Saturday, 17 November 2018

Book Review - The Hostage Takers by M A Comley

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Title: The Hostage Takers
Author: M A Comley
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Jeamel Publishing Limited
Publication Date: 12th October 2018 
Rating: 5 Stars


With over two million books worldwide sold to date, NY Times and USA Today bestselling author M A Comley brings you a fast-paced novella in the DI Kayli Bright series.

They enter wearing vests...

Packed full of explosives.

Screams and shouts fill the venue until they are silenced by gunfire.

A rescue attempt ensues from an unexpected source inside the nightclub.

DI Kayli Bright looks on in horror as the terrorist’s plan unfolds.

Will Kayli be able to work with the inspector in charge of the rescue? Or will she be tempted to go it alone?

It may only be a short novella but wow does it pack an explosive punch.  It is non stop action from the off.  If you are looking for a quick read, that focuses around events of a couple of hours tops, in a scary situation then this is definitely the book for you. 

I read it in about 45 mins and was so engrossed I didn't even see who won the Great British Bake Off final, which I thought I had half an ear on!!  

This is only the second book I've read feature Kayli Bright but was good to catch up with her, even if the circumstances aren't exactly what you may have anticipated.  We get to see and learn a whole deal more about her husband Mark who is central to story. 

I can't really say anything else as I would give the book away but if you want a quick high octane short, to while away an hour or so then this is definitely the book for you.

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Friday, 16 November 2018

Book Review - Him With The Beard by Pernille Meldgaard Pedersen

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Title: Him With The Beard
Author: Pernille Meldgaard Pedersen
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 10th October 2018
Rating: 4 Stars


Do you remember that moment you stopped believing in Santa Claus?

When nine-year-old Mille suddenly no longer believes in Santa Claus, it turns the house upside down. 
Her mother, Stella, is in a pickle as the hunt to find Santa Claus unearths some family secrets. 
Christmas is at risk! 
And there’s only one person who can save it.


Count down the days until Christmas with this tale about Santa Claus and Danish Christmas traditions.
The story takes 1-1.5 hour to read and is perfect for a busy Christmas month.

This is an incredibly sweet festive short story.  It potentially would even work for older children, as well as a reminder for parents especially as to how to deal with the Santa question! 

For Stella is a big believer in Santa and is gutted when her 9 year old daughter Millie suddenly stops believing.  From there we have a really short rollercoaster where various characters question their very beliefs. 

Who or what is the true Santa? Well you may just find out reading this, as the author comes to a lovely conclusion.  This is a short book, I read it in about half an hour, so perfect for anytime you just want to lose yourself in something festive at this time of year.  

I would definitely be interested to see what this author could do with even a slightly longer story, which had more to get into. 

Thank you to the author for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Book Review - The Mother of All Christmases by Milly Johnson

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Title: The Mother of All Christmases
Author: Milly Johnson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 15th November 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Eve Glace - co-owner of the theme park Winterworld - is having a baby and her due date is a perfectly timed 25th December. And she’s decided that she and her husband Jacques should renew their wedding vows with all the pomp that was missing the first time.  But growing problems at Winterworld keep distracting them … 

Annie Pandoro and her husband Joe own a small Christmas cracker factory, are well set up and happy together despite life never blessing them with a much-wanted child.  But when Annie finds that the changes happening to her body aren’t typical of the menopause but pregnancy, her joy is uncontainable. 

Palma Collins has agreed to act as a surrogate, hoping the money will get her out of the gutter in which she finds herself.  But when the couple she is helping split up, is she going to be left carrying a baby she never intended to keep?

Annie, Palma and Eve all meet at the ‘Christmas Pudding Club’, a new directive started by a forward-thinking young doctor to help mums-to-be mingle and share their pregnancy journeys. Will this group help each other to find love, contentment and peace as Christmas approaches?

The brand new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Perfectly Imperfect Woman; a gorgeous read full of love, life, laughter - and crackers! 

If like me and you have read as far as I know ever Milly Johnson book to date.. don't keep reading, go out and buy this book now and read that instead of this review.  For the ultimate fans of the authors there are references to many familiar names and characters from assorted of her books.  

