#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | MY VIRTUAL LIFE by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz (11th December 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for MY VIRTUAL LIFE by Sharon Dempsey.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Emma Welton, Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Sharon Dempsey who gifted me an early copy of MY VIRTUAL LIFE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Glamorous lone parent, Stella wants nothing more than to impress her teenage daughter. She has spent her life shielding Tara from her religious upbringing and has never told Tara about her father. But when they move back to Belfast, hiding the past becomes tricky.

When Stella lands her dream job as fashion editor at a teen magazine, Tara thinks she will die of shame. Soon after, Tara starts a blog to pour out her teenage angst and begins working at a home for rescued animals run by the enigmatic Nora. 

When Tara’s blog takes off, a rival magazine offers to publish it as a column, putting her in a difficult situation.

Will Tara risk hurting her mother in order to achieve her dream of being a writer?

Can three generations of one family, who struggle to understand each other, ever develop real bonds?

So, you want to know what I think?

This book really appealed to me when I read the synopsis as with the techno mad world we live in these days I thought it would be interesting. I wasn’t disappointed.

I really enjoy how this book was mainly written as a lonely girl blog narrated by Tara who with the help of her fashion editor mother seems to be any ordinary teenage girl dealing with all the angst that goes with it. I thought it was good reading the book as blog entries as you could read the events that happened throughout the book but they weren’t dragged out and you were given just enough information to get a good overview of the story without being bored.

I enjoyed seeing how different scenarios appeared to both Tara and Stella and how they each read situations differently. Although Stella was more of a secondary character and the book was mostly about Tara it was good to get those snippets of Stella’s thought processes too and it gave us a bigger glimpse into Tara and why she thinks the way she does.

There weren’t a lot of big surprises but it wasn’t completely predictable, I didn’t try to guess what was going to happen or how it would end and it made a nice change to romantic novels and I was interested to see how Tara and Stella’s relationship developed. I think they were both very likeable characters which really adds to the enjoyment of the book and I also think a lot of mums with teenagers will appreciate the struggles Tara goes through.

It was a very quick read for me and I found myself just enjoying it for what it was.

About Sharon Dempsey;

My Virtual Life is Sharon Dempsey’s second contemporary women’s fiction novel. Sharon is a Belfast-based writer of three fiction titles with four non-fiction health books published. Her crime debut Little Bird was released in July 2017 with Bloodhound Books. A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy and published by Bombshell Books.

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London.  She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times. She regularly reviews books for BBC Radio Ulster. Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.

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MY VIRTUAL LIFE is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE by Callie Langridge @CLangridgeWrite (8th October 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE by Callie Langridge.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Emma Welton, Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Callie Langridge who gifted me an early copy of  KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Are family secrets the ties that bind or the lies that divide?

The secrets of one family live in the walls of a cottage perched high on a Dorset cliff. But secrets can only be kept for so long.

Follow three generations of a family from war-torn London, to the permissive 60s and liberated 80s. Gertie, Rose and Abi live through joy, tragedy and heartache as they navigate complicated mother-daughter relationships and learn the importance of friends and finding love. When circumstances force them under the same roof, secrets begin to unravel and promises made in love threaten to tear them apart.

How far would you go to protect the people you love?

So, you want to know what I think?

Based on three generations of the same family KEEP YOU BY MY SIDE moves between three different time periods. Each period is clearly labelled and I found it easy enough to keep track of what was happening in each.

Each of the main characters are easy to relate to and likeable. The story is very well written and it is easy to get involved in the lives of these people you are reading about. Although each part seems to be a separate story they are all inter related and how they all cross over becomes clear by the end.

This book was very unpredictable with nothing becoming clear until the last few chapters. Callie wrote the book very well as you could not guess where each little road was leading. I tried to guess what was going to happen but was pleasantly surprised at being wrong. This definitely added something to the story for me and I found myself needing to turn the pages faster to find out where it was going to take me.

