The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club by Chrissie Manby

I had a wonderful delivery from @HodderPublicity & @bookbridgr through my door in the shape of @chrissiemanby new book The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club.

In the quaint seaside town of Newbay, a beginner’s cookery course is starting. And three very different students have signed up . . .

Liz‘s husband has left her for a twenty-something clean-eating blogger, and she’s determined to show the world – and her daughter – she’s just as capable in the kitchen. John, newly widowed after fifty years of marriage, can’t live on sympathy lasagnes forever. To thirty-year-old workaholic Bella, the course is a welcome escape from her high-pressure job. Their only common ground: between them, they can barely boil an egg!

Enter talented chef Alex, who is determined to introduce his pupils to the comforts of cuisine. As Liz, John and Bella encounter various disasters in the kitchen, the unlikely trio soon form a fast friendship. Their culinary skills might be catastrophic – but could the cookery club have given them a recipe for happiness?

This was a joy to read from start to finish, each character had their own story to tell and had me smiling each time I turned a page. There are even recipes to follow which is an added bonus in my eyes.

I have always adored Chrissie’s work, she always makes a dark day bright. This book as with all of her work, should be on NHS Prescription as I am positive it will help many people feel better.

I rate this book 5/5

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The Smoke Hunter by Jacquelyn Benson

I received The Smoke Hunter from @headlinepg, written by @JBheartswords through @bookbridgr

This book was rather like Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones. We have adventure, mystery, humour, strong characters and even a bit of romance.

It was a fun adventure which I am sure many will adore

I rate this book 4/5


Unlock an ancient mystery. Unleash an earth-shattering secret. THE SMOKE HUNTER by Jacquelyn Benson brings you the thrills of Indiana Jones, the action of Scott Mariani, the conspiracy of Dan Brown and the authenticity of Clive Cussler. Are you ready to join the adventure?

‘Intrigue and suspense aplenty. A refreshing and original new voice’ Scott Mariani

‘The illegitimate love-child of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones… Fast-paced and action-packed’ Stephen Leather

Chasing a threat born in smoke…

London, 1898. Archivist Eleanora Mallory discovers a map to a legendary city . But is it the key to unravelling an ancient mystery or a clever hoax?

Compelled to find out, Ellie journeys to Central America – with a merciless enemy hot on her heels.

In a race to uncover the map’s secret first, Ellie is forced to partner with maverick archaeologist Adam Bates, a man she’s not sure she can trust. Together, they venture into an uncharted wilderness alive with smoke and shadows, where an even greater danger awaits them.

For what lies there whispering to be unearthed has the power to bring the world to its knees.

Join Ellie and Adam as they battle rivers of scorpions, plummeting waterfalls and pre-historic death traps on the journey to uncovering a deadly secret that could shake the fate of the world.

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Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

#KidsOfAppetite was kindly posted out to me by @headlinepg when I saw it over on @bookbridgr, its written by @roofbeam

This is a book for 14 to 18 year olds and pure fiction. Its a murder mystery, who dunnit kind of book which I am sure teenager’s will absolutely love. 

This book is harrowing at times but has you smiling in other parts. The characters are great and a real mismatched group of kids. I liked how we get to know a little about each of these children and what they have been through.

I rate this book 4/5

The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss. 

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love. 

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Hunt the Dragon (SEAL Team Six #6)by Don Mann, Ralph Pezzullo

This book was sent to me by @MulhollandUK and @HodderBooks from over on @bookbridgr for a honest review. I did try to get into it but I really couldn’t. Possibly because its a completely different genre to what I normally read, but I thought I would give it a go anyway. I just couldn’t.

This isn’t to say there is anything at all wrong with this book, its just not my kind of reading material.

Hackers from the North Korean government are one click away from obtaining black market nuclear weapons. Only the heroes of SEAL Team Six can stop them. 
In Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo’s newest novel, Captain Thomas Crocker and Mancini of SEAL Team Six’s Black Cell are in Las Vegas after conducting a training exercise in the desert with new members of the team. Lounging by the pool at Caesar’s Palace, they witness an argument between hotel security guards and three Asian men in corporate attire that quickly turns physical. Crocker and Mancini give chase and soon corner the businessmen, who claim to be Chinese diplomats under the protection of diplomatic immunity. Except the men don’t respond when the head of hotel security–Crocker’s old friend–addresses them in Chinese. 

