Blog Tour Book Review – Pieces Of Me

#Blogtober DAY FOUR

I have the pleasure of kicking of f the blog tour for this fantastic book and couldn’t be happier to be able to recommend it to you all.

Pieces Of Me by Natalie Hart

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The Blurb

‘An astounding debut, Pieces of Me is a beautiful book written with emotion and compassion and will stay with me for a long time. It’s characters and story tugged at my heart with every turning page.’ Nina Pottell, Books Editor Prima Magazine and Costa Book Awards Judge

Emma did not go to war looking for love, but Adam is unlike any other.

Under the secret shadow of trauma, Emma decides to leave Iraq and joins Adam to settle in Colorado. But isolation and fear find her, once again, when Adam is re-deployed. Torn between a deep fear for Adam’s safety and a desire to be back there herself, Emma copes by throwing herself into a new role mentoring an Iraqi refugee family.

But when Adam comes home, he brings the conflict back with him. Emma had considered the possibility that her husband might not come home from war. She had not considered that he might return a stranger.

What I Thought

A stunning book.  This is written so well and conveys the emotional impact of war on the people involved and all around them.

You cannot help but hope for and champion the main characters.  The author delicately handles the true complexities of the situation and I could not help but be moved.  I finished the book very quickly as it was hard to put down, and the book will stay with me for a long time.

A heartbreaking but truly amazing read, well done Natalie Hart.

Where To Buy

Amazon

Thankyou to Legend Press for including me on this blog tour.  I received the book in return for my honest review.

What are you reading at the moment?  Any recent recommendations you can pop in the comments, I love to read about what you are enjoying!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Check out the rest of the tour at the following blogs

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Blog Tour Book Review – Best Friends

Apologies, this is going live later than intended but after an unexpected hospital stay things have gone a little awry on the blog.  All being well things will be back to normal soon but I didn’t want you to miss out on hearing about this amazing book and I thought World Book Day was the perfect opportunity.

Best Friends by Carys Jones

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The Blurb

Four friends, a terrible secret, and one week to stay alive…

Grace doesn’t have a family. That was taken away one dreadful day when she was just six, and her twin brother Peter was killed. Instead she has her best friends and flatmates – Jasper, Franklin and Aaron – and nothing can tear them apart.
Living in London, and trying desperately to make a living, the four friends are rapidly running out of money and hope. So, when they find a discarded suitcase in a skip, they can’t believe their eyes when its contents seem to answer all their prayers.
But then there is a knock on their door, and a very disgruntled thug with revenge on his mind gives them one week to return his belongings, or they will pay with their lives. Soon the fractures in their friendships begin to show, and when one of them ends up fighting for his life, the stakes are raised even higher.
Will any of them get to the end of the week alive, or will the best of friends become the deadliest of enemies…

What I Thought

From the minute I picked it up I knew I would enjoy this book, I just did not want to put it down!  I even tweeted about the struggle between knowing I needed to go to bed but wanting to carry on reading and Carys Jones, the author replied saying she was glad I was enjoying it but to get to bed!

The book features four main characters, all flatmates in London.  I really liked all of the individual characters and the book seemed to focus on Grace as the central character.  I found myself wanting to read on to find out what secrets she was keeping from her friends about her past and found this really interesting.  The relationship was clearly strong between the four flatmates and that was really lovely.

The second half of the book took a bit of a turn for me unfortunately.  The money, the accident, a pretty forgiving sort of thug – I just wasn’t overly sure about this part of the story line.  I had to keep reading on to find out more about Grace and her past but felt the story line about the money not quite as tense and gripping as expected.  I felt some parts of the story were not quite wrapped up and some were rather too conveniently.

I would say the book is more of a cross between women’s fiction (chick-lit) and thriller, not quite the hardcore thriller I was expecting.  However, I did really enjoy the book on the whole and am glad I read it.  The characters were definitely a credit to the author, as was Grace’s story.

Book Club Question

IF YOU COULD GO TO DINNER WITH ONE OF THE CHARACTERS, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

I think I would choose Jasper – as a fellow book lover I think we would be able to spend all night chatting about books which would be great!

Author Bio

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Carys Jones loves nothing more than to write and create stories which ignite the reader’s imagination. Based in Shropshire, England, Carys lives with her husband, two guinea pigs and her adored canine companion Rollo.

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Thankyou once again to NetGalley, Aria and the author for my advanced copy of this book.  I was sent the book to review and all opinions are my own

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

January Book Reviews

I have decided rather than splitting them into separate posts (which can clog up the blog as I read quite a lot) I would do a monthly post reviewing the books I have read.  My Reading Challenge/Book Club is still accepting new readers so check out my post here on how to sign up!

Some Kind Of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher

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The Blurb

When the love of your life says you’re not The One, who are you? Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they’re about to get engaged. Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future. Lizzy is heartbroken – but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she’s been missing while playing Ian’s ideal ‘better half’. But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him? Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before – and, in the meantime, have a little fun

What I Thought

If you follow me on social media you will have seen my thoughts on this book already – I loved it!  Chick-Lit is not my go to genre, but I do enjoy the occasional one as a light, fluffy, easy read.  This however, was not run of the mill, everything land’s in the main characters lap and she lives happily ever after.  This book showed a real journey for the main character.  After leaving a long term partner, who you believed you would spend your life with, you have a lot of work to do.  You have to re-find yourself, possibly move house, find things to fill your time again, get used to being alone.  This book shows that journey for Lizzy and it was like a breath of fresh air for this style of book.  As a woman who has gone through this I was relieved to see something that represented the true struggles after a break up and thoroughly enjoyed reading about Lizzy’s journey.  I will definitely be checking out some of Giovanna Fletcher’s other books after reading this one.



 

Part Star Part Dust by L. M. Valiram

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The Blurb

A millionaire, a widow and a monk. A plane crash. Three destinies linked for eternity in a tale narrated by Time.

Meet Radha.

She was left in a dumpster on the side streets of Mumbai to die as she was born; premature and undernourished.

Meet Mira.

At sixteen she is to marry a man she has never met before. On her wedding day, she carries a knife.

And Gaurav.

People say love is more important than money. But what happens when having one means you can’t have the other?

Scattered across India, these three are intertwined in unlikely ways: the flower shop owned by Mira’s husband employs Radha’s boyfriend, Mira and Gaurav become partners in business and most importantly, an ill-fated trip to Delhi links them all in death and life. Set in the sensuous worlds of Bombay and Delhi, Valiram’s dazzling novel explores the deep meanings of love, family, and time.

What I Thought

As soon as I read the blurb I wanted to devour this book, and it did not disappoint.  Learning about the three central character’s lives, following them over time and seeing how their lives intertwined through time was fascinating.  I loced this quote towrds the end of the book and think it sums up the book really well and gets you thinking –

‘Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in destiny?  Or are you ohne of those that believe in choice alone?

Do you make your choices or do your choices make you?’

It makes you think deeper about the book and you wonder if fate was in control all along or whether the choices you see these characters make control what happens at the end of the story.  A stunning read and highly recommmended.

Buy The Book

https://www.waterstones.com/book/9781788038973

The Single Girl’s Calendar by Erin Green

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Read the full review for this here

I currently have two more on the go and hope to have them finished by the end of the month but as I am posting this a little early, I will include them in February’s round up and review!  Let me know what books you have been loving in the comments below as I always like to check out a good recommendation.  Happy reading everyone!

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

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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