#Blogtour – The Suspects by Katharine Johnson

Blogtour – Sunday 5th May

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Hi All
Thanks for stopping by! This is my stop on the Blogtour for The Suspects, written by Katharine Johnson. I was invited onto this tour by the wonderful blog host, Rachel of Rachels Random Resources! And let me say, I am so glad that I took part! This book was amazing! A real page turner from start to finish!

As mentioned big thanks must go to Rachel and Katherine for inviting me along for the ride!

Rachel – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com

Katherine Johnson – https://www.katyjohnsonblog.wordpress.com/

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This book took me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions from start to finish! It was thrilling, haunting and deeply dramatic! I read each page greedily as I tried to get deeper into the story. I loved the fact that it was mainly set in the 1980’s and loved the interaction between the characters.

Before I dive further into my review, lets read a bit more about the author.

About the Author

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Katharine Johnson was born in Bristol and now lives in Berkshire. She’s worked as a journalist on lots of magazines and has written a history book about Windsor. When not writing you’ll usually find her with a book in one hand and a coffee in the other, restoring a house in Italy, walking her spaniel or playing netball (although not usually at the same time)


About the Book
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Shallow Grave meets The Secret History in this quirky psychological thriller
Bristol, 1988. Five young graduates on the threshold of their careers buy a house together in order to get a foot on the property ladder before prices spiral out of their reach. But it soon becomes the house share from hell.
After their New Year’s Eve party, they discover a body – and it’s clear they’ll be the first suspects. As each of them has a good reason from their past not to trust the police, they come up with a solution – one which forces them into a life of secrets and lies. But can they trust each other?

“The hugely talented Katharine Johnson has, again delivered a tense thriller! This is a compelling novel – up there with Erin Kelly and Sophie Hannah.”
Val Penny, author of The Edinburgh Crime Mysteries.

“Gripping and frighteningly realistic. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end.”
Jo Fenton, author of The Brotherhood.

Purchase Links:
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Suspects-Katharine-Johnson-ebook/dp/B07PRCJ785
US – https://www.amazon.com/Suspects-Katharine-Johnson-ebook/dp/B07PRCJ785

My Review

I was intrigued from the opening pages, as I read into Zanthes funeral. I pored over each word and felt instant connections with the characters that I came across. The story unravelled itself as I read deeper and I found myself hating, loving and rooting for the characters. The story flowed brilliantly and I was in awe of the writers style…I was kept hooked from the beginning and she created realistic, complex people who wanted to know more about.

The building suspense and mystery kept me reading for hours and I was left shocked as secrets and twists developed on the pages in front of me. It wasn’t easy to like all of the characters, but I still found their interactions and dialogue easy to read. I was immersed into their world and I was witness to their double-crossing, back-stabbing behaviour. The distrust from some of the characters was unmistakeable and I enjoyed reading as this dark, twisty story spun dangerously towards its climax!

I want to get into this story so fiercely, and I want to tell you so much more about it, but YOU really need to try it yourself. This was an amazing read and one that I 100% recommend.


Fantastic, brilliant read from an author who I will be watching carefully from now on! I loved the story and I would recommend this to all of my followers, plus family and friends! Go give this book a go!

Rating – 4 out of 5!

Giveaway to Win copies of The Suspects and The Silence (Open International)

1st Prize – signed paperback of The Suspects

2nd Prize audiobook of The Silence – any region

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


If you liked the sound of this book and would like to see reviews from other bloggers on this tour, come and take a look at these fab pages!
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Thanks All
S x


#Blogtour – Jay Jay the Supersonic Bus by Sue Wickstead

Blogtour – Saturday 20th April

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Hi All

I love books, probably a lot more than I love people at times (Joke….ish), and so I always jump at the chance to read something new or inventive. Even more so, I get a little TOO excited when it comes to sharing new finds with my two little monsters. Being a mother, I always try to encourage my boys to find new books at book stores, charity shops, etc and they love a good bedtime story. And can I just say, my boys loved this one! It was amazing from start to finish, so easy to read with brilliant illustrations throughout. It held my children captive as I read it to them and they took in each picture, absorbing the words with enthusiasm.

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Big thanks as always must go to the blog tour host and the author for allowing me a copy of this book in exchange for review.

Rachel of Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com/
The Author, Sue Wickstead – https://www.suewickstead.co.uk/

Before we head into my review, lets have a peek at the wonderful writer who brought this story to life.

