#BlogTour BROKEN FLOWERS by KATE MCQUAILE #BookReview @QuercusBooks #BrokenFlowers @KateMcQuaile

A huge delight to be part of the Blog Tour this weekend for BROKEN FLOWERS by KATE MCQUAILE. My thanks to Katya for the copy of the book and putting everything together.


Your mother. The one person you trust. What if you’re wrong?

Widowed Nan is on her way to her beloved son’s wedding. She should be excited, but she is dreading her return to Paradise Place – a small area of Notting Hill that she hasn’t dared set foot on for decades. Nan had arrived there as a young girl in the late seventies, desperate for freedom and a career as an artist. But, drawn into a dark obsession that spun out of control, Nan was forced to flee.

And while the only thing seemingly connecting her son’s wedding and her old secret life is Paradise Place, Nan quickly gets the impression that someone is watching her every move . . . someone she thought was dead.


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Dark.  Twisted.  Enthralling!!  The perfect read for making time disappear fast!!  The more you find yourself getting involved with these characters, the more you find yourself turning the pages to find out what happens next!! I loved it!

The character of Nan, is the centre of this book, and boy what a story she has to tell!! When she finds herself heading to London to see her estranged son ahead of his wedding,  the more you find yourself wondering what has kept her away from London for so long, and why her relationship with her son is so strained…. nothing is going to prepare you for the truth!!

The story then flashes back to the 1970’s and Nan arrives in London as  a young artist.  On her own for the first time she finds herself drawn into a world of dark obsessive love – a far cry from her ‘normal’ life back home in Yorkshire.  When things spiral out of control she is left suffering mentally and her life is never the same again despite her best efforts to live life the normal way.

Returning to London she finds herself back at places she tried very hard to put out of her mind, and those flashes from the past begin to take over her every moment again.  Is her mind playing tricks on her, or is the past she thought she’d left behind finally catching up with her?

I loved the pace of this story! It felt really unsettling at  times when things were happening to Nan and the shocking events of the past were brilliantly played out to keep the tension up!  The fact that she hid so much of her past from those around her really seemed to mess her up and cloud her judgement and thought process in knowing how to move on.  Sticking her head in the sand wasn’t going to work for the situation she found herself in!  And now it’s come back to bite her big time!!

I really enjoyed the twists and turns and can’t wait to read more from this author in the future!  


#BlogTour CALL ME JOE by MARTIN VAN ES & ANDREW CROFTS @RandomTTours @The_JoeProject @RedDoorBooks @AndrewCrofts @LiterallyPR #CallMeJoeBook #TheJoeProject

Delighted to be part of the Blog Tour for CALL ME JOE by MARTIN VAN ES & ANDREW CROFTS. My thanks to the authors, publisher and Anne of Random Things Tours for putting this all together and letting me be part of it all!


The world is on the brink of disaster.
The environment, society and mankind itself are facing extreme challenges in a world that is both more connected, and yet more divided than ever before. Fear and confusion seep into all parts of everyday life now, more than ever, the world needs one voice, one guide…

One day the Earth is plunged into darkness and when light appears again so does a man – call him Joe – claiming to be the son of God.

Can Joe bring the world’s most creative thinkers and leaders together to tackle the ills of mankind?

Can he convince us all to follow him before it’s too late?

In this compelling and prescient novel, Martin van Es and Andrew Crofts highlight the key concerns of our time and imagines a future where we, at last, all work together to ensure the future of our world and all the life that calls it home.



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Here’s an apt book for the times!!  So much of this struck true with me of the world we currently find ourselves living in, that it made it so much easier to connect with and understand! If only we had a Joe…..

This is a book told through the eyes of a few characters, all part of the world but all living very different lives.  Except they all soon share a common experience when the world goes black for 12 minutes… there was no warning, there are no contingency plans in place for such an occurrence  – and how people react around the world is a fascinating insight into humanity!

Sophie is a school teacher when this event happens so has to try and keep her pupils calm while this madness is going on.  When light returns she sees a man walking across the school fields who says he’s just arrived.  She finds herself talking to him and feeling that she needs to help – the pupils in her class are even more fascinated by him and I loved the innocence of children and their questions to him.  If only adults had such an open mind!  For Joe he is openly questioning why humans do so much harm to their planet and one another.  It makes no sense to him – he’s not the only one who wonders why!!

