Saturday, 20 January 2018

Book Review - On A Beautiful Day by Lucy Diamond

Amazon UK
Title: On A Beautiful Day
Author: Lucy Diamond
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: 11th January 2018
Rating: 4 Stars


Treasure every moment. Life can change in a heartbeat.

What the fans say: 'Wonderful characters and the stories are always great, with twists and turns' Gemma

It’s a beautiful day in Manchester and four friends are meeting for a birthday lunch. But then they witness a shocking accident just metres away which acts as a catalyst for each of them.

For Laura, it’s a wake-up call to heed the ticking of her biological clock. Sensible Jo finds herself throwing caution to the wind in a new relationship. Eve, who has been trying to ignore the worrying lump in her breast, feels helpless and out of control. And happy-go-lucky India is drawn to one of the victims of the accident, causing long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.

This is a novel about the startling and unexpected turns life can take. It’s about luck – good and bad – and about finding bravery and resilience when your world is in turmoil. Above all, it’s about friendship, togetherness and hope.

Witnessing a freak accident was the catalyst for the four best friends, that leads to their lives changing drastically.  

Jo decides to move in with her boyfriend, partly due to an electricity issue in her current flat and has to see if she can ever work out how to get along with his daughter Maisie.  

Eve is concealing from everyone a lump she found on her breast, and starts to act erratically. She is the sort of person who doesn't like lose control over anything. Laura on the other hand finds her marriage isn't quite as strong as it should be, while her desire for a baby is getting stronger by the day. 

Finally there is India, and this accident triggers all sorts of emotions in her, and lead to her being one of the most interesting characters, especially once you discover her secrets. 

This is a story of friendship, relationships and how one moment can change your outlook on life forever. It is a lovingly written story and was the book focuses on all four women you really get to know them very well, in addition to the rest of their families.  I really liked the various characters, and found myself thoroughly enjoying the whole book. 

I am a huge fan of Lucy Diamond, and found this was certainly up to her normal standards, and found I was able to read it reasonably quickly, always being keen to get back to the book to see what the women would be up to next.  

Really enjoyable story, where I was eager to see how everything turned out. 

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

Friday, 19 January 2018

Book Review - The Wedding Promise by Emma Hannigan - #HolidayReading Book 4

Book 4 of 30 that I read on my holiday to Fuerteventura in December 2017


Amazon UK
Title: The Wedding Promise
Author: Emma Hannigan
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Bookbridgr
Publisher: Headline
Publication Date: 29th June 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


Restoring a Spanish villa brings Shelly back to the place she and her husband once loved, fulfilling the promise he made that they would return. But as plans to transform the villa into a romantic wedding venue take shape, Shelly discovers her children may need the move more than she does.

Her son Jake has begun to question the things he values most: his career as a pilot, his relationship with his girlfriend. Could Spain offer him the change he's seeking? Shelly's daughter Leila arrives with a new-born baby in tow, but then hears some startling news she wasn't expecting. As Casa Maria takes its first booking, will it turn out to be more than a romantic promise made all those years ago? Perhaps a second chance at new beginnings?

Loved this book focusing around all the members of one family, as they pick their lives up after a major incident. 

I loved all the scenes in Spain, and was really starting to feel a part of life there, was well as a member of the Dillon family. 

With each Emma Hannigan book that i read, I am becoming more and more impressed by her writing style and how she draws you into the story. 

This book had me feeling a whole range of emotions, and while I generally liked all the characters, I found Fee a bit harder to get on with. 

Pure escapism for any time of year, this is highly enjoyable and will give you a much needed break from your life while you are absorbed in a whole other families trials and triumphs. 

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

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Spotlight - A Stranger in the Cove by Rachel Brimble - Blog Tour

I'm taking the opportunity today to share with you the details of Rachel Brimble's latest book in the Templeton Cove series.


