2019, Blog Tour, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Vagabond Mother By Tracey Scott – Townsend

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cover reveal. When Kelly @ Love Books Group email pinged through my interest was piqued. Not only is she a fab blogger she’s one of the best blog tour organisers so if I can help I will.

I love a cover reveal so they are always welcome here at Hayley Reviews. So without further ado.

It’s an interesting cover and if that isn’t enough for you here is the blurb…

Not every Vagabond is a Castaway…

Maya Galen’s oldest son, Jamie, left home eight years ago after a massive row with his parents and now Joe, her youngest child and apple of her eye, has cut off all contact with them too.

Called to Australia to identify the body of a young man, Maya is given her son’s journal. After a sleepless night she decides that the only thing she can do is follow in Joe’s footsteps and try to discover her most basic human self. Eschewing a monetary lifestyle, from now on she must rely on her physical and emotional strength to survive.

Following Joe’s hand-drawn maps and journal entries, she travels from Australia to Denmark and beyond, meeting many other travellers along the way and learning valuable lessons.

Eventually a crisis forces her to return home and confront the end of her marriage, but also a new understanding of what family, in the widest sense, really means.

Exploring the big questions at the heart of human existence, The Vagabond Mother shares territory with books and films such as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Buy The Vagabond Mother

Thank you Kelly for including me in this cover reveal.

 

2019, Uncategorized

Book Review: Lake Child By Isabel Ashdown

Blurb: You trust your family. They love you. Don’t they?

When 17-year-old Eva Olsen awakes after a horrific accident that has left her bedbound, her parents are right by her side. Devoted, they watch over her night and day in the attic room of their family home in the forests of Norway.

But the accident has left Eva without her most recent memories, and not everything is as it seems. As secrets from the night of the accident begin to surface, Eva realises – she has to escape her parents’ house and discover the truth. But what if someone doesn’t want her to find it?

Review: I first discovered Isabel Ashdown via Netgalley where I read the first few chapters of Little Sister and I was hooked. Although I’m ashamed to say I haven’t yet read the full story, but following this beauty it will happen.

When Lake Child was advertised my interest was piqued on publication day I had to go to an ENT appointment and Isabels fantastic new novel had me hooked and kept me company on an awful day, I had quite quickly devoured six chapters. The appointment had me in tears so it was a welcome detraction. I couldn’t believe how much I’d read ok such a short time.

Now where do I start? I loved this book it kept me on my toes and had me constantly thinking. This is one of those books where you think you know the outcome but you’re so wrong. I know many people hate the words twists and you didn’t see it coming, but this is definitely one of those books.

I would describe Lake Child as a compelling read that will keep you guessing and will have you gasping from time to time. From the off I adored Eva – she’s feisty, independent and loyal. It’s extremely hard to say anything about this novel without ruining the story, but what I will say is you will love it. The aspects of pure family love and the lengths they will go to, to keep you safe.

I’ve never been to Norway but Isabel sure does describe a picturesque scene of the lakes, the forests and the mountains. Even during Eva’s darkest moments her description from her bedroom made me think of a gorgeous little cottage with log fires and cosy beds. Ideal for a bookworm like me.

I loved the set up of this book and looking back in hindsight I should have worked out a few things early on. As the chapters are split into Maxine and Eva. If you read this you will see what I mean once you complete it.

It’s definitely one of those reads that literally hooks you in and the chapters are quite short so it’s one of those just one more chapter reads where you’ve sat up until the early hours. If my ear hadn’t played up and left me plagued with a headache I would have finished this a lot sooner, but the fact it delayed me meant that when I got to the heart of the novel I had the time and the need to complete it in peace.

Isabel has covered a number of serious issues well and with grace. There’s so much I want to say but I won’t ruin any of the details.

Lake Child is compelling, heartbreaking and completely consuming. A novel that will leave you wanting to know the truth as Eva is trying to understand what’s happened to her. It will leave you second guessing yourself and thinking you knew the answers yet you were completely wrong.

2019, Author Love, Uncategorized

The Hidden Paige has given me all the feels and left me excited for a new adventure with a new couple…

Paige Toon is one of my most favourite authors and she always manages to brighten my day.

I’m sorry to those who voted on my poll my Postscript review will be written later today and up tomorrow. I had to mention The Hidden Paige as today Paige has unveiled the name of her next novel out in May 2020 and my interest and excitement is already piqued.

The Minute I Saw You is based in Cambridge and features Matilda and Archie who Paige had written a short story about – An Unusual Valentine’s- wow! This treat from Paige can be devoured in a coffee break and I’m already excited for Archie and Matilda’s story. Everything about their meeting made me go all gooey. Paige has a way of giving me all the feels exactly when I want and need them.

