Another Woman’s Child by Kerry Fisher / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @KerryFSwayne

 

 

 

Could you take in your best friend’s child, even if it risked destroying your own family?

Jo had thought that her life – and her heart – was full. With a busy job, a husband and a teenage daughter who is going off the rails, keeping her life running smoothly had already felt hard enough.

But now Jo sits at the funeral of her best friend Ginny, crushed by the loss of a friendship that had endured for thirty years: from college and their first days at work through to settling down and raising their own children.

Against her husband’s wishes, Jo has made a life-changing decision: to take in Ginny’s teenage son Victor and raise him as her own. Despite her misgivings, Jo feels she had no choice: Ginny was a single parent and Victor had no other family who could take care of him.

But Victor’s arrival is about to break open the fragile cracks that were already forming on the surface of Jo’s family life and in her small rural community… and expose a secret that has remained hidden for many years, with devastating consequences.

 

 

Review

My third book by this author and she had me at hello!

A beautiful story about grief but also about family and standing up for each other. Once again people show how shallow they are by being lead by prejudices and stereotypes. They often don’t even take the time or make any effort to get to know the person(s) in question but just behave like elephants in a china shop. They don’t even reflect on who they (might) hurt in the process.

I felt Jo’s desperation, her urge to please, her fighting a battle she might end up losing. I felt for Patrick, also being stuck between a rock and a hard place, but whatever life throws at you, you can overcome it by sticking together and willing to compromise.

Sometimes people like to stick their head in the sand and find it easier to blame other people. Some are man enough to admit their mistakes afterwards, others though…

It was very hard to put this book down. I just loved it. It was filled with emotions: happy ones, sad ones and everything in between. 5 stars

Thank you, Kerry Fisher and Bookouture

 

About the author 

Kerry Fisher is a million-copy bestselling author. She writes women’s contemporary fiction, is a USA Today bestseller and her books have been translated into twelve languages. She was born in Peterborough, studied French and Italian at the University of Bath and spent several years living in Spain, Italy and Corsica. After returning to England to work as a journalist, she eventually abandoned real life stories for the secrets of fictional families. She lives in Surrey with her husband, and a naughty Lab/Schnauzer called Poppy, who joins in the huge dances of joy when her young adult children come home. 

 

Author Links

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A Dozen Second Chances by Kate Field / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @katehaswords

 

 

What are the chances that twelve little tokens could change a life?

Seventeen years ago, Eve Roberts had the wonderful life she’d always dreamed of: a degree in archaeology, a gorgeous boyfriend, and exciting plans to travel the world with him, working on digs. But when her sister Faye died, the life Eve knew ended too. Faye’s daughter Caitlyn came to live with Eve, her boyfriend left, and she quickly gave up on her dreams.

Now approaching her fortieth birthday, Eve faces the prospect of an empty nest as Caitlyn is leaving home. Caitlyn gives Eve a set of twelve ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ vouchers, telling her that she has to start living for herself again, and that she should fill one in every time she does something to treat herself.

With her very first voucher, Eve’s life will change its course. But with eleven more vouchers to go, can Eve learn to put herself first and follow the dreams she’s kept secret for so long? Because life is for living – and as she well knows, it’s too short to waste even a moment…

 

 

My Review

When you are young, you have an idea in your head about the way you would like to live your life. But the path you have chosen for yourself is not always the one you travel on. Devastating events might force you to take a back road and although you are happy, you don’t know if you might not have been more or less happy …

When things start to settle down, a blast form the past suddenly appears and turns everything upside down again. Is it for the best or does it make everything worse?

I totally adored this book. It made me smile, but it made me sad too. A romantic story is not only about love and living on cloud nine, but there is often a lot more depth in them too and more serious matters are discussed.

This story has everything I like about this genre. You often see twists in thrillers or mysteries, but there is no reason why this should not occur in romantic stories either. 

There is only one reason to find out which ones the author has hidden in her book … 

Top score for this story : 5 stars.

Thank you, Kate Field and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

Kate Field writes contemporary women’s fiction, mainly set in her favourite county of Lancashire where she lives on the edge of the moors with her husband, daughter and cat. Her debut novel won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for new writers.

