Monday, 9 October 2017

My Favourite Things by Sue Moorcroft




Food

Savoury would be a juicy fillet steak, with chips (the kind with no calories). Sweet is easy. CHOCOLATE, the darker the better. Nutty chocolate is an especial weakness.


Drink
I love champagne. I keep it as a treat and enjoy it so cold and dry it makes my ears hurt. Champagne’s association with celebrations is a lovely secondary benefit, reminding me of publication days, new contracts and getting to #1 on Amazon last Christmas.


Film
Brassed Off. I don’t know if anybody else remembers this cult classic about a brass band but the humour and poignancy always got to me. Ewan McGregor and Pete Postlethwaite had fantastic roles.


Book
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. The first book I read that was intended for adults. I watched the film with Dad and he said he had the book in his bookcase. I was hooked on the work of Nevil Shute for life.



Author
I’ve chosen Linda Howard from a thousand possibilities more-or-less because she came to my mind first.




Character
Sam from Suzanne Brockmann’s Gone Too Far. He’s a fantastic hero, a bad-boy in many ways but a force for good. OK, and, you got me, he’s a navy SEAL.


Song
It was so hard to choose but I’ve gone for Girls & Boys by Good Charlotte because I think the lyrics are funny, clever and oh-too-true, all about girls liking cars and money and boys laughing at girls when they’re not funny.


Holiday destination

Malta. I was brought up there for several years and think of it as my second home.



Animal

Dog. I don’t have one of my own now but I sometimes ‘borrow’ Puppy-in-law, who belongs to my son and his girlfriend.



Place to write.
My study, although I can manage it travelling, too. And often do, because I love to travel.





Season
Summer. I’m a heat freak and don’t think I’ve ever complained about sunshine.


Tradition
A big family meal between Christmas and New Year, which I frequently host. I’m extremely lucky with my extended family as we like each other and like to spend time together.


Inspirational quote
‘The harder I work, the luckier I get.’ Variations have been attributed to various people but it’s one of my guiding principles.


Thing in the whole world
Watching a great Formula 1 race, in silence, with cold white wine and a bar of chocolate.


Thank you so much for joining us today Sue and for sharing your favourite things, Wishing you lots of luck for the new book.


Sincerely
Book Angel x



Author Bio

Bestselling author Sue Moorcroft writes contemporary fiction with occasionally unexpected themes. The Christmas Promise rose to #1 in the Amazon Kindle chart and Just for the Holidays was an Amazon bestseller, too. The Wedding Proposal, Dream a Little Dream and Is this Love? were all nominated for Readers’ Best Romantic Read Awards and Darcie’s Dilemma for Readers’ Best Short Romance. Love & Freedom won a Best Romantic Read Award and Dream a Little Dream was nominated for a RoNA. Sue’s a Katie Fforde Bursary Award winner, a past vice chair of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and editor of its two anthologies.



Sue also writes short stories, serials, articles and writing ‘how to’.



Sue’s new book: The Little Village Christmas

(published as an ebook on 6 October, paperback/audio 2 November)


Available now from Amazon




Twitter @suemoorcroft

Instagram: suemoorcroftauthor

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Author Q & A Viv Brown



Would you leave a very young child at home on their own – knowing that terrible things can happen in the blink of an eye? Lily, who is not yet three years old, wakes up alone with only her cuddly toy for company. She is hungry, afraid of the dark, can’t use the phone, and has been told never to open the door to strangers…
In the flat downstairs, a lonely and elderly woman keeps herself to herself but wonders at the cries coming from upstairs. Lily’s grandmother frets that she can no longer see her granddaughter since the child’s parents separated. Lily’s father hasn’t seen her for a while. He’s been abroad, absorbed in his new job and his new girlfriend…
A young woman lies in a coma in hospital – no one knows her name or who she is, but in her silent
dreams, a little girl is crying for her mummy…
And for Lily, time is running out.


