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#BlogTour #Review ~ Pay The Penance by Rob Ashman @RobAshmanAuthor @Bloodhoundbook

Murder. Corruption. Revenge.  

 

Lucas has been tracking a killer, known as Mechanic, when his world is shattered. Unable to continue his hunt for the murderer he is forced to rely on his friend and colleague Dick Harper. But Harper has a knack for not playing by the rules. He doesn’t disappoint. 

Meanwhile Detective Moran is trying to piece her life back togetherThe police stumble upon new evidence without grasping its significance. She has to divert the investigation if she is to survive. 

The police are closer to Mechanic than they realise which putMoran right in the firing line. 

Mechanic, as usual, has other plans and the consequences for Lucas and Harper are terrifying…

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About the Author

Rob is married to Karen with two grown up daughters. He is originally from South Wales and after moving around with work settled in North Lincolnshire where he’s spent the last twenty-two years.

Like all good welsh valley boys Rob worked for the National Coal Board after leaving school at sixteen and went to University at the tender age of twenty-three when the pit closures began to bite. Since then he’s worked in a variety of manufacturing and consulting roles both in the UK and abroad.

It took Rob twenty-four years to write his first book. He only became serious about writing it when his dad got cancer. It was an aggressive illness and Rob gave up work for three months to look after him and his mum. Writing Those That Remain became his coping mechanism. After he wrote the book his family encouraged him to continue, so not being one for half measures, Rob got himself made redundant, went self-employed so he could devote more time to writing and four years later the Mechanic Trilogy is the result.

When he is not writing, Rob is a frustrated chef with a liking for beer and prosecco, and is known for occasional outbreaks of dancing.

Rob is delighted that all three books in the Mechanic Trilogy will be published with Bloodhound Books in 2017.

Those That Remain  –  22 June

In Your Name            –  13 July

Pay The Penance     –  8 August

Rob now writes full time and has recently completed his fourth novel titled Faceless.

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After reading the first two books in the #Mechanic series and being totally blown away by them I was frantically counting the days until I could get my hands on Pay the Penance to to see the conclusion.

These really should be read in order, don’t miss a single sentence of pure suspense and action. I needed to see Lucas and Harper again to follow their journey chasing Mechanic. This duo work so well, there is so much invested in the relationship both work wise and personally. Lucas had his world torn apart by killer Mechanic so justice is needed. Detective  Moran also gets caught up in the investigation unwittingly getting a bit too close and lives are put at risk.

We get to see a broader view of Mechanic this time, warped, sadistic, freakin’ crazy doesn’t begin to cover it but I kind of admire their pure evil manipulation! And perhaps there is a little insight into why they behave as they do.

Mechanic is intent on revenge and determined to get Lucas and Harper to pay penance for previous events, there is so much corruption and murder involved you just know this can’t end well but which way will it go!?

I really enjoy the writing style, Rob manages to create these characters so they are gritty but down to earth, you immediately bond with them and after three books feel every inch of their trauma. Yes there is violence but it is so integral that it almost becomes the norm, there are a few parts that aren’t pleasant if you are squeamish.

My heart was hammering as I neared the climax of this book and as much as I wanted to know the outcome I was distraught that it was going to be the end. I do wonder how Rob sleeps at night when he has such evil as the Mechanic running around in his mind! I’m just so thankful that it has found it’s way into print to make one of the best crime series for a very long time. I think everyone should get a taste of Mechanic …. bloody excellent! 

My thanks to Rob and Sarah at Bloodhound books for my copy and inviting me on the tour. I read and reviewed voluntarily and wish I could give Pay the Penance way more than 5 stars! 

