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, 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, 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, Film, New Author to me, Review, TV, Uncategorized

Film Thoughts: The Girl On The Train By Paula Hawkins

Synopsis: Commuter Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) catches daily glimpses of a seemingly perfect couple, Scott and Megan, from the window of her train. One day, Watson witnesses something shocking unfold in the backyard of the strangers’ home. Rachel tells the authorities what she thinks she saw after learning that Megan is now missing and feared dead. Unable to trust her own memory, the troubled woman begins her own investigation, while police suspect that Rachel may have crossed a dangerous line.

My thoughts: Firstly I normally try and read the book first but I sometimes fail just like I have here. Even though a friend sent me a copy a while ago it’s still sitting on my ever expanding TBR pile. So when this was on channel 4 last night I jumped at the chance to watch it.

I’ve seen Emily Blunt in a few different films The Devil Wears Prada and Mary Poppins Returns instantly spring to my mind – she’s a fantastic actress and in those two and this she’s played three extremely different characters effortlessly. I must admit at first I was just getting to grips with the story but then I thought omg she’s just a drunk. As you see her life and her thoughts spiral she’s so much more.

There’s a lot of back and forth in explaining the story and each of the women in questions story. We have Rachel who is the girl on the train, Anna who is the wife of Rachel’s ex husband and Megan who is the final link.

In watching this film I had two thoughts one I need to bump up the book I want to see how true the film is to that of Paula Hawkins novel and two I want to see if certain aspects of the plot are any clearer. It also made me think this would have been exceptional on the big screen. I miss my work so much and I will be watching lots of new films when I can. Not only has it shown me I want to expand my mind but I also want to support the arts that being at the cinema and most definitely the theatre. This was made into a theatre show and if that ever returns I would definitely love to see it on the stage.

I wasn’t expecting the three ladies lives to intertwine that much but wow! I wasn’t expecting any of the final outcome. It definitely kept me on my toes from start to finish. Even when I thought I had it sussed I would then be shown a flashback that quickly stopped me in my tracks.

A heartbreaking story of three very different women who ultimately have one major similarity and one link. I will definitely be bumping this beauty up my TBR pile. There are some major themes that some people most definitely won’t want to watch/see/read but they are done tastefully and are woven into the drama of the story exceptionally well.

2020, Libby, New Author to me, Review, update, Weekly Update

Weekly Update #7

I swear the weeks are passing by quicker and quicker. The temperatures have soared which is great in some respects back topping up my tan but it’s also meant I’ve had to factor what time I run.

So as much as I’ve started the Couch to 5k and taken part in various online workouts I haven’t weighed myself in forever. Mum is getting bored and she’s like I’ve put on so much weight – so she wanted us to get some scales. Well it wasn’t too bad – but it also wasn’t that good. I really must start organising what I eat again as I’ve let a few bad habits slip through. Granted there will still be the odd treat but I must get some normality back.

Last Monday saw my second run of week 3 and it was by far my most frustrating run so far. Although after the initial frustration I said to myself I was up/out and moving. Wednesday was my final run of week 3 and I felt fantastic.

Friday saw me tackle week 4 run 1 and omg it was a hard one. Now on the couch to 5k app I’m running more than I’m walking. The 3mins was easier but the 5mins sure was hard going. I got up and out for my runs early but by the later stages of the run I sure was sweaty.

So what have I read this week??

So what’s been on the blog this week?

Last Sunday I finally posted my thoughts on Patricia Scanlan’s The Liberation Of Brigid Dunne and you can read it Here.

Monday saw my thoughts on the fourth and final part of Meet Me At Pebble Beach and you can read it Here.

Tuesday saw Top Ten Tuesday’s 10th birthday and my offering can be read Here.

I’m a sucker for a cover reveal and I posted one on the blog on Wednesday you can find it Here.

Thursday I posted my thoughts on Five Go Absolutely Nowhere and I honestly will get more of these read and reviewed on the blog soon this one can be read Here.

Friday I finished the fantastic On The Come Up and you can read my thoughts Here. I also posted a tag which you can read Here. I really enjoyed it and I’m looking to do more of these on the blog.

Is there anything else you would love to see on my weekly Update? If so get in touch also do we love or loathe the double posts?

2020, A thought? A question, Book challenge, Book Tag, ebook, Libby, New Author to me, personal, Tag, TBR, Uncategorized

The TBR Book Tag

I keep seeing this tag pop up. I haven’t been tagged but I wanted to get involved so here I am.

How do you keep track of your TBR?

I use Goodreads and since lockdown I’ve written more notes in a pad as to what I’m reading and dates especially if I’m part of a blog tour and where I’m trying to have my review up for publication day or as close to it as I can. I’ve loved being more organised and getting to read more books as I truly love escaping into another world.

Is your TBR mostly print or ebook?

I have a variation. Since lockdown I’ve gone back to having a few more audiobooks – most Arcs are now On Netgalley although I have been sent a few plus was given a bunch at an event before lockdown. I’ve purchased a lot of ebooks with the Kindle sales and I’ve been using Libby I must admit I’ve used my library a lot more since lockdown with mostly audiobooks but I have also got an ebook which is diverse and I’m loving it.

