Sorry Not Sorry by Sophie Ranald

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Is this all there is? I hadn’t had so much as a sniff of a shag for over a year. I scraped the last dregs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream out of the bottom of the tub with my finger and licked it. It left a sticky smear on my phone’s screen when I typed into Google, “How to find love, sex and happiness.”

Charlotte has always been a good girl.

She sorts her paper from her plastic. She eats her greens (even Spirulina, whatever that is). Boozy brunches with her best friends on the third Sunday of every month are about as bad as she gets.

But being good is getting boring…

Charlotte’s not just stuck in a rut – she’s buried in it up to her chin. The only company she has in bed is the back catalogue of Netflix and falling in love feels like the stuff of fairy tales. So when she stumbles across a popular podcast, Sorry Not Sorry, which challenges women to embrace their inner bad girl, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Old Charlotte would never ask for a stranger’s number, go on a blind date or buy lacy lingerie… But New Charlotte is waving goodbye to her comfort zone (with a side order of margaritas). And it turns out that good things happen to bad girls, as Charlotte finally finds her Mr Right – or so she thinks… Is falling in love too tough a challenge even for Charlotte?

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Bookouture for asking me to review this book and organising the blog tour.

This is a delightful chic lit that I found to be a nice light relief from the books I have read recently. However, I did find it a little difficult to get into but once I had it was good and funny in places. Charlotte has realised that she has bee hardworking and good for far to long and finds her life is a little on the boring side. When she finds a podcast called Sorry Not Sorry she decides to change things up. Each chapter begins with the podcast and as the story develops so does Charlotte.

Sorry Not Sorry is a good read and perfect for when you need a light read.

About the author:

Sophie Ranald is the youngest of five sisters. She was born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa until an acute case of itchy feet brought her to London in her mid-20s. As an editor for a customer publishing agency, Sophie developed her fiction-writing skills describing holidays to places she’d never visited. In 2011, she decided to disregard all the good advice given to aspiring novelists and attempt to write full-time. After one false start, It Would Be Wrong to Steal My Sister’s Boyfriend (Wouldn’t It?) seemed to write itself. Her second, third and fourth novels followed, and The Truth About Gemma Grey was released in summer 2017. Sophie also writes for magazines and online about food, fashion, finance and running. She lives in south-east London with her amazing partner Hopi and Purrs, their adorable little cat. 

In Safe Hands by J. P. Carter

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How far would you go to save the ones you love? The first book in a stunning new crime series featuring DCI Anna Tate.

When nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London, their distressed parents have no idea if they will ever see them again. The community in the surrounding area in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

But DCI Anna Tate knows that nothing is impossible, and she also knows that time is quickly running out. It’s unclear if the kidnappers are desperate for money or set on revenge, but the ransom is going up by £1million daily. And they know that one little boy in particular is fighting for his life.

It’s one of the most disturbing cases DCI Anna Tate has ever worked on – not only because nine children are being held hostage, but because she’s pretty sure that someone close to them is lying…

Extract:

The paramedics who attended to Tasha Norris confirmed that her condition was serious and that it was touch and go as to whether she’d survive.

She was the only one who’d been attacked and it was because she put up a fight when they were being forced into the storeroom.

She’d received two vicious blows to the head and one to the face. Her nose was shattered and there were two open wounds below her unruly mop of dark brown hair.

As Tasha was being stretchered out of the building, Anna was approached by Sarah Ramsay, who was understandably still shocked and confused after the ordeal.

‘One of us should go with her to the hospital,’ she said. ‘We can’t let her go by herself.’

‘You and your colleagues need to stay here so that you can give me more details about what happened,’ Anna said. ‘But don’t worry. She’s in good hands and will be accompanied by one of my officers.’

‘Then someone should call her husband,’ Sarah said, as she took a mobile phone from her jeans pocket and held it up. ‘This belongs to her. His number will be on it.’

‘What’s his name?’

‘Steve. Steve Norris. They live in Salter Road.’

Anna took the phone from her and gave it to DI Walker, who was standing beside her.

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Avon for asking me to review this book and to be apart of the blog tour.

I was very excited about this book from the blurb and couldn’t wait to get started. In Safe Hands is a heart in your mouth crime where you cannot help but read on to find out whats next.

Nine children are kidnapped from their nursery with the teacher attacked and DCI Anna has to find them. However, her back story is told alongside this crime which makes it even more exciting as her daughter has been missing for some time. Will she be able to handle this case and keep a level head.

In Safe Hands is the first of a new series which I cannot wait to read. This is a trilling crime that had my heart in my mouth till the end. Loved it.

Mummy’s Favourite by Sarah Flint

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He’s watching… He’s waiting… Who’s next?

