Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Humor

Amy Cole is Zen as F*ck by Elizabeth McGivern @MayhemBeyond #bookreview

Happy Sunday bibliophiles!

I can hardly believe it is almost 2019, where did 2018 go?

Excited today to share with you my review for this wonderful story that I strongly encourage you to give a go!🍍

Amy Cole is Zen as F*ck by Elizabeth McGivern

My Thoughts

Amy Cole is flippin fabulous!

Another wonderfully fun installment in this delightful series! Elizabeth McGivern has done it again! She has the remarkable ability to take some pretty serious subject matter and infuse A large dose of compassion and a whole lot of humor into it…. I can’t even tell you how many times I laughed out loud during this book, tears running down my face laughing! This is the second book in the series, and it could be read as a standalone, but I would strongly strongly encourage you to pick up the first book and then immediately followed up with this one! This series is a little gem that should not be missed!

So Amy Cole has found her mind and infused her life with Zen…. don’t panic though she is still the crazy quirky Amy we met in the first book, she just has conquered a few of her demons… she is also still BFFs with Elle and the girls are still up to their silly antics! Some of the funniest parts of this book involved Elle beginning to date again determined to find the love of her life online….. from her ridiculous dating profile to a man in a llama shirt two the SafeWord pineapple, I was cracking up the entire time! Not only did we have Elle’s dating nightmares, we also spent some time with Amy’s mother in law… talk about the mother-in-law from hell, this woman was way too much! And then we had the skinny class that took fat shaming to another level…. oh my goodness so many wonderfully hilarious moments in this book, don’t worry I won’t list them all!

The true charisma of this book lies in its characters! Amy has a wonderful Group of people around her… of course there is Elle her BFF the ultimate ride or die! Ben her husband who has the patience of a saint and a heart of gold, although he could step it up when it comes to his mom! Her kids are adorable and add charm and whimsy to the story as children always do…. Joseph her fairy godfather is in this book as well, still solid as a rock…. and even though Amy might not always get along with her mother and father, they do bring some comedy to the book….

This book is a sparkling example of a perfect escapist read, I cannot encourage you enough to pick this one up! Absolutely recommend! And I will be eagerly anticipating the next book in this series, cannot wait to see what Amy and her friends and family are up to next!🍍

*** Big thanks to Elizabeth McGivern for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Ding Dong the bitch is dead

The inner bitch, that is 

It’s been almost two years since Amy Cole walked through the door of her therapist’s office and now she’s ready to emerge as the sane, zen-like woman she has always wanted to be. Unfortunately for Amy, life has the nasty habit of not playing along.

There’s no time for a quiet life with a business to run, family life to balance and a newly-single best friend to keep an eye on.From getting embroiled in a feud with a maniacal diet guru, making sure Elle isn’t murdered by strangers from the internet and dealing with the mother-in-law from hell, mayhem always seems to find a way into Amy’s life.

Elle De Bruyn is on the cusp of finalising her divorce and is ready to jump, head-first, into dating once again. She soon learns that finding love in the 21st century is a tricky business. She lives in hope that somewhere in between the liars, cheats and unsolicited dick pics there’s still a chance for one more great love affair.

With life in a constant state of chaos, it doesn’t take long for Amy to realise that therapy was the easy part and now it’s time for the real work to begin.

Is sanity really all it’s cracked up to be?

Praise for Elizabeth McGivern & The Amy Cole Series

‘I just adore the character of Amy…a really cracking story’ Claire Allan, Sunday Times Best-Selling Author 

‘Fantastically written characters & an engaging storyline…I couldn’t put this book down’ – Frasers Funhouse

‘I was in hysterics for most of the time I was reading it  – Portable Magic

‘I’ve been in need of a good laugh & this book really did deliver’  – Goodreads Reviewer

‘Amy Cole is every wife, mother, daughter & survivor out there’ – Amazon Reviewer

‘Elizabeth McGivern is a gifted writer that takes a difficult subject matter and managed to mix it with wonderful dashes of humour’– Reflections of a Reader

Books in the Amy Cole Series: 

Amy Cole has lost her mind 
Amy Cole is Zen as F*ck 
Amy Cole has it all figured out (2019) 

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have a wonderful day! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

Snowday by B. R. Maycock @BRMaycock #bookreview 🌲❄️

Happy Christmas Eve!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this delightful book written by a fellow blogger and author!❤️💚❤️

Snowday by B. R. Maycock

My Thoughts

this was a delightful story Full of charm, warmth, and snow!

