Moonlight on the Thames by Lauren Westwood (Blog Tour)

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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?

Review: What a brilliant cover this book has. A beautiful London Christmas.

Lauren Westwood has created a lovely tale set at Christmas in London. Lauren’s writing places the reader at the heart of the scenes she is creating. There are two characters, Nicola and Dmitri who both need healing. Life for them is about carrying on trying to hide the problems in their lives. However, Christmas has away of bringing joy to people’s lives even if they do not want it there.

I enjoyed reading this book. Excited by the cover I was expecting good things and I was not disappointed. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and following them throughout their Christmas journey as love and joy seeped into their lives. The setting seemed to appear before me and I felt like I was right there waiting for the train with Nicola.

A brilliant read and one to defiantly read this Christmas.

 

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Roald Dahl Day 2018

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Today is Roald Dahl Day and to celebrate I thought I would write a blog about my favourite books of his and why I like them. As a child I loved to escape and go on adventures. Roald Dahl was one of my go to authors and often could be found getting lost in the world of characters he created. 

James and the Giant Peach

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James and the Giant Peach fascinated my as a child. Insects that talked, a peach that was so big and where these creatures lived. I felt for poor James and was so excited when he got to go on a journey on and in the giant peach. This book was read to me at school and I can remember doing work relating to the story. I read this book so many times and also had the audio book and can remember falling asleep dreaming of going on an adventure on a giant peach. Good memories spring from this book.

Matilda

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I thought I was Matilda as a child as I loved to read from an early age. I loved reading about Matilda growing up and going to school and then finally meeting Miss Honey, who was my favourite character.

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I was beyond excited when I first read the ending and found out that Matilda was going to live and be adopted by Miss Honey.

Roald Dahl’s writing was so popular with children and adults alike, as I still read his books today,  because he wrote in a style that did not talk down to children or at them but as an adult and he was very attuned to what they were thinking and wanted from an adventure. 

Danny and the Champion of the World 

Danny and the Champion of the World is a story that I remember more from listening to it as an audio book. I imagined Danny going on his trips to help his dad. It was a book I remembered having a sadness about it. I found the BFG getting a mention in this book great as I had read that first and thought it was great to have a character from another story appear in a different book.

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Fantastic Mr Fox

s-l300 I was a big fan of animal stories as a child so Fantastic Mr Fox really appealed to me. I liked the element of Mr Fox out witting the horrible farmers and not only saving his own family but other animal families too.

 

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Of course this book is one of my favourites. Who doesn’t want an exciting trip around Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Charlie was my favourite character and I was rooting for him to get a golden ticket. I adored his relationship with his grandparents.

The Witches

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This story was amazing and just genius to write. Full of funny moments and some skin crawling moments as well. I think as I child I was half fascinated and half scared while reading this book. I found myself as a child looking out for a witch after reading this.

It’s safe to say that Roald Dahl played a big part in many childhoods. He wrote so many amazing stories and took many children on adventures. They have stood the test of time and adults enjoy them just as much as they did as children. 

 

Christmas is for Children by Rosie Clarke (Blog Tour)

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December 1930. Christmas should be for the children, but with the Depression biting deeper, money and food in short supply and factories, ship yards and businesses closing down, the outlook is pretty bleak.

It looks like many East End kids will wake up on Christmas morning to nothing.

Robbie Graham is out of luck and work. Can he earn enough to put food on his table for his motherless children, Ben and Ruthie? Never mind something for their Christmas stockings?

Meanwhile single mother and local shop owner, Flo Hawkins cannot bear the thought of some children having nothing for Christmas. Alongside her daughter, Honour, they decide to make their own gifts and the community unites to throw a Christmas party at the Salvation Army for those less fortunate.

But will it be Flo who gets the best gift ever?

Review: Christmas for Children was such a delight to read.

I really enjoy settling down getting all cosy with a Rosie Clarke book especially one that is set at Christmas time.

Its 1930 and times a tough. Robbie is facing Christmas without his wife and the mother to his two children and Flo who puts others before herself despite facing tough times herself decided to help these poor children.

I really enjoyed this plot and reading about all the characters who despite facing troubles still found hope to help each other. Rosie Clarke creates characters that have many emotions that you can clearly feel while reading. Reading the scenes with the children really pulled at my heart-strings.

This book really highlights the true meaning of Christmas. A must read as the nights begin to draw in a Christmas fast approaches.

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Victory for the Shipyard Girls by Nancy Revell (Blog Tour)

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Sunderland, 1942

With the war showing no sign of abating, Helen is thriving in her role as shipyard manager. But at home the return of her father brings a shocking discovery that tears her family apart.

Gloria is shouldering the burden of a terrible secret. If the truth comes out there could be dire consequences, and it will take all her resolve to resist the pressure around her.

Meanwhile Rosie is throwing herself into her work, taking on as many shifts as she can. Anything to keep her mind off the fact that she hasn’t heard from her sweetheart in months…

With life in the shipyards tougher than ever, will the strength of their friendship see them through to victory?

