Blog Tour Extract: The Foyles Bookshop Girls at War by Elaine Roberts

foylesThe Foyles Bookshop Girls at War by Elaine Roberts

Publisher: Aria
Published: 15th January 2019

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Description

Swapping books for the bomb factory takes courage – and could be dangerous.

Working at the Foyles bookshop was Molly Cooper’s dream job. But with the country at war she’s determined to do her bit. So Molly gathers her courage, and sets off for the East End and her first day working at Silvertown munitions factory…

It’s hard manual labour, and Molly must face the trials and tribulations of being the ‘new girl’ at the munitions factory, as well as the relentless physical work.

The happy-ever-afters Molly read about in the pages of her beloved books have been lost to the war. And yet the munitions girls unite through their sense of duty and friendships that blossom in the most unlikely of settings…

Perfect for fans of Elaine Everest, Daisy Styles and Rosie Hendry.

Look out for the next in the Elaine Roberts’ heartwarming series The Foyles Girls series, Christmas at the Foyles Bookshop, coming soon!


About The Author

Elaine Roberts had a dream to write for a living. She completed her first novel in her twenties and received her first very nice rejection. Life then got in the way until she picked up her dream again in 2010 and shortly afterwards had her first short story published. Elaine and her patient husband, Dave, have five children who have flown the nest. Home is in Dartford, Kent and is always busy with their children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats visiting.

Follow Elaine:

Twitter: @RobertsElaine11

Facebook: @ElaineRobertsAuthor



Extract

June 1916

Molly Cooper tucked her blonde hair behind her ear before picking up the folded newspaper that had been left on the wooden counter in Foyles, the London bookshop. The paper rustled as she unfolded it, causing her to look over her shoulder for old Leadbetter.

‘Excuse me.’

A hand tugged at Molly’s skirt.

Looking down, a little girl was clutching the black material. She stooped down. ‘Yes, little one, what can I do for you?’ Molly looked around her. ‘Where’s your ma?’

The little girl turned and pointed to the rows of shelving, bowed under the weight of the tomes, just as a young woman carrying several books approached them. The child beamed and ran towards her.

The woman smiled apologetically. ‘I’m sorry, I lose all track of time when I’m in this shop, and my daughter gets bored.’

‘We all feel the same; there are so many to choose from.’ Molly smiled. ‘I don’t think customers get to see half of them.’ She looked around, remembering the excitement she felt when she first walked through the doors of Foyles Bookshop, as a young girl.

‘I don’t know how you manage to get any work done. I’d spend all my time reading the books.’ The woman juggled her newfound treasures into her arms and took the little girl’s hand. ‘Right, we had better go and pay for these, before the shop closes and I have to put them all back.’

Molly smiled as she watched them walk over towards Alice’s counter, before going over to the payment booth, where her friend Victoria would take the money for the purchases. She would miss working at Foyles and chatting with her friends, but this wasn’t about her. She had to do what was right. As always, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm jumped into her head. The story had been with her since she’d read it as a child. Rebecca was a young girl that had to be strong and be herself, no matter what rules were laid down to stop her, and she had won out in the end. Wasn’t that what she had to do?

Sighing, Molly glanced around to see if old Leadbetter was nearby. Satisfied there was no sign of him, she turned back to the front page of the newspaper. The picture of Lord Kitchener filled it, along with the news that he had drowned on his way to Russia. Tony’s face was suddenly in the forefront of her mind. His smile had captured every woman’s heart. Her mind played a rerun of him lighting one of his Players cigarettes as they sat under a tree in Greenwich Park. He showed off, blowing circles with the smoke he had inhaled. She had wanted to be his wife, practising her signature in readiness of his proposal, and giggling at his playful ways. Her eyes blurred as they stared unseeing at the paper. Molly blinked quickly to stop the tears from falling. She had been naïve and her friend, Alice, had been right, although she hadn’t listened at the time. Tony hadn’t been able to stop himself from chancing his arm with every pretty face he saw. He had never been going to propose to her. She had made a fool of herself over him and now she had to live with the guilt of what she had done. Had she really called him a coward for not enlisting, when all the other men did at the beginning of the war? It was unforgivable. Molly was thankful she hadn’t introduced Tony to her parents. They wouldn’t have understood the attraction, but now she couldn’t talk to them about what was eating her alive.

