Motherwhelmed by Anniki Sommerville

About the book 

Rebecca is 42, has a beautiful child and a wonderful husband. But she just hasn’t been feeling herself recently.

Rebecca thinks a great night out should involve a packet of Marlboro’s, six double vodkas and snogging a colleague. Not gormlessly drinking a zero-alcohol No-hito while Instagramming a vegan chicken wing.

Rebecca wants to ride on a Harley Davidson, to crowd surf till dawn, then collapse in a heap after swigging from a bottle of Jack Daniels . . . not sit in a soul-destroying meeting surrounded by ‘blue sky thinking’ and men half her age who interrupt all the time.

She’s had enough of commuting to an office that is so cold people have to wear blankets all day. And she can’t help asking herself why her adorable daughter must spend all week in a containment zone for pre-schoolers.

Rebecca wants to feel that there’s MORE coming her way, rather than less.

In short – Rebecca wants out.

But where to?

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Turns out I’m Motherwhelmed, lads!  Who knew?  Well, I did actually but I didn’t know the correct word to describe it.  This book is HILARIOUS!

Unrelated to this book is the TV show Catastrophe, which I loved.  But I mention it because I read most of this book with Sharon Horgan’s dulcet tones in my head.  I feel like this is exactly the kind of book the character Sharon would have written.

Grab a copy and grab a copy for your Mummy friends too.  We’re all a little Motherwhelmed, afterall!

What’s not to love about this bit in the acknowledgements?

I’d like to thank all the people who didn’t believe in me and have provided me with the determination to get it done.”

I can get behind that!  I’m so glad she got it done.

Congratulations, Anniki on an absolutely superb book.  Please come back soon with more!

Available to pre-order on Amazon now.  Go, you know you want to!

 

Dead Guilty by Michelle Davies **Giveaway**

Dead Guilty by Michelle Davies is the captivating fourth novel in the critically acclaimed Maggie Neville series, following False Witness.

Has the killer in DC Maggie Neville’s cold case returned after a decade of silence?

Katy Pope was seventeen when she was brutally murdered on a family holiday in Majorca. Despite her mother’s high rank in the Met and the joint major investigation between the British and Spanish police, Katy’s killer was never caught.

Ten years later, Katy’s family return to the Spanish island to launch a fresh appeal for information, taking with them the now skeletal team of investigating Met detectives, and newly seconded Maggie as the family liaison officer.

But Maggie’s first international investigation quickly goes from being more than just a press conference when another British girl there on holiday goes missing, and Katy’s killer announces that it’s time for an encore …

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You will not be disappointed with this book.  It’s a proper page turner and it’s full of nail-biting drama!

To share my love of this book, I’ve got a paperback copy of Dead Guilty to give away to one of you.  If you would like a chance to win, just comment on this blog post or retweet it and I’ll pick a winner by 5pm on Wednesday 28th August.

In the meantime, I hope you’ve been following the rest of the blog tour for this fantastic book.

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Thanks so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for bringing me on board with this one!

Competition open to those in the UK or Ireland only.

Best of luck!

 

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls **Giveaway**

About the book

Owen Nicholls’ Love, Unscripted is an uplifting love story, following film projectionist Nick as he tries to understand the difference between love on the silver screen and love in real life.  Perfect for fans of David Nicholls, Nick Hornby and Laura Barnett.

For Nick, love should look like it does on the big screen.  And when he meets Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does.  For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job as a film projectionist in his local cinema.  Life seemed picture-perfect.  But now it’s 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick’s trying to figure out where it all went wrong.  With Ellie gone and his life falling apart, Nick wonders if their romance could ever be as perfect as the night they met.  Can love really be as it is in the movies?

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Thrilled doesn’t even cut how I’m feeling right now. I’ve got a paperback copy of Love, Unscripted to give away to one lucky follower.

All you have to do to enter is comment on this blog post or retweet it on Twitter – it’s that simple!  I’ll pick a winner before 5pm on Wednesday 28th August 2019.

