Book Review: The Barefoot Road by Vivienne Vermes #Blogtour

Blogtour – Saturday 22nd September

The Barefoot Road
Welcome to my stop on this showstopping Blogtour! I have a wonderful book to introduce you to today; something that had me lapping up the pages greedily! It was wonderfully written with a nice flow creatively. 

Big thanks as always must go to the people who invited me on this tour. First is to Rachels Random Resources, the wonderful Blog Tour Host and the second is to the lady who delved deep and created this fantastic story. 

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Before I get into my review, lets see a little bit about the author.


About the Author

Vivienne Vermes is a writer and actress of Irish and Hungarian descent who divides her time between Paris and London.

She has published four collections of poetry: Sand Woman, Metamorphoses, Passages and When the World Stops Spinning, and has performed her work in festivals throughout Europe.

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She is winner of the Piccadilly Poets’ award, the Mail on Sunday’s Best Opening of a Novel competition, as well as Flash 500s prize for short prose and the Paragram national competition for best poem and “petite prose”.

She has taught creative writing in universities in Transylvania, and runs a writers’ workshop in Paris.

As an actress, she has played roles in a number of French films, including Les Trois Frères, Le Retour and in Les Profs 2 in which she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II.

Her voice also warns passengers on the Paris metro to “Mind the gap”.

The Barefoot Road is her first novel.

https://twitter.com/VivienneVermes?lang=en


About the Book

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Vivienne Vermes’ debut novel is a gripping read which will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, thrillers and evocative themes. The book begins with a young woman found, emaciated and unconscious, in the mountains surrounding a village in Transylvania. When it is discovered that she is of an ethnic group which was violently driven out of the regions many years before, old wounds are reopened as the villagers are reminded of their role in the bloodshed.

An uneasy peace is maintained until a young married man falls in love with the girl, and tension begin to rise within the community. The mysterious disappearance of a child causes this tension to mount into hysteria, driving the story to its chilling outcome.

Purchase Linkhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Barefoot-Road-Vivienne-Vermes-ebook/dp/B07BW7BNGB/


My Review

One of the things that drew me into this book from the start was the stunning front cover. I have made it no secret in my past reviews that I am a sucker for a book cover and I really feel that it helps to draw a curious reader in. Then when I read the synopsis then I was even more intrigued. It definately sounded like something I could really get lost in and I wasn’t wrong! From the first chapter I was won over completely and I read the entire book within 2 days! And since reading it, then I have kept on thinking about it and re-visiting the story in my head.

As I read deeper into the book I was intrigued by the setting of this book; I love a good historical read and this enchanted my imagination with its rich story, which was both haunting and poetic in the way that it was written. I felt myself firmly get rooted in another time that was both unrecognisable and engrossing. I read in horror at the prejudices of these early times and read faster and faster through each page as I headed towards the rather horrifying climax.

The characters were written well and I loved how easy the dialogue flowed. I wouldn’t just recommend this book; I would also shout from the rooftops! This was a very good read! If you love a book set in a time where people were afraid of differences and in a time where superstitions were believed, then look no further.


Conclusion

I simply cannot recommend this book enough! This was a very good read; one which has lasted with me way past turning the final page. 

Rating – 4 out of 5

If would like to find out more, go check out these fab bloggers who are also included on this tour.
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Thanks All

S x

Book Review: Costa Del Churros by Isabella May #Blogtour @RachelsRandomResources

Blogtour – Wednesday 19th September

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Hi all,

Its been a while I know, but I have been super busy reading a mass of books by some wonderful authors. I will share all of these books with you in due course, but lets start with this charming little number. A big thumbs up must go to the wonderful blog host as always who invited me on this tour. I am so glad that I took her up on it. And also, I must thank Isabella May, the author for bringing this story to life. 

Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/

Isabella May – www.isabellamayauthor.com

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I love a good book cover; and this one had me almost salivating over the churros! And let me tell you, the story itself is just as delightful. But before I tell you more about the story and leave you with my review, lets find out a bit more about the author.


