Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Guest Book Review: Jean Fullerton - Call Nurse Millie & All Change for Nurse Millie

Reviewed by Sarah Brew

It's 1945 and, as the troops begin to return home, the inhabitants of London attempt to put their lives back together. For 25-year-old Millie, a qualified nurse and midwife, the jubilation at the end of the war is short-lived as she tends to the needs of the East End community around her. But while Millie witnesses tragedy and brutality in her job, she also finds strength and kindness. And when misfortune befalls her own family, it is the enduring spirit of the community that shows Millie that even the toughest of circumstances can be overcome.

Through Millie's eyes, we see the harsh realities and unexpected joys in the lives of the patients she treats, as well as the camaraderie that is forged with the fellow nurses she lives with. 

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Monday, 1 September 2014

Author Interview: Jenny Hale

Today I'm delighted to welcome Jenny Hale to the blog for a bit of a natter about her latest book Love Me For Me and where the inspiration came from.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book Love Me For Me?
There’s a tiny village on Virginia’s coastline called White Stone. It’s one of my most favorite places to visit. So, I thought, What if there was someone who hated this place? What would that look like? And Libby Potter, the main character was born. Then, I put her back in White Stone where she comes home to the people she left behind and the person she’d loved once.

Here’s the blurb:

Sometimes you find perfect where you least expect it…

Libby Potter has just lost the perfect job, the perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend. Moving back to the home town that she couldn’t wait to escape when she was younger was definitely not on her to-do list. Especially as it means running into the man whose heart she broke when she left.

Pete Bennett can still make Libby’s world stop with just the sound of his voice – even ten years on. Only now, she is the last person in the world that he wants to see.

As everyone else welcomes Libby home with open arms, she realizes she’s missed that special closeness that comes from lifelong friendship. And, as Libby seeks to make amends with Pete, she begins to wonder whether she made the right choice in leaving all those years ago.

When an amazing career opportunity gives her the chance to leave again, Libby will have to decide what her version of perfect is… and where she really belongs.

I'm taking part in #NetGalleyMonth challenge this September

I like many other bloggers get very trigger happy on NetGalley when I see all of the fab eBooks on there that are available to review but more often than not these sit waiting on my Kindle for months, and I'm ashamed to admit even a year, before I can get around to reading them!

Taylor at Chicks That Read has come up with this #NetGalleyMonth challenge as a fun way for us bloggers to tackle some of our outstanding reviews and increase our Feedback to Approval ratio.

Since I started blogging in October 2011 I have downloaded 166 eBooks for review but so far I have only reviewed 89 of them which means that my current ratio is only at 53.6% which is not very good at all.  So I'm going to try and challenge myself during the month to try and review 15 out of the selection of 25 eBooks below (and not request any new ones... will probably fail at that!), check back during the month to see how I'm doing!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Books Read: Jenny Oliver - The Vintage Summer Wedding

A Vera Wang dress, the reception at a sophisticated London venue, and a guest list that reads like a society gossip column are all the ingredients of Anna Whitehall’s perfect wedding that never was…

Spending the summer uncovering hidden treasures in a vintage shop, Anna can still vividly remember both her childhood dreams; the first was that she’d become a Prima Ballerina, and dance on stage resplendent in a jewel-encrusted tutu. The second was that at her wedding she would walk down the aisle wearing a collective-gasp-from-the-congregation dress.

Years ago Anna pirouetted out of her cosy hometown village in a whirl of ambition…but when both of those fairy-tale dreams came crashing down around her ballet shoes, she and fiancĂ©e Seb find themselves back in Nettleton, their wedding and careers postponed indefinitely…

Don’t they say that you can never go home again? Sometimes they don’t get it right… This one summer is showing Anna that your dreams have to grow up with you. And sometimes what you think you wanted is just the opposite of what makes you happy…

Amazon links: Kindle

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Guest Book Review: Jennifer Weiner - All Fall Down

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, ageing parents, a demanding daughter and a marriage. But when the website she develops becomes a huge success, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. 

As she struggles to hold her life together and meet the needs of all the people around her, Allison finds that the painkillers she was prescribed for a back injury help her deal with more than just physical discomfort - they make her feel calm and get her through the increasingly hectic days. Sure, she worries that the bottles seem to empty a bit faster each week, but it's not like she's some Hollywood starlet partying all night. It's not as if she has an actual problem. Until she ends up in a world she never thought she'd experience outside of a movie theatre: rehab. And as Allison struggles to get her life back on track, she learns a few life lessons along the way. 

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Friday, 29 August 2014

Books Read: Cath Staincliffe - Letters to my Daughter's Killer

Grandmother Ruth Sutton writes to the man she hates more than anyone else on the planet: the man who she believes killed her daughter Lizzie in a brutal attack four years earlier. Ruth's burden of grief and hatred, has only grown heavier with the passing of time, her avid desire for vengeance ever stronger. In writing to him Ruth hopes to exorcise the corrosive emotions that are destroying her life, to find the truth and with it release and a way forward. Whether she can ever truly forgive him is another matter - but the letters are her last, best hope.

Amazon links: Kindle or Paperback

Sunny Friday Giveaway

As it's Friday, it's sunny, I have the day off and I don't currently have anything scheduled on the blog till next week, what better reason is there to host a surprise giveaway.

Sadly Amazon UK still doesn't have the gift eBook option (although I did get a reply to my message saying this is a feature they are working on) so the prize will be a £5 Amazon voucher.  If the winner selected at random is not from the UK they can either pick a gift eBook or voucher from Amazon.com up to equivalent value of £5 (will work out value based on exchange rate once giveaway ends).

So good luck and have a great weekend all :-) a Rafflecopter giveaway