When You Were Mine by Kate Hewitt – Blog Tour

Today I get to share my review of When You Were Mine by the wonderful Kate Hewitt…

Book Description:
“Dylan…” I croak, but my little boy doesn’t even look at me. “Dylan!” My voice is louder now, and my gaze stays locked with my son’s as the car pulls away from the curb and drives away, taking my very life with her.

Single mother Beth loves her seven-year-old son Dylan with all her heart. He’s her world. So when a terrible series of events lead Dylan to be taken into foster care, she is determined to do whatever she can to get him back.

Mother of two, Ally has always dreamed of fostering—it feels like her chance to give back when she has been so lucky in life. But when Dylan joins their family, Ally finds herself struggling to balance his needs with those of her own children and husband—something Beth can’t help but witness when she visits.

Beth wants nothing more than to find a way to bring her beloved child home. But when she also sees Dylan bonding with Ally, she has to ask herself – where is the right home for Dylan? She wants to believe it is with her… But does a mother always know what’s best for her child?

A beautiful, powerful and ultimately hopeful story of the heartbreaking power of a mother’s love, for fans of Diane Chamberlain, Jodi Picoult and Jojo Moyes.

My Thoughts:

When I read the description of this book certainly had me intrigued, but I honestly did not expect it to have such a huge impact on me.

Beth, a single mother to her 7 year old son Dylan. They have such a strong, beautiful bond..but it is certainly not all smooth sailing. Dylan is silent by choice (elective mutism), and Beth has built up a protective bubble around them both which includes no school, no Doctors appointments, and no play dates… and this decision is what leads to Beth being reported, as she is accused of neglecting her son.

When Dylan is taken off Beth and placed into Care with Ally, her husband and her two teenage children. Ally soon comes to realise how strong Dylans bond with his mother truly is, as the family finds themselves unable to comfort Dylan when he needs it most.

Beth instantly dislikes Ally, mainly due to jealousy…she appears to have the perfect house, perfect family, whilst Beth now has nothing. However, along the way a friendship begins to develop between these women as they both try to come to terms with what is truly best for Dylan.

This story was truly heartbreaking, and heartwarming too. It perfectly highlighted the love between a mother and her child and the difficult decisions and sacrifices along the way. It also shows the importance of friendship, and how no two families are ever the same.

I truly adored this story… between the way in which the author brought the characters to life, and the truly unique and beautiful writing style, it is certainly a story that will stay with me. A definite must read.

I would like to thank Kate Hewitt, Sarah Hardy, Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:
Kate Hewitt is the author of many romance and women’s fiction novels. A former New Yorker and now an American ex-pat, she lives in a small town on the Welsh border with her husband, five children, and their overly affectionate Golden Retriever. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling stories that tackle real issues and touch people’s lives. 
http://kate-hewitt.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KateHewittAuthor/https://twitter.com/author_kate

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The House by the Lake by Ella Carey.

Today is my turn on the blog tour for The House by the Lake and I am so happy to share my review with you all.

Book description:


The cobbled streets were dark as Isabelle hurried through the shadows, dodging in and out of doorways, constantly looking back. She worried the sound of her loudly thumping heart would give her away, as she peered around a corner. Suddenly, Isabelle was surrounded by Nazi soldiers, their black boots pounding on the pavement, barring her way…

1939, BerlinMax Albrecht is the young and handsome heir to a beautiful house on a lake where he spent his happy childhood. As war approaches, his parents tell him he must join the Nazi party or the whole family will be killed. But when his beloved French fiancé Isabelle shows him the horrifying truth, Max faces an impossible choice: protect his family or save the girl he loves?

2010, San FranciscoAnna Young is content with her life, running a bustling deli and taking care of her adored grandfather Max, who raised her. Max has never spoken of his past until he hands over an old map, the plans to a grand house just north of Berlin. With a shaking finger, he points to it and says, “I left something behind under the floorboards. Please bring it home before I die.”

When Anna arrives at the crumbling manor in Germany, she discovers a hidden engagement ring in a velvet box. She is desperate to find the woman her grandfather hoped to marry, but the local villagers look away when she mentions Max’s name, and back in San Francisco he is now in hospital, too unwell to speak to her. What did Max do so many years ago? Is Anna ready for the terrible secret that her family’s past may hold?

