The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James #Review @CarolineJames12

Blurb:

Let the shenanigans begin at the Best Boomerville Hotel …
Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business! 

Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than its fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun-loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself. 

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

My review

Where do I begin?! This book is one of THE BEST books I’ve read in a very long time. I lost count how many times this book had me in stitches of laughter.

This was my first venture into a Caroline James novel and it most certainly won’t be the last. I couldn’t put the book down.

I loved getting to know all of the characters, especially Hattie – she really let of the Bridget Jones vibe. There was one character that I really couldn’t stand by the end of the book, if you’ve read the book, you probably know who I’m talking about.

I LOVED how the book ended, it was so heartwarming, despite the recent disasters.

I really need a break away at Boomerville, not that I’d meet the criteria (just yet, anyway!)

I loved Jo’s aim for Boomerville, but is it an aim that can be reached?

It is available to purchase on Amazon now: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Best-Boomerville-Hotel-perfect-anytime-ebook/dp/B078KD6716/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539594718&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=the+best+boomerville+hotel&dpPl=1&dpID=51ebuxcMqmL&ref=plSrch

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The Warning by Kathryn Croft #BlogBlitz @bookouture

Blurb

My little boy’s room was empty, his bed neatly made. Alarm bells should have rung immediately. Then the knock on the door came. All I remember is a thick fog wrapping itself tightly around me. This couldn’t be happening to us.Three years ago, nurse Zoe’s son Ethan was found drowned in a muddy river by their home, along with his best friend Josh. With no witnesses, their deaths were ruled a tragic accident.

Heartbroken, Zoe and her family, move away from her home. They’re just beginning to get back to some kind of normality, when, out of the blue, Zoe receives an anonymous email: 

You need to find out the truth about what happened to your son. Don’t let this rest. Don’t believe the lie.

Shaken, Zoe starts an obsessive hunt for the truth. But why is her husband so reluctant to help?
And why is Josh’s mother so determined not to believe her?

My review

This was my first venture into a Kathryn Croft novel and it most certainly won’t be the last!

Three years ago, two teenage boys are found dead. A terrible accident or at least that’s what we all thought until Zoe received the first email, this prompts Zoe to get in touch with the other boys mother. More messages come through and even more convinced that the accident may not have been an accident, Zoe wants answers but to get to those answers, she has to relive the horror of what happened.

This book consumed me. When I wasn’t reading, I was thinking about it and trying to suss out who the sender of the emails/text messages was. Suffice to say, I wouldn’t make a good detective.

There are plenty of twists and turns, that had me on the edge of my seat, questioning myself on my thoughts as to who I thought the sender was.

So, I can definitely recommend this book, especially to fans of psychological thrillers.

Purchase links

About the author:


Kathryn Croft is the bestselling author of six psychological thrillers, and to date has sold over one million copies of her books. The Girl With No Past spent over four weeks at number one in the Amazon UK chart and her other novels, Behind Closed Doors, The Stranger Within and The Girl You Lost all reached number one in the psychological thriller charts.Her seventh psychological thriller is due to be released in October 2018. 

After six years teaching secondary school English, Kathryn now writes full time and lives in Guildford, Surrey with her husband and young family.  

Having always been an avid reader, Kathryn believes in the power of words to entertain, teach and transform lives. She is also a firm believer in following your dreams and says anything is possible if you work hard enough and never give up!

www.kathryncroft.comhttps://www.facebook.com/authorkathryncroft/

In her bones by Kate Moretti #BlogTour @titanbooks

My thanks to Philippa Ward for inviting me to take part on the blog tour.

For my stop I am hosting a giveaway for a lucky UK entrant to win themselves a copy. I decided to post the giveaway to my blog’s Facebook page, only because I’ve noticed recently, more people enter over there and spread the word about the book.

To enter, please follow the link below to enter. Good luck.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=311325576334810&id=185551115578924

Keep you by my side by Callie Langridge #blogblitz #guestpost &CLangridgeWrite @bombshellpub

Book Blurb:

Are family secrets the ties that bind or the lies that divide?