About the Author

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I am a teacher and an author and have currently written six children’s picture books with a bus theme.

For over 20 years, alongside my teaching career, I worked with a Children’s Charity, The Bewbush Playbus Association, which led me to write a photographic history book about it.

I soon found that many children had never been on a bus before, let alone a ‘Playbus’ and they wanted to know more. I decided to write a fictional tale about the bus, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name.

‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus,’ came out in print in 2014. It is the story behind the original bus and is his journey from a scrap-yard to being changed into a playbus for children to play in. From Fact to fiction the bus journey continued.

This story has now been followed by five more picture books.

I also undertake events and author bookings and love to share the story. There are also a few more stories in the writing process, with links to real events and buses.

The story has been read in many schools in the south-East of England, where I teach as a cover teacher, it is always well received and certainly different.

Social Media Links –
Facebook: – Author Pagehttp://bit.ly/2kEEhPq
http://bit.ly/2kXfjdj – Bewbush Playbus
http://bit.ly/2BZiews Teacher in the cupboard
Twitter https://twitter.com/JayJayBus

About the Book

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Jay-Jay the bus is rescued from the dirty scrap yard, where he was sadly gathering dust and cobwebs. Feeling nervous yet excited, he is taken to an airport where he is magically transformed into a ‘Playbus’ full of toys, games and adventure.
A fictional tale based on a real-life bus ‘Supersonic’, which flew in the imaginations of the many young children who visited it.

Purchase Links –
Web site:
Amazon .co.uk: http://bit.ly/JJKSupersonic
Amazon .com: http://amzn.to/2BxvU2l
Waterstones: http://bit.ly/2F9DSQ5
WH Smiths: http://bit.ly/2TtCr2I
Book depository:  http://bit.ly/2Ax6VcZ
Foyles: http://bit.ly/2Ffm71U
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2GXLTdq

Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus will be 99p until 22nd April.

Special Blitz offer: A free 3D bus which can be claimed via web site ‘Enquiry button using ref code JJay (www.suewickstead.co.uk)

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Additional bus models and books also offered as a promotion on request.

My Review

My introduction for this book should have given you a good idea of HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK! I am not ashamed to admit that I love to read children’s books, not just for my boys…but for me too. I love to escape into a crazy, imagined world where anything is possible. I have always been a big believer in encouraging children to read and be interested in books. My boys love a good story, and especially ones which have them captivated from the start.

Jay Jay, the Supersonic Bus was a wonderful story, which had heart. It told the lovely story of a bus from a scrapyard, who was made useful again. The story was lovely and we as a family, rooted for Jay Jay and we were fascinated by his character. My boys listened intently as I read each page to them and were left satisfied and pleased when we got the final page. My youngest asked if there were more books with Jay Jay in and I was so happy to tell him that there were. 🙂

Brilliant writing! Brilliant Story! Great read for children!

My Conclusion

My boys loved it! I loved it! We as a family loved it! This childrens book ticked all the boxes for me. Definately recommend this to all of my readers!

Rating – 5 out of 5

GIVEAWAY to Win Jay-Jay and the Island Adventure (UK Only)

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*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


Thanks all for taking the time to read this post!

S x

#Blogtour – The Worth of a Penny by Jess B. Moore

Blogtour – Sunday 14th April

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Happy Sunday Greetings Guys! Thanks for stopping by. This, my dears, is my stop on the fantastic blog tour for The Worth of a Penny, by Jess B. Moore. And what a story this was! I was blown away by the read and I am so very eager to share it with you (no spoilers though, of course)

Big thanks, as always, must got to the wonderful blog host and the author for sharing this story with me, so that I can share it with you guys, my followers. 😀

This tour wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful host and author.

Rachel Random Resources –www.rachelsrandomresources.com/

and the fantastic writer, Jess B. Moore – https://jessbmoore.com

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I am always a big fan of an attention grabbing front cover, something that intrigues the reader from the very first glance, and by golly does this book do that. It reeled me in from the first page. I pored over each page quickly and sunk into the story, immersing myself entirely into Penny’s world….both the painful one she left behind and the one she comes to love.

Before I tell you more about this sweet, enjoyable romance, let me give you a bit more about the writer.

