Blog Tour Book Review – From Mum With Love

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When I got the chance to join the tour for this one, it couldn’t have been more perfect – a book about a new mummy blogger. Yes please!

From Mum With Love by Louise Emma Clarke

The Blurb

Full-time mum Jess has had enough, and her husband, Chris, has just the solution to vent her frustrations – a blog.

Jess loves her daughter more than anything, but sometimes she just wants a little bit of freedom – some time for herself. Queue a laptop, a glass of wine and the beginning of a life-changing journey.

Overnight Jess’s inbox is full of notifications and before long she is officially a ‘mummy blogger’ but this new life comes with its own set of rules and regulations. With Queen of the Bloggers, Tiggy, blanking her in public, people recognizing her on the street and her life decisions suddenly judged by strangers Jess’s idea of ‘me time’ is slowly becoming a full-time job.

Will Jess be able to find the right life/work balance? Or will she wish she’d never turned to a world online?

What I Thought

Well this book didn’t let me down, I really enjoyed the read. The author herself writes her own blog and has three young children, which inspired the story. I am now following her on Instagram and look forward to reading her blog posts.

I really loved the honest way she wrote about the first year of motherhood and the troubles Mums so often face. I felt like I could identify with so much of what she wrote – the nerves of attending the mummy and baby groups for the first few times, the loneliness, the feelings towards your partner after they have gone back to work and you get that dreaded text – I am going to be late home!She balances this nicely with the pure elation that being a Mum brings, which I really loved. I felt a part of her and her group of mummy friends – some lovely people who I couldn’t help feeling that I would be friends with as well.

I did feel the blogging part was a little bit rushed. I suppose to be able to fit in with the timeline of the book, it had to work out pretty quickly. I am sure there are some bloggers that experience this immediate and amazing success as soon as they begin blogging. However, in my experience, it starts slowly and takes a lot of work and patience to build a successful blog. I enjoyed reading about the experiences she had with the blogging community though, and feel this could be a definite reflection of the way thugs can be. I am lucky enough to have met some amazing people through my blogging work, but have heard of some people experiencing issues.

I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to book two. Definitely worth a read!

Where To Buy

Amazon

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The Author – Louise Emma Clarke

Louise’s blog, Mum of Boys and Mabel has over 100k followers. Having moved to Dubai with her family she’s now back in the UK and is enjoying writing. From Mum with Love is her debut novel.

Follow Louise

Facebook: @mumboysandmabel

Twitter: @mumofboysmabel

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Thankyou to Aria for including me on this blog tour. I was gifted the book in return for my honest review. Check out other reviews oat the blogs below

Blog Tour Book Review – Another Day In Winter

#Blogtober DAY FIVE

Another month, another Shari Low book.  I can’t seem to get enough of this author!

Another Day in Winter by Shari Low

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The Blurb

Forever friends Shauna and Lulu touch down at Glasgow Airport on a quest to find answers from the past.

George knows his time is nearing the end, but is it too late to come to terms with his two greatest regrets?

His Grandson Tom uncovers a betrayal that rocks his world as he finally tracks down the one that got away.

And single mum Chrissie is ready to force her love-life out of hibernation, but can anyone compare to the man who broke her heart?

After the success of the No1 best seller ONE DAY IN DECEMBER, comes the second unmissable read in Shari Low’s Winter Day trilogy.

What I Thought

Another corker from a lady who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.  As I have  said before, chick-lit is not my favourite genre but I do like to read the odd one now and again to break up the heavy thrillers I enjoy.  However, I really do like this style from Shari Low.  Hers seem more realistic and although the ending is generally still a happy one, I don’t read with a sense of knowing that ‘of course everything will magically fall into place’.

The book covers one day approaching Christmas.  Each two hour slot gives a chapter from the perspective of one of the four main characters, These characters, as well as the others involved were all really likeable and well written about.  I did not realise that Shari had previously written a similar styled book before this, but it is very much a standalone with just a hint of the possible story-line being bought up in this one.

An absolute delight to read and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys these kinds of book.

Where To Buy

Kobo

iBooks

Amazon

Google Play

The Author – Shari Low

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Shari has written seventeen novels under her own name and pseudonyms Ronni Cooper,

Millie Conway and Shari King, of which many have been published globally. She writes a

weekly opinion column and Book Club page for the Daily Record. Shari lives with her

husband and 2 teenage boys in Glasgow.

