Sunday, 26 January 2020

Book review: My One Month Long Marriage by Shari Low





My One Month Long Marriage by Shari Low


“I JUST NEED TO KNOW…WHICH ONE OF YOU SLEPT WITH MY HUSBAND?”

You know that “till death do us part” bit in the wedding vows? Well, Zoe Danton believed it. One month after she said “I do”, the man she loved is gone, given his marching orders after Zoe discovered a devastating secret.
As teenagers facing a crushing loss, Zoe made a pact with her three sisters to stick together no matter what. Now she’s discovered that one of them may have been the reason her husband betrayed her. She’s lost her happy-ever-after, but has she lost a sister too?






My thoughts... 

I know I'm in safe hands when I dive into a Shari Low story, but boy this book did not disappoint. From the master of character creation springs a set of characters that had me hooked under their spell from the starting blocks. There were jaw dropping cliffhangers and moments of madness that had the pages turning themselves to reveal a rom-com take on the 'who dunnit' set up.

The narrative was engrossing and highly addictive with a plot that unraveled at a delicious pace to deliver charged moments that had me on the edge of my seat. I mean you know you're in for some meaty revelations with a title that boasts a one month marriage and this book did not disappoint in the slightest. Secrets and revelations were crawling out the woodwork at the turn of each and every page and I was living for the crazy dealings in the lives of the Denton sisters, and what an arc de triomphe they were too. 

These sisters were a force to be reckoned with. As a cast of characters go I can safely say that these girls ticked all the boxes. Complex childhood, walls built up to protect head and hearts, feelings pushed back out of sight for safe keeping and a penchant to gloss over any inkling of confrontation heading their way. But couple that boat load of charged emotions with four complex personality traits and you have a fascinating cast of characters to star in a dazzling storyline.

But don't take my word for it, dive in and see for yourself because Shari Low has done it again.....this book is another triumphant tale of the highest order and I loved each and every word. 

Thank you to Boldwood Books for inviting me to take part in such a fabulous blog tour. 

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About the author... 

Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including A Life Without You, The Story Of Our Life, With Or Without You, One Day In Winter, Another Day In Winter, The Last Day of Winter, This Is Me and her latest release, My One Month Marriage.

And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So.


Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she's fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift.
For all the latest news, visit her on Facebook, twitter, or at www.sharilow.com

Friday, 24 January 2020

Book review: The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G Parry




The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G Parry 


For his entire life, Charley Sutherland has concealed a magical ability he can't quite control: he can bring characters from books into the real world. His older brother, Rob - a young lawyer with an utterly normal life - hopes that this strange family secret will disappear with disuse, and he will be discharged from his duty of protecting Charley and the real world from each other.
But then, literary characters start causing trouble in their city, making threats about destroying the world, and for once, it isn't Charley's doing. There's someone else out there who shares his powers and it's up to Charley and a reluctant Rob to stop them - before anyone gets to The End.






My thoughts... 

This book was a smorgasbord of literary delights and a true feast for the eyes and soul. I loved each and every minute of my time spent amongst the pages of this dazzling book. As a literary lover, the premise of well loved characters breaking free from their book bound bonds and wrecking havoc on the world at large has always appealed to me so it went without saying that I was not going to let this little gem pass me by.

The narrative was an entertaining variety act of legendary literary characters and I was on the edge of my seat with excitement over who I was likely to encounter next. The writing was crafted to perfection with a story that was rich in layers and meaning to capture my heart with its addictive quality. Our duo of protagonists shaped and moulded the piece in brilliant fashion, turning it into a tale that I could not put down, even for a moment.

The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is a melting pot of all that is great in literary fiction. From the opening chords to the concluding moments I was hooked and didn't want the story to come to a close. This is certainly one book I won't forget in a hurry that's for sure.



Thank you so much to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for allowing me to take part in this incredible blog tour.



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About the author... 

H. G. Parry lives in a book-infested flat in Wellington, New Zealand, which she shares with her sister and two overactive rabbits. She holds a PhD in English literature from Victoria University of Wellington, and teaches English, film and media studies. Her short fiction has appeared in InterGalactic Medicine ShowDaily Science Fiction and small press anthologies. The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is her debut novel.


Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Book review: The Other You by J. S Monroe




The Other You by J. S Monroe


Is he who you think he is?
Kate used to be good at recognising people. So good, she worked for the police, identifying criminals in crowds of thousands. But six months ago, a devastating car accident led to a brain injury. Now the woman who never forgot a face can barely recognise herself in the mirror.
At least she has Rob. Kate met him just after her accident, and he nursed her back to health in his high-tech modernist house on the Cornish coast. When she's with him, the nightmares of the accident fade, and she feels safe and loved.
Until, one day, she looks at Rob anew – and knows, with absolute certainty, that he has been replaced by an impostor. Is she right? Have her old recognition skills returned? Or is it all in her damaged mind?




