2020, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #3

Hello and welcome to week 3 of the weekly update here at Hayley Reviews. As I’ve previously said I’m open to any suggestions and feedback on this post and I’m loving my consistency, by next week we would have been doing this a month.

So how has my week faired. This week so far I’ve read two books. I’m hoping to get back to the books after finishing this post.

Last Sunday I was back with the Six for Sunday and you can read my post Here.

I had one day without a post but now I’m back and organised my second post of the week was This.

It was a pleasure to take part in another Love Books blog tour and you can read Percolate here.

I love a cover reveal and you can see this vibrant one Here.

It was also publication day of a fabulous device that I was lucky enough to read prior to it’s release and you can read The High Moments Review here.

I really enjoyed the first of the Eve Of Man Trilogy By Giovanna and Tom Fletcher and I can’t wait to see where this series goes you can read my thoughts on Eve Of Man Here.

This week I wanted to do a Q&A and my short and sweet questions are Here.

It’s not been a bad week, I haven’t done as much reading as I would like but I’ve still been productive. I managed to beat my personal best on my Hula Hoop with 6,200 spins being my new best. Last Saturday I had undertaken an online class but this weekend so far I’ve tried to keep moving and I spent a bit of my morning playing in the garden with one of my nieces and my nephew.

I’m hoping to finish my audiobook and get stuck into my physical book…I’ve had a few days where I’ve posted twice and I would love to know whether this is liked or loathed.

2020, Author Love, Book challenge, Bout of Books, Buddy Read, Uncategorized

Bout of Books 28 sign up and hopes for the week ahead

Today is Monday 11th May and my mindset is in a completely different place to that of yesterday. I’ve already managed to plank and a much better second count which was the boost I needed today. Enough about that on to the books.

Every time this readathon comes round I say I will participate and I have tried a few times but this time around I really don’t have many excuses as let’s face it I’m not working right now. Although today I’ve started an audiobook that I’ve wanted to read for a while but it wasn’t originally on my TBR thoughts for this week. I have a few things I want to get done in my room today and so I can do both reading and sorting I decided I needed an audiobook in my mix.

Thanks to my good friend Catriona aka Fabulous Book Fiend I’ve finally worked out how to use Libby so I can download audiobooks from my library. I couldn’t be happier so today I downloaded and I’m currently on chapter 2 of.

I may have also put a few things on hold and downloaded a Nicholas Sparks audiobook. It’s been a while since I’ve been immersed in a Nick Sparks novel. Sorry I’m rambling again.

So here is what you need to know about Bout of Books…The Bout of Books readathon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It’s a weeklong readathon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in YOUR time zone. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are daily challenges, Twitter chats, and exclusive Instagram challenges, but they’re all completely optional. For Bout of Books 28 information and updates, visit the Bout of Books blog.

I will be blogging daily as well as adding much needed reviews here on Hayley Reviews. There’s some amazing books I hope to get to and I will be posting reviews as much as possible this week too.

Yesterday I started this beauty and I’ve read a little of that this morning before turning to audio.

I absolutely loved Susan Gee’s debut and this is intriguing and unnerving me at the moment.

Myself and Catriona are buddy reading this this week I’m to start that later today.
This beauty is out this week I can’t believe I’ve had it ages and not read it. We are almost at the end of our Paige Toon read a long.
I’m not sure when this week I will start this but it will happen.

I’m hoping I can squeeze some more in but if this is all I manage I will also feel pretty happy.

2020, Author Love, Review, Uncategorized, update

Book Review: The Secret Seaside Escape By Heidi Swain

Blurb: Tess Tyler needs a break. Weighed down by her high-pressure job and her demanding father, she’s left little time to take care of herself. But after a shocking discovery sends her spiralling, she flees to Wynmouth, the seaside town she fell in love with as a child, to escape it all.

