The Day We Meet Again by Miranda Dickinson

Blog Tour Review:

‘We’ll meet again at St Pancras station, a year from today. If we’re meant to be together, we’ll both be there. If we’re not, it was never meant to be . . .’

Phoebe and Sam meet by chance at St Pancras station. Heading in opposite directions, both seeking their own adventures, meeting the love of their lives wasn’t part of the plan. So they make a promise: to meet again in the same place in twelve months’ time if they still want to be together.

But is life ever as simple as that?

This is a story of what-ifs and maybes – and how one decision can change your life forever…

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to start of by thanking HQ Publishers and Lily Capewell for sending me this amazing book with goodies and for being apart of the blog tour.

Miranda Dickinson never fails to create a well written story that completely captures me from start to finish. I could quite easily finish her books in one sitting but I like to read them over a few days to try and make it last, it never lasts more than a few days as the pages keep on turning.

In this magical story we follow Phoebe and Same who fall in love at first sight but they have things that they both must do before they can settle. A year with limited contact to get done what they need to and then meet back up at the place where it all begun exactly a year later. There will be no give a ways here. I feel it is very important that a reader discovers and feels a story for themselves but what I can say is that I liked the journey that we go on with Phoebe and Sam and the positive messages that flow from the book.

A truly romantic story with amazing settings that come to life in your mind. My heart was thumping wildly one moment and then the next I was holding my breath. This is one of those books that will stay with you and you would want to re-read.

One Summer in Paris by Sarah Morgan

Review

One charming bookshop, two unlikely friends, and a summer in Paris that will change their lives forever…

Grace can’t believe it when her husband of twenty-five years announces he doesn’t want to join her on their anniversary trip to Paris – instead, he wants a divorce. Reeling from the shock, Grace makes the bold decision to go on this holiday of a lifetime alone.

Audrey leaves behind heartache of her own when she arrives in Paris. A job in a bookshop is her ticket to freedom, but with no knowledge of the French language, her summer adventure seems doomed to fail. Until she meets Grace, and everything changes…

Living in neighbouring apartments above the bookshop, Grace and Audrey form an unlikely friendship. They came to Paris to find themselves, but finding each other might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

Chells and Books Review:

I adore Sarah Morgan’s book and loved escaping to Paris in One Summer in Paris. Sarah Morgan just gets better and better while still keeping that magic feeling she creates for her readers of coming home each time you start to read a book by her.

In this story we find that age is nothing but a number when two women become firm friends despite having an age gap. The things that they have gone through in live gives them different experiences that helps the other out to finding who they truly are and realising that life has a way of working itself out.

I adore the setting of Paris and the book store, I have never been to Paris but it is an ambition of mine to go and explore the romantic city, especially book stores. I adore Grace’s Nan and her personality, the element she gives to the story is lovely. I have to say I did not see where this story would end and was pleasantly surprised and loved the positive hopefully message it gives the reader.

A perfect read to escape to Paris. Paris just comes to life in One Summer in Paris, its magical.

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

Review

Jenna Boltz is at a crossroads.

She’s spent the last twenty years raising two children on her own. But now as they start to embark on their own lives, Jenna can’t help but wonder what her future holds. Will she find the kind of love she’s always yearned for?

Enter Dr Rowan Lancaster, who saves the day when Jenna’s elderly mother suffers an accident. Though he keeps to himself, he is immediately smitten with Jenna. Jenna on the other hand, is determined to remain friends. Until her children approach her with shocking news that makes her question everything.

If Jenna can learn to put herself first again, she might just discover a love that takes her beyond her wildest dreams.

Chells and Book Review:

I would like to thank Arrow publishing and Rachel Kennedy for sending me a copy of Window on the Bay to read and review. I am a big fan of Debbie Macomber so was very excited to read her latest book.

In Window on the Bay we follow two mother’s who’s children have left home and are making their own ways in the world and after putting their dreams on hold it;s time to finally do something about them, but life gets in the way again. This time in the way of Jenna’s mum who has an accident and needs extra care ans support. However, there is always a silver lining as in walks the handsome doctor. Alongside Jenna’s story we follow her best friend and her chance at love. Debbie has done it again and created a perfect read that captures love, friendship and hope for the future.

I loved this read.

Motherwhelmed by Anniki Sommerville

Review

Rebecca is 42, has a beautiful child and a wonderful husband. But she just hasn’t been feeling herself recently…

Rebecca thinks a great night out should involve a packet of Marlboro’s, six double vodkas and snogging a colleague. Not gormlessly drinking a zero-alcohol No-hito while Instagramming a vegan chicken wing.
 
Rebecca wants to ride on a Harley Davidson, to crowd surf till dawn, then collapse in a heap after swigging from a bottle of Jack Daniels . . . not sit in a soul-destroying meeting surrounded by ‘blue sky thinking’ and men half her age who interrupt all the time.