Follow Shari

Twitter handle: @sharilow

Facebook: @sharilowbooks

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The Publisher – Aria

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Twitter: @aria_fiction

Facebook: @ariafiction

Instagram: @ariafiction

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Thankyou to Aria for my copy of this book in return for a review.  All opinions contained within are my own

Check out other reviews of ‘Another Day In Winter’ at the blogs below

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Blog Tour Book Review – Kiss Her Goodbye

The week is nearly over, we are nearly at the weekend!  I hope you are all having a good one.  This morning I have another thriller review for you…can you tell it’s one of my favourite genres?

Kiss Her Goodbye by Susan Gee

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The Blurb

Seventeen year old Hayley Reynolds is unwanted at home, and an outsider at school. Pushed away by her best friend Kirsten Green, she makes a deliberate, chilling decision – if Kirsten can’t belong to her, then she won’t belong to anyone….

DI Beverley Samuels has the body of a schoolgirl on her hands – a murder that brings back the hauntingly painful memories of the case she’s tried so desperately to forget.

There’s something deeply disturbing about this crime – and yet with little hard evidence it’s up to her to decide who she will believe….

Tightly-plotted, tense, and a finale with a heart-stooping twist – get ready for the biggest thriller of 2018. Fans of Claire Mackintosh, Laura Marshall, A. J. FInn and Alice Feeny won’t be disappointed!

What I Thought

What a main character!  Hayley has got to be one of the most intense, twisted characters I have read about.  The author has done a fantastic job of portraying her and this really makes the book great.

A slightly different twist to the story is that we know the killer from the start, but the story is all about finding out why and wondering whether she will do it again.  Despite the obvious thriller ending not being possible – when you normally find out who the killer is – this book is still packed full of suspense, twists and turns.

I loved this original, dark and psychological thriller and would recommend it to fans of this style of book out there.

Where To Buy

iBooks

Google Play 

Amazon

Kobo

The Author – Susan Gee

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Susan Gee was a finalist in the Daily Mail Write a Bestseller Competition as well as a finalist in The Good Housekeeping fiction competition. This is her first novel.

Follow Susan

Facebook: @susangeewriter
Twitter: @SusanGeeWriter

The Publisher – Aria

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Twitter: @aria_fiction
Facebook: @ariafiction
Instagram: @ariafiction

 

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Thanks to Aria and NetGalley for my ARC of this book in return for a review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Please check out the other reviews on the blog tour at the blogs listed below

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Blog Tour Book Review – Last Of The Summer Moet

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Last Of The Summer Moet by Wendy Holden

The Blurb

Top reporter Laura Lake has struck journalistic gold.

She’s discovered a secret country village where the British elite own weekend mansions. Film stars, famous artists and top writers, not to mention Cabinet ministers and the cream of M16, land their helicopters in the grounds of the gastropub. Far from the prying eyes of the paparazzi they compete in the world’s most exclusive pub quiz and fight for parts in the celebrity panto.

But how is Laura to gain access to this undercover Eden, whose borders are strictly controlled? Luckily her billionairess friend Lulu, a logo-obsessed socialite with a heart as huge as her sunglasses, suddenly fancies a quiet life in the country.

Can Laura gatecrash the pub quiz, infiltrate the panto and write her exposé before the snobbish villagers discover her identity? And before Lulu gets fed up and flees back to Kensington?

What I Thought

I really enjoyed this book.  I especially loved the characters created by Wendy, they were an eclectic bunch to put it mildly!  The main character seems a lot more ‘normal’ and is surrounded by an amazing bunch of people but she is able to bring a reality to the whole thing which I liked.  The story has a nice pace to it so doesn’t ever get tedious or boring and the ending is great.  I really enjoyed Wendy’s style of writing and it is lovely to see she is from Derbyshire, the same as me!

This was the second book about the main character, Laura, and I will definitely be reading the first at some point, but as a standalone book I would still recommend it to all.

