Book Review: Matchmaking at Port Willow by Kiley Dunbar

Today I’m excited to share my review for Matchmaking at Port Willow by Kiley Dunbar. I feel head over heels in love with The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday so jumped at the opportunity to get a sneaky read of this one. Scroll down to see if it met my expectations.

Book Review: Matchmaking at Port Willow by Kiley Dunbar

Matchmaking at Port Willow by Kiley Dunbar

Title: Matchmaking at Port Willow (Port Willow Bay book 2)

Author: Kiley Dunbar

Publisher: Hera

Genre: Romance, women’s fiction

Release Date: 16th Sept 2021

Purchase links

AMZ: https://amzn.to/3yjUyMO

Kobo: https://bit.ly/36678DF

Apple: https://apple.co/36aBHI5

Blurb

Beatrice Halliday has been working hard at the Princess and The Pea Inn, loved up with landlord Atholl and enjoying planning events for the locals. But at Christmas there’s a kick – as she realises she’s expecting.

Despite being fearful of the future, Beatrice is graced with a distraction: the prospects of helping a romance flourish when a married couple spend their first child-free holiday at the Inn – and it becomes clear they need some help rediscovering each other. In true Beatrice fashion, she cant help meddling.

Featuring the story of a first love, a new family, a marriage in crisis, and an octogenarian love affair, you’ll fall head over heels for this heart-warming rom-com.

My Thoughts

This is the second in the Port Willow Bay series and though it can be read as a standalone as I did, I believe you would gain a greater experience with reading the first one, Summer at Highland Coral Beach and knowing the backstory of Beatrice and Atholl.

The primary focus of this book is the continuation of the love between Beatrice and Atholl, Beatrice’s matchmaking and Nina who, after losing everything in one swoop, is sent to Scotland to prove herself to her boss. The contrast between the hustle of New York and the cosiness of the Highlands worked well and drew me into the story. I fell in love with Atholl so have moved up his story in my TBR; he knows just what to say in a time of crisis and supportive. Their story is emotional and uplifting.

With a large cast of characters, superb descriptions, especially why Burns’ night is celebrated, the Kiley Dunbar magic brought the village and Inn to life, so rather than being a spectator I felt like a friend popping by to catch up with the news. The culture of Scotland shines through this lyrical ode to the Highlands and traditional crafts. Port Willow Bay is somewhere I long to go in reality for the hospitality, crafts but most of all a stay in the Princess and the Pea room. This room is an inspiration and created a vivid image of luxury and romance.

Would I recommend?

Yes. Full of warmth, a spectacular location and a festive feel this novel is one to curl up under the duvet with and indulge in a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows – deal for this time of year when nights are drawing in.

Author Biography

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Kiley Dunbar

Kiley Dunbar writes heart-warming, escapist, romantic fiction set in beautiful places, with One Winter’s Night being shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Comedy Novel Award 2021.

Kiley’s five novels include: The Borrow a Bookshop Holiday (May 2021), One Winter’s Night (September 2020), Summer at the Highland Coral Beach (2020), Christmas at Frozen Falls (2019) and One Summer’s Night (2019).

Social Media Links


Website and newsletter: http://www.kileydunbar.co.uk/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI8wM4Fmkbyg4S_XGSnfUCA

Twitter https://twitter.com/kileydunbar

‘Kiley Dunbar Author Book Page’ on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KileyDunbarAuthor/

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to this tour and providing an advanced copy for me to review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.

Dystonia Around the World readathon update: 8 books read so far – need to read so many more and update my page. You can support Dystonia UK and my challenge here. If you do look, a huge thank you. Dystonia awareness makes a huge difference to fundraising, diagnosis and research.

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Book Review: Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Cecelia Ahern novel and have several one my TBR pile, but I was excited to be invited to this tour for Freckles not only because the cover is stunning and the blurb sounded different but relatable. Scroll down to see if they lived up to my expectations.

