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Monday, 12 April 2021

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash

When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancĂ© is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.
Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove... and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.


Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.

Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford... is there?

An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.


Title: Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove
Author: Kim Nash
Published By: Amazon
Publication Date:  30th March 2021
Links: UKAmazon       US:  Amazon



Our Review

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove is enchanting, uplifting and bursting with laughter and love. 
Nell was a character that I really took to my heart. She hadn't had the easiest life and unfortunately was treated badly by the people she should have been able to trust. So when she turned up in Muddleford Cove I was really rooting for things to go her way which they did for a while until something happened which forced her into changing direction again. 

I fell in love with Nell and loved her special childhood memories of life in Muddleford Cove and of Auntie Lil. The fondness they had for each other came across very strongly and I felt so sad at the way they were torn apart and all those years they missed out on. The description of the house was amazing and I could visualise myself sitting in Auntie Lil’s chair overlooking the sea and when I read about the gorgeous beach hut I just wanted to move in straight away. I loved how 'at home' Nell felt as soon as she walked into Auntie Lil's house and even though she missed her greatly she could sense her through the welcoming atmosphere of the house.

This is Kim’s fourth fabulous book and I already knew I was going to love it when I saw the cover of it which I now know depicts the story perfectly. I loved every minute of reading or should I say racing through Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove and can promise it has everything you could possibly need in a romance novel, a gorgeous setting, a sexy hunk and plenty of gin. I love an older character in a book and although Lil is no longer with us she was definitely a huge presence in the book which I thought was a lovely touch. Reading Kim Nash’s books is like spending time with a close friend, comforting and touching with lots of laugh out loud fun. I absolutely cannot wait for the next one.

Sincerely
Book Angel x


About the Author

Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heartwarming, feel-good, romantic fiction and has always wanted to write books since she was a little girl.

Her latest book is Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove.

Her book published in June 2020, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.

She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter rescue dog Roni, is Head of Publicity for publisher Bookouture (part of Hachette UK) and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association's Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can't quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA as an author.

When she's not working or writing, and in non-Covid times, Kim can be found walking her dog at Cannock Chase, reading, writing, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie, and binge watching box sets on the TV. She's also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs and organises local and national reader/author events.

Amazing Grace was her debut novel which came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim's second novel and was published in September 2019.

Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim's third novel and was published in June 2020.

Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove is her fourth book and was published in March 2021.

Connect with Kim on Social Media here:
Twitter: (@KimTheBookworm) https://twitter.com/KimTheBookworm
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimTheBookWorm/
Instagram: @Kim_the_bookworm










Thursday, 25 March 2021

The World At My Feet by Catherine Isaac




 

The secrets that bind us can also tear us apart…

1990. Harriet is a journalist. Her job takes her to dangerous places, where she asks questions and tries to make a difference. But when she is sent to Romania, to the state orphanages the world is only just learning about, she is forced to rethink her most important rule. 

2018. Ellie is a gardener. Her garden is her sanctuary, her pride and joy. But, though she spends long days outdoors, she hasn’t set foot beyond her gate for far too long. Now someone enters her life who could finally be the reason she needs to overcome her fears.

From post-revolution Romania to the idyllic English countryside, The World at My Feet is the story of two women, two worlds, and a journey of self-discovery that spans a lifetime.


Title: The World At My Feet

Author: Catherine Isaac

Published By: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 18th March 2021

Links: UK:  Amazon    US:   Amazon

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Our Review

This is such a heart wrenching story about Ellie who is an Instagram gardening sensation but for the past two years had been unable to leave the house as she suffers from Agoraphobia. Luckily her parents live just a hundred yards away so they are always on hand if she needs them. 

The book also features Harriet’s story, she is a war reporter and goes around the world raising awareness of conflicts and such like. It is through Harriet that we learn about the awful conditions in the orphanages in Romania which I remember seeing on the telly when I was younger and being very upset by. It’s unbelievable that people could allow this sort of thing to happen to children where babies don’t bother crying because no one will comfort them. 