Series: Templeton Cove
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Jan 1st 2018
Publisher: Harlequin
Mac Orman is on a mission. When he discovers his recently deceased father had been searching for his birth mother, Mac aims to finish the job by finding the grandmother he never knew. His quest leads him to Templeton Cove—and a firecracker of a woman who instantly jump-starts his tortured heart.  
For Mac, Kate Harrington is the most tempting kind of distraction. But their sizzling connection comes with a side of suspicion for Kate, who doesn’t trust this brooding stranger in her town. Mac arrived with no plans to stay, but as he falls for Kate, he wonders how he could ever possibly leave.
EXCERPT
Oh, for the love of God. The man’s smile was slow, soft and as sexy as hell. It was like an invisible aphrodisiac on her newly ignited libido. She took another sip of her drink, her heart  racing and her body on fire. He looked at her as though he had X-ray vision…or the ability to make her want to strip without the request even passing his lips. Every inch of her body was intensely aware of him and she didn’t like it. Not one tiny bit. Good looks and even better bodies were not to be trusted. This guy could be just as much of a cheater as her ex. Even more so, if his killer smile was anything to go by. She couldn’t imagine a woman not being affected by it. So why did she want to keep looking at him?
He leaned his elbow on the bar and faced her. “So…” He took a sip of his drink. “Do you
live around here?”
Feigning nonchalance, she sat straighter on her stool and drew forth as much of a welcome attitude as she could. It wasn’t this stranger’s fault he’d attracted and intrigued her in one very dangerous blow. “Yes.”
He smiled. “That’s all I get?”
“That’s all you get.” She returned his smile, her body relaxing a little. His voice was rich
and deep and had the same warming effect on her as a shot of whiskey on a cold night. “That is, until I know a little more about you.”
“Shoot.” He drank. “Ask me anything you want.”
“Okay…” Her gaze dropped frustratingly to his mouth, most likely quashing her
nonchalance in a heartbeat. She shifted on her seat and lifted her gaze to his…although his eyes were by no means a safer option. She cleared her throat. “What brings you to the Cove?”
His gaze locked on hers and the seconds ticked by. His blue eyes darkened as his smile
faltered.  Kate raised her eyebrows, curiosity whispering through her. “Was that not a good
question to start with?”
He flitted his focus to the band once more. “I’m looking for work.”
She frowned. “In Templeton?”
“It’s as good a place as any, isn’t it?”
She hazarded a guess that the shift in his tone was meant to induce a throw away question, to make her believe it was no big deal why he was in Templeton. Little did Mr. Bad Boy know, she was blessed—or sometimes cursed—with the innate ability to read between the lines, to sense when something wasn’t quite right with people or situations. Her senses pinged to high alert with this guy at the sudden stiffness in his body, the way his jaw had set. His easy demeanour of a moment before had been replaced with clear defensiveness.
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ABOUT RACHEL BRIMBLE

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. Since 2013, she has had seven books published by Harlequin Superromance (Templeton Cove Stories) and an eighth coming in Jan 2018. She also has four Victorian romances with eKensington/Lyrical Press.
Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.
She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!


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£20/$20 Amazon Gift Certificate
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I really hope you like the look of A Stranger in the Cove.

If you are interested in the Templeton Cove series and have a way of sharing reviews, take a look at my Retro Review Vault where the first 7 books are currently listed, and I have review opportunities open to them, Message me via my other website if you are interested. 

Would You Rather Q&A with Rachel Dove - Blog Tour

I had a lot of fun coming up with these questions, for what may become a new regular interview series on Rachel's Random Reads.

Based on the sort of game you may play on a night out potentially after a drinks, I asked Rachel Dove a completely randomly created selection of questions, all of which start Would You Rather...?

1) Would you rather live under the sea or in space?

Ah, drowning is my worst fear, but I would hate space a bit less, so space it is!

2) Would you rather only read your genres you write in, or all other genres for the rest of your life? 

tricky. All other genres, I avoid genres similar to mine when writing anyway.

3) Would you rather ride a camel or an elephant?

Elephants are my favourite animal in the whole world, so I would pick them!

4) Would you rather eat sweet or savoury food? 

Savoury. I am a total carnivore at times. 

5) Would you rather pick all future books to read by their covers only, or their blurbs?

I often think that blurbs give too much away, so covers it is!

6) Would you rather go skiing or sit by a beach on holiday?

Beach. You can't read on skis! 

7) Would you rather go to the cinema or the theatre?

Cinema. 

8) Would you rather read ebooks, audiobooks or physical books?

Any book is a book to me, although audiobooks is something I don't really do yet. I am always a bit behind the times. 

9) Would you rather be rich but unhappy or poor and happy? 

Happiness would win every time. You can't buy it with money. 

10) Would you rather play or watch sports? 

Watch. For the legs in shorts, obvs. 

11) Would you rather always have to tell the truth, or always have to lie?

