Book Tour | The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club – Lynsey James

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I have been eagerly anticipating the release of The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James for some months now. I have long been a fan of her work, finding out about her via Twitter and talking to the lady herself on many occasions. When asked if I would like to participate in the blog tour, how could I refuse? Revisiting Luna Bay was an exciting prospect for me and I couldn’t wait to see how the story started..

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SYNOPSIS

The perfect summer romance for a sunny afternoon and a picnic in the park

Emily Reed is having a bad day. Devastated at losing her hard-earned promotion to the ditz who’s sleeping with the boss, her mother drops a devastating bombshell—the dad she’s known and loved for twenty-five years isn’t her biological father.

Now Emily needs answers and a month in Luna Bay should give her the time she needs to find her father, and land the difficult client at the Sunflower Cottage B&B which should put her back in the running for her coveted promotion.

Setting up the Sunflower Cottage breakfast club should be a great way to meet the locals and maybe even find out who her father is! The only problem is that brooding and insanely gorgeous, Noah, is determined to make Emily’s stay perfectly uncomfortable.

Finding out the truth was never going to be simple, but she never thought her heart would get in the way…

Don’t miss a single book in the Luna Bay series:
Book 1 – The Broken Hearts Book Club
Book 2 – The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club
Book 3 – Coming soon (I am very very excited about this!)

MY REVIEW

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Luna Bay is a magical place for me. I adored reading The Broken Hearts Book Club and was excited to see how Lynsey could bring other characters to life in the setting of Luna Bay.

Emily has a nightmare day at work, only to be made even worse by the revelation that the man she thought was her father isn’t actually her biological father. Struggling with this, she decides to find answers, heading to Luna Bay (the last place her mother heard he was living) and trying to do some work whilst there – landing the Sunflower Cottage B&B for her companies portfolio.

Emily was a little hard to like at first, she came across as a workaholic and very uptight at times. However this served to work well in her first few interactions with Noah – she was uptight, he was super rude even if it was because he was worried about Rose and the future of the B&B. As time went on though, I found myself warming to the two of them especially once they decided to set up the breakfast club whilst Rose was recuperating.

Towards the end of the book, I was willing Emily to stay in Luna Bay once her month was up and I felt her anguish at trying to decide what to do. I really enjoyed reading all about Emily and her journey and hope to see her pop up in the next book which I am eagerly anticipating already!

5/5 from me!

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BOOKS | The Wacky Man by Lyn G. Farrell

You may have seen me review a few books for the Legend 100 book club since the beginning of the year and today I have another review for you. Today’s book is The Wacky Man by Lyn G. Farrell which is published on the 2nd of May. You can find it on Goodreads here and order it via the picture below {affiliate link}

 

SYNOPSIS

My new shrink asks me, ‘What things do you remember about being very young?’
It’s like looking into a murky river, I say. Memories flash near the surface like fish coming up for flies. The past peeps out, startles me, and then is gone . . . 

Amanda secludes herself in her bedroom, no longer willing to face the outside world. Gradually, she pieces together the story of her life: her brothers have had to abandon her, her mother scarcely talks to her, and the Wacky Man could return any day to burn the house down. Just like he promised. As her family disintegrates, Amanda hopes for a better future, a way out from the violence and fear that has consumed her childhood. But can she cling to her sanity, before insanity itself is her only means of escape?

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I seem to be reading the more heartbreaking, gut wrenching tales of late. This tale isn’t for the faint hearted. It tells the story of Amanda and her painful upbringing. With a father who took out his anger on his children and Amanda continuing to carry the emotional damage from that time, it is harrowing to read all about Amanda’s childhood and why now she refuses to leave her room with her mother and therapist having to speak to her from outside her door.

Reading all about what Amanda endured is enough to turn anyone’s stomach but the way the author has written this novel means you want to read on, perhaps in hope of some sort of closure or hope for Amanda’s future. The author has managed to weave a tale that has you completely immersed, completely on side with Amanda and her trauma and living it with her. I would never have guessed this was the author’s debut novel if I wasn’t told. This book is raw, its unsettling but its brilliant. Definitely worth checking out.

Book sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions my own.

BOOKS | Armadillos by P.K Lynch

As part of the Legend 100 Club, I often get sent proof copies of books before they are released so I can read and review. I was recently sent Armadillos by P.K Lynch or Pauline Lynch. Normally it wouldn’t be something I would pick up so  I was intrigued to see what I thought of it. Read on to find out more.