The sun in her eyes has had a makeover and it’s truly gorgeous. I really must make time to read the books of Paige’s that I haven’t but I love still having many new adventures to discover. Soon myself and Catriona will be delving into Paige’s back catalogue and I honestly cannot wait.

Have you read any of Paige’s early books I’m a massive fan but I’m a bit behind on the older stuff. Hit me with your recommendations????

2019, Uncategorized

Book Review: Little Miss Stubborn and the Unicorn By Roger Hargreaves

Blurb: Little Miss Stubborn doesn’t believe that unicorns exist. But when her friends say that they have met one, she is determined to meet this strange horse. This colourful adventure has been adapted to an upsized picture book format, so that all those who believe in unicorns can enjoy the story in even greater scale!

The Mr Men and Little Miss Magic series takes kids on a series of sparkling adventures where they meet some extraordinary characters including a dragon, an ogre, a mermaid, a princess, a fairy, pirates and many others.

Review: So this is something different for me although I’m sure I’ve done one or two over the years. Well my four year old niece adores the Mr Men books so we have been trying to get her the collection. I’ve found many a book in charity shops especially when I recently was at the seaside.

I love how the Mr Men series has evolved to include things that are current to little boys and girls right now. Freya loves unicorns and she’s loves these books so it was a no brainier she needed this book so off auntie Hayley went to find it. I love that all my nieces and my nephew love reading and I love that I can help enhance that.

Seeing as I had bought it, it seemed only fair that I would read it with her and what a fun little read this is. Miss Stubborn is just that extremely stubborn to the very last page. Lots of the Mr Men and Little Miss characters feature.

A fun little read that keeps the early reader and the adult wanting more. A quick and effective read….I can’t wait to get more of the newer ones for her.

I do love reading with my nieces and I’m looking forward to reading with the twins too. Having Conor now means we can get a variation into the books and I can’t wait.

2019, audible, Uncategorized

Monday, my final work week and what am I reading…

After an impressive run of blogging I ended up busy with life. Well with friends reminiscing our youth by seeing Westlife and a last ever Saturday at Cancer Research.

Today is the beginning of the end of my Cancer Research journey it sure has been an emotional rollercoaster but I’ve learnt so much about myself in the last three and a half years. It was the right choice for me but now I’m headed on a different path. In some aspects I wish I’d done more but I’m taking only the positives with me.

Yesterday before getting on my train for a day at Hyde Park. I took a few books that I’ve either read or have been sat on a shelf dormant for a while to put on the shelf at Eltham station.

On Audio I’m still listening to…

I have about 4 hours left so hopefully I can finish this treat today.

I should also finish reading this outstanding novel. Lucy Vine incorporates humour and reality in such an impressive way. Yesterday I only managed some reading on my train into London I was shattered on my way home.

I adore this woman so my September credit will be used on this. PS I Love You has left an imprint on me and I’ve been so excited for this, sadly I didn’t make the blog time but come Thursday I will be listening to this.

2019, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Gift Of Happiness By Holly Martin

Today I am pleased to be a part of the reveal of Holly Martin’s latest book. I’ve done a few of these for Holly and I’m always happy and honoured to help her when she sends an email through….so the initial reveals have been happening over on Twitter today at 12pm and at 6pm which is why I’m posting my blog post now.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

I have to admit I feel like a bit of a fraud as I have a few of Holly’s books but I’ve not actually read any of them. Where should I start? Or should I wait for this beauty in October. It’s released on 25th October.

@HollyMAuthor and the Amazon link, https://amzn.to/2Q1WPez

2019, Shelf Control, Uncategorized

Shelf Control #2

Shelf Control is a meme run by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies.  It is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves.  Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up!

For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out Lisa’s introductory post.

So I’ve gone for a Kobo/Kindle shelf read. Although my Kobo passed on last year some time but it was six years old so I got my money’s worth and some. I was thinking last now how bad I’ve been over the years for 99p and freebie reads and it brought me to this book.

I downloaded this what must have been Boxing Day 2012 or so. I’m not 100% but I remember being at my Nan & Grandads and downloading this from the Boxing Day sale….What I’ve read of Giovanna I have enjoyed and I feel awful to have had this on my digital library for so long.

As I haven’t read Billy and Me I still haven’t read the Christmas short either.

Have you read this or any of Giovanna’s books? I loved You’re the One that I Want.

