Sunday, 28 April 2019

Blog Tour Review: Darting Dreamer by Deborah King

Daring Dreamer by Deborah King
Available on Kindle
Rating: 3/5

Two best friends. Two fresh starts. Will old regrets sabotage their second chance?
Janna’s heart is heavy with grief and broken by betrayal. But as she leaves the big city for a quaint midwestern town, the future feels less frightening with her best friend, Shelby, by her side. After landing a job in the local fresh market and the attentions of a handsome architect, she may yet learn to heal old scars…
Shelby loves the position Janna secured for her and the new sense of community, but wishes small-town life wasn’t so lonely. After packing up all she could salvage from her painful past, she endures more than her fair share of bumps on the winding road to recovery. Afraid her heart may be too damaged for real love, she drowns her sorrows in drunken nights at bars.
With new heartaches around every corner, can Janna and Shelby stay true to their friendship and their dream of lasting freedom?
Daring Dreamer is the first book in the Inspiration in Cologne series of women’s fiction novels. If you like brave women, picturesque settings, and second chance romance, then you’ll love Deborah King’s empowering saga.

Janna and Shelby move to Cologne for a new start after their failed marriages. Janna’s secured them both jobs as co-mangers of new grocery store New Age Grocery, the first step in their plan for their shared big dream.

Janna buries her heartache in her work with her determination to make New Age Grocery a success and by studying for a degree in business and marketing in her spare time. Shelby on the other hand uses late nights and plenty of drink to help her through her own heartache.

The last thing Janna wants is anew relationship but when she meets Richard she can’t help but be attracted to him and its not long before she’s falling in love with him. The story unfolds with alternating chapters between Janna and Richard, so I feel it’s a bit misleading when its portrayed as a story about two best friends as all I really learnt about Shelby was that she liked a drink or two.

I didn’t feel a strong connection to Janna, I don’t know why really as she’s very driven and makes a great manager who really seems to value the opinions of both her staff and customers. I didn’t find the romance between Janna and Richard to be believable. There seemed to be too many barriers between them, and I felt there was a lack of chemistry.

One thing I did really enjoy about this book was the descriptions of the New Age Grocery. This place seemed like a food lovers heaven with all its different departments and food available. I love the idea of the anti-pasti platters to go with the wines.

With both Janna and Todd’s mothers suffering from Alzheimer’s this book does has some sensitive moments which I think were handled well by the author.

The book didn’t end quite how I expected given it is the first in a new series. The last couple of chapters felt very rushed and included things which I was expecting to happen later in the series. So it will be interesting to see what happens in the next book, hopefully we’ll find out more about Shelby.

Thank you to Rachel’s random Resources for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Deborah King is a spirited woman who was inspired to pursue her dreams due to her mother’s death from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She has the unique ability to read people and tackle life’s hardships.
Deborah is a distinctive new voice in inspirational, romantic women’s fiction. After raising two children, working with a not-for-profit wildlife rescue organization, and reading too many books to count, she retired from her personal training and weight management business to follow her dream of writing.
She is extremely grateful for having the opportunity to work with many different people sharing and teaching what inspires her, which you’ll catch glimpses of in her books.
Deborah’s lived in several diverse areas in her city as well as three years in a rural setting. She lives in Missouri with her supportive husband, two rescue cats, who believe they’re dogs, her mini fitness store, and her eclectic collection of books.
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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Blog Tour Review: Trickster by Sam Michaels

Trickster by Sam Michaels
Published: 16th April 2019
Publisher: Aria
Pages: 367
Available on Kindle
Rating: 4/5


To be ruthless is to be powerful, at least it is on the Battersea streets...

Georgina Garrett was born to be ruthless and she’s about to earn her reputation.

As World War One is announced a baby girl is born. Little do people know that she's going to grow up to rule the streets of Battersea. From a family steeped in poverty the only way to survive is with street smarts.

With a father who steals for a living, a grandmother who’s a woman of the night and a mother long dead, Georgina was never in for an easy life. But after a tragic event left her father shaken he makes a decision that will change the course of all their lives – to raise Georgina as George, ensuring her safety but marking the start of her life of crime…

Trickster is the debut novel from Sam Michaels set in the gritty crime-ridden streets of Battersea just as World War One is breaking out and follows the story of Georgina Garrett.

Georgina didn’t have the best start in life as her mother dies when she was born and then she was kidnapped as a toddler and abused. After that her dad decided she was safer to be brought up as a boy and follow him into the thieving trade. George as she then became was tough and took no nonsense from anyone, even the local bully Billy Wilcox and his gang.

The story follows George through her life until her early twenties during this time she experience many brushes with the law, threats from Billy Wilcox and even heartache as she watches her best friend Molly Mimple suffer in squalor, but George emerges a strong, smart and ruthless young women who has learnt to hide her emotional scars from those she cares about.

