#PromoBlitz Reflected Destinies by Florence Keeling #Giveaway

Nice little Promo Blitz to share with you all today, so my thanks to Rachel of  Rachel’s Random Resources for helping put this all together and letting me be part of it!  And as an added bonus, there’s a giveaway too!! Read on for more details!!

Reflected Destinies

Laura is happy and content, she has a new boyfriend and loves her job teaching primary school pupils in London. But when she inherits a rundown house from a stranger on her 30th birthday, memories of her prom night come flooding back, memories of a scary encounter and an antique mirror in the very same house.

Laura visits the house with all its secrets and as she unravels the clues she reveals the biggest secret of all: her own destiny. But how can you change the future if it’s already written in the past?

Purchase Link – 

Amazon UK

About the Author

Florence Keeling adopted for her pen-name her Great Grandmother’s name, chosen because of the shared birthday of April Fool’s Day. She is married with two teenage chidren. Born and raised in Coventry, England she now lives just outside in Nuneaton. Reflected Destinies is her first novel. Florence Keeling also writes for children under the name of Lily Mae Walters.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/florence.keeling.7

Twitter – https://twitter.com/KeelingFlorence

 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/florence.keeling/

GIVEAWAY

You have to be in it to win it!! So click on the link below and register your entry for a chance to win! Good Luck!!

 1st Prize – Signed copy of Reflected Destinies (UK Only) 

2nd Prize – E-copy of Reflected Destinies (International)

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My Bookish weekly wrap up – week 29 2018

Hello! There has been rain!! Wet stuff falling from the sky! It was glorious!! That’s what the never ending heatwave has done to me! Celebrating raindrops!! Back to sunny again today though but very windy! What will the weather throw at us next I wonder?!

The extreme heat of the past week – well over 30 degrees most days – has meant that reading has been a great way of passing time and distracting myself from it being too hot! So 6 books have been consumed and enjoyed this week! It’s also been a great week on the bookpost front – so grab a cuppa and enjoy my little look back on the week just gone, and a sneak peek at what I’m currently reading!

BOOKS FINISHED

Summer at Carrick Park by Kirsty Ferry  – 4 stars

Fabulous novella that I didn’t want to end!

The Cheesemaker’s House by Jane Cable  –  4 stars

Read ahead of a forthcoming Blog Tour – thoroughly enjoyed it!

The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas – 5 stars

Another Blog Tour read – I ADORED this book!!

Sour Fruit by Eli Allison – 3.5 stars

Another Blog Tour read – and one that had me laughing out loud on  a number of occasions!

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone – 4 stars

Loved this! Felt like a classic childrens’ adventure! Magical!

Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce  – 5 stars

Fabulous!!

BOOK POST

Been a very lucky bunny on the book post front this week! Ooh and there was a NetGalley weak moment too!

Under the Wig by William Clegg QC

A Lawyer’s Stories of Murder, Guilt and Innocence

Hardback, 288 pages

ISBN 9781912454082

Publication: 4 October 2018

How can you speak up for someone accused of a savage murder? How do you sway a jury? Or get a judge to drop a case?

Meet London’s top murder case lawyer as he meets clients in prisons, confronts witnesses in packed courts — and frees innocent people jailed for decades.

In this vivid memoir, William Clegg QC revisits his most intriguing trials, from the acquittal of Colin Stagg to the murder of Jill Dando, and from Britain’s first Nazi war criminal to the man given life because of an earprint.

All the while he lays bare the secrets of his profession, from the rivalry among barristers to the nervous moments before a verdict — and how our right to a fair trial is now in peril. Switch off the TV dramas and plunge into the criminal law in action.

 An Isolated Incident by Emily Maguire

Publication Date – August 2018 by Lightning Books

SHORTLISTED: Miles Franklin Literary Award

SHORTLISTED: Stella Prize

SHORTLISTED: Ned Kelly Prize for Best Crime Novel

When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm ensues.

Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm are Bella’s beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparently easy-going nature conceals hard-won wisdom and the kind of street-smarts that only experience can bring, and May Norman, a young reporter with high ideals sent to cover the story.

An Isolated Incident is a humane and beautifully observed tale of everyday violence, the media’s obsession with the murders of pretty young women and the absence left in the world when someone dies.

Summer of Secrets by Nikola Scott

Publication Date – 6th September 2018

Nikola Scott’s heart-breaking and unforgettable new novel tells the story of two women linked by a dark secret, in 1939 and the modern day. Not to be missed by readers of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Morton.

1939. Madeleine, an orphaned young woman, fears that life at her beautiful family home Summerhill will change for ever when her adored sister Georgina returns from London with a handsome and charming fiancé. Maddie fears that the man Georgina loves is not all he seems. And even idyllic Cornwall is falling under the shadow of war…

Today. Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future despite her husband’s devotion. When her work takes her to Summerhill, she’s drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything…

A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille

 Published by Alma Classics

Four sailors discover a copper cylinder containing a manuscript written by the adventurer Adam More, who was shipwrecked in the southern hemisphere. They read its contents out to one another, and the incredible story unfolds of his journey to a lost world which survives at the foot of a volcano. This strange utopian society, in which humans coexist with prehistoric animals, is the antithesis of Victorian England, as poverty is preferred to wealth and darkness to light.

At once a timeless satire and a pioneering work of science fiction, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder will enthrall readers of today and revive James De Mille’s reputation as a writer ahead of his time.

Baxter’s Requiem by Matthew Crow – NetGalley download

Let me tell you a story, about a man I knew, and a man I know…

Mr Baxter is ninety-four years old when he falls down his staircase and grudgily finds himself resident at Melrose Gardens Retirement Home.

Baxter is many things – raconteur, retired music teacher, rabble-rouser, bon viveur – but ‘good patient’ he is not. He had every intention of living his twilight years with wine, music and revelry; not tea, telly and Tramadol. Indeed, Melrose Gardens is his worst nightmare – until he meets Gregory.

At only nineteen years of age, Greg has suffered a loss so heavy that he is in danger of giving up on life before he even gets going.

Determined to save the boy, Baxter decides to enlist his help on a mission to pay tribute to his long-lost love, Thomas: the man with whom he found true happiness; the man he waved off to fight in a senseless war; the man who never returned. The best man he ever knew.

With Gregory in tow Baxter sets out on a spirited escape from Melrose, bound for the war graves of Northern France. As Baxter shares his memories, the boy starts to see that life need not be a matter of mere endurance; that the world is huge and beautiful; that kindness is strength; and that the only way to honour the dead, is to live.

CURRENTLY READING

At Mrs Lippincote’s by Elizabeth Taylor

The Librarian by Salley Vickers

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Hope that the week ahead is just as successful! I need to be paying my #20booksofsummer challenge a bit more notice! Time flies when you’re reading…

HAPPY READING!

#BookReview Dear Mrs Bird by A.J.Pearce

About the book

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake is Doing Her Bit for the war effort, volunteering as a telephone operator with the Auxiliary Fire Services. When Emmy sees an advertisement for a job at the London Evening Chronicle, her dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent suddenly seem achievable. But the job turns out to be working as a typist for the fierce and renowned advice columnist, Henrietta Bird. Emmy is disappointed, but gamely bucks up and buckles down.

Mrs. Bird is very clear: letters containing any Unpleasantness must go straight in the bin. But when Emmy reads poignant notes from women who may have Gone Too Far with the wrong men, or who can’t bear to let their children be evacuated, she is unable to resist responding. As the German planes make their nightly raids, and London picks up the smoldering pieces each morning, Emmy secretly begins to write back to the readers who have poured out their troubles.

Prepare to fall head over heels for Emmy and her best friend, Bunty, who are gutsy and spirited, even in the face of a terrible blow. The irrepressible Emmy keeps writing letters in this hilarious and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times. 