Now Kitchener’s family were going through the same horrors of getting a visit from the telegram boy, telling them they have lost someone they love.

‘It’s a real tragedy.’

Molly dropped the paper as though it was burning her fingers. There was no need to look round; she knew that voice. She didn’t think he would miss her. He had caught her up to no good, on numerous occasions.

‘He was a great Field Marshall and I’m sure he will leave a hole that won’t be easily filled. Asquith could have a problem there.’ Mr Leadbetter’s breath brushed against her cheek.

Molly nodded as she looked down at Kitchener’s picture. Her nose wrinkled as the strong waft of cheese caught in the back of her throat. ‘That’s what my father also thought, Mr Leadbetter. He said last night, the prime minister would struggle to replace him.’

He sighed. ‘This war certainly has a lot to answer for.’

They both stared down at the picture, each lost in thought.

A girl giggled. ‘So many books. It must be lovely to work here. Do you think I could get a job at Foyles when I’m older?’

An older woman laughed. ‘You’d never get any work done, and you’d spend all your money on books.’

Molly’s lips lifted as she remembered the nervous excitement of her first day working at Foyles. The large sign outside, declaring them to be the largest bookseller in London, shouted at the passers-by, inviting them in. It promised refunds of two thirds of the price, if the book was returned after being read. Once she had walked into the shop, it was like entering another world. The musty smell of the second hand books, stacked along the shelves, had seemed endless. She had been overwhelmed when she realised it spread over six floors and every nook and cranny had been crammed with books.

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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic. Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.


This weeks topic is: new-to-authors i read in 2018

1: Lily Graham with The Paris Secret

2: Lauren Westwood with Moonlight on the Thames

3: Isabelle Broom with One Thousand Stars and You

4: Nora Roberts with Come Sundown

5: V.E Schwab with This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet

6: Gregg Hurwitz with Orphan X

7: Angie Thomas with The Hate U Give

8: Rachel Caine with Stillhouse Lake

9: G X Todd with Defender

10: Anthony Le Moignan with A Long Goodbye

Publication Day: The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown

40227501 The Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Published: 15th January 2019

ISBN13: 9781503904392

ASIN: B07DC8LGG7

Source: NetGalley and Montlake Romance. Thank you for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Description

Inheriting the Magnolia Inn, a Victorian home nestled in the East Texas pines, is a fantasy come true for Jolene Broussard. After living with the guilt of failing to rescue her self-destructive mother, Jolene knows her aunt and uncle’s B&B is the perfect jump start for a new life and a comforting place to call home. There’s just one hitch: stubborn and moody carpenter Tucker Malone. He’s got a half interest in the Magnolia Inn, and he’s planting his dusty cowboy boots squarely in the middle of her dream.

Ever since his wife’s death, Tucker’s own guilt and demons have left him as guarded as Jolene. The last thing he expects is for his new partner to stir something inside him he thought was gone forever. And as wary as Jolene is, she may have found a kindred spirit—someone she can help, and someone she can hold on to.

Restoring the Magnolia Inn is the first step toward restoring their hearts. Will they be able to let go of the past and trust each other to do it together?


My Review

The first book I’ve read by this author and I can’t decide if I liked it or not. The first 75/80% was good, it was a nice pace, it had good characters and what could have been a brilliant slow burn romance. The last 25/30%? Argh. It was so rushed, sickly sweet and all over the place.

There was a lot of repetitive parts, a lot of dead wife this, dead wife that, alcoholic mother this, alcoholic ex boyfriend this and it was a little boring to keep reading the same things over and over again.

