Another Rebecca by Tracey Scott-Townsend

This is the first book I have read by @authortrace, It’s not my usual genre, but Tracey is a local lady from my hometown and to be honest, the storyline sounded very intriguing.

I was a little confused in parts but it soon came together. This was a very sensitive, emotional, gritty, mysterious and infact amazing book, I started reading and couldn’t wait to find out what was on the next page.

Tracey really is a wonderful writer, she somehow gets under your skin and draws you in, she most certainly drew me in. I really enjoyed this book.

Never stick to your normal genre, get out there, try something different. You might just fall upon a gem like I have in ANOTHER REBECCA.

I give this book 5*

A gripping psychological family drama about Rebecca Grey, a sensitive girl who’s spent her childhood caring for her alcoholic mother, Bex. They lurch from one poverty-stricken situation to another until Rebecca is hospitalised with exhaustion. While there, she has an illness-triggered hallucination which entangles her deeper than ever into her mother’s psyche.

As an art student, Rebecca can’t understand why she is repeatedly impelled to paint a white horse in a blue landscape. And then there is the boy with yellow hair who she glimpses from the corner of her eye.

Bex’s life was frozen by a shocking tragedy when she was nineteen. Her ‘great grief’ caused her to make a decision which nobody must ever find out about. Rebecca has been implicated in her mother’s lies since the moment of her birth, a fact that her father, Jack, has no inkling of.

As Rebecca gets to know her father’s new family, the gap between her and her mother widens. The mystery of Bex’s dark past comes into focus when an old woman she has never met contacts Rebecca, claiming to be her grandmother.

The thunder of hooves is getting closer for both Rebecca and Bex and the blond-haired boy is more and more often in Rebecca’s dreams. Can Bex continue to keep Rebecca in the dark about the circumstances of her birth, or will the final twist in her tail set Rebecca free to make a new life of her own?

Adapted from a short story written by the author when she was an art student, Another Rebecca was inspired by the painting There is no Night by Jack B. Yeats.

https://traceyscotttownsend.com/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Another-Rebecca-Tracey-Scott-Townsend/dp/0993374085

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How To Be A Grown Up by Daisy Buchanan

Here is my #BookReview of #HowToBeAGrown-up

Oh @NotRollergirl ( Daisy). Where on earth were you when I was growing up! This book is an absolute treat which I could associate with quite a bit now I’m old and grey. @headlinepg this is one special writer you have here.

There is some great advice in each chapter, yet it’s a warm and fun read too. If you’re feeling down, I recommend grabbing yourselves How To Be A Grown Up from your nearest Bookstore.

This book is staying close by, I know I can pick it up when I’m feeling a little low and be uplifted straight away by flicking through the book and finding a snippet of hilarity!! I’ve just flicked, page 165 opened and I’m not spoiling the title but I’m now having trouble seeing my keypad for the tears running down my cheeks. Thanks Daisy xxx


For fans of Bryony Gordon and Caitlin Moran, a comforting, witty, supportive book for real twenty-something women who want to discover how they can reach the end of the ‘fun’ decade knowing exactly who they are.

Have you ever felt lost, anxious, panicky about adulthood?

Have you ever spent a hungover Sunday crying into a bowl of cereal?

Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and felt nothing but green-eyed jealousy and evil thoughts?

Award-winning journalist, Grazia agony aunt and real-life big sister to five smart, stylish, stunning twenty-something young women, Daisy Buchanan has been there, done that and got the vajazzle.

In How to be a Grown-Up, she dispenses all the emotional and practical advice you need to negotiate a difficult decade. Covering everything from how to become more successful and confident at work, how to feel pride in yourself without needing validation from others, how to turn rivals into mentors, and how to *really* enjoy spending time on your own, this is a warm, kind, funny voice in the dark saying “Honestly don’t worry, you’re doing your best and you’re amazing!”

I rate this book 5*

Get it on Kindle NOW! https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Be-Grown-Up-Daisy-Buchanan-ebook/dp/B01G5NZ71C/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

A Bicycle Made For Two by Mary Jayne Baker

Here is my #review of @MaryJayneBaker fabulously funny A Bicycle Made For Two and my Thanks to @TheMirrorBooks for posting me a copy out as their 1000th Twitter follower.

