Blog Tour and Book Review: The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke

Welcome to a birthday post for The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke. Thank you @raresources for inviting me to this celebratory blog tour and the free book to read so I could review. Scroll down for my thoughts on this romance novel and the giveaway.

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Book Review for The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke.

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The Secret to Falling in Love by Victoria Cooke

Title: The Secret to Falling in Love

Author: Victoria Cooke

Publisher: HQ Digital

Genre: Romance

Release Date: 9th February 2017

Blurb

Lifestyle journalist and thirty-something singleton Melissa hashtags, insta’s and snapchats her supposedly fabulous life on every social media platform there is.

That is until she wakes up on her birthday, another year older and still alone, wondering if for all her internet dates, love really can be found online? The challenge: go technology free for a whole month!

Forced to confront the reality of her life without its perfect filters, Melissa knows she needs to make some changes. But when she bumps into not one, but two gorgeous men, without the use of an app, she believes there could be hope for love offline.

If only there was a way to choose the right guy for her…

Purchase Link – getBook.at/TheSecrettoFallinginLove

My Thoughts

I have a confession I am addicted to my phone. It is my constant companion and I find it difficult not to scroll through the social media apps. The premise of this novel struck a cord and I was intrigued how the story would evolve.

Melissa was instantly likeable as she struggles to find the man of her dreams when everyone around her is settling down and I could relate to her. She doesn’t plan for her sabbatical from technology so with no preparation it instantly shows how reliant we are on it for our social interaction even on the simplest level. The world opened up to her as she saw the activity around her, new relationships formed and she began to live. This thought-provoking novel is humorous and uplifting. It made me remember the time before I had access to the internet. I would be unable to last month without my phone but it made me consider whether I need to use it as much as I do.

Would I recommend?

Yes it is an enjoyable, entertaining read which makes you leave the phone alone and appreciate the world around you. This was her debut; I am pleased there is a back catalogue of her books to catch up on.

 Author Biography

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Victoria Cooke

 

Victoria Cooke grew up in the city of Manchester before crossing the Pennines in pursuit of a career in education. She now lives in Huddersfield with her husband and two young daughters and when she’s not at home writing by the fire with a cup of coffee in hand, she loves working out in the gym and travelling. Victoria was first published at the tender age of eight by her classroom teacher who saw potential in a six-page story about an invisible man. Since then she’s always had a passion for reading and writing, undertaking several writers’ courses before completing her first novel, ‘The Secret to Falling in Love,’ in 2016.

 

 

 

 

Social Media Links 

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https://twitter.com/victoriacooke10

https://www.instagram.com/victoriacookewriter

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Happy reading!

Love

 

 

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Book Review: Stalker by Lars Keplar

Those who were following me last year may remember how I loved Lars Keplar’s The Sandman so I was eager to read the next in the series Stalker. When I was offered the chance to be involved in this blog tour I knew I had to squeal “yes please”. Thanks @AAknopf for a free advanced copy of the book to review.

Book Review for Stalker by Lars Keplar

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Stalker by Lars Keplar

Title: Stalker

Author: Lars Keplar

Publisher: Alfred A Knopf

Genre: Crime, psychological thriller

Release Date: 5th February 2019

Blurb

The internationally bestselling authors of The Sandman and The Hypnotist return with a
terrifying new thriller:

Detective Joona Linna–recently returned from compassionate
leave–reunites with hypnotist Erik Maria Bark in a search for a seemingly unassailable
sadistic killer.The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she’s being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman’s body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there’s nothing they can do. Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna’s worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things. Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he’s beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars–and a serial killer still on the loose. . .

My Thoughts

Lars Keplar have a unique style which I love and their books are always dark common in the Scandinavian noir genre. This is no exception. The murders are graphic and tap into the fear of being watched while living your life or getting dressed. I was always paranoid about the curtains being open at night but now I am even more cautious.

