#BookReview One Italian Summer by Rebecca Serle

What they say: When Katy’s mother dies, she is left reeling. Carol wasn’t just Katy’s mum, but her best friend and first phone call. She had all the answers and now, when Katy needs her the most, she is gone. To make matters worse, the mother-daughter trip of a lifetime looms: two weeks in Positano, the magical town where Carol spent the summer before she met Katy’s father. Katy has been waiting years for Carol to take her, and now she is faced with embarking on the adventure alone. 

But as soon as she steps foot on the Amalfi Coast, Katy begins to feel her mother’s spirit. Buoyed by the stunning waters, beautiful cliffsides, delightful residents, and – of course – delectable food, Katy feels herself coming back to life. 

And then Carol appears, healthy and sun-tanned… and thirty years old. Katy doesn’t understand what is happening, or how – all she can focus on is that somehow, impossibly, she has her mother back. Over the course of one Italian summer, Katy gets to know Carol, not as her mother, but as the young woman who came before. 

But can we ever truly know our parents? Soon Katy must reconcile the mother who knew everything with the young woman who does not yet have a clue.

The review: I’ll tell you something here and now. I don’t always read the blurb of books before I request or buy them. Yes-you’ve got me-I sometimes buy purely on the basis of cover, title or hype. What can I say-I’m fickle!

I chose this book nearly solely on the fact that it was a book about Italy. Having been there twice and read pretty much every Lucy Coleman and TA Williams’ books I can get my hands on about the place I now jump for anything Italian! In that respect I really loved this book, Descriptions transported me to clear waters that were a part of amazing settings (And of course to fabulous food.)

This is the story of Katy who is lost on the death of her mother. She finds that the solace she needs from her husband isn’t what she needs and so goes off on a trip to Italy that herself and her mother had planned sometime ago. I really felt for Katy and remembered and empathised with her grief for her mother as being similar to what I felt when my dad died. Unfortunately despite this myself and Katy possibly didn’t get along. While I could see her tied up in her grief, I just found her difficult to connect with, possibly not helped by the fact that this story was told in first person point of view and the fact that I really liked her husband.

I really I loved the time travel element, which made it different to anything I’d usually read- I always think of that what your parents would like when they were young when they were figuring it all out to and this book ticked that box nicely.

All in all I can’t tell you if I’m recommending this book or not-it wasn’t totally for me but definitely deserves the attention, hype and love it’s received. Thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:4/5

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The Girl Before Me by Laura Wolfe #bookreview

What they say:
I switched on the bedroom light, casting a glow across the apartment. No one was there. But then the locks on my front door caught my eye. I thought I’d locked them both, but now one was open…

When I moved into the apartment with my little daughter Lily, it was meant to be a new beginning for us. Now we are right in the heart of downtown, in a building with its own doorman. For the first time in a long time we are safe, away from my ex-husband.

But just as we settle into our new lives a letter arrives for someone called Annie. The neighbors tell me to ignore it. She’s just the woman who lived here before me, who moved out one day without a word.

Curious, I open it anyway and am shocked by what I read. It says Annie wasn’t safe. It said she needed to get out.

Now, I can’t escape the idea that someone is watching us. I feel I can’t trust my neighbors.

And I can’t help but think… Something happened to Annie. Something bad. And Lily and I are not nearly as safe here as I thought we were…

A totally unputdownable gripping thriller, perfect for fans of Lisa Jewell, Shari Lapena and Gillian Flynn. 

The Review: I have to admit I jumped for this book, the cover and blurb absolutely pulling me in. And what a beginning! I was fully grabbed by the creepiness of the beginning which was very much a nowhere to run scenario as we met the inhabitant of appartment 4b in a very classy building. Fast forward on and our lead character is moving into the same apartment with her daughter. She finds a note that hints that the girl before her (hence the title!), may not have suddenly left the way everyone was led to believe.

In a book full of unlikable characters the scene was set well but I will admit this one is more for the people who need a starter thriller, I just had different ideas on how it should be done which is more me being pernickity, but still very enjoyable. Thanks so much to the publisher and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:4/5

A Colorful Country Escape by Anita Faulkner @anita_faulkner_ @booksSphere #Bookreview


What they say: FALLING IN LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS SO BLACK AND WHITE . . .