 

Author Links

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Book Link

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It Started with a Giggle by Kirsty Ferry / #Review @ChocLituk @kirsty_ferry

Schubert #3

Sometimes the best things start in the strangest ways …. with a giggle!
On a night out in Edinburgh, single mum Liza-Belle Graham finds herself revealing her hopes and dreams to a green-eyed stranger. Liza always wanted to run an “arty-crafty-booky” business, and she’s seen the perfect empty shop to make her dreams a reality. No harm in telling the stranger. It’s not like she’ll see him again …
But Scott McCreadie is no mystery man – he’s an interior designer looking for new premises. And who does Liza bump into when she arranges a viewing? None other than Scott trying to steal her perfect shop!
Is Liza’s arty-crafty-booky dream in jeopardy, or is a new dream about to begin?

 

 

My Review

Here comes Schubert again! Don’t go calling him just a cat, because he is so much more. He is more like a human hiding in a cat’s body. Maybe this time his role is a little smaller, but just as important as usual.

Nessa is being Nessa, which I love because she has such a great personality. She always makes me smile and Ewan is still ‘hiding’ a bit behind her even though that’s not really easy with him being a gentle giant.

What harm can there be in talking about your dream to a stranger? None whatsoever, right, because your dream is what it is. Just a dream. But why should it remain that way? Isn’t it time you tried to make it real? 

That’s when you find out that blabbing to a stranger wasn’t the best idea you ever had. Or is there a way to turn this nightmare into a fairy tale?

A lovely novella that I finished in one go and utterly enjoyed. 5 stars.

Thank you, Kirsty Ferry and Choc Lit

 

About the author

Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009. She has had articles and short stories published in various magazines, newspapers and anthologies and was also a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011 and in 2013. ‘The Memory of Snow’, her first novel, was commended in the Northern Writer’s Awards, shortlisted to the top five of Wyvern’s novel competition in 2011 and longlisted in the Red Telephone Novel Competition in 2012.

 

Author Link

www.rosethornpress.co.uk

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Started-Giggle-Kirsty-Ferry-ebook/dp/B081Z43HXK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=it+started+with+a+giggle&qid=1577635081&sr=8-1

Christmas on the Isle of Skye – Kirsty Ferry / #Review @ChocLituk @kirsty_ferry

Tempest Sisters #4

How far would you go to be with the one you love at Christmas?

The Isle of Skye is a magical place, especially at Christmas, and there’s no place Zac Fallon would rather be. But whilst Zac has everything he needs on Skye, there’s still something missing – and that something is a somebody called Ivy McFarlane.

Ivy used to work with Zac but then spread her wings and moved to Glastonbury. He’s missed her ever since. Now it’s almost Christmas and Zac realises that the Ivy shaped hole in his life is too big to bear. So starts his festive mission to the mainland – but will he back in time to spend Christmas in Skye? And, more importantly, will Ivy be with him?

 

 

My review

If you are looking for a cute Christmas novella, you can, after reading my thoughts of course LOL, scroll straight to the bottom of this page to order the book. 

‘What’s good about the story then?’ I hear you ask.

Well, let me answer this by a question. What’s not to love about this book? 

I could not find anything that I did not like. The author created misunderstandings between characters, showed what real friendship is all about and convinced me that true love still exists. Place all of this in a Christmassy frame and you have a wonderful book that fits this time of year perfectly.

Are you still having a sliver of doubt? Maybe my rating can push you over that last hurdle. 5 stars for this lovely and warm tale.

Thank you, Kirsty Ferry and Choc Lit

 

About the author

Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009. She has had articles and short stories published in various magazines, newspapers and anthologies and was also a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011 and in 2013. ‘The Memory of Snow’, her first novel, was commended in the Northern Writer’s Awards, shortlisted to the top five of Wyvern’s novel competition in 2011 and longlisted in the Red Telephone Novel Competition in 2012. You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at www.rosethornpress.co.uk

 

Author Link

Website : http://www.rosethornpress.co.uk/

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Isle-Skye-heart-warming-romance-ebook/dp/B07Y446LWR/ref=sr_1_1?crid=10VCDGKMYTOEK&keywords=christmas+on+the+isle+of+skye&qid=1573145664&sprefix=christmas+on+the+isle+of+%2Caps%2C177&sr=8-1

Reach for a Star – Kathryn Freeman / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ChocLituk @KathrynFreeman1

 

 

What if your dreams were so close you could reach out and touch them?

