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One Small Thing by Erin Watt@authorerinwatt @HarlequinTeen #BookReview

Happy Saturday book lovers! Today I am sharing my review of this complex young adult book filled with heartbreak and hope!💕

One Small Thing

One Small Thing by Erin Watt

My Thoughts

4 Small Thing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The message of this book was perfect… find that one small thing every day that makes you happy…. if we all could prescribe to this school of thought, the world would be a happier place… and this book was the one small thing in my life today that put a smile on my face… this was a book filled with so much angst, heartbreak, frustration, but in the end hope!

It is Beth’s senior year and she wants to make the most of it, but this is not easy with her extremely over protective parents… Beth’s older sister Rachel died in a tragic accident a couple years ago and her parents are going to do everything to keep their surviving daughter safe…. this was tough! These parents were beyond overprotective… and it was really hard not to pass judgment because thank goodness I have never been in their situation, but they were just smothering their daughter…. Beth sneaks out one night to a party and meets Chase the bad boy new guy in school…. there is chemistry between them, however when they find out the true identity of one another they realize this relationship cannot happen…. so it is over before it starts, or is it?

I really liked Beth, I felt for her and my heart broke for her, what a hard place to be… how do you make your grieving parents see you and recognize your needs? Chase what a great guy… yes he did something he shouldn’t have, but at the core of it it was an accident…. an accident he will also have to live with for the rest of his life…. I really adored these two main characters, however every secondary character in this book was judgemental, irritating, and annoying…. I really cannot believe how ridiculous these kids were especially in regards to Chase…. I’m not sure why they didn’t take a cue as to how Beth was reacting??? My desire to reach through the pages and shake some people into reality, was quite overwhelming throughout most of this book!…. beth’s friends were so busy being righteous that they didn’t seem to care what her needs were?Ugh so annoying!

This was a quick enjoyable read filled with all the drama and angst you expect from a book set in high school… I really would love a follow up! I love to see what happens to Beth and Chase after high school and there are some characters I’d like to see get theirs, LOL 😝

Absolutely recommend to fans of contemporary young adult books with a lot of drama and angst… parents I’d recommend for your older teens, there is teenage drinking and sex….

*** many thanks to Harlequin Teen for my copy of this delightful book ***

About the Book

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

What was your one small thing today?

Berit☀️✨

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by #HeatherMorris @RCArmitage #LaleSokolov #TheTattoistOfAuschwitz #HistoricalFiction #AudioBookReview

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Heart-breakingly beautiful stars

Synopsis

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught, he would have been killed; many owed him their survival.

There have been many books about the Holocaust – and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov’s incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners, and he was determined to survive – not just to survive but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also – almost unbelievably – a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight, and he determined not only to survive himself but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story – their story – will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances.

Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.

Review

Before starting this book i knew that it was going to be a tough one, I was not silly enough to think that it was going to be a fluffy romance, but ahh this book!!

I also did not know that it was based on a true story, i know obviously Auschwitz is true, but this is also the true story about Lale Sokolov and his “romance story” with the love of his life Gita.

The horror that one man can endure and feel has been put into this book and is sometimes overwhelming, and that is a good thing, it should never be forgotten what happened in these camps, it should never be forgotten what these people went through.

Lale was taken to Auschwitz in 1942 he was 26 years old.

He offered his services when the Nazi’s came to his town, he was told that one member had to go and help them and the rest of the family would be saved, Lale stepped up to the mark, his older brother had a wife and a child so he thought that it would be best for him to stay and look after her.

At that time he and the rest of the world were unaware of the horrors that he would see and endure, he just thought he was helping his family!

On arrival he was stripped of his name and given the number 32407 which was tattooed onto his arm, along with the thousands of other arrivals.

He was set to work, firstly lugging bricks, and then on the rooftops of the new buildings of the ever extending camp.

One day he got really sick with typhiod, a disease that was swarming through the camps, a man took care of him, his name was Pepan.

