#Review ~ My Raven Heart by Daniel Riding @danielriding #BookBoost #Poetry #Contemporary #BackABlogger

This is Daniel Riding’s debut adult contemporary poetry collection and it is a journey amongst the most darkened places of mentality and identity. It deals with different kinds of pain and healing and is a look at how humanity can often be corrupted from outside forms, and then healed and reclaimed by looking inside yourself and rebuilding.

Words are powerful and the intention of this collection is to inspire and encourage self-care and self-preservation, regardless of how painful past experiences have been.

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About the Author

Daniel Riding is a poet, spoken word artist and author who currently resides just outside of Liverpool, which in his opinion is one of the best cities for creative and writerly inspiration. When not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, Daniel is a bookseller for Waterstones in Liverpool City Center, which after writing is one of the best jobs in the world.

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My Review

I have read some of Daniel’s books before, ranging from children’s/humour to self help, (which has become my go-to book when I need some reassurance). So as soon as I spotted a poetry book from him I knew it would have to be downloaded straightaway.

Before I give my feelings on the writing within just take a lingering look at the cover. The more you stare at it the more exquisite it becomes, dark and brooding but a hint of romance, I love it.

My Raven Heart comprises a whole selection of poetry/verse along with a couple of diary entries which give the reader a glimpse into the mind of the author. Which also demonstrates the frame of mind, inner turmoil and sheer desperation that blatantly lies behind the words. It’s not overly long but perfect to dip in and out of as the mood dictates.

Daniel has managed to withdraw the content from his soul into this work of art. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the book but there are a few pieces which really struck a chord and resonated with me. It’s unfair to pick favourites because each reader will find their own level of understanding I’m sure.

Having said that I must just mention, 80’s Baby/90’s Queer, Chaotic Delirium, Dead like a Dandelion, Grief is a Bird with Bladed Wings as the outstanding poems in my humble opinion. They are ones that will keep popping into my mind and will deserve several re-reads.

I would recommend My Raven Heart to anyone who appreciates talented writing that is clearly written with feeling amid the depths of human emotion. A brilliant book worthy of 5*.

I’m delighted to be nominated in the #BloggersBash awards as the most inspirational blogger! So a huge thanks to everyone who nominated me and if anyone can spare a vote by following the link I would be eternally grateful. This is a HUGE honour and means so much xx

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride by Sun Chara @sunchara3 @rararesources @HarperImpulse

Is his reluctant bride a business risk or a personal necessity?

Stan Rogers, recluse millionaire, must negotiate a risky deal with Stella Ryan, the exotic beauty from his past, to gain custody of his son. But how can he close the deal with her, the one and only woman who flips his switches and pegs him as the enemy?

Martial artist Stella knows she should steer clear of Stan, the man who had shattered her heart and could still destroy her. Four years have passed since their hostile business deal, and now, the American financier is proposing holy matrimony…but she’s the reluctant bride wondering, what’s he up to?

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About the Author

Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for Harper Impulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaire’s series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Master’s Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping designer Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!

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My Review

This is my first time reading a book by Sun Chara .. her name and the cover photo conjure up an exotic expectation for what is held within. First glance at the book reminded me of the old M&B books from my youth.

It’s a fairly short story in terms of pages but the flamboyancy of some of the writing makes it seem longer. 

Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride is a title that covers exactly where this story flows .. arrogant Stan and sassy Stella make for a nerve tingling ride along the not so smooth road of romance!

Stan managed to destroy her in the past, so why could he possibly be back? The business deal they had involved him financing her karate school, surely he doesn’t want his money back ? That would be too simple wouldn’t it!

Enter Troy, the cute kid that Stan has fathered .. while the adults are mixed up in an explosive relationship Troy quietly seeps in to Stella’s maternal side.

This is a fairly predictable story but never the less if you are just after a romance with an edgy touch that will weave it’s way to a happy ending then I’m sure you will enjoy Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride immensely.

Thanks to the author, publisher, Netgalley and Rachel’s Random Resource’s for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Air Guitar and Caviar by @JackieLadbury @rararesources #Giveaway

Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza. He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.

Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?

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Jackie Ladbury was desperate to become a journalist when she left school but was ousted within minutes on the day of the exam at her local rag because she’d forgotten to bring a pen.

