Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Book Review: Porn Money & Wannabe Money by Laura Barnard



Title: Porn Money & Wannabe Money
Author: Laura Barnard
Publication Date: 23 March 2016

Twitter: @barnardlaura 
Website/blog: www.laurabarnardbooks.co.uk

Rating: 4 out of 5

Blurb

What is it about turning thirty that sends rational women into a tailspin?

Suddenly going from having all the time in the world, to cringing at the ticking of her biological clock, Poppy is drowning under the strain of trying to get pregnant.

With a dad in the throes of a mid-life crisis, a crazy mother-in-law and time racing towards Lilly's wedding, will she be able to cope with it all...and give Ryan the baby they so desperately want?

Finally able to inherit her dad's porn money, Jazz can't wait to be rich! She can buy a house in Chelsea, go out partying with her old mates and start living how she deserves.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Book Review: Finding Home by Lauren Westwood


Title: Finding Home
Author: Lauren Westwood
Publisher: Aria (Head of Zeus)
Publication Date: 1 April 2016

Twitter: @lwestwoodwriter 
Website: www.laurenwestwoodwriter.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurenwestwoodwriter

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Blurb

A month ago, Amy Wood had her perfect home, her perfect boyfriend and her perfect job. Now she is broken-hearted, living in her parents' tiny bungalow, and working in a local estate agents in Bath.

At least her new job keeps her busy. Rosemont Hall is a crumbling mansion riddled with woodworm, dry rot - and secrets. As Amy searches for the perfect owner to restore the house to its former glory, she begins to uncover pieces of the past that some people would rather remain hidden.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Book Review: Black Wood by SJI Holliday




Title: Black Wood
Author:  SJI Holliday
Publisher: Black and White Publishing
Publication Date: 25 February 2015

Twitter: @SJIHolliday
Website: www.sjiholliday.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SjiHolliday/

Rating: 4 out of 5

Blurb

"He spots the two girls through the cracked screen of beech, sycamore and leg-scratching gorse: a flash of red skirt and a unison of giggles . . . The smaller girl sees him first and she lets out a strange little squeak and jumps back, grabbing onto the other girl’s T-shirt, revealing a flash of milky white shoulder.
He grins."
 

Friday, 15 April 2016

Book Review: The Pearl Locket by Kathleen McGurl



Title: The Pearl Locket
Author: Kathleen McGurl
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 27 February 2015

Twitter: @KathMcGurl 
Website/blog: http://kathleenmcgurl.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathleenMcGurl 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Blurb

When Ali inherits her great-aunt’s house she immediately moves her whole family in, despite the warnings that there is something strange about the place.

Unfazed Ali begins redecorating, going through the rooms, making each one her own with the help of her daughter, Kelly. But when under the wallpaper in Kelly’s new room they discover a scrawled message from 1944 Ali begins to question the history of the house as she knows it.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Book Review: Victim Without a Face by Stefan Ahnhem




Title: Victim Without a Face
Author: Stefan Ahnhem
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date: 1 November 2015

Twitter: @stefanahnhem 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahnhem.stefan 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Blurb

A KILLER WITH A MESSAGE

The first victim was a bully who liked using his fists. The second was a thug who favoured steel-capped boots. Their bodies bore the marks of a killer who knew their sins. A single clue was left at the scene: a class photo from 1982, with two faces neatly crossed out.

A DETECTIVE WHO CAN'T LET GO

There are eighteen men and women in the photo who are still alive - and one of them is the lead detective on the case. Fabian Risk thought he'd left his schooldays behind. Now his classmates are dying for the sins of their childhood ... Who is the faceless killer who's come back to haunt them?

CAN YOU EVER HIDE FROM JUSTICE? 

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Blog Tour & Review: One Moment at Sunrise by Karen Aldous


I am delighted to be today's stop on the blog tour for One Moment at Sunrise by Karen Aldous, as organised by Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours. You will find my review below, along with a fantastic givaway for you to enter!

Title: One Moment at Sunrise
Author: Karen Aldous
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 18 April 2016 

Blurb

Escape to the south of France with the irresistibly compelling new story from Karen Aldous – the only book you’ll need this summer!

Nothing will ever be the same again…

Evie Grant has spent two years hidden away in a quiet French village, longing to escape her beautiful villa with its blue-shuttered windows. Maybe this summer, the father of her child will keep his broken promises and return to whisk her away to another life. One way or another, Evie’s determined to stop feeling like his dirty little secret…

Yet when a mysterious stranger almost knocks Evie off her bicycle early one morning, her world begins to change in ways she never expected. Embarking on a painful journey of self-discovery, Evie begins to face her darkest fears and shatter her fragile dreams. But can she ever truly break free from her gilded cage and learn to love again?