I’ve read the majority of Mary Jayne’s work, so knew that I needed to have a nice quiet time sat in my garden, with just the sound of the birds singing in the background.

The day arrived, I sat in my garden I grabbed an ice cold bottle of juice from my fridge and I was set for the ride of my life, ( see what I did there?)

I’m a Yorkshire Lass myself so really felt part of this story. It has everything from Medieval Banquets to Batwoman but there is also a very sensitive side to the story to, which actually was really special . Anyone who has read my reviews before will know I never write any spoilers and I’m not about to know.

I actually choked on many occasions while drinking my juice and reading this book and the belly laughs made it even more enjoyable. My neighborhood have probably had words with the local council about me laughing so loudly.

The characters are well written, the village sounds amazing and once again this Yorkshire Author has blooming done us proud.

Well done Lass 😘😘😘

I give this book 5*

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A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the 2014 Tour de France Grand DΓ©part in Yorkshire.

In a lost corner of the Yorkshire Dales, Lana Donati runs a medieval theme restaurant, Here Be Flagons, with her brother.

When she hatches a plan to boost business by getting the Grand DΓ©part route to pass through their village, the small community must work together to convince the decision-makers they’re Tour material.

Not easy when the cast of characters involved includes Lana’s shy, unlucky-in-love brother Tom, man-eating WI chair Yolanda, bickering spouses Gerry and Sue, arrogant TV star Harper Brady, and Lana’s arch-nemesis, former pro cyclist turned bike shop owner Stewart McLean, whose offbeat ideas might just cost them everything.

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http://www.maryjaynebaker.co.uk/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bicycle-Made-Two-behaved-Yorkshire/dp/1907324151

Here The Truth Lies by Seb Kirby

Here is my #Review on @Seb_Kirby latest psychological thriller.

As an avid #reader I love to get my head into a book, this was certainly no exception. As soon as the postman delivered it, I was out in the garden with my nose firmly in it!

Seb describes things so well, I felt I was actually treading the streets and smelling the air. Its the type of story I love to watch on TV, I was trying to guess things as I turned each page but became so engrossed I just couldn’t put this fabulous thriller down.

There were times I found myself wanting to be able to turn the pages faster to make sure all was ok in this gripping edge of the seat read.

All I can say is WOW what a blooming fantastic read that was, certainly I feel this is going to be a top seller.

I rate this book 5/5

Sometimes your past is stranger than you ever imagined
Emma Chamberlain has a consuming ambition – to prove the innocence of a convicted murderer sentenced to life. But the more she digs into the evidence, the more she is forced to confront threatening secrets about her own past that lead her to the ultimate question – who is Emma Chamberlain?
To discover the truth, Emma must expose those responsible for a dark conspiracy that has ruined the lives of many and now threatens her own.

About the Author

Seb Kirby is the author of the James Blake Thriller series (TAKE NO MORE, REGRET NO MORE and FORGIVE NO MORE), the psychological thrillers EACH DAY I WAKE and SUGAR FOR SUGAR and the sci-fi thriller DOUBLE BIND. An avid reader from an early age – his grandfather ran a mobile lending library in Birmingham – he was hooked from the first moment he discovered the treasure trove of books left to his parents. He was a university academic for many years, latterly at University of Liverpool. Now, as a full-time writer, his goal is to add to the magic of the wonderful words and stories he discovered back then. He lives in the Wirral, UK.

http://sebkirbyauthor.blogspot.co.uk/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Here-Truth-Lies-gripping-psychological/dp/1986374149

Drift Stumble Fall by M. Jonathan Lee

I am most certainly in #teamhideaway. As a #bookreviewer I love to sit down in a quiet corner, open up a brand new book ( yes book) and get into the moment.

I have read @MJonathanLee previous book “Broken Branches” and loved that, #driftstumblefall has lots more, who would have thought one could be gripped any more than he gripped me before!!

