Saturday, 8 June 2019

Book Review ~ A Summer To Remember by Sue Moorcroft


TITLE - A Summer to Remember

AUTHOR - Sue Moorcroft

PUBLISHER - Avon

Buy Link - Amazon UK

BLURB -

WANTED! 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!

MY REVIEW

I always know what I'm going to get from a Sue Moorcroft book. Picturesque locations; warm characters and an engaging story-line.

The story-line in this book centers around Clancy, who is escaping her life in London for reasons only the reader will know. She's moving to the village of Nelsons Bar, the home of her Cousin Alice. Alice has moved away and Clancy is taking care of her property interests.

Of course as with any good female fiction book, it's a story of love, betrayal, broken hearts, family drama and friendships. This book has all of this in abundance and much more.

I loved the level headed Clancy; thoughtful and kind Aaron and carefree and somewhat reckless Alice. There are many wonderful characters in the book, all with very different personalities.

It was a great story and I found it hard to put down, finishing it in two sessions. It certainly didn't disappoint.  If you want to read a book, that is endearing and full of interesting characters, set in a beautiful location, then this book is for you. It's a great read and perfect for your holidays. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author, an international bestselling author and has held the #1 spot in the UK Kindle chart. She writes contemporary fiction with sometimes unexpected themes.

Sue has won a Best Romantic Read Award, received two nominations at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards and is a Katie Fforde Bursary winner. Her short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing 'how to' have sold around the world.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She's worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a digital prepress. She's pleased to have now wriggled out of all 'proper jobs'.

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Friday, 22 February 2019

Bookalicious Travel Addict: Book Review ~ The King and The Cockerel by Sarah M...

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Book Review ~ The King and The Cockerel by Sarah Morrell ~ Children's Fiction

TITLE - The King and the Cockerel

AUTHOR - Sarah Morrell

PUBLISHER - Blue Falcon Publishing

GENRE - Children's Fiction

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here

SYNOPSIS
- The shivering sheep have lost their woolly coats and the chilly chickens are without their feathers!

The greedy king believes he can take whatever he wants, but the farmer thinks it’s about time he was taught a lesson – and it comes from a very unlikely source….

This delightful rhyming picture book will have children laughing and counting along as the ungrateful king is made to see the error of his ways




MY REVIEW

This is a beautifully illustrated book, with the story told in rhyme. The rhyming makes it a really good read.

It is about a greedy king who always wants something for nothing. I think we may all know someone like that. The poor fed up farmer, offers to give him all the animals for a fee.......

The story continues and brings in numbers to the mix, with wonderful illustrations to match the number, enabling you to count along with your little person whilst the story is told.

The book has a great moral at the end, which I think young people will understand in their own way.

All in all a great read and superbly illustrated. A must read for your young person.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah lives in Holmfirth, which she fell in love with after graduating from University where she studied Criminology. She is married with two small boys and a little girl, and thrives off the fun and chaos of her home life!

Sarah has always loved to write, but her desire to publish a children’s book began when she had her first child. She loves to create stories that will capture a child’s imagination and make them want to keep turning the pages. Sarah told us, “If I could inspire kids to read and writers to write, that would be an amazing place to be.”

Sarah’s first book, The King and The Cockerel, is a lively rhyming picture book aimed at young readers aged 5 and under. It incorporates wonderful humour and counting practice with an important message of fairness and appreciation. Sarah is now hard at work on her second children’s book, Molly’s Magic Brolly.

As well as writing children’s books, Sarah is currently working on her first book club novel. She is also a regular columnist for Mumbles Magazine, West Yorkshire.

Publications
The King and the Cockerel, a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book, was published in August 2018.
Molly’s Magic Brolly, a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book, is currently being illustrated. A release date will be advised soon.

Bookalicious Travel Addict: Book Review ~ Pete The Cheeky Parakeet by Cheryl L...

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Book Review ~ Pete The Cheeky Parakeet by Cheryl Lee-White ~ childrens book


TITLE - Pete The Cheeky Parakeet

AUTHOR - Cheryl Lee-White

PUBLISHER -
Blue Falcon Publishing

GENRE - Childrens Fiction

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SYNOPSIS -
When Pete the Parakeet’s favourite person goes on holiday without him, he’s left behind with the rest of the family – and they’re not his biggest fans!

Will Pete realise that being the bird with the bad attitude won’t get him anywhere?

This amusing rhyming tale will bring lots of laughter and learning to story time!


