2018, Blog Tour, Book Snippet, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: The Soldier’s Home By George Costigan

Happy Thursday. Today I am pleased to share an extract from The Soldier’s Home thanks to the lovely Kelly at Love Books Group.

one 1988

EARLY MAY. Friday evening. Just gone four-thirty. Or ‘almost five and twenty-to- five,’ as both her parents would have said.

At the bus-stop with five teenaged stragglers. Four girls, one shuffling lad.

Enid didn’t teach any of them, knew no names.

Netball practice? Dawdlers. Detention?

No. Unlikely any of us teachers would volunteer to monitor that

of a Friday evening… Perhaps these were the latch-key kids? Or those with neither desire nor impetus to rush home. One way to find out and Enid was not going to do that.

They ignored her. The ancient teacher, invisible.

She listened not to their conversation but to their language, their use and gleeful abuse of it. Slang. Was that derived from slung, she wondered. Words thrown?

Enid listened for examples of it, but their chatter was coded so as to all but forbid her entrance. Fine. at suited, too.

eir bus appeared in the distance, Worsley to Swinton. en on, for her, to Pendlebury.

Tickets, passes, coins were found and rubbed. Primed.

Something about a Friday.

Odd but she now recalled some man called Fordyce, or similar, announcing, if she remembered correctly, ‘ the weekend starts here.’ ‘Ready Steady Go!’ In her very early thirties. When people danced. Shook. For a brief moment there was Dusty Spring eld. Making black and white television feel as though it were in colour.

The bus squealed to a stop and the small scrum gathered impatient and spuriously excited, then opened to o er her – the ageing ‘Miss’ – to get on rst, a practised display of ‘respect’, and when she demurred, it clattered chaotically upstairs. As though it had never ever done such an exciting thing before…

Enid sat downstairs, beside an exhausted woman obliterated by what Enid presumed was weekend food shopping. For a small platoon.

Nine stops – let thought loose. Loosen.

Anniversary of father’s death, soon. Tend their grave. at sweet ritual.

You have, like J.B. Priestley, been here before. Anything make tonight any di erent? No… Well, I have never shared a bus-seat with someone with quite so much shopping.

Papers to mark, essays to read, lessons to plan. Much Ado About My Life. Church on Sunday. Back Monday, ve past nine, urging a comprehension of the di erence between metaphor and simile into fourteen-year-olds. One of the young ladies careened down the stairs, called, ‘Night, Miss,’ and swung o the bus, running and swearing at her friends upstairs.

So many things you never did, Enid.

I hope we reach my stop before this poor woman has to negotiate her way past me and off. I don’t want to watch, witness, struggle; and if I offer to help I’ll needs go all the way to her house.

Ye Olde Pendlebury Offie.

A banal contradiction in terms, but what is life without the detail? O.

‘Under New Management’. Well, let us believe they will still sell

my Vendredi Vouvray.

She pushed at the door.

‘Barp-Klack.’

Enid was shocked, harshly, out of her routine.

No soft tinkle of a bell on a spring.

It had said, and it repeated itself lest she be in doubt, as she let the door close, ‘Barp-Klack.’

A hideous noise. An unnecessarily loud, metallic, somehow inhuman, noise.

The lay-out of the shop had been modernised. Making its title yet more idiotic. The wines now separated by country of origin. ere were scattered half-barrels containing ‘o ers’. A sprinkling of sawdust on the oor. Really? Were people likely to spit? Or bring their horses in here, perchance?

She located her ritual tipple, then spotted the same in a new glass-doored fridge. O. en saw a chilled Chablis.

For once, Enid… And for no good reason. Beyond a warm, thinning, memory.

Pleased, she headed towards the young man, reading at the counter, his hair languishing seemingly off only one side of his head. Indeed, the other side of his head appeared to have been recently shaved. Odd. When he looked up (and almost smiled) he had a ring in his nose. Someone new pushed at the door.

‘Barp-Klack.’

If the extract wasn’t enough then here is the blurb.

Blurb: ‘The Soldier’s Home’ is the stunning sequel to the bestselling debut, ‘The Single Soldier’, by renowned actor and writer George Costigan.

The war is over and his home was re-built … but a home is just a set of empty rooms without people and love. After surviving the war under German occupation, can a community now rekindle their lives, and rediscover their reasons for surviving?

As the soldier waits for the return of his love, the world keeps moving, threatening to leave his hopes and dreams behind.