That night someone hacks into the Nevada Power Company system, and Las Vegas goes completely dark. The businessmen set their hotel suite on fire and escape amidst the chaos. When Crocker and the rest of his SEAL Team Six attempt to track them down, the squad finds itself in the middle of an international plot with dangerous geopolitical ramifications: a desperate scheme by an embattled North Korean government that combines cyber warfare with old-fashioned money laundering and the theft of black market nuclear weapons. 

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Late Summer In The Vineyard by Jo Thomas

I almost dragged the postman through my letterbox as the envelope from @headlinepg containing @jo_thomas01 latest book arrived on my doormat, which I had requested from over on @bookbridgr.


Escape to the South of France with A VINE ROMANCE – the irresistible new romantic novel from Jo Thomas, award-winning author of ebook runaway bestseller THE OYSTER CATCHER and THE OLIVE BRANCH.

For Emmy Bridges, life hasn’t exactly gone to plan. She is working in a dead end job, earning almost nothing and to top it all – she is thirty-two and still lives with her Dad. But all that could still change, couldn’t it?

So when work want to send her to the South of France to learn about the wine she is soon to be selling, it seems like a good idea. And it turns out Emmy is a fast learner.

Far from home and unsure what she’s doing, Emmy soon learns that life – like the local wine – is better when you trust your instincts. She may want to protect the vines from destruction but can Nell also plant some roots of her own?


I loved the cute cover, so inviting and summery, as was the story. Jo really made me feel as if I was part of the vineyard experience, and it really was a pleasurable one. I loved the humour and the characters and the added bonus of animals was a plus for me. I’m not a wine drinker but after reading this book I may partake in a small glass with a wedge of brie, just to keep my “Late Summer in the Vineyard” experience a longer lasting one.

I rate this book 5/5

A bit about the Author : 


Jo Thomas worked for many years as a reporter and producer, first for BBC Radio 5, before moving on to Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Radio 2’s The Steve Wright Show. In 2013 Jo won the RNA Katie Fforde Bursary. Her debut novel, The Oyster Catcher, was a runaway bestseller in ebook and was awarded the 2014 RNA Joan Hessayon Award and the 2014 Festival of Romance Best Ebook Award. Jo lives in the Vale of Glamorgan with her husband and three children.

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A Cornish Christmas by Lily Graham

I have just finished reading @Lilywritesbooks upcoming book A Cornish Christmas which @bookouture kindly whizzed over to me through @NetGalley

I have said before how I love reading #Christmas books in the Summer months, the perks of reviewing books 🌞  I send my Thanks for giving me the opportunity to review this little gem

This really was a tearjerker, I had my Kleenex by my side throughout. There was sadness, tragedy, pain but then we had funny moments too with bonkers family members.

This was a lovely, curl up in front of a roaring fire, drinking hot chocolate, kind of book. It made me sad but happy all at the same time. It was so wonderfully written and I fell in love with the cover of this book too. 


When Ivy stumbles across a letter from her mother hidden in an old writing desk, secrets from the past come hurtling into the present. But could her mother’s words help Ivy in her time of need? Ivy is about to discover that the future is full of unexpected surprises and Christmas at Sea Cottage promises to be one to remember. 

I rate this book 5/5
Publication date is 30th September 2016

ISBN 9781786810748

Thank You Once Again 📚📚📚 and

Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin

I’ve just finished reading this book  by @hollymartin00 which I received from @bonnier_publish via @NetGalley at the beginning of August.

I had a feeling of deja vu after a few pages so had a look at my Goodreads  account where I have reviewed the books I have read for years. There I found my review for this very book from 2nd December 2015

 I loved the cover of this book straight away and Holly really does know how to draw you in and get you absorbed in this book. Her descriptions are spot on, her writing superb. All in all a must have feel good book in my opinion.

I rate this book 5/5


While the preparations for the ice sculpting competition and Christmas Eve ball are in full swing, will Penny be able to melt the ice and allow love into her heart? And will this finally be the perfect Christmas she’s been dreaming of?

 Publication date is 20th October 2016

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