Ultimately the story is about people keeping secrets for all the right reasons but them then to affect and hurt further down the line. It also says a lot about how secrets can be misinterpreted and how this can have a huge effect on people and how sometimes honesty really is the best policy.

A very well written, enjoyable book for me and I would highly recommend for romance fans looking to try something a little bit different.


About Callie Langridge;

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Callie was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.

Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the nineties. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for history, working in marketing and communications for historical and cultural organisations.

On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to pick up her pen and take the first of many creative writing courses. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London. Her first novel A Time to Change was published in September 2017.

Her second novel Keep You By My Side will be published in October 2018.

Callie lives in London with her long-term partner, an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities, and more books than any person really needs.

 

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | THE FRENCH ESCAPE by Suzie Tullett @SuzieTullett (20th September 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THE FRENCH ESCAPE by Suzie Tullett.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Suzie Tullett who gifted me an early copy of  THE FRENCH ESCAPE. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

It’s fair to say that Flick has had a terrible year. Her beloved father died, she had the wedding of her dreams and only hours after the ceremony her husband ran out on her.

Brenda, fed up of her daughter living like a hermit, decides to drag Flick off to France to stay in a chateau. What could be better than an idyllic escape?

But when they arrive Flick discovers the chateau is all but abandoned.

The only upside of her French escape is the handsome and mysterious neighbour, Nate.

Nate loves his life living in the cottage on the grounds of the abandoned chateau but that is about to be put in jeopardy…

Can Nate and Flick ever learn to come to terms with the past and find love again?

The French Escape is a heart-warming, happy ever after, love story. Follow Flick and Nate’s laugh out loud and emotional journey as they negotiate matters of the heart and learn to trust again.

So, you want to know what I think?

This was such a lovely sweet story. I found myself constantly smiling whilst reading this.

Flick and her mum go on holiday to France to escape Flick’s sham of a marriage but it turns out the chateau they run to now belongs to Flick and she has to decide sell it and return home or make it her new home.

I instantly liked Flick. Despite being maybe a little naïve, she seems to think practically and seems honest and genuine. From the moment she meets Nate you can see there is a connection and what the outcome will be but there was also a constant underlying of secrets that needed to be released and throughout the story little snippets are discovered until eventually the whole secret is exposed.

I found myself struggling to put this down and lucky for me it is a quite short for a novel and I finished in just 2 days. Saying that short does not take anything away from this story, it has everything you could possibly need, princess castles, boy and girl romance as well as a devious mum. I closed the book wanting to go and spend a week or more in Flick’s chateau.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and would recommend someone just wanting a quick, light hearted book to lose themselves in for a few hours.


About Suzie Tullett;

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Suzie Tullett is an author of contemporary humorous fiction and romantic comedy. She has a Masters Degree in Television & Radio Scriptwriting and worked as a scriptwriter before becoming a full-time novelist. Her motto is to ‘live, laugh, love’ and when she’s not busy creating her own literary masterpieces, she usually has her head in someone else’s.

Suzie lives in a tiny hamlet in the middle of the French countryside, along with her husband and two Greek rescue dogs.

 

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | THEY DON’T KNOW by Patricia Dixon @pbadixon (29th August 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THEY DON’T KNOW by Patricia Dixon.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Patricia Dixon who gifted me an early copy of  THEY DON’T KNOW. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Daisy meets Adam on their first day at Manchester University and they immediately become firm friends, inseparable and happy in each other’s company. But when tongues begin to wag and their relationship is questioned, for the first time in his life Adam shares his secret with Daisy. Daisy promises to stand by him and keep his secret.

When their Grandmother dies, Adam’s older brother, Ryan, returns from abroad and Daisy quickly falls for him.

After a troubled upbringing at the hands of a drunken mother and jailbird father, Adam and Ryan only have each other. In adulthood their bond holds firm, glued together by Daisy with whom they are now both in love.

