2020, Author Love, Buddy Read, Review, Uncategorized

Book Review: It’s Not Me it’s You By Mhari McFarlane

Blurb: Delia Moss isn’t quite sure where she went wrong.

When she proposed and discovered her boyfriend was sleeping with someone else – she thought it was her fault.

When she realised life would never be the same again – she thought it was her fault.

And when he wanted her back like nothing had changed – Delia started to wonder if perhaps she was not to blame…

From Newcastle to London and back again, with dodgy jobs, eccentric bosses and annoyingly handsome journalists thrown in, Delia must find out where her old self went – and if she can ever get her back.

Review: I will never tire over fangirling over Mhari McFarlane. One of my go to authors who I still haven’t met and ashamedly this one I got for Christmas a while ago. It’s one of those gorgeous hardbacks that look lovely on the shelf yet you never want to lump it about. So seeing as we’re at home it’s the perfect time to read these beauties. Catriona had mentioned also being a fan of Mhari so we decided this would be a buddy read of ours and what a read it was.

Whenever I pick up a Mhari novel it’s truly like catching up with an old friend. It’s like nothing has changed. It’s Not Me it’s You has all the trademark wit that you will know if you’ve read one of her novels. If this is your first wow it’s a long one but it’s a compelling treat.

Delia Moss is a powerhouse yet when we meet her she doesn’t realise how extraordinary she really is. She’s a 21st century girl taking her future in her own hands or she thinks she is when she decides to propose to Paul. Although everything about his reaction should have sent her running for the hills but there was so much more to the story. Paul’s betrayal saw the catalyst for Delia to make some drastic changes.

Delia’s best mate Emma is awesome and I also loved her from the off. She’s the mate you need when you’re feeling at your lowest. I loved their friendship if proper put a smile on my face.

Delia moving to London showed her just what she was missing and it was her own creativity and just her general independence. I loved seeing her change for the better delving into her creative juices and actually feeling positive. I must admit I pegged Adam wrong but he’s definitely a character who you fall in and out of love with throughout.

Delia had attended so many interviews where she’d put her heart and soul into them yet the outcome was the same. Just as she was starting to think the big smoke wasn’t for her she was given a chance. I loved this anecdote this happened to me once and the one interview I hadn’t worried about was when I was most myself and that also worked out.

I don’t want to say too much on her job as it’s eventful but her job meant she met Steph. This is another thing I love when you’re in a work environment there will always be your sort of people but if it wasn’t for work you would never have met them. I have some long-standing friendships from various work places I might not see all of them as much as I once did but they mean a lot to me all the same.

A tale of love, life, friends, family and realising that you can’t be happy unless you are truly being yourself. I loved the pictures that accompanied some of Delia’s creativity in the book.

2020, A thought? A question, Author Love, Uncategorized

Monday doesn’t have to be dull….

Afternoon all…so in light of just how hard life can be let’s all do all we can to be kind. In every single situation think before you act. Our actions speak far louder than our words ever will. Once upon a time here on Hayley Reviews I had a segment called Monday motivation and smiles and now I just want and need more Monday kindness. It’s half term this week so I know there are a number of frazzled Mums and Dads out there. Hang in there guys you’re doing a great job.

This morning I managed one item off my to do list and I was lucky enough to spend some time at our local coffee shop with my sis and my nieces and nephew. Although my oldest niece was off playing games in the other room it was nice to be able to help my sis even for a short while now I’m awaiting my transport to work.

It’s week three of mine and Catriona’s Paige Toon readathon and I’m loving every single second of this back catalog so far they have all been fresh reads for me as I didn’t get into Paige until The Last Piece of my Heart.

Whatever you do Be Kind…You never know may even post a review later too…

2019, Blog Tour, Cover Reveal, Uncategorized

Cover Reveal: The Vagabond Mother By Tracey Scott – Townsend

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cover reveal. When Kelly @ Love Books Group email pinged through my interest was piqued. Not only is she a fab blogger she’s one of the best blog tour organisers so if I can help I will.