The Author

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Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains.

When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – http://www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).

She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

www.isabellamayauthor.com

Twitter@IsabellaMayBks
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/
Instagram – @isabella_may_author


About the Book

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The rain in Spain doesn’t mainly fall on the plain…

Brits abroad Belinda, Julia, Laura and Georgina need more than the sweetness of churros with chocolate dipping sauce to save them from their unsavoury states of affairs.

Cue Carmen Maria Abril de la Fuente Ferrera, the town’s flamboyant flamenco teacher!

But can she really be the answer to their prayers?

One thing’s for sure: the Costa del Sol will never be the same again.

Purchase Link – mybook.to/costadelchurros


My Review

The life of a British Ex-Pat isn’t always rosy and filled with fun, as we find out when we read about the lives of four women living in sunny Spain. The background is beautiful in this story, but all is not well within the lives of Belinda, Laura, Georgina and Julia. I loved how we read from each point of view; how each character was different in personality and lifestyle and how they all came together.

From page one of this book, I was intrigued and eager to see how the story panned out. I loved the fiery-ness of Julia, the ambitiousness of Laura, the un-happily married Belinda and gorgeous Georgina. Each has a past; each had a reason for coming to Spain and each is looking for something more than what they came for. The book touches on some interesting topics and made for a very wonderful read. I loved the interaction between characters; the dialogue was well written and believable, making this a very enjoyable read.

I was more and more gripped with each chapter that I read; I didn’t want to put the book down and read it quickly over a couple of days. Sometimes friendships come from the most unlikely of places; and this book brought four women together who were brilliantly relatable. 

If you have a sunny holiday planned somewhere; add this beauty to your suitcase! You will not be disappointed.


My Conclusion

From the likeable characters to the beautiful setting, this book was enchanting from the start. I stayed up late reading this book as I couldn’t put it down.

Worth a read! Give it a go!

My Rating – 4 out of 5 stars!

If you liked reading my review, why not see what other bloggers in this blogtour are saying!

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Thanks for reading all.

S x

Book Review: Gods Forsaken by David Brevik

Hi All.

Another book review for you; I have been busy this month eh? 🙂 And still much more to come. But for now, let me introduce you to a newbie author. I always love being approached by new authors, people who can create new worlds and new characters. This book was no different. 

I was approached by David Brevik to write a review for his new book, God’s Forsaken. I love a good supernatural, mythological, thriller. Something that will take me to another world and completely enrich my imagination. 

David did very well bringing new characters to life; people who I were believable and enjoyable to read. 

Before I say more about my review, lets see a bit more about the Author.


The Author

From his own words:-

Hello Internet, I’m David E. Brevik, aspiring author.

I have spent most of life traveling around America and seeing new things. I have no hometown, but who needs one when the world is such an incredible place to be in?

I started writing at thirteen and have kept on going ever since. I graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in anthropology. I’m still trying to find a way to use it.

I write two thousand words a day to bring life to new worlds; for me, mythology provides plenty of places to find new ideas.

I hope you enjoy my works!


About the Book

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Michel is the Angel of Death, feared and revered by all. Nobody dares cross his path, until he meets Vipa, a strong-willed huntress who will not take no for an answer.
Forced into a deadly and reckless mission to destroy the forsaken God Tragun, Michel must learn to get along with Vipa and her team: a vampire and a humanoid lizard. With Lady Luck fighting against them, will they accomplish the impossible?

What secrets will they uncover along the way?

UK:   https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07BC71ZQV
US:  https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Forsaken-Guilty-Ones-Book-ebook/dp/B07BC71ZQV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535910770&sr=8-1&keywords=God%27s+Forsaken


My Review

The pace of this story was written quite well, which helped to keep me intrigued from the beginning. I am always a fan of supernatural stories and this book appealed to me a lot. I loved the mix of characters and the interactions. The dialogue was well put together and it helped to build a bigger picture.