Sam Michaels has done a great job capturing the realism of this time period. It was a harsh time for the poor of London, often resorting to prostitution and thieving just to survive. The fear people had of heavy gangs such as the Wilcox’s and equally the police resonates throughout the book. For this reason, I did find this a tough book for me to read as it deals with many sensitive subjects such as domestic abuse, rape, child abuse and murder which are written about in enough detail to make me feel squeamish on more than one occasion.

I enjoyed reading this book and seeing how George developed as a character. I was thrown by the last few chapters where she suddenly decides to become Georgina again and finds herself a love interest. I did feel some of her rough and ready attitude melted away in his presence and was very out of character, perhaps this is a storyline which will develop in the next book.

Talking of the next book I’m intrigued to see where Sam Michaels will take Georgina next as I felt Trickster ended with a dramatic conclusion for all the characters.
Thank you so much to Aria and Netgalley for sending me a copy to review and for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Sam Michaels lives in Spain with her family and plethora of animals. Having been writing for years Trickster is her debut novel.

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Friday, 26 April 2019

Blog Tour Review: Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley

Bridesmaids by Zara Stoneley
Published: 26th April 2019
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

Meet Rachel, the beautiful bride with BIG plans for the perfect day! The venue is a castle and the dress is designer.  It’s just a shame her husband is a rat.
Maddie and Sally have only one thing in common – they both love the same man!

Beth is a newly single mum with a mystery baby daddy.  Surely the father isn’t someone the girls all know?

And then there’s Jane, the glue holding them all together, but being dumped doesn’t make her the happiest bridesmaid…especially with gorgeous flatmate Freddie complicating things.
Will the bride say, ‘I Do!’?  Or will her bridesmaids save the day…and find love along the way?    
The most hilarious, feel-good rom com of the year!
Having read many books by Zara Stoneley and loving them all I’m getting cautious when she releases a new one just in case this is the once which disappoints me, but luckily for all us readers she’s done it again and created another fantastic story which will have you hooked and laughing from the start.

Jane is still getting over being jilted on her hen-do by fiancĂ© Andy, so when her best-friend Rachel announces she’s getting married Jane’s not as thrilled as she should be. To make things worse Rachel’s soon to be husband Michael has previously cheated on Rachel, but she doesn’t know yet. She Jane confess what she knows, she’s not sure and things get even more complicated when Rachel asks Jane to be the “barrier” bridesmaid between old school friends Sally and Maddie who have their own romantic problems. Throw in flatmate Freddie who Jane thinking about in ways that are far too friendly and you have a whirlwind of romantic bubbles about to burst.

I loved Jane right from the start and her ability to not quite get the point and turn simple mis-understandings into chaos, but that’s why she’s so adorable so has no clue she’s doing it. As she works out her feeling for both Andy and Freddie, she also realises she’s talented and confident enough to give annoying Instagram wannabe Coral the push and lead her own life, yay you go girl!

On a side note if anyone knows where I can get a man like Jack send him my way. He must be one of the most caring and lovely guys out there, no wonder he had two women madly in love with him.

From the very first scene of this book I knew I was going to love it. Jane trying to get Instagram photos with lipstick, apples and kittens and the whole think descended in to chaos and started me laughing which didn’t stop until the end. There are so many twists and turns and complications between the bridesmaids and their partners that I wonder how even Ms Stoneley managed to follow who was doing what with whom. I loved it, full on fun from the very beginning.

Bridesmaids is a hilarious and heart-warming tale of friendships and love which is a must-read book for this summer. Once again Zara Stoneley has proved her place on my favourite author list so thank you Zara, I know this is one of those books I will again and again.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for sending me a copy to review and for Rachel’s random Resources for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Zara Stoneley is the USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date.

Born in a small village in the UK, she wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when she grew up. After many (many) years, and many different jobs, her dream of writing a bestseller came true. 

She writes about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hopes that her tales make you laugh a lot, cry a little, and occasionally say 'ahhh'.

Zara now lives in a Cheshire village with her family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

Zara’s bestselling novels include 'No One Cancels Christmas', 'The Wedding Date', 'The Holiday Swap', 'Summer with the Country Village Vet', 'Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage' and the popular Tippermere series - 'Stable Mates', 'Country Affairs' and 'Country Rivals'.

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Saturday, 20 April 2019

Blog Tour Review: One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly

One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly
Published: 5th February 2019
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages:  296
Available in Ppaerback and on Kindle
Rating: 5/5

They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?
Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.
First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?
Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.

Surprisingly, One Last Summer is the first novel I’ve read by Victoria Connelly and judging by this one I need to go and read more of her books as this one was truly wonderful.

