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BELLA CHRISTMAS BAKE OFF BY SUE WATSON

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BELLA CHRISTMAS BAKE OFF BY SUE WATSON
Two best friends. One big lie. The best bake off EVER.

Bella Bradley is the queen of television baking – a national treasure. Her Christmas specials have been topping the ratings for years and her marriage to Peter ‘Silver Fox’ Bradley is the stuff of Hello magazine specials.

But this year things are going to be different.

For Amy Lane, Bella’s best friend from school, life hasn’t held quite the same sparkle. And when Amy’s husband walks out three weeks from Christmas, it seems their lives are further apart than ever.

Amy has watched Bella’s rise to fame fondly, despite the fact Bella was always a terrible cook. But when she realises that Bella’s latest Christmas book is made up entirely of Amy’s mother’s recipes, the gloves are off…

After winning a competition to appear on Bella’s TV show, Amy is going to make sure that for Bella and her viewers, this will definitely be a Christmas to remember…

A hilarious, heart-breaking and feel good read about best friends, baking and the magic of Christmas.

WHAT I SAY

I love the cover of this book again Sue made me laugh so much as I was reading this wonderful book her with and banner between the characters is spot on
It a wonderful story about friendship with a lovely Christmassy feel but I felt you could read it any time

All the characters were likable and they soon became my friends Bella and Amy are so funny together
This book got a few hidden secrets that will come to light as you read

Bella was my favourite character she a bit of a drama queen which I loved about her fun character when they were filming together just made me laugh so much
Why did they fall out all then years ago you will have to read to see

Amy was a lovely character too I enjoy her ways I found her easy to relate to I loved that the two of them rediscovered their friendship again it so good to read about
It a very book or story that will make you think that everyone not as lucky as you are

I love Sue writing style her wit and humour shine she has a very unique style which just pulls you into the story
It a brilliant book to read
4 dolls
Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review

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Hiding place by John Burley

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Hiding place by John Burley

She can’t reach him …but he can get to her …A chilling twisty tale of cat and mouse – perfect for fans of Linwood Barclay and Harlan Coben. Dr Lise Shields works with the most deadly criminals in America. At Menaker psychiatric hospital all are guilty and no one ever leaves. Then she meets Jason Edwards. Jason is an anomaly. No transfer order, no patient history, no paperwork at all. Is he really guilty of the horrific crimes he’s been sentenced for? Caught up in a web of unanswered questions and hastily concealed injustices, the spotlight begins to shine on Lise. She’s being watched, and the doors of Menaker psychiatric hospital are closing in. In Lise’s quest to discover the truth, is there anywhere left to hide?
WHAT I SAY
I was hooked on this book from the first few words to the last page is very gripping and very hard to put down it a very good psychological thriller .

wow the end is a very cleverly written book your be so pulled into the story
i did not see the twist at all but I did have a few suspicions
Did you ?

Your take on Lisa journey which is Pack with twist and turn it had lots of clues I did not pick up on any did you ?
What did you think of Lisa ?
As the story unfolds I was very unsure of her I could not work her out she seem weird to me I was so caught up with life
The plot very good I like all the flashbacks of Jason and Lisa’s childhood
I found them both very interesting is a very tough subject mental health is it told with compassion and very sensitivty put across

The story very fast pace you could tell a lot of research has been done I enjoy all the twists and turns it soon became a page turner
I was so desperate to find out what was going on and what was going to happening next it’s a brilliant read
Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review
4 dolls
I recommend you check out this book it very gripping

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Nowhere Girl by Ruth Dugdall

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Nowhere Girl by Ruth Dugdall

When Ellie goes missing on the first day of Schueberfouer,
the police are dismissive, keen not to attract negative
attention on one of Luxembourg’s most important events.
Probation officer, Cate Austin, has moved for a fresh start,
along with her daughter Amelia, to live with her police
detective boyfriend, Olivier Massard. But when she realises
just how casually he is taking the disappearance of Ellie,
Cate decides to investigate matters for herself.
She discovers Luxembourg has a dark heart. With its
geographical position, could it be the centre of a child
trafficking ring? As Cate comes closer to discovering Ellie’s
whereabouts she uncovers a hidden world, placing herself
in danger, not just from traffickers, but from a source much
closer to home.