Jolene was a little irritating but I liked her at the same time. Not enough though unfortunately. She had all these wise words for Tucker but didn’t take any notice of them for herself. She constantly moaned about her mum, her ex boyfriend, and compared Tucker to the pair of them when it was obvious he was nothing like them.

I liked Tucker. I felt for him, I really did. It’s just a shame he was as repetitive as Jolene when it came to his past. It was a nice moment for him to reconcile with his father in law, but I feel the funeral scenes were so out of touch with the rest of the book.

I loved the older ladies of the book, Flossie, Dottie and Lucy. They were fantastic and would love to read more about them and their daily adventures!! I found them hilarious and wished I had older lady friends like that.

Like I said, the beginning of the book had a great pace to it. I wish more of the renovations were part of the story but it worked great the way it happened. The writing style had a good flow to it, but I did find it sickly sweet at some parts.

I need to touch on the romance. I wish the ending didn’t happen as quickly as it did. The build up to the romance was excellent, but then it all happened extremely quickly and ended up feeling very forced for me. I loved the slow build up, but not the quickness of the actual getting them together.

Cover Reveal: With or Without You by Shari Low

Hi everyone!! Today I’ve got a really beautiful cover reveal for you today. I’m not lying. This cover is just so wonderful!! It sounds like such a wonderful book as well.

About the book

Have you ever made a life-changing decision and then wondered if you made the right one…?

When Liv and Nate walked up the aisle, Liv knew she was marrying the one, her soul mate and her best friend. Six years later, it feels like routine and friendship is all they have left in common. What happened to the fun, the excitement, the lust, the love?

In the closing moments of 1999, Liv and Nate decide to go their separate ways, but at the last minute, Liv wavers. Should she stay or should she go?

Over the next twenty years we follow the parallel stories to discover if Liv’s life, heart and future have been better with Nate… Or without him?

Perfect for the fans of Jojo Moyes, Lucy Diamond and Marian Keyes.

Buy links:
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iBooks: https://apple.co/2C6ER0g
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2s9wOv4

About the author

Shari lives in Glasgow and writes a weekly opinion column and Book Club page for a well-known newspaper. She is married to a very laid-back guy and has two athletic teenage sons, who think she’s fairly embarrassing, except when they need a lift.

Follow Shari

Website: http://www.sharilow.com
Twitter: @ShariLow
Facebook: @sharilowbooks

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And The Cover….

Cover Reveal: Hollywood Princess by Natasha Madison

      Behind the “lights, camera, action” of Hollywood lies a world of deception, love, and seduction. Are you ready for Hollywood Royalty? Kellie An Oscar, a Tony, an Emmy, a Grammy—she has them all. She’s the most sought-after woman in Hollywood. Even if her rise to fame was a fluke, you can’t deny the camera loves her. The problem is so does everyone else, and she’s about to leave on the biggest concert tour of her life. Headlining for the first time in five years. Around the world in ninety days. Should be a piece of cake. Until her new security detail walks in the room and she’s looking into the eyes of the only man who didn’t fall for her charm. It’s only a matter of time till he falls for Hollywood’s Princess. ADD TO GOODREADS    

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  When her nose isn’t buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she’s in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It’s a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn’t listen to her… FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK READER GROUP | FOLLOW ON AMAZON | FOLLOW ON BOOKBUB | SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER

Book Covers I Love: Food

A New Year normally means that millions of people around the world are on a diet. I do not want to cause a temptation for these people, so here’s your warning. This post is about covers that have food featured on them. Food glorious food. I found this post very difficult so here are my top 4 with food on them.

The Secret Ingredient of Wishes by Susan Bishop Crispell

26-year-old Rachel Monroe has spent her whole life trying to keep a very unusual secret: she can make wishes come true. And sometimes the consequences are disastrous. So when Rachel accidentally grants an outlandish wish for the first time in years, she decides it’s time to leave her hometown—and her past—behind for good.

