Never Say No by Elizabeth Neep / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @elizabeth_neep

 

 

It’s always been yes. Yes, I’ll be your friend. Yes, I’ll be your girlfriend. Yes, I’ll move in with you. Yes, yes, yes. I can’t just change my mind now. Can I?

Hailey has always been told she can have it all. And saying yes to every opportunity that comes her way seems like the obvious way to make sure she gets it.

When she finds an engagement ring hidden in her boyfriend Dom’s closet, she knows she’ll say yes.

Her best friend Sophie suggests they run a marathon together and although Hailey hasn’t done more than sprint for a bus in years, she says yes.

And every time her new boss, the infamous Vivian Jones, asks her to stay late (again) at her dream job, the answer is always yes.

But somewhere between saying ‘yes’ to Vivian’s latest demands and still trying to make it home on time for boxsets and burritos on the sofa with Dom, Hailey has lost sight of what she really wanted in the first place.

Far from winning at life, Hailey feels like she is fighting to juggle two very different worlds. When those worlds finally collide, could having it all actually mean losing everything?

 

 

Review

My second book by this author and although I liked the previous one, I totally adored this one. 

I thought Hailey, the main character is great. Who did never feel like ‘why do they get those chances and I don’t?’ or ‘What if’? or ‘Is this it?’. It makes her very real and she could easily be sitting next to you in a bus or restaurant. 

Never say no. I wish people could do everything they would like to do. Would that not be a dream come true? But life does not happen that way. Never saying no can make you very happy, but sometimes you have to say no to stay happy. What people don’t know, can’t hurt them. So true, but what if they find out, who will be hurt the most…?

A great story about finding out what you want the hard way. I enjoyed the writing style and different kind of emotions the book evoked. 5 stars

Thank you, Elizabeth Neep and Bookouture

 

About the author

Elizabeth Neep was born in 1990 in Derbyshire and now lives in London Bridge. After studying Law at the University of Nottingham and the University of New South Wales, she worked in magazine journalism, most noticeably writing for Dazed and Confused and PETRIe. Elizabeth now works as a non-fiction Senior Commissioning Editor and writes and paints in her spare time. 

 

Author Links

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The Spare Bedroom by Elizabeth Neep / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @elizabeth_neep

 

 

Armed with a super-sized backpack full of optimism, Jess sets off in search of sun, sea and a much-needed new beginning.

Things don’t get off to a good start.

Instead of sunshine, she’s met with torrential rain. Her job prospects are as dismal as the weather and that friend-of-a-friend she was meant to stay with has fallen through. Just as Jess is homeless, jobless and wishing she’d gone for the waterproof mascara, she runs into the last person she expected to see. Sam. The ex she never got over. Jess always believed that one day fate would bring them back together. Now he’s here, more gorgeous than ever.

Before she knows it, Jess is accepting Sam’s offer to stay in his spare room. But while she may have been less than truthful about the mess she’s in, there is also one rather important thing Sam has neglected to mention.

Suddenly Jess isn’t just living with her ex, but with his new girlfriend too. All of that baggage she thought she left behind may have caught up with her…

 

 

Review

You thought you had found the love of your life and it seems like he feels the same way. You make plans for the future and you put your own dreams on the back burner in order to support what he wants.

There is not much more you could do to please him, right? And once he’s where he wants to be, it’s your turn to go for it, right? Well, no not really.

‘Maybe one day’ are the famous last words that keep running through your mind and when you bump into each other again by accident, those words jump out. Is this the one day you have been waiting for?

The author takes us on a journey from the day Sam and Jessica met right up until the present day with all the ups and downs, the tears and the laughter, the happiness and the sadness.

It’s a story about coming to terms with the past and standing up for yourself, with friends, old and new ones, playsing an important role.

An enjoyable read that takes you from the UK to Australia. 4 stars.

Thank you, Elizabeth Neep and Bookouture

 

About the author

Elizabeth Neep was born in 1990 in Derbyshire and now lives in London Bridge. After studying Law at the University of Nottingham and the University of New South Wales, she worked in magazine journalism, most noticeably writing for Dazed and Confused and PETRIe. Elizabeth now works as a non-fiction Senior Commissioning Editor and writes and paints in her spare time. 

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Beneath the Surface by Fiona Neill / #Review @MichaelJBooks

After a chaotic childhood, Grace Vermuyden is determined her own daughters will fulfil the dreams denied to her. Lilly is everyone’s golden girl, the popular, clever daughter she never had to worry about. So when she mysteriously collapses in class, Grace’s carefully ordered world begins to unravel.

Dark rumours swirl around their tight-knit community on the edge of the Fens as everyone comes up with their own theories about what happened. Consumed with paranoia, and faced with increasing evidence that Lilly has been leading a secret life, Grace starts to search for clues.