Title:  LILY ALONE
Author: Vivien Brown
Published by: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: Ebook already available
                             Paperback 5th October 2017
Link:  UK:  Amazon


Author Q & A

Welcome to Sincerely Book Angels Viv, can you tell us..

What was the inspiration behind this novel? 
I used to work in banking and accountancy – boring! But ever since my own twins were born almost 30 years ago, I have worked with young children – as a childminder, a language support assistant helping young Asian kids who speak no English prepare for school, and then as an outreach worker in libraries and children’s centres, bringing the magic of books and stories into children’s lives. It is fascinating to watch how babies and pre-school children develop in such a short time, with increasing skills, confidence and independence. But what if a toddler was suddenly left all alone? How would they cope? What would they think and feel? What would they be scared of? How aware would they be of basic household dangers? The germ of my idea came from those thoughts.


Did you always want to be a writer? 
I never considered writing as a potential career, but it was always something I loved to do, starting with poems, then venturing into short stories before tackling longer fiction – all in my spare time. Learning to become a competent and successful writer, able to earn enough to live, can take a long time and many never achieve it, and it is only now that I am at home full-time and with a small income from elsewhere that I have felt able to do what I love most.


How did it feel when your first novel was published? 
My first (self-published) novel, ‘Losing Lucy’, and my second, ‘How To Win Back Your Husband’ (both written as Vivien Hampshire) were only in ebook format. It was lovely knowing they were out there in the world and people were reading my work, but I am so looking forward to ‘Lily Alone’ coming out in paperback. At last, a real paper book to hold in my hand! I don’t drink so champagne is out, but I will probably celebrate with chocolate.


Can you please tell us a little about your publishing story. 
I sold my first short story to Woman’s Weekly in 1993, under my then name of Vivien Hampshire, and have since had around 140 stories published in a variety of women’s mags. I also wrote articles for professional childcare and nursery magazines for a long time, and turned my hobby of cryptic crosswords into a ‘How to’ book which has sold really well. My first go at novel writing won me the annual ‘Best Opening to a Novel competition’ in The Mail on Sunday, although the finished novel never found a home. I self-published a short ebook novel, and then joined the Romantic Novelists Association (RNA) New Writers Scheme four years ago. Both of the novels I wrote under their guidance have now been published.



Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it? 
There are certainly days when I don’t feel like writing or find other things to do, but that is pure procrastination, not writer’s block! If I have a deadline or a story nagging at me to be written, I just get on with it.


What motivates you to keep writing? 
I just love writing and can’t imagine a time when I will ever stop. It’s not for the money, or the fame, both of which are thin on the ground! It’s for me.


What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer? 
1. It doesn’t come easy. You have to keep on trying no matter how much rejection you meet along the way. If you believe in what you are doing, never give up.

2. Meet other writers, join local groups, attend courses and conferences, join any relevant writers associations like the RNA. You will learn the craft, find opportunities and make valuable contacts. And when times are bad, other writers understand!

3. Try not to give your work away. Payment isn’t everything, and it may not equate to much per hour, but it acknowledges your time and sweat! No other profession would be expected to work for nothing.


What are you reading at the moment? 
I have been bingeing on Milly Johnson for the last few weeks, I especially loved ‘The Queen of Wishful Thinking’. Milly manages to create fictional places with casts of very likeable characters, and some horrible baddies too! You just know everything will work out in the end. I like Veronica Henry for similar reasons.


If your book was made into a film what song would you choose for the opening credits? 
All by myself, by Celine Dion


Who would you choose to play your favourite character in the film of your book? 
My favourite character is a short and dumpy elderly widow called Agnes. She lives alone with just a cat for company and has terrible arthritis in her knees. She reminds me of my own granny. I think Judi Dench might do a good job!


What is your next book about? 
It is another domestic drama, set in two time periods, charting the long history of a failing marriage from the 1970s to the present day, alongside the current lives of the grown-up children. We are still very much at the editing stage so no news yet of when it might be published.


And now think about the books you've read and just give the first one that comes into your head for our quickfire 'Which book round.'

