Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Guest Review: Amy Shearn - The Mermaid of Brooklyn

Reviewed by Louise Wykes

Jenny Lipkin, former up-and-coming magazine editor and current stressed-out mother of two, is struggling. With two demanding children, she is adjusting to life as an average mother, drinking coffee in the playground and complaining about breastfeeding, sleepless nights and how to get the buggy on the subway.

And then, one summer evening, her husband Harry goes out to buy cigarettes and doesn’t return.

Jenny reaches breaking point. She is contemplating ending it all, but when she falls off the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River, she finds a surprising ally – and a magical way to rethink her ideas about success, motherhood and relationships. But confronting her inner demons is no easy task . . . 

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Blogiversary Giveaway #3: Win a Saving Grace scented candle

I was recently offered the opportunity to run a giveaway to celebrate the publication of Jane Green's latest novel Saving Grace which I agreed with the publicist to tie-in with my blogiversary celebrations.

A perfect stranger wants her perfect life.

Grace Chapman has the perfect life, living comfortably with her husband, bestselling author Ted, in a picture-perfect farmhouse on the Hudson River in New York State.

Then Ted advertises for a new assistant, and Beth walks into their lives. Organized, passionate and eager to learn, Beth quickly makes herself indispensable to Ted and his family. But Grace soon begins to feel side-lined in her home - and her marriage - by this ambitious younger woman.

Is Grace just paranoid, as her husband tells her, or is there more to Beth than first thought?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Blogiversary Giveaway #2: Win a copy of Liberty Silk by Kate Beaufoy

The second of today's blogiversary giveaways is for a copy of Liberty Silk by Kate Beaufoy which was one of my favourite books read this Summer so I have bought a copy for someone else to hopefully fall in love with it too.

One beautiful dress is the key to three brave women’s destinies…

France 1919: Jessie is celebrating the last heady days of her honeymoon. But when her husband suddenly disappears she finds herself bereft. Until a chance encounter thrusts her into the centre of the intoxicating world of Parisian high life.

Guest Book Review: Rachel Hore - A Week in Paris

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

The streets of Paris hide a dark past...

September, 1937. Kitty Travers enrols at the Conservatoire on the banks of the Seine to pursue her dream of becoming a concert pianist. But then war breaks out and the city of light falls into shadow. 

Nearly twenty-five years later, Fay Knox, a talented young violinist, visits Paris on tour with her orchestra. She barely knows the city, so why does it feel so familiar? Soon touches of memory become something stronger, and she realises her connection with these streets runs deeper than she ever expected. 

As Fay traces the past, with only an address in an old rucksack to help her, she discovers dark secrets hidden years ago, secrets that cause her to question who she is and where she belongs...A compelling story of war, secrets, family and enduring love.

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Blogiversary Giveaway #1: Win a Book Tote Bag

It's hard to believe that it was 3 years ago today that my friend suggested that I set up this book blog... where has that time gone?!

When I set the blog up I never in my wildest dreams expected to receive the support that I have done, I honestly only expected a few friends and family to stop by and certainly never imagined I'd currently have almost 236,000 page views to date.  It's truly overwhelming the support I have received from everyone... publishers, authors but most especially from all my fellow bookworms and makes all the time and effort it takes to post worthwhile.
As a way of saying thank you I will be running a series of giveaways between now and the end of the month.

There's a wide variety of prizes that can be won ranging from book quote keyrings and bookmarks to books and tote bags, the photo below are items I've bought or received from publishers to give away that I will be posting out (these will be staggered out throughout the month as can't afford to post all in one go) plus there are also some additional prizes that have been donated by publishers and authors that will be issued direct by them.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Guest Book Review: Mary Balogh - Only Enchanting

Reviewed by Sarah Brew

Flavian was devastated by his fiancée's desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back - and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of the nearest young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love-and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she's determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love...

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Guest Book Review: Sue Watson - Snow Angels, Secrets & Christmas Cake

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned…

With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.

After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past.

Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas? 

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Friday, 17 October 2014

Books Read & Giveaway: Melissa Foster - Romancing My Love

After months of caring for her terminally ill mother, Rebecca Rivera is left all alone in a world she doesn't trust--but she's determined not to let her mother's death define her. Losing her job, having to pummel some jerk for being too handsy, and living in her car are just temporary setbacks to an otherwise solid plan in finding her footing. Full of pride and used to being in control of her life, she's certain she can make it on her own. The last thing Rebecca needs is a man to fix her troubles--even if that man is strikingly handsome, wealthy, and charismatic Pierce Braden.

Pierce is a powerful real estate investor on the verge of a major acquisition. As the eldest of six siblings raised by a single mother, he's spent his life protecting those he loves. He's used to being in charge and making things right, and although he'd give his life for his family, he treats the women he dates as expendable--until he meets sexy and stubborn Rebecca Rivera, a woman who is as strong as she is vulnerable.

Passion ignites between them, and the two share their most intimate thoughts and desires. It doesn't take long for Pierce to realize that Rebecca is as determined not to be saved as he is to find a way into her heart. As their love grows, Rebecca must face fears she didn't even realize she had--and Pierce must learn the hard truth that sometimes less really is more. Is the power of true love enough for Rebecca and Pierce to learn to give up control and allow their hearts to take over?

Amazon links: Kindle