The story flowed really well and I enjoyed the drama that unfolded between the ‘unlikely’ team as they battle to take out the Forsaken God, Tragun. I loved the edginess of Michel, he was dark yet dependable. Definately someone I would want on my team! This was a fun read, I enjoyed reading the comical parts as well as the dramatic.

This was a good read from a new author. Give it a go, and leave the boy a review so he can see his work reaching an audience! This book deserves to be read!

Rating – 4 out of 5

 

S x


 

 

Book Review:

Hi All,

Welcome back to my blog!

It isn’t very often that I agree to books that are anything other than make-believe, but I was drawn in when I was invited to review this book Kate Tilton Author Services (www.katetilton.com)

The subject matter was something that interested me from just the summary; I have often struggled to look after my mental wellbeing so I was keen to find some way to improve that aspect of my life. The fact that Mike Veny is recognised within the Healthcare Industry helped convince me that he would know what he was talking about.

So, I am pleased to introduce you to this thought-provoking read.

Transforming Stigma – How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero

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About the Writer

mike veny

https://www.mikeveny.com/

Mike Veny is one of world’s leading mental health speakers and a high-energy corporate drumming event facilitator. He’s the author of the book Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero.

He delivers educational, engaging, and entertaining presentations to meetings and conferences throughout the world.

As a 2017 PM360 ELITE Award Winner, Mike is recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry. He starred in several OC87 Recovery Diaries documentary films, two of which were featured at the 2017 Reel Minds Film series.

Mike is fiercely committed to wellness, suicide prevention, and helping people work together more smoothly. If you are looking for a proven speaker who can address the stigma surrounding mental health and deliver a corporate drumming event, then you have come to the right place.

With 15 years of experience electrifying audiences and making meeting planners look good, his mission is to help people heal emotional pain and discover meaning through simple ideas that empower wellness and healthy relationships.

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39996692-transforming-stigma

Amazonhttp://amzn.to/2py3T28


My Review

Mike Veny is recognised as one of the 100 most influential people in the healthcare industry; and after reading through his book then I can see why.

Like many people around the world, I struggle at times with my mental health and I find it difficult to speak to other people about it. There is a stigma around mental health and it is often covered up as people find it uncomfortable to talk about.
Cancer they can understand; AIDS they can understand, but mental health is almost hidden. This book opened up to me in a way that no other did. I found myself reading along with wide eyed wonder; and I asked myself, What superhero would I be?
It was very insightful to read more about Mike Veny and his own battle with his mental health. The flow that this is book is written in makes it such an easy read; I didn’t feel like I was bogged down with too much information; instead I felt like I wasn’t getting enough. It was thought-provoking, enthralling and surprisingly enriching.
I would recommend people giving this book a go! It really is a fantastic read!

S x


 

Book Review: I Give You My Heart by SarahJane Ford #Blogtour

#Blogtour – Saturday 1st September

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Hi All

Welcome to my latest review!

And let me tell you guys….this one is pretty special!

I was invited to this #blogtour by the wonderful, Rachel (Rachel’s Random Resources) and a big thanks has to go to her and the wonderful author, who created this ‘gem’ of a story, SarahJane Ford (www.sarahjaneford.com)

If I could choose 5 words to describe this book; they would be beautiful, charming, emotional, heart-wrenching and tragic.

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I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster with this story and held on tight as I was thrust from moments of humour to moments of despair. I felt the pain that Alice felt; I shared her feelings of loss as her body started to betray her; and I recognised the love she felt for Alex. 

Before I tell you more, let me introduce you to the wonderful creator!


About the Author

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SarahJane is the debut author of ‘I Give You My Heart’ which is due to be published on September 1st 2018.

