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Six For Sunday – Books and the Seaside

It’s been forever since I’ve written a Six for Sunday especially since starting Self Care Sunday’s which I’m doing by chilling today. I’m not sure what my week will entail so I would like to rest, get a few things done and organised ahead of my impending holiday at the end of August and I would like to get a fair amount of reading in as I’m truly loving my current reads.

Miranda wrote the most beautiful book based at the seaside. Somewhere Beyond the Sea – is a love story that will stay with me and I shared the story of sea glass with my niece our favourite beach hasn’t had any but we always look now.

After devouring Hannah’s short story I was itching for this I read this whilst on holiday at the seaside last year and I loved every single second of it. I can’t wait to get stuck into another Hannah Pearl novel.

Evie’s Little Black Book

I read these in part and I love love loved devouring this cinema based story. It really did make me think of my Nan who I shared a love of film with.

The Picture House by the Sea

This week the fourth and final part of this novel will ping through to my kindle and I’m excited and sad. I won’t want to say goodbye to Charlie and the gang.

Part one In doing this meme I’ve realised how long this beauty has been on my TBR I really must change this. Although I did read another of Ali’s books whilst last on holiday at the caravan in Dymchurch.

This beauty by Isabelle Broom has me longing for Mojacar I will get there someday….

Then Now Always

Part two Cressida McLaughlin

Part three Cressida McLaughlin

As ever I’ve loved sitting down and penning my thoughts. I love being by the seaside and I still haven’t worked out what I hope to read this year on my travels. I’m loving having my mojo back right must eat breakfast have the soaps on and a book to get back to.

Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #HolidayEdition

I have finally sent the email to who I have for #FriendFriday if I have missed you please give me a shout.

I have been coming to Dymchurch on and off for years with my family and it never fails me. We have been pretty lucky weather wise today was a beach day the sand was a tad wet but dipping your toes into the sea has to be one of the best feelings ever. This trip we have managed to go for a swim at our pool on camp, get on the steam train and climb to the top of the lighthouse the views were something else and it was worth a little ankle pain. My 2 and 4 year old nieces did amazingly. 

I have managed to get snippets of reading in and I have enjoyed what I have read. I’m reading The Missing Twin and One of us is Lying. I haven’t started a new audio read I did hope to do some blogging whilst by the seaside but that hasn’t happened just yet. 

Just a little update. If anyone would love to see something specific please get in touch I am especially eager to do more on my YouTube channel so any ideas are welcome.

Until next time….

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Wandering Wednesday: Guest Post Isabella May takes over Hayley Reviews

Happy hump day – here at Hayley Reviews Wednesday’s are for wandering. Last week for the first time since I started this little beauty there was no time for wandering. I didn’t want it to just be me hashing up any old posts on travel so it made sense to take a break.

Today I have a guest post from a wonderful author who I’m super jealous of as she currently resides in Spain like helloooo anyway without further ado I welcome Isabella May….

The Novel with Twenty-Two Travel Destinations…

…Or the Book That’s Trying to do too much?

I’m a debut author with a passion for travel. Actually, ‘Itchy Feet’ could have been my middle name. So naturally, when I began to write (or more accurately, play) with the idea of a novel about domestic violence, cake, publishing and spirituality, I just had to add travel to my brainstorming sessions.

Which is probably how my book’s title, ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ was born. I mean, what else could I have called it?

Kate Clothier is a jet-setting businesswoman.

At least that’s the successful image she portrays to the outside world. But behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy. If it wasn’t for cake… and a more than regular dose of travel… she’s not sure how she would have the strength to get out of bed in the morning.

Kate works in Foreign Rights…

A special area of publishing which sees her on a plane at least every six weeks to visit clients or attend book fairs; add to that her spontaneous booking of holidays and city breaks, and it’s not hard to see how the book racked up a grand total of twenty-two totally unique destinations! Everywhere from the picturesque and mystical Glastonbury – where Kate lives, very much against her will – to Bologna, Singapore to Oslo, Frankfurt to Lisbon, New York to Venice, Bruges to Krakow, and a whole host of other diverse spots in-between.

For a travel enthusiast, ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’ is a bit like taking a cruise.