what I say

nowhere girl is a really good book that I did found some parts of it a bit horrible to read I find it so gripping and the characters were very deep so was the plot it had lots of twist and turns
The plot will gripp you and hook you as you soon as you start to read
I will say sometimes I was not sure who I wanted to trust and who I should trust were you the same ?
A few of characters I did not like then other you just got inside the head most of the characters are very strong and very deep
I felt for them
The plot deep it got abductions child abuse child illness and trafficking
Amina and Jode story Hook me is very interesting to read about each of them each chapter tells you about a character at the more you soon get to know them so well it a very well written book and very easy to read I did enjoy this book you could tell a lot of research had be done

Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review
4 dolls

About the Author
Ruth Dugdall worked as a Probation Officer for almost a decade in high security prisons in the Suffolk area. Now living in Luxembourg, she is currently working at a local prison. Ruth has years of experience working with children who have been convicted of murder, having been based at one of the UK’s 3 prisons that specialise in this area. Ruth’s writing is heavily influenced by her professional background, providing authenticity and credibility to the crime genre.

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IF YOU GO AWAY BY ADELE PARKS

IF YOU GO AWAY BY ADELE PARKS

 

The new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks, set during the outbreak of the First World War

WHAT I SAY

WOW YOU ALL MUSR READ THIS BOOK

I really enjoyed this book I’m read in 2 days it is not like her normal Books Adele writes she normally write in a more click lit style but this is an historical fiction novel and it is brilliant please check it out you will love it I did
It had my attention right up to the last word I was so caught up in the story that it became a real page turner for me

. It is very beautifully written it is got a lot of Tragedy in there too the characters you could relate to them so easily you could tell that Adela had done a lot of research into this book
I did find the start a bit slow and I was not sure what to make of the story but I soon became hooked on the story it’s a wonderful story of love during the World War 1 why was it slow because it was building up the tension in the characters to make you understand them more I loved them all but one I bet your guess who by the end

Vivian the main character I did not like her that much to start with then I soon love her as she seem to grow up as a story unfolds she seem to have no idea about life she married to Aubrey
on the day that they married the war broke out now her life was changed forever she finds herself in a small village she feel isolated and cut off she’s got no friends there no one to talk to
Audrey go to war she’s got no one
to look after now only herself
How will she cope?
I was so hooked on her story I like it was told from her point of view and then Howard her life was so tough I like hearing about her life

Howard was a brilliant character I love him he was a man about town who a bit of a player but he also hated the war which was going to be problem
He was a wonderful warm man
He got roped into helping the Daily Mail reporter writing articles about the war we get to feel all his pain and suffering he was going through it was good that it was told from his point of view he was so determined to stand up to his point of view sometimes I’ve believed this put into danger I really got to understand what was going on in the war and what it was like some of the men it a very in depth account of the war i was so caught up with the plot my heart when out to them all life was tough

When Howard and Vivian meet wow what a brilliant tale of forbidden love I love their relationship it was so full on I want you to read for yourself thier wonderful heart breaking love story it will pull at your heart strings I was totally pulled into all the horrors of the war if it was put across so well I enjoyed that this book the men and women’s point of view of The War was so hard to read in places the pain they when though but i also found it very interesting story what I did not want the book to end
It like how all the women cope in there story it shows you there points of view and what life was like for them with there men away at war

This story is a very thought-provoking book and it is very interesting and different book to read

please check it out I’m sure you will love it I recommend you will read it
One of my favourite books of the year
It show us a very different style to Adela Adele is a very talented author with a few very different and unique writing styles I really can not praise this book enough
5 dolls
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adele Parks worked in advertising until she published her first novel in 2000. Since then, her many Sunday Times bestsellers have been translated into twenty-six different languages. Adele spent her adult life in Italy, Botswana and London until 2005 when she moved to Guildford, where she now lives with her husband and son. Adele believes reading is a basic human right, so she works closely with The Reading Agency as an Ambassador for Reading Ahead, a programme designed to encourage adult literacy.
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If You Go Away https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/…/d/B00N9AVKCU/ref=aw_ss_kndl_dp/

Glamorous debutantes, heartbreak and discovering just what is worth fighting for in the new historical novel from Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks.1914. Vivian, a young, impassioned debutante is hurried into a pedestrian marriage to cover a…
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THIS WEEK ‪#‎Ajscoolcoverchallenge‬

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THIS WEEK ‪#‎Ajscoolcoverchallenge‬
who going to join me ?