 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove by Sarah Bennett @Sarahlou_writes @NeverlandBT #Giveaway

A second chance by the sea?
When Kiki Jackson’s marriage falls to pieces, there’s only one place that she knows she can escape to –
her sister’s little guesthouse in Butterfly Cove.
But she’s worried that turning up on bride-to-be Mia’s doorstep, especially with her two adorable
children in tow, will spoil her sister’s imminent wedding plans!
Luckily, handsome neighbour Aaron Spenser offers to share his new cottage with Kiki until she’s back on
her feet. And as the wedding draws closer, Kiki realises that Butterfly Cove may be offering her little
family more than just a new home…
Maybe this is where her new life begins…?
An uplifting and heartwarming read, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley, Rachael Lucas and Hilary Boyd.

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Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of
bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever
After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.
Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is
sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both
that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.
When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but
only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

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Wedding Bells at Butterfly Cove is the second book in a series, as often happens I get so many books to review and sometimes time does not allow me to read in sequence so I actually have the first book Sunrise at Butterfly Cove sitting on my Kindle still waiting to be read! Did it spoil my enjoyment going in second .. no not at all, there are characters who appeared previously but I soon realised who was who.

Kiki is married to Neil, he is a bully and the type you would like to slap .. so when Kiki discovers he has been cheating I was quite relieved. She scarpers to her sister in Butterfly Cove taking her two young children with her.

The beauty of the cove, the friendliness of the people and family is just what Kiki needs. It’s like a light begins to glow inside her as she finds her confidence and begins to blossom.

The guest house her sister runs is full so Kiki is taken under the wing of Aaron the neighbour, he is a gem and she realises there is more to life than being a down-trodden wife. As her sister Mia and Daniel are preparing for their wedding this forces Kiki and Aaron to inspect their own lives, deal with their issues and gain the strength to move on.

A story with lovable characters, written warmly so that we care what happens to them, it’s a journey of discovery with some romance along the way. Cute, cuddly and perfect as a beach read. I will go back and read the first one and I’m delighted to say I am already involved in the upcoming Christmas book promos .. so that is something to look forward to.

Thanks to Sarah, Jenny at Neverland, HQDigital and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

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#BlogTour #Review ~ If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton @Keris @bookouture

Izzy Harris should have it all – but her boyfriend has been ignoring her for months, she’s been overlooked for a promotion, and the owner of her local coffee shop pervs on her every time she has a craving for a salted caramel muffin.
Then her life is unexpectedly turned upside down.
Izzy dumps her oblivious boyfriend, and leaps on the chance to win a big pitch at work. Needing to work closely with gorgeous
colleague Alex is an added perk…
But then her best friend has her heart broken, the pitch is way more complicated than expected, and Alex is keeping secrets. Does Izzy
have what it takes to help her friend, save her career and get the guy?
A funny, feel-good read about finding yourself – and love – when you least expect it, for fans of Joanna Bolouri, Cate Woods,
and Lindsey Kelk.

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Keris lives in Lancashire with her husband and two sons. She’s
written a bunch of books for young adults and children, and is
obsessed with Twitter, tea, and 1D.

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I wasn’t quite sure what I was gong to get with this book but based on the fun/cute/quirky cover and the fact it’s published by Bookouture had to be in it’s favour so when asked to participate in the blog tour I readily agreed.

If You Could See Me Now is super easy to read, has fun-filled chapters including all you could want from a chick-lit/rom-com story. Friends, guys, sex, humour, hangovers and a remarkably unique twist that is rather a bonus because it makes for a creative change of pace from the norm.

Izzy and Tash are best friends and together they could take on the world. Izzy has an idiot of a boyfriend, is sick of work and needs to present a project plan. What could possibly go wrong!? 

There are some rib-tickling moments, a few thought provoking ones whereby a few lessons can be learnt on how not to be a doormat. A bit of a voyage of discovery for Izzy on who to trust etc.  I’m not sure I ever discovered why she was afflicted, maybe it wasn’t deemed important.  

This is ideal as light entertainment, great for a holiday read when you want a giggle and not have to think too much! 

Thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily 3.5*

 

#BlogTour #Review ~ Double Jeopardy by M.A. Comley @Melcom1 @Bloodhoundbook

Successful entrepreneur, Ross Spalding, has everything to live for; a thriving business, a stunning new home, and a high society wedding to his beautiful fiancée to look forward to in the coming months. That is, until his life comes to an abrupt, gruesome end.