Published by Picador

Out now

Purchase Links

Amazon UK  £4.99

Hive.co.uk  £10.69

Book Depository  £5.42

MY REVIEW

Another one of those books that I couldn’t put down once I picked it up! And this time it wasn’t because of the twists or shocking reveals, but all down to the fact that it was such a charming and touching story of 2 friends and their experiences of living in London during the War, and how their perspectives of war were different from those on the frontline.

Emmeline and Bunty are 2 friends, sharing a flat and have the kind of friendship goals we all aspire too! So supportive to one another which was much needed during the war with their other halves rarely around. Emmeline is a secretary but has designs on being a journalist and when she sees an advert for a junior at the local paper she goes for it!! Even her interview was quite eventful, but she was so swept up in the dream of being a journalist that she never really asked what the job entailed! So she is a little disappointed to find out she’ll be typing up answers to problems that readers write in to the ‘Women’s Friend’ periodical!

The problem page is under the guardianship of Mrs Bird and what a character she is! The list of topics she refuses to answer problems about is seemingly endless! She doesn’t do ‘unpleasantness’ as she calls it! So as Emmeline has to sort through the letters she is struck by how honest people are who write in and just want answers to the problems they face, mainly to do with relationships. So Emmeline takes it on herself to reply to some of these in person – risking her job and journalism dreams! It’s all done with the best of intentions but she still worries if she ever gets found out.

And all this goes on while London is under daily bombing risks so that perspective of life is greatly explored during this book. Having to take your gas masks with you where ever you go, and how life did carry on ‘as normal’ while the fear of watching neighbourhoods being destroyed was ever present.

I just adored the characters in this – they were ‘all round good eggs’ as the saying goes! Thoughtful, helpful, considerate and always trying to do the right thing! I also loved the viewpoint of being a woman during the war, and how you were just expected to go about things as normal and to keep quiet if you ever had fears or doubts. For some the problem pages were the only way for them to share such intimate details and if they weren’t getting answered, they had nowhere else to turn to.

This book was full of such warmth, emotion and even humour – loved the image of them swearing at Hitler while bombs were dropping around them – and it just filled my heart with glee throughout!

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 28 2018

Howdy!! I hope you are well!  A much quieter week for me just passed! Recent exertions had taken their toll on my health so the past 7 days have been conducted at a much slower pace than normal! And the continuing heatwave played a part in that too! Will the sun ever stop shining?!!

A quiet week sums up my bookish week too!  Still managed to read 4 books, am currently reading 3, and I kept the postie fairly busy with a couple of new arrivals but I’m still trying my best to be a well behaved bookdragon! Not easy being good is it?!

So here’s a quick little look at how my bookish week has been!  Please click on the book title for the link to the GoodReads page – am a little behind on reviews again so hoping to catch up on those soon!

BOOKS FINISHED

All 5 star reads this week!! That doesn’t happen very often!! And it made me a very happy reader!!

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola  –  5 stars

I loved this dark and unsettling read! Set on the Isle of Skye it was a great mix of historical, mystery and folklore!  Out on the 26th July 2018

The Daughter of River Valley by Victoria Cornwall  –  5 stars

Another stunning historical read! Loved it!!

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden  –  5 stars

I loved The Bear and the Nightingale so was a little scared picking up Book Two in the series – I needn’t have worried!! I loved the magical story!! Full review to follow on Blog Tour next month!

The Woman in the Shadows by Carol McGrath – 5 stars

This was the pick for the July Book Club read of The Ninja Book Box Book Club and I absolutely loved it! Took me right back in time to Tudor times and was a fabulous read!

BOOKPOST

After reading many glowing reviews on a number of book blogs, I was tempted into buying this and I managed to win it on ebay!

The Librarian by Salley Vickers

A charmingly subversive novel about a library in 1950s England, by the acclaimed author of The Cleaner of Chartres

Sylvia Blackwell, a young woman in her twenties, moves to East Mole, a quaint market town in middle England, to start a new job as a children’s librarian. But the apparently pleasant town is not all it seems. Sylvia falls in love with an older man – but it’s her connection to his precocious young daughter and her neighbours’ son which will change her life and put them, the library and her job under threat.