I love a cover reveal so they are always welcome here at Hayley Reviews. So without further ado.

It’s an interesting cover and if that isn’t enough for you here is the blurb…

Not every Vagabond is a Castaway…

Maya Galen’s oldest son, Jamie, left home eight years ago after a massive row with his parents and now Joe, her youngest child and apple of her eye, has cut off all contact with them too.

Called to Australia to identify the body of a young man, Maya is given her son’s journal. After a sleepless night she decides that the only thing she can do is follow in Joe’s footsteps and try to discover her most basic human self. Eschewing a monetary lifestyle, from now on she must rely on her physical and emotional strength to survive.

Following Joe’s hand-drawn maps and journal entries, she travels from Australia to Denmark and beyond, meeting many other travellers along the way and learning valuable lessons.

Eventually a crisis forces her to return home and confront the end of her marriage, but also a new understanding of what family, in the widest sense, really means.

Exploring the big questions at the heart of human existence, The Vagabond Mother shares territory with books and films such as Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found by Cheryl Strayed and Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Buy The Vagabond Mother

Thank you Kelly for including me in this cover reveal.

 

2019, audible, Uncategorized

Monday, my final work week and what am I reading…

After an impressive run of blogging I ended up busy with life. Well with friends reminiscing our youth by seeing Westlife and a last ever Saturday at Cancer Research.

Today is the beginning of the end of my Cancer Research journey it sure has been an emotional rollercoaster but I’ve learnt so much about myself in the last three and a half years. It was the right choice for me but now I’m headed on a different path. In some aspects I wish I’d done more but I’m taking only the positives with me.

Yesterday before getting on my train for a day at Hyde Park. I took a few books that I’ve either read or have been sat on a shelf dormant for a while to put on the shelf at Eltham station.

On Audio I’m still listening to…

I have about 4 hours left so hopefully I can finish this treat today.

I should also finish reading this outstanding novel. Lucy Vine incorporates humour and reality in such an impressive way. Yesterday I only managed some reading on my train into London I was shattered on my way home.

I adore this woman so my September credit will be used on this. PS I Love You has left an imprint on me and I’ve been so excited for this, sadly I didn’t make the blog time but come Thursday I will be listening to this.

2019, Uncategorized

It’s Monday what am I reading…..

So I’ve seen this meme come up loads and I may have done it before but I’m extremely blonde at the moment so here I am.

Thanks to those of you who responded on my Twitter poll www.twitter.com/HayleyTOfficial it’s better late than never…so what am I reading…

On audio I’m listening to the extremely funny.

Just yesterday I finally started….

Why has it taken me so long I’m only a few chapters in but wow!!

I’ve been itching to read this I’ve had it since the event in June I will be buddy reading this with Catriona…. I haven’t started it yet but once I’ve posted this post I’m drying my hair and diving in before bed.

Have you read any of my choices? I would love to hear from you.

2019, ebook, novella, Quick Reads, Short Story, Uncategorized

Novella Review: After Hello By Mhairi McFarlane

Blurb: A short story sequel to the bestselling romcom You Had Me At Hello!

In You Had Me At Hello, the one who got away came back… but what happened next?

Together, apart and then back together again, Rachel and Ben had a rollercoaster ride to get here. But now happily in love and partners in crime once more, it feels like it’s all been worth it.

But when a face from the past reappears, misunderstandings come between them once more.

Can they hold on to their happy ever after?

Review: I fell in love with Mhairi’s writing style and her characters when I read You Had Me At Hello. It was a heartfelt read that had me from the get go. I loved Rachel and Ben and their university times really did make me smile. My time at uni wasn’t as interesting as there’s but I did have a crush although it was never on the scale of best friends Ben and Rachel. In that novel I grew increasingly frustrated with them because I could see how they were meant to be.

