Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Blog Tour Review: A House Divided by Rachel McLean


A House Divided (#1 The Division Bell Trilogy) by Rachel McLean
Published: 24th September 2018
Publisher: Catawapus Press
Pages: 327
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

Blurb
Jennifer Sinclair is many things: loyal government minister, loving wife and devoted mother.

But when a terror attack threatens her family, her world is turned upside down. When the government she has served targets her Muslim husband and sons, her loyalties are tested. And when her family is about to be torn apart, she must take drastic action to protect them.

A House Divided is a tense and timely thriller about political extremism and divided loyalties, and their impact on one woman.



Review

A House Divided is quite unlike any other book I’ve ever read, focusing on politics, racism and family loyalty it’s a very intense and dark read, but one which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Jennifer Sinclair is a loyal Labour government minister working in the Home Office, a loving wife and devoted mother to her two boys. The aftermath of a terrorist attack in Westminster slowly starts to turn her world upside down as she battles to be loyal to her government but also to protect her Muslim family. Jennifer is torn in two as she battles with government policy to overcome racial attacks but also to protect her family who are affected by the hate crimes and unrest emerging throughout the country. Jennifer must decide if she supports the government or her family in this intense and thrilling read.
Set in the present day and moving towards our future this was very chilling in places to read as events in this could so easily be our reality, if they’re not already and I found that quite unnerving to read about. I found this book an incredibly gripping book which has been well thought out and moves at fast pace, gradually gaining momentum as it came to a very climatic ending, leaving me desperate to find out what happens to Jennifer and her family next.
I can highly recommend A House Divided as an intense and chilling read which you will not be able to put down. It’s opened my eyes to many things and left me with many thoughts and questions. Thank you Rachel McLean for introducing me to a new genre of writing, I can’t wait for your next book.
I’d also like to thank Rachel’s random Resources for sending me this copy to read and invite me to be part of the blog tour.
About the Author


I'm Rachel McLean and I write thrillers and speculative fiction.

I'm told that the world wants upbeat, cheerful stories - well, I'm sorry but I can't help. My stories have an uncanny habit of predicting future events (and not the good ones). They're inspired by my work at the Environment Agency and the Labour Party and explore issues like climate change, Islamophobia, the refugee crisis and sexism in high places. All with a focus on how these impact individual people and families.

You can find out more about my writing, get access to deals and exclusive stories or become part of my advance reader team by joining my book club at rachelmclean.com/bookclub.
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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Blog Tour Review: Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn


Love at the Northern Lights by Darcie Boleyn
Published: 17th September 2018
Publisher: Canelo
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

Blurb
‘Climbing out the window in her dress and tiara wasn’t exactly how Frankie imagined her wedding day…’
Runaway bride Frankie Ashford hops a plane to Norway with one goal in mind - find her estranged mother and make peace with the past. But when a slip on the ice in Oslo lands her directly in Jonas Thorsen’s viking-strong arms, her single-minded focus drifts away in the winter winds.
When it comes to romance Jonas knows that anything he and Frankie share has an expiration date - the British heiress has a life to return to in London that’s a world away from his own. But family is everything to Jonas and, as the one man who can help Frankie find the answers she’s seeking, he’ll do whatever it takes to help her reunite with her mother.
Now, as Christmas draws closer and the northern lights work their magic Frankie and Jonas will have to make a choice...play it safe or risk heartbreak to take a chance on love.


Review
Love at the Northern Lights is the first book I’ve read by Darcie Boleyn. I’ve always thought her books sound lovely but have never managed to pick them up, the cover of her latest one had me intrigued as its so beautiful and just seemed the perfect book to start my Christmas reading for 2018. It turned out to be the perfect book for this time too as it’s a story which for me oozed love and cosiness throughout.
I loved the way this book starts with Frankie running away from her wedding to stuffy sounding Rolo Bellamy. Frankie’s been surrounded by money her whole life and marrying Rolo would have meant wealth and security for the rest of her days but what Frankie is really craving is love. So when she rips her four thousand pound dress on her escape route and finds her would-be husband hiding in the bushes with possibly another woman she’s not bothered, on a whim she decided its time to find her mother and ask her why she left Frankie as a baby all those year ago.
Frankie finds herself alone in Oslo with a suitcase full of very precarious clothes she’s never felt freer and more in control in her whole life. Soon she falls quite literally into the arms of Jonas, who’s rugged and gentle and everything Frankie thought she didn’t want but can’t seem to stop thinking about. Jonas helps her unlock the secrets of the past and begins to show her what its like to really feel loved. Can he help her put her family back together?
Frankie and Jonas’s blossoming romance was a joy to read about despite a few bumps along the way, I love the way Jonas’ life way solely focused on his family and experiences and not on the material trappings that the men Frankie usually dated seemed to be interested in. I also love the other romance that develops in this book which shows sometimes there really only is one true love for some people.
This book has everything I love in a story, a lovely developing romance, family secrets uncovered, adventures to new places and most of all I loved the funny scenes which really brought the story alive for me. After reading Love at the Northern Lights I can’t wait to read more from Darcie Boleyn as her story-telling is magical.
Thank you so much to the publishers Canelo for sending me a copy to review and be part of this blog tour, Love at the Northern Lights gets a full five stars from me.