Book Review: Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

Book cover of Freckles by Cecelia Ahern
Freckles by Cecelia Ahern

Title: Freckles

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fiction, women’s fiction

Release Date: 2nd September 2021

Blurb

‘Freckles is a beautiful, hopeful book when the world needs hope most. Cecelia has written a novel about our search for our authentic selves in a crazy world. Like all her novels, it’s inspiring, life-affirming and full of insight’ CATHY KELLY


You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with…


When a stranger utters these words to Allegra Bird, nicknamed Freckles, it turns her highly ordered life upside down. In her current life as a parking warden, she has left her eccentric father and unconventional childhood behind for a bold new life in the city. But a single encounter leads her to ask the question she’s been avoiding for so long: who are
the people who made her the way she is? And who are the five people who can shape and determine her future? Just as she once joined the freckles on her skin to mirror the constellations in the night sky, she must once again look for connections.

Told in Allegra’s vivid, original voice, moving from Dublin to the fierce Atlantic coast, this is an unforgettable story of human connection, of friendship, and growing into your own skin.


Five people. Five stars. Freckle to freckle. Star to star.

My Thoughts

Freckles is unlike the other Cecelia Ahern’s novels I’ve read for its lack of the signature quirky otherworldly elements, but it grabbed me from the beginning with Allegra connecting her freckles on her arms to form constellations. This simple image connected me to her despite her character being someone who is hard to get close to initially. Feeling disconnected from everyone including her beloved father, Freckles as she is known has been hurt multiple times and keeps everyone at arms length including the reader. Her chosen career choice as a traffic warden which she loves for its rules and routine she follows with precisely was guaranteed to put a barrier between those in her new town and any relationships she may have. Freckles is a complex and authentic personality with many traits to indicate that she is neurodivergent, making her feel out of step with those around her. She says things as they are and sometimes cause offence without meaning to. As a neurotypical reader, I felt this was a good representation of a neurodivergency and gave an accurate glimpse into her world but with all books with neurodivergent characters the true test is how those with autism feel.

When she hears the quote telling her people’s personalities are made up of five people around them, she longs to meet those who will improve her lot. Her innocence in how she sees the world is refreshing and tugged at my heart especially when it leads her to situation you know she may get hurt. I felt a maternal love for her and longed to jump in and steer her in the right direction with some of the choices she makes on her pursuit to find herself and happiness. It made me reflect on my own life and pinpoint my five, while reading her emotional but uplifting journey.

All the characters around her are well developed and have interesting backstories to help push this character driven story forward. It tackles some heavy topics including self-harm and dementia in a sensitive manner.

Would I recommend?

Yes, behind this beautiful cover is a beautiful, warm and thought provoking book which may have a slow pace but it has depth and introduced me to Freckles who on her quest to find her five slipped into my heart and on to my forever shelf for a reread.

Author Biography

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Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern is one of the biggest selling authors to emerge in the past fifteen years, having sold more than 25 million copies worldwide in over 50 countries. Two of her books have been adapted as major films and she has created several TV series in the US and Germany. Her novel PS I Love You was a New York Times bestseller and huge #1 bestseller in Ireland and the UK. In 2007, it was made into a major film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and most recently, Cecelia wrote the sequel- Postscript which was an instant bestseller. Cecelia has written13 bestselling novels including two YA novels and a critically acclaimed collection of short stories, ROAR which is being produced by and starring Nicole Kidman. Her novels have resonated with readers everywhere through their thoughtful, unique and inspiring storytelling and have won numerous awards.


Cecelia lives in Dublin with her family. To find out more please visit www.cecelia-ahern.com


Thank you Random Thing Tours for inviting me to this tour and providing an advanced copy for me to review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.

A quick Dystonia Around the World challenge update, dystonia attacks and migraines have slowed down the reading but currently on book five. To find out more about the challenge click here.

Take care and happy reading!

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Hello September and my overwhelming TBR pile #dystoniaaroundtheworldchallenge

Hello September and Dystonia Awareness month. Dystonia is a neurological condition affecting the muscles causing them to spasm and twist, sometimes into impossible positions – the girl in The Exorcist is nothing compared to what dystonia can force the body to do. It has been in my life much longer than 2013 when I was finally diagnosed and affects much of my body at various times. The long wait in diagnosis for people with the condition is why September and the awareness it can bring is so important to me and why I want to take part in Dystonia UK’s Dystonia Around the World challenge.