MY REVIEW

I loved this book. It is very well illustrated and the book itself written in rhyme. It is also very funny and I can just imagine the giggles coming from your little people.

As with any good children's book, there is a moral to the story. When bad turns good. This helps you realise the consequences of your actions. I think this story will really help your young person understand about the consequences of right and wrong, all with the help of this cheeky parakeet!

This is a great book throughout, not just in the writing and illustrations but also with the most important message that the tale gives you at the end.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Raised in Epsom, Surrey, Cheryl now lives in Taunton with her partner and three beautiful girls aged 10, 8, and 6. A love of reading, inspired by travel books and non-fiction biographies, led to a desire to write – more specifically, to write for her children. Cheryl blogs about her life with her girls and often includes self-penned rhymes for her readers, so a rhyming children’s book seemed the obvious choice!

Cheryl also has a love of photography, and although she currently works as an administrator her ambition is to achieve her dream of being a professional writer, blogger and photographer.

Pete the Cheeky Parakeet was published in October 2018. A light-hearted and fun story about a bird with a bad attitude, it carries a message for young readers about the importance of friendship and compassion. Cheryl is currently working on her second publication, The Book of Silly Rhymes.

Publications
Pete the Cheeky Parakeet, a rhyming picture book, was published in October 2018.The Book of Silly Rhymes is currently being illustrated and is due for release in 2019.

You can find out more about Cheryl and read her blog at
www.thesimplemum.com. She is also on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Book Review ~ Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester ~ Family Drama

Three Shoeboxes

by Steven Manchester

July 1-August 31, 2018 Tour

  Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester

Synopsis:

Mac Anderson holds life in the palm of his hand. He has a beautiful wife, three loving children, a comfortable home, and a successful career. Everything is perfect—or so it seems. Tragically, Mac is destined to learn that any sense of security can quickly prove false. Because an invisible enemy called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has invaded Mac’s fragile mind and it is about to drop him to his knees. He does all he can to conceal his inner chaos, but to no avail. Left to contend with ignorance, an insensitive justice system, and the struggles of an invisible disease, he loses everything—most importantly his family.
One shoebox might store an old pair of sneakers. Two shoeboxes might contain a lifetime of photographs. But in Three Shoeboxes, a father’s undying love may be just enough to make things right again.
 

Details

Genre: Women's Fiction
Published by: The Story Plant
Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Number of Pages: 285
ISBN: 1611882605 (ISBN13: 9781611882605)
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, & Goodreads
  Pre-publication endorsements:
“Compelling and emotional, Three Shoeboxes takes readers on a heart-wrenching journey through some of life’s toughest challenges, always with the ever-present sense of the transforming power of love and hope. Three Shoeboxes is Steven Manchester at his finest.” - Carla Neggers, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, Harbor Island and Echo Lake
Raw, moving and brutally honest—Steven Manchester takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. Grab your tissues for this heart-wrenching story—better yet, grab a box full!” - Tanya Anne Crosby, NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author, The Girl Who Stayed "
Three Shoeboxes is a compassionate, accessible portrait of a vitally important topic, PTSD, how it affects the sufferer and the family—and how to find hope and healing." - Jenna Blum, NYT & International Bestselling Author, Those Who Save Us and Storm Chasers
Three Shoeboxes is terrific writing. Manchester’s protagonist’s life becomes nightmarish, his rage palpable, and his ultimate redemption breathtaking. It was enough to bring this reader to tears.” - John Lansing, #1 Bestselling Author, The Devil’s Necktie  

Read an excerpt:

Mac jumped up, panting like an obese dog suffering in a heat wave. His heart drummed out of his chest. Startled from a sound sleep, he didn’t know what was wrong. He leapt out of bed and stumbled toward the bathroom. He couldn’t breathe. He couldn’t think. There’s something wrong, he finally thought, I…I need help. He searched frantically for an enemy. There was none. As he stared at the frightened man in the mirror, he considered calling out to his sleeping wife. She has enough to worry about with the kids, he thought, but was already hurrying toward her. “Jen,” he said in a strained whisper.
She stirred but didn’t open her eyes.
The constricted chest, sweaty face and shaking hands made Mac wonder whether he was standing at death’s door, cardiac arrest being his ticket in. I have to do something now, he thought, or I’m a goner. “Jen,” he said louder, shaking her shoulder.
One eye opened. She looked up at him.
“It’s happening again,” he said in a voice that could have belonged to a frightened little boy.
Jen shot up in bed. “What is it?”
“I…I can’t breathe. My heart keeps fluttering and I feel…”
“I’m calling an ambulance,” she said, fumbling for her cell phone.
“No,” he said instinctively, “it’ll scare the kids.”
She looked up at him like he was crazy.
“I’ll go to the emergency room right now!” Grabbing for a pair of pants, he started to slide into them.
Jen sprang out of the bed. “I’ll call my mom and have her come over to watch the kids. In the meantime, Jillian can…”
Mac shook his foggy head, halting her. “No, I’m okay to drive,” he said, trying to breathe normally.
“But babe,” she began to protest, fear glassing over her eyes.
“I’ll text you as soon as I get there,” he promised, “and then call you just as soon as they tell me what the hell’s going on.”
Jen’s eyes filled. “Oh Mac…”
He shot her a smile, at least he tried to, before rushing out of the house and hyperventilating all the way to the hospital.

