20 Books of Summer, Netgalley, TBR, Uncategorized, update

20 Books of Summer…

So whenever I attempt a reading challenge something happens. I am firstly aiming to do better…so if I can get part of the way through this challenge I will be chuffed. I really do ❤ book bloggers, I have received so much love with the shares, RTs and comments. It all helps to motivate me. Every achievement has felt a little bit more special since I moved over to Hayley Reviews as it’s all me. 

#20booksofsummer was devised by Cathy at 746Books. The plan is to read 20 books between 1st June and 3 September. 

You can read about the challenge here so here is my books that I will be attempting some may change and I will do my best to get to 20.

So I’m starting with my current read…

1. Cafe in Fir Tree Park by Katey Lovell

Blurb: Maggie’s café is at the very heart of Fir Tree Park. Business is booming, her lemon drizzle is the stuff of legend, her children are happy and life is good. But she hasn’t had it easy. When her husband Clint was sent to prison, she had to raise Josh and Kelly alone. But Clint can’t hurt them now, and there’s no denying that Paolo, the Italian football coach she spies every weekend out on the green, is more than easy on the eye.

It may be summer outside, but a new arrival in Fir Tree Park sends an icy chill through the café…

If you are regular on my blog you will see I have read and loved a few of the Meet Cutes which I have adored and I will be reading more but they are super short so will be additional to this. 

2. Friends and Liars by Kaela Coble

Blurb: It has been ten years since Ruby left her hometown behind. Since then she’s built a life away from her recovering alcoholic mother and her first love, Murphy. But when Danny, one of her estranged friends from childhood, commits suicide, guilt draws Ruby back into the tumultuous world she escaped all those years ago.

She’s dreading the funeral – and with good reason. Danny has left a series of envelopes addressed to his former friends. Inside each envelope is a secret about every person in the group. Ruby’s secret is so explosive, she will fight tooth-and-nail to keep it hidden from those she once loved so deeply, even if that means risking everything…

This is a Netgalley read that I should have started but I’m blaming the Cafe in Fir Tree Park. (But I’m loving it soooo) this one intrigued me when I read the blurb so I’m looking forward to devouring this one. 

3. Our Little Secret by Darren O’Sullivan

Blurb: A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.

So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide.
As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.
But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried… 

This one I found on Twitter and thankfully was accepted by Netgalley yay. Another Thriller. 

4. Last Seen by Lucy Clarke

Blurb: Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea – and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever.

Sarah’s son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah’s search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows – and she’s right to.
Someone saw everything on that fateful day seven years ago. And they’ll do anything to keep the truth buried.
Ok!!! Umm another Thriller. It’s also another Netgalley read. 

5. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

Blurb: Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations.

Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
In reading The New Beginnings Coffee Club this book was mentioned and I am now intrigued as Noah is one of my book boyfriends and he recommended it. 

6. SealSkin by Su Bristow

Blurb: What happens when magic collides with reality? Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous … and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence? Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape, the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize-winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider, and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is, nonetheless, a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable. 

I feel awful that I have had this book for ages and I still haven’t read it. 

7. Then. Now. always by Isabelle Broom

Blurb: Hannah Hodges can’t believe her luck when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . but what’s the catch?

‘Fresh, fun and full of sexual tension… a perfect spring read’ Heat

Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn’t be a more perfect setting to fall in love…
If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…
Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?
For just once in her life, can’t Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?
This one needs bumping up. I miss Spain. I need to stop clicking Netgalley as I can’t read in time. 

8. Mr Make Believe by Bezzy Marsh

Blurb: Marnie Martin’s formerly perfect life is not quite going to plan. 

