At The Dark Hour by John Wilson #Blogtour #12DaysOfChristmas #ClinkStreet #Review

Information about the Book

Title: At the Dark Hour

Author: John Wilson

Release Date: 19th July 2018

Genre: Historical Romance

Page Count: 720

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Synopsis

Summary:

A loving affair is destroyed by the Blitz on London. Julia ends her relationship with Adam. Her concern is for her children and that, if she is divorced, she will lose them. What is the nature of love? Does it have gradations? Love, and it’stextures, lie at the heart of this story. Love is where you find it. And sometimes it ambushes you. And, often, it is hidden.

My Review

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My Review

I’d like to thank Clink Street Publishing, Faye Rogers and John Wilson for inviting me onto this tour.

At the dark hour is a story and a half to get your teeth into. I don’t think I’ve read such a long book in years!

Although the blurb states this is a romance it’s more of a drama surrounding a firm of lawyers, their cases and wives.

There are many characters to keep up with, I found this sometimes slightly confusing, but once I got to grips with who was who it brought depth to the story.

The main theme running through the book is Adam and Julia’s affair. Adultery in the 1940’s has a totally different impact to modern days. It could lead for a mother to lose custody of her children and complete financial ruin. It makes interesting and shocking reading when you realise how times have changed.

At the dark hour is a fantastic, well written read. I’d highly recommend it, especially for someone who likes their books meaty!

All About John

Originally from Wigan, John Wilson is a QC at 1, Hare Court, London who was called to the bar in 1981. He has written or contributed to a number of academic text books, written very many articles and is a published poet.

Wilson drew on his many years of experience of family law (and in the early days criminal law) and upon the misogyny and homophobia which were characteristic of the law at the time the novel is set.

When not working in London, Wilson spends as much of his time as possible in the South of France, where the novel was written, and travels extensively.

Where To Find John

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I Know Your Every Move by Diane Ezzard #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

A sinister phone call, an unknown visitor. Sophie’s life is about to be turned upside down

Sophie has worked hard to free herself from the clutches of addiction and turn her life around. Practising as a counsellor, in a women’s centre in Manchester, she now helps other girls in trouble.
She forms a close relationship with Cassie, one of her clients and tries to help her escape the clutches of a violent boyfriend.

But is Sophie being followed?

How can she uncover the truth, when she can’t trust what is real?

The more she delves, the closer she gets to danger.

Can she revisit her own dark past before it is too late?

As Sick As Our Secrets

We all keep secrets, don’t we? 

Sophie used to be fearful, with a troubled past. Now, she’s a confident young woman helping others turn their lives around –
or is she?

A nasty surprise awaits her after the funeral of a friend and she soon finds out that nothing is as it seems.

Caught up in the dark world of gangsters and villains in the heart of Manchester she attempts to find Cassie’s killer. Following a trail of lies, she gets so wrapped up delving into the lives of others she doesn’t notice her own life falling apart, back into the grips of addiction.

Can romance blossom for Sophie after all the mistakes she has made in the past, or will her only comfort be drink? Things never end up the way she intends.

My Review

I’d like to thank Dianne Izzard and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this blog tour.

I know your every move was a tantalising, emotional rollercoaster of a read.

This is the first in the Sophie Brown series, I guarantee once you’ve read this first instalment you’ll be hurriedly downloading the remaining two.

This is a book that consumes you, I read it in one day, which for me is a rarity.

I know your every move alternates between the present and the past. You discover Sophie’s troubled past where she is subjected to two abusive relationships. Although this was sometimes hard to digest and many times I wanted to grab her from the pages and to safety, it’s very much a current subject and one that people are slowly being educated about. It’s not easy for someone in an abusive relationship to simply walk away, there are so many emotions involved. You felt this about Sophie, it depicted perfectly the lasting effects it can have.

In the present Sophie has turned her life around and is helping women who have been through similar situations as herself. Then the chilling phone calls begin, Sophie thinks she’s being stalked, but by who?

A thrill of a read that will keep you rooted to the spot!

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All About Diane

Manchester born Diane Ezzard writes emotionally charged psychological thrillers and mysteries about everyday people in seemingly ordinary circumstances until something goes badly wrong in their lives.

Before taking early retirement to concentrate on her writing, she worked as a HR manager, a counsellor, owned a cafe and managed a charity. 

She now lives and writes in South East London close to her daughter and grandchildren.