From bestselling author Ella Carey comes an unforgettable novel, weaving together past and present. Gripping and heartbreaking, The House by the Lake uncovers the secrets and devastating choices that people were forced to make during history’s darkest time.

My Thoughts:

This book caught my interest immediately. As a lover of historical fiction, when I recieved the description to this book it sounded like a dream so I jumped at the chance to read it.

The storyline is so perfectly plotted, and right from the start it captivates the reader completely.

I loved the two timelines running alongside each other throughout the book… the one in which followed the story of Isabeel and Max in 1939, and highlights beautifully the troubling times they lived in, and also the daunting decisions that had to be made along the way. Then we fing ourselves in 2010 with Anna. She is happy with her life as it is, running a Deli and also taking care of her Grandfather Max. When Max hands Anna a map and asks him to retrieve something dear to him from Germany before he dies, Anna finds herself on a true journey of discovery.

The past, and all of the secrets it Carrie’s for this family all start to come to light when Anna arrives in Germany, but some secrets are hard to live with…

This book, to me, was simply perfection. The characters were alive in my mind, and I could picture the settings as though I was there myself… poignant, heartbreaking and totally consuming, I adored this book.

I would like to thank Ella Carey, Sarah Hardy, Bookouture and Netgalley for allowing me to read this beautiful book in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen languages, in twelve countries, and have been shortlisted for ARRA awards. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne with her two children and two Italian greyhounds who are constantly mistaken for whippets.

Ella loves to connect with her readers regularly through her facebook page and on her website.

http://www.ellacarey.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ellacareyauthor/

https://twitter.com/Ella_Carey
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First date by Sue Watson *Blog Tour*

I am once again so incredibly happy to be a part of the blog tour for this brilliant book!.

Book Description:


She’s been waiting her whole life to meet a man like Alex. But he’s been waiting too. And once he has her, he’ll never let her go…

Hannah has done everything to make sure her life is safe and secure. A long way from her unstable childhood growing up in foster care, she’s content with her sweet, little, messy apartment and her satisfying job as a social worker. She quietly worries that, aged 36, she might never fall in love. But otherwise her life is where she wants it to be.

Until, encouraged by her best friend to join a dating app, she meets Alex. He’s irresistibly handsome. He loves the same music as her. The same food as well. They both dream of travelling the world but agree they’d be equally happy escaping to a cottage by the beach in Devon. Both of them would love to own a Labrador one day. It’s like he’s made for her. It’s like he’s too good to be true.

Hannah’s friends aren’t so sure about him. But Hannah thinks he’s perfect.

Which is good. Because Alex knows she’s perfect for him too. In fact, she’s exactly the girl he’s been looking for…

And nothing Hannah’s done to make her life safe will ever be enough.

A gripping and suspenseful psychological thriller about dark obsession and internet dating. Fans of The Wife Between UsFriend Request and Gone Girl will adore this unputdownable twisted love story.

My Thoughts:

This book was a real page turner from beginning to end. I truly found it impossible to put down and finished it within a day!.

The story follows Hannah Weston, a woman who, after dealing with a difficult breakup decides – with some encouragement from her best friend/co-worker Jas – to try the world of online dating. And this is where she meets Alex. He has a great job and a wonderful house, he quite honestly seems too perfect, so Hannah feels very lucky to be dating him.

The story is so perfectly written, with a plot that is full of twists and turns along with the perfect level of suspense which grasps your attention fully. There are so many interesting characters all with their own complex lives, and the ways in which their lives intertwine throughout the book was wonderful.

I obviously dont want to spoil this book for anyone… but I will say, that the twist at the end of this book was one I truly did NOT see coming! It was truly incredible and perfectly finished off a fascinating book.

Lastly, I would like to thank Sue Watson, Sarah Hardy and Netgalley for my ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue has written sixteen novels, and many have been translated into several languages. Sue is now exploring the darker side of life with her latest thrillers OUR LITTLE LIES, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, THE EMPTY NEST, THE SISTER-IN-LAW and FIRST DATE out on October 16th.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her family in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – okay, procrastinating, eating too much confectionery, and watching ‘My 600lb Life,’ on the sofa.

more info visit Sue’s website; http://www.suewatsonbooks.com/

Sue would love to meet you on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/suewatsonbooks

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter  

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A Wild Hope ~ by Celeste De Blasis ~ Blog Tour!

I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of the blog tour for A Wild Hope. It was a joy to read an I am so happy to be able to share my thoughts on this book with you all.

