#BlogBlitz | #BlogTour | #BookReview | STOLEN SISTER by Linda Huber @LindaHuber19 (25th March 2019, Bloodhound Books @Bloodhoundbook)

Welcome!! This is our stop on this Blog Blitz Tour for STOLEN SISTER by Linda Huber.

I would firstly like to say a rather big thank you to the amazing Heather @ Bombshell Books and of course the wonderful Linda Huber who gifted me an early copy of STOLEN SISTER. 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;

What happens when a baby goes missing? 

Twenty-two years ago, Erin and Vicky’s parents were killed in an explosion. 

Now grown up, Erin and Vicky – who have been separated – are unaware they are siblings. But when Vicky is called to her great-aunt’s deathbed, she learns that she isn’t alone after all. 
But where is Erin? Vicky’s search begins…

Elsewhere, Christine has problems of her own. In the first week of her new job, she makes a disturbing discovery, and is struggling to come to terms with impending motherhood. 

Vicky is almost ready to give up her search when an old foster mother calls with shocking news. 

What links Vicky and Christine?

Will Vicky ever find her sister? 

And can Christine’s baby escape the past that befell her mother?

So, you want to know what I think?

This book starts with a heart breaking tragedy that has your heart in your mouth from the beginning!

When a fire breaks out in the hotel where Paula and husband are staying with their 5 day old baby, their friend Sylvie takes the baby Erin without informing anyone. When Paula’s auntie takes on the other 2 children and has them taken from her, Sylvie decides the best thing for her to do is keep Erin, the baby. 

Maisie reveals this information to her niece Vicky on her deathbed it sets into motion a chain of events that leads to Sylvie’s life crashing down.

I’m not quite sure what genre you would put this book into. There is an element of chick lit, an element of a thriller and also a tragedy which kind of confuses things a bit. However, despite this, it is still a very enjoyable read and I found myself flying through the pages! Written in three parts the story moves from Sylvie making the decision to bring Erin up herself, to the search for her by her sister Vicky and ending with the family discovering who Sylvie really is.

There seems to be a lot of characters in this story but it was easy to keep track of who was who, and as each chapter is labelled as certain dates it’s easy to see what happens and when so you don’t feel like your getting lost with timelines or people.

I found the subject of this book interesting. I’ve never really read a book that deals with adoption or lost family before so it was good to read something different to what I’m used to. It made a really nice change for me and it was so easy to read I managed to finish it in just two days.

I felt the ending was good and didn’t leave any unanswered questions and I finished feeling satisfied. There were sad parts of this book which add to the emotions I felt as a reader. I did guess one of the “surprises” though but that didn’t take anything away from the book for me.

Would highly recommend to anyone that enjoys easy, fast reads that is looking to try something a little different to the usual books on their shelves. 

About Linda Huber;

Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.

Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty feel-good short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her first novel was published in 2013, and was followed by eight others. Under her feel-good pen name Melinda Huber, she has also published a charity collection of romantic short stories and a series of feel-good novellas.

After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, Linda has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, and is working on another suspense novel.

Links:

Website: https://lindahuber.net/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Linda-Huber/e/B00CN7BB0Q/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LindaHuber19

FB Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authorlindahuber/

STOLEN SISTER is out now and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (AU)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) by Sophie Kinsella @KinsellaSophie (14th September 2000, Transworld Books @TransworldBooks)

CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) by Sophie Kinsella
Published; September 14th 2000, Transworld Books

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it—not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from the bank—letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read. She tries cutting back. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something . . . just a little something.

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life—and the lives of those around her—forever.

This is a re read for me. I have put some of the later releases in the series on my beat the backlist so thought I would refresh my memory by starting from the beginning. I forgot just how much I loved these books. Rebecca is so refreshingly human and being inside her mind is like reading my own story! Well maybe not the constant spending and the huge amount of debt but she is just so down to earth and so likeable.

Rebecca has a big problem! She cannot resist a sale or shopping even when her cards are maxed to the brim, so she tries to cut back or make more money neither of which seem to work out in her favour. As Rebecca runs to her parents to hide from the disaster that appears to be her life she discovers something that could rock the financial world.

This was such a light hearted, funny read. I actually laughed out loud at some of Rebecca’s antics and it’s so easy to lose yourself in the pages of Rebecca’s crazy world as everything seem to crumble around her.