How does the library alter the young children’s lives and how do the children fare as a result of the books Sylvia introduces them to?

And then I received this ahead of a Blog Tour next month.

The Lion Tamer who Lost by Louise Beech

Long ago Andrew made a childhood wish. One he has always kept in a silver box with a too-big lid that falls off. When it finally comes true, he wishes it hadn’t…

Long ago Ben dreamed of going to Africa to volunteer at a lion reserve. When he finally goes there, it isn’t for the reasons he imagined…

Ben and Andrew keep meeting where they least expect. Some collisions are by design, but are they for a reason? Ben’s father would disown him for his relationship with Andrew, so they must hide their love. Andrew is determined to make it work, but secrets from his past threaten to ruin everything.

Ben escapes to Zimbabwe to finally fulfil his lifelong ambition. But will he ever return to England? To Andrew? To the truth?

A dark and poignant drama, The Lion Tamer Who Lost is also a mesmerisingly beautiful love story, with a tragic heart

And from the Goldsboro Book of the Month club, I received this signed first edition.

Wrecker by Noel O’Reilly

                    

A powerful debut exploring the dark side of Cornwall – the wrecking and the drowned sailors – where poverty drove villagers to dark deeds…

Mary Blight, stuck in a remote Cornish fishing village where ships are often wrecked on the rugged coast, longs for a life beyond Porthmorvoren. Picking among the corpses of the most recent washed-up dead, she spots a fine pair of leather boots on a dead noblewoman and unlaces them for herself. Only once she has removed the boots does she notice the woman’s earlobes are missing too. And by then it is too late. Village scold Aunt Madgie has seen her, bending over the corpse, blood on her lips.

The horror of the bitten noblewoman makes the national press. That the villagers are such savages to bite jewellery off a corpse their hands too cold to unfasten it causes a national outcry. The Porthmorvoren Cannibal is the stuff of nightmares. And still Aunt Madgie watches Mary, knowingly, waiting for her moment.

And I was lucky to receive an Advanced Readers Copy of this from Agora Books – due out in September 2018

A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes

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In the scorching summer of 1976, Robyn spends her days swimming at the Lido and tagging after her brother. It’s the perfect holiday – except for the crying women her mum keeps bringing home.

As the heatwave boils on, tensions in the town begin to simmer. Everyone is gossiping about her mum, a strange man is following her around, and worst of all, no one will tell Robyn the truth. But this town isn’t good at keeping secrets…

Twelve years later, Robyn returns home, to a house that has stood empty for years and a town that hasn’t moved on, forced to confront the mystery that haunted her that summer.

And atone for the part she played in it.

CURRENTLY READING

Mariana by Monica Dickens

Darling Blue by Tracy Rees  via The Pigeonhole App

Sky Song by Abi Elphinstone

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How has your week gone?! Keeping on top of those TBR piles?! Nope, me neither!!

HAPPY READING!

#unboxing Bookishly Classics & A Cuppa Tea

Hello! Just thought I would share another unboxing with you all – as I know how nosey we all are as bookish folk!

I’ve recently signed up for 3 months with Bookishly  for their Classics & A Cuppa subscription package.  So each month for 3 months you are sent 3 books from the Penguin’s Little Black Classics books, alongside a fabulous bookmark and a packet of yummy tea or coffee to suit your needs!  I’ve found this to be a fabulous way of adding to my bookshelves and discovering some new classics that I’ve shamefully not heard of or read!!

They arrive beautifully packaged up so you can pretend it’s your birthday when they arrive!!

And here’s what books I received this month…

 

Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte

‘Reader, if you’re ready, so am I.’

These witty vignettes, set in Charlotte Brontë’s imaginary world of Angria, feature debauched aristocrats, high-society courtesans and the rakish, brooding hero Zamorna, and offer a fascinating insight into Brontë’s early writing.