With its sandy beaches, stunning rock pools and welcoming community, Tess feels like she can finally breathe again. And as she grows ever closer to local barman Sam, she dares to dream that she might never return to her real life. But when a familiar face returns to town, Tess realises that there are secrets in Wynmouth too, and that her own past may be about to catch up with her . . .

Review: Firstly, I’m a massive Heidi Swain fan.

I was a fan from the moment I met her before I’d even read a single word of her writing. Heidi has a style that instantly makes you feel like you’re back in the arms of friends and The Secret Seaside Escape is no different.

When you think of seaside it’s normally a time of switching off and slowing down and Tess does exactly that. Turning off her phone and going with the flow is exactly what she needed to recharge her batteries. I loved the sense of self-care and realising what matters in life. The way of the world right now is definitely testing us in this way, embracing the simple pleasures in life. This was a welcome distraction for me. Tess is a character who I instantly loved, I wasn’t expecting her story to go the way it did but I loved that throughout she was real to herself.

If this is my only trip to the seaside this year then wow it was a good one. I sadly didn’t get to read this before publication day but I did enjoy sitting in the garden basking in the sun and imaging I was living Tess’s life at the seaside.

In having a happy place with memories threefold it had me thinking of both my happy places that here at the Kent coast and in Costa Del Sol in Salou. The description of Tess with her feet in the sand instantly had me transported to my own happy place.

It was great to have a Wynbridge feel but at the seaside. Although I must warn you in reading this I was in desperate need of a sausage sarnie and I must say when I had one it was sooo good. That’s another guarantee from Heidi Swain you will always want to eat all the food. I loved the coffee shop and the pub.

There is so much in this novel- families and their secrets, friends, tragedies, communities and togetherness. I can’t not mention Sam there really was something about him from the off he wasn’t what I expected at all although I had thought one scenario would come through and it made me smile.

If you’re longing to escape to the seaside and lose the worries of the world then look no further but as I said make sure you have the ingredients for a sausage sarnie and a coffee. I’m still longing to visit this bunch long after reading the final pages.

Sorry to Heidi and the lovelies at BATC for how delayed my review has been. A truly special read in these trying times.

2020, Author Love, Publication Day, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: The Switch By Beth O’Leary

Blurb: Eileen is sick of being 79.
Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.
Maybe it’s time they swapped places…

When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty. She’d like a second chance at love, but her tiny Yorkshire village doesn’t offer many eligible gentlemen.

Once Leena learns of Eileen’s romantic predicament, she proposes a solution: a two-month swap. Eileen can live in London and look for love. Meanwhile Leena will look after everything in rural Yorkshire. But with gossiping neighbours and difficult family dynamics to navigate up north, and trendy London flatmates and online dating to contend with in the city, stepping into one another’s shoes proves more difficult than either of them expected.

Leena learns that a long-distance relationship isn’t as romantic as she hoped it would be, and then there is the annoyingly perfect – and distractingly handsome – school teacher, who keeps showing up to outdo her efforts to impress the local villagers. Back in London, Eileen is a huge hit with her new neighbours, but is her perfect match nearer home than she first thought?

Review: First off I finished reading this during the early hours of publication day and slept with a happy heart. I loved The Flatshare so when The Switch was announced it was one of my must reads for April. As soon as I was introduced to Eileen and Leena I was hooked on their stories.

I loved the dual narrative in The Flatshare and just like that in The Switch at the end of each characters chapter your itching to know more which means you keep turning those pages.

Leena – From the off I liked her but I wanted to know more about her and her story. It’s weird as until the Coronavirus hit us I had never really struggled with anxiety until now and seeing Leena deflate made me want to know what made her tick. I loved the stark contrast between London life and rural countryside. I’m a London girl but I can wholeheartedly appreciate the quiet of a town.

Eileen – I love how Eileen is 79 but has so much life in her. I truly loved her sense of humour and her determination, she’s a woman to be reckoned with one who doesn’t take no for an answer.

