Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Carolyn_Arnold

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The girl looked so peaceful, she could have been asleep. Except her eyes were open, blankly reflecting the flickering flames spreading towards her…

When firefighters discover the body of a teenage girl at an abandoned house, Detective Amanda Steele hurries to the scene. Dumfries, Virginia is a small town, yet no one seems to have any idea who the dead girl is until Amanda finds a dragonfly pin with the name Crystal engraved on it.

Working tirelessly, Amanda traces the pin to Crystal Foster, a thirteen-year-old who disappeared three years ago from her wealthy parents’ home. Breaking the news to the distraught parents won’t be easy, but the loss of her own daughter still haunts Amanda, and she knows this will bring them closure. But when Amanda goes to see the Fosters, they do not recognize the girl. She isn’t Crystal.

Before Amanda can react to this new development, she gets an urgent call. A fire has consumed another vacant house, and the remains of two more girls have been found. Who are these girls, and why are they being picked off? Amanda must stop this killer before the pattern continues, and the death toll climbs.

When Amanda receives a taunting note from the killer, she realizes that she holds the missing piece of this puzzle. The victims are connected to Amanda’s past, to a case she can never forget, and which almost claimed her life. As she follows the clues to their deadly conclusion, can she save more innocent lives… even if it risks her own?

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Review

From the moment I ‘met’ detective Steele in the previous book I was a fan and it has not changed one little bit after reading this second part.

I know that everybody has to follow a certain amount of rules, but I love officers who sometimes colour outside the lines. They believe it’s necessary from time to time to do so and I don’t blame them. It may take too much time to get something organised when lives are at stake. Precious moments will be lost and you can never get them back.

On the other hand you might endanger a whole bunch of people in the process. To act or not to act? To wait or not to wait? Those are 2 important questions and you need to make a decision in a split second. You will never find out though whether you picked the right one, but you would do it again in a heartbeat.

Will her boss praise her and pat her on the back or will she summon Amanda with all its consequences?

Time flies when you are having fun, they say and you know what? They are right. 😊 I am looking forward to the next part in this very entertaining series filled with great characters. 5 stars

Thank you, Carolyn Arnold and Bookouture

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About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

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The little grave by Carolyn Arnold / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Carolyn_Arnold

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Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…

It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.

Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.

But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…

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Review

A new series, a new police team, a new leading lady in this case.

And a leading lady, that’s what she certainly is… She has build the highest walls around her and won’t let anybody come near her. Alone, that’s want she wants to be.

Being a detective must be hard. You have to find the right balance between your heart and your head. Some cases must really tear you apart, but you can’t let your feelings get in the way of your judgement. That’s often easier said than done, but what if a case involves someone you not only know, but hate with a vengeance as well…

To work this case or not to work this case, that’s the question.

Amanda is determined. She wants to see this through. It seems there is a lot more hidden than she bargained for.

When the culprit is finally found, who could have guessed this outcome?? Not me, that’s for sure. It was shocking and heart breaking at the same time.

Are the walls showing some cracks? That’s what I hope we are to find out in the next part.

I loved this book. It’s a good start to something that has the potential to turn into a great series. 5 stars.

Thank you, Carolyn Arnold and Bookouture

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About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

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If Every Day Was Christmas by Donna Ashcroft / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Donnashc

Snow is falling, fires are crackling merrily, and Lockton tradition has everyone hanging a promise they’re determined to keep this Christmas on the tree in the village square…

Meg Scott has promised to make a success of her first solo Christmas. She runs a year-round Christmas shop in the little Scottish village, and is a fan of all things mulled, sparkly and festive. So when her warring family shows up on her doorstep, ready to spread discord and tension, Meg is determined not to let them ruin her favourite time of the year.

Meanwhile, Christmas-hating Tom Riley-Clark has been called to the Highlands to help his old friend at The Apple Cross Inn. He’s ready to work hard and has no time for mince pies, tinsel or hanging a promise on the tree: the thought of every day being Christmas is his worst nightmare, and you wouldn’t catch him dead buying a bauble. So everyone is surprised when Christmas-loving Meg and grinch Tom start to get cozy under the mistletoe.