Which book has made you:

Laugh out loud? ‘Barmy’, by Victoria Wood, including some of her hilarious early ‘Acorn Antiques’ TV scripts.

Cry your heart out?

A children’s picture book called ‘Tadpole’s Promise’, by Jeanne Willis. A tadpole and a caterpillar fall in love, but when they grow up and change into a frog and a butterfly they don’t recognise each other… and frogs eat butterflies!

Want to read it again?
‘Sense and Sensibility’, by Jane Austen. All human emotion is here!

Think more?
A really good dictionary. I love discovering new words and what they mean.

Wish it would be made into a film?

‘The Queen of Wishful Thinking’, by Milly Johnson. Romance, domestic violence, and the world of antiques. It would make a great TV drama or series.

Shocked?
‘I Let You Go’, by Clare Mackintosh, The absolute best book I read last year and with an amazing twist and some truly shocking scenes. 

Scared? I never read horror or anything that would keep me awake at night!


Thank you so much for joining us on our blog today and good luck with the book.

Sincerely
Book Angel x




About the Author


Vivien Brown lives in Uxbridge, on the outskirts of London, with her husband and two cats. After a career in banking and accountancy and the birth of her twin daughters, she gave up working with numbers and moved into working with words and has never looked back.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Reach for the Stars by Colleen Coleman



When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s 28, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her small hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up.

This was not in her five-year plan.

Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together. Surrounded by new friends and a welcoming community, Evelyn is building a life that she really loves – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…

But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?

Title: Reach for the Stars
Author: Colleen Coleman
Published By: Bookouture
Publication Date: 21st October 2017
Links:  UK: Amazon   US: Amazon


Our Review



What a beautiful uplifting novel about a young woman who eventually finds herself and where she's meant to be.
Evelyn is from a tiny town in Ireland where everybody knows each other. When she feels that her marriage is in a rut she tries counselling but to no avail so she makes some huge changes to her life.
The best bit about this book apart from the beautiful way that it's written is that it is so self enlightening and it caused me to look at things in life differently.
The warmth of the characters overflows from this book and the lovely Irish accent and humour shines through.
I loved the story so much and would love to spend some time in Rosie's which sounded like a fab place to be. Evelyn would make a wonderful friend, her innocent approach to situations unearths some really deep solutions.
I'm not sure if any of what I've said here makes sense but in a nutshell I think everybody should read this book because it's just wonderful and I loved every minute of it.
Thanks to Bookouture for the Arc which I've received voluntarily.


Sincerely
Book Angel x                  

About the Author


'Colleen Coleman is definitely one to watch..' Chick Lit Uncovered

Colleen was born in Canada and raised in Ireland. She is the winner of the much-coveted Novelicious Undiscovered People’s Choice Award launched to find the next ‘chick-lit star’.

She spent years teaching English and Philosophy before finally taking a deep breath, scrunching both eyes shut, putting her pen to paper and vowing not to lift it again until she wrote the words 'the end'. As a result, her first novel, Don't Stop Me Now was born.

Colleen lives between London, Ireland and Cyprus with her very patient husband and very,very chatty twin daughters.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza



She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before.

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago.

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack.

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.

Brilliantly gripping, Cold Blood will have you hooked from the first page and holding your breath to the heart-stopping and shocking ending.
Title:     Cold Blood
Author:     Robert Bryndza
Published By:   Bookouture
Publication Day:  20th September 2017
Links: UK: Amazon   US: Amazon


Our Review


Once again Robert Bryndza has lived up to his reputation as a number one crime writer.

Cold Blood is the fifth in the Erika Foster series and is his darkest and most disturbing book yet with a story line that is as chilling as it is gripping.

Detective Erika Foster faces her toughest case when it seems a spate of killings are being carried out by not one but two cold blooded killers. There are so many twists and turns to this story which takes us along a very dark road and some scenes are quite upsetting.

I love Erika's friendship with Isaac Strong which has featured in all the books, he really cares about her which is what she needs when she discovers there are some people she can't trust.
The Characters are believable and time is taken to show how and why the baddies do what they do which I think is important and makes them multi-dimensional, I think it also ensures that the scenes are not gratuitous.

