The ABC Book Challenge: ‘U’

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Memorable titles that start with the letter “U”

  • Undertaking Love by Kat French
  • {The} Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold fry
  • Uprising by Scott G Mariani


Books Starting with “U” on my TBR

  • Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino
  • Unravel me by Tahereh Mafi
  • {The} Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway by Rhys Thomas

Blog Tour Review: No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley


No One Cancels Christmas by Zara Stoneley

Publisher: HarperImpulse
Published: 19th October
Source: NetGalley and Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources. Thank you for my copy, and for the chance to take part in this blog tour in exchange for my honest review.

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It’s the most magical time of the year, and for travel agent Sarah it’s also the busiest! But this year one man threatens to ruin Christmas for Sarah’s customers – Mr Grinch, Will Armstrong.

The Shooting Star Mountain resort is a magical place, and Sarah has fond memories of Christmas here as a little girl – visits to Father Christmas, husky rides in the snow and hot chocolate by a roaring fire. But as the resorts new owner, Will refuses to play snowball or to deck the halls with anything remotely resembling tinsel!

With customers complaining their Christmas is ruined, Sarah decides it’s up to her to convince Scroogey Will just how magical Christmas can be….

But getting Will into the Christmas spirit is hopeless – he is Bah Humbug personified! But as Sarah gets to know him better, she realises that underneath all the gloom is a man struggling with a pain of his own.

With the big day approaching, Sarah realises that the magic and sparkle can wait. This year, she’s going to spend Christmas day with someone special her very own Mr Scrooge…

Author Bio

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Born in a small village in Staffordshire, I wanted to be a female James Herriot, a spy, or an author when I grew up. After many years, and many different jobs, my dream of writing a bestseller came true. I write about friendship, dreams, love, and happy ever afters, and hope that my tales make you cry a little, laugh a lot, and occasionally say ‘ahhh’. I now live in a Cheshire village with my family, a lively cockapoo called Harry, and a very bossy (and slightly evil) cat called Saffron.

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Twitter: @ZaraStoneley

My Review

I liked this story, there was a sort of seriousness to it that I wasn’t expecting. There were light hearted moments, touching moments and funny moments.

I liked Sarah. She was carefree and fun. Except for when it came to Will and his resort. I connected quite quickly with her, she certainly felt the same as me about Christmas. It’s a time for family and friends. A little thing that irritated me with her though was that she was very repetitive. She said that someone was cute numerous times within a couple of sentences, that Will’s eyes were intense or something similar god knows how many times in one paragraph.

I liked Will, even if he did come across a grump. He had his moments though. I was also sort of surprised by his background, as nothing was hinted at throughout the whole book. I sort of wish that we had his point of view in this book. I think it would have worked really well as we only ever got one side of the story and I felt there was a lot missing.

I didn’t really get the chemistry between Sarah and Will until late on in the book. It just wasn’t an instant thing for me. To be honest, I was sort of rooting for Ed (Will’s brother). There was more chemistry between him and Sarah than Will if I’m honest.

The serious notes to the story… Sarah’s past is tragic, yes, but it does hold her back when she could have quite easily been a fantastic character without that hovering about. I think this story could have been more… magical without the backstory it has. Obviously it does work for the book though, and we do get to know Sarah a lot better for it.

Zara Stoneley’s writing style is so easy to get into, and you do feel like you’re right in the middle of all the action, drama, romance. Her location choice is fantastic and her descriptive style is incredible.

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Book Review: Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood


Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood

Publisher: Aria
Published: 4th September 2018
ASIN: B07F2N54K4
Source: NetGalley and Aria, thank you for my copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Worlds collide when two strangers meet at Waterloo station. It’s a moment they’ll never forget. Perfect for the fans of Milly Johnson.

Christmas is a joyous time, but not everyone is merry and bright.

Nicola is a rising star at the top of the corporate ladder, but her personal life is a disaster. Her office affair has lost its allure, and the last thing she wants to think about is Christmas. A night of cancelled trains and festive Christmas carols at Waterloo Station is just about the last straw…

Dmitri loves conducting his pop-up choir during the festive season, meeting people, and spreading joy and cheer around London. But he carries deep secrets from his past that robbed him of his dream to become a concert pianist.

