And a sixpence for luck by Lilac Mills

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Synopsis

Daisy Jones has hit rock bottom. Or so she believes.

A cheating boyfriend, trouble at work, having to move back in with her mother, and being forced to compare her brother’s loved-up, newly-wed status and brand-new shiny house with her own dire lack of prospects, isn’t what she imagined her life was going to be like at thirty. To top it all off, Christmas is just around the corner!

Daisy, bless her, thinks things can’t possibly get any worse, but when her ancient great-grandmother persuades her to plant a silver sixpence in the Christmas pud for luck, Daisy is about to discover that they most definitely can.

My Review

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I’d firstly like to thank Neverland blog tours  and Lilac Mills for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

And a sixpence for luck was an absolute delight to read!

Is a heartwarming read with a dash of romance and lashings of laugh out loud moments.

Daisy is a character that I immediately warmed to. The story begins when Daisy returns home from work early to find her boyfriend in the arms of Carla who is actually Carl! Moving back home to her Mum was not what Daisy, at the age of 30 had on her list of future plans. In fact, losing her job, being mistaken for her brother’s mistress and falling in love with a very sexy doctor were all situations she hadn’t bargained for. When her Great Grandmother suggested Daisy put her lucky sixpence in the Christmas pudding for luck Daisy thought why not, and here the story begins.

Lilac has written a book which is totally relatable, haven’t we all got a ditsy friend who seems to have disaster written all over them? I really enjoyed the comedy factor throughout the book, it wasn’t cheesy predictable comedy more misunderstandings that ballooned out of control.

The love interest is a very sexy doctor but this is Daisy Jones and let’s face it the path of true love never goes smoothly!

If you’re looking for a book that will bring you lots of giggles and a surprise around every corner this is the book for you!

Look out for my guest post from Lilac on 28th November

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All about Lilac

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Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!

She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…

When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.

Where to find Lilac

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Giveaway

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To win a signed copy of and a sixpence for luck and a gorgeous sixpence necklace click here

 

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The Lido Girls by Allie Burns

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Synopsis

Escape to the inter-war years in this emotional story where opportunity can be found at the pool-side in your local lido… Perfect for fans of Pam Evans and Gill Paul

Change is in the air…

London, 1930s:

Natalie Flacker is tempted by the glamour of the new keep fit movement, but when she is dismissed from her prestigious job in PE she loses the life she so carefully built. Echoes of the war’s destruction still reverberate through her life, and now she is homeless, jobless and without prospects.

But connections made on a summer holiday, with her best friend Delphi, create opportunities. When Natalie is offered a summer job at a lido at the seaside, she jumps at the chance. But is she up to the challenge of taking on a group of unfit women in need of her help?

Set against the backdrop of the beginnings of the pioneering keep fit movement; this is a feel-good reminder of just what’s possible when you find the courage to follow your heart.

Spend a very British summer with The Lido Girls!

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My review

I would firstly like to thank Allie Burns and Neverland blog tours for allowing me to take part in this tour.

The Lido Girls is a nostalgic read of real girl power and friendship.

This was one of those delightful books that I immediately warmed to. Natalie is an inspirational character and made the story a compelling read.

Allie has researched the subject of this book so well that the knowledge you glean from it is amazing. I had never heard of the Fitness league movement but as I discovered it within the pages of The Lido girls i was hungry to find out more.

I must admit I do adore this era so for me I was in heaven. I enjoyed the innocence of the budding relationship between Natalie and Jack, it was a refreshing change to more modern novels. The friendship that Natalie and Delphi share shows through lifes ups and downs  friendships develop, evolve and survive

The Lido girls is a story of strength, friendship and ambition.  A great book with an uplifting ending!

Click here to buy The Lido Girls

 

 

All about Allie

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Allie lives in Kent with her family and two tortoises. When she’s not writing for business or penning her Women’s Historical Fiction, Allie enjoys swimming and yoga. She has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and The Lido Girls is her debut novel. She is currently working on a second interwar years novel, which is due for publication in the summer of 2018.

