2020, Blog Tour, Book Snippet, ebook, New Author to me, Review, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: THE WOMEN WRITERS HANDBOOK Ed Ann Sandham @aurorametro@lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #VWoolfstatue

Blurb: To celebrate Aurora Metro’s 30th anniversary as an independent publisher with 20% of profits to go to the Virginia Woolf statue campaign. Includes essays, fiction, poems and interviews with top female writers. This is a special edition of the indie publisher’s inaugural publication which won the Pandora Award from Women-in-Publishing. Inspirational in its original format, this new edition features literary works and exclusive interviews with over 30 women writers, both emerging authors and luminaries of contemporary literature. In her foreword to the book, publisher and managing editor Cheryl Robson, describes the development of Aurora Metro Books to becoming a leading indie press and saw the company named a finalist in the 2019 IPG Diversity in Publishing Awards. Includes the original writing workshops plus quirky black and white illustrations.

Review: The absolute joy of taking part in a blog tour is being introduced to books that would have most certainly passed me by. I must admit when I first started reading this I honestly wasn’t sure I would continue. It wasn’t what I was initially expecting although like any good reader I continued. This collection of women’s writing was varied and informative featuring Sexism, Racism, LGBT, Trans, motherhood,essays, Q&As and a number of joy only positive but also literary quotes.

I really enjoyed the Q&As they broke up the writing as some of it was informative heavy and some pretty historic which was interesting but the light heartedness of the questions kept my attention. I was also truly moved by the talk of Virgina Woolf even if her story wasn’t totally what I was expecting.

If you’re a wannabe writer there are lots of hints tips and advice along the way in this collection. This book can be read in one or could be read as snippets and there is biographical information on each writer so if there are any you would love to hunt out again all the information is there for you.

This book has shown me that every once and a while I really should read more out of my comfort zone and expand and broaden my mind some more.

Thank you once again to Kelly @lovebookstours for inviting me onto this tour.

2020, Author Love, Buddy Read, Cover Reveal, debut novel, ebook, Fitness, New Author to me, novella, personal, Publication Day, Review, running, Uncategorized, update

Weekly Update #9

Well it feels like only yesterday I was penning last weeks update. In some ways the weeks are flying by in others they really aren’t. So Happy Saturday I hope you are well and safe wherever you are in the world right now.

I’m sorry that this update has come later in the day than usual. As I stated this morning in finishing Annette’s debut I was compelled to write and post that as I have commitments tomorrow and I didn’t want it to wait until Monday.

So it’s been another week of running I finished week 5 and started week 6. Wednesday saw my longest run to date with a 20 min run. It was tough going but I loved every single second of it.

Monday week 5 Run 2
Wednesday week 5 run 3 after my 20 min run
Week 6 run 1

So the last week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday I ended up running into Lewisham and treating myself to a Starbucks I sure had missed them but I was also kind of on edge on the days when I was there later and more people were around.

What have I read this week???

I finished these beauties.

What’s been on the blog this week??

There wasn’t a post on Sunday I believe I was reading and time ran away with me, this sentiment baffles me in a way as at the moment it feels like we have so much time on our hands.

On Monday I posted my thoughts on Santa Montefiore’s Here and Now this was my first Santa read and what a book you can read my post Here.

On Tuesday I wrote my mid year update well it’s mostly my lockdown reading update it’s a long one with a whole host of links to the 47 lockdown reads at the time. You can read that Here.

On Wednesday I was sharing one of my most favourite posts it’s a gorgeous cover reveal and you can see it Here.

Thursday was dedicated to Holly Hepburn – I stopped what I was reading to devour this beauty and here are my thoughts.

On Friday I was swayed from writing a review to writing about a new found love you can read my piece on Running Here.

So as well as this post which I’ve come to really enjoy writing, although I wish I had prepped it more. As obviously I was finishing and reviewing Annette’s novel and I’m powering through a different read for a blog tour tomorrow so watch this space. Here is Annette’s gorgeous debut once again you can read my thoughts here.

It’s been an interesting week I could have juggled my reading and writing a little better but we live and learn.

I don’t believe I’ve purchased anything additional this week. I was asked to show my hauls or buys I mean I have overly clicked here and there on 99p reads. I haven’t finished my current audiobook from the library as I wanted to organise my blog tour and Netgalley commitments.

If there is anything else you would love to see on Hayley Reviews do get in touch? Also if you’re an author or blogger who would like to be featured I would love to host you.