Left to her own devices, ten-year-old Mia develops some wild theories of her own that have unforeseen and devastating consequences for the people she loves most.

Beneath the Surface explores the weight of the past upon the present, the burden of keeping secrets and what happens when children get caught in the undercurrents of adult relationships.

 

 

My Review

I want to start by quoting a sentence on the cover : “Everybody lies”. That is so true, but there are lies and lies. Everybody tells a little white lie once and again to protect other people’s feelings and there is no harm done. But some lies are much darker and more dramatic and can have a serious impact.

The lies that are told here are of the latter kind. They are used to hide some secrets and to protect the liar on the one hand. ON the other hand people lie to protect someone else and create problems for themselves.

I loved Mia. She is a great character and made me smile, but she is also very clever and is wise beyond her years.

I liked Grace the least in the beginning, but when her story unravels, I can see where she came from. I still do not really like her, but I do understand her better.

I think it’s a kind of book you either really like or really dislike. I, for sure, enjoyed it a lot. It is full of emotions and my heart went out to Mia. She certainly did not deserve to be treated like that. 4 stars.

Thank you, Michael Joseph Comms

 

About the author

Fiona Neill is a novelist and journalist. She was born in 1966. Her first novel The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy, based on her column in The Times Magazine every Saturday, was published in 2007. It was widely acclaimed and went on to become a Sunday Times bestseller that sold in twenty-five countries.

Brought up in Norfolk, she now lives in London with her husband and three children.

 

Author Link

http://www.fionaneill.co.uk/

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Between-Breaths-Fiona-Neill/dp/0718189787/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=beneath+the+surface+fiona+neill&qid=1579534126&sr=8-1

 

Incorruptible – Barbara Nadel / #Review #BlogTour @BOTBSPublicity @BarbaraNadel

 

 

Inspector Ikmen #20

In the backstreets of Istanbul, a young woman’s body is found. Dumped in a dustbin and covered in cut flowers, she is the victim of a frenzied and vicious stabbing.

Inspector Ikmen discovers that the woman was well known in Istanbul. Newspapers had been calling her the blessed woman; cured of cancer in a Christian miracle and a proclaimed messenger of the Virgin Mary. These controversial claims had made her fierce enemies in the predominantly Islamic community and she had unwittingly stirred up divisions amongst the Christians of the city. But as Ikmen digs further into the case he uncovers powerful hatred and dark secrets lurking within her family. And to find the truth he must delve into a toxic world of fear, concealment and lies. The question is: was this a killing in the name of faith or does the answer lie somewhere else?

 

 

My review

Although this is already the 20th story in a series, it’s my first book. 

In the beginning I was a bit afraid not being able to pick it up, but I had no problem at all. It can easily be read as a stand alone.

I have often been taken on virtual trips by authors to different parts of the world, but it was my first story taking place in Turkey. I had no idea that this country was such a hodgepodge of different religions.

Religion can offer soulace but it can certainly cause a lot of trouble as well.

This book has a lot of characters and the names are not always the easiest, but the author offers her readers a solution to that. In the front there is a list with the names and a bit of info about the persons. It can be very helpful 🙂 Of course when you read the paper version you can always go and take a peek. It’s a bit more difficult when you have the ebook, but maybe you can do like I did? I took a picture of the list and when I needed it, I could easily consult it on my phone. I hope my tip can help you too. 🙂

This is a story about relationships between friends and between family members, about lies, deceit and faithfulness and the author adds a bit of history to the mix as well. 4 stars.

Thank you, Barbara Nadel and Book On The Bright Side Publicity & Promo

 

About the author

Barbara Nadel is an English crime-writer. Many of her books are set in Turkey. Born in the East End of London, Barbara Nadel trained as an actress before becoming a writer. Now writing full-time, she has previously worked as a public relations officer for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship’s Good Companion Service and as a mental health advocate for the mentally disordered in a psychiatric hospital. She has also worked with sexually abused teenagers and taught psychology in schools and colleges, and is currently the patron of a charity that cares for those in emotional and mental distress. She has been a regular visitor to Turkey for more than twenty-five years.

 

Social Media Links

Twitter @BarbaraNadel

 

 

 

Book Link

Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barbara-Nadel/e/B001HCWVT8?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1568714372&sr=8-1

 

Please also check out the interview I had with the author in the section Q&A on my blog 😉

If you are free and you would like to meet some awesome authors, please check the link for the festival. 🙂

https://www.morecambecrimefest.co.uk/

Escape to Giddywell Grange – Kim Nash / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @KimTheBookworm @HeraBooks

 

 

Maddy Young thought she had it all.