Pepan was the man that had Tattooed him on the day that he arrived at the camp, after that Pepan took him under his wing and used him as an apprentice, he taught him the trade and also how to keep his head down and his mouth shut!

One day Pepan disappeared, so Lale was crowned the new “Tetovierer” (Camp Tattooist) – Lale never saw Pepan again.

Because Lale was fluent in 5 or 6 languages he learned to hover around and collect information, and because of his new job he was given preferential treatment, he was given better lodgings and extra helpings at dinner, which Lale saved and gave out to his friends in Block 29 where he was first stationed.

While he was tattooing new prisnners one day he met Gita, he tattooed her arm with the number 34902, he never forgot that number, they tried to meet each other and sometimes managed fleeting glances and stolen kisses, much to the dismay of his German Officer in charge of him, his extra rations soon started to go to her.

He also managed to gain gems and money from dealings with some of the other prisoners, so he started exchanging these for extra food, this was like currency in the camps and Lale soon became the man to go to for anything.

There are, as you would think, a lot of harrowing stories inside this book, but also a lot of love.

My heart was in my mouth a few times, especially with Josef Mengele hovering around and telling him that he will be next!

The Authors Notes, and Following at the end of the book is beautiful and the Afterward from Lale and Gita’s son Gary made me tear up.

🎧🎧 – Narration by Richard Armitage was outstanding, his accents were wonderful and his voice was just perfect for this story.

Save a credit for this one guys, it is well worth it.

Prepare yourself,

Vicci

P.S – I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz a couple of years ago, and it was truly the most strange place I have ever been, it is still as grim as it is portrayed in books and pictures, and the government and workers there have done well to keep it as it should be, a museum that portrays the horrors that went on there.

They haven’t “Disneyfied” it, and they are very respectful.

You cannot just go and walk around chatting, you have a guide and you go around in small groups, you have earphones on and the guide talks into a microphone so you don’t hear anyone else talking.

Krakow itself is beautiful, and seeped in history and well worth a visit.

We should never forget!

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The Letter – Kitty’s Story by Eliza J. Scott @ElizaJScott @rararesources #BookReview #BlogTour

Happy beautiful busy book Friday! Final blog tour of the day for this delightful small town romance! Many thanks to Rachel for the invitation and to Eliza J Scott for this charming story!💗

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The Letter – Kitty’s Story

Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…

Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…

Will she stand by Dan, or will Kitty be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie?

Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.

My Thoughts

4 Second Chance Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was such a lovely story a lighthearted look at some pretty heavy subject matter… before we get to the book I want to assert my own opinion… as someone who was in a toxic marriage for many years and dealt with a lot of The same issues that Kitty did…. not sure if getting into another romantic relationship straight away is the best idea? Sometimes you need to take a little time for yourself and your children, because they were in that toxic relationship as well… but this is fiction and we all love a happy ending and Ollie was pretty darn hard to resist!

Kitty loved her! I found her so real and relatable a girl I’d love to swap stories with! Trapped in a bad marriage to Dan who finally wakes up and decides he wants to fight for his wife…. but even his attempt to save the marriage was filled with manipulative actions ugh… thank goodness Kitty had a wonderful brother and some pretty spectacular friends in Molly and Violet…

I thought Kitty’s story was told amazingly well! The only problem I had with this book was so many secondary stories going on… from what I gather this is The first book in a small town romance series… so I am sure the author was trying to set up future books, however in doing so I think it created some unnecessary parts in this book…. having said that I’m really looking forward to future books in the series… I am a small town romance fan!

Absolutely recommend to fans of small town second chance love stories!💕

*** many thanks to the author and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Author Bio –   I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.

