Blast from the Past by Cathy Hopkins

What a joy @CathyHopkins1 @HarperCollinsUK & @NetGalley #Bookreview

I absolutely loved every page of Cathy Hopkins latest book Blast from the Past

It’s a love story with a difference, it has twists and turns. There is Genealogy, of which I have studied for over 30 years so my attention was caught straight away. Travel, Fun, Friendships. There are also some past life regression, which has always intrigued me.

A true uplifting read which actually made me shed a tear at the end. I can most definitely recommend this book. It’s a fabulous warm read on a cold winter’s evening.

I give this book 5*

On a trip of a lifetime to India, Bea is given an unexpected fiftieth birthday present – an hour with a celebrated clairvoyant. Unlucky in love, Bea learns that her true soulmate is still out there ̶ and that he’s someone she knew in a past life.

Returning home, Bea revisits the men in her life and can’t resist looking up a few old lovers – the Good, the Bad and the… well, the others. As Bea connects with the ones that got away, she suspects that her little black book has remained shut for a reason. But one man out there has her in his sights.
They say love is blind and maybe Bea just needs an eye test

http://cathyhopkins.com/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blast-Past-Cathy-Hopkins/dp/0008286574

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Sea Babies by Tracey Scott – Townsend

My last #BookReview of 2018. And boy it’s a belter from the local #indiepublisher @Wildpressed … Once again @authortrace had me gripped with this wonderfully written book.

This is the second book I have read of Tracey’s and I’m a massive fan.

Sea Babies is a psychologist drama set mainly in the Outer Hebrides and Edinburgh from the 1980s to the present. As a teenager in the 80s this book isn’t too ” historical” for me so had me completely ensnared in every turn of each page.

I love the characters and the way Tracey brings them to life. It’s wonderful and I can see Sea Babies sailing off the shelves.

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In September 2016, Lauren Wilson is travelling by ferry to the Outer Hebrides, about to begin a new job as a children’s social worker. She’s also struggling to come to terms with the recent drowning of a Sheena, a teenage girl she had deeply cared for.

Engrossed in her book, when somebody sits opposite her at a table on the ferry, Lauren refuses to look up, annoyed at having her privacy disturbed. But a hand is pushing a mug of tea across the table, and a livid scar on the back of the hand releases a flood of memories.

Lauren studies the hand on the table in front of her, the line of the scar drawing a map of the past in her mind. She was the one who created the scar, not long before her relationship with the love of her life ended almost thirty years ago. Lauren hasn’t seen Neil since she walked out of their shared life, unable to forgive either herself or him for a decision he strongly pressured her to make.

She’s not ready to meet his eyes, not yet. From his scar to his wrist bone, following his arm upwards and across his shoulder to his collarbone, his chin and the lower part of his face; Lauren remembers incidents from their past and tries to work out what caused their life to go so horribly off-track.

When she finally meets his eyes and they speak to each other for the first time, Lauren believes she has set her life on a new course. But her gain will result in losses for others. Is this really what she wants to happen?

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I give Sea Babies 5*

Publication Day for the Paperback is 1st May 2019

E-book is available 21st February 2019

ISBN 9781916489639

RRP £8.99

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Babies-Tracey-Scott-Townsend/dp/191648963X

https://traceyscotttownsend.com/

http://www.wildpressedbooks.com/

The Perfect Fit by Mary Jayne Baker

Do you know, @MaryJayneBaker never fails to put a smile on my face. @TheMirrorBooks have an absolute star in this lady.

After years living in London, costume shop owner Becky Finn is trying to build a new life for herself and fiancé Cole in her old home of Egglethwaite, a sleepy village in the Yorkshire Dales.

Keen to raise funds for the struggling village hall she loved as a child, Becky soon finds herself at the head of a colourful group intent on resurrecting Egglethwaite s Christmas pantomime. But, as she quickly discovers, there’s more to panto than innuendo and slapped thighs.

As opening night grows closer, Becky starts to wonder if her embattled panto will ever make it to the stage and, with handsome co-star Marcus on the scene, if she s picked the right man for her after all.

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I started reading this book and felt I’d met an old friend. Having read “A Bicycle Made For Two” I could associate with some of the characters and loved meeting the new ones.

I adore the Yorkshire charm and wit, and the Pantomime rehearsals where so funny, I felt as if I were there!

It’s such a heartwarming story with VERY laugh out loud moments in typical Mary Jayne Baker style. If you know someone, who needs cheering up, just purchase this book. I guarantee it will be the best tonic ever.

I give this book 5*

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

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Fit-uplifting-laugh-out-loud-romantic/dp/1912624079

The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

This book by @CarolineJames12 was a joy to read at a very unhappy time in my life, I needed cheering up after losing my much loved little dog.

The cover made me smile as it reminded me of my favourite TV programme as a child ‘ On The Buses’ and the characters where just as much fun.

I laughed out loud, enjoyed love and mystery too. Infact this book has it all and I felt I knew each character personally and didn’t want the book to end.
My book arrived a few days after Bertie died aged 16 and Caroline James helped me smile again.

I give this book 5 *

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Britain’s answer to the best Marigold Hotel’

Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

http://www.carolinejamesauthor.co.uk/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Boomerville-Hotel-perfect-anytime-ebook/dp/B078KD6716

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 Départ 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 Départ 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