You will adore this book, I promise you.

Competition open to UK and Ireland residents only.

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Many thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Blog Tours for bringing me on board with this blog tour.  I’m very grateful to have been able to read such a brilliant book!

 

 

Best Friends Forever by Dawn Goodwin #BlogTourReview

About the book

Have you ever wanted to kill your best friend?

Anna was the perfect wife. Perfect mother. Perfect woman. And now she’s dead. Leaving behind her husband, David, and two young children their lives will never be the same. But Vicky will make sure life goes on…

These two women have been best friends forever, a lifetime of secrets lies between them and now Vicky is ready to step up into Anna’s perfect shoes. But not everything is as it seems and as David begins to question Vicky’s motives for walking into his life things might just get a little murderous.

The question on everyone’s lips is, who killed Anna? And what actually happened on the night she died?

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My thoughts

Wow!

This book was a really great and chilling read.  It is a dark and brilliant book that moves at a fast pace and had me up all night because I just couldn’t close the book down!

The premise itself is interesting as you can read above in the blurb.  Best friends, a leader and a follower – not all that unusual in friendships I would think and therefore a very believable concept.  Obviously, it’s not quite that simple or we wouldn’t have a book to read!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll drive yourself crazy trying to guess the ending.  I always think I’ve got it sussed and I’ve got to admit that eight out of ten times I’m very wrong.  I’m happy to report that this was one of those times I was wrong.

My heart raced furiously while reading Best Friends Forever.  The characters are really well rounded and thought out and you all know how much I love that.  Also, I might add that I didn’t find the characters at all likeable and I think that’s a job well done by Dawn Goodwin.

It’s a book full of secrets and lies, fabulous characterisation, lies, toxicity and drama.  You really want to read it now don’t you?

Thanks so much Vicky Joss and Aria Fiction for my copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I’d highly recommend you read Best Friends Forever.

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About the author

Dawn’s career has spanned PR, advertising and publishing. Now, she loves to write
about the personalities hiding behind the masks, whether beautiful or ugly. Married,
she lives in London with her two daughters and a British bulldog called Geoffrey.
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What Happens Now by Sophia Money-Coutts #BlogTourReview

About the book

No question about it, there are two little purple lines. I’m pregnant.

After eight years together, Lil Bailey thought she’d already found ‘the one’ – that is, until he dumped her for a blonde twenty-something colleague. So she does what any self-respecting singleton would do: swipes right, puts on her best bra and finds herself on a first date with a handsome mountaineer called Max. What’s the worst that can happen?

Well it’s pretty bad actually. First Max ghosts her and then, after weeing on a stick (but mostly her hands), a few weeks later Lil discovers she’s pregnant. She’s single, thirty-one and living in a thimble-sized flat in London, it’s hardly the happily-ever-after she was looking for.

Lil’s ready to do the baby-thing on her own – it can’t be that hard, right? But she should probably tell Max, if she can track him down. Surely he’s not that Max, the highly eligible, headline-grabbing son of Lord and Lady Rushbrooke, currently trekking up a mountain in South Asia? Oh, maybe he wasn’t ignoring Lil after all…

My thoughts

Where to start? This is an absolutely engrossing read and the storyline is brilliantly genuine and funny.

I loved watching how Lily grew (no bump puns intended!) emotionally throughout the book.

The author has managed to take on a potentially hugely complex and tough situation with a lot of love and humour. I laughed so much as I was reading this book.

All of the characters pack a punch. The background characters are superbly written and the more books I read for review, the more important that becomes to me. This book got every one of the characters perfectly for me!

I read this book last month and have been talking about it ever since. It’s packed full of emotion and it carries a very genuine message. I loved it.

Thanks so much to Harper Collins for including me in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of What Happens Now in return for an honest review.

At Your Door by J.P. Carter #blogtourreview

About the book

What happens when the past comes back to kill you?