Book Description:

Banished from her uncaring family home for her growing friendship with older neighbor St. John, Alexandria Thaine is unprepared for the new life she encounters with her distant cousins in England’s West Country. She blossoms under the warmth of the Falconers, and as she throws herself into the thrilling danger of the family’s smuggling trade, Alex forms an unbreakable bond with the eldest son, Rane.

But just as Alex begins to imagine a future in Devon with Rane at her side, the death of her older sister forces her back home to care for her sister’s motherless twins. Still yearning for Rane, Alex grows to love the helpless babies, and as she rekindles her friendship with St. John, she finds herself caught between her heart and her home.

When the opportunity comes to start anew in Maryland’s lush horse country, Alex faces the agonizing choice between the life she dreamed of and the promise of the new world. But starting over in a golden land on the brink of war brings unforeseen dangers to her door, and when Alex’s new family is threatened, can she find the strength to risk her happiness today for the wild hope of a brighter tomorrow?

The sweeping, epic and emotional novel by beloved storyteller Celeste De Blasis, available in eBook for the first time. Perfect for readers who love PoldarkOutlander and Daphne du Maurier.

A Wild Hope was originally published as Wild Swan.  

My Thoughts:

This book truly took my breath away and completely captivated me from the start.

The story begins following the life on Alexandria (Alex), a thirteen year old girl who finds herself being sent to live with distant relatives by her grandmother in a desperate attempt to remove her from her mothers hateful ways..

It is from here that the story truly takes hold of you, as Alex finds herself torn between two men. One whom she has always felt connected to, and one whom came into her life in the most unexpected of ways.

The writing style throughout this book is so delightful, it keeps the reader craving more… I can honestly say I found it near impossible to put this book down!. The author managed to bring the setting and the characters to life perfectly in my mind, and I genuinely felt myself connecting to them throughout.

Poignant, heartwarming and an absolute page turner…everyone needs to read this book!.

About The Author:

Millions of readers have fallen under the spell of the lush, enthralling and bestselling novels by Celeste De Blasis. Tales of adventure and romance set against the sweep of history—all are storytelling at its finest. After graduating from Pomona College, Celeste devoted her life to impeccable research and spellbinding writing. A native Californian, Celeste grew up on the historic Kemper Campbell Ranch in the Mojave Desert, where she lived until her death in 2001.  

Buy Links:
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Finally, I would like to thank Sarah Hardy for asking me to be a part of this blog tour, and of course the Author for allowing me to review a copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Paris time Capsule by Ella Carey – Blog Tour

Hello again! Today it’s my turn to share my thoughts on this beautiful book as part of the Paris time Capsule blog tour.

Book description:


The parcel arrived on an ordinary morning in the mailbox of her New York apartment, postmarked Paris. It was wrapped in brown paper and tied with a silk ribbon. Little did she know that the old brass key and letter it contained were about to turn her life upside down…

1940, Paris. Life is getting desperate for young Isabelle de Florian. Alone with her best friend in her Paris apartment, Isabelle knows that they must seek safety or die. For months she has been playing a dangerous game of secrets with the Nazis, trying to keep the people she loves safe. At last, she secures passage out of the city, packs her best jewels into a small suitcase and steps into the treacherous night…

New York, 2015. Photographer Cat Jordan is shocked when she receives a letter informing her that she is the sole heir of the estate of Isabelle de Florian. She was a friend of Cat’s enigmatic grandmother, who both lived in France until the Nazi occupation forced them to flee. The letter offers few details but is clear on one point: Cat must come to Paris in person.

When she arrives, Cat is enchanted by Isabelle’s beautiful apartment. But why did she leave it to a stranger? Determined to find the truth, Cat investigates her grandmother and Isabelle’s escape from Paris, and discovers that Isabelle was hunted by the Nazis in 1940. But as Cat searches through the dusty letters in the apartment, will the secret she finds change everything she knows about Isabelle and herself?

From bestselling author Ella Carey comes an utterly spellbinding novel about wartime secrets. Paris Time Capsule shows that pulling on the tiniest thread of a life can unravel everything you thought you knew, and change your world forever.

My Thoughts:

When I had the description for this book sent to me i practically jumped for joy!. I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and this book certainly did not disappoint.

Throughout this book we follow Cat’s story, a photographer who receives a letter informing her that she is heir to an estate in Paris….but before she makes any sort of decision about what to do, she has to go there in person. From this moment on, a story of love, loss, and mystery begins to unfold.

