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My Review of Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

WHAT THEY SAY:A MISSING GIRL. A BURIED SECRET.She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. 
She had her whole life ahead of her. 
And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.But what really takes her breath away is when she meets his nine-year-old daughter.Because his daughter is the image of Ellie.Now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.What really happened to Ellie? And who still has secrets to hide?WHAT I SAY:OHMIGOSH!!! This book!! Just phenomenal! Fast-paced, breathtaking, sad, creepy.This is a new level of brilliant from one of my favourite authors! A big change from her earlier fluffier, happy-ever-after rom-coms, Then She Was Gone is dark. It will draw you in and hold you by the throat until the very last word.It's unrelenting and sad, unlike any other book I have ever read. 11/10

Review of Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Welcome to my review of Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick!WHAT THEY SAY:A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect."I'm excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I'd like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude and pettiness and the frequency with which I embarrass myself. And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well educated and accomplished comedy writers, I'm very, very funny on Twitter, according to BuzzFeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: Are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!" (Anna Kendrick)Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class u…

Blog Tour Stop - The Summer of Second Chances by Maddie Please

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Summer of Second Chances by Maddie Please!!! This book looks so gorgeous and I'm really excited to have a special post from Maddie!!Guest Post from Maddie Please The Joy of Building.The second thing we wanted to do in our new home was knock a wall down. Not just for the fun of it but because we wanted to change two small rooms (kitchen, dining room) into one.That sounds easy doesn’t it? Knock a wall down. Ha! The work of a moment! Lend me a sledgehammer and I will be done by the weekend.Not so.The builders started work at the beginning of March to create a dustproof door between the kitchen and the rest of the house. (FYI - there is no such thing as a dustproof door. It’s a decoration)A couple of days later the first of 6 skips arrived. Plus a blue portaloo, which looked as though the Tardis had set down outside our house. #discreet?The builders were a jolly bunch who liked Cadbury’s Mini Rolls, tea, and Fox’s Chocolate biscuits. They di…

Another Year in England, Another Yearly Wrap Up

Well then! Today marks my 17th (SEVENTEENTH!!!) move-iversary! I have lived in England for 17 years today. That is madness!This year has been the most eventful of my life! It has been the happiest, most secure and fun year I have experienced in my 39 (nearly 40!!) years. I have loads of photos to share with you. Most of you have shared the past year with me through my blog posts but if you haven't, here are the highlights.In June last year Steve and I got together. In July I got my 4th tattoo, my 3D butterfly with SW on the bottom. In August we got engaged. In October we got our Pomeranian puppy Bella who is basically our first born child and we adore her. In January we got 2 baby bunnies and in April (I think) we got our Pomeranian boy Magic who we adore just as much! My brother and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Declan in November. We had our first Christmas together and it was magical! Since then, we've just been living our life, laughing and smiling every day. Ste…

Blog Tour Stop - Review of Blood Bank by Zoe Markham

Welcome to my Stop on the Blog Tour for Blood Bank by the fantabulous Zoe Markham!



What They Say:
Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the down-and-outs, the desperates, the addicts. He's been building his reputation, saving for a way out - but when he rescues a young woman from the nearby estate, he may just have stepped too far out of line...

Lucy is ordinary; a girl with a deadbeat boyfriend, a normal life and college studies. But when her world takes an odd twist, she starts to wonder about the people she's meeting, the situations she's in, the odd aversions and attacks happening around her. They're just coincidences...aren't they?

And Zack is in deep trouble. He's losing his girlfriend, drowning in debt, and has dwindling job prospects - and that's not the worst of it. His debt is to people who won't ever forget it, and who want the things closest to Zack's heart: his blood - and his li…

Blog tour Stop with Extract - The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse by Cressida McLaughlin

Hello and welcome to another gorgeous blog tour stop!


The Once in a Blue Moon Guesthouse Cressida McLaughlin 29th June 2017 | £7.99 | PBWhat They Say: ‘Warm and wonderful’ Miranda Dickinson The prefect summer romance from the number one bestselling author of The Canal Boat Cafe. Perfect for fans of Sarah Morgan and Holly Martin. Robin Brennan has come home to Campion Bay. Now her parents have retired, she’s set to become the new landlady of The Campion Bay Guesthouse. Bookings have been as thin as the hand towels, and it doesn’t take long for Robin to realise that the place needs a serious makeover.  Perhaps throwing herself into the task will help to heal her sadness at the tragic end to her dreams in London. As she gives the guesthouse a new lease of life, Robin encounters old friends and new, including old flame Tim, who’d clearly like to reboot their romance. But what about Will, the new arrival at No. 4, who’s rocked up with the cutest dog ever?  Caught up in a flurry of full-…