Giveaway

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Boden beach towel, St Tropez fake tanning face bronzer and a signed postcard – worth £40

 

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Where to find Alison

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CWA Anthology Of Short Stories MYSTERY TOUR #Blogtour #Giveaway

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Synopsis

Crime spreads across the globe in this new collection of short stories from the Crime Writer’s Association, as a conspiracy of prominent crime authors take you on a world mystery tour. Highlights of the trip include a treacherous cruise to French Polynesia, a horrifying trek in South Africa, a murderous train-ride across Ukraine and a vengeful killing in Mumbai. But back home in the UK, life isn’t so easy either. Dead bodies turn up on the backstreets of Glasgow, crime writers turn words into deeds at literary events, and Lady Luck seems to guide the fate of a Twickenham hood. Showcasing the range, breadth and vitality of the contemporary crime-fiction genre, these twenty-eight chilling and unputdownable stories will take you on a trip you’ll never forget.

Contributions from:
Ann Cleeves, C.L. Taylor, Susi Holliday, Martin Edwards, Anna Mazzola, Carol Anne Davis, Cath Staincliffe, Chris Simms, Christine Poulson, Ed James, Gordon Brown, J.M. Hewitt, Judith Cutler, Julia Crouch, Kate Ellis, Kate Rhodes, Martine Bailey, Michael Stanley, Maxim Jakubowski, Paul Charles, Paul Gitsham, Peter Lovesey, Ragnar Jónasson, Sarah Rayne, Shawn Reilly Simmons, Vaseem Khan, William Ryan and William Burton McCormick

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My review

I’d like to thank Anne Cater  and Orenda books for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

I was delighted to have the opportunity to review Mystery Tour, with so many wonderful authors all in one book it was a plethora of literary heaven!

From psychological thriller to straight talking detectives there is something within the pages for every crime lover. I was amazed at how such short stories could still pull you into the pages and keep you on the edge of your seat!

I really enjoyed ending one story and beginning another with the lovely anticipation of not knowing the style of writing or direction the story would take.

Christine Poulson’s Accounting for murder was simply a collection of receipts, booking confirmations, invoices, adverts and notices. Amazing how these alone can tell a story. Return to the lake by Anna Mazzola chilled me to the bone, I was not expecting the ending! A Postcard From Iceland by Ragnar Jonasson is only two pages long, but those two pages are like being on a theme park ride, that drops you from a great height at a startling speed and you end up with your stomach doing somersaults!

This is a perfect read if you want to discover new crime writers or like to dip in and out of a book, you certainly won’t be disappointed!

Click here to buy Mystery Tour

Giveaway

To win a copy of Deaths of December by Susi Holliday, simply comment in the comment box below, I will pick at random a winner on Friday 9th November.

Good luck!

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Where to find the  authors

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Ann Cleeves

C L Taylor

Susi Holliday

Anna Mazzola

Cath Staincliffe

Carol Anne Davis

Martin Edwards

Chris Simms

Christine Poulson

Ed James

Gordon Brown

J M Hewitt

Judith Cutler

Julia Crouch

Kate Ellis

Kate Rhodes

Martine Bailey

Michael Stanley

Maxim Jakubowski

Paul Charles

Paul Gitsham

Peter Lovesey

Ragnar Jonasson

Sarah Rayne

Shawn Reilly Simmons

Vaseem Khan

William Ryan

William Burton McCormick

 

 

 

Snare By Lilja Sigurdardottir #Guestpost #TheElves

I’d like to thank Anne Cater, Orenda Books & Lilja Sigurdardottir For allowing me to take part in this blog tour.

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Synopsis

After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial crash. Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction.

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Today i welcome Lilja to my blog where she tells us a little about the icelandic myth – the elves!

What´s with the elves?

This title is a line from ‘Thrymskviða’, one of the poems from the Codex Regius of the elder Edda that explains pre-Christian Nordic mythology and beliefs. The line is a greeting from Thrymur, who has stolen Thor’s hammer and demands Freyja as a wife in return. He asks: What´s with the gods, what´s with the elves?’, meaning: what is all the commotion about? The poem is really entertaining, as Thor and Loki dress up in drag and go get the hammer back.

A few years back a survey was made in Iceland to check if people still believed in our legendary elves. It turns out the majority of Icelanders do. The result of the survey hit the international media and since, Icelanders abroad are very often asked if they really believe in them.

Our Icelandic elves look nothing like the garden gnomes presented in some European literature. Our elves look exactly like us. They are easily confused with people. So nobody can say for sure that they have never met an elf. There are incidents of people falling in love with them and many stories warn people of this, as the elves are quite hot-blooded and revengeful if they are crossed or betrayed. But usually they are helpful and good-natured.*

I believe in them as part of our history and as a kind of nature spirit that keeps people from destroying certain parts of our unique nature. So yes. I do believe in elves. And I use them, too. In my books.