What is Dystonia?

  • It is the 3rd most common movement disorder behind Parkinson’s and essential tremor.
  • It can affect any region of the body including the eyelids, face, torso and limbs. Some people have their voice affected.
  • It can affect one part of the body or many making it more generalised.
  • Some have dystonia from childhood but it can develop as an adult.
  • It is usually a lifelong condition with no current cure.
  • Treatment includes botox injections, medication or deep brain stimulation (DBS).

What is the Dystonia Around the World Challenge?

The aim is to join forces to collectively and virtually travel 25,000 miles from Dystonia UK’s London office around the world and back, and raising £25,000 to help raise global awareness of the condition affecting 100,000 people in the UK alone each year.

Miles can include those done physically by walking, jogging or cycling or by choosing another activity such as drawing and craft. Every 10 minutes of activity = 1 mile travelled!

My Plan

Last year, I took part in the Dystonia Around the World challenge by writing short stories for my sister blog, Kate Kenzie Writes and this year I have scratched my head trying to decide what to do until I tripped over my overwhelming TBR pile that has extended to the floor despite already filling two book trolleys – I’m going to finally read the books that have sat patiently waiting for my attention including the rereads who are calling me. With only have a handful of blog tour books to read, now is the ideal time to start. I may even be able to reduce my Netgalley online shelf that is fast becoming an encyclopaedic length. I’ll aim to post updates on my Instagram page. How many do you think I can read?

Lockdown and shielding has also meant the pounds have piled on and my mobility has suffered. With this in mind, I’m also aiming emerge from my duvet more and face the world with my walker more (despite my love-hate relationship with it) and see where that leads.

If you’d like to support my epic readathon and help fundraise for Dystonia UK, click here.

Let the readathon challenge begin!

Happy reading and stay safe

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Book Review: The Woman in the Wood by M.K Hill

Autumn has arrived here in Yorkshire and the evenings are drawing in earlier now we are in September. This is the perfect time to turn to thrilling reads, and with the title The Woman in the Wood and intriguing blurb, M.K Hill’s latest novel promised to be just that. Scroll down to see if it fulfilled my expectations.

Book Review: The Woman in the Woods by M.K Hill

The Woman in the Wood by M.K Hill

Title: The Woman in the Wood

Author: M.K Hill

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Genre: Thriller

Release Date: 4th March 2021

Blurb

A reality TV star becomes a suspect in an Essex murder case in the sharp, funny and moving new thriller from M.K. Hill.


Three years ago, Danny ‘Abs’ Cruikshank, star of reality show Laid in Essex!, was living the dream. And then, on the night of the party, everything changed. It was supposed to be an intimate weekend gathering. Just a few close friends in a remote cottage in Wales. But after a night of heavy drinking in the village pub, a local girl was reported missing,
presumed dead. Abs and his friends had been the last to see her alive.


No-one was ever charged, but the controversy destroyed Abs’s career. So now, three years later, the celebrity who once captured the heart of millions is opening Southend’s new branch of Quidstore. And then one of Abs’s mates is murdered. Does someone know what really happened that night in Wales?


DI Sasha Dawson and her team must race against the clock to find the killer before they strike again –
but first she must discover what happened to Rhiannon Jenkins on the night she vanished. Will the
truth set Abs free? Or bury him?

My Thoughts

The premise of this novel surrounds an ex-reality T.V star Abs, who is famous for his appearance on Laid in Essex, which is similar to a series we all know with a similar name, and what someone will do to make sure the secrets of the night a woman disappeared are never revealed. A murder of his friend triggers an investigation led by Sasha Dawson. As a central protagonist, I found her character intriguing and wanted to know more which is always good in a crime series because it meant not only did I keep turning the page to follow this investigation, I’ve added the previous book to my TBR and intend to keep an eye out for the next to see how the dynamics of her team and family relations develop with time. Abs was not an easy character to warm to, but I found it fascinating to see how he coped with his downfall from being a star and at times felt pity for him with his constant belief he could return to stardom. It is through his eyes we discover what happened in the past with his friends in the woods; the deeper I got into the mystery, the more I needed to know who did it and what exactly they did. I didn’t get much sleep when the pace picked up, events turned darker and I headed to the conclusion which I would never have guessed.