It follows on from The Sandman and though this book could be read as a standalone the complex lives and relationships between the characters may mean you may miss some of the depth of the story and the motivation of their actions.  Joona Linna is assumed dead allowing another detective Margot Silverman to take on his role to investigate. I liked her as a protagonist and think she could have carried the story alone. Heavily pregnant she is determined to solve the case before maternity leave so reluctantly accepts help when Joona reappears along with Erik Bark from the book The Hypnotist.

I was drawn in with the intensity of the first murder and the urgency to catch the killer before he strikes again. The fast pace at the beginning made me eager to know who the murderer was and why but there was a lull in the middle and I began to lose interest. If I was not reviewing I may have put it to one side but I am glad I didn’t as the pace quickened towards a satisfying conclusion. With the unexpected twists and turns as it delves into the world of drugs and human psyche, Stalker is a good read but it lacked the connection for the characters I have felt with the previous books.

Would I recommend?

Yes despite my misgivings Lars Keplar are strong talented authors and Stalker is still a high quality, enjoyable Nordic thriller.

About Lars Kepler:

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LARS KEPLER is the pseudonym of the critically acclaimed husband and wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. Their number one internationally bestselling Joona Linna series has sold more than twelve million copies in forty languages. The Ahndorils were both established writers before they adopted the pen name Lars Kepler and have each published several acclaimed novels. They live in Stockholm, Sweden. Translated by Neil Smith.

 

 

 

 

Social media

Author Website: http://larskepler.com/

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/larskepler/

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larskepler/

Have a good weekend and happy reading!

Love

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Book Review: And No Birds Will Sing by E.A Clark

It is nearly Halloween; my favourite time of year to read books with a spooky edge so I am pleased to share my review for And No Birds Will Sing as part of the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.

Book Review: And No Birds Will Sing by E.A Clark

 

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Title: And No Birds Will Sing

Author: E.A Clark

Genre: Horror, Suspense, Paranormal

Publisher: Crooked Cat Books

Release date:  3rd September 2018

Blurb

Not all spirits rest in peace…

Following a personal tragedy, a recovering Grace Clements relocates with her husband and daughter to an old cottage in idyllic rural Oxfordshire. As the family integrate into the seemingly benign local community, they learn unsettling facts about the cottage’s dark past. Grace quickly becomes uncomfortably aware of a menacing presence within their new home.

Stumbling upon a neglected cemetery, Grace and her daughter discover the graves of the house’s previous inhabitants, including those of nine babies. Dismayed to find herself pregnant, Grace suspects she has awoken something truly evil in her new residence. She develops a creeping sense of unease as she unravels the disturbing truth about the history of the cottage and the fate of its occupants.

Who is the sinister boy watching Grace and her family? Are there malevolent forces at work? Or is the mentally fragile Grace heading for another breakdown?

A spellbinding paranormal thriller from the best-selling author of Lay Me To Rest. You may want to keep the lights on…

Purchase Links

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US https://amzn.to/2noxGJO

https://www.crookedcatbooks.com/product/and-no-birds-shall-sing/

My Thoughts

Within the first few pages, I questioned my wisdom of reading this book at night before I went to sleep. I instantly felt the tension and unease radiating from the cottage in the woods. This well-written novel has all the classic elements of a good ghost story – a rundown house with a back story the villagers are wary to discuss, a family wanting a new start and chilling episodes of hauntings which send shivers down your spine. It is made better by being on the right side of realism. The events are believable. Caught by E.A. Clarke’s imagery, I found myself emerged in the story. Emotionally attached to Grace as she struggled to deal with her grief alongside the hauntings and Cassie with her guide dog Jet, my fear was heightened. I was  trapped between wanting to find out more and wanting to put the book down because I was scared for the characters in peril. I tentatively turned the pages until the end.

Would I recommend?

Yes. This eerie book is perfect for a Halloween read.

Author Bio

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E.A Clark Author

Elizabeth Clark was born and raised in the Midlands, where she continues to live with her husband and son, plus an assortment of pets. Much of her formative existence was spent with her head in a book, and from an early age, she grew to relish the sheer escapism afforded by both reading and writing fiction. Putting things on hold for a time to raise her three children, she has resumed her fervent scribbling.