Hard-hitting newspaper journalist turned stay-at-home mum and part-time failing food columnist, Marnie is wondering when her life went so wrong.
While her husband Matt’s career takes off, she’s left with the impossible task of pairing socks and locating Lego. His late nights at the office are turning into late nights who knows where else and they haven’t had a proper conversation in weeks, sex in months, or a full night’s sleep in years. 
On the brink of losing everything when a fantasy about movie star Maddox Wolfe leads to a missed deadline and a disastrous case of food poisoning, Marnie becomes Mrs Make Believe: anonymous blogger, secret spiller, and voice of imperfect mums everywhere. 
However, Marnie Martin could never have imagined that her movie star daydream would walk off the screen and into her reality, turning her already muddled world totally on its head.
Will Marnie find happiness in the arms of the (literal) man of her dreams? Or will she find that true love is just make believe?
Another Twitter find that had me clicking download yet I haven’t read it yet. 

9. Things Get Better by Katie Piper

Blurb: To look and listen to the extraordinary Katie Piper, it is difficult to comprehend the severe trauma she suffered from a brutal rape and acid attack which left her with deep physical and emotional scars. These terrible events would have crushed most people, but through her positive outlook and sheer determination, Katie has become inspirational to millions and living proof that no matter what life throws at you, if you work hard and believe – things will get better.

Katie now begins to answer the question that everyone wants to know – ‘Where did you find the courage?’ She shares the key steps and support that led to her emotional recovery and acknowledges the pain we have all felt at times, whether suffering a breakup, life change or more serious trauma. Drawing on her own experiences and letters from other survivors, Katie shows with spectacular compassion that we can all find the strength within to carry on.
I have been reading start your day with Katie 365 affirmations for a year of positive thinking on and off since I purchased it. I love it. I am also desperate to read her confidence the secret.

10. Right here waiting for you by Rebecca Pugh

Blurb: Magda used to be the girl everyone wanted to be – most likely to achieve her every wish. That is until suddenly her perfect life seems to be anything but!

Sophia has never regretted her life, sure it isn’t perfect, but being a single mum to a daughter she loves is pretty great. Perhaps she never moved away from home, or got to live out her dreams, but what she has right now isn’t so bad.
That is until an invitation to their school reunion arrives, throwing both their lives into a spin – because these two used to be friends and it might finally be time to face up to that one big mistake that happened all those years ago…
This girl is pretty awesome and I pre-ordered this beauty it sounds gorgeous and right here waiting is a song I love with lots of memories. 

11. The Italian Gardener by Andrew Croats

Blurb: Mo, the wealthy dictator of a volatile Middle Eastern country, enlists a ghostwriter to tell his story to the world and enshrine him in history as a glorious ruler. Inside Mo’s besieged palace the ghost forms an unlikely friendship with a wise and seemingly innocent Italian gardener who slowly reveals that the regime isn’t all it appears to be. As a violent rebellion threatens all their lives the ghost struggles to cope with a personal secret too painful to bear. 

SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN GARDENER takes the reader on a heart-pounding journey through the bloody downfall of a doomed tyrant in the company of a young couple struggling to cope with the greatest private tragedy imaginable. 
I was sent this gorgeous novella from RedDoor publishing…I cannot wait to delve into this I haven’t been let down by this publisher.

12. Child Taken by Darren Young 

Blurb: One hot summer’s day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won’t give up hope that her daughter is still alive. After all, a mother’s instinct is never wrong.

Is it?

Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago. But when the journalist discovers someone with an explosive secret, it threatens not only to reveal what’s been covered up for so long, but puts both their lives in danger.

When I saw RedDoor publishing talk of this I jumped on it and posted the YouTube video on here and it’s been my most liked post. Scary but intrigued.

13. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Blurb: The bestselling novel about love, loss and hope from the twice Carnegie Medal-winning Patrick Ness, soon to be a major motion picture. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window. It’s ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. Patrick Ness takes the final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd and weaves an extraordinary and heartbreaking tale of mischief, healing and above all, the courage it takes to survive.

14. Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier 

Blurb: On a bitter November evening, young Mary Yellan journeys across the rainswept moors to Jamaica Inn in honour of her mother’s dying request. When she arrives, the warning of the coachman begins to echo in her memory, for her aunt Patience cowers before hulking Uncle Joss Merlyn. Terrified of the inn’s brooding power, Mary gradually finds herself ensnared in the dark schemes being enacted behind its crumbling walls — and tempted to love a man she dares not trust.

Love Daphne have read and adored Rebecca and Frenchman’s Creek perfect reason to get stuck into more…

15. Milly Johnson The Queen of Wishful Thinking

Blurb: When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her.

As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?
I was lucky enough to win this from the publisher on Twitter 🙂 

So I have listed 15 some I should have read or are released soon, some have been sat waiting and some I just want to devour. I hope I can do this plus I will hopefully add 5 more. There’s bound to be Books I have forgotten and ones that come out…..

So let’s see. Anything I should bump up from my list and any recommendations would love to hear from you….one last thing how often would you like updates on this.

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Book Review: The New Beginnings Coffee Club

Published 5th May 2017 by HQ Digital 

Blurb: Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?

Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.

With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intended you to be!

Review: I was lucky enough to be accepted to read this On Netgalley. So thank you HQ Digital. 

I had seen lots of great chat and a few partial reviews in the lead up to reading this. Plus you may have seen I had Samantha on here answering some of my questions which you can see…..here.

I have been meaning to read Samantha Tonge for a while and I’m pretty sure I have one of her first novels on my Kobo but I am pleased that this Coffee based treat of escapism and real life issues was my first. 

Now what can I say to do this review justice, there are many real life issues covered in this novel but Samantha has asked reviewers to refrain from spoiling and I can see why. There were certain aspects that I knew there was much more to the individual and the story. 

However, there were also a few shock twists and for me that added to the drama and pace of a very well written story about new beginnings.

The new beginnings coffee club is exactly the sort of place you would want to regularly visit. Elle and Noah are friendly and empthatic of every single person that steps through their door, offering advice, gorgeous cakes and Noah’s extensive book list and coffee beans. Ooooh I am even wanting to read a book that Noah recommended Jenny The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. 

What I truly loved about this novel was the sentiment of if you want to change something you can. Jenny thinks she’s the model wife with a gorgeous daughter and the perfect marriage until it all comes crashing down on her. What Jenny cannot see is how this is going to be the turning point of her life and that of her daughter April. I adored all these characters from the offset and I would love to find a barista like Noah….

Dive in this Bank Holiday weekend…this tasty treat will make you smile and give you that get up and go to change anything that’s bothering you…

If Elle, Noah and Jenny can’t motivate you this weekend then no one can. 

Bout of Books, ebook, Short Story, Uncategorized

Meet cute ❤ by Katey Lovell

Today is publication day of Katey Lovell’s latest novel The Cafe in Fir Tree Park which you can purchase here my good friend and fellow blogger Fabbookfiend has already finished and reviewed you can read her gorgeous review here I must say if she’s liked it I have to do go check her review out and I’m sure just like me it will make you purchase Katey’s latest novel. 

Every Happily Ever After began with a Once Upon a Time…
It takes a lot to distract Jade from her books. But from the moment she spots Marwan browsing the shelves, she can’t concentrate on anything else…
A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.

Review: I had hoped to have read this during the Bout of Books readathon which I started well and then life happened. Since finishing my last read, work has been mental and life has seemed chaotic and sad. In light of events in Manchester I haven’t had the energy for a full on read plus I have had reviews to finish without confusing myself. 
So The Boy in the Bookshop was my escapism of choice. Wow! A short but sweet cute story….that will have bookworms squealing it’s everything every romance loving bookworm wants to hear. 

I love how Katey has given us an awesome story in such a short time frame….a perfect read for a short journey, a waiting room or a coffee break. I can see why my good friend Fabulous Book Fiend devoured the entire Meet Cute series in two sittings….

Every Happily Ever After began with a Once Upon a Time…
Can you fall in love with someone before you’ve actually met them? Toby and Lauren think you can…
A gorgeously romantic short story, part of The Meet Cute series.