I’m ashamed to say I’ve had After Hello on my Kindle on both my paper white and my iphone since 26th Jan 2017. As I’m on holiday and having just finished a book I thought let’s see what novellas I have. I love Mhairi’s style and whenever I read any of her books I’m hooked so I knew this would be the perfect tonic and I was oh so right.

I love a novella I know a lot of readers always complain how they are too short but for me they are fantastic quick reads that I like to slip alongside my longer reads. In After Hello I found myself getting angry as Ben and Rachel were the dream team for me in You Had Me At Hello in thinking their happy ever after wasn’t meant to be I was feeling heartbroken. I should have remembered how much Ben used sarcasm to get his point across.

A lovely reunion with Rachel, Ben and the girls. I never tire of reading stories about characters I have fell in love with it’s just like reuniting with old friends. It’s got me thinking of my university bunch and all we went through together.

Thank you Mhairi for taking me back to them, although I don’t think Ben and Rachel’s story has finished….

2019, august, Monday motivation and smiles, Uncategorized

Happy blog birthday to me….

Wow!!!! I was hoping to have got more blogger organised yesterday but having finished a truly gorgeous book that floored me. The Day We Meet Again by the truly outstanding Miranda Dickinson.

Following that gorgeous rollercoaster finish I was left with a book hangover and a massive headache. Seeing as I’m off to the seaside at the weekend I had lots to organise seeing as I’m now working until the off. I will be reviewing this beauty soon I may save my words for publication day.

This blog started as a place where I could talk about my volunteering following being seriously trolled over on www.hayleyslilworld.wordpress.com and following moving to Cancer Research full time I decided to change this to showcase my passion for books. I hadn’t realised when I started this little place of mine on the Internet but it’s made my Monday…..I am in the process of adding some new features to the blog and I have some news that I will share later this week.

I’ve asked before and it didn’t really work but I would like to answer some questions in a post in the future.

Fancy asking me anything?

Since being floored by romance I’m now turning to a thriller

I’ve managed the prologue so far and I’m already intrigued….back to it.

2019, july, Me, Monday motivation and smiles, Uncategorized

Monday in the sunshine…

There’s a few things that never fail to raise a smile and today it’s London in the sunshine. I’m from South East London and I work within the South East, my stroll to work sure does change a conversation, with many saying I’m mad. It’s a straight road and with music an audiobook or the radio it’s not bad.

When the sun is shining my mood shifts and today even though I’m absolutely exhausted after the last week and having worked all weekend I’m ready for what Monday has to offer. As I’m strolling to work embracing the blue skies I’m listening to The Man Who Didn’t Call By Rosie Walsh I only started listening to it on my way home last night but I’m well and truly hooked its definitely for every single girl who was convinced he would call and he didn’t.

On Friday I embraced another experience that never fails to make me smile. I had my haircut, I hadn’t had a trim since just before my birthday back in February and it had got a bit out of control and had lost its shape. There really is something about someone else washing your hair it’s so therapeutic and it was needed ahead of the twins first birthday and with my holiday looming at the end of August. I cannot wait for chill time, sunshine, family time and reading.

Today is a brand new start in my working life and for the first time in a while even though I’m exhausted I’m also kind of excited by what’s to come.

Before July wraps up I would like to get a few more reads finished although I am much happier with my reading and my blogging so that’s good. I need to spend at least one of my days off literally mooching around – after half watching Step up two yesterday my sister has ordered me to binge watch them so I hope to do that this week. Have Fight Klub and Fight Klub Stryke on Wednesday it will be hard going but I know it will be done with a smile on my face.

What does your week hold?

2019, Author Love, event, Uncategorized

Literati and a little update from me…

I have been a pretty awful blogger of late. As a good friend of mine said I’ve been a butterfly reader flitting from book to book. As it stands I’m trying to rectify that I have an audio thriller and a gorgeous fiction book on the go and I’m determined to get them finished and do them both justice as I am truly mesmerised by both.

