Sunday, 25 June 2017

Out on the 29th June! The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman - 10**!!!!!!

Am reviewing this early, as I'm away next week :)


Blurb:

If you could change the past, would you?

****This summer, get ready to believe in Impossible Things with the brand new book from international bestseller, Rowan Coleman. Available to pre-order now!****


How far would you go to save the person you love?
Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother's life.
Even if it means sacrificing her own.







Review:

Where do I start? How do you review a book that touched you on every level and still has me thinking about it, days after I galloped to the end? This is so much more than a time travel book. It is deep, focusses on real problems and real solutions. And the lengths to which we are prepared to go to save our loved ones.

I've made no secret of the fact that We Are All Made of Stars is one of my all-time favourite books, but, although very different, The Summer of Impossible Things is up there next to it! 

I've no idea how Rowan's brain works, but I do know that it must go on the most fabulous journeys when she researches books and crafts them. This book has everything. Quantum Physics, which seems quite normal, romance, suspension, NYC in 1977 and family relationships. 

I'm not going to mention the plot - the blurb covers it and I don't want to give too much away. Suffice to say, the tension builds, as the heat does and I don't how she did it, but the plot moves faster and faster! I was panicking, exhausted and exhilarated all at the same time!

Would Luna cease to exist? Read it and find out.....this is a MUST-READ!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review and this gets a personal 10**!

Pre-order here: Amazon UK



Friday, 23 June 2017

Review of Just For the Holidays by Sue Moorcroft - 5**

The book came out a short while ago, but we decided to save my blog for Midsummer's Day :)


Blurb:

The #1 bestselling author returns for summer! Grab your sun hat, a cool glass of wine, and the only book you need on holiday…
In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.
Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.
But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…





Review:

It's always a red letter day when a new book comes out from Sue and I couldnt wait to read this.
And I certainly wasn't disappointed. It has everything - love interest, dysfunctional families, handsome pilot, beautiful scenery and a lot of laughs.

As always, Sue creates deep, meaningful characters, interesting interactions and complicated relationships in the space of one book. I really felt for Leah, going on holiday with her sister's family, whilst her sister and brother-in-law were going through a very rough patch in their marriage. The holiday didn't promise to be a barrel of laughs!

But it was - it was all about self-discovery, mending and making do and the complications that children can bring to any situation. And it was very funny at times!

Thank you, Sue, for yet another great book and I look forward to Christmas!

I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


And for an added Midsummer's Day Bonus here is Sue talking about her favourite things about summer:

Ten Things I Love About Summer – to celebrate Midsummer’s Day
by Sue Moorcroft

To celebrate my summer book, Just for the Holidays at midsummer, Annie has kindly invited me over to tell you ten things I love about this, my favourite season. So here we go:
Sunshine. I love the feeling of sun on my skin, particularly after a long, dull patch of weather. I have freckles and my mum used to say it was the sun kissing me. I’ve never liked the freckles but I still love the warmth.
Being outside. Whether I’m at home or on holiday I love to eat (or drink, for that matter) outside. If this is with friends and loved ones, I like it even more.
Not having to wear coats and boots. Isn’t it great to just grab your bag and step outside without dragging on eighteen layers? It makes me feel liberated and light. If I stop for a chat I don’t get frostbite.
Long days. We’re just at the longest day now, when afternoons stretch into evenings that are warm and balmy. Dinner outside as well as lunch! The days feel more cheerful with so many hours to admire the blue (hopefully) sky.
Flowers. I know we get flowers in the other seasons but nothing quite as frothing and enthusiastic as those tubs and baskets of summer blooms appearing in gardens everywhere. When I went to Strasbourg to research Just for the Holidays the profusion of flowers made the bridges look as if they were edged with lace. Beautiful.
Thirst. Yes, I do count that a pleasure! A cold beer on a hot day is at least twice as nice as at any other time. Or wine! I’m equal opportunities as far as beer or wine are concerned. As above, best taken in the company of family or friends.
Children playing outside. Hearing their shouts and laughter seems part of summertime. OK, children do sometimes cry or argue but that always seems short lived.
Having windows open in the house or car to breathe in the fresh air without freezing.
Barbecues. Nothing tastes quite the same as proper barbecued food.
And, lastly … holidays! I know we can have them in winter too (I hardly ever get one then, however) but I love to walk by the sea or relax with a book at a pavement cafĂ©.
Thanks to Annie for inviting me over. I hope that you all have a wonderful, sunny summer of blue skies and happy memories.




Best-selling author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Christmas Promise rose to #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart; The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short Romance. Love & Freedom won the Best Romantic Read Award 2011 and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA in 2013. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the RNA and editor of its two anthologies.

Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’.



Sue’s current book: Just for the Holidays

Twitter @suemoorcroft
Instagram: suemoorcroftauthor


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Review of Lisa Hill's debut novel Meet Me at Number Five - Four **


Blurb:

What if finding happiness was a race against time?
Grace Cavendish knows a thing or two about horses – but what she doesn’t know is that her husband, top horse racing trainer Charlie Carrisbrook, is having a literal ‘roll in the hay’ right under her nose. 

When the painful truth is revealed Grace has no choice but to move in with her highly-strung grandmother Clara and cousin Hennie; a single mum who has renounced men (at least that’s what she says!)

Determined to start again, Grace takes a job at the local cafe, Number Five. And whilst serving up coffee and cake is a far cry from the stables, she enjoys it – especially as she gets to work alongside the rather scrumptious Sam Whittaker.

But the past is racing to catch up with Grace. Can her life still be a romp to victory or will a devastating secret stop her dead in her tracks? 







Review:

Fantastic debut novel - and some wonderful characters. I don't know much about horses but learned a lot reading this!

And oh how I cried.....and cried.....and cried! But I laughed too - frequently. It's a warm story about families, love and deceit - and revenge in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Already looking forward to Lisa's next book - thanks to Choc Lit for finding this new star!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.



Thursday, 15 June 2017

Review of Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan - Five **


Blurb:


She’s moved on…
Felicity Knight loves New York. But when she spots her ex-husband in the city, Fliss is desperate to escape!
He’s moved back…
Vet Seth Carlyle is back from California to establish his own practice and settle down. When he learns that his ex Fliss still lives close by, that future is looking a whole lot brighter…
Will a perfect escape bring them back together?
With the help of his adorable dog Lulu, and a sprinkling of beachside magic, Seth is determined to make Fliss see he’s never stopped loving her!





Review: 
Is there no stopping Sarah? This is another wonderful book in the New York series, although we are treated to a beach escape in the Hamptons. And this is what Fliss planned when she saw her ex in NYC. But life has a funny way of twisting and guess who turns up in the Hamptons? Yes, that's right, Seth, her ex.
Fliss, with her twin sister Harriet, runs a petsitting business in NY and she slowly starts doing the same by the beach. But her confusion over her ex makes life very difficult for her. Seth has no confusion and goes all out to regain her trust and love.
I love Sarah's books - they are fun, very easy to read and her characters have substantial depth and baggage.
Looking forward to Harriet's story!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.