I read this so fast as I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next for Rebecca Bloomwood. Even though I have read the book before I still enjoyed it so much and I am so excited to read the rest of the series. So glad I included these on my beat the backlist so I have an excuse to pick them up again. Cannot wait!

You can buy CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC (Confessions #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE LOST ART OF KEEPING SECRETS by Eva Rice @EvaRiceAuthor (October 24th 2005, Plume Books @PlumeBooks) #BeatTheBacklist

THE LOST ART OF KEEPING SECRETS by Eva Rice
24th October 2005, Plume Books

Set in 1950s London The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets centers around Penelope the wide- eyed daughter of a legendary beauty Talitha who lost her husband to the war. Penelope with her mother and brother struggles to maintain their vast and crumbling ancestral home while postwar London spins toward the next decade’s cultural revolution.

Penelope wants nothing more than to fall in love and when her new best friend Charlotte a free spirit in the young society set drags Penelope into London with all of its grand parties she sets in motion great change for them all. Charlotte’s mysterious and attractive brother Harry uses Penelope to make his American ex-girlfriend jealous with unforeseen consequences and a dashing wealthy American movie producer arrives with what might be the key to Penelope’s and her family’s future happiness.

Vibrant witty and filled with vivid historical detail The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets is an utterly unique debut novel about a time and place just slipping into history.

Sometimes you buy books that you think look and sound interesting and that you would enjoy, you take them home put them on your shelf and then look at them occasionally before choosing something else to read. This was the case for me with THE LOST ART OF KEEPING SECRETS. I bought it years ago and it has done 7 house moves with me and still I never got around to reading it. Until the Beat the Backlist challenge that we were set for the blog. I finally picked up this book and BOY am I glad I did!

What a wonderful, cute story. Penelope is a shy girl of 18 trying to adapt to life in a big house after the war which caused the family to lose the head of the household and Penelope’s mother’s reason for living. Penelope’s life is pretty boring until Charlotte comes along and picks Penelope out of a line of people at a bus stop. When Penelope and Charlotte take tea with Charlotte’s aunt a friendship is formed and Penelope’s life goes in a direction she never imagined.

We are introduced to lots of different types of characters. There is Charlotte’s cousin, magician Harry, head over heels in love with an American socialite who is just a little out of reach, Penelope’s brother Inigo who is so music obsessed it is all he lives and breathes as well as Penelope’s beautiful mother who is struggling to adapt to life without her husband in a house falling to pieces around her.

As Penelope sets on a path full of adventure, we get to go along for the ride. Penelope discovers lots about herself, love and music as she embarks on a new journey. I loved how Penelope developed from a shy unsure girl into a beautiful confident woman. Watching her grow was like seeing a flower bloom throughout the seasons. Penelope was easy to like and exactly how you would imagine a girl of 18 to start out as a grown up. 

I did keep having to remind myself that the book is set in the 1950s and not earlier as the description of the house and the manners of the people reminded me of what I have read about in the 1930s. I love the way that Elvis Presley is just starting out on his career and that was interesting for me to read about. 

I loved how the story ended with Penelope finally admitting her feelings for a certain boy but left open ended for the reader decide where they go from here. I imagine that Penelope got a happy ending and became a well known writer.

I adored this book, it was such a cute lovable story and I highly recommend for people looking for something to the usual romance type of book. Me enjoying this book so much has reminded me that I need to read more of the books sitting on my shelf, who knows what other gems are hiding there!

You can buy THE LOST ART OF KEEPING SECRETS from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | CHRISTMAS FOR ONE (No Greater Love #5) by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse (20th November 2014, Head of Zeus Books @HoZ_Books)

CHRISTMAS FOR ONE (No Greater Love #5) by Amanda Prowse
Published; November 20th 2014, Head of Zeus Books

A lonely single parent finds love at Christmas in this warm festive rom-com from best-seller Amanda Prowse.

As a child, Meg always dreamed of the perfect Christmas…

This year, she can make it come true for her own little boy. There will be turkey and all the trimmings, a glittering tree, and a stocking hung up by a roaring fire. Who cares if there’s no devoted husband in the picture? She and Lucas will be just fine on their own.

But then a chance meeting with a stranger in New York unravels everything she’s planned. Will Meg finally get everything she wished for? Or will she be alone this Christmas after all?

I always like to read books based around the festive season around Christmas and new year so when I saw this at the library I decided it would tick that box well. 