SarahJane was born in Scotland but grew up in the Cheshire countryside, which is home to her. After a few years living in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, where she went to secondary school, she has now settled back in Cheshire in a quirky flat surrounded by trees, birds and rolling fields.

A marketing professional since finishing her formal education, SarahJane is delighted to be following her writing dream. She still works part-time as a Marketing Manager, whilst furiously penning her second novel.

Harbouring an adventurous spirit, SarahJane loves to travel, be surrounded by the wilderness or be riding Cornish waves.

SarahJane loves to read (ideally by the sea!). She was raised on the greatest love stories, which is where her romantic soul comes from. She is in love with love…Mr Darcy’s brooding looks in Pride and Prejudice; Julia Roberts and Richard Gere’s arresting chemistry in Runaway Bride; the intensely emotional Titanic; going weak at the knees for Danny Zuko in Grease; Cecilia Ahern’s heart-breaking P.S. I Love You and Patrick Swayze’s mega moves in Dirty Dancing.

Social Media Links  –  www.facebook.com/sarahjanefordauthor/
Website:   www.sarahjaneford.com 

Giveaway to Win signed hardback of I Give You My Heart with a personalised message (UK Only)
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About the Book

𝗔 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀. 𝗔 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲-𝘀𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗮𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲. 𝗔 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁.

Alice Richards looked forward to watching the seeds of love she and her husband planted bloom and grow well into their old age. But her plans for the future shrivel up and die when she learns she has an inoperable brain tumour.

Determined that she won’t die in vain, she decides to become an organ donor. With a few precious months left, Alice begins documenting her fairy-tale romance; from their first meeting to the children they dreamed of having.

She’ll pass on every detail to her heart’s next owner… along with careful instructions to send her husband reminders of her undying love. Before her time runs out, Alice must find the perfect candidate to guide her husband through unimaginable grief and hold the memory of their love in her heart.

I Give You My Heart is an emotional romantic fiction novel with an uplifting message. If you like strong-willed women, undying love stories, and honest portrayals of coping with a terminal illness, then you’ll love SarahJane Ford’s heart-warming epic.

An unmissable love story full of warmth, beauty and with a huge, beating heart. Perfect for fans of Cecilia Ahern’s ‘P.S. I Love You’ and Jojo Moyes’ ‘Me Before You’.

Purchase from Amazon UK
https://www.amazon.co.uk/I-Give-You-My-Heart-ebook/dp/B07G3LHX7P/


My Review

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Let me start by saying that I LOVE ALICE! She is gutsy, adorable and honourable. Eventhough she is facing death with her incurable illness, she still looks at helping others and ensuring her partner is okay after her passing. This book was wonderfully written, it was honest and open with a funny energy running through it. Although the story was around about a sensitive subject, the writer had a enchanting way of bringing humour to the pages at the same time.  It wasn’t all doom and gloom; and that is what made it a much easier story to believe. There were some difficult parts to read and I didn’t come away from this without tears! In fact, I had a shed-load towards the end. Sat in my doctors receptions reading the final pages was almost too difficult, but I managed to hide my glistening eyes from the others around me.

SarahJane has done a brilliant job at bringing a story to life; one that had me loving the characters wholeheartedly! I loved the dialogue between the Alice and Ryan! Some of the scenes between them were both hilarious and adorable to see. It is evident that they share a very real friendship and I could relate to how they connected.

I enjoyed reading about the romance between Alex and Alice; it was gushy in parts and had me wanting to roll my eyes, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a fan of a good romantic read. I was heartbroken that they didn’t get a happier ending, but delighted with how this concluded, even if I did have tear stained cheeks at the same time! 😀


Conclusion

If you are looking for a romance with a difference, something that will get you 100% in the gut! Then take this book on! It is beautifully written and very raw at times, but it is an enjoyable read! Just have the tissues ready!

Rating – 4 out 5

If you liked my review and would like to read more about this book, please go check the other bloggers who are included in this blogtour!

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Thanks All

S x

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