Swanky city apartment? – yep. Fancy car? sorted. High-flying career? – tick.

Even if she’s lost most of her friends because of spending all her time at work, and can’t remember when she last had fun, it’s worth it.

Until she’s suddenly made redundant. Now she’s 37, jobless, and after the breakup with the former love of her life, unhappily single.

Enter Maddy’s childhood friend, Beth, the owner of Growlers, the doggy daycare centre at Giddywell Grange, on a mission to make Maddy see there’s more to life than work.

Soon, Maddy is swapping spreadsheets for volunteer duty at the library, daily Starbucks for cups of tea with elderly neighbours, and her Prada handbag for doggy poo bags… And with Beth’s gorgeous brother, Alex, back from the States, Maddy starts to think that Giddywell Grange might just be her happy place.

But when her old life – and her old boyfriend – comes calling, will Maddy go back to the job she loved so much? Or will she discover that the key to happiness lies in making others happy?

 

 

My review

If you have read the debut by this author you already know that she knows how to caputre an audience with her fluent writing style and her lovely story. If you have not read her first book, shame on you LOL 😉

I really loved ‘Amazing Grace’ and I adored this one as well. In my opinion you feel how much the author has grown. She writes even better here and she turned this one in to a must read for me as well, by putting a dog on the cover. 🙂

This book shows that the author is not a one-trick-pony. On the contrary, she came, she took us by storm and she is here to stay for a very long time. 

This story draws our attention to the fact that we often judge or look down on other people’s actions or interests. What you do and how you live your life is the only way, right? No way! You can only form a conclusion once you have tried it yourself and you might be in for a big surprise. You might even like that life a lot more than you did your own.

Ok, now it’s time to open my bag of stars. How many do you expect after having read this review? 5 do I hear you say? That is indeed the correct answer. 🙂

Thank you, Kim Nash and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author

Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.

When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.

Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim’s second novel and will be published on September 18th 2019.

 

Social Media Links

Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm

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

Instagram: @Kim_the_bookworm

 

 

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iBooks: https://apple.co/316BJwj

Amazing Grace – Kim Nash / #Review #BlogTour @rararesources @KimTheBookworm

 

She’s taking her life back, one step at a time… Grace thought she had it all. Living in the beautiful village of Little Ollington, along with head teacher husband Mark and gorgeous son, Archie, she devoted herself to being the perfect mum and the perfect wife, her little family giving her everything she ever wanted. Until that fateful day when she walked in on Mark kissing his secretary – and her perfect life fell apart. Now she’s a single mum to Archie, trying to find her way in life and keep things together for his sake. Saturday nights consist of a Chinese takeaway eaten in front of the TV clad in greying pyjamas, and she can’t remember the last time she had a kiss from anyone aside from her dog, Becks… Grace’s life needs a shake up – fast. So when gorgeous gardener Vinnie turns up on her doorstep, his twinkling eyes suggesting that he might be interested in more than just her conifers, she might just have found the answer to her prayers. But as Grace falls deeper for Vinnie, ten-year-old Archie fears that his mum finding love means she’ll never reconcile with the dad he loves. So when ex-husband Mark begs her for another chance, telling her he’s changed from the man that broke her heart, Grace finds herself with an impossible dilemma. Should she take back Mark and reunite the family that Archie loves? Or risk it all for a new chance of happiness? A funny, feel good romance about finding your own path and changing your life for the better

 

 

My review

I think a lot of you will recognize the feeling : You have heard about a book you are really, really looking forward to read and then suddenly it’s about to happen. The publication date is announced and the count down can begin. BUT what’s even better is that you are able to participate in a blog tour and you get the ARC. Woohoooo. Double partytime! 🙂 🙂

You get comfy on your sofa and before you know it you have finished the book. Hours have flown by without your realized it because you were so taken by the story.

This book has everything a feel good book needs : heaps of love, funny bits, sad bits and a wonderful happy ending.

When I do an author interview, one of my questions is ‘Do you sometimes base characters on people you know?’. I have a inkling the author would say ‘yes’ to this one. 🙂

I also believe that some parts were based on situations she has been through. The way they were written … I can only mean they came straight from the heart.

Please do not keep us waiting too long before we can devoure your next one. (No rush LOL) 5 stars.

Thank you, Kim Nash and Rachel’s Random Resources.

 

About the author 

Kim Nash lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is PR & Social Media Manager for Bookouture and is a book blogger at http://www.kimthebookworm.co.uk. Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association’s Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can’t quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA. When she’s not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She’s also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs. Amazing Grace is her debut novel with Hera Books and will be out on 10th April 2019

Connect with Kim on Social Media here: Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimTheBookWorm/ Instagram: @Kim_the_bookworm