She’s had enough of commuting to an office that is so cold people have to wear blankets all day. And she can’t help asking herself why her adorable daughter must spend all week in a containment zone for pre-schoolers.

Rebecca wants to feel that there’s MORE coming her way, rather than less . .

In short – Rebecca wants out.

But where to?

Chells and Books Review

I would like to thank One More Chapter for sending me this book to review. For me this was an addictive quick read and one that had me rolling about laughing.

Motherwhelmed follows Rebecca who is not having a very good time in life in general at the moment and is in need of more. She works in a dead end office job which leaves her feeling older and older everyday. She leaves her child in nursery in order to go to this dead in job and it pulls at her hart strings. Her marriage has become stale after years together. Anniki has a brilliant style of writing that draws you in. Her descriptions and take on of life are spot on and very funny. I could not help but be drawn to Rebecca and finding out whats going to happen next in her life.

This is a perfect book to read on a day when your not feeling your best it picks you up and makes you feel that you are not alone. I read this in one sitting it was that good.

The Summer House in Santorini by Samantha Parks

Review

One summer in Greece will change everything…

Anna’s running away. From a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life.

On the island of Santorini, with its picturesque villas, blue-tiled roofs, and the turquoise waters of the Aegean lapping at the white sand beaches, Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, she rebuilds her life, uncovering family secrets along the way that change everything. She starts to fall for her little slice of paradise, as well as for gorgeous, charming Nikos.
 
Will Anna lose her heart in more ways than one?

Chells and Books Review:

I was so excited to get an early review copy for this fantastic looking book. How beautiful is the cover. A perfect read to remind us of Summer.

With a failed relationship which is entangled with her career and a complicated relationship with her mother Anna needs a break and when an opportunity arrives to go to Santorini she decides to go. After a little reluctance at being there and not at all sure where life is going the beautiful scenery and warm summer rays might be reaching right into her very heart and pulling her into a new direction. Perhaps a certain hot Greek man might have something to do with it to.

Samantha Parks draws you into Anna’s story and has you wondering whats going to happen throughout. This was an easy page turner I was hooked and loved it. I cannot wait for more from Samantha.

The Bluebird Girls by Rosie Archer

Review

Rainey Bird, Ivy Sparrow and Bea Herron all love to sing. For Rainey, music has been a solace during the upheaval of starting a new life with her mother, away from her abusive dad. Bea finds a confidence when she sings that she cannot get from anything else. Ivy sees it as her best chance of making a life away from Gosport and a dead-end job.

The three of them sing in a choir run by the strict but kind Mrs Wilkes. The choir provides a couple of hours of stardust each week, away from school and work and family worries.

When war breaks out, though, dreams must be put on hold. It seems that local pantomimes and charity shows are as far as the girls will be able to go, despite Mrs Wilkes’s faith in their talent. That is, until a mysterious stranger arrives with a proposition that just might change their lives…

Chells and Books Review:

This was a lovely read and one I really enjoyed. It had been sitting on my shelf for a little while and when I saw the second in the series on NetGalley I knew I had to read it first so I could get a good understanding of the characters although you can read them as stand alone’s.

The Bluebird Girls is set in WW2 and follows three friends who are all in the choir and dream of performing but issues surrounding them may threaten their dreams as well as the outbreak of war.

A lovely written story held me captive til the very end. There is lots of sub plots running around the main story line but this just adds to the excitement and depth of the story. Rosie creates characters that feel very real and come alive on the page.

A brilliant read I cannot wait for more from Rosie Archer.

The Girl I Left Behind by Andie Newton

Cover Reveal

I was very happy to be asked to be apart of the cover reveal for this lovely book. I am also apart of the blog tour for this book which stops with me November 22nd.

You can also pre-order the book on the link below.

What would you risk to save your best-friend?

As a young girl, Ella never considered that those around her weren’t as they appeared. But when her childhood best-friend shows Ella that you can’t always believe what you see, Ella finds herself thrown into the world of the German Resistance.

On a dark night in 1941, Claudia is taken by the Gestapo, likely never to be seen again, unless Ella can save her. With the help of the man she loves, Ella must undertake her most dangerous mission yet and infiltrate the Nazi Party.

Selling secrets isn’t an easy job. In order to find Claudia, Ella must risk not only her life, but the lives of those she cares about.

Will Ella be able to leave behind the girl of her youth and step into the shoes of another?

Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The German Midwife and Kate Furnivall.

About the author

Andie Newton is an American writer living in Washington State with her husband and two boys. She writes female-driven historical fiction set in WWII. The Girl I Left Behind is her first novel. She would love to say she spends her free time gardening and cooking, but she’s killed everything she’s ever planted and set off more fire alarms than she cares to admit. Andie does, however, love spending time with her family, ultra trail running, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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