Gracie’s Secret by Jill Childs @author_jill @bookouture #BookReview #BlogBlitz


My dearest daughter, I will never forget the day I nearly lost you. The day you learned the secrets that would tear our lives apart…

Time stops for Jen when her beloved daughter, Gracie, is involved in a terrible car crash. Pronounced dead at the scene, it’s a miracle when paramedics manage to then resuscitate the little girl.

The relief Jen feels at Gracie’s recovery is matched only by her fury at the driver of the car – her ex-husband’s new girlfriend Ella. Jen has never trusted Ella, and now her worst fears have been confirmed.

But then Gracie begins to tell strange stories about what she heard in the car that day, and what she saw in those moments near death. It’s clear that there’s something shocking hidden in Ella’s past… but exposing it could tear all their lives apart.

An emotional page-turner that will take your breath away. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Lisa Wingate and Kerry Fisher.

~My Review~

4.25 Intriguing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

I really have been so fortunate as of late, I have read so many wonderful books! And this book was absolutely no exception to that… I usually go into books blind, I hardly ever read the blurb… so halfway through this I was 🤔 is this a thriller or am I seeing a twist because I read so many thrillers? I’m sure all of my fellow thriller Readers do the same thing, we are always looking for that crazy twist…. not going to tell you if this book twists or not, but I am going to tell you it was an engaging and unique read….

The book starts out with Jen getting the phone call every parent fears, her young three-year-old daughter Gracie is in the hospital… she gets to the hospital to find out her daughter is in a coma and her ex-husband‘s new girlfriend Ella was driving the car at the time of this accident…. needing to place blame Jen places all the blame on Ella… The mama bear in me completely empathize with Jen… and even though I didn’t necessarily fine Jen all that relatable, I did always have her back… Ella on the other hand just rubbed me the wrong way…. even when I found out there was more to her story, I still could not find much compassion for her… The majority of the story is told from Jen‘s point of view…. although we did get some of Ella’a perspective as well, yet that still did not make her more likable…

Gracie was an adorable three-year-old, however I must admit there are times I wished she was five… We’ll just say she was a very mature three-year-old, or it has been so long since I’ve had a three-year-old I don’t remember… when Gracie recovers from her coma she begins to tell her mom about some unusual things such as a light and angels… I really found this part of the book unique and well done… whether you are a believer or not the idea of an angel is comforting… I do want to emphasize however this is not a religious book, there is just some mentions of what happens when you die…. there also is to be quite honest an Erie element to it all as well…

All in all this was a really wonderful debut novel, that I would absolutely recommend for a little change of pace…

*** many thanks too Bookouture for my copy of this wonderful book ***

Gracie’s Secret by Jill Childs
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Jill has always loved writing – real and imaginary – and spent 30 years travelling the world as a journalist, living overseas and reporting wherever the news took her. She’s now made her home in London with her husband and twin girls who love stories as much as she does. Although she’s covered everything from earthquakes and floods, riots and wars, she’s found some of the most extraordinary stories right here at home – in the secrets and lies she imagines behind closed doors on ordinary streets, just like yours.

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The Cottage on Lily Pond Lane Part 1 New Beginings by Emily Harvale @emilyharvale @rararesources #BookReview #LilyPondLane #BlogTour

Happy Sunday all! Exciting day… my oldest is coming home from University for two weeks before he goes back for summer school! And I am part of the blog Tour for this lovely book💜 many thanks to Rachel for the invitation and to Emily Harvale for her delightful story🐸

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New Beginnings

Mia Ward is amazed to be told she has inherited her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda.

She’s even more astonished to discover she’ll only inherit the place if she actually lives there for one year. Mia’s a city girl at heart, not to mention she’s afraid of water, so the fact the cottage backs on to a sandy beach, is not, in her opinion, a bonus.

But Mia’s struggling to pay her rent since being fired for inappropriate behaviour at the office party, and her boyfriend’s also dumped her. When her best friend, Ella and Ella’s brother, Garrick offer to help her move and settle in, Mia decides to see this as a new beginning.

It may also be the start of an exciting adventure because now Mia wants to know just who, exactly, was great-aunt Matilda. And she’s determined to find out. But it soon becomes clear that someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale….