Rachel isn’t on the road long before she runs out of gas in a town that’s not on her map: Nowhere, North Carolina—also known as the town of “Lost and Found.” In Nowhere, Rachel is taken in by a spit-fire old woman, Catch, who possesses a strange gift of her own: she can bind secrets by baking them into pies. Rachel also meets Catch’s neighbor, Ashe, a Southern gentleman with a complicated past, who makes her want to believe in happily-ever-after for the first time in her life.

As she settles into the small town, Rachel hopes her own secrets will stay hidden, but wishes start piling up everywhere Rachel goes. When the consequences threaten to ruin everything she’s begun to build in Nowhere, Rachel must come to terms with who she is and what she can do, or risk losing the people she’s starting to love—and her chance at happiness—all over again.

The Cake Shop in the Garden by Carole Matthews

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones, while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn’t do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she’s ever made. When a sudden tragedy strikes, Fay’s entire world is thrown off balance even further and she doesn’t know which way to turn. Can Fay find the strength to make a life-changing decision – even if it means giving up the thing she loves the most? Life, love and family are about to collide in The Cake Shop in the Garden.

The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegrino

In a remote Sicilian mountain town, four women arrive at a cookery school, each at a turning point in their lives.
Moll is a foodie and an exhausted working mum on the holiday of a lifetime.
Tricia, a top London lawyer, is taking a break from the demands of her job and her family.
Valerie, consumed by grief following the death of her partner, is trying to figure out how to live a life without him.
Poppy, recently divorced, has come to Sicily to learn about the place where her grandfather was born before emigrating to Australia.
Luca Amore runs the school, using the recipes passed down to him by generations of Amore women. He expects this course to be much like all the others – but sparks fly, friendships are made and secrets are shared. And for each of them, nothing will ever be the same.

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbour #1) by Jill Shalvis

In one fell swoop, Maddie loses her boyfriend (her decision) and her job (so not her decision). But rather than drowning her sorrows in bags of potato chips, Maddie leaves L.A. to claim the inheritance left by her free-spirited mother – a ramshackle inn nestled in the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington.

Starting over won’t be easy. Yet Maddie sees the potential for a new home and a new career – if only she can convince her two half-sisters to join her in the adventure. But convincing Tara and Chloe will be difficult because the inn needs a big makeover too.

The contractor Maddie hires is a tall, dark-haired hottie whose eyes – and mouth – are making it hard for her to remember that she’s sworn off men. Even harder will be Maddie’s struggles to overcome the past, though she’s about to discover that there’s no better place to call home than Lucky Harbor.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic. Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here


This Week’s topic: most anticipated reads for the first half of 2019

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo 

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.


Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal


The Stone Circle (Ruth Galloway #11) by Elly Griffiths 

Dr Ruth Galloway returns to north Norfolk in her latest chilling adventure.

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous, yet somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead. Or are they?

The past is reaching out for Ruth and Nelson, and its grip is deadly.




Passion Punch (Key West Escape #3) by Tricia Leedom

When April Linus discovers she’s pregnant, the pampered hotel heiress walks away from her trust fund to protect her child and the identity of her baby daddy from her criminal father. But single motherhood isn’t easy. Keeping her secrets stowed away tightly, she navigates through some rough seas alone and manages to build a new life for herself. Now, two men from her past are back in Key West wanting to rock the boat…

One wants to rekindle their high school romance.

The other wants to put her father in prison.

Black Ops operative Jonas Ostergaard made a nearly fatal mistake four years ago. He let April distract him from his mission. After working his way into her father’s circle of trust, Jonas was yanked off the job by his superiors and reassigned. Now he’s back to finish what he started, even if that means having to work up close and personal with the one woman who has the power to bring him to his knees.

When Jonas persuades April to help him stop her father from selling a dangerous new technology to a corrupt foreign government, they end up on the run dodging arms dealers in the steamy Amazon rain forest. They quickly learn that together, they can fight anything except for their smoldering attraction to each other.