But Tom has a big secret about his past, and in a small town like Lockton it’s hard to keep anything hidden for long. Will everything fall apart when Meg discovers who he really is? The pair are about to learn the hard way that some promises are impossible to keep…

Review

Reading a festive book in September? Well, why not? 😉 Some people would not do it so early in the year, but I don’t mind. In fact I even prefer it like this in order to avoid an overdose in December.

I know I must sound like a fanatic, but I am not. I like to read about Christmas, but call me Mrs Grinch. I am always relieved when the 26th arrives. If I could hide from the 23rd until the 26th I would in a heart beat. Tom could easily be my brother. LOL

Even though I am not a fan myself (as you understood by now, I am sure 😉 ), I respect that people are on cloud nine when Christmas arrives and I do see what they like about it. It’s just not my cup of tea.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. Opposites do attract and it would be rather dull if you always like the same things as your partner. Love and relationships are about give and take and seeing things through your loved one’s eyes.

It was nice being in Scotland again and meeting some old ‘friends’. In a previous book ( The Little Village of New Starts) the author told us Evie and Callums story. Now it’s her friend Meg’s turn. Why not treat yourself to both books if you have missed out on the first one?

It’s freezing in Lockton, but you won’t need a coat. The story will warm you through and through. 5 stars.

Thank you, Donna Ashcroft and Bookouture

About the author

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager. 

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

Author Links

Website: www.donna-writes.co.uk

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Donnashc

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Dead Woman Crossing by J.R. Adler / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @jradlerauthor

 

 

Detective Kimberley King #1

She threw open the door, running to the crib. When she looked inside, she gasped. The world around her went silent. Inside, there was nothing but a small stuffed elephant. Where was her baby?

When young, single mother Hannah is found murdered by the banks of a twisting Oklahoma creek, her one-year-old daughter sleeping in a stroller near her body, the small town of Dead Woman Crossing reels in horror.

Detective Kimberley King, recently relocated from New York to Oklahoma, with her young daughter Jessica, can’t ignore the similarity of Hannah’s death to the case of Katie James, the woman that the town of Dead Woman Crossing is named after. Katie was murdered in front of her small daughter in 1905, on the banks of the same creek, and it seems that someone is drawing inspiration from the crime. Could this killer be a copycat?

But as she interviews suspects, Kimberley is met with blank faces and closed lips. In a small town, people won’t talk and when she pursues a promising lead, her own family turn their back on her. Kimberley isn’t afraid to ask questions, but when she receives a threatening note, she realises that, as a single mother to a young daughter, she might be putting herself dangerously in the killer’s sights …

 

 

Review

I think I have found a new friend! Kimberley King is my kind of woman. She is fierce and feisty but also very kind and loving. I don’t know about you but when I really like the main character, I enjoy the book even more.

Although the story starts with some very kind and gentle scenes, there is also that hint of creepiness and mystery. I had a strong feeling that something was wrong, but what? And why is the focus on this? Aha, those are the questions, of course. 🙂 I already know. I guess you are anxious to find out too.

The author also gives us a glimpse into the past of our detective. She is not the only one having a lot to deal with.

In a nutshell: there was nothing I didn’t like. I was captivated from the beginning and I liked the banter between the police officers. I could hardly put the book down, but unfortunately live is about more than just reading. Loved it. 5 stars.

Thank you, J.R. Adler and Bookouture.

 

About the author

Originally from Wisconsin, J.R. Adler currently lives in Ithaca, New York with her husband, Drew, and her English Bulldog, Winston. When not writing, you can find her reading, playing board games, travelling, and binge watching The Office for the umpteenth time. 

 

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The Little Village of New Starts by Donna Ashcroft / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Donnashc

 

 

Sometimes turning everything upside down feels just right…

Evie Stuart is playing it safe. She lives on her family’s remote farm in the Scottish Highlands and never ventures beyond the local village of Lockton. The most unpredictable events in her life are the antics of Miss Daisy, her grandmother Agnes’s pygmy goat. She’s learned that bad things happen when she’s impulsive, and she’s determined not to get burned again. 