But not in the fuddy-duddy, elbowing-one-another-off-coach-seats kind of a way, nor the sequin-attired-blue-rinse-perm kind of a way besides, I promise! Rather, ‘Pavlova’ will offer you a flavour of each of these cities (and its one token town): 

You will be transported to Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore where you will soak up not just the Campari and Blood Orange, but also the sights, sounds and smells – as well as the males who are somehow able to carry off fetching daffodil-yellow slacks.

‘We quickened our pace, only to slow it right back down to catch the scent on the air. Pretty little Amaretti morsels capped with snowy icing sugar peaks, and Torta di Riso di Bologna – the city’s take on rice cake, selling out by midday the eve of Good Friday – streamed out the doorway of a bakery.  

“Mmm,” I said, fluttering my eyelids. “How can Daisy pass this lot by without as much as a drool?”

“She’s a boring twig who exists on green tea and goji berries, Kate; that’s how.”

Steph tossed her hair over her shoulder like a scarf and we reluctantly carried on.’

Excerpt taken from ‘Oh! What a Pavlova’

You will actually be able to feel the sweat that is Singapore’s Club Street on a humid August night, trickling from your brow. You will adopt a sudden and insatiable hankering for Pasteis de Nata after my words have whisked you off to Oporto’s petrol-blue tiled streets. You will make a mental note to try out Bristolian Seed Cake next time you are in the southern city. You will never again make the mistake of missing another Glastonbury Festival – mud, noodles, hash cakes and all. And you will remain ever curious as to what really goes on at an international book fair!

Travel, culture and international cuisine will always be a backdrop to my novels…

I just love them too much to leave them to one side. In fact, as I type, I await my publisher’s verdict on my second novel: a book choc-full of cocktails, Glastonbury (again… well, it is totally under-represented in the literary world, after all), Mexico and Prague! 

And when we write about what we love, somehow everything magically weaves together to form a tale that’s pretty unique. In an industry awash with the predictable and commercial, I’m always in awe of the paths and spinoffs travel opens up to us, when we let it have its way with our words…

But make no bones about it: this is a story (in spite of its gorgeous landscapes and delectable patisseries) with the potential for Marmite Divide. You see, ‘Pavlova’ debunks the misconception that an abusive relationship is abusive all the time: sometimes it is quite the opposite. Not only that, but ‘Pavlova’ offsets the violence with a much-needed injection of humour. Not for controversy’s sake, but because from experience, seeing the comedic side of a serious situation, living a second ‘external life’, can be an effective and much-needed coping mechanism.

Kate is one of the lucky ones.

Firstly, she is ‘allowed’ to travel. Believe it or not, in many an abusive relationship, the goalposts are frequently narrowed to the point that the perpetrator (female, as well as male), will not even let the victim leave the house. Of course, if Daniel had the slightest inkling that each of Kate’s trips away were also to collate proof in a ‘scientific experiment’ that she can attract another man, he’d make it his business not to let her go.

Male interest aside though, it’s really the characteristics of each of the cities she visits which really fuel her attempt at liberation… not before a continuum of procrastination can be overcome though.

The only question is: Will she escape for good, and will she escape for good before it’s too late?

 Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing.

As a Co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – www.theglasshousegirls.com – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One).
She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’!
Oh! What a Pavlova is her debut novel… you can find out more and purchase it here – http://mybook.to/pavlova and her second novel has already been submitted to her publishers: watch this space…

You can follow Isabella May on her website and social media here:


Twitter – @IsabellaMayBks

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaMayAuthor/

Instagram – @isabella_may_author

Thank you Isabella for taking the time to stop by at Hayley Reviews I look forward to reading your debut…

Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday 

Wednesday’s are still one of my favourites. I have had lots of inspiration on and off for my midweek meme. In thinking of what to say today I was drawn to my original WordPress blog www.hayleyslilworld.wordpress.com it’s still there but I don’t really use it anymore. In thinking of Wandering Wednesday’s it made me think I have been to various places over the years including Ireland, Spain, New York, Florida, California and the West Coast to name a few. A conversation last week with a friend over a place in France made me remember that I had documented it for my blog so here It is.

How beautiful is that castle???……tomorrow the blog is all planned I am hopefully featuring two lovely ladies for their publication days, keep a look out on Twitter as I may well run a poll for Friday.