Social Media Links –

Blog: Eliza J Scott – elizajscott.com

Twitter: Eliza J Scott – @ElizaJScott1

Instagram: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscott

Facebook: Eliza J Scott – @elizajscottauthor

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Posted in Women's Fiction

The Photograph by Debbie Rix @debbierix @bookouture #BookReview #BlogBlitz

Happy Friday book lovers! Thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this captivating book! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation and to Debbie Rix for her stunning words💜

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If you loved The Letter by Kathryn Hughes and The Hourglass by Tracy Rees you’ll be swept away by this stunning summer read.

Italy, 1958: Rachael is a young widow with a small child. After a lifetime of running for survival, of not knowing who to trust and where to call home, she finds herself in a place of safety. On a sun-drenched Italian island for one carefree summer the troubles of her past fade away and she falls in love. But will Rachael’s new-found happiness bring her further heartache?

England, 2017: Sophie has a handsome husband, a gorgeous house in the English countryside and a successful career as an anthropologist. But the one thing she longs for is a baby of her own. As she struggles to conceive, cracks begin to appear in her marriage. So Sophie throws herself into her work and tries to seek comfort in childhood memories of her beloved grandmother Rachael.

One afternoon, Sophie finds a forgotten letter and an exquisite silk bracelet hidden in Rachael’s old writing desk. Intrigued, she begins to unravel the extraordinary story of her grandmother’s past – and a secret that has the power to change everything…

The Photograph is an utterly beautiful and compelling story of love, loss and a family secret spanning generations.

My Thoughts

4 Compelling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I am not always a huge fan when it comes to historical fiction, but I do love when it is blended with the contemporary… perhaps I am tricking my brain into thinking I am not reading historical fiction??? The irony of this is I usually find the historical part of these books so compelling and interesting, and then that begs the question why don’t I read more historical fiction? And the answer is I have no idea! This book was no exception I found Rachel’s story so riveting and I learned about a time and place I had no knowledge of before… that is part of the beauty of books exposure to things you would not otherwise be exposed to…. I have learned so much from being an avid reader and most of it by accident….

This is the story of two incredibly strong women… Sophie in 2017… and her grandmother Rachel in the 1950s…. I found both stories equally compelling and they both tugged at my heart strings… Sophie’s struggle and desire to have a baby, and having to deal with a less than supportive husband was very relatable to me…. Rachel’s needing to flee the only place she knew a place she loved was so heart wrenching… these two stories were woven together so seamlessly with a silk bracelet….

Just the perfect blend of the past and the present, with a fair dose of mystery that kept me turning the pages quickly….. this book Will appeal to so many… strongly encourage you to give this one a try whether you are a fan of historical fiction or not!

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this most interesting book ***

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Debbie Rix photoAbout the author: 
Debbie Rix has written four novels, the latest of which – ‘The Photograph’ – will be published on June 27th 2018. The story crosses generations and continents as Sophie, desperate for a child of her own, uncovers the extraordinary secrets of her grandmother, Rachael, fifty years earlier.
Earlier this year Debbie was shortlisted for the RNA’s Historical Novel category for her third novel ‘The Silk Weaver’s Wife’ (pub: 19th July 2017) about a silk designer named Anastasia from Verona whose life is almost destroyed when she is forced into a marriage to a Venetian silk weaver. In the present day Millie visits an old villa near Verona and uncovers a lost painting. Who is the woman in the painting and how will her experiences affect Millie’s life?
Debbie’s debut ‘The Girl with Emerald Eyes’, reached the No.1 spot in Amazon’s Italian category. Set amidst the world of medieval Italy, it explores the creation of the most famous building in the world – the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Her second novel – ‘Daughters of the Silk Road’ topped the historical fiction charts, reaching No.1 in Italian, Women’s fiction and Mystery, Thriller & Suspense and spent many weeks in the top 100 best selling lists. It follows the fortunes of a family of merchant explorers who bring a Ming vase back to Venice from China in 15th century.
Debbie spends a lot of time in Italy and the setting of the novels reflects her knowledge and passion for the country. She lives in the Kent countryside with her journalist husband, children, sheep, chickens and cats. When not writing, she is usually to be found in the vegetable garden. She began her career with the BBC- initially as the news reader on Breakfast Time, thereafter appearing as a presenter and reporter on a variety of factual and light entertainment television series. She had a spell as an Agony Aunt, and has also written about gardens and gardening – one of her private passions.