How could anyone resist Michael Tennant, with his hypnotic blue eyes and voice like molten chocolate? Jessie Simmons certainly can’t. But Jessie’s a single mum who can’t sing to save her life – there’s no way she’ll ever cross paths with the star tenor.

At least that’s what she thinks until she’s unexpectedly invited to take part in a new reality TV show. The premise? Professional singers teach hopeless amateurs how to sing. The surprise? Jessie’s partner is none other than Michael Tennant!

As she becomes better acquainted with the man behind the voice, will Jessie find out the hard way that you should never meet your idols? Or will she get more than she bargained for?

 

 

My review

A book by this author is always a must read for me. Why, you might wonder. Well, that’s very easy to explain.

I love her writing style. It’s always so fluent that you are swept up by it and you have finished a few chapters before even realising it. Her stories are chicklit through and through. So there is nothing new, I hear you say. That’s correct, but a genre is a genre and you know more or less what you can expect. What I do find refreshing about them is the background. She always manages, in my opinion, to make them original. 🙂

So if you love the game of attraction and rejection, of loving someone but being afraid of the future, of making decisions and sacrifices, then this is a book you will certainly love. This may seem all rather negative, but don’t forget the genre it’s classified in. 😉

There is only one last thing to add : I loved it and I am more than happy to give it 5 stars.

Thank you, Kathryn Freeman, Choc Lit and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

A former pharmacist, I’m now a medical writer who also writes romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero.

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to buy a card (yes, he does), any romance is all in my head. Then again, his unstinting support of my career change proves love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes come in many disguises.

 

Author Links

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1

 

 

Book Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07VQJH4TH

US –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VQJH4TH

 

Jessie’s Little Bookshop by the Sea – Kirsty Ferry / #Review @kirsty_ferry @ChocLituk

Tempest Sisters #3

Take a trip to the little bookshop by the sea … 
Jessie Tempest has two main interests: reading books and selling books. Her little bookshop in the seaside town of Staithes is a cosy hideaway from the chilly Yorkshire wind, but it’s also Jessie’s sanctuary from the outside world. 
When writer Miles Fareham and his son Elijah arrive to stay in the holiday apartment above the shop, it’s a test for Jessie who has always felt clueless when it comes to kids. But as she learns the story of the single father and the inquisitive eight-year-old, Jessie realises that first impressions aren’t always the right ones – and, of course, you can never judge a book by its cover! 

 

 

My review

A story about a bookshop by the sea … This is a must read for a beach loving bookaddict!

This book certainly gives you an appetite for more, much more. It was a rather short one and I really did not want it to end yet! 

It was beautiful to follow the changes in Jessie and Miles and how one’s view on life can make a u-turn. 

Elijah was sooo cute. I wanted to cuddle him too. 

Never say never because when the one comes along, you are lost and the way you pictured your future would be, goes out the window. Cupid knows no mercy 🙂 Once he has you in his sights, you go down and fall deeply in love.

A lovely, heartwarming story. 5 stars.

Thank you, Kirsty Ferry and Choc Lit.

 

About the author

Kirsty is from the North East of England and won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009. She has had articles and short stories published in various magazines, newspapers and anthologies and was also a judge in the Paws ‘n’ Claws ‘Wild and Free’ Children’s Story competition in 2011 and in 2013. ‘The Memory of Snow’, her first novel, was commended in the Northern Writer’s Awards, shortlisted to the top five of Wyvern’s novel competition in 2011 and longlisted in the Red Telephone Novel Competition in 2012. You can find out more about Kirsty and her work at www.rosethornpress.co.uk

 

Social Media Links

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Book Links

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jessies-Little-Bookshop-Tempest-Sisters-ebook/dp/B07V9Y5RKQ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=I9PZPDN7PXX5&keywords=jessies+little+bookshop+by+the+sea&qid=1567370288&s=gateway&sprefix=jessie%27s+little+booksh%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-1

The Boss – Caz Finlay / #Review #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @cjfinlaywriter

 

He’s inside. She’s running the family. But now he’s back – only one can boss the streets of Liverpool.