DI Hero Nelson and his team need to dig deep to find the reasons behind someone wanting Ross Spalding dead. As more people connected to Ross also die, some in suspicious circumstances, the suspect list grows beyond all expectations, until a major clue presents itself and spins the investigation off in a totally new direction.

However, Hero’s personal life is also dealt a major blow when his parents are faced with a life or death situation. He is forced to put his personal problems aside when the murderers are revealed and Hero is faced with a tight deadline in which to apprehend them.

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Thank you for hosting me, here’s a little about me for your readers.

I’m a New York Times, USA Today, Amazon Top 20 bestselling author, iBooks top 5 bestselling and #2 bestselling author on Barnes and Noble. So far, I’ve sold over one and a quarter million copies sold world wide. I am a British author who moved to France in 2002, and that’s when I turned my hobby into a career. In February 2016 I returned to the UK and now live in beautiful South Wales with the Brecon Beacons as an inspirational backdrop. I share my home with my beautiful rescue Labrador, Dex, who is the most intelligent dog we’ve ever owned, but it also means he’s a little wilful at times too.

I started writing the Justice series in 2006 and released the first book in the series Cruel Justice in 2010, there are now 14 books and several novellas and short stories available in this bestselling series. To date I have written 30 novels and several novellas and short stories across
series. I have also co-authored a few books with NY Times bestselling author Linda Prather and the talented Tara Lyons.

My latest release, Double Jeopardy has been published by my wonderful publishers Bloodhound Books, you can sign up to their website HERE where they often have free books available for readers.

I hope you enjoy my books.

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So Double Jeopardy is the fourth in the ‘Hero’ series, once again I’m jumping in mid-series with no clue what has happened previously. Thankfully it didn’t matter one iota I was still able to immerse myself in this story. (I have read others by the author)

D.I Hero Nelson (don’t you just love that name!) and his team are investigating the murder of a wealthy business man who seemed to have it all so why would anyone want him dead? After questioning his work colleagues was the motive business or personal?

Hero and his partner DS Julie Shaw seem to have a fraught relationship which isn’t necessarily helped by him offering to put her forward for promotion .. however they have a crime to solve first.

As things hot up and they think they are on the right track Hero faces personal problems. I really liked the way Hero is so engrossed in his family, we get a good insight into his gorgeous wife, sister and parents .. going off on a tangent away from the crime investigation made me realise how much of himself Hero puts into the job.

He is a great character, the down to earth gritty nature of the writing is superb. I could totally relate to them all and by the end I was on tenterhooks. There is a lot of emotion rolled into the ending and I didn’t want to leave these people behind. I’m impressed I could so readily care about these characters that I had essentially just met. As for the crime there were twists and turns which I thought I knew what was happening but I was wrong. Fantastic thriller which I would recommend.

I need to go back and begin the series now just so I can get another fix of Hero .. my thanks to the author and Sarah at Bloodhound books for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

 

#BlogTour #Review ~ The Girls In The Water by Victoria Jenkins @vicwritescrime @bookouture

When the body of Lola Evans is found in a local park on a cold winter’s morning, Detective Alex King and her new recruit Chloe
Lane are called in to lead the hunt for the killer.
Days later, a second girl goes missing. It seems the two shared a troubled history, and were members of the same support group.
Who is the monster preying on these vulnerable girls?
As the detectives start to piece together the clues, Chloe realises that she too is in danger – as she uncovers secrets about her own
brother’s death which someone will kill to keep hidden.
Alex and Chloe are soon fighting for their lives, and in a race against time to reach the next victim before it’s too late…
Chilling and totally compelling with an utterly surprising twist, The Girls in the Water is perfect for fans of Robert Bryndza, Sarah
Hilary, and Patricia Gibney.

