Thursday, 21 February 2019

Giveaway: Win a copy of Happiness for Beginners by Carole Matthews (UK only)

Today I have decided to share the book love and celebrate the publication day of Carole Matthews' latest book, Happiness for Beginners, by running a giveaway for the extra copy I received.  I already had a proof copy, and Emma also has an ecopy from NetGalley, but sadly neither of us have had a chance to read the book yet for review due to work and other commitments but one of us definitely will sooner rather than later.

Molly Baker is living her best life.

Thirty-eight years old, she lives on the twenty-five-acre Hope Farm in Buckinghamshire, surrounded by (mostly) four-legged friends and rolling hills. There's Anthony the anti-social sheep, Tina Turner the alpaca with attitude, and the definitely-not-miniature pig, Teacup.

Molly runs the farm as an alternative school for kids who haven't thrived in mainstream education. It's full on, but she wouldn't have it any other way. So when the well-groomed Shelby Dacre turns up at Hope Farm asking to enrol his son Lucas, Molly isn't fazed.

Emma's Review: Courage of the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

Sunderland, 1942: Polly's heart and her future are hanging in the balance…

Polly’s sweetheart Tommy has been declared missing while serving overseas, and although there is no certainty that he is dead, there is no guarantee that he will return home. Now Polly needs her friends more than ever, and the other women welders are ready to rally around her while she waits for news.

The only one not showing support is shipyard manager, Helen. But looks can be deceiving, and beneath her cold exterior, Helen is wrestling with demons of her own, including one life-changing decision that could lead to potential ruin.

As the war continues, the shipyard girls must support one another as they bravely soldier on.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Emma's Review: The Dressmaker of Draper's Lane by Liz Trenow

Reviewed by Emma Crowley

The richest silk hides the deepest secrets . . . 

1768, London.

As a foundling who rose from poverty and now runs her own successful dressmaking business in the heart of society London, Miss Charlotte is a remarkable woman, admired by many. She has no need, nor desire, to marry. The people she values most are her friend Anna, her recently-found sister Louisa and nephew Peter.

She feels herself fortunate, and should be content with what she has. But something is missing.

A small piece of rare silk discovered in a bundle of scraps at auction triggers a curious sense of familiarity, and prompts her to unpick a past filled with extraordinary secrets and revelations . .

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Books Read: In Safe Hands by J. P. Carter

When nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London, their distressed parents have no idea if they will ever see them again. The community in the surrounding area in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that's what they're saying.

But DCI Anna Tate knows that nothing is impossible, and she also knows that time is quickly running out. It’s unclear if the kidnappers are desperate for money or set on revenge, but the ransom is going up by £1million daily. And they know that one little boy in particular is fighting for his life.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DCI Anna Tate has ever worked on – not only because nine children are being held hostage, but because she’s pretty sure that someone close to them is lying…

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Giveaway: Win a copy of The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

It certainly was serendipitous timing as today I received a finished copy of Roxie Cooper's The Day We Met which you may have noticed I reviewed this morning as part of the blog tour, you can read what I thought here.

So as it's Valentine's Day and International Book Giving Day, and I have already read the book, I have decided to share the book love and run a bonus giveaway so that one of you lovely followers can win this copy to read for yourself 😉

Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they're both with other people...

Books Read: The Day We Met by Roxie Cooper

Stephanie and Jamie are meant to be. The problem is they're both with other people...

Stephanie doesn’t believe in fate, true love or living happily ever after. She’s content enough being engaged to Matt. But then she meets Jamie, who understands her more than anyone else ever has.

Jamie is happily married to his childhood sweetheart Helen and believes in everything Stephanie doesn’t. So why does he have such a strong connection with Stephanie?

When Stephanie and Jamie meet one fateful weekend in 2006 it will change everything...

Ten years. Two people. One epic love story

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Valentine's Giveaway: Win a Purple Beads & Silver Heart Charm BookBandz

Today is International Book Giving Day and Valentine's Day so it seemed only fitting to do another giveaway to celebrate, and what better accompaniment to any book than a bookmark.  Once again Karen has come up trumps and handmade this gorgeous BookBandz for me, a purple/lilac and Silver Heart Charm Bandz 😍

Regular followers of the blog or who follow me on Twitter or Instagram will know how much I love these as I've shared photos of many of the bandz that I have bought over the years (for myself, presents for friends or giveaways) - check out Karen's photo album on her FB page here for more of her gorgeous creations. 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Books Read: Stalker by Lars Kepler

The Swedish National Crime Unit receives a video of a young woman in her home, clearly unaware that she's being watched. Soon after the tape is received, the woman's body is found horrifically mutilated. With the arrival of the next, similar video, the police understand that the killer is toying with them, warning of a new victim, knowing there's nothing they can do. Detective Margot Silverman is put in charge of the investigation, and soon asks Detective Joona Linna for help. Linna, in turn, recruits Erik Maria Bark, the hypnotist and expert in trauma, with whom Linna's worked before. Bark is leery of forcing people to give up their secrets. But this time, Bark is the one hiding things. 

Years before, he had put a man away for an eerily similar crime, and now he's beginning to think that an innocent man may be behind bars--and a serial killer still on the loose...

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