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Poppy’s Place in the Sun by Lorraine Wilson @Romanceminx @HarperImpulse @rararesources #BookReview #Giveaway

TGIF! Delighted to be part of the blog tour for this charming book! Many thanks to Rachel for my invitation and to Lorraine Wilson for her fabulous book!😍

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‘She had me at Bonjour! Warm, funny, deliciously French…this lovely story filled my heart with sunshine’ Jane Linfoot

Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way home…

With only her trusty dogs Peanut, Treacle and Pickwick by her side, Poppy Kirkbride could be forgiven for having doubts about her move to a quiet village in rural France. But as the sun shines down on her ramshackle new home, Poppy knows she’s made the right decision. A lick of paint, and some TLC and her rustic farmhouse will be the perfect holiday retreat – Poppy’s dream come true.

Poppy is welcomed by her fellow villagers, except for brooding local vet Leo Dubois, who makes it clear Poppy isn’t welcome in his village – or his life! Leo might be gorgeous, but Poppy won’t be told what to do by an arrogant Frenchman – no matter how kind and gentle he is to her dogs!

Determined to stay, Poppy tries to understand the enigmatic Frenchman better. But as the two get closer, Poppy sees another side to Leo – a man with heartbreak of his own. Falling in love with Leo is easy, but can he ever return Poppy’s love? And what would this mean for her dream life and place in the sun?

My Thoughts

4.5 Beau Ou Belle Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Fantastic book filled with the French countryside, French food, French friends, and fabulous dogs… loved spending the day with Poppy in the French sun… another delightful book that allowed me to virtually visit France….J’ai adoré😍

Poppy moves to a charming country village in France to start a new life with her boyfriend… at least that’s what she thinks until boyfriend breaks up with her over text… now Poppy is left to start her new life alone…. well not quite she has a trio of adorable puppies to keep her company…. loved Poppy she was such a wonderful character, I’d love to be friends with her and visit this charming farmhouse… loved the important part the animals played in the story… from Poppy’s three dogs along with many more, soccer playing donkeys, and of course Leo the handsome grumpy vet….

Poppy won over the villagers with her charm and made so many new wonderful quirky friends… Leo took a little more time to warm up to her, but once he did things got hot! Loved the romance between these two… it developed so sweetly… I loved how Leo slowly revealed himself to Poppy… things we’re not always easy between them and some tough decisions had to be made… did they find their HEA? You will need to read this book to find out!

Absolutely recommend to fans of fabulous characters, France, friendship, romance, and Amour💕

*** many thanks to Harper Impulse and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Lorraine Wilson writes flirty, feel-good fiction for Harper Impulse – a Harper Collins imprint – and is unashamedly fond of happy endings. She loves hearing from readers and feels incredibly grateful to be doing the job she always dreamt of.

She splits her time between the South of France and Cambridgeshire and is usually either writing or reading while being sat on, walked over or barked at by one of her growing band of rescue dogs.

You can find her online either via her website: http://www.lorraine-wilson.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LorraineWilsonWriter and Twitter @Romanceminx

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Rip Current by Amanda James @akjames61 @Bloodhoundbook #BookReview #BlogBlitz

Happy Friday y’all! Thrilled to be part of the blog blitz for this dark thriller! Many thanks to Sarah for my invitation and to Amanda James for her thrilling book!🖤
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Rip Current

Who can you really trust? 

DI Bryony Marshall has been on the tail of Kenny Ransom for two years. He’s involved in prostitution and trafficking, but there’s never been any real proof. To complicate matters further, Bryony’s best friend from childhood is his daughter Imogen.

