Tuesday, 19 June 2018

A Cornish Secret by Emma Burstall

Today it is my stop on the Blog Tour for A Cornish Secret and I will be sharing with you my review for this wonderful book set in the idyllic village of Tremarnock.

I loved Tremarnock and The Cornish Guest House by Emma Burstall I can’t believe I have missed out Tremarnock Summer I will definitely be on the look out for it on my next bookshop visit. I was a little worried to start reading Emma Burstall’s latest release A Cornish Secret having not read book 3 as I was worried that I may have missed something that would then put me off the storyline of this one but I am pleased to say that this book was easy to read and I didn’t feel at any point that I had missed anything.
Esme and her childhood friend Caroline have always kept in contact but with Caroline living in Paris they haven’t seen each other. They decide to embark on a walking holiday but poor Caroline has an accident so Esme tempts Caroline to stay in the idyllic village of Tremarnock so she can look after her. A secret from their past soon can’t be contained any more.
Rosie finds a bottle washed up by the sea with an old note inside from back in the war. With Liz’s help they try to track down the person who wrote the letter but should somethings be left in the past.
This book can easily be read as a standalone but having read two out of the previous three books it was great to see so many of the characters I loved from those books returning especially my favourite little Rosie and Liz. I wanted to shake Robert so hard in this book though, what is he playing at!
I loved how both Esme and Caroline’s story is weaved around the search for Liz and Rosie’s lost Prisoner of War. I was interested in both storylines and found so much uncertainty for all the characters who are facing troubles. I was shocked by my little Rosie’s actions in this book she is normally the apple of my eye in these books and although I can see her actions were sort of justified I still was disappointed by the way she handled things.
Once again the community support is flowing through the pages of this book which is why I love Tremarnock so much.
I do hope we are treated to another book set in Tremarnock so that Robert has a chance to redeem himself again!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Mad by Chloe Esposito Blog Tour

Today it is my stop on the blog tour for what is possibly the most Summery cover sent my way so far this year but don't be taken in by this alluring picture there is a sinister storyline hiding inside that will give you a chill on these hot evenings!
Mad by Chloe Esposito is out NOW!

Chapter Seventeen

I look at the hand as though it were a stranger’s; I don’t seem to recognize it. I can’t remember who it belongs to. I don’t know the back of my own fucking hand. It’s shaking, shak- ing so hard I can’t steady it. I try to reach the handle and open the door that leads out to the patio, leads out to my sister, but I can’t quite grasp it. My fingers tremble, my palm slips away and I can’t – can’t even open the fucking door. 
Ambrogio’s on the phone again, speaking to his ‘friends’. Who are these guys who owe him a favour? Who dispose of dead bodies in the middle of the night? I don’t care as long as they get rid of her. I never want to see her again. I don’t know how long I stand here trembling with my hands flap-flap- flapping like a bird’s broken wings, but – eventually – the handle snaps down and I step through the door. 
It’s dark. It’s quiet. I expect to see a policeman leap out from the shadows: ‘You’re under arrest!’ – or hear Salvo sprint- ing up the driveway: ‘Ma che cazzo hai fatto?’ But it’s silent; there’s no one. The cold night air is making me shiver. The tempera- ture seems to have dropped by twenty degrees. Beyond the pool, the garden stretches out into nothing, nothing but black- ness. The light from the villa illuminates the pool and the long, monstrous figure of my sister’s corpse, lying along the edge of the water.
 The stars look down at me, judging me, blaming me, like trillions of tiny eyeballs, the eyes of God. The moon is begin- ning to set behind Etna. Soon, the sun will rise and reveal the bloodshed. The postman will come. Salvatore. Emilia. I need to hurry up.
I concentrate on moving my legs. And I’m walking, one silent foot after the other, soft slippers padding. Dreamlike, I’m float- ing, walking on air. I look down to steady myself, focus on the ground to stop myself drifting up, up and away. I’m weightless, lunar, walking on the moon. I stop a few inches from my sister’s head. A pool of blood spreads out from her skull: a slick black lake. And now that I’m here, I don’t know what to do. I just stare. Once again, I am staring at Elizabeth, silent and speech- less. Elizabeth’s body. Elizabeth’s face. Elizabeth’s hair. A shiver runs down my spine. She’s dead and I killed her. So effortless. So quick. It’s like nothing has happened. The stars are still shining. I’m in the same garden. The volcano’s still there. It doesn’t seem real.
 I can’t believe it. 
I need more proof.
 I reach my hand towards the blood, extend a finger, dip it in. The blood feels warm in the cool night air. It feels slippery, thick and wet. I study my fingertip: shiny, red-black. It’s some- thing instinctive, primitive, primal. I have to do it. To check that it’s real. I lick my finger: warm, wet iron. Unmistakable. Blood.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Somewhere Beyond the Sea by Miranda Dickinson

Today on the blog it is my stop on the blog tour for Somewhere Beyond the Sea which is the new release by a favourite author of mine, Miranda Dickinson.

