BOOK REVIEW HOW NOT TO FALL IN LOVE ACTUALLY BY CATHERINE BENNETTO 

Life as any chancer knows ,is 10%planning , 10% design and 80% totally winging it…

So join Emma George as she guides you through ..

How not to become accidentally knocked up at the age of 27…

How not to unceremoniously dump the father of your child ….

And then how not to lose the job that (even though you hate it) is the only thing between you and being homeless. …

Along the way discover that …

Even though your mother is perpetually vexed by your life choices ,she loves you really …

Having a doberman owning ,handicam -wielding, felony obsessed octegenerian as a neighbour is not as awful as it sounds ….

Sometimes just sometimes ,your bossy younger sister might actually be right…

Firstly a huge thank you to SJ at books and the city for this copy.

This is already without doubt one of my best reads of 2017!

This book is bloody hilarious  , I was literally laughing out loud.

I adore so many characters , Emma is just brilliant and is so witty .  Her mum is a legend and her new friend /lodger is just the tonic we all need when finding ourselves in a sticky spot. .. 

Similar tone with excellent comedy gold to kirsty Greenwood .

Excellent new voice in women’s fiction and the perfect antitode to a tough week.

This will make you laugh and smile ,an all round feel good read.

For those feeling like it’s always them with the bad luck  …take comfort in meeting Emma and going on a whirlwind of a journey .

Really recommend and cannot wait to read more from this hilarious author.

BOOK REVIEW MISS MARYS BOOK OF DREAMS BY SOPHIE NICHOLLS 

Ella runs happy ever after , a bookshop nestled in the cobbled streets of York. 

She’s a wife ,mother and a successful novelist. 

But somethings missing. ..

Once day a strange girl comes into Ellaa shop. Bryony is shy and unsure,  but Ella feels an immediate connection to her.

With the help of one very special book – and a little touch of magic -can these women help each other find the fairy tale endings they’ve been searching for? 

Firstly thank you to bonnie zaffre for my review copy. 

I absolutely adore the title and cover. ..it screams book worm!

This is a story full of magic and hope .

Incredibly uplifting and a quirky charming  read.

I think most mum’s can relate to Ella at one point in there lifew or another and she’s a very genuine character

I believe in fate ,dreams and sixth sense all this was a fascinating read for me 

 There were some parts that were somewhat unbelievable and for a reader who didn’t have such open mind they may struggle. 

A great read with extra dose of magic .

Published 23rd March 

BLOG TOUR SUMMARY JUSTICE BY JOHN FAIRFAX

The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson she was a law student on work experience. He was a twenty one year o

, led from the dock of old Bailey to being given a life sentence for murder. He’d said he was innocent. She believed him.

Sixteen years later Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London bar,a no hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmongers in spitalfields. That night she walks back into Bensons life . the price of his rehabilitation-and access to the bar -is an admission of guilt to the killing of Paul harbeton,whose family have  vowed revenge. He’s an outcast. The government wants to shut him down and no solicitor will instruct him. But he’s subsided by a mystery benefactor and a desperate woman has turned to him for help:  Sarah Collingstone, mother of a child with special needs,accused of slaying her wealthy lover. Its a hopeless case and the murder trial , Bensons first, starts in four days. The evidence is overwhelming but like Benson long ago,she swears she’s innocent. Tess joins the defence team ,determined to help Benson survive. But as Benson follows the twists and turns in the courtroom, Tess embarks upon a secret investigation of her own ,determined to uncover the truth behind the death of Paul Harbeton on a lonely night in Soho .

Firstly thank you to grace for my copy and having me on the blog tour.

I loved the sound of this straight away.

This is fast paced with great characters. 

You can easily image it on the TV screen with its drama packed pages.

A story of new beginnings, dodgy pasts and secrets that people will do anything to keep buried. 

Twists and turns that keep you guessing in which way this courtroom tale will go!

Very original and fascinating concept .
Published 2nd March 

BOOK REVIEW THE SECRETS OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE BY CATHY KELLY

A special birthday party is the perfect chance to come together, but for the Branningans clan its about more thann just raising a glass….

 Bess is hoping to show everyone how happy her recent marriage is ,but behind all the party planning the cracks are beginning to show. Why is joining a new family so difficult? 

JoJo Bess’s step daughter, has a point to  make .Bess is not her mother, and she won’t ereplace The one she’s been missing every day for the past two years. And will she ever get the chance to become a mum herself?

Cousin cari is a fierce career woman who isn’t unnerved by anything apart  from facing the man who left her at the altar,and he’s on The guest list. Her job has been her safe place to hide -but is it time to let love into her life again?

Thanks to laughter ,tears and one surprise appearance, the brannigans might just discover the secrets of a happy marriage …. But will they find out before its too late?


Firstly thank you to Elaine at Orion for sending me a Copy to review.

I have really enjoyed the books of cathys that I’ve read so far.

This was a fun read and I enjoyed being involved In these characters lives.

My favorite was cari who is a very strong woman and her new love interest definitely caught my interest.

My only criticism is there was a lot of characters and at times there wasn’t an easy flow to the story-line. This often made the book feel unnecessarily busy ,taking the focus away from the main charactars .

