#BlogTour Both of You by Adele Parks

Adele Parks is back with a cracking read again – it’s my turn on the BlogTour for Both of You.

About the Author

Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North-east England. her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000 and since then she’s had eighteen international bestsellers. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa and is a keen supporter of The National Literary Trust. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband and son.

Follow @adeleparks on Twitter, on Goodreadson Amazon, Visit adeleparks.com

About the book

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmum to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband Mark says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She simply went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman, Daan, vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamourous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

DC Clements knows that people disappear all the time – far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run towards, others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds, their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the DC believes they are.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.

Review

It’s going to be a bit of task to review the way I would like to without giving the plot away, but hey ho I’m going to try because its such an interesting premise. 

Two women, completely different women, disappear without a trace. The only thing they have in common is the fact they are gone and they vanished around the same time. The reader gets a glimpse of one in captivity – the other fate unknown. Meanwhile the outside world thinks they have gone because they are disgruntled and unhappy with their lives. No one is really looking that hard. Their husbands aren’t looking at all. Who wants to hurt Leigh or Kai? 

The juxtaposition of the two women who have nothing in common is the most intriguing element of the read. Leigh the loving wife who has become the caring stepmother. She is chaotic, frustrated with dealing with an ungrateful teenager and often wonders why she is still with her husband

Kudos to Parks she is getting better with each book, which is quite a feat seeing as she has already written some humdingers. Also for the clever double entendre in regards to the book title. This does not disappoint and has her trademark depth and moral conundrum written all over it and of course it’s a great read.

Buy Both of You at Amazon Uk o go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ pub date 27 May 2021.  Buy at Amazon comAt Hive.

#BlogTour The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan.

About the Author

Sarah Morgan is an international bestseller and the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author of The Christmas Sisters and A Wedding in December. She has sold over eighteen million books worldwide.

Sarah lives near London, England with her family and when she isn’t writing or reading, she likes to spend time outdoors hiking or riding her mountain bike.

Follow @SarahMorgan_ on Twitter, on Goodreads, on facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan, Visit sarahmorgan.com

About the book

Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move in to a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.

Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza long for a solo summer of her own. Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.

When Martha sees Kathleen’s advertisement for a driver and companion to share an epic road trip across America with, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. She’s not the world’s best driver, but anything has to be better than living with her parents. And traveling with a stranger? No problem. Anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?

As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late to start over. ..

Review

Kathleen is determined to grasp what’s left of her life with both hands and live life to the fullest. To do so she needs someone as a companion and to drive her down Route 66. Martha seems like the perfect person, except Martha is a little generous when it comes to describing her many talents, including being able to drive properly. Kind of a prerequisite for being a driver though.

At the core of this story is a mother-daughter relationship. Liza and Kathleen are on two different wavelengths, both struggle to understand the other, which makes the emotional distance between them even greater. Liza doesn’t understand why her mother would want to do something so risky at her age and she definitely doesn’t understand why she is having this experience of a lifetime with a complete stranger.

I liked the way the stranger becomes the surrogate daughter and the friendship that blossoms between them is what should be between mother and daughter. You have the parallel drawn between the two relationships and clearly one is lacking.

It’s a gentle, funny and emotional read. I can imagine a few mothers and/or daughters recognising the similarities and difficulties in their own relationships. Morgan really delivers the depth of emotion and in the characters, whilst keeping it light at the right moments. It’s never too heavy and yet digs deeper when it has to.

Buy The Summer Seekers at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ pub date 27 May 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Players by Darren O’Sullivan

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Players by Darren O’Sullivan.

About the Author

Darren O’Sullivan is the author of psychological thrillers, Our Little Secret, Close Your Eyes and Closer Than You Thin. He is a graduate f the Faber Academy and his debut novel, Our Little Secret, was a bestseller in four countries. He lives in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire where his days are spent either behind his laptop writing, in front of a group of actors directing theatre or rolling around pretending to be a dinosaur with his young son.

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About the book

In this game it’s kill or be killed. A stranger has you cornered. They call themselves The Host. You are forced to play their game. In it one person can live and the other must die.

You are the next player. You have a choice to make. This is a game where nobody wins…

Review

This is the evolution of anonymity on the net. The sad thing is the majority will bay for blood and engage, especially if it isn’t their life on the line. Fight club – the non-voluntary kind. Pitted against each other, what do you do? Do you commit the heinous to save many or keep your morality and send everyone to their graves.