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It’s A Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans #Blogtour #Review #Giveaway

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Synopsis

Georgia Bailey is closing up her little charity shop in Oakbarrow when she gets a mysterious late night call from a stranger, threatening to jump off the town’s bridge.

Something about the man’s voice is faintly familiar but all she can do is stay on the line and, after talking for hours and losing sense of time passing, coax him back from the edge.

The next morning, Georgia walks to work, buys a festive latte from Leo (who she’s had a crush on for months!) at the local coffee shop, and is shocked when she suddenly recognizes the voice from last night…

 

A heartwarming festive love story that reminds us that even in the darkest of times, hope is always just around the corner!

 

My Review
I’d like to thank Jaimie Admans and Jenny In Neverland for inviting me to take part in this wonderful blog tour.
I could not put it’s A Wonderful Night down. It had all the qualities of an amazing read that I look for. Romance, realism and the wow factor!
It tackles the subject of men’s mental health with compassion, understanding and warmth. This may sound like a strange subject to broach in a Christmas novel, but it works perfectly. This book is definitely not doom and gloom, there’s lots of laugh out loud moments too.
I was hooked from the first chapter when Georgia takes the phone call from a man who is about to jump off a bridge. He’s rang the wrong number from a leaflet he’s found, instead of ringing the counselling helpline he’s rang the local charity shop.
I adored both Georgia and Leo in equal measures. Bernard, the local homeless man is such a great addition to the story, the friendship he has with Georgia and Leo was a joy to watch develop. I really don’t want to give the plot away, I’ll just say this gorgeous book made my heart burst and will stay with me for a very long time.
I’ve never seen the classic Christmas film It’s a wonderful life which is made reference to throughout the story, guess what’s on my list of films to watch this Christmas?!
This is easily one of my favourite reads of 2018, actually I’ll correct that, it’s hands down one of my top three all time favourite reads.
5* review
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All About Jaimie
Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and cheese & onion crisps. She spends far too much time on Twitter and owns too many pairs of boots.
She will never have time to read all the books she wants to read.
She is the author of chick-lit romantic comedies The Chateau of Happily Ever Afters, The Little Wedding Island, It’s a Wonderful Night, and Kismetology, and she has also written young-adult romantic comedies Afterlife Academy, Not Pretty Enough, and North Pole Reform School.
Where To Find Jaimie
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IAWN-giveaway

It’s a Wonderful Night Goodie bag, includes:

*It’s a Wonderful Night notebook

*It’s a Wonderful Night fridge magnet

*A signed postcard of the cover

*A copy of It’s a Wonderful Life on DVD because this is the inspiration behind the story.

*An invisible spine Paris notebook because it’s where Georgia wants to go more than anywhere in the world.

*A light-up Christmas tree pen, because who doesn’t need a light-up Christmas tree pen at this time of year?!

 

Christmas Miracles At The Little Log Cabin by Helen J Rolfe #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Do you believe in Christmas Miracles?

Holly is looking for a change and even though not everyone agrees with her career choices, she’s determined there’s more to this life than the long hours she works as an editor in New York City. What she doesn’t expect is to meet Mitch, a recluse who’s hiding more than she realises. 

Mitch does all he can to avoid human contact, spending his days in the little log cabin out in the woods behind Inglenook Falls where he owns a Christmas tree farm, so when Holly falls into his life, he’s not sure how to react. All he knows is that something needs to change if he ever wants to get his life back on track. 

Along with friends Cleo and Darcy, Holly is determined to bring joy back to Mitch’s life, but will he appreciate their interference? And when a business proposition throws everything up in the air, will it do more harm than good and ruin lives forever? 

Both Holly and Mitch must learn that on the surface people aren’t always what they seem…but if you dig a little deeper, they can take you by surprise.

Curl up this Christmas for plenty of snowflakes, roaring log fires, a marriage proposal, unlikely friendships and second chances as we return to the much-loved characters in the New York Ever After series.

My Review

I’d like to thank Helen J Rolfe & Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this blog tour.

Firstly, what a beautiful cover Christmas At The Little Log Cabin has, it’s eye catching and festive, I dare anyone who is looking for a festive read to pass this by!

This is part four in the New York Ever After series but can be read as a stand alone book. Although I’m now eager to read the other three to find out about some of the other characters that make an appearance, and also a bit of history about Holly.