My thoughts... 

Wow!!! I'm so tempted to write 'you must read this book' and end my review on a short and sweet note, for impact, but I shall refrain. But believe me when I say that you must read this book. This psychological masterpiece had me on the edge of my seat. I was furious when real life got in the way of my reading time and I was torn between wanting to get to the finish line to find out those all important answers and not wanting the book to finish, period.

The narrative was crafted to perfection, I simply second guessed myself from start to finish. It played with my mind in ways that no other story has ever done before and I was in awe of the psychological games that played out on the pages before my eyes. The twists and turns that drove the plot onwards were relentless as the story took on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. Goosebumps and feelings of unease were at the turn of each page, yet I couldn't stop reading, even for a minute.

The characters were created within an inch of their lives and they brought the story to life with vivid precision. I felt as though I was given just enough contextual information to relate and empathise but not too much to take away from the driving plot. The balance was was set to perfection. Kate was an incredibly fascinating character with a unique set of skills and I was mesmerised by her special ability for facial recognition. Her journey through the book wasn't an easy route in the slightest but what a tough and brave woman to have at the helm of this story. The rest of the characters fell into perfect place around Kate to create a truly gripping story that I won't forget in a hurry.

The Other You is a psychological dance of danger and death that had me hanging onto each and every word. I urge you all to grab a copy of this today and dive in....you can thank me later for such a great book.

Read and reviewed with kind permission by Aria.


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About the author... 

J.S. Monroe read English at Cambridge, worked as a foreign correspondent in Delhi, and was Weekend editor of the Daily Telegraph in London before becoming a full-time writer. His psychological thriller Find Me became a bestseller in 2017, and, under the name Jon Stock, he is also the author of five spy thrillers. He lives in Wiltshire, with his wife and children.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Book review: The Mother's by Sarah Naughton





The Mother's by Sarah Naughton


Five Women.
They meet at their NCT Group. The only thing they have in common is they're all pregnant.

Five Secrets.
Three years later, they are all good friends. Aren't they?
One Missing Husband.
Now the police have come knocking. Someone knows something.
And the trouble with secrets is that someone always tells.




My thoughts... 

The Mother's pulled me head first into it's grasp within the opening moments of the book with a prologue that cemented a high level of intrigue that stayed with me throughout. 

The plot was fast moving and punchy with a narrative wound tight to an impressive degree ensuring I could only sit back and marvel as the layers slowly unfolded to reveal lies and secrets hidden at it's very core. The dual timelines bounced back and forth at lightning speed but I never once felt lost or confused as the writing flowed in a cohesive fashion with a thrilling plot that found a tantalising way to creep under your skin.

But let's get down to the story....and boy what a treat it is too. The idealisms and realities of motherhood are the main threads that dance around each other as the book unfurls. Each character is brought to life in vivid splendour to showcase such opposing and at times heart wrenching moments of what being a mother is really like. I didn't warm to any of the characters in the slightest but ironically I loved this fact as it brought a different reading experience to the table for me and there's no denying that they're all memorable in their flawed fashion. 

Where the narrative is concerned, I don't want to delve into the nitty gritty details too much as hints and spoilers will no doubt find their way to the surface and that will only hinder your own reading experience. But how far would you go to protect your friends? So my only advice is to grab your nearest copy and dive in....the mother's are waiting for you after all. Trust me you won't be disappointed as this book bares all on the page....with secrets and lies lighting the way. It's definitely one thrilling tale you won't want to miss.


Thank you to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for including me in this incredible blog tour.


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About the author... 

Sarah Naughton's debut novel, The Hanged Man Rises, was shortlisted for the Costa children's award. It was followed by a second young adult thriller, The Blood List. Her thrillers for adults, Tattletale and The Other Couple (Orion) are Amazon bestsellers. Sarah lives in London with her husband and sons.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Book review: A Degree of Uncertainty by Nicola K Smith



A Degree of Uncertainty by Nicola K Smith


A Cornish town is slowly fracturing under the weight of its growing university…
Prominent businessman, Harry Manchester will not stand by and see his beloved hometown turned into a student ghetto — and many residents and students are relying on him.
But Harry’s stance sets him on a collision course with Dawn Goldberg, formidable Vice Chancellor of Poltowan University, who is set on doubling its size and cementing her career legacy.
As Harry’s marriage falls apart, his business comes under threat, and fellow traders accuse him of halting progress, Dawn is battling her own demons, not least the need to live up to her late father’s expectations and erase the memory of his tragic death.
There can only be one victor in this battle for the soul of a close-knit community…




My thoughts... 