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Victoria Jenkins lives with her husband in South Wales, where she
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her debut novel, the first featuring Detective Inspector Alex King
and Detective Constable Chloe Lane. The second book in the
series will be published in late 2017

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This is a new author to me and the first in a brand new police procedural series, woohoo .. I usually end up lagging behind and starting a few books in so this made a pleasant change.

Two leading lady cops, Detective Alex King and DC Chloe Lane. Both women have potential, are extremely human, flaws and all. Easy to relate too, Alex is fairly dedicated to her career, Chloe appears rather immature but I grew to like her as her past is revealed, she has plenty of issues to deal with.

The prologue had me snared .. once I had read that I couldn’t wait to delve into The Girls In The water. A female body is discovered in the local park, the hunt is on for a killer. Not long after another is found in similar circumstances .. can Alex and Chloe track the perpetrator before they can strike again!?

There are several layers to this tale and they all interweave nicely, plenty of characters, some not so pleasant. Family history has a bearing on Chloe’s actions.

I found this to be a quick read, plenty of investigating and crime scene stuff but also the background stories of these two cops makes it a little more intriguing. It’s a good plot with a few unexpected twists. I did see some coming but that didn’t spoil the enjoyment. 

If you like an entertaining crime story with a duo who click then take the opportunity to begin a new series. I’m looking forward to the next one!

Thanks to Victoria, Bookouture and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

 

#WeekendBlitz #Review ~ Sunshine After The Rain by @daisyjamesbooks @NeverlandBT @HQDigitalUK #Giveaway

 A summer that changes everything…

Frazzled workaholic Evie Johnson has finally had enough! When she’s blamed for a publicity disaster at the art gallery she loves, she decides to flee the bright lights of London for the sun-drenched shores of Corfu and turn her life upside-down.

Under the shade of the olive trees, she picks up her dusty paintbrushes and begins to chase the dreams she had put aside for so long. But she never expected to bump into drop-dead-gorgeous Sam Bradbury – and certainly not whilst wrapped only in a towel!

A summer fling is the last thing Evie wanted but a few stolen kisses under the stars might just begin to change her mind…

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Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. Her husband and young son were willing samplers of her baking creations which were triple-tested for her debut novel, The Runaway Bridesmaid. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must. Daisy would loves to hear from readers via her Facebook page or you can follow her on Twitter.

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Daisy James always manages to produce books with such gorgeous covers that you just have to dip inside to sample the magic. This time we are transported to Corfu, so for those of us who are not destined for scorching hot vacations this year this is the perfect book to help you drift away. 

Feel the sun, taste the delicious local fayre, mix with the locals, admire the sea .. have I set the scene!?

Evie has a slight disaster at work, there is a bit of a mix up with a painting at the art gallery .. so she accepts the offer of a break in the sun and goes to stay in a villa when her friend hands her the keys. She hopes to re-awaken her love of painting. While dusting off her brushes she bumps into Sam, her bosses son .. he is also an artist at heart even though his father would prefer he had a proper job like a lawyer.

This is a slow burn romance, Evie is on a voyage of discovery, can she learn to put her ow thoughts and feelings first. Is Sam just supporting her in her art or does he have other thoughts in mind?

A perfectly easy and enjoyable book to read which will brighten a gloomy day or enhance a sunny one. Sunshine After The Rain is a delight and a must read for all who enjoy a fun-filled, summer romance. 

Thanks to the author, publisher, Netgalley and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

 

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Rock Hard by Jozie Di Maria @JoZieRockFit @gilbster1000 @Authoright @AuthorightUKPR

Rock Hard: A Backstage Pass to Staying Fit on the Road the Rock Star Way

If there’s one woman who rocks harder than anyone it’s JoZie DiMaria. Gorgeous, outrageously fit and heavily tattooed, DiMaria has worked as a dancer with — and a trainer for — some of the biggest names in rock music. Having toured with legendary bands like Mötley Crüe, Papa Roach and Jane’s Addiction, she has lived a life that most people could only dream of.