When DCI Anna Tate is called to the gruesome discovery of a dead woman found on Barnes Common, she is plunged into a high‐profile investigation involving a prominent MP. London is baying for blood – but is there more to Holly’s death than at first meets the eye?

Meanwhile, the hunt is on for Anna’s missing daughter Chloe, who vanished ten years ago when her father kidnapped her. The case has been cold for what feels like forever – but a phone call brings a brand-new lead…

Can Anna solve the murder case whilst dealing with her own personal demons? Or is someone from the past planning to get in her way?

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My thoughts 

How great does this book sound? It’s as good as it sounds, I promise.

I really enjoyed the first book in the Anna Tate series, In Safe Hands, so needless to say, I was thrilled when I got the email about At Your Door.

Anna is tenacious and courageous and her character brings books to life.

Not too much time has passed in the story, which made it very easy to pick up where we left off last time.

This book has secrets, a stalker, really well-developed characters, a super plot, plenty of tension and .. oh, more secrets!  In other words, At Your Door has everything that makes a great psychological thriller for me.

It’s not absolutely essential to read these books as a series but why wouldn’t you? Anna Tate is addictive. If you read one book in the series you will want to read more.

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Thanks so much to Sabah Khan at Avon Books for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Get it here.

 

 

Honeymoon for One by Frankie Collins #BlogTourExtract

Chapter One
My Wedding Day

Your wedding day is the start of a life-long journey, and, like any other journey, it requires a lot of planning.

First, and most importantly, you need to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. Are you on a one-track path to growing old together or are you planning on making stops at pets, babies or house moves?

On a real trip you’re going to want insurance, but on the life-long journey of marriage, assurance is what you need. Are you doing this with the right person? Will they stand by you for better, for worse? For richer, for poorer? In sickness and in health?

When your plans are all in place and it’s time to set off on this wonderful, wild adventure, the only thing left to do is pack – but pack light.

Unfortunately, on this non-stop flight to a happy ever after, ex-boyfriends will not fit in the overhead storage, no matter how much you dissected the relationship. All baggage must be destroyed before boarding – you absolutely cannot bring your baggage into a marriage.

Before you tie the knot, customs will confiscate any and all contraband still on your person, not limited to, but including flirtatious WhatsApp threads and other miscellaneous weaponry.

I’m travelling light today. All I have with me is my something old (a necklace my grandma left me in her will), my something new (the sapphire studs in my ears), and my something borrowed (a handkerchief from my mum, which I’m going to keep in the pocket of my wedding dress, because you’d better believe I had my wedding dress made with sneaky pockets). My something blue is (apparently) my best friend, Ali, who is currently lying on the chaise longue at the bottom of my bed in my hotel room.

‘Oh, Lila,’ she says dramatically. ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’

I smile at myself in the mirror. Most best friends are supportive, attentive maids of honour. Ali is showing me her love and support by constantly questioning whether or not this is the right thing to do. I wouldn’t have her any other way though.

‘I’m pretty sure,’ I tell her. ‘I made sure I was sure before I spent thousands of pounds on a wedding and a honeymoon.’

‘Well, yeah, I figured,’ she replies. ‘But… I don’t know, I don’t think I thought you’d go through with it.’

I laugh.

‘And yet here we are,’ I say, smiling at her.

‘Daniel is… you know, he’s fine,’ she says.

‘Fine,’ I repeat back to her. Just what a bride wants to hear on her wedding day.

‘Yeah, he’s fine… he’s maybe just fine though?’ My best friend hasn’t waited until my wedding day to say this, she’s been telling me for years that Daniel was just too boring to settle down with. I think this is a ‘speak now or forever hold your peace’ type conversation, not that the latter sounds remotely like something Ali would do.

‘I know you think he’s boring,’ I tell her. ‘But, maybe “boring guys” are the ones you settle down with? Take that playboy banker you met last weekend – you wouldn’t marry him, would you?’

‘Well, someone clearly did,’ she points out. ‘There was a wedding ring in his hotel bathroom.’

‘Was?’ I dare to ask.