About the Author

Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.





Friday, 7 September 2018

Cover Reveal: The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War by Elaine Roberts

Today I have the pleasure of sharing the cover of Elaine Roberts' new book The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War. A book which I'm very much looking forward to reading after devouring her first book in this series The Foyles Bookshop Girls back in June, check out my review here if you haven't read that yet. Just like the previous book this one has a very evocative cover and makes me want to learn more about Molly's story. So here is the cover:


Here's more information about the book: 

Swapping books for the bomb factory takes courage – and could be dangerous.

Working at the Foyles bookshop was Molly Cooper’s dream job. But with the country at war she’s determined to do her bit. So Molly gathers her courage, and sets off for the East End and her first day working at Silvertown munitions factory…

It’s hard manual labour, and Molly must face the trials and tribulations of being the ‘new girl’ at the munitions factory, as well as the relentless physical work. The happy-ever-afters Molly read about in the pages of her beloved books have been lost to the war. And yet the munitions girls unite through their sense of duty and friendships that blossom in the most unlikely of settings…

Perfect for fans of Elaine Everest, Daisy Styles and Rosie Hendry.

'A delightful story of friendship, love and hope during the dark days of WW1. Elaine Roberts is a bright new star in the world of sagas.' Elaine Everest


And a little about the author Elaine Roberts:

About the author

Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until she picked up her dream again in 2010 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Elaine and her patient husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting.
Follow Elaine:
Twitter: @RobertsElaine11
Website: writemindswriteplace.wordpress.com


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The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War will be released in January 2019.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Publication Day Review: The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath


The Mysterious Lord Millcroft by Virginia Heath
Published: 23rd August 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon Historical
Pages: 368
Available in Paperback and on Kindle
Rating: 5/5 

Blurb
Life as a duchess…
Or something much more dangerous…?
Part of The King’s Elite. Constantly told her beauty and charm is all she has to offer, Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa which leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…

Review
While recovering from a severe bullet wound at his friend Dr Joe Warriner’s house Sebastien Leatham meets Lady Clarissa, a woman who is utter perfection in Seb’s eye’s and he’s instantly shy and tongue-tied around her, but surely someone that beautiful is too good to be true?
Clarissa’s had her heart set on marrying the Duke Westbridge since they first met two years ago, she knows the Duke finds her stunning but has yet to make her his wife. Clarissa needs a husband before her big secret is uncovered.
When these two meet again they realise they can help each other. Seb can make Clarissa’s Duke jealous and force a proposal out of him and Clarissa can help Seb blend into her world while he works as a spy for the Kings Elite to uncover some smugglers.
Despite coming from completely different backgrounds these two made the perfect team and it was wonderful to read about how they slowly opened-up to each other and became their true selves and not the images they’ve being projecting to the outside world. Their vulnerabilities made the chemistry between them sizzle as they finally realised their true feelings for each other.
For me this was the perfect Regency Romance. Seb Leatham is the perfect hero with his dashing good-looks, his dangerous job and the way his confidence struggles with woman is sure to make any women’s heart flutter.  I loved the chemistry and growing romance between Seb and Clarissa which mixed with their serious talks of plotting against the smugglers was the perfect combination to keep the story flowing. The dramatic and unexpected ending gave a nice twist to end of this perfect tale whilst leaving me wanting more.
Thank you so much to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a copy to review.