BOOKS WITH RED ON COVER

#Ajscoolcoverchallenge Join me and read books that are Christmas books from 13 th of DECEMBER till 19th DECEMBER

If tweeting, please use the hashtag and on any post we do #Ajscoolcoverchallenge so we can keep track and we all can see what we are reading
Enjoy reading this week Aj’s cool cover challenge thanks for taking part .
THIS WEEK WE ARE READING ANY BOOKS WITH RED ON COVER

Who would like to join just a bit of fun you can read just one book or read all week
THANKS FOR TAKING PART
Hope you all have a good week x

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Are You Watching Me? By Sinead Crowley

Are You Watching Me? By Sinead Crowley

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Claire Boyle is back in this chilling new novel by Sinead Crowley. I loved the first book, Can Anybody Help Me? So I was delighted to get my hands on this. Claire now has a seven month old daughter called Anna, and has finished her maternity leave. Her first job back is investigating the murder of two men, that are both linked to Tir Na nOg.

Liz Cafferky has become the face of Tir Na nOg, a drop in centre for men, who need some guidance or simply just need someone to talk to. Liz is after shooting to fame in Ireland, as she is loved by the nation, after speaking up about the work that is done in the drop in centre. But when she starts to receive letters in the post from a crazed fan, Liz is worried for her safety, two men involved with the centre have already been murdered and she’s worried she might be next. But her fear leads her to reliving some moments from her past that she would sooner forget. Will Ireland still love Liz, when they find out her dirty secrets??

This book is just as chilling as the first. The story moved along at a fast pace and had lots of little twists thrown in along the way. However, I found that I enjoyed Sinead’s first novel Are You Watching Me?, a lot more than this one. I don’t know how I feel about the character of Liz, I didn’t love her and I didn’t hate her, and so I found that I really didn’t really care what happened to her. All in all though, I found this to be an enjoyable and unputdownable read. The story was just the right amount of creepy and has an end that you won’t see coming.

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THE return of the christmas spirt by Susan Buchanan

THE return of the christmas spirt by Susan Buchanan

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Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Release Date: 29th Nov 2015Christmas is just around the corner when Star begins working at Butterburn library, but not everyone is embracing the spirit of the season.

Sixteen-year-old Arianna’s mock exams are looming and she’s feeling under pressure. With her father living abroad and her mother working three jobs, she doesn’t have much support at home.

The bank is threatening to repossess Evan’s house, and he has no idea how he’s going to get through Christmas with two children who are used to getting everything they want.

Patricia’s cliché of a husband, after 23 years of marriage, has announced he’s moving out of the family home, and moving in with his secretary.

Daniel is doing the work of three people in his sales job, as well as looking after his kids and his wife. Pulled in too many different directions, he’s feeling stressed out.

Can Star, the library’s Good Samaritan, help set them on the path to happiness this Christmas?

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About susan


Susan Buchanan lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their two children. She is the author of three other novels: The Christmas Spirit, The Dating Game, and Sign of the Times. Return of the Christmas Spirit is her fourth book. She is currently working on her fifth book, What If.
Susan is also a proofreader, editor, and translator, and when not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, loves reading, the theatre, quiz shows, and eating out – not necessarily in that order!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/susan.buchanan.author

Twitter: susan_buchanan

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4216164.Susan_Buchanan

Website: www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

 

GIVEAWAY

There are 2 giveaways associated with this tour

Visit Susan’s blog at www.susancbuchanan.blogspot.co.uk

, where there will be a Rafflecopter giveaway for a £10/$15 Amazon voucher for the duration of the tour and the launch day itself.