Review: Having totally adored my first Meet Cute I was eager for more I was toying between this and the boy on the bus. Having just returned from a fantastic week away in Salou I am longing for the beach again so this won. It’s funny how a short story can sometimes not even seem as short as it actually is. I was just as invested in these characters and their relationships as if it was a normal standard novel. I must say I loved it and felt like I was sat on that beach with sand between my toes when it ended I was like no no. It ended in an awesome way but I wanted sooo much more from Toby and Lauren.

These shorts are a credit to Katey and I cannot wait to read more from her. Since starting this post I have purchased Katey’s latest novel The Cafe in Fir Tree Park and The Boy on the Bus hoping to devour these this weekend and then I can be good and get back to what I should have started reading oooops. Too many gorgeous books available right now….

What are you reading this weekend? Get in touch and let me know I only have Sunday off sadly…

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Audible Review: Miss You By Kate Eberlen

Published: 11th August 2016 By PanMacmillan 

Blurb: Get to know Tess and Gus in Kate Eberlen’s first novel, Miss You.

Tess and Gus are meant to be. They just haven’t met properly yet. And perhaps they never will . . .
Today is the first day of the rest of your life is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can’t get it out of her head, even though she’s in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever – but not in the way she expects.
Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be.
For one day, the paths of an eighteen-year-old girl and boy criss-cross before they each return to England.
Over the course of the next sixteen years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and fate, there’s no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly . . . or is there?

Review: Gus and Tess kept popping up all over social media and the more I saw it, the more intrigued I became. So when my latest Audible read was over I saw my credit flashing at me and downloaded Miss You. I instantly fell in love with the story and both Tess and Gus. I really liked that they both spoke a chapter in turn where both points of view were covered – in listening to the audio it was also good to hear a guy and a girl speak. Although my first impressions of both characters did change from time to time and I became so invested in them that I often wanted to scream at them both. Which must have looked comical as I listened to most of this on my walk to and from work. 

Finishing Miss You was my first milestone for the Bout Of Books readathon. But I must say my walk to work just won’t be the same without Gus and Tess. 
I knew this would be a love story but it was nothing like I had imagined in the best way possible. Now to do this gorgeous book justice without spoiling – as I believe everyone who discovers this treat finds there way themselves as the shock value really made it for me.

I found myself in floods of tears extremely early on as the news Tess had and the experience thereafter made me think of my Nan in an almost bittersweet way. Kate has written about sadness, anger, love and grief so well and full of passion I found myself crying but also smiling at the pure beauty of the words. Having received more family news after finishing this it really did hit home. I am now thinking more than ever about things I want and want to do in my life as none of us know how long we have. 

If you are looking for an uncomplicated love story, then sorry this is not the book for you. Miss you is a story of love, hope faith and fate. It’s really made me think again on a number of issues but most importantly live your life for you and always say what you feel to your loved ones. They may drive you crazy most of the time but when they are gone they are gone.

A heartfelt story that will stay with me forever….I look forward to reading more from Kate after this beauty.

Cover Reveal, debut novel

Cover Reveal: Our Little Secret By Darren O’Sullivan

Wow!!!! I saw this cover on Twitter today and instantly was intrigued. I read the blurb and wanted to know more. I have submitted a request on Netgalley so fingers crossed I get to devour this beauty which is a debut from Darren O’Sullivan published by HQ Digital on 28th July 2017.

Blurb: A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.
So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide.
As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.
But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried forever…
I can feel this will be one I won’t be able to put down….I’m home from my holiday so will get more updates up soon. 

Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Last Piece Of My Heart By Paige Toon

Published 18th May by Simon and Schuster

Blurb: When life feels like a puzzle, sometimes it’s the small pieces that make up the bigger picture… Join Bridget on a journey to put her world back together.

