#Giveaway #BlogTour #BookReview The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May @rararesources #TCSICB

 

The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay

 

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Length: 344 pages

What they say:

Praise for Nicola May’s books

‘This book will twang your funny bone & your heartstrings’ – Milly Johnson

‘A fun and flighty read’ the Sun

‘A funny and fast-paced romp – thoroughly enjoyable!’ WOMAN Magazine

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Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, he – or she – has left one important legal proviso: that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it.

Rosa makes up her mind to give it a go: to put everything she has into getting the shop up and running again in the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the following will work secretly to see her fail?

There is a handsome rugby player, a sexy plumber, a charlatan reporter and a selection of meddling locals. Add in a hit and run incident and the disappearance of a valuable engraved necklace – and what you get is a journey of self-discovery and unpredictable events.

With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied at all times by her little sausage dog Hot, will slowly unravel the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and also bring her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.

The Review: Well, the blurb kind of says it all, doesn’t it (I know you’re fed up of me saying it but yay to blurbs that tell you exactly what you’re getting as opposed to giving you so little that you basically can’t write a review!)

So this is the story of Rosa, who has just been fired from another job when she gets a shock. She has been gifted a shop! With nothing to lose Rosa heads off to try to make a go of what is the legacy of an unknown benefactor. What with this unknown factor, the beauty of Cockleberry Bay and the drama that quickly ensued this book was really a lesson in how to write chick lit that has so much going on you don’t have time to stop reading! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t always too sure of Rosa, she’s a bit of a departure from the usuals, she’s very open which is a nice way of saying she’s loud, pushy and brash, and yet that made her fit into Cockleberry Bay even more, as they weren’t averse to telling it how it is either.

It also made you feel for her that little bit more when she let her guard down when things fell apart, and wow, did they! With a myriad of romantic possibilities, Rosa is beyond unlucky in love, although she doesn’t mind that, she’s never been looking for ‘The One.’ As well as that, the people in Cockleberry Bay aren’t too quick to bring her into their fold and there’s a lot of work to be done in the new shop. Saying that there were also some helpful characters to pull her up and of course a special mention has to go to her great little dog ‘Hot!’ The antics and mysteries in this were brilliantly done and interspersed with gorgeous settings. It was a very busy book, what with trying to work out who people were, figure out who’d knocked down one person and who’d got another pregnant, as well as the one burning question, who gave Rosa the shop in the first place?

The book is told in third person and mainly from Rosa’s pov, although we’re lucky enough to hear other people in it too. All in all, pretty much my type of chick lit in terms of being very soap opera-ey and crazy, with so many threads running through it that made me want to salute the author for her braveness. It wasn’t always my cup of tea, just because I can be a bit of a prude and amn’t too much of a fan of cursing either but that was who Rosa is really! Whoever loves this will seriously heart it, and I hearted most of it myself!

Rating: 4.5/5

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About the author (I love this bio, by the by!!!)

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Award winning author Nicola May lives in Ascot in Berkshire with her rescue cat Stanley. Her hobbies include watching films that involve a lot of swooning, crabbing in South Devon, eating flapjacks and enjoying a flutter on the horses. Inspired by her favourite authors Milly Johnson and Carole Matthews, Nicola writes what she describes as chicklit with a kick.

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Driving on the Left by Gail Ward Olmsted

 

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Length: 262 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say: 

A trip of a lifetime and a love that changes everything…

Becca Colby was not expecting to fall in love while vacationing in Ireland with her mother, yet she falls hard for sexy tour guide Sean Donovan. He’s everything she never knew she wanted, but a summer fling is a complication that she really doesn’t need right now. Becca’s got a life waiting for her back home, but Sean may be just too good to resist.

Her mom Jackie knows all too well how a seductive stranger can change the entire course of your life, so how can she advise her daughter to resist Sean’s charms? And besides, Jackie has a problem of her own. She needs to decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice for the man she loves.

Driving on the Left celebrates the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter: two women with only one week to make decisions that will affect the rest of their lives as they travel through the beautiful Irish countryside.

The Review: I actually read this a long while ago, in an early iteration and promptly put it on my list to review as soon as it was released. Needless to say it languished in my ‘tbr’ (to be reviewed) pile and today it’s up  along with the greatest of apologies to the author for letting it slip through the net.

