The Perfect Recipe by Keeley Holmes | Cover Reveal

Today I am sharing the cover of The Perfect Recipe by Keeley Holmes, the first book in the Three Sisters trilogy.


Norah Fox is the proud owner of Three Sisters Bakery. To those who don’t know her, she’s a happy, successful businesswoman. She’s created the idyllic life for herself, but appearances are very deceiving; and Norah can’t forget her past. How can she when the name of her business reminds her of the sisters she lost at the age of nine?

Ben Woods has the perfect life. A gorgeous fiancée, great friends, and a job he worked hard to get. Things couldn’t get any better…until things go very wrong. He’s only just caught his breath when he has to go all ‘Superman’ and save a woman from a madman in a pub.

Luck may have brought them together, but will a change in luck help Norah find out what really happened to her sisters? And can it help Ben to move on from his past?

Fate has given them both a tough ride, but will finding each other bring the new start they both need?

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First Rhyme Mom by Leanne Stoneley | Review

I was gifted a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion.

I don’t read much poetry anymore. When I was younger, especially when studying English Literature at GCSE and A-Level, I used to read poetry voraciously but I seem to have gotten out of the habit in recent years. When offered the chance to review a book of poetry about being a mother – deemed a poetic journey through pregnancy and early motherhood – I had to agree. After all, it would be nice to read some poetry that I could actually relate to.

First Rhyme Mom {affiliate link} is Leanne’s first collection of poetry, with more to come. The poems contained within are inspired first hand by being a first time mom. The poems talk about the ups and downs, the thoughts and feelings that come with being a mother.

What I loved about this collection of poetry was that there were two sections: Inside and Outside. As you can imagine, one stands for pregnancy and the other for life after baby makes their way into the world. As a mum who has been through the birthing process twice now, the poem Scream really spoke to me. The poem Forty Weeks also really reminds me of the last few weeks of my pregnancy with Jack, just before I became a mum for the first time. I remember all those thoughts and feelings so well.

They say that nothing can prepare you for the rush of love you feel when you become a mum and that is so true, something Leanne has captured perfectly in her poems about the baby and it’s life on the outside. She doesn’t sugarcoat things – she tells it exactly as it is. Being a mother, especially in those early day, definitely isn’t easy by any means but the love you feel for your child is ever so hard to explain.

One of her most powerful is (Re)Birth – she only needed just a few lines to perfectly convey the point. Overall, I was very impressed with this collection of poetry and can’t wait to see the future poetry Leanne Stoneley puts out – I’ll definitely be buying it! I really enjoyed having poetry that I could relate to and that spoke to me.

Author BioImage and video hosting by TinyPicLeanne has worked as an English Language teacher for fifteen years and spent the majority of her twenties living in Japan and Spain, as well as in London, Birmingham and Leeds, UK. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Now in her mid-thirties, motherhood has taken her on a whole new adventure and is one she absolutely had to write about. Leanne now lives back in her home region of the West Midlands, UK, with her husband and daughter.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis | Review

I was sent an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for the purpose of review. All thoughts are my own honest opinion. This post also contains affiliate links.

After being offered an ARC of Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis, I was wondering if I should have read her previous book ‘Girl, Wash Your Face‘ {affiliate link}, especially as so many of my friends had been raving about it in real life and on social media. But I was reassured that wasn’t the case so began reading this book.

Described as a shame-free plan for embracing and achieving your goals, it sounded just like a book I needed. I’m always pushing myself and striving to achieve my goals but it is true that so many of us feel shame when trying to better ourselves which we really shouldn’t.

Written by #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author, business podcaster and motivational speaker Rachel Hollis, the book urges women to stop apologizing for their desires, hopes and dreams and instead to go after them. Rachel is a well known bestselling author and lifestyle influencer with a global social media fanbase in the millions and a loving family. I’d heard a little about her before starting this book but found out so much more during my time reading it.

I’ve never been one for self help books, I’ve never been one for non fiction in general but I have found myself leaning towards non fiction in recent months. I was excited to see if Rachel’s advice could help me in any way.

Something I loved about the book is that it was sectioned into different parts. For instance, Part 1 was Excuses To Let Go Of and it was separated into little ‘chapters’ which were titled Excuse 1, Excuse 2 etc. The book was formed in three parts – Part 1 which was, of course, Excuses To Let Go Of; Part 2 which was Behaviors To Adopt and Part 3 was Skills To Acquire. In each part, the author details the various excuses, behaviors and skills that people use and handily provides anecdotes from her own life where applicable to show that she knows what she is talking about.

What I really enjoyed in the book was that you can see how the author has grown over the years. She always knew she wanted a New York Times #1 bestseller but had to work for it and had to wait many years before finally achieving that goal. She also talks about her first TV appearance on local TV and her appearance on the Today show, something she’d aspired to be on for many years – it was eight years between these two TV appearances and had sent hundreds and hundreds of pitches for TV appearances in the meantime with only a handful accepted in that time. It goes to show that you should never stop working towards your goals, despite how long it may take to achieve them.

Since finishing the book, I have found myself going back to certain sections to remind myself when I am not feeling especially confident about my goals. I know that they are achievable and what to do to achieve them but sometimes find myself struggling and need a kick up the bum to get myself back into action. This book is the perfect tonic for this, reminding me that it is okay to falter and stumble sometimes – we all do it. It is important to get back ‘on the horse’ though, so to speak.

