Book Review: The Pieces of You and Me by Rachel Burton @rararesources

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Synopsis

When Jess and Rupert parted ways, it was the end of a great love story that might have been. Now ten years later, the very different paths they have taken in life will bring them back together for a chance meeting.

But with so much left unsaid about the break up neither ever recovered from and with each keeping their own devastating secrets, will they finally be able to make the fractured pieces of their love for one another whole again?

Purchase Link: mybook.to/PiecesYouMe

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Now who doesn’t love a second change at love sort of book and Jess and Rupert definitely take us on an emotional journey! Not only was this a great contemporary read it also gave so much more depth with having to deal with a chronic illness. This was a good book to get engrossed with on a Saturday afternoon, though at points it did seem a little slow with everything going on but I think that had to do with a lack of communication between the characters, there was some definite internal screaming from me going on. This was my first book by Rachel Burton but I will be checking out her other two as soon as I can, although frustrating at points I really did like how the story was set out and the writing really brought it alive. Four out of five stars!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

About the Author

Rachel Burton is the author of the international ebook bestseller The Many Colours of Us. Rachel spent most of her life between Cambridge and London but now lives in Yorkshire thumbnail_The Pieces of You and MeIMG_20181116_124903 (1)with her fiance and their three cats. The main loves of her life are The Beatles and very tall romantic heroes. Find her on Twitter & Instagram as @bookish_yogi or follow her blog at rachelburtonwrites.com. She is always happy to talk books, writing, music, cats and how the weather in Yorkshire is rubbish. She is mostly dreaming of her next holiday….

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Book Review: Strays and Relations by Dizzy Greenfield @rararesources

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Synopsis

Strays and Relations follows the story of Dizzy, whose search for her birth parents is sad, humorous, and in parts bizarre. Dizzy learns that she began life as a surviving twin, thenStrays - 1504328032 was fostered until a permanent home was found. Dizzy begins her search for her original identity. Why was she given up for adoption in the 1960s? Following a tenuous lead, she travels to Ireland with her best friend Sugar, but the trail takes a misleading turn. It ends in what they mistakenly believe is Dizzy’s mother’s grave. Dizzy falls in love with Will, a blacksmith. But something is missing. Dizzy’s life changes when her birth father Tommy makes contact using a private detective. He reveals that her birth mother is alive and married to a man called Vernon. Now the bigger, trickier task lies ahead: working out how to fit the disparate bits of her life together. This is a book which will both amuse and touch readers’ hearts. Strays and Relations manages sensitive subject matter with engaging wit and sharply-observed dialogue, and includes vivid descriptions of some rather unusual animals and people. It will appeal to readers who have encountered a recycled animal or family.

Purchase Links

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/strays-and-relations/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strays-Relations-Hours-Decades-Greenfield-ebook/dp/B07BGF2YKF/

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Well, this is certainly a book that is full of emotions and takes you on quite the ride as you follow Dervla (Dizzy) on her journey of meeting her birth parents and all that comes with it!

Now this story is a fictionalized version of the authors own experiences and stories and I think this really shows in the book, although fictionalized it helps give a very real feeling to the book and the connection with the characters and I felt that although I myself am not adopted I could still really relate to all the characters throughout the book. It was also great to see the emotional and somewhat psychological aspects affecting all of the characters within the story as of course, it’s a rollercoaster of emotions for all involved. I also really enjoyed being able to add a bit of a troublesome dog to the equation!

A great four and a half star read!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

I have lived in the West Country all of my life, but never in such a remote place as I do now – in the middle of the woods with rooks and bats. It may be remote but it’s neverthumbnail_Strays - Author Photo quiet in Dizzyland! When I’m not looking after the dogs, chickens and a six-toed cat, I help run a blacksmith’s forge with my partner.

My ideas come from humorous incidents in my own life, which I fictionalise. Strays and Relations is my first novel.

Before I began writing I had various jobs, including working in a wildlife park and as a youth worker.

Social Media Links –

Website: http://www.dizzygreenfield.co.uk/

http://silvercrowbooks.co.uk/

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39290813-strays-and-relations?from_search=true

https://www.troubador.co.uk/bookshop/contemporary/strays-and-relations/

Twitter: @DizzyGreenfield

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Book Review: Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn. @rararesources

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Synopsis

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After she buys an ancient stone ruin on Fuerteventura – the island of her dreams – her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger.

Claire pays no heed, but soon after she moves to the idyllic island, she is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals.