It’s heartwarming to read a story where the seniors are also living life. There were a few laughs as I can safely say I’ve not had those sort of conversations with my Nan’s although neither of them are here today for me to enjoy those sort of chats. I must say she did have me thinking about my Nan June and how she’s given the women in my family some of her spirit, and that made me smile.

When I read Leena is too young to be stuck and Eileen is too old to start over I knew that just like Beth’s debut that The Switch would turn that sentiment on its head and create a gorgeous book and I wasn’t wrong. It was nice to see both females finding friendships with the opposite generations and seeing how that changed both their outlooks on life and on people. The experience that came as a bit of fun at the start helped both ladies realise their worth and what truly matters in life.

There were so many lovingly supportive characters that made this story what it is and as ever there were a few that I disliked but they got their karma ha.

The Switch is the perfect escapism during these testing times it’s also a novel that makes you realise that each and everyone of us should step out of our comfort zone from time to time and reach for the stars.

2020, Author Love, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Zoe May never fails to deliver….

Ever since I first discovered Zoe May I’ve been hooked and today she announced not her next novel that’s already known and available next month. Today she has shared her cover for her novel that comes out next February. Just ahead of my 37th birthday now that makes me feel old but I know that this will be welcome escapism.

It’s available for pre-order and you can do so Here and this is how Zoe describes it…I have a new book coming out next year!! 🤗💕 Swiped Out is about what happens when a serial online dater quits swiping and seeks love in the real world 😁👨‍❤️‍👨

I still remember devouring When Polly Met Olly when I was at the seaside with my family you can read my thoughts Here

I ended up winning a signed paperback of this one I truly loved it and I was so excited that it was also available in physical form and you can read my thoughts on this one Here.

This one is what brought me to Zoe and I’m so thankful to this book as she’s a go to author for me, so here are my thoughts on her debut Perfect Match Debut thoughts. I have How (Not) to date a Prince but I still haven’t got my teeth into that one and her next novel Flying solo is out next month and I cannot wait.

It’s been a month now since my last working day and to say I miss my daily routine and work is an understatement. In these strange and scary times my blessings are being with most of my family and being able to face time the rest and having time to do those things we keep putting off and shoving my head into a good book.

2020, New Author to me, novella, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Meet Me At Pebble Beach – Part One Out of the Blue By Bella Osborne

Blurb: PART ONE: Out of the Blue

When Regan’s lottery numbers unexpectedly come up on a rollover, she can’t believe her luck. Having spent the past few years coasting along in the slow lane of life, this is the break she’s been waiting for – and she wastes no time in making some big life decisions.

But Regan’s plans for a life of sipping cocktails on her own private island come crashing down when she discovers that the winning ticket was a bad prank – and she’s now jobless, boyfriendless, and homeless to boot.

When the going gets tough, can Regan stay afloat?

Review: Now I had hoped that this would be one of my final reads in March before its publication on 2nd April. Due to unfortunate headaches that wasn’t to be. I had awful head-pain for just over a week and this was my first read once the headaches had departed.

From the very beginning I liked Regan although from the off I did wonder why she was with Jarvis. He was constantly extremely negative to her and had me wondering why the pair of them chose to put each other through the misery.

Alex & Regan had a somewhat comical relationship. I don’t want to go into this too much as I will end up revealing the plot and I want you to have the same thoughts, feelings and OMG moments as I did.

The hug in a mug cafe sure does sound like my sort of coffee shop. Reading this novella whilst the world is going crazy outside of our four walls, has literally had me eager to get back in a coffee shop with a book and a cake. I wouldn’t even be contemplating not having the cake. I must admit I’m smitten with a book that has a good coffee shop storyline although it is making me miss the bustle of it all.

There is so much to this novella in such a short read including homelessness, unhappiness, loneliness and mindfulness just to name a few of the themes that encompass the brilliant first instalment of this story. There’s so much more I had wanted to say but I also think sometimes too much could spoil the story.