~My Review~

5 Captivating Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I am such a sucker when it comes to a book set in a cottage by the sea in the UK… I mean how lovely would it be to live in a cottage named Sunbeam? A cottage in a village called Lily Pondale that backs up to the beach… A village filled with friendly people, not to mention nothing but gorgeous men… not sure what is stopping me from packing my bags immediately? Oh yes… reality! That is why I read to escape reality and so I Can visit a lovely village such as this…. and this book was every bit as charming as the title/cottage/village implies….

Mia is a little down on her luck, lost her job and her man… but now she has the opportunity to inherit a cottage… Mia is a city girl and not quite sure how she’s going to take to living in the country… but the cottage is free and if she lives there for a year she will inherit it outright…. so along with her BFF Ella and Ella’s twin brother Garrick she heads to Lily Pondale…

So many new discoveries… Learning about her great aunt Matilda that Mia never even knew she had…. A cottage full of hidden nooks and crannies and secrets… and a village filled with gorgeous eligible men, Romance is bound to be in the air soon…. A delightful beginning to this serial filled with new beginnings…

Absolutely recommend as a quick delightful summer read, you could definitely finish this in one afternoon by the pool or on the beach…

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

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Escape to the seaside village of Little Pondale with Part Two of this heart-warming and romantic, four-part serial. 

Mia Ward was amazed to inherit her great-aunt Matilda’s thatched cottage in the tiny seaside village of Little Pondale – especially as Mia didn’t know she had a great-aunt Matilda. She was even more astonished to discover she’d only inherit the place if she lives there for a year.

Now Mia and her friends, Ella and Garrick are embracing village life. Garrick’s also embracing someone in The Frog and Lily, so Mia turns her attention to one or two of her sexy, single neighbours. But great-aunt Matilda remains an enigma and Mia’s still determined to discover who she was.

When Mia’s mum, Lori arrives, she’s eager to see what the summer has to offer. There’s the Kite Festival, the Fête, the Frog Hill Run, but what really appeals to Lori, much to Mia’s horror, is the Midsummer Night’s naked bathing in the pond at Frog’s Hollow.

As sweltering days surrender to sultry nights, love is definitely in the air. And when an incident means Mia has to face her greatest fear, help arrives from a surprising source. But one thing is clear… someone is trying to make sure Mia doesn’t stay in Little Pondale…

~Review and Blog Tour Coming in July🐸💜

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Having lived and worked in London for several years, Emily returned to her home town of Hastings where she now spends her days writing… and chatting on social media. Emily is a Member of the SoA, a PAN member of the RWA and a Pro Member of ALLi. She’s an Amazon bestseller and a Kindle All Star. Emily loves writing and her stories are sure to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
Emily says, “I write about friendship, family and falling in love. I believe in happing endings.” When she isn’t writing, she can be found enjoying the stunning East Sussex coast and countryside, or in a wine bar with friends, discussing life, love and the latest TV shows. Chocolate cake is often eaten. She dislikes housework almost as much as she dislikes anchovies – and will do anything to avoid both.

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier @JenniferHillier @MinotaurBooks #BookReview #JarofHearts

Happy Saturday all! Thrilled to bring you my review for this thrilling book a psychological thriller with a darker twist🖤

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Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

4.5 Creepy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5


This is the story of three best friends: one who was murdered, one who went to prison, and one who’s been searching for the truth all these years . . .

When she was sixteen years old, Angela Wong—one of the most popular girls in school—disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school.

But fourteen years later, Angela Wong’s remains are discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home. And Kaiser—now a detective with Seattle PD—finally learns the truth: Angela was a victim of Calvin James. The same Calvin James who murdered at least three other women.

To the authorities, Calvin is a serial killer. But to Geo, he’s something else entirely. Back in high school, Calvin was Geo’s first love. Turbulent and often volatile, their relationship bordered on obsession from the moment they met right up until the night Angela was killed.

For fourteen years, Geo knew what happened to Angela and told no one. For fourteen years, she carried the secret of Angela’s death until Geo was arrested and sent to prison.

While everyone thinks they finally know the truth, there are dark secrets buried deep. And what happened that fateful night is more complex and more chilling than anyone really knows. Now the obsessive past catches up with the deadly present when new bodies begin to turn up, killed in the exact same manner as Angela Wong.