Someone is playing an evil, murderous game with innocent people. Watching them destroy each other on command of a completely anonymous stranger. What is the endgame here? How many people have to die?

How quick people are to give up all their power, especially if someone or something they love is threatened. How fast they are willing to cross the boundaries and ignore their impulse control. What would you do? 

It’s dark. Of course it is – it’s O’Sullivan. I think he enjoys putting the worst of us on paper. Thinking up the kind of scenarios that will force readers to think about the choices they would make if they ended up in these twisted scenarios. The truth is everyone is capable, it just depends on the circumstance.

Temptation or pressure, life or death, regardless of who you are there will always be the moment when you have to make a choice. Do you kill, be killed or do you make a decision the host least expects? It’s a read that teeters on the edge of insanity and control. Like I said it’s an O’Sullivan.

Buy The Players at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ pub date 13 May 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan

It’s my turn on the BlogTour The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan

About the Author

Phoebe Morgan is an author and senior commissioning editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. The Doll House was her debut novel. It became a #1 iBooks bestseller and spent over 8 weeks in the Kindle top 100. Her new novel The Wild Girls is out now.

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About the book

It’s been years since Grace, Felicity, Alice and Hannah were together – The Wild Girls, as they were once called, are no longer so wild. Alice has settled with a new baby and partner. Hannah is now a teacher. Grace has gone to ground. Only Felicity seems to have the same spark she once had.

And now Felicity has invited them all on the weekend of a lifetime – a mini-break in Botswana to celebrate her birthday, a chance to put that night two years ago behind them, when things went so very wrong between them, and their bomb-proof friendship was shattered for ever.

But on arriving at the luxury safari lodge, a feeling of unease settles on Grace, Hannah and Alice. Felicity isn’t there to meet them. There’s no sign of the party she promised. The awful phone signal means that they are on their own, in the wild…  It’s a weekend with a difference. But who is hunting who?

Review

This some kind of messed up – I tell ya. It’s enough to put anyone off having friendships or friendship groups. Perhaps this group of women should consider going their separate ways, then again after they have their jolly weekend trip they may never see each other ever again.

Felicity has invited her three best friends to celebrate her birthday, who can say no to a trip to Botswana – all expenses paid. Hannah doesn’t want to leave her young child and her husband, Alice can do with a break from her toxic relationship, and Grace is the mouse who goes along with what the others say.

Morgan does like a secret left hook, especially when you’re not expecting it and it’s completely out of the blue. You think you know who the bad guy is, but do you really? Or is it a case of everyone has their secrets and is willing to do anything to keep them buried?

It’s a captivating psychological thriller with a bit of Bates Motel vibe. The hunted have no clue they are in the sights of a vengeful person with no remorse. It gives readers the perfect balance between crime read and psychological thriller, and why hanging onto old friendships like the old pair of jeans you fit in twenty years ago in the hopes you will eventually lose ten kilos you gained might not be the right thing to do.

Buy The Wild Girls at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ pub date 15 April 2021. Buy at Amazon comAt Waterstones.

#Review Both of You by Adele Parks

Another fantastic read from Adele Parks coming end of May 2021!

About the Author

Adele Parks was born in Teesside, North-east England. her first novel, Playing Away, was published in 2000 and since then she’s had eighteen international bestsellers. She’s been an Ambassador for The Reading Agency and a judge for the Costa and is a keen supporter of The National Literary Trust. She’s lived in Italy, Botswana and London, and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey, with her husband and son.

Follow @adeleparks on Twitter, on Goodreadson Amazon, Visit adeleparks.com

About the book

Leigh Fletcher: happily married stepmum to two gorgeous boys goes missing on Monday. Her husband Mark says he knows nothing of her whereabouts. She simply went to work and just never came home. Their family is shattered.

Kai Janssen: married to wealthy Dutch businessman, Daan, vanishes the same week. Kai left their luxurious penthouse and glamourous world without a backward glance. She seemingly evaporated into thin air. Daan is distraught.

DC Clements knows that people disappear all the time – far too frequently. Most run away from things, some run towards, others are taken but find their way back. A sad few never return. These two women are from very different worlds, their disappearances are unlikely to be connected. And yet, at a gut level, the DC believes they are.

How could these women walk away from their families, husbands and homes willingly? Clements is determined to unearth the truth, no matter how shocking and devastating it may be.

Review

It’s going to be a bit of task to review the way I would like to without giving the plot away, but hey ho I’m going to try because its such an interesting premise. 