To start with I thought I was imagining that some names felt familiar, and very shortly after starting there were two things that struck me and had me running to Amazon to check I wasn't going completely mad.  

The Daily Trumpet makes a triumphant return, complete with all the funny errors you have come to expect from that newspaper.  And Eve Glace and Winterworld were first seen in A Winter's Flame which was until this book one of my favourite books from the author and the characters associated with it the ones I remember the most clearly despite it being many years since I read it. 

Now clearly I am holding my hands up to being a fangirl and absolutely loving seeing blasts from the pasts, but even if you haven't read anything from this author, this is a complete standalone book, and a fabulous story with it. 

For a book with a theme park called Winterworld and people working in a Christmas Cracker factory,  it can easily be read at any time of year, as although there is a festive themed backdrops the book predominately takes place over a 9 month period. 

Conveniently the same length of time that the three leading ladies have to deal with completely different pregnancies - one miracle baby, one that was a very pleasant surprise and one that came about in what could be considered controversial circumstances. 

And that is just one of the more serious themes that are touched on this book, that has a whole cast of characters that will make you laugh, smile and cry.  There are in fairness a lot of names to learn, so depending on how you cope with lots of characters it may take a while to get into but I had no problems. 

I was whizzing through the the pages utterly absorbed by this genius of a book.  I loved every moment of it so so much.  At no point did I want to put it down.  This is Milly Johnson at her finest and its a shame I reached the end.  

If you love your books full of romance, female friendships, interesting themes, quirky characters, realistic characters and situations, humour, some corny jokes and brilliant story lines that will grab you and make you engrossed in reading, then this is the book for you. 

Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Book Review - One New York Christmas by Mandy Baggot

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Title: One New York Christmas
Author: Mandy Baggot
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Ebury Press
Publication Date: 15th November 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Will this Christmas romance be just for the holidays?

A fun, festive romantic comedy to curl up with this winter. If you love Josie Silver's One Day in December, you'll love Mandy Baggot's heart-warming festive romance.

Lara Weeks is heading to New York with best friend Susie for the Christmas trip of a lifetime.

A festive break in the snowy Big Apple visiting the tourist hotspots, not to mention the shopping, seems like the perfect way for Lara to get over her ex-boyfriend. Or maybe make him so jealous he begs for a second chance.

Enlisting the help of gorgeous actor, Seth Hunt, doesn't quite go to plan, but there's something about him that has Lara wishing for a different kind of happy ever after...

It just wouldn't be the run up to Christmas without a Mandy Baggot Christmas book, and this one is as good as it gets.  Who doesn't love reading about New York at Christmas, and add in some fabulous animal escapades, a red carpet, and some utterly fabulous characters, and you have a fabulous story. 

That's not forgetting the slightly deeper story line surrounding Seth, who has his own journey of discovery to go on, which coincides with him auditioning for a part that he really wants.  Oh and then there is Seth and his mum Kozzy and the shelter storyline, and a couple of really interesting homeless people that use the shelter. 

Not to mention Lara who is in New York for the first time ever, well first time she has been abroad at all, all in an effort to get over her broken heart. She is a kick ass female lead, she drive a truck, thinks nothing of climbing tress, rescuing animals or standing up for what she believe in.  It was fabulous to see New York through her eyes, and I especially related to her hatred of tights, and dressing up, and her reactions to all the shopping he best friend wants to do are fabulous. 

Given the two different worlds that Lara and Seth inhabit,  they wouldn't' normally have met each other had it not been for for their best friends.  What does become apparent is their instant connection, they are clearly made for each other, but whether they will work it out is something you will need to read to find out. 

This is just perfect festive reading, its warm and cosy, its funny, it has a bit of Christmas magic, realistic and likeable characters, snow, a round the world trip in food, some hilarious moments, great setting and just an all around wonderful book.  Whether you are a fan of Mandy Baggot, or new to the author, you can't go wrong with this book.  

Thank you to Netgalley and Ebury Press for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Book Review - Christmas at the Beach Hut by Veronica Henry

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Title: Christmas at the Beach Hut 
Author: Veronica Henry
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Orion
Publication Date: 15th November 2018 
Rating: 4 Stars


Everyone adores Christmas . . .