Plus

Enter the tour giveaway to win an ecopy (x2) of Susan’s book THE DATING GAME
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THE GIRL WITH NO PAST BY KATHYN CROFT

 

My review a brilliant book

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THE GIRL WITH NO PAST BY KATHYN CROFT
Years spent running from your past. Today it catches up.

A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created. A

But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?

Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly
WHAT I SAY
WOW I LOVED THIS GRIPPING BOOK
I loved this book I read in a day I was so glue I can’t put it down I had to know what Leah was hiding from did you guess I did not
Why was she so lonely? Who was stalking her ? I got to find out who was stalking I was hooked to the end a very clever end and what a shock I did not see it did you it just a brilliant end
I found the plot very hard hitting I was on the edge on my seat as I was reading it was so chilling in places very creepy too
It so packed with drama it soon become a bit worrying and scary in placed
My heart with out to Leah I like her characters but I will say I found her hard to work out but I glad I did not she had me as a friend I found her a great deep characters she makes the story very tense a brilliant hard to get character
I not going to tell anything but you all got to read it so interesting
What was it ?
Now they want revenge but what for?
Could she every forget that one night ?
This book has so many unexpected twists from the beginning to the end .

The suspense of wanting to know about the past is the hook that keep you reading it so cleverly done you will have to read till you finished book

This is a fantastic psychological thriller it make you thing
A MUST READ BOOK
it so well written you just be pulled into the plot from the first few pages to the last
5 dolls
Thank you netgalley for letting me read and review
A brilliant book

Amazon.link
The Girl With No Past: A gripping psychological thriller https://www.amazon.co.uk/…/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_6fdzwbC8VN…

Years spent running from your past. Today it catches up. A gripping psychological thriller for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life,…
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THIS WEEK ‪#‎Ajscoolcoverchallengewho going to join me ?

 
 

THIS WEEK ‪#‎Ajscoolcoverchallenge‬
who going to join me ?

ANY BOOKS WEEK

#Ajscoolcoverchallenge Join me and read books that are Christmas books from 6 th of DECEMBER till 12th DECEMBER

If tweeting, please use the hashtag and on any post we do #Ajscoolcoverchallenge so we can keep track and we all can see what we are reading
Enjoy reading this week Aj’s cool cover challenge thanks for taking part .
THIS WEEK WE ARE READING ANY BOOKS

Who would like to join just a bit of fun you can read just one book or read all week
THANKS FOR TAKING PART

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The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston and Q&A

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The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

My mind is like the willow; it flexes and springs. My heart is a knot of oak. Let them try to wound me. Let them try.

One year after artist Tilda Forwells loses her husband, she is finally ready to move into the secluded Welsh cottage they were meant to be sharing together.

In the valley below her mountain home is a mystical lake which inspires a strange energy in her. She starts to experience potent dreams, visions, presentiments which all lead her to Seren, the witch and shaman who legend has it lived on this lakeshore in Celtic times.

As Tilda explores the lake’s powers and her own, her connection to Seren grows stronger. And when she comes under grave threat, she must rely on Seren and this ancient magic to save her.

WHAT I SAY
This can be read as a standalone book but this book 3 in the Shadow Chronicles

I did like the cover of this book it caught my attention it so pretty I have not read any of Paula’s other books so I was not sure of her writing style but I found it easy to follow it and like her style

I like the descriptions I could picture the cottage and the lake in my mind the book is set in Wales you can tell that Paula has done a lot of research into the history of Wales I know she lives there too

The story tell you of Tilda’s grief and suffering it was a bit deep I felt sometimes it seem to move to slow for me I lost interest a bit i sorry to say but I did found some sides to her character very deep and interesting too
what did you think of her ?
I did find her a hard to read I did not get her I could not work her out at time but then I felt for her She had a lot of different side to her

I like the magical side of the story and the magical elements of the lake it caught my attention it seem to pull mr into it magical powers too

I thought seren was a more powerful lady very tough and independent she seem more real to me I could relate to her story more I was pull into her life more
I not going to tell you the plot as i want you to read for yourself
it is a very good plot and it very enjoyable read
3 stars

I would like to thank Grace at little brown for letting be part of this book tour
Paula Brackston Q &A with author of The Sliver Witch

Where did you get idea for this story ?
The Silver Witch was inspired by Llangors Lake, which is the largest natural lake in south Wales, and is just a few miles from my home in the Brecon Beacons. It is a place of such atmosphere, legends and history – it’s a gift for a writer really.
I imagined a modern day character living overlooking the lake, and another living in ancient times – 10th century – living on its shores.