Buried in a woodland grave are a mother and her child. One is alive. One is dead. DC ‘Charlie’ Stafford is assigned by her boss, DI Geoffrey Hunter to assist with the missing person investigation, where mothers and children are being snatched in broad daylight.

As more pairs go missing, the pressure mounts. Leads are going cold. Suspects are identified but have they got the right person? Can Charlie stop the sadistic killer whose only wish is to punish those deemed to have committed a wrong? Or will she herself unwittingly become a victim.

What others are saying:

‘This book hooked me in from the start’

‘This is fast paced crime writing at its best’

‘If you like stories that keep you on the edge of your seat then this is for you’

‘Kept me guessing right up to the end’

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Aria for asking me to review Mummy’s Favourite and to be apart of the blog tour.

Mummy’s Favourite is a truly perfect crime story. Sarah has captured all the best elements that you want. What also shines through is her knowledge from her career in the Metropolitan Police, I have total respect for the police and what they have to deal with day to day.

I could easily picture the scenes as they play out in my head, I tried not to read this at night just before bed. I adored DI Charlie Stafford and her mad dash into work and her dedication to the job. The plot was very interesting, the idea of what the title, Mummy’s Favourite stood for as you read and find out about the killer is brilliant. Won’t say to much here as it will spoil it for anyone who wants to read it. Each chapter you learn something new, but then as you read the next few Sarah keeps you on your toes. I am one of those readers who will try and work out who has done it before the end, there was no way I would have worked it out. There is a really great ending to this story.

Mummy’s Favourite had me on the edge of my seat. Brilliant!

About the author:

With a Metropolitan Police career spanning 35 years Sarah has spent her adulthood surrounded by victims, criminals and police officers. She continues to work and lives in London with her partner and has three older daughters.

Follow Sarah:  

Twitter: @SarahFlint19

Facebook: @SarahFlintBooks

A Rebel at Pennington’s by Rachel Brimble

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One woman’s journey to find herself and help secure the vote. Perfect for the fans of the TV series Mr Selfridge and The Paradise.

1911 Bath. Banished from her ancestral home, passionate suffrage campaigner Esther Stanbury works as a window dresser in Pennington’s Department Store. She has hopes and dreams for women’s progression and will do anything to help secure the vote.

Owner of the prestigious Phoenix Hotel, Lawrence Culford has what most would view as a successful life. But Lawrence is harbouring shame, resentment and an anger that threatens his future happiness. When Esther and Lawrence meet, their mutual understanding of life’s challenges unites them and they are drawn to the possibility of a life of love that neither thought existed.

With the Coronation of King-Emperor George V looming, the atmosphere in Bath is building to fever pitch, as is the suffragists’ determination to secure the vote.

Will Esther’s rebellious nature lead her to ruin or can they overcome their pasts and look to build a future together?

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Aria for asking me to review this book and arranging the blog tour.

Welcome to the 1900’s and you are in for a treat. This is an historical fiction that is set around the suffragette movement. I love it when I read a fiction book that is about a past era that I want to know more about and this is one such story where the plot and the research work together in harmony. It is full of passion for believes, hope and with our main character having such a rebellious nature the plot is packed with powerful momnets.

Loved this inspiring read.

About the author:

Rachel Brimble lives in Wiltshire with her husband of twenty years, two teenage daughters and her beloved chocolate Labrador, Tyler. Multi-published in the US, she is thrilled to have a new beginning writing for Aria in the UK. When Rachel isn’t writing, she enjoys reading across the genres, knitting and walking the English countryside with her family…often stopping off at a country pub for lunch and a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Follow Rachel:    

Twitter: @RachelBrimble

Facebook: @RachelBrimble

Summer on the Italian Lake by Lucy Coleman

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The feel-good read of 2019, perfect for fans of Lucy Diamond and Karen Swan

Bestselling Brianna Middleton has won the hearts of millions of readers with her sweeping – and steamy – love stories. But the girl behind the typewriter is struggling…. Not only does she have writer’s block, but she’s a world-famous romance author with zero romance in her own life.

So the opportunity to spend the summer teaching at a writer’s retreat in an idyllic villa on the shores of Lake Garda – owned by superstar author Arran Jamieson – could this be just the thing to fire up Brie’s writing – and romantic – mojo?

Brie’s sun-drenched Italian summer could be the beginning of this writer’s very own happy-ever-after…

Escape the January blues with this sun-drenched, heart-warming story from the bestselling author of Snowflakes Over Holly Cove. What readers are saying about Lucy Coleman…

Chells and Books Review:

Firstly, before I get all excited about this book again I would like to thank Aria for asking me to review Summer on the Italian Lakes and organising the blog tour. I am posting this twice as I am apart of two blog tours for this book and I would like to also thank Rachel Gilbey for organising her blog tour.