The first novel in an explosive new gangland crime series.

As the daughter of a notorious Liverpudlian gangster, Grace Sumner commands respect – and she’s earned it on her own terms too.

But when her dangerous ex-husband Nathan Conlon is released from prison, Grace risks losing everything she’s worked hard to build up whilst he’s been inside – including Nathan’s own criminal empire.

Nathan’s changed in prison, but old habits die hard. He makes it clear he wants his old life back, including his wife. And nothing or no one will get in his way…

Nathan’s out for blood. Grace is out for revenge. And only one can come out on top.

 

 

My review

This kind of books is really my cup of tea. Due to the short chapters the story is very fast paced and the twisted ending is surely doing what it is meant to be doing : keeping the readers on the edge of their chairs and counting the days untill they can put their hands on the next part.

The author shows us that it is perfectly possible to be hard and loving at the same time depending on who you are dealing with and how a lack of love in one’s childhood (once again) can seriously damage one’s future and those in the neighbourhood.

I had a love-hate relationship with Nathan as well as with Grace. I can understand where they both were coming from, but that does not mean by far that I agree with how the acted. It sure made this book in to a very good one.

Nathan did not have a good start at all and when he explained his feelings, my heart broke. Grace had a wonderfull childhood but went through a lot afterwards. That explains why she found it in her heart to help others, while Nathan’s number one was Nathan himself.

If this first part has set the pace for the rest of the series, the readers will be in for a treat. 5 stars.

Thank you, Caz Finlay and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo

 

About the author

Caz Finlay lives in Liverpool with her husband, two children and a grumpy dog named Bert. A Probation Officer for over thirteen years, Caz has always been fascinated by the psychology of human behaviour and the reasons why people do the things they do. It was the loss of her son in 2016 which prompted her to write her debut novel, The Boss.

 

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We Never Said Goodbye – Hélene Fermont / #Review #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @helenefermont

 

Is it ever too late for love?

When Mike dumps Louise on their 20th Wedding Anniversary, her entire world comes to an end.

Devastated and confused, she attempts to make sense of what happened and returns to a city she’s avoided for two decades.

Will she be able to move on with the man she left behind or will Mike’s increasingly violent and unhinged behaviour continue to haunt and ruin her life? When the reason Mike left her at long last is revealed Louise’s life is in serious danger.

 

 

My review

When you have been deeply hurt by someone you love, your first reaction is to forsake all future love affairs, because you don’t want to go through all this heartbreak for a second time.

But is it the right decision? Are you willing to let go of the chance to be happy again?

Of course you have to heal first and find a new way in life but after everything has been said and done, it’s time to leave the past behind and to look forward.

This story is filled with a lot of drama : heartbreak, anger, betrayal and lies galore, but in the end everybody get what they deserve. For some it’s happiness, for others it’s punishment.

The author takes us on a trip from London to Malmö and she shows us that some people are very good actors. You think you know someone, but boy oh boy how wrong you were. 4 stars

Thank you, Hélene Fermont and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo

About the author

Hélene Fermont writes character-driven psychological crime fiction with a Scandi Noir flavour. Known for her explosive, pacy narrative and storylines, she has published three novels – Because of YouWe Never Said Goodbye and His Guilty Secret – and two short story collections – The Love of Her Life and Who’s Sorry Now? Her fourth novel is due for release in the summer of 2019. After 20 years in London, Hélene recently returned to her native Sweden where she finds the unspoiled scenery and tranquillity a therapeutic boost for creativity. Enjoying a successful career as a Psychologist, when she’s not working her ‘day job’, Hélene spends her time writing, with friends and family, or playing with her beloved cat, Teddy. All three novels can be purchased via her website helenefermont.com/books/

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Crikey a Bodyguard – Kathryn Freeman / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @ChocLituk @KathrynFreeman1

 

She’s got the brains, he’s got the muscle … 
When Kelly Bridge’s parents insist on employing a bodyguard for her protection, she’s not happy. Okay, so maybe not every woman is on the cusp of developing a vaccine against a potential biological terrorist attack – but crikey, it’s not like she’s a celebrity!