Meg has finally found a family albeit they don’t actually belong to her. The Aunt and cousin of her ex fiancé have taken her under their wing and finally she has a job she’s gone at and a home she loves. The one thing she is missing is a partner to share it with so when she is asked to travel to New York to help with the opening of their branch of café and runs into Edd, sparks well and truly fly. When after only a couple of days they have to go their separate ways Meg still feels the pull to Edd and wants to make a long term plan. As with all good love stories not everything is as it seems and this couple has to pull apart to be able to come back together.

Like any love story there is an element of predictability in this book. Girl meets Boy when she least expects it, falls head over heels and then finds out a great big shocking secret although I have to admit I did not predict what this secret was, I knew as a seasoned romance reader that not everything would be quite as simple as it seemed but not quite what the obstacle would be.

Meg was very easy to like and I did find myself rooting for her throughout the story. Edd also seems to be very sweet and straight forward to start with. I did find myself disliking him when we find out what the secret was, because I’m quite a black and white person and I feel he misled Meg in a lot of ways and was very unfair. Meg’s little boy Lucas was delightful and I found myself smiling whenever he was around. 

Although there were elements of festiveness in this book it didn’t give me a real Christmassy feeling that I was expecting. New York was described beautifully though and as someone that has never been but is desperate to it did really bring it to life for me and I could imagine myself walking the streets and seeing the things Meg did which was awesome. 

I didn’t realise that this was fifth in a series. I don’t know if you need to read them in order but as someone that prefers to start from the beginning I am a little bit gutted that I haven’t read them in order. 

I still found myself enjoying this book and I was eager to keep turning the pages to discover where our characters ended up. I would definitely recommend for someone looking for an easy, quick read.

You can buy CHRISTMAS FOR ONE (No Greater Love #5) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | DREAM A LITTLE DREAM (Dream A Little Dream #1) by Giovanna Fletcher @MrsGiFletcher (18th June 2015, Penguin Books @PenguinUKBooks)

DREAM A LITTLE DREAM (Dream A Little Dream #1) by Giovanna Fletcher
Published; June 18th 2015, Penguin Books UK

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The new gorgeously romantic novel from bestselling author of Billy and Me and You’re the One That I Want, Giovanna Fletcher.

Sarah is doing just fine. Sure she’s been single for the last five years, and has to spend an uncomfortable amount of time around her ex-boyfriend, his perfect new girlfriend and all their mutual friends. And yes, her job as a PA to one of the most disgusting men in London is mind-numbingly tedious and her career is a constant disappointment to her mother. But it’s really okay. She’s happy (ish).

But it’s not surprising that when Sarah starts dreaming about a handsome stranger, she begins to look forward to falling asleep every night. Reality isn’t nearly as exciting. That is until her dream-stranger makes an unexpected real-life appearance, leaving Sarah questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Because no one ever really finds the person of their dreams… do they?

When I saw this book in the library I thought I would pick it up and give it a try. The cover looked like the kind of book I would read and the blurb appealed to me.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is definitely what I would put in the “chick lit” category and you know the ending from the first page but sometimes I like to read a book I don’t need to concentrate on and can lose myself in easily. Dream a little Dream definitely allowed me to do that. I loved going along with Sarah as she begins to dream about someone that was once a part of her life. Things then get complicated as Brett suddenly reappears in real life.

I found Sarah very likeable. She seemed to dote on her friends and even put their needs before her own emotions when it came to dealing with the break up from her ex, also part of their friendship group. As Dan, the ex, moves on with the woman he left Sarah for, she struggles to deal with that relationship as well as dealing with her over bearing mother and a boss that sounds horrible to work for.

Sarah seems to grow within herself as she first asks for a promotion and then deals with the ex situation. I think she will resonate with a lot of people that are just plodding. Although we don’t get to know Brett as well, he comes across as very sensitive and I found myself smiling at the relationship that develops between the two.

Sarah’s friends also have a lot going on behind the scenes as we discover when her best friend has to deal with a dramatic heartbreak. This added a lot of emotion to the story and I found myself feeling heartbroken for Carly and what she was dealing with.

The book overall was a very nice story that I finished with a happy sigh and a lot of warmth inside. I would highly recommend for fans of chick lit just looking for a easy book to lose themselves in.