A fun festive story full of hope and heart….A book about family and the good bad and ugly side of family at the holidays…. it’s not all ho ho ho, hot chocolate, and holiday cheer… it’s all pretty complicated…This book touches on the complexities in a very realistic manner with humor and wit…

Eloise was a lovable and relatable character who completely enveloped me in her life during this book… she and I had many things in common we are both divorced single mothers with three children, and I live in Riverside, just not in the UK! I really enjoyed watching Eloise navigate her way through motherhood, the workplace, and the dating world…. this book also painted a very realistic picture of dealing with the changing family dynamics after divorce, especially in regards to the holidays…. as I mentioned it is complicated, and sometimes we mama bears get very territorial and possessive, after all these are our Cubs!

It is quite amazing how much is packed into this little book! The character development was well done and the plot was engrossing…I think what impressed me most though about this book was how real it was, it did not sugarcoat life, but it’s still made me smile and left me feeling all warm and gooey….

The perfect read when you have a snowday of your own, or in my case a rainy day!❄️💦

*** A huge thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this most delightfull story! ***

About the Book

Sometimes hot cocoa just isn’t enough to keep you warm in the snow… 

Eloise is too busy juggling the chaos of three kids, an ever present ex-husband and a demanding boss to even remember the last time dating crossed her mind. 

But as soft snow falls silently all around, romance twinkles with the flakes. 

After being single for so long, Eloise suddenly has a lot of choices. Too many choices. Will anyone be worthy of melting the guard around her heart to let love in? 

A fun-filled, festive read for fans of Christie Barlow, Fiona Gibson and Colleen Coleman 

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About the Author

When Bernadette Maycock isn’t dreaming up vibrant leads for romantic comedies, she’s ingesting books for her blog (https://brmaycock.wordpress.com/), inparticular chick lit (her first love!) books, romantic comedies and thrillers. She can also be found playing footie or watching Marvel, DC or Star Wars moviesand cartoons in Co. Westmeath, Ireland with her brilliantly out there husband, Keith, and their four epiclittle men.

Her debut ‘It Started With A Snub’ and Christmas romantic comedy ‘Snowday’ are available now on Amazon.

Have a wonderful festive holiday evening! Berit☀️✨ 

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction

A Spark of Light by @jodipicoult #AudiobookReview @TheRealBahniT #Contemporary @audibleuk @audible_com @HodderBooks

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hard Hitting Stars

Wow ok, this one is going to be a tricky one to review!!

As you all probably already know, Jodi Picoult isn’t one to shy away from those subjects that we don’t really like to talk about, we all know it happens, but out of sight out of mind!

The Blurb

The warm fall day starts like any other at the Center—a women’s reproductive health services clinic—its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then, in late morning, a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage.

After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic.

But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of the standoff, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day.

Jodi Picoult—one of the most fearless writers of our time—tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.

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My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hard Hitting Stars

#TriggerWarnings - Abortion / Racism / Rape

The story starts out at 5pm at a Clinic in Jackson Mississippi, a gunman has opened fire inside the Abortion Clinic locally known as “The Center” the story then takes us backwards to the start of the day, and we find out why the characters are there.

Hugh McElroy is a hostage negotiator, at 5pm he gets called to the scene and immediately gets all of the details he can, and starts to communicate with the gunman, at the same time his phone starts to vibrate, when he looks at the text he has just received, he is horrified to find out that his daughter Wren and his sister Bex are inside the clinic!

The Center is somewhere women can go to get Contraception, Gynaecological examinations, General Women’s Health check-ups, and Abortions.

There are always Anti-Abortion protesters outside of The Center, trying to grab the women before they make it into the front door, they are handing out “gift bags” and trying to guilt them into changing their minds.

The Gunman is called George, and he is angry because he has found out that his daughter had an abortion at this clinic recently, not only does he shoot the doctor that performs the abortions, he shoots others as well, and Hugh’s daughter Wren might be one of them!

Tangled in this story is another, this story is about Beth, she took the difficult decision to terminate her own pregnancy, and now because of the Mississippi Abortion Law, she is facing murder charges, and could go to prison for 20 years if she is found guilty.