Short and sharp lesson learned.

Her budding writing career was not on hold for long, though, as Jackie found herself scribbling love stories of pilots and ‘hosties’ while she flew in aeroplanes of various shapes and sizes as a flight attendant herself.

Fast forward a good few years and, after being short-listed in a couple of prestigious romantic writing competitions, Jackie decided it was time to discard her stilettos, say goodbye to the skies and concentrate on writing romantic novels, where the only given is a guaranteed ‘happy ever after.’

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My Review

I’m picking and choosing the books I read a lot more carefully these days due to illness, lack of concentration or even dare I say enthusiasm, so any book has to sell itself to me rapidly to stand a chance of opening the first page. Well, the cover of Air Guitar and Caviar looks so dreamy and relaxed I was immediately drawn to it, add in the quirky title, and a busker meant I was prepared to dip in!

Dylan is such a lovable rogue, he begins as a rather naive busker, a very typical guitarist in his attitude. He is definitely a dreamer, not afraid to set his sights high without too much thought about failure!

Then along comes Scarlett, obviously way out of his league from first appearances but he falls headfirst for her. I enjoyed the readability of this story, basically a will they, won’t they measured by how awkward and cringe worthy his chat up lines can be.

Scarlett is an air stewardess, she comes across as stand offish and not overwhelmingly likeable at first but as the story develops and some of her history becomes apparent I found myself liking her a little more and wanting the best for the pair of them, regardless of how it pans out. There are plenty of hurdles to cross which keeps it entertaining.

An enjoyable, funny read, you will adore Dylan, steady pace that keeps you reading happily until the end. 

Thanks to the author and Rachel at Random Resources for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Appetite by Anita Cassidy @AnitaCassidy76 @RedDoorBooks

I’m absolutely thrilled to be back after the ‘holidays’ and start off 2018 with the ‘Appetite’ blog tour. This is a brilliant book, slightly different but refreshingly illuminating. 🙂 x

Because everyone hungers for something…

Food and Sex: two appetites the modern world stimulates, but also the ones we are expected to keep under control. But what happens when we don’t?

Embarking on an affair, lonely wife and mother Naomi blossoms sexually in a false spring while David, the fattest boy at the local comprehensive and best friend of her son, struggles to overcome bullying and the apathy of his divorced mother.

David finally starts to learn about the mechanisms of appetite through a science project set by his intelligent but jaded teacher, Matthew. David’s brave efforts to change himself open Matthew’s eyes to his activist girlfriend’s dangerous plans to blow up VitSip, a local energy-drink company where Naomi works.

At the mercy of their appetites, this exciting debut novel shows that some hungers can never be satisfied…

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I am a writer, a relationship radical, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend. I am also a lover of old books, new music and (mostly) clean food. Whilst I understand the limitations of labels, I do identify as bi-sexual, polyamorous, kinky. Above all else, I am curious about everything: about life, about learning and about love.

I have been writing fiction and non-fiction since discovering National Novel Writing Month in 2012. Before that I was a sales manager and trainer in the world of regional press and recruitment advertising. I have two wonderful children and divide my time between London and Kent.

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My Review

As soon as I spotted this book I was absolutely fascinated, the whole concept about what your personal appetite might entail. All three subjects are potentially full of controversy but also multi-layered to the extent that there must be so many views.

Appetite covers sex, food and change .. all areas that have had some influence on my life at various points which enabled me to fully embrace the story and relate quite strongly to the characters. 

David, the ‘fat’ kid, Naomi the ‘bored’ woman and Matthew the ‘unsure’ teacher. While these are the main people involved they all have family/friends playing a huge part and I like the way that all are connected to some degree that makes it feel totally ‘normal’. Appetite gives an insight into how ordinary folk going about their daily lives interact with each other as well as deal with internal conflict.

The message of the fat boy who shovels food into his face could easily have been cliched the author though has cleverly woven a valid research eating change of life plan into it that actually explains the biology behind obesity. Should we feel sorry for the child’s mother for feeding him this way while she deals with her own issues or can we blame advertising? Discuss!

I didn’t particularly bond with Matthew at the start but as the book progresses and his want/need to change to be a positive role model, particularly for David endeared him to me.

