The Fairvale Ladies Book Club by Sophie Green | Review

Book sent for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


In 1978 the Northern Territory in Australia has begun to self-govern and telephones are not yet a common fixture. Life is hard and people are isolated, but these five women find a way to connect.

Sybil, the matriarch of Fairvale Station, misses her eldest son and is looking for a distraction.
Kate, Sybil’s daughter-in-law, is thousands of miles away from home and finding it difficult to adjust to life at Fairvale.
Sallyanne, mother of three, dreams of a life far removed from the dusty town where she lives with her difficult husband.Rita, Sybil’s oldest friend, is living far away in Alice Springs and working for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
And Della, who left Texas for Australia looking for adventure and work on the land, needs some purpose in her life.
Sybil comes up with a way to give them all companionship: they all love to read, and she forms a book club. As these five women bond over their love of books, they form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Warm-hearted, comforting and richly told, this is the perfect feel-good read for book lovers everywhere.

About The Author

Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Jolene. She fell in love with the Northern Territory the first time she visited and subsequent visits inspired the story in The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club.

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Now when I was asked to review this book, I just had to say yes. I am an avid book lover as you all know – and I love a book about a book club, in fact I think there should be more of them! Knowing that this was about a book club from the title, I just had to say yes.

Set in Australia, the women’s lives become intertwined and they become firm friends despite the problems they face. Brought together by a love of reading, it shows how supportive friendships can be, even through the hard times they may go through. However the book club only formed a small part of the story, getting to know the five female characters and their lives and what they were going through is more of the plot than anything. It looks at their friendships, how they are there for each other whether they are far apart or close by and it explores some interesting themes that we will all also go through in our lifetime.

This is a book that makes you think – it definitely got me thinking about my friendships after I finished it. I would wholeheartedly recommend you pick this up, I am sure you will enjoy it just like I did.


Scandal by Sasha Morgan | Extract & Giveaway

Read on for an extract of Sasha Morgan’s fab new book, Scandal


Adam and her relationship had been good in the beginning, she reflected, once she was sitting silently in her dad’s passenger seat. Luckily he could read his daughter well enough to know just what to say and, more importantly, when not to say anything. On first meeting Adam, Megan had been struck by his boyish good looks and charm.

She liked the way his copper hair flopped into his blue twinkly eyes, the way his full mouth smiled mischievously, his ability to make her laugh with his quirky sense of humour, but all that seemed gradually to vanish over the months and was slowly replaced with an air of confidence bordering on contempt, assuming he could take his girlfriend for granted. So what if he appreciated other girls, there was no harm in looking, was there? Well, yes, there was, conceded his friends when they could see how blatantly he flirted with them in front of Megan.

Even they were perplexed at why she tolerated him. Well, not any more. His lovemaking had gone from tender and caring to an almost mechanical, cold act, which had left Megan feeling lost and lonely. It was over. Thankfully she hadn’t properly moved into his flat, so there was no need to call and retrieve her possessions, just a few bits and pieces that she could do without, or at least replace easily enough; she thought of her Ed Sheeran CDs, her Bridget Jones DVD, her collection of Jane Austen books and Cath Kidston toiletries, which all looked so out of place in Adam’s modern, black and white apartment, with chrome fittings and wooden flooring.

Her dad cast a sideways glance. ‘You all right love?’

‘No,’ she sobbed, ‘I can’t face having to work with him.’

‘Hmm,’ he replied by way of agreement. She could just imagine the gossip this would cause. The girls in her admin team often told Megan to dump Adam, but funnily enough it didn’t deter them from fluttering their eyelashes at him every time he entered their office. It didn’t help either that Adam was particularly good at his job as a solicitor. He had a way with words and knew exactly how to pitch his spiel and work his charm. Whether it be with a senior partner of the firm, or a rich client, he always extracted everything he wanted from them. As a result he was the golden boy, inevitably going places. Whereas Megan wasn’t going anywhere, she conceded. She was one of the many faceless admin staff that quietly went about their business. In fact, it was a miracle to her that Adam had even noticed her in the first place.

It had been a rainy Monday morning and Megan had forgotten her umbrella. She was rushing to the office, dodging the puddles, when suddenly the huge canopy of a golf brolly had covered her head. Sharply turning round, she was greeted by the most beautiful blue eyes and engaging smile.

‘Here, let me,’ Adam had said easily, walking alongside her. ‘We work in the same building, don’t we?’

‘Y… yes,’ stammered Megan, not quite believing the office heart-throb was actually talking to her. Droplets of rain ran down her cheeks, and she quickly wiped them away. He smiled again. That big, confident grin was beginning to melt her. Reaching the stone front steps to the solicitors’ office building, he casually held out his hand to guide her in, and for a second he touched her arm and it sent electric pulses through her.

‘Would you like to go for a drink after work?’ he simply asked, whilst pulling down his umbrella and opening the large glass door for her. Megan couldn’t believe it. The delayed reaction caused him to look quizzically at her, but still with an air of assurance.

‘Er… yes, thanks,’ Megan had finally replied.

