard of for a woman to be given training for promotion and in a way Flo felt like a ‘guinea pig’ but she relished the studying.

This was a new style of working ethic for Fred but at first he settled in well however, eventually his old habits slithered back in causing a whole heap of trouble.  Flo was left in despair and turmoil over her marriage and the safety of her family.  Should she give up her dreams of her career and a better life for her family?

Sue Wilsher had cleverly told this story in two different voices.  The voice of Flo, the wife and mother and the voice of Jeanie, the 15 year old daughter refusing to be moulded in the ‘woman of the 50’s figure.’  I loved the struggle felt in this storyline, it was quite emotional to read at times due to the honesty of the author’s words.  A remarkable debut novel that awakens a time and an era when struggles were a daily occurrence for many.  I was hoping for an epilogue as I love to know how the characters developed but this is just my preference.  I look forward to more from Sue Wilsher. 4.5/5*

To find out more about Sue Wilsher please visit the following pages:

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

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

Mistletoe on 34th Street by Lisa Dickenson book review/blogtour

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Mistletoe on 34th Street written by Lisa Dickenson, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mistletoe-34th-Street-Lisa-Dickenson/dp/0751563099/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478803550&sr=1-1

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Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, ‘traditional’ Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she’s not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.

Jon, Olivia’s friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?

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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the release of Lisa Dickenson’s new novel, Mistletoe on 34th Street.  I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this novel and would like to thank the publishers for this.

What a super winter warmer of a read this was.  I’m feeling quite sad that I’ve finished reading this sparkly story.  I want to read it all over again and experience the wonderful winter journey Olivia took which led her to New York gaining experience and accolades in her professional life and experiencing new highs and facing up to old demons in her personal life.

Lisa Dickenson’s novels wrap you up like a hot spicy tea; they warm you up from the inside but have that extra zing that tantalise your taste buds and leave you wanting more …

Olivia has been given a temporary promotion leading her team of colleagues on the trip to the annual conference in New York.  The team are hoping to get international interest in their business Girls of the World which helps promote esteem, equality and courage to girls worldwide.  I loved the sound of this organisation and could see why the team were so positive about promoting it.  The conference is four days in New York, a week before Christmas.  New York is idyllic in the winter time and especially with the run up to Christmas however, Olivia is not a fan of all things Christmassy.  Her family have never had a traditional Christmas together, they always favoured time away in sunnier climates.  So Olivia is hoping once the conference is done with she can go home over the holiday season just chillout and relax on her own.  However, her plans of tranquillity go awry as the team are left stranded in New York due to horrendous snow storms back in the UK.  An extended stay in the wonderful wintry city is perfect for some but not for others.  Will New York’s winter magic cast a spell on Olivia and change her whole perspective on Christmas?  Jon, one of Olivia’s colleagues is hoping to bring New York’s magic to Olivia and puts a plan in action to warm her heart.  However, a ruggedly handsome friendly New Yorker has his own way of helping spread cheer to Olivia.  With two men vying for Olivia’s company she is left confused with all this attention.  Each man has a different way of appreciating the season.  Will Olivia be blinded by the handsome native from New York or will Jon her old and trusted friend know exactly how to show Olivia the wonder of the season?

This was such a gorgeous read from the pretty, sparkly cover to the fabulous words of warmth, wit, wisdom and humour inside I soon got wrapped up in Olivia’s life and felt like I was with her in the city.  The sounds and sights in this great city that championed so many Christmas movies felt so real with the author’s descriptions … I wanted to be right there in the middle experiencing it all!  I never would have thought New York to be romantic but with the city transformed by freezing temperatures it felt like one of the warmest places to be in December with the Christmas spirits embracing you all and leaving no-one without a smile and a warm heart.  Lisa packs her stories with heart, warmth, humour and lots of festive fun.  5/5*

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To find out more about Lisa Dickenson and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.lisadickenson.com/

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Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks book review

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Two by Two written by Nicholas Sparks, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and audio download format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Nicholas-Sparks/dp/0751550027/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1476191948&sr=1-3

Product Details (as per amazon page)

The powerful new love story from multi-million-copy bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, Two by Two is a story of heartbreak, strength and unconditional love.

Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .

Russell Green has it all: a loving family, a successful career and a beautiful house. But underneath his seemingly perfect world, cracks are beginning to appear . . . and no one is more surprised than Russ when the life he took for granted is turned upside down.

Finding himself single-handedly caring for his young daughter, while trying to launch his own business, the only thing Russ knows is that he must shelter his little girl from the consequences of these changes.

As Russ embarks on this daunting and unexpected new chapter of his life, a chance encounter will challenge him to find a happiness beyond anything he could ever have imagined.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.

This was such a poignant, emotive story … a love story with a difference. A year in the life of a father who’s life has suddenly become turbulent, he’s thrust into single parenthood  and that this dark side of his life he is facing the time he now spends with his daughter he see’s as a blessing. This time is his time with his daughter, two by two, learning about each other and experiencing new joys and new skills.

I loved how Nicholas Sparks delved into Russell’s history with his sub characters and we got to see Russ growing up and having lasting memories with his sister and best friend Marge, Russ finding his first love Emily, his wife Vivian and his gorgeous daughter London. These flashbacks into the past brought the story alive and you saw and learned more about Russell’s character.

The battles that Russ has had to face in such a short timespan were insurmountable but each member of his family and friends played a part in helping him survive these hurdles.

It was a wonderful story about relationships, about love, about life, about loss, about chances and about compromises. Very, very emotive and I read the last chapter through blurred eyes. A beautiful story that was written and told from the heart.  5/5*

To find out more about Nicholas Sparks and his books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.uk.nicholassparks.com/

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

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

The Little Pieces of You and Me by Vanessa Greene book review

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The Little Pieces of You and Me written by Vanessa Greene, publisher Sphere, is available NOW in ebook, paperback and audio download format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Pieces-You-Me-ebook/dp/B01921JS14/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1473441492&sr=1-1

Product Details (as per amazon page)

When life as you know it changes, will it define you, destroy you or make you stronger?

Best friends Isla and Sophie made each other a promise a long time ago: to never let life pass them by. Years later, Isla is in love, living abroad and fulfilling her dreams. But for Sophie, things haven’t turned out the way she was expecting and she hasn’t achieved any of the things she and Isla talked about.

And then, in one sudden moment, life irrevocably changes for both women.

Isla and Sophie have hard decisions to make but above all else they must face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead. It’s only when they realise that this is easier together, two friends standing side by side, that each woman can embrace whatever the future holds for them.

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I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.

I was first taken in by this book by it’s beautiful, simple, subtle cover.  I love a story centred around people’s emotions and as I’ve read two of Vanessa’s previous stories that I adored I knew I was in for a treat.

This was such a poignant, thought provoking beautiful story of friendships riding the rollercoaster of life facing bumps in the road together.  Turning the bumps they faced in their journey into a positive, inspirational different direction in their travels of life.

Best friends Isla and Sophie made a pledge whilst at uni to fulfil their dreams.  They each compiled their respective dreams as a list, both girls with very different views on what they wished for in life and to have achieved.

Ten years later Isla is enjoying success in acting in a theatre in Amsterdam and her list is still very much a focus in her life. Sophie’s life took a different course and one of her dreams had to be put on hold due to a decision she made that completely changed her life.

Unfortunately, the girl’s lives take on some more unexpected bumps which rock their world completely.  Adjustments initially are difficult to comprehend and emotions are running high.  However, the strength of Isla and Sophie’s friendship gives the girl’s focus and slowly they become to accept these alternate routes in their life.  The lists the girls wrote years ago bring inspiration when it’s most needed.

I simply adored this beautiful story, it was quite emotive at times and very thought provoking.  Vanessa Greene has written a very clever, sensitive, beautiful tale full of raw emotions, love and friendship.  The story has left me feeling hopeful and inspired.  5/5*

I’ve recently come across a song that I feel compliments this book and I’d like to share it with you all and hope after reading the novel you feel the song does the story justice:

To find out more about Vanessa Greene and her books please visit the following pages:

Website:  http://www.vanessagreene.co.uk/

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

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