Truth, I hate lying. I always try to be honest and I teach my kids the same values. 

12) Would you rather always be late or always be unprepared?

I hate both! I am always early and prepared, so I think I would struggle to pick. 

13) Would you rather be aged 10 or 30 forever?

30 forever. Kids have a lot of pressure these days. By 30 you kind of know who you are. 

14) Would you rather look like a fish or smell like a fish?

ha ha! Good one! I guess look like a fish? With my fear of drowning, gills could come in handy!

15) Would you rather be an only child or have siblings?

Have you met my little brother? He makes Bart Simpson look like Perfect Peter. I do love him though, so siblings is a yes. (just)

16) Would you rather lose your keys or forget your mobile phone?

Mobile phone - you can live without it. 

17) Would you rather have free books for life or free food for life?

Free food for life! My two lads are like bottomless pits, and I love to buy books to support authors and publishers. 

18) Would you rather give up social media or alcohol?

Social media - it's nice to have a break now and again. Just be present at home. Plus, I love wine far too much to ever be parted from it!

Thank you so much Rachel Dove for taking part in yet another of my random set of interview questions! I hope you had as much fun answering as I did reading what you have put. 





Genre: Contemporary women's fiction
Release Date: 11th January 2018
Publisher: HQ Digital
Does everyone deserve a second chance?
As an army trauma surgeon Kate knows how to keep her cool in the most high pressure of situations. Although back at home in England her marriage is falling apart, out in the desert she’s happy knowing that she’s saving lives.

Until she meets Cooper. It’s up to Kate to make a split-second decision to save Cooper’s life. Yet Cooper doesn’t want to be saved. Can Kate convince him to give his life a second chance even though its turning out dramatically different from how he planned?

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ABOUT RACHEL DOVE


I am a wife, mother of two boys, perpetual student, avid reader and writer of words. I sometimes sleep, always have eye bags and dream of retiring to a big white house in Cornwall, with 2 shaggy dogs, drinking wine on my seafront balcony whilst creating works of romantic fiction. All done with immaculate make up and floaty dresses.

In the meantime I nearly always remember to brush my hair, seldom have time to look in a mirror and write many, many to-do lists.

My first solo novel, Crossing Life Lines is out now in Kindle and paperback format. Look out for my horror shorts, published through Bayou Brew Publishing: The House of Sugar Blood, August 2013 and Uni Assassin, out now, and my short story, Mallow Girl, out now.

In July 2015, I won the Prima magazine and Mills & Boon Flirty Fiction Competition, with my entry, The Chic Boutique on Baker Street, out now in ebook and paperback, and the follow up novel in the series, The Flower Shop on Foxley Street.

GIVEAWAY
A signed copy of the book (Open internationally)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Book Review - Some Kind of Wonderful by Giovanna Fletcher - #HolidayReading Book 3

Book 3 of 30 that I read on my holiday to Fuerteventura in December 2017

Amazon UK
Title: Some Kind of Wonderful
Author: Giovanna Fletcher
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 16th November 2017
Rating: 5 Stars


When the love of your life says you're not The One, who are you?

Lizzy and Ian have been a couple since the first week of university. Now, after celebrating a decade together, everyone thinks they're about to get engaged.

Instead, a romantic escape to Dubai leaves Lizzy with no ring, no fiancé and no future.

Lizzy is heartbroken - but through the tears, she sees an opportunity. This is her moment to discover what she's been missing while playing Ian's ideal 'better half'.

But how much has Ian changed her, and who should she be without him?

Determined to discover who she is at heart, Lizzy sets out to rediscover the girl she was before - and, in the meantime, have a little fun . . .

Journey of self discovery for the main character, as she tries to work out what version of herself she really is,

Whether its the person she was at 18 before she met Ian, at 28 after 10 years of being with Ian before being broken up with in a memorble way, or some other version of hersef,

Within the book we learn a lot about her family and best friend, and I loved seeing all the various characters.

I am a huge fan of Giovanna Fletcher and although not my favourite book by her, I still thought it was up to a top standard, which was well written, easy to follow, quick to read and highly enjoyable.  I loved this story a lot. 

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

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Guest Post - What Is Better Sex or Food? by Anita Cassidy - Blog Tour

If you had asked me that question in my 20s and 30s I would *definitely* have said food…  Now, in my early 40s, I, and the answer, are very different. 