History, secrets and painful truths collide in his troubled soul until peace arrives finally from a very unexpected source …

2018, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Summer at the Little Duck Pond Cafe By Rosie Green.

Yesterday I did say watch this space as there would be another cover reveal here at Hayley Reviews and here it is.

I’m pretty sure I was on the last Rosie Green cover reveal what a gorgeous one it is. I’m looking at delving into these at some point.

Happy Tuesday all I’ve had quite a day now for some Zumba…

2018, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Letter Kitty’s Story By Eliza J. Scott

Wow what a beautiful Bank Holiday Monday it has been. Although I have been at work so haven’t benefited from it really but I did walk into work this morning which was nice in the sunshine.

Today I have a gorgeous cover reveal on this lovely bank holiday Monday…and without further ado…

It’s pretty apt for the weather we are having isn’t it. If the cover isn’t enough to sway you here is a bit more about the book in question.

The Letter – Kitty’s Story…

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…

Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…

Will Kitty stand by Dan, or will she be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

Publication Date – 29th June 2018

Author Bio –   I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.

Social Media Links –

Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

Thank you once again to Rachel for including me in another cover reveal. Watch this space as there’s another one up tomorrow. I have almost finished listening to B A Paris – The Breakdown and wow what a book. Review will be up this week.

2018, Cover Reveal, New Author to me, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Trailing Spouse By Jo Furniss

Today here at Hayley Reviews I am pleased to share with you another gorgeous cover reveal courtesy of Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources. Sorry for the lack of updates this week it’s been a crazy one but I’m enjoying Rosie by Alan Titchmarsh which I hope to finish and review soon.

So without further ado I give you…

The Trailing Spouse

Amanda Bonham moved halfway around the world to be with the man she loves. Although expat life in Singapore can be difficult, Edward Bonham is a dream husband and a doting father to his teenage daughter, Josie.

But when their maid dies in an apparent suicide—and Amanda discovers the woman was pregnant and hiding a stash of drugs prescribed to Edward—she can’t help but wonder if her perfect husband has a fatal flaw. And if he can’t resist temptation under their own roof, what does he get up to when he travels?

Camille Kemble also has questions for Edward. Recently returned to Singapore, Camille is determined to resolve a family mystery. Amid a jumble of faded childhood memories, she keeps seeing Edward’s handsome face. And she wants to know why.

For one woman, the search for answers threatens everything she has. For another, it’s the key to all she lost. Both will follow his trail of secrets into the darkness to find the truth.

Pre-order Links –

https://amzn.to/2GwaX9P (Amazon.co.uk)

https://amzn.to/2IC1jjv (Amazon.com)

Author Bio: After spending a decade as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. Originally from the United Kingdom, she spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.

As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle and the Economist. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.

Jo’s debut novel, All the Little Children, was an Amazon Charts bestseller.

Connect with her via Facebook (/JoFurnissAuthor) and Twitter (@Jo_Furniss) or on her website, www.jofurniss.com.

Well this sure sounds like an intriguing read. Thank you once again to Rachel for including me in this reveal. Sorry for the late post it’s been quite a day for me today. So it’s an audiobook journey home.

2018, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: An Artisan Lovestyle By Kiltie Jackson

If you follow me over on Twitter HayleyTOfficial you would have seen that I had said I would be sharing a gorgeous cover reveal today. Before I do share it with you I want to once again say thank you for all the likes, comments, shares and love on my blog. I appreciate every single one of you in each way you support me here at Hayley Reviews. My blogger journey hasn’t always been joyful but since I changed to Hayley Reviews you guys have truly overwhelmed me.

Now before I tell you anymore about it. Doesn’t the guy and girl in the picture remind you of Grease. As that’s exactly what I thought when I saw it and Grease is my favourite film.

An Artisan Lovestyle

Are you ‘living’ your life or just living your life?

Elsa Clairmont was widowed barely five years after marrying her childhood sweetheart. She has struggled to come to terms with the loss and, six years later, has almost ceased to live herself. She does just enough to get by.

Danny Delaney is the ultimate ‘Mr Nice Guy’. He’s kind, caring and sweet. A talented artist in his teens, his abusive mother ruined his career in art and he turned his back on his exceptional gift. Now, he does just enough to get by.

On New Year’s Eve, both Danny and Elsa die in unrelated accidents.