2019, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday – Discussion

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So today’s prompt was chosen by Caitlin Althea and her chosen prompt is….Books on my TBR I’m avoiding reading and why…

So rather than merely posting book covers with a bit of context I thought I would speak in a bit more detail. Now don’t get me wrong those covers will come as I also don’t want this post to become too text heavy. There’s a few books that I’m unsure I want to name as they are from three of my favourite authors but they are hardbacks which are a pain in the arse to carry around. Don’t get me wrong signed and on a shelf or on a well laid out Instagram post they look fantastic but when you’re trudging them to and from work with your lunch and your gym stuff not so much. So that’s my first bug bear.

When this series was first released there was so much good and bad hype. I didn’t instantly jump on the bandwagon as the bad stuff kept on coming but as time went on I became intrigued. I read the first one and I enjoyed it it peaked my interest, the second one took me ages to read as I kept getting distracted don’t get me wrong when I was sat and fully invested I enjoyed it. I still haven’t picked up the third one it’s somewhere in my mass of books at home. I must say it’s a series we regularly receive at Cancer Research.

Like most book sagas I got into this one late and I loved doing so as I could get my hands on the next instalment I read books one and two in quick succession. I even attended a preview screening of Catching Fire – I couldn’t bare to say goodbye to these characters and I still haven’t been toying with the idea of reading now but haven’t yet caved.

Now I know this one is going to raise some eyebrows. I’ve had this one on my shelf for a while now, I’ve obviously seen the film so know the story. I watched it on a flight to Orlando and my friends thought I was hilarious in how tearful I became.

I’ve only read the first Harry Potter and I only done that a few years back whilst on holiday. I have a few of them at home.

There are probably lots more I could share but as it stands I cannot think.

A question that I will ask to my readers is are there any books I should have read that may not have?

2019, Uncategorized

It’s Monday what am I reading…..

So I’ve seen this meme come up loads and I may have done it before but I’m extremely blonde at the moment so here I am.

Thanks to those of you who responded on my Twitter poll www.twitter.com/HayleyTOfficial it’s better late than never…so what am I reading…

On audio I’m listening to the extremely funny.

Just yesterday I finally started….

Why has it taken me so long I’m only a few chapters in but wow!!

I’ve been itching to read this I’ve had it since the event in June I will be buddy reading this with Catriona…. I haven’t started it yet but once I’ve posted this post I’m drying my hair and diving in before bed.

Have you read any of my choices? I would love to hear from you.

2019, audible, Blog Tour, Review, Uncategorized

Audio Review: The Apartment By K.L.Slater

Blurb: The Apartment tells the story of a newly widowed young mother who moves into a smart London apartment building that feels too good to be true. When strange things start to occur, Freya suspects that someone is trying to control her behaviour. Things escalate from there, and Freya and her daughter narrowly get out alive. Loosely based on the Little Albert experiment from the 1920s, The Apartment is brilliant at developing a slow sense of unease, which lends itself all the more beautifully to audio.

Review: Firstly, I would like to thank Anna at Midas PR for inviting me onto this audio blog tour. This is my first K.L.Slater read but it will not be my last. I would also like to say I’m sorry this wasn’t up first thing this morning but better late than never eh?

I love audiobooks and this was perfect to finish my holiday time before heading back to work. Now I need to mention Tuppence Middleton – what a fabulous narrator, the narration makes such a difference to me and I’ve listened to some questionable narrators on Thrillers.

Now I don’t dislike Freya but for a recently widowed young mother she’s extremely naive and I found myself increasingly frustrated with her. From the off I wanted to shake her as she took so much at face value from the minute she spoke to the doctor in the Starbucks on High St Kensington- I loved this reference though as I used to work down the road from said Starbucks it was my local for a good six months.

This is a slow burner that will have you constantly thinking what is the deal with this house/ this apartment. The Marsden’s are extremely controlling and their actions will have you as a reader thinking what the hell are you still doing there. Freya thinks things are weird but she’s made to feel like she’s imagining things until a chat with a gardener has her itching to find out more…this is when the story really takes a turn and Freya comes across stronger and more confident.

As Freya finds out more about where she’s living the story takes on a crescendo that had me gasping out loud realising there’s much more to the Apartment. Oh Freya you really are naive….

wow wow wow!!! There’s so much I want to say but I cannot spoil the outcomes although I was somewhat sceptical on a few people and aspects but I must say I did not see it coming…it’s always the quiet ones as they say.

K LSlater is an extremely clever writer, her writing in the apartment is slow and steady but she keeps you hooked from start to finish. As the story took on a chilling turn it had me completely freaked out yet in awe of this writer. I’m definitely a fan and I cannot wait to devour her back catalogue. She’s created a story loosely based on the chilling Albert experiment.

So for anyone who has already read a K L Slater novel what should I reach for next??

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour for this chilling tale.