Bryony worries about admitting the fact that she is trying to put Imogen’s dad away, but unexpectedly, Imogen turns on her father and helps the police. Kenny finds out and swears he’ll get his revenge.

Sick of being in the police force, Bryony visits her mother in Coll and considers starting a new life.

While in Cornwaaves the life of a man caught up in a rip current in the sea.

But who is this stranger? And is Kenny really bent on revenge?

Rip Current explores the relationships between families and friends and asks who can you ever really trust.

My Thoughts

4 Dark Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Rip Current: A strong current flowing outward; presenting a hazard….

This was a dark book with plenty of “currents” pulling people away from what is right… creating many hazards in both Bryony and Imagen’s lives… this was my first book by Amanda James and I was pleasantly surprised by this dark thriller with a nice dose of romance… was not expecting the romance… and I thought it added the perfect balance to this otherwise really dark story… always love the love….

Bryony is a police detective who isn’t quite sure if that is what she wants to do for the rest of her life… Hot on the trail of her childhood BFF Imagen’s father… a despicable man involved in all kinds of horrible things…. loved the complex relationship and situation between these two strong women…. how do you come to terms with your father being a terrible man? And once you do how do you deal with his need for revenge? Parts of this book were so tense and I was furiously turning the pages to figure out what was going to happen next….

Nathan was a bit of a bright spot in the darkness of this book…. Love how Bryony and he met, so appropriate…. A subtle romance that really added some smiles to this book…. please note my romance hating friends, this will not make you roll your eyes I promise! It’s very understated….

Recommend to fans of a dark thriller with a splash of romance💕

*** many thanks to Bloodhound Books for my copy of this book ***

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Amanda has written since she was a child, but never imagined that her words would be published, given that she left school with no real qualifications of note apart from an A* in how to be a nuisance in class. Nevertheless, she returned to education when her daughter was five and eventually became a history teacher. Then in 2010, after many twists and turns, the dream of becoming a writer came true when her first short story was published. Amanda has written many short stories and has six novels currently published.

Amanda grew up in Sheffield but now has realised her lifelong dream of living in Cornwall and her writing is inspired every day by the dramatic coastline near her home. She has sketched out many stories in her head while walking the cliff paths. Three of her mystery/suspense novels are set there, Somewhere Beyond the Sea, Summer in Tintagel and the Behind the Lie. Rip Current is also set in Cornwall and will be published by Bloodhound Books in April 2018.

Amanda, known to many as Mandy, spends far more time than is good for her on social media and has turned procrastination to a fine art. She can also usually be found playing on the beach with her family, or walking the cliff paths planning her next book.

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Posted in New Releases

Providence by Caroline Kepnes @CarolineKepnes #BookReview #Providence

Happy Thursday y’all! Thrilled to share my review today for this interesting book that I would encourage you to read with an open mind!🤯

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Providence by Caroline Kepnes

4 Wild Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Synopsis

Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other, though they can never find the words to tell one another the depth of their feelings. When Jon is finally ready to confess his feelings, he’s suddenly kidnapped by his substitute teacher who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity.

Mourning the disappearance of Jon and facing the reality he may never return, Chloe tries to navigate the rites of entering young adulthood and “fit in” with the popular crowd, but thoughts of Jon are never far away.

When Jon finally escapes, he discovers he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to protect Chloe and find the answers to his new identity–but he’s soon being tracked by a detective who is fascinated by a series of vigilante killings that appear connected.

Whisking us on a journey through New England and crashing these characters’ lives together in the most unexpected ways, Kepnes explores the complex relationship between love and identity, unrequited passion and obsession, self-preservation and self-destruction, and how the lines are often blurred between the two.

My Thoughts

4 Wild Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wow! This book was nothing and I mean nothing like Caroline Kepnes’s previous books…. this book was a mixture of young adult, crime fiction, the supernatural, and much more! It was a genre potpourri… and it worked… because the thing this had in common with Caroline’s previous books is it was very well written with some interesting characters…. I just don’t want you to enter this book thinking it is a dark demented twisted psychological thriller, it is far from that… although there are some disturbing and demented parts….