Adam struggles with his secret and the fear of ever losing Daisy to another man. Is he besotted and quietly controlling and soon the past starts to influence his choices.

Ryan is motivated, selfish and sees everything in black and white, living in a military world that shields him from the demons of his past, bringing order to his life.

And in the middle is Daisy who loves both of them and makes a promise to each. One she sets free, the other she vows to protect and never abandon.

But when tragedy strikes can Daisy ever find happiness?

They Don’t Know is a beautiful novel about the promises we make and the different kinds of love.

So, you want to know what I think?

When you sign up for a blog tour you never know what to expect. It is usually a new author and the synopsis only tells you so much so I opened this book with eyes open.

When I first started reading THEY DON’T KNOW and Adam met Daisy I thought to myself ‘oh here we go they fall in love’, but NO! It wasn’t that type of predictable love story. It was completely different to what I thought it was going to be and I was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns it took me on.

Set over a period of five years between Manchester and France, we discover how Adam and Daisy meet and how the friendship grows and develops. We are introduced to their families and how the relationships interact and grow. It is intriguing how Adam and Daisy have a purely platonic friendship but their loyalty and love for each other is so genuine and heart warming that they always put each other first to the detriment of their own lives at some points.

What this book showed me is that not every relationship may be what it first appears and how easy it is to hide who we truly are from people.

I think people who enjoy romance novels that are looking to try something a little different will find this book a good little find.

About Patricia Dixon;

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Patricia Dixon was born in Manchester where she still lives with her husband. They have two grown up children and one grandson, plus the company of a lazy bulldog.

Ignoring her high school reports and possibly sound advice from teachers, Patricia shunned the world of academia and instead, stubbornly pursued a career in fashion. Once the sparkle of London life wore off she returned north and embarked on a new adventure, that of motherhood.

Now, almost thirty years later she has acquiesced to the wise words of her elders and turned her hand to writing. Patricia has written five novels set in the Loire and then, in complete contrast, a much darker story of psychological suspense.

She is currently writing her next book, a murderous tale set in the sixties and if she’s not at her desk Patricia loves to read historical fiction or attempts recipes that look great on television but not necessarily her plate. And when the penny jar is full she cashes in her coins and heads to France, the lure of red wine and escapism equalled only by the pursuance of her dream job, writing for a living.

 

THEY DON’T KNOW is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | THE SERIAL DATERS SHOPPING LIST by Morgen Bailey @morgenwriteruk (12th July 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THE SERIAL DATERS SHOPPING LIST by Morgen Bailey.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Morgen Bailey who gifted me an early copy of  THE SERIAL DATERS SHOPPING LIST. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

31 dates in 31 days – what could possibly go wrong?

Isobel MacFarlane is a recently-turned-40 journalist who usually writes a technology column for a newspaper based in Northampton, England, but her somewhat-intimidating boss, William, has set her the task of meeting 31 men, via a local internet dating site, all within a month.

Having an active, though fruitless, social life with her friend and ‘Health & Beauty’ colleague Donna, she knows what she wants in a man, so creates a shopping list of dos and don’ts, and starts ticking them off as she meets Mr Could Be Right Except For, Mr Not Bad, Mr Oh My Goodness and Mr Oh So Very Wrong.

Follow the ups (there are a few) and downs (there are many) of the dating process and intertwined with her experiences, get to know her colleague and family, including her niece Lola who, apart from being an amazing storyteller, can eat ambidextrously whilst wearing a Princess glove puppet on her right hand, and Baby, William’s non-too-healthy African Grey parrot.

So, you want to know what I think?

Wow! I loved this book. It was a refreshing read and I found myself engrossed in the antics of Izzy and her 31 dates willing just one of them to sweep her off her feet.

Now this book is definitely Chick Lit no doubt about it but it’s not your usual boy meets girl story and I found it a completely different style of story to what I expected.