Through writing and researching my book, Appetite, I have come to realise how much my own negative thinking about sex and food was learnt from my social and cultural environment as well as my personal experiences growing up. Thoughts such as: sex is not important, sex is a once a week activity, sex is not something one invests time or energy in thinking about, pleasure is not something one should prioritise. It was my own deep, personal unhappiness and frustration in my mid 30s that caused me to question these assumptions but that took a lot of courage: it is hard to question norms that you have internalised deeply and which society reinforces at every turn. 

Too often we struggle to accept our bodies and our physical needs. This voiceless struggle can cause us to turn in and against ourselves: to use food and sex as a means of escape or control.  But they are merely part of the pleasures of life. They are not to be demonised or deified. They just are. And sometimes sex and pleasure plays a central part in your life and other times they take a step back, this is part of the ebb and flow of life. The key is to remember that pleasure IS part of life and not to negate it or deny it. This dynamic balance is one that we can all struggle to achieve but, as with a plane that is never completely on course as it heads to its destination, we can adjust and change the direction as we go, always heading towards an allowing of our whole selves, a self that has permission to experience pleasure. 

Feeling pleasure though sex with another (or even other’s) or self-pleasuring, is a way of truly seeing the self and discovering the needs of the self. To be seen, to be touched, to be heard and responded to - this is what touch, sex and connection are for. Without it, you (and any relationship you are in) will starve. It is a way of connecting and relating that goes way beyond what one can gain from sharing a slice of cake. It is about seeing that pleasure is a heathy part of life - even more valuable to our mental and physical well-being than your seven a day.

And yet one thing does not exclude the other. Food can, of course, provide genuine pleasure, the mind and body responds to a range of stimuli but, for me, sex and physical intimacy foster an awareness of the body and self that can never be found on a plate.

Thanks for that Anita. For more of Anita Cassidy follow along with the tour:


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Cover Reveal - The Best Boomerville Hotel by Caroline James

She's back..........

....and with a brand new book, and a brand new publisher too...

.. its the one and only Caroline James and the long awaited (by me at least) new book The Best Boomerville Hotel.

I feel like I have been waiting ages for this, and today I am finally able to reveal the cover and blurb of this new book.

I know I will be first in the line on publication day to pick up a copy (ok I will have it on pre-order, or more likely also have a review copy but you know what I mean!)

So here it is............


Let the shenanigans begin at the Boomerville hotel …

Jo Docherty and Hattie Contaldo have a vision – a holiday retreat in the heart of the Lake District exclusively for guests of ‘a certain age’ wishing to stimulate both mind and body with new creative experiences. One hotel refurbishment later and the Best Boomerville Hotel is open for business!
Perhaps not surprisingly Boomerville attracts more than it’s fair share of eccentric clientele: there’s fun loving Sir Henry Mulberry and his brother Hugo; Lucinda Brown, an impoverished artist with more ego than talent; Andy Mack, a charming Porsche-driving James Bond lookalike, as well as Kate Simmons, a woman who made her fortune from an internet dating agency but still hasn’t found ‘the One’ herself.

With such an array of colourful individuals there’s bound to be laughs aplenty, but could there be tears and heartbreak too and will the residents get more than they bargained for at Boomerville?

‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’
Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author

PUB DATE:
13 March 2018
CATEGORY:  Contemporary/Romantic Comedy

The Best Boomerville Hotel Links:



Ibooks/Google:  https://goo.gl/2aq7sz


So what do you think? 

This is the first book being published under the new Ruby Fiction imprint from Choc Lit which makes it extra special.  I literally can't wait much longer to read this, but since I wil  have to, find out a bit more about Caroline James, and also see what the real advance readers think of the book...


Caroline James has owned and run businesses encompassing all aspects of the hospitality industry, a subject that features in her novels. She is based in the UK but has a great fondness for travel and escapes whenever she can. A public speaker, consultant and food writer, Caroline is a member of the Romantic Novelist’s Association and writes articles and short stories and contributes to many publications.

Her debut novel, Coffee, Tea, The Gypsy & Me is set in North West England, at the time of a famous gypsy horse fair.  The book went straight to number three on Amazon and was E-book of the Week in The Sun.