2020, Author Love, debut novel, New Author to me, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Wedding Bells at the Signal Box Cafe By Annette Hannah

Blurb: Lucy Woods has always dreamed of running her very own wedding venue. After moving her eight-year-old son to the countryside she’s surprised to find the perfect location and her best friend, Abbie, eager to help make that dream a reality! Too bad Abbie’s older brother Dominic isn’t keen on Lucy or their big idea!

As a divorce lawyer Dominic doesn’t believe in love at first sight or wedding vows, he’s seen them broken more times than he can count. But when Lucy arrives back in town, his hardened heart begins to crack. 

Making her dream come true is a huge undertaking, but Lucy knows that The Signal Box Café is her chance to finally make something of her life. If only the irritating (and oh-so-gorgeous) Dom didn’t make her imagine wearing a white dress and walking down the aisle…

Review: There will most definitely be two blog posts today. It’s not everyday that I’m able to read and review a book from a blogger. Now I don’t know Annette that well but I’ve met her at a number of book events and she has always been lovely, chatty and welcoming.

When I saw her gorgeous debuts cover advertised I was intrigued and my heart was warmed immensely. Book bloggers are the greatest bunch (well most of them are) so it’s heartwarming to see the transition from blogger to author.

As I said in seeing the cover – my first thoughts were gorgeous, summery and unique and my Wedding Bells at the Signal Box Cafe sure is those things and some. Annette’s debut is beautifully atmospheric and unique. I loved the older generation link once again and I’m really loving seeing writers embrace this subject matter. It did wholeheartedly make me miss my grandparents but had me thinking of them fondly.

Dougie is a character that warms your heart right from the start a great grandad with a heart of cold who loves to do what’s right by those he holds dear. He really did have me laughing out loud I won’t be spoiling any of his antics. I truly loved the joint venture between Dougie and Lucy. The Signal Box Cafe is the quaint venue that I would love to visit. There were so many special touches to this venue where it felt picturesque.

Lucy is a firehouse of a leading lady she works hard, knows what she wants and she will fight to the death for her son. Jackson is her heart and soul and from the Minute we meet her that’s apparent.

The friendship between Abbie & Lucy is great – I love that no matter how much time as passed they slipped back into old ways almost instantly.

Now I have to mention Dom but I won’t be saying too much he’s a prickly character but I loved him from the off seeing his shell soften lightened my heart.

Don’t get me wrong there’s a few bumps along the way that I wasn’t expecting but this is wholeheartedly a gorgeous introduction to a new writer. Full of love, community spirit, family and friendship as well as a bunch of nostalgia and a whole dose of humour to boot.

Those kissing scenes were pretty something. I loved how in some aspects the end was like going full circle tying up the loose ends with a heartfelt smile.

Well done Annette on a gorgeous debut that will warm many a heart over a coffee or a glass of wine. I look forward to seeing where your journey takes you.

2020, Fitness, Off Topic, personal, running, Uncategorized, update


Running has been the release I never realised I needed. At school I quite enjoyed cross country and 200 and 400 m I was never really a sprint runner but I also never felt good enough. As time progressed I was told I had mild Asthma – saying that I’ve never had an attack and since I made a few health improvements in my eating and in exercising I use my inhaler less and less.

On Friday 5th June 2020 I decided it was time to make good use of the free time I had.

On my first run….

Over the years I’ve done the odd 5k run badly and have said a number of times how I would like to do the marathon but I’ve never been fit enough and for a long time I’ve said I’m not really a runner. I’ve come to realise that a lot of people have said is anyone a runner…we can all put one foot in front of the other and push off. Since getting into my little routine I’ve loved it Friday, Monday and Wednesday are my running days. Although Wednesday just gone was my final run of week 5 and the most taxing of the lot with a run of 20 mins.

On the day I woke up with my feet itching to run but the weather was disgusting – I’ve never wanted to be a fair weather runner but I also felt like I didn’t have the necessary equipment. I deliberated for a while and the weather eased – my best mate nudged me and I got ready to pound the pavement.

After my 20 min run – I was running on adrenaline

There’s a saying that no one ever works out and regrets it. That 20 min run was hard going but my sheer determination and utter stubbornness meant I carried on. I was flying having got through it.

Today’s run was week 6 run 1 and this one was back to working on pacing as there was a 5 min run an 8 min run and another 5 mins. So 2 mins off what I did in one last run but in sections. Today the air felt warmer and my leggings that I wore today are a no go in future but I plodded on and I feel good for another run under my belt. I’m always left itching for more even when my legs feel like jelly.