Izzy is set a challenge of going on 31 dates set up online for her job as a journalist and we get to go along for the ride. As Izzy begins her dos and don’ts of online dating she meets a huge variety of characters and we find that first expectations are not what they seem.

There are little side stories happening at the same time, Izzy’s colleagues Donna and William have huge things happening and we get to see into their lives. Izzy is likeable although she seems to settle into a very ordinary life and lives through others alot. Also I feel like she walks out of her dates alot and sometimes I wish you would grow a bit of a backbone!

The book kept me engrossed until the very end, I was constantly wanting to keep reading so I could see what was going to happen on the next date.

I was kept guessing until the last page to discover what was going to happen and what the outcome would be. In the last couple of chapters I began to see how the story would end but it wasn’t as predictable as I usually find books.

It was very easy to read and I found myself laughing and cringing at some parts of the story.

The moral of the story sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you. I would recommend this to someone looking for a different and refreshing kind of book!


About Morgen Bailey;

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Morgen Bailey – Morgen with an E – is a multi-genre author, freelance editor, writing tutor, Writers’ Forum magazine columnist, blogger, speaker, and Northants Authors co-founder. The former Chair of three writing groups, she has judged the H.E. Bates, RONE, BeaconLit, BBC Radio 2 and Althorp Literary Festival short story competitions. She also runs her own free monthly 100-word competition and is a forthcoming Flash 500 judge.

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | THE M WORD by Eileen Wharton @WhartonEileen (20th June 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THE M WORD by Eileen Wharton.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Eileen Wharton who gifted me an early copy of  THE M WORD. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Roberta Gallbreath is middle aged and menopausal. She dislikes her children, detests her ex-husband and despises her colleagues.

When her mother dies, Roberta is left with a pile of letters and a mystery surrounding her son. The letters reveal Roberta’s heritage is not what it seems and she is soon on a mission to become a better person.

Told with humour and emotion, The M Word is the tale of one woman’s journey to find out where she came from. As she looks to the past for answers, more questions are raised. Will Roberta discover who she really is?

So, you want to know what I think?

So it is safe to say THE M WORD was nothing what I expected. I came to this book with no prior information, no background knowledge of the author and with no expectations. And I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this story. Eileen Wharton has successfully created a story that is both thought provoking and resounding.

Here is a story that makes you think. That pushes you to question everything. As our heroine goes on her journey of self discovery we find ourselves digging deeper into a past life, which makes you wonder, how well do we know our own parents?

The clever use of present and past is done well, the story flowing nicely with the mix of our characters narrative and letters from a youth gone by. Wharton knows her characters well, she’s creates a strong female voice and although this isn’t a book I would normally read, it was a good read.

If you want to explore the nature of family, discover pasts once hidden and discover a world outside of yourself, then this is definitely the book for you.
About Eileen Wharton;

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Eileen Wharton is not the naughty great-grandaughter of Edith Wharton. She is currently employed by MI5 but has had various jobs including: wigmaker to Donald Trump, Megan Fox’s stunt double and Ann Summers ‘toy’ tester. She also tells lies for a living.

She currently has five ‘lively’ offspring ranging from thirty to ten years of age and has no plans to procreate further much to the relief of the local schools and police force.

Her first novel, ‘Shit Happens’ was published in 2011 to worldwide critical acclaim. She’s also won awards for exaggeration. It did top the Amazon humour chart so she’s officially a best-selling author.

Her first children’s picture book, ‘The Shmoogly Boo’ was published in the same year and another is in the pipeline entitled, ‘My Dad’s Better than Your Dad.’

Her first crime novel, ‘Blanket of Blood’ was launched as a paperback on Friday 28th November 2016. She is now working on the sequel ‘Blood’s Thicker.’

She teaches English to teenagers and lives on a council estate in Bishop Auckland. She has never eaten kangaroo testicles, is allergic to cats and has a phobia of tinned tuna.