Would I recommend?

Yes, this is a strong, dark crime novel with many twists, well-developed characters and personalities throughout using the desire for fame as a backdrop.  Sasha Dawson is a detective to follow and I could easily see this adapted to television.

Author Biography

M.K Hill

Mark Hill was a journalist and an award-winning music radio producer before becoming a full-time writer.
The first novel in the Sasha Dawson series, The Bad Place, was described as ‘everything a police procedural should be’ by The Times, who also named it as their Crime Book of the Month. He lives in London.

Thank you Random Thing Tours for inviting me to this tour and providing an advanced copy for me to review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Book Review: The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman

Finally, I’m able to share the review for The Beach Read Club by Kathryn Freeman I was supposed to post a couple of weeks ago before a Kindle hiccup and life took over. With a bright, cheery cover it promised what the title suggests – a book suitable for reading on a sun lounger by the pool or on the beach. Scroll down to see if it lived up to its expectations.

Book Review: The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman

The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman

Title: The Beach Reads Book Club

Author: Kathryn Freeman

Publisher: One More Chapter

Genre: RomCom

Release Date: 30th June 2021

Purchase Links:

UK AMAZON https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0931Y5W12 US AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0931Y5W12

BLURB

Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.

If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.

A love letter to chicklit, romance, romcoms, whatever you want to call them!

My Thoughts

I loved the premise of this novel, which focused on the friendships formed in a break away book group, where instead of the highbrow literature of the primary group, books read for fun are up for discussion. Lottie, the protagonist, was a relatable, friendly and as a book lover, I found an instant connection with her, especially because like me she owned a lovable and sometimes destructive dog.

The chemistry between her and the bookshop owner, Matthew, sizzled from the start and it was a joy to see the spark grow and progress through the upcoming chapters. Each chapter covered the particular book the group was reading, so not only did I enjoy this story, my TBR pile has grown too.

It is the type of book club I would love to join and the characters are the people I would love to spend time with, so this novel was like being surrounded by friends and gave the warm hug of friendship as I read it.

Would I recommend?

Yes, yes, yes! If you are a lover of romcoms and uplifting summer reads this is one to pack in your suitcase for your holidays or to read while soaking up the British weather in the garden or duvet, depending on whether the sun is shining or it’s chucking it down outside. Full of chuckles, romantic chemistry and feel good friendships this is one for my forever shelf so I can return to it again and again. It’s best read with gin or tea and cake, depending on the time of day.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Kathryn Freeman

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero. 

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

Social Media Links

Website:  http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kathrynfreeman

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for the invite to the blog tour which introduced me to this book. It was just what I needed to read.

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Book Review: Dear Grace by Claire Swatman

Finally, it is my turn to share my review for Dear Grace by Clare Swatman. I’ve been wanting to tell you all about this book as soon as I closed it for the final time a few weeks ago. Scroll down to see why.

Book Review: Dear Grace by Claire Swatman

Dear Grace by Clare Swatman

Title: Dear Grace

Author: Clare Swatman

Publisher: Nielsen

Genre: Contempory fiction

Release Date: 25th June 2021

Purchase: Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dear-Grace-Clare-Swatman/dp/1916906001/

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1916906001
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1916906006

Blurb

The most unlikely friendship. The most unexpected consequences.

When Anna’s husband cheats on her, she’s sure she’ll never be happy again. But then she meets 94-year-old Grace. Despite an age gap of more than fifty years, the pair set out together on a life-changing journey halfway across the country in search of some answers.

Sometimes the only way to move on is to revisit the past. But will Anna and Grace be prepared for what they find?

A story about love, female friendship, heartbreak and learning to forgive.

My Thoughts

Oh my, where do I start? This book is phenomenal and one of the best examples of friendship fiction, the chemistry between Anna and Grace leapt off the page and showcased the depth of love that can exist between friends, whether they are new or old ones. Like in this story, age doesn’t matter; sometimes you meet someone and you just click like these two did.