But April starts to wonder what kind of relationship she could have with a man who may have more secrets that she has. Jonas disappeared on her once, what’s to stop him from doing it again?


The Furies by Katie Lowe

In 1998, a sixteen-year-old girl is found dead on school property, dressed in white and posed on a swing, with no known cause of death. The novel opens with this image, as related to us by the narrator, Violet, looking back on the night it happened from the present day, before returning to relate the series of events leading up to the girl’s murder.

After an accident involving her Dad and sister, Violet joins Elm Hollow Academy, a private girls school in a quiet coastal town, which has an unpleasant history as the site of famous 17th century witch trials. Violet quickly finds herself invited to become the fourth member of an advanced study group, alongside Robin, Grace, and Alex – led by their charismatic art teacher, Annabel.

While Annabel claims her classes aren’t related to ancient rites and rituals – warning the girls off the topic, describing it as little more than mythology – the girls start to believe that magic is real, and that they can harness it. But when the body of a former member of the society – Robin’s best friend, with whom Violet shares an uncanny resemblance – is found dead on campus nine months after she disappeared, Violet begins to wonder whether she can trust her friends, teachers, or even herself.


A Dream of Italy by Nicky Pellegrino

For sale: historic building in the picturesque town of Montenello, southern Italy. Asking price: 1 Euro

Cloudless skies, sun-soaked countryside, delicious food… In the drowsy heat of an Italian summer, four strangers arrive in a beautiful town nestled in the mountains of Basilicata, dreaming of a new adventure. An innovative scheme by the town’s Mayor has given them the chance to buy a crumbling historic building for a single Euro – on the condition that they renovate their home within three years, and help to bring new life to the close-knit local community.

Elise is desperate to get on the property ladder. Edward wants to escape a life he feels suffocated by. Mimi is determined to start afresh after her divorce. And there’s one new arrival whose true motives are yet to be revealed…

For each of them, Montenello offers a different promise of happiness. But can they turn their dream of Italy into reality?


The Familiars by Stacey Halls

Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn¹t supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.

When she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife, Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong.

When Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye?

As the two women’s lives become inextricably bound together, the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood¹s stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake.

Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.


On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.


On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.


Perfect Crime (D.I Callanach #5) by Helen Fields

Stephen Berry is about to jump off a bridge until suicide prevention counsellor Damien Maclure stops him.

One week later, Stephen Berry is found dead at the bottom of a cliff. But did he take his own life…or was he pushed?

A spate of murders sweeps across Edinburgh, and to make matters worse for DI Luc Callanach and DCI Ava Turner, the victims seem random and entirely unconnected.

With no clear method for how the killer chooses their victims, Callanach and Turner are under more pressure than ever to identify the killer before it’s too late. But as a separate murder case rears its head and places Callanach as the prime suspect, it seems like this killer might just be uncatchable…


The Lemon Tree Hotel by Rosanna Ley

A story about love, family secrets, and a little piece of heaven . . .

In the beautiful village of Vernazza, the Mazzone family have transformed an old convent overlooking the glamorous Italian Riviera into the elegant Lemon Tree Hotel. For Chiara, her daughter Elene and her granddaughter Isabella, the running of their hotel is the driving force in their lives.

One day, two unexpected guests check in. The first, Dante, is a face from Chiara’s past, but what exactly happened between them all those years ago, Elene wonders. Meanwhile, Isabella is preoccupied with the second guest, a mysterious young man who seems to know a lot about the history of the old convent and the people who live there. Isabella is determined to find out his true intentions and discover the secret past of the Lemon Tree Hotel.


The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Tiffy Moore and Leon Twomey each have a problem and need a quick fix.

Tiffy’s been dumped by her cheating boyfriend and urgently needs a new flat. But earning minimum wage at a quirky publishing house means that her choices are limited in London.

Leon, a palliative care nurse, is more concerned with other people’s welfare than his own. Along with working night shifts looking after the terminally ill, his sole focus is on raising money to fight his brother’s unfair imprisonment.