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As I mentioned above this isn’t normally the subject matter I would choose to pick up but I was interested nonetheless to see what I thought of the book. Armadillos tells the story of a 15 year old girl named Aggie who is suffering the most terrible sexual abuse at home from her father and her brother no matter how much her sister tries to protect her. One day she decides she has finally had enough and makes her escape and the novel follows her as she makes her journey across Texas as she tries to finally break away from her suffering.

She doesn’t know where she is going, she just knows she needs to get away. Told in first person narrative, this is a harrowing tale as we follow Aggie’s every step to try to finally free herself from the metaphorical chains that have been keeping her prisoner. She meets many people along the way, some characters more complex than others and the ending is emotional and hard hitting although unsure if necessary or not as have never been in the situation myself.

This is a powerful read and definitely worth checking out if this sounds like your type of read. Whilst I wouldn’t normally pick this type of novel up, I am glad I had the opportunity to read it – it really moved me.

I was sent this book for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own

When We Were Alive by C J Fisher

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You may not have heard of the name C J Fisher yet but you have probably heard of her alter ego, Ophelia Dagger and her Youtube channel. Released on the 1st of March 2016, When Were Alive is Chelsea’s debut novel. It is literary fiction and follows three male characters : Myles, Bobby and William. Set in different time periods, this piece of fiction is both interesting and moving.

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When this book arrived through my letterbox, the front cover instantly drew me in. They say don’t judge a book by its cover but how can you not when its as beautiful as this? I immediately wanted to know the story behind it.

When we first meet them, each character is going through their own things – and in Myles and William’s case, their own personal turmoil. Bobby is an aspiring magician when we first meet him whilst Myles longs for his mother and William cannot cope with the memory of his parents. Each goes through a number of changes throughout the novel and you can feel the sadness and longing that the characters feel and can truly empathise with them.

I developed a real soft spot for Bobby and his 1930’s childhood – his aspiration to become a magician is so endearing and I feel he is the most likable of the three male characters although each has their own endearing qualities, of course.

Although some of the novel can be quite wordy, C J Fisher has written a haunting debut novel that has stayed in my mind since I turned that final page. I hope she brings out another novel soon as this debut is a fantastic first time foray into the world of literary fiction.

 I was sent this book to review as part of the Legend 100 club.

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How To Cash In As A Blogger

How To Cash In As A Blogger is a book released in February 2016 by pro blogger Stella Olojola, aka fashionandstylepolice. Having known of Stella through blogging for quite some time now, I thought I would purchase her book and see what tips she has. Having been blogging for over five years myself, I was intrigued to see if she could teach me something new about blogging.

Priced at £3.44 on Kindle or free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, How To Cash In As A Blogger aims to teach you how to earn money through blogging. Now we all know that there are different types of bloggers – pro bloggers, hobby bloggers and those who start blogging merely as a way to make easy money. Some of this latter type will probably see this book as their avenue to making easy money but Stella makes it clear from the offset that making money from your blog isn’t easy and it will take time. It’s not a quick fix solution to make some pennies and will only be fruitful if you work hard and have the passion for it.

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This book is packed full of helpful tips of different aspects of being a blogger. The author talks about how to promote your blog and mentions two Facebook groups dear to my heart – UK Bloggers and Bloggers Helping Each Other. I am glad that she enjoys them so much that she mentioned them in her book, it really means a lot.

Did I know most of what she was telling her readers? Yes but then I have been around for many years now – I would be hard pushed not to know some of the stuff. However people who haven’t been blogging for as long as I have will probably find out a lot that they simply didn’t know and in a day and age where some bloggers don’t want to share their secrets, I find it really refreshing that the author has penned a book to help others.

Did I learn anything new? In actual fact, I did! I may have been blogging for many years but Stella still managed to surprise me with some tips, tricks and information that I didn’t know and that I will be putting into action very soon.

What did I love? I loved the little anecdotes the author spread throughout the book about her own blogging journey – I always like to hear about how people came to blog, how they’ve grown and the weirdest or best things to happen to them in that time. Stella weaves her anecdotes perfectly among her tips and it truly is like you are talking to an old friend, reading her words on the page.

The only thing that I’m not especially keen on is the title of the book as I do believe some will buy it believing they can make money quickly but as I mentioned, the author quickly puts those ideas to bed and reiterates the need for passion and hard work – and isn’t that what titles are all about? They are meant to be snappy and grab your attention!

You can find the book here on Goodreads and buy for Amazon Kindle below. Have you read this yet?

 

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