Sunday, 26 June 2016

Blog Tour: A Summer Of Secrets by Alice Ross

Countryside Dreams #2
Author: Alice Ross
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publication Date: May 9th, 2016
Publishers: Carina UK
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A perfect, feel-good summer read about love, life and family. One long hot summer. Secrets never stay buried for long…
Portia is determined to restore Buttersley Manor, her family’s crumbling ancestral home, to its former glory. Yet she has a feeling that there are a few forgotten skeletons in the dust-covered cupboards.
Jenny has put her life on hold for far too long. It’s time to finally start living and to dig up those hopes and dreams she’s kept hidden all these years – but is she brave enough?
Rich is happily married with a beautiful wife and lovely daughter. In fact, his world is perfect until a very unexpected consequence of his past walks through the door…
Joe would like nothing more than to travel back in time to when he and Gina were happy. But is it too late to rescue what they once had?
One thing’s for sure, nothing’s ever quite what it seems when it comes to life in the country!
About Alice Ross
Alice Ross used to work in the financial services industry where she wrote riveting, enthralling brochures about pensions and ISAs that everyone read avidly and no one ever put straight into the bin. 

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Review: The Little Village Bakery by Tilly Tennant

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Honeybourne #1
Author: Tilly Tennant
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick-lit
Publication Date: 15th June 2016
Publishers: Bookouture
Help yourself to a generous slice of Victoria sponge, a perfect cup of tea and a big dollop of romance. Welcome to the Little Village Bakery.
Meet Millie. Heartbreak has forced her to make a new start and when she arrives at the old bakery in the little village of Honeybourne she is determined that this will be her home sweet home. Her imagination has been captured by the tumbledown bakery but with no running water and dust everywhere, her cosy idea of making cakes in a rural idyll quickly crumbles.
Luckily the locals are a friendly bunch and step in to help Millie. One in particular, Dylan, a laid-back lothario, soon captures her attention.
But just as Millie is beginning to settle in, an unexpected visitor from her past suddenly turns up determined to ruin everything for her. It’s time for Millie to face the skeletons in her closet if she’s going to live the dream of running her little village bakery, and her blossoming romance with Dylan.
A charming heartwarming novel about love, life and new beginnings perfect for fans of Milly Johnson and Debbie Johnson.
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I'm accustomed to Tilly Tennant's hearty stories set in beautiful fictitious English villages, so didn't need to think twice before grabbing this cute little story via Netgalley. The cover promised me a scrumptious story, and the blurb seconded my thoughts. Cake, tea, and romance... right in my alley. Jumped in right away, and had finished a few chapters before I looked up again. Tilly Tennant has concocted a story in which the readers can completely get lost in, and make them wish to stay there as long as possible.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Review: How To Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake

Author: Rosie Blake
Genre: Romantic Fiction
Format: Paperback
Page Length: 400 Pages
Source: From the publishers
Publishers: Corvus Books
Publication Date: June 17th, 2016
Goodreads | Amazon IN | Amazon UK
Isobel Graves moved to LA determined to be the Next Big Thing. Instead, she is dressed as a giant prawn handing out fliers promoting a fish market. Rather than attending glamorous parties and dating exciting men, her evenings consist of watching box sets with her sort-of boyfriend, whose idea of romance is a late-night drunken text.
Where did it all go wrong?
When Isobel catches sight of Andrew Parker, her childhood sweetheart, in the background of a TV news story she feels it's a sign. If she'd stuck with Andrew everything would have turned out better. Now she just needs to find him...
Join Isobel as she travels from LA to Devon and to a remote Malaysian island in search of true love.
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Thanks Corvus Books and Rosie Blake for the review copy.

Rosie Blake is back! In her latest book, HOW TO FIND YOUR (FIRST) HUSBAND, she delights the readers with the summer adventures, travelling, beach, sunsets, parties, and romance. This fast-paced, funny, and exciting book makes a perfect summer read. 

Isobel Graves always dreamt about getting married to her 'school' sweetheart, Andrew Parker. When Andrew went away with mom during the vacation, Iz's heart was broken and never thought she could meet him again. After years, the grown-up Isobel sees the young Andrew on TV and is all set to go in search of him. From LA to England, and from there to Malaysia; Isobel is on a mission to find Andrew and to get hitched to him.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Review: The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft

Author: Kathryn Croft
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: 05 Feb 2016
Publishers: Bookouture
Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?
When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?
Kathryn Croft's THE GIRL YOU LOST is a gripping psychological thriller about a mother in search of a teenage girl, whom she believes to be her daughter. Simone and Matt's six-months-old baby girl, Helena, was taken by someone and is never found. After eighteen years, a teenage girl appears in front of Simone, and claims to be Helena; with no solid evidence to prove, but a blue velvety rabbit, similar to the one Helena owned the day she was taken. But then she disappears again...

Monday, 6 June 2016

Review: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Author: Samantha Mabry
Genre: YA, Magical Realism
Publishers: Algonquin 
Publication Date: April 12th, 2016
Everyone knows the legends about the cursed girl--Isabel, the one the seƱoras whisper about. They say she has green skin and grass for hair, and she feeds on the poisonous plants that fill her family’s Caribbean island garden. Some say she can grant wishes; some say her touch can kill.
Seventeen-year-old Lucas lives on the mainland most of the year but spends summers with his hotel-developer father in Puerto Rico. He’s grown up hearing stories about the cursed girl, and he wants to believe in Isabel and her magic. When letters from Isabel begin mysteriously appearing in his room the same day his new girlfriend disappears, Lucas turns to Isabel for answers--and finds himself lured into her strange and enchanted world. But time is running out for the girl filled with poison, and the more entangled Lucas becomes with Isabel, the less certain he is of escaping with his own life.
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A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON starts off with Lucas describing the myths and stories about the island he lives in. The house at the end of the road is surrounded by mysterious and dreadful stories, and one of them is that the girl living inside the house is a goddess and grants wishes. Lucas and his girlfriend, Marisol throw wishes to the cursed place and the very next day, Marisol is missing and found dead later. Lucas is determined to investigate the moving figure he sees inside that house and is agitated by the truth he came across; THE MYTH IS REAL. Soon his life also turns upside down, when he is announced as the prime suspect in Marisol's and other similar murder cases. There is none who can help him to prove the innocence, but the girl of the cursed house.