This story doesn’t try and sway you either way in your beliefs, and it doesn’t feel preachy at all, but I do like the way that Picoult tries to make you see both sides of the Pro-Life / Pro-Choice argument.

Regardless of your beliefs I think this is a great book to have for a Book club and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

🎧🎧 – Narrated by the amazing Bahni Turpin.

This was my main reason for picking up this book, she could literally narrate a recipe for a fruit cake and I would be there One Clicking like a lunatic! The woman can do no wrong in my eyes and makes any book into a fantastic read.

This is certainly one to pop into your basket.

Vicci

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Posted in Contemporary Fiction

What Happened to Us? by Faith Hogan @GerHogan @Aria_Fiction #bookreview

Happy Sunday! Did you remember to fall back??? We had a time change overnight in the US, so I got an extra hour!

Delighted to share with you today my review for this charming story many thanks to faith Hogan for reaching out and inviting me on her blog tour! 💕

9781788548588Carrie Nolan is devastated when she is dumped by Kevin Mulvey after more than a decade without even a backwards glance! On reflection, she has sacrificed her own long term happiness establishing their critically acclaimed Dublin restaurant and pandering to his excessive ego.

Meanwhile Kevin can’t believe his luck. Valentina, their new waitress is a stunner, the kind of girl that turns heads when she walks in a room and surprise, surprise she has chosen him! He is living the dream!

Carrie seeks solace from a circle of mismatched friends who need her as much as she needs them. Jane, who struggles to run the pub on the opposite side of the street, Luke, who has stopped drifting while his father settles in a nearby nursing home and Teddy, a dog who asks for nothing more than the chance to stay by Carrie’s side.

With Christmas just around the corner, all is not quite as it seems and a catastrophic sequence of events leads to the unthinkable…

How far do you need to fall before you learn the true value of family and friends? And is it ever too late to start again…

My Thoughts

This was a delightful heartwarming story, comfort food for the mind!!!

Carrie is being added to my book BFF list! Loved her! She was such a wonderful character, who was going through such a terrible time, and she handled it like a champ! I loved riding the roller coaster of emotion with her throughout this book… I cried with her… I raged with her… I laughed with her… I smiled with her… Love reading a story that completely sucks you into the character’s life…

Carrie is devastated when her longtime boyfriend Kevin breaks up with her… even more devastating Kevin is also her business partner and his new girlfriend Valentina works at the restaurant that he and Carrie co-own… it sure was fun hating on Kevin and Valentina throughout this book, and they sure made it easy! Soon after the break up carry realized how much time she had spent not only taking care of Kevin but his high maintenance mother as well…. Carrie also made several new friends including: Jane an elderly lady, Luke a handsome potential love interest, and Teddy an adorable dog… I absolutely loved the bond that all these characters formed with one another, they were so there for each other… and for those of you who believe in karma, as carrie’s life was getting better and better, Kevin began to realize how much he needed her! Kevin my friend Karma is a bioch!

Such a charming story of new beginnings and second chances with a bit of a festive feel! As Christmas approaches there are some strange goings-on in the restaurant… there is also a question of romance between carry and Luke? Will these two find their way under the mistletoe? I strongly encourage you to pick this book up and find out for yourself! It is such a treat, a little escape that will give you hope!

*** many thanks to Faith Hogan and Aria for my copy of this book ***

Buy links

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2Pv3cCJ
iBooks: https://apple.co/2BBjSpp

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2o3aMrV
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2OHDsSO

Hogan_FaithAbout the author

Faith was born in Ireland and currently lives there with her husband, four children and two fussy cats. She gained an Honors Degree in English Literature and Psychology from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate from University College, Galway. She was a winner in the 2014 Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair- an international competition for emerging writers. When she’s not writing, she’s an enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger.

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Posted in Contemporary Fiction

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen @LevACRosen #YoungAdult #BookReview #NetGalley #JackOfHeartsAndOtherParts

Happy Saturday all! We are super excited to bring you A double review today! Both Vicci and I read and loved this book, and are thrilled to share our reviews of this fabulous read by L.C. Rosen.

It isn’t going to be for everyone, however, we think it could be a pretty important book.