Thanks to some poker playing shenanigans, Elsa’s husband Harry, and Danny’s old Art teacher, William, manage to orchestrate a deal with Death that allows Danny and Elsa to live for one more year on the condition they both agree

to complete three tasks.

They have until the last chime of Big Ben on the 31st December

to fulfil their quests.

If they succeed, they stay in the world of the living.

If they should fail however…

‘An Artisan Lovestyle’ is a story of personal growth and self-discovery as two people find themselves forced to make overdue changes in their lives, changes in other people’s lives, and all with the added challenge of

finding true love before their time runs out.

Will they do it?

Can they do it?

After all, it’s a matter of Life or Death…

Pre-order Link – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07D23TM38

I would like to take the time to say thank you to Rachel for including me in another gorgeous cover reveal. Keep your eyes peeled for more reveals.

2018, Blog Tour, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: Her Name Is Mercie By Chris Roy

So today is another prime example when I say yes to more than one blog tour. My second offering of the day is a novella thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources.

Blurb: Roy delivers on the edge of your seat storytelling with rough edges, crooked cops and a tiny light at the end of the tunnel that is never quite extinguished.

— Tom Vater, co–founder of Crime Wave Press.

Her Name Is Mercie is a fast furious ride into an inferno of the highest tension you are likely to encounter this year. Where noir meets thriller, toss a coin. Dive in. And unplug your phones, pcs tablets and keep reading deeper and deeper, until the final pages.

— Richard Godwin, author of Apostle Rising.

Mercie Hillbrook lives a simple, quiet life working as a gas station attendant. Then her parents are killed. Her home is taken. The people responsible are excused for just doing their job. When an attempt to get justice her way lands her in trouble with the law, Mercie realizes she still has something to lose: her own life.

Then she finds reason to believe her parents were murdered… and she doesn’t care anymore.

This novella is out on 26th May and can be pre-ordered now Here if you like cops and grit then this is a short for you.

2018, Blog Tour, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: You Me Everything By Catherine Isaac

Blurb: Set in the French countryside over one hot summer, You Me Everything is a tender novel about finding joy and love even in the most unexpected places.

Jess and her ten-year-old son William set off to spend the summer at Château de Roussignol, deep in the rich, sunlit hills of the Dordogne. There, Jess’s ex-boyfriend and William’s father, Adam, runs a beautiful hotel in a restored castle. Jess is bowled over by what Adam has accomplished, but she’s in France for a much more urgent reason: to make Adam connect with his own son. Jess can’t allow Adam to let their son down because she is tormented by a secret of her own, one that nobody – especially William – must discover.

By turns life-affirming, heart-wrenching and joyful, You Me Everything is a novel about one woman’s fierce determination to grab hold of the family she has and never let go, and a romantic story as heady as a crisp Sancerre on a summer day.

Review: Now where do I start. Firstly, I want to thank the lovely ladies at Simon & Schuster for not only sending me this beauty, but for also giving me a spot on this blog tour.

This was the first book of 2018 that I devoured and what a beautiful start to the year. I’m sad that it’s taken me this long to put pen to paper as I buddy read this with my good friend and blogger Catriona back in December just before Christmas. There should have been a joint video of us both but I was rundown and lost my voice so it never happened. I was pleased when Jess from Simon and Schuster got in touch about this tour so I could have the chance to say my piece.

Buddy reading this was great especially as me and Catriona are in different time zones. Every time she overtook me I wanted to know what she’d found out. We were constantly sharing snapchats of where we were at and that added to the story for me. We also had theories and concerns along the way. There’s not a lot of the story that I can say without spoiling it but what I will say is settle down with your favourite drink, nibbles if that’s your thing when reading and at least a roll of tissue. This is an emotional rollercoaster that will have you deeply invested from the off.

Jess is a brilliant leading lady and her story will have you deep in thought. Just like me and Catriona when you get into her story you will have theories and will be saying omg no to certain scenarios/situations that arise. The scenes between Adam and William are great especially when they progress, an absent father can be hard for some children but Jess has done so well with William but she has he reasons for engineering the reunion between the two.

The chateau in France sounds idyllic and it will make you long for blue skies and lazy days. Jess and William are adorable and experiencing their well needed family time was heartwarming and will make you long to spend more precious time with those who mean the most to you.

A beautiful novel of love, loss and family. You will be left emotionally broken but feeling hopeful for the future. I was left with a major bookish hangover after turning the final page which if I remember rightly was rather late into the night or early hours.