The Author has such a wonderful writing style which totally captivates you from the very beginning. The characters draw you in immediately, and you truly feel a connection to both Cat and Isabelle. I thought the storyline itself was so perfectly paced, and beautifully plotted it was without a doubt one of my favourite reads of the year. Heartwarming, captivating, and has you dreaming of Paris! An absolute delight to read.

About The Author:


Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen languages, in twelve countries, and have been shortlisted for ARRA awards. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne with her two children and two Italian greyhounds who are constantly mistaken for whippets.

Ella loves to connect with her readers regularly through her facebook page and on her website.

http://www.ellacarey.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ellacareyauthor/

https://twitter.com/Ella_Carey



Buy Links:

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Thank you to Sarah Hatdy for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, Ella Carey for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this beautiful story and also to Netgalley.

Hermit by S.R.White blog tour.

Hello, and welcome to my blog! Today is my turn on the Hermit blog tour and I am absolutely delighted to share my review with you all.

After a puzzling death in the wild bushlands of Australia, detective Dana Russo has just hours to interrogate the prime suspect – a silent, inscrutable man found at the scene of the crime, who disappeared without trace 15 years earlier.

But where has he been? Why won’t he talk? And exactly how dangerous is her? Without conclusive evidence to prove his guilt, Dana faces a desperate race against time to persuade him to speak. But as each interview spirals with fevered intensity, Dana must reckon with her own traumatic past to reveal the shocking truth…

MY REVIEW

This book had me intrigued right from the start. I have always been a huge lover of a mystery, and the plot line behind this story was truly fascinating.

The story focuses on the mysterious disappearance of Nathan, who vanished without a trace 15 years ago. Then, completely out of the blue he reappears – but not just anywhere, at the scene of a crime.

Dana is a detective who is called in to work on the case. It is obvious that Dana is struggling with something, but the reader is left not knowing exactly what is behind her misery which to me made it all the more intriguing. A lot of the story is set in an interview room, something which seemed to help build the intensity as the story began to unfold.

I particularly liked how Dana’s story unfolded as we followed the actual case too, as this was something that has genuinely caught my interest right from the beginning. Each of the characters in this book added something extraordinary to the story, it being their unique quirks or their troubled past pasts

This book, in its entirety really did captivate me! The plot was so brilliantly paced that it kept you intrigued throughout, and I really loved following the story as it all unfolded. Brilliantly written and a definite page turner.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for my honest review.

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Beyond the Horizon by Ella Carey


Suddenly, it became hard to breathe and the sound of the engine throbbed in Eva’s head. The plane crashed and skidded. She heard the wail of sirens. The last thing she remembered was pulling her body across the tarmac an inch at a time—before her world went black.

Sweetwater, Texas, 1943Eva has always wanted to fly away. She jumps at the chance to train with the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots and help the war effort, even if the days are exhausting, the southern nights sweltering. When she’s in the air, it’s all worthwhile: her heart soars, as close to infinity as you can get. And since she met handsome Jack, she has someone to fly back to. But on one dangerous night, everything goes wrong. When she awakes, her body is broken and her memory is gone…

Los Angeles, 1977. Eva seems like a normal married woman with a family to be proud of. When she woke up after that terrible night—a blank in her memory—Jack was smiling down at her. But so many decades later, Eva is still searching for answers about the night that changed her life forever. Why have letters to her fellow pilots gone unanswered for thirty years? What really happened on her last flight?

Ever since that catastrophic crash, Eva has lived with the worst fear imaginable: did she do something terrible enough to make her friends cut her off? Increasingly overcome by frightening flashbacks, where she is fighting to escape from a tiny cockpit filled with smoke as her plane falls to the ground, she desperately tries to uncover the truth. But are some secrets best left buried in the past?

From bestselling author Ella Carey comes a sweeping story, inspired by true events, about the brave, forgotten female pilots who helped America win the war. A story you will never forget, and one that will always stay in your heart.

My Thoughts: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I have always loved a historic novel, so when I was presented with the opportunity to read this beautiful book I just had to snap it up!.

Beyond the Horizon is a historical novel set throughout World War II and its main focus is on the Women Airforce Service Pilots. It really does do those heroic women justice!.