The secrets of one family live in the walls of a cottage perched high on a Dorset cliff. But secrets can only be kept for so long.

Follow three generations of a family from war-torn London, to the permissive 60s and liberated 80s. Gertie, Rose and Abi live through joy, tragedy and heartache as they navigate complicated mother-daughter relationships and learn the importance of friends and finding love. When circumstances force them under the same roof, secrets begin to unravel and promises made in love threaten to tear them apart. 

How far would you go to protect the people you love?

Guest post – Walk your story

How do you research a story? Ask twenty writers and you will get twenty different answers.

Some will make use of resources available on the Internet, others will meticulously research their stories in microscopic, forensic detail, others will wing it. And many will do a mixture of all of these and many more. 

There’s a famous conversation that (allegedly) took place on the set of the 70s film Marathon Man. This conversation (allegedly) took place between the relative newcomer Dustin Hoffman and the acting leviathan, Sir Laurence Olivier. When Hoffman extolled the benefits of the Stanislavski method of acting, Olivier is alleged to have said to the young man: ‘My dear boy, why don’t you try acting.’ When you consider that Hoffman is playing a character who has his teeth violently extracted by a Nazi torturer and that the Stanislavski advocates using your own experiences and putting yourself into your character’s situation, you see where Olivier is coming from!

But the point here is that there is no right or wrong answer. Both Olivier and Hoffman are respected and lauded actors. So, although they had different routes to success and accolades, and different acting methods, they both succeeded.

And so it is for writers. Each must choose their own research path. 

Now, if you want to know about me, I am a mix of everything. I love research. I love reading and watching documentaries and going to museums and archives, digging and exploring. I think I might possibly enjoy it a bit too much. Take a motorcycle in my first novel A Time to Change. It featured in a single scene in 1913. I described it in just two lines. But to get those two lines, I visited motor museums to study motorcycles of that period. I bought books and consulted catalogues. I went to more museums to check more motorcycles; all for those two lines. But it was worth it. You see, I was able to encapsulate that motorcycle because of the research. I did the research so that my readers can trust me. I did the work so that they don’t have to.

In all my books, I like my readers to feel that they are in safe hands; that they can enjoy the journey without concerning themselves that historical facts are accurate. For Keep You ByMy Side, the research meant walking. Lots of walking and exploring. London is my hometown and it was a delight to walk around the streets I describe in the book: streets around Bethnal Green, Trafalgar Square, Victoria Embankment Gardens, Waterloo Bridge – imagining what they would have looked like in the Second World War with gun emplacements, barrage balloons and sandbags. 

There were trips to the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, walking from West Bay to Lyme Regis, crunching through the pebbles and climbing the almost sheer face of Golden Cap (even though I have a fear of steep things!), to walk the path of my characters and to find the exact spot to locate Cliff Cottage. 

And then there were the museum trips. Many museum research trips to anywhere and everywhere that could furnish me with information and details of Second World War London. Not only the big facts of the bombing raids and the big history. But real life. What newspapers did people read? What cigarettes did they smoke? What underwear would they have worn? What meals would they have made with their rations? Many of these details are not in the book but, for me, it was important that I knew these things so that I knew my characters. It was important that I listened to the music of Glen Miller, Harry James and Vera Lynn to get into the mood of the times. I believe that music has the capacity to transport us to another time, more than anything else.

As far as location visits is concerned, some writers don’t have the luxury of visiting all of the settings for their books. That is where the internet with street views and webcams is invaluable. The internet gives access to settings without having to visit them and access to research material. Lots and lots of research material.

Had you asked me when I began writing this blog whether I would have come down on the side of Olivier or Hoffman, it would have been Olivier every time. But the more I think about it, the more I think I am a Hoffman. As far as is possible, I want to pull on the shoes of my characters and walk where they walk, see what they see and feel what they feel. Heavens, it would seem that I am a convert to the Stanislavski method. 

Well that’s a turn up for the books!  