A successful travel journalist, Bridget has ambitions to turn her quirky relationship blog about the missing pieces of her heart into a book. But after a spate of rejections from publishers, she accepts an alternative proposition.
Nicole Dupré died leaving behind a bestselling novel and an incomplete sequel. Tasked with finishing the book, Bridget is thankful to have her foot in the publishing door, even if it means relocating to Cornwall for the summer and answering to Nicole’s grieving husband, Charlie…

Review: My first ever Paige Toon read and I ended up a snotty mess. I must admit if I had had an uninterrupted day off this book may well have been finished within a day. But sadly I hadn’t had that luxury. I instantly warmed to Bridget, it was like reading about a friend. I thought I would like Charlie but he was hard to read at the beginning, the loss of his wife and taking care of their daughter and carrying on had taken it’s toll on the young widow. 
I don’t want to give too much away but I loved the connection between Charlie and Bridget I felt like I was wanting to shout at them constantly. I really really liked the concept of Bridget’s book and blog posts although early on I thought her ideal love life wasn’t meant to be. Although don’t get me wrong as a big old softie I loved the idea of collecting each piece of her heart back from former loves. It did make me think about my life and my choices. I love how Paige writes leaving you wanting more at the edge of each chapter, it was so easy for me to read long into the night….

The sense of loss that Charlie is going through is real and I enjoyed seeing the change in him thanks to Bridget and the weight that was lifted over Nicole’s novel being finished even though Charlie wasn’t essentially that fussed on that.

I loved the journey from Cornwall to Thailand, Paige’s description made me feel like I had visited Thailand and captured Cornwall perfectly, I remember many a time going up and down hills to get a phone signal to send a text or make a call whilst away. 

There are many ups and downs along the way for Bridget and Charlie but I loved the aspects of family. His brother Adam is hilarious and although different to Charlie I loved the closeness of them and the way he tried with Bridget to get the best out of Charlie. 

An awesome introduction to Paige Toon I am intrigued and look forward to reading more from her. If you have any suggestions on where I go next with Paige do leave me a comment. 

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EBook Short Review: The Apple Orchard by Veronica Henry

Blurb: In the charming town of Peasebrook, there’s a place for everyone. War vet Joe has made new friends and a new home for himself here, overlooking a beautiful apple orchard. But when tragedy strikes and Joe is left out in the cold, it will bring them all together in entirely unexpected ways . . .

The Apple Orchard is a truly feel-good short story about friendship and kindness. It’s the perfect introduction to Veronica Henry and includes an extract of her upcoming novel The Forever House.
Review: I must admit I haven’t read anything from Veronica before but over the years I have seen her books. When this short came up as a freebie on Kindle I thought it would be the perfect between books read and I was right. Having had a headache for the most part of yesterday after having a book hangover from Paige Toon this was the perfect Sunday treat. As o got on the train I was sucked into such a beautiful tale of love, loss, friendship and ultimately kindness. 

This short made me think about how we act and how a little bit of kindness and gratitude can go a long way. I see someone else mentioned that this short reunites a few characters from a previous Veronica Henry novel. This may only be a taster but I’m definitely up for reading more from Veronica, this was the treat I needed on a Sunday before meeting a friend for a coffee and a chitchat. A perfect introduction to a writer 🙂 I cannot wait to delve into her back catalogue where should I start? Do tell. 

Bout of Books, Readathon

Bout Of Books readathon

So last year….I partially got involved and this year I aim to do better. Seeing FabulousBookFiend’s update Here has made me eager to get involved. This girl seriously helps motivate me….so here it goes. 

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of books blog From the Bout of Books team. 

So what do I aim to read….

I have just started The New Beginnings Coffee shop and I’m really enjoying although not that far in.  

I will finish….Miss You definitely by tomorrow so on day one of the readathon. This is an audible read.

I may throw in a few shorts too plus a few things that I didn’t get round to on last weeks TBR. So keep checking back here or on my Twitter @HayleyTOfficial. I may even look at the books that I have half started that have been on my currently reading list on Goodreads for a while. 

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Reading Update…..