 

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | A POSY OF PROMISES by Sharon Dempsey @svjdempz (13th June 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for A POSY OF PROMISES by Sharon Dempsey.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Sharon Dempsey who gifted me an early copy of  A POSY OF PROMISES. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

What happens when the relationship you have taken for granted suddenly ends?
Ava Connors is comfortable with her life just as it is, still living in the tiny terrace house where she was brought up by her grandmother, Maggie, seeing her long-term boyfriend, Finlay, and working in a florists.

But Maggie’s health is declining and Finlay is fed up waiting for Ava to make a commitment.

Ava has never really known her mother, Scarlett, and when she inherits an old and dilapidated house it ignites an interest in the mother who had abandoned her as a child.

Why did Scarlett leave her to be brought up by her grandmother?
Soon Ava begins to ask this question and in turn sets off a series of events that will change her life forever.

A Posy of Promises looks at the relationships we have and the questions we ask of those we love.

So, you want to know what I think?

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book by the blurb. It sounded as though it might be a tale of long lost family members which I guess it is in a way but the not the way I expected.

Ava Connors is finding her life changing from all directions. Her boyfriend of many years has ended their relationship and her grandmother has moved into a nursing home after health struggles. When she discovers she has inherited a house it sets her on a path of self discovery that even she didn’t expect.

Ava is written in a very real way. She is more than happy with spending nights at home with her cat rather than out drinking. She feels a loyalty to her grandmother which finds her wanting to stay close by. The other characters we are introduced to are also very likeable and have little side stories of their own. This is the first book I have read in a while which hasn’t had me feeling dislike for somebody. All the people in this book are nice in their individuals way.

I liked the unpredictability of this book. I started the first few pages thinking I already had the ending sussed but it continually surprised me with the roads it took me on. This made it a different read for me and added to the enjoyment.

I couldn’t write a review without talking about THAT ending. I’m really pleased that this book is the first in a series otherwise you finish this book very frustrated…talk about a cliffhanger!

I would recommend this book to all fans of chick lit that fancy something different and unpredictable.

 

About Sharon Dempsey;

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A Posy of Promises is Sharon Dempsey’s first contemporary women’s fiction novel.

Sharon is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. He crime debut Little Bird was released July 2017 with Bloodhound Books.

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges, and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She is a creative writing tutor at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. Sharon studied Politics and English at Queen’s University, and undertook a newspaper journalism post grad at City University, London.  She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.

Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.

A Posy of Promises is the first in a trilogy.

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#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | THE CALICO CAT by Amanda James @akjames61 (3rd June 2018, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for THE CALICO CAT by Amanda James

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Amanda James who gifted me an early copy of THE CALICO CAT. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

At thirteen, Lottie discovers a huge secret which her parents have kept from her, the impact of which proves to be life changing.

Because of the way Lottie’s mother handles the consequent fall-out, the two become distant. Lottie’s rejected by her mother and deemed troublesome, rude and wilful. Ever since then, Lottie has struggled with fitting in and actively tries to be different from others.

As an adult Lottie decides to quit her teaching job and follow her dreams to become an artist. But will she succeed and can she put her troubled past behind her?

As Lottie embarks on a journey of self-discovery she will come to examine the importance of life, love and friendship.

 

So, you want to know what I think?

When I first started reading this book I was a little unsure – it starts off with a young Lottie asking her mother for a Calico Cat and getting a “No.” and then moves onto an older Lottie walking out of her teaching job. My first thoughts were that she sounded a little selfish and I didn’t really warm to her. However, from around the 20% mark I found myself beginning to adjust to Lottie and her outspoken ways and I began to really enjoy the story.

The reason for my change of heart, discovering “the big fat secret” and how the events that unfolded really impacted Lottie and made her become a different person to the child she was. I guess the old saying “never judge a book by its cover” rings true for me or in this case “don’t judge a character from the first few pages!”