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20 Books Of Summer Update 

So I thought it was high time I started looking into how I’m actually doing on this challenge, and the fact that this post won on my poll means you guys thought the same. Great minds eh?

As you may remember I picked 15 actual books and had some leeway for the remaining five.

This challenge started in June seeing as we are now into July I thought I should see how I’m fairing. 

So the first book I completed for the 20 Books of Summer was…

This was my first full novel of Katey Lovell’s and wow what an awesome start. The cover is beautiful and the story is lovely. Here is my review of the beautiful The Cafe In Fir Tree Park.

My second book of the challenge…

This gorgeous gorgeous beauty that simply stole my heart this year. Part of my heart is in my fabulous Salou but there is a part in Mojacar and I haven’t even visited this gorgeous place yet but I will. Here is my review of Then Now Always

My audio read…

The review of this beauty hasn’t been finished but I loved this such a funny and lighthearted audio book and another of Catriona aka Fabbookfiend recommendations. 

I was on the blog tour for this beautiful novella and you can still win my copy and here is my review Secrets of The Italian Gardener.

Now this one I was on the cover reveal and the blog tour for this beauty. It’s a gorgeous story and it’s made me think about my life and what I want. My review and The cover reveal

So as it stands that’s five actual books and then these….

And part one and two of this little beauty….

As it stands I have reviewed part one…Brief Encounter at the picture house by the sea.

I was then begging for more so I devoured this.

I loved this but I haven’t had a chance to review this part. I decided to not read part three until nearer part four. As much as I liked part two there were bits that were frustrating my little brain.

Anyway that’s where I’m at….as it stands I’m adoring this

Keep an eye on my Twitter HayleyTOfficial for my polls where you can decide what I post.

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Blog Tour: The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters By Jaimie Admans and Giveaway…

Published on by HQ Digital on 7th June 2017

Blurb: Escape to beautiful France this summer with this uplifting romantic comedy.

Where dreams come true…?
Wendy Clayton stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago. Instead, she has a ‘nice’ life. Nice job. Nice flat. Absolutely no men. Until her life is turned upside-down when her elderly neighbour, Eulalie, passes away and leaves her the Château of Happily Ever Afters!

But there’s a catch: she must share the sprawling French castle with Eulalie’s long-lost nephew, Julian. And no matter how gorgeous he is, or how easily she finds herself falling head over heels, Wendy needs to find a way to get rid of him…
Because surely happily ever afters don’t happen in real life?

Review: Firstly better late than never! It’s been a crazy week for me and I was hoping to spend my day off engrossed by this gorgeous book but the beaming sun gave me other ideas namely a splitting headache, since then I have had a number of interruptions but I’m finally ready to share my thoughts.

I remember when I first saw this cover and Jenny was asking who wanted to be on the cover reveal and then the blog tour and I jumped at the chance. I hadn’t read anything by Jaimie before this but I definitely will read more from her.

Wow wow wow!!!!! This book stirred up so many emotions I was laughing and crying I literally fell in love with the characters especially Wendy and Julian and I too feel like I kind of know Eulalie.

As you would have seen my various wandering Wednesday’s I’m often wandering and this time it’s to France. A place that in my life I have had mixed feelings towards but the chateau sounds picturesque to jet off and change my life like Wendy and Julian have is just what I need right now.

Jaimie thank you for giving me a book that has made me question a lot of the things I say and do. Sometimes taking a step outside of your comfort zone is exactly what you need. 

I love that the story is kind of left open- I would love to see these characters revisited and I desperately want to read more from Jaimie. I loved trying to power read to make this all happen and I’m glad I did this book is one of my faves from 2017 and I will definitely be recommending to anyone who will listen.

To honour the fact this post is so late it’s almost tomorrow I won’t be posting tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing and share with me what you are reading.

There is a gorgeous giveaway that I almost forgot.


Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday 

I’m soooo sorry that this is uber late in the day. I’m not sure if I have mentioned it here but I seem to have messed up my ankle and the pain continues. I really really do need to wander this Wednesday, last Friday night I ended up in urgent care and I have been doing everything I was told and I’m still in pain- I thankfully have a few days off where I intend to sit, blog and catch up on TV I need to watch about 4 episodes of Pretty Little Liars and then that is done forever. Not sure I’m happy about that.