So, You Think You're A Celebrity...Chef? was runner up the Winchester Writers festival for best TV Drama and takes a light-hearted look at the world of celebrity chefs as they battle it out for fame and fortune. Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean & Me was runner up at The Write Stuff, LBF, 2015 and is an Amazon best-seller and top recommended read by Thomson Holidays. Jungle Rock, a romcom novella set in Australia, revolves around a TV game show.


In her spare time, Caroline can be found trekking up a mountain or relaxing with her head in a book and hand in a box of chocolates.

Caroline James Links:

Twitter:@CarolineJames12 

 The Best Boomerville Hotel – Comments from advance readers

‘Britain’s answer to the Best Marigold Hotel! Book me in for Sharing with the Shaman and Clairvoyance in mid-life – this book is fabulous!’ Nikki Ashton, Amazon best-selling author.

‘A lovely addictive read and one that I would recommend.’ Stephanie O’Neill, Ireland
‘Caroline’s characters shone their magic brightly and kept me hooked, evoking strong emotions. A triumph, I absolutely loved this book.’ Nicky Clifford, Author.

‘I really wish I could check into Boomerville and participate in the courses. I loved this book, it is a great read. Thanks to the author for bringing the crazy characters to life - I can’t wait for the next book.’ Ronnie Montgomory, London.

‘A coming of age book for those of a certain age.’ Ann Magbanua, Philipines.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good to read about middle-aged people falling in love and reinventing themselves. Highly recommended.’ Tracey Owen, Cumbria.

‘Boomerville gripped me from the start with twists and laugh out loud moments. I loved it and hope we see more adventures in the future.’ Lisa Stewart, Southampton.

‘Caroline is a wonderful storyteller and I felt enveloped in a cocoon while reading Boomerville.’ Therese Ferguson, Author, USA.

‘I need to go to a place like this! Quirky characters, right up my street, I really enjoyed the story.’ Cal Sleath, Birmingham.

‘Caroline’s best book yet. I loved the characters and the Lake District setting was gorgeous. Boomerville is a wonderful journey.’  Amanda Williams, Wales.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Book Review - Wing Jones by Katherine Webber - Rachel Reads Randomly Book #82

Amazon UK
Title: Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Competition Prize
Publisher: Walker
Publication Date: 5th January 2017
Rating: 4 Stars


For fans of David Levithan, Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing's speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

Wing Jones is one of those books I knew very little about before starting, even reading the blurb I wasn't completely sure what sort of book it would be, and whether it was likely to be the sort of thing I enjoy.

Well having read the majority of it in one sitting, and all of it in one day, I can say that I incredibly glad that I took the chance and read this book.  After about the first 50-70 pages which were key to setting the scene and getting to know what Wing Jones life has been like up to this point,  there was a major event which changed things for everyone forever. 

Yet in Wing's case it meant she went from the girl that stood out for her rather different looks, she is part Chinese and part Ghanaian,  and was generally picked on a lot at school, hated lunchtime and had a huge crush on her brother's best friend, to one who suddenly had one special talent that made her stand out for all the right reasons. 

This is certainly a book that tackles what its like being different at school for whatever reason that is, and after the major event, well Wing has all sorts of things to learn and fast in all elements of her life. 

There is a sort of I suppose mystical sort of feel to part of this book, as we discover Wing has two animals that seem to be guardians of some sort that appear whenever she is in great amounts of pain and sorrow. Noone else can see them, but it is with their help that she discovers her hidden talent. 

I'm gutted that the book stopped when it did, as I would have loved the end section lengthened for another 100 pages or so, just to find out what happens next, although that does make me wonder if there could be a sequel for Wing and her rather enjoyable family. 

I loved Granny Dee and LaoLao who are Wing's grandmothers, and both live with Wing, Marcus (her brother) and her mother. One is from China, one is from Ghana and they spend large amounts of time in any scene they are in together, bickering amusingly.  I loved both their personalities and it really added a great dimension to the book. 

This is one of the prettiest paperbacks I have ever been fortunate enough to read, and thankfully the contents do the design justice. The words kept flowing and kept me hooked, I found myself willing Wing on, just hoping that she would get a happy ending. 

I don't read huge amounts of YA fiction, but I would happily state that this could easily be read by anyone of any age (not young children obviously), as I didn't get the "I'm not really the target audience" vibe I often get when reading YA books. I was hooked on this incredibly interesting debut novel, and think Katherine Weber could be an author to look out for in the future. 

