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Ideal Love @BurnettBooks @Legend_Press #Review

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After an argument with her husband Gilles, Venus Rees is left devastated by his sudden death. But when she discovers that he died of a treatable genetic condition she knew nothing about, she is haunted by the thought that he didn’t love her enough to save himself. As time passes, Venus looks set to be trapped between grief and distrust forever. Until she meets the shy, good-looking and seemingly ideal Alex.

Intertwining Venus’s compelling attraction to Alex in the present with Gilles’ enraptured pursuit of her in the past, Ideal Love is an intimate and life-affirming novel about love, from its incandescent beginnings to its final breath and back again.

Review 

Ideal love is a debut novel by Alice Burnett, published by Legend Press on the 14th of August 2017. My main goal from reading any book is for it to capture my attention and take me on an adventure. Well  Ideal Love did that in abundance, all be it a very tearful and heart breaking journey.  I wasn’t expecting it to be so testing (in a good way). Trying to read with teary eyes is tough going. Alice’s character Venus Rees experiences what we all dread with the unexpected death of her partner. To make it worse they had an unresolved argument. So Venus has to live with the guilt and the what if’s. As I went on this heart wrenching road with Venus I was constantly thinking and hoping that author Alice Burnett was just very creative with her writing and that she hadn’t had to experience grief on Venus’s level.

The heart of this novel is love and also a message that we really don’t know what’s around the corner. So we really need to have that at the front of our minds when we have those petty disagreements or even whoppers of fall outs. People make mistakes, we are all guilty of that. So next time I am about to leave after a squabble I will always make sure the person knows I am upset but at the same time that I love them.

An emotional debut novel that stays with you long after you finish the book.

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Another Woman’s Husband @GillPaulAUTHOR @headlinepg

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Gill Paul is an author of historical fiction, specialising in relatively recent history. Her new novel, Another Woman’s Husband, is about links you might not have been aware of between Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Gill’s other novels include The Secret Wife, published in 2016, about the romance between cavalry officer Dmitri Malama and Grand Duchess Tatiana, the second daughter of Russia’s last tsar, who first met in 1914. Women and Children First is a young steward who works on the Titanic. The Affair was set in Rome in 1961–62 as Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fell in love while making Cleopatra. And No Place for a Lady is about two Victorian sisters who travel out to the Crimean War of 1854–56 and face challenges beyond anything they could have imagined.

Gill also writes historical non-fiction, including A History of Medicine in 50 Objects, and a series of Love Stories, each containing fourteen tales of real-life couples: how they met, why they fell for each other, and what happened in the end. Published around the world, this series includes Royal Love Stories, World War I Love Stories and Titanic Love Stories.

Gill was born in Glasgow and grew up there, apart from an eventful year at school in the US when she was ten. She studied Medicine at Glasgow University, then English Literature and History (she was a student for a long time), before moving to London to work in publishing. She started her own company producing books for publishers, along the way editing such luminaries as Griff Rhys Jones, John Suchet, John Julius Norwich, Ray Mears and Eartha Kitt. She also writes on health, nutrition and relationships.

Gill swims year-round in an open-air pond – “It’s good for you so long as it doesn’t kill you”– and is a devotee of Pilates. She also particularly enjoys travelling on what she calls “research trips” and attempting to match-make for friends.

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Two women who challenged the Crown.
Divided by time. Bound by a secret…

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At the age of fifteen, carefree Mary Kirk and indomitable Wallis Warfield meet at summer camp. Their friendship will survive heartbreaks, separation and the demands of the British Crown until it is shattered by one unforgivable betrayal.

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Rachel’s romantic break in Paris with her fiancé ends in tragedy when the car ahead crashes. Inside was Princess Diana. Back in Brighton, Rachel is haunted by the accident and intrigued to learn the princess had visited the last home of Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, only hours before the crash. Soon, the discovery of a long-forgotten link to Wallis Simpson leads Rachel to the truth behind a scandal that shook the world…

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A Christmas Wish @ErinGreenAuthor ‏ @Aria_Fiction #Review

Hello Lovelies, a sprinkling of Christmas on the blog today.  Get your Christmas TBR piles ready in good time for all these lovely winters themed books. Especially today’s
A Chrismas Wish Erin Green. Enjoy,
Kelly xoxo

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Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn’t want you – who will? Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep. But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it’s so much easier to know where you’re going. A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.

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Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.

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 My Review 

The cover is gorgeous and one that stands out. It’s fun and festive. Definitely one to have on your Christmas TBR pile.