One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics’ huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries – including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

Matilda by Mary Shelley

‘I gained his secret and we were both lost for ever’.

Mary Shelley’s dark story of a bereaved man’s disturbing passion for his daughter was suppressed by her own father, and not published for over a century.

The Beautiful Cassandra by Jane Austen

‘She has many rare and charming qualities, but Sobriety is not one of them.’

A selection of Austen’s dark and hilarious early writings – featuring murder, drunkenness, perjury, theft, poisoning, women breaking out of prison, men forging wills and babies biting off their mothers’ fingers…

And from Jenier World of Teas there is a sample of..

Fruit & Blossoms Rooibos in pyramid tea bags is a great way to enjoy this refreshing mix of luxury Rooibos tea, fruits and herbs including rosehips, dried red and black currants, lavender and rose petals. The taste is fruity and flavoursome with wonderful floral notes.

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Very happy again this month with the books, tea and bookmark I received! Roll on next month!!

#BookReview The Daughter of River Valley by Victoria Cornwall #publicationday

About the book

Cornwall, 1861

Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …

Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she’s been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.

Fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?

Publisher  Choc Lit

Publication Date – 17th July 2018

Purchase Links

iBooks

Amazon UK

Kobo

Google Play

MY REVIEW

I found this story to be such an engrossing historical romance, beautifully brought to life by the author with some striking settings and vivid descriptions.  And in Beth Jago, a wonderful character who is strong, independent and stubborn in equal measures!

Since the death of her grandfather she has carried on living on her own in an isolated cottage in the River Valley. Happy to keep to herself, she gets the feeling she is being watched and has to take action when a strange man turns up at the cottage.  Her actions lead to this stranger losing his memory, although she is unsure at first if he is making this up.  But guilt, and a caring nature, gets the better of her and she takes responsibility to nurse him back to health and try to help him discover who he is, and what he was doing visiting the cottage in the first place.

She gives him the name ‘Luke’ and their relationship is an uneasy one from the start, despite having very similar traits!  They are both very stubborn characters and reluctant to rely on others for help but as they spend time together they gain a greater understanding of each other.  Luke begins to have flashbacks, and Beth hears his nightmares and it is enthralling to watch their story develop as they try and work out where he came from with just an engraved watch as a reference point as to an identity.

Beth is a  proud woman and has thrived on the security of living at the cottage, but when that is threatened she begins to fear the worst and wonders if all her work at the cottage will be for nothing.   She is determined to seek  answers from the source of the letters she receives in the hope a compromise can be reached.

I loved Beth and Luke in this.  Their stories weren’t straightforward and there were plenty of obstacles along the way for them both to navigate, and it became more than just a romance story with the added twists and turns along the way! Highly recommended!!

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My Bookish Weekly Wrap Up – Week 27 2018

Hello!! Hope the world is treating you well this week! The sun continues to shine here and we’ve had my nephew here to stay for a few days so reading has been placed on the back burner for a while!  Was lovely spending time with him, even if he did beat me at Crazy Golf! I need to practice more!!

On the reading front there has been a rare occurrence in my bookish world… a DNF book!!  I’m normally one of those readers that HAS to finish everything I pick up! But with so many books to read, I’ve decided to be more ruthless and give up on books that I’m not enjoying! Life is too short to read books you don’t like!  Feels quite liberating! Hope this doesn’t start me off not wanting to finish more though!

So with less reading time this week I’ve managed to finish 4 books and that 1 DNF! Been restrained on the book haul front too and I was forced (!) to buy 2 boks from the fab Eye Books who were selling their books last weekend for half price!  I’ve always been impressed by books they’ve published so it would have been rude of me to take advantage of such an offer!

Here’s a look back at my bookish week then – click the titles for GoodReads links/reviews

BOOKS FINISHED

Together by Julie Cohen   –  4 stars

Loved this unique love story told back to front! Got tears in my eyes during Chapter One!

The Possible World by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz  –  5 stars

A stunning story that I read via The Pigeonhole app! A must read!!