If you are a woman constantly working towards your goals who is in need of a little bit of motivation and inspiration, then Girl, Stop Apologizing {affiliate link} is definitely worth adding to your bookshelves. The author is like a best friend, reminding you of your worth and telling you about what she has experienced so you can bond. She’s letting you know that if she can do it, so can you – and I’m certainly going to keep trying.

Brave by Rose McGowan | Blog Tour & Review

I was sent a copy of Brave for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

You can’t have missed Rose McGowan in recent years. The first person to speak out about the horrid goings on in Hollywood, she started the ball rolling on more and more evil men in power being exposed.

I’ve been aware of Rose for many years – I remember her role in Scream, her dating Marilyn Manson, her role as Paige in Charmed. I must admit I hadn’t followed her career in recent years but it was fascinating to learn a lot more about her. I was very happy to have been asked if I’d like to review the book and participate in the blog tour.

I hadn’t realised she was born and raised in the Children of God cult and Rose talks about her experiences at length. This cult is something I have read a lot about in the past and I hadn’t realised she had been a part of it, I’m glad she managed to get out.

Throughout the book, I can see that Rose is a strong woman, despite the stuff life throws at her. From the childhood in a cult to absent parents to abusive boyfriends, Rose manages to fight for survival all the way. She describes Hollywood as another cult and it definitely seems to be- the way she speaks about the way young actors are treated, especially women, is shocking but ultimately not surprising, given what we know now.

It is a shame that so many people weren’t supportive of her back when she originally tried to raise awareness of what The Monster (as she names a certain director – I’m sure we all know who she is talking about) and it was ultimately her whose career was damaged. Her agents even knew what he was like and still put her in that position – it shows that just how much Hollywood is a money churner for people and that other peoples feelings come into play.

This book is no holds barred, it’s raw and it really gets you thinking. It gives the reader an insight into the true Hollywood – the one where men think they can get away with pretty much anything and where women, especially young women, are playthings there to be used and abused.

I admire Rose for her consistent strength and her courage to speak out. She has been through a lot in her life and sharing this with the reader is admirable. Brave is out tomorrow in paperback, eBook and audiobook. I definitely recommend that people should read this – Hollywood as a whole and the way people are treated is definitely something that needs to be addressed.

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My 2019 Reading Challenge | Books 1-5

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Inspired by Rebecca’s post talking about how she is getting on with her reading challenge, I thought I would do the same. Reading has really taken a backseat these past few years and that’s a shame as reading is something I have always loved. I decided to set myself a Goodreads challenge this year that is actually fairly achievable for me and I am aiming to read 12 books in 2019 – I’m already almost halfway and we haven’t even finished February yet! You can find me on Goodreads here.

Setting such a low target means I am not intimidated by the total, a mistake I’ve made in the past. Today i thought I’d talk to you about the five books I have read so far this year and what I thought of them.

Once Upon A Time In Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream by Louise Palfreyman – 5/5

I wrote a review of this book here and it was my first book of the year. I seem to be reading a lot of non-fiction right now (this is one of just two non-fiction books on the list so far but I am currently reading a few others) and I really enjoyed this. This book talks about women, past and present, who made Birmingham what it is today. There are some really recognisable names such as Denise Lewis and others who you may not have heard of before but are really inspirational. This is a book I would really recommend. You can buy it on Amazon here {affiliate link}.

Cherringham (A Cosy Crime Series): Scared To Death (Book 27) by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards – 4/5

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If you take a look at my read list on Goodreads, you’ll find all 26 previous Cherringham mysteries on the list. There’s something about them that keeps me going back for more. The familiar characters, the cosy feel. This was the first Cherringham book I had read in a while and it was a great way to dip my toe back into the series. You can buy the book on Kindle here {affiliate link}.

Overcoming The Odds: How I Won £50,000 Of Prizes In Three Years by Rebecca Beesley – 5/5

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As a comper, this book was always going to intrigue me. Written by Rebecca from The Beesley Buzz, this book was a fascinating insight into how Rebecca got into entering competitions and the magical experiences she has had as a result of this. I love that her whole family get involved and even found out some new tips myself as an extremely seasoned comper. If you love entering competitions, this is well worth a read. You can buy the book here {affiliate link}.

Cherringham (A Cosy Crime Series): A Dinner To Die For (Book 28) by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards – 4/5

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Having got back into the swing of things with Scared To Death, I couldn’t wait to delve back into the series with A Dinner To Die For. It was interesting to see some of the usual background characters such as the pub landlord take centre stage in this mystery and I must admit I did not see the end result coming! A fun and cosy read. You can buy the book on Kindle here {affiliate link}.

Cherringham (A Cosy Crime Series): The Drowned Man (Book 29) by Matthew Costello and Neil Richards – 4/5

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To finish up this list, we’ve got book 29 in the Cherringham series, The Drowned Man. This book took on many twists and turns and I definitely did not see the culprit coming. Sometimes I find myself working the culprit out very early on in some of the Cherringham books, other times I have absolutely no clue. This was a great read on the drive home from Weston Super Mare and I’ll be moving onto the next book in the series very soon after I’ve got a couple of others read. You can buy the book on Kindle here {affiliate link}.

Have you set yourself a reading challenge this year? How are you getting on?