A Version of the Truth by B P Walter

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2019: Julianne is preparing a family dinner when her son comes to her and says he’s found something on his iPad. Something so terrible, it will turn Julianne’s world into a nightmare and make her question everything about her marriage and what type of man her husband is or is pretending to be.

1990: Holly is a fresher student at Oxford University. Out of her depth and nervous about her surroundings, she falls into an uneasy friendship with a group of older students from the upper echelons of society and begins to develop feelings for one in particular. He’s confident, quiet, attractive and seems to like her too. But as the year progresses, her friends’ behaviour grows steadily more disconcerting and Holly begins to realise she might just be a disposable pawn in a very sinister game

Chells and Books Review:

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

A Version of the Truth is a very thrilling and exciting read, I read this very quickly. It is amazing.

I loved reading the story from the two strong women the story is viewed from. I found Julianne’s story fascinating but reading about university from Holly was just as interesting. There are some very interesting characters in this story which have backgrounds very different to my own so it was eye opening to read about what they got up to. There are some very sensitive topics raised in this book but all written with respect.

I am very excited about this book and think it will be a huge success. I cannot wait for more books by this author.

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The Street of Broken Dreams by Tania Crosse

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Summer 1945. The nation rejoices as the Second World War comes to an end but Banbury Street matriarch, Eva Parker, foresees trouble ahead. Whilst her daughter, Mildred, awaits the return of her fiancé from overseas duty, doubts begin to seep into her mind about how little she knows of the man she has promised to marry. Or are her affections being drawn elsewhere?

Meanwhile, new neighbour, dancer Cissie Cresswell, hides a terrible secret. The end of the conflict will bring her no release from the horrific night that destroyed her life. Can she ever find her way back? Under Eva’s stalwart care, can the two young women unite to face the doubt and uncertainty of the future?

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Aria for asking me to review and to be apart of the blog tour for The Street of Broken Dreams.

In this book I found my self in the last few weeks of WW2 and follow the story of Cissie. Cissie’s family move onto the street where Eva and her family are long term residents and find that the newcomers are very secretive. However, Cissie has been trough a dramatic experience and she needs everyone’s help to recover.

This is a lovely written book and very easy to read. Warmth falls from the pages. A great read about love, friendship and hope with the message that we can overcome anything with a little help from friends and family and courage.

About the author:

Delaying her childhood dream of writing historical novels until her family had grown up, Tania eventually completed a series of published stories based on her beloved Dartmoor. She is now setting her future sagas in London and the south east.

With or Without You by Shari Low

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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?

Chells and Books Review:

I would like tot thank Aria for sending me the paper back and organising the blog tour for With or Without You.

We all make choices in life and the main idea running through the plot in With or Without You is what would or could have been? I lovely idea for s story and a romance.

I adored meeting all the characters and loved Sasha. I found it interesting how the story is told through two perspectives, with and without. You find elements of the story out before certain things had happened but it did not take anything away from the story. It is written so well.

Perfect for anyone who loves a good romance.

About the author:

Shari Low is the No1 best-selling author of over 20 novels, including With Or Without You, Another Day In Winter, One Day In December, A Life Without You and The Story Of Our Life. And because she likes to over-share toe-curling moments and hapless disasters, she is also the shameless mother behind a collection of parenthood memories called Because Mummy Said So. Once upon a time she met a guy, got engaged after a week, and twenty-something years later she lives near Glasgow with her husband, a labradoodle, and two teenagers who think she’s fairly embarrassing except when they need a lift. 

Follow Shari:  

Twitter: @sharilow

Facebook: @sharilowbooks

Website: sharilow.com

Apple of my Eye by Claire Allan

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Just how far is a mother willing to go?

When a mysterious note arrives for seven months pregnant nurse Eliana Hughes, she begins to doubt every aspect of her life – from her mixed feelings about motherhood to her marriage to Martin, who has become distant in recent months.

As the person behind the note escalates their campaign to out Eli’s husband as a cheat, she finds herself unable to trust even her own instincts, and as pressure builds, she makes a mistake that jeopardises her entire future.

Elsewhere, someone is watching. Someone who desperately wants a baby to call their own and will go to any lengths to become a mother – and stay a mother…

What others think:

‘Utterly addictive. Compulsive, twisty, tense.’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS, author of Local Girl Missing

Chells and Books Review:

I would like to thank Avon for asking me to review this book and organising the blog tour. I loved Her Name Was Rose so knew this was a must read.

Eli is pregnant and is not having the best of pregnancies when she starts to receive letters telling her her husband is cheating. Already vulnerable she turns to her mother. Louise is a mother who is grieving and she gets to tell her story alongside Eli. In a very clever way Eli and Louise’s stories come together and it is thrilling and twisted. I could not stop reading this one.

Claire Allan writes with passion that creates a brilliant and thrilling read with twists and great understanding of her characters thoughts and emotions.

Apple of my Eye is Amazing!

Written From the Heart by Trisha Ashley

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Tina Devino makes more money teaching people to write than writing herself. A middling romance novelist who dreams of penning a bestseller, she’s increasingly forced to compete with younger, blonder debut authors for her publisher and agent’s attention.

Feeling forgotten, Tina realises the only way up is to take her career and destiny in hand and build her own happy ending; which is perfect because, for a romance writer, Tina isn’t the most traditional of women… Although she does see her long term partner lover friend, Sergei, once a week which is ‘quite enough, thank you very much’. But her uncomplicated love life might soon need some unravelling when a mysterious Tube Man, unwelcome ex-husband and a shadowy figure in a butterfly mask waltz into the picture.

Only Tina can work through the drama and claim the life she’s always wanted… but will she succeed?

Previously published in 2008 as ‘Happy Endings.

Chells and Books Review:

This is Trisha Ashley at her best. I absolutely loved Written from the Heart.

Tina is a character you cannot help but love. A writer who has had some success but is not yet a bestseller is working towards that goal. Her life is one that is solitary and that is how she wants it to stay. She has her country cottage and a boyfriend/friend she sees once a week and best friend. However, when she begins to let others in and her life begins to change but not all for the best.

I adore Trisha’s style of writing. One minute it has you feeling sad for a character and the next you are laughing out loud. Written from the Heart is told from Tina’s point of view and I really enjoy reading a story like that.

Trisha Ashley is an incredible story teller and I cannot wait for her new book out later this year.

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.