The book is told from multiple points of view including John and Chloe…. we met these two when they were still pretty young and I enjoyed the young adult aspect of this book… John is kidnapped when he is young and comes back with a superpower of sorts…. now here is the part that I might not have appreciated as much as I could have…. because I know absolutely nothing about H.P. Lovecraft… so if you are better acquainted with him perhaps this part will resonate with you much more than it did with me….

Our third point of view came from Eggs A detective… and that is not my autocorrect that is his actual name! Eggs has some demons of his own and is consumed with a case of young healthy people dying from heartattacks… he was an interesting character as well and I really liked the growth in him throughout the book…. how do all these characters tied together? Well you’re going to need to read the book to find out!

Recommend you read this book with an open mind, it is unlike anything you’ve read before, guaranteed!

*** many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this most interesting book ***

I am Providence! Berit☀️✨

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Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay by Bella Osborne @osborne_bella @AvonBooksUK @rararesources #BookReview #PubDay

Happy Thursday my book friends! And happy Publication Day to this delightful book! So thrilled to help celebrate publication day! Many thanks to Rachel for inviting me and to Bella Osborne for her lovely story!🎉🎉🎉

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay

Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months.

With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?

My Thoughts

4 Adorable Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

What a delightful book, filled with quirky characters in a quaint village… why is it I have not inherited A historic building filled with character… with the stipulation I must live in this charming village for a year in order to inherit? I’m up for it! I’ll even pretend I’m your long lost relative… I just want a cottage with a name in a small charming town, preferably by the beach in the UK… and while you’re at it I wouldn’t mind a best friend like Tamsen and a love interest like Max….

Daisy returns to her childhood village of Ottercombe Bay… Daisy has wanderlust so she is not all that thrilled with the prospect of staying in the same place for a year, and inheriting a building she’s not quite sure what she’s going to do with…. Daisy was such a real and relatable character and I would love to hang out with her and her BFF Tamsen… admittedly Tamsen was the best character in this book… any girl that will go swimming in freezing water in a gorilla costume is a girl we all want to hang out with! Right? The girl had spunk, sass, and she was loyal to a fault! So many lovely characters in this book sweet Jason, caring Cora, and annoying yet adorable max…

This really is the perfect beach read! A book that puts a smile on your face, makes you laugh, and gives you that warm fuzzy feeling in your heart! The perfect lighthearted read for that summer vacation… on the beach… poolside… or sitting out on your porch in the sun…. just don’t forget your sunscreen!

*** many thanks to Avon UK, the author, and Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book ***

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Purchase Links

Amazon – http://mybook.to/OttercombeBay

KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/coming-home-to-ottercombe-bay

Coming Home - Author PicAuthor Bio –

Bella has been jotting down stories as far back as she can remember but decided that 2013 would be the year that she finished a full length novel. She’s now written four romantic comedies and been shortlisted twice for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year.

Bella’s stories are about friendship, love and coping with what life throws at you.

She lives in The Midlands, UK with her husband, daughter and a cat who thinks she’s dog. When not writing she’s usually eating custard creams and planning holidays.

For more about Bella, visit her website at http://www.bellaosborne.com or follow her on Twitter – @osborne_bella

Social Media Links –

Twitter – @osborne_bella

Facebook – https://en-gb.facebook.com/BellaOsborneAuthor/

Coming Home - Giveawy Prize

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6 Spectacular Stars🌟 The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager @riley_sager #BookReview

Happy hump day book lovers! Today I am so excited to share my review for the BEST book I’ve read so far in 2018!📚✨

The Last Time I Lied

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

My Thoughts

6 Strikingly Stupendous Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Yes six, seis, sexe,sechs,sei…. and I’m sure whatever language you choose to read this book in the result will be the same… it was just that fabulous!

