BOOK REVIEW SCARLETT MOFFATT ME LIFE STORY 

 

 

Fact: Did you know, over its lifespan, your sofa will witness roughly 293 arguments and 1,369 cuddles?

Hiya, my name’s Scarlett Moffatt and I love random facts. Almost as much as I love sitting on me sofa. You might know me best from my most famous and celebrated sit thus far on the I’m A Celebrity throne. You might also know me from all sorts of other seats, most especially my Gogglebox sofa. Well this book is my attempt at telling me life story through a whole series of them!

So I’d like you right now to stop what you’re doing and take a seat, whether it be in the comfort of your own home, on the top deck of the bus, on the tube (so you don’t have to make eye contact with anybody) or on the throne of the house (a.k.a. the toilet). I want you to get comfortable and get ready to laugh, cry and maybe even learn a bit, as I chat to you about some of the highs and lows of me life.

So grab a brew, settle down, and let’s start from the very beginning…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly a huge thank you to Francesca for sending me a highly exclusive blogger  copy.

I love goggle box so much and scarlett is one of my favourites. .. and I’m huge book worm so put all together … dream come true.

I whizzed through it and absolutely loved it.

It has her voice and humour throughout so felt very genuine and honest.

Learnt so much about her and think some readers will be suprised at this vulnerable side of her.

Despite fame and the bright lights hitting he’d at a speeding rate she comes across with her feet firmly on the ground …or sofa in this case.

The layout of the chapters was very clever with the facts …definitely learnt something new reading this .

Reading this has just made me more of a fan of hers and wish her every success .

Funny ,warm and entertaining this will definitely make a great gift …with Christmas fast approaching.

Published 19th October

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BLOG TOUR BENEATH THE SKIN BY CAROLINE ENGLAND

I am delighted to be kicking off the blog tour for this book and I will be sharing a exclusive extract. 

I cant wait to read this and be sure to follow the other blogs taking part .

 

‘Antonia, Antonia. My name is Antonia.’

It’s been her name for many years. But sometimes, like tonight, she forgets.

Lying in the bath, she stares at the naked razor blade. The tiny distorted reflection of a girl gazes back. If she was brave, if she was very brave, she’d use it on her wrists, two deep final lines. Then she’d close her eyes and let this masquerade slip away.

She removes a curl of damp hair stuck to her cheek. The thought of all the fuss her death would create is unbearable. Even in death, the notion of being the centre of attention, the talk of the town, even for fifteen minutes, is excruciating.

And she knows the pull is there. She can feel it inside, somewhere deep and hidden. That tiny pulse of life, drawing her back from the overwhelming desire to disappear, to become something, somebody. To live, to really live, instead of hiding in this bathroom, this house.

Rocking her head from side to side, she tries to expel the memory of the unexpected telephone call this afternoon. She doesn’t want to think of it now. She doesn’t want to think about it ever.

She adjusts the position of the razor blade, watches the imprint of her fingers disappear and takes a deep breath before slowly slicing into the soft flesh of her arm. Closing her eyes, she smiles, a small sigh escaping her lips. There’s always a moment, a throb of expectation, then the sharp pain sets in, taking her back to a moment of acute pleasure. Crisp and clear: the still of a film. Antonia and Sophie, Sophie and Antonia, smiling, naked and drunk. But today it’s of a girl on a swing, laughing with sheer happiness, her daddy pushing her high into the clouds.

But of course that wasn’t her.

Seconds pass and the intensity of the moment ebbs away to a moderate stinging sensation. She opens her eyes, shame and disgust replacing the delirium. The bath water has cooled, the mirrors weep with condensation. Her dark nipples skim her legs as she leans forward to drain the tepid water, now tinted salmon by blood. She covers the wound with a flannel, then steps on to the bathmat and into the chill of the newly tiled bathroom.

A cutter, she thinks, remembering the pretty girl in the razor blade. Cutting to cope. To forget the past. To replace the pain inside her head with one she could see. To watch it seep away. But what of the woman? The one called Antonia? Cutting to feel. To stop the numbness, the Isolation. To scar the perfection. She is addicted to the high.Or perhaps she just wants to see what’s beneath her skin.

‘My Friday night treat,’ she mutters. She glances at the woman in the mirror, flawless and perfect, no history, no past. With a small sigh, she peels away the crimson-stained flannel to study her artwork, then she blows out the candles and reaches for a towel.

 

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BOOK REVIEW THE SURROGATE BY LOUISE JENSEN

You know that feeling? When you want something so badly, you almost feel you’d kill for it?’


Be careful what you wish for . . .

Kat and her husband Nick have tried everything to become parents, and are on the point of giving up. Then a chance encounter with Kat’s childhood friend Lisa gives Kat and Nick one last chance to achieve their dream.

But Kat and Lisa’s history hides dark secrets.