Blog Tour Stop with Extract The Forget Me Not Flower Shop by Tracy Corbett

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop by Tracy Corbett!What They Say:Evie is busy running the Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop and praying for an uplift in sales as soon as possible. She might be in the market of selling romance, but for Evie a new man is the last thing she needs!That is until plumber Scott Castillo turns up to fix her boiler. She’s definitely not interested. But then, why does she keep ogling his rather attractive forearms? She’s been fooled before - she isn’t about to fall head-over-heels for some smooth-talker, right?When he isn’t trying to balance paying the bills with caring for his sick mother, Scott has stepped in to help parent his 18-year-old nephew, Ben. Between that and working full time Scott doesn’t have time for romance. Until he meets Evie…Love doesn’t always bloom the way you expect but for the customers of the Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop it might just be the perfect time for romance…And here I have an exclusive Extract for you!&…

Blog Tour with Extract - Her Last Breath by Tracy Buchanan

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Her Last Breath by Tracy Buchanan! Read on for an exclusive extract of this utterly gripping, emotionally captivating book!


What They Say:
The perfect life. Or the perfect lie?
A fifteen-year-old girl has gone missing. They say Poppy O’Farrell has run away from her celebrity parents, and the media is in a frenzy. But none of this has anything to do with successful lifestyle blogger Estelle Forster - so why would someone send her a picture of the missing girl – and a note, claiming to know Estelle’s secrets? One small photograph will push Estelle’s pristine life to the brink of disaster. To find out who is threatening her, Estelle must return to her coastal hometown and the shameful past she thought was long behind her. Estelle knows there’s more to Poppy’s disappearance than teenage rebellion. A dangerous game is being played, and the answers lie in the impenetrable community she once called her own. But how will anyone believe her, if she c…

Blog Tour Stop - The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Bed and Breakfast on the Beach by Kat French!


Sadly, I haven't yet had a chance to read this gorgeous looking book as my Dad has been unwell, but I am very much looking forward to it when I can! So, instead of a review, I have an extract just for you!

What They Say:
From Kat French, the author of best-selling ‘My Perfect Stranger’ and ‘Love Your Neighbour’ comes a story that all women will be able to relate to – the perfect read for a beach holiday or to keep you company on a train journey this summer.
Three women throw caution to the wind and move from England to run a B&B on a Greek island… They’ve all reached a point in their lives when they need a change – one divorced, one empty nester, one made redundant from the job she’s held since leaving school many moons ago. The move tests their friendship to the limits, brings errant husbands running, and offers new opportunities for love. Each of the women go through their own metamorphosi…

Blog Tour Stop with Extract - Confetti at the Cornish Cafe by Philippa Ashley

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Confetti at the Cornish Café by Phillipa Ashley! I'm delighted to bring you an exclusive extract from this fabulous book.



What They Say:
Cal and Demi are preparing to launch their beloved Kilhallon Resort in Cornwall as a wedding venue. With the cliff-top setting and coastal views, it's the perfect place for a magical ceremony.
But their first clients are no ordinary couple. The bride and groom are internationally famous celebrities Lily Craig and Ben Trevone. As secrets surface and truths are told, can Demi and Cal ensure that Kilhallon's first wedding is a success? One thing’s for sure, this will be a Cornish celebration to remember . . .

Extract:
We rejoin Lily and Ben and pause halfway down the gentle slope that leads to a circular patch of grass at the bottom of a hollow. To the left is the far edge of the little copse where the yurts are pitched during our camping season. Below us the young pirates are now sitting on one of th…

My Review of The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse

Welcome to my review of The Art of Hiding by Amanda Prowse! What They Say: Nina McCarrick has it all: a loving husband, two beautiful boys, a well-appointed home and more time than she knows what to do with. Life is perfect. Until her husband, Finn, is killed in a car accident and everything Nina thought she could rely on unravels.Alone, bereft and faced with a mountain of debt, Nina quickly loses her life of luxury and she begins to question whether she ever really knew the man she married. Forced to move out of her family home, Nina returns to the rundown Southampton council estate—and the sister—she thought she had left far behind.But Nina can’t let herself be overwhelmed—her boys need her. To save them, and herself, she will have to do what her husband discouraged for so long: pursue a career of her own. Torn between the life she thought she knew and the reality she now faces, Nina finally must learn what it means to take control of her life.Bestselling author Amanda Prowse once a…

My Review of Secrets of the Dead by Carol Wyer

What They Say:Colourful, plastic boats were scattered in puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, lips a shade of blue, and bloodshot eyes wide open.When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and a second victim with a receipt confirms her worst fears.There are no witnesses. The victims had no debts. With the body count rising and the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime in record time. But her team can’t find a link between the victims, and the cracks are starting to show.Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers photographs in two of the victims’ houses, which she thinks could unlock the case. But as she hones in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer o…

My Review of The Last Piece of My Heart by Paige Toon

Welcome to my review of The Last Pieceof My Heart by Paige Toon.What They Say:When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it's the small pieces that make up the bigger picture... Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.A successful travel journalist, Bridgethas ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole's grieving husband,Charlie...What I Say:The Last Piece of My Heart is, what I would call, a perfect read. It's charming, funny, warm and gripping. I was kept guessing the outcome until the very end, which I loved!Paige has a wonderful way of making you feel like you are pro…

