2020, Author Love, Book challenge, FabBookFiend Recommendation, Readathon, Uncategorized

Paige Toon Read-along Readathon

There are some books coming out this year that I am very excited about but probably one of my most anticipated 2020 releases is Paige Toon’s new novel The Minute I saw You. This one publishes on 14th May in the UK and I just can’t wait.

I was going through some of my top books of the decade at the end of last year and I noticed that I had a couple of Paige Toon novels sitting unread on my shelf so I thought what better way to get to them than host a readalong of all her back list titles in the run up to publication day of The Minute I Saw You? I spoke to my friend Catriona to see if she’d be on board and so we hashed out the details and here we are!

We’re going to be reading a book a week starting on February 1st and if there is a short story or sequel that goes with that book we’ll be reading that in the same week too. Catriona will be vlogging the whole process and we will both be hosting some discussions over on social media too. 

I’ve listed all the books and reading date below. If a short story/sequel has its own ebook version I’ve listed that, otherwise it can be found in the bind up of all the short stories/sequels One Perfect Christmas-so you have options of how you would like to read. 

We would also love to read the Jessie Jefferson novels as well but we know that young adult isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, just like adult fiction isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so we’ll be doing those afterwards, at the end so you can choose to join in or not. 

I’m very excited about this readalong because some of these novels will be a first time read for me and others will be a much welcome re-read. I have some of these on audio, some on ebook and others in paperback form. Others I will be borrowing from my library so you have time to see if your library has them, or time to download or buy from your preferred outlet. I’ll leave links to each book if you still need to track them down. 

Here are the books and dates-any questions, just leave a comment on this post or get in touch with Catriona or I over on social media…

1/2/20 

Lucy in The Sky

8/2/20 

Johnny Be Good

15/2/20 

Baby Be Mine

Johnny’s Girl & extra scene

22/2/20 

Chasing Daisy

Daisy Says Goodbye

29/2/20 

Pictures of Lily

When Lily Met Alice

7/3/20 

One Perfect Summer

One Perfect Christmas

14/3/20

The Longest Holiday

Laura’s Longest Day

21/3/20 

Thirteen Weddings

A Christmas Wedding

28/3/20 

The Sun in Her Eyes

4/4/20 

The One We Fell in Love With

Rose’s Big Night Out

11/4/20 

The Last Piece of My Heart

Bridget’s Beach Proposal

18/4/20 

5 Years From Now

25/4/20 

If You Could Go Anywhere

2/5/20

The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson

9/5/20

I knew You Were Trouble

16/5/20

All About The Hype

23/5/20

The Minute I Saw You

Any questions or comments, just leave them below or get in touch with Catriona or I over on social media. And remember this is just a fun readalong and a way to get hyped up for The Minute I Saw You. You don’t have to read all the books, feel free to jump in and out as you wish-happy reading!

I’m so so excited about this do get in touch if you are joining us even to just dip in and out.

2020, Author Love, ebook, novella, Quick Reads, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Broken Hearts at Brightwater Bay By Holly Hepburn

Blurb: On paper, Merina Wilde has it all: a successful career writing the kind of romantic novels that make even the hardest hearts swoon, a perfect carousel of book launches and parties to keep her social life buzzing, and a childhood sweetheart who thinks she’s a goddess. But Merry has a secret: the magic has stopped flowing from her fingers. Try as she might, she can’t summon up the sparkle that makes her stories shine. And as her deadline whooshes by, her personal life falls apart too. Alex tells her he wants something other than the future she’d always imagined for them and Merry finds herself single for the first time since – well, ever.

Desperate to get her life back on track, Merry leaves London and escapes to the windswept Orkney Islands, locking herself away in a secluded clifftop cottage to try to heal her heart and rediscover her passion for writing. But can the beauty of the islands and the kindness of strangers help Merry to fool herself into believing in love again, if only long enough to finish her book? Or is it time for her to give up the career she’s always adored and find something new to set her soul alight?

Review: The minute a Holly Hepburn series is announced I normally at least order the first part and that is exactly what I did with this beauty. I was still awake around midnight on publication day, so I managed to read the prologue and the first chapter before my tired eyes started telling me to get back to this in the morning. If I hadn’t been captured by sleep this would have been an easy one sitting read, although I’m glad I got to discover this gorgeous setting and intriguing characters for a little longer.

From the moment I met Merry I liked her, she’s full of charm and character. Let’s face it she’s a writer so I was always going to adore her. During the prologue Holly set the scene in the most upsetting of ways for poor Merry she literally didn’t see it coming and my heart literally broke for her. Knowing Holly and her heroines though I knew early on that Merry is a tough cookie who deserves much better in life.