Review

One Moment at Sunrise is the fourth novel from author, Karen Aldous. It centres around Evie Grant, a young mother living a quiet existence in a small village in the south of France. She and her 2 year old daughter Charlotte live an isolated and claustrophic life. Having been moved their by her rockstar partner, Seb Wilde, and with a complete lack of access to family, friends and technology, Evie is completely hidden away from the outside world. She is totally reliant on Seb for everything and has been led to believe that she simply would not be able to cope alone. Evie's life starts to gradually change when a terrifying chance encounter results in her meeting handsome film producer, Ben, who offers her the chance to pursue her dream career and unwittingly leads Evie into taking a long, hard look at what her life has become. She may have a beautiful daughter and live in an idyllic place, however she has had to sacrifice an awful lot to be where she is. Was that sacrifice really worth it...? What will happen to them if Seb decides that Evie and Charlotte are becoming a burden to his very public lifestyle...?

As a character, Evie is frustrating in both her naivity and her anxiety, however you can understand how she has been manipulated into developing such characteristics by the clever psychological abuse that she has suffered at the hands of the selfish and villainous Seb.  I thought she was a great protagonist and I found myself urging her along with each step she tentatively took towards self-reliance. The main supporting characters are all credible and very likeable - Ben: strong, kind and very handsome; Suzanne: the sympathetic neighbour and Evie's only friend; and Cally: Evie's estranged sister who wants to mend their relationship. It was lovely to read how Evie's relationships with these three very different people grew and developed over the course of the book. The story really is quite touching in that regard, giving particular focus to the equal importance of different relationships in Evie's life.

One of things I love most about Aldous' books are the wonderful locations that she picks in France as the settings for her stories. One Moment at Sunrise was particularly special to me as my parents have recently purchased a house in the Pyrénées-Orientales, quite close to Capstang/Beziers where the story is set. I don't know much about the area, however I am keen to learn and Aldous provides a great history lesson regarding Pierre-Paul Riquet and his involvement in the development of the Canal du Midi running through the region. Quite how accurate that aspect of the story is, I don't know, however it certainly makes me keen to learn more.

I can honestly say, without a doubt, that One Moment at Sunrise has proven to be my favourite of Aldous' books to date. It has a depth to the story that captivated me. I liked that it addressed some very serious issues whilst also being both a romance and a history lesson - so much content, all wrapped up into one story! One Moment at Sunrise is a plausible, touching and uplifting account of self-discovery and independence. A thought-proviking and pleasurable read.

About the Author

Karen Aldous enjoys village life on the edge of the north-downs in Kent with easy access to the buzz of London. Not only does she love the passive pleasures of reading and writing, she also craves the more active pursuits with her family and friends such as walking, cycling and skiing especially when they involve food and wine!

Karen gets much of her inspiration from her travels and if she had to choose, France, Greece, Switzerland, Italy and the USA would be her favourites. However, wherever she goes, she discovers a new character emerges in 'Karen's World'. She likes to write about strong independent women who can direct their own lives - but struggle to control them! And, of course there's always a gorgeous hunk or two! 

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Friday, 8 April 2016

Book Review: Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel by Jane Costello



Title: Summer Nights at the Moonlight Hotel
Author: Jane Costello
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 24 March 2016

Twitter: @janecostello 
Website: www.janecostello.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Costello/82897252028 

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Blurb

The Moonlight Hotel sits on the shore of England’s best-loved lake, Windermere, exuding vintage glamour.

Lauren loves the hotel, for hidden inside its faded walls is the key to her most precious memories. So, along with her best friends, Cate and Emily, she signs up to a new dance class in its gorgeous ballroom. They aren’t going for the men, they’re going for a laugh – although a little romance wouldn’t hurt . . .
 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Book Review: The Birthday That Changed Everything by Debbie Johnson



Title: The Birthday That Changed Everything
Author: Debbie Johnson
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 28 January 2016

Twitter: @debbiemjohnson 
Website: www.debbiejohnsonauthor.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/debbiejohnsonauthor

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Blurb

She wanted a birthday surprise, just not the one she got…

The last thing Sally Summers expected from her husband on her special day was that he’d leave her for a Latvian lap dancer half her age. So with her world in tatters, Sally jets off to Turkey for some sun, sea and sanctuary.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Book Review: 24 Hours: An Intense, suspenseful psychological tale by Claire Seeber


Title: 24 Hours
Author: Claire Seeber
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: 9 October 2015

Twitter: @claireseeber 
Website: www.claireseeber.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/claireseeberAuthor

Rating: 4 out of 5

Blurb

Here today. Dead tomorrow?

My best friend, Emily, is dead - killed last night in a hotel fire.

But it was meant to be me.

Now I have 24 hours to find my daughter.

Before he finds out I'm still alive. 

Monday, 4 April 2016

Book Review: Dear Dad by Giselle Green



Title: Dear Dad
Author: Giselle Green
Publisher: Yule Press
Publication Date: 31 March 2016

Twitter: @gisellegreenuk 
Website: www.gisellegreen.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gisellegreenauthor/

Rating: 4 out of 5

Blurb

Handsome, 28-year old, Nate Hardman is a frontline reporter with a big problem. Suffering from shell-shock and unable to leave his house, he’s already lost his social life and his girlfriend. Now his career prospects are sinking fast.