The writing is beautiful, the descriptive text sophisticated and is able to convey the emotions of the two main characters so well and their stories intertwine so wonderfully. I was rooting for Ellie to hopefully overcome this debilitating condition and get out there to enjoy the life she deserves. Although the book deals with a heartbreaking subject it is not gloomy and depressing it is quite the opposite in fact and I found it to be so uplifting. 

Ellie’s journey was a difficult one for her to get through but she had the love and support of her parents and sister and a special someone who all gave her the comfort of feeling safe. I’m so pleased that Catherine Isaac has raised awareness for this charitable cause because although the orphanages are almost gone and those that remain are immensely improved they still need lots of help to find a family for each and every one of those children. 

Evocative and uplifting, a story about love, family and belonging and shows that sometimes we need to face our past before we can move on to the future.

Sincerely

Book Angel x  


About the Author

 

I write life-affirming stories about self-discovery and family secrets - and my latest, THE WORLD AT MY FEET, is published in the UK in March 2021.

The book will be my third written as 'Catherine Isaac'; my previous two, MESSY, WONDERFUL US and YOU ME EVERYTHING, have been translated into 24 languages, while a movie adaptation of the latter is currently in development by Lionsgate and Temple Hill.

Before those, I wrote romantic comedy for over a decade, under the pseudonym 'Jane Costello'.

I love hearing from anyone who's read my stories, so please do write an Amazon review or get in touch with me on Instagram @catherineisaacauthor, Twitter @CatherineIsaac_ or Facebook @Catherineisaacauthor.

You can also sign up to my monthly newsletter at www.catherine-isaac.com

I live in Liverpool, with my husband and three boys, which is where my writing career began, as a trainee reporter on the Liverpool Echo, back in the late 1990s. These days, as well as my writing, I also love running, playing tennis, renovating our 178-year old house and reading a lot of books.










Thursday, 18 March 2021

The Split by Laura Kay




Brutally dumped by her girlfriend, Ally is homeless, friendless and jobless... but at least she has Malcolm. Wounded and betrayed, Ally has made off with the one thing she thinks might soothe the pain: Emily's cat.

After a long train journey she arrives home to her dad in Sheffield, ready to fold herself up in her duvet and remain on the sofa for the foreseeable. Her dad has other ideas. A phone call later, and Ally is reunited with her first ever beard and friend of old, Jeremy. He too is broken-hearted and living at home again.

In an inspired effort to hold each other up, the pair decide to sign up for the local half marathon in a bid to impress their exes with their commitment and athleticism.

Given neither of them can run, they enlist the support of athletic, not to mention beautiful, Jo. But will she have them running for the hills... or will their ridiculous plan pay off...?

Title: The Split

Author: Laura Kay

Published By:   Quercus

Publication Day: 22nd Feb 2021

Links:     UK:  Amazon      US:  Amazon


Our Review

A totally hilarious and uplifting read. 

This book was an absolute delight. I loved the characters and could really empathise with Ally as she went through her sometimes cringe moments relating to the contact she had with her ex. Ally's journey was a rollercoaster from beginning to end and her struggle to stand on her own two feet was heart warming. Thankfully her friendship with Jeremy was fab and I liked how he took the P out of her.

The book was very well written and had all my favourite elements of a romcom.  

I laughed out loud a lot and think Laura Kay has a really fresh voice in this brilliant debut which I found totally refreshing. 

Totally recommend. 


Thank you to Quercus for the review copy and for the bakealong pack, here are my brownies,




Sincerely

Book Angel x



About the Author

Welcome to my Amazon Author page! My debut novel The Split is a queer rom-com set in Sheffield. When Ally is brutally dumped by her girlfriend, she finds herself homeless, friendless and jobless… but at least she has Malcolm. Wounded and betrayed, Ally has made off with the one thing she thinks might soothe the pain: Emily’s cat.