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd  –  3 stars

A book with a great first half, let down by the second half! Still enjoyed it though!

The Summer Seaside Kitchen by Jenny Colgan  –  4 stars

I love Jenny Colgan and this was another wonderful story from her!

The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George   – DNF

Very disappointed that I didn’t get on with this, as I adored The Little Paris Bookshop which was her previous book. Gave up after about 70 pages.

BOOK HAUL

Got these two from Eye Books in their half price sale!

The Hurtle of Hell by Simon Edge

When gay, pleasure-seeking Stefano Cartwright is almost killed by a wave while at the beach, his journey up a tunnel of light convinces him that God exists after all, and he may need to change his ways if he is not to end up in hell. When God happens to look down his celestial telescope and see Stefano, he is obliged to pay unprecedented attention to an obscure planet in a distant galaxy, and ends up on the greatest adventure of his multi-eon existence. The Hurtle of Hell combines a tender, human story of rejection and reconnection with an utterly original and often very funny theological thought-experiment, in an entrancing fable that is both mischievous and big-hearted.

The Hopkins Conundrum by Simon Edge

Tim Cleverley inherits a failing pub in Wales, which he plans to rescue by enlisting an American pulp novelist to concoct an entirely fabricated “mystery” about Gerald Manley Hopkins, who composed “The Wreck of the Deutschland” nearby. Blending the real stories of Hopkins and the shipwrecked nuns he wrote about with a contemporary love story, while casting a wry eye on the Dan Brown industry, The Hopkins Conundrum is a highly original mix of commercial fiction, literary biography, and satirical commentary. 

And then I received this ahead of a Blog Tour in |August – and am very excited!! I loved The Bear and The Nightingale so can’t wait to read more!

 The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden  (Winternight Trilogy #2)

The incredible adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home – but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

Reports have reached the Grand Prince of Moscow that his countryside is plagued by bandits who appear out of nowhere to burn the villages and kidnap its daughters. Determined to catch the men no one has been able to track, he sets out with his trusted friend, Sasha, a priest with a warrior’s training. The party travels for many days but is unable to find a trace of the raiders, until they come across a young boy riding alone on a magnificent horse who claims he has seen them and can find the trail. Sasha is shocked to recognise the boy as his younger sister, thought to be dead or a witch by her village and riding in disguise. But when Vasya proves herself in battle, riding with remarkable skill and inexplicable power, Sasha realises he must keep her secret as she may be the only way to save the city from threats both human and fantastical.

CURRENTLY READING

The Daughter of River Valley by Victoria Cornwall

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I hope your bookish week has been a fun one!!

HAPPY READING!!

#BookReview The Book of M by Peng Shepherd #20booksofsummer

About the book…..

Set in a dangerous near future world, The Book of M tells the captivating story of a group of ordinary people caught in an extraordinary catastrophe who risk everything to save the ones they love. It is a sweeping debut that illuminates the power that memories have not only on the heart, but on the world itself.

One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure.

Published by Harper Voyager

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Hive.co.uk

Book Depository

MY REVIEW

For the first 40% of this book I was under its’ spell! I was even getting ready to give it 5 stars! It was that engrossing, original and thought provoking! But then I found it started getting a little messy and my mind started to wander as I struggled to grasp what was going on! It did redeem itself again by the end as I found the conclusion quite satisfying and enjoyable – I just wish it could have all given me that feeling!

The concept of the story is stunningly simple and terrifying! People start to lose their shadows, and with it their memories go too as in this world it is your shadows that hold all your memories! Imagine not knowing how to open a door, remember loved ones…. and it starts spreading across the globe. There seems no rhyme or reason as to who or when it strikes so everybody is living in fear that it will happen to them and their nearest and dearest. In the book you follow a number of characters who have all been touched in some way by this horrifying development and I loved the early threads of how people were trying to survive. Max and Ory were two of the main characters who we followed as they scavenged to survive, living off one small meal a day and trying to work out a plan of action as to where to move on to next as each city began to become no go areas. Max had just lost her shadow so it was touching to see them deal with that and struggling to think past each day as to when her memories would completely go.