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

My TBR choices change at the moment I’m reading/listening to a few library books before I dive into the book that I’m on a blog tour for on 29th June. From 1st July I have another buddy read with Catriona we decided to wait until then as our last I managed to read first but we had both taken a lot longer than we anticipated. After reading Hello Again I was eager to read some short stories and that is what I did including the last instalment in the Meet Me at Pebble Beach series.

A book that’s been on your TBR the longest?

There are sooo many but I’m going to say Daphne Du Maurier Jamaica Inn. The worst thing is when I discovered and loved Daphne I bought a whole bunch and I actually have this one sat on my shelf mocking me.

A book that you recently added to your TBR?

Following reading Daisy Jones & The Six the rest of Taylor Jenkins Reid back catalogue has quite quickly been added to my ever expanding TBR.

A book that is on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I am swayed by a gorgeous cover but I don’t think I could say I’ve added one to my TBR based solely on the cover. (Sorry if that’s a cop out)

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading?

This isn’t necessarily that I wouldn’t ever read them. Sometimes over the years I added books based on my reading during that time and later on those type of books never appealed to me again. If that makes sense.

An unpublished book on your TBR that you’re excited for?

This is so easy to answer One By One By Ruth Ware she can literally do no wrong in my book and her last one I flew through and Our Story by the fantastic Miranda Dickinson yet again another go to author of mine.

A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read except you?

There’s a few Me Before You which I’m hoping to listen to via the library. The hate U Give which seeing as I’m literally almost done with On The Come Up seems apt and Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. I have a copy from my time at the charity shop another book mocking me from my shelf.

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you?

Literally all of the above oh and actually finishing the I Heart series.

A book on your TBR that you’re just dying to read?

My Darkest Vanessa I purchased a gorgeous edition from Waterstones which seems like months back and I still haven’t started it. I will get a few hardbacks read before work resumes oh and the newest Jodi Picoult another of my go to faves.

I’m not going to go through tagging but I challenge anyone who wants to take part in this fab tag.

Life has been pretty crazy recently and thankfully books, blogging and now running is taking my mind away, and challenging me both mentally and physically and I honestly think that’s been amazing for my sanity.

I’m one chapter left of On The Come Up and I definitely think it’s important for us to broaden our minds with different authors. Not only in race but in genre and in expanding our mindsets. So please feel free to send me over some more recommendations?

2020, Top Ten Tuesday, Uncategorized

Top Ten Tuesday celebrates 10 years…

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.

So this meme has been going for 10 years how mad is that. I must admit when I first came across it I didn’t realise there was specific prompts so I may have done a few over the years that I dreamed up myself.

I can’t say I’m a frequent Top Ten Tuesday poster but I do like posting from time to time. I’ve been a bit more organised with my blog since lockdown and I must admit I’m loving it as well as all the extra reading, it really has been a breath of fresh air. I’ve built up new little routines which I hope to keep once life resumes to normal. I can definitely say I will be taking part in next weeks prompt as I’ve already got a bit of an idea so I may get it prepped this week.

So in line with this celebration I am going to be talking about Authors Id love to meet.

Mhari McFarlane
Miranda Dickinson
Katey Lovell
Zoe May
Poorna Bell
Bryony Gordon
Sophie Kinsella
Carole Matthews
Beth O’Leary
Cressida McLaughlin

I thought this would be an easy meme but I swear being put on the spot I couldn’t think. There are probably loads of fabulous authors who I’m yet to meet.

Next Tuesday I shall be sharing my most anticipated reads for the later part of the year.

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

Book Review: Meet Me at Pebble Beach Part Four Seas The Day By Bella Osborne

Blurb: Regan has been busy trying to tick everything off her lottery wish list: she’s started her own business, helped a worthy cause, and even sorted out a new home – albeit a temporary one. But she still has a couple of items to check off – including get a hot new boyfriend, and she knows justwhere to find one…

Will Regan and Charlie get their happy ending and sail off into the sunset – or does fate have other ideas?

Review: If you’ve been reading my blog you will know I have been fully invested in Regan’s story. In saying that I think that’s why it took me a while to read the fourth and final part – I’ve had it on my Kindle since publication day and I’ve only recently read it. Well as this is the final instalment it’s the time when all loose ends are tied up.

Regan sure has been on an emotional rollercoaster and the final aspects of her story are just as heartfelt. It’s been a pleasure to see her blossom due to that of gratitude and learning what’s really important in life. I’ve liked her as a heroine from the off but I’ve truly loved witnessing the change in her for the better.

In the final stages we get more from Charlie and his story I won’t say too much but there was so much uncertainty around Charlie and I loved seeing more of him and finding out more about him deep down.

Cleo & Penny have a lot more in this instalment and you see the rawness of them and what matters to them. I also liked seeing a different side to Bernice. Her story was completely heart wrenching. Before Bella ties up all the loose ends there are many dramatic aspects to Regan’s life and I thought I had worked it out but oh how wrong I was.

A gorgeous book that will take you along the seaside that will make you grateful for all you have in your life and will have you aspiring for more each and everyday. Love, loss and friendship in abundance – a book I will never forget. I hope Bella brings back some if not all of these characters at a later date. I think that was the first Bella Osborne that I’ve read I’m sure I have another on my kindle so I will be looking for more.