But DiMaria soon found that staying in top shape on the road was tough; performing long shows at packed stadiums late into the night, combined with endless hotel stays, poor nutrition and constant partying was gruelling. So DiMaria decided to take control and develop her own fierce fitness routine so that she could rock hard and train hard at the same time.

Rock Hard: A Backstage Pass to Staying Fit on the Road the Rockstar Way is both an outstanding fitness guide and a nostalgic behind the scenes account of JoZie DiMaria’s incredible life on the road, training rockstars from Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) to Billy Morrison (Billy Idol) and Josh Todd (Buckcherry). Her easy to follow routines prove that you can work out anytime, any place — airports, offices, hotels, no excuses! — building a strong and healthy physique, inside and out, while developing a positive approach to body image. Beautiful paintings of her rockstar gym buddies accompany hand-drawn illustrations of work out moves, making it easy and lots of fun to train along with her, DiMaria’s Rock Hard is a fitness book worthy of any rock God.

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Originally from Roselle, New Jersey, JoZie “LoveStar” DiMaria is a certified personal trainer who has travelled the world as a make-up artist, stylist and back-up dancer to some of the biggest bands in rock. Just fifteen years after she first went to her first ever concert – Mötley Crüe at Madison Square Garden – she was invited by the band to perform with them on tour. She has worked as a make-up artist for MTV, VH1, TLC and Discovery.

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I really wasn’t sure what to expect from Rock Hard .. I admit the cover was an attraction and the fact a few rock stars may be involved enticed me in.

If you are a fan of Motley Crue and various others there is sure to be a few snippets of gossip/information. Primarily this is a health, fitness, exercise journal by JoZie .. there are loads of diagrams depicting all the various positions, movements, exercises imaginable .. I confess I did skip the majority of those but a few piqued my curiosity.

Quite a few pages of photographs with various band members alongside JoZie all demonstrating awesome pecs and torsos. No doubt being on tour demands a vigorous fitness regime. 

I particularly enjoyed reading all the insider info on what happens on the tour buses, the various actions of some of the groups, the foods available .. it made me hungry numerous times!

There is plenty of advice about healthy eating, health supplements, pros and cons of alcohol etc so it’s ideal for anyone who wants to begin a whole health kick. 

There is no denying JoZie is extremely fit so is a great advert for all the advice she gives, the beauty of it is the majority of the exercises can be done with minimum equipment. While she travelled on tour she could only take the basics so has adapted a fitness regime that a lot of folk can identify with. No expensive gym necessary. 

I think this is a book that will be picked up, flicked through and referred back to rather than a sit down and read cover to cover type .. but it is easy to understand, entertaining and enlightening.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ The One With All The Bridesmaids by Erin Lawless @rinylou @HarperImpulse

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For fans of romantic comedies like Bridesmaids and Four Weddings & a Funeral, and bestselling authors Mhairi McFarlane and David Nicholls, this is a hilarious new romantic comedy series about one bride and her four best friends.

Nora Dervan is ready for her Happy Ever After. With her darling Harry waiting at the altar, and all her family and friends around her. She is certain that her special day will not be forgotten/will be one to remember…

But with her four bridesmaids hiding more secrets, than bottles of champagne. Will her big day be remembered for all the right reasons?

Bea has barely gotten past the fact that her two best friends are dating, and now they’re engaged, whilst cupid’s arrow points in a forbidden direction for Cleo. She is so distracted by her off limits, hot new colleague that she has forgotten Daisy, who has been left dreading the singles table. There’s more romance in the cheesy pick- up lines than Sarah’s own marriage, which hasn’t turned out as she hoped it would be.

With her wicked sense of humour and refreshingly honest voice, Erin Lawless brings to the life the romance (and horrors!) of wedding season.

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Erin lives a happy life full of wonderful friends, in love with a man who buys her books instead of flowers. To mix things up a little, she write books where friends and lovers hit obstacles and (usually) overcome them. When not doing that she reads absolutely everything she can get her hands on, spends an inordinate amount of time in pyjamas and runs a fun-but-informative blog on British history.

