Book Review: Designer You by Sarahlyn Bruck #Blogtour

#Blogtour – Saturday 20th October

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Hi all

Welcome back! Today I am so honoured to be bringing you a review of a book that I was sent by the lovely Rachel (RachelsRandomResources). This story was heartbreakingly honest; I felt the pain and grief that was portrayed on the pages and was moved by the awful realisation that life has to go on. The author, Sarahlyn Bruck (www.sarahlynbruck.com) has an amazing way in which she brings this story to life. 

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Before I tell you more about this wonderful story, lets hear more about the author.


The Author

Designer You sarahlyn_bruck.jpgSarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. 

Sarahlyn teaches writing and literature at a local community college and also coaches writers for Author Accelerator.

DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn’s debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates?

Follow along for news, events, and announcements at http://www.sarahlynbruck.com.

You can sign up for her monthly newsletter there, too.

Website: www.sarahlynbruck.com

Social Media Links –

Facebook:    https://www.facebook.com/sarahlynbruck/
Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/@sarahbruck/
Instagram: 
https://www.instagram.com/slbruck/
Goodreads: 
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5803427-sarahlyn-bruck


About the Book

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Pam Wheeler checked every box:
Happy marriage? Check. Fantastic kid? Check. Booming career? Check.

So when her husband dies in a freak accident and their DIY empire goes on life support, Pam must fix the relationship with her troubled and grief-stricken daughter and save the family business.

Pam and Nate were a couple who just couldn’t get away from each other, sharing not only their bed, but also a successful lifestyle empire as DIY home renovators, bloggers, podcasters, and co-authors.

When Nate dies in a freak accident, Pam becomes a 44-year-old widow, at once too young and too old—too young to be thrust into widowhood and too old to rejoin the dating pool.

Now the single mother of a headstrong and grief-stricken teenager, Pam’s life becomes a juggling act between dealing with her loss and learning how to parent by herself. On top of all that she also must reinvent herself or lose the empire that she and Nate had built so carefully.

It is time for Pam to seize the opportunity to step up as a mother, come out from behind Nate’s shadow, and rise as the sole face of the Designer You brand, and maybe, possibly, hopefully, find love again.

Purchase Link – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DH6B38H/


My Review

I loved the subject matter in this book; the honest approach was a breath of fresh air and I adored reading about the characters. The interaction and dialogue was very well written and the overall story was beautifully handled. I have suffered loss in my life and this book spoke to me and I related so easily to all the emotions that were felt by both Pam and daughter. They struggle to survive after Nate’s death; each of them lost in their own grief, just trying to hold on to what they have but feeling lost all at the same time. I can relate to this so much and it was humbling to read a story that spoke to me in that way. I was able to believe in these characters, I was able to feel the emotions that were seeping from them and I read with tears in my eyes as they fought against one another.

The story was well written; the flow was brilliant and helped to create an easy reading experience. I enjoyed the character interactions and loved how immersed I became in the story as I read deeper into the book. Sarahlyn has a real talent for creating believable characters and I was left satisfied as I read the final pages. One thing I would have loved to have read was more romantic interaction between Pam and Charlie, but I understand that this was more than an romance story; this was a story about surviving grief and learning to ‘live’ again after losing your soul mate.


My Conclusion

I really enjoyed reading this story; it was heartfelt and honest with very likeable characters. This was lazy sunday afternoon reading at its best. Go take a look, you won’t be disappointed.

My Rating – 4 out of 5


If you liked my review, why not go check out the reviews of everyone else in this tour.

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Thanks All

S x

Book Review: The Unexpected Inlander by Kellyn Thompson

Hi All

I always love reading books from new authors; someone who really creates an amazing story. And I can tell you, my lovely readers that this book was EPIC! I was approached by author Kellyn Thompson and I was so glad that this was one book/review exchange request that I accepted!

This book truly gripped me from the very first page; from the sci-fi feel, to the romantic interactions between the two characters, this made for a remarkable read!

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Before I share my review with you all, then I am going to tell you a little bit more about the author.


The Author

Kellyn Thompson is a science nerd who loves playing out the what-ifs that arise in her mind when she reads the latest scientific publications and studies. Building on that, she started writing short stories, and one of those ideas turned into her debut novel, The Unexpected Inlander. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, hiking, and trying to teach her cats the value of love, empathy, and intact fabric on furniture.


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About the Book

Agent Christopher Rockford has been the best assassin in the agency for eight years, and he loves his job. He loves his solitary lifestyle. He loves eliminating criminals. He loves his comfortable life as a member of society’s wealthy coastal upper class.

