BLOG TOUR KNOW ME NOW BY CJ CARVER

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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.
‘No.’
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 . . .’
‘Listen.’
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.’

 

 

 

 

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BLOG TOUR EAST END ANGELS BY ROSIE HENDRY 

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 

BOOK REVIEW CHRISTMAS UNDER A CRANBERRY SKY BY HOLLY MARTIN 

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 .

BOOK REVIEW A WINTER’S TALE BY CARRIE ELKS

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  😊 

BLOG TOUR EAST OF HOUNSLOW BY KHURRUM RAHMAN

Meet Jay.

Small time dealer. 

Accidents jihadist. 

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 

 

BOOK REVIEW IT STARTED WITH A TWEET BY ANNA BELL

Daisy Hobson lives her whole life online. But when her social media obsession causes her to make a catastrophic mistake at work, Daisy finds her life going into free-fall . . . 


Her sister Rosie thinks she has the answer to all of Daisy’s problems – a digital detox in a remote cottage in Cumbria. Soon, too, Daisy a welcome distraction there in Jack, the rugged man-next-door.

But can Daisy, a London girl, ever really settle into life in a tiny, isolated village? 

And, more importantly, can she survive without her phone? 

Firstly a huge thank you to Emily at bonnier books for my proof copy. I absolutely adore Annas books so I was over the moon .

Ironically the time I read this my phone had broken and I had limited access to the usual …social media etc… the things we don’t realise we are addicted to!!

So I could relate to daisy somewhat and on a more serious note for my own sanity I occasionally check out for a while to invest in myself without sharing to the world .

So with no phone and my son at his drama club I had the perfect opportunity to enjoy this book. You can get so much more reading done when not checking a phone every 10 min or so.

This has everything, wit, warmth, men and the bonds we have with others that make us who we are .

Daisy rediscovers who she is when she isn’t being her online persona she’s got so used to being. 

What are her dreams and goals? 

Where does she see herself in the future ?

These are all questions she wasn’t aware she had until she put her phone down .

I loved this book which as always is written with Anna’s fresh voice of fiction .

Great characters especially the men and the adventures that they present to daisy and her sister .

It’s a hilarious read with a dash of old fashioned romance in a modern world 

I wish Anna every success with this book !

Published e book 7th December and paperback 28th December 

BOOK REVIEW THE PLACE WE MET BY ISABELLE BROOM

Lake Como, Italy, New Year’s Eve. The perfect place to fall in love? Or the perfect place for everything to fall apart?

‘Utterly romantic’ Adele Parks, bestselling author of The Image of You

Lucy may have suffered her fair share of bad men, but now she has Pete. Finally, a man worth sharing her favourite place with, Lake Como. That’s if she can put mysterious phone calls and glamorous ex-girlfriends out of her mind.

Taggie is rushed off her feet, but distraction is exactly what she needs to forget why she fled England and the sadness she left behind. She certainly doesn’t have time for infuriating stranger Marco. A man is the last thing she needs right now.

Lucy and Taggie might not know it, but their lives are about to collide. The New Year might begin with fireworks – but how will it end




Firstly a huge thank you to Sarah at penguin for my proof copy especially as I didn’t know I was getting it!! 

I adore Isabelles books and each of her book reviews have ignited me to swoon and praise her.

With 4 books to her name and more to come she has quickly set her place as one of my favourite writers. I don’t need to know the title or the blurb to know I will LOVE it!

With each of her books we also get the added bonus of travelling as each one is set in different beautiful locations.

The place we met is located in Italy. .lake como to be precise.  So it’s like you get a vacation while reading …perfect escapism .

I devoured this in the bath which as a mum of 2 is as far as I manage to escape to but that’s the beauty of reading we get that luxury from turning pages.

A good writer manages to evoke all those feelings and senses from their use of language and really setting the scene.  Isabelle does this and so much more .

We have 2 leading ladies each very different but each finding who they are and to love themselves.

When life brings them together it’s not just the new year fireworks causing explosions.