 

About Callie Langridge:

Callie was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.

Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the nineties. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for history, working in marketing and communications for historical and cultural organisations.

On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to pick up her pen and take the first of many creative writing courses. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London. Her first novel A Time to Change was published in September 2017.

Her second novel Keep You By My Side will be published in October 2018.

Callie lives in London with her long-term partner, an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities, and more books than any person really needs. 

Author Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CLangridgeWrite@CLangridgeWrite

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CallieLangridgeAuthor/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/callielangridge/@callielangridge

Many thanks to Emma Welton for inviting me to take part in this Blog Blitz.

The coordinates of loss by Amanda Prowse

Blurb

From bestselling author Amanda Prowse comes a tale of a blissful life, a happy marriage, a beloved son…and a tragedy that destroys it all.

When Rachel Croft wakes up on her family’s boat in Bermuda, it’s to sunshine and yet another perfect day…until she goes to wake her seven-year-old son, Oscar. Because the worst thing imaginable has happened. He isn’t there.

In the dark and desperate days that follow, Rachel struggles to navigate her grief. And while her husband, James, wants them to face the tragedy together, Rachel feels that the life they once shared is over. Convinced that their happy marriage is now a sham, and unable to remain in the place where she lost her son, she goes home to Bristol alone.

Only when she starts receiving letters from Cee-Cee, her housekeeper in Bermuda, does light begin to return to Rachel’s soul. She and James both want to learn to live again—but is it too late for them to find a way through together?

My review

This book, what can I say apart from BUY IT, READ IT, REVIEW IT & RECOMMEND IT!

The coordinates of loss is an exceptional read, as I’m sure, those of you that have read this book will agree. You can really tell Amanda pours her heart and soul into her writing.

It’s not often a book can reduce me to tears, both tears of sadness and happiness, but, this book did exactly that.

I really felt for Rachel and James & their housekeeper, Cee-Cee. From these three characters, we are reminded that everyone grieves in different ways and that we all have the power in us to move forward.

I loved reading Cee-Cee’s letters to Rachel. Although heartbreaking at learning the truth, they were heartfelt, uplifting and powerful.

The coordinates of loss is a book that will stay with me.

I can highly recommend this book to everyone.

My thanks go to Amanda for my copy of the book.

Blood Mother (Flesh and Blood Trilogy #2) by Dreda Say Mitchell – Nessa’s Review

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Book Blurb:-

Book 2 in a trilogy following one family over forty years on an East London estate, BLOOD MOTHER goes back to the 70s to tell the next story in the Flesh and Blood series, perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.

Babs had all the world ahead of her, until she got pregnant and the father did a runner. Salvation comes in the form of a man who’ll look after her. Or so she thinks. Stan Miller is really the devil in disguise… and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him.

Starting in the 70s, BLOOD MOTHER is the second thrilling instalment in the Flesh and Blood series, capturing a London that was very different from today but where some things still hold true: be careful what you wish for, and watch out for who you trust…

Nessa’s Review:-

So allow me to start this review by saying, WOW. I thought book one, Blood Sisters was outstandingly brilliant and gripping, which it was but I never imagined that this book two, Blood Mother would be able to top it. Well it most definitely has, this book has literally sucked me in and kept me glued and captivated by its pages from beginning to end.

Having read book one, it meant that I knew majority of the characters and so when I dived head first into this book it was because I couldn’t wait to reacquaint myself with the characters Babs, Jen, Tiffany and Dee as I really felt like I’d gotten to know them and of course I was looking forward to going back to the past to learn how it all began.

You see this second book of the series takes us back to the seventies back to where Babs story began and what a story it was. It was full on, always lots happening, plus a few grasping OMG moments whereby I had to remind myself to breathe in places as I was just so lost with in the pages of the book. In all that Babs went through and the obstacles that life threw at her, I really did feel for her.

The story was brilliantly well written with such attention to detail with regards to the setting, the time period, location, it was just flawless.  As for the characters, they were are all so very well portrayed and believable, some likeable and some not so likable and you just want to hate them.

