BOOK REVIEW THE SINGLE MUMS WISH LIST BY CHARLENE ALLCOTT

Meet Martha Ross. She dreams of being a singer, but she’s been working in a call centre for far too long. She’s separating from her husband, the father of her eighteen-month-old son. And she’s moving back home to her parents, toddler in tow.

Life has thrown her a few lemons . . . but Martha intends to make a gin and tonic.

It’s time to become the woman she’s always wanted to be. And at least her mum’s on hand to provide free childcare – along with ample motherly judgement, of course.

But Martha’s attempts at reinvention – from writing a definitive, non-negotiable list of everything she’s looking for in a new man, to half-marathons, business plans and meditation retreats – tend to go awry in the most surprising of ways. And soon she comes to realise that in order to find lasting love, happiness and fulfilment, she needs to find herself first . . .

Who said starting over was easy?

A warm, vibrant and painfully funny novel that will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever had their heart broken, hasn’t quite got their sh*t together yet, or who finds themselves wide awake at 3am thinking, ‘How did I get here’

I brought this a while ago and finally got round to it. What a book,what a charactar Martha is. As a single mum i could relate in many ways .

Funny,fresh voice of fiction and i couldnt get enough of it

Explores friendships,relationships old and new,parenting and making mistakes. But mostly about discovering who she is and what she wants from life.

Martha is on a journey and its not a easy one , she has a support system but will she listen to their advice.

Genuine laugh out loud moments and many omg what is she doing.

Highly recommend and cant wait to read more from Charlene.

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BOOK REVIEW ON MY LIFE BY ANGELA CLARKE

Jenna knows she didn’t do it. But she is running out of time to prove it…
A heartbreaking, compulsive thriller with a killer twist!

Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant.

Jenna thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she finds her stepdaughter murdered; her partner missing.

And the police think she did it…

Locked up to await trial, surrounded by prisoners who’d hurt her if they knew what she’s accused of, certain someone close to her has framed her, Jenna knows what she needs to do:

Clear her name
Save her baby
Find the killer

But can she do it in time?

I have been dying to read this! Been a fan of Angelas from her very first book.

In order to cope with the warmth i put feet up by a fan and read cover to cover . Its an amazing book and one you cant put down.

I felt as a reader i got such a deep insight into prison life, all through the depth of her writing.

Completely shocking and unpredictable this will leave you gobsmacked.

Cleverly written and layered to reveal more about the charactsts as you read on.

Surely Jenna has it all now, or did before going to jail. But things arent what they seem.

What is the truth?

Inspirational story of strength, hope and compassion.

Highly recommend!

BOOK REVIEW AFTER THE END BY CLARE MACKINTOSH

Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they’re facing the most important decision of their lives – and they don’t agree.

As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again.

But anything can happen after the end . . .

I have been so eager to read this but also somewhat apprehensive as i know Clare as a thriller writer. I actually attended a market research event at her publishers earlier in the year, i got to take part in discussions surroundings her change of marketing audience. I knew the blurb but that was all.I managed to avoid spoilers, even after buying it i didnt immediatly start.Anyway its sunday and i spent my afternoon/evening reading this.I probably wont do it justice as its just such a beautiful book. Incredibly moving and cleverly written.Thought provoking and as a parent it really pulled on my moral compass. What would i do was running through my head throughout the book. Emotive and hard hitting this is story that will stay with you long after you close the pages.

BOOK REVIEW THE WHISPER MAN BY ALEX NORTH

If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken . . .

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a much-needed fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago, a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys.

Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home.

Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He says he hears a whispering at his window . . .

Wow wow wow what a incredible book.

A debut that sets the bar high for this genre.

Scary,chilling atmospheric. This is spooky and terrifying.

If you enjoyed cj tudors the chalk man then you will love this.

Addictive page turner, i was reading at every opportunity!

Highly recommend and cant wait to see what he creates next.

