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

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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*

Please do stop by the other blogs on the blogtour.

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

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

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

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/LisaWritesStuff/?fref=ts

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

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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

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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

Start With Your Sock Drawer by Vicky Silverthorn book review

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Start With Your Sock Drawer: The Simple Guide to living a less cluttered life written by Vicky Silverthorn, publisher Sphere is available in ebook and paperback format from 8th September 2016.

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Start-Your-Sock-Drawer-Cluttered/dp/0751566071/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473269579&sr=8-1&keywords=start+with+the+sock+drawer

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Cupboards packed with unused gadgets. Boxes full of obsolete chargers. Unpaid bills hidden among piles of junk mail. Wardrobes bursting with unworn clothes. Heaps of neglected children’s toys. A dresser jammed full of mismatched socks. . .

Sound familiar?

Many of us feel increasingly overwhelmed by – and guilty about – the sheer amount of stuff packed into our homes. And we’re starting to realise that being organised at home doesn’t just mean always knowing where you left the remote; it means being able to face the world with a clear mind and increased energy. It all starts at home.

But where? When the problem is so vast and we are all so busy, how do you even begin to tackle the clutter mountain? Professional organiser Vicky Silverthorn has the simple answer: start with your sock drawer.

Using tried-and-tested methods, Vicky will guide you through practical, bite-sized tasks that will help you achieve a friendly level of organisation throughout your home and a new clarity of mind. With Vicky’s help, you can fight back against the clutter and learn to love your home once more.

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I don’t know how long I’ve been an hoarder, probably over 20 years as I’ve recently found a folder full of magazine cuttings I’d saved!  I’m not messy, I just like lots of things and if I see a bargain I can’t resist, so now I’ve got stockpiles of toiletries, non-perishable food items and presents-to-be.

I was so excited to receive Vicky Silverthorn’s book and I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for a review.  I had seen a buzz on Twitter regarding Start With Your Sock Drawer and #youneedavicky and was intrigued to learn more and had to admit that ‘yes’ this is me.  I think Start With Your Sock Drawer is a book that your can keep to hand on your coffee table or shelf to keep referring back to reminding yourself of the wondrous words of wisdom and pick up on the positive vibes from the author.  Just having the book in my possession gave me a little inspiration and I immediately sorted the receipts out in my handbag!

The book is clearly written and has intermittent drawings/images to help appeal to the visual side of your brain.  I love how the book is set out in different chapters so if you need to refer back to a certain section you can easily find the area you require.

I’ve not finished reading the book yet, I’m on chapter 4 at the moment, I keep reading then having a quick organisation spree.  I’ve been sticking page markers against areas I feel relate to me and my situation.  I do feel like chapter 3: Letting Go has been personally written for me.  Reading the words made complete sense and I felt an almost calm wash over me and the experience gained from just this chapter alone was quite therapautic.  I have a plan of action in my head just from this one chapter of how to deal with the points raised.

I’m really looking forward to reading the rest of this quite inspirational book and putting my plan into action.  I feel this book is a must buy just from the positive energy emitted from the words.

I’d like to share with you a quote from the book that I was particularly inspired by:

There’s a real buzz to be gained from matching an unused belonging with an appreciative new owner – enjoy it.

To find out more about Vicky Silverthorn please visit the following links:

website:  http://www.youneedavicky.com/

twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/Youneedavicky

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/Youneedavicky/

instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/youneedavicky/

We’ll Always have Paris by Sue Watson blogtour book review

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We’ll Always have Paris written by Sue Watson, publisher Sphere is available NOW in ebook and audio download format.

To buy link:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Well-Always-Have-Paris-Watson-ebook/dp/B01AGO1062/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1469548761&sr=1-2


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Does first love deserve a second chance?

When she was almost seventeen, Rosie Draper locked eyes with a charismatic student called Peter during their first week at art college, changing the course of her life forever. Now, on the cusp of sixty-five and recently widowed, Rosie is slowly coming to terms with a new future. And after a chance encounter with Peter, forty-seven years later, they both begin to wonder ‘what if’ . . .

Told with warmth, wit and humour, We’ll Always Have Paris is a charming, moving and uplifting novel about two people; the choices they make, the lives they lead and the love they share.

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I’m so pleased to be involved in the blogtour promoting and celebrating Sue Watson’s new novel.

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

This is a beautifully told story of one life, two loves.  The past and the present and the in between are remembered fondly and bring back emotions that at the time were so raw your heart felt like it was breaking but now the memory is just a little scar.

This story is a little different to Sue’s previous novels that were delightful, heart warming and full of fun.  This book still has the wonderful wit and humour from Sue shining through but in a more gentler, sensitive manner.  Hearts have been broken and mended but the wounds have remained.  Humour is welcomed now and is refreshing to hear of fun times from long ago.

Rosie is still grieving from the loss of her husband but a chance encounter with her first love Peter opens up the wounds she’s kept hidden.  Will this new time together let the hurt heal and bring some sunshine back into her life?

Sue sensitively and beautifully tells a story of grief, motherhood, families, friendships and love.  I was enthralled with the love that was; that is and that can be … 5/5*

 

I’d like to share a quote from the novel that I particularly liked:

“You must have hated me.”   “I did – but I loved you too.”

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