Especially Lizzy Kingham. But this year, she is feeling unloved and underappreciated by her family. The present-buying, decorating and food shopping have all been left to her. So she wonders ... what would happen if she ran away and left them to it?

Lizzy heads to her favourite place: a beach hut on the golden sands of Everdene. There she meets an unlikely collection of new friends, all running away from something. But the spirit of Christmas gets under Lizzy's skin: soon the fairy lights are twinkling and the scent of mulled wine mingles with the sea air.

Back at Pepperpot Cottage, her family are desperate to find her. For Christmas isn't Christmas without Lizzy. Can they track her down in time and convince her she means the world to them, every day of the year?

How lovely to be back at Everdene and at Christmas. I really do love the setting and all the beach huts. and this time around it is a whole new cast of characters, so the book can be read easily as a standalone. 

What frustrated me slightly was how long it took for all the different threads to come together in any way.  The chapters flicked between different focal points, and one or two of the stories that sounded really interesting weren't focused on as much as I would like, and in the case of Jack and Nat, I was utterly confused the first two times they appeared as I couldn't get to grips with them. 

However I was enjoying everything I was reading and once I felt everything joining up as you would expect in books like this, it all made complete sense and at that point I found the book was an even better story. 

The blurb focuses on Lizzy and she is the lynchpin of the novel, all threads keep coming back to her.  She runs away from her family home a couple of days before Christmas as she is sick of being taken for granted, and what struck me most was her family's reactions and how dealt with the situation. 

Meanwhile at the beach huts, the others that have also decided on a different Christmas as arriving, and with their own baggage and reasoning.   

I loved seeing just how much Lizzy cares not just about her family but about the other people she has only just met. She has a gift for bringing people together and for managing to create Christmas out of nothing. 

Harley is the other main character in my eyes, he is also on the run but for different reasons and also finds himself in Everdene.  He is a young adult, and just wants what is best for his mum, but is scared of the situation his family is in and knows staying away would be for the best for a bit. 

As the book progressed it was Harley's personal growth was the best to see and I loved seeing him develop even over the short time frame of the book. 

Although its a story set around Christmas it to me fell short of making me feel festive and so I think it could easily be read at any time of year.  

This was an enjoyable book, but as a huge fan of the author, I know that I have enjoyed others a lot more than this one.   

Thank you to Netgalley and Orion for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Book Review - A Miracle on Hope Street by Emma Heatherington

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Title: A Miracle on Hope Street
Author: Emma Heatherington
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Publication Date: 28th September 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Remember the true meaning of Christmas with this heartfelt and beautiful novel from bestselling author Emma Heatherington.

Can a single act of kindness change a life forever?

To many people, Ruth Ryans has everything: the perfect job, a beautiful home and a loving family. But as Christmas approaches, Ruth feels lonelier than ever.

Then Ruth meets Michael. A man who she showed kindness to during his darkest moment. That one single act, his miracle, helped change his life forever.

Ruth decides to make this Christmas the most perfect one ever, opening up her home to those who need her help – the lonely, the lost and the ignored.

Actions speak louder than words and Ruth Ryans’ kindness will create little miracles for everyone … including her own battered heart.

A beautiful book and a must read to get a feel for the true spirit of Christmas.  

I had been meaning to read a book by Emma Heatherington for a while, and when this one appeared, I just couldn't resist any longer, especially with its gorgeous cover.  I suspected that it might bit more emotional than some of the Christmas books out there, but nothing could have prepared me for just what a marvellous story it was. 

This is a story that can potentially change if notl lives then the certainly people's mentalities. It is a story that doesn't focus on the material side of Christmas, but rather reaches out to those in need and are feeling lonely at Christmas and highlights a whole set of scenarios as to why someone may feel lonely at Christmas. 

It is a timely reminder that you have no idea what is going on beneath the surface of anyone's lives, and not to judge based on how they appear to be the whole time.   

If the blurb even sounds remotely like your sort of book, I would urge you to take a chance and you won't be disappointed.  I've not really touched on the plot purely because I came into it with no knowledge or expectations and think that may be the best way to discover this journey you are going on with this book.  I found it very compelling to read and finished it before i had finished the train journeys I was reading it on, as I was so absorbed. 

