Blog Tour Book Review – My Husband’s Wives

My Husband’s Wives by Faith Hogan

The Blurb

Is it better to have loved and lost, then never to have loved?

Paul Starr, Ireland’s leading cardiologist, has died in a car crash with a pregnant young woman by his side. A woman who is not his wife.

Evie, Grace and Annalise never thought they’d meet, but now they have to uncover the truth of their pasts. And suddenly they find themselves united by a man they never really knew at all.

As these women begin to form unlikely friendships they discover that Paul’s death could prove to be the catalyst they needed to become the people they always wanted to be…

A heart-warming story of love, loss, family and friendship. A compelling debut perfect for fans of Sheila O’Flannigan, Veronica Henry and Jane Fallon.

What I Thought

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The Author – Faith Hogan

Faith lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and two very fussy cats. She has an Hons Degree in English Literature and Psychology, has worked as a fashion model and in the intellectual disability and mental health sector.

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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Kobo

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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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Twitter: @aria_fiction

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Instagram: @ariafiction

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

An Interview With… Karen Osman

#Blogtober DAY 9

Karen Osman has written two books which I have previously reviewed on the blog, and loved!  I am really pleased that she has begun writing her next book, find out more in this interview with her, courtesy of Aria, her publishers.

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Tell us more about your latest book, The Home.

My second novel, The Home, is a psychological thriller, set between the 1970s and 1980s, about successful career woman Angela whose memories of an abusive children’s home affect her adult life. The book delves into the darkness of living in a children’s home, casting a shadow over family ties and what it means to belong. Abandoned as a baby, Angela is desperate to escape her supposed refuge, yet despite being adoptedand taken into the hearts of a wealthy couple, the scars of her childhood remain. When Angela discovers the identity of her birth mother Evelyn, their reunion is no fairy tale and as sinister events start to unfold, Evelyn fears she may not survive her daughter’s return.

How did you come up with the plot of the book?

As a mother of two young sons, 2 and 4, I still remember that double-edged maelstrom of emotion of those new-born days – a mix of joy and worry – and it’s been a powerful influence in my writing for my new book, The Home.  At the same time, I was researching about the horrors of children’s homes in the ’60s and ’70s, much of which only came to light many years later. It’s incredibly disturbing that such events could have happened in places which are supposed to protect children. From here, I started to develop the outline of a plot and the character of Angela was born.

Can you tell us more about the characters of Angela and Evelyn?

Angela is ambitious and career driven and the 1980s were an interesting time for women.  On the one hand, Margaret Thatcher was a powerful example of what could be achieved by women, but on the other hand, sexism was very much present. The hardworking personality of Angela is the polar opposite of Evelyn who is content to rely on government support and often plays the role of the victim, abstaining from as much responsibility as she can get away with.

Can you describe The Home in three adjectives?

Chilling, dark, surprising.

What comes to you first – the setting, the characters or some aspect of the story?

When I plan a new book, I usually focus on coming up with the big idea of the plot first. From here, the characters, and the setting follow. I’m a bit of a planner when it comes to novel writing and I try and outline as much of the book as possible. This includes character development, chapter outlines, and narrative arcs. Of course, you can’t plan out everything and I do get a lot of ideas as I’m writing and I enjoy that surprising element of the process.

What is your favourite and least favourite thing about writing?

My favourite part of writing is creating the first and last chapters. These are usually the most exciting for me. I also really love building the narrative. My least favourite part is all the re-reads that are required to make sure the book is as good as it can be!

When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?

I have always written in some form or another from a very young age. I loved it and it was, and continues to be, a daily part of my life – even on holidays! From a professional perspective, I would say probably in 2011 when I set up my writing business, Travel Ink, in 2011 which provides content services for the travel and tourism industry. I started writing novels in 2016, when I won the Montegrappa Writing Prize for The Good Mother, which then led to a three-book deal.

What is a great book you’ve read recently that you would recommend?

The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn was fantastic. I’ve also just finished Annabel Kantaria’s new book I Know You.

What are you working on next?

I’ve already started writing my third novel, The Perfect Lie, about a lawyer who is representing a young woman who has been raped. As the case develops, the lawyer is reminded of a past she would rather forget and her perfect life starts to unravel.

Hope you enjoyed reading a little more about Karen Osman.  You can check out my reviews of her first two books at the links below.

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Who are some of your favourite authors?  Let me know in the comments below!

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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

Website
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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