I’m here, Mac texted Jen before shutting off the ringer on his phone.
The scowling intake nurse brought him right in at the mention of “chest pains.” Within minutes, the E.R. staff went to work like a well-choreographed NASCAR pit crew, simultaneously drawing blood while wiring his torso to a portable EKG machine.
As quickly as the team had responded, they filed out of the curtained room. A young nurse, yanking the sticky discs from Mac’s chest, feigned a smile. “Try to relax, Mr. Anderson. It may take a little bit before the doctor receives all of your test results.”
For what seemed like forever, Mac sat motionless on the hospital gurney, a white curtain drawn around him. I hope it isn’t my heart, he thought, the kids are still so young and they need…
“Who do we have in number four?” a female voice asked just outside of Mac’s alcove.
Mac froze to listen in.
“Some guy who came in complaining of chest pains,” another voice answered at a strained whisper. “Test results show nothing. Just another anxiety attack.”
No way, Mac thought, not knowing whether he should feel insulted or relieved.
“Like we have time to deal with that crap,” the first voice said. “Can you imagine if men had to give birth?”
Both ladies laughed.
No friggin’ way, Mac thought before picturing his wife’s frightened face. She must be worried sick. But I can’t call her without talking to the doctor. She’d…
The curtain snapped open, revealing a young man in a white lab coat with a stethoscope hanging around his neck.
This kid can’t be a doctor, Mac thought, the world suddenly feeling like it had been turned upside down.
“Your heart is fine, Mr. Anderson,” the doctor quickly reported, his eyes on his clipboard. “I’m fairly certain you suffered a panic attack.” He looked up and grinned, but even his smile was rushed. “Sometimes the symptoms can mirror serious physical ailments.”
Mac was confused, almost disappointed. So, what I experienced wasn’t serious? he asked in his head.
The young man scribbled something onto a small square pad, tore off the top sheet and handed it to Mac. “This’ll make you feel better,” he said, prescribing a sedative that promised to render Mac more useless than the alleged attack.
“Ummm…okay,” Mac said, his face burning red.
The doctor nodded. “Stress is the number one cause of these symptoms,” he concluded. “Do you have someone you can talk to?”
Mac returned the nod, thinking, I need to get the hell out of here. Although he appreciated the concern, he was mired in a state of disbelief. I’m a master of the corporate rat race, he thought, unable to accept the medicine man’s spiel. If anyone knows how to survive stress, it’s me.
“That’s great,” the doctor said, vanishing as quickly as he’d appeared.
My problem is physical, Mac confirmed in his head, it has to be. He finished tying his shoes.
Pulling back the curtain, he was met by the stare of several female nurses. He quickly applied his false mask of strength and smiled. A panic attack, he repeated to himself. When put into words, the possibility was chilling.
The nurses smiled back, each one of them wearing the same judgmental smirk.
With his jacket tucked under his arm, Mac started down the hallway. Sure, he thought, I have plenty of people I can talk to. He pulled open the door that led back into the crowded waiting room. That is, if I actually thought it was anxiety.