Today 🙂 state of my hair loving my Girl Power Top although the leggings I powered

If you’re thinking you want to start running I would highly recommend the couch to 5k app – having Jo Whiley cheer me on has been so good for me. If you told me six weeks ago I could run for 5, 8, 20 min intervals I would have laughed. I love my running days and creating a playlist of my fave boybands and a bit of Spice Girls really has been the additional boost I really needed. I know I can do it and those songs carry me through. Right lunch and then back to the books 🙂

2020, Author Love, novella, Publication Day, Uncategorized

Book Review: Dangerous Tides 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: I feel like whenever a new Holly Hepburn novella arrives I’m fully consumed by it. I probably should have stayed up and read from midnight as for some reason I slept in later than I have recently it must have been cooler and I now feel like I’ve been in and out of this throughout the day.

My one complaint is the waiting time in between parts. My problem is I’m so attached to the characters and the setting that I want to read instantly meaning I read it in novella form but I’m left gasping and wanting more. I really enjoyed parts one and two setting the scene and introducing the characters but it’s always the third part that gets me.

Omg this has been my favourite and yet most frustrating part to read. I loved seeing Merry at her best and at her most vulnerable. This instalment was full of atmospheric Orkney I loved the history the sights and the run. I started running at the beginning of June and it made me smile hearing Merry talk on her run although I haven’t done any runs that long. I don’t want to spoil any of the story but this rollercoaster instalment had a few bumps in the road – we also see Merry go through a number of emotions including being reunited with her best friend Jess.

Part three gave me a lot more Niall and Magnus time although as much as I appreciate both of them I’m definitely team Niall. There’s something about that bookish brain and that aloof good looks – just the treat I’m needing right now.

What I will say is why oh why oh why have you left me hanging like that Holly. Although that turn up I was not expecting. Thank you for taking me away when I can’t go anywhere I’m longing for a view a bay and a sexy librarian.

2020, Cover Reveal, New Author to me, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: Coming Home to Penvennan Cove By Linn B Halton

I’ve said it before and will more than likely say it again….I’m a sucker for a cover reveal and this one just ooozes summer sunshine and seeing as it looks like I’m traveling via books this year I’m all for these types of books.

So before I show you exactly what you came here for here’s the book blurb.

Can Kerra’s Cornish hometown offer the fresh start she needs?

When Kerra left the quiet Cornish town of PenvennanCove for the bright lights of London she didn’t look back. But after the death of her mother, she’s decided it’s time to face her past and return to the place she called home. Her father needs her, and perhaps she needs him more than she’s willing to admit?

Tackling town gossip, home renovations and a flame from her past, it’s not quite smooth sailing for Kerra. Ross is the bad boy she was meant to forget, not a man who still sets her heart aflutter. As he helps bring her dream home to life, they begin to break down the barriers that have been holding them back and in the process learn things about themselves they never thought possible.

As friends old and new come together, the future in Penvennan looks bright.

About the Author: From interior designer to author, when Linn B. Halton’snot writing, or spending time with the family, she’s either upcycling furniture or working in the garden. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award; her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestivalof Words Book Awards. Living in Coed Duon in the Welsh Valleys with her ‘rock’, Lawrence, and gorgeous Bengal cat Ziggy, she freely admits she’s an eternal romantic. Linn is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Society of Authors. Linn writes feel-good, uplifting novels about life, love and relationships.

Follow Linn: 

Facebook: @LinnBHaltonAuthor

Twitter: @LinnBHalton

Website: http://www.linnbhalton.co.uk

Buy links:

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3imrixN

Kobo: https://bit.ly/3f1Nknq

Google Play: https://bit.ly/2VBXlA7

Now for what you’ve been waiting for….

Isn’t it gorgeous this beauty is released on 8th October… I must admit I’ve never read anything from Linn maybe it’s time to start.

2020, audible, audiobook, Author Love, blog blitz, Blog Tour, Book challenge, Buddy Read, debut novel, ebook, Libby, Netgalley, New Author to me, Paige Toon Read Along, Uncategorized

Mid-Year roundup

Seeing as we are halfway through 2020 I’ve seen so many people taking part in mid year tags and talking of what they have read so far, and how they are fairing against Good Reads challenges.