Review: I would firstly like to thank Rachel Kennedy from Penguin Random House and Nancy Revell for sending me a copy of this book and letting me be apart of the blog tour. I am lucky to have been involved from the start of this amazing historical saga.

Below are all the books in this saga in order. Courage of the Shipyard Girls is out March 2019.

In Victory for the Shipyard Girls we catch up will all the girls but in particular we read about Helen, Gloria and Rosie. We also find out more about Pearl’s background which is very interesting and when all is revelled, the connection I did not see coming. All the girls are staying strong and carrying on despite all worrying about someone who is away fighting the war and one such person is Rosie who puts all her waking moments into work to help cope. Gloria is also missing someone although not away fighting the war they are fighting matters more closer to home and Helen loses her way a little in this book and needs support closer to home than she realises.

Nancy Revell has created a fantastic saga that could literally have fallen from the TV. As a reader you feel like you are right there watching all the action take place.  The words on the pages come alive and float around you morphing into the noisy setting of the Shipyard or the streets of Sunderland and the girls having a gossip over a cuppa tea on their lunch break. Each book flows into the next without leaving you with a disappointing ending while you wait for the next book but with hope that all is well until the next book arrives.

I couldn’t be more happy for Nancy and the success she has had with The Shipyard Girls. These books are highly recommended. If you want to see what others are saying about Victory for the Shipyard Girls continue to follow the blog tour.

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Nancy Revell is the pen name of writer and journalist Amanda Revell Walton, who has worked for the national press for the past 25 years, providing them with hard-hitting news stories and in-depth features. She has also worked for just about every woman’s magazine, writing amazing and inspirational true life stories.

Arrow Twitter: @arrowpublishing
Nancy Revell Twitter: @arevellwalton

 

Daisy’s Vintage Cornish Camper Van by Ali McNamara

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Welcome to the gorgeous Cornish town of St Felix, where there’s magic in the air…

When Ana inherits a broken-down camper van from her best friend, she takes the chance for a quick trip to Cornwall – some sea air and fish and chips on the beach is just the tonic she needs.

But St Felix has bigger plans for Ana. She discovers a series of unsent postcards, dating back to the 1950s, hidden in the upholstery of the van. Ana knows that it’s a sign: she’ll make sure that the messages reach the person that they were meant for. And as the broken-down van is restored to gleaming health, so Ana begins to find her way back to happiness.

Review: Ali McNamara has spread her magic again. I adored this book.

Set in a stunning Cornish town called St Felix our journey with Ana begins. Ana is in need of a fresh start not that she is ready to accept that yet for herself. After losing her best friend and unknown to Ana, magic is set to change her life forever.

Every book I read of Ali’s is pure escapism. Some how her plots are full of pure magic that is captivating and really draws a reader into the depth of her books. Her stories make you believe in magic and that anything can happen if you only believe.

Ali’s books are ones that you can read and read and never get bored.

Highly recommend this read.

 

 

Exciting news!

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Hello everyone, it has been sometime since I posted anything and that is due to being pretty busy with a new project.

I have finally started writing a book. It is a dream of mine to have something published but I have never had the nerve to send anything off. Since starting this blog a few years ago I have gained so much confidence in my writing and have met and spoken to many authors, bloggers and publishers. I believe starting a blog is a great way to develop writing skills and it also shows commitment to publishers.

Writing is something I really enjoy and have done since a child. Life got busy as a teen and into adult life but writing was always there. Now however, I am letting it take centre stage more. I am very much in the beginning stages of the story at the moment but I can already feel the characters taking hold. I have no idea how this story will end as the characters really do have a mind of their own.

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Christmas it seems is just around the corner. I have had several emails about Christmas blog tours and have many Christmas books lined up to review. It has seemed a little strange to read stories set at Christmas when Summer is still just holding on with its little finger tips but quite refreshing to. I am so excited to share my reviews with you very soon.

Until next time

Michelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Family Recipe by Veronica Henry

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Laura Griffin is preparing for an empty nest. The thought of Number 11 Lark Hill falling silent – a home usually bustling with noise, people and the fragrant smells of something cooking on the Aga – seems impossible. Laura hopes it will mean more time for herself, and more time with her husband, Dom.

But when an exposed secret shakes their marriage, Laura suddenly feels as though her family is shrinking around her. Feeling lost, she turns to her greatest comfort: her grandmother’s recipe box, a treasured collection dating back to the Second World War. Everyone has always adored Laura’s jams and chutneys, piled their sandwiches high with her pickles . . . Inspired by a bit of the old Blitz spirit, Laura has an idea that gives her a fresh sense of purpose.

Full of fierce determination, Laura starts carving her own path. But even the bravest woman needs the people who love her. And now, they need her in return . . .

Review: I received an email asking if I would like to review this book and of course I said yes, as soon as the book landed on my door mat I started reading and didn’t stop until the last page had been turned.

Veronica Henry writes with such warmth. Even when writing an emotional scene you feel sad for the characters but know that same how it is all going to be all right.

What I liked best about this story is the way it tells us two of the characters stories across different generations. I like reading stories set in a war period but also more modern settings too and this had both. The way they interlinks and getting to know all the characters in great depth is refreshing.

I highly recommend this book.