Somewhere Beyond the Sea is the latest release by Miranda Dickinson and I can say the storyline is just as beautiful as the alluring cover. I have loved every book Miranda has ever written but this book is completely different to her previous novels and is by far my favourite.
Seren has lost her father and she now has the weight of his previous commitments on her shoulder from his failing business to his ambition to protect the heritage of a local known astronomer from becoming a new housing complex. Taken so much on has left Seren questioning who she is or what she wants from life but she can not let her father down.
Jack Dixon is a newly single parent to the adorable Nessie but the struggles of a single parent have already reared their ugly head. Desperate to be able to secure a job so he can provide stability for his daughter may mean that he misses his chance for true love.
This was such a beautiful storyline weaved around two much loved characters Seren and Jack. I found Seren such a relatable character she has lost her way and is always putting others needs and wants first not wanting to disappoint those around her and not wanting to fail on the last thing she is able to do for her father. She needs to have more confidence and belief in herself and to start put herself first as she is so selfless but this is what makes her such a warm and genuine character. Jack is a very hard working and determined character who is also very honest especially when taking about the loss of his partner. His love for his daughter shines through and the bond they have is very special. Jack’s daughter Nessie is full of energy and has a wonderful imagination as well as a strong head on her shoulders.
The descriptive writing is beautiful especially surrounding the sea glass stars and the setting of St Ives. Sea glass is a big feature in this book and I can’t believe I have never come across it before, I was soon scrolling through google pictures and articles looking at the treasure and I am desperate to find my own sea glass. I have only briefly stopped off in St Ives once but Miranda Dickinson has touched my heart and piqued my interest with this idyllic location and I am desperate to return to St Ives and soak in the sights and feel all the feels she pours into this book.
I found this such an honest and emotional read with a touch of magic. It touches on grief as well as romance and the journey of finding oneself as well as parental struggles. I found myself putting this book down not wanting it to end only to then minutes later be drawn back to it desperate to see what happens next.
This is the prefect book to take away with you on your travels this year to enjoy reading whilst soaking up the sun.

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Daisy's Vintage Cornish Camper Van by ALi McNamara

When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall - some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.
But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it's a sign: she'll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

I don’t seem to be able to get enough of books that are set in Cornwall so I was looking forward to reading this new release by Ali McNamara who is an author whose books I have previously enjoyed.

When Ana loses her best friend Daisy to breast cancer she is left a camper van that is in desperate need of repair. As Ana travels to Cornwall where the camper van is currently situated she enlists the help of Malachi to carry out the repairs but she soon finds out that this is no small job and will have to spend longer than planned in Cornwall. It is when she comes across a selection of old postcards from the previous owner of the camper van that her journey to reunite them with their owner really begins.

The storyline is one that kept me entertained from start to finish and I loved the touch of magic that she sprinkles into the storyline. I found this an easy read perfect for holiday reading with romance at the heart along with watching Ana on a journey to find herself after such a big part of her life has now gone. Although a lot of the storyline was predictable we are treated to a little surprise when it comes to the origin of the postcards which was a touching moment in the book. This is a perfect light Summer read.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Random Acts of Kindness Part 4 by Victoria Walters

Summer is drawing to a close as Huntley Manor is due to have its grand re-opening. Abbie is determined to save the hotel from closure but she has to remember her own career too… As she and Thomas grow ever closer, will she end up making Littlewood her home for good? Or will she set up her own PR company back in London…?
Eszter has to decide whether it is time to go back to Hungary... But what has she got to return to? She has no career to speak of, and their home is filled with painful memories of her beloved husband. But can a new job, a new home and a surprise new dog convince Eszter and Zoe to stay?
Louise wants to tell Alex how she feels but decides she needs to show him after pushing him away for so long. Will a grand gesture be enough to show him she won't run away this time?
As the town of Littlewood comes together to help Huntley Manor, we’ll find out if kindness really does have the power to save the day…

I have mixed feelings about part 4 of Random Acts of Kindness, I was so eager to read this after waiting 2 months for the release but on the other hand I know I am going to be leaving these much loved characters behind.
This final part of the 4 part book ties everything up beautifully for our three protagonists. Eszter has a big decision to make about her and Zoe’s future, Abbie is praying her event for Huntley Manor is successful for Thomas and Louise is still trying to let the barriers down that are shielding her heart.
I won’t say any more then this about the details of the storyline as it is always difficult not to give too much away when a book is released in parts. The great thing is with each part we are given a brief recap as to what has happened in the previous part to refresh our minds and keep us up to speed.
I have come to really care about our characters in this book, they are three strong determined ladies who with the support of each other have taken some big steps to change the paths of their lives. The author has managed to create such realistic likeable characters who soon feel like friends to us.
The Kindness board features again in part 4 and this is something I love, the idea of sharing everyone’s acts of kindness to remind us that through all the negative press we hear there is still a lot of good in the world and the kindness board brings an uplifting and positive part to the storyline.
As I have mentioned in my review for part 1 I am not a fan of books broken down and released in parts, however, I have absolutely loved Random Acts of Kindness and I was eagerly waiting for the release of each part to catch up with the women again to see what they are upto next.
I can not recommend this book enough, the authors writing style is so captivating and she builds such rounded characters who will stay with me for a long time. I really hope this isn’t the end to these characters and that we see a sequel or at least their heads popping up in another book to see how they are all getting on. 