Harriet has booked a priory to stay in with her friends Audrey and Lisa. After spending six years apart Harriet knows its time to bring her friends together again for what will be her last summer. Together they reminisce about their past lives, until Harrie drops her bombshell on them, that she has terminal cancer and only a few months left. This rocks their friendship but ultimately leaves them stronger than ever and Audrey and Lisa question what they will do with their futures.

My overall feeling after reading One Last Summer is what an incredibly talented writer Victoria Connelly is. I’ve been lucky enough to not experience the effects of cancer too closely, but her words seem to perfectly encapsulate all the feelings and emotions people would go through when dealing with the news a loved one is going to die. The writing is sensitive, realistic and thought-provoking but despite such a sad subject matter I was left feeling very uplifted.

This is a story of loss and illness but its also a story of love, family and friendships and most of all, living life and enjoying the simple things in life like the feel of rain on your face or the taste of the most perfect birthday cake. I can highly recommend this book as it totally hooked me and I ended up reading it in one night as I couldn’t tear myself away.

Thank you so much to the publishers and Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a copy to review and introducing me to a new author whose writing I adore and cannot wait to read more from. 

About the Author

Author Bio

Victoria Connelly studied English literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens.
She is the author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.
Ms Connelly loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden, with either a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.
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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Blog Tour Review: Amazing Grace by Kim Nash

Amaxing Grace by Kim Nash
Published: 9th April 2019
Publisher: Hera Books
Pages: 257
Available on Kindle
Rating: 5/5 

Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted. 

Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary - and her perfect life fell apart.

Now she's a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks… 

Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves. 

So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness? 

A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better – readers of Cathy Bramley, Jill Mansell and Josie Silver will love this uplifting read.

Amazing Grace is Kim Nash’s debut novel and for me it was like a great big hug which leaves you all warm and fuzzy. Grace is one of those characters who you just instantly adore, she’s kind caring and puts everyone’s happiness before her own.

Her son Archie is her absolute world so she feels guilty she ended the marriage with his father Mark after she found out he was having an affair, whenever Archie’s not around Grace spends her time wallowing and letting life pass her by.

Eventually best friend Maria decides its time for Grace to start being amazing again and put herself first for a change. After a make-over and a few dodgy blind dates Grace meets Vinnie and things in her life are all starting to fall into place and its looks like Grace has finally found what she was looking for, until Mark decides he wants his family back together again. Grace is torn should she do what’s best for Archie or herself?

This is a wonderful uplifting book which is sure to bring a smile and the odd tear to most readers. Grace’s love for Archie pours of every page and it’s obvious that she is a fantastic mum right from the start, as she does everything in her power to make her son happy, even considering giving up gorgeous Vinnie. Her close bond with her son was so heart-warming and something very special which most parents will relate to. 

Family bonding and closeness is at the very core of this novel, not just with Archie and Grace but all the main characters are very family orientated. Grace is also very close to her father and sister Hannah even though she’s in the U.S. Vinnie too is close to his sister Ruth and her family as they share a tragic family past. The most uplifting and heart-felt moments of this book for me come from the “letters” to Grace from her deceased mother, the are so touching and inspiring that at times I did have tears as poignant moments are shared between Grace and her mother.

I also loved the humour in this book which makes this a well-rounded and delightful read which I’m sure most readers will thoroughly enjoy. I adored this book and everything about it, it’s a cracking debut which is sure to leave you with a smile on your face and off to go in search of what makes you truly happy.

Thank you to the publishers, Kim Nash and Rachel’s Random Resources for sending me a copy to review and inviting me to be part of this blog tour. 

About the Author

Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association's Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can't quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA. 

When she's not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She's also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs. 

Amazing Grace is her debut novel with Hera Books and will be out on 10th April 2019

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Monday, 8 April 2019

Blog Tour Review: God's Acre by Dee Yates

God's Acre by Dee Yates
Published: 2nd April 2019
Publisher: Aria
Pages: 400
Available on Kindle
Rating: 4/5

As the drums of war begin to beat louder on the continent, and life becomes more dangerous in cities, seventeen year-old Jeannie McIver leaves the comfort of her Aunt’s house in Glasgow, to head to the wilds of the Scottish Uplands to start life as a Land Girl.

Jeannie soon falls in love with life on the busy Scottish hill farm, despite all of its hardships and challenges. She feels welcomed by the Cunningham family who value and cherish her far more than her own rather remote and cold parents, and the work is rewarding.

She even finds her interest piqued by the brooding, attractive Tam, the son of the neighbouring farmer, and a sweet romance between them slowly blossoms. But even in the barren hills, they can’t avoid the hell of war, and as local men start disappearing off to fight at the Front, Jeannie’s idyllic life starts to crumble.