Go on a journey with Flora Philips, a young woman with a plethora of issues. At the core of the book, it is about finding that sense of ones-self and finding your own tribe of people that love you for you.

I enjoyed the writing style, it’s a good debut novel. Not your typical Christmassy romantic tale, which I found refreshing.

A soul searching adventure with twists and a little Christmas magic.

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She Be Damned @mjtjia @legend_press #Review #BookBlog

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Hello, my review of She Be Damned today, it’s written by M.J. Tjia and published by Legend Press. Enjoy,

Kelly xoxo

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London, 1863: prostitutes in the Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim.

The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective, Heloise Chancey,

With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust, before the killer strikes again.

My Review 

Firstly the cover is striking and with the embossed rich gold lettering and silhouette of Ms Chancey, it pops right off the page. A truly beautiful cover and even if I had not been on the blog tour it’s one I would have picked up myself. I found the cover extremely appealing.

As always I don’t like to read the book jacket, I like to jump into my book adventures with excitement and anticipation. She Be Damned ticked each box of a list of everything a reader could possibly want from a book.  Heloise Chancey is fantastic, memorable and a strong female protagonist with a gritty past that does not define her but only makes her stronger in who she is now.

I was floored to read that this is a debut novel, I even googled to find out which book in the series it was. To my astonishment, it’s only book 1.  M. J. Tjia has left me wanting so much more and I hope it’s the first of many. There could even be a prequel of Heloise’s early years.

It’s clever and engaging with a different and refreshing plot. If you love crime fiction that has bite then this is for you. Believe me, it grabs you from page one and doesn’t leave. I still think of Heloise now.

M. J. Tjia has certainly made a noise in the literary world with She Be Damned. I thoroughly recommend this uniquely wonderful adventure.

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Little Forevers By Kate Kaleski @XpressoTours #YA #Review

Hello Lovelies,
Today it is my stop on the Little Forevers blog tour. It is a Young Adult contemporary romance novel by Kate Kaleski. I hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by.

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Phoebe likes Gage, but there’s a problem—he’s her brother’s best friend.

As the result of an extra-marital affair, Phoebe Bautista has had little contact with her dad, none with her step-mum, and her siblings have just recently learned of her of her existence. Now she goes to stay with them while her mom is on assignment in The Yukon for three months. As she tries to find her place and navigate the developing and rocky relationship with her temporary family, she begins to spend time playing music with her brother, Oliver, along with his best friend, Gage.

Gage is cute, smart, has selective mutism, and makes Phoebe’s heart skip a beat, but she knows she has to fight her feelings for him, so she doesn’t ruin her growing bond with Oliver. But the more time the three of them spend together, the harder it becomes to ignore what she feels for Gage, especially when she learns he might like her too.

And with her dad pretending everything’s fine, the fact that she might never belong anywhere, and knowing that she only has so much time with her new family, Phoebe might not make it out with her heart intact.

Review

This was my first experience of Kate Kaleski’s writing and I really enjoyed her style. The story was well written with lot’s of awkward moments for Phoebe as she tries to fit in with her new step family.

Teen romance novels can go to the level of cheesy by not in the case of Little Forevers, it was funny and kept me engrossed till the end. Phoebe is a very matter of fact character which was endearing.

It was a refreshing storyline that I haven’t come across before. Covering topics such as family connections, drug use reference, marital affairs, teen love, step families and most of all finding that sense of belonging.

A great read and I look forward to diving into more Kate Kaleski books.

 

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It Was Always You @GeorgieCapron ‏@Aria_Fiction #Review

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Hello Lovelies,

Today I am on the blog tour for It Was Always You by Georgie Capron. I have my review below, enjoy.

Kelly xoxo

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Libby has been drifting through life for too long and, now in her early 30's, it's time to grow up. She decides to have one last summer of fun before buckling down, so heads off to beautiful Positano in Italy.

There, despite all her good intentions, she can't help but fall a little in love with the very handsome, but rather naughty, Luca and, as the summer draws to a close, Libby has some big decisions to make.

Should she head back home and face up to her responsibilities? Is Luca really the right man to start a family with, or has the perfect man been right in front of her eyes all this time?

And, when it comes to affairs of the heart, is it really better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?

Georgie Capron

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Georgie Capron is a bestselling author of contemporary women's fiction. She lives and works in South West London. Her debut novel JUST THE TWO OF US and her second novel IT WAS ALWAYS YOU are published by Aria Fiction, an imprint of Head of Zeus and winner of Independent Publisher of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017.