Naomi was the lady who intrigued me the most, on one hand I could relate completely to her feelings of excitement and the craziness of an internet liaison but on the flip-side wanted to shake her and point out she has a husband and son who need her. At times she was incredibly selfish and I’m quite annoyed at myself for slightly condoning her behaviour while I could see it made her ‘happy’. Perhaps it wasn’t what she bargained for but it made for great reading and the author completely ‘got’ her actions and emotions down to a fine art. 

Were all these characters weak willed or did they actually have an addiction to their respective desires? It’s a book that keeps you engrossed, opens your eyes and certainly makes you think. I suspect it’s going to be one of those books that each reader identifies with at least one character and even if you have no personal experience of the feelings it’s highly entertaining. It’s also a contender for re-reading, because even though I know the outcome I think there is plenty of information in it that would be helpful next time round.

Appetite is a refreshing change to a lot of books I have read lately and I really look forward to what Anita writes next.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Anna for my copy. I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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#BookReview ~ Yesterday by Felicia Yap #BookBoost

There are two types of people in the world: those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before.

You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.

Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago.

Can you trust the police? 
Can you trust your husband? 
Can you trust yourself?

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About the Author

Felicia Yap grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She has been a cell biologist, a war historian, a university lecturer, a technology journalist, a theatre critic, a flea-market trader, and a catwalk model. Felicia lives in London and is a graduate of the Faber Academy’s creative writing program. Yesterday is her debut thriller.

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I went into this book thinking the blurb was rather intriguing but possibly not quite my style .. perhaps that was my mistake. If I think something sounds too far fetched at first glance it probably is. 

The concept is fascinating, memory is a fragile thing so what we would do if we couldn’t remember recent events? Now if that fact  had been explained it would have held my attention. Keeping a diary, yep I can understand that, memorising daily actions possibly, but in the world created by this author there are two human types mono and duo .. fairly simple to fathom mono recalls one day and duo two but that’s where my head gave up trying to understand the logic and just read it for the ‘story’.

Yes there is a plot, a murder, clues and secrets. I tend to read two to three books at any one time so that I can pick up my kindle or a paperback for convenience and dependent on mood. This system works for me .. some books get read in one sitting others I alternate. Well with Yesterday it needed my full focus so I tended to drop it for a few days in the hope when I went back I would get the ‘spark’ and thrill of being back in that world. It took me several weeks to get to the end. 

While it just wasn’t my favoured genre it is a nicely written book which will appeal to readers of sci-fi, fantasy, possibly YA and they will appreciate it for what it is. A cleverly thought out debut and it will be interesting to see where this author goes next.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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#BookReview ~ Christmas at Carol’s by Julia Roberts @JuliaRobertsTV #Novella

An uplifting tale of people’s desire to help each other in the season of goodwill – a romantic comedy with a twist in the tale.
Carol fell in love with Wisteria Cottage the moment she laid eyes on it and moved in two weeks before Christmas hoping it would be start of a new more positive period in her life.
On her first night in her new home she discovers an old Christmas card to someone called Annie with a heart-breaking message inside from Jake.
Although she doesn’t know them, and despite being on a self-imposed dating break herself, Carol begins planning how she can bring them together, while her new neighbour, Sally, is attempting a bit of matchmaking of her own.

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Julia has had a varied life and career to find out more about her check out the social media sites.

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My Review

At a time where my concentration levels are dire due to health and medication I desperately wanted a story that would entertain me but be relatively gentle on the head. Carol’s Christmas provided everything I wanted and more.

It’s only short (63 pages) but is so full of charm, love and mystery without being too sickly sweet. Carol has just finished the school term working as a teacher at a private school. She rather impulsively fell in love with a house and purchased it (been there, done that) and moves in just before Christmas.

Not used to living on her own it’s all an adventure but also a bit daunting. Never mind, the neighbours seem delightful and welcome her with open arms. While exploring the house she discovers a box of old Christmas decorations and a letter .. you’ll have to read the story to find out what influence this has but it unfolds into a lovely tale.

It’s very difficult not to give anything away when it’s such a quick read but I heartily recommend it. Carol’s Christmas left me full of hope, warmth and smiling. At a time in my life where I need to disappear into a perfect world this enabled me to relax and enjoy the world for an hour. Thanks Julia for a few truly magical moments. It’s ideal for this time of year but the underlying message would work anytime. Loved it!!