Two women, completely different women, disappear without a trace. The only thing they have in common is the fact they are gone and they vanished around the same time. The reader gets a glimpse of one in captivity – the other fate unknown. Meanwhile the outside world thinks they have gone because they are disgruntled and unhappy with their lives. No one is really looking that hard. Their husbands aren’t looking at all. Who wants to hurt Leigh or Kai? 

The juxtaposition of the two women who have nothing in common is the most intriguing element of the read. Leigh the loving wife who has become the caring stepmother. She is chaotic, frustrated with dealing with an ungrateful teenager and often wonders why she is still with her husband

Kudos to Parks she is getting better with each book, which is quite a feat seeing as she has already written some humdingers. Also for the clever double entendre in regards to the book title. This does not disappoint and has her trademark depth and moral conundrum written all over it and of course it’s a great read.

Buy Both of You at Amazon Uk o go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Buy at Amazon comAt Hive.

#Blogtour The Therapist by B.A. Paris

It’s a pleasure to take part in the Blogtour The Therapist by B. A. Paris.

About the Author

B A Paris is the internationally bestselling author of Behind Closed Doors, The Breakdown, Bring Me Back and The Dilemma. Having sold over a million copies in the UK alone, she is a New York Times bestseller as well as a Sunday Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into 40 languages. Having lived in France for many years, she and her husband recently moved back to the UK. Her fifth novel, The Therapist is out now.

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About the book 

When Alice and Leo move into a newly renovated house in The Circle, a gated community of exclusive houses, it is everything they’ve dreamed of. But appearances can be deceptive…

As Alice is getting to know her neighbours, she discovers a devastating secret about her new home, and begins to feel a strong connection with Nina, the therapist who lived there before.

Alice becomes obsessed with trying to piece together what happened two years before. But no one wants to talk about it. Her neighbors are keeping secrets and things are not as perfect as they seem…

Review

Alice and Leo are just settling into their new refurbished home, which is in a gated community – it gives them both a sense of security. Leo is a bit cautious about getting to know their neighbours, but Alice is trying hard to get to know them. Everyone seems happy to meet her barring certain people who appear to dislike her intensely for no reason.

She has no idea that she has landed in the middle of a mystery that everyone seems to be involved in. It makes her quite paranoid, but it isn’t paranoia when someone is actually out to get you or are they? She becomes obsessed with the woman who lived in her house before her. Alice had a sister called Nina and this woman is called Nina, and Alice obsesses about anyone with the same name.

Err yeh that bit of the premise wasn’t what I would call unrealistic per se, because it would bring back memories and flashbacks, however the way it was delivered was. The dialogue and telling everyone who would listen about the Nina name thing was over the top and superfluous.

I personally didn’t think this was as well put together as prior books by Paris. It lacked her usual flair and specific voice. The premise was okay, however it all came together well towards the end. It’s a dark domestic thriller that plays upon the issues of trust in a relationship and how a lack of it causes an instability in a relationship, which is combined with a creepy murder mystery.

Buy The Therapist at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ pub date 15 April 2021. Buy at Amazon comAt Hive.

#BlogTour Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff

It’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff.

About the Author

Graff is the author of novel Raft of Stars. His fiction and essays have appeared in Image and Dappled Things. Andrew grew up fishing, hiking, and hunting in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. After a tour of duty in Afghanistan, Graff earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

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About the book 

It’s the summer of 1994 in Claypot, Wisconsin, and the lives of ten-year-old Fischer “Fish” Branson and Dale “Bread” Breadwin are shaped by the two fathers they don’t talk about.

One night, tired of seeing his best friend bruised and terrorized by his no-good dad, Fish takes action. A gunshot rings out and the two boys flee the scene, believing themselves murderers. They head for the woods, where they find their way onto a raft, but the natural terrors of Ironsforge gorge threaten to overwhelm them.

Four adults track them into the forest, each one on a journey of his or her own. Fish’s mother Miranda, a wise woman full of fierce faith; his granddad, Teddy, who knows the woods like the back of his hand; Tiffany, a purple-haired gas station attendant and poet looking for connection; and Sheriff Cal, who’s having doubts about a life in law enforcement.

The adults track the boys toward the novel’s heart-pounding climax on the edge of the gorge and a conclusion that beautifully makes manifest the grace these characters find in the wilderness and one another. This timeless story of loss, hope, and adventure runs like the river itself amid the vividly rendered landscape of the Upper Midwest.