Well, where to start on this book. I loved it and totally fell in love with the villa in Italy, especially one certain place but I will not say which area as I felt as a reader it was exciting discovering it for myself, so I will let you do that too. The owner of the villa is not to bad either, he sounds so dreamy. The star of the book has to be Brie though a girl after my own heart. I loved reading her backstory and getting to know her and all about her writing. It was lovely reading about her writing habits.

Brie is struggling! I totally felt for her as someone who has been through a tough time myself and found my self surrounded by chocolate and books without seeing a person for days. Lucy wrote this part of the book with humour mixed in and it was brilliant to read and so realistic. Seeing Brie grow as I read made myself smile with pride. Go Brie! Now, how do I find myself a Villa like there is in the pages of Summer on the Italian Lakes.

An empowering, romantic read full of love, hope and friendship. Lucy Coleman is a dream to read. I love her storytelling.

About the author:

About the author

Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean in the UK with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Lucy won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.

Follow Lucy:  

Twitter: @LucyColemanAuth

Facebook: @LinnBHaltonAuthor

The Couple by Sarah Mitchell

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Whatever you think you know… you’re wrong.

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home.

But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

As Claire finds herself irresistibly drawn to Mark and crosses lines she never thought she’d cross, Angus’ behaviour becomes increasingly suspicious. Soon Claire doesn’t know whether she can trust Mark, Angus… or even herself.

The Couple is a psychological thriller with a stunning twist, perfect for fans of The Girl Before, The Wife Between Us, and The Woman in the Window.

Chells and Books Review:

Firstly, I would like to thank Bookouture and Noelle Holten for asking me to review this book and organise the blog tour.

Tense, heart stopping, fast paced and hard to put down is how I would describe this story. The line on the cover, whatever you think you know…you’re wrong was what hooked me. What will I think reading this and what will I be wrong about? I was intrigued.

I adore psychological thrillers when they are written well and this one is. Claire and Angus move into a new house thanks to the seller Mark and you would think we would see no more of him and that what Claire thinks too but it is not the last we see of him. We get to know a lot about the characters creating real depth to the plot and is exactly what you want from a thriller.

While reading I was on high alert throughout and not until right at the end did all the clues finally come clear. Just a perfect perfect story!

After graduating from Cambridge University, Sarah Mitchell practised as a barrister in London for 20 years, working in the field of human rights and European Law. She was tempted to write fiction for a long while and finally signed up for an introductory creative writing course with the Open University. Two years later she took a sabbatical from the bar to do an MA in Creative Writing at the UEA and has never looked back. THE LOST LETTERS is her first novel, inspired by a walk on the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea to calm her nerves before starting the MA, and the decision her grandparents almost made to evacuate her mother to Canada at the start of the Second World War. Sarah now lives back in Norfolk – where she grew up – with her husband and three almost-grown-up children, and combines writing with some legal work.

You can follow Sarah Mitchell on Twitter at @SarahM_writer

Spring Bloggers Evening 2019

So, when a lovely invite come for the Spring Blogger evening 2019 at S and S towers (Simon and Schuster) and organised by the lovely team at Books and the City in December I knew I just had to go. I was so excited.

On arrival bloggers were treated to fizz, nibbles and amazing cakes. Check them out they did not only look amazing they tasted it too!

Cakes by @RESTORATIONCAKE

The evening began with chatting to all the lovely team at Books and the city, authors and fellow bloggers. It was great to swap stories and generally get to know each other. I took the opportunity to get some advice from the authors which was invaluable as a writer myself.

We also got lovely goodie bags organised by the amazing S J. I adore this lady!

It was an honour to hear some of the authors read samples from their books. Afterwards there was time for us to get our samples and books signed. Such a brilliant evening and I cannot wait until next time. So, a huge thank you to everyone who made the evening what it was, great fun.

Alice Peterson and Iona Grey
Rachel Hore, Milly Johnson and Claire Frost

Here are two book proofs that we were lucky to get in our goodie bags.

If You Could Go Anywhere by Paige Toon: Angie has always wanted to travel. But at 27, she has still never left her small mining town in the Australian outback. When her grandmother passes away, Angie finally feels free to see the world – until she discovers a letter addressed to the father she never knew and is forced to question everything.

As Angie sets off on her journey to find the truth – about her family, her past and who she really is – will enigmatic stranger Alessandro help guide the way? Out 16th May 2019

Messy Wonderful Us by Catherine Isaac: Allie has lived a careful, focused existence. But now she has unexpectedly taken leave from her job as an academic research scientist to fly to a place she only recently heard about in a letter. Her father, Joe, doesn’t know the reason for her trip, and Allie can’t bring herself to tell him that she’s flying to Italy to unpick the truth about what her mother did all those years ago.