She has a love of antiquity and a penchant for visiting old graveyards, often speculating on the demise of those entombed beneath. Whilst she has written short stories and poetry for many years, a lifelong fascination with all things paranormal culminated in her first novel for adults, ‘Lay Me to Rest’, published in September 2017 by HQ Digital.

‘And No Birds Shall Sing’, to be published by Crooked Cat in October 2018, is her second foray into the realms of the supernatural.

Social Media Links 

Twitter handle –  @EAClarkAuthor ;

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.clark.779857

Goodreads – E.A. Clark – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17100457.E_A_Clark

BookBub – https://www.bookbub.com/profile/e-a-clark

 

Thank you Rachel Random Resources for the opportunity to review this book. Why not visit the blogs below for further reviews and info on the book and author.

Happy reading!

 

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Blog Tour and Book Review: Finding Rose by Julie Ryan

Book Review for Finding Rose by Julie Ryan

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Title: Finding Rose

Author: Julie Ryan

Genre: Women’s Fiction, Historical

Release Date: 22nd October 2018

Purchase Links:

Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Finding-Rose-Julie-Ryan-ebook/dp/B07GZZPYQX

Amazon UShttps://www.amazon.com/Finding-Rose-Julie-Ryan-ebook/dp/B07GZZPYQX

Blurb

When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.

Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1. Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?

My Thoughts

The possibility of the novel involving past lives caught my eye. It is a topic I am intrigued by so I was eager to read it when I was given the opportunity to join in a blog tour. I was not disappointed. From the beginning I was drawn into the all the three stories – the present with the sisters coping with their father’s declining health and their complex relationships, the lives of those in 16th century and the horrors of World War One – making me read chapter after chapter. I cared for all the characters in the different timelines and was eager to know the answers to the mysteries the novel revealed as the sister’s dug into their father’s past. Unlike some books with a historical fiction slant it is not a heavy read bogged down with detail but it keeps the magic of the genre. There were moments I will always remember and facts from the past I never knew. It is a beautiful, heartfelt tale of love, acceptance and reflection.

The subjects touched by the book would make it a perfect book for discussions in book clubs.

Would I recommend?

Yes, if you enjoy historical fiction blended with the present or want to try something different.
I am looking forward to reading more by this talented author.

Author Bio

Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a rescue cat. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance, as she can’t bear to get rid of any! They have been attempting to renovate their home for the last ten years.

She is the author of the Greek Island Mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy, each of which can be read as a standalone. Her latest book, Finding Rose, is a new departure for her as it is set against the backdrop of WW1 and has a strong link to the Tudor Court.

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Thank you Rachel Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this wonderful book.

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Book Review and Blog Tour: The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden

It has been a busy week for blog tours and this is Friday’s review. Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me the opportunity to read The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden

 

Book Review for The Amber Maze

The Amber Maze by Christopher Bowden

Title: The Amber Maze

Author: Christopher Bowden

Genre: Noir fiction, mystery

Release date: 6th September 2018

Blurb

While staying in a Dorset cottage, Hugh Mullion finds a mysterious key down the side of an antique chair. No one can say how long the key has been there or what it opens.
Hugh’s search for answers will unlock the secrets of the troubled life of a talented artist, destined to be hailed a neglected genius fifty years too late. And no secret is darker than that of The Amber Maze, from whose malign influence he never escaped.
The trail takes Hugh from Edwardian Oxfordshire to 1960s Camden Town, where the ghosts of the past are finally laid to rest.
Delicately crafted noir fiction at its best.

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK –  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0955506751
Amazon US –  https://www.amazon.com/Amber-Maze-Christopher-Bowden-ebook/dp/B07FRH481F/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1532280455&sr=1-1&keywords=the+amber+maze
Waterstones –  https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-amber-maze/christopher-bowden/9780955506758
Smash words –  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/880652

My Thoughts

With a beautifully written novel revolving around a forgotten key, dusty books, quirky personalities who visit a location close to my heart how could I not enjoy this enjoyable book? I loved the pace and language used. It suits Hugh Mullions, the protagonist well. He loves a challenging puzzle so when a key is discovered his obsessive streak shines through; he is determined to solve the riddle of The Amber Maze. His research takes him from a cosy cottage to a stately home and London as it leads him to troubled artist and the secrets urged me to continue reading.