This is such a realistic book and thought provoking its an emotional story of not realising what you could have done until it is much too late. It’s a story of family loss and feelings of annoyance.

Some of the characters I liked in this book, others really annoyed me, but that’s good in a book it just proves what a good writer M Jonathan Lee is.

Drift Stumble Fall is one of those books that will stay with me for some time.

I rate this book 5/5

About the Book
Richard feels trapped in his hectic life of commitment and responsibility. From the daily mayhem of having young children, an exhausted wife and pushy in-laws who frequently outstay their welcome, Richards existence fills him with panic and resentment. The only place he can escape the dark cloud descending upon him is the bathroom, where he hides for hours on end, door locked, wondering how on earth he can escape.
Often staring out of his window, Richard enviously observes the tranquil life of Bill, his neighbour living in the bungalow across the road. From the outside, Bills world appears filled with comfort and peace. Yet underneath the apparent domestic bliss of both lives are lies, secrets, imperfections, sadness and suffering far greater than either could have imagined. Beneath the surface, a family tragedy has left Bill frozen in time and unable to move on. As he waits for a daughter who may never return, Bill watches Richards bustling family life and yearns for the joy it brings. As the two men watch each other from afar, it soon becomes apparent that other peoples lives are not always what they seem.

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About the Author

M Jonathan Lee is a Yorkshire-based author and mental health awareness campaigner. He began writing seriously in 2006, shortly after the suicide of his brother, Simon, and his own struggle with anxiety and depression. It took nearly five years for Jonathan to write his first novel, The Radio – a black- comedy which deals with suicide which was shortlisted for the Novel Prize 2012 (for unpublished authors) and subsequently published in 2013.

Jonathan campaigns tirelessly to remove the stigma associated with mental health problems and works closely with various mental health charities including Mind, Time to Change and Rethink, frequently blogs for the Huffington Post and is a regular guest on BBC Radio Sheffield talking about mental health. He regularly speaks in local schools and colleges on writing and mental health and is currently spearheading a local outreach project in which local churches provide assistance to those affected by anxiety and depression.

Before writing full-time, Jonathan held a senior position in a FTSE100 company. He lives in Barnsley, Yorkshire, with his second wife, five children, two cats and a dog.

https://www.mjonathanlee.com/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Drift-Stumble-Fall-Jonathan-Lee/dp/0995492344

Emu With Attitude

I recently discovered a fabulous #Artist from Hull in East Yorkshire. Walking around Hull Minster at a Craft Fair a Lady’s work really appealed to me.

Saffi Brown really is a gem and her work is fantastic. She has a page on Instagram and I shall pop the link on this post.

Saffi is available for commissions and when mine was delivered by hand last night I was highly satisfied.

I was attracted to this Emu with attitude, I fell in love with his eyes at first but the colours really compliment my newly decorated room.

He is painted with Indian ink on canvas and really stands out. He certainly is my Emu with Attitude.

For anyone wanting to see more of Saffi’s work please pop over to her Instagram page and take a look. She really is a talented young lady xx

https://www.instagram.com/saffibrown_art/

The Dream I Have Had For Years

I have had a dream for a very long time of actually having my get own Reading Shed. I know exactly how I’d like too.

The decoration on the inside would be very much like a beach hut, with pastel colours adorning the walls of pink, blue, lemon or mint, with various pictures and bunting and loveliness.

I would have lovely squishy cushions on my comfy chair, and I funky little table for my copious amounts of coffee and books!!

My late Mum used to love reading in the garden and I know she would be smiling down on me as I sat in my little den amongst my books. Dad was a big reader too, and from 1937 to 1969 he served in the Merchant Navy so to have something ” Nautical” in my Reading Shed, really is a must.

He used to sing a song, he had a lovely voice ( he used to sing in a church choir as a young boy) the song was ” Red Sails In The Sunset” maybe I could get this made into a canvas for my little nook.

My home is in no way chintzy and I am not really a frilly girly girl, but the Shed really is my dream and who knows, one day, it may happen. I somehow doubt it very much as they cost an absolute fortune, but my dream has been in my head and heart for many years and it is certainly not going to leave me soon.