I have a scene with elves in Snare. You didn´t notice, did you? Typical elves, sneaking about like that! But I´ll explain:

The Icelandic elves move house on New Year’s Eve. And just like people, when they move house they take all their belongings with them. Needless to say that the belongings of the elves are much nicer than anything people can own and they seem to have endless amounts of gold, money, beautiful textiles and art. So, if you sit on a crossroads in Iceland on New Year’s Eve you will meet elves, travelling with all their belongings to their new house. And they cannot get past you. So they will try to tempt you to stand up and move. They will offer gold, love, nice food, everything that your heart desires. But it is extremely important that you don´t accept anything and that you don´t speak. If you do, you will go mad. If you sit still, and resist all the temptation, the elves will finally give up and go, but leave all their belongings behind. So then you are rich!

If you compare this old tale with an incident in Snare, where the banker Agla is walking home drunk on New Year’s Eve, and takes a rest where two walking paths in the park cross, you can see the elves. But it is difficult to know for sure if the ones that come to her and tell her to stand up so she doesn´t fall asleep in the snow are elves or just concerned people coming from a costume party. That’s exactly how the elves are, you cannot ever be sure.

*Iceland in fact has two races of elves: Elves and Hidden People. Discussions on the differences between the two can become heated.

 

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All about Lilja

Lilja Sigurðard.

Icelandic crime-writer Lilja Sigurdardóttir was born in the town of Akranes in 1972 and raised in Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Iceland. An award-winning playwright, Lilja has written four crime novels, with Snare, the first in a new series, hitting bestseller lists worldwide. The film rights have been bought by Palomar Pictures in California. Lilja has a background in education and has worked in evaluation and quality control for preschools in recent years. She lives in Reykjavík with her partner.

Where to find Lilja

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Meeting Lydia By Linda Macdonald #Audiobook #Blogtour

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Synopsis

Marianne Hayward is having a midlife wobble. When she finds her charming husband has befriended the glamorous Charmaine, she is seized by jealousy. Her once-happy marriage begins to slide.

Insecurities resurface from when she was bullied at a boys’ prep school. Only one boy was never horrible to her, the clever and enigmatic Edward Harvey; her first crush.

Daughter Holly persuades her to join Friends Reunited where she searches for Edward convinced he may be the answer to all her problems. But she is unprepared for the power of email relationships.

Narrated by the talented voice actress Harriet Carmichael, Meeting Lydia is a book about childhood bullying, midlife crises, obsession and jealousy and will appeal to anyone interested in relationship dynamics

 

 

My Review

I would firstly like to thank Linda for allowing me to review the audio version of meeting Lydia.

I thoroughly enjoy a good audio book, I spend a lot of time driving and it’s the perfect way to while away the rush hour!

I immediately felt I could relate to  Marianne, she was down to earth and very true to life.

Meeting Lydia explores many topics. Mid=life crisis, the onset of the menopause, a relationship that is stuck in a rut, jealousy and the power of an internet friendship.

Marianne and Johnny’s lives change when their daughter Holly flees the nest to start university, all of the sudden it’s just the two of them. Coupled with the gorgeous Charmaine entering their lives, it seems to be the catalyst for Marianne’s insecurities and her online friendship with Edward, a blast from her past.

Meeting Lydia brings to life how an innocent online friendship can become all consuming and provide escapism from reality. I really felt for Marianne and as an outsider looking in I wanted to tell her to take a step back and breath! The ending is perfect and without spoiling it….just as it should be!

Harriet Carmichael the narrator has a great gift of portraying each character exactly how you would imagine them to be, really bringing them to life.

An absolute gem of a book!

 

 

 

Buy the audio book here

All about Linda

 

Linda Macdonald

Linda MacDonald is the author of four independently published novels: Meeting Lydia and the stand-alone sequels, A Meeting of a Different Kind, The Alone Alternative and The Man in the Needlecord Jacket. They are all contemporary adult fiction, multi-themed, but with a focus on relationship issues.

After studying psychology at Goldsmiths’, Linda trained as a secondary science and biology teacher. She taught these subjects for several years before moving to a sixth-form college to teach psychology. In 2012, she gave up teaching to focus fully on writing.