Can their hearts and souls be unlocked by music and moonlight and will they discover the healing power of love?

My Review

This story could have happened at any time of year really. Christmas didn’t really make an difference to the book, it just made a nice setting. Fair enough it wasn’t the best season for Nicola, but I don’t think it really made a big enough impact for me.

I’m not actually sure where I stand with this book to be fair. I liked Dmitri’s story more than Nicola’s, which isn’t necessarily a good thing considering he had awful experiences. I found that I liked him more, and looked forward to his sections more than her. It’s not that I didn’t like Nicola, I just found her cold and uncaring. I didn’t connect with her on an emotional level and it was a little off-putting. The chemistry between the pair was undeniable though. It was an instant thing, even if they didn’t start of on the best foot. I liked how they were able to connect on a level that enabled them to share they’re secrets and overcome them.

This is the first book I’ve read by Lauren Westwood, and I can say it won’t be the last. Her writing style is engaging, captivating and does keep you glued to the pages. I think if I connected to Nicola like I did Dmitri, then this book for me would be a spectacular book. The authors descriptions of everything, her knowledge of pianists, and just her way with words is what kept me going with this book.

While this book isn’t the best to start of a Christmas feature, I think that the only way is up now. This book had such a sad undertone to it, especially for a story to be happening at Christmas time. But, it also has the sense of Christmas magic in a way. Nicola becomes a different person by the end of book. Dmitri has faced up to his demons, Nicola doesn’t seem as cold.

Blog Tour Extract: What’s Love Got To Do With It? by Anna Premoli

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Publisher: Aria
Published: 16th October 2016


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Anna was born in Croatia but moved to Milan as a young child and has lived there since. She has worked in the Asset Management industry for JPMorgan and is now employed in Private Banking for an Italian bank, where she manages HNW positions. She started writing romantic comedies to fight financial markets stress after the Lehman crack, when she was expecting her son, now six. Writing was supposed to be only a hobby, but her husband self-published her first novel as a birthday present four years ago, and it was a great success in Italy.


Kayla David is a high-flying journalist in New York City, spending all her time drinking martinis and writing about fashion trends. She is perfectly happy with her life, and she certainly has no time for falling in love.

That is, until, her boss decides to send her on a secret mission back to her hometown of Arkansas: she is tasked with exposing the truth about the fracking industry and to use her reputation as a lifestyle columnist as a disguise. She is horrified at the thought of returning to this boring country town, but up for the challenge.

Yet, she didn’t plan on having to deal with Grayson Moir, the sexy but aloof mayor of Heber Spring. As Kayla settles into life there she soon realises that it might be a bit more difficult than she thought to keep her real mission a secret. And what’s more, she finds it increasingly difficult to keep her heart under control too …


“So where are you sending me, then?”

“To Arkansas,” he says, as if it was perfectly normal.

I open my eyes wide in panic. “No! Not to Arkansas, please!” I’m all set to get down on my knees and beg.

My sadist of a boss is actually looking amused by my desperate reaction. “What the hell are you getting so worked up about going to Arkansas for? It’s hardly the Far West! And isn’t it where you were born anyway?” he asks as he scratches his chin.

“That’s the point: I know the place well enough and I hate the countryside! Can you imagine me living out in the boondocks? I need to see the crowds in the street and smell the awful stink of the underground: it’s reassuring!” I say. Hey, as far as I’m concerned, everybody is entitled to their own weirdness.

“Girl, you are out of your mind. Well I think that spending a few months in the countryside can only be good for your health…”

“Months? Did you say ‘months’?”

My voice is starting to get a little loud, but Roger doesn’t seem to have noticed.

“I have a fantastic project in mind, and you’re going to love it too,” he explains. “But to avoid raising suspicion, I need someone local to take care of it.”