Monday, 28 May 2018

The Man Who Didn't Call by Rosie Walsh

Imagine you meet a man, spend seven glorious days together, and fall in love. And it’s mutual: you’ve never been so certain of anything.
So when he leaves for a long-booked holiday and promises to call from the airport, you have no cause to doubt him.
But he doesn’t call.
Your friends tell you to forget him, but you know they're wrong: something must have happened; there must be a reason for his silence.
What do you do when you finally discover you're right? That there is a reason – and that reason is the one thing you didn't share with each other?
The truth.

I feel like I have been waiting forever for the release of The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh, I loved the authors books written under Lucy Robinson so I was looking forward to reading her new release. HOWEVER! Now I have finished the book I have spent the best part of a week trying to review this book because it is truly an amazing read but I think what made it so great was knowing absolutely nothing about it, there were no reviews circulating no comments and I didn’t even read the synopsis! So I had no idea what lay ahead and I think this was why the book blew me away and with this in mind I am so conscious not to give anything away so this may be a very short review ( I am tempted to leave it at BUY IT!)
The storyline begins as one I am sure a lot of us can relate to, after Sarah and Eddie randomly meet over a sheep one day they have the best few days together. Eddie is due to fly on holiday and the pair are already making plans for his return and as he leaves he promises to call Sarah.....
Eddie didn’t call……
Sarah thinks of every possible reason as to why he hasn’t called and she pushes the boundaries of sanity trying to find him.

The storyline is fast paced and the author is very clever with her writing style as you get a little too comfortable with the flow of the storyline so you don’t expect certain things to then be sprung on you! It is one of those reads that you find predictable but are looking forward to seeing the events along the way to the conclusion you have deemed to happen only to then have everything thrown back in your face and have you checking to see if someone has just stolen a few pages out of the book!
Sarah is such a lovely character who I was rooting for from the first meeting, I could easily sympathise with her and could relate to the mad thoughts that go through your mind as to the reason for the no call, these things start of so small and innocent to then blow up to the extreme which brought a little humour to the storyline.
This book will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions from hope and laughter to heartbreak and shock. At no point will you be able to put this book down so put a day aside as you will need to finish it in one greedy swoop!
This is such a great read that will leave a mark on you, I can not name another author who manages to shock me as much as Rosie Walsh does. This book will be big news and it deserves every mention it gets I just can not wait for another book by Rosie Walsh I just hope she doesn’t keep us waiting too long!

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain

Today it is my stop on the blog tour for Sunshine and Sweet Peas in Nightingale Square by Heidi Swain and I am thrilled to be able to share with you my review for the book.

Kate is on the run from her almost-divorced husband who is determined to have her back, and she has found the perfect place to hide... a little cottage on Nightingale Square in Norwich, far away from her old life in London. But the residents of Nightingale Square don't take no for an answer, and Kate soon finds herself pulled into a friendship with Lisa, her bossy but lovely new neighbour.

Within a matter of days Kate is landed with the job of campaigning the council to turn the green into a community garden, meanwhile all the residents of Nightingale Square are horrified to discover that the Victorian mansion house on the other side of the square has been bought by developers. But when all hope is lost, the arrival of a handsome stranger is sure to turn things around! 

Heidi Swain is back with yet another cosy romance set in an idyllic little village with a group of much loved characters to keep us entertained.
Kate moved to Nightingale Square after splitting from her husband wanting to escape somewhere to enable her to make a fresh start somewhere quiet where nobody knows her and where she can have some quiet time alone, little did she know that the residents of Nightingale Square would have other ideas!
What Heidi always does so well in all of her books and this one is no exception is capturing the community spirit where everyone comes together to help each other but on the flip side you can have no secrets as everyone knows everyone else’s business. There is a strong friendship bond between Kate Lisa and Heather who all needed the help and reassurance from each other. There are so many wonderful characters living in Nightingale square and it was great to see them wanting to do something together.
The storyline focuses on friendship, infidelity, parenting struggles and lost history so there is something for everyone. If you are looking for an easy read with lovable characters and a beautiful setting then this book will not disappoint.

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