I like a book where you are hungry to find out about the characters. It keeps you wanting to read more. I felt this with Christmas At The Little Log Cabin, especially with the character Mitch. One of my favourite Christmas films is Christmas in Connecticut, the lead character is played by Kris Kristofferson. Mitch’s character really reminded me of him. At first it’s hard to warm to him, but as the story develops you can see there is far more under his tough exterior.

Inglenook Falls sounds like a dream place to visit, Helen’s descriptions are wonderful and makes the village come to life.

This is a festive treat and perfect for getting you into the Christmas mood!

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All About Helen

Helen J Rolfe writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys weaving stories about family, friendship, secrets, and community. Characters often face challenges and must fight to overcome them, but above all, Helen’s stories always have a happy ending. 

Location is a big part of the adventure in Helen’s books and she enjoys setting stories in different cities and countries around the world. So far, locations have included Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Connecticut, Bath and the Cotswolds.

Where To Find Helen

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Mistletoe And Mystery by Daisy James #Blogtour #Review

Synopsis

Welcome to the Cotswolds Festive Feast cookery course…

Fresh off the successful opening of the Paradise Cookery School in St Lucia, Millie Harper is headed to the Cotswolds for Christmas!

Co-presenting Claudia Croft’s famous Festive Feast cookery course at Stonelea Manor is a dream come true for Millie…as is reuniting with gorgeous estate manager Zach Barker.

But arriving in a winter wonderland Millie learns the manor is under a mysterious threat. It’ll take a holiday miracle, but Millie is determined to save the school and get Zach under the mistletoe to finally finish what they started in the Caribbean!

Cosy up with this fun, festive visit to the Cotswolds premier cookery school! Perfect for fans of Jenny Oliver and Sarah Morgan

If you loved Mistletoe & Mystery, why not read the first two stories in The Paradise Cookery School series? Sunshine & Secrets and Confetti & Confusions are both available now!

My Review

I’d like to thank Daisy James and Canelo for inviting me on to this blog tour.

What a delightful Christmas read this is!

This is the third book in the paradise cookery school series. This can be read as a stand-alone book as I haven’t read the other two.

The Cotswolds was a perfect setting for this novel, Daisy’s descriptions are so vivid I felt as if I was actually there. I adore the Cotswolds and mixed with snow and Christmas it couldn’t have been better.

A word of warning, if you weren’t hungry before you start reading Mistletoe and Mystery you definitely will be during and after. Again, Daisy’s art of describing the tantalising dishes brought them to life.

This is a lovely Christmas read with characters that you feel you know, throw in romance, humour and a huge dollop of festive cheer!

A real feel good, cosy read!

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All About Daisy

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her summerhouse, she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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Mavis and Dot by Angela Petch #Blogtour #Review #Cancerresearch

Synopsis

A warm slice of life, funny, feel-good, yet poignant. Introducing two eccentric ladies who form an unlikely friendship.Meet Mavis and Dot – two colourful, retired ladies who live in Worthington-on-Sea, where there are charity shops galore. Apart from bargain hunting, they manage to tangle themselves in escapades involving illegal immigrants, night clubs, nude modelling, errant toupees and more. And then there’s Mal, the lovable dog who nobody else wants. A gently humorous, often side-splitting, heart-warming snapshot of two memorable characters with past secrets and passions. Escape for a couple of hours into this snapshot of a faded, British seaside town. You’ll laugh and cry but probably laugh more.”This book is quirky and individual, and has great pathos…[it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye – Editor of Ingenu(e). Written with a light touch in memory of a dear friend who passed away from ovarian cancer, Angela Petch’s seaside tale is a departure from her successful Tuscan novels.

All profits from the sale of the books will go towards research into the cure for cancer.

My Review

I’d like to thank Angela Petch and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on to this gorgeous blog tour.

Every once in a while a book comes your way that makes your heart sing, Mavis and Dot was that book for me.

I think I can safely say it’s in my top three reads of 2018.

It’s an absolute gem of a story about two ladies, Mavis and Dot. Both are polar opposites in personalities but their friendship grows and they fit together like two jigsaw pieces.

Mavis is just a bundle of fun with a real naughty side, I adored her and I found myself laughing out loud to not only her antics but also her mispronunciations of words. Mavis defines growing old ungracefully. I think everyone needs a pinch of Mavis in their character, the world would be a happier place.

Dot is the yin to Mavis’ yang! Quite well spoken, prim and proper but with a definite hidden side. Under the cooler exterior there is an absolute heart of gold, I thoroughly enjoyed ‘watching’ her blossom and discover the hidden side to her.