From the blurb this is the story of Becca, a young girl on a trip to Ireland with her mother, but actually I’d put this more as Jackie’s story, as she muses over her own past love life, and watches her daughter grow up. I loved both characters, but was thrilled to have an older character to follow, as for a while there all I seemed to see were twenty and thirty somethings and I began to wonder what I’D read in the future (approaching thirty eight now and am starting to see many more light reads with older characters /mothers).

This is an Irishy road trip, with light humour and interesting characters as the pair follow a trail, taking in Irish countryside and meeting people as they go. The people on the bus are easy to warm to and provide a lot of entertainment. I’ll be honest, Sean wasn’t totally my cup of tea but I liked what his presence led to. Actually, it was a book I thought of a few times after I finished, picturing the bus of characters chatting and laughing as they wound around scenic roads. This was a very easy read, that rambles along with many enjoyable moments. Definitely recommended.

Rating: 4.5/5

#CoverReveal The Weekend Spa Break by Anne John Ligali

Another day, another cover reveal (jumps about excitedly!) You’ll remember I read ‘The Big Event’ last year which is the first of the sparkly  ‘Friendships Online’ series  (see review here ) and was excited to read the next in the series. Well today I’m lucky enough to be revealing its beautiful cover!

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You ready? No, hold on, how about the blurb first …

Friendships Online Series

Part Two

After finally meeting in person at the publishing party of the season, Constance and Estelle are determined not to let their friendship return to mere virtual champagne bottles and uploaded pictures of food.

It’s been a busy year, and Constance feels it’s time to reward herself with the spa break Estelle gave her for Christmas. Naturally, Constance wouldn’t dream of taking anyone other than Estelle, and this will provide the perfect opportunity to bond with her new chum.

As the excited pair spend some quality time together, they realise it’s not just writing books they have in common, but something that goes much deeper. After a few Jacuzzi sessions, facials, pedicures, and a massage by sexy Senior Therapist, Julio, everything seems to be peachy until an unexpected visitor turns Constance’s weekend of bliss … on its head.

A two-day spa break.

Sparkling water on tap.

And the perfect massage.

But who’s rubbing who up the wrong way?

And you can pre-order it here!! Amazon UK

So here we go …

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Isn’t that just gorgeous?

 

About the author:

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Anne John-Ligali is a writer and the founder of Books and Authors UK, a popular website featuring author interviews and book reviews. She loves all things books: reading, writing, going to book events, and meeting other book lovers. She has written a series of short stories and is currently writing her first novel.

Anne has always loved stories and read many books as a child, including the entire Sweet Valley High and Caitlyn series. Her interest in writing fiction came years later, when she began writing for pleasure in 2007.

Originally from Peterborough, Anne now lives in London. After moving to London, she studied graphic design at the University of Arts and has held a number IT administration jobs

in the city. Anne continues writing and aspires to write more women’s fiction books, a non-fiction book and several children’s books.

Author blog: http://annejohnligali.com/

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As always thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of this great cover reveal and I really can’t wait to take part in the blog tour! Happy Monday everyone:)

#CoverReveal The Picture by Roger Bray

Today I’m very excited to be part of the cover reveal for Robert Bray’s ‘The Picture!’

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Here’s the blurb

A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.

But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.

Ready for it …

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How mesmerizing is that photo? Just to tell you a little about the author ( I have to admit, I love this bio!)

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I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops. My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider. Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing. Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school. So here we are, two books published and another on track. Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.

Find him on Social Media

Twitter  @rogerbray22

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Buy his book ‘Psychosis’ on Smashwords here

Or on Amazon here

As always thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to be part of this great cover reveal!

 

 

Force Of Nature by Jane Harper

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Length: 400 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say:

FIVE WENT OUT. FOUR CAME BACK…

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice’s welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them.

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged landscape is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a particularly keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing bushwalker. Alice Russell is the whistleblower in his latest case – and Alice knew secrets. About the company she worked for and the people she worked with.

Far from the hike encouraging teamwork, the women tell Falk a tale of suspicion, violence and disintegrating trust. And as he delves into the disappearance, it seems some dangers may run far deeper than anyone knew.

The Review: From one set of women navigating a wilderness to this … erm, another group of women navigating the wilderness … (coughs).

So, to start, what a blurb, tells you everything needed to pull you in, and means I can tell you all about the book without worrying about spoilers, including the fact that it’s Alice that disappears, and it’s very much a case of did she leave or did something happen to her. The one thing I picked out of the book that still stays with me is that to start with one person called the name of Alice when they all found out she was missing, find that person and you find an innocent. Or are they all innocent? Or are none of them? (These ponderings are in no particular order, they’re just what I thought to myself, so don’t try to read into them!)