BLOG TOUR ABOUT THAT NIGHT BY ELAINE BEDELL

Sometimes it only takes one night to change everything

Elizabeth Place might have been jilted on her wedding day one year ago, but at least she’s still got her brilliant job producing one of the biggest shows on TV!

But when larger-than-life TV host, Ricky Clough, dies live on air, her life is sent spinning out of control. And with foul play suspected, the spotlight is turned firmly on his colleagues – especially Hutch, the man desperate for Ricky’s job and whom Elizabeth is secretly dating.

As her world comes crashing down around her, Elizabeth realises that perhaps the only person she can really trust, is herself…

Firstly a big thank you to hq stories for my copy to review . This is a debut novel from a lady who certainly knows what shes writing about .

We are taken behind the scenes of television..is it all glitz and glam or is it darker?

When a shock death takes place everyone is under suspicion. What are Elizabeths colleagues hiding?

Dealing with her own personal issues alongside work its not easy. But she does so professionally and to her best ability.

Packed with interesting charactars and a rare insight into the world of showbiz.

A great read and look forward to readings more from Elaine .

Published 11th July and do check out the other blogs taking part in the tour.

BOOK REVIEW LIES WE TELL MOTHERS BY SUZY K QUINN

Bestselling author of the Bad Mother books Suzy K Quinn reveals the truth behind the lies we tell mothers, one sleepless night at a time.

Suzy and Demi were carefree twenty-somethings. They had fun! They didn’t have responsibilities! And then they decided to have a baby. Goodbye lazy weekends, hello sleepless nights, arguments and an addiction to industrial-strength hot chocolate.

In the midst of this major life change, Suzy discovered that most parenting advice should be taken with a pinch of salt—or ten.

For example:

#1 Lie—Just go with your mother’s instinct. But what if your instinct is telling you to hide under the stairs?

#10 Lie—Your new baby will tell you what it needs. Not if it can’t talk it won’t.

#23 Lie—You should never bribe your children. You will ALWAYS bribe your children.

Follow Suzy on the ultimate make-over—from nervous-wreck new mother to happy families. In this hilarious and refreshingly honest account for parents who prefer the realistic to the utopian, Suzy debunks the myths and takes us all along for the (bumpy) ride.

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to review . I shared my review for Suzys psychological thriller recently…its amazing, so i was intrigued to read something quite different from her

I devoured this and some parts i could have written myself. This is how parenting really is.

Funny, real,honest and raw this is a excellent book about the rollercoaster that is being a mum .

Truth is none of us know what we are doing , just some adapt a lot quicker

I resonated so much with these words , i always think if i could go back to that 18 year old me feeling numb i would hug her and reassure her.

Its so refreshing to read even now as mum to 17 and 13 year old that others struggle and no one is perfect.

Highly recommend for new mums for reassurance or for ones who have been there for the comedy element.

My favourite lie would be they grow up so fast .. theres a quote which says about days dragging but the years fly. Its so true..i remembed wishing time away with my first then with second it was all slow down. Parenting…the guilt that keeps on guilting!!

Parenting is hard as it is without the added pressure and guilt . So sit back and enjoy this read!

Published 1st August .

BOOK REVIEW STRINGS ATTACHED BY ERIN REINELT

For fans of Dolly Alderton, Holly Bourne and Fleabag, this is a fun, fresh romcom that will have you laughing in recognition and yelling in solidarity.

Straight-laced Jean has always done what’s expected of her.

Her traditional parents want Jean to be in a relationship which will distract them from the shamble of their own marriage. She is at the beck and call of her demonic boss who is constantly yelling at her to sort out the clusterf**ks left by grown men. And her overgrown baby of a boyfriend, Charlie has just heckled her friend’s wedding and set fire to the marquee. Jean keeps cleaning up other people’s messes.

Until now.