The main character in this story is a woman named Eva Scott, and also follows the lives of her fellow female pilots,Nina, Rita, Nancy, Helena an Beatrice. It perfectly highlights just how badly these women were treated throughout this time, and how little respect they were shown for their wonderful work. Even after they hraduated they still faced the same levels of discrimination which I’m sure only made a difficult job so much tougher.

I adored the dual timeline that this book followed too. It truly gave the whole book so much depth and brought the story to life.

A beautifully written story that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming too. I adored this book from beginning to end and look forward to reading future books by this wonderful author.

I was kindly sent an ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

About the Author:

Ella Carey is the bestselling author of the #1 kindle bestselling Paris Time Capsule historical mystery series, as well as the standalone kindle bestsellers, Secret Shores and The Things We Don’t Say. Ella’s first six novels were originally published by Lake Union. The House by the Lake and From a Paris Balcony, books two and three in Ella’s Paris series were nominated for Australian Romance Reader Awards for best historical fiction, and, along with Paris Time Capsule, have been translated into over a dozen languages. Ella’s latest standalone novel is Beyond the Horizon, set around the brave, unsung Women’s Airforce Pilots of World War Two – the long-forgotten women who flew for the United States. Ella travelled to Sweetwater, Texas, to research the novel, and collaborated with the director of the WASP museum to write the book. The novel is inspired by Ella’s mother, who was in the Women’s Air Force in Australia during World War Two, and her father, who was a pilot in the British Air Force. Ella was born in Adelaide, Australia, and was educated at the University of Adelaide, completing a music degree in classical piano at the Elder Conservatorium, and an arts degree with a double major in History and English Literature. Having spent eleven years living on the beautiful island of Tasmania, these days, Ella lives in Melbourne, Australia with her family, two very elderly and special Italian Greyhounds, and a garden that Ella likes to think is hers, but honestly, It’s run by the chickens – the lovely Annie, Harriet, Mrs Pertelote and Fox’s Dinner! Ella has recently signed a nine-book deal with Hachette UK imprint Bookouture. Bookouture will publish all of Ella’s previous books, which have sold over half a million copies already, over the summer and autumn of 2020, beginning with Beyond the Horizon, focussing on a young American female pilot who flies for her country, and following a dreadful accident, carries a terrible secret. Bookouture will also be releasing a new, three-book series for publication in 2021. This sweeping historical trilogy, featuring unforgettable characters, will tell the stories of dazzling hopes and difficult dreams in America, before, during and after the Second World War. The first book will be published in spring 2021. Also in 2021, German publishing house Aufbau will be releasing seven of Ella’s novels, four of her backlist books, as well as her new trilogy in German. When she’s not writing, Ella mentors aspiring and emerging writers through the Australian Society for Authors, loves to travel, paint, hike, read, go to the theatre and play the piano. She also loves to chat with her readers, and would be delighted for you to join her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ellacareyauthor/, and on her website at www.ellacarey.com, where you can find more information about the background behind her books, and join her mailing list for regular updates about her upcoming novels.

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Truly, Madly, Like Me – By Jo Watson

Blurb:

She’s used to faking it. Now it’s time to get real.

It all started with a faulty elevator…

When social media influencer Frankie Paulson’s followers turn on her after an embarrassing public break-up with her perfect #couplegoals boyfriend, and she almost plummets to her death with two strangers in a faulty elevator, all she wants to do is hide.

A town with no internet is the ideal sanctuary, but Frankie has never done anything without sharing it on one of many apps she can’t live without. After all, surely it’s much more satisfying to take the perfect photograph of her breakfast than eat it?

When Fate, in the form of a new four-legged companion, plays a hand in keeping her in the town, Frankie starts to make tentative but genuine connections with the people she meets. Suddenly every rule she’s been living by seems far less meaningful and she begins to wonder if her apparently #blessed life wasn’t as real as she thought…

My Thoughts:

A perfect, original, and oh so modern Love story. It was practically impossible not to fall in love with this book!.

The storyline is so wonderfully paced and thought through that it has you hooked right from the start, making it almost impossible to put down at the best of times.

We follow the life of Frankie – a social media influencer who shares her whole life on her instagram account… but being seen so openly online can also have its downsides, as frankie quickly learns as she has to deal with a very public breakup with her boyfriend. Struggling to deal with the fallout, she decides to flee to a town with no internet… but as someone who spends most of her life online, it comes as quite the shock to the system. Thankfully a four legged friend helps Frankie stick it out for a while, and she soon starts to learn more about herself, and comes to realise that the perfect life the thought she had might not have been so perfect after all..