The build up of suspense thunders through this book like a freight train and it's certainly not for the faint hearted but for those who like an adrenaline rush then this is the book for you.
Once again I am waiting with baited breath for the next instalment of DI Erika Foster's life.
Huge thank you to Bookouture for the arc which I've reviewed voluntarily.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author




Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water and Last Breath are the second, third, and fourth books in the series, and the fifth book, Cold Blood has just been published.

Robert's books have sold over 2 million copies and have been translated into 27 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Blog Tour - The Missing Girls by Carol Wyer


One girl found dead. Another girl gone...

Long shadows danced on the tin walls. Inside the trunk lay Carrie Miller, wrapped in plastic, arms folded across her ribcage, lips sealed tight forever...

When a girl’s body is found at a Midlands storage unit, it is too decomposed for Detective Robyn Carter to read the signs left by the killer.

No one knows the woman in blue who rented the unit; her hire van can’t be traced. But as the leads run dry another body is uncovered. This time the killer’s distinctive mark is plain to see, and matching scratches on the first victim’s skeleton make Robyn suspect she’s searching for a serial-killer.

As Robyn closes in on the killer’s shocking hunting ground, another girl goes missing, and this time it’s someone close to her own heart.

Robyn can’t lose another loved one. Can she find the sickest individual she has ever faced, before it’s too late?

An utterly gripping and darkly compelling detective thriller that will have fans of Robert Dugoni, Angela Marsons and James Patterson hooked from the very start. You will not guess the ending!


Title: The Missing Girls
Author: Carol Wyer
Published By: Bookouture
Publication Date: 14th September 2017
Links: UK: Amazon   US: Amazon


Our Review

Carol Wyer has done it again with this sensational, suspenseful and gripping thriller. DI Robyn Carter is faced with one body and other suspected missing girls but finds it difficult to link them together.

I feel as though I really have got to know Robyn and almost feel as though I'm working alongside her as part of the team. The investigations are always thorough and Robyn uses her team well. The suspense builds quite quickly and we are fully aware that time is running out for the victims.
This time the case comes a little too close to home for Robyn and she needs to solve it fast.

She is flawed and doesn't always make the right decisions but that's what makes her more believable as a character. Her relationship with step daughter Amelie really brings out her softer side and along with her relationship with her cousin Ross who is a private investigator provides a more multi dimensional person.

The book touches on cyber bullying which is a very current and terrifying trend that needs to be stamped out. The app mentioned was a genius idea to provide a reflection of what is happening to society today.

There is a huge shock in store for Robyn but my lips are sealed on that one.

I can honestly say that I can see these books being televised and they would make a brilliant substitute for fans of Prime Suspect, well done Carol I'm now eagerly awaiting the next instalment.

I read at the back of the book that Ross may have his own stories soon too which would be amazing.

Thanks to bookouture for the Arc which I have reviewed voluntarily.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

Author Bio:


As a child Carol Wyer was always moving, and relied on humour to fit in at new schools. A funny short story won her popularity, planting the seed of becoming a writer. Her career spans dry cleaning, running a language teaching company, and boxercise coaching. Now writing full-time, Carol has several books published by Safkhet and journalism in many magazines.

Carol won The People’s Book Prize Award for non-fiction (2015), and can sometimes be found performing her stand-up comedy routine Laugh While You Still Have Teeth.

Little Girl Lost, the first book in the Detective Robyn Carter crime thriller series came out in January 2017.

Author Social Media Links:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolEWyer
Twitter: https://twitter.com/carolewyer
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carolwyer/
Website: http://www.carolewyer.co.uk





Monday, 21 August 2017

Author Q & A Holly Seddon



Robin and Sarah weren't the closest of twins, but they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.
Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days house-bound, watching the world from the safety of her sitting room. Until one day, she sees something she shouldn't...
And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted - the wonderful family, the perfect home. But, accused of the most terrible thing of all, she can't be around her new family. Not until she's tracked down her twin sister, to come to terms with something that happened a long time ago.
But Sarah isn't the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for much more than their relationship...