How far will someone go to bury her secrets and hide her grief? How long can you get away with a lie? How long can you live with it?

~My Review~

4.5 Creepy Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

“Who do you Think you are? Runnin’ ‘round leaving scars. Collecting your jar of hearts. And tearing love apart.“

Christina Perri 🎵Jar of Hearts🎵

What if you had thought you got away with murder for 14 years? What if you found out your high school boyfriend was a serial killer? Welcome to Geo’s world! Geo was a complicated character… I found her very likable, but I knew she had a huge dark secret, and had done something bad…. I mean she was in jail and she wasn’t claiming that she was innocent…. but how big a part did she play in the murder of her high school BFF Angela?

Loved how this story was told… Clues were given and memories were revealed at the perfect pace… I felt the tension and terror that Geo felt throughout the entire story…. The parts of the book that took place in prison were interesting, however some of them were downright disturbing…. but at least in prison she was safe from Calvin her ex-boyfriend who was a serial killer, or was she?

Kaiser who was BFFs with both Angela and Geo in high school was Geo’s arresting officer… Kaiser has always had a thing for Geo, so he was very conflicted…. really liked him and couldn’t help but think… had she just dated him all of this could have been avoided… so many twists and an ending I did not see coming…

Absolutely recommend to fans of the psychological thriller with a bit of a darker side🖤🖤🖤

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

Have a day filled with books! Berit💛

Jackal by Tarryn Fisher and Willow Aster @DarkMarkTarryn @WillowAster #CoverReveal

Find out why readers are LOVING this new series by Fisher & Aster! Are you ready for Jackal?

Jackal Emerson has never taken himself seriously. Dubbed the “orgy king,” he’s renowned for his reputation as the wild End Man. But with the uprising on the horizon and his best friend missing, Jackal is having a hard time living the same carefree existence.

And then he meets a thief and everything changes.

Phoenix Moyo, principal dancer of a notorious ballet company, lives a life of rigidity. When her world collides with Jackal’s, their chemistry is evident to everyone except her. Forced to work with him to steal the most precious commodity of the Regions, she realizes too late that there is no escaping Jackal’s charisma.

When unimaginable crimes come to light, the Regions begin to crumble. No one is safe. Families divide and secrets are exposed, danger running rampant on every side. For some, sacrifice costs everything.


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Release Date: June 29, 2018

Start the End of Men series today with Book 1 – Folsom

“Your hearts will be racing as the Gwen and Folsom’s story gallops towards its suspense filled ending! Talk about having your heart in your mouth!” ~TotallyBooked Blog

The nation as we know it is a thing of the past.

With the male species on the verge of extinction, a society called the End Men is formed to save the world. Folsom Donahue is one of twelve men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the Regions. The endless days spent having sex with strangers leaves Folsom with an emptiness no amount of women, money, or status can fill.

Until Gwen.

Gwen has wanted a child for as long as she can remember, but when she finally gets a chance to have her own, she uncovers a long hidden truth. The injustice she sees moves her to help save the men whom no one else believes need saving.

A forbidden love, grown in a time of despair, ignites a revolution.

Folsom and Gwen, torn between their love for each other and their sense of duty, must make a choice. But some will stop at nothing to destroy them.



Tarryn Fisher is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of nine novels. Born a sun hater, she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington with her children, husband, and psychotic husky. Tarryn writes about villains.





Willow Aster is the author of True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Lilith. She’s also the co-author of Folsom, The End of Men series with Tarryn Fisher. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming and make fun of her for reading while cooking.





4.5 BIG Stars🌟Little Big Love by Katy Regan @katyreganwrites @BerkleyPub #BookReview

TGIF!!! Thrilled to bring you my review for this lovely book filled with the most amazing characters!😍

Little Big Love

Little Big Love by Katy Regan

4.5 Big Little Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5


About a Boy meets Parenthood in this smart, big-hearted love story about a family for whom everything changed one night, a decade ago, and the young boy who unites them all.

Told through the eyes of Zac, Juliet, and grandfather Mick, Little Big Love is a layered, heartfelt, utterly satisfying story about family, love, and the secrets that can define who we are.