Taking her life into her own hands, she decides to do stand up to her boss, her parents and do something that takes her out of her comfort zone. She will be a woman heels-over-head, and not head-over-heels, in love. After Jean dumps Charlie, she meets married-but-open pianist Gabriel and decides to explores all that modern romance has to offer… but can relationships last without entangled hearts being broken?

Jean is about to find out.

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters, this novel is an homage to female-friendship, empowerment and love, which will have you laughing-out-loud and rooting for Jean all the way.

Firstly a big thanks to trapeze for my copy to review. This sounded a real tonic to read.

Its modern,fun and fresh . Sexy,naughty and hilarious!

This had me literally lol on the train, i could relate to Jean so much.

Shes fed up and wakes up to realisation shes not happy. Rather than carry on moaning she does something about it. Steps out of her comfort zone and embraces the new her.

There are funny moments but also endearing ones..but more importantly there are lot of wtf moments.

She starts to realise her worth and wont accept anything less than she deserves. .. and i think we all need to embrace that attitude.

Highly recommend especially if you need a pick me up book that will have you cackling !

A unique love story that feels so culturaly relevant in 2019.

Published 11th July

BOOK REVIEW COME BACK FOR ME BY HEIDI PERKS

A SHOCKING DISCOVERY.
A COMMUNITY WRAPPED IN SECRETS. A tiny island community is stunned by the discovery of a long-buried body. For Stella Harvey the news is doubly shocking. The body has been found in the garden of her childhood home – the home her family fled without explanation twenty-five years ago. Now, questioning her past and desperate to unearth the truth, Stella returns to the isolated island. But she quickly finds that the community she left isn’t as welcoming as she remembers – and that people in it will go to any length to protect their secrets. One thing rings true…
You can’t bury the truth forever.
I was due to be on the tour for this book, but my copy got lost. So i brought a copy and devoured it ! I am definitely team Heidi , she is a phenomenal writer.

Her debut is easily one of the best reads of 2019 for me .Its always a worry if the author can do it again after such success with a debut… and she can and has.

Come back for me is intriguing packed with mystery,secrets and lies.We all remember our childhoods in different ways and how would we feel if challenged to those memories and feelings. We know whos right or wrobg…dont we?

Layered with suspense this is a compelling and captivating read.With twists and turns you cant predict whete this is going or who has secrets to hide.

I highly recommend Heidi’s books and cant wait to read more!

BOOK REVIEW HER FIRST MISTAKE BY SANDIE JONES

For Alice, life has never been better.

After the death of her first husband, she has remarried, with a successful business, two children and a beautiful house.

In Beth, she also has the best friend she has always wanted. A friend without judgement, she is the most trustworthy and loyal person Alice knows.

So when Alice begins to suspect her husband Nathan is having an affair, she turns to Beth to help her find the truth. She can trust Beth, can’t she . . . ?

I loved Sandies debut so was excited to read this . My goodness this is a lady who knows how to write!!

What a twisty, addictive and completely unpredictable book.This had me hooked instantly and just took my breath away at how amazing it was.

Packed with tension and anticipation as we think we know where its heading… then boom the direction changes and your left gobsmacked.Thought provoking in regards to certain charactars attributes and flaws. Once you start you wont want to stop reading.

Highly recommend and i cant wait to read more from Sandie …write faster lol.

BOOK REVIEW CLEAR MY NAME BY PAULA DALY

Innocent?

When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison.

Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.

Guilty?

Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.

But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realises that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide . . .

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.

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Firstly a huge thank you to the publishers for my copy to review.

Im a huge fan of Paula’s so was so thrilled to recieve…as a book blogger it never gets old that feeling of bookpost!

A great read as always. I always know im going to enjoy her books.

Great charactars all with their own demons and past.

What is the truth?

What compels them to choose their cases? What makes carrie’s stand out..and is she innocent?

Alternate timelines and narratives so we get a sense of before and after the event.

Unpredictable and an addictive read.

Packed with secrets, twists and turns this is a exciting book .

Published 8th August so perfect to pick up for a indulgent summer read.