And there is more to Lisa than meets the eye.

As dangerous cracks start to appear in Kat’s perfect picture of happily-ever-after, she realises that she must face her fear of the past to save her family . . .

I had preordered this as soon as I could after falling In love with Louise writing with the gift and the sister .

It arrived yesterday and was devoured in one swift gulp. I had the kids laughing because I was shaking my head saying this is not going to end well !

Once you start you can’t stop reading and you have no idea I’m which way the story Is going to go.

Told in different time lines that ultimately connect we get to know a back story to the characters and begin to understand them and their inner turmoils. 

Dark and twisted , it made my skin crawl and take many deep breaths in shock !

Louise is at the top of her game in the psychological thriller genre. 

I cannot wait for more of her books .

Fast paced and completely unpredictable I promise you are in for a great read .

The mother by Jaime raven 

Firstly a big thank you to the Avon team for my copy and having me on the tour. 

I haven’t read any of this authors books but I know Avon never disappoint .

This had me hooked instantly as it is straight to the action !

This as a mum is my worst nightmare and I can only imagine the frustration and anger Sarah was feeling having to both be parent and cop in the case of her daughters abduction .

With twists and turns and an upredictable trail of events . This will have you on the  edge of your seat.

Addictive and chilling.

Do check out the other blogs taking part and read on for a sneak peek! 

Sergeant Palmer stood on the other side of the room looking through the front window. I wondered fleetingly what was going on outside. Had the press turned up or were curious neighbours gathering to try to find out what was going on?

My watch told me it was three p.m. So surely the news had broken by now.

It was a wretched thought that seven hours had passed since Molly was abducted. I had no idea what was happening to her and it was killing me. Was she being fed? Given drinks? Was

her nappy being changed? Was she being spoken to or ignored? Was she upset and confused?

I grabbed my phone and brought up the latest picture of Molly asleep in the cot. The thumb in her mouth. The pink pyjamas. The off-white sheet she was lying on. I wondered if she was awake now and if so whether she was calling for her mummy.

Mummy!

It was one of the few words she knew, along with cat, cuddle, bird, wow and no.

I loved it when she tried to speak. It was so cute and funny, especially when she struggled to explain what it was she wanted.

These past few months she had got so much better at communicating. At the same time, she’d become more of a handful. Throwing tantrums, refusing to sit quietly in her buggy, fussing over her food, waking up most mornings around five a.m. But it was all part of growing up and I’d embraced it, as mothers do. Not because I had no choice, but because it made me happy and proud and . . .

You’ll never touch or speak to her again. But you will see her grow up.

Oh God . . .

My blood turned cold at the prospect of never holding Molly in my arms again. Of never tucking her into her bed, of never wiping away her tears. And I couldn’t even imagine how painful it would be to be forced to watch from a distance as she grew from a toddler into a little girl. It would destroy me knowing that someone else was bringing her up.

I’d already had a taste of what it was going to be like if he carried out his threat to keep her while sending me photos and video clips. The two pictures I’d already received – of Molly sitting on the sofa and sleeping in the cot – had opened up wounds in my heart that would never be healed.

Jesus, it was all too much. I hunched forward, dropping my face into my cupped hands.

Suddenly Sergeant Palmer was leaning over me, a hand on my shoulder, telling me that she wished there was more she could do. But there wasn’t, not unless she could bring my daughter back to me.

I felt a sharp stab of fear and dread work its way under my ribs, and this was followed by a bolt of nausea that hit me hard.

And then the sound of my own voice, oddly unfamiliar.

‘I think I’m going to be sick again.’

BOOK REVIEW KEEP YOU SAFE BY MELISSA HILL

Single mom Kate O’Donnell is living her worst nightmare. Her young daughter, Clara, who has a medical condition that doesn’t allow her to be vaccinated, becomes critically ill when one of her classmates, Lauren-whose family chose not to vaccinate-contracts and spreads the virus. While Lauren has no trouble recovering from the disease, Clara’s condition worsens. With time spent by her daughter’s bedside, Kate loses her job and slides deeper into medical debt. But when another school parent points the blame at Lauren’s mother, Lucy, and the media begins an attack, we see two very different views on parenting and how badly things can spin out of control when all either of these two women wanted was to keep their daughters safe.

Firstly a huge thank you to the hq team for my proof copy.

I have enjoyed melissas books prior to this ,so was highly intrigued to hear she was branching out in a new direction . I was eager and excited to read keep you safe .

My verdict is a huge omg! Just wow this book is definitely one of my top reads of 2017

This is very controversial and will get its readers talking and debating which I think is the beauty of books. For me as a mum it was fascinating and insightful but also as a mum to 2 children on the autistic spectrum this was going to press some buttons .

Incredibly well researched and written .

Fast paced and compelling. 