Angela has described all of the characters so richly that it was easy to conjure up the images and create their personalities within your mind, so much so it was hard to not believe they were real.

The illustrations that are scattered throughout the book are gorgeous and reaffirmed for me I’d imagined the characters spot on.

I truly hope this isn’t the last we see of Mavis and Dot!

A 5* review from me and the icing on the cake is that all profits from Mavis and Dot will go towards cancer research, so please add this to your wish list.

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Links To The Tuscan Novels

Tuscan Roots

Now And Then In Tuscany

Acknowledgements

In 2006 I lost a dear friend to ovarian cancer. Olga and I enjoyed our days out together. Like Lance, one of my characters, we liked “to trawl charity shops and unearth fabulous bounty and treasures…”. The best treasure I ever found on our jaunts was her friendship, and I miss her very much.

We called each other Mavis and Dot and when she was very ill she painted a tiny picture of our two personae, which still hangs in my downstairs cloakroom.

It prompted me to write her a silly story and she thought it was fun.

So, after many years of dawdling over the idea, I finally put together a few more stories and produced this novella in her memory. Any profits raised will be donated to research into cancer. Let’s try to beat this awful disease that robs us of so many special people.

I need to thank lots of people. I hope I don’t leave anybody out. Beta readers: Rosemary, Patricia, Audrey, Maurice, Jessie and Lyndsey were invaluable, as were Arun Scribes and Sea Scribes, who listened to my early attempts. My editor, Maureen, was stern with me and I took on board a lot of what she said… but not all. My author friends at CHINDI are always there for me too, as are my brilliant family.

Thanks so much to Gill Kaye for her wonderful illustrations of the odd couple. You can see more of her work on: http://gill-kaye.fineartamerica.com

 

Praise for Angela Petch

“[Angela] has a very vivid, natural and direct way of writing…” Julia Gregson, best selling author of “East of the Sun”, “The War Horse” and “Jasmine Nights”.

“This book is quirky and individual and has great pathos… [it] will resonate with a lot of readers.” Gill Kaye, Editor of Ingenu/e arts magazine.

“I neglected my house and garden until I had finished this lovely story and would love to read more from this author.” Allie, Ipswich.

“Angela Petch is a skilled writer. Her love of life shines through her work…” Suzanne Heaven.

 

All About Angela

A prize-winning author, Angela Petch lives half the year in West Sussex and the summer months in a remote valley in the Tuscan Apennines. She recently signed a two-book deal with Bookouture for her Tuscan novels and “Mavis and Dot” is a temporary departure from her usual genre. She has travelled all her life: born in Germany, she spent six years as a child living in Rome, worked in Amsterdam after finishing her degree in Italian, moved to Italy for her job, then to Tanzania for three years. Her head is full of stories and she always carries a pen and note-book to capture more ideas.

In May 2017, Angela Petch won PRIMA’S monthly short story competition and recently had a dozen stories publishedby The People’s Friend magazine.

“Mavis and Dot” was written in memory of a dear friend who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. All profits from sales of the book will go towards research into a cure for cancer.

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Daisy by Karen Botha #Blogtour #Spotlight #Promo

Synopsis

It may take a criminal mind to be a savvy business woman.

If so, Daisy is set and driven to succeed. But to hold on to what she’s earned, she must live between black and white. She must spend her life in the gray

That makes it difficult for a woman to know who she’s dealing with, in business and in bed.

Idris made it his business to know hers, leaving no skeletons undiscovered. When the two meet, sparks fly and sexual tension ignites. Passion, lust, and desire come before sensible decision making.

Has Daisy gotten involved with the wrong person this time? 

Can this gorgeous man be trusted, or is it him that needs to beware? 

Daisy is a mixed race urban romance where the road to true love is anything but easy. 

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All About Karen

Karen Botha was born in Lincolnshire, England where her father was in the Royal Air Force. As a young girl she always had a passion for reading and writing, studying English Language before University.

Working most of her adult life in digital marketing didn’t leave her much time to pursue her passion for stories. But, at the age of 36 she retrained as a reflexologist and started working for herself. This helped her free up more than enough time to enjoy a re-found passion; writing.

Her first novel was inspired by the true lifeexperiences of her clients. But don’t believe everything you read, she has more than enough imagination to catch you out with twist and turns galore.

She enjoys romance, travelling and motor sport, which also provide her inspiration for her books.

She currently lives in London with her husband and rescue dog, Shadow.

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