Isolation has been a testing time for all of us but now more than ever I’m embracing simple pleasures and not being able to read for just over a week was horrendous. I had struggled and the escapism in a book was more often than not saving me from my worries and stopping me from overthinking.

Regan is quite simply a whirlwind of chaos and anyone who knows her would feel her madness would tip you over. As much as she’s a handful she also has the best of intentions and I found her world a bit of a rollercoaster but it’s been both real and surprising. I’m really looking forward to where this story goes.

I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think I’ve only read maybe one of Bella’s books before this. Do let me know what I’m missing out on.

2020, It’s Monday who am I?, Uncategorized

It’s Monday who am I? #1

Last night after the tears and letting the thoughts out as I laid my weary head and tried to calm my spinning mind I was inspired. I didn’t get up and put pen to paper as I’ve had these on/off headaches which I’m now believing is also a form of stress. But that inspiration was still with me this morning.

Yesterday I had a little cry I’m not ashamed to say that it makes me human and it’s who I am. I’ve always been an emotional person and the worries in the world right now are worldwide and we can’t see it coming. Not only am I feeling terrified I’m also a little lost. Having these on/off headaches has taken my reading from me for the short while sadly although I have managed some audio that I may or may not finish today.

A lot of bloggers partake in the It’s Monday what am I reading and my inspiration took a twist on that so today I am presenting you with the very first, it’s Monday who am I? In this post I’m hoping to harness some of the attributes of a character who has resonated with me. It could be past or present in terms of the fiction and the character in question.

Today I am Darrell Rivers

In watching this series I cannot believe that there are a few Enid Blyton books that I haven’t read. In embracing Malory Towers I’ve discovered the joyful Darrell Rivers – a hardworking girl who strives for what’s right. She has a temper which serves her well at times, her resilience is one of the traits I would like to imitate. During these troubling times I’m trying to do my best to keep my head above water, the headaches are easing and I’ve managed to do a few things today which is really helping my state of mind. There’s a lot more I hope to accomplish today and I’ll be back with another character next Monday….

2020, Six for Sunday, Uncategorized

Six For Sunday: Books that have been on your TBR forever…

I love a Six for Sunday after a week long headache I’m back in the game as so to speak. I’m a lot better now although I feel my lack of usual routine isn’t helping so I’m embracing the sunshine with a coffee and a glass of water as I finalise my thoughts for this weeks prompt. I sadly haven’t read a physical or ebook since finishing the amazing The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish I have spent a little time listening to David Jason’s Only Fools and stories.

I’ve seen the film…I watched it on a plane ride and was a snotty mess

This is one that shocks people especially as I’ve had a physical copy for ages. My friends who I got a flight to America with were laughing at the state of me following watching this beauty.

I have the audio and a physical copy of this.

I truly loved To Kill A Mockingbird- I knew the story but couldn’t remember if I had read it at school or not. I purchased a vintage beauty from Waterstones and truly loved everything about it. I was working in the charity shop back then and I found a hardback copy which I grabbed I also have this as an audiobook so really I have zero excuses.

Le sigh…just after Christmas when I went back to work I immersed myself in the film of this beauty.

It was everything and more….A few years back I watched and loved the TV adaption of this and then I said I needed to rectify that and sadly I’ve still not read it.

The third in the Hunger Games series…

I got into the Hunger Games late and I truly loved it, so much so I didn’t want it to end. So I leant my copy of this to a friend so I couldn’t finish it and I still haven’t….

Daphne Du Maurier

Ever since I picked up Rebecca from the charity shop I was volunteering in I’ve been a massive fan of this lady and I have a physical copy of this that I’ve been saying I will read for a while now.

I’m such a massive fan of Vicky Walters…in reading her kindness cafe I found out about this I read the short connected to this and was instantly hooked but it’s another that’s sat on my shelf.

2020, Author Love, Publication Day, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Dark Corners By Darren O’Sullivan

A thrilling fast paced read.