 

You can buy DREAM A LITTLE DREAM (Dream A Little Dream #1) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Waterstones

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON (Jessie Jefferson #1) by Paige Toon @PaigeToonAuthor (30th January 2014, Simon Schuster @simonschusterUK)

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON (Jessie Jefferson #1) by Paige Toon
Published; January 30th 2014, Simon & Schuster UK

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Meet Jessie, the daughter of Johnny Jefferson, as featured in Johnny Be Good and Baby Be Mine…

My fifteenth birthday was the worst day of my life, and it’s inconceivable to think that any single day in my future will ever be as bad. My mum was killed in a freak accident on her way to pick up my cake. Even when there was still no sign of her after two hours later, and my friends started to arrive at our house, it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t be coming back.

That was six months ago. My mum died without telling me who my real dad was. And for a while I hated her for it. I thought she’s taken the secret of my father’s identity with her forever. But she didn’t. Holy hell, she didn’t.

Because three weeks ago I found out the truth. And I’m still reeling from the shock of it. My dad is none other than Johnny Jefferson, mega famous rock star and one-time serial womaniser. And now I’m on my way to LA to meet him and his family.

My tiny little world has just got a whole lot bigger…

Paige Toon is always a favourite of mine but when an author steps away from their usual style and releases something else it always makes me a bit weary but I had absolutely no need to be.

I would recommend that you read the three books in the Johnny Jefferson series first as this contains Johnny & Meg and although you don’t need to know their story it will help to understand a bit better if you do.

THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE… is Paige’s first attempt at young adult and although you can tell it is aimed at younger readers it didn’t take any of the enjoyment out of it for me, in fact I enjoyed that it was so easy to read and it left me feeling really warm and cute inside.

Cute is a good way to describe this story. I loved being back with Johnny and Meg and seeing how happy they are and although Jessie is a shock they soon embrace her into their fold.

The story doesn’t end in a cliffhanger but there is definitely more to Jessie’s story and with two more installments already released we don’t have to wait to find out what else life has in store for Jessie.

A proper feel good heart warming story that leaves you feeling all fuzzy inside.

You can buy THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON (Jessie Jefferson #1) from the following booksellers (and many more!);

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US)

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#LettersFromTheHeart | #BookReview | MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) by Ali Harris @AliHarrisWriter (13th October 2011, Simon & Schuster UK @simonschusterUK)

MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) by Ali Harris
Published; October 13th 2011, Simon & Schuster UK

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Evie Taylor, a girl with a big heart, gets lost in the big city. For the past two years, Evie has lived an invisible life in London. Her neighbours think she’s just moved in, her sister mistakes her for a live-in nanny, and even Evie’s manager at work can’t remember her name.

But all that is about to change …this Christmas has brought a flurry of snow and unimaginable possibilities into town. Evie works in the stockroom of an old-fashioned, family-run, London fashion department store. Hardy’s is a beautiful, wood-panelled jewellery box of a building, but it’s in dire need of a makeover.

One day Evie overhears that if the entire store’s takings don’t turn round by Dec 26th – 3 weeks’ time – the family who own it will be forced to sell to one of the big chains. Hardy’s is in need of a Christmas miracle. Determined to save her beloved store, Evie hatches a plan to secretly transform it into a magical place to shop again. But has the time come for her to be noticed too?

When an accidental romantic encounter with handsome, enigmatic Joel gives her the chance of a whole new identity, she takes it.

When I picked this book to read after having it sat on my kindle for a long time I was looking for something light and fluffy to read alongside another book.

It was certainly heart warming, light and fluffy but it completely surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. It completely sucked me in and I found myself eager to keep reading.

Set in a struggling modern day dept store this story is based on the stockroom girl who feels invisible to all those around. It’s a tale of a lost soul who does everything for everyone but forgets to follow her own heart. Based at Christmas time this story leaves you with a full heart.

It’s a magical story that gets us asking ourselves what we would change about our lives and what we would do in this situation.

There are parts that are predictable for readers of chick lit but it didn’t feel like a story I’d read a 100 times before. The setting made it feel different and even a little bit special.

I fell in love with the characters & their individual stories and felt as invested in all of them as I did the main character. I actually feel that some of them deserve their own book. I’d love to read more about Lily’s dancing career and Dehilia and Will’s relationship. They were all written in such a way I was very invested in them all.

This book left me feeling warm, fuzzy with a heart full of love and a feeling I could conquer the world. Highly recommended and definitely an author I will read more of.
You can buy MIRACLE ON REGENT STREET (Evie Taylor #1) now from the following booksellers (although there are many more!);

Amazon (US) | Amazon (UK)

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