‘Yeah, I flushed it down the lav,’ she says casually. ‘I really don’t appreciate being lied to.’

Ali is a real force to be reckoned with.

‘I know you’re only being semi-serious with the whole talking me out of getting married thing,’ I start. ‘But honestly, I’ve thought this through. I love him, we’re happy together – OK, things might not be wild, but I know in my heart that it’s time to put sexy playboy bankers behind me.’

‘Well, that’s what I do with them,’ Ali says with a wiggle of her eyebrows.

I know that Ali just wants me to be happy, but I did consider all of this before agreeing to marry my fiancé, Daniel Tyler, and when I say I considered it before agreeing, I mean I literally asked him for a moment, before I gave him my answer. The reason for this is because marriage is something I take seriously. My parents, both sixty-five years of age, have been married since they were nineteen. I might be thirty-one, but I want to marry once, and for life. I had a blast in my twenties, Daniel and I moved in together when I was twenty-nine and now, comfortably accepting of the fact I am in my thirties, I finally feel ready to tie the knot.

When some women say they have been planning their wedding for years, what they really mean is they’ve been dressing up in net curtains as kids and trolling Pinterest for flower arrangements as adults. Well, I really have been planning weddings for years… sort of. Not my own wedding and I’m certainly not a wedding planner.

I’m a rom-com author and although the weddings I work with may be fictional, I haven’t just planned a lot of them – I’ve ruined a lot of them too. I’ve written ten books now, so it’s pretty safe to say I’ve considered every possible triumph, every little hiccup and every epic fail my romantic yet devious mind can conjure up.

So, yes, while I have researched flowers, cakes and dresses, and tweaked them accordingly (pockets! Honestly, this is going to be a game changer), I don’t just know what this wedding needs, I know what it doesn’t need too. Obsessing over what flavour frosting to have is rather silly – that’s just the icing on the cake. What you should be worrying about are the things that are out of your control.

I have essentially reverse-engineered every single wedding I’ve ever written, to make sure that my real wedding is perfect. It’s kind of a genius move.

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Thanks so much to Boldwood Books for the invitation to take part in this blog tour, aswell as providing me with such a fantastic extract to share with you all.  If that doesn’t make you want to jump straight into Honeymoon For One, I don’t know what it will take.

As well as the extract, Boldwood Books very kindly gave me a copy of this book to read and I absolutely loved it. It’s such a great read and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who asks – and even those who don’t!!

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The Perfect Lie by Karen Osman #BlogTourReview

About the Book

Nothing has felt right since she told the lie…

Claire Carmichael leads a charmed life. She has two beautiful sons, Jamie and Joshua, and a handsome and successful husband who loves her. She has been taught well by her mother – the most important thing Claire has is her good reputation.

He said, she said…

Even when she was in school, Claire had it all. She was clever, likable, and after passing the initiation tests, she was welcomed into the society of popular girls – The Queen Bees. So when a scandal threatened to ruin Claire’s reputation, the Queen Bees closed rank to protect her, no matter who else got hurt.

Never forgotten, never forgiven…

Claire may have moved on from her school days, but for one person who she hurt irreparably, those memories are as fresh as blood. And all it takes to reap their revenge, is ONE PERFECT LIE.

 

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My thoughts

The Perfect Lie is an utterly gripping psychological thriller where we see past and present collide via a dual-narrative, which flows seamlessly and brings the whole story to life.

The opening chapter pulled me in and that was that – I was obsessed!  I really think you will be too.

Is there such a thing as the perfect lie?  

It is a story of how one mistake can follow us around our whole lives whilst also showing the impact one mistake can have on the lives of those around us.  These things can so easily happen to anyone of us and I think that’s what I especially love about these types of books

About the Author

Originally from the UK, Karen won the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Montegrappa Novel Writing Award 2016 with her crime-thriller novel, the bestselling The Good Mother. When she’s not writing novels, Karen is busy bringing up her two young children and running her communication business Travel Ink.