Thank So it got me thinking about my reading journey in the craziest year of my life. So my target for the year is 100 books which for a book blogger should be easy but life often gets in the way. I’ve generally always got at least one book on the go – sometimes if I’m reading more than one it takes me longer sometimes it makes no difference.

During lockdown to date I’ve read 47 books and I’m currently at 62 out of my 100. So lockdown well and truly has helped my reading mojo. I’ve downloaded and took advantage of the Libby app supporting my library from afar, and I’ve got back into audiobooks. Following my issues with my left ear I had cancelled subscriptions and had mostly stopped listening to audiobooks I’m loving having them back.

Since lockdown….

My Review – this series le sigh.
My Review – I truly loved embracing the world of Paige Toon this was such a gorgeous read.
My Review – Wow Louise Candlish never lets me down.
My Review – This was such a tonic on a sunny day.
My Review
This was my second read of this and I somehow have never written my thoughts on this absolute beauty – I will say I had different thoughts on the second read.
My Review – Such a truly important read for any and every woman.
My Review – Following The Flatshare I was itching for this and I loved it.
My Review – the next instalment of this beauty will be on my Kindle later this week.
I still haven’t reviewed this. David is a family favourite and this was a gorgeous audiobook.
My Review
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Somehow I always gush and then am lost for words. Haven’t written this review.
My Review
My Review Heidi never lets me down. Loved this trip to the beach.
My Review
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My original review – this was a second time read.
My Review
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My Review – this book will stay with me for a long time.
My Review – my first Patricia novel but definitely not my last.
My Review
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My Review – I read this in a day on publication day.
My Review – a fantastic debut.
I loved this but haven’t reviewed as yet.
My Review – an audiobook I borrowed from the library.
My Review – a blog tour I loved
Audio Review I had heard such good stuff about this and I loved it.
My Review
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My Review I loved listening to this but do I buy the hardback or the paperback
My Review – love love loves this. The hype is real.
My Review
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My Review – An ace buddy read. Isabelle always has me lusting for travel.
I loved the Katey Lovell Meet Cutes.
My Review
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My Review – Such a special read and I’m so glad this was my introduction to Santa.
My Review will come soon.

So 47 lockdown reads and 15 prior to that….I’m feeling pretty darn good about that. Woah it’s a long and a late one…can you imagine if I had the other 15.

2020, Author Love, Buddy Read, New Author to me, Uncategorized

Book Review: Here and Now By Santa Montefiore

Blurb: Faced with losing everything, all that matters is Here and Now . . .

Marigold has spent her life taking care of those around her, juggling family life with the running of the local shop, and being an all-round leader in her quiet yet welcoming community. When she finds herself forgetting things, everyone quickly puts it down to her age. But something about Marigold isn’t quite right, and it’s becoming harder for people to ignore.

As Marigold’s condition worsens, for the first time in their lives her family must find ways to care for the woman who has always cared for them. Desperate to show their support, the local community come together to celebrate Marigold, and to show her that losing your memories doesn’t matter, when there are people who will remember them for you . . .

Review: Wow! This was my first Santa Montefiore read and what a way to start. This was also one of the books that was showcased at the Spring Blogger event just before lockdown. I had a bit of a chat with Santa and after hearing her read I was eager to read this one and I’m so glad that this was my introduction to her writing. My first buddy read of the month and I would definitely say one of my favourites this year even if it left me with a heavy heart and a headache from crying.

A gorgeously atmospheric novel that focuses on a heart wrenching subject – with family and the hear and now at the heart of it. The descriptions of the greenery and of the birds was heartwarming and comforting. It’s apt that we’re experiencing the weird times we are at the moment and in reading this it’s made me think more about the now rather than worrying of the future and fretting over what cannot be changed.

Marigold is a formidable and truly loveable character who thinks of everyone else before herself. A completely selfless woman who has lived her life being there for her friends, family and fellow community members. Running the local shop she really is the heart of the community. When life starts feeling foggy it changes so much for her and her nearest and dearest.

I loved the sense of community spirit and how small things seem so insignificant when faced with real sadness. I truly loved how Santa showed how each family member was affected. We all handle grief and pain differently.

I truly adored Dennis his love got Marigold was paramount from start to finish he never ever doubted his love for her even when the going got tough. Suze was a mixed bag for me and I loved seeing her character change. Daisy was another of my favourites I could see her life changing in front of my eyes before it changed on the page. She’s a force to be reckoned with a lot like her Mum. Nan has to get a mention – she’s from a different time and she’s the most stubborn woman ever but you can see why.