Two truths and a lie…

1 I never gush over books!

2 this was the best book I’ve read so far this year!!!

3 Riley Sager is being added to my list of authors who I will autobuy/request.

I’m sure you figured it out… I am the queen of gushing! And this is a book that makes me want to shout from the rooftops! From first page to last this book had me captivated… this is going to sound odd but I felt as though I was in a forest of browns and greens every time I pick this book up…. it was so atmospheric and descriptive that I felt as though I was there at camp with these girls… The forest, the lake, the tension was all drawn so well by Sager… I could smell the trees, feel the water, and I was on the edge of my seat throughout this entire book!

Emma is a “final girl“ how appropriate is that? when she was at camp 15 years ago she was the only girl from her cabin to not disappear … my only complaint of Sager’s previous book was I would have liked the psychology of these “final girls” to have been explored more in depth , so… what a treat this book was! Emma now a well respected artist paints these girls in all her paintings… she sees Vivian everywhere… and she cannot let go of the fact that she had something to do with their disappearance… that is all I am saying about the plot, I do not want to ruin this gem of a book for you…

I am just so jealous of all of you who have not read this yet, what a treat you have in front of you! A campy book that will grab onto you and will not let go… a book filled with twists, Twists, and more twists, and just when you think you’ve got it all figured out….. an ending you will not see coming!

Emphatically recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the psychological thriller genre! If you liked “Final Girls you will love “The Last Time I Lied” and that is no lie!

*** many thanks to Penguin Dutton for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings–massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

Yet it’s immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp’s twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present.

And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

Lies, lies, lies, they won’t forget you! Berit💛

Posted in Excerpt Reveal

Saving Beck by Courtney Cole @InkSlingerPR @Court_Writes #ExcerptReveal

Thrilled to bring you an excerpt from a book I am looking forward to reading! Enjoy! 😄

Reminiscent of the beloved novels by Mary Kubica and Jodi Picoult comes a chilling portrayal of a son’s addiction and its harrowing effects on both him and his mother from New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole. SAVING BECK releases July 17, 2018. Check out the sneak peek below, and pre-order your copy of SAVING BECK today!

SAVING BECK Synopsis:

There comes a time when offering your life for your child’s doesn’t work, when you realize that it’ll never be enough.

The cold needle in his warm vein was a welcome comfort to my son at first. But then it became the monster that kept us apart.

Heroin lied, and my son believed. It took him to a world where the last year didn’t happen, to a place where his father was still alive. What Beck didn’t understand was that it couldn’t bring his father back from the dead. It couldn’t take away his pain, not permanently.

You think it can’t happen to you, that your kids, your family, will never be in this situation.
I thought that too. But you’re wrong.

Step into our world, and see for yourself.
Watch my golden boy become a slave to this raging epidemic. Watch me try and save him.

Drug addiction comes with a price.
Trust me, you’re not equipped to pay it.

Don’t miss this heart wrenching, evocative, yet hopeful novel—it will leave you forever changed.

Pre-order SAVING BECK here!

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EXCERPT:

The hospital is a beacon of light and hope as we pull in. I barely remember to put my car in park before I jump out and I leave it in the middle of the lane, the tires wrenched haphazardly toward the curb.

“Ma’am, you can’t park there,” a guy in a security uniform says with his fake badge, but I don’t answer. I toss him my keys and push my way to the doors, and that’s when I see him.

My son.

They’ve pulled him out of the ambulance, and he’s so still, so white. He’s got the body of a man and the face of a boy, and he’s got vomit in his hair. One hand dangles over the edge of the gurney, orange flecks dripping from his fingers to the floor, but no one notices, no one cares.

“Beck,” I breathe, and he doesn’t open his eyes. “Beck,” I say louder, as loud as I can. His mouth is slack, but he’s not dead, he can’t be dead because someone is pumping his heart with her fist. She’s running next to the gurney, and she’s pounding on his heart, making it beat.