Meet Jack 😎

The Blurb

My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.

Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous

Vicci’s Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐·5 Out and Proud Stars

I loved this book, what a refreshing change for someone to say “Hey, I like sex, and as long as it is consensual, I’ll have lots of it please!”

And gay sex too, oh the horror of it all!! 😋

Jack is the person in this story shouting this, he is gay, and he is “out” loud, and abso-fu*king-lutely proud!

He is at high school, where unfortunately he has to deal with gay shaming, slut shaming, fat shaming, and any other type of shaming you can think of.

His best friends are Jenna, an outspoken blogger, and Ben, a gay, black, fat (his words) fabulous fashion designer.

Jenna talks Jack into writing for her blog, as she wants to help people who have questions about sexuality and sex in general, and are too afraid to ask, they are able to write in anonymously, and Jack answers them VERY truthfully.

Look this book is not going to be for everyone.

One, because is is a book about a gay man having no-strings sex, lots of it, but not as much as the rumour mill at school says.

Two, because Jack is not ashamed of who he is, he’s glam, he wears make up, he’s opinionated, and he doesn’t give one sh*t about what people think about him….until the notes.

The notes that are left in his locker and taped to his door are a knockback for Jack, and we see how he becomes a different person when he trys to NOT be who he is.

I LOVED Jack and his friends, I loved the letters that he wrote to the people who were scared to ask them in public, I mean who *do* you speak to about being a virgin, and a gay virgin at that, who do you ask about how it felt the first time, who do you ask if it hurt? How do you admit that, actually you are not that interested in sex at all?

Jack was very truthful with his answers, and also followed them up with example stories of his own.

My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it’s going to be weird for everyone’s first time, though.

This book pulls no punches, there is strong language and sex in it (shock horror) and *GAY* sex at that (put away your pearls mother!) If this type of book offends you, then don’t even bother trying to look for it.

I for one, wish that there was someone like Jack in my school, I’m so glad to have met him in this book, and I honestly would tell anyone that had questions about their sexuality or even if they are straight and wanted questions answered to read this book.

Be You & Be Epic

*Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this book

Vicci

Berit’s Thoughts

This book was blunt, honest, unfiltered, and brilliant! And it is going to make some people absolutely CRAZY!

What??? A book all about sex for young adults? and gay sex at that??? What??? A honest open discussion about sex??? Yes! And seriously as a mother of three I would strongly encourage all you concerned parents to read this book and have a honest discussion with your teenagers about it! What a fantastic book to open up a dialogue with! Almost 50% of teenagers in the United States are having sex… rather than pretending it’s not your kid, why not engage in a conversation? *steps off soapbox*

Jack is out and proud! He loves makeup, his friends, boys, and sex! He is unashamed, unapologetic, and fabulous! When his friend Jana asks him to host a sex column on her blog he happily obliges… he answers questions about anal sex, blowjobs, not wanting to have sex, and more… he answers these questions respectfully, honestly, and thoughtfully!He doesn’t sugarcoat things and he makes one thing very clear; what you do with your body is entirely up to you, do not let anyone pressure you into doing anything you are not ready for! And really isn’t that the message we want for all of our kids? I found Jack’s sex columns to be extremely insightful, maybe a little more insightful than your average teenager? But then I guess Jack was a little more experienced than your average teenager…. and to be quite honest if any of my kids needed some advice on sex I wouldn’t mind it coming from Jack!

This book however was not just about sex it was also about friendship and a mystery involving a crazy stalker… I really liked jacks friends Jenna and Ben and I love the bond between them… nothing beats good friends when it comes to navigating your way through high school…. perhaps Jenna and Ben could have been better developed, but maybe this leaves room for a spin off! I would love to get to know both of them better…. The mystery in this book started off strong, I loved the notes being folded into these elaborate origami animals, and I was very curious to see who was stalking Jack… but the conclusion was a bit underwhelming… having said that I don’t really think that was the purpose of this book nor did it take away from any of my overall enjoyment of the story…. Lastly I just need to address jacks mother, she was so laid-back she was almost comatose… I mean I appreciated her being so open and supportive of Jack’s lifestyle but….