It is amazing just how far one small act of kindness can really go, both to give and to receive - and all of this is highlighted in a simply lovely book.  It is heartwarming, it gives a really feel good vibe to it and its a book I feel all the more enriched for having read. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Impulse for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Friday, 9 November 2018

Book Review - Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel by Karen King

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Title: Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel
Author: Karen King
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: 9th November 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Snowy rooftops, mulled wine, and a hot single dad. Not the Christmas Saffy wished for… but maybe the one she needs?

Twenty-nine year old Saffron Baxter knew her holiday plans didn’t stand a chance the moment her sister called to say she was stuck abroad with no hope of being home before Christmas. Saffy would just have to abandon thoughts of wild festive parties in the city and head down to remote Cornwall.

Because every year her sister hosts a huge Christmas meal for all the single parents in her village. And Saffy knows it’d break her heart to let them down.

Arriving as snow starts to fall over the thatched cottages of the little harbour town of Port Breok, she meets Logan – the tall, fair-haired, blue-eyed, devoted single dad who lives next door, with his adorable daughter Chloe. At first she thinks he might help her make Christmas Day extra-memorable, but he just seems convinced she’ll never manage – that she’s just a party girl who doesn’t care about Christmas, or anyone’s feelings.

Maybe he’s right. After all – she doesn’t want to settle down, she’s only there for a few days… But she’s still determined to do her sister proud with gorgeous decorations, the most beautiful real tree – complete with extra twinkly lights, and delicious mince pies. To make it a Christmas everyone will remember, especially little Chloe. Even if, when the mistletoe comes down, she knows she’ll probably never see Logan again…

A pure pleasure to devour this book, I just didn't want it to end, I was enjoying it so much.  

Karen King has written a wonderful Christmas book, set in Cornwall, with a new love on the cards,  big declarations of love, a Christmas party for all the local single parents and their children,  tree decorating, polar bear onesies, snow and just a huge helping of festive goodwill and cheer. 

Saffy is Hannah's younger sister and doesn't visit her as often as she should, is more of a career girl, so when Saffy is asked to run the Christmas party and Hannah's hotel her first instinct is to refuse. But once she agrees and we see just how Christmas mad, Saffy is I start to think its a very good thing, and shows a whole new side of her. 

We are also introduced to Logan and his young daughter Chloe and they are a huge part of this wonderful story, and Chloe very quickly found her way into my heart too. She is adorable.  

This is a really sweet story with so many good parts, that its best for you to discover them for yourselves.  Definitely my new favourite book from Karen King, I found this quick and enjoyable to read, and it passed my ultimate test of, me not having the foggiest where I was on the tube journey, while I was reading it, which is normally a great indicator of how absorbed I am. 

Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel would not look out of place on any Christmas reads TBR this year, its that good. 

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily, 

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Book Review - A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas by Henriette Gyland

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Title: A Lion Is Not Just For Christmas
Author: Henriette Gyland
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied review copy
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 9th December 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


Is there life after the circus has left town?

Circus performer Justine Belmont works with big cats, but when the circus is disbanded and the old lion is sold to a private menagerie at a stately home in Norfolk, she is asked to spend a few weeks settling him into his new environment. When she arrives at the estate, however, she receives a mixed welcome.
The groundsman Tom Yates resents her presence as he doesn’t feel he needs her help with the lion. He revises his opinion when he sees the bond between her and the big cat, and she and Tom grow closer, although Justine remains torn about her feelings for him. The lady of the house, Priscilla - who is married to the reclusive owner, Lord Brooks’s, grandson - is not so easily convinced. She perceives Justine as a threat for the male attention and her plans for the manor. And her two young daughters are a little too curious about the lion for their own good.

When unsettling events occur, Justine begins to wonder if there is more to Priscilla’s animosity than meets the eye. Can Justine keep herself and everyone else safe until it’s time for her to leave again and start a new life elsewhere?

I think I may have been a child the last time I read a book featuring a traditional circus performer and a hint of all the old circus tricks and travelling lifestyle.  And I don't think I've ever read a book featuring both Christmas and a Lion in the same book, or in fact many books with lions at all!  