“Coming through,” she yells at the doors, and there is a team of people working on him. They’re frantic, and that’s not good.

I chase after them, through the emergency room, through the people, but someone grabs me at a giant set of double-doors, the gateway to the important rooms.

“You can’t go in there,” a nurse tells me.

“That’s my son,” I try to tell her, but she doesn’t care. “Beck,” I scream, and I try to see through the windows, but I can’t because he’s gone. “I love you, Beck. Stay here. Stay here.”

The nurse grasps my arm, and I can’t stand anymore. My legs are tired and the adrenaline… it numbs me. I collapse beside her and she tries to hold me up, but she can’t… I’m on the ground.

My face is wet, when did I start crying?

“You have to save my son,” I beg her, my fingers curled into her arm. I stare into her eyes. Hers are green, ringed with blue, and she looks away. Something about her seems so familiar, something about those eyes.

“We’ll try, ma’am,” she says uncertainly. It’s the uncertainty that kills me. “We’ll do everything we can. I’m going to take you to a quiet room, and give you a blanket. Is there anyone I can call for you?”

I shake my head. “No. I already called my sister.”

“Okay,” the nurse says quietly and her name tag says Jessica. She takes me to a waiting room, a quiet private one, the ones they use when the outcome might not be good. I know that because I’ve been here before.

I swallow hard and she puts a cup of coffee in my hand.

As she does, she pushes a stray hair out of her face and her bracelet catches my eye. A simple chain with a silver dolphin on it. I’ve seen it before.

“You were here the night my husband was brought in,” I realize slowly. “Weren’t you? Do you remember me?”

It was a year ago. A year, two months… I check my watch… six days and twenty-two hours ago. Of course she doesn’t remember me.

But Jessica nods.

“I’m so sorry about your husband,” she tells me now, her voice quiet and thick. “I swear to you, we did everything we could.”

“I know,” I tell her. Because I do. The accident was so bad, there’s no way anyone could’ve survived. Except for Beck. He lived. But Matt...his injuries were insurmountable. That’s what the doctor told me that night.

I stare at the door, and this is the same room and that is the same door, and this is the same blue-tiled floor. For a minute, I’m back in that moment, and the doctor is coming in. I’d waited for hours and his face was so grave and I knew, I knew, before he could utter a word.

I shook my head because I didn’t want to hear what was coming next, but he spoke anyway.

Matt’s injuries were insurmountable, he’d said. We did everything we could.

But everything wasn’t enough, and my husband died.

“Is it a different doctor tonight?” I ask suddenly. “I need a different doctor. One who can save my son.”

I know it’s illogical. I know it was never the doctor’s fault, but it doesn’t matter because Jessica is nodding. “It’s a different doctor tonight,” she tells me. “Dr. Grant, and he’s very, very good.”

“Okay,” I whisper. “Okay.”

“If you need anything, you tell me,” Jessica says and I can see that she means it. She likes me. Or she feels sorry for me. It doesn’t matter which. I nod and she’s gone, and I’m alone.

Just like I was a year ago, and just like that night all I can do is pace.

I’m a caged mama wolf and there’s nothing I can do, but I know that if I stop moving, Beck might die. My energy is attached to his energy. I have to move. It all depends on me.

So I walk in circles.

I walk six paces, over the six white tiles, then I turn, taking three steps over the blue. I tread back six paces over the white, and then turn again, taking three more over the blue.

I will not stop, Beck. I won’t fail you. I won’t.

It becomes rhythmic, and I match my breaths with my steps. I’m a machine, a time-keeper, a being made of clock-work as I walk in circles, marking time. Every step I take, Beck is still alive. I feel it in my heart. It’s all up to me.

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About Courtney Cole:

Courtney Cole grew up in rural Kansas and now lives with her husband and kids in Florida, where she writes beneath palm trees and is still in love with the idea of magic and happily-ever-after. She is the author of Saving Beck.

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