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Thursday, 23 May 2019

Blog Tour - My Mother's Daughter by Ann O'Loughlin





County Wicklow, Ireland. Margo has just lost her husband Conor and is grieving his passing, unsure how she and her daughter Elsa will survive without him. Then she receives a letter that turns everything she thought she knew on its head. Not only has she lost her husband, but now Margo fears she could lose her daughter as well.

Ohio, United States. Cassie has just split from her husband acrimoniously. Upset and alone she does not know how to move forward. Then her ex-husband demands a paternity test for their daughter Tilly and sorrow turns to anger as Cassie faces the frightening possibility of losing her daughter.

A powerful, moving story of family, resilience and compassion, and how women support each other through the most difficult times. My Mother's Daughter takes the issues closest to our hearts and makes us ask ourselves the most difficult questions - what would we do in Margo and Cassie's place?

Today I am pleased to be taking part in Orion's Book Blog Tour to celebrate the publication of Ann O'Loughlin's latest release, My Mother's Daughter.


When I picked up this book I was expecting to read a heart wrenching novel and, yes, I was expecting tears but I don't think I was quite prepared for the number of tears as this is such a great read which left me invested in the characters and their stories for a very long time after I had finished it.

My Mother's Daughter is a very emotional read which will pull on a mother's heart strings and, I am sure, will make the reader question what they would do in the same situations.

There are a fabulous cast of characters within the book and Ann, the author, very cleverly narrates the story from number of viewpoints, which all adds depth to the story.



Thank you to Orion for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Monday, 20 May 2019

Blog Tour - Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly



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LAPD Detective Renée Ballard teams up with Harry Bosch in the new thriller from #1 NYT bestselling author Michael Connelly.

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out, but then checks into the case herself and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger.

Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice.






Michael Connelly is one of my top three crime authors and I love Bosch, a detective who has been Connelly's main character since his very first book. Dark Sacred Night sees Bosch team up with Renee Ballard, a new character, who I am beginning to enjoy meeting and hope to see in many more of Connelly's novels.

The bringing together of two characters means that Dark Sacred Night is a must read novel that fans of Connelly's back catalogue will enjoy and the introduction of Ballard brings another dynamic to the cases being investigated. I hope that Bosch and Ballard have many more oppurtunities to work as a partnership in future novels as I would love to see it develop.

Dark Sacred Night is a fantastic crime thriller read and one that I would recommend to all my blog readers.

Thank you to Orion and Compulsive Readers for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Blog Tour - Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary




The compulsive, gripping and twisty new London crime novel featuring DI Marnie Rome, from
award
-
wining novelist Sarah Hilary
Children are dying on London's streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the hear
t, outside a corner shop. Others
recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London's lost.
Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She's thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of
town.
And she's white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.
DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela's case and Frankie's too. But he's facing his own turmoil, and it's
becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on
side. Because more children are
disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it's too late.
NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of
witness alters us and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city
.
The compulsive, gripping and twisty new London crime novel featuring DI Marnie Rome, from
award
-
wining novelist Sarah Hilary
Children are dying on London's streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the hear
t, outside a corner shop. Others
recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London's lost.
Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She's thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of
town.
And she's white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.
DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela's case and Frankie's too. But he's facing his own turmoil, and it's
becoming an obsession. DI Mw,, A SERrried, and she needs Noah on
side. Because more children are
disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it's too late.
NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of
witness alters us and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city
.

Children are dying on London's streets. Frankie Reece, stabbed through the heart, outside a corner shop. Others recruited from care homes, picked up and exploited; passed like gifts between gangs. They are London's lost.

Then Raphaela Belsham is killed. She's thirteen years old, her father is a man of influence, from a smart part of town. And she's white. Suddenly, the establishment is taking notice.

DS Noah Jake is determined to handle Raphaela's case and Frankie's too. But he's facing his own turmoil, and it's becoming an obsession. DI Marnie Rome is worried, and she needs Noah on side. Because more children are disappearing, more are being killed by the day and the swelling tide of violence needs to be stemmed before it's too late.

NEVER BE BROKEN is a stunning, intelligent and gripping novel which explores how the act of witness alters us, and reveals what lies beneath the veneer of a glittering city.

Never Be Broken is Sarah Hilary's sixth instalment in her fantastic series featuring DI Marnie Rose. The series has won many prizes and awards and it just gets better and better as each new instalment is released and I am sure Never Be Broken will soon be winning awards too.


I really enjoyed Never Be Broken. It is a hard hitting  and fast paced and begins with a prologue that is both intriguing and worrying and draws the reader in straight away and keeps their attention throughout. 

I would recommend that this book is not read as a standalone as there are many threads within the story that relate to the previous title in the series. The storylines within the book are hard hitting and at times disturbing but the storyline that I found the most intriguing was that of DS Noah Jake and his mental health, a topic which is high priority at the moment and this is a great account of a professional  man's struggle with his own mental health. 