When vibrant but penniless Lexie is dumped by her posh boyfriend who is looking for a more financially suitable match, she decides to pack up her beloved orange campervan Penny in search of a new path. Stumbling upon a vacancy at a family-run paint company in the Cotswolds, Lexie believes she’s found her perfect match . . .

Lexie arrives at Nutgrass Hall, home of Carrington Paints, but it seems that owner Benedict Carrington is less than impressed with her arrival, and Lexie realises she’ll have her work cut out for her if she’s to convince stuffy “Beige Ben” to trust her with rescuing his out-of-touch business. But Ben has more on his mind than just the company – his mother is determined to find him a suitable wife worthy of carrying the Carrington family name, or she’ll take the business from him.

As Lexie sets to work on injecting some life colour into Carrington Paints, Ben allows himself to be set up with Tewkesbury’s finest ladies. But the more time the pair spend together, the more they realise their feelings for each other aren’t so black and white. Will Lexie be able to brighten into Ben’s colourless world before it’s too late?

Let yourself be whisked away with A Colourful Country Escape and fall in love with the cosy Cotswold charm, the colourful characters and some heart-stopping romance. Perfect for fans of Heidi Swain, Jo Thomas and Bella Osborne.

‘I absolutely adored this book. Fresh, funny and upbeat, A Colourful Country Escape is rom-com perfection!’ KITTY WILSON

The Review:
They say never meet your heroes. Well, I might add that it is truly terrifying to read books from your heroes too- in this case the sparkling force of nature that is Anita Faulkner, leader of the Chick Lit and Prosecco Facebook Group, one of the most supportive and fun places on the internet!


I needn’t have worried of course!! From the first sentence I was smiling and invested one hundred percent into the vibrant and vivid tale of Lexie, who had bad luck knocking her over from the get-go. My eyes widened at her boyfriend’s absolute audacity in a particularly standout scene and I willed her on, getting excited at an interview process that arose.

Nutgrass Hall, the characters that accompanied it and Lexie, the beautiful settings and spell binding descriptions all made for a cinematic experience that would pull me to any screen. The humour was bang on, the romance so lovely, and the book had enough fab characters to have me whisper the word ’sequel’! All in all, so up my street and beyond beyond recommended. Thanks so much to the publisher and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

#Coverreveal #holiday A Wedding in Tuscany by Sandy Barker Book 5 #holidayromance series @sandybarker @0neMoreChapter_

I came across Sandy Barker’s books a few years ago when I heard about how she is one of the best authors at describing fantastic settings and gorgeous romance. Understatement of the decade!!! I can guarantee instant transportation, taking you on that foreign holiday you so deserve! But I digress. Time for a reveal ..

What they say: Reunite with your favourite characters from The Holiday Romance series as they gather together for love, laughter and a party they’ll never forget

The Parsons sisters are all loved up.

Sarah has everything she ever wished for; she lives with her gorgeous boyfriend and their cat in Sydney and life couldn’t be better. If only she wasn’t so anxious about turning the big 4 0.

Meanwhile Cat is happily loved up with Jean-Luc, except she lives in London, and he lives in Paris. She loves their long-distance relationship so why is she worrying about their future.

But a surprise wedding proposal is about to change everything for these sisters. And with all their family and friends gathering at a vineyard in Tuscany to celebrate, love, laughter and mayhem are about to ensue.

Readers have fallen in love with The Holiday Romance series…

‘A fun read with lots of laughs, love and sizzles’ Ritu, NetGalley

‘The dose of escapism that I didn’t know I needed’ Andrea, NetGalley

‘The perfect getaway . . . it made me daydream’ Denise, NetGalley

‘A beautiful story’ Rosamond, NetGalley

‘A fun, feel-good read’ Nikki, NetGalley

‘Perfect vacation vibes . . . if you’re looking for a book to steal your heart, this is the book for you’ Camilla, NetGalley

And now, time for the cover. (Sighs contentedly…)

Bk 5 in the #HolidayRomance series is out June 17!
Join Cat, Sarah & your faves from the series.
The adventure of a lifetime is about to begin!