Meanwhile, Governments all around the world are showing their true colours. Suspecting one another of having a hand in what has happened, trying to work out how to deal with what has happened.  And the more they hear about ‘Joe’ and the effect he has on people that he meets in person or via videos, the more they soon pull together to try and discredit him as he baffles them. Is he for real?

This book does a brilliant job of showing up the role of ‘fake news’, the word of the media vs the experiences of people, and how those in favour of the status quo are rattled by this new prescence spouting new ideals and reaching people in a different way to the norm.    It shows up the inequality, the greed, the overpopulation, the climate issues. the intolerance that humanity faces day in, day out and how trying to change people and their ways leads to resistance and underhanded tactics by those not in favour.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, especially with its’ relevance to the present time!  The battle between those who don’t want change against those who would prefer a kinder, more fair world was fascinating and this book gives you a lot to think about!


#BlogTour THE CURATOR by M.W.CRAVEN #BookReview MW Craven @MWCravenUK @LittleBrownUK @DavidHHeadley

Delighted to be the latest stop on the blog tour for the fabulous THE CURATOR by M.W.CRAVEN. My  thanks to the author, publisher and Beth Wright at Little Brown for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!


It’s Christmas and a serial killer is leaving displayed body parts all over Cumbria. A strange message is left at each scene: #BSC6. Called in to investigate, the National Crime Agency’s Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw are faced with a case that makes no sense. Why were some victims anaesthetized, while others died in appalling agony? Why is their only suspect denying what they can irrefutably prove but admitting to things they weren’t even aware of? And why did the victims all take the same two weeks off work three years earlier?

And when a disgraced FBI agent gets in touch things take an even darker turn. Because she doesn’t think Poe is dealing with a serial killer at all; she thinks he’s dealing with someone far, far worse – a man who calls himself the Curator.

And nothing will ever be the same again…



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They are back! And solving crimes better than ever!!! My favourite investigating team return with another grizzly case and an ending that left me truly shocked!! You know when you have to read the last few pages over and over a few times to let it all sink in… yeah that kind of ending!!

The combination of Washington Poe and Tilly Bradshaw works wonders again in this novel – their dynamics are more settled and understanding, but there is still that edge and unpredictability that I love about them.  So when body parts are discovered at certain locations with a single chilling message #BCS6 left with them, it is up to Poe and Bradshaw to put the pieces together and find out the victims and the perpitrator. And it’s not an easy hunt for them – why are these victims targeted? Is there a link between them? What is the significance of the message?  The tiniest little piece of information is often key to each investigation even more so when there is so very little evidence left behind by the serial killer in these instances.

When an FBI agent gets involved in the case and points out the similarities in a case involving The Curator the action really picks up, and the investigation gets more complex and more intriguing to follow.

It is a gruesome and shocking case that unfolds, but there are still moments of humour that lighten the darkness.  It’s another corker of a story from M.W.Craven and I’m already eagerly awaiting the next case that Washington and Tilly have to solve!!



Delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for the wonderful THE BEAUTY OF BROKEN THINGS by VICTORIA CONNELLY.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book,  putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

The Beauty of Broken Things

United by tragedy, can two broken souls make each other whole?

After the tragic loss of his wife, Helen, Luke Hansard is desperate to keep her memory alive. In an effort to stay close to her, he reaches out to an online friend Helen often mentioned: a reclusive photographer with a curious interest in beautiful but broken objects. But first he must find her—and she doesn’t want to be found.

Orla Kendrick lives alone in the ruins of a remote Suffolk castle, hiding from the haunting past that has left her physically and emotionally scarred. In her fortress, she can keep a safe distance from prying eyes, surrounded by her broken treasures and insulated from the world outside.

When Luke tracks Orla down, he is determined to help her in the way Helen wanted to: by encouraging her out of her isolation and back into the world. But Orla has never seen her refuge as a prison and, when painful secrets and dangerous threats begin to resurface, Luke’s good deed is turned on its head.

As they work through their grief for Helen in very different ways, will these two broken souls be able to heal?

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Victoria Connelly studied English Literature at Worcester University, got married in a medieval castle in the Yorkshire Dales and now lives in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a young springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in 2008 by Ziegler Films in Germany. The Runaway Actress was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Comedy Novel award.

Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.

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I adored this book! It shows the power of gaining strength from others which allows you to heal and move on from tragic events – ones you think you will never get over.  And it’s also made me want to start a collection of ‘broken things’! Finding beauty in things that are imperfect – very difficult in this world we live in where ‘perfection’ is what is craved.  And those imperfections are what keeps Orla hidden away after an appalling tragedy.  Even her own mother thinks it’s for the best that she is kept out of public view! So Orla just has the company of her dog, and her imperfect collection of china  – forever fearful of the outside world.  But through her photography she reaches out to many others, one of those being Helen who admires her work and dreams of setting up as a photographer herself.  The women build up a friendship through internet messages – until one day the messages stop coming.