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This is absolutely perfect for the summer wedding season .. Erin Lawless captures the whole shebang, who knew there was so much to arranging a wedding! The One With All The Bridesmaids follows the journey of the marriage between Nora and Harry.

It’s almost like a girls v boys story .. the hens are all super duper involved and take it SO seriously and the boy partners tend to tag along and do as they are told lol.

There is a small group who have been friends since school days so the feelings run deep, as other people join the ‘friendship’ group there is inevitably a few squabbles, jealousy etc 

Thankfully I have only been a bridesmaid twice, when I was ‘young and single’ so I have never had to endure the whole organisational marathon that this seems to be. When I got married I was (sensible) and eloped! As a story this is fabulous, witty, sarcastic, jaw-dropping entertainment. I love the way the girls all bond and give a sense of pure indulgence .. but quite honestly if I had to be a part of this I would freak!

I really enjoyed getting to know the bridesmaids and began to feel involved with the whole group by the end. This is a wonderful, well written, easy to read book that will make you smile. And to top it all a ultra cute cover.

Thanks to Erin, Harper Impulse and Netgalley for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily. 

#BookReview ~ The Food of Love by Amanda Prowse @MrsAmandaProwse

It’s taken me a while to get to this book but I am trying to make progress on my TBR! It was well worth waiting for 🙂 x

A loving mother. A perfect family. A shock wave that could shatter everything.

Freya Braithwaite knows she is lucky. Nineteen years of marriage to a man who still warms her soul and two beautiful teenage daughters to show for it: confident Charlotte and thoughtful Lexi. Her home is filled with love and laughter.

But when Lexi’s struggles with weight take control of her life, everything Freya once took for granted falls apart, leaving the whole family with a sense of helplessness that can only be confronted with understanding, unity and, above all, love.

In this compelling and heart-wrenching new work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse, one ordinary family tackles unexpected difficulties and discovers that love can find its way through life’s darkest moments.

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Now published by Lake Union, Amanda Prowse is the most prolific writer of contemporary fiction in the UK today; her titles also score the highest online review approval ratings for several genres.

A popular TV and radio personality, Amanda Prowse is a regular panellist on the Channel 5 show ‘The Wright Stuff’ and numerous daytime ITV programmes. She makes countless guest appearances on BBC and independent Radio stations where she is well known for her insightful observations of human nature and her infectious observational humour.

Amanda’s ambition is to create stories that keep people from turning the bedside lamp off at night, great characters that ensure you take every step with them and tales that fill your head so you can’t possibly read another book until the memory fades…

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I’m going to start this with a *trigger* warning .. anyone who has mental health issues or has faced eating disorders, in this case anorexia should think strongly about reading The Food of Love. Personally I have been down that road and it cut to the quick because the whole book resonated with me, having said that I felt I wanted to read it, see the illness from the ‘outside’ as it were .. this novel will reduce the strongest reader to tears but hopefully it will also raise awareness.

Amanda has obviously done a great deal of research into the whole concept and it shows, she covers the issue from several sides as well as being up to date with the social media impact.

The Braithwaite family comprise of mum Freya, dad Lockie, and two teenagers Charlotte and Lexi. Freya works as a freelance writer in the food industry so she is no stranger to healthy eating. Lockie is a photographer the girls are doing well at school .. just a normal happy family.

When it becomes noticeable at school that Lexi may have a problem Freya is called in to discuss her eating habits. Freya is in complete denial as far as she is concerned her role as a mother is to feed and protect her family.

Lexi begins to decline, she follows the ‘hidden’ traits of this illness. Sufferers become very crafty and will go to extreme lengths to cover their tracks so all appears normal. As Lexi is wearing thicker clothes or more layers, using tricks to make herself heavier when weighed Freya is still unconvinced .. I got so mad with her. Yes, she is a mum protecting her child but she was blind to what was happening and refused to listen to medical opinion. 