Mac sat in the parking lot for a few long minutes, attempting to process the strange events of the last several days. Although he felt physically tired, there weren’t any symptoms or residual effects of the awful episodes he’d experienced—not a trace of the paralyzing terror I felt. And they just came out of the blue. He shook his head. How can it not be physical? He thought about the current state of his life. Work is work, it’s always going to come with a level of stress, but that’s nothing out of the ordinary. He shook his head again. I just don’t get it. He grabbed his cell phone and called Jen. “Hi, it’s me.”
“Are you okay?” she asked, the worry in her voice making him feel worse.
“I’m fine, babe.”
“Fine?” she said, confused. “What did the doctor say?”
“He said it’s not my heart.”
“Oh, thank God.”
Her reaction—although completely understandable—struck him funny, making him feel like the boy who cried wolf.
“So what is it then?” she asked.
He hesitated, feeling oddly embarrassed to share the unbelievable diagnosis.
“Mac?”
“The doctor thinks it was a…a panic attack.”
This time, she paused. “A panic attack?” she repeated, clearly searching for more words. Then, as a born problem solver, she initiated her usual barrage of questions. “Did they give you something for it? Is there any follow up?”
“Yes, and maybe.”
“What does that mean?”
“He gave me pills that I’d rather not take if I don’t need to. And he suggested I go talk to someone.”
“Talk to someone? You mean like a therapist?”
“I’m pretty sure that’s what he meant.”
“Oh,” she said, obviously taken aback. “Then that’s exactly what you should do.”
“I don’t know…”
“Is there something bothering you I don’t know about, Mac,” she asked, “because you can talk to me, too, you know.”
“I know, babe. But there’s nothing bothering me, honest.” He took a deep breath. “For what it’s worth, I don’t buy the anxiety attack diagnosis.”
“Well, whatever you were feeling this morning was real enough, right? I could see it in your face. It wouldn’t hurt anything for you to go talk to someone.” She still sounded scared and he hated it.
“Maybe not,” he replied, appeasing her. In the back of his head, though, he was already contemplating how much he should continue to share with her—or protect her from. “I need to get to work,” he said.
“Why don’t you just take the day off and relax?” she suggested.
Here we go, he thought. “I wish I could, babe,” he said, “but we have way too much going on at the office right now.”
“And maybe that’s part of your problem,” she said.
“I’ll be fine, Jen,” he promised. “We’ll talk when I get home, okay?”
“Okay.”
“Love you,” he said.
“And I love you,” she said in a tone intended for him to remember it.
***
Excerpt from Three Shoeboxes by Steven Manchester. Copyright © 2018 by Steven Manchester. Reproduced with permission from The Story Plant. All rights reserved.
 
My Review


I have always enjoyed novels by Stephen Manchester so jumped at the chance to review this one. His books are a great standalone read, which is another reason I like them.

This novel is a family drama, centred around the main character of Mac; Husband and Father. It deals very sensitively with the subject of mental health, with Mac going from being very family orientated and all of a sudden having panic attacks without knowing why or what the underlying reason is.

I felt the author handled this subject with great care, as it's a subject that has touched many lives. It was hard to read how this was affecting a normal functioning and successful businessman, and how it crept in to every aspect of his life. I really immersed myself into the book and was willing Mac along. It made me put myself in his shoes and wonder how I would cope, put in the same situation. I don't want to say too much without giving away any spoilers.

Despite the subject matter, it was far from a depressive read, and it drew me in and kept me hooked, wanting to see where Mac's journey was going to take him. It's a recommended read from me.

Also check out my Book review of Gooseberry Island. Click Here. Also my review of The Thursday Night Club. Click Here

Author Bio:



Steven Manchester
Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers Twelve Months, The Rockin’ Chair, Pressed Pennies, and Gooseberry Island, the national bestseller Ashes, and the novels Goodnight, Brian and The Changing Season. His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning, and BET’s Nightly News. Recently, three of Manchester’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Connect with Steven at: stevenmanchester.com | Twitter - @AuthorSteveM | Facebook - @AuthorStevenManchester

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

My Bunny - by Justin Davis ~ Illustrated Childrens Book ~ #Northants Authors

Here is the third in my series of Northamptonshire Authors. I've featured Sue Moorcroft, with a delightful Family Saga; Next came Jane Isaac with her psychological Thriller and now I'm featuring Justin Davis with his delightfully illustrated childrens books. This is showing what a diverse community of Authors we have in our little county and there are more to come. 

TITLE - My Bunny


AUTHOR - Justin Davis

ILLUSTRATOR - Claire Adele

SYNOPSIS -
‘My Bunny’ follows Millie, a young girl who just loves her bunny - so much so that he must go everywhere with her. The trouble is, he keeps going missing!

‘Bunny he’s called, Bunny’s his name,
He’s old and he’s faded but I love him the same.
He has long floppy ears and soft padded feet,
He has cute little arms and a nose that is sweet.
He has pretty blue eyes, his whiskers are black,
And a cotton-white tail is stitched on his back.
His soft cuddly tummy is round like a pot,
He used to be pink but now he is not!
He’s old and he’s faded but I love him the same.
Bunny he’s called, Bunny’s his name.'

This beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book is aimed at children under 5 years old. Each time Millie loses her bunny, a familiar verse is repeated and as they learn the words, children will delight in reading along with an adult. The heart-warming story is accompanied by 65 captivating and colourful original illustrations by Claire Adele.

Join in the hunt as Millie searches for her favourite long-eared, round-tummied companion!

This charming tale is the latest book from Justin Davis, the author of ‘Escape from Nettle Farm’, finalist in the 2017 People’s Book Prize. Inspired by his own children, Justin is passionate about writing books that help children progress from assisted to independent reading. A keen reader of many different styles, he trained in writing children’s fiction before opting for his own blend of adventure, wit and enchanting colourful illustrations.


MY THOUGHTS

What a delightful childrens' book. It's about a cuddly bunny who keeps getting lost.

The story is told in rhyme, with a section being like a chorus in a song. You can't help singing along as you go, which put a smile on my face.

There are 4 little tales, each having the chorus in the middle.

The illustrations are delightful, and children will absolutely adore the pink bunny.

It made me smile whilst reading it and I think it will be a great hit with young pre-school children.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~ Written by the author himself

I grew up and lived in a lovely rural village in East Yorkshire before moving to
Northamptonshire, where I live with my wife and my three beautiful children.

My desire to write is very much rooted in my love of reading and writing a book is something that had been on ‘lifes list’ for many years!

Wanting very much to pass this love of books onto my children, I started to play with the idea of writing a children’s story. I completed a writing course and after much coffee drinking and many screwed up pieces of A4, Escape from Nettle Farm (in its first incarnation) was complete! It then went through many painful rewrites and edits to get to the stage where I was ready to say, ‘Finished!’

Escape from Nettle Farm was published on 16th November 2016 and is aimed at children aged between 5 and 10.

I wanted to write something that would be fun and exciting for parents to read to children, or for children to read independently – I really believe that the story appeals to all ages and I hope you will agree!

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After He's Gone ~ by Jane Isaac ~ Psychological Thriller - Book Review - #NorthantsAuthors

I've been researching Authors local to me, and like Sue Moorcroft in my last review, I've found another great author. I didn't realise we had an abundance of them. So here in the series of Northamptonshire Authors, is Author number 2, Jane Isaac. 

TITLE - After he's gone

AUTHOR - Jane Isaac

PAGES - 392

BUY LINK - Click here


SYNOPSIS
You think you know him. Until he’s dead.

When Cameron Swift is gunned down outside his family home, DC Beth Chamberlain is appointed Family Liaison Officer: a dual role that requires her to support the family, and also investigate them.

As the case unfolds and the body count climbs, Beth discovers that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has secrets.

Even the dead…


MY THOUGHTS 

This book intrigued me from the start as it is based mainly in my part of the Country, Northamptonshire.

I was immediately hooked when reading, as the style of writing just flowed and it was an easy plot to immerse yourself into.

There were so many interesting characters too. Cameron Swift; hardworking Father and successful businessman. Beth; dedicated detective who loved her job. I loved the character of Beth as she was written as a warm and caring Officer. One you'd want on your side, fighting your corner.

When Cameron Swift was murdered in cold blood on his doorstep, the intrigue mounted. Add in several more characters and you're hooked. The book is hard to put down.

Great characters and a great plot. You won't be disappointed with this one.

The 2nd Beth Chamberlain novel will be released later in 2018.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Jane Isaac is married to a serving detective (very helpful for research!). They live in rural
Northamptonshire, UK with their daughter, and dog, Bollo. Jane's debut novel, An Unfamiliar Murder, introduces DCI Helen Lavery and was nominated as best mystery in the 'eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook awards 2013.'

The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as 'Thriller of the Month - April 2014' by E-thriller.com and winner of 'Noveltunity book club selection - May 2014'.

Jane' s sixth novel, After He's Gone, features Family Liaison Officer, DC Beth Chamberlain and will be released in June 2018. The second Beth Chamberlain novel will follow later in 2018.