But in pursuit of a target, he meets Jenna, a mysterious civilian who belongs to society’s lowest and most shunned group. Being around her is fun and intriguing, but it forces him to see things through her eyes—causing him to reconsider the world around them and The Order he so obediently serves. As he falls in love with her, he fears telling her the truth about his profession may cause him to lose her.

But Jenna has her own secrets to keep.

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Inlander-Kellyn-Thompson-ebook/dp/My


My Review

This story had a real nice flow to it and I loved the writing style of the author. I felt like I could believe both the story and the characters as I read from page to page. I was intrigued from the first page and soon found out that I didn’t want to put it down until I had read to the last page. I loved the character interaction and the dialogue was easy to read and helped create a very believable story.

I loved the fact that the author played with segregation in the future. It was a subject that didn’t seem completely unbelievable and I read with both horror and fascination at the world that Kellyn created. There was plenty of action, twists and excitement to keep me reading. I enjoyed reading as the romantic connection between Chris and Jenna deepened, some of the scenes were lovely to read but at times I was frustrated with how regimented and compliant Chris was when it came to his job; the deeper I got, the more frustrated I got. I liked to see that he softened in character though as he fell for Jenna more and more. The fact that I got so invested in the story just shows how well this was written and I would 100% recommend you guys to go and use the purchase link above and check it out for yourself. 


Conclusion

This book was enthralling and exciting from the very first page! If a book grabs you from the start then it is generally a winner! Give this a go! I guarantee you will not be disappointed. 

Rating – 4 out of 5 

Thanks for reading all.

 

S x

Book Review: The Warrior’s Bride Prize by Jenni Fletcher #Blogtour

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Hi All

Another day, another #blogtour post! And if you love your romance novels with a sprinkling of history then look no further! This one was a real page turner.

A big special thanks must go as always to the wonderful Blogtour Host, Rachels Random Resources! She really does have a knack for sharing the most amazing books! And of course, I must thank the author, Jenni Fletcher for sharing her imagination with us.

Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/
Jenni Fletcher – https://www.facebook.com/JenniFletcherAuthor/

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The Warriors Bride Prize is everything you would wish to find in a Mills and Boon book and the historical settings help create a enjoyable reading experience. But before I tell you more about this book, lets find out a bit more about the author.


About the Author

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Jenni Fletcher was born on the north coast of Scotland and now lives in Yorkshire, where she writes Medieval, Roman and Victorian romance novels.

She studied English at Cambridge University before doing an MA on Women and Literature in English and a PhD on Victorian & Edwardian literature at Hull.

After realising that she was better at writing than teaching, she worked in a number of administrative jobs whilst trying to finish her first book, which was rejected.

Thinking there must have been some mistake, she then wrote another, which was fortunately accepted by Harlequin Mills & Boon.

Her favourite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and her favourite Brontë is Anne. If she had to choose a romantic hero it would be John Thornton, but maybe that’s just because she’s Northern.

Social Media Links –

FB https://www.facebook.com/JenniFletcherAuthor/
Twitter @JenniAuthor


About the Book

Daughter of a slave…wedded to the warrior!

Livia Valeria is furious when she’s ruthlessly gambled away by her intended bridegroom. Luckily, it’s tall, muscled and darkly handsome Roman centurion Marius Varro who wins her as his bride!

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Livia must hide her Caledonian roots, but when Marius faces a barbarian rebellion at Hadrian’s Wall she must make a choice: her heritage or the husband she’s falling for…

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK  https://amzn.to/2NWoZSS
Amazon https://amzn.to/2NWoZSS
iBooks  https://apple.co/2udYkZI
WHSmith http://bit.ly/2Nbne3b
B&N http://bit.ly/2ug1pbF


My Review

I won’t lie, I love a good romance novel. I love knowing that ultimately at the end we are going to get the couple together, but I love reading the journey to that point! This book delivered exactly what I wanted from it. I enjoyed reading the romance scenes, loved getting to know the characters and absorbed the dialogue and historical settings easily. The story was well written and had a great flow to it, making it easy to read. It was evident from the first page that this book was going to be a ‘page-turner’ and I wasn’t wrong, as I had it finished within the same day.

I loved the characters, especially the relationship between Livia and Marius. I would have liked to have seen more from the battle that took place at the end but I was very happy with how the story concluded. The writing style was really well put together, helping to create an easy and enjoyable reading experience. I will definately be keeping my eye open for any further work by this author. Jenni has a wonderful way in which she writes, really opening up the imagination and providing the reader with easy to imagine scenes.


Conclusion

This book was a fabulous lazy day read, I loved the character interaction and enjoyed the story from the very first page.  If you are a sucker for romance, then you wont go wrong with this one!

4 out of 5!

Thanks All

S x

 

 

 

 

 

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