I’ve got a little something for you …

Well, this is an exciting Friday morning!  I’m thrilled to be bringing you a cover reveal.

Bestselling author Mandy Baggot returns with another sun-drenched Greek adventure!

Beth Martin is 31, newly divorced and wondering just what life holds for her…
Best-friend, Heidi, is adamant that all the answers lie in Corfu – the island where the girls partied away their youth. So cue a trip to a sun-drenched Greek island, ouzo, cocktails, a trip down memory lane…and Alex Hallas, the man Beth has never quite forgotten.

As they dance under the stars, the sand beneath their toes, old feelings begin to
resurface and Beth might just have a chance to take back her life.  If they can learn to love the people they’ve become.

Will Jess be able to find the right life/work balance? Or will she wish she’d never turned to a world online?

Feel free to judge this book by it’s cover – it’s a good one!

One Last Greek Summer

Mandy Baggot is an international bestselling and award-winning romance writer. The winner of the Innovation in Romantic Fiction award at the UK’s Festival of Romance,

her romantic comedy novel, One Wish in Manhattan, was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award in 2016.  Mandy’s books have so far been translated into German, Italian, Czech and Hungarian. Mandy loves the Greek island of Corfu, white wine, country music and handbags. Also a singer, she has taken part in ITV1s Who Dares Sings and The X-Factor. Mandy is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and the Society of Authors and lives near Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK with her husband and two daughters.

Follow Mandy:
Facebook: @mandybaggotauthor
Twitter: @ mandybaggot

Pre-order links:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2TXD0Tg
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2NeeGtH
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2GRfq6O

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A Version of the Truth by BP Walter

Firstly, I’d like to extend a really big thanks to Avon Books and BP Walter for including me on this – my very first – blog tour.  I hope I can do the book the justice it deserves in my review.

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Let me tell you what’s written on the back of the book.

We all see what we want to see…

2019: Julianne is preparing a family dinner when her son comes to her and says he’s found something on his iPad. Something so terrible, it will turn Julianne’s world into a nightmare and make her question everything about her marriage and what type of man her husband is or is pretending to be.

1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to develop feelings for one in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn in a very sinister game.

A devastating secret has simmered beneath the surface for over twenty-five years. Now it’s time to discover the truth. But what if you’re afraid of what you might find?

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Once I closed this book on the last page I realised that even if I hadn’t been sent this book, it’s one I probably wouldn’t have been able to leave the shop without once I’d read the blurb on the back!

This book is told over dual timelines, as mentioned above.  Sometimes, I find it quite hard to keep track when a book moves between timelines but that was not the case with A Version of the Truth.  The story flowed seamlessly and the plot was so well-thought-out and planned to perfection.

I do think some people may find it a really tough read – after all the subject matter is not an easy one.  Based on that alone, I’d say this book won’t be for everyone.  It’s quite harrowing and heart-rending in parts but so well written.  I kept turning those pages because I found myself so deeply caught up in the lives of these people that I needed to find out what became of them all – both as a group and as individuals.

I really grew to love one or two of the characters and I had moments of guilt for feeling that way because of the subject matter. I found them all really intriguing in their own way. They each had their own little quirks and some of the relationships, and the inner workings of those relationships, within the group really sucked me in.

It is a book that lured me in from page one.  When you read it, you’ll see why.  It engaged me  from beginning to end and there was more than one late night (early morning?!?) involved!

You know what they say – there are really three sides to every story.  This book is a perfect example of that.

Happy Reading xoxo

 

A Version of the Truth – Published by Avon Books on 07/02/2019.

What’s happening?

Well, the answer is LOTS!

This is first.  I’m up next week and I’m really excited to share my views on this book with you all.

Publication day was last week – so you can all go and get your hands on it whenever you’re ready … then we should have a discussion about whose version of the story YOU believe!

You know what they say – there are three versions of every story.

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Blog Tours

I’ve got a couple of great Blog Tours coming up with Avon Books in the next few weeks and I’m seriously excited about them.

I’ll tell you more about the books on the day BUT they’re two really great reads and I can’t wait to share more info with you about them all.

 

I am woman. Hear me roar.

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Thirty Women
Thirty Stories
I am woman. Hear me roar.
Cecelia Ahern gives us 30 stories about 30 women, all titled “The Woman Who…”, that capture the different facets of women’s lives.
Humorous, moving, surreal and poignant, the stories capture the moments the characters are overwhelmed by guilt, confusion, frustration, intimidation, exhaustion – the private moments when they feel the need to roar.
Each story showcases the originality of Ahern’s talent and the versatility of her voice.
I felt absolutely honoured to receive a copy of this book. I started this very moving collection of stories straightaway and devoured it in two days. I had told myself I would dip in and out as with there being thirty different stories I assumed I’d find it easy to break it down. Let me tell you, I didn’t! I failed miserably.
It’s absolutely beautifully written. We’ve all been “The Woman Who…” at different stages and I really think you’ll all find a story that resonates with you and your own life experience, or the experiences you’ve helped friends through.
The stories are written in such a witty way. They’re incredibly clever and the length of them feels just right to tell each woman’s particular story. I didn’t feel short-changed or like I needed more. I got just what I needed from each story.
The stories are written as I feel Cecelia Ahern writes everything – with love and joy. To quote Donal Ryan, “These stories sing and cry and shout and whisper from the page.” They really do.
With 30 stories about 30 different women there are bound to be favourites and I’ve found my mind wandering back to one or two particular stories. Some reminded me of myself, others of women I know. That’s the beauty of these stories – they are written about our friends, our encouragers, the women who make us brave.
This book, for me, is about being powerful enough to make the change you need in your life and to be the answer to the questions we, as women, regularly ask ourselves.
It is a book that I will buy and pass on to the special women in my life.
#HearUsRoar

So, it’s January.  That’s a good time to start something new, right?  So they say.  In my opinion, there’s no bad time to start something new.  (Disclosure:  that’s a brand new attitude!)

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Last year, I turned 40 and made a promise to myself that I’d pursue things I had been putting off.  I also promised myself I’d say yes to more opportunities that came my way.

It all began with a photo on Instagram and a message from an old school friend.  I had laid out all of my books to offer them to people if they wanted them.  That was when I got the message suggesting that if I loved reading and sharing info about books so much that I should be reviewing said books and sharing more information on them.  This old friend just happened to run an online lifestyle magazine and just like that Girl Meets Book was born.

It has been a slow process building up trust with publishers and getting on their “lists” but I’m now very happy with where I’m at.  I don’t want to be inundated and to be letting people down because “life gets in the way”.  I’m a very busy mum – as well as countless other hats I wear (we will discuss them another time!) but I do want to share book reviews and information with you and I want to get your suggestions too!

And just like that, that’s the first blog post done.  I hope you’ll join me on this journey!

In the meantime, happy reading!

Girl Meets Book xoxo

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