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#BookReview ~ A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas by Henriette Gyland @henrigyland #BookBoost

I didn’t think I would be able to read this in time for the #BlogBlitz the other day but the blurb attracted me so much I downloaded it and read at leisure 🙂 x

Series: 2nd in the Sweet Romance Mysteries series set in Norfolk

Genre: Romance Mystery

Is there life after the circus has left town?

Circus performer Justine Belmont works with big cats, but when the circus is disbanded and the old lion is sold to a private menagerie at a stately home in Norfolk, she is asked to spend a few weeks settling him into his new environment. When she arrives at the estate, however, she receives a mixed welcome.

The groundsman Tom Yates resents her presence as he doesn’t feel he needs her help with the lion. He revises his opinion when he sees the bond between her and the big cat, and she and Tom grow closer, although Justine remains torn about her feelings for him. The lady of the house, Priscilla – who is married to the reclusive owner, Lord Brooks’s, grandson – is not so easily convinced. She perceives Justine as a threat for the male attention and her plans for the manor. And her two young daughters are a little too curious about the lion for their own good.

When unsettling events occur, Justine begins to wonder if there is more to Priscilla’s animosity than meets the eye. Can Justine keep herself and everyone else safe until it’s time for her to leave again and start a new life elsewhere?

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About the Author

Henriette Gyland grew up in Northern Denmark but moved to England after she graduated from the University of Copenhagen. She wrote her first book when she was ten, a tale of two orphan sisters running away to Egypt, fortunately to be adopted by a perfect family they meet on the Orient Express. Between that first literary exploit and now, she has worked in the Danish civil service, for a travel agent, a consultancy company, in banking, hospital administration, and for a county court before setting herself up as a freelance translator and linguist. Henriette recently began to pursue her writing in earnest winning the New Talent Award in 2011 from the Festival of Romance and a Commended from the Yeovil Literary Prize. Henriette lives in London.

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My Review

I haven’t read anything by this author before and didn’t realise it was the second in a series but that hasn’t spoilt my enjoyment one iota it just gives me a reason to look at her other work.

I was always fascinated as a child with circus stories (blame Enid Blyton!) and dreamt that it would be a wonderful lifestyle. I’m sure the harsh realities would soon have sunk in but hey the beauty of reading is the ability to lose yourself for a while and I certainly did in this book.

A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas has rather a stunning cover, the lion Rexus is the star of the show. Justine has grown up in the troop and is distraught when funds and the withdrawal of exotic animals in captivity performing no longer allow the circus to continue. As it is disbanded and all her family move on she is sent with Rexus to a private home to settle him in with the Lord who has purchased him and will give him a home as a ‘retired’ boy in his menagerie.

Her arrival at the mansion is met with some disdain, Priscilla the wife of the ‘heir apparent’ is an absolute beast and her precocious children are following in her footsteps. Justine rues the day she ever agreed to go when she is treated as the unpaid help .. if anything needed doing it soon fell to her.

She soon notices Tom the handyman and the Lord takes an interest in her but he is simply considered crazy by the rest of the family. The whole development of this story is written with an easy style that keeps you intrigued. There is a certain amount of tension created dealing with a wild animal and the author ensures the message of love and respect is loud and clear. I like to think the lion can live out his life in comfort and not in a possible poor circus environment.

It’s only a shortish book but ideal to read with a mug of something warm and tasty while solving the subtle clues along the way that add some mystery to a highly enjoyable book. I liked the refreshing change where romance isn’t the main attraction .. the lion easily gets that role! There is a nice little twist that I didn’t see coming which leads to a very satisfying ending.

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#BookReview ~ Away For Christmas by Jan Ruth @JanRuthAuthor #Novella

Jonathan Jones has written a novel. Losing his job a few days before Christmas means the pressure is on for his book to become a bestseller, but when his partner drops her own bombshell, the festive holiday looks set to be a disaster.
When he’s bequeathed a failing bookshop in their seaside town, it seems that some of his prayers have been answered, but his publishing company turn out to be not what they seem, and when his ex-wife suddenly declares her romantic intent, another Christmas looks set to be complicated.
Is everything lost, or can the true meaning of words, a dog called Frodo, and the sheer magic of Christmas be enough to save Jonathan’s book, and his skin?