Luke is married to Helen and is devastated by her sudden and tragic loss.  He feels rudderless without her and finds out so much about her that he didn’t know about through her journal.  So through photos, he tracks down Orla to pass on a gift that Helen bought for her and that starts an amazing bond between them both that starts the healing process. Isn’t it amazing how some are quick to want to help heal others before even beginning to heal themselves? Sometimes the ones doing the saving are the ones that need saving themselves!

As Orla opens up about her past, you totally understand why she is so reluctant to trust others but as she starts seeing the goodness in people she gains more confidence and starts thinking about rebuilding her life once more.  And through helping Orla, Luke is made to face up to life after Helen and it was emotional at times watching them both go through the healing process. It’s a beautifully written book and the characters are so well crafted that you can’t help but not take them to your hearts.

It’s a lovely touching novel and inspiring to watch the progress they both make in helping one another through the tougher times of grief and fear.



Extremely delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for A HUNDRED MILLION YEARS AND A DAY by JEAN-BAPTISTE ANDREA. My thanks to Isabelle at Gallic Books for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!


‘On the mountain, the only monsters are the ones you take with you.’
Summer 1954. Stan has been hunting for fossils since the age of six. Now, having made a career out of studying the remains of tiny lifeforms, he hears a story he cannot forget: the skeleton of a huge creature, a veritable dragon, lies deep in an Alpine glacier. And he is determined to find it.

Leaving his life in Paris behind, Stan sets out in pursuit of a legend. But he is no mountaineer, and to attempt his dangerous expedition he must call on loyal friend and colleague Umberto, who arrives with an eccentric young assistant, and expert guide Gio. Time is short: the four men must descend before the weather turns. Bonds are forged and tested as the hazardous quest for the earth’s lost creatures becomes a journey into Stan’s own past.







This was a fascinating novel about the lengths some will go to in the pursuit of a dream – the obsession, the insanity, the sacrifices and the seeds sown from a young age that will shape a person in their future endeavours.

Stan has been hunting fossils since he was 6 years old – he was much happier on his own hunting fossils but that marked him out as being different so he was bullied. Not only by other children, but by his own father which was the heartbreaking aspect of the story.  He never had that support from his dad and as he has flashbacks while climbing the mountain, we get an extraordinary glimpse into the childhood traumas the poor little Stan suffered.
And those traumas set him on the path to want to prove people wrong, which is why he doesn’t want to seem to acknowledge the danger he is putting himself and his team in on the quest to find the skeleton of a dragon in an alpine glacier.

His backstory is heartbreaking and has totally shaped his outlook on life right now and it was often emotional to witness the physical and mental battle he faces on every step of his journey. But with the darkside, he manages to find little moments of happy that keep him pushing on and that’s what I’ll take away from this book the most.  He never let the darker images dampen his determination to achieve the seemingly impossible.  Being told ‘no’ all his life, being bullied, laughed at, meant that he only wanted to prove things to himself that he was good enough – no matter what the cost.

There are the moments of loneliness, anger, and bitterness mixed with the moments of reflection, resolve and I found it to be an absorbing story.


#BlogTour A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Cafe by Rosie Green #bookreview @rararesources

A huge pleasure to be here today as part of the Blog Tour for the wonderful A CORNISH SUMMER HOLIDAY AT THE LITTLE DUCK POND CAFE by ROSIE GREEN.  My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!!

A Cornish Summer Holiday at the Little Duck Pond Café

The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls are looking forward to a well-earned break in the Cornish seaside town of Pengully Sands, where Sylvia’s sister, Aggie, owns a holiday home. With the glorious golden sands, sparkling azure sea and an ice-cream parlour only yards away, it seems like the perfect location to relax and watch the surfers riding the waves (and maybe even have a go themselves). But when they arrive, the girls find it’s not quite the seaside idyll they were expecting. The house is less ‘holiday home’ and more ‘creepy, dilapidated haunted house.’ 

Gracie, who runs the ice-cream parlour, has problems of her own and the last thing she needs is a bunch of high-spirited girls arriving to disturb the peace and isolation she craves. And when a handsome stranger looks set to destroy her livelihood, it seems like the last straw. Will Gracie get her happy ending – and maybe even make friends with the girls next-door? This wasn’t the relaxing break the Little Duck Pond Cafe girls were expecting, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be the holiday of a lifetime!