I’m such a fan of Holly’s writing and I love how there is differences for adverts, texts and emails it makes it feel more real if that makes any sense. I’ve never visited the Orkney Islands but I feel like Holly has painted an extremely atmospheric description of what the islands are like, they feel peaceful and full of life. Making me feel how I feel when I visit some of my most favourite holiday destinations that have me feeling happy and content.

As Merry discovers more and more about the locals and the history it’s as if you can feel the weight off her shoulders simply disappearing. Merry and Jess are the best of friends they are so different though and that works. Everyone needs a straight talking Jess who will tell you exactly what you need to hear even if you don’t really want to hear it.

I’m really enjoying everything about this novel and it’s shaping up to be another fantastic story from Holly. I’m intrigued by our Clark Kent in Niall and I’m hopeful that Magnus also makes a few more appearances. I cannot wait to see where the second part takes us in April.

2020, Author Love, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Secret Seaside Escape By Heidi Swain.

Now this lady was one of my favourites long before I had even read a single word from one of her books. As soon as I did though it’s safe to say I am well and truly hooked.

Although I must admit a number of her books have left me feeling somewhat hungry ready to devour the nearest bakery, but her stories and her characters have let me escape the many trials and tribulations of life.

Without further ado I give you The Secret Seaside Escape. I cannot wait for this as I’m a sucker for the seaside and as this is released in April it will be before any impending trips this year.

The cover is so vibrant yet homely I always feel at ease with sand between my toes. If that doesn’t appeal to your senses here’s the blurb…

Following a shocking revelation within her family, Tess Tyler is looking to escape her hectic city life – and where better to hide than Wynmouth, the seaside town she visited as a child, with its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community. But little does she realise, Wynmouth isn’t quite the haven she remembers it to be, and her real life is still threatening to catch up with her . . .

Also returning to Wynmouth is Joe. Having fled over a decade ago after an accident that changed his life forever, he’s back and is determined to face his demons. But, like Tess, Joe realises that the town is nothing like he remembers and quickly his arrival brings old tensions to the surface.

As the pair begin to familiarise themselves with the town they once knew, they each realise that the secrets they carry are becoming harder to conceal – but will revealing them bring the answers they’re looking for? Will Tess and her new friends finally get the second chance they’ve been hoping Wynmouth will give them?

What are your thoughts?

If that’s wet your appetite you can order it via The Secret Seaside Escape

2020, New Author to me, Publication Day, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Mr Nobody By Catherine Steadman

Blurb: Who is Mr. Nobody?

When a man is found on a British beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him, to international medical experts who are baffled by him, to the national press who call him Mr. Nobody, everyone wants answers. Who is this man? And what happened to him?

Some memories are best forgotten.

Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient in a small town deep in the English countryside. This is her field of expertise, this is the chance she’s been waiting for, and this case could make her name known across the world. But therein lies the danger. Emma left this same town fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then.

Places aren’t haunted . . . people are.

But now something—or someone—is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes that he knows the one thing about her that nobody is supposed to know.

Review: What a way to start 2020. Mr Nobody was my first Thriller and buddy read of the year and what a thrilling start. Just this morning on publication day here in the UK I finished reading this heart pounding tale. I have Catherine’s first novel awaiting me in my Audible library and it will definitely be pushed further up my list since finishing Mr Nobody.

When I first read the synopsis to this book I was intrigued and in the first few chapters my intrigue and my hunger to know more was apparent although the more I read the more answers I was hoping for. Catherine weaves a good story and I was left on the edge of my seat with many heart in mouth moments. The chapters are separated into Emma the Dr with a past that you are constantly wondering about until the later stages of the novel and that of Mr Nobody who also keeps throwing you off with your thoughts on who he is and what he wants. Each chapter leaves you with a sort of cliffhanger meaning you scramble to continue reading. It’s definitely one of those just one more chapter books for sure. I had mixed feelings about both narratives from time to time but I loved the omg ah-ha moments. This would make a fabulous book club pick I’m so glad this was a buddy read for me I loved sharing my thoughts and my intrigue with Catriona.

There are so many twists and turns and as the story progresses it gets harder and harder to put down. Catherine writes gorgeously descriptive where you can physically see what she’s describing and in doing so I saw both a truly gorgeous setting and a completely gory scene that has you reeling like it was your own personal nightmare.

If you’re looking for a truly thrilling read that will have your heart pounding and keep you awake until the small hours then look no further than Mr Nobody. There’s so much more I could say but I didn’t see any of what panned out oh actually that’s not strictly true one part I could totally see even if Emma couldn’t at the time.