The supporting characters that appear throughout the book are equally lovable, and really do help bring out those Laugh out loud moments that Jo Watson so perfectly adds to her stories.

Throw into the mix the swoon worthy Mark, and of course the added bonus of the dog that Frankie acquires in her new life and you have all the ingredients for the perfect summer romance!

I could talk about this book all day long, but as always I really dont want to give away too many spoilers! But if, like me, you love a romantic comedy that truly grasps your attention from beginning to end then this is a definite must read.

This book is available to buy via Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B084L8WCJT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_I-KoFbAX8JQFB

About The Author:

Jo Watson is an award-winning writer whose romantic comedies were originally published on Wattpad. Her first novel Burning Moon won a 2014 Watty Award for being one of the site’s most downloaded titles and has now had over 7 million reads. Jo is an Adidas addict and a Depeche Mode devotee. She lives in South Africa with her family.

Visit her website http://www.jowatsonwrites.co.uk for exclusive extras and follow her on Twitter @JoWatsonWrites, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jowatsonwrites and Instagram @jowatsonwrites.

Very Nearly Normal- by Hannah Sunderland

Blurb:

Effie’s not perfect. Neither is Theo. But together, they’re pretty close.
 
Matilda ‘Effie’ Heaton has always felt like she’s swimming against the tide. Everyone around her has life sorted, but Effie’s living with her parents and crying into a wine bottle at night. The only thing she loves is her job at a bookshop, where she can lose herself in other people’s stories.
 
But then she meets Theo, who knows only too well that life isn’t something to take for granted.
 
Because Theo has a life-changing secret, and as Effie starts to realise that she’s falling in love instead of falling apart, fate steps in and deals her a new hand. And this time, the stakes are high.

A gorgeous, heart-breaking read for fans of Jojo Moyes and Gail Honeyman.

My Thoughts:

A beautifully written story about love, loss, and learning to love yourself. This book had everything I could possibly have wanted from a modern day romance novel.
The main characters Effie and Theo were instantly lovable and it was impossible to not be rooting for them throughout the story.
Effie found ways to cope with her struggles, one of which was alcohol, which I know unfortunately does affect alot of people. I thought this was written so perfectly, and sensitively, that it really did make you love Effie all the more.

I could talk about this book all day long, and I know without a doubt that it is one of those stories that will stay with me for a long time. A truly beautiful, romantic story… just perfection.

I recieved an ARC of this book via Netgalley & Avon books in return for my honest review.

About the Author

Hannah Sunderland was born and bred in Sutton Coldfield, north of Birmingham, where she still lives with her menagerie of animals. She has a BA Hons degree in Fine Art and now runs her own business, a company that makes props for crime scene reconstruction.

She inherited the writing gene from her father. She has an obsessional love of stationery, cats and Sour Patch Kids. The writing bug set in when someone handed her a notebook and she realised that she could create a world within it. Her claim to fame is playing Tree #4 in her year one school play.

This book is available to purchase via Amazon : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07Z4C8RG5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_kKPhFbH96J9RF

Also available from other retailers.

The Last Wife – by Karen Hamilton.

Blurb: THE BRILLIANT NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL DRAMA FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND

Two women. A dying wish. And a web of lies that will bring their world crashing down.

Nina and Marie were best friends-until Nina was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Before she died, Nina asked Marie to fulfill her final wishes.

But her mistake was in thinking Marie was someone she could trust.

What Nina didn’t know was that Marie always wanted her beautiful life, and that Marie has an agenda of her own. She’ll do anything to get what she wants.

Marie thinks she can keep her promise to her friend’s family on her own terms. But what she doesn’t know is that Nina was hiding explosive secrets of her own…

My thoughts:

This book is a gripping page turner that had me hooked from the first line. The storyline was brilliantly plotted out and truly set the scene of events and helped all of the characters come to life.

I loved everything about this book. There were many twists and turns throughout which I hadn’t anticipated, as well as being perfectly paced to keep the reader needing to read ‘just a little bit more before bed’. The characters were all so wonderfully unique too, all of whom had their own demons and personal battles to overcome.

I would recommend this book very highly to anyone who loves a good psychological thriller.

I had this ARC send to me via @netgalley in return for my honest review.