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Rosie has been scribbling stories ever since she was little.

Back then, they were rip-roaring adventure tales with a young heroine in perilous danger of falling off a cliff or being tied up by ‘the baddies’.

Thankfully, Rosie has moved on somewhat, and now much prefers to write romantic comedies that melt your heart and make you smile, with really not much perilous danger involved at all – unless you count the heroine losing her heart in love.

Her series of novellas is centred around life in a village cafe. The latest, ‘Lemon Drizzle Mondays at the Little Duck Pond Cafe’, is out now.

Rosie is currently writing a full-length book, ‘Lucy’s Great Cornish Escape’, which – in a fun twist – will feature favourite characters from the Little Duck Pond Café series.

Follow Rosie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/Rosie_Green1988


And so we meet again!! The Little Duck Pond Girls are back in my life once more, albeit playing a slightly lesser role in this book, as they venture away from the Duck Pond Cafe and introduce us to Pengully Sands in Cornwall and some new characters and it’s blooming wonderful to be back amongst old friends – I can’t actually believe this is the 10th ‘visit’ to the Little Duck Pond Cafe series. It still feels as fresh as book 1, and has progressed so much in the topics and genres it covers….. 

This is a story told from 2 points of view – from the viewpoint of The Little Duck Pond Cafe girls as they embark on a girls holiday to Cornwall, and a new voice on the block, that of Gracie who has returned to Pengully Sands to run Beachside Ices. It’s a place that she has very fond memories of but the customers are dwindling and she finds herself living life a little aimlessly and wondering what is next for her – other than baking (and eating!) more cakes which is where she finds comfort.

I love the mix of characters that the author puts together – each has their own story to tell and are given time to express themselves and support one another.  In Gracie, we have a character who we can see is having trouble moving on and finding it difficult to find herself and focus on the future, and with the help of her new, albeit temporary, next door neighbours she begins to see a chink of light and trying to find a way forward for her and  way to let go of the past. And to stop hiding away and embrace the company and help of others who want to do what they can for her.

Add to the mix some ghostly goings on, mysteries from the past revealed by an old diary, a renovation project and some soul searching and you’ve got a pretty  perfect package of a story within the pages of this book! Love Love Love!!  I can’t wait for the next installment!!


#BlogTour THE BOOK OF KOLI by M.R.CAREY #BookReview @orbitbooks @michaelcarey191

Delighted to be taking part in the Blog Tour for the exciting release of THE BOOK OF KOLI by M.R.CAREY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Tracy of Compulsive Readers for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!


Beyond the walls of the small village of Mythen Rood lies an unrecognizable world. A world where overgrown forests are filled with choker trees and deadly vines and seeds that will kill you where you stand. And if they don’t get you, one of the dangerous shunned men will.

Koli has lived in Mythen Rood his entire life. He knows the first rule of survival is that you don’t venture beyond the walls.

What he doesn’t know is – what happens when you aren’t given a choice?

The first in a gripping new trilogy, The Book of Koli charts the journey of one unforgettable young boy struggling to find his place in a chilling post-apocalyptic world. Perfect for readers of Station Eleven and Annihilation.

published by ORBIT BOOKS





What an introduction to a trilogy!!  The Book of Koli is the perfect start  and will have you eager to read more of the adventures ahead! This is book one, with books two and three to follow over the next year, and it’s brilliant story of nature turning against humanity!

Koli lives his life in fear, especially of trees and nature. The world they live in has severely changed over the years, the population has decreased and humans are kept in smaller groups for their own safety and survival.  It’s a scary world outside the safety of their own communities and for Koli growing up it’s a confusing place to be.  It’s a brutal and sparse way of life where you have to fight to survive and work together to thrive.

At the age of 15 he has to leave home to await his future – think an extreme ‘sorting hat’ kind of process! You discover your job and name for life. Living in a world constantly surveyed by drones for monitoring breaches and bad behaviour – we could do with these now in these ‘stay at home’ days!!

The more people Koli meets, the more his eyes are opened to the outside world and I loved seeing his character process things he learns – no more so than when a Japanese AI enters his life to teach him about the ‘old world’ and leads him on a path of discovery and figuring out why the world changed – very relevant to now it seems!! Be afraid!!