Clare Swatman has captured realistic characters on the page and I instantly connected with them all but especially Grace with her fierce determination and meddling. She is the glue holding the other characters, Anna and Tom,  in place while they find their place in life. She made me chuckle on more than one occasion and I had to keep on reading when her past began to be revealed.

The descriptions of the seascape and locations are perfect, and atmospheric; I could visualise being on the beach and felt every lap of the ocean on the shore, and this along with the depth of emotion layered in this beautifully written tale immersed me into the trio’s lives. I didn’t want it to end.

Dear Grace is full of humour, love and stunning use of words and it is more than just a novel about friendship, it’s about living your life and loving those you meet.

Would I recommend?

If you have read the above, you know the answer. This is a must read of the year. It’s uplifting and heart-breaking and grabs your soul, making you want to reread it again and again. This is one for my forever bookshelf to be treasured. I now need to read Before You Go.

Author Biography

Clare Swatman

Clare Swatman is an author and journalist. She has had two previous novels published, with her debut, Before You Go, selling in 22 territories around the world. She has also spent 20 years writing for women’s magazines in the UK.

Her latest novel, Dear Grace, is inspired by her love of Lowestoft, the town where she spent many happy holidays with her late grandparents.

Clare lives in Hertfordshire in the UK with her husband and two boys. Even the cat is male, which means she’s destined to be outnumbered forever.

Facebook at Clare Swatman Author, Insta @clareswatmanauthor, and twitter, where she’s @clareswatman

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Thank you Random Thing Tours for inviting me to this tour and providing an advanced copy for me to review and give my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Book Review: The Happiness Revolution by Dr Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee

I’m excited to share a different type of book for me The Happiness Revolution by Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee, a non-fiction guide to living your best life. The last eighteen months have been difficult for all, but the last few months have been for me the hardest with everyone jumping back into real life. I’ve found myself in a rut, so when the invite for this book popped into my email I jumped at the chance to read it despite it not being my usual read. Scroll down to see if this book does what it says on the cover.

Book Review: The Happiness Revolution by Dr Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee

Happy Revolution by Dr Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee

Title: The Happiness Revolution: A Manifesto for Living your Best Life

Author: Dr Andy Cope and Prof Paul McGee

Publisher: Capstone

Genre: self-help, no-fiction

Release Date: 10th June 2021

Blurb

The book for our times! As we emerge from lockdown and re-evaluate our lives before and during the pandemic, we now have a unique opportunity for change and a more positive future.


 A guide for everyone who feels that they are just muddling along. While we cannot be happy all of the time, we can learn how to live a less stressed and happier life.


 Two of the best-selling experts in the field of positive psychology brought together for the first time and available for
interview: Dr Andy Cope (The Art of Being Brilliant) and Prof Paul McGee (S.U.M.O.).


 Grounded in science and tested in life, The Happiness Revolution compiles all that we know about the science of happiness and presents it in a cheerful, often hilarious, and practical way – so that you can upgrade your wellbeing.


Happiness. We chase it, we crave it… it’s so in demand… yet so scarce.


But here’s the good news. In The Happiness Revolution: A Manifesto For Living Your Best Life, bestselling authors Dr Andy Cope and Professor Paul McGee deliver a page-turning self-help book of the times, for the times. As the world wakes up to a new kind of normal, The Happiness Revolution challenges readers to sign up to an uprising of wellbeing and to making the most of the privilege of being on this planet.

The book outlines a 10-point Happiness Manifesto. Grounded in the science of human flourishing and the reality of life, the principles are simple, do-able and above all make a difference not only to yourself but to others too. Let the fight back to mental wealth start right here. Welcome to global domination of the happiness kind!

Discover:
 How to regain your sanity, clarity, and wellbeing, even when your smartphone, kids, spouse,
job, and possessions seem to be conspiring to keep you from doing just that.


 Why it can be so hard to maintain a happy outlook when the outside world has never been
so fast, complex, and unpredictable.


 How to be at your best in a world that is doing its worst.