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About the author

I’m a writer, traveller and hopeful romantic with a lengthy bucket list. I love exploring new places, outdoor adventures, and eating and drinking like a local when I travel, and many of my travel adventures have found homes in my novels. I’m also an avid reader, a film buff, a wine lover and a coffee snob. My first novel, a romantic comedy set in Greece and inspired by my real-life love story, was published in June 2019 by One More Chapter (HarperCollins). In 2020, two follow-ups in the Holiday Romance series hit the shelves: That Night in Paris and A Sunset in Sydney. My novel, The Christmas Swap, is a stand-alone inspired by some of my own Christmas adventures, and coming soon is a stand-alone romcom set in the world of Reality Television. This will be followed up by books 4 and 5 in the Holiday Romance series, and I am currently co-writing a contemporary thriller with Fiona Leitch. I am represented by Lina Langlee of The North Literary Agency.

So there we go (gazes at cover …) Definitely one to watch, and out june 17! I’ve preordered mine!!

#BookReview The Little Library on Cherry Lane by Katie Ginger @KatieGAuthor





What they say: The heart-warming new novel from the author of The Secrets of Meadow Farmhouse and The Perfect Christmas Gift. The ideal next read for fans of Cathy Bramley, Rachael Lucas and Heidi Swain

Elsie Martin may lead a quiet life, but working in her beloved local library is enough to make her happy. After all, books have always been her armour against the world. So when the library is threatened with closure to make way for a new housing development, Elsie knows it has to be saved – and that, despite being painfully shy, she needs to lead the campaign to save it.
Jacob Yardley thinks he’s doing the right thing by building a new affordable housing development. Why shouldn’t local people be able to buy a house in the place they grew up? Having to leave his own small hometown broke his heart. Plus, people don’t really use libraries anymore, do they?
As Elsie and Jacob clash over the future of the library, sparks begin to fly. Jacob is falling back in love with books and libraries – could he possibly be falling for her too? And will Elsie be able to save the library that means so much to her?

The review:

Any book which features a library will no doubt grab any of us book lovers out there, I don’t know about you, but for me the library was the starting point for my love of books, and my library card was a laminated little source of pride- I had somewhere to belong to, where the people behind the counter nodded to me as I walked in, then chatted about my choices as they scanned them out.

The library on Cherry Lane brought this feeling of home and belonging to the locals too, sounding like a slightly busier version, with the local group meet up going on, but no less warm than ours. I nodded appreciatively at the goings on and descriptions, and swooned for our lead, Elsie, who was one in a cast that was, without doubt, the most worthy of being cast on the big screen I’ve found for some time.

Put with the premise, that of saving the library when developers came in to knock it down, the action added to the cinematic feel, helped by Jacob, a man who needed to prove his worth to his building tycoon dad.

This book had it all and then oodles more! It was warm, bright, vivid, vibrant, funny and gorgeous, everything you need from a feel good read. This is definitely going to be a contender for book of the year! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating:5/5

#Bookreview The Couple Upstairs by Shalini Boland

I should never have become friends with the couple upstairs…

The first time I step inside this cosy apartment with its sash windows, just minutes from the sea, I think it would be the perfect place for me and my partner Zac to start againA chance to leave our troubled past behind.

Chris and Vanessa, the couple upstairs, are so welcoming: smiles, flowers, a home-baked cake. It’s strange how he does all the talking, and she seems so shy, but I’m just thrilled to have new friends nearby.

But everything starts to go wrong… my business begins to crumble, I can’t ignore the whispers at our housewarming party and loud arguments from upstairs keep me awake at night. I can’t sleep, I can’t think straight and I feel like someone is watching me in my own home.

And then Zac comes home one afternoon, his face clenched with fury, and says he knows what’s going on. He knows about my secret…

He won’t listen to me. He storms out and I’m left in tears, completely devastated.

Why has my life fallen apart since we moved here? Am I going mad? Or is someone trying to destroy us?

If only I’d known what I know now.
If only I hadn’t trusted the couple upstairs.