Thank you to Headline Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Friday, 17 May 2019

BlogTour - A Summer to Remember by Sue Moorcroft

Today I am really pleased to be taking part in Avon's Blog Tour to celebrate the publication of Sue Moorcroft's latest release, A Summer to Remember.


43348326WANTED! A caretaker for Roundhouse Row holiday cottages.
WHERE? Nelson’s Bar is the perfect little village. Nestled away on the Norfolk coast we can offer you no signal, no Wi-Fi and – most importantly – no problems!
WHO? The ideal candidate will be looking for an escape from their cheating scumbag ex-fiancé, a diversion from their entitled cousin, and a break from their traitorous friends.
WHAT YOU’LL GET! Accommodation in a chocolate-box cottage, plus a summer filled with blue skies and beachside walks. Oh, and a reunion with the man of your dreams.
PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for any of the above scumbags, passengers and/or traitors walking back into your life…
GET IN TOUCH NOW TO MAKE THIS A SUMMER TO REMEMBER!

I am a huge fan of Sue Moorcroft's books and I eagerly await each new release. I know that I am guaranteed a great read each time and 'A Summre to Remember' is again a fantastic book to loose oneself in over a long weekend or a week lay next to the pool!

Nelson's Bar is a fantastic setting for the novel, which begins with a groom being jilted on his wedding day. Fast forward six years and that bride returns to the scene of her crime and what ensues is definitely a summer to remember for the village and its bar. 

I really hope that Sue decides to revisit Nelson's Bar in it's Norfolk village in a future novel as I am sure that some of its inhabitants still have unfinished business that is shouting out to be concluded.


The publishers, Avon Books, have given me an extract to share from this fantastic reader. Enjoy ……..

Clancy knew her answer had surprised Aaron from the way his brows clicked down over his eyes. ‘Seriously?’ he asked stiffly. From within the Roundhouse, a phone began to ring and he rose from the bench, disappearing indoors to answer it. Then he reappeared. ‘That was my girlfriend. She knew I was working here and I’m late to meet her.’ He paused, checking his watch. ‘I’ll come back in a couple of hours. We need to finish this conversation.’
‘Fine.’ Clancy wondered whether he was expecting her to think twice in his absence.
She watched him pack the garden tools into the shed and click his fingers to his enormous dog. Every word Aaron had spoken had increased Clancy’s belief that Nelson’s Bar was exactly what she needed. He might as well have said, ‘Here’s a quiet, safe backwater where you can get your head straight. The job’s a doddle for someone with organisational skills.’
Clancy Moss, however temporarily exhausted, thrived on challenges, and the ability to adapt had been bred into her. With engineers for parents, she’d been brought up in Belize, various parts of Africa, Dubai, Hong Kong . . . sometimes in company compounds or city apartments but also in remote villages. She’d attended company schools, boarding school, local schools and international schools. She’d even, at times, attended Alice’s school, and had loved the feeling of having a settled home with Alice and Aunt Sally while her parents vanished into a part of Africa considered unsuitable for their daughter. Boarding school and its dull routines and restrictions came a poor second to sharing escapades with Alice and being spoiled by her aunt.
Once she’d come to the UK for uni she’d tried to re-create that feeling of belonging. She’d thought she’d found it with Will but now . . . Now she’d been pushed into the painful break from Will and her colleagues – she wasn’t sure whether it was still logical to call them friends – she needed to regroup.
OK, so, food first. Just to confirm what Aaron had said, she took out her phone. No service. So she’d just drive to Hunstanton and find a supermarket. Then she’d—
‘Yoohoo!’ came a creaky female voice. ‘Do you mind if I come into the garden? Hope not, because I’m in.’ The voice trembled a laugh.


Thank you to Avon Books for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Blog Tour - One Last Summer by Victoria Connelly


They have the whole summer ahead of them. Is it enough to rekindle the friendship they once shared?

Harriet Greenleaf dreams of spending the summer in a beautiful ancient priory on the Somerset coast with her two best friends—but her dream is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s a chance to reconnect three lives that have drifted apart; on the other, she has a devastating secret to share that will change everything between them forever.

First to arrive is Audrey—the workaholic who’s heading for a heart attack unless she slows down and makes time for herself. Then Lisa, the happy-go-lucky flirt who’s always struggled to commit to anyone—or anything. Ever the optimist, can Harriet remind them of the joy in their lives and the importance of celebrating good friendship before it’s gone?

Through the highs and lows of a long, glorious summer, these three women will rediscover what it means to be there for each other—before they face the hardest of goodbyes.



One Last Summer is the perfect book to settle down with over a long relaxing break. The setting is in beautiful Somerset, where three friends arrange to stay in an old priory and reconnect. Each have their own life story to reminisce over but it is Harriet who has the most important update to give, one which will change their friendship for ever!

I really enjoyed 'One Last Summer'. I was able to loose myself in the beautiful scenery and felt like I was a part of the friends inner circle. Victoria writes in a chatty style of narrative and I raced through the book rather quickly.

I always enjoy Victoria's books and I am already waiting for the next book to be published.  

Thank you to the publishers, , and to Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.