There are a clutch of characters readers of his previous book, The Blue Door will know well  but this can be read as a standalone short novel.

As well as the promised mystery the mention of Camden in the blurb attracted me to this book. It was a place I visited as often as I could in my youth and I was impressed by the author’s ability to place the reader in the environment. Without being overly descriptive I was walking the streets alongside the characters which is always a pleasure in a book.

Would I recommend?

Yes. It’s different to my normal reads but is a refreshing a new genre for me to jump into; a perfect alternative to romance on comfy duvet days and ideal to read tucked up on a cold evening. Also with the book series surrounding the colour theme  it is one to remember for next year’s reading challenges for the ‘Read a book with a colour in the title’ because there are several books to choose from.

Author Biography

Book Review of The Amazon Maze

Christopher Bowden

 

Christopher Bowden lives in south London. The Amber Maze is the sixth of his colour-themed novels, which have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay.

 

 

 

Social Media Linkshttps://www.facebook.com/christopher.bowden.90

Want to know more about this book and Christopher Bowden why not visit others on this blog tour. The schedule is below.

Happy reading!

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Book Review for Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer

Book Review and Blog Tour: Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer by Lily Mae Walters

Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer by Lily Mae Walters

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Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer

Title: Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer

Author: Lily Mae Walters

Genre: Children’s fiction

Release date: 10th June 2018

Blurb

Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays.

Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter.

Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters.

The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the
Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
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My thoughts

First of all I love the cover of this book. It immediately drew my eye and if I saw this on a shelf in a shop I would have put it in my basket. I would have to know what lay behind the open doorway; I am one of those people who love old quirky doors for the stories they could tell and this one hides a highly imaginative and colourful, the first book in a series. Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer has sprinkles of magic seen in the classics of Tom’s Midnight Garden and The Chronicle of Narnia. Josie is a natural heroine and the characters she meets are memorable and delightful, especially Asher the cockney talking dog and the places she visits are enchanting; I long to explore the streets of Suncroft myself. As an adult I was eager to find out more so it will be a great read for younger audience. My only regret is my daughter is too old to read this. It has everything she would have loved when she a few years ago – a realistic, independent, and intelligent protagonist, magic, huskies and secretive adventures. It would have been a joy to snuggle up under the duvet and share this book together.

Would I recommend?

Perfect reading for 7 – 11 years who need a little bit of magic and adventure.

Author Bio

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

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Twitterhttps://twitter.com/LilyMaeWalters1

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Guest post: Real History versus Fantasy History; or, the Dangers of Pushing Research Too Far by M.K Wiseman

I am pleased to introduce M.K Wiseman, as part of a blog tour to celebrate her book, The Kithseeker.  Welcome Duvet Dwellers Books and over to you.

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Real History versus Fantasy History; or, the Dangers of Pushing Research Too Far

I almost went back to change the title of this post. In hindsight it comes across as quite menacing. But then, considering the topic at hand, I think I’ll keep it as typed. For you see, my writing jam is historical fantasy and sometimes real history just … *shiver

Have you ever heard of Hew Draper? I ran across his name while putting together a few fun table props for a convention I attended in August. ExpectoCon in Madison, Wisconsin is a new immersive wizards and witches weekend brought to you by the same mind that created the series of TeslaCon immersive steampunk conventions. As such, I needed a few really nifty outfits and a set of cool new props.

I decided to be so bold as to do a cheeky mild cosplay of one of my own characters. Well, more a nod than a true character cosplay. I fashioned Nagarath’s cinnabar staff and tried to have at least one of my weekend outfits resemble something akin to what I believe a 17th century Croatian wizard would wear. And I made reference books.

And to do so, I did (admittedly shoddy) research so that I could have with me the means to discuss, at length, various magickal histories. Books. Wizards. Strange facts (e.g. the history of the wand is quite fascinating). These filled my little note books in the hope that I could fill strangers’ ears with impromptu in-character lectures. To some extent, I was successful in this attempt and had a blast doing so. But to another extent this exercise mainly served to scare me.