Happiness is the #1 thing you want for yourself and your family. The Happiness Revolution is an indispensable guide for everyone trying to live their best life and to spread some happiness whilst doing so.

Rise up and be happy! Vive la revolution!

My Thoughts

When lockdown happened, everyone became recluses and, as a spoonie, my world opened with many online opportunities popping up to keep everyone entertained and less lonely – catch ups with friends, courses in everything you could dream of, accessible conferences and events were all happening on zoom. My diary hadn’t looked so full since I became ill. As a shielder, when freedom day arrived and real life began again, my social calendar shrank again and my mood plummeted. I had high hopes this book would give me a lift, and it did. It really did, despite life throwing more curveballs at me while reading it; the authors’ words offered me respite from my troubles and helped me remain calm and concentrate on what I could control and the positive, however small.

Split into easy-to-read sections and sprinkled with humour, I zipped through the book over a few days. The ideas and tips are accessible, and though backed by science, they are presented in a way that meant I wasn’t bogged down by jargon. They felt I could slot them into my life without feeling overwhelmed and giving up within a day. Usually, I’m a glass half person, so maybe that helped with my enjoyment as their words made sense, gave me a kick in the right direction and focus on the things I can control rather than not. This book does require an open mind and the desire to give it ago because batting away negativity is never easy, especially when the brain is programmed to focus on it.

Would I recommend?

Yes. It’s highly accessible, full of humour and manageable tips to get you out of a rut and begin to treat yourself like your own best friend so you can discover the elusive sense of happiness.

Author Biography

Dr Andy Cope

DR ANDY COPE is the UK’s first ever Dr of Happiness. He has a passion for motivation and positive psychology and
strives to influence people to think differently. He founded Art of Brilliance in 2004 to blaze a new trail – one that was
non-academic, totally rooted in the real world and that would make a massive and immediate impact on
individuals and organisations. Andy is a sought-after keynote speaker, bestselling author, and authority on happiness, motivation, and human flourishing.

Prof Paul McGee


PROF PAUL MCGEE is a visiting professor at the University of Chester and is one of Europe’s leading speakers on the subject of change, resilience, wellbeing, and communication. His book SUMO became a Sunday Times best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the WHSmith’s business chart and remained there for a further 24 weeks. His books have sold over a quarter of a million copies worldwide. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio. He has had the privilege of working with one of the world’s top management gurus the late Dr Stephen Covey and his work has been endorsed by Sir Clive Woodward. Chris Evans described Paul’s book ‘How Not to Worry’ as “a gift to the world.” His clients include prominent blue chip organisations, public sector bodies and a leading Premier League football club.
He combines his love of comedy and football by supporting Wigan Athletic and Bradford City

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Book Review: A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson

Book Review: A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson

A Gingerbread House by Catriona McPherson

Title: A Gingerbread House

Author: Catriona McPherson

Publisher: Severn House

Genre: Psychological thriller

Release Date: 1st July 2021

Purchase Links

US Amazon link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0727850016

UK Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Gingerbread-House-Catriona-McPherson/dp/0727850016/

Severn House: http://severnhouse.com/book/A+Gingerbread+House/9193

Blurb

An invitation you can’t refuse. You should . . .

When shy, lonely Ivy meets a woman who claims to be her long-lost sister, she knows it’s too good to be true. She decides to trust Kate anyway. She wants a family. She wants someone to love.

She’s making a mistake.

Ivy enters Kate’s fairytale cottage, deep in the heart of Scotland . . . and she doesn’t come out.

She’s the first to go missing.

She won’t be the last.

Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, Tash’s journey is just beginning . . .

My Thoughts

This novel is split into two distinct threads; one following Tash who discovers a disturbing family secret and the other is the disappearance of three women. Tash’s story has a gangster-type feel as she conspires to expose her findings but in her own way while the other women’s tales are disturbing, eerie and give the story a darker fairytale-like quality which made me keep turning the pages until the end. The characters were distinct from each other but were all inflicted with the feeling of something missing in their lives allowing them to be manipulated in meticulous ways.  I wasn’t sure how the threads would collide but when they did the midway, the story picked up speed towards the thrilling and satisfactory conclusion.