There are elements of love but essentially this is a tale about the love of family. Deep down no matter how much they hurt us family will always prevail.

A truly gorgeous story that will sadden, enlighten and having you living in the now and loving those who mean the most just a little more.

2020, Author Love, blog blitz, Blog Tour, Buddy Read, Cover Reveal, Libby, New Author to me, Review, Uncategorized, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #8

Another week has flown by. It was a bit of a weird one for me few things I had to do and help sort out where possible, and I was a bit headachey. So after finishing Call Me Joe last Sunday I started…

And I thought it could have been my final June read but I literally didn’t have the headspace so…

So this week I haven’t finished a book since last Sunday I should finish my audiobook today and hopefully get back on track with my Jaimie Admans read and my buddy read which is my very first Santa novel – I do own a few others so watch this space.

I’m intrigued and a little saddened already.

Running seems to be my newest addiction that has stuck. Monday and Wednesday saw runs 2 and 3 of week 4 and wow the pace is definitely hotting up.

Monday week 4 run 2
Wednesday week 4 Run 3

Friday was the start of week 5 and wow it has increased again with three runs of 5 mins and wow!!! My persistence and resilience shone through and I’m so so proud of myself it was the hardest but my most rewarding and fun.

Week 5 Run 1

Now I don’t know who said it or where I read it but someone said about having motivational songs or songs you love. I made a playlist of a few upbeat songs of Westlife and a Mr Ronan Keating and my it helped especially on my final run I was feeling it and hearing a Ronan track live from 2013 was the motivation I needed to not give up and to keep on running no matter how much I wanted to walk and it sure did work. I have a new aim for my next run. Week 5 is definitely a change in tempo and where we usually repeat the same format each of the 3 runs is different with Monday’s having two 8 min runs that’s two and a half songs right?? Those of you on my Twitter will see I regularly update my run info almost instantly but as ever I will keep adding it to my weekly Update.

So what was on the blog this week??

On Sunday I posted my thoughts on The Girl on The Train film and you can read it Here.

As ever I apologised for double posting and then pretty much double posted on both Monday and Tuesday but I’m pretty proud of all four of them posts with a few blog tour commitments kept.

Up first was a blog blitz for Shalini The Defence Of Exeter Station can be read Here. I had also agreed to a blog tour via Red Door and they have been pretty good to me and their books have often taken me on journeys I would never have chosen you can read my thoughts on Call Me Joe Here.

Tuesday was another unique day following last weeks Top Ten Tuesday this weeks prompt got under my skin so here is a Top Ten Tuesday brimming with my favourites and you can read it Here. I’m a sucker for a cover reveal and having already posted I came across this and had to share the gorgeous Hit List by Holly Seddon Here.

I welcomed July with what I read in June and you read that again Here. Not as impressive as May but still not a bad effort.

There wasn’t a post on the Thursday and I didn’t want to post something half hearted. I’ve prided myself on being more organised and posting when it’s sufficient. So yesterday I posted my July TBR (although I rarely post these so let’s see if I can actually read all these and a few more shorts) hoping I haven’t jinxed myself. You can read it Here.

Feeling headachey hasn’t helped hoping lots more fluids and stuff will help and I can smash my reading goals and keep the blog consistent. As ever I’m always looking for inspiration and feedback so if you would like to see more of something and less of something else do get in touch. I may add books I’ve purchased or loaned from the library?

Here’s to a bookish weekend…

2020, audiobook, Blog Tour, Buddy Read, debut novel, ebook, Uncategorized

July TBR

Sorry for the MIA yesterday it was a weird one and I had had an on/off headache but today I’m feeling a bit brighter so I’ve been thinking more and more about this post.

I rarely post a TBR (to be read) as more often than not it jinx’s me rather than spurs me on.

I started this audiobook a short while ago but I haven’t always had the time I’m 75% in so hoping to finish that ASAP.

Following my final June read I started this one and thought I would have been a little further along.

This is my first buddy read of the month and I’m enjoying it but the headaches hasn’t helped. This is also my first Santa read.

Blog tours

Netgalley and general wants to read…

Well I think that’s all my commitments there are also a few more library audio-reads that I hope to get to. I’ve also downloaded a fair few 99p reads that I hope to get too haha. Last month I managed a few shorts and I would like to do so again this month.

I hope I haven’t forgotten anything that I’ve promised to do. I’m loving reading more and keeping the blog more consistent. As ever I am always open to what else you would love to see from me.