We also follow the story of Naz, a budding archer hoping for Olympic glory, and she becomes obsessed with TV coverage of Hemu, the first person to lose his shadow, and his story has the world transfixed. Naz is reunited with her sister as they try and find safe passage across the country and their quest isn’t made any easier by never knowing who to trust as they travel as the world becomes very selfish and wary of everyone else. Neither the shadowed or shadowless could be trusted!

Overall I did enjoy this book, despite its’ over complicated chapters and story lines. I would have just preferred it concentrating on the impact on humanity and the battle for survival without the added weirdness and confusing subplots!

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#BookReview Together by Julie Cohen

About the book…..

This is not a great love story.
This is a story about great love.

On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually does. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie’s actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret – one they will do absolutely anything to protect.

Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, David Nicholls’s One Day and M L Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans.

Published by Orion

Purchase Links

Amazon UK

Hive.co.uk

Waterstones

MY REVIEW

If the first chapter doesn’t tug at your heartstrings and put a tear in your eye, as it did with me, then you must be made of stone!! And that stunning opening had me hooked immediately and racing through each chapter to delve deeper into the uniquely told love story.

It’s a story that starts at the end! And I really enjoyed that way of it being told! It allowed you to focus on certain parts of their lives together, and before, and helped put things into perspective as to why things were happening in the way they were. Robbie and Emily had such an amazing life together full of secrets and difficult decisions, and having them revealed in reverse order was such a clever way of telling the story and really gave it such an interesting spin and gave their story a fresh but heartbreaking feel.

I loved the flaws in the characters, there were bad points in their make up alongside the good and the bond they shared was strengthened even more by the events that took place throughout their life. I didn’t see the twist coming either so that was a big surprise and one that worked well in the context of the story. Look forward to reading more from this author in the future!

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#BookReview Here Comes The Best Man by Angela Britnell #PublicationDay

Being the best man is a lot to live up to …

When troubled army veteran and musician Josh Robertson returns home to Nashville to be the best man at his younger brother Chad’s wedding he’s just sure that he’s going to mess it all up somehow.

But when it becomes clear that the wedding might not be going to plan, it’s up to Josh and fellow guest Louise Giles to make sure that Chad and his wife-to-be Maggie get their perfect day.

Can Josh be the best man his brother needs? And is there somebody else who is beginning to realise that Josh could be her ‘best man’ too?

Published by Choc Lit

Publication Day – 10th July 2018

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon UK

iBooks

Amazon US

Google Books

Kobo

MY REVIEW

Having been lucky enough to have read this at the manuscript stage as part of the Choc Lit Tasting Panel, it is absolutely wonderful to see it in its’ final form and it still has  that sweet and swoonsome feel that won me over in the first place!!

Josh is the bad boy of the family in some eyes, so when he returns for his brothers wedding he is determined to prove to people they’re wrong and hopefully make it through the time causing no problems!  He had served in the army and we get to see a little glimpse of his time in the army during the story and it really puts what he’s been through in a new light.   When he meets Louise, who is over for the wedding with the English wedding party, he is immediately smitten and soon a touching bond between them grows.  Louise is such a lovely character as she’s not part of the family involved with the wedding, but is the PA to the godmother of the bride, so she is used to sorting out problems and helping to organise things so it seems perfect for her to offer to help with some wedding plans that were running a bit behind!  

You sense that Louise and Josh both have some trust issues, but it’s fun to see them bouncing ideas off one another for the wedding and Josh is also a great host to show Louise different parts of town and she seems to have a really positive effect on his outlook on life now and he starts to look forward to new ventures.

This has such an easy feel to it that it was a pleasure to read!  Loved the setting and the little back stories that kept appearing to keep things interesting!  This is a sequel to The Wedding Reject Table, but can easily be read as a standalone.   Loved it!

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