Beside her is her best friend since schooldays, Ed. He has just shocked everyone with a sudden separation from his wife, Julia. Allie hopes that a break will help him open up.

But the secrets that emerge as the sun beats down on Lake Garda and Liguria don’t merely concern her family’s tangled past. And the two friends are forced to confront questions about their own life-long relationship that are impossible to resolve.

Here is some info on the lovely book samples. This year is going to be great for book lovers. Out Spring 2020

Out 30th May 2019: Things haven’t always been straightforward in Poppy’s life but her dreams are finally within her reach.

She’s moving into a cottage in beautiful Nightingale Square, close to the local community garden, where she can indulge her passion for making preserves and pickles. She may not have the best relationship with her family but she is surrounded by loving friends, and feels sure that even her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob, has more to him than his steely exterior belies.

But the unexpected arrival of Poppy’s troubled younger brother soon threatens her new-found happiness and as the garden team works together to win community space of the year, Poppy must decide where her priorities lie and what she is prepared to fight for …

Behind every successful man is a woman.
Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

Sophie Mayhew looks like she has the perfect life. Wife of rising political star John F Mayhew, a man who is one step away from the top job in the government, her glamour matches his looks, power, breeding and money. But John has made some stupid mistakes along the way, some of which are threatening to emerge. Still, all this can still be swept under the carpet as long as Sophie ‘the trophy’ plays her part in front of the cameras.

But the words that come out of Sophie’s mouth one morning on the doorstep of their country house are not the words the spin doctors put in there.  Bursting out of the restrictive mould she has been in since birth, Sophie flees to a place that was special to her as a child, a small village on the coast where she intends to be alone.

But once there, she finds she becomes part of a community that warms her soul and makes her feel as if she is breathing properly for the first time. Sophie knows she won’t be left in peace for long. Now she must decide: where does her real future lie?  Out 7th March 2019

The epic and long-awaited new romance from the author of Letters to the Lost, winner of the RNA Award.

Selina Lennox is a Bright Young Thing. Her life is a whirl of parties and drinking, pursued by the press and staying just the right side of scandal.

Lawrence Weston is a penniless painter who stumbles into Selina’s orbit one night and can never let her go.

Spanning two decades and a seismic shift in British history as World War II approaches, this is an epic novel of passion, heartache and loss.  Out 30th May 2019

When her daughter Beth dies suddenly, Peggy Andrews is left to pick up the pieces and take care of her granddaughter Flo. But sorting through Beth’s things reveals a secret never told: Beth was sick, with the same genetic condition that claimed her father’s life, and now Peggy must decide whether to keep the secret or risk destroying her granddaughter’s world.

Five years later, Flo is engaged and ready to pack up her life and move to New York with her high-flying fiancé. Peggy never told Flo what she discovered, but with Flo looking towards her future, Peggy realises it’s time to come clean and reveal that her granddaughter’s life might also be at risk.

As Flo struggles to decide her own path, she is faced with the same life-altering questions her mother asked herself years before: If a test could decide your future, would you take it? Out 22 August 2019

Could you hate your neighbour enough to want to kill him?
Until Darren Booth moves in at number 1, Lowland Way, the neighbourhood is a suburban paradise. But soon after his arrival, disputes over issues like loud music and parking rights escalate all too quickly to public rows and threats of violence.
Then, early one Saturday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone’s story is the same: 
Booth did it.
But there’s a problem. The police don’t agree with them.  Out 27th June 2019

Bell had it all, the perfect job, the perfect partner, and on their 10th anniversary she thought she would get the ring… But two weeks later, Bell wakes up to find herself still clutching a wine bottle and the memories of Collin saying those dreaded words: ‘We need to talk…’ 
Determined to get on with her life before she hits 40, Bell starts following ‘inspirational’ people on Instagram. Her favourite lifestyle guru is @mi_bestlife, whose life seems Insta-perfect but if you were to zoom out of the heavily filtered picture, you’d see reality strike.
Millie is a single mother, with a cute son called Wolfie, whose father is absolutely useless and not much on the scene. Instagram and the profile she has built up online is more ‘best lie’ than ‘best life’. It isn’t until Millie and Bell’s paths finally cross that the two women begin to understand what is 
real and what it is that they really want. Out 23 July 2019

COMING SEPTEMBER 2019.
The unmissable brand new novel from Rachel Hore, the Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Letter Home, a Richard and Judy 2018 Book Club pick.

No Blurb for this book yet, but this is going to be amazing from the sound of the reading.

I would like to thank everyone again for making it such a brilliant evening. Looking forward to next year already.

Heidi Swain and Me
Julie Ashton and Me

Milly Johnson and Me
Catherine Isaac and Me
Claire Frost and Me