However this is a modern tale of love friendship and family and what do you do when you feel you can’t get over the hurt in your life?

A very  enjoyable read from a author who knows how to write Womens fiction!

Published 9th march

BOOK REVIEW THE QUEEN OF WISHFUL THINKING BY MILLY JOHNSON

Bonnie brookland is trapped in a mundane, loveless marriage, but when she finds a new job in an antiques shop called the pot of gold,she realises the time has come to break away from her husband Stephen and find some happiness for herself. Even though leaving him could very possibly destroy her in the process because Stephen has an ace card up his sleeve to stop her going and he’s determined to play it.

Two years after a near fatal illness, Lewis Harley has swapped the fast lane to live his dream running the pot of gold. He has a big house, a flash car,a beautiful wife,wealth, but the things that will make Lewis truly happy are not up for sale.

When things get tough, the pot of gold provides a safe haven for Lew and Bonnie ,and with every day that passes they find they have more in common with each other than just a passion for treasures. Will Bonnie find her inner strength and become the true queen of wishful thinking that her mother always hoped she would be? 


Firstly a huge heartfelt thank you to the books and the city team for sending me a proof copy . I couldn’t wait to get stuck in .

 Wow what a book !!

This is a emotional and powerful read. Uplifting with a strong message but also dealing with some quite tough issues.

As a dog owner and lover I could relate to Milly’s loss and pain that is entwined within the pages.  

Any reference to a dog within the  book pulled my heartstrings  .

I couldn’t put this down once started.

A story of courage and living life !!

I have been where Bonnie has and I was cheering her on to find her inner strength and believe in herself.

This is a story about self worth and not settling for anything less than you deserve . Also a reminder that we only get one life, go for those dreams and be happy.

I loved everything about it and is going to be a huge success but you may need a tissue if your as soppy as me!

Published in hardback 9th march 

BOOK REVIEW THIS LOVE BY DANI ATKINS 

Sophie Winters lives in a self imposed cocoon-shes a single ,thirty year old translator who works from home in her one bedroom flat. This isn’t really the life she dreamed of , but then Sophie stopped believing in happy endings a very long time ago ,when she was fifteen years old and tragedy struck her family . Her Grief has left her scared of commitment and completely risk averse. Sophie understands she has a problem, but recognising it and knowing how to fix it are two entirely different things.

Until one night a serious fire breaks out in the flat below hers,leaving her trapped. Her cocoon must be shattered-but what will be the consequences of this second life changing event?




Firstly a huge thank you to sj at books and the city for my proof.

I adore this authors books so much ..you always know your in for a tearjerker when you turn that first page.

Our song destroyed me last year so I don’t think it was possible to match that but it still is a very emotional storyline .

Beautiful love story that transpires from a tragedy.

Shows how the unexpected can happen at any time.

Life and love is so precious and Dani’s books have the ability to make us forget all of life’s woes and be whisked away .

I adored this story and the characters especially  Sophie as I could relate to her approach to life and love.. But will she be cracked and start to believe in not only herself but others around her.

Beautifully written full of romance with the essence of hope in dark times.

Published 23rd march  it is a perfect match for mother’s day.

BOOK REVIEW THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR BY MEL SHERRATT

One warm spring evening , five teenagers meet in a local park . Only four will come out alive. 

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen year old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community.  Revenge for Deanna? Or something more? 

Detective eden berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford goes missing, the case gets personal. 

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter ?

I picked this up at my library after seeing so much blogger love for this authors books . This was my first of hers to read and needless to say it won’t be my last.

I whizzed through this gritty fresh fast paced crime thriller.

The cover is striking and I felt so tense reading this. As a mum myself you just don’t even want to imagine being In these situations . It certainly for my mind racing and kept me on the edge of my seat .

Harrowing and very dark this book has all the makings of a bestseller.

Twists and turns along the way  and very unpredictable .

Excellent book and really recommend !

BOOK REVIEW LIE IN WAIT BY G.J . MINETT 

A man is dead. A woman is missing . And the police have already found their suspect. …

Owen Hall drives into a petrol station to let his passenger use the facilities.  She never comes back -and what’s more, it seems she never even made it inside. 

When he raises a fuss,  the police are called ,and soon identify Owen himself as a possible culprit – not least because they  already have him in the frame for a more sinister crime. 

Owen’s always been a little different, and before long others in the community are baying  for his blood. But this is a case where nothing is as it seems -least of all Owen Hall .
Firstly thank you to emily at Bonnier Zaffre books for my review copy.

The book looks striking and I guarantee will be catching lots of readers attention on the shelves . I haven’t read his debut book The hidden legacy but can see there’s a lot of praise for it .

As a mum to two children on the spectrum I could see many similarities in Owen.  Was he capable of committing a terrible crime?

Admittly I was a bit confused with the ending …as there was a lot going on at once with a variety of characters.

However well written and enjoyed reading the different narratives as they each bring a unique voice to the story.

Published 9th March 







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BLOG TOUR IF EVER I FALL BY S.D ROBERTSON 

Today is my turn on the blog tour.