Blurb: It’s been twenty years since Neve’s best friend Chloe went missing. Neve has never recovered and promised herself she’d never go back to that place.

But secrets can come back to haunt you

When Neve receives news that her first boyfriend Jamie has gone missing, she’s forced to return. Jamie has vanished without a trace in a disappearance that echoes the events of all those years ago. Somebody is watching and will stop at nothing until the truth about what took place that night is revealed …

Review: Most of you who know me know that Darren O’Sullivan’s debut novel Our Little Secret pulled me out of some of my most darkest moments during ankle gate. I’m so pleased to have read and to now be reviewing his fourth book. Darren we are on book four and wow what a rollercoaster ride it’s been not only your latest novel but your journey. I couldn’t be prouder of you.

I had seen a few writers who had read early copies stating how this was Darren’s best and I was sat there thinking but I’ve loved all of his books in different ways. I knew I would love it but I didn’t know the emotional journey I would go on in reading it. It’s such a weird place in the world right now but being immersed in this fast paced thriller sure has helped me to say the least.

Dark Corners is so aptly named but you won’t even realise that until right near the end of the novel. It’s a story about a group of childhood friends who go through a lot together and when tragedy strikes they all cope in different ways.

Neve is our main character and the story revolves around her, we have parts of her story from now and parts from back in 1998 when Chloe went missing. I loved getting the back story although it didn’t always make sense and it’s safe to say it’s hard to review without explaining any of the plot.

What I will say is Darren weaves a good tale and right up to 80% in I was still sitting there with not that many answers there were a number of OMG moments. I was shocked even if it made sense when you stepped away from the story. The perfect tale to read during these strange times we are living in- I was swept away on Neve’s rollercoaster ride where she wasn’t sleeping, heavily relying on booze and distancing herself from pretty much everything.

This is out today so go grab this beauty because this book really does deserve to fly….Here

2020, Paige Toon Read Along, Review, Uncategorized, wrap up

What I read in March…

Now March really did turn the tide in my life. It changed dramatically when work was shutdown until further notice. My happy place was taken from me. I mean for a book worm it did help my reading and I’ve been able to make more time for my blog and for a few things I’ve been saying I would do in a while. I had hoped to have included a few shorts to end my March reading but I’ve had a headache for the past few days, I’m getting there now but there’s still a niggle but seeing as this post was virtually done I decided I would post it. To those who voted for my post on Monday it will be here I promise I just have been feeling so rubbish the past few days….

March started with the newest Cornish story from Cressida McLaughlin and my heart bursted once again.

It was so good to have the gang back and to have the new additions.

You can read my thoughts here.

As you may remember both myself and Catriona are in the midst of a Paige Toon read along….I’m loving having mostly Paige in this write up.

As I said in my review I had met a few of these before but it was so nice to see their story play out. You can read my thoughts Here.

Now I cannot help gushing at these stories I really do think Joe and Alice could be my favourites. I’ve also realised there’s a few of my paperbacks that aren’t signed I will be digging out my favourites the next time I can see Paige. She kindly signed the first few of the read-along that weren’t signed.

You can read my thoughts on quite possibly one of my fave Paige Toon couples Here

Darren O’Sullivan is one of my most favourite authors and his fourth novel really does showcase how his writing has changed,this one is a lot more fast paced. Darren’s latest will be out tomorrow and my review will be up then 🙂 so you will need to wait another day to read my thoughts on this.

Part two of this Cornish gorgeousness was just what I needed in these strange times. I was left longing for a hug from Sam. You can read my thoughts Here

This was a very different feel for a Paige Toon novel but all the same I loved my trip to Key West.

This beauty is available in June and my god I want to talk about it but there’s so much I cannot say. My review

Re-listening to this beauty I bloody love Bronte and I also had trouble choosing between those boys…I also realised that I had never penned my thoughts on this beauty.