The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake by Pippa James
Today is my stop on the The Secret Life of Lucy Lovecake tour! I was supposed to be sharing with you my review of this book but unfortunately due to getting ill I haven’t had a chance to finish the book yet – but I am over halfway through and it is SO GOOD – so instead I am going to share with you information about this fab book and then I will review the book later on – hopefully later this evening or tomorrow morning!
So, without further ado, here is the book I’m reading!
That is until Michel’s bestselling cookbook is knocked off the top spot by newcomer ‘Lucy Lovecake’. His outdated recipes slide down the charts, while the popularity of Lucy Lovecake’s new dating cookbook is rising like the perfect sponge.
As Daisy teeters on the brink of love, how can she ever tell Michel that she is the mysterious Lucy Lovecake? Could he ever forgive her for finishing off his career? And more importantly, does Daisy even want to be with a difficult, egotistical, down-on-his-luck Frenchman just as her career is beginning to take off? Especially when she has some other very interesting offers…
As soon as I heard the premise of this book I wanted to get my hands on it. It sounded fun, upbeat and something that I would very much enjoy. Fortunately I was indeed correct. The story line kept me entertained from start to finish and I really found it interesting and was very curious about where everything would eventually lead. I would definitely recommend the book and I am very glad that I gave the book a try.
What helped to make this book so entertaining was the writing of the book. It was easy to dive into the story and know exactly where you were and what was happening. It was also really interesting to read about the story behind the scenes, as such – I’m not delving any further than that so as not to ruin the plot! I loved the way the author let the story flow and more than anything, absolutely loved the ending as it reflected how I felt about things so well.
As always, my favourite part of every story is the characters and I thought there were some very unique and different characters in this book. At first I struggled to warm up to our main protagonist, Daisy as she is a very different person to who I am, but I soon fell in love with all of her little quirks and just wanted things to go right for her. But my favourite character, despite having a very small role in the book was actually Daisy’s best friend, Kitty. I thought she went through so much and got so strong as the book continued and I mostly just loved that Pippa James thought to include this.
All in all, while I did have a few issues with the story while I was reading it, I soon fell in love with the book and was very pleased with how it all ended. I found this to be a very charming book, but also very intriguing and interesting to see how everything came together and how everyone played their part. I will definitely be keeping an eye on further books from Pippa James and if you like cakes, books, and romance, you should definitely give this book a read!
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The Dry by Jane Harper
Today is my stop on The Dry blog tour and I am here today to give you a list of my five favourite things about this book!
But first, here’s some more information about the book!
About the Book
After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.
Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
Five Favourite Things
One of the reasons I fell so easily into this book is that it is written in such a way that truly hooks the reader in. I could truly imagine the situation and the scenario and everything that was happening as though I was watching a film and it all moved along in such a compelling and fascinating way. It is everything that I love about reading.
As the story continued moving along, I found it so incredibly difficult to put this book down and continue on with my normal life. A part of me was always in the book, thinking about the characters and what had happened. I was so curious about the outcome and I kept coming up with my own solutions which made me love the book that much more.
As with most crime novels, there is a sense of mystery that surrounds this book but for some reason I found it even more brilliant to read about in this book. Everything seems shrouded in the unknown in this book with more than just one mystery to uncover as the book goes along. It really brings the reader in and keeps them wanting to read on. You find yourself flipping the pages quicker to work out how everything is connected and where it is all going to lead. I, for one, really wanted to try and work it out myself as well, which always makes reading more interactive and interesting.
With all of the ingredients above, it’s hard not to see how this book would also be captivating but I think what really drew me into this book was the characters. They were all so full of life – and also not full of life due to situation they’re in – and that made them very interesting to read about. I really loved the main protagonist and found him to be a truly marvelous character to follow as he tried to deal with everything that was happening. You could tell that he was holding on to a secret and that he really didn’t want to be back in his home town and all of that just made him feel so mysterious and fascinating to read about.