 

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The Time of Our Lives by Abby Williams

About the book

Two women from two very different generations are brought together through dramatic circumstances and help each other to forge new paths.

Twenty-six-year-old Erin has everything she’s ever wanted – a good job, a gorgeous fiancé and a best friend who’s always there for her. But suddenly her life comes crashing down around her. Unable to return home to her parents, she takes a room in a house nearby and her life starts over in the most unexpected of ways…

Seventy-six-year-old Lydia, who, shocked by the sudden death of her husband, is devastated to discover that he has left her in crippling debt. With no choice but to take in a lodger, Erin comes into her life. When they find a letter hidden in the attic old secrets come to light and, with Erin by her side, Lydia finds herself going on a trip of a lifetime.

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My thoughts

This is such a feel-good book, and a tale of friendship that is so emotional it is very hard not to connect with it on every level.  As I was reading, I could visualise it on the big screen and would love to see that happen.

Two women from different generations are brought together by things going on in their respective lives and they end up as housemates. They help one another through loneliness and heartbreak, as well as grief.

I found myself very much caught up in the friendship and interactions between the women and how they helped one another through their tough times.

The Time of Our Lives is beautifully written and it is quite easy to get caught up in the story of Erin and Lydia and all of the feelings and emotions this friendship brings about for the women.  I was reminded of my own friendships at times, and how we have helped one another at our most vulnerable times.

This story is proof that no matter your age, new beginnings and change – even those changes that might be forced upon us – can be a powerful blessing. This book showcases this perfectly.

There is so much to love and celebrate about this book and I would highly recommend you give it a read.

Thanks so much to Vicky at Aria for my copy of this book via Netgalley.

About the Author

Abby Williams is the pseudonym for Fiona Ford, writer of romantic up-lit and historical fiction. Fiona started out as a freelance journalist for titles such as Grazia, Sunday Mirror and Stylist before realising her passion lay in novels. Now she spends her days immersed in made-up worlds and reckons she has the very best job in the world. When she’s not writing, Fiona is a gym nut, but only so it means she can eat lots of cake and drink lots of wine – not necessarily in that order. She lives in Berkshire with her husband and two cats who she sometimes thinks she might love just a little bit more than all the humans she knows. The Time of Our Lives is her first romantic novel and she is now busy scribbling away her second.

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The Guilty Mother by Diane Jeffrey #BlogTourReview

About the book 

WOULD YOU BELIEVE HER?

2013

Melissa Slade had it all: beauty, money, a successful husband and beautiful twin babies. But, in the blink of an eye, her perfect life became a nightmare – when she found herself on trial for the murder of her little girls.

PRESENT DAY

Jonathan Hunt covered the original Slade Babies case for the local newspaper. Now that new evidence has come to light, Jon’s boss wants him back on the story to uncover the truth.

With Melissa’s appeal date looming, time is running out. And, as Jon gets drawn deeper into a case he’d wanted to forget, he starts to question Melissa’s guilt.

Is Melissa manipulating Jon or telling him the truth? Is she a murderer, or the victim of a miscarriage of justice?

And if Melissa Slade is innocent, what really happened to Ellie and Amber Slade?

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My thoughts

Did she or didn’t she?  That’s the question I was compelled to ask myself whilst reading this book.  It’s a fabulous psychological thriller that played with my emotions the whole way through, as I worked hard to try to stop myself from guessing about what may or may not have happened – mostly because I knew I’d be wrong.

The Guilty Mother kept me on the edge of my seat most of the time I was reading it, so if you’re after a tantalising nail-biter this is definitely the right book.

I feel this book could have been an extremely complicated and messy story that was hard to follow but Diane Jeffrey managed to sew it all together in such a seamless fashion that it was, in fact, incredibly intriguing and exciting.  That takes serious writing talent.

Thanks so much to Izzy at Harper Collins for my copy of this book in return for an honest review.  It’s a book I’ll definitely be recommending to friends for a while to come.

 

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