Nicholas Flamel—made more recently famous through J. K. Rowling’s having dropped his history into the Harry Potter series—proved an interesting if non-threatening maybe-maybe-not wizard. I mention Hew Draper above. He managed something potentially more exciting. I say potentially for, no record exists of his having escaped the Salt Tower of the Tower of London on May 30, 1561 … but neither does there exist proof that he did not, in fact, conjure himself away after making the cryptic astrological carving on the wall of his cell.

And then there’s La Voisin. Catherine Monvoisin, French poisoner for hire for the aristocracy in the seventeenth century. Her fate we know. She was publicly executed in Paris on February 22, 1680. Charge of witchcraft (amongst other things.) I stopped researching when I found out how she was performing “black masses” and I figured I no longer wanted to know anything of real wizards from history.

I guess I’ll stick to fantasy for now?

 

The Kithseeker

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Title: The Kithseeker

Author: M.K Wiseman

Genre: Historical fantasy

Release date: 21st August 2018

Blurb

France, 1680

Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.

Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.

Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.

Purchase Links
https://smile.amazon.com/Kithseeker-Bookminder-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07FMSMHW8/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kithseeker-Bookminder-Book-2-ebook/dp/B07FMSMHW8/

Author Bio

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M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

 

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7073540.M_K_Wiseman
http://mkwisemanauthor.com

Thank you for visiting M.K Wiseman and I love the idea of cosplay and hope you took lots of photos. I am also tempted to read more of the real wizards you researched.

For book reviews on her book The Kithseeker, why not pop in to other blogs in the tour. Details are below.

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Blog Tour: I Give You My Heart

Book Review and Giveaway: I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford

Today I am happy to bring you my book review for I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford as part of a blog tour from Rachel’s Random Resources. With a tagline ‘A terminal diagnosis. A life-saving sacrifice’ I was prepared with a box of tissues before I opened the first page.

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Title: I Give You My Heart

Author: SarahJane Ford

Release Date: 29th Aug 2018

Genre: Romance, Woman’s Fiction

Purchase from Amazon UKhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Give-You-My-Heart-ebook/dp/B07G3LHX7P/

Blurb

𝗔 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀. 𝗔 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲-𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲. 𝗔 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁.
Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.
Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairytale romance—from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having. She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message.

If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.
An unmissable love story full of warmth, beauty and with a huge, beating heart. Perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern’s ‘P.S. I Love You’ and Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’.

My Thoughts

This is a strong debut with a heart breaking but positive tale. It is the ultimate tearjerker celebrating true love and the joy of life.

Alice’s happy, upbeat personality, her zest for life and with her appreciation of all small things made me instantly connect with her and the more I read the more I wanted to have her as a friend. This was cemented further as she is a florist with the speciality of language of flowers which I have recently started to appreciate. From the start of this emotional novel, I felt her pain of diagnosis and love she feels for those around her as she creates the manual of her heart.  The book she writes is more than a list of instructions, it is a celebration of her overwhelming love for Alex and the strong bond she has with her best friend, Ryan. The positivity and happy memories shared made me want to experience some of it meaning hot chocolate was a must while reading as well as digging out the Abba CD to dance to when on my own.

By the last page, I was left wanting more. I feel the need for a continuation of this beating heart’s story. I want to know if the heart’s recipient goes along with Alice’s wishes or whether they are a little creeped out by receiving a manual alongside a much needed organ as I suspect I would. I want to know how Alex’s copes without her and whether he is as perfect as Alice believes.  This story will stay with me for a long time.

I am looking forward to reading more from SarahJane  Ford and follow her career.

Would I recommend?

Yes, but be prepared to use boxes of tissues and feel envious of the fairytale love most people can only dream of.