Lastly, but certainly not least, one of the best things about this book was how powerful it was. It was gripping, addictive, captivating, etc, but it was also just full of brilliant writing that kept you glued to the page. I’d, admittedly, been in a little reading slump before this book but it vanished as soon as I opened the first page of this book. The author is an incredible writer who has written a brilliant crime novel that will keep you hooked until the very last page. This atmospheric novel is not one that you want to miss.
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Apocalypse All the Time by David S. Atkinson
I’m here today to tell you all about David S. Atkinson’s new book, Apocalypse All The Time. I also have one copy of the book to giveaway to one of you! Just enter the rafflecopter below!
About the Book
Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop . . . one way or another. Even if he has to end the world himself.
Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.
About the Author
Originally from Nebraska, David now spends his nonliterary time working as a patent attorney in Denver, Colorado.
David is the author of Apocalypse All the Time (forthcoming from Literary Wanderlust on January 1, 2017), Not Quite So Stories, Bones Buried in the Dirt (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards® finalist, First Novel (under 80,000 words)) and The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards finalist in humor). His writing has appeared in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review and other literary magazines and journals. Contact and learn more about David and his writing at www.davidsatkinsonwriting.com.
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British Books Challenge 2017 Sign Up!
I’m very pleased to announce that I’m going to participate in the British Books Challenge next year! I haven’t done any challenges for the last two years but I thought aiming to read at least one book by a British author every month was probably a good challenge to do. I’ll probably create a goodreads bookshelf to add all the books I read to keep myself up to date!
I’m not entirely sure which books I’ll read yet and I don’t really want to tie myself down to reading any specific books just yet BUT here is a list of the books that I’m really looking forward to reading. This is a selection of books that are coming out next year and books that are already released.
The Potential Book Selection
So you know… I only have a few books to choose from… so far!
If you want to join up to the British Books Challenge too, you can find out how by clicking here. You don’t even have to have a blog to enter!
Tidal Patterns by Rachelle Paige
Today is my stop on the Tidal Patterns blog tour and I am here to tell you all my thoughts on the book!
But before I do there, here’s some more information on the book!
Tidal Patterns is the first book in the Golden Shores series. It is currently only 99p on kindle, as is the second book, Coastal Erosion. The third book, Surface Currents released yesterday!
About the Book
Mark Edwards doesn’t need any more stress. He’s ready to slow down and enjoy the tiny seaside town he calls home. His boss pushes him to apply for the new management position and he agrees. After a decade in catering, he’s sure he can do the events job without any trouble.
Neither counted on the other getting in the way.
There is something so magical about a book that has you flipping the pages incredibly quickly in the hope that it will all turn out how you want it to. I fell in love with all of the characters in this book and all of their conflicting emotions too. I found myself praying for them and filling them with my hope as the story continued. There were so many twists and turns and things to overcome that I wasn’t actually sure it was ever going to end the way I wanted, and lets face it needed it too. And then the ending through me completely but I loved it and felt it really fit with the characters too.
Rachelle Paige has created a strong novel here with lovable characters that you can’t help but support throughout the novel. She pulls you in from the very beginning and makes you curious as to where she takes it. The characters are vibrant and unique, wonderful and caring. I really just loved reading their journeys and finding out how they got to where they were and how that was changing the more they got to know each other as well. It was just wonderful.
I would definitely recommend this novel to lovers of romance fiction, especially those that love character-driven romances too. Rachelle Paige has not shied away from disasters in this book either and she has just really made it feel like a real story that you can imagine happening. I, for one, cannot wait to dive into the next book in the series and see what will happen next!
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Catch up with her on twitter @rpaigebooks and her website for the latest news www.rachellepaige.com.
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Stella’s Christmas Wish by Kate Blackadder
Today is my stop on the Stella’s Christmas Wish blog tour and I am really excited to share with you all my review of this book! (Spoiler: I loved it!) Before we get into the juicy details of why though, here’s some more information about the book in question.
About the Book
Six days before Christmas, Stella could never have anticipated the impact on her life when the phone rings in her London office.