The review: I’m always excited when I find a thriller that gets people talking, and I had heard a bit about this, the story of Nina, who has just moved into a house divided up into apartments. Nina has everything going for her with a fledgling business and her boyfriend Zac. I’ll admit this was a hugely slow burner for me and so would be perfect for someone new to thrillers. The presence of so many unlikeable characters helped in adding to tension and having me speed up to see what would happen. All in all it was enjoyable but not totally for me. Thanks so much to the publisher and Netgalley for the book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 3/5

#Bookreview Ouija by Zoe Lee O’ Farrell @zooloo2008

What they say:

The only thing for certain is the deaths were no accident.

Rayner High School once a prestigious school stands in ruins after such a terrible event.

A year later, a group of friends return to the abandoned school and their nightmare begins.

Something wants to get out and won’t take NO for an answer…

Ouija is Book 2 in a new series brought to you by Question Mark Horror. For fans of Point Horror, Christopher Pike & Nicholas Pine.

Check out Book 1 – Camp Death by Jim Ody

The Review: There are a number of things that send me straight to a book. The first is when you know someone who is a prolific book blogger/ reviewer/ avid reader has written a book, the next is when you know they share similar tastes to you, and then you hear that the aim of their new book is to cater for people who are a fan of a certain series of books; a series that you absolutely lived for. This book was going to tick all of these boxes!

When I was a teenager I lived for Point Horror books. I hounded the librarian for them, bought them with any spare money I had, asked for presents of them until I had a pretty impressive collection (I thought all of them but now I think of it possibly not!) Fast forward to now, and when I hear there is a new series that aims to cater for this generation I jumped to review, even though I was a little terrified because, hello, it’s Zoe from Zooloo’s book tours, and what if you don’t like her book?

I needn’t have worried, this book did indeed transport me back to my teenage years, in absolute cinematic form, as I followed a group who were about to face something big, in a high school (jumps about excitedly!). There were surprises and shocks and some nice little nods to what shouldn’t be done in these situations, as well as trying to figure out what was going to happen. The twist had me remembering what the genre was, as I literally thought ‘no, no, that can’t have happened’ then remembered anything goes really! The characters were fab and I was totally with them in the school which was the perfect setting. Beyond recommended and one I’ll be handing over to my thirteen nearly fourteen year old to try!

Definitely achieved what it set out to and a series I’ll be pressing on so many people! Fantastic!

Rating: 5/5

#BookReview The Abandoned House by Karen Hollis @KarenLNHollis

What they say: Rebecca is at the lowest point of her life and nowhere near where she had expected to be as she approaches her 41st birthday. So when her friend Max rings her up to tell her about their small group of urban explorers, Rebecca is eager to know more. He takes her to look round The Grand House in Tileby, Lincolnshire – an abandoned house where the former owners’ furniture and possessions are still present.

While Max is interested in photographing the house for his upcoming exhibition, Rebecca feels something else is happening which only she can see and hear. It seems the house has secrets to tell. Will Rebecca be the one to hear them?

The Review: I first came across the author, the lovely Karen Hollis, in a chick lit group and was intrigued that she had this, a horror book, out. I intended to read at Halloween, but then we had KindleGate (as I said before, the very dramatic name for me going without a Kindle;))

The Abandoned House is a dramatic, atmospheric read about Rebecca, who is feeling like her life let her down. I flew this novella, taken in by the story as Rebecca hears music in an old abandoned house, music that reminds her of her own aspirations when she was younger. Although innocent and easy going in places, there is also moments where this book can be a tough read as we find out what happened to the people in the house and I realised I’d forgotten what it was like to read horror! I enjoyed and would recommend for someone who would like to dabble in gothic type horror.

Rating: 4/5

Everything is Yours @AbigailYardimci (Life Is Yours Trilogy #3) #blogtour

What they say: A sassy, soulful novel about love, courage and the power of forgiveness (Life Is Yours Trilogy #3)
New Year’s Eve is in full swing. Jess and Lindy have met by chance and already they’re sharing a bottle of wine in a cosy Turkish restaurant. Lindy is hooked on a story Jess is telling, but midnight is coming and happy endings aren’t always guaranteed . . .

After Jess returns from the trip of a lifetime high on hope, ambition and new love, she’s ready to take on the world. She shuts down her business, cuts ties with her ex and announces to everyone the old her is gone.

