I am delighted to be taking part in this blog tour to celebrate the e book publication of this book . I read her previous book and loved it so I’m looking forward to reading this one.
Read on for a exclusive extract and do check out the other blogs taking part !
She began to move along the ward, her head switching from side to side, searching for Mischa, a maternity support worker, a midwife, anybody who might know where her baby was. She felt a scream bubbling in her throat, a primal scream of fear and panic, but she quelled it, telling herself not to be so stupid, that her baby was fine and he’d be back any second.
At the other end of the ward she saw a man walking towards her with a baby in his arms. Despite the central heating belting out through the ward, he wore a double-breasted camel coat and leather gloves. Clean shaven, his shoes highly polished, he looked like a city businessman. He was looking right at her.
She stared. She didn’t dare move. Was he holding Mischa?
As though he’d heard her thoughts, he nodded.
Her mouth turned as dry as sand.
She began to walk towards him. Her brain seemed to have frozen. She didn’t recognise the man. Who was he? What was he doing with her son?
As she approached the man dropped his arms to show Mischa, wide awake and gazing at her with his huge blue eyes. She gave a little whimper. She held out her arms to take him but the man moved aside, saying, ‘A little privacy, I think.’
He walked to her bed and, holding Mischa against his chest with one hand, he pulled the curtains around them with the other.
‘Give him to me,’ she demanded.
She opened her mouth to scream for help but in one swift movement he brought Mischa high into the air, holding him upside down by his ankles. The baby blanket drifted to the floor.
‘Don’t, or I will drop him.’
Mischa gurgled, began to make a choking sound.
‘No, please don’t . . .’
‘Listen to me,’ he said. He didn’t relax his grip on Mischa, whose face started to turn a dark pink.
‘Please, the blood’s going to his . . .’
He may as well have slapped her. Her whole body flinched at his voice, laden with menace.
‘Or this little boy will find himself with a crushed skull.’
A wave of cold nausea crashed over her. This couldn’t be happening. Who was this man? What did he want?
‘OK, OK.’ She put her hands up. She was trembling violently. ‘I’ll listen.’
The man immediately brought Mischa upright to hold him against his chest, but his eyes never left Jenny’s: twin shiny, glassy black marbles.
‘I want you to tell your husband my name. Sirius. Then tell him to stop what he’s doing in Germany.’ His voice was quiet but even through the sound of crying babies and women’s chatter she could hear every word. ‘I want you to tell him to come home and stay at home, or one day he won’t have a baby boy to come home to.’
Meet The East End Angels, the newest members of Station Seventy-Five’s ambulance crew
Strong-willed Winnie loves being part of the crew at Station Seventy-Five but her parents are less than happy. She has managed to avoid their pleas to join the WRENS so far but when a tragedy hits too close to home she finds herself wondering if she’s cut out for this life after all.
Former housemaid Bella was forced to leave the place she loved when she lost it all and it’s taken her a while to find somewhere else to call home. She’s finally starting to build a new life but when the air raids begin, it seems she may have to start over once again.
East-Ender Frankie’s sense of loyalty keeps her tied to home so it’s not easy for her to stay focused at work. With her head and heart pulling in different directions, will she find the strength to come through for her friends when they need her the most?
Brought together at LAAS Station Seventy-Five in London’s East End during 1940, these three very different women soon realise that they’ll need each other if they’re to get through the days ahead. But can the ties of friendship, love and family all remain unbroken?
Firstly a big thank you to clara at little brown for my copy and having me on the tour .
I love all things second world war and this was a great insight into the working women from that era .
A tale of friendships love and loss in a particular hard time.
Strong female characters each with their own stories and goals in life . When brought together through work they become even stronger and support each other.
A enjoyable read to escape into and look forward to meeting the east end angels again .
Do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour .
Published 14th December
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamourous life travelling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that’s how she likes it. For long ago Piper decided that to protect her heart she would lock it away .
So when piper next assignment brings her to the newly opened stardust lake hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to see is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again.
But Piper isn’t the only one at had been frozen in time by heartbreak . Gabe hasn’t forgotten the golden eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace.
Now fate has reunited them on juniper island can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place piper can finally call home.
Firstly a huge festive thank you to the team at Bonnie zaffre books for my gorgeous glittery copy of this book.
Despite following and interacting with holly via social media for a few years now this is the first book I’ve read of hers! Sorry holly !!
This is sparkly and Christmassy from the cover down to the characters.
A gorgeous read of second chances and new beginnings. All set in a idyllic location.
This really swept me away and you can’t help but feel excited for all things festive.
What happens when we listen to our heart and not our head and who risks getting hurt ?
I look forward to reading more of her books now I’ve discovered how great a author she really is .
Snow is falling, Christmas hopes are raising .. but not in L.A.. Struggling film student Kitty Shakespeare has till the end of the year to score an internship , otherwise it’ll be back to London with her tail between her legs. Unfortunately the only job she’s been offered is as a nanny to a major producers son . It’s not exactly the career shed hoped for ,but it’s the only chance she’s got to be noticed. So it’s out of the L.A. Sun and up into the snowy mountains to spend Christmas with one seriously messed up Hollywood’s moguls family-including his sexy and grumpy as hell brother , Adam. Love at first sight this is not.
Adam Klein may be sexy but he’s also gruff rude and complete impossible. All he wants to do us hole up in his cabin and hide from the brother who destroyed his life. If only he could find it easier to ignore the way kitty makes his heart race…
Firstly a huge festive thank you to the team at little brown for my copy.
I really loved her previous read in the summer which was the first book where we met the Shakespeare sisters
Wow wow well what can I say this lady not only knows how to write but knows how to write the good stuff …. hot man and steamy scenes !!
This will most certainly warm your world and heart this winter .
I couldn’t put it down absolutly loved it .
Incredible characters and storyline and ones you will be cheering on!
Will fill the with a warm glow this winter season and leave you swooning .
Really recommend 😊
Small time dealer.
The one man who can save us all?
Javid-call him Jay- is a dope dealer living in west London. He goes to mosque on Friday, and he’s just brought his pride and joy-a BMW. He lives with his mum and life seems sweet.
But his world is about to turn upside down.Becausr MI5 have been watching him ,and they think he’s just the man they need for a delicate mission.
One things for sure: now he’s a long way East of Hounslow ,jays life will never be the same again.
firstly a big thank you to Anna at hq stories for my proof copy and having me on the big tout.
The excellent thing about being a book blogger is we are given the opportunity to expans our reading material.
Upon reading the press release it wasn’t a book that I immediately would have picked up .
But I throughly enjoyed this book with its multi cultural layered story.
A real eye opener and thought provoking.
Gave me a real insight into the world of Muslims and also extremism.
Tense and dramatic, no way of knowing it was going.
Published 30th November