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About the Author

The real story began at school, with prizes for short stories and poetry. She failed all things mathematical and scientific, and to this day struggles to make sense of anything numerical.

Her first novel – written in 1986 – attracted the attention of an agent who was trying to set up her own company, Love Stories Ltd. It was a project aiming to champion those books of substance which contained a romantic element but were perhaps directed towards the more mature reader and consistently fell through the net in traditional publishing. Sadly, the project failed to get the right financial backing.

Many years later Jan’s second novel, Wild Water, was taken on by Jane Judd, literary agent. Judd was a huge inspiration, but the book failed to find the right niche with a publisher. It didn’t fall into a specific category and, narrated mostly from the male viewpoint, it was considered out of genre for most publishers and too much of a risk.

Amazon changed the face of the industry with the advent of self-publishing; opening up the market for readers to decide the fate of those previously spurned novels. Jan went on to successfully publish several works of fiction and short story collections and after a brief partnership with Accent Press in 2015, has returned to the freedom of independent publishing.

Jan writes contemporary fiction about the darker side of the family dynamic with a generous helping of humour, horses and dogs. Her books blend the serenity of rural life with the headaches of city business, exploring the endless complexities of relationships.

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My Review

I have spotted this novella on several fellow bloggers sites and it has such an appealing cover and content that seemed ideal for a book lover like me, so I rapidly downloaded it onto my Kindle. It’s only relatively short, just over 100 pages but it crams in a huge amount of detail.

As it’s only days away from Christmas it suited my need for something brief and easy to read while my concentration levels are low. 

Stuck in a rut of going away with friends for the festive season Jonathan has more on his mind this year after quitting his job! I took an instant dislike to this guy, he is a wannabe author who puts his writing before everything else including work, relationships and friends. I could admire his determination to make it in the book world and almost felt like encouraging him until he slags off bloggers/reviewers, that really got my back up! How dare he .. for reference if anyone treated me like that their book would go to the bottom of the pile to be read and stay there!

Anyway, time moves on and he realises that publishing a book isn’t quite as straightforward as he anticipated. He has a lot of influences from Catherine, his partner and Denise the ex-wife who both seem intent on romantic notions which just complicates his life even more. In a very complex situation he ‘inherits’ a book store and that is where my love of the story comes to the forefront. I could visualise this run-down, tired store, on the seafront. The battering it takes from the weather and lack of stock, community and care. Can Jonathan do his utmost and turn it into a haven for readers and visitors?

I really like the intricacies involved so that the story swings from a frustrated author, to the frolics of Christmas, to the darker side of dementia then to the quirky teenage mind of his daughter Lizzie. She was probably my favourite character in the entire book. So nice to see a youngster with her head screwed on wanting to do the right thing in the world.

As I said previously there is a LOT of drama between these pages and Jan Ruth has captured a segment of life in Wales that will appeal to lovers of family Christmas tales, filled with charm, warmth and hope .. oh and just to add to the delight a gorgeous mutt called Frodo.

I’m glad I spotted this book and gave it a chance, a highly entertaining, enjoyable read.

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#BookReview ~ The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris @BonnierZaffre #BookBoost

For readers of Schindler’s ListThe Man Who Broke into Auschwitz and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas comes a heart-breaking story of the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.

So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.

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About the Author

I am a Native of New Zealand now resident in Australia, working in a large public hospital in Melbourne. For several years I studied and wrote screenplays, one of which was optioned by an academy award winning Screenwriter in the U.S. In 2003, I was introduced to an elderly gentleman “who might just have a story worth telling”. The day I met Lale Sokolov changed my life, as our friendship grew and he embarked on a journey of self scrutiny, entrusting the inner most details of his life during the Holocaust. I originally wrote Lale’s story as a screenplay – which ranked high in international competitions – before reshaping it into my debut novel, The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

My Review

Sometimes a book like this will literally jump into my line of vision and demand to be read. I’ve always held a fascination for information regarding all aspects of the war. I have read several books about the Holocaust, some very basic accounts, some obviously ‘lightened’ for the reader and some so historically in depth they have been difficult to decipher.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a superb piece of writing which involves the reader from the start. It really is one of those “I’ll just read one more page” books that before you know it you are so entranced the time has gone and the story is finished. This one is based on a true tale, the author spent time with Lale and this is his story. While it depicts the absolute horror of the situation it also provides hope and shows love can grow in extreme circumstances. His loyalty and devotion to his wife Gita meant he waited until after her death for the story to be shared.