~My Review~

4.5 Big Little Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

This book surprised me… I was expecting a light fun adorable read and what I got was so much more! This was a book about family, secrets, forgiveness, and love…. this was absolutely a more emotional read than I was anticipating, but so worth it!

The book was told from three different points of view…. 10-year-old Zac, his mother Juliet, and his grandfather Mick…Zac’s father pulled a runner before he was born, or so he thinks…. what really happened that tragic night that led to the death of Juliet’s brother Jamie? Juliet and both her parents have secrets they have kept the past 10 years, secrets that could possibly tear the family apart….BUT Zac is determined to find out all he can about his father….

Zac was an enchanting 10-year-old boy with a heart of gold… loved his obsession with fax and his friendship with the equally delightful Teagan… I felt so much for him especially when he was bullied for his weight… and my heart broke for his desire to find his father… but truly my absolute favorite part of this book was the charming friendship between Zac and Teagan… everybody needs a Teagan in their lives, she was just an exceptional character…. and some of her insights far surpassed her 10 years!

Juliet was also a very real and relatable character, the kind of character I’d love to go out to lunch with… I won’t judge what she did and did not tell her son, because I have never been in that situation…. and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that she loved her son with all her heart and wanted nothing but the absolute best for him… same goes for grandpa Mick…. The stress and the burden brought on by the secrets that these to were keeping was so unfortunate….

The last 20% of this book was absolutely priceless! I was smiling the entire time unless tears were running down my face… an emotional ending to this beautiful story…. filled with hope, forgiveness, family, and love💕

*** many thanks to Berkley for my copy of this stunning book ***

Have a lovely weekend! Berit 💛

The Story of Us by Lesley Jones – @LesleyKJones ‏ #NikkiDelgado #AudiobookReview

The Story of Us

The Story of Us by Lesley Jones

⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 Didn’t See That Coming Stars!


I love him, from the instant I set eyes on him when I was just 11 years old I have loved him and nothing will ever change that, he owns me, he owns my heart and he owns my body and no matter how many lies are told, no matter how many people conspire to keep us apart, despite the fame and the distance, we will find a way.

“Georgia Rae, when we made love you used to cry” … He waits for me to sing my bit. I try to swallow down a sob but I just end up singing through it…
“I said I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die”

Carnage is an edgy coming of age love story that breaks all the rules and transcends the decades. Georgia and Sean’s story will stay with you long after you read the final word.
An emotional, smoking hot, gut wrenching read.

NOTE: This is part #1 of a 2 part story but can be read as a stand alone.


Well this was a lovely story, albeit heart-wrenching.

Meet Georgia-Rae she is 11 years old…….She meets Sean, who is 13, and they both decide that they have met the loves of their lives and will never love anyone else again ….EVER!

Sean and Georgia become a “thing” and stay, and are very happy together, Sean is in a band called Carnage and is gigging around pubs and clubs and becoming quite a big name around the place, until they get spotted by a talent scout and they hit the big time!

The thing is, by this time Georgia is only 16 years old and is still at school, so she can’t follow him around the world, so she follows Carnage from afar and meets up with him when she can.

Sean in the mean time has got himself caught up in the rock-star lifestyle with drugs and alcohol and is getting himself into a bit of a mess.

This becomes evident one day after a huge silly mistake on Sean’s part splits the 2 lovers apart and doesn’t reconcile them until 4-5 years later.

In the meantime Georgia has met and started to have feelings again, and maybe has some real feelings for Cameron King, a big-time London crook, who knows of her family through her father.

Of course the story wouldn’t be complete without Georgia and Sean, but do they find their way back to each other?? Does Cameron stay in the picture??
will your little heart be torn out and stamped on??? Probably!!

🎧🎧 Great narration by Nikki Delgado, i went into this book completely blind so i had no idea that it was even set in the UK, She has a lovely accent and doesn’t sound like the usual posh Mary Poppins British narrators that i have become accustomed to.

Find your hankies,

Vicci x

5 Stellar Stars🌟Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman @CatSteadman #AudiobookReview #SomethingInTheWater

Wowza did this book take me by surprise! My review today is for this amazing audiobook that is definitely my top listen of 2018 so far! Remarkable story and stellar narration! Both written and narrated by very talented Catherine Steadman!😍

Something in the Water

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

5 Tension Filled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


A shocking discovery on a honeymoon in paradise changes the lives of a picture-perfect couple in this taut psychological thriller debut–for readers of Ruth Ware, Paula Hawkins, and Shari Lapena.