The phone call is from a friend of the family informing Stella that her grandmother has been hurt in a fall at her home in the Scottish borders and is in hospital. Torn between her responsibilities at work and the need to be with her grandmother she decides she must return to Scotland immediately.
However, on her return to where she grew up, it becomes apparent that her grandmother’s health is not her only concern. Relationships which have lain dormant for years are re-kindled and fresh opportunities present themselves – if she will only dare to take them…
I absolutely adore Christmas books. I love that feeling of hope and magic and happiness that fills my heart when I get to the end of them. It’s the type of spirit that I love feeling around Christmas. I have a love/hate relationship with the holiday but mostly I have to admit that I do love the “magic” of everything and the feeling that everything will just be okay. I mean, who doesn’t? Thus, I was very excited when I found out about Stella’s Christmas Wish as it sounded like a lovely read. And I am so happy to report that it really, really was. I was instantly addicted to the words and the characters and the story and I so badly wanted everything to go well for them all. It was a brilliantly wonderful and heart-warming story that I did not want to end. (And I’m definitely trying not to wish too hard for a sequel)
This is one of those books that I love the most because it is character-driven. The plot is all about the journey that the characters are making and how it has all got tangled up in a complicated mess that they have to try and unwind. It starts out with Stella who is in London, living far away from her family. We don’t know why she is there, only that she left without giving her boyfriend of the time any reason for leaving. Thus the story continues as we unwind the why and try to piece everything together. But there is also more going on with her grandmother, sister and a secret. It is a fully-packed novel that keeps you guessing at every turn while you ultimately wish that all the characters will get what they want.
Honestly loved every single character in this novel. They were all so full of life, backgrounds, and just made the book so entertaining to read. I loved Gray and how caring he is. Bette for her lively personality and hope for Ross and Stella. Carol for her bubbly, chatty self. Alice for her dedication and hard-work, her creativity and her love. Lilias for her ditsyness but also for being a wonderful creator. But mostly, mostly, I loved Stella and Ross. I loved how kind and generous Ross is. How practical but caring he is. How he runs and would drop everything for those he cares about. And I loved Stella. I loved how she felt about her family, how she was entangled in a web, how strong and lovely she was. I just thought every single character were diamonds and I loved reading about them and the way their lives intertwined.
So, obviously, I really enjoyed this book. I finished it feeling all the things I wanted to feel and I was pretty much just sad that there wasn’t more – and I really, really, want there to be a sequel. I loved the location of Scotland, both urban and rural. I loved the closeness of the families and the way everything came together and fell apart. I thought it was just a wonderful read that I would happily read all over again. I fell in love with the characters and actually wish they were real so I could hug them and cheer along with them too. Honestly, if you’re looking for a feel-good read that is addictive and heart-warming, make sure that you pick up this book!
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Playlist for a Paper Angel by Jacqueline Ward
Today I am really excited to share with you the wonderful cover of Playlist for a Paper Angel (DS Jan Pearce #2) by Jacqueline Ward!
Lisa Connelly, Elise’s mother, has been forced into a life of prostitution and has been leaving her little girl alone. Her gangland boss is holding her prisoner but she wants her little girl back.
Jan and her temporary partner, profiler Damien Booth, must find Lisa before time runs out for Dara.
Information about Random Acts of Unkindness (DS Jan Pearce #1) can be found here.
About the Author
Jacqueline Ward writes short stories, novels and screenplays. She has been writing seriously since 2007 and has had short stories published in anthologies and magazines. Jacqueline won Kindle Scout in 2016 and her crime novel, Random Acts of Unkindness, will be published by Amazon Publishing imprint Kindle Press. Her novel SmartYellowTM was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015 and was nominated for the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2016. Jacqueline is a Chartered psychologist who specializes in narrative psychology, gaining a PhD in narrative and storytelling in 2007. She lives in Oldham, near Manchester, with her partner and their dog.
