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2017 Wrap Up and Books of the Year

Merry Christmas and Welcome to my Wrap Up of 2017 and My Annual Books of the Year List!

According to Goodreads, I have read 49 books this year (but I'm sure there were more so I will just include them as I remember them). (I'm 25% of the way through my 50th), so I will begin with a list of the books that I have read this year. There have been some corkers and I have discovered some brilliant new authors and series.

So, here goes...
In 2017 I read:
The Silent Children - Carol Wyer Little Girl Lost - Carol Wyer Cold Feet at Christmas - Debbie Johnson Never Kiss A Man In A Christmas Jumper - Debbie Johnson Christmas For One - Amanda Prowse Sleigh Ride and Silver Bells at the Christmas Fair - Heidi Swain The Escape - CL Taylor Me Life Story : Sofa So Good - Scarlett Moffatt No Way Back - Kelly Florentia Entangled - Cat Clarke Torn - Cat Clarke Undone - Cat Clarke Falling - Cat Clarke Night School #1 - CJ Daugherty Blood Daughter - Dreda Say Mitchell The Haunting of Tabitha Grey - Va…

Blog Tour Stop with Review - The Silent Children by Carol Wyer

Amazon Links

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What They Say:
The boy studied the bruise turning yellow at the base of his neck. With quick fingers his mother tightened his tie, and pulled his collar high above it. Her eyes alone said, We will not speak of this...

Years later, a man is found shot dead in a local park. On his phone is a draft text: I can’t keep this secret any longer. The recipient is unnamed.

Detective Robyn Carter knows this secret is the key to the case, but his friends and family don’t offer any clues, and all her team have to go on is a size-ten footprint. 

Then a nurse is found in a pool of blood at the bottom of her staircase, and a seemingly insignificant detail in her friend’s statement makes Robyn wonder: are the two bodies connected, and has the killer only just begun?

When another body confirms Robyn’s worst fears, she realises she’s in a race against time to stop the killer before they strike again. But just as she thinks she’s closing in, …

Blog Tour Stop - It Had To Be You by Keris Stainton

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for It Had To Be You by Keris Stainton!!
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Twenty-five-year-old Bea is a hopeless romantic with a hopeless love life – until now. New beau Dan ticks all the boxes: he’s good-looking, kind and thoughtful. The complete opposite of Bea’s ex, who once threw her out in the middle of the night when she was ill so she didn’t disrupt his sleep.

So when her friends point out that she and Dan don’t have fireworks, Bea ignores them. Dan is the whole package. And yet Bea can’t stop comparing him to her best friend Henry…Because Dan doesn’t get Bea’s jokes. Or like books. Or make her laugh until she can’t breathe. Or become speechless when Bea puts on her favourite black dress for a night out… 

As time goes on, Bea can’t shift the feeling that something just isn’t right. On paper Dan is the perfect man. But in reality… Will Bea be brave enough to ask for more from life – and get the fireworks she deserves?

A laug…

Blog Tour Stop with Guest Post - The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine Morrey

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Best Little Christmas Shop by Maxine MorreyGenre: Romantic Comedy / Fiction
Publication Date: 3rd November 2017
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gNN2YlWhat They Say:Come home for Christmas to the Best Little Christmas Shop – the snowiest, cosiest place you can be!Home for the holidays…Icing gingerbread men, arranging handmade toys and making up countless Christmas wreaths in her family’s cosy little Christmas shop isn’t usually globe-trotter Lexi’s idea of fun. But it’s all that’s keeping her mind off romance. And, with a broken engagement under her belt, she’s planning to stay well clear of that for the foreseeable future…until gorgeous single dad Cal Martin walks through the door!Christmas takes on a whole new meaning as Lexi begins to see it through Cal’s adorable five-year-old son’s eyes. But, finding herself getting dangerously close to the mistletoe with Cal, Lexi knows she needs to back off. She’s sworn off love, and little George needs a stab…

Blog Tour Stop with Extract and Recipe - Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Christmas Under A Cranberry Sky by Holly Martin!I adore Holly's festive books, so I'm really looking forward to starting this beauty!I have a short extract from Christmas Under a Cranberry Sky for you, followed by a delicious recipe!Extract:

‘Daddy, why was that woman shouting at you?’ Wren said.
‘Sometimes when someone is sad all their life, they forget how to be happy. Instead of enjoying the good things they look for the bad.’
Wren clearly thought about this for a second. ‘Is Mrs Hughes sad, Daddy?’
‘Yes, I think she might be.’
‘Do you think we can make her happy again?’
‘I hope so, Princess.’
‘Can we get some churros with chocolate sauce?’
‘Of course we can.’
‘I love churros, they make me happy.’
‘They make me happy too.’
Gabe smiled at her simplistic view on life. Who needed to be sad when there were churros to be had? He walked into the churro and doughnut shop and Wren chatted happily to Maryline, the owner of t…

Blog Tour Stop with Extract - Beneath the Skin by Caroline England

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Beneath The Skin by Caroline England! I'm really excited because the buzz surrounding this book is huge!What They Say:Presenting a stunning debut psychological thriller about a life-changing lie. Caroline England’s, Beneath The Skin is a tense and compelling read, exploring truth, friendships and betrayal. No-one remembers your past. But you do. ‘Antonia, Antonia. My name is Antonia.’ It’s been her name for many years. But sometimes, like tonight, she forgets. Antonia has a secret. A secret so dark and so deep that she can barely admit it to herself. Instead, she treats herself to Friday night sessions of self-harm while her husband David is at the pub, and her best friend Sophie is drinking too much wine a few doors down. Nobody close to her knows the truth about what the teenage Antonia saw all those years ago. No-one, that is, except her mother. But Candy is in a care home now, her mind too addled to remember the truth. Antonia is safe. I…

Review - Sofa, So Good; Me Life Story by Scarlett Moffatt

I am so, so excited to be bringing you my review of Sofa, So Good; Me Life Story by Scarlett Moffatt!!

What They Say:
Fact: Did you know, over its lifespan, your sofa will witness roughly 293 arguments and 1,369 cuddles?
Hiya, my name's Scarlett Moffatt and I love random facts. Almost as much as I love sitting on me sofa. You might know me best from my most famous and celebrated sit thus far on the I'm A Celebrity throne. You might also know me from all sorts of other seats, most especially my Gogglebox sofa. Well this book is my attempt at telling me life story through a whole series of them!
So I'd like you right now to stop what you're doing and take a seat, whether it be in the comfort of your own home, on the top deck of the bus, on the tube (so you don't have to make eye contact with anybody) or on the throne of the house (a.k.a. the toilet). I want you to get comfortable and get ready to laugh, cry and maybe even learn a bit, as I chat to you about some of t…

Blog Tour Stop with Recipe - Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Christmas at Conwenna Cove by Darcie Boleyn!I'm sorry I can't post the tour banner or gorgeous book cover, but I have been having technical issues all day!This book sounds brill!Here's the blurb:When Grace Phillips travels to Conwenna Cove to help her parents move there 30 years after their honeymoon in the village, she sees why they fell in love with the place. The festive decorations, carols in the air and constant supply of delicious mince pies certainly make it hard to leave. Grace soon meets local vet Oli Davenport and initially finds him rude, but learning about his passion for animals and how much he cares for his two kids helps Grace to see a softer side to Oli.

It’s been two years since Oli lost his wife to cancer. Though he loves eleven-year-old Amy and five-year-old Tom more than anything it’s hard to be mum and dad. He has no interest in romance until he crosses paths with beautiful and kind-hearted Grace. The sparks fly …

Blog Tour Stop with Extract - Christmas on the LIttle Cornish Isles by Phillipa Ashley

Welcome to my stop on the blog Tour for Christmas on the Little Cornish Isles: The Driftwood Inn by Phillipa Ashley What They Say: Christmas has arrived on the Cornish Isles of Scilly, bringing mistletoe, surprises and more than a sprinkle of romance . . . Fans of Poldark and Carole Matthews will love this brand-new festive read from the author of the bestselling Cornish Café series. For Maisie Samson, this Christmas is going to be different. After years working in a busy Cornish pub, she’s moved back to quiet Gull Island where she grew up, to help her parents run the family inn.