Someone or something doesn’t want her there. But what is really behind the events?

Purchase Link – viewbook.at/ClarissaWarning

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I can’t actually remember the last time I read a ‘paranormal’ sort of book so I was really excited to be able to dive straight into this one! We start off with Claire and her fulfilling what I’m guessing is everyone’s fantasy winning the lottery, from there on we are transported to Fuerteventura.

Now I do have to say I was a bit surprised with just how much I did enjoy reading this mainly due to it being quite slow paced as the author really delves into the history and surroundings of the island, I usually prefer there to be a bit more action but I really found myself falling in love with pretty much everything and was completely sucked into the descriptions, it was like a little mini holiday in my head.

The supernatural aspect was also great as it kept the mystery going and to keep a whole lot of intrigue about the story, now as I mentioned the story itself is fairly slow paced but I really felt like it worked for this as I found myself taking my time and really trying to soak up everything. A great four and a half star read!

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

About the Author

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of thumbnail_Isobel Blackthorn Headshot 1 copygenres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat.

Social Media Links

https://www.facebook.com/Lovesick.Isobel.Blackthorn/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5768657.

Isobel_Blackthorn @IBlackthorn

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Book Review: The Forgotten Secret by Kathleen McGurl @rararesources

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Synopsis

The Forgotten Secret

A country at war

It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is thumbnail_cover from fbbrewing and before long Ellen and everyone around her are swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty.

And a long-buried secret

A hundred years later and Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage she strikes out on her own for the first time, hoping the old building might also provide clues to her family’s shadowy history. As she sets out to put the place – and herself – back to rights, she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, with a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades.

For fans of Kate Morton and Gill Paul comes an unforgettable novel about two women fighting for independence.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgotten-Secret-heartbreaking-gripping-historical-ebook/dp/B07H2PMPR3

US – https://www.amazon.com/Forgotten-Secret-heartbreaking-gripping-historical-ebook/dp/B07H2PMPR3

Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I want to start off by saying I really love the cover for this book, I’m not sure what it is about it but I’m definitely a fan! Now what really got me excited about this book was the fact it was told in dual timelines, I was a bit apprehensive that I wouldn’t be able to follow, or would get far too involved in one-time timeline and not want to go back to the other but that really wasn’t the case in this book.  I really wanted to know what was going on in both timelines so switching between the two seemed like a fair compromise!

Another great part of the book for me was seeing both Clare’s and Ellen’s confidence grow throughout their stories, there is no doubt about it that they are both facing very different situations but their personal growth and development shine through. I also liked how it all wrapped up, it a great sense of closure which I was concerned about. The only sort of downside to the book itself was that it was a bit short for my liking, I wanted more! Oh well guess it’s not the worst problem to have, I will just have to go find another book from this author!

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

About the Author

KATHLEEN MCGURL lives near the sea in Bournemouth, UK, with her husband and elderly tabby cat. She has two sons who are now grown-up and have left home. She thumbnail_Kathleen McGurl author photobegan her writing career creating short stories, and sold dozens to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Then she got side-tracked onto family history research – which led eventually to writing novels with genealogy themes. She has always been fascinated by the past, and the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels.

Social Media Links 

Website: https://kathleenmcgurl.com/

Twitter: @KathMcGurl https://twitter.com/KathMcGurl

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathleenMcGurl/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kathleenmcgurl/

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An Impossible Thing Called Love #bookreview #blogtour #giveaway @rararesources

Synopsis

Don’t miss the new delightfully uplifting book from the author of A Recipe for Disaster!

A second chance at love…An Impossible Thing Called Love: A heartwarming romance you don't want to miss!

When globe-trotting Emmy first fell for first-aider William on a freezing New Year’s Eve, she really believed that their love would go the distance.

But when she returns to Australia, her letters start to go unanswered and her emails bounce back unread, Emmy decides it’s time to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and start afresh in London.

So she’s shocked when William walks in on her very first day at her new job! Even worse, he’s hotter than ever. But why did he disappear for so long? What has he been hiding? And could this really be their second chance at falling in love…?

Perfect for fans of Carole Mathews, Mhairi McFarlane and Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Review

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I went into reading this not sure if I was really in the mood to read a romance book and ended up emerging a few hours later after being completely captivated by the story of William and Emmy!