As I have said a few times I totally fell in love with Then Now Always and Mojacar- I hope to visit soon. What wanderlust based book should I read next??? Help me people.

Cap Salou 2017-  yes I’m mentioning Salou again why am I still here. 

Salou 2016 god I’m always a better version of me there.

Sorry for the self pity I’m in sooo much pain right now. 

20 Books of Summer, ebook, Netgalley, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: Then, Now, Always By Isabelle Broom

Published 20th April 2017 by Penguin 

Blurb: Hannah Hodges can’t believe her luck when she’s offered a trip to sunny Spain with her best friend and dreamy boss . . . but what’s the catch?

‘Fresh, fun and full of sexual tension… a perfect spring read’ Heat
Twenty-eight year old Hannah is ready for an adventure. She and her colleagues are in Spain for a month to film a documentary, and it’s a dream come true. Not least because Hannah will get to spend long summer days with Theo, her boss (and gorgeous crush). It couldn’t be a more perfect setting to fall in love…
If only Tom (Hannah’s best friend and cameramen) and Claudette (the presenter) would stop getting in the way…
Then things become even more complicated when Nancy, Hannah’s half-sister arrives. What on earth is she doing here?
For just once in her life, can’t Hannah have one perfect summer, free of any drama?
Calling all escapists! Prepare to be whisked away to the Spanish sun in this completely absorbing page-turner.

Review: Wow! So this is my first Isabelle Broom novel although I’m sure I have another on my kindle. You know the drill they are 99p you purchase and it still takes forever to be read. Yeah that. This book was given to me by Netgalley, where I get sucked in by all the awesome sounding books and it takes me a while to get round to them ooops. So this is my second book for 20 books of summer and what a summery feel good read this was. I’m actually kind of sad that it’s over. Plus I’m also wanting to visit Mojacar. If anyone has been how many days would I need to see the sights? 

Hannah has a special bond with Mojacar and I feel like I know the place even though I had never heard of it until I read this beauty of a book. Now I want to see Mojacar in all it’s beauty, I want to experience the magic of this serene village. Hannah’s love of Mojacar makes me think of my love for Salou although she had a much longer gap in her trips than I have.

I love that Isabelle has managed to feature so many real life issues. Families and their secrets, betrayal, abuse, wanderlust, friendship, love and what stood out for me is how Hannah realises who she is and what she wants. It has nothing to do with her loveable goofy friend Tom or her gorgeous boss Theo, although these boys do make her see who she really is and that is beyond inspiring. 

What else can I say I don’t want to spoil the story, but I will say Hannah’s relationship with each and every character changes her in some way. For me her relationships with Elaine and Nancy show very different sides to Hannah yet both women shape so much about her future. 

It’s funny along the way you are always routing for Hannah and things to go her way, and just like Hannah we realise that what she thought was perfection was merely a learning curve.

I cannot express how much I loved this novel, and now I want to wanderlust even more than I did before. 

OMG! you cannot end a novel on a cliffhanger like that what an OMG moment. I literally fell in love with the story, the characters and most of all the serene calmness of Mojacar. If you want to be swept away to a village full of magic and rainbows then pick up Then.Now.Always I will remember this book for years to come and as I say Mojacar is now on my want list.

Cover Reveal, debut novel

Cover Reveal: Our Little Secret By Darren O’Sullivan

Wow!!!! I saw this cover on Twitter today and instantly was intrigued. I read the blurb and wanted to know more. I have submitted a request on Netgalley so fingers crossed I get to devour this beauty which is a debut from Darren O’Sullivan published by HQ Digital on 28th July 2017.

Blurb: A deserted train station: A man waits. A woman watches.

Chris is ready to join his wife. He’s planned this moment for nearly a year. The date. The time. The train. But he hadn’t factored in Sarah.
So when Sarah walks on to the platform and sees a man swaying at the edge she assumes he’s just had too much to drink. What she doesn’t expect is to stop a suicide.
As Sarah becomes obsessed with discovering the secrets that Chris is clearly hiding, he becomes obsessed with stopping her, protecting her.
But there are some secrets that are meant to stay buried forever…
I can feel this will be one I won’t be able to put down….I’m home from my holiday so will get more updates up soon.