Title: Don't Close Your Eyes
Author: Holly Seddon
Published By: Corvus
Publication Date: 4th Jan 2018
Links: UK:  Amazon    US: Amazon

Author Q & A With Holly Seddon


Welcome to Sincerely Book Angels Holly, can you tell us:-

What was the inspiration behind this novel?
I had a few different loose ideas that I realised were all part of the same book: siblings divided by a break up and new blended families being formed. A woman whose child has been taken from her, and who is accused of terrible things. And, possibly because I’m quite solitary myself (willingly), I’ve always been aware of people who are a lot further along that spectrum, so I wanted to write about someone who had once had a very big and busy life and was now living in isolation, watching and obsessing over the neighbours.


Did you always want to be a writer?
Yes. I didn’t dare dream it would happen but it’s all I wanted to do.


What other jobs have you had?
I’ve been a journalist, a social media manager, a waitress, a salesperson, an IT trainer, a receptionist, a bar maid, worked in a dog kennels and more. I disliked a lot of those jobs… I loved working with the dogs and working with words though.


How did it feel when your first novel was published?
Overwhelming relief. Like, phew, I’m not a one trick pony, I can do this and be really proud of more than one book!


Can you please tell us a little about your publishing story.
After a few (more than a few) unfinished novels, I started writing my debut Try Not to Breathe in 2010. After having to pause it a few times, I eventually finished it in 2013. In January 2014, I was at home following an operation and, feeling really down and poorly, I decided ‘now or never’ to submit it to agents.

I made a short list of agents initially, thinking I would send to those and when they inevitably rejected me, I would make a longer list and carry on. By some kind of serendipity/massive fluke, my email landed in my now agent’s inbox just as she sat down for lunch and she opened it. She replied 45 minutes later and asked for the rest. I ran around the house, nearly bursting my stitches, and then tried to re-edit the whole manuscript in a panic that night before sending the next day. We met and discussed the work needed to bring it up to speed and I was giddy as a piglet when she said she’d work on it with me. We redrafted many times, sloughing away the stuff I thought I had to put in and making it into the book I had wanted to write all along. 

In autumn 2015, we sold it to the wonderful Corvus (imprint at Atlantic Books) and Try Not to Breathe was published in January 2016.


Have you ever had writer's block? If so how did you overcome it?
Hmn, I’ve not had writers’ block, but there are definitely times the writing flows easily and times it’s like herding cats: erratic ideas, clunky prose that needs to be re-written, characters that come out of nowhere and change the direction of a scene…


What motivates you to keep writing?
I’ve always written and always will write, but writing to deadline is also something I’m used to from my career as a journalist. I’m definitely not someone who can ask for an extension because I’ve not finished yet, I’d rather work all night than do that!


Where is your favourite place to write?
I always think I like writing in caf├ęs until I actually do it. Then my battery runs down, other people’s kids yell and I drink so much coffee I lose my mind. So now I admit that I’m best off writing on my bed… 


Here it is, being ably demonstrated by my son, Elliot, and my dog, Arnie.

My absolute dream place to write is by a pool in a fancy hotel, by myself. But that’s about a million miles from reality!


Do your characters moods ever affect your mood and vice versa?
Yes, very much so. There are scenes in Don’t Close Your Eyes that really affected me to the point that I had to take myself off alone for a bit because I was snapping at everybody. I need a lot of time to myself anyway, but that was especially hard.


What three pieces of advice would you give to an aspiring writer?

1. Don’t try to write the way you think you should write, or the way someone else writes, find your own way. 

2. Read, read, read. Not just the genre you write in but everything that interests you.

3. Don’t give up.


What are you reading at the moment?
So Happy It Hurts by Annaliese Mackintosh.


If your book was made into a film what song would you choose for the opening credits?
Either Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division or We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals.


Who would you choose to play your favourite character in the film of your book?
Vicky McClure as Robin Marshall.