Jane loves to hear from readers and writers. You can reach her via her website at www.janeisaac.co.uk

Sign up to her book club at http://eepurl.com/1a2uT for book recommendations and details of new books

Saturday, 11 August 2018

One Summer In Italy - by Sue Moorcroft - Book Review - #FamilySaga #AvonBooksUk #NorthantsAuthors

Well it's been several months since I have been on my blog and written any reviews, although I have a few to do, having not given up with my reading. Life has taken me down a busy path with family life and work life and it's been trying to find that balance. 


Well I'm back now, and this book below has been the push I needed! Please read on, and welcome once again, Sue Moorcroft to my blog. 

Sue is part one in my feature on Northamptonshire Authors, of which I've found to be in abundance! 

TITLE - One Summer In Italy

AUTHOR - Sue Moorcroft

PUBLISHER - #Avon

GENRE - #ChicLit #FamilySaga

SYNOPSIS -
When Sofia Bianchi’s father Aldo dies, it makes her stop and look at things afresh. Having been his carer for so many years, she knows it’s time for her to live her own life – and to fulfil some promises she made to Aldo in his final days.

So there’s nothing for it but to escape to Italy’s Umbrian mountains where, tucked away in a sleepy Italian village, lie plenty of family secrets waiting to be discovered. There, Sofia also finds Amy who is desperately trying to find her way in life after discovering her dad isn’t her biological father.

Sofia sets about helping Amy through this difficult time, but it’s the handsome Levi who proves to be the biggest distraction for Sofia, as her new life starts to take off…


MY THOUGHTS

Well, have you ever had a book that apart from you not wanting to put it down, has put you through a range of emotions? Well this book did it for me. Sadness, Happiness, Laughter, Anger, Relief. There were tears at times too!

I fell in love with the main characters who were Sofia, who was recently bereaved after losing her Dad; Amy who had a big fall out with her family after they kept a massive secret from her; and Levi who comes into all their lives in a different way. I didn't want the books to end as I really loved them all and wanted them to stay in my daily life with my head immersed in a book. I will ask the Author to bring them back somehow!  

The description of the village of Monteliberta was so good that I felt I was there. I could picture the flowers and the wonderful buildings and the pavement cafe. I could here the voices of the locals and picture myself sitting in the cafe listening to all the chatter and gossip. 

The book flowed really well from chapter to chapter, immersing you from one picturesque sounding location to another. It was a really interesting and plausible story. 

So if you are looking for the ideal, feel good , summer read, whether you be by the pool or in your garden or on the beach, then this book is for you. I've read a lot of books by Sue Moorcroft and I think this one is her best. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sue Moorcroft is a Sunday Times bestselling author, an international bestselling author and has held
the #1 spot in the UK Kindle chart. She writes contemporary fiction with sometimes unexpected themes.

Sue has won a Best Romantic Read Award, received two nominations at the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards and is a Katie Fforde Bursary winner. Her short stories, serials, articles, columns, courses and writing 'how to' have sold around the world.

An army child, Sue was born in Germany then lived in Cyprus, Malta and the UK. She's worked in a bank, as a bookkeeper (probably a mistake), as a copytaker for Motor Cycle News and for a digital prepress. She's pleased to have now wriggled out of all 'proper jobs'.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A Christmas Wish Blog Tour by Erin Green - @BrookCottagebks @ErinGreenAuthor @Aria_Fiction

Genre: Romance Contemporary
Release Date: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Aria Fiction/Head of Zeus

Flora Phillips has an excuse for every disaster in her life; she was abandoned as a new-born on a doorstep one cold autumn night, wrapped in nothing but a towel. Her philosophy is simple: if your mother doesn't want you – who will? 
Now a thirty-year-old, without a boyfriend, a career or home she figures she might as well tackle the biggest question of them all – who is she? So, whilst everyone else enjoys their Christmas Eve traditions, Flora escapes the masses and drives to the village of Pooley to seek a specific doorstep. Her doorstep. 
But in Pooley she finds more than her life story. She finds friends, laughter, and perhaps even a love to last a lifetime. Because once you know where you come from, it's so much easier to know where you're going. 
A story of redemption and love, romance and Christmas dreams-come-true, the perfect novel to snuggle up with this festive season.

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ABOUT ERIN GREEN
Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. An avid
reader since childhood, her imagination was instinctively drawn to creative writing as she grew older. Erin has two Hons degrees: BA English literature and another BSc Psychology – her previous careers have ranged from part-time waitress, the retail industry, fitness industry and education. She has an obsession about time, owns several tortoises and an infectious laugh!
Erin’s writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. Erin is an active member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and drinking copious amounts of tea.


Twitter: @ErinGreenAuthor

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