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Beneath the Ashes by Jane Isaac
Today is my stop on the Beneath the Ashes blog tour and I am here to highlight this amazing book for you. I was supposed to be sharing with you my review but sadly life got in the way of me finishing the book. What I can say though is that this book is very, very good so far! I am itching to dive back into it and find out exactly what has happened and who the body belongs too! Jane Isaac has a wonderful way of writing that really draws the reader in. Her characters are already so fleshed out and have interesting and intriguing backstories that makes me so very curious about how things will fall together… or apart. I will definitely be making sure to read more of her books too!
Want to know more about the book? Check out the below!
About the Book
When a body is discovered in a burnt-out barn in the Warwickshire countryside, DI Will Jackman is called to investigate.
Nancy Faraday wakes up on the kitchen floor. The house has been broken into and her boyfriend is missing. As the case unravels, DI Jackman realises that nothing is quite as it appears and everyone, it seems, has a secret.
Can he discover the truth behind the body in the fire, and track down the killer before Nancy becomes the next victim?
A gripping thriller perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, S.J. Watson, B A Paris and Sophie Hannah.
About the Author
The Truth Will Out, the second in the DCI Helen Lavery series, was nominated as ‘Thriller of the Month – April 2014′ by E-thriller.com and winner of ‘Noveltunity book club selection – May 2014′.
In 2015 Jane embarked on a new series, featuring DI Will Jackman and set in Stratford upon Avon, with Before It’s Too Late. The second in the series, Beneath The Ashes, will be published by Legend Press on 1st November 2016 with the 3rd, The Lies Within, to follow on 2nd May 2017.
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A Very Merry Manhattan Christmas by Darcie Boleyn
Today is my stop on the VeryMerryManhattan blog tour! I am here today with a review of this heart-warming novel.
First though, here’s some information on the book!
Dale Treharne has been best friends with Lucie for as long as he can remember. He’s used to looking out for his oldest friend and when she asks him to be her plus one, he can’t seem to find a reason to refuse. Instead, he sees it as a way to help Lucie get through what is, for her, the most miserable time of the year.
In New York, as the snow starts to fall, Lucie and Dale start to realise that their feelings run deeper than just friendship. But can they overcome their pasts, and make it a very merry Manhattan Christmas?
Christmas is a time full of joy and happiness for a lot of people. But for some it can be an incredibly difficult time. What I loved about this book was how it took this into consideration. It wasn’t all glitter and gold but also dust and despair, showing how unique and vast the world really is.
When it comes to Christmas books, I often dive into them hoping for a heart-warming and lovely book and this book did not disappoint in this respect. From beautiful and magical scenery, to a wonderful set of characters, this book had everything I love about Christmas stories and is one that truly got me into the spirit, which just made me love it that much more.
It would be difficult to write this review without mentioning our two main protagonists. First up we have Lucie who I found to be a very strong character. She’s had a difficult life and struggles to let her emotions out but she is also open to change and love which is wonderful. Then we have Dale who, admittedly, stole my heart. He was powerful and caring, lovely and protective and I really enjoyed reading about him. But mostly I loved them together, they were just perfect.
As you can see, I very much enjoyed this book. It filled me with warmth, hope and happiness. It was cute, deep and emotional – everything one could hope for in any book, let alone a Christmas one. If you’re looking for a book that will make you feel the spirit of the season and fill you with joy, definitely make sure that you pick this book up.
About the Author
Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.
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It Was You by Jo Platt
Today I am on the It Was You blog tour and I have Jo Platt on the blog with a great guest post for you all!
First though, here’s some info on the book!
About the Book
Fast-forward three years and Alice has been happily single for some time after having her heart broken by a lying ex-boyfriend. But when her best friends in The Short Book Group offer their match-making skills, she decides to take the plunge and start dating again. From a handsome pathologist with a penchant for battle re-enactment to a suave businessman with a beautiful car, Alice is inundated with prospective suitors. But things soon unravel as she uncovers the secret heartache, calculating lies and hidden hopes of those closest to her. And her most surprising discovery is the life-changing truth which she has kept hidden even from herself…
Can Alice face up to her own shocking secret – even if it means hurting those closest to her?