“I am not ‘local’! My mother and I got the hell away from there when I was only five!” I say imploringly, trying to get him to change his mind.

“Don’t you have an aunt who still lives there?” he asks innocently.

Never, and I really do mean never, ever speak to your boss about your family. Sooner or later, they will use all the information they’ve managed to gather against you.

“She’s not really my aunt,” I reply in a quiet voice, “she’s my late grandmother’s sister.”

“Look, Kayla, let me be blunt: I don’t care if she is or isn’t your aunt… She’s still a damn good excuse for you to spend a bit of time there. Where exactly does she live?” he asks, peering at me the way a predator looks at its prey.

“In Heber Springs…” I mumble, hoping that he won’t be able to hear me. But my hopes are vain, because he seems to be able to hear me perfectly well. Scores at the moment: exceptional Hearing 1 – Kayla 0.

“That’s perfect!” His face is so ecstatic that for a moment I’m scared he’s about to kiss me. I still don’t understand what the hell he’s so happy about, though.

“I really don’t get why you’re suddenly so interested in a small town that nobody has ever heard of before,” I say with a disgusted expression.

“Have you ever heard about shale gas and shale oil?” he asks me cryptically.

The question takes me by surprise. I hadn’t really been expecting him to come out with something like that. “Err, kind of, I guess. Like everyone else… I mean, I know what it is, in theory. Let’s say I have a very superficial knowledge of the matter. I guess it’s when you drill a hole in the ground and put various substances in there until you provoke a hydraulic fracture that liberates some gas or oil or something? That’s all I know. I’ve never had the chance to study the subject in depth, as I’m sure you can imagine.” And who cares about it anyway?

“That’s because you spend all your time drinking Cosmopolitans instead of getting informed about the real problems of the country,” he scolds me in a teasing voice. I feel like a lazy student being criticised in front of the whole class, and it’s working – I’m actually starting to feel guilty. But luckily, I’m only capable of feeling guilt for a couple of seconds at a time.

“Look, I don’t know anything about nuclear fusion or fission either and I don’t think that’s a problem for anyone, to be honest. What am I anyway, an environmental engineer? I don’t think so. My job is to take care of our newspaper’s New York social life column,” I remind us both.

“And on paper that’s what you’ll continue to do, except that you’ll be doing it from Heber Springs. You current assignment will be your cover.”

I’m trying very hard to follow him, but I still don’t know where he’s going with all this. “There is no social life in Heber Springs, and so there’ll be nothing for me to talk about. The place is just straight up dead! There’s nothing there, except for the few hundred people who haven’t run away from it yet.”

“Few thousand, to be precise,” Roger corrects me while checking the town on the Internet.

“That’s only if you count the whole county. In any case, it doesn’t change the fact that more people live in my block than in miles and miles of that deserted wilderness of Arkansas.” I hope he’s getting the message: I need to be surrounded by people at all times. I love crowds!

Roger’s face, though, tells me that he’s not actually inclined to sympathise with my personal necessities. Quite the opposite, in fact.

“It’s going to be a great column: A City Girl in the Country. Our female readers will love it,” he says, completely ignoring me.

“But I am going to hate it!” I reply stubbornly. “Don’t you think it’s important for me to like my assignments?”

He doesn’t even bother to answer.

“And when you’re not busy with your cover column, you’ll be investigating the shale gas thing.”

“In Arkansas?” I ask doubtfully. The last time I was there – which was a fair few years ago – the local economy was mainly based on agriculture, farming and not much else. I know that there were some bauxite caves or something like that, but I never really looked into it. I just wasn’t interested, and I bet nobody else would be either.

“You need to catch up, Kayla. In Fayetteville, Arkansas, there is one of the biggest shale gas sites in the whole United States. And as soon as you start to look into it, you’ll realise how important shale gas is for the energy independence that the US is hoping to achieve. All our future energy plans are based on this new method of methane extraction, and it’s all on the basis of assumptions which have yet to be completely proven, in my opinion,” he says cautiously.

His last words pique my curiosity. “What do you mean?” I ask.