About the Author



Virginia Heath lives on the outskirts of London with her understanding husband and two, less understanding, teenagers. After spending years teaching history,she decided to follow her dream of writing for Harlequin. Now she spends her days happily writing regency romances, creating heroes that she falls in love with and heroines who inspire her. When she isn't doing that, Virginia likes to travel to far off places, shop for things that she doesn't need or read romances written by other people.
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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Blog Tour Review: The Good Sister by Rachael Stewart


The Good Sister by Rachael Stewart
Published: 21st August 2018
Publisher: Deep Desire Press
Pages: 205
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5



Blurb
HE WASN’T HERS TO LOVE … BUT HER HEART DOESN’T CARE…

When Isla Evans agrees to switch lives with her rising star of a twin for three weeks, she has no idea the move will thrust her into the same bed as her teenage celebrity heartthrob, Bradley King. Trapped there at her sister’s request, she gives her desire free reign and finds herself falling hard and fast.

And she’s not alone. 

Bradley wants a wife to tick all the boxes, save for one: love. It’s not part of the deal, never was, never will be. But when he returns home early to find his hopeful-fiancĂ©e behaving all sorts of different, he likes it. A lot. Suddenly, he wants a real marriage, with all the trimmings, and he will stop at nothing until he gets it.

But this Hollywood HEA faces one big hurdle—she’s not who he thinks she is…

Review
The Good Sister by Rachael Stewart is a hot and steamy romance which also has some substance. Carrie has asked her twin Isla if she will swap lives with her for three weeks as being a famous Hollywood actress is taking its toll on her. Reluctantly Islas agrees and heads to L.A. all set to follow Carrie’s instructions about what she can and can’t do while she’s there. There’s just one small problem, Carrie has forgotten to mention that her latest boyfriend is Bradley King, Isla’s teen crush. So, when Isla wakes up in Carrie’s bed with Bradley naked beside her she’s not sure what she can do except carry on the pretence. As Isla continues with the charade she realises that lust isn’t the only feeling she has for Bradley. But how will he react when he finds out the truth?
This may be a short novel, but it really does make an impact. The chemistry between Isla and Brad is instant and makes for some steamy, passionate moments which leave them just a bit sweaty. I loved Isla’s innocence as she tries to do the right thing and keep her hands off her sister’s boyfriend, without much luck as Bradley is a man who makes her heart and her body sing.  
The steamy romance may be the big storyline in this book, but I also loved the back stories behind our main characters as it really added some depth to them which you don’t often see in this genre. With, The Good Sister Rachael Stewart has created a well-rounded story which flows well and was a joy to read. I can highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys an erotic contemporary romance. This may be a new to me author but I’m looking forward to reading more of her work.
Thank you to Rachael Stewart for sending me a copy to review and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About the Author

Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it's now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she's not glued to her laptop, she's wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

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Monday, 13 August 2018

Blog Tour Review: How to Have a Great Life by Paul McGee

How to Have a Great Life by Paul McGee
Published: 25th June 2018
Publisher: Capstone
Pages: 264
Available in Paperback
Rating: 5/5


Blurb
How to Have a Great Life starts with you–your strengths and amazing potential and how to develop those. It helps you understand how to tap into your ability to grow, while equipping you with insights, inspiration, and practical tools to deal with whatever life throws your way in order to achieve success and live a happy and fulfilled life.
You already have many of the tools you need to succeed–you just need to know which ones to use and how best to use them. With no-frills, funny, and emotionally intelligent advice, Paul McGee will make you think, make you laugh, and make you take action to live your greatest life possible.
  • Tap into your ability to grow
  • Find insight and practical tools to deal with whatever life throws your way
  • Slow down and live a more balanced life
  • Re-gain time and brain space
  • Improve the quality of your relationships with others
We are living faster and more frantic lives than ever before—and there’s no time like the present to catch your breath and live your best life possible.


Review
I have been a self-help book junkie for many years, but this book is the first one I’ve read from cover to cover. The reason for that I think this is an extremely accessible book which is not weighed down by too much theory.
The book is split into 35 chapters each covering a different concept or insight from Mr McGee, these are short chapters which means you can easily read one each night like I did, or you can dip in and out and focus on whichever chapter you chose.
In each chapter Mr McGee explains his insight and backs it up with an anecdote which highlights things in the very simplest way, this made his ideas very easy to digest and emphasized his no-nonsense common-sense approach to life.
What I enjoyed most about this book was the writing style, it was written as if I was listening to one of Mr McGee’s motivational talks as I could feel his positive energy bouncing off the pages.
I feel this is a book which could benefit anyone, even if you don’t read it all, flick through and take notice of the Great Life Insights throughout the book as these are little quotes which give you something to think about. I’ve written some of my favourites into my planner to give me some focus.
So do I feel this book has made me happier and more successful? Actually yes I do feel overall more positive, more grateful and after implementing some of Mr McGee’s ideas I can see small changes happening in my business, time will tell whether or not  this book will have a lasting impact on my life, but if I keep it by my bedside I’m sure it will.