In a nutshell this novel features lesbian angst, cake and a horrible cat - all the good stuff! Oh and love, heartache, friendship and family too. I have had so much fun writing this novel and making these characters come to life. I really hope you love it and them as much as I do.

For more I'm on Instagram and Twitter where I am mostly screaming into the void and posting photos of my cats but there is book stuff too!...

Laura Kay is a writer and editor. She has an MA in American History from the University of Sheffield and now lives in East London with her wife and cats. In 2018 Laura was selected as one of the ten PRH WriteNow mentees.

Twitter: @lauraelizakay

Instagram: @lauraekay


Thursday, 25 February 2021

Older and Wider by Jenny Eclair


The Blurb

'If you're after an in-depth medical or psychological insight into the menopause, I'm afraid you've opened the wrong book - I'm not a doctor . . . However, I am a woman and I do know how it feels to be menopausal, so this book is written from experience and the heart and I hope it makes you laugh and feel better.' JE

Older and Wider is Jenny Eclair's hilarious, irreverent and refreshingly honest compendium of the menopause. From C for Carb-loading and G for Getting Your Shit Together to I for Invisibility and V for Vaginas, Jenny's whistle-stop tour of the menopause in all its glory will make you realise that it really isn't just you. Jenny will share the surprising lessons she has learnt along the way as well as her hard-won tips on the joy of cardigans, dealing with the empty nest (get a lodger) and keeping the lid on the pressure cooker of your temper (count to twenty, ten is never enough).

As Jenny says, 'I can't say that I've emerged like a beautiful butterfly from some hideous old menopausal chrysalis and it would be a lie to say that I've found the 'old me' again. But what I have found is the 'new me' - and you know what? I'm completely cool with that.


Title: Older and Wider

Author: Jenny Eclair

Published By: Quercus Books

Publication Date: 18th Feb 2021

Links:     UK: Amazon          US: Amazon

Waterstones

WHSmith


Our Review

I was kindly given an advance copy of Older and Wider in exchange for an honest review and I have to say I loved it. I read it in the lead up to Christmas and I found it the perfect lockdown accompaniment. I met and elbow bumped Jenny last year at the RNA Romantic Novel Awards Ceremony in London, just before we were all locked away for the first time. She is an absolute delight and exactly like she is on the telly and her effervescent personality jumps out from every page. If you require an official medical diagnosis for the menopause then I maybe wouldn't rely on this but if you are going through it and need an empathetic voice in your ear just to say, "Yes I know it's horrible but guess what, you're not going through it on your own," then this is perfect. It's raw and painful at times but its also hilarious and the bit where Jenny tells us what she did in her pyjamas had me howling. Many of the symptoms of the menopause are mentioned and dealt with through humour and understanding and with lots of practical advice and tips to make the whole experience as comfortable as possible.

Overall it is light hearted, highly entertaining, hilarious, honest, caring and a must for any woman who is at the menopausal stage of her life. I loved it.


Me with Jenny at the Romantic Novel Awards 2020

Sincerely

Book Angel x


About the Author 

Jenny Eclair is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels Camberwell Beauty, Having a Lovely Time and Life, Death and Vanilla Slices, as well as the Richard and Judy bestseller, Moving, and the short story collection, Listening In. One of the UK's most popular writer/performers, she was the first woman to win the prestigious Perrier Award and has many TV and radio credits to her name. She lives in south-east London.

Sunday, 7 February 2021

An Eye for an Eye by Carol Wyer




A killer running rings around the police. A detective spiralling out of control.

DI Kate Young is on leave. She’s the force’s best detective, but her bosses know she’s under pressure, on medication and overcoming trauma. So after her bad judgement call leads to a narrowly averted public disaster, they’re sure all she needs is a rest.