“Let’s just say that some States, like Arkansas, are embracing fracking without hesitation while in other states the authorities are doing the exact opposite: they are banning it completely.”


Cover Reveal: Breaking Without You by Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan’s new series Fractured Connections kicks off in April 2019 with thee release of BREAKING WITHOUT YOU! Check out the stunning cover below, find out more about Cameron and Violet’s story, and preorder your copy now!



Available April 16, 2019

From NYT bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan, comes a brand new series where second chances don’t come often, and overcoming an unexpected loss means breaking everything you knew.

I fell for Cameron Connolly at the wrong time. And when he left, I thought my life was over. But then, after the worst happened, I truly understood what that phrase meant. Now, he’s not ready for a second chance, and I’m not offering one. Though given that our families have been forced together after losing one of our own, I know there’s no turning back. Not this time. Not again. Not when it comes to Cameron.


I never wanted to hurt Violet Knight, but there were reasons I had to leave all those years ago—not that she’d believe me if I told her what they were. I not only left her, I also left my foster brothers. Honestly, I didn’t want to come back to Denver to help run my father’s failing brewery. But when it comes to my brothers, I know I’ll find a way to make it work. Perhaps I’ll even earn Violet’s forgiveness and face the connection we both thought long forgotten in the process. Because I wanted her then, but now I know I need her. I just hope she needs me.

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About Carrie Ann Ryan

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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Blog Tour Guest Post: The Spitfire Girl by Fenella J Miller

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Publisher: Aria
Published: 16th October 2018

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It’s 1939 and the threat of war hangs over the country…

Flying instructor Ellie Miller has grown up a tomboy. She’s never had interest in the latest clothes or lipstick colours – her only passion is flying her beloved Tiger Moth. But when war is declared, and she is no longer be able to do what she loves most – fly.

Unless she joins the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force that is!

Given the choice to keep the home fires burning – or join the fight on the home front Ellie doesn’t have to think twice.

Joining the WAAFs she meets friends that become her family in the skies – sharing both the small daily triumphs and grief as war slowly tears both the country she loves, and her heart, apart …

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Fenella Jane Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker, hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer.

She has over thirty eight Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen variations, three Victorian sagas and seven WW2 family sagas. She lives in a pretty, riverside village in Essex with her husband and British Shorthair kitten. She has two adult children and three grandchildren.

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Guest Post:

How I became a writer.

I wrote my first book when I was about ten years old – it was basically a fanfiction book for Lorna Hill whose horse books I absolutely loved. My father and my brother laughed at it and said it was derivative so I threw it away and didn’t write again until in my twenties.

We lived in Cornwall and I couldn’t drive and had a three-year-old to look after whilst my five-year-old was at school. We had a wonderful garden slopes down to a trout stream and on the other side of the valley open fields and hedges. One day I was sitting in the garden with my son when I saw a man on a magnificent black horse gallop across the fields.

That was the inspiration for my first hero. I wrote on every scrap of paper I could find, in pencil, and completed the book before we moved back to Essex at the end of the summer. It was written for my own pleasure but it had sown the seed. I wrote two more books, also contemporary romance, whilst I was training to be a teacher.

I almost got taken on by HM&B but like so many great writers never quite managed to change my stance sufficiently to suit their requirements. This was in the days before computers and getting anything typed was expensive and time-consuming.

As the years ticked by I became more determined that one day I would be a published writer. I took early retirement and went on a short course at Essex University creative writing. One of the tutors I spoke to said I should join the Romantic Novelists Association as I would get the advice and help I needed from them.

In 2003 I did just that and soon realised my voice was best suited to historical romance and not contemporary moments so I changed tack. I was advised to write what I read and I didn’t read contemporary romance at all.

In 2005 I sold two books – one to Robert Hale and one to My Weekly Pocket Novels. Since that time I’ve written more than sixty books since then and this year have written eight already. I still have to write a ninth as I am now contracted to Aria – Head of Zeus and the third book in my World War II series is due in at the end of the year.