But a violent encounter rocks her world and her past comes crashing back to haunt her. With a childhood demon to forgive, a long-distance relationship to navigate and that final layer of self-love to uncover, can Jess dig deep and put the final pieces in place before midnight comes knocking?


Everything Is Yours is the third and final book in the uplifting and inspirational Life Is Yours Trilogy.

If you enjoy heart-warming fiction with real soul, a touch of sass and a lot of adventure then you’ll love this book in Abigail Yardimci’s page-turning trilogy.

Buy Everything Is Yours to read Jess’s latest adventure today!

The Review: You’ll remember I gushed about Abi Yardimci’s first book, which I said was perfect for fans of Eat, pray, love, and which I declared to be so beautiful and mesmerising. Well, here and now, at book 3 of the series, I am in the same place, albeit after having gone through a wider rollercoaster of emotions.

Let me explain. So we return to meet Jess who is now firmly back on home territory, and who has decided to properly live, which means giving up something huge she had been a part of. I felt for her, in particular with the backlash she came up against, making me despise some of the people who I found didn’t think about others. All of this made me feel so much for Jess, who had to face childhood memories which again hit me with a force as I tutted over the people who failed to protect her. This made my heart fill with the beauty, the love, the journey that also took place, which made it a standout book I was honoured to read. If you are looking to be absolutely transported away this is a read yhat will stay with you! Thanks so much to the author for the book in return for an honest review and for allowing me to be part of the blog tour.

Rating:5/5

About the author

Abigail Yardimci is an author of feel-good contemporary fiction with a little bit of romance and a whole lot of soul. She enjoys creating down-to-earth characters and scratching the surface of her own everyday life to find the underlying magic that connects us all. Abigail is a Geordie girl living by the sea in Devon with her Turkish husband and two terrifying kids. She gets her kicks through mindful parenting styles, creative living and chocolate 

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#Publicationday #BookReview In This Foreign Land by Suzie Hull @SuzieHull1 @books_dash

What they say:

‘I beg of you this one thing – that if I should perish here, in this foreign land, that you will look after her.’


March, 1914.
When talented artist Isobel embarks on a journey to Egypt, it’s to reunite her best friend Alice with her husband, Wilfred – and to use the stunning sights of Cairo as inspiration for her own paintings.

A whirlwind romance was the last thing she expected, but when Isobel meets Wilfred’s handsome brother, Edward, neither can deny the strong connection between them – especially when unexpected tragedy strikes, leaving them all reeling.

Just as they get to grips with their grief, WW1 erupts, and the lovers are forced to separate. They promise to meet again in London. But when Edward is listed as ‘missing – presumed dead’ only weeks after landing in France, Isobel is devastated, unmarried and on the brink of ruin. She has only one way to save her honour… but it means betraying the love she holds so dear.

A heartrending and thrilling WW1 romance, In This Foreign Land is the stunning new debut from Suzie Hull, for fans of Kate Hewitt, Shirley Dickson and Kate Eastham.

The Review: We always begin these reviews by stating that I actually don’t read this genre a lot. There’s times I feel like I’m doing the author a disservice by saying this- as if telling their audience I can’t really judge the book. This is even more apparent in cases like this, where I adore a book so much and think about it for so long after reading! I read and devoured this book in small chunks as I wanted to truly savour it, knowing that from the off I was all in for the story of vibrant character Isobel, who is very much restrained by the norms of the time she’s living in. I fell for Isobel straight away and rooted for the journey she went on, including a physical journey that was so tangible it truly transported me away. I adored this book- the settings, the attention to vivid detail, the gorgeous romance. Very much recommended and one I’ll be shouting about! Thanks to the publisher for this book in return for an honest review. Rating: 5/5

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About the author

Suzie Hull lives in Northern Ireland with her family and numerous rescue cats. She originally dreamt of being a ballet dancer, but instead trained as a Montessori Nursery teacher and has spent the last thirty years working with children. She has always had an enduring passion for history and books and since she came from a long line of creative women it was only a matter of time before she turned to writing her own. A member of the RNA, In This Foreign Land is her debut novel.

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