But when Staffordshire Police summon her back to work on a murder case, it’s a harder, more suspicious Kate Young who returns. With a new ruthlessness, she sets about tracking down a clinical, calculating serial killer who is torturing victims and leaving clues to taunt the police. Spurred on by her reporter husband, Young begins to suspect that the murderer might be closer than she ever imagined.

As she works to uncover the truth, Young unravels a network of secrets and lies, with even those closest to her having something to hide. But with her own competence—and her grip on reality—called into question, can she unmask the killer before they strike again?


Title: An Eye For An Eye
Author: Carol Wyer
Published By: Thomas & Mercer 
Publication Date: 1st Feb 2021
Links: UK: Amazon     US: Amazon


Our Review

I have read and loved every one of Carol Wyer's crime series and I didn't think I could be any more shocked after what happened to DI Natalie Ward. However this is the first of the DI Kate Young series and it started with not just one bang but multiple bangs which shook me to the core. 

Kate is a fantastic detective and we meet her as she is trying to solve an unusual but horrendous murder. The trouble is she can't quite concentrate on it because she is suffering from PTSD (Well that's my diagnosis anyway). As usual, with Carol's books I always feel as though I'm part of the investigation and love trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. Quite often I also find that I have empathy with the killer and whilst I think they were very wrong to do what they did, the reason why they did it was heart-breaking too. 

The author has certainly not shied away from some of the horrific things that go on in this world and has represented them in the book. She has also dealt with the shocking blow that devastated me in a really clever way. I think I can already tell that this is going to be the best series and that's saying alot because I've loved the others. 

This book is shocking in many ways but I really don't want to give anything away so I'll leave that there. Suffice to say you will have a major adrenaline hit whilst reading it as the true awfulness unfolds.

I'm already intrigued by Kate's back story with her step sister and am looking forward to seeing a huge helping of revenge on certain people which I'm sure we'll discover as the series progresses.

An Eye For An Eye is gritty, raw and painful and will certainly keep you up at night.

Sincerely
Book Angel x


About the Author


Winner of The People’s Book Prize Award, Carol Wyer is a bestselling author and stand-up comedian who writes feel-good comedies and gripping crime fiction. A move to the ‘dark side’ in 2017 saw the introduction of popular DI Robyn Carter in Little Girl Lost, the #2 bestselling book on Amazon, #9 bestselling audiobook on Audible and Top 150 USA Today bestseller. A second series, featuring DI Natalie Ward, quickly followed and to date her crime novels have sold over 750,000 copies and been translated for various overseas markets, including Norwegian, Italian, Turkish, Hungarian Slovak, Czech and Polish. Carol has been interviewed on numerous radio shows discussing ‘Irritable Male Syndrome’ and ‘Ageing Disgracefully’, and on BBC Breakfast television. She has written for Woman’s Weekly, Take A Break, Choice, Yours, Woman’s Own and HuffPost. She currently lives on a windy hill in rural Staffordshire with her husband, Mr Grumpy…who is very, very grumpy.

To learn more about Carol, go to www.carolwyer.co.uk or follow Carol on Twitter: @carolewyer.


Carol also blogs at www.carolwyer.com




Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Cover Reveal - Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove by Kim Nash





When thirty-four-year-old Nellie Wagstaff loses her job and discovers her fiancĂ© is a cheating scumbag in a single day, she feels like the world has come crashing down. And that’s before the solicitor’s letter, along with a request to visit a place she hasn’t thought about for a very long time.

Heartbroken, Nellie escapes to the beautiful seaside town of Muddleford in Dorset, where she discovers she’s inherited more than she ever bargained for. Nellie never knew why her mother stopped talking to her sister, but now childhood memories of Muddleford come flooding back: long hot summers, the sea glistening beyond the sandy cove... and a stolen kiss with a boy called Jack.

Jack, now a devilishly handsome vet, has the local pet owners swooning over him, and as Nellie and he become close once more, and she gets used to gossiping with the locals and sipping wine at her beach hut with sand between her toes, she’s sure she can feel sparks flying once more. But just as she thinks she might be able to open her heart again, her newest frenemy, the glamourous Natalia, tells her a secret about Jack that changes everything.