Book Club Question

DESCRIBE THE BOOK IN THREE WORDS

Witty, colourful and fast-paced

The Author

Number-one bestselling author Wendy Holden was a journalist on Tatler, The Sunday Times, and the Mail on Sunday before becoming an author. She has since written ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She lives in Derbyshire.

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Website: http://www.wendyholden.net/
Facebook: @wendyholdenauthor
Twitter: @Wendy_Holden

Where To Buy

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Dwz9Io
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2rvrZyt
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2rwz7Lg
iBooks: https://apple.co/2DsC8O8

Publisher

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Website: http://headofzeus.com/
Facebook: @HoZ_Books
Twitter: @headofzeus
Instagram: @headofzeus

Thankyou to NetGalley and Head Of Zeus who kindly sent me this book in exchange for a review.  All opinions on it are my own

Blog Tour Book Review – The Single Girl’s Calendar

What a great book to start the year with.  This is easy to read, relatable and gives the sense of New Year’s resolutions and goals, even though it is not based at the beginning of a year.

The Single Girl’s Calendar by Erin Green

The Blurb

A task a day to cure a broken heart.
Esmé Peel is approaching thirty with some trepidation, but hope in her heart. If she can just get her long-term boyfriend Andrew to propose, she will have ticked everything off her ‘things to do by the time you’re 30′ list. She didn’t reckon on finding another woman’s earring in her bed however, and soon she finds herself single, homeless and in need of a new plan. Her best friend Carys gives her the perfect present – The Single Girl’s Calendar – which has a different cure for heartbreak every day:
Day 1: Look and feel fabulous with a new hair style.
Day 2: Step out of your comfort zone and try something new.
Day 3: Reconnect with friends and enjoy!
Despite thinking it’s a bit of a gimmick, Esmé hasn’t got any better ideas, so she puts the plan into action. By the end of week one she has four new male housemates, and despite a broken heart she is determined to show Andrew she can do more than survive, she can thrive.

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My Thoughts

These are not the first type of books I choose to pick up – the feminine, romance type stories, but I do enjoy reading one every now and again.  I find them easy to read and I am a bit of a romantic at heart.  When you have just finished a heavy thriller you often need a boost of fun and love with a happy ending back in your life! And these books are pretty much always guaranteed to give you a happy ending!

Esme is a likeable main character. She does make you want to bang your head against the wall as she describes her relationship at the start of the book – it is clearly going nowhere. The idea of The Single Girl’s Calendar is a good one and I think the way Esme starts to tackle the challenges is empowering and encouraging.

I did feel that it got a little hectic and haphazard during the second part as Esme decides her own order of tasks, they almost seem rushed and the story doesn’t have the calendar as a focus anymore, despite the title.

And the ending…oh the ending. It could have been a complete disaster and very nearly was! I’m not sure if I like it or not. I feel Esme let me down a little as even after everything the calendar had taught her, she made a decision that meant, in essence, it had taught her nothing.

Overall I really enjoyed this story though and I flew through it, wanting to find out what would happen to Esme and what challenges the calendar would bring. There are a few loose endings that aren’t tied up…why her brother is spending so much time at the house is never fully explained. But overall if you are after something light, fluffy and easy reading, you can’t go wrong with this one!

Book Club Question

What was your favourite part of the book?  Least favourite?

My least favourite (without spoiling it) was definitely the decision Esme makes towards the end. I wanted to scream at her!

I enjoyed the remainder of the book to be honest. Stand out parts are Asa’s back story and his job aswell as the budding romance for Esme’s best friend which is lovely.

The Author

Erin was born and raised in Warwickshire, where she resides with her husband. She writes contemporary novels focusing on love, life and laughter. An ideal day for Erin involves writing, people watching and copious amounts of tea. Erin was delighted to be awarded The Katie Fforde Bursary in 2017 and previously, Love Stories ‘New Talent Award’ in 2015.

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Contact The Author

Twitter (her favourite) @ErinGreenAuthor
On Facebook: @ErinGreenAuthor
Web Page. http://www.eringreenauthor.co.uk

Published by Aria Fiction

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Links To Buy

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2DiT75Q
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2BoAz6Q
iBooks: http://apple.co/2BIjDoL

 

Thankyou to Aria and NetGalley for the copy of this book.  I am sometimes gifted with things to review, but all opinions are my own in every review