If you could make one simple choice that would change your life forever, would you? 

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .

Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?

Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .

Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?

Wonder no longer. Catherine Steadman’s enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we’re tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.

~My Review~

5 Tension Filled Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Well HOT damn this book was just… brilliant! Full disclosure I was running behind on my reviews so I purchased this on audio on release day and I was even a little hesitant because I saw the author was narrating…. not always a good thing, but I had no idea that Catherine Steadman is an actress…. and after finishing this book I now know she is also a fantastic author and audiobook narrator!!! Simply amazing! Seriously if I could I would give her narration six stars, it was really exceptional! And this book kept me on the edge of my seat from about 30% on…

Erin and Mark are a happy newly married couple on their honeymoon in Bora Bora… they are having a wonderful time in this tropical paradise until…thunk thunk… there is something in the water…. and what it is will alter this couple’s lives…. from this point on the tension is ramped up and I felt as though I was on the edge of my seat throughout… so many thoughts… what would I do in this situation? What is the ethical thing to do?

Erin and Mark were both fabulous characters… they both handled the situation so differently and I found that part so compelling and true….Erin was very bold about it all and didn’t always think things through, in fact sometimes she did some really stupid things… Mark on the other hand was more cautious, not much of a risk taker, although he was usually fine with his wife taking a risk…. I have to say I was both surprised and a little disappointed by both of these characters at points in this book….

There is also a very fascinating side story in this book… Erin is filming a documentary about prisoners about to be released…. Eddie, Holly, and Alexa were all strong, interesting, and well-developed characters…. I found each of their storys compelling and unique…. definitely added another layer to this already wonderful book…. and the voice of eddie is absolutely the best in this audio!

This really was a book unlike any other I have read before… it was very refreshing…. absolutely recommend to everybody regardless of your reading preferences!

*** thank you to the publisher for my copy of this brilliant book ***

Stay out of the water!🦈🦈🦈 Berit 💛

A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt @katehewitt1 @bookouture #BookReview #PubDay

Happy Publication Day to this beautiful heartbreaking book! Thrilled for the opportunity to kick off the blog tour! Many thanks to Kim for my invitation and to Kate Hewitt for her beautiful words!💞


A Mother’s Goodbye by Kate Hewitt

‘My arms ache with the need to reach and hold my precious child, and then to never let go. But I can’t. I know I can’t.’

Heather is devastated. There’s no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.

As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.

Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love?

An absolutely gripping, emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist. If you love Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer or Diane Chamberlain, this will warm your heart, make you cry, and stay with you forever.

~My Review~

4.5 Heartbroken Stars 💔🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

Wow! This book pulled at my heartstrings from first page to last… A touching book about mothers love…. two mothers loving the same child…. One gave birth to him… and the other gives life to him…. both wanting the best for him….

Heather’s husband has lost his job, they have three young kids that they cannot afford to buy new shoes for, when Heather finds herself pregnant with baby number four….Grace has a successful professional life, but feels like something is missing from her personal life…. I am sure you can see where this is going, Heather chooses to have Grace adopt her baby…. as a mother I can only imagine how heartwrenching that would be, but so unselfish of Heather to want nothing but the best for her baby…. The adoption is open and Heather and family see the baby Isaac once a month…. when tragedy strikes it brings these two women together in quite a remarkable way….

Told from the points of view of both Heather and Grace…. I thought this was extremely affective, we really got a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of both mothers…. I really found both these characters real and relatable, with all the real struggles of a mother…. I loved how their relationship strengthened and grew through tragedy and love… The ending to this was sad, sweet, and satisfying…

Absolutely recommend to those who enjoy a book about tough decisions and mothers love💕

*** many thanks to Bookouture for my copy of this beautiful book ***

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Kate Hewitt is the author of many titles of women’s fiction and romance. Whatever the genre, she enjoys telling an emotionally compelling story. An American ex-pat, she now lives in South Wales with her husband and five children. You can learn more about her and her books at
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Proof Positive by Lucy V. Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @rararesources #BookReview #BlogTour

Happy hump day all! Delighted to be part of the blog tour for this captivating book. Many thanks to Rachel for the invitation and to Lucy V. Hay for this compelling story, filled with what ifs?💜

Proof Positive

Proof Positive (Intersection Series Book 1)
On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?