Author Biography

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SarahJane Ford

SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which is due to be published on September 1st 2018.
SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.A marketing professional since finishing her formal education SarahJane is delighted to be following her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her second novel.
Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be riding Cornish waves.
SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love…Mr Darcy’s brooding looks in Pride and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern’s heartbreaking P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze’s mega moves in Dirty Dancing.
Social Media Links

Facebook : www.facebook.com/sarahjanefordauthor/
Website: www.sarahjaneford.com

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Blog tour and review: The Vanished Child by M J Lee

Today I am happy to be on the tour with M J Lee and his fourth book in the series Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery The Vanished Child. I was attracted to the book by its distinctive sandy cover showing a seemingly barren land, cross monument and smiling boy as well as its blurb. I was left heartbroken and shocked when I watched the film Oranges and Sunshine based on a true story which covered the same time period so I was intrigued on reading another viewpoint on the dark time in our history.

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Title: The Vanished Child

Author: M J Lee

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Blurb:

What would you do if you discovered you had a brother you never knew existed?
On her deathbed, Freda Duckworth confesses to giving birth to an illegitimate child in 1944 and temporarily placing him in a children’s home. She returned later but he had vanished. 
What happened to the child? Why did he disappear? Where did he go? 
Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator, is faced with lies, secrets, and one of the most shameful episodes in recent history as she attempts to uncover the truth.
Can she find the vanished child?
This book is the fourth in the Jayne Sinclair Genealogical Mystery series, but can be read as a standalone novel.
Every childhood lasts a lifetime.

My thoughts

On the surface this book appears to be a light mystery; M J Lee’s gentle writing style is easy to read and quickly draws you into the story but the heartbreaking and traumatic thread running throughout when investigations reveal a murky secret in our recent history make it a deeper and more important book to read. It is a secret everyone should know about.  Tissues are required so grab some before you start.
The unusual premise of a genealogy mystery is fascinating. I have dabbled in searching for my own ancestors online and know how addictive unearthing stories can be. There are so many things you can find and it is clever to blend this into fiction. Though this book is part of a series, it was easy to slip into the characters lives without reading the previous books and I developed a connection with both protagonists Jayne Sinclair, the genealogical investigator and Harry, the vanished child she is hunting for. These connections are important as they make you care. I enjoyed Jayne Sinclair as a character but it was Harry’s story who made me turn the pages. He is migrated to Australia as part of Britain’s shameful scheme, Child Migration Programme. Between 1920 and 1970’s more than 130,000 children former colonies especially Australia and Canada by churches and charities. The aim was to populate the Instead of the better life they were promised many were sent into hard labour or servitude* It is a difficult subject to write about but M J  Lee dealt with it sensitively and obviously well researched.

Would I recommend?

The Vanished Child is well worth reading and  several more books have been added to my TBR.

Author Bio

martin2Martin has spent most of his adult life writing in one form or another. As a University researcher in history, he wrote pages of notes on reams of obscure topics. As a social worker with Vietnamese refugees, he wrote memoranda. And, as the creative director of an advertising agency, he has written print and press ads, TV commercials, short films and innumerable backs of cornflakes packets and hotel websites.
He has spent 25 years of his life working outside the North of England. In London, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Shanghai, winning awards from Cannes, One Show, D&AD, New York and London Festivals, and the United Nations.
When he’s not writing, he splits his time between the UK and Asia, taking pleasure in playing with his daughter, researching his family history, single-handedly solving the problem of the French wine lake and wishing he were George Clooney.

Social Media Links –

Websitewww.writermjlee.com

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WriterMJLee

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/writermjlee

Thank you Rachel’s Random Resources and M J Lee for allowing me to read this book in exchange for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Happy reading!

 

*https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/27/britains-child-migrant-programme-why-130000-children-were-shipped-abroad

https://www.childmigrantstrust.com/our-work/child-migration-history/

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Book Review and Blog Tour: An Artisan Lovestyle by Kiltie Jackson.

I am excited to be part of the blog tour for Kiltie Jackson’s new release An Artisan Lovestyle and share my review.  Her debut A Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle was in my best reads of 2017 list so I have been eagerly waiting for this book to be released.