The Accidental Author
By Jo Platt
Do you ever sit back, take stock and think, ‘How on earth did I end up here? Doing this?’ I do. In fact, I think it about once a day. It’s not that I don’t enjoy where I am and what I do – I absolutely love it. It just all feels slightly surreal.
My journey began in 2012, when a Bristol friend suggested that I write a book. What she actually said was, ‘Why don’t you write something longer? I’d definitely read it.’ Up until that moment, my writing had been confined to local newspaper articles, short pieces to entertain family and friends and a couple of sketches and plays I’d penned for my daughters’ school assemblies. I’d had an idea for a longer story (inspired by my friend growing a moustache for charity and my sister telling me a rather distressing tale about her neighbour and a Flymo), but sitting down to write it felt a bit too, well, self-indulgent. Nevertheless, my friend telling me to write ‘something longer’ proved to be the perfectly-timed push I needed and so, unbeknownst to her, or to anyone else, save my husband and my children, I went home that day and started to write. A year later, after much furtive typing, my first novel, Reading Upside Down, a romcom about a jilted woman, her beardy neighbour and a rather unfortunate incident with a lawnmower, was complete.
On reflection, I realise that revealing to my friends and wider family that I’d written Reading Upside Down, and then letting them read it, was actually the biggest hurdle I have had to overcome throughout the entire literary process. Because not only did I still view my writing as a self-indulgence, I also had no clue whether what I had written would entertain anyone other than myself. But I took the plunge, sharing it with friends and with my mother-in-law. As it turned out, the reaction of the latter, in particular, was so aggressively enthusiastic, that the idea of self-publishing the novel (which had been lurking at the back of my mind for some time), suddenly seemed a lot less scary than doing nothing and facing her wrath. So with the help of a local friend who created a cover, and then gave me some shouty advice about getting some sort of marketing act together, I self-published Reading Upside Down in February 2013.
From there, things moved rather rapidly. The book received some positive reviews online and, most significantly, in a small local magazine. This lead to a radio interview, following which my interviewer, Steve Yabsley of BBC Radio Bristol, encouraged me to send the book to an agent. I did so the next day, and by the end of that week was already getting to know my lovely agent, Camilla Wray of Darley Anderson. Within four months, Camilla and the Darley team had found publishing homes for Reading Upside Down in six countries. It was a whirlwind ride, which left me breathless, and which has continued to do so ever since.
Without a doubt, one of the best consequences of being signed by Darley Anderson was the transformation of my mindset. Writing was no longer a guilty pleasure, but simply a pleasure. Of course, with my agent and editors on board to ask questions and offer support, the experience of creating my second novel was very different to the first. But It Was You, a romcom about the feelings we keep hidden, and the unexpected consequences of falling for a friend, was every bit as fun to write as Reading Upside Down. And, fingers crossed, will be every bit as fun to read.
With hindsight then, it’s clear that my entire journey, from ‘write something longer’ to the publication of It Was You in Europe and now in the UK, would not have been possible without the support, encouragement and kindness of others. Left to my own devices, and to my own insecurities, Reading Upside Down would probably still be languishing in my underwear drawer, and It Was You may not have ever been written at all. So, as I sit here with my cup of tea, tapping away at my laptop and wondering how on earth I got here, I am certain of one thing: it wasn’t on my own.
It Was You was published by Canelo on 31st October price £1.99 as an ebook. Visit canelo.co or follow #ItWasYou on Twitter.
About the Author
Jo Platt was born in Liverpool and has lived in Wiltshire, London, Seattle and St Albans, before settling in Bristol with her husband and two children. She studied English at King’s College London and worked in the City for 10 years before becoming a pre-school teacher in the US and then a mother and secretary. Her debut novel Reading Upside Down was self-published in 2013, selling over 15,000 copies and has since sold to publishers internationally.