An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doors”.

~My Review~

4 What If Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Lizzy is 18 and about to start University when she finds herself pregnant… such a tough life altering situation, that every girl has thought of… her decision will change the rest of her life….

Lizzie was very likable, relatable and real… I was captivated as she took us through the different scenarios, all the what ifs??? Very refreshing look at a tough subject…. would it be easier to make a decision if you knew how things would turn out? This book really made you think and I felt for Lizzie, her boyfriend Mike, and her parents….

While reading this book I was wondering… how in the world is this going to end? And I have to say the ending was perfection! Very well done Lucy V. Hay!

Recommend when you’re in the mood for a well-done thought provoking book…

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


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Author Bio – Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN (2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

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The Bakery at Seashell Cove by Karen Clarke @karenclarke123 @bookouture #BookReview #BlogTour

Excited to be part of the blog tour for this book filled with fun, friendship, food, and love💕🍰

Many thanks to Noelle for the invitation and to Karen Clarke for this delightful story!


Publication day: June 8th 2018


A warm welcome and delicious chocolate gateau are always on the menu at the Bakery at Seashell Cove – and this summer, romance is in the air…

Meg Larson thought she had everything she wanted: she works in the local bakery, she’s months away from marrying her high-school sweetheart, and home is beautiful, sunny Seashell Cove, where the sky is blue, the sea is turquoise and the sand is golden.

Except that the bakery is up for sale and her fiancé Sam’s more interested in bikes than their relationship. When Meg receives shocking news about her family, he’s on a cycling tour and ignoring her calls – and posting selfies on Facebook with a female cyclist he looks far too cosy with…

Luckily the bakery’s estate agent, Nathan, is understanding and funny, and as the summer goes on an unexpected friendship blossoms. When the bakery is given a second lease of life under a mysterious new owner, Meg realises a change might be exactly what she needs too.

Will Meg find the happy-ever-after she dreams of in Seashell Cove?

An uplifting, laugh-out-loud rom com that will make you dream of romantic days at the beach. Perfect for fans of Debbie Johnson, Holly Martin and Jenny Oliver. 

~My Review~

4.25 Delectable Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.25

This book left me with a smile on my face and craving cake! 🍰 apparently this is the second book in the series, however I had no idea until I reached the end of the book and saw the blurb for the previous book… so this can absolutely be read as a standalone… although Time permitting I will definitely go back and read Cassie‘s story… how can I resist another book set in the beautiful setting of Seashell Cove?

Meg was such a fun and real character, the kind of girl you want to be friends with… dealing with the fact that her beloved bakery is being sold and her fiancé is obsessed with cycling…. this is the second book I have read recently where the husband is more interested in cycling than the wife/girlfriend/fiancée??? This must be a real problem, stay off the bikes boys!

Meg has an opportunity to be on a television show featuring her and the bakery…. The TV show brought about both hurt feelings and some good news… this was a lighthearted read with a bit of a serious tone… Meg has to deal with a family secret being revealed, her failing relationship, and the obnoxious mother of her fiancé….Thank goodness the handsome Nathan enters the picture… A beautiful friendship is formed, or maybe a bit more? Will Meg find her way to happily ever after?

Such a delightful read filled with both heartbreaking and heartwarming moments… A book filled with fun, food, and friendship…. set in a place we’d all love to visit Seashell Cove!🐚

Absolutely recommend as a perfect summer read on the beach, by the pool, or just sitting on the couch!

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20150810_150942 (2)Author Bio:

Karen Clarke writes romantic comedy novels. Her BEACHSIDE series is set in the fictional seaside town of Shipley and features recurring characters, but each book can be read as a standalone. She is currently working on a new, three-book series set in Devon.

Karen has also written three romcoms with a paranormal twist, all available to download

When she’s not working on her novels, Karen writes short stories for women’s magazines and has had over three hundred published globally. Some of them can be read in her short story collection ‘BEHIND CLOSED DOORS…and other Tales with a Twist’

Karen lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three grown-up children. 

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