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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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 ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

I give this book 5*

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A romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Dรฉpart 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 Dรฉpart route to pass through their village, the small community must work together to convince the decision-makers theyโ€™re Tour material.

Not easy when the cast of characters involved includes Lanaโ€™s shy, unlucky-in-love brother Tom, man-eating WI chair Yolanda, bickering spouses Gerry and Sue, arrogant TV star Harper Brady, and Lanaโ€™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

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

Purchase now on Amazon UK

http://chrissiemanby.com/

My Grandma’s Recipe Book

#BookBlogger  This week I’m heading to @BBC_ARoadshow at @CastleHowardEst, not too far from where I live. When I was 14 years old my elderly Grandma died. Years earlier, while playing in the attic of her old #Victorian home,  she gave me a very small #Antique #Recipe #Book of which I still have. 

I know nothing else of its origin. Whether it is worth anything or not but there are so many interesting snippets inside it’s pages I thought I would share them with you. 

The book is called : GOOD THINGS, Made, Said & Done it is the Thirty-sixth edition and printed in 1898.

This book is so fragile, some of the pages are falling out but nothing has been lost. 

The recipe index has a lot interesting ingredients. Powdered Egg obviously because of the era, was the norm in some of the recipes.

Anything you fancy here?

There are also a few remedies too, just incase the “Giblet Pie” doesn’t agree with you.


It really is such an interesting book with little “quotes” throughout the pages. For example “Children and Chicken will always be picking”. And “Let the Ticking Clock Guide The Boiling Crock”

One last little gem in this book the size of my hand, is this advert for “Fennings” 

I am going to have this book in my bag at #antiquesroadshow just incase there is anyone to ask a little bit more of its origin. It’d be lovely to find out a little more, don’t you think?

Killer Affair by Rebecca Chance

As a #BookBlogger, a lovely surprise popping through my post box in the shape of a #Book from @panmacmillan can make a lady screech with delight, #KillerAffair by @MsRebeccaChance, did just that for me.

The cover is so sparkling yet made me want to open up the pages quickly to find out exactly what was going on.

What can I say but WOW!! This is such a well written book of revenge, jealousy, sex, betrayal, laughter, it has it all and I could imagine laying on a beach reading this book. 

I did think that some of the characters in the book reminded me of certain celebrities so while I read I saw their faces. This is one of those books you really cannot put down, so ideal to takeaway with you.

I rate this book 5/5


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DESCRIPTION

A shocking betrayal deserves a wicked revenge . . .

Stunning, charismatic Lexy Oโ€™Brien is the reigning queen of British reality TV. Her life in front of the camera is planned and manipulated as successfully as any military assault.

But success breeds jealousy. When youโ€™re on top, the only way is down and thereโ€™s always someone standing by to give you a shove . . .

Dowdy Caroline Evans, a part-time blogger and writer of erotic fiction, is brought in to chronicle Lexyโ€™s life. Being taken under Lexyโ€™s wing is a dream come true for Caroline. But sampling the starโ€™s lifestyle is like tasting the most addictive of drugs, and itโ€™s not long before she is craving what she canโ€™t possibly have โ€“ or can she?

And as Caroline and Lexyโ€™s lives and loves become increasingly entwined, itโ€™s only a matter of time before the hidden rivalry becomes a powder keg waiting to explode . . .

http://www.rebeccachanceauthor.com/

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Broken Branches by M Jonathan Lee

This very happy #BookBlogger discovered a brand new Publishing Company called @hideawayfall and I’ve fallen in love! 

What a friendly bunch they are and after posting me a copy of @MJonathanLee great new book Broken Branches, I really couldn’t wait to get my reading head on again after a short break of reviewing.

Broken Branches was just what the Doctor ordered. 

Description

‘Family curses don’t exist. Sure, some families seem to suffer more pain than others, but a curse? An actual curse? I don’t think so.’

A family tragedy was the catalyst for Ian Perkins to return to the isolated cottage with his wife and young son. But now they are back, it seems yet more grief might befall the family.

There is still time to act, but that means Ian must face the uncomfortable truth about his past. And in doing so, he must uncover the truth behind the supposed family curse.

My Thoughts

This was a really enjoyable read, at times I did get confused and had to keep turning back the pages to see if I had missed something until I realised it was a book where one chapter is here and now and the next chapter is from years ago. 

There was certainly plenty of mystery to keep the reader thinking, I love books like that. True page turner’s where nothing is as it seems. 

This really is a well written book and I would love to see this story as a TV Drama. I would most certainly be hooked. Broken Branches left me wanting more. Maybe I’m just greedy but I seriously enjoyed this book.

I rate this book 5/5

www.hideawayfall.com

Publication Day is 27th July 2017

Pre order https://www.hideawayfall.com/books/broken-branches/