This is such a sweet charming story that moves at a relatively quick pace, I’m not always a fan of the sort of instant-love plot lines but I felt like this one was able to work quite well as although it was a bit of a love at first sight sort of story, the characters did then communicate for quite a while before losing touch and finding each other again. I also loved that there was a chapter with there letters detailing the time that was passing as well as of course what was going on in their lives at the time. I did get a tad confused with the timeline at points as it did move quite fast but it didn’t take to much to figure out again. This was a book that I had guessed most of what would happen before it did but still I found it to be a really enjoyable, feel-good read.

Rating: 4.5/5

Would I read again: Yes

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

 

Purchase Links:

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Author Bio –

Belinda Missen is an award-winning and best-selling author, screenwriter, and freelance writer from Geelong, Australia. She lives with her car-obsessed, but wonderful husband, two loopy cats, and more books than she cares to count.

In late 2017, Belinda signed a six-book contract with HQDigitalUK (HarperCollins). A Recipe for Disaster was released in August 2018. An Impossible Thing Called Love appeared by magic in November 2018.

Social Media Links –

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A Rebel at Pennington’s by @RachelBrimble #blogtour #bookreview @rararesources

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Synopsis

One woman’s journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of thethumbnail_A Rebel Cover .jpg TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.

1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner, Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington’s Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women’s progression and will do anything to help secure the vote. Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harboring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness.

When Esther and Lawrence meet their mutual understanding of life’s challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed. With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists’ determination to secure the vote.

Will Esther’s rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

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Review

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Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Historical fiction is not something I tend to read very often but I am sure glad I tried this one! This is the second book in the Pennington series however this was something I found out after I had finished this book, so it can definitely be read as a standalone.

We start off by meeting Ester, a rather feisty young lady who is devoted to the suffrage of women. Even though she has been disowned by her father, she is determined to carry on the work of her mother and is fighting for women’s rights and their right to vote. Then along comes Lawrence and although she tries to fight it their romance blossoms. What I really liked was that the book itself seemed to be very well researched which just added depth to the writing and storytelling. It did take me a little bit to really behind all the characters but after that, I was hooked! An awesome 4 star read.

Rating: 4/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Yes

Would I read another book from this author: Yes

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*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome. Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over. Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data. I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Author Bio – Rachel lives with her husband and their two daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. Since 2007, she has had several novels published by small US presses, eight books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical.

In January 2018, she signed a four-book deal with Aria Fiction for a new Edwardian series set in Bath’s finest department store. The first book, The Mistress of Pennington’s released July 2018.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Links:

Website

Blog

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachelbrimbleauthor/?hl=en

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Brimble/e/B007829ZRM/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1490948101&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1806411.Rachel_Brimble

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/rachel-brimble

Book Review: Happy Ever …After by Seb Earl

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Synopsis:

When Emily wakes up in the middle of her bed, shaking and sweating from yet another Happy ever ... afternightmare, she knows it will not stop easily. The sexual assault she suffered eight years ago has left an enduring mark on her mind.

In the immediate aftermath, she moved back to live with her parents and, since then, they have happily provided sanctuary. But at what price? Emily is not free, and her inner doubt and anger are increasing their stronghold over her life.

Thrust into action by her best friend, Sarah, Emily finally finds the courage to move out and start a new life on her own. She soon meets Olivier, a charming French man.

As she realises how her future happiness depends on her ability to face the past, Emily begins the slow, and at times painful, journey to finding inner peace.

But can she truly put her ordeal behind her? And is everything exactly as it appears?

Review:

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Going into this book I prepped myself for a really hard hitting emotional read, as Emily faces her past and tries to move on with her life. Unfortunately, I felt that it just missed the mark. Now don’t get me wrong I did enjoy the story, while it was a bit choppy at times, I could see where the story was going, most of the reasons behind the decisions and emotions and I really liked the character of Sarah who just wants the best for Emily. Emily, on the other hand, I just struggled to like. I really couldn’t find the connection I wanted to really understand her as a character and she just kind of annoyed me at points.

The book itself was a slow start for me as I struggled through the first few chapters and while it did pick up I still never really found myself ‘lost’ in the story, there was definitely enough to keep me interested, just not enough to quite drag me in.

What I did like about the book was that it was able to show different aspects/personalities of secondary characters and I really liked how the author was able to add the next door neighbors as just that little bit extra to keep the story going. Also as everything ties up in the end and it just being a really satisfying ending I did feel it redeemed itself quite a few points. It just took a little bit to get there. While this is not a book I would read again, I would still be interested in reading any of the author’s other novels.

Rating: 3/5

Would I read again: No

Would I Recommend: Maybe

Would I read another book from this author: Yes