Absolutely recommend! I think every older teen needs to read this book and in a perfect world their parents will read it as well and have a little chat! I think adults will appreciate this, it really makes you realize how far we have come since Judy Bloom… although I remember there was quite the scandal that my mom let me read “Forever”🙄

*** many thanks to Penguin Random House UK for my copy of this book ***

Have a lovely weekend!

Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Women's Fiction

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty #LianeMoriarty #BeachRead #AudioBookReview

When I saw that Liane Moriarty had a new book out I knew I had to save a credit.

Her slow burn books are fabulous, and an ideal Beach Read 🌴

⭐⭐⭐·75 Tranquil Stars

The Blurb

Could ten days at a health resort really change you forever? In Liane Moriarty’s latest page-turner, nine perfect strangers are about to find out…
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.
Frances Welty, the formerly best-selling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House nursing a bad back, a broken heart, and an exquisitely painful paper cut. She’s immediately intrigued by her fellow guests. Most of them don’t look to be in need of a health resort at all. But the person that intrigues her most is the strange and charismatic owner/director of Tranquillum House. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn’t even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer – or should she run while she still can?
It’s not long before every guest at Tranquillum House is asking exactly the same question.
Combining all of the hallmarks that have made her writing a go-to for anyone looking for wickedly smart, page-turning fiction that will make you laugh and gasp, Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers once again shows why she is a master of her craft

My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐·75 Tranquil Stars

If you’ve ever read a book by this author before your know that she is a slow burner, it’s not going to jump into a fast paced story straight away she makes you work for it.

The same can be said for this book we meet the characters one by one starting with Frances.

A once famous now washed up author, who has menopausal symptons and a really bad papercut. She is going to Tranquillum House to get away from it all and especially from a really bad review.

Napoleon and Heather are there along with their young daughter Zoe.

Young couple Jessica and Ben are also there.

Lars the Divorce Lawyer and Tony the Ex-Sportsman, and also Carmel who is trying to be her better self after being traded in for younger model by her husband.

Nine perfect strangers all there for 10 days to be “A better you”

Run by the Russian health freak Masha and her two side kicks, everyone is giving their own “special” personalised diets and are immediately put onto a vow of Silence!

They are taken for long walks and given massages and also one-to-one therapy with the Tranquillum House workers.

Very slowly you start to see different sides of all of the characters and why they are there, you hear their stories and take a peek into their worlds.

Masha was a fabulous character she was so cleverly written.

It’s difficult to tell you a lot about this book without going into spoilers, and it’s also really difficult to put this book into a specific genre, it is kinda Romance, kinda Thriller, kinda Who-Done-It kinda Contemporary!

It was a very clever story and getting all of these stories interwoven with each other is an art in itself, and again if you’ve read any of Liane Moriarty books before you know that she’s a master at this.

I’m not sure what didn’t really work for me in this book as I said before the characters and the story were brilliant, it just needed a little more oompf for me and unfortunately this time it didn’t, but I have read all of her other books and loved them, and you should certainly check her out if you haven’t done so far.

🎧🎧 Narration of course was done by Caroline Lee who narrates all of Liane Moriarty books, and she did it fantastically as usual.
I love the fact that the author uses the same narrator every for every single one of her books, she is a fantastic narrator and gives a stellar performance Every. Single. Time.

Have a Great Day

Vicci

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Suspense

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart @NicoleLynnBaart @AtriaBooks #bookreview #pubday

Happy Tuesday book lovers!

Thrilled to share with you today my review for this evocative book!

You Were Always Mine by Nicole Baart

My Thoughts

This was an evocative and addictive read that will reel you in and won’t let go!

This is a story about compassion, trust, deception, secrets, mystery, motherhood, but most of all it is about the darker side of adoption…Nicole Baart brings so much heart and authenticity to the story… her experience as an adoptive mother really shines through on these pages… my brothers are adopted, so I really had a strong connection to the adoption part of the story…. I found the psychological impact on both adoptive mother and adoptive child fascinating….

Miss Baart has woven together a complex story with many layers… A slow burning tale that will keep you turning the pages… you will need to know the truth just as strongly as Jess!