As the story progresses it becomes a journey of self discovery for Lottie and we as readers get to go along for the ride. We get to meet a few new characters on the way. For me I would have loved to get to know some of them a little better and their reasons for being on the “walk of self discovery”.

Although there is a romance element in this book, what would a chick lit book be without one, it is more of a side story which I quite liked as it made the book a bit different and less predictable. It definitely added to the enjoyment for me.

Amanda does a lot for the beautiful settings and has made me very eager to see some of the scenery she describes. She really manages to bring it to life and for anyone that has visited the parts included will definitely appreciate that side of the story.

Finally, this is a beautiful written story of betrayal and heartbreak that leads to a journey of self discovery and eventual happy ending. It’s a very easy and enjoyable read.
About AMANDA JONES;

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Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

BLOG – http://mandykjameswrites.blogspot.com/

Twitter – @akjames61

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#BlogTour | #BlogBlitz | #BookReview | FINDING MYSELF (The Chaos Series #3) by Victoria J. Brown @CarmenRadtke1 (December 7th 2017, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for FINDING MYSELF by Victoria J. Brown!

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Victoria J. Brown. who gifted me an early copy of FINDING MYSELF. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

An emotional and uplifting book which will have you gripped!

Kat’s life has become a blur of dirty nappies and sleepless nights. She has moved into the flat above the salon she owns, alone and without Max the father of her children.

To make matters worse, Max has revealed he plans to remarry. Constantly on edge, her babies are taking up all of her time and Max is never around to help.

Diagnosed with post-natal depression, Kat feels more alone than ever.

Will Kat be able to manage alone? Can she find hope and rebuild her life?

Finding Myself is a novel about searching for the light at the end of the tunnel.

So, you want to know what I think?

I would highly recommend that you read books 1 (HOLDING MYSELF) and 2 (LOSING MYSELF) before reading FINDING MYSELF. I feel you really need to know the back story of the characters to be able to interact with this story.

This thing that I like most about the chaos series of books is the subject matter. Each one deals with depression in a unique and honest way, and the different types of depression and causes that may bring depression on.

Although the first 2 books had the love story of Kat and Max (well not so much LOVE story in book 2!) the 3rd book is all about Kat’s life with the babies and without Max. I like how Victoria explains the way a new mother may be dealing with life with these 2 new additions and how crazy it can be. As a mother I really related to the stress of the sleepless nights and the longings for the life you once had even as your love couldn’t get any stronger. I also appreciated the signs of post natal depression even though Kat didn’t want to admit it to herself I think Victoria writes about it in such a way that it may make people realise that depression is nothing to be ashamed of.

I make this book sound really serious but it’s not at all. It has lots of light humour included that doesn’t take away from the seriousness but does make it an easy read. I found it a quick read as once I started reading I would struggle to stop.

It was good to be back in Kat’s world and with the characters we have gotten to know over the series. I don’t want to say love as we don’t even like some of them, and I wish I could say those feelings change in this book but if anything our dislike grows but without them Kat wouldn’t get the ending she deserves.

Oh the ending…Spoiler alert…I love how Kat gets her happy ending but also how Victoria manages to leave it up for interpretation at the same time. Does Kat manage to get her business up and running again? Do Max and Gina manage to make the relationship work? Do Kat and Joe hit it off and get their happy ever after? Well I like to think so…..

About VICTORIA J. BROWN;
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Victoria J.Brown has always had a passion for writing. When asked at the age of 9 years old, what she wanted to be when she grew up, her reply ‘an author’ was met with a disheartened response, ‘that jobs like that, don’t happen to people like us!’

Luckily, Victoria didn’t listen to this advice and never gave up on her passion.  She continued to write while perusing a career in Marketing after gaining a BA (Hons) in Business and Marketing.