Nellie will never know why her mother and aunt parted ways. She’ll sell the house, forget about Jack, and get back to real life. Because there’s nothing for her in Muddleford... is there?

An utterly uplifting and completely hilarious summer read about learning to trust yourself and of finding love and friendship in the least expected places for fans of Jessica Redland, Heidi Swain and Holly Martin.


Title: Moonlight Over Muddleford Cove
Author: Kim Nash
Publication Date: 30th March 2021
Links: UK: Amazon US: Amazon



Cover Reveal

Today we are delighted to feature the cover reveal of my lovely friend and fellow book blogger and author Kim Nash. I have to admit when I received this cover last night it brought me to tears, it's absolutely beautiful and emotive. I LOVE IT!

Congratulations Kim and I just know this book is going to soar.

For our reviews of Kim's other books please see below:




Sincerely
Book Angel x


About the Author


Kim Nash is an author of uplifting, funny, heart-warming, feel-good, romantic fiction.

Her latest book, Sunshine and Second Chances, was shortlisted for the 2020 Amazon Kindle Storyteller Award.

She lives in Staffordshire with son Ollie and English Setter Roni, is Head of Publicity for Bookouture and is a book blogger at www.kimthebookworm.co.uk.

Kim won the Romantic Novelists Association's Media Star of the Year in 2016, which she still can't quite believe. She is now quite delighted to be a member of the RNA.

When she's not working or writing, Kim can be found walking her dog, reading, standing on the sidelines of a football pitch cheering on Ollie and binge watching box sets on the TV. She's also quite partial to a spa day and a gin and tonic (not at the same time!) Kim also runs a book club in Cannock, Staffs.

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Amazing Grace was her debut novel with Hera Books and came out in April 2019.

Escape to Giddywell Grange is Kim's second novel and was published in September 2019.

Sunshine and Second Chances is Kim's third novel and is out now!

You can read Kim's Blog here: www.kimthebookworm.co.uk

Connect with Kim on Social Media here:
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Instagram: @Kim_the_bookworm






Saturday, 30 January 2021

The Last Thing to Burn by Will Dean

 

He is her husband. She is his captive.

Her husband calls her Jane. That is not her name.

She lives in a small farm cottage, surrounded by vast, open fields. Everywhere she looks, there is space. But she is trapped. No one knows how she got to the UK: no one knows she is there. Visitors rarely come to the farm; if they do, she is never seen.

Her husband records her every movement during the day. If he doesn't like what he sees, she is punished.

For a long time, escape seemed impossible. But now, something has changed. She has a reason to live and a reason to fight. Now, she is watching him, and waiting . . .


Title: The Last Thing to Burn

Author: Will Dean

Published By:  Hodder & Stoughton

Publication Date:  7th Jan 2021

Links:  

UK:                        US:    Amazon

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Our Review

Todays review is by our guest reviewer and aspiring crime writer J Daniels.

This is a dark, harrowing yet brilliant story delving into the world of human-trafficking. The protagonist of the story is ‘Jane’ however that is not her real name instead a name given to her when she was bought by husband Lenn. ‘Jane’ is reduced to serving Lenn, cooking for him, cleaning for him. She is constantly watched over by Lenn with any orders disobeyed being suitably punished with the destruction of her possessions. 

This was a very well written book, the fact that the number of characters within the book overall wasn’t high allowed the reader to become fully invested in the lead character without subplots which wouldn’t feel fully relevant to the story. I felt myself becoming invested in the story, sharing the same frustrations that the lead character felt, while despising the villain in the plot. Which is to the authors credit, the ability to create a truly despicable character. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, the setting, the character development. This was the first novel I’ve read by the author – Will Dean. Based on the strength of this story I am confident it won’t be my last. 

J Daniels




About the Author







Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing and it's from this base that he compulsively reads and writes.