Ben Jacobs flunked spectacularly out of school, so he knows his new client Dr Kelly Bridge spells trouble for him. But on a conference trip to Rome he finds things are worse than he thought. Not only is he falling for the brilliant scientist, he’s also become horribly aware she’s in grave danger. As they go on the run, dodging bullets and kidnappers, can he resist his feelings and keep her safe?

 

 

My review

I like romantic stories. I like thrilling stories. I like funny stories. You can imagine my happiness when I found out those three things were mixed together resulting in this very enjoyable book.

The background was an original one and even though science is not exactly my cup of tea, it was interesting to read about Kelly’s work and I learned something today.

Learing and pleasure do mix together, so it seems :).

The writing style was fluent, the funny bits made me smile and my heart broke on occasions as well.

The author makes you realizes you might think you know someone, but some people show you they would totally feel at home on a stage. 4 stars.

Thank you, Kathryn Freeman, Choc Lit and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

I was born in Wallingford, England and have spent most of my life living in a village outside Windsor. A former pharmacist, former pharmaceutical industry employee I’m now a self-employed medical writer who also loves to write romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…

I’ve two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) so the romance in my life is all in my head. Then again, my husband’s unstinting support of my career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises

Social Media Links 

Website:  http://kathrynfreeman.co.uk

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

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/KathrynFreeman1

The Woman I Was Before – Kerry Fisher / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @KerryFSwayne

A new home can be a happy ending. Or a fresh start. Or a hiding place…

Kate Jones is running away. She has left her old life behind, changing both her own name and her daughter’s. No-one must ever connect Kate with the mistake that destroyed her life.

Starting afresh on Parkview Road – a brand new street full of newly built houses – Kate looks at the other women on the street with envy. They seem to have it all: Gisela with her busy life, full house and successful children, Sally with her exciting spontaneous marriage, her glamorous holidays, her high-flying career. The pictures that Kate’s new friends post online confirm their seemingly perfect existence, whilst Kate hides from the world at all costs.

 

 

My review

My second book by this author. After reading the first one I was utterly charmed and a big fan. Now however … I am even a bigger fan. 🙂

Moving can be the result of different things. One family might simply be looking for a bigger house, another might want to leave memories behind, a third one might have an other reason. It’s fun and difficult at the same time. You have to say goodbye to a previous life but you can look forward to meeting new people.

Social media are perfect for keeping in touch but it’s sure can’t be true that everybody is always happy and cheerful, can it? It’s very often a smokescreen you can hide behind and be what you would like to be and do what you would like to do. Often it’s not even close to the truth. But when you live in the same street, friendships can be formed and when reality surfaces, you are happy to be able to lean on them.

I loved the story. It’s fluently written and very believable. I think when you would dive deeper into the life some people seem to have according to their social media, you would be in for a surprise.

Anyway, true love and friendship conquer all, no matter what life throws at you.  5 stars.

Thank you, Kerry Fisher, Bookouture and Netgalley.

 

About the author

Born in Peterborough, Kerry Fisher studied French and Italian, and taught English in Corsica and Spain before climbing to holiday rep and grape picker in Tuscany. She eventually returned to England to ‘get a proper job’, and spent two years in features at Essentials magazine. She now lives in Surrey with her husband, two teenagers and a very naughty lab/schnauzer called Poppy.

Kerry’s first novel, The School Gate Survival Guide, was published by Avon, HarperCollins in 2014. Her second book, The Island Escape, came out in May 2015. It won first prize at the York Festival of Writing for the opening line: ‘I was wearing the wrong bra for sitting in a police cell’.

www.kerryfisherauthor.com 

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