And now think about the books you've read and just give the first one that comes into your head for our quick-fire 'Which book round.'

Which book has made you:
Laugh out loud?
The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Cry your heart out?
One Day by David Nicholls

Want to read it again?
Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

Think more?
The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

Wish it would be made into a film?
The Power by Naomi Alderman 

Shocked?
My Husband’s Son by Deborah O’Connor

Scared?The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn

Thank you so much for joining us Holly and good luck with the book.

Sincerely
Book Angel x

About the Author


Holly Seddon is a full time writer, living slap bang in the middle of Amsterdam with her husband James and a house full of children and pets. Holly has written for newspapers, websites and magazines since her early 20s after growing up in the English countryside, obsessed with music and books.

Her first novel TRY NOT TO BREATHE was published worldwide in 2016 and became a national and international bestseller.

Her second novel DON'T CLOSE YOUR EYES was published in July 2017.

The Cosy Canal Boat Dream by Christie Barlow

You will adore this heartwarming, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from bestelling author Christie Barlow!

‘Full of warmth, fun and feel-good factor’ Sunday Times bestseller Katie Fforde
Welcome to the Little Rock marina – where hearts are healed and dreams are made…
For the last two years Nell Andrews has been struggling to stay afloat. As her life tumbled down around her, the only safety net has been her cosy canal boat, The Nollie. Tucked away inside, Nell has found a place to heal her broken heart. And now she’s ready to move on and follow her dream…
Gorgeous Guy Cornish, with his easy Irish charm, makes him an instant hit with everyone at the marina, and the perfect person to help Nell with her project. But Guy has his own reasons for being at the marina, and a past that threatens to sink Nell’s dream…

Title: The Cosy Canal Boat Dream
Author: Christie Barlow
Published By: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 22nd August 2017
Links: UK: Amazon


Our Review

This is such a heart meltingly touching story that I thoroughly enjoyed. In fact I feel quite bereft at leaving the characters behind.

The story follows Nell who is trying hard to carry on with her life after losing her lovely husband Ollie a couple of years before.
One day she meets a handsome Irish man called Guy and helps him look for his dog. They do find him but they also find so much more in each other.

Nell is a lovely person who lives on a canal boat and is happy to work with her best friend Bea who is also her boss in the local deli.  She is fiercely loyal to the memory of her late husband and the moments she spent talking to him on the bridge were very touching and heartbreaking.  It was an interesting dynamic to show her almost being pulled in two directions between her eternal love for Ollie and the potential for a new love with Guy and this was handled beautifully.

The story became even more interesting with the mysterious stranger who turned up at the marina on a canal boat and many secrets were unearthed. I felt I knew what was going to happen and then whoosh the rug was pulled from beneath my feet with quite a shocking revelation.

I could clearly see the marina and the old picture house in my mind and almost felt as though I was there. The story has many layers to it which kept my interest piqued throughout.

I enjoyed this book immensely and felt embraced in the warmth of the setting and the wonderful lovable characters.

Well done Christie and thank you to Harper Impulse for the ARC, I'm looking forward to the next one already.

About the Author


Christie Barlow is the author of A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, Kitty's Countryside Dream, Lizzie's Christmas Escape, Evie's Year of Taking Chances and The Cosy Canal Boat Dream. She lives in Staffordshire with her husband, four kids, horses, chickens and a mad cocker spaniel.
Her writing career came as somewhat a surprise when she decided to write a book to teach her children a valuable life lesson and show them that they are capable of achieving their dreams. The book she wrote to prove a point is now a #1 bestseller in the UK, USA and Australia.
Christie is an ambassador for @ZuriProject raising money and awareness and engaging with communities in Uganda through organisations to improve their well-being. She is also Literary Editor for www.mamalifemagazine.co uk, bringing you all the latest news and reviews from the book world.
She loves to hear from her readers and you can get in touch via her website www.christiebarlow.com, Twitter @ChristieJBarlow and Facebook page, Christie Barlow author.