What I Read While I Was In Hospital

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So three weeks in the hospital gave me some time to catch up on plenty of reading and I thought I would share my thoughts on them in one post!

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Blog Tour Book Review – Finding Jess

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Time to review the final part of the trilogy! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a copy of book one, Drumbeats, if you haven’t already. Details at the bottom of the post.

Finding Jees by Julia Ibbotson

The Blurb

Single mother, Jess, has struggled to get her life back on track after the betrayal of her beloved husband and her best friend. When she is on the brink of losing everything, including her family and her job, she feels that she can no longer trust anyone. Then she is sent a mysterious newspaper clipping of a temporary post back in Ghana. Could this be her lifeline? Can Jess turn back time and find herself again? And what, exactly, will she find?

Finding Jess is a passionate story of love, betrayal and second chances – and of one woman’s bid to reclaim her self-belief and trust. It is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity.

What I Thought

Yay – Jess finally makes it back to Africa for some of this book which I was really excited about. After seeming to lose herself in the last book, I was pleased to start seeing some of the Jess from back in book one.

At the beginning of the book we find Jess still struggling. Now a single mother, it wasn’t quite as simple as leaving her husband and being happy again. When she finds herself back in Ghana I feel like we see Jess back where she belongs, her spiritual home. Of course, she now has the added worry of her daughters back home in England so it isn’t quite as simple as that.

I felt a little sad at the end of the book. Following Jess throughout her journey in life over three books has been a wonderful experience and I will miss her. These books are a trilogy but can be read as standalones. The third book includes passages from the first two, which were the only bits I found a little tedious. They would be perfect for people who haven’t read the other books in the series, or if you don’t read them all in one go like I did, as they remind you of the story, but I wanted to get to what Jess was up to now. This is literally the only niggle I had with it though!

This final book doesn’t let the series down and was a joy to read. I would highly recommend the whole series to any fiction fans.

Where To Buy

Purchase Link

The Author – Julia Ibbotson

Award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher, then a university lecturer and researcher. Finding Jess (2018) is her sixth book and the last of the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins and ends in Ghana). Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.

Social Media Links




Pinterest (includes boards with pics and images that inspired each book)



Win a copy of Drumbeats (book 1 which I reviewed here), book marks, post cards, key ring and handbag fob (UK only)


*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome. 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.

Good luck with the giveaway, let me know if you enter in the comments below. Have you checked out the reviews of the other two books in the trilogy? Find them by clicking these links

Book 1 – Drumbeats

Book 2 – Walking In The Rain

Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources for including me on this blog tour. I received these books in return for my honest opinion. Check out other reviews at the blogs listed

Blog Tour Book Review – The Fake Date

Good morning Monday and happy new week to you all!  Hope you all enjoy today’s book review, I have managed to do a lot of reading while I have been poorly, so there are lots to share.

The Fake Date by Lynda Stacey


The Blurb

Nine hours and eleven minutes…

That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead.

She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly.

Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill?

Whoever it is, they will pay … all she has to do first is survive..!

What I Thought

So, another contender for my top ten books of the year here!  I really do enjoy a thriller, especially one that hold up it’s descriptions like ‘will keep you on the edge of your seat’.

The Fake Date had me hooked from the start.  I really liked the character of Ella and her determination, yet vulnerability after what happened to her.  The author portrayed this so well.  The rest of the characters were great too and you really are kept on the edge of your seat thinking of who might be responsible.  The way that Lynda Stacey added in short parts from the ‘baddies’ viewpoint was great – it kept me guessing and I had a huge list of possible suspects towards the end!

A fantastic thriller and perfect for anyone that likes this genre.  Would be great for anyone wanting to try a thriller too as it has all the great things you should expect from one.  A fantastic read!

Where To Buy

Amazon (audiobook and Kindle versions available)

The Author – Lynda Stacey

Lynda grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire,

Her own chaotic life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of psychological / romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit Search for a Star competition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her husband, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.


Social Media Links –


Twitter – @Lyndastacey


Would love to hear what you thought if you have read this one?  Let me know in the comments below what you thought, or if you intend to give it a read after my review

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy

Thankyou to Rachel’s Random Resources and Ruby Fiction for my ARC of this book in return for my review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  See more reviews on this book and what other readers thought by checking out the blogs below


Blog Tour Book Review – The Fear by C.L. Taylor

I was so excited to receive this book in the post – they had done an amazing job with the rose stuck inside and it definitely piqued my interest straight away!


the fear

The Blurb

The million copy Sunday Times bestseller returns with a taut, compelling psychological thriller that will have you glued to the edge of your seat.
Sometimes your first love won’t let you go…
Lou Wandsworth is used to being headline news as, aged fourteen, she ran away to France with her 31-year-old teacher, Mike Hughes.
Now 32, Lou’s life is in tatters – and she resolves to return home to confront Mike for the damage he has caused. But she soon finds that Mike is unchanged, and is focussing his attention on 13-year-old Chloe Meadows.
Determined to make sure that history doesn’t repeat itself, Lou decides to take matters into her own hands. But Mike is a predator of the worst kind, and as she tries to bring him to justice, it’s clear that Lou could once again become his prey…

What I Thought

Wow! I raced through this one and if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you will have seen me posting about this one as I read. I couldn’t wait to share my thoughts with you all!

The story is told from the perspective of three women who all have different relationships with a man called Mike. Lou takes centre stage – she was a young teen when Mike, her karate teacher, took advantage and started a relationship with her. She returns to the town she grew up in aged 32, where Mike is still living, and realises history is repeating itself when she see Mike kissing another young girl, Chloe. The character of Wendy is more of an enigma, and her story unfolds throughout the book.

I loved the fact we get to see the story told by the three women. It’s a great way of finding out their thoughts, feelings and motivations. I also enjoyed the fact that the book occasionally flicks back in time, so you get to understand what went on in Lou and Mike’s relationship.

Although a difficult theme, which is at times, uncomfortable to read, I feel the author handles it really well. Any thriller fan will enjoy the twists and turns and I would definitely recommend a read. I’m looking forward to future books from C. L. Taylor with eager anticipation.



 C.L. Taylor lives in Bristol with her partner and son. She started writing fiction in 2005 and her short stories have won several awards and have been published by a variety of literary and women’s magazines.

In 2014, The Bookseller named C.L. Taylor as one of the year’s Bestselling Adult Fiction Debut Authors for The AccidentThe Lie and The Missing were Sunday Timestop 10 bestsellers in paperback, and both books hit the #1 spot on the Kindle bestseller list. She has sold 1 million books to date.

Twitter: @callytaylor

Instagram: @cltaylorauthor

Where To Buy



 Thankyou to Avon Books for my copy of this book.  I was asked in return to write a review but all my opinions are my own.

NatalieThe Spoonie Mummy