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
My Review
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
My Review
My original review – this was a second time read.
My Review
My Review
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
My Review
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
My Review
My Review
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
My Review
My Review – An ace buddy read. Isabelle always has me lusting for travel.
I loved the Katey Lovell Meet Cutes.
My Review
My Review
My Review
My Review
My Review
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, New Author to me, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday – it’s full of my favourites this week!

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.

Today’s prompt is most anticipated releases for the second half of 2020.

I’m a massive fan of Victoria Walters and this will be the perfect start to my Christmas reading.
I’m a massive fan of Ruth and sadly I was rejected on Netgalley for this beauty but I will be reading and reviewing when it’s available.
This one I was lucky enough to get a Netgalley copy but I will also be purchasing and buddy reading this one.
When she came to the UK for her last novel I actually had the pleasure of meeting her. Another go to author whose back catalogue I still have to go through.
Milly is another one that I’ve got into late and this will be another festive treat.
There seems to be a festive theme amongst my choices and so far they are all ladies.
I’ve been waiting for this book for forever…
I adore this lady as an actress and I loved her debut book.
Whoop there is a guy amongst my list. When Miranda Dickinson mentioned this I instantly read more and pre-ordered it.
I’m so excited to have this bunch back in my life at Christmas. I’ve pre-ordered each of these parts so they ping through to my kindle.

So there seems to be a lot more ladies in my list this week for sure. Although just last night I did in fact pre-order Darren O’Sullivan’s next novel The Players which isn’t released until next January.

I’m always up for recommendations although I must read a few more of my TBR of late eeek. I’m onto a Netgalley read which in theory I would like to finish that and my audio before we start our buddy read on 1st July.

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, Uncategorized

Let’s look back on April…

As we roll into May I’m now looking back on what I read in April I lost a weeks worth of reading at the end of March….

I had hoped this would have been one of my last reads in March but alas it was one of the first in April.
You can read my thoughts Here
Going back to Cornwall has been such a tonic I’ve truly loved it you can read my thoughts on part three Here
I’ve truly loved this rollercoaster ride in rediscovering Paige Toon again.
One of the most important books I’ve ever read. You can read my thoughts Here
I’d been waiting forever for the second instalment of this and you can read my thoughts Here I loved The Flatshare so as soon as The Switch was advertised I needed to read it. I was so grateful to be approved on Netgalley for this one and you can read my thoughts Here

I haven’t penned my thoughts on this one yet this was an audio read that I had been dipping in and out of.

This was my first ever Paige Toon and it was lovely to revisit it. You can read my thoughts Here.

I’ve really loved this series here are my thoughts on Part two

Wow this one is quite simply Cally’s best yet. I haven’t finished penning my thoughts.

Nell and Van’s story has stayed with me forever and I loved it just as much the second time around. You can read my thoughts Here.

Heidi Swain is a fave of mine I haven’t quite finished my thoughts they will come soon.

This is a novella that I reviewed for a blog blitz you can read my thoughts Here

I had hoped to have finished a few others but I had a headache yday afternoon so that didn’t happen.

So I rarely do a TBR post but would you like to see me do one for May…

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

2019, Self Care Sunday, Uncategorized

Self Care Sunday

Well it sure has been a while since I wrote one of these posts. Last Sunday I threw myself into work having said goodbye to my favourite Boyz on the Friday and having celebrated Halloween early on the Saturday by Sunday I was ready to work and not think about anything that might make me emotional.

I haven’t listened to anything remotely Boyzone since that Friday. Since starting in the cinema on the 1st October I’ve been well and truly loving life. Throwing myself into work being a team player and working lots of extra hours today I’m feeling kinda sleepy so it’s a coffee day, I came home and had a Baileys hot chocolate this morning I’ve been half catching up on the soaps alongside some family time coffee and Heidi Swain’s latest The Christmas Wish List which got me thinking of when we wrote lists to promote the novel.

I then explained what the lists were about to my 7 year-old niece and she’s started writing hers.

So far we have advent calendar chocolate, making gingerbread men and a good ole family roast. When my 4 year-old niece next comes over I will be getting her to do the same. It’s the start of November and this is my third Christmas book this year each of them have given me all the feels although this morning in my tired state I swear I could smell mulled wine in just reading it. My sister in law yesterday mentioned a plum & Cinnamon gin and that sounds like Christmas in a nutshell.

I’ve loved making a little time for me this morning- I’m honestly loving my job I do need to balance my sleep pattern ended up having the Baileys hot chocolate with an episode of 13 Reasons at the stupidest time this morning and I may have placed an order with Superdrug that I’m now on my way to collect before I get the bus into work. So very soon I will be back with Hattie and Dolly.

This is me trying to not look like a Halloween ghoul. If you love what you’re doing it will never be a chore.

How is your Sunday fairing? Tell me your plans are we reading, watching TV or films.

I also have one of these to enjoy later when on my break they are simply divine. Any of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know I love an Irish coffee or two.

2019, Blog Tour, Uncategorized

Blog Tour: The Christmas Wish List By Heidi Swain

Today I am overjoyed to be on the blog tour for The Christmas Wish List.

It’s always a pleasure to be invited onto a Simon & Schuster blog tour, not only are they a pleasure to work with their authors are also amazing and Heidi is one of my absolute favourites.

Having just last month started a new job I’ve been somewhat juggling my reading alongside saying goodbye to my favourite Boyz I seem to have had everything come at once.

So today I should be sharing my review, instead I will be sharing my thoughts so far and telling you about Heidi’s latest festive offering.

Blurb: After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

My thoughts so far….I’m loving Hattie and Dolly’s relationship. It instantly made me miss my Nan. We had such a close relationship and right up to the end I was going round for tea and to watch films. I’m questionable about Johnathan but there have been so many little things that have made me smile.

I will be reviewing this properly as soon as. Make sure you check out the rest of the tour I would like to take the time to thank Simon & Schuster again for my gorgeous package which I forgot to take a picture of and I’m now at work…

2019, Blogtober, christmas, Publication Day, Uncategorized

The Christmas Wish List By Heidi Swain

Happiest of publication days to one of my most favourite authors. Heidi I hope today is everything you deserve and more and I hope there is cake and bubbles too. I cannot wait to go to Wynbridge this Christmas. You can purchase it Here also be sure to check your local independent book shops and supermarkets.

I’ve been so excited for this book since it was announced although that feels like forever ago.

If my excitement isn’t enough for you be sure to read the blurb….

After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .

Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.

As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for life in a sunnier clime, or will she in fact realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?

I don’t usually read Christmas books this early but there really are a few good ones this year….plus each year I always get a few that I don’t get to and I promise to read it the following year. Let’s see how I fair this year.

2019, july, Stacking the Shelves, Uncategorized

Stacking the Shelves

So as promised I said there would be a second post from me today and here it is.

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme co hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can add any books that you add to your shelves, whether you’ve bought them been sent them or borrowed them from the library. And then be sure to post your links over on Tynga’s Reviews.

Last Saturday we looked at my Netgalley shelf which has risen a few since then now we are to look at my Kindle shelf. I will only be picking a handful otherwise this post could go on for eternity.

Have you read any of these? As ever this is just a snapshot of my Kindle library…

2019, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday – Auto buy authors

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.

Last week was the first time in a long time where I had taken part in a Top Ten Tuesday but this was one I simply couldn’t resist.

Top ten auto buy authors – now this is going to be a hard one and they are in no order at all. Can I do more than 10?

There are probably lots of authors I could and should add but this post would go on and on forever. I would love to hear if there are any you think I should add to that ever expanding pile of mine.