‘Great. I’ll meet you here at six o’clock then,’ and with a final winning smile he took the lift to the second floor, where his office was and where a one-shot skinny latte was waiting for him on his desk.

All that seemed a lifetime ago now, Megan sadly reflected. It was impossible to believe that the Adam she had just caught fondling his secretary had been the handsome, charming man that had gallantly offered cover that bleak morning.

About the author and the book

Author bio

Sasha lives in a rural, coastal village in Lancashire with her husband and Labrador dog. She has always written stories from a very young age and finds her fictional world so much more exciting than the real one.

Book description

For all fans of Jilly Cooper and Tilly Bagshawe. Sex, scandal, horses and aristocrats, the perfect recipe for the perfect escapist read…

As the new custodian of the ancestral home, Treweham Hall, Tobias Cavendish-Blake soon discovers exactly what he’s inherited. Instant financial action is needed if the Hall is to survive the mounting debts it’s racking up. Adding insult to injury the family is forced to sell the Gate House on the estate to lottery winners Gary and Tracy Belcher – not the kind of neighbours Tobias was hoping for.

Megan Taylor inherits her grandmother’s country cottage in the village of Treweham and decides to make a fresh start there, taking a job at the local country pub.

When Megan meets Tobias, the attraction is clear, but she is determined to resist his charms, put off by his reputation and that of his best friends – the rakish Seamus Fox, son of a millionaire racehorse trainer and dastardly jockey Dylan Delany. But Tobias is a hard man to resist…

Scandal is the perfect rip-roaring, bonk-busting horsey escapist read for fans of Jilly Cooper and Tilly Bagshawe.

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Last Of The Summer Moet by Wendy Holden | Extract & Giveaway

Last of the Summer Moet is the brand new book from the renowned author, Wendy Holden. Read on for an extract and a giveaway…


Carinthia and Wyatt had not returned from lunch, nor had Brad Plant returned any of her calls, or answered any of her emails. Possibly, as it often went with big celebrities, the whole interview was off and he had not yet bothered to tell her. Perhaps – ghastly thought – he had gone with one of Society’s rivals. The idea gnawed unbearably at Laura, who was compulsively competitive, especially over any feature that had been her idea. This determination to protect her journalistic territory came, she was sure, from her father.

A new set of proofs waited on her desk and Laura started diligently to work her way through them. As she did so, the conviction she was reading a parody of Society magazine returned. The feature was a set of short profiles of ‘London’s Hottest Totty’, which seemed both outdated and offensive.

Carinthia routinely countered such objections with the claim that Society was simultaneously ironic and above political correctness. She prided herself in her intolerance of such social advances as breastfeeding in public and transgender toilets, although had learnt not to say so before Laura, who, with Vlad in mind, defended the latter in particular against the editor’s contention that it was liberalism gone mad.

And anyway, Laura thought, reading on, wasn’t liberalism, however mad, infinitely preferable to such ‘hot totty’ as Lady Squiffy Potsdam who took her maltipoo daily to Harrod’s pet spa for claw polishes, blow-dries and a blueberry face mask? Or society artist Rupi von Rumtopf, here described as ‘the best thing out of Austria since Mozart’ and whose art involved taking photos of pieces of priceless porcelain a split second after he’d blown them up.

Imagining Harry reading all this, Laura cringed. They were meeting later, to see the new Bond film. This starred Laura’s friend and sometime lover Caspar, a formerly struggling actor who had shot to fame last year. She had vaguely hoped Harry might be a bit jealous, but he had been characteristically taciturn on the subject.

As Carinthia had still not showed, Laura thought about bunking off early and tidying up her flat in advance of Harry’s visit. Not being subject to the same name-and-shame regime as her desk, it habitually looked as if had been burgled. Most of the rest of the staff had gone anyway, the few, that was, who came in on the last day of the week and weren’t Friday-to-Mondaying at someone’s country house. Laura had been surprised, when she started at Society, just how many of the staff spent their weekends hunting, shooting or attending elaborate balls amid ancestral acres.

For some people it was as if the twentieth century had never happened.

About The Author & The Book

Author bio

Number-one bestselling author Wendy Holden was a journalist on Tatler, The Sunday Times, and the Mail on Sunday before becoming an author. She has since written ten consecutive Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers. She lives in Derbyshire.                        

Book description

Top reporter Laura Lake has struck journalistic gold.

She’s discovered a super-exclusive English village where the rich and famous own weekend retreats. Where film stars, Turner-prize winners and Cabinet ministers park their helicopters outside the gastropub and buy £100 sourdough loaves from the deli.

Outsiders are strictly forbidden. But luckily Laura’s best friend Lulu, a logo-obsessed socialite with a heart as huge as her sunglasses, suddenly fancies a quiet life in the country. The door to this enchanted rural idyll opens for Laura. Revealing a great professional opportunity.

Can Laura write an exposé before the snobbish villagers suss her true identity? And before the world’s poshest pub quiz triggers a political scandal not seen since Profumo?

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The French Adventure by Lucy Coleman | Extract & Giveaway

Read on for an extract of Lucy Coleman’s brand new book, The French Adventure.