Leon has a flat that he only uses 9 to 5. Tiffy works 9 to 5 and needs a place to sleep. The solution to their problems? To share a bed of course…

As Leon and Tiffy’s unusual arrangement becomes a reality, they start to connect through Post-It notes left for each other around the flat.

Can true love blossom even in the unlikeliest of situations?
Can true love blossom even if you never see one another?
Or does true love blossom when you are least expecting it?

What are your most anticipated reads for the first half of the year?

Publication Day: #Awestruck by Sariah Wilson

#Awestruck by Sariah Wilson

Published: 8th January 2019
Publisher: Montlake Romance
ASIN: B07F6DCTLY
ISBN13: 9781542040006
Series: #Lovestruck #3
Source: NetGalley and Montlake Romance. Thank you for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Description

Ambitious intern Ashton Bailey is about to get closer to her dream of being a sports announcer. All she has to do is prove that too-perfect-to-be-true NFL quarterback Evan Dawson isn’t quite as wholesome as his contract requires. It’s also the perfect opportunity to get delicious payback on the boy who broke her teenage heart. At least that’s her plan. But she forgot just how easy it is to crush on the irresistible charmer. #OhNoNotAgain.

Evan has a knack for getting through the opposing team’s defenses, and he won’t let this tall, redheaded knockout be the exception. He’s determined to make things right between them and earn back Ashton’s trust—and maybe her heart, too.

Then the press mistakenly announces their engagement, and Ashton and Evan find themselves going along with the lie. Now the whole world is watching as Ashton flirts with attraction and disaster. But while revenge is sweet, it just might come at the cost of something sweeter still.


My Review

I loved the other 2 books in this series. Really loved them. But this one was a little… Off. I didn’t believe Ashton’s and Evans relationship as much. It felt forced in places, and there was less chemistry.

I liked Ashton and Evan. They were great characters, a little whiny on Ashton’s side but I was able to look past it. They were both well developed characters, and seeing Ashton forgive Evan for their history was a good way to go.

I would have loved to have had Evans POV though. In the other 2 books, we had the POV of the characters who were saving themselves but this time we didn’t. I would have loved to have known how Evan dealt with the temptations from a man’s view on it. I’m glad that Ashton didn’t obsess over how she felt about sex and everything, I think that would have been an awful move for this book.

Ashton and Evan’s history was dreadful, but from the reviews I read I was expecting a lot worse than what we got. I’m glad it wasn’t as bad as what everyone has made out though. I can look past Evan’s mistakes and really like him as the grown man that he actually is.

This is another well written book from Sariah Wilson. I just wish the chemistry was as intense as the previous couples. I read these books for the clean romance, and the intense chemistry between the characters but this book just didn’t quite have it for me.

Mini Reviews #15

UpInFlamesUp In Flames by Jennifer Blackwood

This story had so much potential, but sadly for me it lacked the upkeep. The first half of the story really dragged for me, but then the second half went way too quickly!!! I loved the banter between Sloane and Reece, and their chemistry was I tense. But it lacked that certain spark books of this steaminess have. Will definitely read the author again though as it was written well and I liked the characters.


AHot MontanaSummerA Hot Montana Summer by Karen Foley

While I liked the idea of the story, it all felt very rushed. I liked Jamie and Rachel together, their chemistry was instant, but at the same time it felt very forced at stages and very predictable. The writing style held my attention well enough but I felt there were huge chunks of empty spaces. A quick read for me, and ideal for an afternoon on the sofa.