Callum Ryder is exactly the opposite of what Evie wants in her ordered world. Six foot two of reckless energy with twinkling eyes and a dangerously charming smile, he’s a thrill-seeking American firefighter with no idea how to slow down. Callum enters Lockton like a whirlwind, fleeing his problems in New York City in search of the truth about his Scottish family. 

Yet the pair might have more in common than they think… When the well-meaning Agnes persuades her to help Callum find his grandfather, Evie finds herself being challenged more than she has in years: from swimming in the fabled Bonnie Lochan to exploring an ancient castle and even entering the village jam-making championships. Turns out it’s easy for Evie and Callum to connect when they let go of their fears and enjoy the most surprising summer of their lives.

But getting close to Callum so quickly soon starts to look like it might ruin everything for Evie: she’s heading for a disaster exactly like the one that destroyed her a year ago when she fell for the wrong man and let him change her life. Maybe a fresh start isn’t going to be so simple after all… Is the safe haven Evie’s built about to crumble down around her?

 

 

Review

Raise your hand if your heart has never been broken! Hmmm, don’t see to many hand here, so I know you know what I am talking about when I say that the thing you want most at that moment is to bask in the love of your family and, in the meantime, continue to build a high sturdy wall around your heart.

You never want to be hurt again, so you decide that love is not for you anymore. Then someone comes along and starts scratching at that wall and even when the cracks become bigger, you still do not want to take a chance. You still don’t have enough trust.

There are two options : fight or flight. Which one would you choose…?

The author has created some very likeable characters. Nana Agnes is great. She definitely goes for the ‘fight’ option but in a very loveable way. Fergus is grumpy, more in favour of the ‘flight’ option, but his heart is thawing.

It’s nice to see the changes in both Callum and Evie. Which option did they pick? That is something if won’t reveal 🙂

Donna Ashcroft always writes the cutest stories that pull your heartstrings in every possible way, but also make you go ‘ooooowwww’. If you are charmed by these ingredients too, make sure to add this book to your list. 🙂 5 stars

Thank you, Donna Ashcroft and Bookouture

 

About the author

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager. 

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

 

Author Links

Website: www.donna-writes.co.uk

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Donnashc

 

 

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A Million Dreams by Dani Atkins / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @AtkinsDani 

 

 

The lump in my throat dissolves into tears. “They’re going to take Noah away, Pete.”
“No judge will ever rule that a child should be taken away from his parents.” My husband’s voice is defiant.
“Even if it turns out we’re not his parents?”

Izzy’s eight-year-old son Noah is her whole life. With his long eyelashes, mischievous grin and boundless energy, he’s got her husband Pete’s sunny outlook and Izzy’s curious mind. When they receive a surprise phone call from the fertility center that helped them have Noah, it’s surely nothing to worry about.

But what they learn from that call sends their dreams for their son crashing down around them. Eight years ago, someone made a terrible mistake at the center, and there’s a possibility that precious Noah isn’t actually their child.

Izzy and Pete know that they will fight to keep their beautiful boy at any cost… but if Noah’s parents are out there somewhere, is it right to keep them from their son? When a shocking diagnosis brings things to a head, Izzy must decide what’s right for Noah, even if it means sacrificing the person she loves most in the world…

 

A Million Dreams: An absolutely heartbreaking page turner

 

My Review

The text on the cover already gave it away : this was going to be a heartbreaking story. And it was : heartbreakingly beautiful.

Normally when I read I curl up on the sofa with my dog and have a cold or hot drink handy, but from the first sentence I knew that it would be a good idea to add a box of tissues too. 

Clever me, because the sad and the happy tears alternately ran down my face.

Mistakes happen, because we are all human and not perfect. Some can be rectified without causing too much trouble. Others can result in irreparable damage.

Sometimes it takes an enormous amount of strength to stay, sometimes it takes even more to walk away. Do you want what’s best for you no matter what the consequences are or do you step back and leave it be?

The author is a great storyteller and she made it very hard for me to put the book down. An unforgettable tale about one of the strongest emotions : unconditinal love.