So I was naturally eager and intrigued by this book once it was on my radar and I have to say my curiosity has been incredibly well satisfied. 

There was a hint of a mystery in this book too, and although I had an inkling as to where the story was going, the full revelation was far more shocking than anticipated.  In fact everything about this book was a pleasant surprise. 

I'm not sure I would have been drawn to the book on the cover alone, although I can now see just how fitting it is, and what a fabulous lion Rexus is (which as I'm just typing this I realise is a very clever name for a lion).  He is a rather clever lion, and I loved how we are introduced to him, the tigers he performs with and the circus as a whole. 

Initially I thought there were a lot of names to learn, but once Justine and Rexus go to Stoneybrook, to Rexus' new home, and there is another set of characters to learn, you realise who is going to be key quickly, and what a mixed set of people live at the stately home. 

For a quick and easy to read novella, there is a huge amount packed in, and although the book is set in winter, and Christmas does feature - I would say that its a book that could be read year around, as its not supposed to be a book that makes you feel overly festive, rather its a lovely mystery with a hint of a romance, that is just an all around good story.  

I'm so glad I read this and I would love to see either another book with these characters, or about others from the circus.  

Thank you to Henriette Gyland for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Book Review - Callie's Christmas Wish by Jessica Redland

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Title: Callie's Christmas Wish
Author: Jessica Redland
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Author supplied copy
Publisher: Little Bear Books
Publication Date: 25th October 2018
Rating: 5 Stars


Christmas is approaching and love is in the air at Bay View Care Home. Supervising carer, Callie Derbyshire, is blissfully happy with new boyfriend, Rhys. The tree’s up, the lights are twinkling, and, with the Christmas Eve wedding of one of the residents, Iris, to look forward to, everything is perfect.

Well, almost. 

Rhys’s ex has him at her beck and call, yet refuses to let Callie meet their baby daughter. Callie’s ex is intent on stirring up trouble. And Callie’s favourite resident, Rhys’s nanna, Ruby, hasn’t been her usual self since Iris announced her engagement.

Convinced that Ruby’s lonely, especially after discovering the truth about her lost love, Callie’s determined to give Ruby’s romantic story the happy ending it deserves. Ruby might be adamant that the past should be left in the past. But, when it comes to true love, surely a little well-meaning meddling and a Christmas wish or two can’t do any harm. After all, it’s never to late to let love in again. Or is it?

A heartwarming Christmas story of finding new love, and the courage to revisit a love that was lost long ago.

Beautifully written this is a book that will warm your heart on a cold winter's day.  It is charming, enchanting, with definitely some romance and just a smidgen of Christmas magic. 

This is a sequel to Raving About  Rhys but i do feel it can be read as a standalone, although the previous book is a fabulous short novella, so well worth a read in order, and it will give you a bit more of a connection to all the characters. 

I continually felt drawn to continue reading this story, I absolutely loved seeing how Callie and Rhys were getting on, and there are so many different threads of stories., It should in theory feel cluttered but instead, it was really simple to follow, and I loved the various complexities to it.  

It was also great to see the latest happenings with Ruby and when she finally divulges her past. It was a gripping tale and its from there you can really get a feel for what Callie's Christmas Wish will be.  

At around 50% there was a moment where I was thinking that would be a perfect ending and a lot of books would have potentially stopped there, but instead what I got was a brilliant second half with loads of threads tied up, plenty of emotion and a book that ultimately gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. 

I really am starting to think that Jessica Redland is getting better and better with each book and I can't wait to read her second Christmas book for 2018.   This book wasn't over the top in festive feeling but it is perfect to read at any time of year, so don't delay and consider reading this very soon. 

Thank you to Jessica Redland for this copy which i have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Q&A between Rob Bryndza and his narrator, Jan Cramer - Blog Tour

I'm delighted to welcome to my blog, not only Rob Bryndza, author of the Erika Foster series that I have been enjoying, but also of the Coco Princhard series that I am eager to read whenever I find the time... but also his audio book narrator Jan Cramer, who he is interviewing today.