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Title: An Artisan Lovestyle

Author: Kiltie Jackson

Genre: paranormal romance

Release Date: 28th June 2018

Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D23TM38

Blurb

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree 
to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of 
finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

My thoughts

This is Kiltie Jackson’s second novel and though it includes the stars of her debut, A Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle, Sukie and Pete, it is brilliantly different. It may follow on from the first book but it can an easily be read as a standalone without losing any enjoyment.

I love this book for its unusual premise, humorous, and honest writing.  I instantly connected with both Elsa and Danny making me eager to read the next chapter to see what happens next. With Danny being a Mr. Nice Guy and Elsa being a grieving widow the book could easily have fallen into the trap of portraying Elsa as a damsel in distress waiting to be rescued as often seen in romance novels but Kiltie Jackson excels in creating strong female characters. Though they are floundering Elsa and Danny both have an inner strength they need to complete the three tasks to survive. It was lovely to catch up with the characters from  her debut novel Rock’n’Roll Lovestyle , and to see snippets of references to the previous book scattered into the story but I enjoyed meeting the new ones.

The introduction of Death is inspired. The plot lends itself to an angelic intervention as seen in the films  I loved as a kid Heaven Can Wait (both versions) and of course, It’s a Wonderful  Life so he is a  refreshing addition and a fantastic memorable character. His outlandish antics and scenes with Harry and William will stay with me and continue to make me grin for a long time. He links the two threads of Elsa and Danny stories perfectly. I was kept guessing throughout the book as the plot unfolded and twisted.

Would I recommend?

Yes. Kiltie Jackson is an author but also a natural storyteller with a distinctive voice which makes me want to read more.  I could happily reread this book on sunny days in the garden or curled up under the duvet with a hot choc on wintery nights.

Thank you Rachel Random Resources and Kiltie Jackson for inviting me on this fun blog tour and allowing me a sneak read before the release date.

Happy reading!

 

P.S For more Kiltie Jackson magic, catch up with other bloggers on this tour to read a three-part prequel to the Lovestyle series and thoughts from the author. Links can be found on her page Kiltie Jackson daily as the tour continues.

Also do not forget to scroll down to enter a giveaway to win an Amazon gift voucher worth £40. An ideal prize for a bookworm with an extensive TBR list.

Author Biography

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Kiltie Jackson

Kiltie grew up in Glasgow in Scotland,
This is a very unique city with a very unique way of looking at life.

When she was old enough to do so, she moved to London and then,
after several years of obtaining interesting experiences -which are
finding their way into her writing – she moved up to the Midlands.

Kiltie currently lives in Staffordshire with five cats and one grumpy husband.
Her little home is known as Moggy Towers, even though despite having
plenty of moggies, there are no towers!
The cats kindly allow her and Mr Mogs to share their house on the
condition they keep paying the mortgage!

She loves reading, watching movies, and visiting old castles.
She really dislikes going to the gym!

Her biggest desire is that one day she can give up the day job
and write her stories for a living.

Kiltie’s debut novel, ‘A Rock ‘n’ Roll Lovestyle’, was released in September 2017 and won
a “Chill With A Book – Reader Award” in December 2017.

She first began writing her debut novel eleven years before it was released but shelved
it as she didn’t think it was very good.

In November 2016 when, having read more on a best-selling author who had begun
her own career as a self-published author, she was inspired to revisit the unfinished
manuscript and finally finish what she had started.

Since beginning to write again, the ideas have not stopped flowing.
‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is the second book in the Lovestyle Series.

Work is due to begin on book three (not yet titled but also part of the Lovestyle Series)
in the Summer of 2018.

She currently has a further ten plots and ideas stored in her file (it’s costing a
fortune in USB drives as each story has its own memory stick!) and
the ideas still keep on coming.

Kiltie now lives her life around the following three quotes:
“I love having weird dreams, they’re great fodder for book plots!”
“Why wait for your ship to come in when you can swim out to meet it?”
“Old enough to know better, young enough not to care!”

To connect with Kiltie Jackson

Website www.kiltiejackson.com
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/kiltiejackson
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/KiltieJackson

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