But even though she can’t wait for the festive season to arrive, Maisie cannot shake the memories of what happened to her last Christmas – the day she lost everything. She keeps herself busy, setting up the tree and hanging mistletoe ready for her first proper family Christmas in years.

Until a new arrival to the island walks into her bar and changes everything. Australian backpacker Patrick is looking for a job…

My Review of No Way Back by Kelly Florentia

Welcome to my review of No Way Back by Kelly Florentia. I'm sorry I haven't posted the cover but I've written this on my phone and have never figured out how to.What They Say:When two eligible and attractive men are vying for your heart, it should be the perfect dilemma...Audrey Fox has been dumped by her unreliable fiancé Nick Byrne just days before the wedding. Heartbroken and confused, the last thing she expects when she jumps on a plane to convalesce in Cyprus is romance. But a chance meeting with handsome entrepreneur and father-of-one Daniel Taylor weaves her into a dating game she's not sure she's ready for. Audrey's life is thrown into further turmoil when she discovers on her return to London that Nick has been involved in a serious motorcycle accident that's left him in intensive care. Distraught yet determined to look to the future, Audrey must make a decision - follow her heart or listen to well-meaning advice from family and friends? Because so…

Blog Tour Stop with Extract - Groomed by Casey Watson

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for Groomed by Casey Watson. Casey is an extraordinary woman who has helped so many children and her books are so powerful and moving. Groomed is out on Oct 5th with Harper Collins.What They Say:Groomed is the story of Keeley, a polite yet sharp fifteen-year-old girl who has been in the system of care a long time. She comes to Casey having run away from her foster family and has accused her foster father of sexual abuse. The family deny the allegations vehemently, but due to the serious nature of Keeley’s accusation a new home must be found for her, and she comes to stay with Casey and her husband.Casey, as ever, provides a safe and supportive home for Keeley, but she has her work cut-out for her. Keeley is headstrong, and rebels against her wherever possible. And with the dangerous world of the internet at her disposal, it seems she has her own ideas of where that safe place should be, and what secrets she can hide…Exclusive ExtractChapter 1Mid-Sep…

Blog Tour Stop with Extract and Review - The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club by Chrissie Manby

Welcome to my stop on this amazing blog tour! I adore Chrissie's books and am thrilled to have the opening chapter of The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club for you to read!
What They Say:


In the quaint seaside town of Newbay, a beginner's cookery course is starting. And three very different students have signed up . . .

Liz's husband has left her for a twenty-something clean eating blogger, and she's determined to show the world - and her daughter - she's just as capable in the kitchen. John, newly widowed after fifty years of marriage, can't live on sympathy lasagnes forever. To thirty-year-old workaholic Bella, the course is a welcome escape from her high-pressure job. Their only common ground: between them, they can barely boil an egg!

Enter talented chef Alex, who is determined to introduce his pupils to the comforts of cuisine. As Liz, John and Bella encounter various disasters in the kitchen, the unlikely trio soon form a fast friendship. Their culinary s…

Blog Tour Stop with Extract - The Secrets You Keep by Kate White

Welcome to my stop on the Blog Tour for The Secrets You Keep by Kate White!


What They Say:

 You’ve lost your memory. A woman has been murdered. Your husband is keeping secrets. How do you know who to trust?

Months after a being involved in a terrible car crash, Bryn Harper is physically healed but her emotional scars remain raw. She has no memory of the accident and is plagued with bad dreams.
When Bryn and her husband, Guy, host a dinner party Bryn swears money has been stolen while Guy seems unfazed. Bryn confronts the caterer that night and is horrified to discover the woman’s brutally slain body the next day.

As the case is investigated, Bryn is dragged into a fresh nightmare and learns that Guy is keeping things from her. Another murder occurs and Bryn realises the danger is getting ever closer to home. How well does Bryn really know the man she loves?

For fans of psychological suspense and compulsive mysteries, don’t miss this tense and page-turning novel. Before I Go to Slee…