On Sunday I stated my reading and blogging intentions and I’m pleased to say I have posted at least one post each day. Catching up with some of my drafts and blog posts that I have wanted to do for ages like www Wednesday. I’m grateful to the people who have voted on my polls and if there is anything you would like to see please leave a comment below. 

On Monday I posted my TBR intentions for the week. Having started The Last Piece Of My Heart. If I had had uninterrupted days off I reckon this could have been finished in one sitting. I finished this during the early hours of this morning and I was a snotty mess but my did I enjoy it. I will be reviewing on publication day which is the 18th May.

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to win this little beauty. I cannot wait for this to arrive as I have heard such good things.

I also received my second ever Goodreads win…

This looks sooo good. Today I haven’t read much as I woke with a headache probably because I was up reading then had a much needed lie in. But I have managed to listen to some more of Miss You which I’m loving I have 3 hours and 15 mins left.

Plus have snatched a little of the prologue of this…..which featured on the blog yday.

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Author post: The New Beginnings Coffee Club by Samantha Tonge

Firstly it’s publication day of The New Beginnings Coffee Club. Which I have sat waiting for me on my Kindle app. Sam has kindly answered some questions for me on this very exciting day….

Before I get stuck in here is the blurb.

Everyone deserves a second chance…don’t they?

Jenny Masters finds herself living the modern dream. Wife to a millionaire, living in a mansion and mother to Kardashian-obsessed ten-year-old April, there isn’t anything missing. Until, her whole world comes crashing down, forcing Jenny and April to leave behind their glittering life and start over with nothing.

With village gossip following her wherever she goes, she finds refuge and a job in the new coffee shop in town. As the days pass Jenny fears she doesn’t have what it takes to pick herself back up and give April the life she always wanted to. But with the help of enigmatic new boss Noah, and housemate Elle, Jenny realises it’s never too late to become the woman life really intending you to be!.
Intrigued I know I am….

1. Tell us a bit about The New Beginnings Coffee Club and your inspiration?

 The New Beginnings Coffee Club is a story about starting over and finding yourself. The three main characters all have a past that they have to come to terms with and I think – hope – the story is very relatable. We all , to a degree, put on a mask in public and this novel is about being strong enough to remove that and just be yourself. As well as these themes, coffee shops were also a huge inspiration to me when writing this. They seem to have taken over from pubs, in terms of being the hub of a community, and I love my local one. I only have to walk through the door and a couple of the baristas seem to sense what I’d like to drink!!!

2. Fave coffee ( I have to ask about coffee right?) 

Americano. No milk. And (shhh, don’t tell anyone) decaffeinated! And can I count Hot Chocolate, too? DELICIOUS.

3. Tell us something that readers wouldn’t know about you?

 I was part of the opening crew for Disneyland Paris, way back in the early Nineties! Huge fun.

4. What is your ideal writing day? Plus your ideal day off?

A cycle ride first, my cat for company and a trip out to my local coffee shop, at some point, to refuel! My ideal day off is to get out of the house, away from my computer. I’ve recently become a fan of mindfulness and like nothing more than a walk through a park, observing nature.

5. What are your hopes for 2017?

2016 was a challenging year for me, on many levels – I hope 2017 is a gentler one that ends with a sense of hope. Rather like my novel.

Thank you Sam for joining me today The New Beginnings Coffee Club is out NOW!!!!!! 

Buy it here!!!

I literally adore this top 😉 #coffeeaddict.

About Sam:

Samantha lives in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it’s a dog. Along with writing, her days are spent cycling, willing cakes to rise and avoiding housework. Formally trained as a linguist, Samantha now likes nothing more than holing herself up in the spare room, in front of the keyboard. Writing romantic comedy novels is her passion.
Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women’s magazines. Her debut romantic comedy novel from HarperCollins (CarinaUK), bestselling “Doubting Abbey”, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Romantic Ebook award, 2014. The bestselling summer novel, Game of Scones, won the Love Stories Awards 2015 Best Romantic Ebook category.

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