And I’ll be sharing a extract from the book for you to enjoy.

Do check out the other fantastic blogs on the tour 

Blurb

Dan life has fallen apart at the seams . Hes lost his house ,his job is on the line ,and now he’s going to lose his family too.  All he’s ever wanted is to keep them together ,but is everything beyond repair ?

Maria is drowning in grief. She spends her days writing letters that will never be answered . Nights are spent trying to hols terrible memories at bay, to escape the pain that threatens to engulf her.

Jack wakes up confused and alone . He doesn’t know who he is ,how he got there, or why he finds himself on a deserted clifftop, bit will piecing together the past leave him a broken man?

In the face of real tragedy ,can these three people find a way to reconcile their past with a new future? And is lobe enough to carry them through ?

Extract 

Dear Sam ,

Here we ate letter number two . I really wanted to write this yesterday ,believe me but it didn’t happen.  Things got hectic . There were a couple of incidents ,as il explain layer . There just wasn’t  time.  Getting going with that first letter was hard ,but once I got into the process,it felt good. By the end I had a real sense of achievement.  You probably think that’s silly : to be patting myself on the back about something as simple as writing a letter.  But it wasn’t simple . Not for me . Nothings been simple for a whole . Not since ,well you know what . I said I wasn’t going to dwell on the past ,so I’m not. Writing to you is supposed to be way of moving forward.  But in order for me to properly confide in you ,I need you to be able to understand where I’m coming from . I’m not the same person I used to be . I’ve changed a lot since you last saw me . You could say I’ve had a breakdown . There, I’ve said it . It wasn’t as hard as I expected.  It’s been my big secret ,you see. It’s not been a breakdown in the traditional sense. I’ve done it quietly, behind closed doors, keeping up a front in public;  looking strong on the outside when I’m going to pieces inside . You hear about functional alcoholics; people who maintain their jobs ,homes and families despite a huge dependence on drink . I’m a bit like that.  A functional fruitcake,you might say . I don’t have my job anymore – I’m not that functional -but most people  I know haven’t got a clue how messed up I am inside . The official reason I stopped working was to be a full time mum to ruby . No one questioned that after what we’d been through.  But actually I couldn’t hack it anymore.  I true going back for a few days after the dust had settled and realised that if I’d stayed I’d end up having a very public meltdown.  At that point I could barely handle the commute to and from the City, never mind the job itself . So I handed in my notice . Thankfully they let me go straight away. The rest was manageable.  I had enough time to make it look that way ,at least . I fell apart in private and stood tall in public  . Mainly for ruby , if I’m honest . She needed me to be okay . Without her , I’d have probably been sectioned.  I never sought any help. Not until recently . That’s what led to these letters . But il save that story for another day . I’m worried that learning about this will make you feel bad , which is definitely not my intention.  I don’t blame you what happened , nor for the repercussions.  It’s important you know that . But if I don’t give you the full picture you’ll never understand.  You won’t grasp how a basic task like writing a letter could be difficult for someone like me . It’s safe to say that I’m not the high flyer I used to be. Far from it . Simple tasks have tye power to confound me nowadays.  My overactive brain , once the key to my success has become my achilles heel. Anyway Sam on to other topics . I bet your wondering what happened with rick my new friend from ruby’s school. That was what I promised last time . Things went well to start with.  We bumped into each other at the parking spot that had sparked our first conversation.  He was looking every bit as handsome as I remembered, dressed In a navy suit , and an open collar sky blue shirt. He said he’d come straight from work,  but you’d never have guessed it. He looked as fresh and unruffled as if he’d dressed moments earlier . I’d only settled on an outfit ten nines before leaving the house , black slim leg trousers with a cream tunic top ; smart casual with my hair tied back and a dash of make up. I wanted to look like I’d made an effort ,but not as though I’d spent ages in front of the mirror. I had done but that wasn’t something he needed to know . The conversation flowed as we walked together to the schoolyard. He wasn’t one of those guys who rabbit on about themselves.  He seemed genuinely interested in me and my opinions , but  without being intrusive . I know what your thinking , Sam :too good to be true . What’s the catch? Well I was wondering the same. But every time he smiled at me with yhst perfect grin , daring me not to  imagine his lips on mine , my wariness fizzled away . And yes it felt great to see the queen bs eyes on us again . We’re they green with envy as I imagined or was I too busy enjoying the unique situation  of getting one up on them ? It’s hard to say. It’s not that unusual for a dad to be at the school gates. You see quite a few but they’re not normally as good looking as rick . He also  happens to be new to the school and potentially single , which makes him hot property.  Certainly not the kind of person the queen bs would expect to talk to a pariah like me. Seeing them sneering at me while muttering to one another was nothing new , but this time I felt like sticking my tongue out at  them. Hardly a sure fire way to impress rick though , so I settled for a smug grin ot two in their direction , particularly towards horsey and WAG . Then the girls came out of school and we all headed off together.  I must stop there although there’s plenty still to tell you , believe me . I’ve not even got to the incidents incidents mentioned at the start yet.  I’ll write again later today . That wah I’ll make up for not writing yesterday and slow myself enough time to tell you when happened .love as always m x