My Review

Libby is the main protagonist in the book and I loved her. Being in my late thirties and not fitting into other peoples perception of where I should be in life.  Libby is awesome, I love that she goes to Italy for a last hoorah before she has to join the rat race of becoming a lawyer.

Georgie Capron really captures the heart of Italy. The passion for life and the wonderful souls of the life loving Italians. In my chilly Edinburgh bedroom, I was transported to Positano with the sun shining on my face and going on adventures with Libby.

The book has a great pace and I did not find it predictable. It's the perfect gift for a friends Birthday or even Christmas. Great for your holiday read too.

Thanks for the opportunity to review and be on the blog tour!

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It Was Only Ever You By Kate Kerrigan @katekerrigan @HoZ_Books #Review

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Hello Lovelies,

Today on the blog I have my review of  It Was Only Ever You a Historical romance novel. Published by Head of Zeus books.  Thanks for stopping by.

Kelly xoxo

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Set, like Maeve Binchy’s early best sellers, in late 1950s Ireland and New York, this is the story of three women and the charismatic man with whom their lives are interwoven.

Patrick Murphy has the charm to burn and a singing voice to die for. Many people will recognise his talent. Many women will love him. Rose, the sweetheart he leaves behind in Ireland, can never forget him and will move heaven and earth to find him again, long after he has married another woman. Ava, the heiress with no self-confidence except on the dance floor, falls under his spell. And tough Sheila Klein, orphaned by the Holocaust and hungry for success as a music manager, she will be ruthless in her determination to unlock his extraordinary star quality.

But in the end, Patrick Murphy’s heart belongs to only one of them. Which one will it be?

My Review 

The cover of It Was Only Ever You is beautiful with all the pink embossed lettering and they crisp white border it’s very appealing. Definitely, something I would have picked up in the book store.

The book was very emotional for me, with Patrick Murphy at the core. This truly handsome devil has a heart choice to make and we get to see the journey that has brought him to it.  You will be rooting for your own choice of Rose, Sheila or Ava. Three very different women.

The book was a lovely read for me, with a pleasant pace. It definitely is a book with heart.  If you are a fan of romantic fiction then I would not delay in buying this for your TBR. It gives you so much and then a little bit more.

I loved Kate Kerrigan’s Ellis Island and now I can add It Was Only Ever You to my list of top reads too. In reviewing this book, I did some research and discovered that Ellis Island is now a trilogy of books. So excited to read those too.

It also won The Romantic Historical Novel of the year.

Some of Kate Kerrigan’s novels.

 

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The Other Twin By L V Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @OrendaBooks #LoveAudio #Review#TeamOrenda

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Hello Lovelies,
Today, I am so happy to share my review of the audio book The Other Twin By L V Hay. Published by Orenda Books. In celebration of the #LoveAudio week. Other formats including eBook and Paperback are also available.

Kelly xox

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When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister, Poppy, returns home to Brighton for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets. Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents and his twin sister, Ana? Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India find out about her?

Taking the listener on a breathless ride through the winding lanes of Brighton, into its vibrant party scene and inside the homes of its well-heeled families, The Other Twin is a startling and up-to-the-minute thriller about the social media world, where resentments and accusations are played out online, where identities are made and remade and where there is no such thing as truth….

My Review ~ By Kelly 

I think the key to a good audio book is a clear and concise narrator, which The Other Twin has with Kate Rawson.  Ms Rawson is very careful to keep up with the ever changing voices of the characters.  Next of course is having a meaty storyline to keep you engaged. Again that box is ticked, Lucy V Hay works wonders at leading the reader down a dark, gritty and heart thumping road.  It’s incredible that this is Lucy’s debut novel, it has a mature and extremely well-written style and is creatively clever.

I enjoyed the characters, Poppy is certainly memorable. My tiny niggle was that I would have liked to learn more about India. I wish we had a longer prologue with a hint of an emotional connection with Poppy and India.  But that is purely a personal preference.
We spend time with Poppy as she fights to find out if and why India committed suicide, not a spoiler, it’s on the book jacket. It’s nice to have a strong female as the main protagonist. Poppy is no push over and you will enjoy her journey.

I wouldn’t delay in buying this for a friend. Orenda has a knack for finding top notch writers with the ability to take us on haunting, terrifying and bare knuckle adventures and with The Other Twin and Lucy V Hay they have done it again.  Add Lucy V Hay to your list of must buy books and keep up to date with Lucy on Twitter and on her website.

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Not A Sound By Heather Gudenkauf #NotASound @hgudenkauf & @midaspr @HQstories #BookReview

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Hello Lovelies,

Today I have my review of Not A Sound by Heather Gudenkauf. I do love it when my week of adventures jumps from cheeky chick lit to keep me up all night thrillers.