Review

Being the polite and dutiful grandson he is, Fish leaves his grandfather a message telling him what they’ve taken, why they have to leave and what they did. Killing someone is secondary to making sure his family doesn’t worry about him too much, although that’s debatable given they are really young and have run away.

For me this had a nostalgic Stand By Me feel to it. A story of friendship, which threatens to break and equally grows stronger in the duration of this story and journey. Two boys bound together by fear, tragedy and also by the bonds of friendships.

As they embark upon said journey or escape, they see the world as only two young children can – in a heightened fantastical fashion. It’s tinged with the fact they have both been forced to embrace the world of adult problems in their own way. Fish through the lack of his father and Bread because of the violence he experiences at the hands of his own father.

It’s contemporary story with the flair of a literary read. If the characters were a little older I would say it’s also a coming-of-age story, however I think what I will take away from it is the truth of true brotherhood and a family grown through grief and tragedy.

Buy Raft of Stars at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ pub date 23 Mar. 2021. Buy at Amazon comAt Waterstones.

#BlogTour The Best is Yet to Come by Katy Colins

It’s an absolute pleasure to take part in the Blogtour The Best is Yet to Come by Katy Colins.

About the Author

Katy Colins learned there is always a second chance in life. Jilted before her wedding, she sold all she owned, filled a backpack and booked a one-way ticket to the other side of the world.

Her solo travels inspired her to pen ‘The Lonely Hearts Travel Club’ series and saw her dubbed the ‘Backpacking Bridget Jones’ by the global media. And, in a stunning twist of fate, Katy found her happy-ever-after by marrying the journalist who shared her story with the world.

She now lives in the middle of England with her husband. John, and two young children.

You can find out more about Katy, her writing and her travels at www.katycolins.com or @notwedordead on social media platforms.

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About the book

Sometimes it’s the things we don’t say that we need others to hear the loudest . . .

Izzy has always taken everything in her stride but motherhood is proving more difficult than she thought. She keeps telling herself it’s just a phase but the dark clouds are starting to appear.

Neighbour and widower Arthur might be in the winter of his life but he’s not ready to be packed off to a care home. He’s determined to do things his way.

When Izzy hears about Arthur’s big move, she offers to help. But Arthur isn’t telling her the whole story. It takes courage to admit you need a friend and when you feel invisible, all you need is a ray of hope. After all, what if the best is yet to come?

Review

Izzy probably expected motherhood to be more like the many books she read, the stories she heard, but unfortunately it’s nothing like she imagined. No blissful moments of serenity staring at the beautiful slumbering baby. No picket fences and frilly aprons. Instead there is no sleep, a screaming baby and the feeling of complete failure.

Across the street is Arthur, a lonely old man who is finding it increasingly difficult to cope by himself. He isn’t looking forward to the inevitable life in a care home. The two of them inadvertently end up recognising what troubles the other, even if they don’t quite realise what they need themselves, and so begins a friendship of sorts.

It’s a beautifully honest and emotional read, perhaps more so because it is based so close in reality. Two isolated worlds become intertwined and in a way they save each other. The overwhelmed young mother and the lonely elderly gentleman, both on the cusp of giving up and feeling completely alone. How could they possibly help each other to take one more step each day and to not give up.

I loved the simplicity of the read and how relatable it is and will be to so many readers. Nothing overly complex or speculative – just simple desperation, loneliness and isolation. It speaks volumes about the way people in society acts with each other, the way we ignore neighbours and concentrate on ourselves and on our own survival. We leave so many behind and in situations they are unable to save themselves from. This story is a perfect example of that. It’s a really good read.

Buy the Best is Yet to Come at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ; pub date 18 Mar. 2021. Buy at Amazon com.

#BlogTour The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas

Today it’s my turn on the BlogTour The Last Goodbye by Fiona Lucas.

About the Author

Fiona Lucas is an award-winning author of contemporary women’s fiction. She has written heart-warming love stories and feel-good women’s fiction as Fiona Harper for more than a decade. During her career. she’s won numerous awards, including a Romantic Novel Award in 2018, and chalked up a no.1 Kindle bestseller. Fiona lives in London with her husband and two daughters.

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About the book

How can you move on if you can’t let go? Spencer was the love of Anna’s life: her husband, her best friend, her rock. She thought their love would last forever. But three years ago, Spencer was tragically killed in an accident and Anna’s world was shattered. How can she ever move on, when she’s lost her soulmate?