5 stars

Thank you, Dani Atkins and Bookouture

 

About the author

Dani Atkins is an award-winning novelist. Her 2013 debut THEN AND ALWAYS (published as FRACTURED in the UK) has been translated into seventeen languages and has sold more than half a million copies globally.

Dani lives in a small village in the English countryside, in a 300 year old cottage, with her husband, one Siamese cat and a very soppy Border Collie.

 

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The Christmas Countdown – Donna Ashcroft / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Donnashc 

 

 

It’s that time of year again, snowflakes are fluttering and the countdown to Christmas has begun! Holly Devine is returning to the only place that feels like home, hoping that some festive magic will help to turn her life around…

Twenty-seven-year-old Holly Devine has just had her heart well and truly broken. Hurt by the two people she loves the most, she flees to her eccentric Aunt Clara’s cosy cottage to hide away over the winter season. But kind, impulsive Aunt Clara has other ideas… She’s not about to see her favourite niece wallowing in sadness during the most wonderful time of the year. So, with the help of her close circle of friends and plenty of gin, she creates a handmade advent calendar for Holly.

Every day in December, Holly opens a new door and has a different task to complete. She soon finds herself asking out a complete stranger – gorgeous, cheeky pub landlord, Finn Jackson. But as handsome Finn gets involved in her festive challenges, Holly’s determination to avoid romance is put to the test. Still, Finn’s far too carefree and single for true love, isn’t he?

As Holly begins to embrace each day – a complete makeover, building the biggest snowman she’s ever seen, singing in a karaoke contest – Finn is there adding fun and laughter to every moment. Holly starts to realise that she can become the person she’s always wanted to be…

But a secret from Finn’s past threatens to turn Holly’s Christmas upside down and makes her question everything she has experienced in the last few weeks. Will Finn open up to Holly in time to show her how he really feels? And will she complete the advent calendar challenges and fall in love this Christmas?

 

 

My review

This is my third Christmas book in a row. It’s time to take a break now to avoid overload ;), but I guess you know the feeling : you have piles and piles of books. Then a certain author’s name comes up and you know you just have to fit it in. Well, this lady is one of those names. I can’t resist.

To say I enjoyed the book would be a lie. OMG no! I hope I did not scare you too much. I simply meant that the verb ‘enjoy’ is not strong enough to express what I have experienced. I loved it, adored it!

Do you sometimes take a look at yourself and think : Is this the real me? Is your answer yes, everything is wonderful then. Are you hesitating of even respond with a no, then it’s time to take a step back and find out where you lost track. A big step towards a happy feeling is being you and not what other people expect you to be. 

So, sit back and enjoy the trip to Sunflower Island. 5 stars.

Thank you, Donna Ashcroft and Bookouture. (via Netgalley)

 

About the author

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager. 

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint recipient of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. She has had three books published with Bookouture and has another coming out in October 2019.

Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

 

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The Friend Who Lied – Rachel Amphlett / #Review #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @RachelAmphlett

What she doesn’t know might kill her…

Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.

As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a terrible secret.

Because five of them entered the escape room that day, and only four got out alive.

And someone is determined to cover their tracks before she can find out the truth.

Can Lisa find the killer before someone else dies?

 

My review

Take a group of very close friends, add a dramatic incident and suddenly you don’t know who to trust anymore because everybody seems to hide something. Nobody is to be trusted anymore and trying to find out the truth is turning into a true nightmare.

The author really has the ability to nail you to your chair and the book comes with a very strong glue so it’s impossible to put it down.

I loved the atmosphere she created and she kept you guessing who did what and why.

Honestly if I have to read every book from my favourite authors, I will have to live for ever and a day, but you won’t hear me complain. 😉

I think it’s rather clear that my list of writers I HAVE to follow has become a bit longer because this author just HAS to be added to it.

I have a bag filled with stars and I am happy to hand it over to this wonderful author. 5 stars.

Thank you, Rachel Amphlett  and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo
About the author 

Before turning to writing, USA Today bestselling author Rachel Amphlett played guitar in bands, worked as a TV and film extra, dabbled in radio as a presenter and freelance producer for the BBC, and worked in publishing as a sub-editor and editorial assistant.