Lockie took a stronger stance and thought he could control the matter by being strict, this just made Lexi resent him and caused fractures in the marriage. Poor Charlotte was in a dreadful position of trying to do her A-Level’s but was neglected by her parents while all focus was on Lexi. Charlotte was a star in all of this, she was scared for her sister’s safety but had to remain strong.

Trying to read this as Lexi spirals into oblivion is incredibly painful. It shows how her character alters, the sheer frustration, anger, desperation yet still having the presence of mind to refuse food.

The writing is superb, the family unit perfectly portrayed, love them or hate them the parents each do what they think is right for their daughter but at what cost?

It took me a very long time to read The Food of Love .. purely for my own state of mind, as much as I was willing Lexi to be well I could foresee where she may turn next. I wanted to hug her, tell her I understood, try to reassure her there is a future but it is such a fine line .. I personally don’t think you recover from an illness like this you just learn strategies to cope but could Lexi get to that critical point?

There will be those that read this and think ‘all she had to do was eat’ .. I hope this book will at least make people think and realise there are many levels of mental illness. Amanda Prowse has produced an enthralling story, harrowing to read, it is emotional but well worth the effort.

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#BlogTour #Review ~ Love at the Italian Lake by @DarcieBoleyn @canelo_co

On the shores of Lake Garda, a beautiful romance unfolds. But is it only for summer? Don’t miss this gorgeous, heart-warming novel from Darcie Boleyn, bestselling author of 2017 smash-hit Summer at Conwenna Cove.

Sophia Bertoni discovers her boyfriend in bed with another woman, and realizes her life is going nowhere. Leaving her high-pressure job, she travels to Italy to stay with her grandmother while she figures out her next move.

When Sophia – quite literally – bumps into devastatingly handsome Joe Lancaster her plans are turned upside down. As the two realize they’re both spending the summer in the same town, a love affair seems on the cards.

But Sophia and Joe are both burdened by family secrets. Despite their attraction, will the sun set on Sophia and Joe’s romance – or will they find love at the Italian lake?

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Darcie Boleyn has a huge heart and is a real softy. She never fails to cry at books and movies, whether the ending is happy or not. Darcie is in possession of an overactive imagination that often keeps her awake at night. Her childhood dream was to become a Jedi but she hasn’t yet found suitable transport to take her to a galaxy far, far away. She also has reservations about how she’d look in a gold bikini, as she rather enjoys red wine, cheese and loves anything with ginger or cherries in it – especially chocolate. Darcie fell in love in New York, got married in the snow, rescues uncoordinated greyhounds and can usually be found reading or typing away on her laptop.

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I always love losing myself in a book written by Darcie Boleyn because you know in advance it is going to be such a pleasant experience. She writes with a unique charm that is incredibly gentle, you get a sense that she sees the best in all her characters no matter what they have done.

This time we travel to Italy .. Love at the Italian Lake is set near the wonderful Lake Garda. Sophia goes to stay with her Nonna after discovering her cheating boyfriend in a compromising position. Maybe it was the nudge she needed though to have a drastic change in lifestyle.

Arriving at the airport, stepping out into the sudden heat (gosh I felt that) Sophia is literally knocked off her feet by a hunky man. As soon as they meet it becomes apparent that her and Joe will have some kind of chemistry but that’s the beauty of a romance book, you know what you are likely to get.

Sophia and Joe are both nice believable characters, both harbouring secrets and difficulties with a distinct lack of trust but they become friends.

There are some very cute humorous moments .. I really felt for Sophia in the boat and sun-cream incident but also giggled, it was so expertly portrayed. I was urging this couple to just give each other a chance. They are in a stunning setting, it’s summer, romance should be in the air. 

I adored Nonna, we could all do with a sprightly Grandma like her who could just wrap us up in a hug and make everything ok. This book is just perfect for a leisurely read, preferably on a sunbed somewhere but if that fails it will whisk you away to the balmy destination in your dreams anyway.

Another winner from Darcie .. thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.