I’ve also managed to miss a few blog tour posts they will go up I’m just unsure as to when. But watch this space.

On Monday I attended the Literati at the gorgeous Grosvenor Hotel a truly fabulous event alongside those faves of mine at Simon & Schuster. This event was a birthday gift from the money my brother gave to me and wow it did not disappoint.

What a night it was…I was lucky enough to catch up with the gorgeous Laura and Charlene two of my blogger friends. It’s always an absolute pleasure ladies, we share a love of books and also look out for each other as individuals – we don’t always get to catch up but we relish the chances when they arise.

The event was hosted by Fanny Blake – in conversation with Milly Johnson, Anstey Harris, Catherine Steadman and Susan Elliott Wright at the stunning Grosvenor House. The questioning and manner by Fanny was exquisite, I didn’t ask a question myself but I did enjoy listening to those who did and speaking to the ladies whilst getting my books signed.

I’ve read and totally adored The Truths and Triumphs of Grace Atherton and The Flight Of Cornelia Blackwood. I had hoped to have finished Milly’s before this day….but I had started it and in talking to Milly I had reached the fun part and I can totally see that I’m loving her latest novel so much. Until now I’ve only read a few of her shorts even though I have a few others. I do love finding fabulous authors when they have a fantastic back catalogue waiting for me.

It was a truly gorgeous evening that started with Elderflower water and ended with Prosecco and nibbles listening to these fabulous ladies talk of their books. Catherine Steadman’s book definitely sounds like a book I need on my TBR pile I’m contemplating listening to this on audio after the thriller I’m in the middle of.

A great night a stunning location, fabulous books and chatter a Monday treat. I’m so glad I made this event and I finally got my books signed by 3 out of 4. I can’t wait to see what other events the Grosvenor hold in the future…Thank you to SJ for letting me steal her gorgeous picture of these fantastic ladies. What a way to spend a Monday evening.

I have lots I hope to share on here in the next coming days….watch this space.

2018, Blog Tour, Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: What Are You Like By Shelley Day

Happy Monday I’m back to work, have my headphones in listening to my main man on Magic as I walk into work. It’s been an enlightening and crazy week away studying – don’t get me wrong I Have coursework to be doing this week and practice so it’s to be another crazy one. Plus I also have to factor in payday madness to get organised for Christmas as well as those boring bills.

Enough about me today I am pleased to share a cover reveal thanks to the lovely Kelly at Love Books Group. Kelly is one of those bloggers who manages to empower others so when I can help her out I’m pleased to be on service.

Without further ado here is the cover.

For me this cover is simple and effective it would definitely make me reach to read the blurb so here it is.

Blurb: These stories ask us: what are you like? Watch the characters grapple with what life throws at them, never quite sinking under the weight of it all. Shelley Day’s stories explore what we can’t quite grasp. They celebrate the uncertainties of language. The settings here are exquisitely imagined no-man’s-lands- at once strange yet oddly familiar. Here are worlds where the improbable becomes possible: a mother finds herself living on a library shelf, a diner finds words sliding from his menu into nothingness, a psychiatrist cracks up in front of his patient, and there’s a stain on the wall that won’t stop spreading. These extraordinary stories take us to the psychological hinterlands that make us who we are. What are you like? Do you know the answer?

Bio: Shelley Day is an award-winning writer, a European totally opposed to Brexit, a Geordie lass, a lapsed lawyer and academic psychologist. She was named as an Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature ‘emerging writer’ in 2013 and has since appeared at numerous literary festivals. Her debut novel The Confession of Stella Moon (Saraband, 2016) won the Andrea Badenoch Prize and was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. In 2015 she won a Northern Writer’s Award to support this debut short story collection. Represented by Jenny Brown.

Kelly thank you for including me in this cover reveal this sounds like a truly fantastic book.