Thank you to everyone that voted for this book which was the overwhelming winner. Honestly I think if you hadn't taken part and voted for this it would have been one of those books that sits on my bookcase, admired but not read as I really was unsure at first about it, so I'm really glad that I have discovered thanks to you all how fabulous it is.  Can you do the same with this week's vote I wonder?

Rachel Reads Randomly - Vote #83


 
Thank you everyone for your input last time. The results of the last vote were:

0 Votes -  Too Close to the Sun by Diana Dempsey
3 Votes - Further Confessions of a GP by Benjamin Daniels
4 Votes  - Not Another Happy Ending by David Solomons
4 Votes - A Little Bit of Madness by Sheryl Browne
8 Votes - Wing Jones by Katherine Webber 

That was certainly an interesting start to the year, a mixed bag of options that I had the general impression that very few people knew anything about. Wing Jones was the clear winner, and I just want to thank you all for picking that as of those options it would just because I wasn't sure going into it, would have been the last of the five that I would have read.  Until I realise I was hooked that is and really enjoyed the book and was still thinking about Wing, as I was reading my next one. 

So this year I've decided instead of changing what part of the TBR I randomise each week, I'm going with at least until I get bored books released in the current month - so for the next few weeks all the options will be books released in January - that is January from whatever year they were published! (At least based on the publication date I put on my master spreadsheet). Should give all books a few chances to get picked over a year and be slightly quicker for me to set up!  

Below is my initial theory for this feature, and then a bit further, what you are all waiting for... This weeks's vote! Enjoy!

I am also awful at deciding what book to read next, as I often have about 10 titles or authors jumping into my brain at any time, shouting at me to read them, and I tend to worry I have made the wrong decision while reading a perfectly good book. I am hoping this will save me having to make at least 1 choice a week, while possibly providing a review to the site of a book you all either love or are curious about yourselves. 

So what I am proposing, is my lovely loyal readers of Rachel's Random Reads, select one book for me to read a week, and I will post the review the following week. 

This week's random numbers are...



And the books these numbers correspond to are...


So the 5 choices with my gut feeling responses are:



4 - Calling Romeo by Alexandra Potter - I really enjoy this author and am determined to slowly work my way through her back catalogue. 
10 - The Expats by Chris Pavone - I tried one other book by this author and DNF really early on. However this one I recall people saying was good at the point I purchased it very cheap years and years ago. 
20 - A Year at Meadowbrook Manor by Faith Bleasdale - Was delighted to see this book announced and its out next week. It been a while since she released anything but I recall in the late 00s have loads of her books and really enjoying them. 
44 - Sweet Home Summer by Michelle Vernal - Requested this from Netgalley when I learnt from the author that it is part set in New Zealand and I do love reading books set in countries I don't encounter often. 
52 - Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins - One I remember being influenced to buy possibly by other bloggers a few yeas ago, but still not got around to reading! 

Interesting selection I've only read multiple books by two of these authors before, the rest are a bit more of a mystery to me.  I'm hoping that there may be a more obvious choice for each of you to pick from last week, as I don't think these are from the darkest depths of my kindle. But I look forward to seeing what happens! 

And authors, if its your book up on this feature, feel free to take part, vote for yourself, or stir up excitement amongst your fans! 

Pick your favourite or the one you most want me to review, or just the one you are curious about, and leave me a comment below, before midnight on Wednesday. 

I look forward to seeing what I will be reading over the weekend, courtesy of you all. 

The explanation if you haven't seen the feature before. 

How is this going to work?

Every Monday, I am going to have a post like this, which is going to have some choices on it. I am planning on using random.org to select 7 random numbers, to coincide with my spreadsheet of unread books.  

I will from that produce a list of hopefully 5 books, I reserve the right to veto any books, and will give reasons for them, if it occurs.

I will take screenshots and post them, of the chosen books, and also give you my instinctive reactions to the choices (without checking blurbs or any other info about them, which could be interesting as there are probably many forgotten about books on my spreadsheet!). 

Your task is to post a comment on this post, with the book you would like me to read this week. At midnight on Wednesday I will take a tally of the votes and the book with the most, I will read and review for the following Monday, where you will also get a new choice post. 

In the event of a tie, I will chose which one appeals most, for the Monday review, and possibly try and read and review the other to appear when I can. 

I am hoping this will provide some variety to the books appearing, and will let me potentially read or discover some great authors that I have wanted to read but not got around to yet.
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