Is the Welsh cottage a place you know ?
Yes, it is set high on a hill with a fantastic view of the lake. While I was writing the book I often visited the locations, particularly the houses and the crannog in the story. I don’t often get such useful stimulation for my imagination so closely connected to the book I’m working on, so I made the most of it. Tilda’s cottage would probably have been the home of a farm worker a hundred or so years ago.

Who was your favourite character and why?
Ooh, this is like being asked to choose between your children! I definitely admired Tilda – all that running! And she is courageous, I think. Of course I write characters that fulfil my own wishes, so all of them have qualities I would like! Having said that, I do have a soft spot for Seren. I like her independence, and the way she is able to be totally herself, and live the life she is called to.

How long did this book take you to write ?
The actual writing takes about seven months, with a fair amount of research before that. The hardest work, though, is the editing and rewriting. It’s not my favourite part of the job, but it is where you polish the diamond.

Do you ever have visions ?
Not as such, though I often feel I have glimpsed something, just at the periphery of my sight. I am lucky to live in such a wild and ancient place, and I do think that the lives of those who have lived here before me are imprinted on the landscape, and in the very old houses. It makes sense to me that they would make their presence felt from time to time.
Visions play a big part in The Silver Witch. Seren is known as a witch, a shaman, a prophet, and a seer. She uses a concoction brewed from mushrooms and special herbs to induce a vision. In 917 people would have taken what those visions showed them very seriously.
Tilda starts to see things she doesn’t understand when she moves to the cottage. As the story goes on we see how she and Seren share some of the same gifts.

Is there any legend that you believe in?
You can’t live in Wales and not believe in legends, the place is riddled with them! The Welsh people have a strong tradition of story telling, and this has kept myths and legends alive for centuries. The stories have been passed down through generations. I used one as a basis for my Afanc in the lake. I think mythical water beasts could easily be founded on fact. The water is so deep and so cold, who knows what might live in the depths?

Where do you like to write your books ?
At a desk (well, a piece of board on top of two filing cabinets) under the stairs – very glamorous! Actually, I like working there. We have a wonderful summer house built on the pond in our garden, and I do go up there to work sometimes, but there are so many distractions. Hours pass with me watching the dragon flies, or gazing at the clouds over the distant mountains. I get more writing done when I have no window to look out of.

If you we’re not a author what job would love to do ?
I had loads of different jobs before I became a writer – stable girl, travel agent, PA, riding school manager, teacher of English as a foreign language, goat herd! – but I think, hope, I have found my thing now. I love my job. I am very lucky to be able to work at home, spending my time doing something creative, sharing my stories with readers around the world. And I love getting feedback from those readers too. The books have to be read to properly come to life, after all.
How do you spend your Christmas day ?
We’re pretty traditional about it in our house. There are stockings for the children at some uncivilised hour. I put on Christmas music. Then breakfast, probably with a brandy in our coffee, presents for the pet, and everyone gathers around the tree. After opening presents my partner prepares a fabulous Christmas dinner. We usually have other family members here to stay, and hope for snow, as the mountains are just wonderfully Christmassy then. After the meal we go out for a walk, or to play with new toys outside.
Later we sit in front of a movie and log fire and eat too much chocolate. It may not sound very exciting, but I can’t wait! And I always help the children choose me a couple of books I’m been hankering for!

What next for you ?
I’ve just finished writing the sequel to my first witch book, The Witch’s Daughter. It continues the story with the main characters, is called The Return of the Witch, and should be out next year.

thank you  Paula for helping me we this post

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