Jess and Evan are separated after 15 years of marriage… they have a biological son Max 13 and an adoptive son Gabe 5… both want what’s best for the kids in this hard situation…. I really felt as though Jess an Evan would have ultimately got back together, that’s what made Evan’s death even more tragic… so what was jess’s non-outdoorsy husband doing on a hunting trip? Determined to find out the truth Jess starts to play amateur Detective… The more she digs, the more secrets revealed, the more complex it gets…. shocked to find out that Evan had been in contact with Gabe‘s bio mom Jess is convince this has something to do with his murder but what? And why? How fragile are the bonds of motherhood? and is unconditional love ever not enough?

My heart broke for Jess, I felt her grief, her determination, her frustration, and her need to know the truth…. Jess is a likable character that will definitely win you over… there was just something about her that made it tremendously easy to put yourself in her shoes….’ maybe it was the stresses of motherhood? Your heart will also go out to her boys, A teenager struggling to come to terms with his father passing away and a five-year-old who already has emotional issues dealing with grief when he can’t even put a name to it… you will really want Jess to find the truth and give this family some closure needed to MoveOn….

A beautifully told perfectly paced story… seriously how can anyone not relate to needing to know the truth after finding out a loved one has been lying to them? Add in the impact this has on your children… HOOK. LINE. SINKER.

Absolutely recommend to anyone who enjoys a good story filled with well drawn characters, a well constructive mystery, and some heart!

PS: I forgot to mention how fantastic I thought the descriptors at the beginning of each chapter were, added an entire additional layer to the story! Well played!

*** A huge thank you to Atria for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

The acclaimed author of Little Broken Things returns with another “race-to-the-finish family drama” (People) about a single mother who becomes embroiled in a mystery that threatens to tear apart what’s left of her family.

Jessica Chamberlain, newly separated and living with her two sons in a small Iowa town, can’t believe that a tragedy in another state could have anything to do with her. But when her phone rings one quiet morning, her world is shattered. As she tries to pick up the pieces and make sense of what went wrong, Jess begins to realize that a tragic death is just the beginning. Soon she is caught in a web of lies and half-truths—and she’s horrified to learn that everything leads back to her seven-year-old adopted son, Gabriel.

Years ago, Gabe’s birth mother requested a closed adoption and Jessica was more than happy to comply. But when her house is broken into and she discovers a clue that suggests her estranged husband was in close contact with Gabe’s biological mother, she vows to uncover the truth at any cost. A harrowing story of tenacious love and heartbreaking betrayal, You Were Always Mine is about the wars we wage to keep the ones we love close, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Jodi Picoult. 

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Have a lovely day Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Humor

Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels @JDanielsbooks @PiperGoodeve #Romance #Sweet #VNerdsRare19Challenge

Sweet Seduction

Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

🌟🌟🌟·75 Sweet Stars

Synopsis

Wedding hookups never amount to anything.

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There’s no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan.

And Dylan finds him too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one woman’s struggle to keep things casual, and one man’s desire to never let her go.

Warning: This book contains adult themes. 18+

Review

This one was a sweet romance, and sometimes I just need a bit of sweet.

Dylan is a baker, she runs her own business and has quite a fanbase as she will make anything you ask for (within reason)

She is a dab-hand at making Wedding cakes and we meet her after she has delivered and is a guest at her cheating Ex’s wedding!

After literally falling into the lap of a sexy man she decides that a little bit of sneaky wedding sex will be just the ticket to take away her blues.

Reese isn’t going to pass up the chance to have some “extra” fun at the wedding and him and Dylan sneak off to find a room for some fun.

After getting on swimmingly in the *ahem* bedroom department, Reese and Dylan decide to go ahead with a ‘friends-with-benefits’ type of relationship, of course you all know how that turns out!

We know how Dylan feels about Reese as she is telling the story, but she doesn’t know how Reese feels about her, so she just carries on with the agreement and doesn’t make her feelings known.

There are a few arguments, a couple of great face slapping moments, and a silly misunderstanding that could have been rectified if only they would just talk to each other!

🎧🎧 Narrated by Piper Goodeve who is a new narrator for me, but did a fantastic job!

I enjoyed this story, but it was a little too sweet for me and i just Personally needed a little more oomph, but if you like sweet stories then you will LOVE this one!

Prepare for some Sugar!

V xx

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

5 Stunning Stars🌟 Sadie by Courtney Summers @courtney_s @WednesdayBooks #BookReview

Happy Sunday book lovers!

I have a real treat for you today! Grill to share my review for this stunning and powerful book! 💕💕

Sadie by Courtney Summers

My Thoughts

Stunning! Powerful! Uncomfortable!