Book Review - Forever Geek by Holly Smale

Welcome to my review of Geek Girl Book 6 - Forever Geek by Holly Smale.What They Say:My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever…Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists. The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else. Statistically, you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…What I Say:Forever Geek is a book I've been dreading and desperate to read in equal measure. I have been a part of Harriet's group for years now and I didn't want…

Blog Tour Stop - The Finding of Martha Lost by Caroline Wallace

This is quite possibly the BEST blog tour I've ever been on! Caroline is one of my favourite authors and one of the most amazing women I have ever known! This means the world to her and I am thrilled to be part of it!! WELCOME TO MY STOP ON THE BLOG TOUR FOR:THE FINDING OF MARTHA LOST BY CAROLINE WALLACE!!!!! What They Say:
Martha is lost. She's been lost since she was a baby, abandoned in a suitcase on the train from Paris. Ever since, she's waited in station lost property for someone to claim her. It's been sixteen years, but she's still hopeful. In the meantime, there are mysteries to solve: secret tunnels under the station, a suitcase that may have belonged to the Beatles, the roman soldier who appears at the same time every day with his packed lunch. Not to mention the stuffed monkey that someone keeps misplacing. But there is one mystery Martha cannot solve. And now the authorities have found out about the girl in lost property. Time is running out - if Martha…

Blog Tour Stop with Extract - Just For The Holidays by Sue Moorcroft

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Just for the Holidays by Sue Moorcroft!How pretty is this cover? So gorgeous and summery! PUBLISHES IN EBOOK & PAPERBACK: 18TH MAYWhat They Say: In theory, nothing could be better than a summer spent basking in the French sun. That is, until you add in three teenagers, two love interests, one divorcing couple, and a very unexpected pregnancy.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly the relaxing holiday Leah Beaumont was hoping for – but it’s the one she’s got. With her sister Michele’s family falling apart at the seams, it’s up to Leah to pick up the pieces and try to hold them all together.

But with a handsome helicopter pilot staying next door, Leah can’t help but think she might have a few distractions of her own to deal with…

A glorious summer read, for you to devour in one sitting - perfect for fans of Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews and Trisha Ashley. I'm so excited to have this extract on my blog today! I can't wait to read the rest of this …

Blog Tour Stop with Extract - The Obsession by Amanda Robson

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Obsession by Amanda Robson Publishes on 4th May in eBook and 1st June in paperback. It’s already infected the minds of its readers, and it’s coming after you, too… “Compelling and thoroughly addictive” KATERINA DIAMOND “Thrilling, unputdownable – I was obsessed by this book” BA PARIS A taut thriller full of page-turning suspense” EMMA FLINT “Amanda Robson expertly injects menace into the domestic … a dark and disturbing journey” HOLLY SEDDON A compelling psychosexual thriller, with some very dark undertones” PAUL FINCH What They Say: One evening, a wife asks her husband a question: who else would you go for, if you could?

It is a simple question – a little game – that will destroy her life.

Carly and Rob are a perfect couple. They share happy lives with their children and their close friends Craig and Jenny. They’re lucky. But beneath the surface, no relationship is simple: can another woman’s husband and another man’s wife ever just be good friends?

Just Be Kind...

I had a friend respond to my Mental Health and Me blog post with this comment and I wanted to share it with you all because it really touched me."Trish this is so lovely and so very very brave of you. I plucked up the courage to do something similar recently and I have been knocked down by some people and so I deleted the posts. Sometimes it helps just putting things down right so why can others not see that? I don't want to talk to a support worker, I want to talk to my family and friends. I know I should delete the texts they sent me but I can't right now. I am hurting too much. Trying not to clam up again here. Just want to show people what it is like to be me. is that so wrong? Thank goodness for four legged friends, oh no wait, I am even damaging him with my love and being over protective. The anger is coming out now! 😥😡😤"It hurt to read this as I care deeply for this woman. She jas been through such a hard time recently and needs support. Sadly, she hasn'…

Mental Health and Me

Hello there!

I realise it has been ages since I wrote a non-book related post. There has been lots going on,  lots I could have told you, but none of it seemed blog-worthy.

As you may know, it's Mental Health Awareness Week. That is something which was only really brought to my attention a year ago when my own struggle became clear. I'm not going to go into the way it all started, most of you probably know from my social media presence this time last year. But now, one year on, I am ready to talk openly and fully about my journey with Depression and Anxiety.

I was first diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder 12 months ago this week. That was the first time I'd ever really heard of it and it scared me. I was newly single, seeking medical care for these issues for the first time in 13 years. I had just read Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon and it awoke something in me. I was put on Propanalol to help with the physical symptoms of the anxiety and, a year ago yesterday, I had my fi…