Imagine the scenes of being captured, slung onto cattle trains, not knowing if you would be chosen to live or die. The raw brutality the people of Auschwitz endured is a living nightmare. They literally would do anything to survive. Lale was chosen to brand the prisoners with a number, their ID, the inner turmoil of humiliating his peers while being a victim himself was heartbreaking. One false move or word and he could be disposed of as easily as the next person.

When he met Gita, love blossomed but they couldn’t risk being discovered. Not only did he vow to keep himself safe enough to survive but undertook responsibility for her too. 

This is a stunning portrayal of what life was like on a day to day basis, it’s graphic, deeply personal, you can sense the pain of starvation, the numbingly aching frozen bones, the stench of death. If you aren’t familiar with the Holocaust this is a very satisfying read that will soon enlighten you. It’s certainly not a pleasant relaxing story, how could it possibly be? But it will stay with you and just maybe make you appreciate life a little more. 

Lale clinches the atmosphere totally with his wisdom “If you wake up in the morning, it is a good day”. That says it all and sums up this book entirely.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ You, Me and Us by Liam Hurley @LjHurleyWriter @rararesources #Giveaway

“F*** you for breaking my f***ing heart…”

This is the heart-breaking yet hilarious story of Jimmy Rowland and Erin Poppet.

Jimmy Rowland has the perfect life. He works in his favourite bar by day, and by night he lives his dream with his two best friends in his band.

Erin Poppet crashes into Jimmy’s life like a beautiful storm. He falls in love with her as quickly and as deeply as possible. The intensity of their relationship leaves Jimmy with a broken heart, a useless vacuum and a demon inside him.

Jimmy’s dream life quickly becomes a nightmare when he loses his dream job and destroys his musical career live on stage.

When he hits rock bottom, he decides he only has one choice, to rebuild his life from scratch. He has to get back the life he had before Erin.

This is her story. This is his story. This is their story.

Or as Jimmy would say… “… this is the story of You, Me and Us.”

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About the Author 

My name is Liam; I am an author from Manchester, UK. I love three things in this world, writing, reading and the viral video of the Irish family trying to catch a bat. (My girlfriend, family, friends and cats may be unhappy with this).

My hobbies include listening to podcasts, watching grown men fight and trying every possible type of ground coffee in the world. Here are my Top Ten reasons to read my book or spend the night with me…

1. It won’t cost you much.

2. It will be over relatively quickly.

3. I will be very grateful.

4. You can tell other people about it if you enjoyed it.

5. If not, don’t bother.

6. It’s always fun to have something in your hands to flick through.

7. You can review it online.

8. It will leave a mark on you.

9. You won’t want to put it down.

10. It’ll make you laugh.

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My Review

I admit it was the cover and subject matter that drew me to You, Me and Us. It has a great start with a hook that reels you in. Plenty of language so if you are sensitive to the *F word perhaps think twice. But if you can overlook that and read the bits in between this is a refreshing tale told from the male perspective. 

Jimmy is a character who is easy to like but being an older reader I also wanted to ‘mother’ him. He is a typical lad, gives the impression of being as good as his mates in every respect, he is in a band but has a low self-esteem, not very confident with the girls and generally just drifts from day to day.

Then he meets Erin …….

Life turns on it’s head, it moves at breakneck speed and he is smitten BUT there wouldn’t be a story if life were that simple. The appearance of Daniel, Erin’s ex, irks Jimmy and the relationship flounders.

This is a quick, easy, coming of age book that holds the attention due to the fast flowing writing style. I like the background setting of Manchester it seems to fit the bleaker side of Jimmy’s existence. It includes multi levels switching between humour, language, sarcasm etc just enough to keep it alive and believable. 

I enjoyed it but I suspect it may be better suited to a younger audience. I must say the special tune stuck in my head though for quite some time!

Thanks to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources .. I read and reviewed voluntarily.


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