From the first word I got a keen sense of realism from this story. I think the contemporary subject matter helped hone in a vivid and detailed real world surrounding these characters to create a thoroughly enjoyable book. The writing boasted a refreshing new voice that entertained making the pages turn themselves at an impressive pace to say the least.

You would be forgiven for thinking that this story would follow a cookie cutter formula for small town shenanigans of life and love. But what you get instead is a fresh and honest take on surbuban living that is not afraid to delve into real life matters. Everything but the kitchen sink was thrown into this narrative and I feel that there's something for everyone to relate to on one level or another.

The greatest achievement this book holds is the character creations. The vast cast come alive on the pages to create all manner of mayhem. They entertain and delight, pull at the heartstrings and move you beyond measure in a detailed dance that left me reeling. This is one story I was sad to see come to an end which is a tell tale sign of a tremendous tale.

Thank you to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for including me in such a wonderful blog tour.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Book review: The Princess Plan by Julia London




The Princess Plan by Julia London


London’s high society loves nothing more than a scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip off about the crime, forcing Sebastian to ask for her help in his quest to find his friend’s killer.
With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more dangerous than a prince socialising with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And soon, as temptation becomes harder to ignore, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.



My thoughts... 

Well who doesn't love a book filled with scandal, murder, treason and High Court Princes? I certainly do and this booked ticked all the boxes on the Royar romance front, that's for sure.

Now where do I start when describing this delectable book? I'll begin by saying the writing was an utter highlight, it's charming delivery drew me in but it's witty retorts made the pages turn themselves. The warm welcome I received on opening the first page made me feel very much at home and it was a true delight to read each and every word.

Our heroine Miss Eliza Tricklebank was joy personified. Her tenacity, strength, and sheer wit stole each and every scene and I do believe that she was the shining star in this performance. I cheered at her complete disregard for society norms and I loved her all the more on learning her sorrowful story of her first dalliance in the world of love. If you need one reason alone to pick this book up then Miss Eliza is it. 

What added to my joyful reading experience was the amusing articles, from Honeycutt’s Gazette of Fashion and Domesticity for Ladies, that laced their way throughout the chapters of this book. They not only enhanced the plot, but added a sparkly burst of delight at the beginning of each and every chapter to entertain the reader. 

You would be forgiven for thinking that this book offered only romance of the royal kind. But in fact the narrative boasts murder, intruige, treason and an impressive dalliance into the world of sleuthing to make the story jump off the pages and keep your attention. I was addicted to the chemistry between our two amateur detectives and crossed my fingers for that sort after happy ending. 

The Princess Plan is so much more than a love story...it's passion personified with a side order of sleuthing thrown in for good measure. I was hooked from the opening moments and didn't want this royal romance to end. 

Read and reviewed with kind permission by Mills and Boon. 

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About the author... 

Julia London is a NYT, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She is a six-time finalist for the RITA Award of excellence in romantic fiction, and the recipient of RT Bookclub's Best Historical Novel.
Visit Julia online:
www.julialondon.com/newsletter
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www.instagram.com/julia_f_london

Monday, 13 January 2020

#CoverReveal for The Secret Seaside Escape by Heidi Swain




The Secret Seaside Escape

Oh I do love a good cover reveal (I might have mentioned this once or twice) but when it's a reveal for one of my favourite authors then the cheerleading pom-poms really do come out to play. I did hold off on the brass band and marching parade but cue a big trumpet fanfare for the stunning new image for Heidi Swain's latest creation. Let's all take a big step back to admire the beauty that lies before us on the page. The cheerful yellow brings an instant smile to your face with its sunny disposition and the flowers dancing along the edges of the book frame the main picture to perfection. It's an absolute bundle of joy....do you all agree?






Blurb…


Following a shocking revelation within her family, Tess Tyler is looking to escape her hectic city life – and where better to hide than Wynmouth, the seaside town she visited as a child, with its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community. But little does she realise, Wynmouth isn't quite the haven she remembers it to be, and her real life is still threatening to catch up with her . . .
Also returning to Wynmouth is Joe. Having fled over a decade ago after an accident that changed his life forever, he’s back and is determined to face his demons. But, like Tess, Joe realises that the town is nothing like he remembers and quickly his arrival brings old tensions to the surface.
As the pair begin to familiarise themselves with the town they once knew, they each realise that the secrets they carry are becoming harder to conceal – but will revealing them bring the answers they’re looking for? Will Tess and her new friends finally get the second chance they’ve been hoping Wynmouth will give them?


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