I found the story to be told at quite a pace and was often quite bleak (quite rightly!), but did really appreciate the touches of humour thrown in that did lift the mood. I am already itching to read more from Koli and the others to see where their journey takes them next!!


#BlogTour #Giveaway THE GIFT OF COCKLEBERRY BAY by NICOLA MAY #BookReview #TGOCB @rararesources

Delighted to be on the Blog Tour for the latest in one of my favourite series – THE GIFT OF COCKLEBERRY BAY by NICOLA MAY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay 

From the author of the #1 BESTSELLING The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay 

All of our favourite characters from Cockleberry Bay are back in this final, heart warming story in the series. Including Hot, Rosa Smith’s adorable dachshund and his new-born puppies.

 Now successfully running the Cockleberry Café and wishing to start a family herself, Rosa feels the time is right to let her inherited Corner Shop go. However, her benefactor left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

 Rosa is torn. How can she make such a huge decision? And will it be the right one? Once the news gets out and goes public, untrustworthy newcomers appear in the Bay . . . their motives uncertain. With the revelation of more secrets from Rosa’s family heritage, a new journey of unpredictable and life-changing events begins to unfold. 

The Gift of Cockleberry Bay concludes this phenomenally successful series in typically brisk and bolshy style and will delight the many thousands of Rosa’s fans 

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Nicola May lives in the UK, five miles from the Queen’s castle in Windsor, with her black-and-white rescue cat, Stan. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon and devouring cream teas. Her bestselling The Corner Shop in Cockleberry, the 1st book in the Cockleberry Bay series, went to #1 on Amazon and stayed there for an unprecedented 6 weeks. She classes her novels as ‘chicklit with a kick,’ writing about love, life and friendships in a real, not fluffy kind of way. She likes burgers, mince pies, clocks, birds, bubble baths and facials – but is not so keen on aubergines.

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The gang are back! And I couldn’t be happier to spend time in the company of these wonderful characters and in the charming Cockleberry Bay area! Their daily goings on and drama have delighted me over the previous 2 books, and this is a fitting end to the series and left me with all the feels…. and more!

If you’ve not read the series before – why not??!!! – this can be read as a standalone, but it’s always good to know a little bit about the background of the dynamics of the characters so I’d highly recommend reading books 1 and 2 as well, so you can get the full enjoyment of the latest installment!

There’s a storm approaching the Bay in this book, and for a close knit community they are really tested with dealing with the aftermath.  But it’s not all doom and gloom as there is plenty going on with the inhabitants, mainly Rosa and her husband Josh, who have big decisions ahead of them – not so easy either when Josh is having to work away in another country so often. There’s also puppies!!!

Rosa turns into a bit of a wonderwoman in this story, and I have loved seeing how her character has progressed over the books. Her relationship is always her anchor but it is never without problems – it shows her maturity in how she resolves such issues!

Having to decide on who to leave the shop to is a huge dilemma for Rosa, and I loved trying to work out who I thought would be the best new owner!  This was a wonderful story that I didn’t want to end!  Thank you Nicola and thank you Cockleberry Bay for keeping me so entertained throughout this series!!


#BlogTour NEW YEAR, NEW GUY by ANGELA BRITNELL #BookReview @rararesources @ChocLituk @AngelaBritnell

Always a delight to be involved in a Blog Tour for Angela Britnell, so delighted to share my thoughts today for her latest NEW YEAR, NEW GUY. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for putting the tour together and letting me be part of it all!

Out with the old life, in with the new …

When Laura’s bride-to-be sister, Polly, organises a surprise reunion for her fiancé and his long lost American friend, Laura grudgingly agrees to help keep the secret. And when the plain-spoken, larger-than-life Hunter McQueen steps off the bus in her rainy Devon town and only just squeezes into her tiny car, it confirms that Laura has made a big mistake in going along with her sister’s crazy plan.

But could the tall, handsome man with the Nashville drawl be just what reserved Laura Williams needs to shake up her life and start something new?



Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/New–Year–Guy-Deliciously-romantic-ebook/dp/B08426YQWD/r

Apple: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/new–year–new–guy/id1495650710?mt=11&app=itunes&at=11lNBs 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/new–year–new–guy

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Angela_Britnell_New_Year_New_Guy?id=Z0HODwAAQBAJ&hl=en_GB

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/new–year–new–guy–angela-britnell/1136148266?ean=2940162855132

Website: https://www.choc-lit.com/dd-product/new–year–new–guy/



Hunter – swoon!!! 😍 I could just let that be my review!! But I won’t! 