About the Author

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Jess B Moore is a writer of love stories. When she’s not writing, she’s busy mothering her talented and stubborn children, reading obscene numbers of books, and knitting scarves she’ll likely never finish.

Jess lives in small town North Carolina with her bluegrass obsessed family. She takes too many pictures of her cats, thinking the Internet loves them as much as she does. She is a firm believer of swapping stories over coffee or wine, and that there should always be dark chocolate involved.

Her novels combine her interests in family, music, and small towns into thoughtful tales of growing up and falling in love.

Social Media Links –
Website: https://jessbmoore.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjessb
Twitter: https://twitter.com/authorjessb
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorjessb/

About the Book

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Sweetheart Penelope Davies is what her daddy calls gullible, right after he told her she was stupid and worthless. With her cheek red from being slapped by him, and her heart trampled by a worthless boyfriend, she packs up and follows her half-brother to Fox River, North Carolina, in need of a fresh start.

Dominic MacKenna is the youngest of five brothers, the friendly one with a killer smile and easy laugh. His brothers are all grown up, and one by one they’re flying the nest, leaving him out of sorts and unsure of his place. Who is he if not the youngest MacKenna?

Penny falls in with the MacKenna brothers, welcomed in as family, and offered the kind of love and support she never knew existed. With a new job and a lot of determination, she is finding out what she’s capable of. The last thing she needs now is to fall in love with the most notorious flirt in town.

Dominic falls for the sweet strong girl with a penchant for random facts and quirky homemade dresses. All he wants is to show Penny how wonderful she is, how smart and funny, and how desired and loved—even if he has to do it as her friend.

My Review

One of the hardest things about writing a book review, is trying to hold back when it comes to telling my readers about the story I have read. I really want to tell you everything about this book, because it was wonderful from start to finish. I loved the character interaction and I enjoyed reading as Penny grew as a person.

The love story had me captivated from the start and I willed on the young couple as they experienced new feelings. My heart raced as they grew closer and closer. One of the things I loved so much was the connection the brothers had with one another; the author did so well with building up their bond and I felt the connections as I read greedily from the pages. I have always been a fan of romance, but this story ran deeper than that. It was written with charm and tenderness; I found the words oozed easily from the book and it flowed wonderfully.

Although a standalone story, this was part of a series, and I will be CERTAINLY going back to read the previous ones.


If you are looking for the perfect holiday read this year, look no further than this one! Perfect read for those lazy days! Give this one a whirl! You wont regret it!

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars!

Thanks for reading.


S x


#Blogtour – Island in the Sun by Janice Horton

#Blogtour – Thursday 4th April

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Hi all

Welcome to my stop on this charismatic novel set in the sunny, beachy climates of the Caribbean. The story was wonderfully written from start to finish and I could almost feel the suns hot rays on my skin and the sand between my toes. The story was intriguing from the start and it kept me reading; I was eager to read more into Isla’s story.

Special thanks as always should go to the people who invited me onto this tour.

Our wonderful blog host – Rachel – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com

And Author – Janice Horton – https://thebackpackinghousewife.com/

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Isla’s story kept me guessing and I was entertained from the first page to the last.

About the Author

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Janice Horton, also affectionately known as the backpacking housewife, writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Once her three children had grown up, Janice and her backpacking husband sold their empty nest in Scotland UK along with almost everything they owned and set off to travel the world. Since then they have been traveling full-time and have explored over 50 countries, living out of an apartment, a hut, or wherever they happen to find themselves.

Janice works as a writer wherever she is in the world. When not writing bestselling romantic adventure novels, she writes lifestyle and travel features for her website and her work has featured in national and international magazines like ‘Prima’ in the UK and ‘Friday’ in Dubai. She has also been involved in BBC Scotland’s Write Here Write Now project and has been interviewed on many podcasts and radio shows including Loose Women’s Kaye Adams’ prime time BBC Radio Scotland Show.

Social Media Links –
Website:  https://thebackpackinghousewife.com/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JaniceHorton
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/janicehortonwriter/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JaniceHortonAuthor
BookBub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/janice-horton

About the Book

When successful jewellery designer Isla Ashton unexpectedly inherits her eccentric Aunt Kate’s Caribbean island, she is obligated to return to the place she associates with heartache and regret. To where she grew up and fell in love with her childhood friend, Leo Fernandez. Fully intent on selling the island and finally putting the past behind her, Isla is soon compelled to put together the pieces of what really happened on a fateful night ten-years before. She begins to believe that in going to prison, Leo hadn’t only been shielding her from the same fate. She also starts to suspect that her late Aunt hadn’t been entirely honest in sending her away under the guise of recriminations. Who had they both been protecting and why?