Check out my review below and also a sneak peek of the novel.

Thank you for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it.

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Meet Author Heather Gudenkauf 

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Heather was born in Wagner, South Dakota, the youngest of six children. At the age of three, her family moved to Iowa, where she grew up. Having been born with a profound unilateral hearing impairment Heather tended to use books as a retreat. Heather became a voracious reader and the seed of becoming a writer was planted.

Heather graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in elementary education, has spent her career working with students of all ages and is currently a Literacy Coach, an educator who provides curricular and professional development support to teachers.

Heather lives in Dubuque, Iowa with her husband, three children, and a very spoiled German Shorthaired Pointer named Maxine. In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, and running. She is currently working on her third novel.

Heather’s first novel The Weight of Silence was a TV Book Club pick.

Not A Sound ~ A Review By Kelly 

 

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This was my first experience of Heather Gudenkauf’s work. For a thriller, her writing style was very different. The book is not filled with unrealistic dramatic events chapter after chapter. The events come to us unexpectedly and they are shocking and at times scary. But so well timed and perfectly positioned in the book. I loved that we got to know and love the main protagonist.  We get very close to Amelia almost from chapter one.We get to know Amelia the main protagonist, from chapter one. The story is from her point of view. After becoming deaf due to a hit and run driver, Amelia has struggled to come to terms with her situation which has resulted in some upsetting circumstances for her.  I loved Amelia, she’s so strong but just doesn’t know it. I didn’t ever feel sorry for her ending up being deaf, but I did hurt for her having to face and live day to day with the consequences of her actions.

I did not know who the killer was and usually, I am pretty good at figuring it out. So another bonus for the writing. I have to add that I felt the cold snow biting my nose and the cold water lapping at my legs. I was there every beat, beside Amelia almost like a ghost.

I don’t get it often but I have a book hangover with Not A Sound. I want more more more, but even I know ‘I want’ doesn’t get. So instead I will shamelessly beg Ms Gudenkauf to please let there be another Amelia Winn book.

If you love a thriller with true to life, damaged characters and loajalni servisni pes (Stitch) then jump right into Not A Sound.

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‘I’m going to die tonight. But I won’t go quietly.’

Amelia Winn has a lot of regrets. She regrets the first drink after she lost her hearing. She regrets destroying her family as she spiralled into depression. Mostly, she regrets not calling Gwen Locke back.

Because now Gwen is dead. And as Amelia begins to unearth the terrible secrets that led to Gwen’s naked body being dumped in the freezing water, she realises that she might be next.

But how do you catch a killer when you can’t hear him coming?

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Second Chances By Minna Howard @Adelica @Aria_Fiction #Review

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Second Chances ~ My Review

So this book was a little different for me, why? I hear you ask. Well, I really enjoyed it but I detested the main character.  For me, it was like watching a reality television show where you dislike one of the participants, but their behaviour actually makes the show a hit.

Sarah is an opinionated, judgemental, feeble snob.  I didn’t like her from chapter one. But she makes the book brilliant.  Her actions had me cringing, she is just so annoying. But I didn’t want the book to end. She’s just not your typical book heroine and that in itself was refreshing for me. Minna Howard made the impossible possible.  I can’t recall reading a book where I didn’t gel with the lead.

This is not your average chick lit, it’s got a twist. This was my first Minna Howard book and I wonder if her other books generate unique characters.

The storyline is well thought out and the pace is perfect. It constantly moves forward.

Again I know I say this often, but I like the cover because it gives nothing away. It’s fresh and vibrant. Encouraging for those summer days spent at home in the garden or on a far off sunny beach.

I recommend Second Chances by Minna Howard and would love to know what you think about it too.

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Succumbing to a rather clichéd mid-life crisis, Dan Haywood swaps his family for an expensive red sports car and a younger woman. After 24 years of marriage, his wife Sarah is left to pick up the pieces. Trying her best to re-style her life, comfort hurt children, make time for ‘helpful’ friends and maintain her burgeoning career as a dress designer, Sarah feels pulled in a hundred directions. And it doesn’t help that obstacles – mostly in the form of other middle-aged men – seem to conspire against her. Proud of herself for moving house and starting to build an independent life, she is shocked when Robert Maynard, her rather dashing new next-door neighbour, insists that the house was promised to him. Now she is destined to be pulled into his life by events beyond her control. After one failed marriage, will she be able to find happiness again? And do second chances really come to those who wait? This book was previously published as The Orchid Lover under the name Mary De Laszlo

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