WOW! Courtney Summers…. you pulled out my heart, ran it over a few times, and put it back, never to be the same again! This book was so ugly and yet so beautiful… so difficult and yet so easy… so heartbreaking and yet so hopeful… A book that will stay with you long after you finish reading the last page…. sadie is a girl that will not allow you to ever forget her! She is your sister, she is your daughter, she is your best friend, she is you!

Sadie is 19 and has not had the easiest of lives… she never knew her father and her mother abandoned her leaving her to take care of her younger sister Mattie… after Mattie is murdered Sadie is devastated and determined… determined to find and kill the man who killed her sister, because her sister was her whole world… told in alternating narratives from Sadie in the first person on her quest to find the man who killed her sister… and also from West McCray A radio personality recording an investigative podcast on the disappearance of Sadie…. I thought this was a very impactful way to structure the story…. we got the real and raw look into the mind of Sadie along with a look at how others saw her through West’s investigation…. and what we learned from this was that Sadie was an edgy, unforgettable damaged soul with a big heart…

Sadie’s story is riveting, but not easy to digest… this book took me a little longer to read then most, it took me some time to internalize some things… and sometimes I needed to just put the book down and take a few breaths…. sadie broke my heart and I just wanted to reach through those pages give her a big hug and let her know there was someone out there that did care….

Absolutely recommend! This is a hyped book that deserves every bit of the hype it is getting!

*** many thanks to Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

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Have a lovely rest of your Sunday! Berit☀️✨

Posted in Contemporary Fiction

How to Bake a New Begining by Lucy Knott @LucyCKnott @TheBlossomTwins @HQDigitalUK #BookReview

TGIF book friends!

Delighted and charmed to be on the blog tour for this scrumptious debut! Many thanks to Kelly for my invitation and to her sister Lucy Knott for her wonderful words!💕💕

How to Bake a New Begining by Lucy Knott

My Thoughts

Emotional! Italian! Scrumptious!

This was a fabulous debut! Filled with so much heart, family, and food! I have read quite a few books lately with sisters that have pretty toxic relationships, so it was so refreshing to read a book so full of sisterly love… don’t have a sister myself, but it looks like such a strong and unique bond, when I read books like this I get a little jealous….

The sisters in this book Amanda, Sabrina, and Luisa, are all at somewhat different stages in their lives… they fight, they advise, they hold each other up, they bake! In the beginning of the book the sisters lose their beloved grandfather, and this leads to a trip to Italy…. not only is this a goodbye trip for their grandfather, but also a journey of rejuvenation and re-discovery…. There is also romance in this book, the sisters all have some complications in their love lives…. and the men? Well they were all pretty swoon worthy! I have to admit though, my favorite relationship was Amanda and Dan I love a good friends to lovers love story!

This book was a perfect blend of emotion and hope… with the beautiful backdrop of Italy, that allows you to travel from the comfort of your bed! With amazing recipes and scrumptious food that you could enjoy without the calories! With a powerful message that you can summarize in this quote“the only thing to fear is fear itself!“

A delight of a book with a holiday vibe that you can enjoy any time of the year! Absolutely recommend this little gem!

*** many thanks to Lucy Knott, Her sister Kelly, and HQ Digital for my copy of this book ***

About the Book

Three sisters. One trip to Italy. The chance to change their lives.

Amanda has always taken the role of big sister seriously. She has her life in order; a fantastic job in a great restaurant, a wonderful house and a best friend who’s a Rockstar. But, Amanda’s beginning to realise that her life is missing one monumental piece…

Sabrina is living the high life in LA. Her Instagram is full of lavish parties, her tweets are brimming with celebrity names, but in reality she’s stuck behind a desk working for a boss who is determined to make her suffer. Is it time for her to stand up and take charge of her life?

Louisa has always been drowned out by her sister’s successes. As the university drop-out she’s always felt third best. But a chance encounter in a little Italian village may be about to change that…

When their beloved grandfather passes away these sisters are forced to take another look at their lives. These three sisters are about to embark on a journey of self-discovery that could just lead them down a road of romance (with a little help from the kitchen)!

Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver, Carole Mathews and Lucy Diamond.

Have a lovely day! Berit☀️✨