Consort.jpgConsort of Secrets by Eva Chase

The steaminess of this book is off the charts, the story though? I found it lacking. I didn’t really like Rose, she irritated me. I could only imagine her voice as whiny. The way she kept saying “my guys”. She didn’t own them… It was a different take on witches though, and how they got their magic, and it’s the men who are lacking in the magic department for a change. The story did flow well though, and the cliffhanger has me intrigued but I probably won’t follow it up with book 2.


spiritSpirit of Legacy by E.E. Holmes

Ugh. I don’t even know where to start with this book. The first 75% I enjoyed. The last 25? Not so much. I enjoyed the simplicity of the story line to begin with. But then once things started actually happening, it all seemed a little… Rushed, confusing, dare I say it ridiculous. I liked Jess and her friends, the addition of Hannah was a little unneeded in my opinion. The writing style was ok and the flow of the story was slow going to begin with but then everything that happened, happened all at once.

Blog Tour Guest Post: The Girl From The Mill by Chrissie Walsh

G3is8vhQ.jpeg The Girl From The Mill by Chrissie Walsh

Publisher: Aria
Published: 3rd January 2019
ASIN: B07H433DY7

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Description

As World War I begins, life will never be the same again. A heart-breaking saga for all fans of Dilly Court and Val Wood.

In the drab Yorkshire town of Garsthwaite, Lacey Barraclough works hard in the textile mill, determined to fight for improvements to the dismal working conditions she and her fellow weavers face. But she hadn’t reckoned on falling in love with the boss’s son, Nathan. Nathan returns her love, but to succeed they must overcome the class divide, as well as persuade their families that their love for each other is real.

Before Nathan and Lacey can make a life together, World War I breaks out and Nathan enlists to fight. When Nathan heads off to the Front, he takes Lacey’s dreams with him, and she must find a new way to face the future. As hard times come to Garsthwaite, will there be a home for the returning heroes to come back to? And for those men who do make it back from France, can they ever outrun the horrors they have witnessed, and learn to love again?


About The Author

OtLLRnfA.jpegBorn and raised in West Yorkshire, Chrissie trained to be a singer and cellist before becoming a teacher. When she married her trawler skipper husband, they moved to a little fishing village in N. Ireland. Chrissie is passionate about history and that passion and knowledge shine through in her writing. The Girl from the Mill is her debut novel.

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Twitter: @WalshChrissie


Guest Post:

They say you can take the girl out of Yorkshire but you can’t take Yorkshire out of the girl, so even though I love my life in a little fishing village in Ireland, my head is often in Yorkshire. I once read that if you are going to write, write about what you know, and that’s what I try to do. I write about ordinary people – they don’t move mountains or make earth-shattering discoveries – what they do is survive in a tough world, dealing with every day hardships, and little by little through brave words and actions they make their lives and the lives of the people around them all the better for it.

The bygone mill towns of West Yorkshire with their towering mill chimneys looming over warrens of drab little houses, the smoke and the smell at odds with the rolling moors that surround them, provide an excellent backdrop for the women I like to write about. When necessity demands it they can be as tough as the moorland’s millstone grit, or as soft and gentle as a breeze wafting over it when it comes to loving and caring for family and friends. Proud, and for the most part unafraid, they found strength in unity, workmates and neighbours sticking together (even though they sometimes tore the tripe out of each other) in their fight against injustice. I come from a long line of such women: hard working, strong-willed, and talkative – my, could they talk. It’s their stories that inspired my first novel ‘The Girl from the Mill.’ Like Lacey Barraclough, they believed in fairness and equality and that the contribution they made to society, no matter how menial, should be considered worthy.  Whatever life threw at them, be it a petty annoyance or a family tragedy, these women ‘just got on with it’ but they never gave up the struggle.

I was a teacher for most of my working life, and now, when I’m not busy being a mother and grandmother, I write – or think about my writing. Long walks on the beach are great for developing plots and characters, and if I’m driving to school to pick-up my grandson or hanging out the washing or working in the garden I’m a bit like a trawl net on a fishing boat catching words, images and feelings. Then, between the hours of 10pm and 2am I tap it all out, spilling words onto the screen and re-jigging them until I’m satisfied I’ve written what I wanted to say. Finding a fabulous agent like Judith Murdoch and then being introduced to the super team at Aria has enabled me to fulfil a lifelong ambition.



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