Last words, the story certainly had me guessing throughout as to what would happen next and in some places I was very much on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next.  As for that bit at the end, well the less said on that the better before I accidentally let loose a spoiler. But what I will say, is that I can’t  can’t can’t wait to read book three.

Oh and one more thing, if you haven’t discovered Dreda’s books yet, then I highly recommend them, they are sooooo goooood.

About the Author:-

Dreda Say Mitchell

Dreda Say Mitchell is an award-winning novelist, broadcaster, campaigner, journalist and motivational speaker. She is the author of eleven novels, with her debut awarded The CWA’s John Creasey Dagger in 2005, the first time a Black British author has been given this honour. Dreda was named one of Britain’s 50 Remarkable Women by Lady Geek in association with Nokia. She has been a World Book Night author and contributed to the multi-award winning ‘Books To Die For’. She is a frequent guest on television, including Front Row Late, BBC News Channel, The Review Show, Newsnight, Daybreak, Victoria Debryshire and Canada’s Sun News Live. She has presented Radio 4’s Open Book and been a guest on many other radio shows, including The Stephen Nolan Show, Front Row, Saturday Review and Woman’s Hour. She was the 2011 chair of the Harrogate Crime Fiction Festival, Europe’s biggest crime festival. Her commitment and passion for raising the life chances of working class children in education and her work in prisons and young offenders settings has been called inspirational and life changing. She continues to live in the East End of London where she grew up.

To find out more about Dreda and be one of the first to hear of new book releases and news, follow her here:-

www.dredasaymitchell.com

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Buy links:-

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Mother 

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Coming Home to Maple Cottage by Holly Martin – Nessa’s review @bookouture

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Book Blurb:-

This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance…

Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.

Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.

As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.

But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?

A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.

Nessa’s Review:-

Having read and loved The Holiday Cottage by the Sea #1 and The Cottage on Sunshine Beach #2, I could not wait to read Holly’s newest book Coming Home to Maple Cottage #3 as I knew it would be a wonderful read and I wasn’t wrong.

I loved being able to return to the Sandcastle Bay, and to meet up with previous characters Tori, Aidan, Melody, Jamie, Emily and Aunt Agatha to discover how they were all getting on and what was new with each of them, but also I was excited to finally be able to read Isla & Leo’s story in this book. It was also little Elliott’s story too as he did have such an important part to play, he really is such an adorable little boy.

I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Isla and Leo in much more depth, although being able to experience their journey was a bit of a rollercoaster of a ride at times, the situations they had to contend with, not to mention having to deal with the past on numerous occasions. But through it all it was clear to see the chemistry and connection they had between them, but was this enough to conquer all and for them to have a happy ever after. Well that’s for me to know and you to find out lol.

Oh and as much as I love Leo, there were times that I wanted to bang his head against a brick wall for some of the things he said and thought.

Everything about this book is picture perfect and so magical, it was all so well written, so very heartfelt in places, the characters are all wonderful and the setting/location of the book was faultless, so idyllic and picturesque. Just like last time, I fell in love with the location and wished that I was there experiencing it all.

There was also plenty of giggles to be had throughout reading this book, especially involving Elliott and Aunt Agatha, some of the things that came out of their mouth, just too funny for words.

For those of you that have read the previous two books, you’ll understand what I mean when I say ‘Oh and rest assured Aunt Agatha is still as nosy and interfering as ever, in her own loving and unique way’. If you haven’t read Holly’s two previous books as mentioned above, then why not, what are you waiting for.

Last words, if you haven’t read any of Holly Martin’s books yet, then don’t delay any more, as you are missing out. Holly is an amazing author and she has such a way with words that just makes her stories truly magical and come alive.

About the author:-

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Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by a even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor

Purchase links:-

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Coming-Home-Maple-Cottage

iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/coming-home-to-maple-cottage

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/coming-home-to-maple-cottage

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/Coming_Home_to_Maple_Cottage

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