Linda was born and brought up in Cockermouth, Cumbria and now lives in Beckenham, Kent

Where to find Linda

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Silent Night By Wendy Clarke

 

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‘Silent Night’ is a collection of thirteen Christmas stories by Wendy Clarke, a regular writer of fiction for national magazines.
All of these stories have previously been published in either ‘The People’s Friend’ or ‘Take a Break Fiction Feast’. If you like stories with emotional depth and a satisfying ending, then this collection is for you.
What Shirley Blair, Commissioning Fiction Editor for ‘The People’s Friend’, says about the author:

‘Wendy Clarke has become one of The People’s Friend’s most valued writers, offering our readers a range of themes and a level of emotional satisfaction that is rare in the short story format.’
Project Christmas: Andrew and his children are grieving. Can he make this a Christmas his late wife would have been proud of?
On My Own: Bella needs to get away from it all but her Christmas cottage by the sea holds more than a few surprises.
Silent Night: Christmas Eve, a starry night and two young men who have more in common than they realise.
A Christmas Present Called Abbie: Dan plans to have the perfect Christmas on his own – until daughter Abbie turns up.
Do You Believe in Angels: Sometimes you need to have belief to hold a family together.
A Song for Christmas: Being in a pop band doesn’t make you a good candidate for a step-dad… or does it?
The Memory Purse: Mr Bhadu’s memory purse is almost full. Can Tracy provide the perfect final memory for him this Christmas?
All I Want for Christmas: What will Keith do when the present his step-daughter wants for Christmas is sold out?
Cancelling Christmas: Having always thrown the best Christmas party, Geraldine decides that this year enough is enough.
The Greatest Gift: David discovers the best gifts are not always the biggest.
Christmas Strike: When Jan goes on strike on Christmas Day, it takes a special person to put things right.
Finding Santa: Emma is scared Santa won’t find her when they’re snowed in at the airport.
Together for Christmas: Julie and Kevin have always spent Christmas with their best friends. It might be time for a change.

My Review

I’d firstly like to thank Wendy for allowing me to take part in her blog tour for Silent Night.

I was immediately drawn to this book by the cover, which is absolutely gorgeous. I’m a sucker for Christmas and more than happy to indulge in a delightful pick and mix of festive stories. Silent Night really is like a box of quality street, there is something for everyone within its pages.

Each story is heartwarming, Wendy has a wonderful ability to address so many different situations, she does so with warmth and sincerity.

It has been a long time since I have read a collection of short stories and Silent Night didn’t disappoint. I really enjoyed being able to dip in and out of the book.

I think in a collection like this, there will always be stories that a reader can relate to and will enjoy more than others, that’s part of the joy!

This book is the perfect pre-Christmas read you need to get you into the festive spirit Click here to buy Silent Night

 

 

 

 

About Wendy

Wendy Clarke

Wendy Clarke is a writer of women’s fiction. Her work regularly appears in national women’s magazines such as The People’s Friend, Take a Break Fiction Feast and Woman’s Weekly. She has also written serials and a number of non-fiction magazine articles.

Wendy has published two collections of short stories, Room in Your Heart and The Last Rose and has just finished writing her second novel.

Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not writing is usually dancing, singing or watching any programme that involves food!

Where to find Wendy

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A Vicarage Christmas By Kate Hewitt #review #blogtour #giveaway

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Synopsis

Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters… Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage. After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas… and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna’s social capabilities to the test. Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate! Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?

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My Review

I was so excited when I was given the chance to take part in the blog tour for A vicarage Christmas. I adore Kate’s books and reading them is like coming home! They are an absolute cosy read, perfect for a cold rainy day snuggled up under a blanket with a hot drink. The fact that this was also my first festive read of 2017 made it absolutely perfect!

A vicarage Christmas didn’t disappoint me, the characters are so real to life and have that complete likeable factor.

Anna is a lovely character but also quite complex, she suffers with social anxiety that she has hidden well over the years, even from her family. The blossoming romance between her and Simon is a joy to ‘watch’ unfold. A vicarage Christmas sees Anna face the demons from the past that have caused her pain and made her, to a certain extent hide away from the world.

This is the first in the series of The Holley Sisters of Thornthwaite, I enjoyed briefly meeting Anna’s 3 other sisters and i’m really looking forward to getting to know them better in Holley sister’s series.

If you like a feel good story to warm your heart with a large measure of Christmas cheer this is the book for you!

Click here to buy A vicarage Christmas

I’d like to thank Kate, Neverland blog tours and Tule publishing for allowing me to take part in this blog tour.



About Kate

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Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 60 books of women’s fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England’s Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents. She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women’s fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots. Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life



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