Purchase Link – http://smarturl.it/IslandInTheSun

My Review

I am a sucker for a captivating, romance read and this story held me captive from the very first pages. I was intrigued by the mysterious story and I pored the pages enthusiastically as I delved deeper into the story and the characters within.

Isla has been left Pearl Island, by her Aunt Kate, following her death. What she gets is more than bricks, mortar and masses of sun. What she finds are answers to secrets that run deep through her aunts history, entwining her own past and present. The story was written brilliantly and I loved that we saw more into the past, it helped us to understand Kate a lot more. I loved the character interactions, especially between Isla and Leo…I felt Isla’s attraction towards him. The sleeveless vests, his muscled arms, his tanned skin, his pale green eyes; I read with keen interest as Isla got closer to her teen love, but obviously the path of true love never does run smoothly.

This was one of the first books that I have read by Janice, but it wont be one of my last. I loved how it was written, the style was perfect and it flowed wonderfully! Brilliant story, brilliant setting and brilliant characters! One to Read!


If you haven’t read anything by this talented author yet, I suggest you look her up. This book was brilliant from start to finish and one that I would highly recommend. 

Rating – 4 out of 5

If you like my review and would like to find out more about this book, why not check out the other blog posts from these bloggers who are on this tour.

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Thanks for reading all

S x



#Blogtour – Mr One Night Stand by Rachael Stewart

#Blogtour Stop – Thursday 28th March 


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Hi all,

Welcome to my stop on this fantastically HOT story.

I am not a stranger to Rachael Stewarts work, but oh my! She may have just outdone herself with this little beauty! The sexual tension oozed off of the pages, and I felt the rush as I read deeper into this intoxicating tale.

Rachael sure has got a wonderful way with words, and I lapped up every single one as I read the burning desire of our main characters.

Let me introduce you to…


BIG thanks go to the wonderful ladies who have invited me onto this tour;

Our wonderful, Blog Host – Rachel of Rachels Random Resources – https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com

and the lady who brought us this heart-racing book, the author,

Rachael Stewart – www.rachaelstewartauthor.com

The cover alone drew me in…Instantly I wanted to read this story and delve deep into the character interaction. I like a story that packs a sexy punch, and my gosh, this book does it.


Before I tell you more about this book, let me introduce you to the author.

About the Author

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Rachael Stewart adores conjuring up stories for the readers of Harlequin Mills & Boon and Deep Desires Press, with tales varying from the heart-warmingly romantic to the wildly erotic.

Despite a degree in Business Studies and spending many years in the corporate world, the desire to become an author never waned and it’s now her full-time pleasure, a dream come true.

A Welsh lass at heart, she now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and three children, and if she’s not glued to her laptop, she’s wrapped up in them or enjoying the great outdoors seeking out inspiration.

Social Media Links –

Website: www.rachaelstewartauthor.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rach_b52
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rachaelstewartauthor/

About the Book


One night only.

Just think of the possibilities…

The second she sees Mr Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer’s naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright—her new business partner! Now they’re mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love her sexy Mr Wright is either Mr Wrong or the best mistake of her life…

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Night-Stand-Dare-Dirty-Sexy/dp/0263271293
US – https://www.amazon.com/One-Night-Stand-Dare-Dirty-Sexy/dp/0263271293

My Review

What did I like about this book?


It was sexy! It was erotic! It was dramatic! And it was a real page turner from beginning to end! I could not get enough of the delicious chemistry that was pouring from the pages. The wording was brilliantly done and I found myself biting my lip as I read through the sexy encounters of our two main characters.

Marcus was a tough-nut, business man who was more interested in work than any emotional connections.

Jennifer was much the same; a lady with a killer pair of legs but who was also powerful in business. Both were keen to work hard and build their reputations; neither wanting to incorporate the difficulties of a romantic relationship into their lives.

And then they met….the attraction was instant and they felt ‘Lust at first sight’.