‘It’s time you told me exactly what happened with Will, Anna. How else can I be a good friend and understand what’s really going on inside that head of yours?’

I gaze down at my half eaten purple berry with sparkling vanilla frosting, cupcake. It’s delicious but my appetite seems to have suddenly disappeared. I look around and today only half of the tables are occupied so it’s not as if anyone can overhear our conversation. With that, I take a big breath and begin.

‘As you know, Will and I were really close friends all through secondary school. When he told me he, too, had accepted a place at the University of the West of England, I was over the moon. I knew his father wanted him to go to Reading and with two firm offers I assumed he’d bow to family pressure. I could hardly contain my joy, even though we were still only

at that point. Will standing up to his father was a shock and, silently, I loved him even more for it because I thought he’d made that decision so we could be together. I was facing the future confident that our relationship would develop on a more personal level.’

I notice that Lizzie too, has now stopped eating. She waves to the waitress to order two more coffees and I find myself shifting around in my seat, uncomfortably. Reliving this incident isn’t easy, even after all this time.

‘Over the next eighteen months our friendship developed into a passionate love affair and we became inseparable. Always together, always having fun and always at the centre of what was happening. We were the couple our friends envied, as they went through the trials of falling in and out of love.

‘Will often joked about the pressure on guys to make a huge deal over the proposal; he warned me not to expect any more than flowers and a Chinese takeaway. We laughed about it and even talked about finding our dream flat overlooking Bristol Harbourside once we had both graduated.’

‘Ah, that’s heart-breaking, Anna. So what exactly happened to make the relationship fall apart?’ Lizzie looks at me anxiously and I can’t bear to see the sadness she’s feeling on my behalf.

‘Something changed between us and I found myself looking for any reason at all to avoid facing the truth. I told myself he was under pressure with a project he was working on and that’s why I was seeing less and less of him. I believed his excuses.’

Lizzie stares at me, letting out a gasp. ‘Oh no—’

I nod. ‘I realise, with hindsight, that there were three of us in the relationship at that point. The third person was a girl named Cassandra. She was always around us and it had been that way more or less since we’d arrived on the campus. It was understandable in a way, as she was on the same course as Will. Or, at least, that’s what I told myself.’

‘Why didn’t you tell me there was someone else involved? I just assumed it fizzled out between the two of you. Honestly, Anna, it’s not good to keep a hurt like that a secret.’ Lizzie’s reaction makes me feel guilty for holding this back.

I shake my head, busying myself putting sugar in my coffee to avoid eye contact.

‘I was young and naïve; I just didn’t see it coming.

About The Author and Book

Author bio

Lucy lives in the Forest of Dean in the UK with her lovely husband and Bengal cat, Ziggy. Her novels have been short-listed in the UK’s Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Lucy won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.

Book description

Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents’ house in France to work out what to do next. A story about love, loss and starting over, with the perfect French twist!

Packed full of French flavour and idyllic settings this is a romantic, heart-warming and unputdownable new novel about life and love, perfect for anyone who loves Milly Johnson, Lucy Diamond and Debbie Johnson.

Suddenly unemployed and single, Anna escapes to her parents’ beautiful house in France for a much needed recharge – and to work out what she wants to do next with her life now her carefully mapped out plan has gone out the window.

Anna gives herself 6 months to recuperate, all the while helping renovate her parents’ adjoining gites into picturesque B&Bs. But working alongside the ruggedly handsome Sam on the renovation project, she didn’t expect for life to take an unexpected, if not unwelcome, twist…

Where can I buy the book?

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Siblings by Linda Blair | Book Review

Siblings by Linda Blair | Book Review

I was sent this copy of Siblings by Linda Blair for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I knew that having another child would never be easy, especially five years after Jack. I knew sometimes things would be difficult and that they would be poles apart in interests and also that sometimes Jack would feel jealous but I didn’t know what to truly expect.

I was sent a copy of Siblings by Linda Blair to review and this has been very interesting to say the least. Whilst Olivia is still quite young (so I’ve still got plenty of mileage to get of this book as she and her brother grow up), it has definitely made me think about a few things.

Linda Blair talks about the makeup (size) of your family, gender and spacing, temperament, how being an older child, middle child, younger child can have certain actions. With Jack being the older child, I was interested to see what she had to say about this – and she couldn’t have been more right.

Siblings by Linda Blair | Book Review

The author states that first borns love to act as teachers and carers and this couldn’t be more true of Jack. He loves to try to teach Olivia different things. He loves to take complete charge. However he sometimes can take this too far and try to be the ‘parent’ and of course, Olivia will resist to this – if she doesn’t want to do something, she won’t do it and Jack seemingly is yet to realise this.

The author does say that, with a similar age gap to Jack and Olivia, the older sibling should understand more that you aren’t excluding them and is more interested than jealous. Sometimes I would agree with this but sometimes Jack does make mention to the fact he thinks he is being left out and you can definitely tell when he is jealous – his actions speak so loud! She says that girls rely on words more to instruct whereas boys use their actions – this is definitely true of Jack!

This was an interesting read and I will definitely be dipping in and out as my children get older. You can buy your own copy from Amazon here {affiliate link}.