You think you know where this storyline Is going then there’s a huge twist .

Many times I felt I was asking myself what would I do ? How would I feel and react?

Incredible book and I look forward to more in this genre from Melissa .
 

BOOK REVIEW THE LEMON TREE CAFE BY CATHY BRAMLEY 

When Rosie Featherstone finds herself unexpectedly jobless, the offer to help her beloved Italian grandmother out at the Lemon Tree Cafe – a little slice of Italy nestled in the rolling hills of Derbyshire – feels like the perfect way to keep busy. 

Surrounded by the rich scent of espresso, delicious biscotti and juicy village gossip, Rosie soon finds herself falling for her new way of life. But she is haunted by a terrible secret, one that even the appearance of a handsome new face can’t quite help her move on from. 

Then disaster looms and the cafe’s fortunes are threatened . . . and Rosie discovers that hernonna has been hiding a dark past of her own. With surprises, betrayal and more than one secret brewing, can she find a way to save the Lemon Tree Cafe and help both herself and Nonna achieve the happy endings they deserve



I have read and loved each and every book of Cathys.  She is an exceptional writer and I will pick her books up without even needing to know title or blurb. You are guaranteed a fantastic uplifting read. 

She has a way of writing characters you connect with straight away. Also characters that get right into your heart and will miss when finish their story .

This is a story of new beginnings , hope family and love . You will be cheering the characters on especially rosie . She has had a change of career and a change of heart when comes to love.  But things don’t always run smoothly and new challenges arise.

Family secrets threaten to disrupt everything rosie has known .

I adored gabe. … serious new book boyfriend alert. Loyal hardworking and a single dad what’s not to love. 

Cannot recommend her books enough always guaranteed to make you smile .

Just disappointed I’ve finished and need to wait for her next release.




BLOG TOUR 99 RED BALLOONS BY ELISABETH CARPENTER 

Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?

 

When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family rallies around, but as the police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.

 

What are the secret emails sent between Emma’s husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she seems?

 

Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s picture in the newspaper. It’s a photograph that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…

 

This is a gripping psychological thriller with a killer twist that will take your breath away.






Firstly thank you to Avon for having me on the blog tour .

This intrigued Me from the first email !

With the release of the new version of it later this year seeing the red balloon is very striking and chilling.

I received this in today’s post and I’ve finished it by early evening .

This is a book you find yourself whizzing through. 

All is not as it seems … who is telling the  truth ? 

Who and why would someone take a little girl.?

This is every parents worst nightmare I think .

I have lost my kids for 5 minuted in asda and that was horrible enough !

This is chilling and incredibly fast paced .

You can feel the anxiety and tension that would be on high levels in a situation like this .

And the twists …once they start they don’t stop !

Be prepared to realise not all is what it seems .

I wish the author every success with this book and can’t wait to read more from her .

Here is a extract of the book and do check out the other blogs taking part.

I’m so tired. I can hardly keep my eyes open – even after having a glass of Coca-Cola. We’re back in George’s car. Everyone else is sitting in their cars too, ready to drive off the ferry. I wanted to sit in the front seat again, but he said they’re strict with things like this in Belgium. I’ve never been to Belgium so I didn’t know that.

I don’t dare ask about Mummy and Daddy again. ‘I’ve told you, they’re waiting for you,’ he said. I think he might be lying. I have to stop thinking about them or else I’m going to start crying again. George doesn’t like histrionics. I know that now.

I look out of my window. There’s another girl, probably older than me. I wave at her, but she just stares at me. She says some¬thing, but I don’t know how to lip-read. It’s probably to her mum because she looks at me too. She doesn’t smile either. She frowns and moves her head closer to the window. She looks at George and points.

‘Do you know that lady, George?’

His hands are gripping the steering wheel tight, like he’s scared we’re going to fall into the sea. He turns round and looks where I’m looking. 

‘No.’ He hardly moves his lips. ‘For fuck’s sake, kid, what have you been doing?’

The woman is still looking at him; she looks at me again.

‘Smile and wave,’ says George, through his teeth.

He says it in a way that makes me think I really have to do as he says. Tears are coming to my eyes, but I smile my biggest smile – the one my gran always likes – and then I wave.

Slowly, the woman’s frown goes away and she smiles a small smile.

‘Thank fuck for that,’ says George.

I wish he’d stop saying naughty words.

The mummy looks at George. He rolls his eyes at her while smiling. She does the same. Adults can be copycats too.

A siren sounds; it makes me jump.

‘Right, kid,’ he says. ‘Doors are opening now. Make sure that seat belt is visible.’ He turns round again. ‘And don’t even think about looking at strangers again. There are some right nutters out there.’

It’s what my daddy says all the time. 



BOOK REVIEW GOOD FRIDAY BY LYNDA LA PLANTE

BEFORE PRIME SUSPECT THERE WAS TENNISON.