If you haven’t read this novel yet then I urge you to add it to that ever increasing TBR pile. You can purchase it Here be sure to follow the rest of this gorgeous tour.

2018, Blog Tour, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: The Wedding Date By Zara Stoneley

Blurb: One ex.

One wedding.

One little white lie.

When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems…

1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man.

2) His new girlfriend is pregnant.

3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t (see points 1 and 2 above)

So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires a professional to do the job.

Actor Jake Porter is perfect for the role: single, gorgeous and cheap! Sam is certain it’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out.

But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen!

As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore…

Review: This is another prime example of a book I may have missed if it wasn’t for a blog tour. So thank you once again Rachel – this is a proper Hayley feel good read that will make you feel dreamy and uplifted as well as having a huge independent woman theme going on. We got this girls, this is also my first Zara novel and boy will I be reading more from her. I truly loved her writing and the characters were all fab.

Sam is an adorable character who like me needs to live more in the now. This novel is funny and heartwarming. Sometimes taking a chance can turn out to be the best thing you ever did. And what you thought you wanted and what you thought you should be were never really you.

Sam has a wedding to go to but just before that she’s dumped, so she’s on a quest to show Liam she’s moved on and that he’s missed out to be there for her best friends big day. After a haircut and a chat with a stylist and other pal Sarah Sam decides to hire a date although one of the salon regulars comes through with her actor brother who needs a distraction. Sam and Sarah trying to see what Jake actually looked like was hilarious.

There are so many twists in this story that will have you turning the pages to know more and a few OMG moments. Step up Jake Porter – now this guy has many sides to him and if you’re not won over by his charm by the end of this tale then you’re really not a romantic at all.

I really loved the whole week in Scotland of Jake and Sam actually finding out more about each other and I loved that the ending is open so we can decide our own ending which was lovely. I won’t say too much as don’t want to give too much away.

Seeing as I’m new to Zara’s writing what should I devour next?? Do tell.

2018, Author Love, Publication Day, Uncategorized

Five Years From Now is out today…

Happiest of publication days to Paige Toon for the gorgeous Five Years From Now. A novel that sucked me in and spat me out in the greatest sense of the word. The characters are loveable and you will honestly be invested in them from the off. Nell and Vian/Van were my favourites from the off.

Here is my review for Five Years From Now one of my favourite reads this year.

I haven’t had Paige in my life for long but every one of the novels of hers that I have read have been outstanding. I started with Last Piece Of My Heart another novel that had me laughing and in tears. Which was then followed by The One We Fell in Love With and then Thirteen Weddings and the Christmas short A Christmas Wedding.

A few more of my blog posts on Paige Sampler Five Years From Now

A Christmas Wedding

The last piece of my heart

So from my links there are two I shamefully haven’t reviewed wow this won’t happen again lol.

Last July I was lucky enough to meet Paige for the first time at YALC, and since then we have met a few times. Not only is Paige an awesome writer she’s a lovely and humble human being and every-time I speak to her I’m inspired and grateful.

So to everyone who has devoured all of Paige’s glorious collection what should I read next?

So what are you waiting for get ordering this beauty. Five years from now link I will be on the hunt for the pink one from Asda I’m not sure my local Asda does books but that will be my mission. As I say I’m all ears to what Paige novel I should devour next I also love Audible so let me know if I should listen.

2018, Uncategorized, Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday returns…

So Wandering Wednesday won my poll over on Twitter you can find me there as HayleyTOfficial.

It’s been a while since I posted one of these hmm let’s look at how long it’s been….November was the last time I posted a Wandering Wednesday.

I knew it had been a while but wow….I haven’t done a great deal of actual wandering although just after my birthday I did go to Furteventura for a week. I have friends about to embark on travels and friends who are currently travelling so this winning my poll seemed apt. I haven’t any plans to go anywhere as yet but one place I have wanted to go to for ages is…NASHVILLE

I wanted to go long before I started watching Nashville but sadly I still haven’t made the trip. Nashville is one of my favourite shows that is almost over it’s been such a beautiful journey and I cannot wait to discover the place behind it.

I’m hoping to start the New Orleans Noir book so hopefully next week I can be in New Orleans, another place I would love to go to. If you enjoyed Wandering with me this Wednesday then please leave a comment.

Also if you have any fabulous book recommendations where I can wander feel free to also leave those below.