I did see quite early on the direction it was going but this did not effect my enjoyment in any way.

Incredibly written and we’ll thought out .

Published on 30th November 

 

BOOK REVIEW THE FOSTER CHILD BY JENNY BLACKHURST

When child psychologist Imogen Reid takes on the case of 11-year-old Ellie Atkinson, she refuses to listen to warnings that the girl is dangerous.

Ellie was the only survivor of a fire that killed her family. Imogen is convinced she’s just a sad and angry child struggling to cope with her loss.

But Ellie’s foster parents and teachers are starting to fear her. When she gets upset, bad things seem to happen. And as Imogen gets closer to Ellie, she may be putting herself in danger…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly a huge thank you to the headline team at bookbridgr for sending me this amazing book. I did squeal as I love this authors books so much! 

This intrigued me straight away with it’s striking cover and title.

I was a foster child so immediately caught my eye!

What can a foster child have done thats so bad?

Told in alternate narratives one a child one a adult.

One the counsellor one the client .

Each with their own pasts and stories to tell .

We watch their lives weave together.

What can go wrong ?

Surely people are just scaremongering with their wicked tales of the young girl being evil? ?

But as the clock ticks on the time she had at the foster home will cracks show the real Ellie?

Are people in danger ?

This was very thought provoking and chilling as you don’t quite know what you believe and would to trust.

As always Jenny writes with such skill and makes each story as addictive as the previous.

I wish her every success with this book.

Published 16th November

 

BOOK REVIEW SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL BY GIOVANNA FLETCHER

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged.

Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’.

But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

 

I had preordered a signed copy of this which came a few days before its actual publication day . Read in one sitting and loved it! I personally think this is her best one yet .

They are a talented bunch the Fletcher family and pretty cool with it . Me and Lincoln are currently reading The creakers by Giovannas Husband Tom so its Fletchers galore in our house .

As with all excellently written books once I started I couldn’t put it down ,the words flow and before you know it your halfway through.

As with the design of the  book cover I felt the overall feel of this story was slightly different to her other ones .

It focuses on so much more than finding the one and all romantic .  It is more about finding who you are again and loving that with all of your flaws.

Funny ,heart warming and life affirming .It had a real sense of woman emopowerment to it . As a single woman and a mum to boot its easy to feel complacent and somewhat stuck and this book explores that.

What happens when the life we had planned out doesn’t happen?

Who are we ?

A story of self discovery ,hope ,friendship ,family and the beauty of possibilities .

This will fly off the shelf and will make a beautiful Christmas present .

It really is some kind of wonderful 🙂

Published 16th November

BLOG TOUR SHADOWS BY PAUL FINCH 

Blog tour banner.pngAs a female cop walking the mean streets of Manchester, life can be tough for PC Lucy Clayburn. But when one of the North West’s toughest gangsters is your father, things can be particularly difficult.

When Lucy’s patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester’s criminal underworld, attitudes change.

Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life – and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water…

 

 

 

 

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

I read Pauls previous book introducing us to to Lucy and loved it.

We rejoin Lucy on the streets of Manchester and it’s latest dark crimes.

Fast paced and gritty this is a dark read of the criminal world .

We get to know a bit more about Lucy and her past but also who she is a person. What makes her tick and why she feels so passionate about her job .

I personally didn’t connect as well to this book as the first , this could be due to a lot of storyline going on .

Still a excellently written book with fascinating charactars and most importantly who can we trust?

Read on for a extract and do check out the other blogs taking part .

As a female cop walking the mean streets of Manchester, life can be tough for PC Lucy Clayburn. But when one of the North West’s toughest gangsters is your father, things can be particularly difficult.

When Lucy’s patch is gripped by a spate of murder-robberies, the police are quick to action. Yet when it transpires that the targets are Manchester’s criminal underworld, attitudes change.

Lucy is soon faced with one of the toughest cases of her life – and one which will prove once and for all whether blood really is thicker than water…