Every legend has a beginning . . .

During 1974 and 1975 the IRA subjected London to a terrifying bombing campaign. In one day alone, they planted seven bombs at locations across central London. Some were defused – some were not.

Jane Tennison is now a fully-fledged detective. On the way to court one morning, Jane passes through Covent Garden Underground station and is caught up in a bomb blast that leaves several people dead, and many horribly injured. Jane is a key witness, but is adamant that she can’t identify the bomber. When a photograph appears in the newspapers, showing Jane assisting the injured at the scene, it puts her and her family at risk from IRA retaliation.

‘Good Friday’ is the eagerly awaited date of the annual formal CID dinner, due to take place at St Ermin’s Hotel. Hundreds of detectives and their wives will be there. It’s the perfect target. As Jane arrives for the evening, she realises that she recognises the parking attendant as the bomber from Covent Garden. Can she convince her senior officers in time, or will another bomb destroy London’s entire detective force?

 

 

 

 

Firstly a big thank you to the team at bonnier zaffre for my proof copy. 

I have not actually read any of her books and she has a lot . This is the beauty of being a book blogger is new doors to new authors open to you. 

Full of action and twists and turns . Really enjoyed it!

I felt like I could really connect with Jane , no airs and graces and works hard . She is a strong women with a determination to succeed in life .

Fast paced story and a great insight into the police world .

Would definitely read more from this author and recommend .

Published 24th August

BOOK REVIEW KILLER AFFAIR BY REBECCA CHANCE 

A shocking betrayal deserves a wicked revenge . . .
Stunning, charismatic Lexy O’Brien is the reigning queen of British reality TV. Her life in front of the camera is planned and manipulated as successfully as any military assault.
But success breeds jealousy. When you’re on top, the only way is down and there’s always someone standing by to give you a shove . . .
Dowdy Caroline Evans, a part-time blogger and writer of erotic fiction, is brought in to chronicle Lexy’s life. Being taken under Lexy’s wing is a dream come true for Caroline. But sampling the star’s lifestyle is like tasting the most addictive of drugs, and it’s not long before she is craving what she can’t possibly have – or can she?
And as Caroline and Lexy’s lives and loves become increasingly entwined, it’s only a matter of time before the hidden rivalry becomes a powder keg waiting to explode . . .

Firstly a big thank you to Frances for my copy to review . Apologies in my delay in getting to it, I think I was under the impression this was a sequel and I haven’t read the previous book. Plus it’s summer hols so days are blending into weeks .

But I finally picked it up yesterday and wow….. I was not expecting that. Steamy sexy  and full of scandal.

This is not for the easily offended readers out there as Rebecca does not hold back when it comes to writing a passionate scene .

I whizzed through it , loved every page .

The characters at the start are like chalk and cheese but that difference begins to decrease the more time they spend together .

As a reader my loyalties shifted from one lady to another and this really shows the ugly side of Greed and fame .

How far will someone go to get what someone else has?? At what cost?

This book has it all and will leave you wanting more …. of her books of course 😉 . Will certainly be reading more of her books.

Can’t recommend enough for a fun hot summer read .

BOOK REVIEW PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT BY PENNY PARKES

The Practice at Larkford has suddenly been thrust under the spotlight – and its nomination as a ‘NHS Model Surgery’ is causing the team major headaches. Dr Holly Graham should be basking in the glow of her new romance with fellow doctor, Taffy – but she is worried that the team is prioritising plaudits over patients, and her favourite resident, the irreverent and entertaining Elsie, is facing a difficult diagnosis. Add to that the chaos of family life and the strain is starting to show. Dr Dishy Dan Carter’s obsession with work is masking unhappiness elsewhere – he can’t persuade girlfriend Julia to settle down. It’s only as Julia’s mother comes to stay that he realizes what she has been hiding for so long. Alice Walker joins the team like a breath of fresh air and her assistance dog Coco quickly wins everyone round – which is just as well, because Coco and Alice will soon need some help of their own. Can they pull together and become the Dream Team that the NHS obviously thinks they are? 

I had the pleasure of reading a proof copy of the first book in the Larkford  series last year and met the lovely penny.

I loved every page and was so excited when knew there was going to be another book !

This is just a brilliant series full of humour and warmth .

The characters are great and we met even more in this book and as a dog lover I adored the new addition of coco who is one very clever pooch .

There is always a worry when you read a sequel that it wont be as good but there is no fear here .

Pennys writing is superb and you are instantly taken into Larkford.

There is never a dull moment especially with Holly and her lively twins and adjusting to a new relationship . We see different sides to all the people we met in out of practice proving you should never judge a book by its cover .

Life is hectic an bringing new challenges for everybody .

A lovely book and I cant wait to read more as there is going to be a book three.