Hello Jan, thank you for being part of the Coco Pinchard Box Set blog tour. I’m sure that many readers and listeners know and love your narration for my Erika Foster crime thriller audiobooks. They may not know that you also narrate the audiobooks in the Coco Pinchard series. Who was your favourite character to play?

It has to be Ethel. She has all the best lines, is such a character and has a heart of gold. When I first read the book I laughed out loud, and then I found I was still laughing during the recording. If you kept my giggles in, the audiobook would have been twice as long.

You trained as an actor at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and you are now much in demand as a voice over artist and audiobook narrator. Did you always want to pursue this particular area of work?

When I was at Drama School it was very much theatre based training and that’s where I’ve spent most of my career. But I also did a lot of radio drama and that has informed my voice over and audiobook work as I see an audiobook as a radio play with me playing all the parts. The world of audiobooks has expanded in the Uk over the past 5 years or so, and its opened a whole new world of possibilities. I love it


 With the advent of digital, audiobooks have no restrictions on length. The average being 8 -10 hours. How long does it take to record an audiobook? Do you do it all in one go, or over several days?

It takes about 3 or 4 days in a studio reading in say 3, 2 hour sessions each day. It’s very disciplined. No tea or coffee, just lots of water to drink (and a banana if my tummy rumbles). Apples are also good for the sound as the pectin helps take any mouth clicks away. Microphones pick up everything!!
I get very involved in my books and having read them a couple of times before the studio session, making copious notes, I then live and breathe each book until its finished.


If you narrate a book with a huge cast of characters, do you find it easy to remember all the different accents? And how do you decide on an accent for a particular character?

If I ‘m continuing a series like Coco Pinchard or Erika Foster, I listen back to precious recordings before I start just to make sure the characters are consistent. Once I’m back in that world then it all comes flooding back and I’m ready to go.

A voice doesn’t exist with a person. Therefore, I see every character as a three-dimensional living being, and that’s what informs the choice of voice. The listener may not see them as I do, but every one of them is real to me.

Is there a book out there you would love to narrate – if you like, your fantasy narration?


I was over the moon when asked last year to narrate E M Forsters A Room With a View.  A classic with brilliant prose and wonderful characters. Narrator heaven. But I do also love good contemporary writing, with hopefully someone to make me giggle. 

Thank you so much Jan and Rob for that fabulous interview.

The Coco Pinchard Boxset: 5 bestselling romantic comedies in one! 


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For the first time, all 5 books in Robert Bryndza's bestselling Coco Pinchard romantic comedy series are available in one! And this box set includes a new introduction by the author.

Book 1: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard



If you enjoyed flipping through Bridget Jones's diary, you'll love perusing Coco Pinchard's emails! Coco confides in her quirky, supportive friends as she deals with her life falling apart. Read the emails that tell the heart warming and often hilarious tale of Coco picking up the pieces, in this fun, feel-good Romantic Comedy. 

Book 2: Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding


Coco thinks she's on the road to happily ever after with Adam, until he inexplicably breaks up with her. Will one mistake cost them their whole future? Coco sets out to discover what has really happened, and uncovers a shocking secret Adam has been hiding from her... Full of hilarious twists and turns, Coco Pinchard's Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a witty, heart-warming, romantic comedy - the stand-alone sequel to no.1 bestselling, The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard


Book 3: Coco Pinchard, the Consequences of Love and Sex

Coco Pinchard has a great life, a bestselling memoir, and a handsome second husband. Things are going exactly as planned -- until her adult son runs into disaster, her ex's mother butts back into her life, and she finds out she's pregnant! Maybe life is more fun if you throw your plans out the window... The third book in Robert Bryndza's bestselling Coco Pinchard series (which can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone story) is a hilarious diary with Coco's trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time. 

Book 4: A Very Coco Christmas

It's 1985, and eighteen-year-old Coco Pinchard is home for Christmas after her first term at University. She's fallen hopelessly in love with Daniel Pinchard, but Coco's mother wants her to be with Kenneth, the son of posh friends Adrian and Yvonne Rosebury, who will be joining them for Christmas.

As snow falls softly over the city, and Coco tries to juggle a series of hilarious events, the stage is set for a Christmas lunch like no other. A Very Coco Christmas is a delicious, stand-alone prequel short story to Robert Bryndza's smash-hit Coco Pinchard series.