Would I recommend?

Yes, this is a new author for me but I enjoyed the story they weaved to produce this unique, thrilling psychological thriller set in a Scottish landscape. I’m excited to add Catriona McPherson back catalogue.

Author Biography

Catriona McPherson

Born in West Lothian and educated at Edinburgh University, Catriona McPherson has been a full-time fiction writer since 2001. She is the multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver historical mysteries, the Last Ditch mysteries and a number of standalone psychological thrillers. She lives in northern California.

Social Media Links –

http://catrionamcpherson.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Catriona-McPherson/171725286218342

https://twitter.com/CatrionaMcP

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Book Promo: The Beach Reads Book Club by Kathryn Freeman

I’m excited to share a book that arrived on my Kindle at just the right time and would love to share the blurb with you.

The Beach Club Reads by Kathryn Freeman

Title: The Beach Reads Book Club

Author: Kathryn Freeman

Publisher: One More Chapter

Genre: RomCom

Release Date: 30th June 2021

Purchase Links:

UK AMAZON https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0931Y5W12 US AMAZON https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0931Y5W12

Blurb

Welcome to the Beach Reads Book Club…where love is just a page away…

When Lottie Watt is unceremoniously booted out of her uptight book club for not following the rules, she decides to throw the rulebook out the window and start her own club – one where conversation, gin and cake take precedent over actually having read the book!

The Beach Reads Book Club soon finds a home for its meetings at Books by the Bay, a charming bookshop and café owned by gorgeous, brooding Matthew Steele, and as the book club picks heat up, so too does the attraction between Matt and Lottie.

If there’s anything Lottie has learned from the romances she’s been reading, it’s that the greatest loves are the ones hardest earned.

A love letter to chicklit, romance, romcoms, whatever you want to call them!

Author Biography

Kathryn Freeman

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a sexy hero. 

With a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

Social Media Links

Website:  http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kathrynfreeman

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1

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Book Promo: Dark Water Sacrifice by

I’m excited to share the details for a book that is sitting on my TBR waiting for me to read, Dark Water Sacrifice by Zach Lamb.

Dark Water Sacrifice by Zach Lamb

Title: Dark Water Sacrifice

Author: Zach Lamb

Publisher: DarkStroke

Genre: Horror

Release Date: 17th May 2021

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dark-Water-Sacrifice-Zach-Lamb-ebook/dp/B08Z8P3173

US – https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Water-Sacrifice-Zach-Lamb-ebook/dp/B08Z8P3173

Blurb

A parent’s guilt. Desperate choices. The ultimate cost.

The dark water has always called to the Blackwell family.

Devastated by the loss of his daughter, Adam Blackwell flees his hometown of Scarsville, Georgia. 

Something lurks beneath the churning black waters, and its patience is running out.  

Two years later, his father is dead and has left him everything, including the lake where Adam’s daughter drowned. Now, Adam must return to the last place he ever wanted to go and settle the affairs of the man he blames for everything. 

The time has come for the next sacrifice, and it will stop at nothing.

Adam believes it will be a short trip to get the house ready for sale. But the closer he gets to the lake, the more memories return from the worst day of his life.

Living in the past is dangerous, but there is nowhere to hide when the past comes back for you.

Staying in the family home, Adam hears small footsteps in the dark. Soon after, he hears the voice of his daughter. She wants him to join her in the depths of the black lake.

When the waters rise, Adam must decide whether he will begin the slow process of healing and somehow find peace between the world of the living and the dead—or become the next Dark Water Sacrifice… 

Author Biography

Author Zach Lamb

Zach Lamb is a fictionist who creates thriller, horror and dark fiction stories. He is the author of The Suicide Killer and Dark Water Sacrifice. Zach has an MFA in creative writing from Southern New Hampshire University. He lives with his wife and kids in the non-fictional town of Ellerslie, Georgia, named after the fictional character Captain Ellerslie from the Waverley Novels.

Social Media Links –

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Zach_LambAuthor

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Zach-Lamb-Author-102039438275213

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