This was a book I’d left aside, firstly as I hadn’t read ‘The Dry’ which contains policeman Aaron Falk, and secondly because I’ve read so many crime/ thrillers set in vast wilderness that didn’t have the dialogue or storytelling to live up to the beauty the author could capture with their pen (well, computer, but I’m trying to soften this all a bit!). Actually I may as well start with Aarom Falk, because I’m afraid he was the only thing that didn’t work for me. I didn’t feel much for him or his past and wanted to get back to what was happening with the women every time he appeared. This is a pity as obviously there’s times the investigator reels you in as much as the story, but here it wasn’t the case. That being said the rest of the book was so good it just washed over me and I moved on.

The story is excellent because the group of girls work together as opposed to being real friends, so you get that politeness to start off with, because they don’t know each other that well, then the griping and little jibes as things go wrong, followed by all out fighting when everything falls apart and they struggle to find their way to camp.

There are some genius moments in this book including some excellent falsities that sent you totally on the wrong trail! I adored this book and gobbled it up, drinking in the different characters, their predicament and the amazing beauty of the wilderness they stumbled through . There are many people who are saying this is their book of the year to date and I can totally see why! Very much recommended and I’ll definitely get back to The Dry, which is on my Kindle. Thanks so much to Netgalley and Little Brown for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin

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Length: 417 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say:

USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Lied and Sister Sister

Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea
Come and join me for my fortieth birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises
the like of which you can’t imagine.

When Joanne’s friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting.
One of them is hiding a secret.
And Joanne is planning to reveal it…

A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun – until no one can hear your cries for help.

Four friends.
A party to die for.
Who will survive?

 

The Review: I had seen this book EVERYWHERE in bloggersville (a lovely place to visit!), and everyone there was gushing away and yet, I kept leaving it to the side. For whatever reason, I kept skipping over it. How much was I missing out?! (It’s okay, you don’t have to answer this question, the answer is loads!)

This is the story of a group of friends who aren’t really friends anymore, something has happened to separate them from Joanne, whose birthday it is. When they receive an invitation to her birthday, they’re a bit wary about going, but go anyway and it’s only when they get there that they realise it’s not exactly a spa weekend that they’re going on! With their phones taken to add to the adventure, we soon realise that someone has something planned for them, but with twists and turns that suddenly turn you from obvious culprits and lead you all over the place, including back to the obvious! This book never let up. When I realised that not only were they in a secluded location with no access to transport or communication, but also they had an expanse of wilderness to traverse, I was fully in! Excellent settings, brilliant characters that bounced off each other, creepy game playing … I loved this book! Thanks so much to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

The Woman In The Window by A. J. Finn

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Length: 453 pages

Please note that the cover image leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book

What they say:

THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

 

What did she see?

It’s been ten long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside.

Anna’s lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

But one evening, a frenzied scream rips across the silence, and Anna witnesses something no one was supposed to see. Now she must do everything she can to uncover the truth about what really happened. But even if she does, will anyone believe her? And can she even trust herself?

 

The Review: This is probably the book I’ve heard about the most this year. The author is an industry insider and so everyone seems to want to add their tuppence about whether they adore or hate (hate hate) it. In every book group I’m in there’s threads saying not to bother and others gushing about it. I’m going to go to gushers cavern and rejoice that there is an atmospheric book out there that transported me to another time, and could have belonged to a different era.

So, we have Anna, a great character that leapt off the screen (I know, screen doesn’t have the same ring, does it?) for me. Anna’s issues were brilliantly done, she cannot step outside the safety of her own home, and page after page passed as I thought about how paralysing conditions such as this are. Anna’s escape is in old movies and this is where Mr Finn’s writing truly blew me away, I could see the screen, hear the classy, drama laden voices and they all added to a stunning build up.

People describe this as too much of a slow burner, but I thought it did an excellent job in making you edgy and unnerved, as you wonder what was in store for Anna, and whether you believe her. This build continued to an mesmerizing ending that featured atmospherics that both weather wise and literacy wise blew me away! As an aside I was disappointed with the ending in terms of it’s explanation, the ‘whodunnit’, but most people who loved the book gushed about it so it’s probably just me. Definitely recommended (obviously unless you love everything to happen all guns a blazing!)! Thanks so much to Harpercollins and Netgalley for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5