Book 5: Coco Pinchard's Must-Have Toy Story

A sparkling feel-good comedy, which asks the question - how far would you go to get your child the must-have Christmas toy? 

It's December 1992, and children are going crazy for the Tracy Island toy - almost as crazy as the parents! Christmas day is fast approaching and Coco Pinchard is desperately trying to track one down for her four-year-old son Rosencrantz. 

From dodgy dealings in a motorway lay-by, to extreme shopping in Hamley's with a Sylvanian Families fanatic, to having a go at the Blue Peter make-your-own Tracy Island, Coco tries everything in the hope that four-year-old Rosencrantz will open his must-have toy on Christmas morning.



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For the duration of the blog tour, the box set is at these special prices


Amazon UK 99p
Amazon USA $1.99
Amazon AU $0.99
Amazon EU stores €0.99

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Author bio: 

Robert Bryndza is the author of the international #1 bestseller The Girl in the Ice, which is the first in his Detective Erika Foster series. It has sold over one million copies.

The Night Stalker, Dark Water, Last Breath and Cold Blood are the second, third, fourth and fifth books in the series. The sixth book, Deadly Secrets, has just been published.

Robert's books have sold over 2.5 million copies and have been translated into 28 languages.

In addition to writing crime fiction, Robert has published a bestselling series of romantic comedy novels. He is British and lives in Slovakia.

You can find out more about the author at www.robertbryndza.com and on Twitter and Instagram @RobertBryndza

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Book Review - Five Ladies Go Skiing by Karen Aldous

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Title: Five Ladies Go Skiing
Author: Karen Aldous
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 5th November 2018
Rating: 4 Stars

Five ladies, one unforgettable trip…
Escape to gorgeous Switzerland this winter with the brand new, uplifting read from Karen Aldous.

When Ginny Watts’ husband passes away, she is left grief-stricken, not only over her husband’s death but the secrets he has left behind…

Luckily for Ginny, she has four wonderful friends – Lou, Cathy, Angie and Kim – poised to whisk her away on a ladies’ skiing holiday to beautiful La Tzoumaz, Switzerland.

While all of them appear to have their lives together from the outside, little do the ladies know that every single one of them is fighting a secret battle.

As the trip unfolds, they realise that fears of tumbling down the slopes after too much apr├Ęs-ski fun is the least of their worries and all is not what it seems…

A novel showing that your life can really begin no matter your age.  For this is a group of almost 60 year old women, who have gone on a skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps to bring in the New Year. 

The catch - only Angie has ever skiied before, the rest are rather scared, but have been improving their fitness over the previous six months to prepare for this holiday. 

This is a trip for a close group of friends to spend time together, but also mark the 1 year mark of Ginny losing her husband.  And it soon becomes apparent just how she has been dealing with the grief, and as the book progresses over the week, it is like she has been reborn. 

At the start of the book we get to meet all five of the ladies, who call themselves Flowers (which is a rather clever acronym explained early on).  And although we need that intro to all five, the book then predominately splits the chapters and narrative into three in particular that we get to know rather well. 

So the three main 1st person points of view we switch between are Ginny, who really is the star of the book, her best friend Kim who lives in Australia, and Cathy who is also hiding things from the group. 

There are over the course of many apres ski sessions all sorts of revelations, its turns out for best friends they aren't that great at sharing ever last part of their lives, so  there are all manner of interesting conversations. 

What I found really admirable was the skiing, this is all about the nursery slopes, and learning the basics, unlike books featuring skiing with younger main characters that can seem reckless - this is far more considered, but they are all facing fears, and giving it a good go.  

I would have loved to have been on this trip with them, the village of La Tzoumaz in Switzerland sounded picture perfect, and the hospitality in the restaurants was second to none. 

This was for me a slow book to get into, I found I was enjoying it but at the same time, it just didn't feel like a quick read, but more measured and sedate - then again fast paced with the age of these characters would have potentially felt a bit wrong.  So the pacing does fit the book and there are plenty of story lines and talking points.   It is a really enjoyable story, that I'm really glad to have read. 

Thank you to Netgalley and HQ Digital for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 
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