Those left behind try desperately to keep the home fires burning, but then Jeannie makes one devastating decision which changes the course of her and Tam’s lives forever. 

God’s Acre is the latest novel from Dee Yates and follows the story on young Jeannie McIver. With war drawing ever closer seventeen-year-old Jeanie McIver’s parents want her back home with them and away from the danger at her aunt’s house in Glasgow.  Being a spirited young girl Jeanie instead enlists to be a land girl on a farm in the Scottish Uplands, safely away from any war danger and her parents overbearing attitudes.

Jeanie settles well to farm-life and turned the heads of many of the local boys but its reserved and rugged Tam McColl who makes Jeanie’s heart flutter. Soon the two are in a slow but steady romance which Jeanie believes will make her happy. As the effects of war come closer to home Jeanie is sees a chance at a new-life, her decision has repercussions for everyone for the rest of their lives.

Alongside Jeannie’s story the story skips forward to 2002 to Liz Deighton who has recently moved to Scotland into an old run-down cottage where she found an old photograph of her mother. Throughout the book we learn more about Liz and her relationship with a man called David. I didn’t see the relevance of Liz’s part in the story until the very end of the book, even then I don’t think her relationship with David really added anything to the overall story.

I found Jeannie’s story enjoyable, she’s a bright young girl full of life, eager to learn and willing to help anyone in distress. I couldn’t really see her attraction to the reserved Tam, she seemed to lose a little of her sparkle when she was around him.  

Dee Yates’ has created and enjoyable tale of the harsh realities of farm life in the Scottish Uplands which has been brought to life with her descriptions of the landscape and its various inhabitants. It’s a story of love but also of second chances, family loyalties, loss and tragedy and I did find it quite a sad read.

Thank you so much to Aria for sending me a copy to review and also for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.

About the Author

Born and brought up in the south of England, the eldest girl of nine children, Dee moved north to Yorkshire to study medicine. She remained there, working in well woman medicine and general practice and bringing up her three daughters. She retired slightly early at the end of 2003, in order to start writing, and wrote two books in the next three years. In 2007 she moved further north, to the beautiful Southern Uplands of Scotland. Here she fills her time with her three grandsons, helping in the local museum, the church and the school library, walking, gardening and reading. She writes historical fiction, poetry and more recently non-fiction. Occasionally she gets to compare notes with her youngest sister Sarah Flint who writes crime with blood-curdling descriptions which make Dee want to hide behind the settee.

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Thursday, 4 April 2019

Blog Tour Review: The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley

The Peacock Bottle by Anglea Rigley
Published 1st July 2017
Pages: 220
Available on Kindle
Rating: 4/5

In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Violet, the bottle's secret is uncovered.

The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigby is a dual-timeline historical novel set is the house Alice Howe in Cumberland. The first setting of the story takes place in 1893 when Amelia Wise has just inherited Alice Howe and moved there with her step-mother after the recent death of her father. While cleaning and clearing the garden, Amelia discovers a secret overgrown garden which has being locked up. She plans to restore the garden to its former glory to cheer up her step-mother but a series of unfortunate incidents keep preventing her from doing so.

The second part of the narrative turns the clock back to 1840 when Daisy and Mary-Jane Richardson live at Alice Howe with their parents. Daisy has recently taken an interest in perfume making and with the help of her Aunt longs to make her own from the beautiful roses in their garden. Before Daisy can complete her perfume and use it to gain a husband a tragic accident changes the course of her life forever.

I really enjoyed reading The Perfume Bottle, Angela Rigley has written an intriguing mystery surrounding the perfume bottle which slowly unfolds to show how the two families are linked. I had a real sense of what Alice Howe was like while reading this book and what it would have been like living their for the girls in both eras.

My favourite character was Amelia by far. Despite her age of just fourteen she’s very worldly wise, empathetic towards others and has a strong will which shows throughout the book. She’s much more grown up than Daisy and Mary-Jane who while being a similar age only seem to be interested in making themselves pretty and finding a good husband.

My one small issue with this book is I would have loved another chapter about Daisy to explain how she ended up with a family of her own. Apart from this I loved this book and can highly recommend this to those who love a good historical mystery.

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be part of the blog tour and giving me a copy of this book to review honestly. 

About the Author

Married to Don, I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren, I live in Derbyshire, England, and enjoy researching my family tree (having found ancestors as far back as 1465), reading, gardening, playing Scrabble, meals out and family gatherings. I am the treasurer of my writing club, Eastwood Writers’ Group, and I also write and record Thoughts for the Day for Radio Nottingham. At church I sing in the choir and am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a reader, a flower arranger and a member of the fundraising team for Cafod, my favourite charity. I have written hymns, although I cannot read music.

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