Nobody said that they couldn’t have fun, right? What happens next is a whirlwind of sexual desire and erotic moments which had me breathless. The pace is perfect and I never found myself wanting. The whole story was enjoyable to read and I found myself rooting for the Marcus and Jennifer as they wove deeper into one another’s lives.

Brilliant writing! Brilliant story! Perfect for anyone who loves Mills and Boons style books! Just beware, this book will turn the heat up!!


I have read books by Rachael Stewart in the past and she never disappoints. This is a fantastic, sexy read. It was difficult to put down. I look forward to reading more of Rachael’s work in the future.

Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

Fancy winning yourself you own copy of ‘Mr One Night Stand’?

Look no further. Go on over and enter this competition to win! Gotta be in it to win it, right?

Giveaway – Win an e-copy of Mr. One Night Stand by Rachael Stewart (Open Internationally)
*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.


If you liked my review and would like to hear more reviews about this book, go on over and check out the other book bloggers in this tour!

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Book Review: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Hi all

I have been busy behind the scenes reading book after book and as always, I have come across some brilliant writing. A friend of mine offered me the book I am about to talk to you about. The summary from the back cover really caught my attention and I was eager to get started. I was drawn in by the main character. The story was written from his point of view, but it was evident from the first few pages that this guy was not what society would deem ‘normal’.

This story was a refreshingly different romance. I found myself lapping up every sentence and enjoying the interactions between the characters, especially between Don and Rosie, whose chemistry was easy to imagine.

Before I give you my review, lets see a little bit about the author.

About the Author

Graeme Simsion is a former IT consultant and the author of two nonfiction books on database design who decided, at the age of fifty, to turn his hand to fiction. His first novel, The Rosie Project, was published in 2013 and translation rights have been sold in forty languages. Movie rights have been optioned to Sony Pictures. The sequel, The Rosie Effect, is also a bestseller, with total sales of the two novels approaching five million.
Graeme’s third novel was The Best of Adam Sharp, a story of a love affair re-kindled – and its consequences. Movie rights have been optioned by Vocab Films with Toni Collette attached to play the role of Adam’s great lost love, Angelina.

Graeme’s fourth novel, Two Steps Forward is a story of renewal set on the Camino de Santiago, written with his wife, Anne Buist, whose own books include Medea’s Curse, Dangerous to Know and This I would Kill for. Movie rights have been optioned by Fox Searchlight with Ellen DeGeneris to produce.


About the Book


An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges. (less)

My Review

I very much enjoyed reading this book and I loved that it came from the protagonists point of view.

We read as Don struggled to manoeuvre himself around a world that was almost alien to him. His quirky behaviour was quite thought-provoking and I read with interest. I understand that the author, Simsion wrote this in a hurry, but I would have liked to have seen more character building from Rosie’s point of view, but that aside the author has created a story that has character and drama.

The interesting part of this book was the way in which it was written. Here we have a romantic novel and it is unusual to read a story from the male point of view only. This allowed me to warm to Don more, as I got to know him and his many intricacies. I rooted for Don from the beginning and loved reading the interactions between him and the few people in his life. I was addicted to this story from the very first page and I found myself reading from cover to cover within a few days.

I would love to tell you more about this book, but I don’t want to give anything away. All I will say is that this book is amazing! It is funny, quirky and certainly full of character.


One Word – FANTASTIC! You have to try this book, its so well written. Simsion has created a wonderful character, someone who I look forward to reading more of in the sequel, The Rosie Effect.

Rating – 5 out of 5

#BlogBlitz – Knowing You by Samantha Tonge

#BlogBlitz – Thursday 14th March

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Hi all,

I am here to introduce you to another fantastic book; this story was ingenious. Full of character and warmth, with just the right amount of mystery and twists. The character of Violet is someone who I can relate to. She is friendly, hard-working and flawed in ways. She is eager to find love but first she has to love herself, which makes for very fascinating and enjoyable reading.

Thanks as always must go to both the author and the blog host for inviting me on this blitz.

Rachel – www.rachelsrandomresources.com/
Samantha Tonge – http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

This book was a surprising good read; as I have stated in the past, I like to go into a book solely by looking at the cover and taglines. I try to only briefly read what the book is about, so that I can be completely surprised by what I read. This book was a charmer, that’s for sure. It was written brilliantly and held my interest from page turn to page turn.

Before I tell you more about the book, lets have a little bit about the author.