In 2006 her eldest daughter was born and then two years later her 2nd daughter came along. Victoria realised in the midst of the mummy madness, that she’d let her writing dwindle and that nappy-changing, sleepless nights and not being able to go to the toilet in peace could not stop her fulfilling her writing dreams. So when her girls were 3 years old and 18 months old, she decided that sleep was over-rated and enrolled at Teesside University. A year later she proudly left with a MA in Creative Writing, some wonderful friendships and a passion for therapeutic writing. While studying for her MA she was also delighted to win a short-story competition judged by Adele Parks, to which she received publication and mentoring from Adele.

After her MA, Victoria concentrated on writing women’s fiction. She loves writing stories that women can relate to. The Chaos Series grew from her own experience of pregnancy, motherhood and life.

Victoria is also passionate about mental health and likes to write of such issues in her stories. Her dedication to mental health and living life to the full has led her down a spiritual path. Through her learning of spirituality she qualified as a Law of Attraction and NLP Practitioner, which she integrates into her writing. Her inspirational blog includes an A-Z motivational journey with weekly therapeutic creative writing exercises. She has developed this further and will soon launch her inspirational shop. The shop has been created to pass on positivity and love to others … you never know when someone may need to see those messages.

Being accepted by Bombshell Books is a dream come true for Victoria, she hopes that her mantra for giving love always and never giving up will inspire others to follow their dreams and passion.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Victoria, her inspirational blog and shop you can visit www.victoria-brown.com, plus you can follow her on:

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FINDING MYSELF is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones |

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#BlogTour | #BlogBlitz | #BookReview | A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH by Caron Albright @CarmenRadtke1 (November 29th 2017, Bombshell Books @bombshellpub)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH by Caron Albright

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Sarah Hardy, Bombshell Books and Caron Albright who gifted me an early copy of A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances’ life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it’s thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.
If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears – it was a very bad line, after all…
She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack’s no angel – prohibition is in force, and what’s a nightclub without champagne? But he’s a good man, and when Frances’ earlier fears resurface she knows that he’s the person to confide in.
Frances and Jack’s hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death…
So, you want to know what I think?
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book. The blurb makes it sound like a historical murder investigation but I don’t feel this is correct. To me it is more of a love story with a suspected murder thrown in, almost as if the author couldn’t decide. I definitely feel a lot more could have been done with the murder part of the story. It felt more like it was a side part of the story and not the main story like the blurb paints it to be.

That being said there are lots of things I did like about this story. The characters were all very likeable although our main girl, Frances, does come across as naïve, it didn’t make me like her any less. There are characters who could have had a lot more involvement in the story and parts of the story could have been elaborated on. It was a good way to introduce our main characters to each other.

It was interesting to read about 1930s Australia and to hear about how people really struggled, but there was a huge community feel. We see both Frances’s best friend and her mum both get into financial strife due to trying to help out family and neighbours. I really liked how Frances was quite selfless, she was constantly working to make sure her mum and uncle had a nice home to live in. She gives up her spare time to help out cleaning the house and cooking so her mum gets a break. The way everyone worked together and helped each other really struck a chord with me.

The book was very easy to read, I managed to get through it in just 3 days. I lost myself within the pages and it got me engrossed each time I picked it up. I think fans of the Bronze Horseman would enjoy this book. It also reminded me a little of Miss Fisher’s murder mysteries.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy read that isn’t the normal romance boy meets girl kind of story.

About CARON ALBRIGHT;

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Caron Albright fell in love with books as soon as she could read and never grew out of it. With one foot firmly planted in Fictionland ever since, she is moving from one adventure to the next (strictly on the paper of course).
She loves capers with feisty heroines, dashing heroes with a dangerous edge and thrilling locations and would gladly explore the world for the sake of research – preferably while tap-dancing, with a champagne glass in her hand.
Instead she spends her time in front of her keyboard, sipping herbal tea.
When she feels the need for a change, she switches to coffee and writing crime novels under the name Carmen Radtke.

You can buy A MATTER OF LOVE AND DEATH from the following booksellers;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon | Book Depository | Waterstones

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