About the Author



HOW TO HAVE A GREAT LIFE (Wiley Capstone) is Paul McGee’s eleventh title. He is an expert on workplace relationships, communication, motivation and resilience. His book SUMO-Shut Up, Move On-became an instant bestseller and is still in print 13 years later. SELF CONFIDENCE: THE REMARKABLE TRUTH OF WHY A SMALL CHANGE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE reached number one in the WHSmith’s business book chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast Television, and the Chris Evans Radio 2 Breakfast Show to talk about HOW NOT TO WORRY which Chris described as ‘a gift to the world’ (July 18, 2017). He has recently been interviewed by Tim Lovejoy on HOW TO HAVE A GREAT LIFE for his podcast DEAR LOVEJOY (February 11, 2018). SUMO has also been featured in GQ Magazine. Building on his academic background in psychology and drawing on his experiences as an ME sufferer, Paul’s aim is to deliver practical, relevant messages that can make an immediate impact on people’s personal and professional lives. His clients include public sector bodies, blue-chip organisations and a Premier League football club.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Blog Tour Review: The Girl on the Doorstep by Lindsey Hutchinson


The Girl on the Doorstep by Lindsey Hutchinson
Published: 7th August 2018
Publisher: Aria
Pages: 494
Available on Kindle
Rating: 4/5

Blurb
Left an orphan, five-year-old Rosie Harris is found and raised by Maria, a Romany gypsy. Life on the road is hard, but the little girl soon feels one of the tribe with the travellers.

As she grows older, Rosie realises she has ‘second sight’ and is able to read people’s palms and see into their futures. Needing to make a living of her own, she befriends the canal folk, known as the ‘cut-rats’ traversing the Black Country waterways with their cargo, and so offers readings to anyone who can pay.

Pursued by Jake Harding, a Romany bandolier who wants her for his wife, Rosie instead finds herself falling in love with a married man. And despite growing ominous signs that her future may be cursed, Rosie can’t quite break away from the dream of a happily ever after…

Lindsey Hutchinson is a master storyteller, and her Black Country sagas are heart-breaking, uplifting and truly addictive. 

Review
Lindsey Hutchinson latest novel set in the Black Country centres around the life of Rosie Harris. Orphaned at just five Rosie spent much of her childhood growing up with gypsy Marie and living the Romany way of life. It’s here that Rosie has the gift of “second sight” and can read palms, a skill which comes in handy when Marie dies, and Rosie is left alone once more. Seeking solace with the “cut-rats”, the name given to the cannel folk at the time, Rosie settles into life afloat and its here where she finds herself falling in love with an older, married man. Rosie’s longs for her happy ever after but is met with disaster so often she begins to lose hope. The only man who’s ever shown her love is gypsy bandolier Jake Harding, a man Rosie has no intention of marrying.
Like previous novels by Ms. Hutchinson that I have read I was soon addicted to Rosie and her plight for happiness. Life on the “cut” has really been brought to life through the vivid array of characters which Rosie meets. Most of the characters were likeable, my favourite being Margy Mitchell. The cannel folk and the gypsies all had a grit and determination to make an honest living despite being viewed by most of society as outcasts and a lower social class than people of the land and the town. I loved the loyalty and spirit which flowed through these two communities, especially down by the cannel where even strangers were given a bed aboard a boat if needed.
I loved all the twists and turns which Rosie and the wider Mitchell family faced as they all looked for work and their own piece of happiness. With so many threads developed during the story I was a little disappointed with the ending as I felt the story ended abruptly in the final chapter. I was rather hoping there was going to be a sequel as I felt there was more story which could have been told, but this is a feeling I always get when I’m really enjoying a family saga.
The Girl on the Doorstep is a wonderful tale of love, loyalty and family deceptions and it’s a novel which will keep you hooked until the very end. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys family sagas with plenty of twists, turns, laughter and tears.
Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publishers for sending me a copy to review and to Aria for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.

About the Author

Lindsey lives in Shropshire with her husband and dog. She loves to read and has recently discovered photography. Lindsey is the daughter of million-copy bestselling author Meg Hutchinson.

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