About the Author

Samantha Tonge

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Samantha Tonge lives in Manchester UK and her passion, second to spending time with her husband and children, is writing. She studied German and French at university and has worked abroad, including a stint at Disneyland Paris.

She has travelled widely.

When not writing she passes her days cycling, baking and drinking coffee. Samantha has sold many dozens of short stories to women’s magazines.

In 2013, she landed a publishing deal for romantic comedy fiction with HQDigital at HarperCollins and in 2014, her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction best Ebook award. In 2015 her summer novel, Game of Scones, hit #5 in the UK Kindle chart and won the Love Stories Awards Best Romantic Ebook category.

Links –

Twitter:   https://twitter.com/SamTongeWriter
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamanthaTongeAuthor
Website: http://samanthatonge.co.uk/

About the Book

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An abrupt change; a new friendship; a dark secret…

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in, but despite being bullied at school is now content. She is dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home.

However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. She changes her image and with her head held high aims to show that she doesn’t need Lenny in her life to be happy and successful.

Her long-term friends Mable and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…

Knowing You is about friendship and knowing who to trust with your deepest secrets; it’s about taking control of your life and not being afraid to stand out. Perfect for fans of Ruth Hogan, Gail Honeyman and Amanda Prowse

My Review

When I first got a copy of this book for review, I read the first pages and mistook it for a ‘Bridget Jones’ style story. How wrong could I have been? Never judge a book by the cover and never judge a book by the first few pages….

This book took my initial assumptions and turned them upside down, because what we have here is something a whole lot more; this was a story that resonated with me. The character of Violet was painfully relatable and I found myself reading quickly through each page as I wanted to know how the story panned out. The ‘relationship’ between Violet and Bella is both endearing to read and mysterious. I delved deeper into this book eager to see where the paths of these characters went. The story blended perfectly with chapters which were written from when Violet was young, allowing us to see more into Violet and what makes her who she is. 

The writing in this book flowed brilliantly and I found it hard to put down. I had my nose almost pressed up against my kindle screen regularly until I had read through to the very last page! Brilliant writing! I felt the heartache Violet felt from the break-up with Lenny and sympathised with her as she struggled to move forward from it.

It is difficult to write a review sometimes without giving away so much of the book and believe me, I really do want to…but you guys have to trust me and give this book a go. It is a fantastic read and one I will be sharing with my friends and followers alike.

See below for purchase links


Perfect read! Perfectly written and with likeable, believable characters. I enjoyed reading every page of this book and you guys will too!

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars!

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Purchase Links

Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07MX87BH1/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=ur2&tag=canelo-21

Apple – https://geo.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/knowing-you/id1449854707?mt=11&uo=8&at=1000l5Q7

Google – https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=aRiEDwAAQBAJ

Kobo – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/knowing-you-6

#Blogtour – The Cornish Lady by Nicola Pryce

#blogtour – Wednesday 13th March

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Hi All

Welcome to my stop on this superb blog tour. I have a charming little number to introduce you to today, a book that was beautifully written and so easy to fall into. I have always had a soft spot for period drama writings, and this one was such a wonderful story to pore over.

Thanks as always must go to Rachel of Rachels Random Resources (www.rachelsrandomresources.com) and the wonderful author, Nicola Pryce (http://nicolapryce.co.uk)

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The Cornish Lady was easy to digest and I fell in love with the characters and the world that they inhabited. I loved the detail in the writing and I adored the character interactions. More than once I pored over the pages eagerly as I wanted to read how the story would pan out.

Before I ramble on about this story, let me tell you a little bit about the author.

About the Author

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Nicola Pryce came to writing after a career in nursing. She has an Open University degree in Humanities and is a qualified adult literacy support volunteer. She is lives in the Blackdown Hills in Somerset and when she isn’t writing she’s probably gardening or scrubbing the decks. She and her husband love sailing and for the last twenty years they have sailed in and out of the romantic harbours of the south coast of Cornwall in search of adventure: it is there where she sets her books.

The Cornish Lady is her fourth book: The others are Pengelly’s Daughter, The Captain’s Girl, and The Cornish Dressmaker.

Nicola is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and The Historical Writers Association.

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About the Book


The Cornish Lady

Educated, beautiful and the daughter of a prosperous merchant, Angelica Lilly has been invited to spend the summer in high society. Her father’s wealth is opening doors, and attracting marriage proposals, but Angelica still feels like an imposter among the aristocrats of Cornwall.