I indie publish my books and much prefer to do this as I then have complete control. However, as I’ve never written for a mainstream publisher I thought it was something I should do before I’m too old and stop writing altogether.


Top Ten Tuesday: Romances In Books


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 Previous Top Ten Tuesdays Topic: Romance in Books (This is a Top 15, not 10)

  1. Lou and Will from Me Before You. This is the most heartbreaking relationship I’ve encountered in a book… Well… Until I came across…..
  2. Melody and Dev/Tom from The Songs of Us. It appears I have a thing for heartbreaking love as the next one is…..
  3. Romeo and Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. The original tragic love story.
  4. Emma and Simon from A Long Goodbye. I’m beginning to see a pattern here…..
  5. Emma and Dexter from One Day. Maybe I need to read happier books??
  6. Strange and Sarai from Strange the Dreamer. Definitely need happier books…….
  7. Alice and Max from One Thousand Stars and You. A Happier story!!!!
  8. Lane and Adam from The Dating Game. Not a couple you expect to work but it does.
  9. Molly and Anders from Bahama Mama. Anders is just heavenly….
  10. Claire and Jamie from Outlander. Everyone loves this hunk of a Scotsman
  11. Diana and Matthew from A Discovery of Witches. I loved Matthew from these books but he wasn’t my favourite male in them.
  12. Kitty and Adam from A Winter’s Tale. This was my favourite couple from this series until…..
  13. Juliet and Ryan from By Virtue Fall. This couple is everything.
  14. Lucky, Jinx and Jamie from The Soulseer Chronicles. This triangle was never about who the girl would choose, she was badass and had them both!!!
  15. Alice and Robinson from One Hot Summer. I’m still searching for my own Robinson if anyone knows where I can buy one!!

What Are Some of Your Favourite Book Romances??

Blog Tour Spotlight: The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr

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The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr

Publisher: HarperImpulse
Published: 12th October 2018



This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all, Gemma agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, wrapped in old newspapers, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line.

Set in the present day and during the horrifying years of the war, both woman discover deep down the strength and courage to carry on in even the most difficult of times. Through Alice’s words and her unfailing love for her sweetheart at the front, Gemma learns to truly live again.

This is a beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away.

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About The Author

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Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her great-grandfather’s time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.

She is part of ‘The Blonde Plotters’ writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, for seven years. Her debut historical romance, Broken Faces, is set in WW1 and was runner-up in the 2012 Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and given a ‘special commendation’ in the Harry Bowling Prize that year. The Poppy Field is her second historical novel.

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The ABC Book Challenge: ‘T’

Memorable titles that start with the letter “T”

  • Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
  • The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Lisa Dickenson
  • This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab
  • The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee


Books Starting with “T” on my TBR

  • Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness
  • This Love by Dani Atkins
  • Then. Now. Always by Isabelle Broom
  • This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

Blog Blitz Spotlight: Oh! What A Pavlova by Isabella May

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Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
Published: 3rd October 2017

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Kate Clothier is leading a double life: a successful jet-setting businesswoman to the outside world, but behind closed doors, life with Daniel and his volcanic temper is anything but rosy.

Some days – heck, make that EVERY day – cake is her only salvation. Slowly but surely, the cities she visits – and the men she meets – help her to realise there IS a better future.

And the ley lines of Glastonbury are certainly doing their best to impart their mystical wisdom… But will she escape before it’s too late?

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Isabella May lives in (mostly) sunny Andalucia, Spain with her husband, daughter and son, creatively inspired by the sea and the mountains. When she isn’t having her cake and eating it, sampling a new cocktail on the beach, or ferrying her children to and from after school activities, she can usually be found writing. As a co-founder and a former contributing writer for the popular online women’s magazine, The Glass House Girls – – she has also been lucky enough to subject the digital world to her other favourite pastimes, travel, the Law of Attraction, and Prince (The Purple One). She has recently become a Book Fairy, and is having lots of fun with her imaginative ‘drops’! Costa del Churros is her third novel with Crooked Cat Books, following on from the hit sensations, Oh! What a Pavlova and The Cocktail Bar.

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