She now wields a pen instead of a plectrum and writes crime fiction and spy novels, including the Dan Taylor and English Spy Mysteries espionage novels and theDetective Kay Hunter British police procedural series.

She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag.

Praise for Rachel Amphlett

“Thrilling start to a new series. Scared to Death is a stylish, smart and gripping crime thriller” ~ Robert Bryndza, USA Today bestselling author ofThe Girl in the Ice

“Scared to Death… moves along at breakneck speed with twists and turns” ~ Angela Marsons, bestselling author of the Detective Kim Stone crime thriller series.

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Email: info@rachelamphlett.com

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The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings – Donna Ashcroft / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @Donnashc

 

The Sunshine Hideaway, with its big bay windows and stunning view of Sunflower Island’s golden beaches, is the only place Madison Skylar has ever truly thought of as home. Could returning to the island be the second chance she needs? 

When twenty-three-year-old Madison arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse is falling into disrepair. With the help of old friends Amy and Connor, Madison throws herself into creating a gorgeous wellness retreat, introducing yoga sessions, adventure walks and ice-cream sundaes with a delicious twist. But will it be enough to save her childhood home?

Handsome and mysterious Connor has lived on Sunflower Island his whole life. He works hard as a builder, with his faithful dog Jaws by his side, but something is missing and he dreams of bigger things. As Connor helps to revamp The Sunshine Hideaway, this could be his opportunity to tell the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years how he really feels…

As spontaneous and fun-loving Madison settles into life on the close-knit island, sparks fly between her and shy Connor as they clash on the reinvention of the guesthouse. Are the they too different to make things work or will Madison and Connor finally find true love this year?

 

 

My review

The cover already reflects the cozy feeling of the whole story. The soft colours, the stunning view and cakes and tea are ingredients that are a perfect base for a romantic tale. And honestly when I heard the name of the island (Sunflower) who does not want to pack their bags and spend some time there or maybe even a whole lifetime. I love the sea and I would not mind living on an island although maybe a bit a more tropical one 😉

It’s true when you have heard your whole life the same things you start to believe that it has to be that way and that you are not allowed to change anything. Then someone comes along to show you there is more to life and you should grab the chances with both hands.

You might think you do not belong anywhere, but the truth could not be more different.

No matter how many people try to convince you, you have to see it for yourself and only then you can start to open yourself up completely to the future.

It’s a story that made me laugh and melted my heart. The perfect read for a gloomy spring day to warm you up and you can bask in the ambience on this lovely island. 5 stars.

Thank you, Donna Ashcroft, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author 

Donna Ashcroft was born in London and grew up in Buckinghamshire. She went to university in Lancashire and, among other things, worked as a copywriter, buyer, waitress, secretary and marketing manager.

Donna wrote novels for over ten years before being published. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and was a joint winner of the Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017.
Donna loves a happy ending and is never happier than when she’s escaping into a romance novel or movie. When she’s not reading or writing she’ll probably be found hoovering … or negotiating with her teenagers about who is doing the washing up.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: www.donna-writes.co.uk

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

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The Clouds Beyond – by Rahf Alrashidi

A beautiful and eclectic mix of stories and poetry, as presented by new and exciting author Rahf AlRashidi. This collection of insights into the author’s soul takes the reader on a melancholy journey of loss, heartache and ill treatment, whilst at once telling the story of strength and showing the joy to be found in the aftermath of sorrow. An inspirational read for women across the world

 

 

My review

When the author contacted me and asked if I wanted to read and review her book, I have to admit it was not exactely in my confort zone. But I was intrigued by the blurb and the cover and I just had to give it a go.

And boy oh boy, I am so happy that I went for it. It is a vat filled with emotions. It is lovely and raw, heartbreaking and heartfelt. It is full of love and sadness, of hopes and dreams and of regret and disappointment.

She seems like a magician juggling with words to conjure metaphors and ending up with a beautiful story where love and pain were very palpable.

I am not a big fan of poetry because often I don’t quite know what they are talking about, but this author introduced me to a kind of poetry I understand and really and totally can appreciate. 5 stars.

Thank you, Rahf Alrashidi.