When her brother returns home, ill and under the influence of a dangerous man, Angelica’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Her one hope lies with coachman Henry Trevelyan, a softly spoken, educated man with kind eyes. But when Henry seemingly betrays Angelica, she has no one to turn to. Who is Henry, and what does he wallfulnt? And can Angelica save her brother from a terrible plot that threatens to ruin her entire family?

Purchase Links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cornish-Lady-Saga-ebook/dp/B07FY2G7RT
US – https://www.amazon.com/Cornish-Lady-Saga-ebook/dp/B07FY2G7RT

My Review

The book bio for this drew me in from the start. The fact that it was set in the beautiful area of Cornwall was invitation enough for me to start reading it, but I also loved the sound of the story.  I love a story that is full of history and intrigue and this little beauty didn’t disappoint.

I adored the aristocratic air that this story had about it and I welcomed the intricately built love story that is hidden within. Angelica was a very likeable character from the start and I sympathised with the worry she had over her brother, who has fallen under the influence of Jacob, a man who is dark and dangerous.

My favourite character in the book was the mysterious, kind hearted Henry Trevelyan. The interaction between him and Angelica were very enjoyable to read and I loved how their stories intertwined.

This story was brilliant from start to finish and I was not disappointed with how it concluded. I loved the setting, I loved the era that it was set and I loved the characters. A perfect lazy afternoon read.


This was a wonderful read, one that I enjoyed from start to finish. 

Rating – 4 out of 5 stars.

S x


Giveaway to Win a signed copy of The Cornish Lady, a box of Cornish Fudge and some bookmarks (Open Internationally)

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Book Review: Only we Know by Karen Perry

Hi all,

Welcome back guys, thanks for stopping by. Here is my review of Only We Know by Karen Perry.

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This was a surprisingly intense story, it had just the right amount of intrigue aswell as connecting characters in a way that had me believing in what I was reading.

This wonderful story comes from the combined imaginations of authors, Karen Gillece and Paul Perry. A couple of authors who have worked on some wonderful titles over the years. ‘A Girl Unknown’, ‘Can You Keep a Secret?’, and ‘Your Closest Friend’, to name but a few.

About the Author


Karen Perry is the pen name of Dublin-based authors Paul Perry and Karen Gillece.

Paul Perry is the author of a number of critically acclaimed books. A winner of The Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year Award, he is a writer and course director in poetry at the Faber Academy in Dublin.

Karen Gillece is the author of four critically acclaimed novels. In 2009 she won the European Union Prize for Literature (Ireland).

About the Book

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In 1982, an idyllic summer is shattered when three children play a game that ends in tragedy.

Now, thirty years later, Nick, Luke and Katie remain bound together by the truth of what happened that day.

But some secrets won’t stay buried.

And when Luke vanishes and the threatening messages begin, it becomes clear someone else knows the truth – and is intent on justice, no matter what the cost…

My Review

I started reading this book and I wasn’t sure how I felt about the characters. Luke was annoying in that ‘Rich Guy’ kind of way and I didn’t feel any connection to Katie, who felt needy and damaged. The only person I felt any type of feelings towards was Nick…at first.

You see this book takes all the judgements you had from the start and turns them on there head. What we have here is a wonderful suspenseful thriller that twists and turns from viewpoint to viewpoint. We see from Nick’s point of view as he struggles with his demons and then we see from Katie’s point of view as she drinks away hers. The story is taunting from the start, never giving too much away, always leaving you hanging on until the last few chapters. I love the fact that the story jumps back and forth 30 years so that we can read first hand what happened in the past. But with each step back into the past, we are still left wanting to know more…never quite knowing what happened on that fateful day until we get to the end….and then everything you thought you knew is changed.

I read through this book and loved the character interactions between the characters. I felt the brotherly love between Nick and Luke and understood the protectiveness Luke had for his younger brother. I felt the anger that they both had towards each other at the same time and I read with sadness when there family dynamic is ripped apart. Katie and Nick were bonded through childhood memories, both good and bad and I enjoyed reading more into their relationship.

The entire story was very well written and I felt myself easily drawn into it, not wanting to put it down until I had turned the very last page.


A fantastic read, which had me hooked with its suspenseful story.

Worth a read!

Rating – 4 out of 5 


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