On New Year’s Eve Anna calls Spencer’s phone number, just to hear his old voicemail greeting. But to her shock, someone answers…

Brody has inherited Spencer’s old number and is the first person who truly understands what Anna’s going through. As her and Brody’s phone calls become lengthier and more frequent, they begin opening up to each other—and slowly rediscover how to smile, how to laugh, even how to hope.

But Brody hasn’t been entirely honest with Anna. Will his secret threaten everything, just as it seems she might find the courage to love again?

Review

It would have been nice to see a more equal balance to the story when it came to Brody and Anna. He felt underdeveloped at times, although I know it was Anna’s stage to inhabit and control. Exploring his coping mechanisms or rather his lack of them would have been great.

Saying that, it’s an incredibly heartfelt story about loss, grief and how the world keeps moving as the person dealing with grief comes to a complete standstill. The strong pull that makes you feel as if the only way forward is to stop confronting day to day life and everyone who just wanders along as if nothing happened.

Grief is such a personal thing and despite the fact experts have determined certain stages and reactions no one can predict how each individual will deal with tragedy and the pain of such a loss. In this story the two of them show the similarities and the differences at the same time.

I loved the idea of the unexpected connection via the old phone. The desperation that leads to a completely new door and path in a life that seems to be lacklustre and without any joy at all. It’s about finding those glimpses of humanity, friendship and perhaps even love, even when life has taught you the hardest lesson of all.

It might sound as if it’s a dark story, but the author balances the light perfectly with the darkness to create a sensitive and introspective read.

Buy The Last Goodbye at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher : HQ pub date 20 Dec. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

#AudioBlogTour Growing Season by Seni Glaister

 Today it’s my pleasure to take part on the BlogTour for the Audiobook of Growing Season by Seni Glaister, narrated by Kristin Atherton.

About the Author

Seni Glaister worked as a bookseller for much of her career before founding WeFiFo, the social dining platform, in 2016. Her first novel, The Museum of Things Left Behind, was published in 2015. Mr Doubler Begins Again was published in 2019. She lives on a farm in West Sussex with her husband and children.

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About the audiobook

After a life-saving operation leaves Sam unable to have children, could a rural cottage be the fresh start she needs? Or is she running away from her problems? For her husband Danny, this was never part of the plan. He likes predictability. The countryside is just a bit, well – wild. But he wants Sam to be happy, even if he isn’t.

If only Danny could tell Sam what is going on in his head. If only he knew what was really going on in hers. If only they knew that they’re equally afraid of what happens next. Can the couple find a way to face the future together, or have they already grown too far apart?

Review

Sam and Danny relocate to the country, which is a bit like two fish out of water. At the same time the two of them seem to be disconnected from each other. Living the same life together, but on entirely different paths and wavelengths.

The story of two people who live with their own version of the truth, which doesn’t always gel with that of the other person. Blame, guilt and responsibility become burdens carried by both, but not in equal measures. Grief for something lost, but perhaps never wanted. Guilt for their part in the deception and loss. It’s complex just like life is and certainly the way relationships are.

For me this was a story about reconnecting, not only with yourself, but also with your surroundings. It’s also about the people in a relationship redefining what that relationship means to each of them and how they can relate to each other with more understanding going forward. We live in societies that have a ‘work comes first and everything else is secondary’ kind of attitude. Everything moves fast and there is no room for any fun, taking a breath, and most importantly no time left to enjoy the world around us. It’s normal to treat nature like a body part that is always there and always supposed to be there. To ignore the beauty, peace and tranquility of a rural area.

For me it lacked the emotional spark of Mr Doubler Begins Again, which is an excellent book if you haven’t had the chance to read it yet. This is a lot more straightforward, earnest and perhaps even more realistic when it comes to the relationships. Perhaps the honesty and the lack of pandering to the masses, and the idea that love always conjures up a fluffy unicorn, is what makes this read.

Buy Growing Season at Amazon Uk , Audible UK or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: HQ; pub date 20 Aug. 2020. Buy at Amazon com

Listening Length – 10 hours and 54 minutes, Author – Seni Glaister, Narrator – Kristin Atherton, Whispersync for Voice – Ready, Audible.co.uk Release Date – 20 August 2020, Publisher – HQ, Program Type – Audiobook, Version – Unabridged, Language – English.

Read my review of Mr Doubler Begins Again by Seni Glaister