I’ve adored spending time in the company of Hunter and Laura – thrown together as she ‘babysits’ him ahead of her sisters’ wedding. He’s the surprise guest from America, and when she’s told about her assignment she’s not too pleased!  But she wants her sister to be happy so is a good host, and ‘hides’ him at her house until the big day.

They are very different personalities – she’s very reserved and guarded, he’s not backward in coming forward but is really sweet and funny, but you do get the sense he’s hiding something as he’s a little edgy at times and doesn’t seem comfortable in certain situations.

I loved seeing how they spent time -she introduces him to lots of British things and he seems to find the more time he spends with Laura, the more he begins to relax.

Both Laura and Hunter seem to be troubled by their pasts and I really loved seeing how having support helped them both confront those demons and find a little bit of peace.  

This is a story full of heart and humour, it’s emotional and endearing and I highly recommend it!


#BlogTour THE GARDEN OF LOST MEMORIES by RUBY HUMMINGBIRD #BookReview @bookouture @BOTBSPublicity

Hugely excited to be taking part in the Blog Tour today for the wonderful THE GARDEN OF LOST MEMORIES by RUBY HUMMINGBIRD. My thanks to the author, publisher and Sarah of https://twitter.com/BOTBSPublicity for letting me be part of the tour and putting it all together!

Book Description:

Just because you feel ordinary doesn’t mean you aren’t extraordinary to someone else.
Sixty-two-year-old Elsie knows what she likes. Custard creams at four o’clock, jigsaw puzzles with a thousand pieces, her ivy-covered, lavender-scented garden.

Ten-year-old Billy would rather spend his Saturdays kicking a ball, or watching TV, or anything really, other than being babysat by his grumpy neighbour Elsie and being force fed custard creams.

If it was up to them, they’d have nothing to do with each other. Unfortunately, you can’t choose who you live next door to.
But there is always more to people than meets the eye…

Elsie doesn’t know that Billy’s afraid to go to school now, or why his mother woke him up in the middle of the night with an urgent shake, bags already packed, ready to flee their home.
Billy doesn’t know that the rusting red tin he finds buried in Elsie’s treasured garden is a ticking time bomb waiting to explode her carefully organised life. And that when he digs it up, he is unearthing a secret that has lain dormant for twenty-eight years…

This moving tale is for anyone who has ever felt the pang of loneliness, or worried that their broken heart might never be the same again. Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, The Keeper of Lost Things and The Library of Lost and Found will fall head over heels for this life-affirming novel that shows us that if you’re willing to take a risk, happiness is only ever a heartbeat away.


Ruby Hummingbird is a novelist based in the English countryside. She loves nothing more than writing uplifting and heartwarming fiction that gets her readers reaching for the tissues. When she isn’t storytelling, she can be found tending to her beloved sunflowers or sipping on hazelnut lattes.

Buying Links:

Amazon: https://bit.ly/2WQVYiJ

Apple Books: https://apple.co/33QZRpk

Kobo:  https://bit.ly/3amwGNh

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Stick a garden in a book and I’m immediately interested! Throw in a wonderful character in the form of Elsie and the unlikeliest of friendships of forming, and I’m smitten!! I adored this book and really took these characters to my heart!

Elsie lives alone, is elderly and gets through each day with her routines, doing her best to avoid the ‘chit chat’ of neighbours or people she bumps into at the shops.  She’s also prone to making judgements about people before knowing the real story, and she finds herself doing that with her new neighbours.  10 year old Billy lives with his mum next door and they’ve moved away from his Dad. He’s scared, frustrated and being bullied at school so he often lashes out at the wrong person and definitely isn’t a fan of being left in the care of Elsie when his mum has to go out to work.  She seems strange to him, sees her talking to herself and would rather be anywhere else but there! But something magical happens when she gets him to help her in her beloved garden that has become a little too much for her to cope with.  And this healing power of a garden was one thing that really connected with me. It gives you the chance to focus on something else in the world and it does Elsie and Billy the power of good, especially with the outside world causing them so much suffering.

When they uncover a tin buried in the garden, it leads to an extraordinary journey for the both of them and it was just so uplifting to see them heading out together to piece together the pieces of memories left behind in this tin.  Elsie is reluctant to visit one place but Billy goes by himself and makes a new friend and he starts to believe in himself again and feel less angry at the world.

This is a story that pulls on the heartstrings and shines the spotlight on how important it is not to judge people on first impressions.  I enjoyed watching the story of their pasts unfold, and how coming together helped them all move on.  Wonderful!